Friday, 27 December 2019

Love - A Christmas Miracle

Love gives people strength to overcome even that which seems impossible. 

It’s not just people that love gives courage to. It’s animals too. 

I’ve lived in a little road on the outskirts of a pretty Andalucian village for a year and a half. In front of the house I rent, there is a large piece of mountainous wasteland. Every day, since I’ve been here, a little abandoned doggie has punctually appeared from nowhere, sat on the roadside waiting for someone to come along and feed her or a dog or two to play with, and then disappeared again in the evening. 

For a whole year I gave her treats and bits and bobs of food. I tried to get close to her but, despite being grateful for the food, she wouldn’t let me near her. She shied away from me just as much as she shied away from most people who passed her by without giving her a second look. 

Then, just recently, instead of putting her food out on the wasteland, like everyone else, I decided to start putting her food in a little plastic container, going out and sitting with her while she ate. The first few days, she would grab a mouthful and run off to eat it. Then, she’d come back, grab another mouthful and run off with that too. On one or two occasions she grabbed the whole plastic dish and ran off with it. It was simultaneously one of the cutest and funniest things I’d ever watched.  Over the course of the next few days, she started to eat her food from the bowl while I sat next to her. Then, Christmas morning, she came straight up to me, and ignoring the food, she licked my hand and allowed me to pet her.

I felt emotional tears swell in my eyes when this beautiful creature released a little cry as I gave her a soft caress on the cheeks. I found myself saying: “Today’s Christmas. I’m not Santa Claus but I can give you food and a forever home if you’d like one. They’re the only gifts I can offer you. If you want them, all you have to do is come in the house.”

I don’t know if she understood me or not but, I left the front door open all day. After five hours of sitting outside the door, poking her head in, running back out, crying out to me and trying to put one paw in front of the other, she very timidly and fearfully came in. Her belly was almost dragging along the floor as she shook, and panted, uncontrollably with fear; salivating extensively at the mouth. It was the first time, in her life, that she’d ever set paws inside a building where a human lives. It was a true Christmas miracle. The love shown to her gave her enough courage to take a leap of faith. 

I wasn’t sure how she’d react to me closing the door but, I’m happy to say she stayed the night. 

It’s boxing day and today, I let her out in the morning. She ate in her usual spot outside the door with me sat next to her. She then stayed out in the sun all day. She greeted all her regular friends who come by to say hello and check up on her. She played with our friendly neighbours’ dogs. She sat outside the door; making sure it was still open and, this afternoon she came back home. She laid on a blanket I put down on the floor for her and I’m happy to report she’s still there. I’m also very ecstatic to report that she let me pick her up and cuddle her. She even rolled over on to her back so I could stroke her belly. Since that is the most delicate area on an animal’s body, exposing it to someone is a huge sign of trust. 

Who chose who in this love story? I’m not sure, but the bravery and trust shown by this little creature taught me such a big lesson that I too put my big girl bloomers on and faced my “unfounded” fears as I headed on home. 

However, that home isn’t a physical place. It’s a still, and peaceful, Energetic place where everything is so familiar and snug and warm and cosy.  It’s an intense feeling of belonging and being immersed in eternal love. It’s a place where there’s no judgment and no criticism, and it’s a place where there’s always someone, unconditionally, waiting with open arms. It’s a place we may move away from but in the end, we’ll always come back to it. 

If I hadn’t surrendered and let the strength of Love guide me, I would have missed out on the warm embrace that awaited me. 

Conclusion - fear is like poison Ivy. Once it takes root, it grows uncontrollably and takes over the garden. On a rampage, it will destroy everything in its path and suffocate the life out of trees.  Fear is the energy that paralyses someone from following their dreams, listening to their heart and living life to their fullest potential. 

Tuesday, 28 May 2019

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*Booking your date,
*Liaising with the registry,
*Assistance with local law and legal documents, *Wedding license fee,
*Marriage certificates fee (x2)
*Ceremony and registration fee,
*Notary public or commissioner of oath fee,
*Wedding planner fee - with personal accompaniment,
*Witnesses (x2) if required,
*Postage costs,
*Liaison with your hotel for proof of stay,
*Hair Styling and Makeup for the bride by a MACPRO Artist in the comfort of your hotel room,
*Photographer for 1 hour (approx.) to capture your ceremony and take a few post ceremony photos in a pretty nearby locale,
*Beautiful seasonal bridal bouquet and a matching button hole.
*A welcome bottle of Cava
*Taxi to and from your hotel, to the Registry Office, on the day of your wedding.
*A Souvenir memoir of your day & Gibraltar to cherish for years to come.

There are daily flights from the UK and plenty of hotels to choose from for your one night obligatory stay; in accordance with the Law of Gibraltar. The local currency is Sterling and the official language is British.
**Please note this offer is only valid for a Registry office wedding booked for 2019/2020. Booking your flight and hotel is your responsibility.

