Just published September 2019
Meditation Masterclass — Handbook for Teachers and Practitioners
Meditation Masterclass is my latest educational resource to be published by the Spiritual Companions Trust. It is a radical person-centred approach to meditation that is relevant to both beginners and experienced practitioners.
Meditation is natural. How else could it have arisen in so many different cultures, geographies and times?
To be at ease.
To be watchful and observant.
To be caring and compassionate.
To feel connected to the wonder and energy of life.
To enquire and explore meaning and consciousness.
These are natural ways of being.
Meditation is a normal human activity and not a special or difficult practice belonging to one particular spiritual or psychological tradition. Meditation Masterclass explains how everyone has their own best method for becoming calm and lovingly awake, such as being in nature, movement, mantra, breath and so on. It also clarifies how everyone can choose their own preferred practices inside meditation, such as compassionate witnessing, healing, prayer, journeying and so on.
Meditation Masterclass honours the essential jewels of all meditation traditions. It encourages people to explore with complete freedom all the expansive dimensions of meditation. And, of course, all of this is hugely beneficial for our physical health and wellbeing. For more information and to purchase
Latest article September 2019
The core insights of polyvagal theory for personal development. More
How Meditation Was Invented
Having taught meditation for decades, I want to reassure people that meditation is a natural human behaviour. All you need is an instinct be quiet and calm.
So why are there all these competing meditation traditions and schools? Here are three short stories that illustrate how meditation might have been invented . . . More
Your Spiritual Health Programme
Spirituality, religion and faith are changing to an approach that embraces diversity.
It has benefits for our health and mental wellbeing, whilst giving mindful compassion to the world around us. More
What on earth is Spiritual Health?
‘You can’t judge a book by looking at the cover,’ sang rock n’ roll pioneer, Bo Diddley. These words were acutely relevant to me when I was a young man learning yoga and simultaneously working with the severely disabled. More
22 February 2019
Mainstream Statements that Include Spirituality
People who are engaged or interested in spirituality often think that mainstream thinking is hostile to spirituality. But do some research and you will be surprised by the number of authoritative bodies that publicly assert the value of spirituality. They may not be clear on how to put spirituality into action, but they have public statements about spirituality and good practice. More
30 January 2019
Share a Moment of Pride
What if there had been no flower power? No feminism? No new approaches to psychology, spirituality and the arts? More
What is Health and Healing?
. . . . I have one sceptical brain cell enquiring whether spiritual healing is real, or whether it is just a displacement activity to make me feel useful in a world where I may be useless. But this doubt is more than balanced by a clear sense, a deep knowing, that something real and useful is truly happening. . . . More
‘Future of Spirituality and Religion’
20 minute video of talk at Findhorn Foundation
Ten Secrets of Psychic Protection
Everyone is sensitive to atmospheres and vibrations. This is a normal human sensitivity. But some of us are more highly tuned than others.
Some sceptics might protest and say that it is all imaginary – made up by an overactive mind – and I reply: Did you ever rent or buy a home where you didn’t like the vibe? More
Diploma in Practical Spirituality and Wellness
This is the first UK qualification integrating spirituality and healthcare to be fully accredited and on the Ofqual Register. (Crossfields Institute Level 3 Diploma in Practical Spirituality and Wellness)
Read my essay in the Journal of the Study of Spirituality about our groundbreaking qualification: A New Vocational Qualification
There was also a long feature about our course last Autumn in “The I” newspaper.
The Spirit of Findhorn
Two decades ago I wrote a short article about the ‘Spirit of Findhorn’ for Network News. I forgot about it until a conference organiser at the Findhorn Foundation asked me whether they could reprint that article to help promote their coming Autumn conference. I replied. ‘Yes of course you can.’
Re-reading the article I quite like it still. Most of all, however, I find myself pondering how I am also in an awkward situation. More
Self-Care for Health Professionals
Visiting my GP a little while ago he began talking with me about his own health. This was not unusual as we had known each other for twenty years and he had read my self-help book The Endorphin Effect. He was committed to a holistic approach and believed that good medicine enabled patients into self-care.
‘If only I had practised what I preach,’ he said wryly, ‘I would have caught my own condition much earlier and probably avoided surgery. ’ More
Poo and Nirvana.
Please don’t be shocked by this question: What is the connection between poo and nirvana?
Or to put it another way, what is the connection between the state of your gut and spiritual wisdom? More
New Video – The Unseen Worlds
The first talk of the Findhorn Easter Talks 2018 series. A 30-minute interview about the unseen worlds: How we sense them, how we can learn to work with them and how we can make them part of our normal life. You’ll find it here
9 January 2018
New Year’s Resolutions and the Cosmic Balance
Ninety per cent of New Year’s resolutions fail. People look forward into their lives and commit to change. Unfortunately the vast majority are sucked back into old behaviours. Little do people know that their failures are part of a grand psychological and cosmic drama . . . More
17 December 2017
Natural Health Magazine Article
Did you know there is a wealth of evidence for the health benefits of spirituality?
Read my full article in the December edition of Natural Health magazine
7 October 2017
BBC Radio 2 ‘Good Morning Sunday’ Reflective Moment
This is the text of the Reflective Moment broadcast on 8th October
The annual season of party political conferences has just ended and I find myself thinking:
Political parties are a bit like religions. There are strongly held beliefs, internal divisions, conflicts with those of other faiths . . .
Your Daily Bath in Paradise – Earth and Fire
What kind of spiritual education do children deserve? Or to put it another way what would you have liked when you were a child?
This question was triggered for me when I recently helped develop a personal and social health education programme (PSHE) for a large secondary school. I started to think about what I had received and not received from my parents and schooling. There were some good things but there was also an awful gap.
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The Rewards of Spiritual Practice
Feel the Deepest Meaning of Life
Daily spiritual practice can transform you, calm your brain, integrate your heart and breath, and soothe your gut.
Daily spiritual practice can radiate to support, inspire and fuel your friends, colleagues, family and community.
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Holistic leadership can make the world a better place. It can happen in all areas of your life — family, friends, workplace and the wider community of your neighbourhood, nation and planet. . .
Conversations with Angels, Archetypes & Nature Spirits
The video of the whole talk is now available.
Featured Blog from 2016
Wrestling Demons and Transforming Paperwork
How I transformed an awful attitude …
Video 18 November 2016
New Secrets of the Inner Smile Video
The whole talk given in Glastonbury has been uploaded.
>> Watch it