Secret subjects you cannot choose to learn

January 4, 2010

How would you like someone to decide which subjects you can choose to learn?

An “education search engine” (their website description) informed me via email today that my courses on shamanism had been removed from their listings, because “courses of a supernatural nature are not permitted”. (They had accepted my listings for Reiki healing and Crystal Healing courses.)

Apart from pointing out that they had evidently misunderstood the nature of the professional training I offer, I was most concerned at this apparent discrimination and asked for clarification.

The company, which describes itself as “the leading education search engine in Europe” replied that:

The listing of courses in the following subject areas is not permitted:

– courses related to the spirit world
– angel healing and communication
– past life regression
– fortune telling (tarot, crystal ball)

In my view, if a website purports to be a general, universal “education search engine” then it should list all genuine education courses from professional educational establishments.

However, let us suppose for a moment that they have some genuine, ethical, responsible, rational reason for excluding these subject areas. Then surely the scope and the exclusions should be made clear on the website to inform all users?

I have written to the website admin on these points and we’ll see what happens. Meanwhile next time you are looking for courses to learn more about a subject, and it seems that no-one teaches it, this may be what’s happened…

Update 5 Jan 2010 – Here is the website’s response in full:

Thank you for your comments on this issue. Please understand that Emagister is a company and as such, we reserve the right to choose which products (in this case, courses) we advertise on our site. Furthermore, as an internet company, we need to analyse and control closely the behaviour of certain keywords and the implications this may on the traffic that reaches our site. The removal of your courses on Shamanism is not discriminatory but discretionary. We apologise for any inconvenice this may cause.


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Well-filled outcomes

January 1, 2010

What are you hoping, wishing, planning, dreaming, designing, choosing and acting on this year? If you can answer this clearly and succinctly, what are you waiting for? You could skim read this to make sure you’ve got everything covered, but I expect there are lots of things you want to be doing right now. Off you go!

If you are still thinking about your answer and it takes a while to describe, or you’re not sure or confused about conflicting elements, or downcast at seeming blocks in your path, read on:

First of all, pick your time for goal setting, resolution-making, up-gearing and action-taking – it’s essential that all these things are well-timed. Maybe New Year’s Day is a good time for you, or maybe a bit further along, in the Spring, when the longer, brighter days start lifting your spirits and everything starts into budding, growing wonderfulness around you.

Now – let’s say you are at your right planning time, what you need to design are well-filled outcomes. This means they need to be rich, detailed, juicy, bright, sparkly and amazing. They need to look good, sound good and feel good to you, as a whole and in detail.

Do you know what I mean?

You must WANT them and be able to IMAGINE them, in DETAIL. If you can’t because of – whatever – then what you need is to fill your well first.

Filling your well is all about gathering in new creative input: inspiration. This expression lovely ideas for doing this, comes from Julia Cameron, author of “The Artist’s Way“.

The way you do it, is to give yourself the gift of some “me-time” and you enjoy it in the company of yourself doing something creative and new, such as spending a couple of hours in an art gallery, stretching your musical appreciation at a different kind of concert, sky-diving, taking a class in pottery or sculpture, or maybe as simple as looking through a variety of magazines around one subject, whether home, garden, art, sport or whatever catches your eye.

After this few hours, half day, day or however long you give yourself in one or more sessions of well-filling, you can return to thinking about your aims, plans or goals.

Allow some undisturbed time for this and just write a list of all the things you would like to be doing, seeing, hearing and having in 2010 and beyond. Write – or draw, if you prefer – as many of these as you like. Include photos or magazine pictures if you’ve found one that represents or symbolises what you want.

The only rule for this is that they all have to be things you want and feel great about. It does not matter whether they seem possible, or whether you have any ideas how to achieve them. If you really want them and feel great about them, you will be well-fuelled with motivation and energy to take action and find the ways to make them happen!

You are allowed to set them to one side and “sleep on it” – let them incubate for a while, and then have another look and add anything else you want to add, or remove anything you decide you don’t really want after all. A good test of this, is to check at this point how you would feel if all these things are now definitely going to happen.

This is also a good time to check that your well-filled outcomes are also well-formed outcomes, ie. ecological. If you are unfamiliar with this term, which arose from NLP training (Neuro Linguistic Programming) it refers to a comprehensive ecology check-list, and you can read all about it here.

When your list of wants, wishes, resolutions, aims, goals, or how ever you call them, is complete – put it in a sealed envelope and put it away out of sight. You are not allowed to look at it again until – well, if this is your first time doing it this way – until a quarter of a year has passed. Put a date in your calendar and in 3 months time, get your list, pictures, mind maps and all out again and have a good look through them.

You will learn some interesting things and from your experience, you could then re-do this process for a longer period of time, if you want. This process is something I do myself, and I find it very rewarding; I expect you will too, and I look forward to hearing about your results!

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Rebalancing the weather

December 23, 2009

Let us suppose for a moment, that if enough people prayed, imagined, visualised and focused on the weather, we could actually effect a change.

There’d be no point in asking for sunshine, if where you are has floods, or rain if where you are is suffering drought – your success might only cause further imbalance. The only way that makes sense is to focus on globally rebalancing the weather.

If the power of focused positive thought (ie. energy) could affect the delicate balance of the intricate weather systems and climate around our planet (ie. energy) then it has to be through rebalancing and harmonising that energy system.

Join me now and pass this on:

Focusing on rebalancing the weather

  1. Pray, focus, imagine, visualise the whole earth globe, the climate and weather systems, the atmosphere around it and
  2. Imagine these rebalancing and harmonising, changes subtly and gently happening, as if of themselves, as you witness this
  3. Send thoughts and feelings of love and appreciation to the earth and its climate and weather systems.

