March 2010


In this Voices From the North interview Roselyn DeGaris describes the history of Tarot cards including the place of mystery schools and esoteric initiation. Rose sees the cards as an oracular tool when people are in moments of uncertainty.

She speaks of her personal training in the use of Tarot. The cards have helped her work through her own fears and deepen her understanding of life. While training with Imre Vallyon during a three week retreat at Lake Taupo in New Zealand in the mid 80s, Rose had a number of mystical experiences and, as she says, “I looked into the face of God and it was Love.” Part of the training was to spend a day with most of the Major Arcana cards, to meditate on them and their colour and energy. She returned home a changed person.

Her intention with Tarot has always been healing-to bring people to a place of peace and understanding and my observations (I’ve known this special woman for twenty years. We met in Dharmsala in Northern India only months after I met Lucia in the same place) would indicate that she has been successful in this regard.

The most profound teachings she has been exposed to in the course of her 55 years have been the two years of channelling of Ramas she attended in Adelaide. Over and over it was stressed to Rose that everything comes down to love, peace, harmony and, particularly, forgiveness. Her journey in deepening her understanding of Tarot has been to learn to trust her intuition. She came to find that she always could trust her intuition provided her heart was filled with peace and understanding; in other words, provided her intention was pure.

Do enjoy this recommended interview. The music/words are from Tobias as channelled by Geoffrey Hoppe and I close with a few words from Gaia’s own Mary Maslowski (Joyous). I love her light touch with words.

The link for my interview with Roselyn DeGaris is:

Imre Vallyon was born in Budapest, Hungary, in 1940. At the age of 16, he emigrated to New Zealand, where he still lives with his wife and teenage children. Of a keenly religious nature, he immersed himself in Yoga, Zen, Sufism, Catholicism, Eastern Mysticism, Tarot, Astrology, Numerology, and Psychology. He has written numerous books such as The Magical Mind; The Art Of Meditation; Heart To Heart Talks; The Sedona Talks; The Divine Plan; Chants Of Illumination 

 

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1814

Here’s another interview for your enjoyment:

I’m sure you’ll agree that the soulful music of this talented New Zealand band deserves to be heard everywhere.  The music played during the interview comes from Jah Rydem, the debut album from 1814. We play some of the eleven tracks of reggae that are infused with influences from a range of genres including R’n’B, soul and hip hop.

Enjoy. These folks are really good! And in the last few months 1814 has received a lot of airtime around New Zealand. The hard work we spoke of together in this 2008 interview is paying off for these talented people.
John

For information on ordering your own copy of Jah Rydem click here.

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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: http://www.circlesoflight.com/blog/in-search-of-simplicity/

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

Saints from the Past

The extraordinary ordinariness of being.

We spend our lives trying to be special when all we need to do is to be ourselves.

When do I feel the best, the most relaxed? When I’m doing the ordinary things that come easily to me—weeding, cleaning the shower, washing the windows, cutting the grass.

We’ve all heard the expression—before enlightenment chopping wood, fetching water; after enlightenment chopping wood, fetching water.

Perhaps the modern version should be—before enlightenment washing windows, cutting grass; after enlightenment washing windows, cutting grass.

Simple, isn’t it. Confucius once said, “Life is simple. Man makes it complicated.”

Blessings to all you saints.

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A Potential Modern Saint

Enlightenment is About How You Do It

The following video is of Bernard Lietaer speaking on the roots of the current financial crisis. In the Far North of New Zealand, where we live, people have created local currencies. You may wish to consider that in your area. We’re not out of the woods yet in terms of the banking crisis.

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I have been overwhelmed by best wishes for my birthday last Sunday. I thought I’d make a short post as a way of thanking all those who wished me well. Your thoughts and intentions are appreciated.

In a way my birthday started early with a joyful night of dancing and music at our monthly Ceili. It was, in fact, the fourth birthday of the Ceili (pronounced Kay-Lee) and because my birthday was the next day, I was asked to blow out the candles on the huge chocolate cake commemorating four years of Ceilis in Mangonui. The cake was covered with green icing in keeping with the St Patrick’s Day Theme.

Sunday (my actual birthday) I called dances for a mini-Ceili held outside in nearby Kerikeri for a group of Baha’i friends celebrating the Baha’i New Year after the end of their annual fasting time. It was just as well the fast was over because Lucia and I had brought along the half of the green-iced cake that hadn’t been eaten the night before.

Rainbow Falls Kerikeri

Next we had a lovely walk through a eucalyptus forest down to the Basin in Kerikeri before joining some other dear friends for an autumn equinox celebration. This involved simple song, dance, ritual and the sharing of home-grown and prepared food. Lucia and I were joined on the day by a New Zealand man who’s recently returned to his homeland after many years overseas running yoga retreat centres in Wales, Greece and beyond. It was lovely to share my birthday with a like-minded soul and new friend.

