Power of non-judgement to transform conflict

Arguably the most well-known hero of non-violent action was Mahatma Gandhi; although there are plenty of other persons – nowadays and in the past – who have shown huge civil courage in the face of repression, violence and injustice. Even though some of us will, thankfully, never be confronted by the life-threatening and deeply traumatic circumstances faced and endured by human rights defenders and oppressed persons around the globe, even our more privileged lives can get tough, challenging and seemingly unjust at times. On those occasions, we can learn from forerunners like Gandhi, who have led by example and in so doing have paved the way for us to more easily follow.

Gandhi didn’t condone violent behaviour or injustice. However, whilst holding an attitude of non-judgement (as recommended also by the tantric path), he demonstrated his dissent using direct, non-violent action rooted in a deep love for all human beings and Life itself. Continue reading

Rejoicing in the Earth and giving back to Mother Nature

Both Tantra and Taoism point to the power of Mother Nature as a spiritual doorway, a healer and a part of our intrinsic identity. The globally renowned photographer Sebastião Salgado[1] captured the suffering of humankind and the Earth in his various photo collections. He used photography as a medium to document starvation in the Sahel region of Africa, genocide in Rwanda, the plight of internally displaced persons in various countries, and the burning oil fields of Kuwait – to name just a few of the hugely distressing subject matters he covered. Following years of photographic documentation of these kinds of human and environmental tragedies, Salgado was at the point of giving up his work. As a result of all the horrific situations he had witnessed and experienced, he felt worn out, deluded, depressed, without hope. Fortunately, he eventually regained a sense of inspiration. His salvation came from Mother Nature. He decided to photograph the outstanding beauty of the Earth – wildlife, landscapes and seascapes – as well as the joyful and meaningful existence of indigenous peoples. He remained true to his calling, namely, the raison d’être of his photographic documentary work was to raise public awareness about critically important global issues, in this case the environment and climate change; however, he chose to do this through the lens of the blessing that nature provides to humanity, rather than to focus on the destruction of the Earth through human ignorance, greed, etc. Continue reading

Inspirational Human Beings – Diana Mossop

Diana MossopA woman who has inspired me ever since I first met her around 20 years ago is Diana Mossop. Diana has created a range of vibrational remedies under the PHYTOBIOPHYSICS® label. These remedies promote healing on the four levels of consciousness: spiritual, mental, emotional and physical. I can testify that Diana’s products really do work. On more than one occasion, I’ve healed myself of a health condition using her vibrational remedies.

The text below is taken from Diana’s internet page.


The Mossop philosophy is an exciting and relevant scientific approach to the problems of humankind that incorporates modern knowledge, traditional therapies and ancient wisdom. Above all it is a means of accurately assessing causal factors of disease. PHYTOBIOPHYSICS® is the registered trade mark of Diana’s products and the definition of the Mossop Philosophy is the science of plant energy – the use of the infinite energy of plants to restore balance and harmony to people of the world on all levels of consciousness: spiritual, mental, emotional and physical.

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Inspirational Human Beings – Rudolf Steiner

Ok, ok, another white male and he’s also dead, like the wonderful Albert Schweitzer who was the first to appear in my mini-series on Inspirational Human Beings. I’ll do my best, in the future, to address the gender and racial imbalance and give praise to those who still walk amongst us, but I can’t make any promises..

Rudolf SteinerAlthough Steiner has passed away, his legacy is very much alive and kicking. And what a legacy it is! Through his spiritual philosophy, called anthroposophy, he made an enduring contribution to agriculture (bio-dynamic), education (Waldorf and Steiner schools), health (eurythmy, Hiscia Institute’s research on cancer), artistic expression (eurythmy), architecture, economics, social work (special needs) and even natural cosmetics (Weleda and Dr Hauschka brands)! If I manage to do a fraction of what Rudolf Steiner did in his lifetime, or have the same posthumous influence, I’ll die a happy bunny. Plenty of road ahead for me to travel! Sigh!

For a 6 minute intro to Rudolf Steiner, check out this preview of the film The Challenge of Rudolf Steiner by British film-maker Jonathan Stedall.

(Source of photo: Anthromedia, http://www.anthromedia.net)

Inspirational Human Beings – Albert Schweitzer

Albert Schweitzer starts off my mini-series of “Inspirational Human Beings”.

Albert Schweitzer’s worldview, conceptualised as “Reverence for Life”, is composed of three elements: (i) resignation, (ii) an affirmative attitude to life, (iii) ethics.

Albert Schweitzer“The world does not consist of phenomena only; it is also alive. […] In dedicating myself to the service of whatever lives, I find an activity that has meaning and purpose. […] By playing an active role, man enters into a spiritual relationship with this world that is quite different: he does not see his existence in isolation. On the contrary, he is united with the lives that surround him; he experiences the destinies of others as his own.”

(Sources: Schweitzer, A. (1998) Out of My Life and Thought. The John Hopkins University Press: Baltimore & London, pp.232-233; Photo c/o International Albert-Schweitzer-Association – http://www.schweitzer.org)

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