Category Archives: Story Telling

Richard Branson – Business Tipps

Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson (born 18 July 1950) is an English businessman and investor. He is best known as the founder of Virgin Group, which comprises more than 400 companies.[4]

At the age of sixteen his first business venture was a magazine called Student.[5] In 1970, he set up a mail-order record business. In 1972, he opened a chain of record stores, Virgin Records, later known as Virgin Megastores. Branson’s Virgin brand grew rapidly during the 1980s, as he set up Virgin Atlantic and expanded the Virgin Records music label.

In July 2015, Forbes listed Branson’s estimated net worth at US $5 billion. ( wikipedia 2015)

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Prostitute – Leaking

 

So insecure in the world
that I often feel the need
to sell out myself in order to survive.

This integrity is for sale,
but not so cheap today
because I’m feeling fine
and my worth is determined
by my state of need
and is subject to change.

There is some safety in this self-negation,
and there is pleasure to be found in pleasing the world.
Although fulfilling feelings through giving esteem away
is only a short-term fix for keeping neediness at bay.

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The Poetry of Archetypes are written by Sulaiman Mackay

Sulaiman Mackay is a lifelong lover of writing poetry and has been particularly enamored with it since arriving at middle-age. He has realized it is a powerfully evocative and revealing means of self discovery and conscious development. He started writing poems about archetypes as a way of expressing his inner work, discovering the light and shadow aspects of his psyche, and to explore the energetics of the archetypal experience. He has recently completed an Honours Degree in Creative Communications at the University of Canberra and is currently looking for a way to turn his love for the written word into paid work.

Visit and follow The Poetry of Archetypes on Facebooke here…

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The common ground of addiction – Dr. Dan L. Edmunds

Some have endured trauma, others have not. Some have been poor and oppressed, others were born into privilege and had a high level of freedom. Some struggled with learning, some were highly educated.

But addiction arose regardless.

And what was it that they shared in common?

Other than being human, it was discontent, lack of meaning and purpose, and an overwhelming angst leading to that desire to control the uncontrollable.

And for those who overcome, what did they have in common?

An enlightenment of the mind, a reframing of thought, gratitude for each moment, a heart of service, an endurance in struggle, hope with realism, a communion with the other, a willingness to ride the waves of life rather than fight them, using angst as a motivator for what can be changed rather than being overwhelmed and bewildered in thought.

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Dan L. Edmunds, Ed.D, CAADC

Main Areas: ADDICTION, AUTISM, EXTREME STATES OF MIND
Best Sellers: MEETING OF TWO PERSONS, BEING AUTISTIC

Dr. Dan L. Edmunds is an Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor and Psychotherapist. Dr. Edmunds completed undergraduate studies at the University of Florida and received a Master of Arts from the University of Scranton. Dr. Edmunds completed post graduate coursework in Dispute Resolution at Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Edmunds earned a Doctorate of Education in Pastoral Community Counseling from Argosy University of Sarasota. He is a Diplomate of the American Psychotherapy Association and a member of the American Psychological Association and Episcopal Recovery Ministries.

Dr. Edmunds work has focused on autistic empowerment, relational approaches to extreme states of mind and addiction recovery. His work has been featured at Psychology Today online, Autism File, Autism Radio, CCHR Inernational,  Autism Parenting Magazine, Recovery Radio (Rhode Island), Talk Recovery (Vancouver, BC, Canada), Autism World, Chronogram Magazine, Psychology Tomorrow, InRecovery Magazine, Pioneer Magazine, CNN Philadelphia and radio programs in Des Moines, Iowa; Hartford, CT; Providence, RI; Phoenix, AZ; Los Angeles, CA; Daytona Beach, FL; Tampa, FL; Melbourne, FL; Oakland University.

Dr. Edmunds has spoken at various professional conferences including being an invited speaker at the 2013 Society for Humanistic Psychology Conference at Pacifica Graduate Conference.

