Sunday, October 14, 2018

The Legend That Is Albert Dowling Plant Hire - Making things happen in Their Proper Order!

At least 50 tonnes of broken concrete and debris cleared in one morning!
Looking out on the broken concrete the day before the event!
Foundations dug for a perfect geometric curve, negotiating mains water, electricity and waste  without  mishap!
Serious levelling and levels to be done and pins in, no problem, to manage the slope!
This was the answer to when I asked 'Do you think the stable could be moved in one go and survive?

Serious ground preparation for the stable to be relocated safely and level within the  most major slope of the site!

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Architect Michael Rice on Reframing

Architect Michael Rice on reframing 

Be it timber, mental or emotional

Whether you have a home or not, you can make a start. Everyone who comes to Harmony Hall breathes a sigh of relief and feels a sense of excitement. They compare the big windows with their wee cottage portholes or narrow town house outlook and think they could never have this. That is not the case! 

Vesica Pices geometry at work

The perspective, energy and proportions are absolutely transferable! Michael Rice who specializes in 'creating a space of beauty and truth' can help. He designed this place and I’d recommend running any house plans past him before you build. The changes he will suggest will be subtle but make the difference between you creating a life of accord or discord. 

 Reconnection and Resonance

But also, he is well able to shift the energy of an existing place with his artwork; he can help you represent your adherence to the principles of nature, simply with images and even rebalance your relationships and make them more authentic and connected that way. 

Goodness knows, every other aspect of life, work and society is so divisive these days. I think you’d be mad not to tip away at making your inner space and home intact and a positive place to be. Working with him this week, he challenged me on my mental and emotional associations. Without realizing it, I had allowed some negative associations masquerade as mindfulness and so I was able to let them go. Such is the power of clarity and remembering that all reframing is to achieve proportion and ‘a harmonious relationship between the parts and within the whole’ as Alberti wrote.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Hertz are the number of vibrations per second.

 I didn’t know until this week what hertz were. I knew that they were a measurement for the strength of an earthquake. From space clearing and the energy work, I knew that a home should register between 4 and 7 hertz but that many houses were off the richter scale and up in the 700s. I had found that any geopathic stress over 300 hertz was quite possibly life threatening. It was also obvious that we are so hardened and used to brazening it out, in the face of electro magnetic charge from appliances, cables and wifi signals that we can endure a lot more than before. 

But at what cost? I could mention learning and developmental difficulties, anxiety and physical illness but these are the higher-end tensions where we’ve ended up. Actually, it’s the lower register I’m interested in. The whole magnitude of our subtle energy bodies has been distorted: Intuition not engaged and emotional guidance system skewed. 

That is why I encourage you to come over for some fine tuning! Instead of the enforced 440 hertz that you’ve been dealing with in music – however heart-centred and skilful the musicians might be – here we have 432 hertz. I had the piano tuned down using the twelve-tone equal temperament tuning and an even temperament seems to be what can now be guaranteed. No more drama or bad feeling, a genuinely new dawn.  One of the things the piano tuner observed was that he found the new base notes ‘non comprehendible to the human ear’. That reminded me of something I read about the 432. These tones and this numerical code to reality were not of human agency.

Who better to celebrate these new base notes and possibly beat them at their own resonant game than David Corley! Who better than Chris Brown to raise the consciousness further. I’ll have to wait and see tonight what frequency the Stephen Stanley band and Hadley McCall Thackston are vibrating at. From their recordings though, I’d say epic. 

They’re playing Waterford and Kilkenny tonight and tomorrow but the big day here is Monday!! 7.30pm Hope to see you here! 

Monday, July 16, 2018

Can Gentleness Be Overrated? Today, I think not!

 There has been overshadowing of my spirit this week but I’ve written about that in very small print above – inperceptible to the naked eye I hope - and now will persevere in telling a different story.


I had done a very good job of hardly drinking any alcohol over the last two months. I didn’t like the balakans that it let into my aura – dark entities that embed plausible but demoralizing thoughts in your mind that quickly depress the vibrancy of all your cells, from head to toe. Also I was on a pretty successful health drive, no bread, no crisps or processed sugar and taking a full complement of supplements in case I was called upon to do something heroic. 

