August 9, 2019

Are we drifting into a totalitarian World?

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:49 am by aleksan

In the next few years drastic changes will be needed to reverse over population, climate change and loss of habitat on land and sea. Will people choose to eat lees meat, drive electric vehicles and cease to use air travel for recreational purposes? Will farmers prioritise soil health and carbon neutral practices? Will big business decide to cease using fossil fuels and plastic products? Can politicians, relying on votes, actually deliver Green policies, eliminate pollution, promote biodiversity and modify how the land and sea are exploited?

I don’t know if it is actually possible – people cling to what they are used to and resist uncomfortable change – and politicians have to go along with the lowest common denominator – or they will lose votes and not get elected. One thing seems sure to me – if democracy cannot deliver then change will not occur, and things will get worse. There will be an authoritarian response, maybe a military one, and we will lose our choices – and be made to obey the dictates of unelected Powers who will insist that they know what is best for us. Can we make sure this does not happen? Or will we drift into totalitarian world rule, or worse – devastating Wars?

August 8, 2019

The Elephant in the Room – Overpopulation

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:46 am by aleksan

Knife crime in the UK is increasing. Gun crime in the US is going up fast. China and India are adopting a Western lifestyle, eating more meat. The population in Africa is growing, with a return of infectious diseases and some of these, like Malaria, are developing resistance to medicine. The climate is changing, with water shortages in hot countries. War still breaks out, creating famine and disease. Food resources are pressured, the land exploited, less biodiversity and mass extinctions. The seas are overfished, insects are poisoned.

There is one common factor behind all this which people don’t talk about – the awful truth. There are just too many people on this small planet, suppressing other species and laying waste to land and sea. Too many human beings. I don’t know how this can be managed in a tribal world, where greed and exploitation are the norm, the driving force behind what is misnamed “Civilisation”. Politicians talk about salvation through Technology. I am sceptical. I think there is mass denial about overpopulation. How this is addressed appropriately I don’t know. But surely it should be thought about?

August 1, 2019

Lammas Day

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:40 am by aleksan

It’s quiet here on Lammas Day, in a garden of flowers and seed heads, as The Wheel of the Year takes another turn. Penny quietly reading indoors, while Sam and I enjoy the morning Sun. The Songbirds sing, the Doves coo and there is a gentle breeze, rustling the leaves. Voices of children on their Summer Holiday echo in the trees above as they pass by on the lane nearby. Four horses in the meadow take their ease, and there is Groundsel again in wild places – the same Groundsel that always reminds me of my own Summer Holidays when we were freed from the strict regime of boarding school – home again with family and dogs…

July 30, 2019

AS

Posted in Uncategorized at 1:58 pm by aleksan

As embryo Druid, many Deaths

And countless rebirths

As retired physician, Soul doctor

And reborn Healer

As Grandfather, Uncle and Elder

And Child of the family

As Husband of 50 years,

And lover

As Student of Medicine and Science,

And Poet and Soul Master

As Schoolboy and Athlete,

And Crippled old Sage,

As crying Baby,

And laughing at Death

As

Who do I think I am?

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:15 am by aleksan

I was named Alexander at birth, called Sandy at home and Alex at my first school. I was then Burnfield at my other schools, often Burney. As a medical student I was Mr Burnfield, and then I became Dr Burnfield. My identity has included, Psychiatrist, Shrink, Trustee, and I am Gillbride as a Druid. My working farmer brother calls me a Gentleman Farmer, and I am a horse Rider. My wife and family call me Sandy, Mum sometimes used to call me Sanders, and my kids call me Dad. I am also Grandad or Gramps, and Uncle. I was number 13 at Marsh Court School and 5850 at King’s College, Taunton. A Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and a retired Pensioner. I have had many names and identities in Space Time. But I am just me, a Being with many names and Identities, a fabric of many existences. I call myself a Poet, because I have a Third Eye – that sees the Power and Wisdom, the Magic, of the Trans-rational.

July 24, 2019

Johnson, the new PM….

