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Can You Handle the Truth?

How often do you wonder what is true?  We are bombarded with information, disinformation, opinion pretending to be news and entertainment feigning real life, 24/7.  This plays on our feelings of insecurity and keeps us confused.

A brief search on three issues that came to mind, delivered completely different information:

Is a mini ice age on the way? Scientists warn the Sun has ‘gone to sleep’ and say it could cause temperatures to plunge 18 January 2014

Global warming continues and won’t be stopped by wishful thinking 30 January 2014


LA Times Sounds Alarm: West Coast Update – Stop Eating Pacific Ocean Seafood Now! Major Fukushima Radiation Warning!!!  January 6, 2014

DEC says Alaska fish are safe to eat  January 23, 2014


Dentists: Fluoride in water supply is safe February 10, 2014,

Harvard Professor: Fluoride Toxic to Children, Linked to Autism February 20, 2014


You could argue that the information you find is biased according to the political leanings of the source, but that just highlights the problem; in Mephisto’s hall of smoke and mirrors, how do you know what is true?  Where do you go to find the Truth?  What is Truth anyway?

Truth is different to fact.  Facts are self-evident, perceivable by the senses impersonal and tend to be more permanent.  For example, snow is cold.  In contrast, truth is dynamic, subjective and tends to describe a relationship between the truth-holder and an aspect of the natural world.  For example, it is true that I am sitting here in my cabin in Galicia and it’s raining.  I might not be here tomorrow and the weather might change, but that does not diminish the truth of this moment.

Truth is experienced and it is participatory.   It is a state of sublime coherence between the individual and reality, totally ‘in the moment’ and without doubt or mental chatter. All humans have the innate ability to experience Truth.  So why do we find it so difficult?

First off, you cannot experience Truth by thinking about it.  Truth is felt, not thought.  Thought is the initiator; what Truth are you seeking?  But Truth is a full mind/body/spirit experience.  There are three steps to discovering the Truth:

1. The first step is preparation.  It is difficult to experience Truth if your body is toxic.  Truth is experienced in the body, before it is recognised by the brain, but many of us have forgotten what Truth feels like and we often ignore the signal.  If you are viewing reality through a dirty window, no matter how much Truth or Beauty there might be out there, you are only going to catch a glimpse of it through the grime. 

Confusion and difficulty in experiencing Truth are symptoms of stress, ill health and         toxicity.  However, as soon as you begin to clean up your internal environment, eat more healthily, exercise, drink enough water etc., your cognitive ability improves and your awareness grows.

Connection with Nature is also part of preparation.  Truth is an aspect of reality and you don’t find reality on TV, the internet or even in a book.  Walking barefoot has enormous health benefits and reconnects us to the Schumann Resonance, which recharges our cellular batteries and protects us from harmful EMFs while we are in contact.  Part of our difficulty in recognizing Truth is because our brains are too fogged up with unnatural electronic static to be able to decode the information being received.  Get outside and see the beauty of the real sunrise, sunset, new moon and full moon and your body will automatically begin to get back in sync with reality.

The body’s ability to recognise Truth, even Truth of which the subject is not consciously aware, has been validated by many studies using muscle testing.  The principle behind it is that the body tests strong when it aligns with Truth and weak for falsehood, enabling the process to be readily used for yes/no questions.  A pendulum is also a useful tool and easily mastered with practise, as is muscle testing.

2. Next, identify the issue and state your intent to know the Truth of that issue.  The syntax here is important.  It is not the Truth ‘about’ something.  We know the Truth of something, or even with something, but to want to know “about” something is inviting in the Trickster .

Intent is the mechanism for focusing attention, but merely thinking about intention is not sufficient.


Intent is not a thought, or an object, or a wish. Intent is what can make a man succeed when his thoughts tell him that he is defeated…… Intent is what sends a shaman through a wall, through space, to infinity.

Carlos Castaneda

In The Power of Silence Don Juan explains how “intent is beckoned with the eyes” by moving to the “place of no pity” which is characterised by a specific shine to the eyes.  The “place of no pity” is Don Juan’s way of describing the point where you get over your self-importance and are fully present, without mental chatter.  The power is in the silence.

