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3 Keys to an Aligned Path

SignpostWe all want many different things in life and, as a consequence, it seems we are so often pulled in so many different directions it is exhausting.  It seems impossible for us to have everything we want.

Yet it is possible.  The more aligned our path in life is to our true essence, to the most complete expression of who We Truly Are, the easier and more graceful our progress becomes.  There are three keys that can help us create this.  Each key is a point of focus on our path and if these three are aligned all things along our path tend to fall into place.

First key:

Our ‘to do’ list are things which we already know how to do, we just have to organise ourselves to get them done.  Usually these are things that we need to do over the next couple of months, at most.

Second key:

Our goals differ from our ‘to do’ list because they require us to learn and grow, to master some new skill or overcome some old obstacle.  That’s the point, actually, because our goals motivate us to grow.  Generally, most goals will take us two to five years to complete.

Third key:

Our dreams differ from our goals because they aren’t real to us right now.  That’s the point.  When we focus on our goals we’re generally taught that we need an ‘action plan’ for them and that we have to consider what is possible.  Dreams enable us to consider the impossible and give ourselves permission to play with the idea of what it would be like if we had a life which is currently out of our reality.  By allowing ourselves to play with these extraordinary ideas we begin to connect with them.  Without dreams we wouldn’t be able to grow beyond our current reality.  Considering what our life could be like in thirty to forty years is a good way to tap into our dreams.  That length of time is enough for our minds to be able to accept that anything is possible.

Yet oPath2ur dreams give an overall alignment to our life.  They enable us to find the best way to align our goals and our ‘to do’ list.  It is the long focus of our dreams which create the easiest and most graceful alignment of our path, and also enable us to go beyond our current reality.

Often in so much less time than thirty to forty years!  If only we give ourselves permission to dream of our happiest life.

 

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Chichen Itza

DSCN0249This is an image of the main pyramid they’ve excavated at Chichen Itza, the largest and most well-known of the Mayan cities surviving to this day. It was still inhabited when the Spanish arrived and it was just too big for them to dismantle, though some of the outer areas were taken down as the Spanish used the stone for their own buildings.

The way the top of it pokes up above the surrounding trees weirdly reminds me of some scenes from Star Wars.  What do you think?

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Lollipops have a higher power

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The Good Will labyrinth
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The Temple of Good Will

Once I got to Sao Paulo in Brazil I then flew out again to the nation’s capital of Brazilia. After all the talk I have been doing about Emily Simpson’s labyrinth project for Centennial Park the first thing they did was show me their own labyrinth.

This is a simple 7 spiral labyrinth set inside the most remarkable building. It is a building dedicated to good will, a  modern day pyramid with the most enormous quartz on its peak.

Then I did my talk at the Brazilian Society for Psycho-Oncology to a very select group of people drawn from all over the country. Here is a short exerpt from the talk:

The complexity of fractals enable simple principles to be applied with ever-increasing options or opportunities, through growth, which in fractal terms is called iteration – yet another repetition of the base pattern. At the same time, a fractal is robust, maintaining its coherence throughout every opportunity. Many dynamic systems, through finding the most efficient method of networking, will start to form complex patterns that will take on fractal characteristics.

This is now being used in the analysis of cancer cells. Analysis of the fractal dimension of a cancer cell is not only showing great promise of early detection, but is also showing the ability to diagnose the cell-type with a great degree of rapidity and reliability.

Of interest in the field of psychology, fractals are an effective model for neural modelling. Our brains have fractal organisation. Fractal processes and properties occur at many levels of neural organizations and performance, and are functionally relevant. This is especially true with the growing understanding of the brain as not just simply the functioning of individual neurons, but the functioning of whole neural networks.

It was extremely well received and we hope to see a growing interest in the work of Fractology as a result. If you’d like a copy of the whole text of the talk (not that I stuck to it very well) please email me and I’ll be happy to send you a copy.

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A slice of Pirenopolis
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Ruth bathing her sore toe on our walk before I examined it.

After the talk we went to Pirenopolis via John of God. There’s some very powerful, raw energies in that place. At Pirenopolis we were able to relax and enjoy the Brasilian countryside. However, Ruth who was with us was in pain from an injury a couple of weeks previously. She asked me to have a look and when I examined it, it was clear her big toe was broken. She’d been to the doctor but he hadn’t touched it and it was left unsplinted.

All I had with me were some bandaids and some lollipop sticks. But they were enough to splint her big toe and get her some relief. Which proves two things:

1. There’s always an answer.

2. Lollipops have a higher power.

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Mayan Dreaming

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At Palenque

 

I love the juxtaposition of these beautiful old buildings next to the jungle. Of course, when the city was inhabited the jungle would have been reduced to a few picturesque trees along avenues and plazas.

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Tower of Venus

The Mayan’s really did have an amazing culture. It was a stone-age culture which reached its height about 4000 years after Stonehenge was built. It is difficult to say what they would have produced had they had access to iron or bronze. They did so much with what they had.

Their building techniques were superb and their culture sophisticated. Their healing was particularly focused on gut-related issues and contraception. The first because they sadly lacked a decent plumbing system and so everyone was always getting stomach infections. The second was for the upper classes. The lower classes were encouraged to have lots of children as it meant a larger workforce.

Their writing, which look like pictograms, is actually syllabic. Which means each glyph represents a syllable, somewhat like Japanese. They observed the movements of the stars with considerable accuracy, and were particularly interested in the equinoxes and the movements of Venus.

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View from the Water Temple

The equinoxes told them about the two different parts of their agricultural year which were dependent upon the rainy season here. The rise of Venus at sunset at the ‘cross-quarter’ date (halfway between a solstice and equinox) at Halloween marked the end of the rainy season. Her tower here in Palenque leans like the tower of Pisa, only here it is deliberate and not a matter of building on unstable soil. The lean is so that on the 31st October and 1st November the tower will cast no shadow.

All of which was amazing and I thoroughly enjoyed my time there. There is a private research station doing some work into recapturing the healing botanicals of the Mayans, which I didn’t get time to visit but would love to one day. However, I found the cities themselves empty of any presence of the Mayans themselves.

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Quinta Cha Nab Nal

Perhaps because the cities are these days full of tourists who have curiosity but little alignment with the people themselves. I actually found the Mayan presences in the first hotel I stayed at, which was here at Palenque. This was a boutique hotel called Quinta Cha Nab Nal. Lightning has struck the place a few times. The image to the right is the small building the owner, Raphael, built where lightning blasted a tree not far from the main lobby.

Raphael is german-italian and has been obsessed with the Mayans since he was 13. He moved here and set up the hotel. He’s an archaeologist and he’s the one who explained the Mayan language to me. He clearly has a deep connection with the people and culture.

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My hotel room

Indeed, as I said, it was here I felt the presence of Mayan spirits. I couldn’t sleep very well on my second night here because they were working on me most of the night. It was very interesting but not conducive to rest! As I was walking through jungle and around ruins the rest of the time I guess it was their only opportunity.

They were mostly working on my gut, something I’ve had trouble with over the years. It was fascinating. They appeared to be working with the ‘gut brain’ in a way I hadn’t thought of – treating it like a collective consciousness of its own. My gut has certainly felt stronger since, and I think I’ll be able to reproduce the energy work they were doing, given a little time. So my holiday turns out to be more of a sabbatical.