The Latest, Greatest Discovery…

I’ve often described myself as having been educated in the School of Life… but my recent discovery of the YouTube channel going by that name has been a joyful revelation.  Beautifully made, concise, colourful videos… means that catalysing a discussion on any number of topics with children or adults is made very, very easy.  Packed with information and loads of pointers for further exploration.  An excellent resource for self-education.

Advertisements

Alan Watts Discusses Aldous Huxley’s ‘Island’

Take my favourite author, add to this my favourite of all his books, then add my favourite philosopher, mix them altogether and what do you get?  About three hours of inspiring audio delights that absolutely moved my world.  I don’t recommend this talk to anyone who hasn’t yet read ‘Island’.  If you are one of these sad, miserable excuses for a human being 😉 then please don’t delay and get yourself a copy as soon as you can.

There will be an interview for all parents wishing to engage my educational services and I will offer them freely to any families who have read “Brave New World’ and ‘Island’ and listened to this talk:

Technocracy Rising

I generally resist sharing anything that could be misconstrued as being negative.  I also tend to share only those items that are relatively easy to digest so posting a link to a three hour talk about something of the darker aspects of our modern world bucks this trend somewhat.  That said, this lovely man, a sober individual with an impeccable attitude to research and truth seeking has a message to share that we would do well to heed… it feels like a moral duty to include this link on this blog.  The people who recorded this interview, Tragedy and Hope, are an amazing organisation who have educated me in many ways.  Their youtube channel is a constant source of inspiration as is their Tragedy and Hope Magazine channel which, in particular, features one of the most informative interviews I’ve ever seen: The Ultimate History Lesson with John Taylor Gatto.

How to Boil a Frog: Is it Getting Hot in Here?

In a world whose temperature continues to rise day by day… we frogs, slowly cooking over the intense heat of modern civilisation… have only one way we can get our hands on the heat control.

Debt-based banking, the centralised cornerstone of modern economies can be replaced by alternatives that generate a completely new way of life for humanity. Continue reading How to Boil a Frog: Is it Getting Hot in Here?

One-Straw Education

Inspired by Masanobu Fukuoka‘s One-Straw Revolution, I’ve written an article where I apply his ideas to the field of education:

Read the article here: https://newparadigmeducation23.wordpress.com/philosophy/one-straw-education/

Dr. Gabor Maté – Bioneers

Here is a recent talk from one of the most inspirational and holistic thinkers on the planet, a man whom I believe is playing a significant role in the healing of the planet, disseminating ideas and compassionately contextualising the modern condition showing clear signposts to the way out.

The One-Straw Revolution

Somehow, despite the profoundly significant work of an inspiring man who showed the world how to farm in harmony with nature… the majority of modern agriculture is still literally dragging it’s knuckles in the dirt and stumbles on thoughtlessly churning up the earth in a futile attempt to increase upon the abundant supply of food the soil can easily provide.  The permaculture movement was pretty much founded upon this man’s work and perhaps it just takes time for the awareness of natural farming and its life-enhancing qualities to be scattered and to germinate.  His delightful book The One-Straw Revolution, is more about an attitude to existence than the mechanics of farming and I highly recommend it to anyone.

Article on Masanobu Fukuoka and his life’s work.

It Takes More than a Village to Raise a Child

Michael Meade is truly a genius of our times with an incredible story and I’m sharing this recent article where he draws upon his work with young people and his unparalleled knowledge of myth, culture and psychology.

http://www.mosaicvoices.org/it-takes-more-than-a-village.html

Aluna – A Message from the Heart of the World

For anyone who’s not familiar with the message of the Kogi, they are a unique tribe with a story unlike any other… if you want to read more about this documentary which I highly recommend, an article by one of my favourite writers, Charles Eisenstein, can be found here.

http://www.alunathemovie.com

The first documentary by legendary British film-maker Alan Ereira on the Kogi Mamas entitled “The Heart of the World: Elder Brother’s Warning”, is also really worth watching.

In a sane world, instead of CNN news, these films would be repeatedly endlessly and broadcast internationally.

Sands School – What Great Education Can Look Like

If you suspect that state education is falling far short of the mark but you can’t quite imagine what good education could look like…. watch this.  Sands School, an excellent example of democratic education seems to be providing an excellent service that celebrates the creativity and the individuality of their students whilst building mutual consideration.

Why it Takes More than One Real Man to Really Love a Woman

What man would ever be conceited enough to claim that he can meet all the needs of a woman?

The needs of a woman (and indeed all of us) are many and varied.  There are physical needs, emotional needs, intellectual needs, spiritual needs… there are needs so subtle they escape all classification and definition, some arise spontaneously in the moment and require extreme sensitivity and intuition in order to be met.