The ‘shiny eyes’ is like being  ‘moved to tears’ in the presence of great love or beauty, humbled, fully present and self-less.  To bring yourself to that state and then focus the attention is to act with intent.

You need to be sufficiently connected to the issue in order to invoke this level of intent and to be clear and specific as to how you direct your intent.  For example, asking for the Truth about whether it is safe to eat Pacific fish is too abstract for the body to understand.  However, if you are standing at the fish counter with fish from the Pacific right there in front of you, you will be able to connect with intent and discover the Truth about the fish.  The Truth that it is safe would feel strong and certain, without any doubt. In this context, what is true for you might not be true for some one else.  If your body truly finds the fish safe, it will be for you – if you have any doubt, there is no Truth.

3.     Finally, having declared your intent, you forget about it and wait. The Truth of the issue will make itself known to you.  There is no asking, hoping, or praying involved.  The Truth will emerge as a realization that is absolutely clear and without any doubt, usually within a day or so.

This part of the process cannot be rushed.  It is analogous to trying to remember the name of a person or song and you just can’t remember it no matter how hard you try, but as soon as you forget about it and get on with something else, the name just pops into your head.

As you wait, you enforce the process by living the Truth in any moment; by keeping focus on what is real, being in Nature, recognising personal drama and all the attributes of the world of lies for what the are and keeping away from them as much as possible.  You communicate Truthfully, especially when it’s difficult. With practice, this process becomes seamless and you become unconsciously competent in recognising the Truth in any situation.

Clarity on the difference between Truth and fact is essential to see through Mephisto’s game.  Mephisto is the Trickster within.  It is an aspect of our minds that is involved in the development of our personal narrative, or individual myth-making.  We love to validate our story with facts.  If we pay too much attention to the story we tell ourselves about our lives, we become disconnected from reality and then we are trapped in Mephisto’s game.  This game has no objective, no outcome, no purpose other than the playing of the game itself in more and more fantastic ways.  However, our potential to get trapped in the game prevents us from living our lives according to our highest desires and makes us vulnerable to anyone who understands its rules and wants to use it against us.

The ‘vibration’ of Truth is getting stronger.  We are beginning to hunger for it as what passes for normal is no longer satisfying (if ever it was). Ultimately, the practice of seeking the Truth is empowering.  To focus on the Truth with intent and commitment, lifts us out of the drama and polarity of our daily lives. It is a transcendent energy that guides us out of confusion and victimhood and enables us to take full responsibility for our lives and make better choices.  This leads to change and transformation. 

In the words of Schoepenhouer:

All truth goes through three stages. First it is ridiculed. Then it is violently opposed. Finally it is accepted as self-evident.

So, can you handle the Truth?



Do you need healing, or are you a healer?  These are the only choices available right now on this planet and if you can’t say you are a healer, then you definitely need healing!

The natural healing force within each of us is the greatest force in getting well.   Hippocrates

The truth is that we are all healers.  We all have a ‘natural healing force’ within us that is as automatic and unconscious as breathing. All we have to do to access it is, quite literally nothing.  Healing is what the body does when it is sick or injured.  It is a natural and often invisible process, happening continuously as we and the planet struggle to recover from our mistakes. If you cut yourself, you don’t have to tell your body to produce platelets and begin clotting, it just happens.  So why don’t we self-heal from every injury or disease?  The terrible truth is that we can do this, but only if we truly believe it to be possible.

Belief is healing’s magic bullet and it can kill you or save you.  If the doctor says you have terminal cancer and you will be dead in six months and you believe him, YOU will make this prophesy true.  If the doctor says you have terminal cancer, but you believe you will beat it, you will prove the doctor wrong. A prognosis is a prophecy that will come into effect only if you believe it to be true. The power of belief in the healing process is well-researched but rarely mentioned in the medical context, except for the occasional vague mentions of ‘keeping positive.’ But here is the kicker: what do you really believe?  And do you have faith in your belief?