However, I found that one or two drinks really fuelled my feng shui reshuffle over the couple of weeks. I painted the gate, the low wall, the front door, I got my paintings back and up, I moved the piano, I forged a path into the office. The long sunny evenings and a glass of Guinness or whatever I had making the jobs fifty thousand times more enjoyable. A real occasion. It came to an end, when I was down at the plaza (the 24hr garage where I go on line – no wifi mayhem for me at Harmony Hall, thank you!

It was like divine intervention. One friend rang and said pick up a couple of beers and meet me in the woods for the surround sound Dark Side of the Moon experience. I hadn’t even drunk the beers, I had just taken them to the counter and they had already disorientated me. I left my laptop on the array of chocolate bars and went home. Three whole hours later, I at last wondered where the laptop was and raced back down to see if it was stolen or rescued by staff. Not only was it there, safe and sound, but I bumped into another friend who said that there was to be an end of term concert on Friday – four days later. 

The concert
Typical me, I picked up the pendulum and asked, should I take this opportunity to get the Chopin Nocturne up to the best I can? Yes. How many times would I need to play it in order to carry it off? 45. So that was the end of the boozing and dancing and writing and gardening, it was simply play, practice, repeat, study, experiment. I played it with the intention of heart and that was quite beautiful, like melting icecream. I played it with the intention of accuracy and that really stepped it up a gear. I tried also consciousness and unconsciousness and the latter was far superior – the conscious application, I had given the piece, moved to a new realm of presence and familiarity and left out all the conscious thoughts that used to trip me up, like ‘this is going well’, oh no, this bit coming up is difficult, I hope I do it justice’ etc.

I was also giddy with it, the idea of being able to record it on garage band as a before and after the new tuning. Tomorrow, the piano will be tuned from 440 hertz to 432 hertz but I have written about that excitement before. It also turns out that C sharp is another universally important frequency and number 272.  So playing that nocturne in the key of 272 on my 432-tuned piano is going to be a game-changing and life-changing, if subtle experience. Feel free to report back if you notice any external changes in me, or my perspective!

On the Friday, I woke up with a fraught heart. I couldn’t do any practice as I’d already bent the ear to much of my flat mate and our other friend who was staying was really holding out for the 432 tuning before being open to listening. I oscillated inside, thinking ‘it’s my house, just brazen it out’, but instead I drove to Kerry – 4.5 hrs there and longer back, with just 1hr just on Valentia. I borrowed the keys to the church, like the old days and snook in to play my piece 3 times – yes the 43nd, 44thand 45thrun throughs I needed. It sounded like the Exorcist or some such horror movie sound track on that harmonium – organ that you have to pedal to get a sound out of!! 

I played at my friend’s wedding there about 15 years ago and that’s what got me back playing. Memorably, I had rung a teacher in the golden pages and asked would she listen to the hymns and she had replied, I’d love to, I start back in September. To which I had said ‘can it be today or tomorrow, as the wedding is this weekend?!’ I was also the celebrant at another friend’s wedding there 2 years ago so the place has always been significant. Oh yes, and this is the day when I first clapped eyes on the boy who was to be my first love, when he came in to dance when they heard the organ going!  

Castlecomer Academy of Music Concert 

I arrived just as Seamus was reciting some of his poems from his newly released book about his and his family’s coal mining past. Where Seamus Walsh's In The Shadow of the Comer Mines can be found They were so moving and his voice so brilliant, I was sort of instantly gutted. 

My performance went well, some beautiful moments, nice partnership between piano and player, good walk on a long rein…etc etc (these are the comments I used to get on my dressage sheets, when I was competing in dressage on my horse so I thought I’d translate them over for the occasion!)

Then someone did an unbelievable recitation of the interviewing of ‘Bird’ by the bishop and the gardai, from The Field. So brilliant and funny and what amazing accents and ardour.

The party continued with lots of songs on guitar and some really lovely singing and the few that couldn’t sing or wouldn’t told us why and we were all grateful and highly entertained.

