In Gratitude: July Catch Up

We catch up with our nine volunteers two months into their year long photo challenge of capturing a photo of something they are grateful for each week.

We also welcome one more volunteer to the team who joins us on Sundays from the ‘Northern Hemisphere’. His photo is featured above and we will catch up with his progress in August.

A YEAR LONG CHALLENGE: I originally asked seven people who struggle with a common mental health issue such as depression or anxiety, or a sense of ‘lack’ to be in gratitude for the year ahead. Each of them represented a day of the week and began to post me a photo of something they are grateful for this day for a whole year. We started last month. Since my first request for volunteers three more people joined up and we doubled up on Fridays, Saturdays and more recently Sundays. Read original blog

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Healing with Oils

Highlights from our first Essential Oil Therapy for Equine Owners Workshops at Furzedown Farm, Weymouth.

What is Essential Oil Therapy? Its a bit like aromatherapy for people, but its for horses. It does not involve massaging oils into the body as horses are far too hairy for that kind of thing. Besides your horse would probably not appreciate being placed up on a massage table.

Horses will inhale essential oils with one nostril or two, they may show a Flehmen response to work an oil further into the body. They may indicate they want to lick the oil, sometimes using the front of the tongue and sometimes using the back. All different methods of entry into the body which help them heal and balance any issues.

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Healing Self Before Others

A Healing Day

People drawn to healing and helping others often feel that looking after themselves or putting themselves first is selfish. Unpicking this belief slightly, we may find that it is a ‘childhood script’ that we are acting from. The driver behind it is perhaps being ‘please others’ or ‘serve others’.

People drawn to healing, such as Reiki, may be familiar with this script. Reiki I focuses on the ‘healing of self before healing others’. It highlights the requirement for Self care not as something ‘selfish’ but as completely connected to the healing of others. If a healer has any wounding or blocks, then energy simply does not flow freely through the healer’s body to their hands to offer anyone else healing.

Therefore, self care is an essential practice for those of us in a caring, healing or serving role in life.

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In Gratitude: June Catch Up

We catch up with our nine volunteers one month into their year long photo challenge of capturing a photo of something they are grateful for each week.

A YEAR LONG CHALLENGE: I originally asked seven people who struggle with a common mental health issue such as depression or anxiety, or a sense of ‘lack’ to be in gratitude for the year ahead. Each of them represented a day of the week and began to post me a photo of something they are grateful for this day for a whole year. We started last month. Since my first request for volunteers two more people joined up and we doubled up on Fridays and Saturdays. Read original blog

We asked if they had a particular photography approach, if their photos had a particular theme or pattern to them and if they had noticed any positive changes to their ‘sense of lack’, their outlook or their mental health…

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The Road to an Out-of-Body Experience

Tim Whild, an ascension and Lightbody expert, kindly took time out of his busy schedule to discuss a significant ‘Exceptional Human Experience (EHE)’ that he believes set him on his spiritual path in life.

Tim writes: “During my teenage years I turned to sport to deal with my spiritual sensitivity and became an accomplished bike racer (road). I’d train for hours after school and race on the weekends, often getting good results, and my Dad took me on trips to France to follow the Tour every year during the 1980’s. I was fully committed and rarely did normal ‘teenager’ things as I’d be in bed early on a Friday night rather than out with my friends. It was hard but I loved every second of it”.

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In Gratitude: 2 months left

A Year Long Challenge – We originally asked seven people who manage a mental health issue to take a photo each week, about something they are grateful for. Being In Gratitude starts to change how we perceive things – read our Original Blog here. We now have four photographers left finishing off this challenge…

I AM SUNDAY SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE
I am a kiwi anglophile, an animal lover and I suffer from a severe form of PMS called Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD), which usually causes me to battle irrational, obsessive thoughts and depressive moods for two weeks out of every month. My GP prescribed prozac, but I would rather handle it naturally and by doing things like this. I have done a similar thing with Georgie a few years back, and it was a life saver. I was dealing with an unexpected divorce, which caused home and job loss. Here I am again, this time taking a photo each week on a Sunday for the year ahead…enjoy! .

