Buddho Meditation Group on Insight Timer

I have set up a Buddho Meditation Group on the app ‘Insight Timer’. It is there to allow those who have trained in the Buddho MedAvalokiteshvaraitation anywhere in the world, and to any level to come together and to engage in a group meditation practice of this very important and powerful tantric meditation.

Insight Timer requires that I invite you into this group via email. If you wish to be a part of this group please put your email address in the comments to this note. NOTHING ELSE. As I need to simply copy and paste the email addresses into the invite field on Insight Timer and then send out the invite to you.

As I am just figuring out Insight Timer, it might be that you can in fact search for the group on the app itself and apply to join. If this is the case then apply and I will accept you into the group.

Please note: Instructions on how to do the Buddho meditation are not given on the group. It is assumed that you have already had the necessary training in this practice.


Many thanks,

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How Vegan Got Hip

The following article appeared in Cairo East, June 2018

Over the last few years, veganism has been battling its way into the public consciousness. Eschewing the conventional ‘wisdom’ of past generations, the young guns of Egypt’s ‘cool’ are driving forward a new food and lifestyle agenda. And at the heart of it is a resolute assertion, based on compassion, a sense of personal wellbeing and solid scientific proofs, that it is simply not right, logical or healthy to be eating the corpses of other beings. Meat is not necessary, the vegans say. Nor is it right to be consuming eggs, cheese, milk, and honey, all of which lead to the unnecessary suffering and exploitation of other species. And do significant harm to your own health in the process.

The new vegans, reveling in their encampment on the moral high ground of nutritional superiority, are a part of an explosive global movement for a less violence-orientated dietary regime. In the UK alone, veganism has increased by over 400% in the last few years and in the US by a staggering 600%. Not catering for vegans is becoming financial suicide for a growing number of food outlets in many countries. Is veganism the future? Almost certainly it seems, yes.

Veganism as a definable concept came into being in 1944 when the term was coined by the Englishman, Donald Watson who adhered to a lifestyle free from animal exploitation. For many years, veganism was on the back foot, fighting its corner, presenting its evidence to a hostile scientific community and food industry, and a public whose main response had been dismissive ridicule. Vegans were the fringe crazies at the party. But no more.

In Egypt, the embracing of the vegan agenda has taken a while to get going. Deeply entrenched (and wrong-headed) old wives tales about how meat is necessary for a healthy diet (“where do you get your protein?”) and how bones get brittle if you don’t drink milk (osteoporosis, a bone disorder linked to insufficient calcium is most prevalent in those who drink the most milk – dairy farmers) continue to prevail. But more and more individual citizens are rejecting this as the unscientific nonsense that it is.

Vegans are known to have significantly lower rates of obesity, reduced risk of type II diabetes and lower incidents of cardiovascular disease. Whilst consuming increased quantities of fruits and vegetables helps to reduce the risk of contracting certain cancers, especially colon cancer. The development of kidney stones, gallstones, multiple sclerosis, arthritis and gum disease are also exacerbated by consuming meat and other animal products.

And there are environmental costs too. The meat industry is the biggest single contributor to global warming on the planet. According to the Worldwatch Institute, 51% of all worldwide greenhouse gas emissions come from animal agriculture – far outstripping the impact of the oil and car industries combined. There is also the issue of resource depletion. It takes approximately 78 calories of fossil fuel to produce 1 calorie of beef protein, 22 calories for 1 calorie of poultry, but jut I calorie of fossil fuel for 1 calorie of soybeans. Water consumption to produce animal products for consumption is crazy. It takes 3 to 15 times as much water to produce animal protein as it does plant protein.

So as a prospective vegan, where do you start? As amazing as koshary, foul and falafel and lashings of bessara are, sometimes you just want a good old-fashioned burger – Big Mac style. And how about pizza? What are you going to do to replace all that cheese?

The reality is, you don’t have a lot of options. Vegan consumers are not on the radar of the major food manufacturers, or indeed supermarkets scouting new products to import from more vegan-conscious countries. If you’re going to go vegan you’re going to have to roll up your sleeves and start experimenting in your own kitchen. Or there’s salad. Endless salad.

