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The power of Art in communicating an idea

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My previous post asked the questionabout what do you see in the image of the tree that represents Link4Growth and the 7 principles that underpin it...

When this image was first created in October / November 2015 it was designed to illustrate what Link4Growth stood for and to list the 7 Principles clearly. This would enable the person explaining the Tree to cover off all the main points behind what Link4Growth stood for.

Over the past year I have been enlightened somewhat through conversations that our behaviour can hinder what we are trying to achieve without even noticing it. One such behaviour is "the desire to tell people something because we think that it is important for them to hear what we want to say". Most often without their permission or desire to hear it at all!!

Real-Eyes-ation...
Whenever I have reached into my bag to take out the laminate above (we have 5 others to explain different areas)... it has always been on the basis that people have asked what is Link4…

What do you see?

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What do you see in the picture below?



The Laminate itself was produced around October 2015 and was created to explain Link4Growth and its direction on Jan 8th 2016 at the Link4Growth 1st Conference.

You will observe in the roots of the tree; 7 principles are written. These principles were carefully crafted back in 2012 as the fledgling organisation was attempting to define the 'essence' of what Link4Growth was about. The importance of these 7 principles was somehow not really appreciated I feel back then, a little glossed over so to speak. Nowadays however, as an evolving Association that is owned by the 'Friends of Link4Growth' and one of few pioneering in the 'Leaderless Organisation' space, the significance of what underpins the organisation is vitally important.

The actual image was the result of around 50 hours of discussion with the artist who sought to capture the 'essence of Link4growth' and represent it in image form. There were many... many mo…

Liver Cleanse - Part II - What really happened?

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I must admit when Greg started to talk to me about Liver cleansingI thought these things never work. I've heard about detoxes and programmes to cleanse before and if I'm honest I think they are mostly gimmicks to relieve us of our money with some great marketing blurb...

But Greg is no fraud and he has taken a freely available process of cleaning the Liver (and gallbladder) which was developed by Andreas Moritz, added his own minor modifications and supports people though the process... he has helped 1500 undergo this totally natural process without a single incident other than what is expected from the treatment.

This isn't about making profit... this is an 'open source' well documented (through reports and experiential comment) cleanse that anyone can choose to do... not backed by any company, working with the body and encouraging the internal organs involved to do what they do. The liver is one of the largest organs in the body and looks after about 500 function…

First experience of a Liver cleanse

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I'd not even thought about a Liver Cleanse before, nor had I really heard about it either for that matter. But Greg suddenly appeared from Poland on his way back to Peru. He came to stay for a few days at my flat to see his old school friend Steve.

Having got to know Greg he shared that he offered this Liver cleanse professionally in Peru and would I like to experience it for myself. Well, as you know I am always up for new experiences and so when Greg returned from a brief spell in North Wales we started... so that was Thursday 27th September.

The whole thing is delightfully simple and Greg is extremely knowledgeable both about the process itself, and of course how it works. Basically it is a 2 day programme... and by the start of the 3rd day the effects of the cleanse can be felt.

So here is what happened...
I was instructed to fast (nothing but water) from the end of Wednesday night... then at 6pm on Thursday in the evening I took delivery of 5 bottles of liquid... 4 bottles o…

5th Anniversary of not using supermarkets...

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Today is the 5th Anniversary that I made a decision to not use Supermarkets... 

A decision I have no regrets taking as it has brought untold benefits, the 1st of which is the quality of food I eat and how I go about preparing it. It is however a continual evolving process.

There's a lot going on in the supermarket arena too
With Lidl and Aldi making huge inroads into the supermarket space (13% it is now alleged), and signs that Asda and Sainbury's may merge if the monopolies commission deem it appropriate, and Tesco launching it's new discount brand 'Jacks' to take on the low cost end... and,  the massive acceptance of online shopping it is carnage out there with fierce competition...

Couple this with the Veggie Box model (such as Riverford), organic fresh produce delivered to your door for those that are looking to pay a little more for a high quality mixture of vegetables, dairy and meat. These provide a welcome attention to detail often missing from supermarkets …

3 books that I felt compelled to read...