I am grateful for…

02 Feb 2020

I AM SUNDAY NORTHERN HEMISPHERE
I am I am a 60 year old married man with 4 grown children. I served for 31 years in the military and was first diagnosed with depression in about 2002 with 4 years left to serve. If my illness had been diagnosed years earlier and I’d had treatment then, my kids might have grown up stronger and not suffered quite so badly with their own mental health issues in adult life. Then again, if I hadn’t grown up in a dysfunctional family environment with both parents being alcoholics, I might have known what ‘normal’ was and been stronger myself. I do still suffer bouts of depression and anxiety and I suspect I always will. The anxiety is fairly new to me; I have a number of physical health issues and I think they have made me feel more vulnerable, so maybe that’s normal as you get older. I have never really got on with years of CBT, perhaps I just wasn’t ready to get better. The counselling from Georgie and introduction to Transactional Analysis has been enlightening, sometimes emotional and a little scary, but definitely helpful. After three weeks of trying to get going, I finally accept the challenge and join you in June. In Gratitude Sunday Blog.

I am grateful for…

22 Mar 20

I AM SATURDAY SOUTH
I am 18 years old and I feel about 40. I have had a very difficult time with my mum’s ongoing struggle with mental illness and severe alcoholism. Living at home with her hasn’t been safe for me for many years. Recently I came back to find her unconscious and called an ambulance. I was in A&E as I watched her die. Staff restarted her heart and she went into a coma for a couple of days. She then walked out and continued her drinking and has some brain damage. I am on antidepressants, I work with a counsellor and have joined a Support Group for Children of Alcoholics. I am slowly trying to put my life back together as I realise its time for me to get back my inner fire and start living my life. I think finding something I am grateful for each week will be really helpful for me this year.

I am grateful for…

Sat 11 Jan 2020

I AM TUESDAY
I am a father, a husband and cat owner. I am working with severe anxiety, panic, depression caused by childhood-onset C-PTSD on a daily basis. Jungian therapy and EMDR helps me understand where it all comes from and how to manage it so I can hold down a full time job and relationships with others. My family and friends in my life now are very supportive in understanding what I need to enable me to manage my mental well-being. One such strategy is engaging in something like this, challenge accepted.

I am grateful for…

What are you grateful for today?

Check out our monthly catch ups:

In Gratitude

Grateful for

Do you suffer with Depression? Anxiety? Do you feel there is a lack of something in your life? Love? Money?

A YEAR LONG CHALLENGE: I originally asked seven people who struggle with a common mental health issue such as depression or anxiety, or a sense of ‘lack’ to be in gratitude for the year ahead. Each of them will represent a day of the week and post a photo of something they are grateful on this day for a whole year. So you will hopefully see around 365 photos, which may inspire you to Join Us and start taking your own. Since my first request several other people have joined us and will join up on various days. The more the merrier as the saying goes.

TAURUS GATEWAY: Our challenge was inspired by the second gateway of the Zodiac Wheel found in John Wadsworth’s book ‘Your Zodiac Soul‘ and the Taurean medicine of ‘Gratitude‘. This challenge is a variation on writing down three things to be grateful for each day. This exercise is one I often recommend to clients struggling with common mental health issues such as depression and anxiety and those focusing on the negative.

SENSE OF LACK: We have often been bought up on a sense of lack, that there is not enough to go around and can make us hoard and become greedy. On a grander scale, this behaviour is very much linked to the extinction of many species as we take more than we need. ‘There’s not enough‘ mantra, eventually becomes the ‘I am not enough‘. This causes low self-worth and confidence, this can contribute to depression and/or anxiety. Our minds are often found over-thinking in our past or over-worrying in our future, rarely are we in the present moment. Being present, means we are beyond our mind, which gives us a break from the mind chatter. As we actively seek things to be grateful for, it helps us connect to the present which is good for our mental health and well-being. Our perception of ‘lack’ is challenged when we are in gratitude. Although our brain has a natural negative bias for survival reasons, we can help our well-being by expressing gratitude for what we have, whilst we have it.