Alternatively, you can get in touch with Yasmine Nazmy; vegan-guru and author of ‘Happy Belly’, Egypt’s first vegan cookbook. Yasmine has been at the forefront of promoting the vegan lifestyle for some time and is the owner of Earthly Delights, a home delivery service that caters for the meat (and eggs, milk, cheese etc) averse consumer, and Kaju, the vegan food company, best known for its range of vegan ice cream.  Earthly Delights and Kaju are going from strength to strength as the vegan and vegetarian communities expand across Egypt. Yasmine herself has been the subject of numerous articles and interviews over the past couple of years and is a leading light in the Facebook-based Vegetarian and Vegan Society of Egypt, which now has over eight thousand members and is growing at an astonishing rate. Check it out for tips, tricks and amazing recipes posted by the group’s users.

Also worth checking out is Kouhl.com, the online healthy lifestyle magazine that actively promotes an ‘Egyptianised’ vegan agenda and has some great articles and recipes. And don’t miss the inspiring blog posts and recipes on One Arab Vegan.

The exponential growth of veganism across the world has been astonishing, and there is no indication that it is going to do anything other than speed up even more. Some would say that it is about time that Egypt got on board with the new world food order, after all, there are strong indications that our very survival might depend on it due to the environmental costs of sticking our heads in the sand and continuing as before. In reality, it would be more accurate to say that the rest of the world is possibly finally getting on board with something that was essentially Egyptian in the first place. According to researchers at the University of Lyon, the ancient Egyptians ate a diet that is very similar to that of modern-day vegetarians and vegans. The mass consumption of animal products is, in historical terms, a more recent phenomenon and one that is slowly but surely giving way to the upsurge of veganism across the planet.


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Reiki Transformation

The following article first appeared in Cairo East, April 2018Reiki Transformation Cairo East April 2018

Scan your eyes across the ocean of well-being practices that are threatening to drown us all in a tsunami of asanas, meditations, pendulums and oils, and you will see one or two really big waves dominating all of the froth.

One of the biggest out there right now is the Reiki wave. Admittedly not quite as big as the Yoga wave, but Reiki Transformation Cairo East April 2018 (4)there is a surge going on and Reiki is rising.

But what is this thing called ‘Reiki’ that everyone’s rushing to learn? That depends on who you ask. Most Reiki practitioners will tell you that it’s a simple hands-on healing system, using the energy of the universe. And that Reiki can instigate a deep sense of peace and tranquillity and aid in healing on all levels of being. And it works whether you believe in it or not.

That would be a fair description of Reiki up to a point, but it’s not the whole story. A better description would be that it’s a deep and personal self-development practice designed to help bring about a complete transformation in the life of the practitioner on all levels. It’s a method for helping to eliminate the suffering that we are all subject to on a daily basis. It’s a method to help us cope with every day stress, to resolve anxieties and return us to a state of freedom from negative emotions and the trauma of past experiences. Reiki is not just a hands-on energy healing method but includes a deep engagement with trusted and time-tested meditation methods. These are enhanced and deepened through a connection to the universal energy that can, incidentally, be used in hands-on healing. The two methods support each other in a symbiotic relationship.

Sadly, as Reiki has grown in popularity, it has, through the usual process of not very mystical osmosis, taken on all the attributes of just another marketable commodity on the shelves of the wellbeing supermarket. Stripped down and divested of much that gave it meaning, many of its teachers have sometimes committed as little as an afternoon or a day to their own Reiki Master’s training. Essentially then; masters of nothing.

There are however, an increasing number of people, interested in the deeper developmental aspects of Reiki, who are looking for and demanding a more traditional approach to the discipline. A method that not only combines the hands-on healing aspects, but also the meditation and breathing methods that allow them to really work in a profound way on themselves.

Reiki Jin Kei Do, is one of those traditional methods. It’s a method that dates back to the founder of the system (a Japanese man; Mikao Usui who wanted to develop a method to help people get rid of the suffering in their own lives) and encourages its students to reflect deeply on the nature of their own lack of physical, emotional or mental wellbeing. ‘Reiki Jin Kei Do’ means ‘the way of Reiki through compassion and wisdom’, and has at its heart, a focus on meditation methods that help to develop and strengthen these two qualities. Qualities that are sort of essential for effectively working on others when they come for a Reiki treatment.

It’s the focus on meditation that is one of the key differences between the traditional approach to Reiki and other approaches. Science is increasingly recognising the benefits of a regular meditation practice. It’s well known that a practice of meditation will help reduce the lactate concentration of the blood, which if not addressed could lead to a state of metabolic acidosis. Meditation is also known to help reduce stress and anxiety levels and to bring about a much deeper sense of calm and peace in the practitioner. So proven are the effects of meditation that it is being introduced into many schools around the world as it helps students improve their mental focus and therefore their academic achievement. It also helps to reduce instances of poor behaviour in the classroom.

