The ear of the leader must ring with the voices of the people.

 Woodrow Wilson

The most basic of all human needs is the need to understand and be understood. The best way to understand people is to listen to them.

 Ralph Nichols

Sir John Goulter is running for mayor of the Far North District Council. He certainly has the credentials to lead an organization of this sort. Her Majesty The Queen approved John’s re-designation as a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (KNZM) in August 2009. This tribute follows on from the many John has received during a long, productive and successful career as a business and community leader. For 15 years John was Managing Director for Auckland International Airport Limited as it moved purposefully forward into the private sector. He has been chairman of such diverse organizations as the New Zealand Lotteries Commission and United Carriers Group.

In December 1999, the NZ Business Herald announced John as its Business Leader of the Year. Within the Deloitte/Management Top 200 Awards John Goulter was selected New Zealand Executive of the Year in 2002. The National Business Review named John as the NBR New Zealander of the year in 2003 and in September of that year he was inducted as a laureate into the New Zealand Business Hall of Fame. He was also inducted into the Manukau City Business Hall of Fame in July 2003. For more on the superlative executive exploits of Sir John Goulter visit here.

The Beach in Paihia Where John Goulter Lives

I interviewed John Goulter  September 15, 2010 on Voices from the North. John’s slogan for the campaign is ‘I Hear You.’ During the course of our conversation he tells an inspiring story that I feel exemplifies the need for leaders to listen. We all know this doesn’t always happen. Click below to hear John’s four minute story of a time when he was a high-priced consultant who dared to listen and to acknowledge the wisdom of those doing the job.

John’s views on a variety of subjects pertinent to the voters of the Far North have been excerted from our interview. Feel free listen. Most are only about two minutes long.

On leadership:

On Getting Help from Wellington:

On the support of Maori:

On decison making:

On Unitary Authority:

On parks and reserves:

On the movement of Council offices:

I urge you to read more about John Goulter on his website at http://johngoulter.wordpress.com/

Our complete interview can be heard here:

 

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True success is measured by peace of mind.

Peter Bligh

Peter Bligh was my special guest last night on Voices from the North. From Hastings to Herekino, with many hallowed stops in between, Peter Bligh’s life journey has been more than one of physically moving north and west on New Zealand’s North Island. It has been a journey of awakening to the reality that success is not necessarily measured with dollars and cents or with rungs on a career ladder, but by the peace of mind felt in daily life. His school days saw him rubbing shoulders with people who’ve become household names. Paul Holmes was a classmate. Paul is indisputably the most well known of this country’s media stars. Paul has been successful in a traditional sense. Peter Bligh’s life has been a success in another less tangible way.

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Today Peter is a teacher of yoga and meditation. Yesterday he was a professional fundraiser. He sees no dichotomy between these two functions. For centuries Indian holy men have answered the call to move to forest or mountain to establish ashrams: places of retreat from the pulls of everyday existence; places specially designed for immersion in the ancient arts of yoga and meditation. The building of such ashrams requires external input and money. So, perhaps, these Indian saints have been the originators of what is called fundraising today.

Vivekananda in London in 1896

Thou art He that beareth the burdens of the universe;

help me to bear the little burden of this life.

Extract from a prayer Swami Vivekananda delivered at the Chicago World’s Parliament of Religions September 1893.

In our hour together Peter told the story of how the Rockefeller Foundation, one of the world’s largest and best known philanthropic charities, was seeded through a meeting of John D.  Rockefeller with one of India’s greatest yogis, Swami Vivekananda, in the last years of the 19th century. When Rockefeller foisted a huge sum of money on Vivekananda, he was surprised to hear not even a word of thanks from the saint. Swami Vivekananda’s only words were, “It is for you to thank me.” Perhaps the pundit was pointing out through his actions that through receiving the monetary gift from Rockefeller, he was giving the wealthy industrialist the joy of giving. For more on that famous story visit here. 

Sometimes the greatest act of giving you can make is to wholeheartedly receive the gift of another.