GET YOUR WHEEL TURNING: If you feel you are stuck here, and perhaps acknowledge a ‘lack of’…something attitude then join us on this journey. Being in Gratitude will get your wheel turning again and attract more things to be grateful for.

MY PERSONAL CHALLENGE: I perceive that there is a lack of money. Even as I write, I am saying ‘well its not a perception, it’s a fact, and I am not sure how to meet bills by the end of the month‘. It can make me down, it can make me self-critical and it has damaged my self-worth. I didn’t always have this block on money, but something happened along the way to change this. I acknowledge abundance comes in many other forms, and has certainly been the reason Jac has managed to stay with me despite losing my home two years ago. My challenge is a specific block on money as an energy form and it is interlinked with lack of appreciation for myself. I’ll keep you posted on how I get on over the year.

WANT TO JOIN US? This is a year long challenge to help you be In Gratitude and change things in your life. Stay Private: take a daily photo of something you are grateful for (365 photos) or pick a day of the week like our volunteers have and do your challenge weekly (52 photos). Want to Share: write in the comment section of our daily post something you are grateful for or if you would like to post a photo send to the email below. If you would like to become part of our blog like our original seven, pick a day of the week, send us something about you and we will add you to your chosen day. Email photos to: photo@junipercounsellingandtherapies.co.uk. We look forward to seeing any of your ‘#grateful for’ photos and maybe in time hearing how things have begun to change for you when you are In Gratitude.

OUR DAYS OF THE WEEK

I AM THURSDAY
I’m the proud mum of three grown up children. I am a survivor of domestic abuse. I was with my ex Husband for over 10 years and during those years I wished I would die. I went into a refuge for six months after the relationship ended and was diagnosed with depression and PTSD. Dealing with depression whether it’s clinical or circumstantial is like trying to walk in concrete at times. Through the support of family and friends and two therapists (one personal centred and the other an EMDR therapist) my past feels as though its finally past. I am in the present and no longer suffer with flash backs or overly worry about the future. I’ve been with my current partner for over 4 years now and I like to call him my BFG! He allows me to be me. We have 3 fur babies who take up most of the bed on a lazy Sunday morning!

My Gratitude Challenge May- Dec 2019

I AM ‘YIN’ FRIDAY
I am a mother of two boys, originally from Surrey and now living in Dorset. I am self-employed and enjoy being my own boss. I always enjoy telling people I was once arrested and held in a police cell for two hours. I suffer from frequent anxiety and work hard to lock it away. I have also suffered from depression very briefly last year. After agreeing to do this challenge, I noticed I have begun to already look at things differently. I am driving around looking for photographs about things I am grateful for. I noticed the sea today and how beautiful it is and I live right by it.

My Gratitude Challenge May- Dec 2019

I AM ‘YANG’ FRIDAY
I am a father pushing 50, with two grown up sons who are more like best friend than children. I love to travel. I am self employed with my own outdoor business and have been for 27 ish years! Money always used to be a problem but the last three years things have been good on this front, fortunately. My health hasn’t been good for a year or so, somethings wrong inside the stomach area and it’s still undiagnosed. The unknown makes it hard to deal with and in the last six months it has destroyed my social life, travel plans and my relationship. Life used to be fun but I seem to now be on a downward spiral, depression has crept in, sleep is non existent, I am struggling and I can’t access resources which would normally make me feel safe in life. I am thinking about professional support, but for now I will find one picture a week of something that I’m grateful for and start my #ingratitude process.