Meditation then, is central to the practice of Reiki because of the many well-known mental and emotional and thus physical benefits that follow on from it. But more than this, Reiki Jin Kei Do emphasises respect for the integrity of the system itself. Nothing is added in to the practice and nothing is taken out. This is fairly unique. It is getting increasingly hard these days to find a Reiki teacher who teaches the pure essence of the system; without including their own personal beliefs, other wellbeing practices, or increasingly bizarre New Age concepts. To become a teacher of Reiki Jin Kei Do or another traditional form of Reiki could take a year or more, and there are not many willing to commit to that sort of discipline. Those that do make a commitment to teaching the system in its pure form. This means keeping their own beliefs and other practices and methods out of what they teach, so that no potential student is left feeling disenfranchised.

As a hands-on therapy, the benefits of Reiki are also becoming increasingly well recognised. In the UK, Reiki is being used extensively with cancer patients. The Sam Buxton Sunflower Healing Trust, raises money to fund Reiki for cancer victims within the UK’s National Health Service. Practitioners are placed in hospitals or other cancer related centres and work alongside conventional medical approaches. Patients consistently give positive feedback on the benefits that they receive from Reiki. One study from the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada, noted that when Reiki is used on cancer patients, “…fatigue decreases over the course of treatments, there is an improvement in the quality of life, and there are significant decreases in levels of tiredness, pain and anxiety.” Chemotherapy patients who have received Reiki, also report a significant decrease in the side effects of the treatment. This, combined with the meditative disciplines of Reiki Jin Kei Do are ensuring the primacy of Reiki amongst the plethora of alternative and complementary methods designed to bring about a state of wellbeing.

There are a small number of traditional Jin Kei Do teachers that you can connect with if you wish to learn Reiki. Nefertiti Afifi, Miral Dera and Zeinab Aloub can all be contacted via Facebook.

Tips for finding a good Reiki teacher:

1/ Always ask if a teacher has a lineage (the line of teachers back to the founder). Many Reiki teachers don’t, but it’s a cornerstone of the system. If they don’t have this, what else is missing from what they are teaching?

2/ Find out how long they took over their master’s training. Many are claiming the title ‘Reiki Master’ after a weekend or an afternoon’s training. A Jin Kei Do Master will have taken a year or more.

3/ How long should you wait between levels of training? If you can fast-track through the system in a matter of days or even weeks, it’s likely you are going to get very little other than the basics. Not good.

4/ Ask about what support is offered after the training. Are there regular support meetings that you can attend? Is there online support?

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Spirit Guides in Reiki

Spirit Guides in Reiki Resonance Winter 2018The following article appeared in the UK Reiki Federation magazine, ‘Resonance’, Winter 2018.

The genius of Mikao Usui was that in distilling a set of practices and philosophies into what became known as Reiki, he created a spiritual method that is universal and totally secular in every sense. There is no requirement to believe in anything. There are no gods, Ascended Masters, spirit guides, Angels, Bodhisattvas or any other, other-dimensional beings in Usui’ s Reiki.

As my Reiki Master, Gordon Bell said to me many years ago, when you teach Reiki, it’s like giving everyone a clear glass of water. They can then add their own flavour. That flavour might be Christian, Buddhist, Muslim, pagan, shamanic, New Age, Spiritualist. It doesn’t matter. Everyone gets the same clear essence, unpolluted by the teacher’s own beliefs.

Now this might not be a popular position to take in today’s Reiki Community, soaked as it is in a Judeo-Christian/New Age mythos, but the teaching of Reiki with the concept of ‘Reiki Guides’ or spirit guides embedded in it, is a profound corruption of the pure essence that Usui created.

In the West, there is an acceptance that Reiki Guides are a part of the system and that it is okay to teach about them in a class. As a personal practice, working with Reiki Guides (or reciting verses from the Bible or the Quran, or channeling some other-worldly being) might be your thing. But it isn’t a part of Usui’s pure system. There is a difference between your personal practice and orientation to Reiki and what you pass off as being a part of Reiki, when you teach it to others. One is acceptable, the other is not.

The problem is that the West’s numerous distortions of Usui’s pure essence has slammed the door to exploring Usui’s method in the face of many people outside of the West.