Posted in Uncategorized at 8:08 pm by aleksan

Well Mr Johnson is our new PM, something he always wanted. It seems strange that our democratic system works the way it does, and the system certainly needs looking at.

For the time being let us hope that Mr Johnson can deliver some beneficial changes in our Union of Countries despite the antagonism from so many. I shall be watching how he deals with improving psychological services for children and families, social care for the elderly and a failing prison service as well as a depleted defence services. In some ways he is a figurehead, like Trump, who will be managed and restrained by his team.

I have never felt that my own political opinions have meant much in the great scheme of things, but it’s not a lot of good sighing, clicking memes, signing endless petitions, or saying that you want to leave the country! If you want the system to change join a party or pressure group and make a nuisance of yourself – be active, and put in some research, so you know what is fake and what is real, and be prepared to work hard for what you believe.

In the 80s I stood locally for the Alliance Party against a previously unopposed Tory. I was amazed how many voted for me, but was at the time relieved I did not get elected since I had a regular job – but it did show that many agreed with me, and it was a lot of fun campaigning, and developing solidarity.

I am a member of the Green Party now, but not able enough to be as active as I used to be. So come on you younger ones, if you want change you have to fight for it, not just despair and act like victims!

July 12, 2019

Going through my cycles, and letting go….

Posted in Uncategorized at 10:55 am by aleksan

Going through my cycles – Birth, Childhood, Grown Man and now Old Man. It has been a journey alright, with ups and downs, success and failure, health and illness. I have met many other existences on the path, and we have shared space and time together, briefly or for a long while. I am conscious of the thousands of ancestors behind me and of those who will follow on to their own Destinies.

Looking at old photos I recognise myself as I was then but not as I am now. I see a different body and set of experiences. That young cocky chap was me, but not me. I have had much to learn, often the hard way. But through these cycles my Soul has grown a little. Life has been a classroom, and I am still learning lessons. I am hopefully a less cocky chap now, more inclined to listen to others and learn from them. I care less about the things I can not control, and I now live more in the moment, celebrating the short life I have been given.

There is suffering, unfairness and hate all around me, and instead of getting involved in this I am more inclined to see it as a challenge to love and creativity. Being older with less energy, it is my turn to step back and support younger more able folk to take up the challenge – to work with the Gods of Nature and all existences to spread love, light and wisdom and to change what needs to change to make a better world.

July 10, 2019

Terstana, River Goddess

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:35 am by aleksan

She flows fast, she aims sure

She flows clear, waving green weeds

She grows fish, carries swans

Her body is lithe, always moving

Her voice is laughing, and her face bright

She has seen all, known all

Endured storms and heat

Endured seasons and seen Moons

Delighted in the Sun

Known many Deaths

She is surrounded by flowers and herbs

Terstana, river of change

But always the same

My Goddess of Light, Peace and Spirit

For a fleeting moment, we are entwined

Lovers in the apparent world

Soul mates beyond time and space

My Terstana, and your Terstana

A living Goddess gloried and worshipped by all existences

Guide and Mother, Blessings beyond knowing

I worship you.

Gillbride /|\

July 9, 2019

Suck it up buttercup Trump

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:45 am by aleksan

The whole point of an Ambassador is to send honest and accurate information back to his or her country. Sir Kim Darroch has done his job well. Who ever has leaked his communication has broken the Law and should be prosecuted. These private messages are confidential for reasons of diplomacy. Trump does not like to be criticised like a spoilt child, so what? Suck it up up buttercup, if you don’t like the heat get out of the kitchen.

July 3, 2019

The Horse or the Cow?

Posted in Uncategorized at 8:46 am by aleksan

Here is my sister Jane chasing the cattle past Terstan Garden this morning. Our family have been farmers and herders probably for thousands of years. It is widely thought that our R1a YDNA ancestors changed the world when they domesticated the Horse in the Eurasian Steppes – but recent research shows that it was through the domestication of the Cow, not the Horse that our ancestors changed the world.

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