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Awakened Living Views

Living Spirituality in Daily Life:
A new paradigm is emerging as the old fear based reality breaks down. If we can begin to live this new sense of beingness more and more, then increasingly this New Paradigm becomes our reality.

These articles and points of view, are all about activating seeds of awareness that may encourage you to live more accordingly to your higher self, and to shine that forth in the world around you for more successful, joyful, harmonious and fulfilled living ...

Bowie lives on in us all - Express Yourself!

It is with great sadness I learned today of David Bowie's passing. Whether you admired him or not, he was an iconic figure who set the world music scene on fire. But to me, there was much more to his act than music. Bowie had the audacity to be what he felt to be, with nothing holding back. In so doing, he set down a trail-blazing example that inspired millions. It's clear humanity has been repressed into a box, and that unbridled self-expression, is a powerful path to soul liberation. It's why I sometimes play emotive Bowie's music in Openhand work - to get people moving. I like to think that with his passing, a part of his influence will live on in us all...

Climate Change: sh** hits the fan


James Lovelock has been in the news again - the guy who wrote "The Revenge of Gaia". In the Guardian recently, he's quoted as saying "catastrophe is inevitable, carbon offsetting is a joke, and ethical living a scam." He's never been one to mince his words! Just how much is the current climate change effort a scam, simply designed to make people feel good and keep on buying? How much of the information is simply designed to placate, to maintain public order, to keep the gravy train rolling? Surely people would be better off with an authentic confrontation of the truth? It empowers us to do something real about it...

Instigating Change in the New Year: One Small Step

The New Year is a time of change, where often, we contemplate new energies coming into our lives and how we might best instigate change. What does your soul really ache for? This has to be beyond something whimsical and short lived - just doing things because you're supposed to or it's traditional. It has to well up from the depths of your being, because you're committed to the inner inquiry and the path of your soul. If you're all 'all-in' to this process, then there are ways and means of discovering what's 'in the cards' for you right now, and how to unleash powerful, alchemical change in your life. How is the flow beginning to guide you now?...

Evolution in the World: why it's not always easy

Earlier on my journey I think there was an unspoken belief that as you progressed/evolved things would feel, and get, 'easier' somehow. Some spiritual illusion!

These days I see that's not necessarily the case, at least not how I would've interpreted it then... but I'm happy to be proved wrong! As the 'old world' begins/continues to crumble around us, in these times of immense unfolding, the separation intensifies. Like separating two tightly held hands, the entwined fingers pull apart, from amidst the other fingers. As we progress on our paths, we become more sensitive too. Honouring the feelings evoked, and not blanking them out, feels important. As does working to find 'centre' in them.

The Secret of Success in the Festive Season

We're moving into the festive season again!
It's a veritable cocktail of mixed emotion, a gravy train of excessive consumption, a big fat 'turkey' of failed expectation. But it doesn't have to be. It could be a great success too. You could learn enormous things about yourself. You could accelerate your mastery. And, have a great time - you could have your festive pudding and eat it too.

Sound an impossible feat? Not at all.
Here's how...

Solstice Prayer: "Great Spirit"

It's the winter solstice in the northern hemisphere today (summer in the southern). It's a time of great spiritual significance - a time of passing, a time of change and moving on. If you're attuned to your deep inner feelings, then you may notice subtle shifts and an invitation to transition in some way. By honouring these, it changes your inner landscape, so your soul begins to flow differently, preparing the way for new beingness to arise. So it's good to celebrate the solstice. Perhaps with meditative prayer or ceremony? With this in mind, I felt to share this beautiful shamanic video, to inspire a deeper sense of connection with 'Great Spirit'. Pause, breathe, relax and let it inspire shifts in you...

Climate Change Deal: "One Giant Leap"? Or just one Piddling Step?

So after fraught negotiations for more than 20 years, a deal has been struck by 195 countries to try to stave off the worst effects of catastrophic global warming. Hailed as 'one giant leap' for mankind, it promises to raise $100 Bn a year to help poor countries adapt their economies. It focuses on phasing out fossil fuel emissions and switching to renewables with a goal of zero net emissions by later this century. Sounds good? Hmm. $100 Bn a year may sound like a lot to us on the 'breadline', but when you remember the FED pumped close on $17 Trillion over just a few years to prop up fragile economies, likewise the Chinese, and with the European Banks close in their footsteps, it's piddling by comparison...

Superflares and the Power of Embracing Change


It's a paradox isn't it: we cling to life so desperately because somehow we think it makes us secure and happy. But actually all that happens, is we squeeze the juice out of life itself. Society tries to 'insure' our existence by working to control the resources and climate of the planet, but all it does, is drive society ever close to oblivion. We are on the edge. There are so many ways that life could be wiped out here. But by a simple switch of perspective, that doesn't have to be something to fear. Quite the reverse. It could fuel the freedom to approach life in a way you've perhaps never before done...

What do You want for Christmas?


Traditionally the midwinter festivities were a time of joyous celebration and connection with family, friends and community as the year's work was mostly complete, the days were short and the nights long. Following the winter solstice the days would begin to lengthen again, bringing back the light and newness to the world. Still today, it is a period when people generally have holidays and spend time with their loved ones. A period of relaxation, connection and celebration. So what are the festivities really all about. What do kids really want for example? Here's a video that might really knock your socks off...

Steve Jobs: Finding your Passion

I watched the Steve Jobs movie recently. Have you seen it? In many ways, he doesn't come across that well in it - intense, uncaring to those around him, confrontational and self-serving (although of course we can never know the real person from someone else's perspective). No doubt though, there was a brilliance to him, a 'genius', who believed in what hid did, because he'd truly searched and found his real passion in life. One he was prepared to die for. So maybe there's something we can learn from his life and his stories, that speak of the passion of the soul, and the importance of following that calling?...

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