I have been teaching Reiki for many years in Egypt and other countries and I have found myself having to defend the practice and reassure students because of what they read on the internet about spirit guides in Reiki.

Spirit guides, in these countries, are not necessarily seen as the benevolent beings that they are generally assumed to be in the West. Certainly, in Egypt, where many of my students are Muslim, the idea of spirit guides has sometimes raised genuine fear. Some have conflated these beings with the Muslim conception of the ‘Djinn’. The Djinn, according to Islamic lore, are responsible for human possession and are shapeshifters. They can influence your dreams and create nightmares.

If not Djinn, it is assumed that the concept of spirit guides might be a reference to demonic forces. Again, something that can raise genuine fear.

I am sure, that had Mikao Usui felt it to be beneficial to include spiritual beings into the system of Reiki, he would have done so. But he didn’t. As Bronwen and Frans Stiene pointed out in their 2006 article ‘Spirit Guides Within the System of Reiki’ on their International House of Reiki website, “… the Japanese Reiki techniques that have been passed down (from Usui) contain no direct techniques to teach one to work with Kami or spirit guides. In techniques such as byosen ho and reiji ho the Reiki practitioner is called upon to develop intuitive abilities within herself.

“Intuition is an internal process that develops over time and, if nurtured correctly, it can become an open doorway to connecting with your inner wisdom.”

The point of Usui’s spiritual system, in common with many Buddhist practices (Usui was himself a Buddhist), was to give the spiritual seeker a set of tools through which they could develop themselves spiritually. Through their own hard work and commitment to the practices, they could begin to realise their own true nature, develop their mind of wisdom and their heart of compassion.

Reiki needs to return to its origins to fulfill Usui’s wish to make his system accessible to all, and not disenfranchise those who don’t want to be associated with these other-worldly beings. Whether these beings are good or bad, is just a matter of cultural perception. The system doesn’t need them and they are of no benefit to someone committed to their own inner work.

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Time for 12seconds for Peace?

As the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists resets the Doomsday Clock to just two minutes to Armageddon for the first time since 1953, it might be time to reflect on a project that was permanently set at just 12 seconds for Peace.

Back in 2009, as the smartphone was starting to dominate the mobile phone market, and prior to the launch of most of the popular social media apps we all know today, a project was launched that gave voice to the desire for peace of ordinary people around the world.

12seconds for Peace, built on the back of the now-defunct social media platform ‘12seconds.TV’ was a collaborative video-arts project, that was fast becoming a global phenomenon. Backed by the then-Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Bryant McGill, and Julian Lennon’s ‘White Feather Foundation’ amongst others, the project asked people to create a 12 second video on what peace meant to them. The videos flooded in. It’s amazing how much you can say in just 12 seconds. Farmworkers from Canada, lawyers from Lithuania, rock musicians from Spain, housewives from Palestine, businessmen from the USA, Bollywood stars, all contributed. Music production company, Murdock’s Trinity Records in Arizona made concert goers stop in front of a camera to make a video, prior to entering the heavy metal concert they were staging.  The global cross-section of those clamouring for peace was monumental.

The only rules to follow were: no finger pointing, no religion and no going over 12 seconds. Most people back in those days didn’t have a smartphone and the video quality on those that were around, was not that great. So those wishing to contribute, were basically forced to use a video camera and then plug it or its memory card into their computer, download and then upload to the site. It was a pain to say the least. But many made the effort.

A 6-year old girl sat on a sofa in Palestine, while the bombs dropped in the background, asked why we couldn’t all live in peace. An 8-year old boy in Arizona wanted the soldiers to come home from Afghanistan.  A poet in Canada lay down in front of a tank. Musicians sang, activists shouted, artists painted, and children cried.

Peace is an elusive concept. For some it is a state of mind and a way of being. For others, it is the cessation of violence and the ending of war caused by our governments. Others add that peace is not just the end of violence but also the cultivation of positive qualities such as compassion, goodwill and social justice. However you define it, we all want it and we all have our own roads to it.

As 12seconds for Peace grew, it started to get noticed by the celebrity-class and the question arose; what to do with all of those videos? The pressure-cooker of it’s success was starting to heat up and out of it grew its first tangible expression: The Global Concert for Peace.

