January 15, 2019

Mixed Race – Human and Faerie

Posted in Uncategorized at 5:16 pm by aleksan

Not only are we all of mixed race genetically, some more clearly so than others, but most humans carry the genes of human forms not of a modern type of human – Neanderthals, Denisovans and perhaps others. My own small percentage of Neanderthal genes, according to recent research, impacts many of my physical, immunological and psychological functions, some useful in evolutionary terms and some that may cause problems – in my case a propensity for auto immune responses – like asthma and my neurological condition, maybe.

But we are also of mixed race in another way – which to some will sound fanciful, while to others will make perfect sense. To different degrees we are part Faerie. I know that my own nature has much Faerie, and I also know others like me, and many very much not Faerie, or not in touch with their Faerie nature.

Those of us who can see or hear Faeries and Elemental Spirits feel connected deeply to the world of Nature, trees, stones, animals – but also to the Faerie Realm of intuition, imagination, telepathy and magic. This enables us to see all things as connected and living, not just in space time but in a Realm very real but beyond space time.

I have come to spend increasing time in this world, not a fuzzy-wuzzy world at all, but a world of the senses being used to their full – our world, but not limited by separation and immediacy. Yes, I am part Faerie, and maybe you are too if you can connect with this deeper part of your nature.

Let us develop our Faerie selves to connect with other existences in this realm and other realms – to re-enchant our disconnected world, to fulfil our own destinies – which is in our different ways to help those we journey with to fulfil their own personal destiny – in the Great Mysterious and Magical Scheme of Connected and Loving Existences!

January 11, 2019

Andy Murray – human in the best sense

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:50 am by aleksan

Andy Murray will be giving up playing professional tennis this year. He is a great player, winning Grand Slams and Gold medals. It is sad when loss occurs, especially loss of health and former abilities, and it is good that he can cry and acknowledge this.

But after the loss he will have to adapt, change and recognise new and varied abilities he did not know he had. He will look back with gratitude at what he has achieved, and accept that some things are no longer for him. He will die to an old self and be born as a new one.

This is true for us all as we move from one age to an older age, and true when disability or tragedy hits us. I look forward to seeing a new Andy Murray rise again in a new role, perhaps in teaching, perhaps in the House of Lords. He is a good example of what it means to be human in the best sense, and we can all learn from his acceptance of change in his life, the need to adapt, show gratitude and move on.

January 6, 2019

Mr Fox and the Meaning of Life

Posted in Uncategorized at 2:32 pm by aleksan

Mr Fox on the prowl….moving along the river bank, sometimes pouncing, sometimes lying low. Watched by a wary swan, while other birds give the alarm. Also watched by Sarah, reporting his position to me. I was looking through binoculars, and I did see him a few times when he moved, but mostly not.

Sarah went off to check and he ran away. Foxes have become braver, less cautious and no longer concerned about humans. They appear openly and take what they want, often leaving a trail of destruction. All part of Tennyson’s ”Nature, red in tooth and claw” scenario.

Painting of Mr Fox and Sammy by Penny Taylor

Those birds and small mammals have a hard time of it. Foxes are why Penny and I no longer keep chickens. We woke up one morning to find strange white dots in the meadow – a Fox had killed, and abandoned the bodies of our lovely spotted Apinzella hens – a shock and loss we never, ever want to see again.

There is no Life without Death, and no Death without Life – same for all beings living on this cruel but wonderful planet. I nolonger ask Why? Because the meaning of Life is not to be found by asking questions, but by answering them – through the way we choose to live and respond to the world around us…

January 1, 2019

Welcome 2019

Posted in Uncategorized at 3:04 pm by aleksan

A warm sunny day – the first day of 2019 – The Sun will be setting in under four hours, and colder weather is forecast. Wishing all my friends a Good New Year, and a continuing fulfilment of your own personal Destiny.

