My Story

 MY STORY     CHILDHOOD   Born in England in 1940, I am very much a child of the Western mind, growing up in its intellectual tradition and painfully sharing its late 20th century crisis of meaning. I was blessed with a secure and loving, if somewhat over protected, childhood. We “dwelt among the untrodden ways” of English Fen country. Miles upon miles… Read more

Big History

Brian Swimme’s “short version” of Big History: “It’s really simple. here’s the whole story in one line. This is the greatest discovery of the scientific enterprise: You take hydrogen gas, you leave it alone, and it turns into rosebushes, giraffes, and humans.” Food for thought!! At this time in history, when consciousness finds itself in a race against catastrophe, it is imperative that… Read more

Residential Weekends on Evolutionary Spirituality

“Evolutionary Spirituality is evolution inspired, world embracing, and future-oriented. It is a creative, anticipatory spiritual path in which salvation, however we define that word, is to be found not in connection to the ancestral spirits of yesteryear, in promises of a heavenly beyond, in achieving a transcendent state of inner peace, or even in letting go into a timeless present, but in fully… Read more

Consciousness v Catastrophe

“There is now a single issue before us: survival. Not merely physical survival, but survival in a world of fulfillment, survival in a living world, where the violets bloom in the springtime, where the stars shine down in all their mystery, survival in a world of meaning.” —Thomas Berry In November 1992, a few months after the Earth Summit in Rio, a document… Read more

The Consciousness Revolution

Consciousness is the basis of all life and the field of all possibilities. Its nature is to expand and unfold its full potential. The impulse to evolve is thus inherent in the very nature of life. Maharishi MaheshYogi For more than thirty years now I have been exploring religious traditions and different techniques of meditation and have found the mystical heart of all… Read more

Benefits of Yoga Nidra

Most of the relaxation sessions on Gillian’s CDs are based on the ancient Indian practice known as yoga nidra or psychic sleep. The many benefits of the deep relaxation practice known as yoga nidra deepen as you learn to let go more and more and move deeply into yourself. This is best achieved by regular daily practice with an audio recording, preferably at… Read more

Yoga Nidra and Subtle Bodies

Most of the relaxation sessions on Gillian’s CDs are based on the ancient Indian practice known as yoga nidra or psychic sleep. The soul is not in the body but the body is in the soul. Meister Eckhardt The healing power of the deep relaxation practice known as yoga nidra is best understood using the Eastern model of subtle energies and subtle bodies… Read more

Befriend your Breath

We all enjoy a party from time to time but imagine one from which there is no escape! For many, modern living has become like a nonstop party. In our waking hours there is no relief from the sensory onslaught of relentless noise and chatter coming from either our own minds, or from the world around us. The stress response that served our… Read more

The Inner Quest

In ancient myths and legends the inner journey is symbolized as a journey into a wilderness of some description. Any serious process of Self discovery and spiritual transformation requires you to remove yourself one way or another from the safe and familiar surroundings of community life. In Joseph Campbell’s words, you go in search of the ‘jewelled centre’ of your psyche: The goal… Read more

Meditation

It is easier to sail many thousands of miles through cold and storms and cannibals…. Than it is to explore the private sea, the Atlantic and Pacific oceans of one’s being alone. Henry David Thoreau Meditation does not come easily in a Yang dominated culture like ours. Carl Jung warned against meditation as a spiritual practice for externalised Westerners. He felt that it… Read more