Saturday, 30 January 2016
Chapter 21 - "The Way to Nowhere" -earlier chapters may be accessed by clicking on 2015 in the Archives on the right, then scrolling down to the bottom of every page that opens and clicking on "Older Posts".
I used to be different but now I'm the same
Insight Meditation at Work
One of my Buddhist friends, Christopher Titmuss, regularly attended the Talks at Brockwood Park. I had met him first at a Buddhist retreat house in Sussex which I visited with a new friend, Jenny, following the Talks in the summer of 1977. He is a former Theravada Buddhist monk, and an instructor in Insight Meditation and an author of books on Dharma. He has resided in Totnes, a mecca for alternative living, for many years, and a place I know well as I too owned a house there for several years. He spent six years in Thailand and India from 1970 to 1976. He speaks and writes on social and political matters and is also the co-founder of Gaia House in Devon.............................
Tuesday, 26 January 2016
Chapter 20 - "The Way to Nowhere". Preceding chapters may be accessed by clicking on "2015" in the Archives on the right, then scrolling down to the bottom of every page that opens, and clicking on "Older Posts."
None are so hopelessly enslaved as those who believe they are free
In Praise of Sagada
The superior man goes through life without any one preconceived course of action or any taboo. He merely decides for the moment what is the right thing to do.
The tribal people of the Mountain Province, known by their generic name as the Igorots, live a simple natural life and are deep in wisdom and folklore and still practise their shamanistic rites and healing practices with great efficacy. Their main occupation, apart from the tilling the land, is weaving, and they produce colourful and functional hand-woven cloths which are made up into garments and tablecloths, bags, wall hangings and other items which they sell to travellers and passing tourists. I made three trips into the Mountain Province, visiting Sagada, Bontoc and Banaue, where the Ifugao tribe live. ...........................
Friday, 22 January 2016
Chapter 19 - "The Way to Nowhere". Preceding chapters may be accessed by clicking on "2015" in the Archives on the right of the page, then on "Older Posts" at the bottom of the next page, and every page that opens.
A “miracle” is the manifestation in this world of the laws of another world, a different dimension
The Psychic Surgeon, Placido Palitayan – an interview
Howard G. Charing, is an accomplished international workshop leader on shamanism. He has worked with some of the most respected and extraordinary shamans & healers in the Andes, the Amazon Rainforest, and the Philippines. He organises specialist retreats to the Amazon Rainforest He is the author of Plant Spirit Shamanism (Destiny Books USA).
A healer and psychic surgeon working in Baguio is Placido Palitayan. He is an extremely confident and skilled psychic surgeon. It was again a privilege to meet, interview, make videos, and work with him. I have a full interview on video with Placido, and this is the transcription following some healing sessions where Placido operated on three people (including me).......................................
Monday, 18 January 2016
Chapter 18 - "The Way to Nowhere" - preceding chapters may be accessed from the Archive on the right. Click on "2015" - then click on "Older Posts" at bottom of page.
Everything is in everything; everything is the same as everything else
The Psychic Healers of Luzon
Baguio City was laid out during the early years of the 19th century by American architects. In 1898 the Americans had defeated the Spanish fleet and had taken over the Philippines following an unbroken period of Spanish rule of more than three hundred years. The Spaniards had brought Christianity, specifically Catholicism, to the country and had introduced Spanish culture and language.
Christianity displaced the religion of the Islamic rulers who had established themselves in the Philippines, apart from the southern island of Mindanao where many Moslems resisted the Spanish rule, sowing the seeds of later dissension. When the Americans arrived they brought missionaries who established schools and taught English to the people of the Mountain Province.....................................................
Tuesday, 12 January 2016
Chapter 17 - "The Way to Nowhere" - preceding chapters may be accessed from the Archives on the right. Click on 2015, and then at the bottom of the page click on "Other Posts".
The mystery of life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced
Jacobus Johannes Leeuw
Journey to the East
In 1979 I was invited to a party and met Helen, a lively and sensitive girl who worked at Helston library and we used to take long walks on the Cornish cliffs. She was also interested in poetry and wrote a poem for me which I replied to poetically in a similar vein. She also introduced me to the works of the Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda (not his real name) including the Captain's Verses, from which comes this tantalizing sentiment:
“I want to do with you what Spring does with the cherry trees”
Flirting with Creation 1979
Yes, I hear the child in you
calling to the child in me ......
Saturday, 9 January 2016
Chapter 16 -"The Way to Nowhere" - preceding chapters may be accessed by clicking on 2015 in the Archives to the right of the page, then on "Older Posts" at the bottom
It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
In Rod we Trust
I came across books by T.C. Lethbridge which discussed dowsing and divination. I was inspired to make my own dowsing rod out of a brazing rod and practised with it in the garden and found that it was able to locate water and hidden metals. One day a friend who lived a few miles away asked me to help him locate a suitable place for him to dig a well in his garden. He was a competent dowser too and had two rods, L-shaped, which he held in each of his hands. He told me that he would try to locate the spot while I remained in the house, then afterwards I would do the same with my V-shaped rod. ...........................