Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Energy treatment and medication

One thing I wonder about is how people in the developed world who are on long term medication will cope as and when some kind of collapse of our way of life happens. Reportedly, in some parts of the UK one adult in six is taking antidepressants. Four of the five most prescribed drugs in England are for cardiovascular disease, the fifth is a thyroid treatment. What happens when thousands of people don't get their pills?
Not long ago in Greece pharmacies started to run out of medications, the drug companies hadn't been paid and were refusing to supply them any longer. Then there's concerns around the world with the over-prescription of antibiotics and the appearance of  "superbugs” for which there will be no antibiotic treatment.

So why don't we start exploring ways to do things differently? Maybe at least some of these patients can be treated with a focused energy medicine. I've been delighted at how people joining in with the Thursday Lightworkers Group can receive help focused for a particular area, also how different people will receive what is appropriate for each of them. My dream is that we develop a network of groups and individuals all round the world who combine their energy healthcare skills with universal healing energy so that anyone anywhere can tune in, at any time of day, and ask for and receive help in many different ways, including energy that will take the place of some of these medications.

Saturday, 23 November 2013

Imagine Global Consciousness...

Imagine a world where each of us can tune in with a global consciousness which includes everyone on Earth and links with all life everywhere. Imagine if our decisions, choices and actions were based on a collective understanding of how best to regenerate natural wealth globally and locally. What if we don’t really need politicians, police forces, armies, accountants, lawyers, bankers etc and all those peoples’ energies could be focused into helping to build a sustainable way of life? Is there actually any other way of avoiding mass extinction?

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Regenerating Natural Wealth

First steps: revoluion in a little crate - local food, no pesticide, save money, use some of your waste to make compost... win, win, win
Listening to politicians and corporations you could think that wealth only means financial wealth. This is bollocks. There is no financial wealth that doesn’t depend on natural wealth to generate it.
Tragically, in pursuing financial wealth alone we've considered natural wealth, people and the environment as expendable, and look where that’s getting us.
This is an everyone problem, we’re all responsible for our materialist/consumerist/corpocratic system and attitudes. If it’s not what we want we can change things by our individual actions, stop buying stuff wrapped in plastic flown in from the other side of the world, start growing some food and regenerating abundant local systems that give us our basic needs for a start.

Sunday, 17 November 2013

New Age practical and spiritual skills

Welcome to my handbook for sustainable living, it's full of PRACTICAL STUFF like green woodworking, eco-building, forest gardening, working with reclaimed materials, permaculture and so on, based on my personal experiences over the last seven years working at places like the Lammas eco-village and here at Treflach Farm.
It's also full of HUMAN ENERGY FIELD STUFF because we are going to need that as well when the shit inevitably hits the fan. In fact I think it's our best hope of achieving the best quality of survival for the largest number of people. So the handbook explores Global Consciousness, Peacefaring, Remote Group Energy Medicine, Biodynamics, working with Cosmic and Earth energies and all that kind of thing too.
We are moving into a New Age whether we like it or not so lets choose to guide the process towards something wonderful.

Thursday, 31 October 2013

Inner and Outer Revoloution
Revolt - destroy corpocracy before it destroys the ability of the Earth to support life
How amazing it is to see articles like this by Naomi KLein in the New Statesman, scientists calling for revolt and Russel Brand making mincemeat of Jeremy Paxman. A revolution is definitely coming - it will come in the form of collapse, devastating collapse of environmental systems, the ice sheets for one, and collapse of the financial system for another before long anyway.
I'd just add  that our way of life in the developed world is part of the problem. I'm all for protesting about fracking AND let's stop using cars too. It isn't us and them, it's just us. While we still use the convenience of the fossil-fueled way of life, the supermarkets and motorways, we are part of the system and complicit in all its hellishness.
The governments and corporations need us more than we need them. It's time to for everyone, everywhere to build a very simple, Earth friendly way of life. The other revolution is the inner revolution, thinking for ourselves, finding our individual power to make change by our own actions, whatever that is for each of us.

