Jonathan Livingston Seagull

“They are saying in the Flock that if you are not the Son of the Great Gull Himself”, Fletcher told Jonathan one morning after Advanced Speed Practice, “then you are a thousand years ahead of your time.”
Jonathan sighed. The price of being misunderstood he thought. They call you devil or they call you god. “What do you think, Fletch? Are we ahead of our time?”
A long silence, “Well, this kind of flying has always been here to be learned by anyone who wanted to discover it; that’s got nothing to do with time. We’re ahead of the fashion, maybe. Ahead of the way that most gulls fly.”“That’s something,” Jonathan said, rolling to glide inverted for a while. “That’s not half as bad as being ahead of our time”.
Richard Bach
Jonathan Livingston Seagull

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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Too Much Noise

Too much noise
Empty noise
Try to be with you
All noise

People, kids, cars
Withdraw my mind

Peace of darkness
Stars flickering
Quiet wind whispering
A duet with the tide
Audible, but humanly unfathomable
A gentle peace

Your noise
With you
At last!

Lying back
Listening to the sweetest sound of

But everything 

I wrote this in the late 1980s. Our house was often busy and there was a tension in the atmosphere there owing to my Dad's illness. There was often the noise of traffic outside too. I used to retreat into my bedroom for some peace This was probably one of my first attempts to meditating...trying to find some peace and quite within and actually achieving it (for once!).

Saturday, January 26, 2013


Lost myself inside my head
Searching for a place somewhere I can call a bed
Think I've been here once before
But I lost myself then I'm sure

Picking up pebbles by a stream
All of them dreams of what I could have been
Packing them in cases to send to the moon
Now I've only nightmares preaching impending doom

Touring a forest of cardboard trees
Each one taunting me of past iniquities
Messages scrawled to tell me how to live
Oh God! How can I tell myself 'forgive'?

Wish I could find just where I am
One day I'll escape from here to another land
But first I've got to unearth this hidden sign
So that one day I can take over someone else's mind

Written in the late 1980's. This one is about cycles of self doubt (in this and other lives?) , the fear of unfulfilled dreams, the limiting effects of past events and the search for stability and contentment. Do I want to escape from myself or the situation I'm in or both? And whose mind is it that I need to take over? I don't know.....I know I should forgive..myself...others? But how?

Monday, January 21, 2013

Be Patient

 Photo: Killiney beach Dublin Dec 18, 2012

Be patient my child
For the time is now
In which the changes come.

So much change
So fast.

It is important that you stay centred and grounded
Take time out of the game
To rest, relax and renew.

Breathe in the healing energies
Of the new light.

Be patient.

All is well.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Animal Totems: Seagull

Seagulls are spiritual messengers that demonstrate that a higher communication with guides is taking place. He shows how to see above situations with a higher clarity and teaches that there are many perspectives to consider. Seagull shows a sense of friendship and community and the cooperation that is needed for the whole to operate successfully. He teaches how to ride the currents of the mental, emotional and physical worlds. Are you going with the flow or fighting it? Are you cooperating with others? Are you open to your guides? Seagull can teach you many lessons of looking, living and being. It is time to listen and watch for the nuances and timing of action.


Seagull image from


Thursday, January 3, 2013

A new state of oneness (for 2013)!

To thine own self be true,
The most important thing is to be honest to yourself,
To be true to yourself,
To be unfailingly and consistently yourself in all situations,
To be balanced and healthy - in harmony with everything and everyone around you,
To be open,
An open book,
But also to be discerning. 

Be the person you are here to be,
A prayerful and meditative person
Aiming for the ever elusive goal of mastery :)
Be You! 
It's who you are!
Your time is now.

With love and blessings for 2013!