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And I Bid You Goodnight
August 15, 2014, 16:48
Filed under: social media, Writing | Tags: , , , ,

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I like, when I can, to post a goodnight poem on Twitter. Needless to say, having only one hundred and forty characters enforces conciseness. Today’s blog is a selection of goodnight verses, but I shall preface them with Twitterverses about Twitterverses.

1. Sometimes I feel that I should put
    My poems into Google +
    I prefer to write in Twitter, but
   140 characters constricts me thus

2. Social media differs
     In the way one works upon it
     Twitter can bear but a quatrain
     Whereas Facebook can take a sonnet                        

3. Twitter used well
     As some people do
     Comes as close as I can tell
     To an internet Haiku

The following goodnight Twitterverses are punctuated and their abbreviations converted, they are in no particular chronological order.

So much I’d like to do and say,
but I’m too tired, here ends today.
However tomorrow I’ll be revived and bright,
I’ll say more tomorrow night.

                               *

Shattered, looking into the abyss;
There must, surely, be more to life than this.
The abyss is awfy deep,
It is time I went to sleep!

                                *

Please excuse me if I do not post
I’ve had four lovely days of the most
Enjoyable fun with my grandweans
Now I must rest, I’m all aches and pains

                                *

Today I have studiously rested,
Although my patience has been tested
In not doing all the things I need,
So that I can recover with speed.

                                 *

I walked by the masts of Morrigan
Into the land of dreams.
Death may seem inevitable,
But nought is as it seems.
                   
                                 *

I go to bed, tears in my eyes,
My thoughts where Robin Williams lies.
Would that he could have carried on,
The night is darker now he’s gone.

                                  *

Grandweans can run one ragged,
But I’ve had three days of fun
And now my nerves are jagged;
In, I am well and truly done!

                                  *

With soft mattress and bouncy pillows
I set sail on nights dark billows,
Certain when I close my eyes,
I shall, into dreams, capsize.

                                    *

As I lay me down to sleep
For Gaza’s children I shall weep,
And for the Israelis too
And the evil that they do.

                                    *

In my ears the music rings
Elvis sings inside my head.
Rock and Roll has but one King
And Elvis is not dead.
Me, I’m away to bed!

                                    *

Now I bid you goodnight,
And a very goodnight;
If today you felt sorrow,
May you feel joy tomorrow
In the new day’s light.

                                   *
I’ve had a happy day,
Joyful thoughts fill my head
From a weekend of play,
And now it’s time for bed.

                                   *

The best weekends
Are full of friends
Both old and new
With lots to do
Sharing fun
In the sun
My world’s alright
And so goodnight.

                                 *

It’s hard to find, Mon Dieu,
A rhyme for Andre Rieu,
But now that’s out of my head
I can, at last, go to bed.

                                 *

Today we did some walking
And quite a lot of talking.
It was a good day for us
We went sightseeing by bus.

                                  *

Today was a day for the flicks
I saw an interesting mix,
Films and TV from all the world,
But best of all, The Glasgow Girls.

                                  *

At last my day is done,
A day without the Sun;
There’s no cause for sorrow
Tomorrow will be fun,
A great day tomorrow.

                                   *

I may, today,
Not have done
All I desired.
What can I say?
I did some,
And now I’m tired!

                                   *

TV and politics,
Brit Nats and dirty tricks;
Enough to make one weep,
I’m better off asleep!

                                    *

My body aches
So too my head;
I think that makes
It time for bed!

                                    *

Today I have studiously rested
Although my patience has been tested
In not doing the things I need,
So I can recover with speed.

                                   
And in conclusion:
Pithiness is the order of the day
When you have only 140 characters
With which to play.
Distill well what you would say
And make every syllable pay.
(Needs editing to fit a tweet
Else it were complete)

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New Beginnings

This is an updated post from earlier in the year, showing the power released by “Your  Call To Greatness” and the “Power of Sovereignty” in practice.

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It is a few years since I first encountered Darren Eden, probably around 2010 when Neelam and I went on what I think was called, “Call to Adventure”, with some changes it has now become, “Your Call to Greatness“. In January we did Your Call to Greatness and found it so powerful we wanted to do Darren’s eight weekend course, “”The Transformation“. Unfortunately, because of family commitments, this year we could not sign up for the whole course, but it is set up in such a way we could, and did, sign up for the first weekend.

In Your Call To Greatness I learned how people are either driven by results or by love and I realised how much I allow my beliefs to run my life. Darren’s course teaches experientially so by the end you don’t just know your beliefs intellectually, but have experienced their impact on your identity. In the personal development field we are often told to follow our heart; Your Call To Greatness uses intuitive exercises to identify what you truly love. Darren’s course, uses the Hero’s Journey, identified by Joseph Campbell, to explain the path to accomplishing what you really love. It is a hero’s journey because it occurs as dangerous, the safe path is to follow your received beliefs, it may bring what the world considers success, but if it is not what you really love, it won’t bring you joy! When faced by obstacles you can always turn back to the safe way. However, having once set foot on the Hero’s Journey, any turning back, no matter how sensible the decision may seem, or what apparent success it may bring, will always leave the erstwhile hero with a feeling of defeat.

