Irfan, Darkness, Light and Healing

(Starting with the Podcast will allow you to listen as you look through the photographs) Channelling is a skill that takes practice, eventually becoming an intuitive director of energy, good or bad. Yesterday, angry energy was channelled into this creation. As we channel energy from one place to another, so we work as alchemists in this world. Alchemy is a subject I have talked about in previously at Bealtaine Cottage…this little piece of Sacred Earth being itself changed in the most alchemical way by the Goddess of eternal change, Gaia. Above is a plant that holds the secret of healing……

Benediction

I arise today Through the strength of heaven: Light of sun, Radiance of moon, Splendour of fire. Speed of lightning, Swiftness of wind, Depth of sea, Stability of earth, Firmness of rock.  ~Saint Patrick  Waking up this morning, I smile, Twenty four brand new hours are before me. I vow to live fully in each moment and to look at all beings with eyes of compassion.   ~Thich Nhat Hanh Such a beautiful Sunday morning here at Bealtaine Cottage! I walked out to greet the day and marvel at the subtle changes in the season. It is a Benediction each…

Evolve or Revolve…It’s Time to Choose

I don’t know about you, but for the past decade or so I have felt a powerful force at work all round me. I have seen it too! It is a Universal force of such incredible energy that at times, I feel overwhelmed by it. This force has made governments tremble and grown men cry. It is unstoppable, all-consuming and, at times, can appear very frightening indeed. Mankind has tried to tame it, harness it, even destroy it. All to no avail. She abides… Have you heard her call? Are you listening? Her name is Earth. She is our Mother,…

Simple Living

“We’d incorporated Asia into our bones – its colours and laughter, its smells, its rhythms, its tolerance and patience, its compassion, its lack of ageism.” ~ Jane Wilson-Howarth Colour is important to me, as you can see from both the cottage and the garden. I am led to infuse it into my daily life, as in the tie-dyed sheet that hangs as a curtain on the old doorway. Sometimes it’s all too easy to go to the shops and buy what is deemed suitable for covering a doorway…usually a door! But, as always, a cottage can be very forgiving and accommodating to whatever…

The End and The Beginning

Just published on Bealtaine Cottage Good Life… The End and The Beginning… “What has been put in place here at Bealtaine Cottage is beginning to morph into a new era…there is a transformation happening.” “There is no putting the genie back into the bottle!”  (There is a link at the top of the page)  

Climate Change…The Elephant in the Room

The conference in Paris is underway as I write this. World leaders have gathered to discuss, debate, harangue and eventually come to some agreement…hopefully! However, there are two aspects of any agreement, that the mainstream media will ignore, in their reporting of the biggest threat to face humankind ever! The first one is evident to anyone living in the developed world: we have to consume less, much less and, in fact, change our entire perspective of how we live with this planet…not, as many say, on this planet!   This means reducing consumption of consumer goods, oil,  but, more importantly,…

The Secret Energy of Midsummer

As the days of early summer move inexorably towards the Solstice, life at Bealtaine Cottage takes on a brilliant energy. Everything is growing! There’s a bench in my garden,  shaded by many beautiful trees, near to the lower pond, where I enjoy sitting alone, as early in the morning as I can manage… to simply be. “I can’t get enough of watching the bees and trying to imagine how they experience the abundance of, say, a blue Campanula blossom, the dizzy light pulsing, every fibre of being immersed in the flower. …” ~ Mary Rose O’Reilly Moments of such silence…

Miraculous Recovery

Many of you are familiar with the tragedy recently encountered by Patrick and Jessica, both subscribers to Bealtaine Cottage and Bealtaine Cottage Good Life. The surge of good wishes, prayers and healing energy that was manifested by all of you, through Bealtaine Cottage, has led to a nothing short of a miracle being experienced on the other side of the Irish Sea! Patrick rang me this morning to tell me the wonderfully uplifting news! I asked Patrick to email a little of what he spoke of to me, so I could share this wonderful news with you all. These are…

Energizing Change

Decorating the cottage has been under way over recent days. It began with a thorough clean and dust which inevitably led onto other things…painting and moving furniture, as well as painting furniture! This is what happens when one starts the process…Quentin Crisp once said that it was a never-ending task once undertaken…however, it has come to a close, for the moment at least! Even the rough carpentry I attempted ten years ago at the beginning of my tenure here, looks appropriately renewed, if not perfect. The results are here for you to see and I am happy to have a…