My Gratitude Challenge May – Dec 2019

I AM SATURDAY ‘SOUTH
I am 18 years old and I feel about 40. I have had a very difficult time with my mum’s ongoing struggle with mental illness and severe alcoholism. Living at home with her hasn’t been safe for me for many years. Recently I came back to find her unconscious and watched her die in A&E. Staff restarted her heart and she went into a coma for a couple of days. She continues to drink. I am on antidepressants, I work with a counsellor and have joined a Support Group for Children of Alcoholics. I am slowly trying to put my life back together as I realise its time for me to get back my inner fire and start living my life. I think finding something I am grateful for each week will be really helpful for me this year. In Gratitude Saturday Blog.

I AM SATURDAY ‘NORTH
I am a middle aged single mum of two teenage girls. I’m studying an MA in Psychodynamic Art Psychotherapy. As I learnt about developmental aspects of mental health, I became triggered and I failed 3 of the 4 assignments in the first year. I decided to defer the second year to allow myself the time to deal with what was happening to me and got close to ending my life. I went to the GP and I was referred to a short course of CBT which helped a bit. I began Art Psychotherapy, and discovered I was dealing with Childhood onset Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD) with additional trauma from adulthood. I worked hard on my self development – psychologically, emotionally, spiritually and academically as I continued my MA. After a year of therapy I had a profound experience, it felt like coming out of a dark Forest into a clearing bathed in sunshine. I felt new. There was a new spin on everything around me. I had to learn to be this new more peaceful person. I am still learning how to do this. I now feel more confident in my own ability to achieve in life and I now feel trust in the universes’ capacity to provide me with everything I need. I so feel blessed to be in my life and for that, I am grateful. Happy to continue to stay In Gratitude this whole year and share my photos.

My Gratitude Challenge May-Dec 2019

I AM SUNDAY SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE
I am a kiwi anglophile, an animal lover and I suffer from a severe form of PMS called Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD), which usually causes me to battle irrational, obsessive thoughts and depressive moods for two weeks out of every month. My GP prescribed prozac, but I would rather handle it naturally and by doing things like this. I have done a similar thing with Georgie a few years back, and it was a life saver. I was dealing with an unexpected divorce, which caused home and job loss, and I ended up sofa surfing. Here I am again, this time taking a photo each week on a Sunday for the year ahead…enjoy! In Gratitude Sunday Blog.

I AM SUNDAY NORTHERN HEMISPHERE
I am I am a 60 year old married man with 4 grown children. I served for 31 years in the military and was first diagnosed with depression in about 2002 with 4 years left to serve. If my illness had been diagnosed years earlier and I’d had treatment then, my kids might have grown up stronger and not suffered quite so badly with their own mental health issues in adult life. Then again, if I hadn’t grown up in a dysfunctional family environment with both parents being alcoholics, I might have known what ‘normal’ was and been stronger myself. I do still suffer bouts of depression and anxiety and I suspect I always will. The anxiety is fairly new to me; I have a number of physical health issues and I think they have made me feel more vulnerable, so maybe that’s normal as you get older. I have never really got on with years of CBT, perhaps I just wasn’t ready to get better. The counselling from Georgie and introduction to Transactional Analysis has been enlightening, sometimes emotional and a little scary, but definitely helpful. After three weeks of trying to get going, I finally accept the challenge and join you in June. In Gratitude Sunday Blog.

I AM MONDAY
I am a mother (dedicated to my children’s upbringing), a wife (dedicated to his career), and I am counsellor (dedicated to the well-being of others) – all of which make me feel whole. It’s not always been like this, my journey to this point in my life has been a massive roller coaster. It often would spiral out of control; from teenage trauma, to PTSD, to postpartum psychosis. I have self doubt, low self esteem and suffer with anxiety. I was lucky to have found great support through private and NHS mental health services. After a long road to recovery and support from friends and family I have become the person I am today as a result of the journey I have endured and I feel it makes me a more empathic counsellor. Mental health is important to me and I know it’s not always easy but it is something we all need to work on. One way I achieve this is to be grateful for the small things that bring us light on the darkest day. I will look forward to sharing these moments of gratitude with you over the year. 