Were that all I got from that first weekend it would have been enough, but there was so much more. I came away with an understanding of how my focus creates my reality. I learned a lot about the nature of my beliefs, but most importantly Darren taught us a powerful process for accessing the reality of who we are without the construction of beliefs. During the second day I learned an amazing amount about love as a creative force, I shall never look at goal setting in the same way again.

I learned a lot on the weekend, or perhaps learned in an even more useful way much I already knew, but the the most important and powerful thing was that I experienced it. In experiencing it I made connections to other people travelling on their own journey and, for a while, we supported each other along the way. I came away knowing I had a network of people upon whom I could depend in the years ahead. Having learned so much and built those friendships, having learned to focus on what I love, I was determined to walk this path further.

As a gift to all those who signed up for the first weekend of The Transformation, Darren offered his new weekend course, “The Power of Sovereignty” for free. When I say, “for free” for every participant there is a personal cost in terms of the comfortable presuppositions they give up, but in cash terms the course was free. Neelam and I spent the day before the course wandering about London which, as it so often does, meant a visit to Watkins Books in Cecil Court. As I browsed without any particular purchase in mind, my gaze fell on a book, “Daily Greatness Journal” subtitled, “A Practical Guide For Consciously Creating Your Days” which, at the least, was a curious synchronicity. On looking at the book, I fell in love with it immediately. Lyndelle Palmer – Clarke has created a beautiful tool for introducing a measured mindfulness into everyday living. I decided that, as Darren’s course finished on Sunday, on Monday I would start to use the Daily Greatness Journal’s eight daily steps to order my day. Before I could do that there were a number of parts of the book to complete, self analysis and goals to set. I decided to do it over the weekend, what an amazing weekend to commence a daily practice of greatness!

Darren Eden’s “Power of Sovereignty” is a weekend learning about Leadership, Relationships, Communicating and Negotiating. Darren showed that as we all interact with others we are always leading, although we may not always recognise our leadership. A central tenet of the course is that we are leading either with our beliefs or with love. Building upon the lessons of Your Call To Greatness we identified how our beliefs usually run our relationships and how we oscillate between different beliefs to manipulate others. Once again we used experiential exercises to identify different types of relationship and the beliefs that underpin them. Happily we also learned how the techniques we had learned in Call To Greatness could give us a powerful, non-manipulative way to relate with others that respected and acknowledged their greatness regardless of how much their beliefs might be running them at that moment.

I learned how to negotiate as a trade union official, I realise that what I learned were simply techniques and strategies to manipulate others. What the Power of Sovereignty does is to throw out everything we ever learned about communication and negotiation and replace it with a new way of communicating based on love in its purest form. In Darren’s first course we had learned that “tension seeks resolution”, rather than move past the tension we seek a quick fix, in negotiation perhaps we change an offer, throw in a threat like, “if you don’t buy before midnight the material will revert to full price”. However we learned how, by resting in our sovereignty, we could not only be with the tension, but let it guide us, whereas resolution robbed us of all the tension could teach us.

Again there were so many connections to be made, but also the joy of reuniting with the friends already made and the deepening of those connections. We had together passed a little further on our journeys and together, while separate, we journey on, sharing our triumphs, challenges and lessons. I was in a powerful place as I completed my journal preparation and settled down to sleep in the train home.

The next morning, today, I began my first day using the eight steps of the journal. I began with meditation, into which I introduced, as an integral element,  creating my circle of Sovereignty, as practiced over the weekend. It is a great place in which to look at the day to come; the second step asked “Today I would love….” It was just such an appropriate step in the light of the course on which I’d just been. Sovereignty is also a powerful place from which to consider those things in life for which I’m grateful; it illuminated my intentions for the day and the actions I would take. Above all sovereignty is a powerful place from which to encounter all the people of my day,  travelling home through Glasgow, and my family, people are so much nicer when you see them in their greatness. So today I began my journal and the road goes ever on.

I think it is time to update this post. I knew I really wanted to do The Transformation, but as I said at the start of the piece, I would have had to miss the second weekend. I spoke to Darren negotiating from my sovereignty, but he could not change his days and so it appeared that I would have to content myself with just the first weekend. However when you negotiate in sovereignty magic happens and, shortly after we had used the money I had earmarked for the course, Darren emailed because he had worked out how it would be possible for me to do the course. We worked out the logistics and now I’m on the course. When you are in your greatness magic happens!



Acknowledging Our Thoughts And Feelings
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Straws driven through potatoes on "The Transformation".

