December 2008

The following words came to me a few mornings ago while listening to the track I’ve created a link for.








The Call to Awaken is Now.


There is something in the air. Can you feel it?


There is a message we’ve anticipated all of our lives. Can you hear it?


There is a message encoded in every strand of DNA, in every cell in our bodies, behind every thought and feeling.


The time has come to Awaken. The time has come for each of us to live the dreams we were born with, to fulfil our birth visions.


These are truly auspicious times. This is our time. This is our time to realize we are the angels, we are the ones we’ve been seeking all along.


Will you answer the Call to Awaken?


I recommend lying or sitting very comfortably when listening to the track. It is 14 minutes long.



Image link is


Subscribe to In Search of Simplicity by Email

Radio host, inspirational speaker and health educator John Haines is the author of In Search of Simplicity: A True Story that Changes Lives, a startlingly poignant and inspiring real-life endorsement of the power of thought, belief and synchronicity in one’s life.

In Search of Simplicity is a unique and awe-inspiring way to re-visit and even answer some of the gnawing questions we all intrinsically have about the meaning of life and our true, individual purpose on the planet. I love this book.”

Barbara Cronin, Circles of Light. For the complete review visit:

In Search of Simplicity is one of those rare literary jewels with the ability to completely and simultaneously ingratiate itself into the mind, heart and soul of the reader.”

Heather Slocumb, Apex Reviews


063-awakening-mandelbrot2I I give thanks to Taikunping, a Gaia friend, for bringing this to my attention. I trust it helps you to remember why you came here. The image was found on:

Remove frame 

The Mythic Call: A Mayan Prophecy


Awaken rainbow warriors, sun runners, luminous beings from the galactic alliances, federations and councils. Awaken ancient sky-walkers, newly formed in this moment. Stand in the beauty and power of your true identity as love’s gift to Gaia and set aside self-doubt. You are a divine child of the sun, go to where your heart draws you to share your great gifts. Surrender to the magic and the light. Remember, we sing and dance here for the one heart.  

Once upon a time a galactic council was called and a mythic call was sent out to countless light-beings—the children of the sun, the angel-winged ones, the sun runners, the rainbow warriors and other luminous ones from many star systems.

The great circle of light beings gathered from far and wide. At the appointed nexus, the love of the spinning galaxies, the great spirit, entered, gracing them all with celestial light and the following words:  

” You are invited to incarnate upon a world where a great transformation will take place…” began the love of the spinning galaxies…

“… who respond to this call will go to a place of planetary evolution where the illusions of fear and separation are strong teachers. I am calling those with the needed talents and gifts to act as my emissaries there, to lift and transform the frequencies of Planet Earth, simply by anchoring and embodying love’s presence there. With this myth you will be the creators of a new reality, the reality of the Golden Octave.  

” On other journeys each of you has proven to be a feeling navigator, able to awaken your consciousness and align your heart to the promptings of pure love and compassionate service.

“As sun runners and torch bearers you have already demonstrated that you will hold the light high, and so I invite you to incarnate en masse among the tribes of Earth, to assist Gaia and all her children in their transformation.

“It is part of the plan that you will be veiled in forgetting.  

“However, as you remember the feelings of childlike innocence and trust, you will become the harmonic leavening in this cycle of initiation for Earth.

You will incarnate strategically, often in some of the most vibrationally dense areas of the planet.

“To some this illusion of separation from love may create feelings of hopelessness,

lack of support and alienation. But, by embracing your humanness, your love will transform the depths of duality and your light will quicken the many. 

“Your participation in this quest is purely voluntary. However, this transformational shift on Earth is very rare and precious. Should you choose to accept this mission, you will have the opportunity to catalyze and synthesize all that you have been through many incarnations, receiving a rarely offered quantum leap in consciousness. It is up to you how you will dance with Terra-Gaia, and her children, as she completes her ceremony of light.”  

So spoke the Creator, the Light of the Spinning Galaxies, and so it was that luminous beings who formed the countless alliances, federations and councils of the faithful of the stars, chose to incarnate on Planet Earth to assist in this critical event, the awakening of the planetary dream.

