Standing up to yobs

You are on a train and 30 drunken football fans are hurling abuse at you. What do you do? WalesOnline reported that Lisa Robinson found herself in exactly this situation.  After she had stepped in to try to prevent another passenger from being insulted, she said she became the target of hatred for the hooligans. When the … Continue reading Standing up to yobs

Good begat good

PoW Heinrich Steinmeyer (now aged 84) was captured after D Day and imprisoned near Comrie, a Perthshire village. Locals were so kind to him that he stayed there for seven years after the War and still keeps in touch with several families. Such friendliness was a surprise to him for he was a Nazi member … Continue reading Good begat good

Psychology of the Future

by Stanislav Grof, Suny Series in Transpersonal and Humanistic Psychology, State University of New York Press. 2000. ISBN 0 7914 4622

This book is about modern consciousness research. It is written by one of the founders of transpersonal psychology and covers his ideas regarding non-ordinary states of consciousness. His term for these is ‘holotropic’ experience which signifies ‘moving towards wholeness.’ His discussion draws on for example such fascinating human states of consciousness as past-life experiences, peak experiences, communication with spirit guides and channelling, near-death experiences, crises of shamans like witch-doctors, states of possession, and awakening of Kundalini. He also reports findings from his original research into ‘psychedelic therapy’ and ‘holotropic breathwork’.

One critic has commented ‘If more psychiatrists could be persuaded that human consciousness transcends the limitations of the physical brain and instead is but an aspect of what may best be described as ‘cosmic consciousness,’ we could not only expect treatment modalities to change, but we could also anticipate the possibility of culture-wide rethinking … about the nature of personhood.’

What makes us happy?

Imagine you were phoned up out of the blue by a researcher from Harvard University and asked what you were doing, how were you feeling and what you were thinking? Research reported in the journal Science found that’s what happened to 2,250 people around the world who were contacted at random. All the responses pointed … Continue reading What makes us happy?

Shocking view

Ever looked at Google Street view on the internet and seen yourself on the screen? That’s what happened to Bob Mewse, aged 56, although he didn’t recognise the morbidly obese man, with a shirt hanging over his huge stomach as himself – at least not until he made a closer inspection. He weighed 21 stone … Continue reading Shocking view

Medium Gordan Smith – Book review.

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By Gordon Smith, 2004 Published by Hay House, Inc

There have been many books written by psychics on spirit consciousness but this has got to be one of the more credible. Gordon Smith has been hailed as Britain’s most accurate medium. I saw him the other day at a theatre in Birmingham and clearly the audience were astonished at the detailed factual information he gave that was confirmed by the individuals he was talking to.

Of course our western culture tends to be sceptical about anything that is not rationally understood and claims such as those by Smith are highly contentious within the world of science. Having said that many people nevertheless embrace paranormal beliefs. Gallup has conducted several polls and find that about three-quarters of the American population believe in the one or more paranormal processes.

The author comments on how amazing it is to watch the reaction on someone’s face when a certain piece of evidence comes through from the other side. It can put a light back on in a person’s life.

Mystery repairman

Ever get grumpy seeing broken fences and benches in your neighbourhood? According to the Oldham Evening Chronicle, a local cyclist called Stephen Rimmer aged 37 had got fed up about this sort of thing too. Only, he decided to do something about it and set about mending them himself. He put right 18 benches and … Continue reading Mystery repairman

Cost free shop

There is a village in Yorkshire near the town of Skipton. All was well until its only shop closed down two years ago. Time for some creative thinking by the councillors. So with no costs they opened a tiny ‘open all hours’ grocery store. No shop-keeper, no locked door and not much room. But the disused … Continue reading Cost free shop

Stillness – How to find it?

Beset with countless challenges and tasks we find stillness in the mind not something that comes readily. However just taking 2 minutes to complete a brief guided visualisation can make some difference. Pretend to yourself that around you is a white sandy beach. It is early in the morning and you can see the sun … Continue reading Stillness – How to find it?