Dr. Edmunds is the author of MEANING AND THE ART OF RECOVERY, BEING AUTISTIC,  COSMIC DANCE, MYSTICAL METAPHORS, SACRED SPACE AND VOICES IN THE WILDERNESS, METANOIA, DRUG FREE COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH TO ADHD, and MEETING OF TWO PERSONS.

Dr. Edmunds is an ordained clergyman in an Anglican jurisdiction.

1975- Born in Tampa, Florida, USA on March 11 at 11:59pm

1981- begins elementary school at North Shore Elementary, St. Petersburg, FL

1982- tested in the gifted range at North Shore Elementary, St. Petersburg, FL

1983- relocates to Fort Collins, Colorado

1991- serves as youngest legislative aide in the State of Colorado

1992- serves on staff of a Congressional campaign, transports Martin Luther King III to an event at Bethune Cookman College

1993- invited to the swearing in ceremony for Congressional Black Caucus, baptized at St. Brendan’s parish in Ormond Beach, FL

1994- begins undergraduate study at the University of Florida

1996- ordination to the diaconate

1997- ordained to as a presbyter, graduates with a Bachelor of Arts with major in Religion, minor in Sociology from the University of Florida, begins Master of Arts program in Theology at the University of Scranton

1999- involved in internship with victims of trauma, receives Master of Arts in Theology from the University of Scranton

2000- begins work as a psychotherapist for children and adolescents, completes graduate coursework in Dispute Resolution at Nova Southeastern University

2003- delivers first lecture on mental health alternatives in New Port Richey, Florida

2005- presents lecture “Thinking Outside the Bio-Psychiatric Paradigm” at the International Center for the Study of Psychology and Psychiatry conference, Flushing, New York

2006- earns Doctorate of Education in Pastoral Community Counseling from the University of Sarasota. Establishes the International Center for Human Psychiatry, delivers keynote speech at Niagara Falls, begins lecture tour, published “Comprehensive Approach to ADHD”, begins private consultation with focus on autism, trauma, and extreme states of mind

2009- begins therapeutic community project for those with serious psychiatric labels focusing on respect and autonomy

2010- publishes MEETING OF TWO PERSONS: WHAT THERAPY SHOULD be, speaker at ICSPP conference, Syracuse, NY

2011- speaker at Occupy Wall Street events, MEETING OF TWO PERSONS lecture tour, receives Diplomate status from the American Psychotherapy Association

2012- travels to UK and Ireland

2013- published SACRED SPACE AND VOICES IN THE WILDERNESS, METANOIA, and COSMIC DANCE, invited speaker at Society for Humanistic Psychology conference, Pacifica Graduate Institute

2017- qualifies as Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor, publishes MEANING AND THE ART OF RECOVERY

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Lover – Subjective

 

I’m throwing myself whole-heartedly
onto an object of desire,
into the vast and complex space between
my ideas and the fabric of reality.

Projecting these passions
with enduring fits of adoration
infuses each experience
with every instant of release.

Otherwise there is no love
in the material of the world.
There is only me,
and whatever matter my love sustains.

This is my world and I am in love.
The world is either full of my love,
or I am lost.

pic by The Lovers, by Rene Magritte (1928)

 

The Poetry of Archetypes are written by Sulaiman Mackay

Sulaiman Mackay is a lifelong lover of writing poetry and has been particularly enamored with it since arriving at middle-age. He has realized it is a powerfully evocative and revealing means of self discovery and conscious development. He started writing poems about archetypes as a way of expressing his inner work, discovering the light and shadow aspects of his psyche, and to explore the energetics of the archetypal experience. He has recently completed an Honours Degree in Creative Communications at the University of Canberra and is currently looking for a way to turn his love for the written word into paid work.

Visit and follow The Poetry of Archetypes on Facebooke here

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Philosopher – Apple of my Eye

 

How old age has withered you
to a crumpled, dried up core.
The alluring gift of youthfulness
is yours to claim no more.

