3/Oct/07 Mind Body and Spirit (part one)


Have you ever seen a fit Medium?

I remember Mark Brandist, a spiritual medium, reducing the congregation to hysterics with his impression of a clairvoyant, staggering up to the altar in order to give messages from beyond - a beyond which seemed very imminent considering the fitness level of the fictitious? Medium.

The fact is that I have not seen too many people at church glowing with good health; no avid body-builders or gymnasts; no one really sexy or fit in all senses of the word.

It does seem to be a trend or factor, that a spiritual focus in life, often goes side-by-side with a physical neglect. Maybe it has something to do with the religious discomfort with the carnal side of existence.

There’s another factor - The exercises that comprise a journey into meditation more often than not, involve the drawing away of awareness from the extremities of the body, towards the upper chest and the head.

But you can involve the whole body in the meditative process and it’s about time that the natural distaste for the flesh and carnality was removed from modern religious practice. This dictat seems not to have been present in the old religions where the physical was seen in natural relationship to the whole cycle of life; from the planting of the seed, to the harvest and finally to the stillness of Winter.

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First Steps to Fitness

Exercise 1.


Christina used to call sleep “The Master Restorerâ€‌ and so it is. It seems that a lot of people, especially professionals of one sort or another, do not get enough shut-eye. Sleep gives the body a chance to rest, repair and recover. Most people know what they should be getting in terms of sleep-state, no matter if its 7 to 9 hours and although many people can get by on less, (3 to 5 hours!) it’s not good deal - either for the body or the mind.

So the first step is to sort out your sleeping pattern. Try to get enough sleep so that you are able to wake up naturally, without the aid of an alarm clock.

a) Just before going to sleep, ask your body to wake when it has rested enough; not before or after.
b) If you are sleeping too little or too much - identify the problem(s) - and solve them.

I know that the above is easier said than done; sometimes the problem is self-perpetuating; for example a lack of sleep has caused fears and worries to creep in and those worries themselves cause further lack of sleep and so on. You then find yourself in a downward spiral which must be halted for the sake of physical and mental health.

c) If you find you are sleeping too much, consider what you may be trying to avoid or hide from. Debts, career problems and emotional trauma are often the cause for sleep becoming an emotional refuge - get up and confront your problems. (they’ll only grow bigger if you don’t).

d) I find I can get to sleep easily if I think and visualize about my favourite hobby. Try to focus your mind on the areas of life that please you. Whatever you do, don’t focus on your problems - they’ll keep you awake and set you off on the spiral as you hide from them in sleep the following day…and so on.

e) Don’t eat or drink too much before going to bed. Sleep in pure cotton sheets in a bed which you can stretch out in - and sleep naked. (ok - if you need your favourite nighty,or pair of jim-jams so be it) but sleeping relaxed and naked in a cool, well-ventilated room takes some beating.

f) Keep a notebook and pencil beside your bed. Sleep will become an adventure. Jot down your dreams and visions as soon as you awake. Catch them as they dissolve.

The Gateway
Enjoy the moment between waking and sleeping. Here at the gateway you will encounter beings and spirits which are just as real in their own terms as your colleagues are at work. Look forward to returning to that gateway every night and don’t forget to write down your experiences and descriptions of the people you will meet. I can remember one guardian who appeared, just as I was drifting off. Suddenly this wonderful woman appeared looking down at me, as if she was leaning over a balcony. I have never seen such a beautiful face, smiling and glowing. Try as I might, I cannot recall her face exactly - but it was wonderful and the memory of it has made me look forward to the gateway ever since.

Two Hunky Men

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Eric Kunze (2)1 michael g jones

Be content with who you are and the age you are.

Society places such an emphasis on youth. Take a look at Eric Kunze - The Man in the USA production of Whistle Down the Wind‌ and my dear friend Michael G Jones (Jacob in the UK tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat) and ask yourself who is the most attractive. They are both great guys and a pleasure to work with.

till the next time


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