Reality becomes less real while immersion in reality increases
[Excerpt from SANE, getting real with reality]
The screenwriting expert Robert McKee, who has contributed to over 30 Oscar-winning films, talks of naive writers, who, knowing nothing about the category in which they are attempting to write, stumble blindly around in it, inadvertently trampling on the unspoken conventions that hold consistency and meaning for the viewer.
He compares them to the nervous writers, on the other hand, who are so scared of doing something wrong that they obey, withou…
Getting REAL with the play of life
Getting REAL with the play of life [excerpt from GAME]
This book is saying who you think you are is not real, that ‘self’ is only a made-up character in a made-up game.
And it is saying that apparent reality is only ever a game resulting from the settings of that character.
That is quite some statement to make.
It sounds a bit insulting actually. A bit dismissive. Well actually seriously, rudely, uncaringly dismissive.
Because we might, at this moment, be thinking of who we are, all th…
Making a difference - the missing chapter in the leadership books
One of the aims that comes up often in our courses is the wish to make a difference…
To be someone
To have impact
To change the world
To be known
To leave a legacy
To make our way into the history books
We could take this at face value…
Most books and courses on productivity, influence, courage, knowledge, experience, effectiveness, impact, vision, charisma, leadership and focus do just that.
They dive straight into the ‘how…?’ without pausing to question in any way the model of reality…
Getting Real with Peak Experience
In 1964, Abraham Maslow published a book called ‘Religions, values and peak-experiences’.
It was his attempt to take these “rare, exciting, oceanic, deeply moving, exhilarating, elevating experiences that generate an advanced form of perceiving reality” out of the domain of the exclusively religious and into the realm of the universally human.
That was his focus in 1964 when religion held a far greater prominence in Western Society.
Now, almost 60 years later there is a different entanglem…
What are they?
Subliminal recordings are a consciously audible sound such as relaxing music, rain or waves playing over the top of a recording that is just below the conscious threshold of hearing.
How do they work?
First off, let’s distinguish between two categories of sounds - subliminal and supraliminal.
Subliminal refers to information that is below the level of conscious perception.
Supraliminal refers to information that is available for conscious perception eve…
HOME, the return to what you already are
My sister and I were in Costa one Sunday (we love a café). We were talking about holidays.
A memory came up of when we were in France in a swimming pool. I was waiting behind someone on the ladder to get out.
At the same time as I pulled myself up the ladder, the woman in front dipped down. Her foot went right down the top of my swimming costume.
In reality, it probably took less than a few seconds for her to extract her foot. In my memory it took so long that it is probably still there. My s…
How Wholeness is revealed
[excerpt from HOME, the return to what you already are]
For Byron Katie, it was waking up on the floor of her residential care home watching a cockroach crawl over her foot.
For Eckhart Tolle, it was what he described as ‘an inner transformation’ after decades of depression.
For Jeff Foster, it was the point of absolute despair ‘transform or commit suicide. There was no other option.’
For Roger Linden, it was on a walk through Hamstead Heath in London ‘one second it was Roger - me - walking …
You Are Free
[Prologue from FREE]
At first, everything is an adventure. There is so much to explore and see and listen to and do and make and learn and take apart and experience. You reach and crawl and pull yourself up and toddle, investigating your world, awed by the miracles of light and sound and texture around you.
Sometimes you cry and sometimes you laugh. Sometimes you are cross and sometimes you are not. Sometimes you are tired and you sleep and sometimes you are wide awake and ready for adventure.…
Nothing has changed ..... and yet everything is completely different.
[Excerpt from HOME]
I was on a non-duality retreat and the teacher began by standing up and saying “There is no point in your being here……It doesn’t matter if you come to any of the talks. There is nothing whatsoever to be gained. You might as well be outside in the gardens or in your room.”
There is absolute honesty in this because it is true that there is nothing for the self identity or ego to be gained – ever. The ego which is essentially the search for Peace, freedom and joy is obscuring …
Love of our Life
[Excerpt from 'It's not you... and it's not me']
This is not an internet quick fix.
It is not a way to secure the undying love and commitment of the person who we think will make everything OK.
It is not a way to never feel rejected, lonely, sad or isolated.
It is not a way to get them back or to change their minds.
It is an orientation of healing and expansion for the rest of our life.
It is meeting each moment of suffering in its fullness, of seeing what it reveals and how it points the …