Once shining red so proud you were
of how your curves did marvel
all the keenest eyes of the shopping wise
as they wandered down the isles.

Pride of place you were on a pedestal
where they polished you once a day,
and sprayed a mist of water around
so the lights would shine on your display.

In the prime of youth you were picked from a tree
then in a shop front found where I made you mine.
Your taste was delicious, nutritious, divine.
Although now as a core your appeal is all recall,
the ideal of a beauty that will live forevermore.

pic by The Son Of Man, by René Magritte (1964)

The Poetry of Archetypes are written by Sulaiman Mackay

Sulaiman Mackay is a lifelong lover of writing poetry and has been particularly enamored with it since arriving at middle-age. He has realized it is a powerfully evocative and revealing means of self discovery and conscious development. He started writing poems about archetypes as a way of expressing his inner work, discovering the light and shadow aspects of his psyche, and to explore the energetics of the archetypal experience. He has recently completed an Honours Degree in Creative Communications at the University of Canberra and is currently looking for a way to turn his love for the written word into paid work.

Visit and follow The Poetry of Archetypes on Facebooke here

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A new beginning – Speech on the 21st century

A powerful speech on the needs and challenges of the 21st Century. Manly P. Hall was a philosopher, sage, writer, author and public speaker. His thoughts are meaningful and thoughtful they offer time to reflect and think what kind of world we want to live in. What is the responsibility we leave to the next generations and what challenges are there to be met? Is it possible to live a happy and free life in the 21st century? Or has humanking gone to far already and nothing can be turned around anymore. Have a listen and let us know what you feel about it. Is there a new beginning?

Manly Palmer Hall (March 18, 1901 – August 29, 1990) was a Canadian-born author and mystic. He is perhaps most famous for his work The Secret Teachings of All Ages: An Encyclopedic Outline of Masonic, Hermetic, Qabbalistic and Rosicrucian Symbolical Philosophy, which is widely regarded as his magnum opus, and which he published at the age of 25 (or 27, 1928)

He has been widely recognized as a leading scholar in the fields of religion, mythology, mysticism, and the occult.

Carl Jung, when writing Psychology and Alchemy, borrowed material from Hall’s private collection.

In 1934, Hall founded the Philosophical Research Society (PRS) in Los Angeles, California, dedicating it to an idealistic approach to the solution of human problems. The PRS claims to be non-sectarian and entirely free from educational, political, or ecclesiastical control, and the Society’s programs stress the need for the integration of philosophy, religion, and science into one system of instruction. The PRS Library, a public facility devoted to source materials in obscure fields, has many rare and scarce items now impossible to obtain elsewhere.

In 1973 (47 years after writing The Secret Teachings of All Ages), Hall was recognized as a 33º Mason (the highest honor conferred by the Supreme Council of the Scottish Rite), at a ceremony held at PRS on December 8th, despite never being initiated into the physical craft.

In his over 70-year career, Hall delivered approximately 8,000 lectures in the United States and abroad, authored over 150 books and essays, and wrote countless magazine articles.

( source – www.manlyphall.org)

 

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Wounded Child – Brave

 

To tame the wild beast
you must not be afraid.
Your heart must stay brave
with both hands firm and steady,
mind alert and always ready.
Quietly stalking through the grasses,
gently drifting among the trees,
you must move as although transformed
into a subtle midnight breeze.

To tame the wild beast
you must see into its savage eyes
and not get lost or hypnotized,
or scared of fangs always biting and gnashing,
or razor sharp claws always ripping and slashing.
With a clear mind always thinking
you must catch the beast while blinking.
Then if through stealth and extreme care
the beast hasn’t realized you’re there
you can jump on its back, hold on tight,
and ride away victorious into the glorious night.