Monday, 28 October 2013


This is an extraordinary time to be walking the Earth, our choices and actions now may draw us back from the brink of mass extinction. A change in attitude is urgently needed - an evolved partnership with the Earth.
You see this in the world of farming where giant fields are treated as factory units - energy, chemicals and machinery used to extract units of produce from the land with no feeling or respect for nature. Our attitude to life has soaked into the ground, literally and energetically.
We can make a difference by focusing on this attitude because we hold it too when we take part in the developed world craziness, so far removed from a way of life that the planet can support.
What do we each need to do and what do we need to stop doing? What is the best use of our time and energy? Ask the Earth. Whether we make inner or outer changes they ripple out around the world.
I got a strong feeling in the last Thursday Lightworkers Group session that our personal power must change. This is a time for female strength, firm gentleness. The way we gather and produce our food, materials, clothing must become radically different. It isn't even a case of just going back to a way of life from a few hundred years ago with horses drawing ploughs, the plough is part of the problem too. To reach a way of life that is truly sustainable means developing abundant local woodlands, orchards and forests, including open spaces grazed by animals - a huge variety of interconnected life with many yields for us and many features that simply support the whole network.
Finding a simpler way of life needn't mean going back to the stone age. The Thursday Group has shown me dramatically that we have abilities we can tap into and develop which will help us to keep the wonderful connection we have achieved through the internet for a start. What else do we want to keep from the modern world anyway? Music, travel... I think we'll still be able to do those.

Saturday, 26 October 2013

Grangemouth - when are we going to put the Eco into Economy?

I'm familiar with the Grangemouth refinery having lived in Fife for many years and as my daughter Amanda and her family live just a couple of miles from the place. At night, its flare stacks light it up like a vision from Heironymous Bosch. I used to drive around Fife delivering furniture from my shop, travelling through the strings of grim-looking villages left in an economic bog after the collapse of the local coal industry, a striking contrast to the posher parts of Fife like St Andrews, where people could afford to spend more on furniture.
So I've got mixed feelings about Grangemouth, the immediate local effect of the place closing would be devastating for so many people, but if ever there was a symbol of the Earth-devouring craziness of our oil-powered times here it surely is. There's only so much oil in the ground, it's bound to close one day, so, even leaving aside the dire warnings from the IPCC and others, isn't it time to start thinking seriously about making the transition to a truly sustainable way of life?

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Appley Abundance

And still the apples keep on coming... I've been amazed at the sheer quantity of fruit just one tree can produce and when you have a few trees of different types you can have a serious supply for a useful part of the year, and you can store them too. One of the challenges is finding the time to do something with them all, there's barely time to pick up all the windfalls.
We are pressing lots here at the farm as part of the excellent Incredible Edible campaign - Facebook page here:
Stacks and stacks of apples for pressing here at Treflach
First Apple Day nice and sunny...
...second Apple Day rainy but three presses going all the same
Kerry and Janet selling some of the juice in Oswestry
Another nice idea - seeing how much you can grow in a crate

This is Silver posing in front of the old apple tree in our garden...

...still absolutely loaded with apples
This is just a day's windfalls from our tree

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Thursday Lightworkers Group - 24th October 2013 - Connecting Earth, Human and Cosmic Energies

All sorts of patterns and possibilities, join in via Facebook here:
The signs of the Zodiac laid over the human body - intriguing...

 Let’s ignore scale, (which I think is an illusion of our 3D view of space anyway), and imagine that the Earth, our individual human bodies and the whole cosmos are each three spheres of energy, all the same size and all occupying exactly the same infinitely small and also infinitely large space. If that’s too much to visualise why not just relax, clear your mind and ask your subconscious to take over the journey for you:-)
...the Zodiac laid over the Earth
I’m particularly interested in just how connected we humans are, one thing this group has shown me is that distance is no object, if we choose to connect with each other in different countries we can. I think we can develop this ability to share information, find design solutions to problems and much more. This is going to be so useful as and when our technological-industrial way of life collapses. This is a conscious evolution into a more peaceful, aware and co-operative state.
Ruth has observed how plants seem to communicate, even in an 8’ by 4’ vegetable bed. Basil and chille plants seem to act as communicators helping other plants to find and absorb nutrients they need. How do they do that? Well let’s explore that this Thursday. The mycellial network is a vital part of forest systems, doing a similar job and also recycling dead plant material back into the soil. I was delighted to see this article: which describes how fungi, the fruiting bodies of the mycellial network, are responsible for most of the carbon sequestration in northern forests. This is a bit mind-blowing for me as it suggests that there is at least one system that we can encourage that will help to draw carbon out of the atmosphere and to draw us back from the nightmare cliff edge of runaway climate change.
I feel that there must be other kinds of life scattered throughout the cosmos, some much more developed than our own. Maybe there are other planets where life has been through a similar stage to our own and there are beings who have had to learn to lead a different way of life so as not to destroy their environment – so why don’t we also ask for their advice on how to do that?