The other day someone commented that they had not been using an intuitive process because they were not in a good place, as in the right state of mind. I think we all sometimes feel like this, we all have times when we feel we should do something, but we’re “not in the mood”. That we need to be in a certain frame of mind before meditating or engaging in any form of spiritual practice is an unfortunate and disempowering belief. It occurs to me that the process Darren Eden uses, in his work, for accessing one’s intuition begins with a first step which should be the first step of any spiritual or personal development exercise.

The essential first step is to acknowledge one’s thoughts and feelings. This requires honesty; I have been involved in the field of spiritual growth for over half a century and I know how difficult some people find this. People believe “enlightenment” looks a particular way and that they should not think or feel a particular way and so they adopt  a “spiritual identity”. It is bad enough that they are lying to others, worse they are lying to themselves and, worse still, they are believing it. There is a story from the days of the est Training that when Werner Erhard went back to clear things up with his family, at one point he stepped outside for a cigarette; one of Werner’s brothers saw him and jokingly asked the question, “God smokes?” To which Werner replied, “Yes, and he also fucks.” The point is that it does not serve us, or anyone, to pretend be what we are not, or indeed, harbour illusions about others.

Honestly acknowledging our thoughts and feelings, however shitty they be, however much we dislike them, and however much they offend and embarrass us, puts us into a space of clarity. When we try to perform meditation or any spiritual practice without being honest with ourselves we are operating from a constructed identity and there is no room for intuition; any inspiration or insight that we have is merely something we have constructed to serve that identity. Intuition, as Darren Eden observes, only operates in the clearing that is left when identity gets out of the way, and the only way we can get it out of the way is to recognize it and that requires us to be honest with ourselves. As long as we are aware of our identity, we can operate freely, and still be aware of it running somewhere in our thinking minds.

Human beings are programmed to have feelings, feelings are valuable they provide us with insight into how are thinking and being. It is inevitable that sometimes we will be hiding behind a constructed identity, we use our identities as instruments through which we interact with others, there are times when the use of an identity is entirely appropriate. However we should use our identities, they should not use us, and as long as we are aware of them they will not, but that awareness only comes through honestly acknowledging our thoughts and feelings.

I personally find that it makes it easier if, every morning as I wake, and every evening before I sleep, and at quiet moments between I follow the steps to create my Circle of Sovereignty to step into innocence. It has largely replaced my other daily practices. The more I do it the easier it becomes, and so too does acknowledging my thoughts and feelings because intuition tells me we all have times when we don’t like what think and feel and that’s ok, we don’t need to like them, just be aware of them, then get with what we love.



My Reply to Gordon Brown MP

Like many people I have received an email from the Labour Party, in the name of Gordon Brown. I have the utmost respect for Gordon, indeed his biography of James Maxton remains one of my favourite books, so I felt was only polite to respond. The Text of his email is in parentheses and italics, mine follows it.

(Dear Rory,

Over the past few weeks, I have spoken to thousands of people across Scotland who will soon decide whether we stay as part of the UK or separate from our 300 year old partnership. 

I have held public meetings in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Falkirk, Fife, Aberdeen and Dundee. On Sunday 6th July I will be speaking to more voters in Cumbernauld at 6.45pm and on Monday 7th July at 6.45pm in Kilwinning. Register you details here to join me in Cumbernauld or here to join me in Kilwinning.

I believe in a strong Scottish Parliament making decisions on hospitals, schools and policing but enjoying the strength and security that comes from being part of the United Kingdom. This campaign will be won by people like you making that case to friends, neighbours and work colleagues.

If you can spare some time to help Scottish Labour’s ‘No’ campaign, you can sign up to get involved here.

While I know there are many demands on your time, I hope you will be able to spare some time to support Scottish Labour’s campaign to keep Scotland as part of the UK.

Best wishes

Gordon Brown MP)

Dear Gordon,
Thank you for your kind email. I shall probably not be supporting your campaign unless it were to include certain cast iron promises. The most important would have to be the removal of nuclear weapons from Scottish soil, but if we remain within the UK that would be the removal of all weapons of mass destruction from all the UK, its territories and waters.

The second would be to extend the power of the Scottish Parliament to, not only vary tax, but be responsible for all Scottish resources, incomes and their use. Further, instead of a grant from Westminster, the Scottish Parliament would allocate a portion of any revenue it considered surplus to the UK after all other expenses had been met.

The third would be control by the Scottish Parliament of all social and welfare in Scotland and all environmental matters.

Fourthly there must be a commitment by all Westminster Paris that there will be no referendum on continued membership of the EEC.

There would also have to be immediate dissolution of the House of Lords, an end to subsidies to falling businesses, the nationalisation of important infrastructure including railways, energy supply and wired telephony.

Finally the continued subsidy and rule of the Royal Family should be opened to public consultation.