Mandala Yoga Ashram

Peter Bligh has spent years working, studying and teaching overseas: at Mandala Yoga Ashram in Wales (the UK’s largest ashram), at Satyanandashram Hellas in Greece, throughout northern Europe and in India. He initially came to the relative remoteness of Herekino in the Far North to deepen his own spiritual practice.

He teaches yoga and meditation because he sees these skills as indispensable means for improving flexibility of body and mind and for training one to overcome the fears innate to the human condition—fears which often motivate us to turn to temporary antidotes like alcohol and drugs or to indulge in the over-busy-ness we in the West tend to turn to. Peter wonders if this tendency to over-activity represents a running-away-from or masking of the innate fears chasing us all. I wonder too. I am grateful for the hour I had with Peter Bligh on the radio. Once again, you can hear it below:

 

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: 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

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My recent guest on Voices from the North,, Ian Cambourn, has taken huge steps in his life—from surveying, to international project management, to running an organic wholesaler to energy healing. His advice? See the beauty in all things and all people. Wise words. Enjoy this interview:

Some topics covered in our discussion:

  1. Genetically Modified crops and foods
  2. The Therapeutic Goods Act
  3. Taking responsibility for your own health
  4. Need for change in the current business model

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Ecklonia Radiata: Stalked Kelp

My special recent guest on Voices from the North goes by the name of Hiram Earthworm for media purposes. He’s a man who’s done much to develop natural, organic means to assist plant growth in New Zealand: from commercial crops of kiwifruit and strawberries to home vegetable gardens. Listen to this interview to get inspiration for the garden. I guarantee you’ll be collecting seaweed from the beach and increasing the size of your compost area after listening to Hiram Earthworm. He even speaks of the use of Neem oil to combat head lice. Required listening for all gardeners.

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Hiram also highly recommends chicken manure for adding ammonia nitrate to the soil and compost.

Here’s a link to a blog on the benefits of a common New Zealand Seaweed, Ecklonia Radiata (a stalked kelp), for the garden. It’s the stuff I pick up from the beach regularly.

 

 

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Tradition is the illusion of permanence.

Woody Allen

My special returning guest on Voices from the North was Colin MacDonald. Last time we focused on his own music from the CD Time to Shine. This time around we play snippets of selections of the best of what he features on his weekly radio show, Diamonds in the Dust. Interspersed between the music is a dialogue that ranges from the healing and transformative power of music to the importance of listening.

Colin considers himself to be on a couple of missions. One is to bring to listeners some of the best music they’ve never heard on the radio. This is not to disparage the hits that get aired on mainstream radio. It is just that these excellent songs are only the tip of the iceberg of the amazing music that is out there.

He also wants to get people back to really listening to music; listening with their eyes closed so they can deeply feel the effect of the selection. As Colin says, something like 80% of our perceptions come through our eyes and visual stimuli are extremely powerful. But there is also great power and benefit to be had from deeply listening to great music.

The songs played during the hour cross borders nationally and musically. We discuss the challenges of getting music across the cultural chasms of borders. Here’s what you’ll hear:

  1. Bjork: Venus as a Boy
  2. Procol Harum: Hotel Grand
  3. Gino Vanelli: People Gotta Move
  4. Steely Dan: FM
  5. Take 6: Gold Mine
  6. Tom Waits: Heart Attack
  7. Frankie Laine: City Boy
  8. Herd: Paradise Outro
  9. Genesis: Blood on the Rooftops
  10. Allan Parsons Project: Eagle Will Rise

 

Listen to the complete interview here:

http://www.odeo.com/episodes/25663524-Colin-MacDonald-Diamonds-in-the-Dust

My previous interview with Colin can be found here:

https://insearchofsimplicity.com/2009/12/17/mac-the-knight-on-voices-from-the-north/

The interview is fun as Colin throws in excellent vocal impressions from the likes of Nelson Mandela and Michael Caine. And we discuss the art of creativity and the great inspiration of Walter Russell in that regard. Look for the little book on the creative life of Walter Russell entitled The Man Who Tapped the Secrets of the Universe by author Glenn Clark. The book punches way above its weight.

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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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“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.”

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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