There was even a fail-safe process built into the plan to awaken these beings from the illusion of separation and the veil of forgetfulness that is so rife upon Earth.

 The luminous, who would journey to Gaia’s assistance, agreed to spark each others remembrance.

Thus these star-seeded ones were encoded in many ways, with sounds, colours, lights, images, words and symbols, a vibrational resonance that would assist them in remembering their commitment to the light.

It was agreed that these coded clues would appear everywhere, in visionary art, in music, in penetrating looks, in speech and feelings, all creating a deep yearning to awaken and to become the embodiment of light and love.  

So it is, that you the children of the sun are being bathed in the waters of remembrance, prepared as the rainbow warriors of the new and ancient myth.

By slowly anchoring love’s presence on the Earth, you lovingly draw down the mantle of the gods, sending waves of love throughout Gaia’s energy receptive body.

As you emerge in this time, your gifts awaken and empower others.

 Utilizing the tools of laughter, song, dance, humor, joy, trust and love, you are creating the powerful surge of transformation that will transform the limitations of the old myth of futility and separation, birthing the miracle of love and unity on Earth.

 Utilize your gifts on behalf of Gaia, and her children will ascend in robes of light, forming a luminous light body of love, to be reborn among the stars.

The Mythic Call has been sounded. The great quest has begun.

Click Below to:


Subscribe to In Search of Simplicity by Email






Vietnamese Women and Flowers

Vietnamese Women and Flowers




In December of 2007, I met a couple on the beach I hadn’t seen for many months. I asked where they had been and they told me Vietnam. I asked if there were any visible memories of the war that had been fought there in the 1960s and 1970s. They said the aftermath of the war was obvious. Many people were missing limbs from encounters with land mines. Some children were using metal detectors to search for shards of scrap metal in an attempt to earn money. People continue to die each year when they happen upon unexploded mines.

The jungle where the defoliant, Agent Orange, was sprayed has not properly re-grown. Even after over thirty years it remains stunted scrub, rather than regenerating into the vigorous and verdant jungle it had been before.

Yet, despite this devastation, there remains hope. In an attempt to kick start forestation, there are massive tree planting programmes underway using hardy, fast growing species such as Australian eucalypts. Vietnam is a young country. Something like 60% of the population has been born since the war ended in 1973. Despite pervasive poverty, most Vietnamese seem to hold no animosity towards the Americans and other foreigners who contributed to such destruction on their soil.

I asked this elderly New Zealand couple why they went to Vietnam. They replied that they lived a comfortable life in this beautiful country and they felt it was too easy to become complacent and insular. They wanted to see for themselves that some people don’t have it as good as we do.

I have friends who are Christians and Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Jews and Baha’is. I have friends whose unspoken religion is their deep connection with nature.

Wouldn’t it be appropriate that at this time in which many celebrate the birth of one of the greatest teachers this world has known that we take time to reflect on that which unites, rather than separates us? We are each a special son or daughter of a mother and a father. We each have a beating heart, and deep within each of these beating hearts is, I believe, a similar wish and that wish is for peace.

Blessings to you all this holiday season.

Last night a small group of us watched most of a DVD called Alcohol Can Be a Gas. I say we watched most of it because the film is 2 ½ hours long and, despite the gripping nature of the story, most of us were nodding off after two hours. The documentary chronicles the truth behind the petroleum industry and the reasons why we could become self-sufficient on plant-based ethanol fuels.




Today, Brazil, the world’s fifth largest country, is already self-sufficient in fuel because they’ve had their cars converted to run on alcohol derived from sugar cane using only 2% of their arable land.