The Global Concert for Peace was scheduled to be held at the pyramids of Egypt on Peace Day 2013 and had the tentative support of Peace One Day (the NGO responsible for engineering the day of peace through the United Nations), who were planning a concert in Rio De Janeiro for the same day. The two concerts would be twinned together. A third concert was added in Alexandria on the north coast of Egypt.

As a backdrop to the celebrity singers performing in Cairo, the 12seconds for Peace videos; faces and voices of ordinary citizens clamouring for peace, would be projected onto the pyramids by British artist, Pete Thornley.

The Egyptian government provided the concert venue for free, along with hotel accommodation for the performers and flights. Pete Lawrence, music producer, and creator of the Big Chill music festivals in the UK, agreed to orchestrate the project. A film company in Australia offered their services in recording the event and helping with the 12seconds videos. There was talk of trying to add London to the schedule of venues. The whole project was spiraling madly into potentially the biggest musical event in the history of the world, with the apex performance being held at the most prestigious venue on the planet: the ancient pyramids of Egypt.

And then in January 2011, the Egyptian Revolution happened. Chaos, blood and death ensued. Tanks and bodies and banners in the streets. The concert was shelved. Soon after, 12seconds for Peace itself was also mothballed.

The plans for the videos had been prodigious. Once edited, they would have been shown not only at the pyramids, but in art spaces around the world, formed the backdrop for various musical events and screened in any public space that would take them. The urgency of the message was visible and palpable, streaming from videos made by people all over the world.

Perhaps as the Doomsday clock ticks inexorably towards midnight, it is time for 12seconds for Peace to once more give voice to the ordinary citizens of the world.

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Review: Get Your Sh*t Together: How to Stop Worrying About What You Should Do So You Can Finish What You Need to Do and Start Doing What You Want

Get Your Sh*t Together: How to Stop Worrying About What You Should Do So You Can Finish What You Need to Do and Start Doing What You Want to Do (A No F*cks Given Guide)Get Your Sh*t Together: How to Stop Worrying About What You Should Do So You Can Finish What You Need to Do and Start Doing What You Want to Do by Sarah Knight
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was the book I needed to read and read now. I read all the reviews about how Sarah Knight comes off as a bit too self-absorbed in all of her own sht that she has successfully managed to reign in and then splurge across the pages of this book. No arguing with that. But the book moves at a hell of a pace, with no real time to get bogged down in her anecdotes. And besides, they are actually informative and illustrative of most of the points she is making. And the points are all very worth making because most of us at some point in our lives are guilty of not getting our sht together. And we should. I’m working on mine right now and taking a whole bunch of tips from this book as a starting point.

A light-weight book, with an obvious premise maybe, with nothing to say that has not been said a gazillion times by others, but it doesn’t hurt to hammer home some truths that could fundamentally alter the direction of someone’s life for the better. And that has got to be a good thing.

Kudos to Sarah Knight for writing this. Love the no-holds-barred approach of this book and if the expletives offend you, well, why are you reading a book with a title like ‘Get Your Sh*t Together’?

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Walking in Maadi and planning some writing.

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Review: The Diamond Cutter: The Buddha on Managing Your Business and Your Life

The Diamond Cutter: The Buddha on Managing Your Business and Your Life
The Diamond Cutter: The Buddha on Managing Your Business and Your Life by Michael Roach

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I really wanted to like this book, and eventually, after much effort, I did. It was hard work. I started reading it, some years ago. I read about a quarter of it and lost interest. But I don’t give up on books. It needed to be finished. So I carried it around a lot intending to carry on with it, put it on my coffee table ready to pick up when I had nothing better to do, and flew back and forth from Cairo to London with it several times thinking it could be finished during the flight. I rarely opened it, and then often to read no more than a few pages. Today, I finally finished it!

I really wanted to believe all the principles that are outlined in this book. They sort of make sense on one level. But something… something deep down wasn’t resonating. I’d read all those ‘power of positive thought’ books many years ago. Napoleon Hill, Wayne Dyer, Dale Carnegie ad infinitum. I’d read them all, so some of what The Diamond Cutter had to say, dovetailed in with all of that. But like many of those books, something… something just wasn’t gelling for me.

So I did a little research on The Diamond Cutter. Hacking through the forest of links to The Diamond Cutter Institute and other sites inspired by the book, I finally found what I was looking for. Commentary by those who understand the Buddhist philosophies on which the book is based, and they didn’t have anything good to say about it.

