To achieve one of the primary aims for this website, I have collated various resources which I have gathered over the years. Drawn from personal interest, research, exploration, reading and my own practices, these may provide a stimulus for further development of the real self, and help you in your journey along your own pathways.
How to access the Resources
Below you will find a brief summary of what's contained in each of the resource areas on this site. The Resources Menu at the left hand side of this page links you to each resource page where you will find links to books, videos, articles, websites and more.
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After-Life Since 1973, this area has been of deep interest, due to my conscious spiritual beliefs, exploration and personal experience. Topics covered include the philosophy, spiritual realms, mediumship and research on this subject.
The Arts It is now well documented that the health and well-being of body, mind and spirit are intrinsically linked. Since 2005, a personal involvement in ensemble singing, drama performance, writing and directing confirm for me the benefits of the arts in everyday living. Organisations are now developing programs aimed to enrich spiritual development through the exploration of the arts in its many forms..
Community and Social Action Contributing to community, participation through volunteering, connecting to interest groups, initiating progressive reform or supporting social equity actions could all be considered pathways towards evolving conscious spiritual awareness. This Chair Rocks, Radical Age Movement and Conscious Elders Network are examples of older citizens addressing ageism and promoting social reforms. Men’s Sheds and the White Ribbon Campaign (involving men addressing gender issues) are further examples of social action which benefits the whole of society.
Consciousness Consciousness in its simplest form represents transformation(s) of individual or collective experiences from everyday physical and material life towards acknowledging, and even developing, a deeper meaningful awareness. Intentionally such transformations and subsequent practices enable a shift in pathways from the personal “I” to an encompassing and collective “we”.
Creative Ageing Regardless of age, physical ability, educational or cultural background, or even economic circumstances, we all have a capacity to be, in some form, creative. Science also predicts that creative people tend to live longer and healthier lives. Drama, singing, photography, wood turning, boat building, gardening and tai chi are just some examples of ways of creative living and being! Why wait? Discover your own hidden talents - you’ll be really surprised!
Death and Dying Several authors have, in their own way, moved the conversation of death and dying to a recognition that in reality there is no death, just a cessation of the physical body. In Death Makes Life Possible, Marilyn Schiltz suggests that many Western cultures are reluctant to engage in conversations around death and dying. The Tibetan Book of the Living and Dying provides a deep Buddhist perspective to approaching death. In Dr Peter Fenwick’s Art of Dying, based on ten years of research, he has recorded many cases of people’s end of life experiences. Karen Wyatt MD, in What Really Matters, explores the spiritual consciousness aspects of death and dying.
Dreams Almost everyone dreams during their nightly sleep cycle, especially during REM periods. Dreams provide us with a wealth of inner knowing about what is happening to us right now or about impending precognitive events. Symbolic images, sometimes quite vivid, are stored in our unconscious mind, to later be interpreted in our conscious waking mind. Notable authors and practitioners, including Edgar Cayce, Carl Jung, Robert Moss, Robert Waggoner, Ann Faraday and others provide considerable practical, theoretical and inspiring pathways for understanding, and importantly honouring, our dreams.
Mindfulness Jon Kabat-Zinn states: “Mindfulness is awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgementally.” Meditative practices, inner contemplative reflections, guided imagery exercises, mindful physical body movement, mantras, prayer affirmation and more are examples of mindful practices. When we practice mindfulness, our thoughts tune into what we’re sensing in the present moment rather than rehashing the past or imagining the future.
Paranormal Charles T. Tart has provided over four decades of valuable academic findings into the paranormal. Altered states of consciousness including out-of-body experiences, near-death-experiences, ESP, and paranormal phenomena are explored in his book TheEnd of Materialism. In Life After Life, Dr R. Moody investigates over 100 cases of NDE. The taped recordings of people in spirit by Leslie Flint, a UK medium, provide insight into mediumship, séances, spiritualism and the after-life. Evidence of near-death-experience, communication with spirit realms and support for the paranormal are provided by a number of eminent scientists.
Science Dr Dean Radin is the chief scientist for the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS). Radin has researched ESP, mediumship, consciousness and altered states experiences and documents these in Supernormal, The Conscious Universe and Entangled Minds. In Secrets of Your Cells, Sondra Barrett points out that our body cells are indeed intelligent. Carl Sagan and others also strongly suggest that spirituality and science can work in parallel and advocate moving mankind beyond rigid scientism. The Universal Spiritual Brother&Sisterhood identify that spirit scientists and chemists work with like-minded individuals on earth towards making significant advances in scientific work that contribute to making this world a better place.
Spirituality The teachings of Silver Birch suggest that we are “first and foremost a spirit, having an earth experience”. One aspect of what being a spiritual person really means is found in Spiritual Light (Universal Spiritual Brother&Sisterhood): “Truly spiritual people do not proclaim to all within the sound of their voice that they are spiritual. Nor is there a need to do this". Carol Orsborn and Robert Weber in their book for Baby Boomers, Spirituality of Age, suggest that life changes and challenges beyond the age of fifty can provide the impetus for new spiritual pathways. Sage-ing International puts forward additional pathways in From Age-ing to Sage-ing. Retired professor of gerontology, Harry R Moody, in his captivating work The Five Stages of the Soul outlines five life transitions which impact on older persons. Arthur Findlay was a brilliant UK spiritual medium and his classic work, Rock of Truth, provides a window into the spiritual realms beyond this planet.