Positive Thinking

positivitypledge_300Too much time sitting around, quite a challenge to stay positive.

So, with grateful thanks, to all those wonderful teachers out there, who provide us with inspiring and encouraging words, I’m focusing now on ‘no longer allowing negative thoughts or feelings to drain me of my energy’.

There’s always something to worry about if you let yourself. But where you put your focus is the most important thing. You create with your mind. So let’s create positively!

The End

It was lovely last night to cuddle up and watch ‘Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’. Not the new one, I’ve not risked that as so often the second is a disappointment after a really good start.

best_exotic_marigoldThe colour, the noise, the scents and smells, (okay so I know we don’t have ‘scratch and sniff’ TVs yet, but I could imagine it nonetheless), and I love the optimistic belief of the young hotelier:

  • It will be alright in the End.
  • And if it’s not Alright.
  • Then it’s not the End.

What wise thoughts. We could do well to adopt this little saying in our lives, when things seem a little tough.

A big thank you to the excellent cast and production team who put together such a delightful escape from what we tend to belief are the only options of old age. New frontiers! Wonderful.

More about the film here

Serendipitous Synchronicity!

stgeorgesWe never meant to visit Cyprus, never mind move here!

It crept up on us, the way these things do. It was not planned, was not even consciously conceived as an idea, but friends had bought a holiday home and generously offered it for us to have a break. I have to admit I was reluctant. Cyprus just was not on my horizon. It had never called to me as other places had. I was actively researching a possible trip to India when Cyprus came in on the horizon.

David loved it, I liked it. On the third visit within eighteen months, the seed was sown while wandering along the shops down near the harbour we first caught sight of homes for sale.

But it was the other things that happened. Interested as we are in alternative and spiritual things, I had wondered if there was a ‘spiritual’ side to the island. We discovered a Mind Body Spirit show at Limassol, found http://www.cyprusspirit.com showing a significant list of therapies available, discovered the Zening Resort at Latchi and met a shaman. There was certainly enough going on here to interest us.

As we flew back to the UK we laughed at the idea of a move; “We wouldn’t would we?” No, well maybe, perhaps. After all, David is English through and through, like a stick of rock it is written within him. I never imagined he would choose to move to a Mediterranean island. It is me who had always dreamt of it.

It took just two weeks. It felt as if the island chose us rather than us choosing it. We were bowled along at such a rapid pace. I spent the summer looking at properties on the internet and when we landed in September last, we had a list to view. We knew it was ours the minute we saw it on the second day after landing and on the third day, we made it ours.

Serendipity means a “fortunate happenstance” or “pleasant surprise”

Synchronicity is the experience of two or more events as meaningfully related

Paris – city of Magic

Last night we watched ‘Midnight in Paris’. I had needed something easy relax to and I imagined a stroll through the streets of Paris would be ideal.


Annee in Paris circa 1982

A successful Hollywood screenwriter is struggling with his first novel and is in the romantic city with his fiancé. Walking the streets alone one night, he accepts a lift – and finds himself back in time to the 1920s, the very period he has been drawn to. Here he rubs shoulders with great men of the time, as one after another of the city’s famous folk shake his hand.

I must admit to finding the character a little irritating, but that apart, the clever twist in the story is that this is not the only time period he could choose to go back to. And he sees that every age is the ‘Golden Age’ for somebody, looks more alluring from outside than inside.

For those of you who are with me, you’ll have made the connection already. We are, right now, in l’Age d’Or! It’s not tomorrow and not yesterday, it is here and now, what we make it.

Make it Great! We are each co-creating our reality individually and collectively. Let’s imagine we can make this the decade that will go down in history as the one that marked the end of all the things we do not need to take forward: war, poverty, famine, discrimination etc and the start of all good things; sharing, kindness, sustainability, Love.


I just spent time with Ellen Watts of ElleRich Training.

Elle is a keynote speaker and a business coach. She is author of Cosmic Ordering Made Easier, which is something I am very interested in. Elle is herself a remarkable testimony to the effectiveness of the system and her book is full of stories of her experiences along with those of other people who she has coached.

Then Elle sets out clearly the steps to take to make simple, focussed and effective Orders to place before the Cosmos. How not to stand in your own way, finding your limiting beliefs is important.

I suggest getting the book! Her website is at http://www.ellen-unlimited.com

Something Wonderful happened to me

Something wonderful happened to me. I experienced freedom, liberation and joy!

I felt I was a girl again. I saw myself as I was at 20 or so, moving more freely than ever I think, with delight. I was with a group of people I had not met before and music was playing. We moved as we felt moved to move! First gently with flowing movements, now staccato, then chaos, now lyrical and finally stillness.

I discovered Five Rhythms! This is for me! http://www.gabrielleroth.com

Something extraordinary happened today

We found a key. But to explain the significance I must go back a little.

We have a friend who is a French polisher and antique furniture restorer. He has a vast collection of keys in his possession and from his long experience, can frequently put his hand on the right key for the right lock.

