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The Trained Mind

I just wasted an hour of my life on Youtube. I put in the term “UFO” and then clicked one video after another usually quitting the video just a few minutes – or less – into it. The internet is an amazing thing. It truly does allow anyone to propose theories, viewpoints and even their own particular mania. It is also endlessly confusing. The problem with the internet is simply this… usually there is little or no way to determine the expertise (and mental sanity) of the poster and so you have no idea whatsoever about the reliability of the post unless you happen to be reading material upon which you are an expert. Let me give a few examples. It wasn’t long in my video hopping before I stumbled

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Poems for the little room

OK – I had a dream the other night about how people buy books for their toilets…. and I thought well, there is an idea…. a book for the little room! So I went ahead and pulled together a bunch of poems and photos and there you go…. Poems for the little room. Its Lulu.com so a bit pricey but who knows…. may be it will go viral? Stop by and take a look here

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Life and Stuff

Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow Creeps in this petty pace from day to day To the last syllable of recorded time, And all our yesterdays have lighted fools The way to dusty death. Out, out brief candle! Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player That struts and frets his hour upon the stage And then is heard no more. It is a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing. Macbeth, Act 5, Scene 5, lines 22-31 I had to study Macbeth at school. I hated it. But those lines stuck in my head. How apt, how poetically majestically spoken? Since my father passed away I have found myself questioning the value of my life. Annoyed that, in some ways, my hopes and dreams have

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What the Bleep….

From time-to-time, I reassert my meditation and occult work. As I have said on many occasions, I find life tends to ‘suck me in’ and then, periodically, I realize it and begin anew with fresh energy on meditation and the like. In recent years, my focus has been on Bardon’s Initiation Into Hermetics (though I have not made much progress). Each time I do this however, things in my world start to fall apart. It’s as if something or someone doesn’t want me to make progress. In fact, this seems quite a common thing when I discuss with other like minded friends. Very real crises confront us and I think these are presented in a sense of the Universe saying – you need to learn this lesson. We are sort

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Is the Outside Inside?

We know that everything we experience is experienced in our brain and that we actually see, feel, hear is actually via our brain’s ability to interpret our environment. This is science. So I guess what we believe to be on the outside is, in fact, inside of us….We are a cloud of atoms and molecules within a bigger cloud of atoms and molecules and my mind boggles when I try to think about this. The real part of me is simply consciousness and what that actually is, I think from a scientific point of view, is still a mystery. If everything really is inside of us – or, our experience of our environment is inside of us, then logic suggests that we must create this reality as an interpreted image

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Unconditional Love

Driving up to Prague this evening I was thinking a lot about my Dad. Parents love their children unconditionally. Or at least – they should. I got to thinking that my Dad was special because not only did he love his kids unconditionally but he never ever asked for anything in return. Unconditional love isn’t just about loving some one for who they are – warts and all – but, its also about not asking for anything back. I think that’s actually quite a rare thing.

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Life

Life grows in stages It has been the same through all ages I grew in an era of naivety Mellowed in the eighties to the sounds of punk Too soon it was over Wasted years full of fear and living to expectations Midlife washed over in ignorance An established pattern, no real challenge An abrupt realization just in time A change so fundamental So that Life lost its rhyme Face to face with myself Who the hell am I? I threw off the mantle of normalcy I challenged the role of life I grew up Now I have a clue Try for something new The past, the now, the future All are one – the threefold nature Of reality not actuality What fun!

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The Way of Wyrd by Brian Bates

Finally reprinted this is a true classic. At one time, this book used might sell for $500! Sent on a mission deep into the forests of pagan Anglo-Saxon England, Wat Brand, a Christian scribe, suddenly finds his vision of the world turned upside down. The familiar English countryside is not what it seems: threatening spirits, birds of omen and plants of power lurk in this landscape of fallen terrors and mysterious forces. With Wulf, a sorcerer and mystic, as his guide, Brand is instructed in the magical lore of plants, runes, fate and the life force until finally he journeys to the spirit world on a quest to encounter the true nature of his own soul. I can truly recommend this book. Amazon.com Widgets

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Celebrating My Dad

I remember one day a few years ago looking around a cemetery with Dad. We were researching our family name together. I heard my Dad say something like ‘Oh my God” and looked up to see him appearing very pale and shocked. He was looking at a headstone that read “Charles Neville Vasey”. What was astonishing was that this Charles Neville Vasey had been born in the same year as our Dad but died quite young. Dad was shaken but I know he was also very happy to have lived so much longer than his namesake. I can truly say that I have never met anyone like my Dad. He somehow found a way to develop and share interests with all three of his sons no matter how different we

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Is There Life After Death by Anthony Peake – Reviewed

It’s a rare thing for me to rave about a book. I love to read and consequently, I read a lot of books and am often disappointed. Not so with “Is There Life after Death” by Anthony Peake. In fact, this was a book that I couldn’t and didn’t want to put down and yet had to just to think about its content. It’s well researched, well written and frankly well published in the sense that it’s a quality book too for the price. Peake has a slightly humorous writing style yet delivers on content and punch. So what is the book about? Well, it’s really not about life after death and to some extent the title seems an odd choice. Peake lucidly explores quantum physics, medicine, psychology, certain aspects

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