The Space Unrace
Notes from the Far Beyond
by Palden
3d ago
SUNDAY MEDITATION 7pm GMT every Sunday and… a new podcast The meditation gives a chance to pay some attention to matters way beyond ourselves, to do a little volunteering at the spiritual frontline, a little world-maintenance. You can do it wherever you are. All you need is a decent place to park your body while you go within. There’s a zone, a field, that’s open from 7-7.30pm GMT every Sunday (see below for different times in different lands). After a while you’ll probably feel it, as you tune in to it and it tunes in to you. It’s a benign encouragement-beam or carrier wave, amplifying the m ..read more
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Carolingian Carcinogenix
Notes from the Far Beyond
by Palden
2w ago
A quick preen at Porthmoina Cove, Penwith, Cornwall Greetings from that far-off Duchy down’ere at the other end of the A30, out past Windsor. Well, Charles, welcome to the Honourable Company of Cancer Patients. By appointment with Divinity. Some people want to be astronauts, yet there’s another way of visiting other worlds, and it’s called ‘cancer’. From what I’ve heard thus far on the news, you’re taking the right approach to it. Good on you. Your life has just become a whole lot more difficult, yet moments like this open the curtains – something gets released and empowered too. You’ve starte ..read more
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Hope Flowers School
Notes from the Far Beyond
by Palden
3w ago
The Israeli army blocks the gate to the school In my audiobook and various of my postings you’ll have heard of Hope Flowers School in Bethlehem, Palestine (here’s a brief intro). I used to work there. Here’s a newsletter from Ibrahim Issa, the school’s director. It gives a taste of what it’s like running a school in occupied Palestine at present. With love, Palden —————————- Dear Friends, Thank you for all your support and solidarity with the Hope Flowers School (HFS). I am trying through this letter, to share with you what happened on 6 December 2023 at the HFS. It is a bit long; I believe th ..read more
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Bridging Gaps
Notes from the Far Beyond
by Palden
1M ago
Chapel Carn Brea, the last hill in Britain, topped by bronze age and neolithic cairns I’ve just started a job that I’ve been putting off for six months. I wasn’t clear about what I needed to do, and it’s a lot of work. And I’m supposed to be retired. But it came clear a few days ago, amidst a down-time when I was sitting here alone, feeling rather rudderless and wondering what to do. I decided to do a complete revision of a rather big website I wrote and created 6-9 years ago, Ancient Penwith. It’s about the ancient sites of West Penwith, here in Cornwall. In some respects it’s more difficult ..read more
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Tilting
Notes from the Far Beyond
by Palden
1M ago
Pedn Vounder and Porth Curno, Penwith, Cornwall, from Treryn Dinas SUNDAY MEDITATION 7-7.30PM GMT every Sunday (different times in different time zones – see below). You’re welcome to join. Do the meditation however you normally do it – mindfulness, prayer, visualisation or your own way, or simply being present with us. Our purpose is to uplift our world an inch, to relieve the shadows of the past and to encourage decency and sanity in humanity’s thoughts, words and deeds. Carn Du, Lamorna, and The Lizard in the background This weekend we’re all at a rather historic juncture, astrologically sp ..read more
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Blogging in Bethlehem
Notes from the Far Beyond
by Palden
1M ago
An audiobook about life in the West Bank of Palestine www.palden.co.uk/audiobook.html The first two audio instalments of my 2011 book Blogging in Bethlehem are now available, and the remaining five will come out once a week over winter (inshallah). The written version is available too. I hope you enjoy them. It’s free, no strings. Well, that lot took 20 hours to make, but I got through it quite quickly. That’s one advantage of hyperfocus and living alone. Rain drumming on the roof has stopped play for now. Just as well, really – I had my cancer treatment yesterday/Weds and I’m all floppy and ..read more
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Cliff Edge
Notes from the Far Beyond
by Palden
2M ago
Gurnard’s Head, Cornwall. You were warned! We live in a strange world where its inhabitants, called humans, have a weird tendency to believe that other humans are fundamentally different to them and opposed to them. Don’t go to Planet Earth – the inhabitants there are dangerous, mainly to themselves. This is a bizarre aspect of this particular world. That’s a paragraph from my book Blogging in Bethlehem. I woke up this morning with the idea to serialise it as an audio book. But then I wondered whether enough people would be interested to justify the effort. It’s not a very long book (unusually ..read more
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The National Interest
Notes from the Far Beyond
by Palden
2M ago
I’m at it again. Here’s my latest podcast, of interest to anyone thinking a bit further than their nose about the current conflicts in the world. Wars happen because of failed relationships between nations and peoples (and oligarchs). This concerns parapolitics – the politics of planetary evolution. It’s taken from my 2003 book Healing the Hurts of Nations, written on the buildup to the Iraq war. All about the psyche of the world, the collective unconscious and the psyches of nations – and their unconsciousness as well. That’s what causes big problems – projection onto others to escape taking ..read more
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The Christ Mass
Notes from the Far Beyond
by Palden
2M ago
Reindeer, Kvikkjokk, Sapmi (Swedish Lappland) It’s funny. I’ve always had a strange allergy to Christmas. In recent weeks I’ve been looking into this issue. What is bizarre is that I have lived in the Baltic region – the source of Father Christmas and sleighbells – and also in Bethlehem – the source of the Christ-is-born part of the package. So I’ve lived in the source-places of Christmas but I’m not particularly into it. Well, we all have our weird pathologies. I have fond memories of both places – of genuine sleighbells (except on horses pulling sledges through the snow-bedecked forest), and ..read more
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Arrive without Travelling
Notes from the Far Beyond
by Palden
2M ago
The long and winding road (near Falmouth, Cornwall) I’ve been rather quiet recently. My energy has been under par. Nowadays I’m not good at doing winter. I’m often told that I look well, and part of me indeed is well, though this is more a matter of a grin-and-bear-it attitude than a medical reality. Since getting cancer I’ve found I give off an unintentionally deceptive appearance, looking better than I actually am, or feel. Sagittarius rising with Venus trine to it (the grin bit) and Saturn square it (the bear it bit). I’m not sure what to do about this. Oh yes, I forgot… a health warning: b ..read more
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