David Blume is an ecologist, permaculturist and former organic farmer who was part of a project that fed (believe it or not) 450 people on 2 acres of land. Blume has been on a crusade of sorts for something like three decades to wake up the public and farmers to the possibilities of ethanol-fueled vehicles and to debunk the myths perpetuated by the multinational companies that thrive on the sale of petroleum-based products. I will give a brief synopsis of only some of Blume’s conclusions below. Be sure to watch it yourself or purchase Blume’s book of the same title:


v     Internal combustion engines predated gasoline by forty years. The first cars ran on ethanol.

v     Henry Ford saw the value of ethanol as a sustainable resource and fuel. His Model A was a dual-fuel vehicle that could run on gasoline (available in the cities) and ethanol (the country fuel). Alexander Graham Bell too supported alcohol as a fuel and predicted that gasoline would only last a few generations.

v     Rockefeller, who controlled much of the oil at the time, had another agenda and used $4 million (a huge sum in the 20s) to lobby Congress to prohibit the production of alcohol. Thus began Prohibition as a means to eliminate Rockefeller’s fuel competitors, the farmers who distilled alcohol from their crops.

v     Gasoline is a dumping ground for the incredible array of toxic wastes produced by the refining of oil into an equally incredible array of plastics, pesticides and the countless articles based on oil we consume today. Gasoline accounts for a miniscule proportion of oil company profits. After all, pesticides sell for $80/lb as opposed to gasoline at 15 cents/lb. In other words gasoline is legalized pollution and every shipment contains a different blend of toxic materials, depending on what was refined the day it was produced.


I’m going to stop now. The film contained too much myth-busting material to mention at this time. Suffice to say that Blume’s basic premise is that not only could we fuel the world’s cars on ethanol, but in doing so we would eliminate the need for products like Roundup, which accounts for 70% of Monsanto’s profits, and we would simultaneously improve the soil, reduce pollution (alcohol burns cleaner that gasoline), lessen global warming (alcohol produces far less heat than gas as a fuel) and return more profits to farmers instead of the handful of huge multinationals which benefit from the oil business.



John Haines is the author of In Search of Simplicity: A True Story that Changes Lives.

In Search of Simplicity is a startlingly poignant real-life endorsement of the power of thought, belief and synchronicity in one’s life. John Haines hosts a popular weekly interview program, Voices from the North, from his place in paradise in New Zealand’s subtropical far north, and leads what he calls ‘playshops’ in voice, sound and communication.






John Haines’ Search for Simplicity

September 7, 2008

by Jason Rip

Special To The News

He has been called an Indiana Jones of the spirit.

John Haines’ life has taken him from business executive to global adventurer to author. His first book, In Search of Simplicity, chronicles the many exciting – and enlightening – changes and coincidences in his life so far.

It started with Haines being one of six Westerners involved in a Kashmir plane hijacking. The hijackers had threatened to blow up the plane and, as Haines reports, when that worse case scenario didn’t play out, the passengers cheered, jumped for joy, and even hugged their assailants. That was when Haines knew that his sedate life as a manager for Bell Canada International was crying out for a change.

What follows is a long string of epic adventures: being grabbed by a “ghost” in the Himalayas (a mysterious hand grabbed his ankle and wouldn’t let go while he sheltered in the dark shadow of a glacier), hitch-hiking through New Zealand, where he now resides, and contracting spinal meningitis in Norway. This latter adventure saw Haines slipping into a coma, waking just in time to tell the doctor that he was allergic to penicillin, and then slipping right back into it.

Aside from his transition from the corporate life to the life of a world traveler, Haines has increasingly felt the need to “do more than live the life, but share it.” He describes his new book as “an autobiographical travel adventure story that reads like a novel.” It claims to probe into the true nature of “so-called coincidences,” and empower its readers with the potential for “personal awakening.”

Haines feels a deep connection to Tillsonburg. His mother Audrey lives here and he is able to make the visit back every few years. In addition to his writing, Haines is also a radio host, a natural health instructor, and a conductor of “playshops” in voice, sound, and expression.

Copies of In Search of Simplicity can be ordered from or by calling toll free 1-866-308-6235        

Over twenty years ago I had the pleasure of spending considerable quality time as a backpacker in the heart of Bali. I was touched and deeply influenced by the rich social fabric of these simple-living islanders. It seemed they were always celebrating something or preparing for the next celebration. For them life was art.


