Are you getting ENUF?

October 31, 2013

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The case to answer
This case concerns a member of our species, wishing to summon the ‘Housework Fairy’ to attend to her needs. It is a cautionary tale and follows, by way of a narrative public information broadcast, the line of ‘don’t make yourself useless or lazy and especially don’t assume you are deserving’.

The narrative continues is the style of a ‘Hill Street Blues’ briefing ………

Narrator:Summoning? Sounds like a slavery issue. I will arrange for the to join ENUF (Eternally Nocturnal Union of Fairies). We want shift and night premiums, less feeding on the wing, ring fencing and an end to summoning by foot stamping. Disenfranchised Fairies everywhere are shouting “we are not getting ENUF”.

The retort
The specimen, a beautiful, vivacious and intelligent and kindly girl replied reassuringly that she only ever “Summoned Respectfully”. The wizened, old grumpy man continued;

Narrator:Respectfully Summon? Now how would you do that comrade ? Clap hands? Stamp Feet? Do a little dance? Get down tonight?

Two cases have recently been brought to the of the National Operations Team of ENUF (NOT ENUF).

The first involved in mischievous wee male Mouse, lets call him Mickey or maybe Walt, a Sorcerers Apprentice with chores to do. He summoned our members with some odd refrain and disaster ensured. Wet washing with water everywhere. Even the accompanying music was driving and forceful.

This is the Teams review of the video evidence and their findings http://youtu.be/mHTnJNGvQcA.

Now the word summon has two particular meetings. To order, as in “we politely and respectfully order, please, all you naughty English Criminals go to the other side of the world” or “please jump up and sit comfortably in the electric chair”.

Or the other meaning of the word you have of summon is as in call up, galvanise or bring to the fore the special powers we have inside ourselves (of which you are one of the most resourceful species our members have ever known).

Following on from that the other case concerned a beautiful young lady, lets call her Snow White, who was serving the needs of little ones. The vulnerable ones should always come first, so please ensure when calling on the nature and goodwill of our members, you do with a clear and useful intent in mind.

Again here is the evidence, please read the words and captions. http://youtu.be/zhxA0xeAvLo

So in this age of enlightened, independent, conservationism we suggest a polite request “give me the strength to do what I must, with good cheer and if it is worthy, please ensure I have Just ENUF”.

Our members are sure to pop up everywhere. That’s FAIR ENUF.

Disclaimer
Any suggestion implied or otherwise that young males can be lazy, inept and destructive, whilst ladies are resourceful, engaging and focused, is wholly intentional.


Good Morning Celebrity – Dr Raj Persaud

October 26, 2013
Rock on

Rock on

Recently, I had the pleasure to be taught by the engaging TV personality, Dr Raj Persaud.

He talked about people being on of past, present and future time orientated, describing how highly motivated and successful people were more likely to reside in one particular time zone.

My understanding is that he explained that:

1. People focusing in the past, tend to stay stuck.
2. Present orientated people enjoy the ‘cocaine rush’ of the moment.
3. Future orientated people worry.

Which did he say was the most successful?

I think I must have time zoned out at that point and gone to that most special place, somewhere, somehow, in between those three, the fourth dimension of time, lost in LaLaLa Land.

I am not sure which he said would be the most successful one, he seemed to suggest that success was fame and fortune. That’s not my definition.

For me time is about having a balance, of telling an enabling story about where you have been and of where you are going, yet taking time on that journey to enjoy the experience. Like smelling the roses or clearing up and digging in the manure, and planting little seeds, who seem to just know innately how to grow and be successful.

I know that some just want to get straight to end zone. I like and prefer the side shows, the dramas, the putting of a penny in the old man’s hat.

The old ways talked of seven generations; of paying attention and learning from the three before us, of taking action now, as the present generation on behalf of the three generations still to come.

Seems cool.

I think I should be on TV as “Pratt Spouts Crap”.


Magic Moments

October 9, 2013
Bare footing, light and easy.

Bare footing, light and easy.

Why is so easy to forget the simplest of things? Andy Williams reminds of those ‘Magic Moments’?

For me like the small boy crafting clay dams in the brook filled with wonder, the fit warrior strong, brave and full of energy and the young (then less so young) father smiling over each and everyone of the five bundles, full of joy and love and courage.

In these moments I am enabled, full of potential, again, ready to meet the world and work out how to be a grandfather and an elder, even walk across hot coals!

Now that’s shape shifting.

Oh and remember God(dess) gave us memories so we can smell Roses in December.


The Sweat Lodge at Clophill

October 8, 2013

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The sweat lodge is a place to cleanse the body, the mind, emotions and of course the spirit. The Clophill Centre is working towards making ceremony and ritual part of everyday life in a gentle, effective and simple way. It does not matter if you experience and understand that as a purely cognitive and physical process, as part of the trance or human inner guidance system or if you connect at a deep spiritual level. It is the cleansing and the time to do it with that you reward yourself with that matters. It is a time to become mindful, of yourself and others, so etiquette is simple, gentle, but important.

Sweat Lodges have been common in Briton and the British tradition it seems is similar to others around like the Scandinavian and Native American, but (of course) we have our own style, way of doing things and work with the ways and energies of this land.

Clophill honours the beauty of the old ways, but recognises that the new and developing ways, especially in psychology and healing, mean we choose to bring our unique approach to the work. In that work we seek to bring together the language of those with a purely cognitive approach and those with a spiritual way. We respect both and the democracy of the individual to work as best suits them.