The Dog Adoption Day

I have been to so many animal orientated events and this is the first I think that was genuinely buzzing with adults and children, all mesmerized by the puppies and Oliver the lurcher and the whippet, the beautiful white german shepherd pup and wonderful brindle trusty hounds. People were spilling out on to the pavement and all the brilliant Protecting Pound Dogs crew were there, filling in forms and taking names for adoptive families to get ready with a home check. I asked one little family whether they were thinking of getting a dog and the woman said ‘oh yes, that’s why we’re here’. Dammit, it was so refreshing to hear that enthusiasm rather than the wiggle-out-of-it ‘oh no, one day I’d love a dog but this that and the other’ 

I held every dog and puppy in the place that wasn’t busy being cuddled by someone else and did energy healing. I cleared their past, any cruelty, near death experiences, their fears, their health issues and cleared a way forward for the forever homes, love and affection they deserve.  
Highbank Organic Orchards 
How wonderful to see Rod and Julie Calderpotts, two of my favourite people in the whole world, and drink strawberry water – the frequency of which must have been positively intergalactic, considering the topics we covered. I still haven’t told them that I want to change my name to Calderpotts as it is just the best name ever and so reminiscent of the game Cludo and so intrinsically cheerful in its annunciation!

I nearly got polytunnel plastic but instead got a thorough insight as to how the plastic must be measured for the assembly of the thing and so it was back to the drawing board to get more accurate dimensions. It is really a beautiful tunnel already. Golden mean in its geometry and good feeling scale. I always prefer these things before the plastic goes on sadly. It was actually the same with the house; I loved the starship enterprise foundations and would have been happy enough just living on that landing pad without all the faff of building a house on it.

Hothouse Flowers and The Riptide Movement

Castlecomer might not be a festival destination in your minds yet but wow, that was a great night and line up. Even the earlier bands were resonant as anything and just the right volume to enjoy sitting on the bone dry grass and chat a little first but these two bands were mesmerizing and such flipping command of their instruments. I thought Peter O’Toole, for example, the bassist was there just as eye candy perhaps but they each did a solo when they were individually introduced and what a bunch of pros! Vocal songs etc all very different but so inspired and funny and accessible. Same with Riptide Movement. I thought they might just have one or two good songs and your man’s voice might have been reverbed up during recording but no! What a good singer, lovely quality of tone and brought every new song to life right away. Every song except ‘It All Works Out’ was new to me!!  

I have finally discovered the merits of an epic DJ. Last night a DJ saved my life from a broken heart…well, that was in the olden days. This guy was catering for a new generation of people with a concentration span of 15 seconds, who crave stimulation and continual distraction from any mention of heart or connection. He would start with a tune, some old some new, just the 10 second classic hook and then descend it masterfully into a killer beat. After another 15 seconds he’d wind it down, leave everyone wanting more and mix in the next unforgettable song, again just the hook and then descend it down into another killer beat. No two were the same and no one was less brilliant and energizing than the last. It must have taken him months to put togother a set like that and he was enjoying himself too, taking selfies and snippets of the crowd and the crowd was heaving. So I learnt something, that if you get it right, you can dance for 2 hours straight, maybe 3 and still be engaged.

I also learnt, don’t wear flip flops as everyone’s too drunk to mind each other and I spent the time, trying to avoid losing a limb or toe. Not much violence, good security and only a very disturbing vodka and orange cordial drink served up at first. Real congratulations and thanks to everyone who made this week’s music and animal happiness possible, including me. On that note, I better go and feed mine, or they might start thinking about moving to greener pastures!

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Insights from the Heart of Darkness

After some lengthy dalliances into caring, gardening, dancing, energy clearing and music, I still get that what I’m supposed to be doing is writing about consciousness so here are some of my insights from the solstice this year. 

It does not honour a dead swan to involve its lost wing in a healing circle. What would a swan want to happen when it dies? It would like to be buried (immediately or over time) as acknowledgement that half its constellation is now under the skyline (this came to me after I heard the reference to how St Patrick brought the cross symbol to pagan Ireland. He pointed to The Swan constellation, which at that time of year was partially hidden under the horizon, so showed only as a simple but massively present, irrefutable and not coincidental, cross in the sky. They went with everything he suggested after that!)

I sat around a fire with kebab after kebab of venison dripping blood and fat onto the wood only a metre or so away from me – approximately one every forty minutes, for 5 hours. Everyone, even long-term vegetarians, were having some to honour the occasion. Over the hill, where the sun had gone down, there was another gathering and camp with a wild salmon to enjoy. 