To a certain extent my family and I have taken those Balinese messages and assembled them into a quality lifestyle that resounds with simple ritual and celebration.


First of all, Christmas in the southern hemisphere feels a little strange as its original date was established based on the pagan festivals of the coming of light. December 25th is a few days after winter solstice and is the first day that was obvious to our ancestors that the days were getting longer and, hence, the light was returning. It is my understanding that’s Jesus’ actual birth date was in January. Here in New Zealand Christmas falls in the heart of summer, creating stress for people as they attempt to finish off activities and shopping in this busy, outward and naturally warm time.


What do we do now? Both daughters make their own Christmas cards. The youngest, who is almost 16 now, still makes paper snowflakes and festoons the French doors in our living room with them. Soon I will prune several large branches from a cedar hedge to create a ‘Christmas tree’. The girls will decorate it with many, mostly handmade, decorations.


For the past three years the girls and I have sung Christmas carols at homes for the elderly. That is an extremely rewarding pastime. Our family will host an annual summer celebration on December 21st on the beach below our house. These events are attended by an eclectic crowd who follow a diverse range of religions and beliefs. We share a meal, leap over the fire to strengthen friendships, sing together, swim and relish the spirit of friendship. I usually attend carol singing at a couple of local churches. I sang in the church choir as a boy so it feels great to share these traditions. On Christmas Eve I’ll join a few friends for Sanskrit chanting. We have no family nearby, so Christmas day is a quiet family affair followed by a get-together with another immigrant family (from England) who are actually like family for us. All in all, it is a season rich with celebration and low-cost sharing.


My special guests on this Voices from the North interview are Ken Ross and John Kenderdine. Ken is Ken’s current position is as Community Development Advisor with the Far North District Council. Ken’s work and educational background has all been associated with ecology and biology. Ken summarizes some of the guiding lights in the new paradigm of human thought like Fritjof Capra. Ken speaks about the influence Rachel Carson has had on Capra’s perspective.


Oil is a finite resource that has been used as if it has been an infinite resource. This is also how we’ve treated other resources like copper and phosphates. Peak Oil is explained—how the easy, cheaper oil is available early and how the heavier oil that most oil fields are tapping now are more expensive to extract. America’s oil fields reached their peaks in the early 70s. The same stands true today for the rest of the world’s oil. Even George Bush has said we are addicted to oil. Ken describes how Americans use roughly 10 kilo-calories of energy to produce one kilo-calorie of food. Obviously this is not sustainable. Other Western nations are almost as frivolous in their use of energy. Ken also talks about how for 150-200 years we’ve made decisions based first on economics, then on people and, finally, on the environment. This is in the reverse order to what it should be. The first question should be, “Is it good for the environment?”


Ken describes New Zealanders as living in a fool’s paradise. New Zealand is only behind Iceland in terms of the amount of chemical fertilizer used on their farms. Ken teaches about the importance of bacteria in the soil to minimize the leaching of nitrogen from our farms. He lucidly explains what the ecological footprint means. We are today experiencing the 6th greatest mass extinction in the earth’s history, and this is a human-exacerbated event. Earth Watch Institute recently indicated that in 2006 China used more cement than all other countries combined. They are in catch-up mode. Ken speaks passionately about social justice. He says we have no right to live with our Jacuzzis and other extravagances when 40,000 people die of starvation in the world daily. We are all in this together.


The song in the middle of the program is Antipodean icon John Clarke’s, We Don’t Know How Lucky We Are.


John Kenderdine describes the Transition Town movement initiated by Irishman Rob Hopkins, a movement designed to restore a vibrant resilience in local communities. Transition town groups are mushrooming all over the world in response to these times in which cheap oil is no longer available. Local communities are taking initiatives rather than waiting for our politicians to lead us to greener pastures; in other words it’s a bottom-up approach. John speaks of how he can live like a king below the poverty line by distinguishing between true wants and needs.