Addition, Subtraction and Perspective


Busy Busy! A picture tells a thousand words and here I give you two.

The turbine is not yet operational; we are stymied on AC/DC and dump loaders; better slow and steady (Everything necessary runs on solar already). But it is UP and steady. Personally, I find it quite like a minimalist sculpture. And in case you are wondering, it is virtually silent even at high speed.

And She. Gorgeous She who has no name as of yet. She who came on the sag eclipse as Completion, in this case of our little tribe here. She who collects and violently shakes all shoes and socks and actually all things that fit into her mouth.  Rather like having a toddler around, the frequent and peaceful parts of the day are when she is napping.


I am a big fan of the mindhacks blog. Recently, Tom Stafford posted about sensations many of us have but don’t talk about. And what equally drew my attention was the illustration provided, what it says about human nature and how ‘valid’ knowledge becomes just that:

This points to something curious about the way we create knowledge, illustrated by a wonderful story about the scientific history of meteorites. Rocks falling from the sky were considered myths in Europe for centuries, even though stories of their fiery trails across the sky, and actual rocks, were widely, if irregularly reported. The problem was that the kind of people who saw meteorites and subsequently collected them tended to be the kind of people who worked outdoors – that is, farmers and other country folk. You can imagine the scholarly minds of the Renaissance didn’t weigh too heavily on their testimonies. Then in 1794 a meteorite shower fell on the town of Siena in Italy. Not only was Siena a town, it was a town with a university. The testimony of the townsfolk, including well-to-do church ministers and tourists, was impossible to deny and the reports written up in scholarly publications. Siena played a crucial part in the process of myth becoming fact.

Where early science required authorities and written evidence to turn myth into fact, ASRM shows that something more democratic can achieve the same result. Discussion among ordinary people on the internet provided validation that the unnamed feeling was a shared one. Suddenly many individuals who might have thought of themselves as unusual were able to recognise that they were a single group, with a common experience.

There is a blind spot in psychology for individual differences. ..Something common to all of us wants to validate our inner experience by having it recognised by other people, and in particular by the authority of science. I can’t help – almost all I know about ASMR is in this column you are reading now. For now all we have is a name, but that’s progress.

According to the articulate Kimberly Maxwell of Sher Astrology, we are living through

 ‘an era defining signature, just as the conjunction between these two planets (Pluto & Uranus) was in the 1960s and the last square before that in the 1930s.  It is another cyclical moment of upheaval in human evolution with the archetypal purpose to shake us, wake us and take us to the next level by forcing us to let go of the past and all that we hold near and dear.  Authenticity is the one thing that can withstand this immense pressure.  Ultimately whatever breaks down only does so because it is non-essential to the core of our Self.  Being open to change is easy to say but much, much harder to do in the face of the mountain of “learning” we’ve gone through to be a success as a human being.  Fear is definitely a culprit and is usually directed at someone or something that threatens our very existence – as we think we know it.  A great anti-fear agent is observation.  To conquer resistance to change, we could make a choice not to fight it but instead to adopt the counter-intuitive measure of simply observing it.  Where in each of our lives are we resisting change?


Emphasis in both quotes is mine.

‘Ultimately whatever breaks down only does so because it is non-essential to the core of our Self.’  That can be a tough one to reconcile with oneself. That’s going to take perseverant thought, deep thought. Let us begin – or continue on, as the case may be. There is no more important occupation than sorting through our ‘core truths’.

I suppose for many this could be taken as a relief. Surely, if we could get to ‘the other side’ of whatever it is we are gripping so tightly, it would feel like this. Perspective is everything, isn’t it?

Have a ponder on these two offerings today.

Touching Base

Sunrise over Stonehenge on the summer solstice...

Photo credit: Wikipedia

Its been very hectic for many of us these last weeks. Lots of ups and downs, both within ourselves and our environments. Personally, I have been doing my best to practice sitting back in my proverbial seat as situations and events stoke my thoughts and feelings.

In my working life, there has been a serious uptick in the number of people I am reading for; some pass through for a basic overview and some have decided they need my ongoing service via bi-monthly energy-chats. Though the bi-monthly service is more economical, what really seems to draw them is the realization that they need consistent, regular grounding (Me, too: welcome to my world.). Every one of them tells me they sense a much greater participation, both psychologically and physically, in their lives. They are living the co-creation experience. This is extremely gratifying for me.

My personal life is completely occupied by living off the grid – of course. This is no walk in in the park, on a day-to-day basis, believe me. There are times when I think I am going to implode. It’s not that its ‘so hard’ or full of deprivation, in fact its like an ongoing meditation. But there is a continual background kind of taxing that can occasionally build up on when one has lived with the basic creature comforts of the latter 20th century. .Sometimes you just have to ‘take a day’.

Red Wine

Photo credit: desegura89

I can tell you exactly how many litres of water I use every day, be it for cooking, cleaning, washing or the garden (I have to regularly transport it, you see, in a lot of 25 litre containers. Google how much each weighs. I haven’t because it’s probably better I don’t know). I can tell you exactly when the sun rises and sets, how long a battery can run a fluorescent lamp and many factors to consider for running a household on solar/wind turbine systems. And how beautiful it is to watch courting woodpeckers along the treeline of a field full of wildflowers.

Because we are on a very small budget due to so many (huge) starting-off expenses, I feel compelled to cut back in many areas, including how long I run the (inefficient) generator. This directly affects my computer battery and the blog has had to languish a bit. I can’t tell you how many posts I have written in my head, hoping like hell that the essence of my point stays with me until blog time returns. On the bright side, it certainly helps the time go by when you are engaged in back-breaking pick and ax work on ground as hard as concrete.

But we are in the stream and things happen with relative ease to encourage us (‘relative’ being a key word). This is a fearful time in Europe and even more so for those living, as we are, in the latest-euro-experiment country of Cyprus. While it’s far too small a place for us to be insulated from a lot of the monetary repercussions, our needs and wants, our general standard of living, will not be so affected as the majority. And over time, our personal environment will become richer and more comfortable as we build it, along with Nature and Time.
I just wanted to let my readers know, to catch you up with my regular contacts. I am still here and reading energy wheels or answering one-off queries. It’s all quite in keeping with Saturn in Scorpio and the stellium progression. Perhaps you have different terms for it but know what I mean.

I plan to be back here soon with a post concerning an article I read recently about political progressives. See you soon…