I felt so depressed. There was one other who I could hear saying ‘why is it the only vegetarian who keeps having to pass this around? But I couldn’t talk to him for solidarity as, somehow, it would have been a kill-joy and judgmental to question the eating of the God-forsaken creatures. How was I so slow on the uptake that this was perfect and fitting for this spiritual gathering, for this ancient celebration and as a way of doing honour to the sacred spirit of the animals? So a few of us set off on day two and went to meditate with some critters who still had a pulse. My joy was down to 2% but I wanted to ask the living some straight questions: 

Divining For Clarity on Emotive Matters

Does it honour a dead animal to eat it? No
If it is road kill? No
If it is reared for slaughter? No
If it is sung haunting and beautiful songs to, while it is being ‘processed’?
Let’s not dwell on this word ‘processed’. Chopped up? Skinned? Marinated?
One of the girls had processed over a 100 animals in this ‘sacred’ way with singing.
But what about the word ‘sacred’? 
The deer is sacred, they said. The swan is sacred. The salmon are sacred. Well, I get a yes to that. In fact, on reflection, I get a yes to all animals, birds, fish and plants being sacred. Even stones. Maybe especially stones. 

Crystal Clear New Reality

But a ‘no’ to people being sacred. (If you have truth-finding tools of your own, just check in now and see if you get the same answers). I got that we are the ones that have lost our nature and sense of the sacred. We are the ones that the Earth has to protect every other form of life from. 

Put more simply, there is no such thing as ‘spare ribs’. Whatever creature they come from, they had just the right amount. It hurts to break a rib and I’m sure it hurts on many more levels to have some taken out. I have merely felt like a spare part sometimes and even that feeling was pretty torturous.

If you find yourself justifying what you’re doing or trying not to think about it, then you are in the realms of unconsciousness. Please remember everyone that this is how the New World Order wants you – unfeeling and unmindful…or highly emotional with only negative emotions to choose from. They want you to shut the f*** up and shut the f*** down so don’t give them the pleasure.

Control Mechanisms - e.g. the media and mediums of the internet and TV.

This is how we are fed ludicrous ideas which are sometimes adopted unconsciously, to our detriment. There has been no improvement at all in years, in that the first 'posing with a gun in an apparently positive way' was Monsanto's original TV advert for Round Up. Now the whole of the plaza (aka Apple Green garage) is trying to present petrol as an environmental choice, in the same way!    

And now this:

They're calling it a 'revolution' as well, to appeal to those attempting to even think outside the box!

Recently I have cleared the influence of these control mechanisms from my life and I highly recommend it. Admittedly the shifting sands are unnerving. I have to re evaluate my dreams and motivations constantly to check in whether they are imposters to my peaceful, effective, compassionate, true nature or necessary parts of the healing and future. I also have no one delivering mini successes to keep me hooked any more. These were, I realize, sweet nothings! Angels finding me parking spaces, bumping into friends, words of affection, opportunities to make money, people taking a momentary interest in my work…all these things were there to keep me persevering and thinking I was living in the flow and sustained by synchronicity. It was hoped that we wouldn’t notice the invisible ceiling, where all our energy, creativity and humanity were being syphoned off for misuse and to wear us out. 

Yes, it will be a process and we must remain vigilant but this is an opportunity that I think we should all take: Self referencing, independence of mind, following your heart away from violence towards what and who make you feel good. Let’s detox this emotional guidance system of ours and then follow it to the letter.  

To this end, I have cleared 800 misplaced energies from Harmony Hall and soon will have my piano tuned to 432 rather than the 440. Isn't it bang out of order that for the last 100 years or so, manufacturers have made instruments (and no doubt digital stuff as well) to produce sound at the 440 frequency? Some say it makes the sound 'brighter' but actually it is subtly abrasive and provides a pathway for mind control via the disturbance in our natural structural integrity and resonance. We have been held in a state of discord, even at our very best, but not any more. 

How does consciousness help? You can just look and see and sort out. It simplifies life and enriches it tenfold at the same time.

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Upcoming Events

 Yes, that's 23rd July 7.30pm at Harmony Hall!!! €15 Total happiness gig.


Exhibition of Paintings 

Opens on Wednesday 11th July at Graignamanagh Library. Hitting the big time now, after the brilliant 6 weeks in Castlecomer with two talks and a multitude of other developments. People are loving the chance to talk about and get back their souls. They're loving the pictures, the inspiration, the energy work and the raw desserts. Nearly everyone bought a book. So they're loving the writing too. Long may it last...or is it more of a Blake thing?