If the Westminster parties are willing to commit to the above, I shall be happy to give you my support.

Yours,
Rory Patton



Crystal Jigsaw: PSHE – The Lesson They Should Ban
June 28, 2014, 16:44
Filed under: autism, disability, Parenting, Politics | Tags: , ,

http://crystaljigsaw.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/pshe-lesson-they-should-ban.html?m=1

I don’t often reblog other people’s posts, but this is a real problem. The school appears, in my opinion, not only to be encouraging promiscuity, but making girls with special needs vulnerable to exploitation.



Filling The Dishwasher IS an accomplishment!

Today as I put together my to-do list the thought occurred to me that we dismiss most of what we do as routine and mundane. We do a lot of things that, when asked, “What did you do today?” it would not occur to us to include the answer, it certainly would not occur to us to consider them accomplishments, perhaps we should.

We tend to reserve the term accomplishment for the big things people do; we lose sight the fact that the big things do not exist in isolation, but require many little considered, commonplace actions to bring them to fulfillment. We have to eat, we need to sleep, to bathe, obviously; less obviously we need entertainment, beauty, interaction, simulation. Beethoven’s symphonies are accomplishments, but had he not sawn off the legs of his piano, they may never have been written. A chef may create a magnificent new dish, but not without washed utensils, not without chopping and mixing, and how much depends on the ingredients? It is easy to celebrate the accomplishment of the chef and forget the farmer, the fisher, the market gardener, the sous chef, the kitchen porter, the butcher and even the cutler.

We also forget that an accomplishment requires us to know what to do, and that learning is, in itself, an accomplishment. When my daughter, Ambika, told me she was going to teach my granddaughter, Rhiannon, to tie her shoes, I showed her the “Ian Shoelace Knot”
by Ian Fieggen .  She furrowed her brow and said, “It shouldn’t be that easy!” And that is another reason we don’t recognise accomplishments, we expect them to be the result of hard work and effort, they can be, but there no reason they have be what makes an accomplishment is recognising it.

Every evening I end my day by reviewing it with my “Daily Greatness Journal” and it asks questions like, “What went well today?”, “What did I learn today?, “What am I proud of today?”. It forces me to evaluate my day and what I’ve done. It is easy to look back on a day and wonder where the time went because we fail to value the routine, but when we notice what we have done, we realise just how full been our day and much we have done.



The Pope Supports Scottish Independence

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The headlines may shout out that the Pope is opposed to independence. However the media have shown themselves less than honest in the reporting of matters relating to independence, e

ven the Scotsman has questioned the BBC’s integrity, ironically the BBC’s decision to allow its studios to be used for making the Better Together advertisement is defensible although in very poor judgement, but it will merely fuel the fires stoked by its unbalanced political coverage of last. Of more concern are the misleading claims that the Pope has opposed Scottish independence “POPE: MY FEARS FOR A DIVIDED BRITAIN” as the Daily Mail puts it. However what the Pope said was, “There is independence by emancipation and independence by secession.

“The independences by emancipation, for example, are American, that they were emancipated from the European states.
“The independences of nations by secession is a dismemberment, sometimes it’s very obvious.

“Let’s think of the former Yugoslavia. Obviously, there are nations with cultures so different that couldn’t even be stuck together with glue.

“The Yugoslavian case is very clear, but I ask myself if it is so clear in other cases – Scotland, Padania, Catalunya.” 

He added: “There will be cases that will be just and cases that will not be just, but the secession of a nation without an antecedent of mandatory unity, one has to take it with a lot of grains of salt and analyse it case by case.” The Pope also said, “Scotland’s national status has always been recognised by the Catholic Church,” he stated. “Indeed, Scotland has been a filia specialis, or favourite daughter, of the Papacy.”

Scottish independence is in fact what the Pope describes as an independence by emancipation because there was a mandatory unity. Union was imposed on the Scottish people against their will as Daniel Defoe observed, during the riots against union, “for every Scot in favour there is 99 against”. Scotland fought two wars of independence in the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries to prevent annexation by England, after the Act of Union the Scots rose in rebellion three times in 1715, 1719 and 1745. The United Kingdom has never been one country, but has always been a union of four distinct nations; England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales a union compelled by the English Parliament and opposed by the ordinary people of the other nations. The union was made for the benefit of England and continues for the benefit of England. Much of Ireland has broken free from this enforced union largely by force of arms, Scotland is seeking to withdraw peacefully if possible, but the scars of the earlier armed struggles remain fresh. When we interpret the Pope’s words in the light of history, we can only assume he is in fact in support of Scottish independence.

Scotland has always been a separate nation, and throughout the three hundred hundred years of enforced union there has always been a movement to restore Scottish sovereignty, independence is not the dismemberment of a nation, but the liberation of a nation from unwilling bondage.




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