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Having probably not read a single book from front to back in 10 years, I have read 3 in almost as many weeks. What has happened?

I'm not sure is the honest truth. However the first book was given as a Christmas Present last year by Nikki Pepper and as I was clearing out the flat the book presented itself...

The second book holds a similar story an unopened Amazon package which turned up in a box full of papers to be shredded and there it was, a book first written and then presented to me by Timothy Watkins, subsequently re-ordered for me by Debi King.

The third book was handed to me by Samina Ali as it was all about conversations that we had been having on Attachment.

All three books turned up at approximately the same time... and as it turns out all extremely pertinent to where I am right now and hugely relevant to things that are happening in my life. The universe it seems has not exhausted its reserves of surprises yet... I do love serendipity!

Book 1 - Starfish and the Spider

What's on TV then?

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A long time ago back in 1985 I bought a selection of home entertainment equipment.One of which was a Toshiba Blackstripe FST (Flat Screen Tube) television.

Roll the clock forward... we've gone from analogue to digital... CRT monitors (Cathode Ray Tube) are a thing of the past, and, for the past 6 years, my old TV has sat gathering dust, taking up space waiting for me to dispose of it... except I didn't dispose of it... not because I am a hoarder... but because the thought of sorting the flat out filled me with dread... or that is what I thought the reason the TV didn't get dumped was...

Roll the clock forward once more to 2015 this time... and a decision I took to begin taking the whole idea of spirituality a bit more seriously. I felt that something was missing and couldn't quite put my finger on it but knew that this was something that warranted more investigation from me...

3 years on and I can certainly say a lot has opened up... lots of people arrived to guide me.…

It has been a heck of a journey... the last 7 years

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The number 7 comes up a lot in my life...What has happened in your last 7 years?

I think if we all took the time to reflect we would probably surprise ourselves in one way or another. We all lead such busy lives these days. A lot happens but is there a 'rudder' in your life? An intent or purpose or are you just being buffeted from one thing to another?

As Tolkien said in Lord of the Rings... you want to be careful going outside, every path can lead to adventures. Looking back I don't think I was particularly looking for an adventure... but as time passed that is exactly what happened. Adventures do change us, being out of our comfort zone is no easy place to be, but it is where we grow. Some brief highlights of my own journey follow. They represent some pretty key shifts in my consciousness over the 7 years...

I first answered the call back in 2011. We had witnessed the financial crash in 2007, the world would never be the same again. There was huge hope though. The Internet…

Who are 'THEY' and what do they want?

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I've heard myself say it countless times and I hear it said every day too. That's what 'they' want... that's what 'they' are trying to do... 'they' are conditioning and brainwashing us...

Who are these people, 'they'? it's an interesting question. If you take the view that a few unbelievably wealthy people are controlling huge sectors of our world and are influential in making global events happen such as wars, terrorism, regime change and a whole lot more... then 'they' could be narrowed down to a 60 or 70 people. Their combined wealth being estimated at approaching 50% of the global wealth... and all this wealth in the hands of a very small 'coach load' of people.

Although the disparity between those with such incredible wealth and the vast numbers of people on this planet with hardly anything at all is not acceptable, we live in a society that actually condones it.

If we want to get to the bottom of who 'they'…

It can't be Christmas every day... why not?

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I remember growing up and thinking to myself how amazing it would be if every day was Christmas.

Presents every day... people being nice to each other... helping each other out... much kinder than at other times. Seemed like a good idea to me!

... but then I was reminded of a story from my younger days about two children, one of whom ate just sweet things and the other that ate more salty foods... the one who ate just sugar and sweets became very ill because although feeding the 'sweet tooth' it was an unbalanced diet and 'too much of a good thing' was equally bad for you.

This year I stayed in the UK with my family and had a chance to reflect on what for me was a typical Christmas of my childhood and early adult life... It has been 3 years (or more) since I last did the "English Christmas" of my childhood days, and things look very different to me now. I don't think it is the fact that I'm older and as people often say the magic goes out of Christmas …