"He who holds to himself a joy does the winged life destroy. He who kisses the joy as it flies, lives in eternity's sunrise!"

Friday, May 11, 2018

How To Create A Better Reality

I   ❤️   Creating My Own Reality

Some people laugh when I serve up tea in my customized mugs saying how we create our own reality but I think that’s because they think that might make them responsible for all the bad things that happen. But note the
This is really good news but obviously only when you start creating consciously rather than by mishap. It is not about slapping a determined positive thought process over a current one. It starts with a determination instead to notice your thoughts and thereby get a perspective on them – which will consist of making an observation, following a cascade of thoughts, like ‘that is not necessarily true, though’. You will be amazed how strong a hold your mind has over your whole being and life experience. It constantly tells us, ‘look I’ve thought about that already, so it’s true.’ And that is even if it’s the most unhelpful or dark thought, judgement or belief about yourself or anything else that you can come up with. 

Peace of Mind

Your thoughts are not the truth; they are a constant stream of superficial old thoughts replayed. You may not think that your thoughts are judgmental but we are constantly judging situations as good, better, worse, great or terrible, a sorry state of affairs or a turn of events in the right or wrong direction. There is zero neutrality and that means no peace for the mind. You will always be on the up or a down, never a stable place of acceptance, without drama or resistance. 

The Collective Consciousness 

The problem is that if you just try and pour some pristine, crystal, blue lagoon-water-thoughts into such a pool, it is immediately contaminated by the rest. People talk about the collective consciousness but it’s our immersion in the collective unconsciousness that worries me: All that casual intolerance to one another, cynicism, justifying violence and indifference and the cost on all levels. 

So, how to clean the pool without using chlorine and fluoride (which is like the equivalent to a labotamy)?! Awareness is the key. Personally, I take tracts of inner landscape and look for any entrenched ideas. Then, in the light of that awareness, fill all the new headspace with epic alternative ideas, however unlikely and not-yet-true they seem to be. I am a great believer in the statement that ‘the story you tell becomes the foundation of your life’ I shake out the old ideas by not taking them too seriously and stretching the neural pathways a little. 

What are your favourite words?

A quick way to get inside and see what’s going on in your mind is to stop right now and think of the last thing you talked about and the words you find you use often. For example, if you reply, routinely, to ‘How are you?’ with ‘Sure, you know, I’m overworked, underpaid, got a lot of problems with my joints but can’t complain, mustn’t grumble!! Then that is, unsurprisingly a disastrous creation in terms of perpetuating an old reality. You’ve got to change the story line and make it a classic.

If we don’t take this concept on board, a person will be forever at the mercy of fate, whim and accident. So it is at least worth putting time aside to practice. 

Sunday, April 22, 2018

How To Clear Your Energy and Geopathic Stress - Kilkenny, Ireland

Back by popular demand, I've decided to run this course again. Starting next Saturday 28th April.
Pendulums I've made in readiness, although bring your own if you have a favourite crystal or pendant

An Experiential Workshop where participants will be clearing each other from the start. So prepare for your heart to be lifted and help others at the same time.

This course is run over 3x2hr sessions over 3 weeks (Tuesday evenings or Saturday afternoons - which can be agreed between those who check in next Saturday 28th!)

I charge €60 which is payable at the beginning but covers the full course. Further optional reading material includes my book How To Live As One (€10) which takes a deeper look at what we carry around but will now be able to clear! And my angel cards (€15), which introduce concepts that will need further practice as your consciousness awakens, like not taking things personally and learning to genuinely appreciate oneself ... and another 50 that I can't go into right now!
Course Structure
Week One: How to use the pendulum and introduction to the personal energy fields.
Week Two: Introduction to the environmental energy fields and how to clear them.
Week Three: Consolidating good responses and good practice.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Painting Symbolism - Lynx Relaxing

Not all of nature has a purpose. Taking a nap in a sunbeam is valid.

I think it’s important to start with a discussion of the merits of relaxing. Often it is thought about as something external, as something you do. It is considered a little self indulgent and only justifiable after several days of hard work. Most people have favourite ways to ‘switch off’ and that is a sort of forgetting about the situations you’re dealing with, for a while. All these ideas, I’m afraid to say, are mistaken. Relaxing is internal, like the deep breath you take just before you fall asleep.