My Gratitude Challenge May – Dec 2019

Monday’s Farewell Blog: What makes me happy

I AM TUESDAY
I am a father, a husband and cat owner. I am working with severe anxiety, panic, depression caused by childhood-onset C-PTSD on a daily basis. Jungian therapy and EMDR helps me understand where it all comes from and how to manage it so I can hold down a full time job and relationships with others. My family and friends in my life now are very supportive in understanding what I need to enable me to manage my mental well-being. One such strategy is engaging in something like this, challenge accepted. In Gratitude Tuesday blog.

I AM WEDNESDAY
I went to the university of life; living through many extremes and trying to find a balance and calm. I belong to a dysfunctional childhood family so dealt and still deal with alcoholism and psychosis. I have dealt with bereavement more recently. I have suffered with anxiety and depression. I have suffered from abuse; sexual, physical and drugs. After living with the trauma of a burst appendix, I’m so lucky to be alive, but I am now left with a life long illness which has turned my life upside-down. I need to find a ‘normal’. The only thing that keeps me sane is the animals in my life, as they are the only people who aren’t complicated. So there may be a fair few animal photos over the year! I also love being in nature and sit outside to watch sunsets so I look forward to sharing these with you too.

My Gratitude Challenge May-Dec 2019

What are you grateful for today?

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Calling all those who have ever had an ‘Exceptional Human Experience’?

Counselling, Exceptional Human Experiences, Survey, Juniper, Mystic, Psychic, Encounter

Be it Mystical, Psychic, Death-Related, Strange Encounters or ‘normal’ exceptional experience…

‘”Get up there’s someone in the house” a voice said, confusion followed as I tried to distinguish if I was dreaming or awake. “Get up there’s someone in the house”. I was awake. Immediately I listened for something. Nothing. I felt tired and irritated I had scared myself awake with a dream. It was 4 am I had to be up in two hours. I flopped back in bed, limbs landing back into the nice warm patches. I put the duvet over my head to try and block out the imprint of the red digital alarm clock, even though the image of the time, now in green, was actually burnt into the back of my eyelids.

“Get up there’s someone in the house”…

“Get up there’s someone in the house”. Who was saying that? It kept saying the same thing, clearly and calmly. I knew for certain at this point, it wasn’t me and I wasn’t dreaming. My heart began to beat outside of itself. It was so deafening I couldn’t hear anything else. Maybe I had better get out of bed and check this out. I crept across the bedroom floor to avoid creaking the floor boards and headed for the closed door. Bare foot across the carpet, tiptoeing as quietly as possible. I reached out for the door handle and pulled the door slowly open as to avoid the sound the carpet made as it caught the underneath of the door. I listened. I heard the creaking of floorboards in the living room. My heart felt like it had stopped. My breath stopped. The urge to swallow loudly increased. “Shit! There IS someone in the house” I said.

I had awoken in the middle of a burglary-in-progress…

This was one of my Exceptional Experiences (EE). I was 19 years old, living with my mother and younger sister. I had awoken in the middle of a burglary-in-progress. I recall it was difficult to dial the police from my mother’s bedroom phone because my adrenaline had kicked in and my hands and legs where moving uncontrollably. I also recall our Jack Russell, who would normally go off like a rocket for urban foxes sniffing around our bin, but who now stood quietly at the top of the stairs watching ‘someone’ undo our snip, bolt and chain on our front door to make good their escape. Two police cars screeched to a halt outside the house, just moments after they made a run for it. The burglar must have only just broken in when I was alerted and managed to leave the unfilled swag bag behind.

The police had several questions for me, and I had two myself that I could not answer…’Who had woken me up?’ ‘Would they do it again?’