Monday, 14 January 2019

From the Udumbara - Dear Chinese Givernments

Dear Chinese Government,

I think I mentioned before, I have been to China on different occasions. I worked in your beautiful country. I lived among your kind people. Their humility and kindness is what struck me the most. Although I saw some things I might not agree with or like, I respect that China has always been a world of its own. I mean that in a respectful way - a way that can only admire how your people have managed to remain (almost) untouched by some of the less admirable qualities of the Western world. Your cultural traditions and spiritual, wisdom filled, values are what the West has always admired.

Forgive me if I say so but when I was in Tibet, I noticed that you dress up Chinese girls, in Tibetan clothes, and then parade them at strategic shops to sell replicated Tibetan products. Why would you need to do so?

It seems, to me, that if you joined forces with the Tibetan people and allowed them all the rights of Chinese citizens, you would find they would sell their goods faster than you might ever expect.

I do recall from my days in China that one of your previous governments decided to introduce capitalism into your communist regime. You discovered there was more profit in semi privatising (or incentivising) your previously government held businesses. I do believe that since that genius policy, your gross home production percentages sky rocketted; allowing you to become of the strongest economic countries in the world.

You could have that with the Tibetan people. Think about it. You allow them to produce and sell their products for a percentage plus, of course, the normal business taxes you apply to your people. Of course, there is a law in Italy that excludes artesans from paying taxes because they don’t have factories nor mass produce. Maybe in the future, you might consider opening a factory for them.

Have you ever watched the way Tibetan people sell. Well, in fact, they almost don’t need to even try to sell you anything. Their energy, theirs smiles and their inner beauty shines so bright, one can’t help but buy. They could be very beneficial to you as allies.

Remember, energy (or our spirit) is the one thing that cannot be purchased.

While we’re on the subject of Tibetan citizens in Tibet, which is now considered your territory, I have the perfect solution for you to hand back the Autonomous Region of Tibet to His Holiness the Dalai Lama before he passes away. So that he may, at least, be buried on his home soil.

Just imagine, for a moment, that that is his secret wish. Can you imagine international press? You’d become heroes over night. You’d be in every magazine and paper, on every news channel and every radio channel. I’m sure people around the world would love you and buy more of your products.

I can just see the Headlines now: “China gives back Tibet to the Dalai Lama” - subtitle: “It’s history in the making.” - and, you, the current leaders of the Chinese Government would go down in history as the new Global superheroes.

Personally, I think it would be a fare payback for the money you have cashed in with tourism to Tibet. His Holiness has been your major advertiser and hasn’t charged a penny for it. He brought and continues to bring tourism but just think how much more tourism you would generate if genuine Tibetans lived in Lhasa!

It’s not a crime to cash in such vast amounts of money on spirituality markets but for people, in your country, I know that being the bigger person of the two is very important.

However, it is a crime to let any Dalai Lama, and please remember that he is a reincarnation of all the previous Dalai Lamas, do such work in order for people, like myself, to be deceived by the inauthenticity, of the country, through the lack of genuine Tibetan food, people and warmth. Most of all, I missed seeing monks walking around in their robes. It also broke my heart to witness a very elderly gentleman be persecuted and intimidated by a policeman on a motorcycle.

I shan’t mention the military convoys running through the centre of Lhasa. I am hoping it was just a test mission for something. I think I still have the video of it somewhere. I’ve never made it public on the Internet because I believed you would change and become the heroes in this tragic “modern day” Illiad. Call me a romantic but I still believe that heroes always win.

I forgive the fact that my room was tapped and my movements were monitored. In fact, I am grateful for it because you taught me energetic frequencies used by spy devises and/or when someone is surveilling us. Yes, I can read energy. It is my nature. I still plan to come to China to study Qigong with one of your Great Masters. I owe everything to them. Even those I have never met have been my teachers. I bow in reverence to them.

Dear Politicians in China, there is no need for any more fighting or bickering. The War is over. My appearance on this Earth signifies the New Buddha is coming. It’s only a matter of time before it shall be known. Not even you can prevent this prophecy.

So why not stop now. Someone has to stop. I choose to stop here and tell you, I shall never post the video footage I took in Lhasa because my faith in you continues.

I love China because it is authentic away from the facades of Western influence. I would have re-visited Tibet if I’d had a real taste of it and its people, and if I’d be allowed, one day, to access the Sichuan province and drive up by car.

As the Udumbara, it is my secret wish to see all people living in harmony. When we live in harmony, there is no taking sides. Enemies become friends and everyone benefits from the wealth of knowledge and resources shared.

It’s time to lay down the sword and become the wise China you have always been known for through your ancient texts, maritime abilities, your architecture and much much more.

You are more than capable of striking a deal with His Holiness the Dalai Lama but should you need any help, I would be happy to be the mediator of your new “Autonomous Region of Tibet Agreement!” - The press might call it the “China has a Heart Agreement!”