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The Poetry of Archetypes are written by Sulaiman Mackay

Sulaiman Mackay is a lifelong lover of writing poetry and has been particularly enamored with it since arriving at middle-age. He has realized it is a powerfully evocative and revealing means of self discovery and conscious development. He started writing poems about archetypes as a way of expressing his inner work, discovering the light and shadow aspects of his psyche, and to explore the energetics of the archetypal experience. He has recently completed an Honours Degree in Creative Communications at the University of Canberra and is currently looking for a way to turn his love for the written word into paid work.

Visit and follow The Poetry of Archetypes on Facebooke here…

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Lover – Refuge

 

Last night I bared my soul to you,
surrendering to your gentle touch.
Then you caressed all my stresses and worry away.
You soothed all the feelings of trouble and strife,
brought home all the thoughts that had gone astray,
until I was strong enough once again
to face the world the next day.

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The Poetry of Archetypes are written by Sulaiman Mackay

Sulaiman Mackay is a lifelong lover of writing poetry and has been particularly enamored with it since arriving at middle-age. He has realized it is a powerfully evocative and revealing means of self discovery and conscious development. He started writing poems about archetypes as a way of expressing his inner work, discovering the light and shadow aspects of his psyche, and to explore the energetics of the archetypal experience. He has recently completed an Honours Degree in Creative Communications at the University of Canberra and is currently looking for a way to turn his love for the written word into paid work.

Visit and follow The Poetry of Archetypes on Facebooke here…

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Addict – Safety?

 

I’ve just locked the door,
how’s that for a metaphor!
There’s nothing I can’t just hide away
from the thought of being seen this way.

This locking mechanism is automatic
and activated by the behaviour
that i only want witnessed
by my secret self.

So don’t dangle any rattling chain
of keys in front of me,
or hold the power of release
against the angst of my addiction.

This security is fragile,
but my mind is clear.
Please don’t break the door down,
or try to interfere.

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The Poetry of Archetype written by Sulaiman Mackay

Sulaiman Mackay is a lifelong lover of writing poetry and has been particularly enamored with it since arriving at middle-age. He has realized it is a powerfully evocative and revealing means of self discovery and conscious development. He started writing poems about archetypes as a way of expressing his inner work, discovering the light and shadow aspects of his psyche, and to explore the energetics of the archetypal experience. He has recently completed an Honours Degree in Creative Communications at the University of Canberra and is currently looking for a way to turn his love for the written word into paid work.

Visit and follow The Poetry of Archetypes on Facebooke here…

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The Art of Mediumship by Andy Byng

The Power of the Story

I used to believe it was those in the audience with the greatest need that received communications during demonstrations of mediumship, but I learnt very quickly that it’s actually the people in the spirit world with the greatest need that communicate.

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In fact it’s the spirit person’s ‘will to communicate’, which is fuelled by the love they have for their loved one, that enables the communication to take place. Naturally, each spirit communicator will have certain things they need to impart to their loved ones. A mother in the spirit world may want to communicate with her son not only to help heal his grief and to uplift him, but also to provide enough information that differentiates her from all the other people in the spirit world who could communicate.

When the medium acknowledges that each spirit communicator has particular things they need to impart it then becomes obvious that our purpose as a medium is to allow the spirit person to tell their story, whatever story that may be, in order that the communicator’s needs can be satisfied. Although what I have said may appear to be a truism, it is surprising how many mediums fail to apply this simple idea to their mediumship. Over the years what I have seen time and time again is that some mediums have a tendency to want to express certain sorts of information within a contact – they want road names, full names, occupations, and so on. However, rather than allowing this information to occur naturally within a contact – only communicating it when the spirit person needs to express it – the medium either consciously, subconsciously, or unconsciously attempts to make it happen: they are looking for certain types of information.

Similarly, I often see mediumship that is somewhat formulaic. What I mean by this is that the medium attempts to apply a set structure, or a variation of a set structure, to each contact. For instance, they may start each communicator with a  physical description of the spirit person, then tell us how that person passed away, then describe the personality of the communicator, followed by their occupation, then a name, and so on.

