Monday, June 10, 2013

Unseen Influences: distress signals attract predators

A recent disconcerting experience has reminded me of similar incidents in the past. I would like to pass on the lessons I have learned, in the hope that others may benefit from my conclusions and insights.

Our inner state often determines our experiences, and this rule seems to apply very strongly to people who are aware of other dimensions.

Here are some stories of jarring incidents involving strangers:

The old diary and the secretive Scientologist
Many years ago, I re-read an old diary before throwing it away. I can still see the little book with its red cover, and sometimes wish I had kept it as a record of a time when I was being emotionally blackmailed and life was an agonising struggle for existence. Reading the diary caused me to re-live some of the incidents and this had a very bad effect on me: I went right back to the terrible state I had been in at the time. I felt very distressed and should have stayed at home until the effects wore off, but I went out to a popular local shopping area.

A young man who was standing outside a bookshop stopped me and said he wanted to talk about books for a survey he was doing. I answered a few harmless questions; he suddenly asked me for my postcode. The black cloud lifted; a light went on in my mind; I asked him whether he was a Scientologist, and he admitted that he was. This made me very angry: I told him to get lost and walked away. I feel very grateful to whatever it was that put the idea that brought me back to reality into my mind and helped me to break free from the overwhelming, paralysing, hypnotising, evil spell from the past.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Astrology and the influence of the moon

There was a time many years ago when I decided to investigate astrology. Although I found the works of the more serious astrologers – Dr. Liz Greene for example – to be worth reading, I was never convinced that the heavenly bodies had much influence on our lives.

I did benefit in that I learned some more history and Greek mythology; I was also introduced to the idea of different personality types based on the presence and balance of the four elements in their birth charts, which gave me some respect for psychological diversity.

My scepticism did dissolve a little when I discovered that many of my favourite childhood authors were fellow Capricorns: Dennis Wheatley; Rudyard Kipling; Ouida; Gerald Durrell; Hugh Lofting; Noel Streatfeild; A. A. Milne; Stella Gibbons; J. R. R. Tolkien … but then I realised that there are other Capricorn authors whose work I don’t like much or at all, and many authors born under other signs whose work I like as much as or more than the work of the best Capricorn writers.

Something that happened many years ago while I was still reading books about astrology made me take the subject a little more seriously:

I was doing some spring cleaning. I was happily washing down a wall while listening to a tape of the song ‘Liverpool Farewell’ by the Spinners. I felt energised by the song, which seemed cheerful and exciting: new adventures were on the horizon.

This was in the morning; when I resumed work in the afternoon, I played the tape again. This time, the song sounded unbearably sad because people were parting; I was tearful and did not feel like continuing with the work.

I had an idea. I investigated some tables and discovered that the moon had actually changed signs during my lunch break: in the morning it had been in the airy-fairy sign of Gemini; in the afternoon it had moved to the cry-baby sign of Cancer! However, a change from sunshine to dull, grey, wet weather can have a similar effect.

I went into and through astrology and came out the other end. I have found many other areas of investigation to be more relevant and helpful. The jury’s still out.