Rather than being indulgent or unjustified, it is the only way you can take responsibility for your actions. If you are relaxed inside, you will not be reactive to the people around you or events that happen. Furthermore, the quality of the people and events that show up will improve too.

The real route to wellbeing therefore is to switch on rather than switch off. Become conscious of what is happening inside you and if that is stress, address it head on. Do not let it manifest instead as heartburn, a headache or irritability. If you have ever experienced someone ‘rubbing you up the wrong way’ it is only because, inside, you are stressed. Probably all arguments, fights and accidents are aggravated stress.

When we find ourselves thinking about something a lot we tend to think that there really is something there that needs to be thought about. When we think someone has done wrong, be it our own guilt or blame, we carry it around with accompanying bad feelings. If we worry, we assume there is something to worry about. If we are stressed, we assume that something genuinely stressful is happening and if we are tired, we suppose that things are tiring. 

However, thinking, blaming, stress and exhaustion are all different forms of hardened resistance. Our energy is not flowing, our minds are not open and tolerant; our hearts are heavy and ignored. You will notice that thoughts go down the same roads every day. You will hopefully also now notice how your thoughts depress your emotions and bring a sort of permanent fatigue into the physical body too. So, if you have ever felt demotivated, that is what is going on.

A direct experience of this I had was with the social welfare. I had always been sure that they were waiting for people to slip up, say the wrong thing, tick the wrong box or declare something in good faith that they can use to justify taking you off their register, of people needing assistance. I had made just such a declaration and they had said that my ‘earnings weren’t from self employment’, they were from a ‘change of circumstance’ which I had not heard of before. That first night, I contemplated what might happen and I could not sleep. The anxiety took shape in my chest as a feeling of rigidity and in my mind as a sort of paralysis. When you can’t do anything practical, it is a real opportunity to practice working on the underlying dynamics that are what are really hurting you anyway. I closed my eyes and said ‘this is neither good nor bad’ and ‘I am so grateful that things always work out alright’. I couldn’t be sure either of these statements were true. Saying them, though, is like a training in talking yourself down from the ledge of self destruction. What would your friends say? ‘Don’t worry, we’ll deal with it’. Soon you will be able to say to yourself, ‘Right here right now, everything is okay. I’m warm, I’m safe, I’m having a good rest before looking at what I need to do next’. You are literally telling yourself what you’re doing, why and how it’s going to turn out. That way, sleep comes easily. When feeling particularly feisty, cultivate the determination to let nothing and no one disturb your peace of mind…especially anyone that is making your life difficult.

I started my working life as a social worker and laboured under the illusion that if I took time off from caring, there would be no one caring what happened to the people on the streets. More recently, I learnt that a human being needs to conserve their energy by responding effectively and authentically to the world around you but when you’re on your own? Return to being happy and contented. It is a replenishing choice.  

The first steps towards relaxation are usually experienced as a softening of the intellect and a relaxing of the ego’s hold (which in simple terms is a vice grip that people are held in that tells them ‘I think this so it must be true’ and ‘I am nothing more than I think I am). Relaxation is therefore crucial to allow you to realize and become conscious that you are so much more than a sum of your parts and the sum of your past.

Naps are a good place to start and moving to the side of the house where the sun shines in the window, over the course of the day. For sustainable relief from stress, start clearing it. Identify one mental, one emotional, one physical and one environmental stress that you are dealing with. An example of mental stress, could be an upcoming test or interview; emotional stress could be a critical partner or even critical inner voice; a physical stress could be an old injury or a demanding lifestyle with children to lift, animals to feed, blocks to be carried or whatever; an environmental stress could be damp accommodation or a smoky fire.

The majority of stresses though are unseen and so not considered. Take the power nap opportunity to set a general intention to clear all the stresses you are under. Let your sleeping, dreaming mind unwind the stresses it comes across, while you are out for the count. R&R provides vital perspective.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Easter In Ireland This Year

Plant and Animal Life 

Easter Sunday in County Kilkenny is a beautiful still day, with daffodils out all over the place and the twinkle of dew to be seen on every blade of grass. There is just the green and brown of Autumn. Winter thankfully doesn’t kill everything in Ireland but Spring and it’s multitude of colours hasn’t come yet. I worry for the farmers who need to sow crops but know that the soil is not warm enough and the temperatures could drop so sharply, on occasion, over the next few months that seedling won’t make it or blossom will not have time to form fruit. I don’t like to think about the farmers behind the lambs I see everywhere. I know they work hard but those lambs are so spindly and delicate and brand new, their mothers so proud and protective. It can’t be right that their only value is as a pound of flesh.