That’s it, that’s all you need to do, for a few moments up to as long as you want, as often as you can.

It does not matter what your philosophy, beliefs, or any other thoughts about this are – now is the time for action –

Act now, join in:

Every day, 3 x a day, morning, noon and night, or at any other convenient quiet moment. Imagine the globe of the earth, surrounded by weather systems, gently harmonising, rebalancing, coming back into balance and equilibrium.

We don’t need to know or ask for what we need locally,
We don’t need to know how it can best happen.
We just need to focus on harmony, balance, loving the earth, loving the weather, loving the rain and sun, the peace and the wildness, the seasons and their changes –
– loving and accepting it all and imagining it whole, balanced, harmonious.

Can we affect the weather through the power of our mental focus?

If you need proof this can be done, read The Intention Experiment, read The Hidden Messages in Water, read and reflect on the power of divine intervention and read of the focused thought experiments on the effects of prayer on healing. Convince yourself if you want or need to, as this may help your positive focus; but it is enough to simply open your mind to the possibility and to carry out the focusing practice I describe. Read the books or watch films such as What the Bleep Do we Know or The Secret, which describes the “Law of Attraction”, essentially that thoughts influence events. The possibilities are so exciting and the evidence compelling enough to make it worth our while to focus on globally beneficial aims and projects.

Whatever helps you to join in and focus with a positive conviction, do it, but most importantly:

Act now, join in –

Imagine our earth, surrounded by it’s weather systems, whole and harmonious and keep doing this, if only for a moment, or a passing thought, several times a day, every day. Do this every time you pray, every time you think about the weather, every time you see a weather report or someone mentions the weather.

If you can’t visualise the world’s weather, climate and atmosphere rebalancing, just think these words, (or something similar in your own words) :

“Love, harmony and gratitude to the earth and her atmosphere
Love, harmony and gratitude to the weather”

“I love and thank the weather for rebalancing all around the planet now and ongoing”

“Thank you for the wind, sun and rain, we need you all. We need the atmosphere around us, everything in balance, in its own time and place and season – we thank you all.”

– Feel free to add your positive suggestions, visualisations, wording and research links, in the form of comments to this Blog.

Love and Harmony to you all,

Susanna Bellini
Bronze Dragon training

Copy this message and pass it on, or link to it below.

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What is your sphere of influence?

November 25, 2009

What is your sphere of influence?

What do you want to do, and where are your areas of maximum impact?

You can discover or clarify your answers to these questions by first answering these:

1) What do you care about? What interests you, excites you, motivates you?

2) Where do you connect with people – your family, your friends, your community, your work? These are the people you see and talk to regularly, so these are the people you can most easily affect and influence in a positive way. These are your contacts, with their own spheres of influence, who can potentially help and advise you with your projects: your answers to question 1.

Your Sphere of Influence contains the things you care about, plus the network of resources you are connected with. Examine these; get the parts in balance; create for yourself a consistent, congruent, balanced and coherent whole and

Your life will have more meaning, be more fulfilling, and will flow easier with greater impact than ever before…

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Reflecting on positive ways forward

October 8, 2009

I haven’t written a Blog entry for a long time – there are so many Blogs, so much written, visual and auditory material on the internet, so is it really worth my spending precious time just adding more?

Mostly my answer to that is no. it isn’t.  There are more positive and amazing things I can be doing directly through my shamanic energy work.

However, I do find certain thoughts coming to the surface and forming into expression during these challenging times.  Maybe it will add something to offer them here:

One is, the importance of acting with integrity.  If you follow the link to this Wiki entry, it is interesting to see how incomplete it is – but worth reflecting on the different senses of meaning offered, for what integrity means to you.

Two is, the importance of making good choices rather than “decisions”.  If you follow the link, you can read and reflect on making choices on different kinds of decisions.

Three is, the importance of facing and dealing with your personal challenges – don’t ignore them, don’t run away and hide, don’t resort to actions that are less than honest, positive and life-enhancing.

Many of you face financial problems, loss of health, work, family, home – these are exactly the times to pare back to the basic principles.  Act with integrity, according to your own highest values and beliefs, make good choices – you are where you are – now create a better way forward for yourself, your family, your friends, your community, for all of us.

Believe in what you can create. and make it beautiful. Make it life-enhancing.

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Stepping into another’s shoes

April 20, 2009

Stepping into another’s shoes is useful to do: you gain new insights and maybe in experiencing the other’s point of view, conflicts can be avoided or healed as you better understand this different other.

Have you ever thought of taking this further and stepping into the experience of – plants, for example.  What do they want and need, if they could tell or show you how they feel?

Imagine, step inside and maybe this will help you grow your garden, create a greener cityscape or live in harmony with your plant neighbours.

What else would give you a new and useful perspective? What would your town or city say or show you? What would the land, buildings, rocks, earth say? Do any of these insights help you to be a better neighbour?

How about animals? Your pets, livestock, animals in the wild? Take the time to really notice and watch them. Do they seem healthy, happy and how and why do they behave as they do? Step inside, find out and while you’re there, notice how they experience you? Maybe you’ll find out, on the inside, different things than you may imagine from the outside.

Step inside another’s perspective and expand your own.

BBC Radio York chat about dreams

April 1, 2009

I visited BBC Radio York this morning to talk about dreams on the Breakfast Show – you can listen to the piece here:

Dreamwork – BBC Radio York