So, it was a great birthday spent doing the things I love—singing, dancing, walking, sharing… It doesn’t get better than this.

I, of course, received some birthday cards. The one from our eldest daughter touched me. It was a handmade card with a beautiful hibiscus flower on it. She wrote, ‘I hope you like the card; the hibiscus reminded me of you, as you always used to pick them and put them on my pillow.’ Our actions and intentions return to us. Lovely!

 

Kerikeri Basin

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Pohutukawa in Bloom on Coopers Beach

I love stories. I live for them and I love to share them.

It’s one of the main reasons I absolutely love interviewing guests on the radio. Everyone has at least one story that has the ability to inspire others.

In the last few days I’ve had a couple of encounters on the beach, meaningful encounters with the sharing of words and intention that have gone beyond the superficiality of many of the meetings we have in life. This too I live for—the meaningful encounter, the crossing of paths that seems somehow preordained in which the messages exchanged have importance and congruence with the issues and ideas we are busy with at the time.

As the sun was setting on another beautiful late summer day I found myself at the water’s edge, stopping from time to time to notice and absorb the rich and changing tapestry of colours painting the western horizon. It was warm and comfortable: shorts and barefoot weather. As is normal at this time of the day at this time of the year, there were precious few people walking the sand, perhaps six or eight on the entire 2.5 kilometre extent of the beach.

As I approached the centre of the beach where a small creek enters the sea, I met a couple I knew. The man, Rob, chants with me from time to time but we hadn’t seen each other in a couple of months. He mentioned he hadn’t been able to attend Lucia’s recent three day yoga retreat because of trouble with his back. I asked if this was a recent or ongoing problem.

His partner of twenty years, Lou, whom he has known since they were in school together, said, “It’s his disk, so it won’t get better.”

I put my hand gently on her shoulder and replied, “I beg to differ, but with the biology of beliefs, anything’s possible. We can change our DNA.”

Rob jumped in, “That makes me think of a story I heard recently; a true story. There was a prince (I don’t know where he was living) who had a deformed body. He called a servant to him and requested, ‘Find a master sculptor who can sculpt a perfect example of me and my body.’ The servant found such a sculptor and he immediately set to work making a life-sized full-colour statue of the prince without the deformities he’d been born with. The prince looked at and meditated on that sculpture every day and in time his deformities disappeared and he became the perfect form he envisaged.”

“Great story! One disk shouldn’t be a problem then, should it Rob?”

A couple of mornings later I was enjoying the first rays of the sun while taking photos of the shapes of trees that are formed in the sand when the tide retreats. Along came another couple I hadn’t seen for a few months. Somehow the conversation took a similar turn and the woman, Sue, began to tell the story of their youngest daughter, who is around twelve years of age.

“She had an injury on her lower leg which was interfering with her ability to dance and she loves dancing. The injury just didn’t seem to get better. She had a book about magic and one day she said to me, ‘There must be a way I can heal this thing, Mom. I’m going to find a way.’ She seemed certain she would find a way. So she went into her room, lit a candle and began to systematically go through her book looking for guidance. About half an hour later she came into the kitchen, quite excited. “Look Mom, it’s healed.” I looked at her leg and there was absolutely no sign of her injury. It was as if it hadn’t ever been there.”

We live in auspicious times. Jesus once said, “These things and more ye shall do also.” It looks like his prophetic words have come to pass. Will you embrace them? Will you accept your unlimited potential and your infinite capacity to heal? If this prince and this young girl can do it, surely you can too.

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Words of Wisdom from Dave Barry

Here’s another one that recently arrived in my inbox.

Enjoy, John

 

What you thought was wrong with you may be what’s right with you.

― Alarius

 

      In junior high school Dave Barry was a class clown and often found himself in trouble for cracking jokes during class. One day his teacher scolded him, “You’d better get to work, Dave Barry — you can’t joke your way through life!”

      Fortunately, Dave paid no attention to his teacher and went on to become the most successful humor writer in America. With many popular books to his credit, he writes the most widely syndicated humor column in American newspapers. He also garnered a Pulitzer Prize along the way.

       Dave Barry is joking his way through life, and doing quite well at it. If he had buckled under pressure from his teacher and done something that was safe but boring, millions of us would have missed out on some precious insights and belly laughs. And he would have been just one more confused person wondering what he is doing here, dying with his music still in him.

      You have gifts and talents unique to you, which no one can replicate. You are here to deliver your inimitable talents to the world. People will come along who judge or criticize you for not following the herd. If you listen to them, you will feel depressed and despondent. If you listen to your inner spirit instead, you will feel exhilarated and find meaning, purpose, and value in your life.

      No one knows what you should be doing more than you do.  Trust that knowing, and success will flow to you naturally and easily. And your heart will be full.

Are you living true to your inner talents and gifts?

How might you express them more, with trust and confidence?

 

I rejoice in the gifts and talents I am blessed with. I share them with assurance.

 

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