Painting - Lambs at the Secret Valley Wildlife Park

Lambs in Real Life Growing Up in Kilkenny

Lambs being carted off


Lamb of God: Jesus' Life

I have thought about life cycles a lot this week. My father is inspired by Jesus’ life and has written three books about Easter specifically. He is sure that Jesus' message was about how to live and what to do with our time here. Rather than getting bogged down in religion and it’s ceremonious and sometimes sanctimonious actions and observations, let's consider the fact that Jesus washed the feet of his friends at the last supper. I think we are to take from that that we are to help, serve and love one another.

Everyone Else's Lives

I wrote a book once from the perspective of various animals I knew well. Two chapters were from two of my childhood friends, Charlie and Tink, bullocks that lived in a field next to my house. However, it was Jonah, my parents’ dog, that pointed out the difficulties in my Dad’s argument. He felt that such a focus on one death did not do justice to the reams of unacknowledged deaths that have taken place before and since Jesus.

Jonah and Co.

A very beloved man was killed this week in Kilkenny out of the blue. So noone I know is thinking about Jesus. If anyone is going to be resurrected, can it please be Peter. For Aine, Leanne, his brother and parents, Geraldine and the hundreds of devastated friends and relations left behind. A wonderful soul, taken too early. 

Friday, March 30, 2018

What if cows are sacred? This is where they stand in India.


Kane's Bridge

Immortalized in cave painting

Warrior Cows of Standing Rock campaign.
Calves at Paulstown service station

Millions of Hindus revere and worship cows. Hinduism is a religion that raises the status of Mother to the level of Goddess. Therefore, the cow is considered a sacred animal. The cow is seen as a maternal figure, a care taker of her people. The cow is a symbol of the divine bounty of earth.

Lord Krishna, one of the most well known of the Hindu deities is often depicted playing his flute amongst cows. Krishna also goes by the names Govinda and Gopala, which literally mean “friend and protector of cows.” It is considered highly auspicious for a true devotee to feed a cow, even before eating breakfast oneself.

Throughout the Vedic scriptures there are verses which emphasize that the cow must be protected and cared for. It is considered a sin to kill a cow and eat its meat. Even today in India, there are many states in which the slaughter of cows is illegal. That is why you can find cows roaming freely all over India, even along the busy streets of Delhi and Mumbai.

Cows provide many practical purposes, and are considered a real blessing to the rural community. On the farm, bulls are used to plough the fields and as a means of transportation of goods. Even Lord Shiva’s trusted vehicle is Nandi– the sacred bull.

Cow dung is saved and used for fuel, as it is high in methane, and can generate heat and electricity. Many village homes are plastered with a mud/cow dung mixture, which insulates the walls and floors from extreme hot and cold temperatures. Cow dung is also rich in minerals, and makes an excellent fertilizer. There is a big organic farming movement in India to return to ancient methods of utilizing cow dung to re-mineralize the depleted soil.

In such a spiritual land as India, one can find religious ceremonies taking place at any time and any place. Spiritual “yagnas” are fire ceremonies that performed to thank the Gods and receive their blessings. Cows even play a central role in these fire yagnas or Agnihotras. Scientific research has found that the ritual of burning cow dung as fuel for these sacred fires, actually purifies the air, and has anti-pollutant and anti-radiation qualities in the environment.

Ayurveda understands that some physical and emotional health crisis can not be healed by diet and herbs alone. They need the deeper and subtler healing of these types of Vedic ritual ceremonies to clear astrological past karma. The holy cow again is auspicious in healing.
Holy Cow Article

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

The Meaning and Symbolism of My Art - one subject matter at a time! Pigs!

I got a lovely review of my art show last night. She said how she'd loved the colour combinations and hearing about the symbolism and meaning of all the paintings. It would be too much to write but this one came to mind again today 


I learnt something new today.
Pigs understand reasoned arguments better than simple commands!
Approximately the same amount of times I have called out to the dog “On the paper’ to remind him to crap outside, I have said ‘Back! to the pigs. But they won’t go back they only go forwards. They will not be ordered and they will not ushered. However, they always welcome an invite, like ‘Come On!’ Becky will literally break into a canter at such times. And don’t doubt her motives; she is as delighted with a stroke behind the ears as a bit of carrot or a quick conversation.