Sandy

December 30, 2018

Bells over the Water Meadows

Posted in Uncategorized at 10:38 am by aleksan

Listening to the melodious bells ringing to the South from St Peter’s Church, Stockbridge – across the water meadows.  No other sounds apart from the little birds, and the mewing of a Kestrel.  I sit for a while taking in the quiet midwinter beauty, the dull light, the chill breeze and a white Sammy wandering not far away in the dull green grass.  When the wind is from the North, not so often, I delight in the bells of St Mary’s, Longstock.  These gentle rhythms, so characteristic of the English countryside, still the mind – and give the same pleasure I find in listening to the music of horses going by, or when I am riding my magic grey mare, Sonadora

December 29, 2018

The Magic of Year End

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:36 am by aleksan

The day is short, the wind is chill – things are winding down at the end of the year. Christmas is past, and the trees are at rest. Energy is low, and dark comes too soon – waiting for daffys and snowdrops to bloom. Now is a time of reassessment, and now is a time for dis investment. Dragons are sleeping and Faeries in bed. Who knows what magic lies ahead?

December 28, 2018

New Man for New Year!

Posted in Uncategorized at 8:51 pm by aleksan

December 26, 2018

To Knee or not to Knee?

Posted in Uncategorized at 5:45 pm by aleksan

Back in the hot Summer my NHS Orthopaedic Consultant offered me a new R knee- I was not expecting this and said I would think about it and see him in a year to decide. He gave me an appointment for August 2019, and said I could make an earlier one if needed.

Well, I don’t go in for New Year resolutions, but the old knee is becoming more painful and more disabling on top of my long standing Neuro condition (which indirectly put pressure on the joint.). I have just had another fall getting up from my computer chair. The truth is I am OK on my horse but a cripple at ground level…

So I must man up – and see the Knee Man asp after New Year and claim my new knee – unless I get a better offer that is….

December 23, 2018

The Faerie Realm

Posted in Uncategorized at 4:20 pm by aleksan

Dragons and Faeries are very different nature spirits – Dragons are strong, decisive and direct while Faeries are sensitive, shy and indirect in their approach, but both respond well to Honesty and Courtesy – Old world virtues indeed. I work with Dragons in a direct intentional way and like their take it or leave it style. But Faeries are not like that. All my encounters with the Faerie folk have been unintentional on my part, but I suspect not so on theirs.

My first physical sighting was as a child, when I came across a Pixie sitting high up on a tank down a dark tunnel at my boarding school when I was about 8 years old. He did not seem surprised to see me and looked at me with a quiet gaze – but I ran very fast back to our Art Mistress, Miss Thompson, a dark haired Scott who always wore a Black Watch dress – she listened carefully as I panted put my discovery and she reassured me.

I have had glimpses of the Faerie folk on several occasions over the subsequent years, and sometimes hear their music or singing in the meadows. I have once seen them dancing on a little hillock in the meadows that I call the Faerie Castle. I love these Folk but have never sought direct contact. Now, however, I have a soft sounding “tinker bell” so when the Spring comes……

December 19, 2018

Taking the plunge!

Posted in Uncategorized at 4:28 pm by aleksan

One reason for staying in this Hotel was the Sauna and Swimming Pool – but I was a bit apprehensive since not swum for over a year and heat fatigues me. But I took the plunge – a few lengths back stroke and less successful bit of breast stroke. Then into the frothy Vitality Pool, warm and pleasant overlooking the froth on the beach outside. I nearly bumped into what turned out to be an attractive young woman in the Steam room, it was so misty – she was very understanding.

Got a sweat up and then into the Sauna – really hot, I took a lower perch. After that rubbed ice over my body and drank a pint of chilled water.

The whole experience was much better than I thought and I laughed like a fool in the Vitality pool to the amusement of the two ladies opposite. Well, this will either rejuvenate my old body and dodgy knee – or I shall be even more crippled tomorrow – when I plan to do it all over again!

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