I did go on to share this EE with friends and people I met along the way. Some believed my experience was ‘God‘ or my ‘Guardian Angel‘ looking out for me. Others were more logical and told me it was my ‘unconscious‘ letting me know I was in danger. Some shared with me similar experiences they had been through. Of course some people think I am bonkers when I talk about this experience and I can often see eyes glaze over as they go elsewhere. For me, this EE transformed my view of ‘reality’ as now I ‘knew’ I was connected to something bigger than me. This is the moment when an EE becomes an Exceptional Human Experience (EHE), it has a transformational quality.

My EHE Research Project: Would you like to get involved and share your experiences?

I am currently doing a research project for my level 5 counselling diploma on Exceptional Human Experiences by writing an EHE autobiography and I will be presenting it briefly to fellow counsellors in May or Jun 19. Alongside my experiences I am interested exploring other people’s ‘autobiographies’ too. Reading about other people’s experiences helps us understand our own and it may help us realise we have had more than we realise. It may even reveal a common thread. For many reasons, particularly in the western world, we don’t talk about these experiences. Some people dismiss EEs through fear, whilst some people write them off as oddities, impossibilities or find the person recollecting their as experience as ‘questionable’ as what they are hearing doesn’t sit well with their logic. Some people are diagnosed mentally ill or deluded.

Here’s what to do…

If you are interested, I have designed a survey with 5 questions to help with your autobiography. You may not be able to answer all of them as they may not all be applicable. It may take you some time to complete, so its not a one-sitting-kinda-survey. Perhaps you could take the relevant questions to a separate word document for a while. You can ask to remain anonymous or perhaps give me a coded name that I could use if I should discuss any of your experiences or publish any of your experiences in my research. Thank you in advance for your help.

Not sure if you have had any EHE’s? Check here…

Rhea White explored over 150 EHE’s using other peoples research, and then categorised them into five broad categories:

  1. Mystical Experiences – an epiphany, peak experience a knowing of unity, in the zone (sports), nondual duality/paradoxical reality.
  2. Psychic Experiences – forms of extra sensory perception (ESP) including animal communication, psychokinesis
  3. Death-Related Experiences – near-death, death bed, seeing or meeting with the dead, ouija board communications, physical death loses its impact
  4. Encounter Experiences – apparitions, alien species, UFO’s, angels, religious figures, crop circles, weeping statues
  5. Exceptional Normal Experiences – of ‘knowing’, ‘being’ and ‘doing’ at the outer limits of ‘normal’ for Western societies to fully accept. Synchronicity, goosebumps, crisis of identity, feeling of ‘wonderstruck’, dreams, inspiration, aesthetic and literacy experiences, witnessing or encountering art, relics, music, nature, noble acts or human performances.

Tim Whild’s Exceptional Human Experience transformed him onto a spiritual pathway of becoming a lightbody worker, author and international speaker – Read more.

Interview with Georgie McBurney in Equine Leadership Magazine

Equine, Counselling, Equine Leadership, Author Interview


“The biggest wisdom we can give you is to stay in the now moment, to get out of your thinking mind and engage with your body more. Communication and connection comes in through the body and once you feel that, you are connected to your own wisdom, and that is something far bigger than all of us – A Oneness.”


Equine Wisdom

Read the Full Interview here.

The Time is Now

The Oak tree or the eagle would be bemused… “What ‘time‘? The time is now. What else is there?”

In case you missed this book from 1999, here is a little review to see if you may like to have a read or perhaps find it’s a keeper for your book shelf. I bought this book as a gift, and year later ended up married to the person I gave it to. I always feel a book finds you at the right time, and here it was, probably for a second time for me. I say this because its first owner’s review is ‘it’s a whole book telling you the same thing over again, to be present’. For me, I can see why it is on the reading list for counsellors; its a reference book rather than a cover to cover read (although I did read it this way as I couldn’t put it down). I found myself highlighting words that were particularly relevant and I know I will come back to it and then find other words standing out instead, and I can reflect and compare with what stood out before.