Whether you think you can, or think you can’t – you’re right!   Henry Ford


Belief is a default concept.  We tend to believe what we were brought up to believe, without thinking about it until something changes and we begin to question that belief.  I had a stomach ulcer for 25 years.  I believed that it was incurable and had had all the tests to confirm that belief.  I believed that I needed medication to keep it under control, for the rest of my life.  The one day doubt appeared.  Doubt has a bit of a bad reputation.  “Don’t doubt yourself”, we are told. “Trust your intuition.”  But doubt has an important role to play in the story of our lives.  If we did not doubt, would we question?  Would we accept change? Doubt had been gnawing away at something in my mind for quite a while, not to mention my stomach!  How could I be a healer and not heal myself?

One day, something shifted.  I found myself in the GPs office, going through the same rote questions to a locum so I could get my prescription and I heard myself say, “You know what, I’ve changed my mind.  I don’t want this. I’m going to heal myself.”  I clearly remember the GPs slightly shocked, slightly amused, slightly patronising look, as he kindly said he would make out the script for me anyway, but I never went back.  I healed completely within three months.

The healing of my stomach ulcer began with doubting the belief that it was incurable, because there was no truth in that belief.  By that time I had read many accounts of people healing themselves completely from much more serious conditions, so why not me?  Then I began to question what the doctors actually knew about my particular condition. After the discovery of the Helicobacter Pylori bacteria in 1982, no one was interested in stomach ulcers anymore and I was one of the 10% not apparently infected with H. Pylori. Yes, it was worse with stress, affected by diet and maybe genetic – who knew?  I began to doubt whether anyone knew anything useful about what was going on in my stomach, because experiments in a lab thousands of miles away just didn’t feel relevant.

Then I questioned the diagnosis and prognosis.  The diagnosis part was pretty clear at the physical level.  I’d vomited blood and the ulcer showed up on ultrasound and barium tests.  But I’d also been infected by the black swan meme.  I could believe that my ulcer was incurable, but no matter how many cases were studied, this could never be proved for certain.  So how did that though impact the prognosis, my personal prophecy?  It no longer had any power over me. Wouldn’t it be more useful for me to believe that I could be healed? We have many beliefs, conscious and unconscious, individual and collective and they can all be activated to produce thought-forms that we make real. I discovered that the information I had accepted regarding my stomach ulcer did not agree with my core beliefs.  I had accepted other people’s beliefs, such as “the doctor knows best”.  It was time to discover my own beliefs, or at least switch to something more useful in terms of my health and healing!

What the Thinker thinks, the Prover will prove.   Dr Leonard Orr

Dr. Leonard Orr observed that the human mind behaves as if it were divided into two parts, the Thinker and the Prover. The Thinker can think about virtually anything. It can think of itself as mortal, immortal, as both mortal and immortal (the reincarnation model) or even as nonexistent (Buddhism). The Thinker can think itself sick and can think itself well again. The Prover works with only one rule: Whatever the Thinker thinks, the Prover proves.  If the Thinker thinks it has an incurable illness, the Prover will obligingly organise all perceptions to conform to that thought.  What do you think about this?  How about turning the proposition on its head?  What are you experiencing and what does this show you about what you are thinking?

There is no fixed, objective reality, so there’s no point looking for it.  We create our own reality, which is actually our experience in the world, with every thought and feeling.  As hard as this may be to hear if you are seriously ill, focusing on your illness will only create more illness.

You become a healer as soon as you recognise that you can heal yourself and begin to act in accordance with that belief.


I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.

Robert. A. Heinlein

Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains.

Jean-Jaques Rousseau


I woke up this morning with these quotes lurking in my mind.  My second thought was about goals and the two thoughts are inextricably linked.  The idea of ‘working towards a world in which we are all free’ is a worthy goal, but the actual freedom is in the process because that is where we live.  A goal is an idea and it should be a great one.  Ideas are the product of imagination; they should be great, lofty, imaginative, far-reaching and never limited by what we consider to be possible now.  The goal of freedom for one and all inspires me to be free moment-to-moment.

How many times have you had this conversation,

“Wouldn’t it be great if we were all free to live the lives we want?”

“That will never work, because nobody would want to do the shit jobs and society would collapse in no time.”

Well, society is already collapsing and ensuring that more undesirable jobs get done won’t prevent its collapse.  The collapse of society as we know it is a forgone conclusion, which we make real through every thought and action of our day-today lives.  It often seems like people use a forgone conclusion as an excuse for inaction, but there is never inaction in this context.  What seems like inaction is just doing more of the same.

