Category Archives: evolving status

Spiritual Discernment (Continued)

What more is there to say? But then let us suppose that the ‘high wire’ artist singles me out from other bystanders with an invitation to “wheel me across” the same ravine “in (his) wheelbarrow”. Ah! That is different. As … Continue reading

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“WHERE ‘ENDS MEET’ AND “FACT SEEMS STRANGER THAN FICTION””. (Cont’d)

I learned that she lived alone in a hamlet cottage some 10 miles away and had travelled to Walsingham that afternoon, using the country bus service. She seemed far from well and in the early part of our conversation, related … Continue reading

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“WHERE ‘ENDS MEET’ AND “FACT SEEMS STRANGER THAN FICTION””.

At the time in question, my wife, our youngest son Martin and I were holidaying in East Anglia. Perhaps (and as the story unfolds you will readily perceive why) I should first tell you that for some time before (and … Continue reading

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“WHERE ‘ENDS MEET’ .”.

Having now ‘written out’ this correspondence in blog form, I cannot resist the feeling that the entire series requires one final and in its way, definitive word in order to draw together and ‘catalyse’ the contents of these postings, as … Continue reading

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AN ENDING – OR A NEW BEGINNING? (Continued from prev. Blog.)

It was, I believe, a first century Roman, Plotinus, who once observed that “Man is not unlike an amphibious creature. An amphibian can live equally well on land or in water; but to fulfil its “amphibianhood”, it requires both”. As … Continue reading

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AN ENDING – OR A NEW BEGINNING? (Continued from prev. blog.)

Now this brings me to what I am inclined to regard as the profoundly “within” or “foresightful” aspects of coping and which – such is my belief – can and often does greatly bolster and enhance overall capacity and confidence, … Continue reading

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AN ENDING – OR A NEW BEGINNING? (Cont. from prev. blog.)

Taking things a step further, certain fairly recent studies have reported evidence of a strong positive correlation between the pursuance of goals related to living meaningfully and an increase in, for example, natural killer (NK) cell activity. This has been … Continue reading

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