Moksha can wait

It all began for me one Christmas morning, some time in the 1950s. My two younger sisters and I had woken early – it was still dark outside. So of course, we quickly remembered what day it was and then we instantly set to, frantically unwrapping all our presents. I will never forget our parents’…

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Extricating ourselves from the Slough of Despond

The whole and healthy Creator archetype is clearly evident in the person whose work is a joyful outpouring of love for the creation and everything in it. They regard every pink-with-pregnant-promise dawn as yet another opportunity to share their gift, whether it is painting, writing, sewing, dancing, singing, composing, building, carving, forging …whatever skill almost…

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Waiting for Garuda

I’ve been finding it difficult to post anything much lately because my time is much more taken up with scanning the skies. I’m looking for an eagle… a very special sort of eagle. I think if you read this through, you might understand why: In the Vedic literature on Oriental alchemy, there is a famous…

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When your water stops working for you

I’ve been understanding a lot more about water as a living entity in recent times, although the journey began for me decades ago when it gradually dawned on me that I would always get my best inspiration in the bath. It was around the same time that I learned of Dr Emoto’s work with water.…

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Easter and the cosmogonic dragon eggs of Avalon

THE WISE SAGES OF OLD knew how to bring Heaven down to Earth because they knew the Mysteries of Time and Space. They were cognisant of the sacred measurements that gave life and movement to the cosmos and that found its expression in every living thing, including man. Thus, they understood that the timings and…

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Crystal mountain – axis mundi

I wrote in my post on the dharmic law of sanctity about how I see mountains as great pyramids and cathedrals. More recently, I’ve been journeying shamanically into Mount Kailash in Tibet, which locals believe to be the axis mundi, the tent pole of the Earth. Local legend has it that the four sides of…

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The Decline and Fall of the Rose

O Rose, thou art sick The invisible worm that flies in the night in the howling storm Has found out they bed Of crimson joy And his dark secret love Does they life destroy William Blake 1757-1827 Mysteries adept William Blake has packed so much wisdom into these few lines that it will take many…

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Talking to trees

On the day I moved to Glastonbury, I was walking up Chilkwell Street towards the Tor and, to my left, I could see, out of the corner of my eye, two evergreen trees that were completely and totally head-over-heels in love with each other. It stopped me dead in my tracks. I was rooted to…

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Beware the false prophets of Q

I’ve been watching the Q internet talking heads, in recent weeks, twisting the minds of their largely American Christian followers with verses from the Bible, gematria decoding of texts and numerology, but above all, playing to a kind of vanity that has been instilled into them that God is on their side as Christians and,…

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Laws of Dharma: 10. Absence of anger (khroda)

There is a version of what we call ‘anger’ that is indispensable for our survival. We see it glinting like fire diamonds in the eyes of a mother in the wild who has just given birth. Even as she’s licking the afterbirth off her new cub’s fur, she looks up at you and you know…

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The Laws of Dharma: 9. Truth (satya)

You might be wondering why law number 9 seems, at first glance, identical to law number 4, Honesty. But the satya kind of truth is a much wider and deeper subject than merely getting your thoughts, words and deeds lined up in a row. It is a quality that emanates palpably from those who have…

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