Some men excel in meeting a woman’s need for physical security, food shelter and the like… some men (not many!) have a flair for understanding the emotional affairs of her heart… some may be able to support a woman with a sense of belonging and self worth… and others may have a capacity for fulfilling her sensual desires.

But what man would claim to be able to do all of these things… and even then… all of the time? Continue reading Why it Takes More than One Real Man to Really Love a Woman

The Peer to Peer Economy

If you really want to feel inspired the direction our culture seems to be moving in and stay ahead of the curve, I highly recommend watching this video.  James Corbett with another excellent report highlighting a whole range of aspects about P@P developments including loads I’d never heard about despite having kept abreast of this subject… check it out…

The Recovering Face Addict

The last email to my mailing list prompted some feedback to say that there was a hint of the recovering alcoholic or the evangelistic ex-smoker in the way I was talking about Faceboob.

There’s no doubt I got a lot out of my experience… I want to make it clear that my FaceFeed was a veritable torrent of inspiring ideas and connections, there’s a huge amount I discovered even if that came at a price.  I suppose Alcoholics Anonymous exists because there are recovering addicts who are able to give hope to others that another way is possible… I guess this was my hope too.

A Force For Change or Forced to Change?

In these times of great turbulence we have the power to choose whether to live as a force for change or accept that we will be forced to change.

Everything in life is constantly in a state of flux… moving, growing, transforming, evolving.  To think that we can resist the tides and currents of existence is insanity.

 

New Paradigm Astrology

There are many people who disregard astrology out of hand because of a misunderstanding that the stars in some way exert a force over human lives and shape events or incline us to behave in certain ways.  This is a misunderstanding of the alchemical appreciation of the adage: “As above, so below, as within, so without”. Continue reading New Paradigm Astrology

Charles Eisenstein on Regenerative Agriculture and Geo-Engineering

Great article and only 800 words which is a rarity for Mr Eisenstein.

http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2015/mar/09/we-need-regenerative-farming-not-geoengineering

What is a Superhero?

If you think that a superhero means a lycra-clad, masked and muscled man with magical powers, it might be time to update your ideas.  A superhero does not have to mean some Nietzschean image of perfection the recent decades of superhero comics and graphic novels stand as testimony.

Sometimes a superhuman achievement is just to make it through a whole day without being violent in thought or action.  Sometimes it could be simply being there for someone at the crucial point when they needed some support whether that be just a hug or even a glance of understanding.

Perhaps all we need to do is show some heart? Continue reading What is a Superhero?

No World Order

 

Let me tell you ’bout the new world order
Not the kind to make you run for the border
It’s a new religion wrapped in a revolution
With a proven solution for your mental pollution Continue reading No World Order

Salesman for a Better World

I like to consider myself an advocate for the more beautiful world our hearts tell us is possible.  A salesman offering comprehensive after-sales support for those invested in making that transition. It’s a voluntary position motivated by my own self-interest because I want to live in that world which is slowly coming into view… a world of justness, love and compassion. Continue reading Salesman for a Better World

You’re Not the Only One to Think Something’s Up

If you have thoughts that are often seemingly at odds with what is generally accepted by your family, your friends or your work colleagues, it’s important to know that you’re not alone. You are probably already coming to the realisation that civilisation is in crisis and not very civilised at all. How do you feel to look around and see so much that needs to be improved and so little visible transformation?

Take heart and be inspired.  You are not alone.

Rebooting the System

Terence McKenna admonished us to remember that culture is not our friend.

We can think of culture as a programming language with which our fleshy biocomputers are able to process the information bombarding our reality tunnels.  Defects in language result in defective thinking.  Unhealthy thoughts lead to dis-ease and destruction.  It is time to update our operating systems.  The bugs we see in our social software arise from faulty coding and input analysis.  We can improve our all our lives by integrating these redefined programming terms presented here into our thinking, assisting us with the task of deprogramming ourselves from collective insanity. Continue reading Rebooting the System

Life After Facebook

Since leaving Facebook at the start of the year, nearly a month now, I’ve been experiencing a wide range of different emotions. The positive ones include…

  • Surprise and relief at the amount of time at my disposal, I hadn’t realised quite how much I’d been spending ‘looking for something’ in a dopamine fuelled surge for distraction.
  • Happiness to have had greater connection with people in the ‘real world’.  I’ve picked up the phone and met with friends instead of being satisfied with a textual exchange.
  • Passion for creativity with extra time and thinking space.
  • Better sleep and greater vitality without the consistent distraction tempting me.
  • Satisfaction (and perhaps an unhealthy pinch of pride) for having had the courage of my conviction to stop doing something that felt incongruent with my principles.
  • Continue reading Life After Facebook

The Peaceful Majority

It seems

The salty tears of history

Have largely washed away

The memories of atrocities

By religious and political ideologies.

Yet what remains

Are figures like stains.

The peaceful majority in Germany

Failed to prevent 60 million deaths

Continue reading The Peaceful Majority