It had already struck me as a little odd, that The Diamond Cutter Institute were running all of these motivational, inspiring, business-success orientated seminars, and yet there didn’t seem to be any taking place in the UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand… Why? Because the philosophy that the book is founded on is simplistic and naive. An educated audience, living in a culture where Buddhism is well understood, well practiced and has many adherents, is going to see right through the naivety of the teachings in The Diamond Cutter.

If you want more evidence of the vacuity of this book, it would be worth checking out this site: https://michaelroachfiles.wordpress.c…

As Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche says in the quote in the sidebar of the Michael Roach files blog, “Buddha does not teach that there are linear causal relationships, where a single cause can bring about a single effect. Buddha teaches that there are many causes and many conditions… We are presented with a very complex picture of how things work. Just because a certain thing seems to have caused something to happen does not mean the particular cause we identified was solely responsible.”

Worldly success just isn’t as simplistic as The Diamond Cutter would lead us to believe. Having finished the book all these years after first buying it, I now understand why I took so long to read it, and why in the end I had to force myself through the last pages: something deep inside knew the truth of this book: the method doesn’t work.

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Review: Year of Yes: How to Dance it Out, Stand in the Sun and be Your Own Person

Year of Yes: How to Dance it Out, Stand in the Sun and be Your Own Person
Year of Yes: How to Dance it Out, Stand in the Sun and be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I picked this up on a flight from London to Cairo figuring, from the cover, that it would be both light and inspirational. Perfect flight fodder.

I didn’t buy this because I love Shonda Rhimes’ work, or because I am an avid fan of her TV shows. I had never heard of her before picking up this book and I haven’t watched any of her TV shows. In fact, I haven’t watched any TV shows of any kind for over 10 years. So I have not a clue what ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ is.

This book irritated me for a long time. The writing was light, accessible, punchy, but oh my God, Shonda, get to the point! So many times I was editing it in my head, and cutting vast chunks of text, that made not the slightest difference to the point being made. By the time I got to the end of the book (two months after starting it), I’d sort of got used to this never-getting-to-the-point style of beating her readers up, and I started to enjoy, rather than wanting to chuck the book out of the window. But by then it was too late. The book was done.

But it’s message? Yes, we could all do with a lot more saying ‘Yes’ to life. Too often, it is easy to throw away the great gifts that life brings our way, out of fear. Fear of consequences that may never come about. Fear of the unknown. Fear of ourselves. Shonda showed that all of these things can be overcome. That actually, we can all say ‘yes’ to life (and ‘no’ when it is appropriate). It reminded me of a book I read years ago by Stuart Wilde. Can’t remember the title now, but the message was the same: grasp the opportunities that life throws at you because you don’t know what they might lead to.

If you are into the work of Shonda Rhimes, you might like this book. If you are looking for a good self-development/motivational book to get you up and at it, then maybe you’ll like this but frankly, there are better books out there covering the same topic.

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A Bunch of Old Promos…

I remember the first time I gave a radio interview back in 1997. I was just getting into my stride as a teacher of Reiki (‘Reiki Master’ they call it… at least those with egos and those who need to look up the word ‘Master’ in the Oxford English, do). Reiki was pretty new in my stretch of the woods back in 1997. My stretch of the woods being the little market town of Rugby, in Warwickshire.

So Reiki being new, I got to appear on a local BBC radio show, with one of my students, to talk about Universal Life Force energy. I was scared stiff, and I fluffed it. You can probably tell that I fluffed it, and you don’t have to listen too hard between the cracks. You can tell.

Since then, having gone on to write a book about Reiki, having created an epic failure of a global peace project called ’12seconds for Peace’, having bummed around Sudan working on another book that eventually didn’t happen, I have appeared all over the place in magazines, and on the web and done a whole bunch of radio interviews. I don’t crap myself at the thought anymore.

But all that stuff was scattered. All over the place. Dusty nooks of once Big-Time websites such as BlogTalk Radio (does anyone use that anymore?), fish and chip wrapper newspapers, and forgotten blogs that haven’t been updated in years.

It was time to pull it all together and put it here on my own, just out of the box website. Why waste all that good promo stuff? So you can find everything that I have managed to scrounge up so far here: In the Press. There’s more. Mostly sitting in a box in the roof space of my house, back in the UK. When I can get my hands on it, I will put that up too.

I guess, I just started to realise, it’s time to get real and push my work out there more. Now I finally kicked the dreadful school-teaching habit. So please go check out some of my interviews. Dip into my past, and try not to listen too hard between the cracks.


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