But what comes next?  What do we want our society to look like and feel like?  I want it to be freer and more equitable, so that’s how I try to live my life.   From my perspective, we always have freedom of choice, within whatever circumstances our lives offer.  Sometimes we might not like the choices we think are available to us and we often confuse the idea with the physical action and end up doing nothing. It’s good to have big ideas, but they only become reality if we align goals with action.

My ultimate freedom is to give and receive love in as many different ways as serve my immediate priorities.


Free Finca Philosophy

Life isn’t to be studied, it is to be lived!

The other night I dreamt I was at a wedding and some one said to me, very clearly, “It’s just like Plato’s cave.”  I can’t remember much about the rest of the dream, but that remark stuck with me.  So much of our experience is performance that we can’t even recognise what is real anymore and, just like the people chained up in Plato’s cave, we resist it when it’s forced on us.

When I lived in London it felt a bit like the allegorical cave.  The shadows on the wall seemed real, and the majority of people around me ‘knew’ they were real, but I always felt something lacking.  I thought it was me; I changed career, made new friends and worked on myself.  As my awareness grew I realised that I didn’t want to spend the rest of my life in a cave watching shadows on the wall, or talking about shadows, admiring them and even wanting to be them! Ditching the TV was never going to be enough.

It’s hard to escape the illusion in a place like London when you have a mortgage and bills to pay.  We had to work to pay for these things and as soon as you enter the world of paid work and employment, you participate in the illusion.  How many unnecessary and meaningless meetings have you sat through?  How many hours have you spent form-filling for worthless bureaucracy?  How much of your life do you spend doing something that is utterly meaningless and unsatisfying?  We decided that we had to leave London to create the lives we want to live.

We are experimenting with creating our experience and making our lives joyous and meaningful by being conscious and aware as much as possible.  We are exploring reality through awareness of our feelings, our doing and being and what shows up in our lives – philosophy-in-action, perhaps.  It’s very difficult to have joy and meaning in your life if you spend most of your time doing and thinking about things that are ultimately meaningless and do not offer any satisfaction and therefore can’t make you happy.

Are you here?

You are here

For this?

To do this


So ,what is real?  What reality are we creating?  What do we want to create?  What do we want to be experiencing more of in our lives?Taking care of our physical needs is real; building a cabin, making a vegetable garden, putting in a new water supply and dealing with our own shit (literally) is very real.  If I had known that this is what we would be doing before we left London, I might have had second thoughts.  It seems like a step backwards if your aim in life is to have more leisure time, but why do you need leisure time?  How much leisure time do you need and what do you do with it?  How does it make you feel?

We have significantly less so-called leisure time here.  We haven’t got a TV, we don’t go to the movies, the theatre or shopping for anything but food. We don’t make any distinction between week days and week-end. There’s always the dogs to be taken care of, wood to be cut, gardening or housework to be done and we haven’t even begun the renovation work yet.  However, it feels very different to be doing these things as the mainstay of our lives, rather than as activities that need to be squeezed in around a job.  We are not financially wealthy.  We have just enough to cover the basics, but we have much more freedom.

We use this freedom to make conscious choices regarding the situations life offers.  It is one great experiment and we are always facing unknowns and challenges.  Every time we need to do something new, we ask around and we can ask six different people and get 10 different answers!   For example, we bought this property with two wells.  One is contaminated with bacteria and the other clean, but with not enough water.  We started with the clean well and ran a pipe to the cabin and the water is lovely, but it is running out.  If we had more storage we would be OK with the clean well, but we need more water now before the summer is out.  We could clean out the other well, which one of the neighbours says has always been good (but that was 40 years ago) and we don’t want to use chlorine to clean it.  Another said we should connect to the mains, but we prefer to have our own water supply. No one here uses an ozone generator and the plumber said that we would be better off digging a new well with guaranteed clean water.  So where do we put the new well?  The neighbour said one place and the well-digger another…..and so it goes on.  We don’t know what is the best course of action; we have no previous knowledge of these issues, but does anyone really?

All we can do is set our intention to trust that it will all work out in the end and make the best choices we can in the spirit of playfulness and experimentation.  This is our philosophy-in-action.