Part of the purpose of the Clophill Centre is to find the ways in which those of us who live in the land (We call Albion) can connect with this land. We are seeking to do that and we do not claim that this is the best way, right way or that it follows any traditions or specific ways (for which we understand there are many). You are part of the unfolding and development of our ceremony and ways. Thank you for that.

During the process a Fire will be lit, Stones will be heated, the Earth will be sat on and Water wiill meet the hot stones and the Air to meet steam. So who is that runs that process for you?

Fire Keeper and Guardian of the Land: Richard Diss

Richard Diss is your host and guardian of the land. He is an initiated Fire Keeper within the Sacred Fire Community and has many years of experience working the land.The Sacred Fire Community works from Clophill so please be aware that offerings are in keeping with that tradition are honoured.

Pouring the waters: Keith Abrahams

The pouring of the waters is important, because it regulates the heat in conjunction with the elements of course, which is the metaphor for your emotional processing too. Keith is qualified to hold those emotions.

Meet Richard and Keith

Like in all healing ceremonies, it is important to know who you have entrusted yourself to. Feel free to ask Richard or Keith anything you wish to, who will, when you first meet for the first time, tell you about the work that they do. If at any time you ever (in any healing situation at all), have any questions or wish to slow down, withdraw or go home, you should do so confidently and with our honour and respect

Purpose; respect, release and replenish yourself and the land: You and Clophill

The sweating process is designed to relax and loosen the individual up and It is a time to respect yourself, your feelings and your development, and allow the emotional “stuff” that may come up to process through. You can contact and speak with Keith anytime that you need to.

The sweat is a time to just be and replenish. Keith will talk more about intention and attention and how we bring that to the work, but intention, if it is clean, will lead to a clean outcome, providing the attention is right. There is no need to test your endurance and our etiquette is gentle and set out below.

We bring attention through (what Jung might call) our Body (the five senses), our Mind (your thoughts and imagination), Intuition (you guessed it! Or did you already know it?) and our Emotions. These are represented by the Elements of Earth, Air, Fire and Water (all of which we meet in the lodge!) and the directions, North, East, South and West.

We will also meet the (Jungian psychology) Archetypal energies, some might call it our imagination and others may call Saints, Angels, Guides or imagination – it’s all good and of course we meet the Ancestors, those who have done the work before us  and of course ….. we meet ourselves and each other! We call this our “inner guidance system”. This adds three more directions to be mindful of, all that is Above, all that is Below and all that is Within. But more on that when you wish and speak to Keith and Richard.

During the process, respect for ourselves, each other and the land is essential. Similarly, Confidentiality for and with each other is expected, vital and will be honoured.

Monies: is the energy exchange

Your contribution pays for the food, wood & the use and upkeep of the land and its services. This is a ceremony and our time and energy is gifted as part of honouring the land.

For us a Ceremony is about:

  1. A subtle change in consciousness; for new sources of insight, wisdom & strength (from our inner guidance system.)
  2. It is Sacred in nature of time, space and a celebration of the here and now
  3. Being a Special time for us and the beneficent sources of healing that are open to all of us, if we bring our attention to it.
  4. An opportunity for deeper interconnectedness

It is suggested that you do not eat for about two hours before joining the lodge, but that you drink water. We will eat afterwards and if you wish, bring something small to share. Please bring some wood that you have gathered as an offering for the fire.

Etiquette: this is the Clophill Way

The Clophill Land has a strong connection with Fire and the fire is honoured too. We build the lodge, fire and place the stones on the fire together, with mindfulness. We build and honour and altar, which forma a connection to the lodge. You will be asked not to pass through the line connecting the lodge as it is considered part of our connection.

We go into the lodge Spiritually naked, but physically clothed. Wear shorts, towels (bring a spare towel to dry yourself with), dinner suits or the like that make you feel comfortable with yourself. As you enter the ceremony there will be a cleansing process, called smudging, which helps us to bring our attention to the work.

We enter clock wise, leave anti clockwise and mark our respect by offering up our work as we enter for “All our relations” which for us means everything we are connected to.

The full lodge normally lasts for 3 to 4 rounds. Between each round the door is opened and water is brought in. You should only stay as long as you wish and can leave by simply asking “Door Please” at any point and leave ideally anti clockwise unless the shortest route is essential. Ask for help if you wish.. All we ask is that you only return to the lodge when there is a change of round. The lodge is about being mindful to others too and we should honour others views and space too. That is the exit protocol.

In the rounds we may sing, chant, talk, tell stories and share jokes or personal things. Participate as seems fitting for you.  It will be exactly as you need.

Confidentiality & respect for each other.

Health & Safety

Each of us responsible for appropriate behaviour, ours and others, it comes with the risks associated with everyday being outside, working with others and with hot and wet things.  If it is dark & wet; please tred carefully and use torches.

The lodge is about connecting with nature and is outside bring suitable clothing to honour the season and the time of day, plus implements you may need (torches, spare clothes etc) . Take Jewellery off and wear losing fitting garments.

There is fire, water and hot stones (which have never, but may splinter, which is why they are checked). We will ask you to acknowledge this risk and we will talk to you about it if you have any further questions.

Your work is to honour yourself. It is not an endurance test so leave anytime you wish following the Exit protocol above.

Drink water, so as to avoid dehydration & exhaustion. Be aware of the signs and ask for help if needed. It needs only be a gentle process.

Please advise us of any medical conditions that we may need to take account of; asthma, heart, blood pressure or physical support you may need.

We looking forward to introducing you to the beauty of the the Clophill land, the ways of the lodge and to new parts of yourself.

With warmth and wetness,

Richard & Keith aka Eisba

http://www.clophillcentre.co.uk/classes/sweat-lodge-with-keith/