Friday, 18 October 2013

Thursday Group 17th October - Earth Energy in Cities - Trees and Us

Our Thursday Lightworkers session was focused on connecting with Earth energies and was really interesting. It feels vital to connect better energetically with the Earth but how best to go about it? I got the feeling that it's important to approach the Earth in a gentle, thoughtful, neutral, listening way. You know how unpleasant it is when you meet somebody who bombards you with their energy - I guess it's the same for trees, Earth spirits. Also I feel we need to be aware of our speed, some Earth energies have a much slower rhythm than us, we're never going to make contact with them at our usual pace.
I never felt comfortable in most of the parks down in Brighton, it was if the Earth had been hammered into submission or driven out and I longed for some wilderness. It's wonderful to be living where we are now, surrounded by all different kinds of woodland, some of it hardly visited by people at all - an amazing opportunity to explore all this stuff. I feel every drop of rain and ray of sunshine so much more intensely than I ever did living in town. We're aware of so much life about us, especially the birds. All the same, most people live in cities and I'm sure you can still connect with the Earth there. Apart from anything else, the Earth has the potential to revert to it's natural state where you are, look how plants are making a comeback in Detroit, so it's possible to tune in with potential forest or other states wherever you are. Anyway, all kinds of life have evolved to the state they are in at the moment in a network, as grass eating animals and grasslands evolved together. When we realise that we are part of the network of life and not separate from it then we can start to rebuild true wealth, natural wealth, the diversity of life and local abundance, in our cities and in the countryside.
We can have a wonderful partnership with trees. Watching everyday life here you see how much trees are part of a network. A cow comes along and eats some of a trees leaves, or scratches itself on its bark knocking off small, low shoots. A branch of a tree is blown off in a gale or breaks off under the weight of fruit it's carrying. Fallen apples are eaten by all sorts of shape and size of creature and by fungi. So when we care for trees and use their products we're doing some of these same things, pruning, eating fruit. I was pruning one of the apple trees and felt it would be a good idea to chop up some of the twigs and leave them around the base of the tree, which would happen naturally. I was so pleased when a while later I saw that there was a frog in amongst the thinnings. I would say that the trees enjoy a partnership with us, it feels as if they are happy to be useful and of course the more useful they are to us the more we will care for them.

Sunday, 29 September 2013

Ducks and Dogs

We had a couple of duck chicks earlier this year, both fully grown now. The ducks are really good fun to have around, waddling about and eating anything they can lay their beaks on, including slugs which seem to be a duck delicacy. I'd recommend ducks rather than hens for any eco project with a bit of space. They lay lots of eggs and it's great farm entertainment watching them do their duck stuff. Then just when you're starting to take yourself a bit seriously their's a hoot of duck derision from the distance...
Duck chicks at a few weeks old
Since Ruth put out a water bath for them the ducks come down onto our patch much more. That's the duck love machine, Barry White, in the background.
Nellie and Silver, the two farm dogs. We have been teaching Nellie to grin but Silver manages to look crazy all on her own.

Woody Adventures

A lot of my work here on the farm revolves around woody stuff, whether it's looking after trees or making things and fixing things...
One of two king size trestles, already very useful, it receives several alien radio stations too ha ha
A typical farm job for me, fixing the floor in the grain store...
...ready for the excellent crop of barley...
...and there it is, safely stored away to help feed the pigs and other animals
It's been fascinating to watch the whole ploughing, sowing, harvesting etc process here for the barley. It was a good crop but then the field's been either fallow or just had pigs on it for several years and ploughing breaks down the natural structures in the soil that keep it healthy, so it's unlikely that the yield would be so good if we did that again next year. To me this is the kind of farming that we need move away from, into something less energy intensive. But what exactly? I'm hoping we find the time to explore perennial cereals and other perennial crops, maybe in strips with different seedings through the year...