It was just such a conversation I was having with Legend a minute ago. He was nudging the backdoor having seen me inside. I opened it a fraction and I said ‘This time, your approach is slightly back firing isn’t it Legend because you pushing the door makes it difficult for me to come out and say hello’. He looked at me briefly and then carefully reversed off the step and stood still there instead. So I had to go out then, didn’t I, and give him a hug and a rub. 

He reminded me that I used to write something that he specifically wanted me to articulate every day, or week at least. So I think I had better reintroduce those insights ‘From the pigs perspective’.

Pigs Have Memories

Today he wanted me to share that pigs have memories. He remembers his piglet siblings, his mum and what he and Becky got up to!  

Secondly, he said they can tell if someone eats meat still. I asked if it made him aggressive or a little scared. He said no, he is extra sociable and winning, with an eye on the bigger picture of eliciting some empathy for other pigs, going forwards.

Crikey, he’s just like me!

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Imagine for a moment the absolute terror of being torn away from your family as a child, mutilated, and imprisoned in a dark, crowded shed with other children for months – no doubt you wouldn't wish that suffering on anyone. Yet that's exactly what happens to the smart, sensitive pigs who are born on massive industrialised farms.

Pigs can live for 10 to 12 years in nature, but on factory farms, few will ever see their first birthday. When piglets are just weeks old, their tails are chopped off, their teeth are ground down, and males are castrated, all without any painkillers. The animals' lives are spent in a filthy warehouse prison until they're about 5 months old. That's when they are dragged out, thrown onto a lorry, and driven off to the abattoir, where they're stunned with electric tongs, suffocated with carbon dioxide, and hoisted upside down by their back legs so workers can cut their throats. Many remain conscious throughout the horrifying process.

PETA and our international affiliates expose the misery pigs endure from birth until the moment they are violently killed at the abattoir, and in doing so, we help change people's eating habits, bring about reforms that reduce suffering, and get abusers locked up. Investigators have documented workers kicking mother sows, beating them with metal gate rods, and poking them in the eyes. Footage from one hideous facility shows a worker slamming piglets considered "runts" against the ground head first to kill them.

It's essential that PETA and our affiliates release dramatic video such as this to make a difference for animals: this case resulted in the state of Iowa's first-ever felony cruelty convictions of factory-farm workers. Tens of thousands of advocates took action after PETA Germany revealed the suffering of pigs on a farm owned by three German MPs. The poor animals could barely walk, suffered from eye infections and bloody tails, and were covered with faeces and crammed together on cold, damp concrete floors.

PETA is defending the public's right to know about this cruelty and pushing for reforms that improve animals' lives. An eyewitness on a UK farm discovered pigs with open wounds and injuries, used syringes and bottles of antibiotics strewn about, and piles of young, dead piglets simply left to rot. But as we've seen, conditions such as these are common at many of the world's abattoirs and farms, and that's why PETA works with caring local people to challenge plans to build them as soon as they threaten to spring up.

Help us spread compassion for pigs and other animals who are being exploited, abused, and killed by the millions at this very moment. The best way to spare pigs, cows, and other animals immense suffering in the food industry is to go vegan, and every day, we're persuading thousands of people to shun animal "products". Our work is making it far, far easier for compassionate people to choose vegan foods – with resources such as free vegan starter kit, mouth-watering recipes, and more. We're also collaborating with top restaurant chains such as Pizza Express and JD Wetherspoon to help them develop more vegan options.

Our headline-grabbing demonstrations, events, and celebrity endorsements are keeping media and consumer attention focused on the animals we're working to help. And we're confronting the meat industry head-on. We recently mobilised thousands of supporters to help get plans rejected for a massive farm in Rugby that would have sent thousands of pigs to slaughter annually. With your help today, we'll be able to reach more people, distribute more vegan starter kits, release more cruelty exposés that prompt consumers to make compassionate food choices, and launch more hard-hitting campaigns that improve animals' lives.

The above information is PETA's great article and work - this is the link to support them. I do every month because we have to help each other as well as the animals I reckon!