It is a book with the message to get present, to Be, get out of the past and the future and realise we only ever have the now. Our power is in the now. Everything comes from the now.

It is also a book which tries to explain and get you to apply this message. Not just a read, but a lifestyle change. It dips back to old biblical scriptures that have been misinterpreted and taken too literally. Although reading it for the first time, there was a sense of already knowing what is being read.

With many clients I often show them Eric Berne’s PAC model and when we get to the ‘Adult’ Ego State; when I say ‘you know you are in this state if you are present‘…well here is a reference book to help you get there.

The mind, which is quite dysfunctional in humans, creates an ego, which becomes a false self, one that has identified with the stories of the past. It also creates the pain body, which seeks out more pain to continue existing. If we can get into the present, we become our essence, our real self and the false self and pain body disappear, we are beyond our mind. The mind however, will attempt to bring you back into psychological time, the past or the future. Which can mean for some of us, the past linking to depression and the future linking to anxiety, our two most common mental health issues. The false self can not exist without time, it can not exist in the now.

You are invited to become present, to accept the now. Become an observer of the mind, note ‘past’ or ‘future’ when you realise you are not here and by acknowledging this, you come back to the now.

Sometimes we may have gone through something in life that is unacceptable. At least some part of us still believes it could or should not have happened. It is too painful. It is too unbelievable. Loss and grief generally bring us to this point where we can not fully accept the past; that it DID happen. Perhaps an unconscious belief that staying with the pain will change the outcome some how. If you are stuck here, and most of us will be, Tolle explains there there is a second way to release yourself. To go within the body and acknowledge the feeling. Sit with the feeling and be present with it, bringing it from unconscious to conscious releases us.

If you find yourself creating the story around the feeling and directing strong emotions to people and institutions, the mind has taken you to the past. Follow your breath into your body, and come back to the actual feeling itself.

Tolle connects our inner world to the state of our outer world, that we can change the outside if we all worked on being present. The outer world being a manifestation of the mind, the collective mind. The mind creates duality, good and evil, creation and destruction, life and death – An opposite for everything. Beyond the mind however, duality does not exist, there is a state of peace, beyond the realms of ‘happiness’ – which again is of the mind. Some of us will have the journey of working through the collective pain body of humanity, which is often connected to the feminine (not women per se) and the collective over-thinker, which is often connected to the masculine (not men per se), and some of us will have both to contend with.

As someone who has studied Animal Minds at university, and worked with animals in a therapeutic setting for humans, the only thing that did not resonate as truth was when Tolle talks about animals not having a mind. Without mind he explains, they are a step down from us, cognitive so to speak, and that rather than take a step down to cognition we need to step up to beyond the mind. I feel this is a disservice to animals, and that they are actually a step up from us. I resonate with the concept of the Earth being an entity, Mother Earth, and animals being our siblings. Our siblings do have a mind, its just not dysfunctional in the way humans seem to be now and they can therefore step into their power. Of course I am talking about animals that are allowed to have their own voice, kept in appropriate ways to their kind and/or able to live as wild as they can in today’s world. They are present and in Being, are connected to their collective wisdom. And as Tolle says himself, anyone in their power encourages others to step into theirs. I believe animals are in this role right now, to encourage us to get into the now, as that is all we have. To step into our real power, find our real connection and peace, and we may just stop the destruction of mother Earth and our siblings in the process. This is a very similar message to that which came from The Sidhe.

Ill leave you with my take on Tolle’s analogy that we are each like beams of sunshine that think we are isolated and have to fight for our very existence. If we could only let the false self die, with that death, we would realise we are all part of the sun, the divine source. Our unconscious (mind) becomes conscious (beyond the mind).

Image: Gallio