When I bought an oak sideboard on ebay it had a missing key, so naturally the person to ask was the above-mentioned friend. Today he came with his old biscuit tin full of small keys; Victorian keys, Georgian keys, short barrel, long barrel, every type of key you could imagine and lots that you could not. After a bit of rummaging around he found a key that he liked the look of and tried it. The lock turned but was stiff, and the key was difficult to get in an out. Little bit of filing, and it seemed better, smooth enough for the job.

dads_keyThen it didn’t. It was stiff again. So back to the box, tipping them all out this time looking for something similar.  A shiny one caught his eye, and key presto! It was smooth and perfect for the job.

He looked at me. I looked at him. ‘What?’

‘That’s one of your Dad’s keys.’

‘How do you know?’

‘They were on a ring. Remember? And there’s a little tag. Don’t you remember giving them to me when your Dad passed away?’

And yes I did. And to prove it there was the little tag, bearing the symbol of Libra, the astro sign for both my Mum and my Dad. I swear I could hear my Dad’s chuckle. Just another proof for me that our loved ones never leave us. It’s over seven years now since he disappeared from this reality, and getting on for two since my Mum joined him, dancing through the stars.

The Hobbit

I am always a little wary of prequels which seem to ride on the back of previous success and so considered carefully before going to see this movie.

The Hobbit was a disappointment to me. I found nothing new to excite, but most importantly the ‘spiritual’ notion, so strong in the Lord of the Rings Triology, was missing or not apparent. I’ve seen the series three times now, and each time I am astounded and delighted with the multiple layers in this story.  Tolkien said that he did not write from any rememberance or experience of other worlds, but he must have done so from some level or another!

The perenlord_ofthe_ringsnial struggle of Light against Dark is so magnificently told in these stories – think of Gandalf riding out from Minas Tirith and holding his Staff aloft to scare away the Nazgul; see how courage even in the face of absolutely impossible odds pays off; think of the moment when Gandalf explains to Pippin that this will not be the end, even if it does end here; and note how at the Black Gates, as the seeing Eye retreats the ground breaks up under all the evil forces but not under our heroes’ toes!  Ponder on Frodo almost unable to part with the ring at the edge of the Fire, when Sam pleads – “Just let it go!” (how many of us find it so hard to give up unpleasant or impossible situations just because we are used to carrying them?) and think of who is your Sam in your life, the unsung hero without whom it could never happen, the mis-understood, sometimes overlooked loyal one who is always there for you.

Truly this Masterpiece inspires – I could go on and on.  Surely the Masterpiece of the Millennium!

Sadly I cannot say anything inspiring about this latest follow up and do not feel inclined to see the next two. Shame, the world badly needs inspiration, Truth disguised as story is an ideal way to help us to wake up in time.

Lots of Comets this year

laurence2I’ve just been talking with my friend Laurence James Lucas. He is a visionary mapmaker of human consciousness, a mystic and astrological consultant, and he tells me that there are some interesting comets or asteroids this year coming near to the Earth.


It’s always interesting and inspiring connecting with Laurence! In mid February, (I think he said 16th of the month), there is a big one coming really close to the Earth. We may or may not see it, but even so, this is to me a sign of our increased connectedness, or at least rememberance that we are connected, to the Universe. It is a messenger from the Stars, bringing the energy in from the Cosmos.

How much longer will be carry on polluting this precious planet, ravaging its resources, building on it, deforesting it, laying it waste, before we realise that we are not just destroying our own world. Our connections go much further.


Early inspiration

annee_logo150This page is created in January 2013 but StarDrum was conceived as an idea in around 1992. It has evolved and existed in part and in various forms since then. What is it? A bridge to the Stars, a transmitting and receiving station, a point of focus to assist expansion of consciousness, personal development, becoming all that we can be. It may become a Centre of some kind, a group or community of sorts.

I seek to fulfil my destiny and am on a journey to discover what that is.

Looking back, I see that this journey began a very long time ago. Certainly it pre-dates this lifetime. I have snippets of memory of several. I very much like the idea Joan Grant www.joangrant.net/ uses in one of her books, of lives as beads on a string. From here, we see just one at a time, but from the other side, we are aware of the thread. Joan’s book Winged Pharoah stirred such memories for me, it was as if I was there in ancient Egypt.

Talking of books, Bring Out the Magic in your Mind by Al Koran was also a major contributor to my early learning. There are so many now, my bookshelves groan as they expand to accommodate the latest, ranging from vibrational medicine and other alternative approaches to health, to yoga, esoteric to novels with an inspiring twist. I wrote the first part of my own story in From Victim to Victory published in 2005. Latest enjoyment from Anna Hunt, www.annahunt.com/  Shaman in Stillettos and particularly A Story Waiting to Pierce You by Peter Kingsley, http://www.peterkingsley.org/

I love the movies! Star Wars and Star Trek, Lord of the Rings, Contact, Close Encounters of a Third Kind – all favourites viewed many times.