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Although these approaches may work on those rare occasions that the spirit person coincidently wants to communicate that sort of information that the medium is looking for, or when the communicator happens to want to communicate their life story in accordance with the set structure that the medium has imposed on the contact, what happens when the medium forces the narrative of a communication in a direction that the spirit person does not naturally want to take?

The answer is that these two common problems can have a detrimental impact on a medium’s work: the contacts end up feeling like lifeless lists of information; the medium’s mind becomes naturally more prone to either colour the information they have received, or create the information itself; the soul of medium does not blend as adequately with the communicator’s, which will affect the way in which the information is received, and hinder the communicator’s ability to emanate their presence through the medium’s soul. In short, the medium will not be taken on a natural journey with the communicator, which means the contact will become ‘bitty’; it will lack substance and emotion. These two approaches to mediumship do now allow the medium to fully surrender to the power of the spirit communicator.

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During my development, I used to hear this word ‘surrender’ a lot, but I was never really given a clear explanation as to what it really meant. For me the notion of surrender is simple: I acknowledge that each spirit communicator has their own story they need to tell, and then rather than trying to control the direction of the narrative, or purposefully look for certain types of information, I allow the spirit person to communicate to me whatever information they want to communicate.

Furthermore, I am also open to receive the information in whatever way the  spirit world are able to manifest it in that moment, through either the clairsentience, the clairvoyance or the clairaudience. I then trust the first thing I have received, as it will be the most important thing I receive, and the starting point of the communicator’s story, and then allow the spirit person to take me on their journey, which ultimately allows their story to unfold naturally. I allow the communicator to lead the communication, and I follow. Mediumship is, therefore, inherently paradoxical: although the medium has to remain passive, in the sense of allowing the communicator to take control of the direction of the narrative, the medium also has to actively interpret the information they receive.

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Being able to remain perfectly passive, while simultaneously interpreting the information, and thus being an active component in the communication process, is the most difficult aspect of mediumship to master. Indeed, it is the art of mediumship itself. However, when done correctly, it allows the medium’s soul to become a part of the communicator’s soul: the medium becomes the communicator. When this happens, and if medium has placed the emotion at the center of their communication, not only will there be sufficient factual information to create a narrative arch – a vital aspect of every good contact – but it will also enable the presence of the spirit person to emanate from the medium.

When mediumship is at its most sublime, the spirit world becomes almost tangible: not only does the audience feel the presence of the spirit world, but also the life stories of those who have communicated are brought alive. Emotional and factual evidence is perfectly intertwined to create a narrative arch that takes the audience on a journey that allows everybody present to relive the lives of those who have communicated during the demonstration.

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An outstanding demonstration of mediumship, therefore, is much more than getting a list of information correct. The medium has to become a storyteller, an artist: a person who can bring alive those stories that those people in the spirit world needed to communicate.

By placing emotion at the center of the  communication, and by mastering the art of mediumship – the ability to remain simultaneously passive and active in the communication – the medium is able to allow the invisible to become visible. The medium not only fulfills the spirit people’s needs, but, like every artist, allows others a glimpse of the divine.

Born in 1985 in Birmingham, Andy became conscious of his latent mediumistic abilities in 2004 when he met Paul Jacobs, one of the finest international demonstrators and teachers of Mediumship.

Paul has mentored Andy since their first meeting and continues to be a major inspiration and influence.

Andy’s work has taken him across the world reuniting people with their loved ones and teaching others how to realise the potential of their own gifts, Andy is passionate about his work and strives to push boundaries with a sincere, genuine and modern approach, making his work accurate and heart-felt.

Having now completed both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Philosophy and Nineteenth-Century British History, respectively, Andy is now working towards his doctorate, which is focused on Nineteenth-Century Spiritualism.

Andy runs different Mediumship courses and demonstrations all around the globe. He also is available for One-to-One Readings.

For more information please visit www.andybyng.com

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