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Fruity Times

So much fruit everywhere on the farm at the moment...
Apples galore
The weight of apples snapped one of the branches off this tree yielding half a barrow of fruit...
We've had maybe eight barrow loads of windfall apples from the orchard so far which have helped to feed the pigs, who love them
We're developing these large pig feeding beds with two apple trees each so the pigs can feed themselves at least some of the time
The beds will be mini forest gardens, here we're starting ground cover of mustard and facelia which worked really well in the pig field
Damsons everywhere too - love that velvety, dusty finish on them - sadly three-quarters of them are out of reach...
...still plenty to make wine with though - I hear that damson wine is one of the best too, sort of like a really good port

Therapy and Ecology - Bringing it All Together

Therapy and ecology aren't often grouped together but there's so much the two worlds can learn from each other. Therapists generally focus on treating their patients, they might include their patients' relationships with other people in sessions, but how can healing not include a patient's relationship with the environment, the Earth and all life? And permaculture, sustainable living and other eco-projects most often seem to fail because of personality clashes, where people don't understand the dynamics of their behaviour and interactions with other people in their patterns and roles, where some deep therapy could really help. So that's what this blog is all about, bringing the worlds of therapy and ecology together.
I've been exploring what people are doing on eco projects in the UK and Portugal for some years, writing about it all on Ian's Eco Blog. I was developing a separate site for my therapy and healing work then realised I was keeping the two worlds apart myself... So here's everything in one place. Ruth's got me interested in Biodynamics which you could say is about working with the energy of plants and their relationship with ourselves and the cosmos, a good example of bringing it all together. 

Monday, 29 July 2013

Acting as one...

I loved this, now let's do it with our environment: "a train north of Tokyo was pushed to the side by a crowd of people after a woman fell under it. What the sources don´t mention is that for such things to happen, people have to notice the situation and react to it. When people react to the situation they make others aware of it, and inspire them to do the same."
Japanese train source:

Saturday, 27 July 2013

The Way of the Woods

The forest is truly sustainable, it runs on sunlight and water, there's no waste, everything is endlessly recycled into more and more complex systems, it's resilient, drought, pest, disease and flood resistant, everything supports and benefits from everything else, there's communication through an underground network and it's anarchic... Why shouldn’t it be a model for any sustainable system and what if we think of ourselves and our settlements as part of a forest?
There's similarities in natural therapies like CranioSacral Therapy, low-impact building and growing food in a sustainable way, you can see it all in the forest, the way of the woods.

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Introducing my energy healing work

I’ve been working as a therapist for many years, treating people in clinics with hands-on, gentle techniques such as CranioSacral Therapy and energy work like Chi Kung. For the past seven years or so I’ve also been travelling and working on ecological projects as I had come to feel very strongly that I must explore every way of living a truly sustainable life (see Ian's Eco Blog). An unexpected, wonderful by-product of travelling about so much has been that I’ve been drawn into treating patients and friends from a distance with energy work. It’s been a fascinating journey and I’ve found that this kind of work, though different, can be just as effective as treating people hands-on. So I've now decided to focus my attention on developing this side of my healing work, I hope to de-mystify energy healing work and help to bring it more and more into everyday life for people everywhere.
There's lots more about this work on the separate pages of this site but the most important feature for me is that the techniques of gentle treatments like CranioSacral Therapy can be focused precisely and given energetically from a distance. To me, this opens up a whole new world of possibilities.
Whether I'm giving treatment from a distance or hands-on, I find a healing energy usually flows for the patient. I'd suggest we can't understand just exactly what this is any more than we can understand why there is life in the universe, it certainly seems to help though.
I don't call or think of myself as a healer, I say I do healing work and assist people in their own healing process. It's you that's doing the healing.
As well as one-to-one sessions which I charge for, I host regular free group energy healing work sessions every Thursday. These sessions are open to all, so far there seems to be no limit to the number of people who can join in and receive help. There's more to read about both one-to-one and group sessions on the site so you can feel which is appropriate for you.