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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The Laws of Dharma: 8. Knowledge (vidya)

The meaning of the value of knowledge could be misconstrued if we don’t understand how the word vidya was meant when the Vedic rishis composed these Laws of Dharma. Vidya comes from the same Sanskrit root from which the Greeks took the word ‘vision’. It is about a vision of the cosmos that is holistic…

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The Laws of Dharma: 7. Reason (dhi)

I regard the path of human life as that of the mythological hero who has taken incarnation here to face his or her trials in order to reach enlightenment. And so viewed through that lens, reason is the Fragarach sword of discrimination and analysis which at the very least, stops our adversaries dead in their…

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The cathedrals of light sung by the dawn chorus

The dawn chorus has fascinated me for some time. I always meditate at sunrise and, in that way, have shamanically discovered many things about this natural phenomenom. We already know that the creation is built by sound; I believe this birdsong at sunrise is a form of communication which helps to build the template of…

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The Laws of Dharma: 5. Sanctity (shauch)

My shamanic training first began on a Greek island in 1995, when I was initiated into huna kane: Polynesian shamanism. It continued at my guru’s south Indian ashram, three years later, with shamans from Mexico who had been trained by the same nagual that had taught “Carlos Castenada”. Finally, back home, I followed an intensive…

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The Laws of Dharma: 3. Piety (dama)

The word piety must have been misapplied a million times over the past two millennia. You can see it clearly when you zoom out and look at the timeline of the religion of Christianity. At first, it was impious to be a Christian and not recognise the emperor of Rome as a god, and so…

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The Laws of Dharma: 2. Forgiveness (kshama)

For most of my life, I found it nigh on impossible to even consider forgiving those who crossed me. I realised eventually that it was something to do to my Mum’s saying, whenever we children fell out with anyone: “Shake hands, and forgive and forget.” “Why would I ever want to forget how that person…

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