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spiritual journey began when I was 22, taking a Business Studies course.
Exam time was upon me quite suddenly and I was finding if difficult to
sleep. Instead of tossing and turning I decided to make use of my restlessness
and began looking through the local paper.
attended the introductory talk in Ormskirk, Lancashire and later learned the
technique of meditation in Southport. Little did I know at that time what this
advertisement was going to bring to my path. The changes - let alone the lessons
- that I was to attain from this wonderful lecture! My story continues…
following summer I attended a weekend course at a spiritual retreat.
The course leader suggested that I consider going to Switzerland on
work-study. This involved working
for food and accommodation and course credit, with the opportunity to see and
hear the Maharishi giving lectures in the evening.
could I pass up such an opportunity? Turned out I stayed in Switzerland for the
next three years. This was a very
enjoyable time of my life with people of my own age, all with a common interest.
The most noticeable thing I remember was the power of the atmosphere.
By that I mean the spiritual energy that was created by 3,000 people all
practicing meditation in close proximity to each other.
I started to notice the advantages of this energy in terms of
co-ordination between one's thoughts and what the environment around you needed.
the time, I was in charge of maintenance for all the accommodation and I wanted
to design a form for people to report maintenance problems.
I decided that this would be very useful and started to go about my day's
work. As I was walking down the corridor I was asked to have a look at one
of the printing presses. I managed
to fix it and the person in charge of printing said, is there anything I can do
for you in exchange?
I explained about the forms I wanted printed and showed him a sample.
He said, come back later in the afternoon and I should have them ready.
I walked a little further down the corridor and, just as I was passing the
Communications Office, the door opened and a bag of rubbish was just being put
outside. On top of the rubbish was
a clear plastic display case with two compartments, which was ideal for
displaying the forms.
set up the display case next to the mailboxes, for the whole site, later
labelling them and displaying the forms. I
watched this idea materialize effortlessly and naturally as though it were all
co-ordinated by a greater mind than, at the time, I thought my mind was.
I had lived in Switzerland for about two and a half years I became friendly with
one of the cooks named Dorothea. During
our free days we would go off walking in the mountains and we had a lovely time
together. Relationships within the organization were frowned upon and very
soon we were found out. Dorothea was sent to Arosa, a ski resort up in the
mountains, to work in one of the course hotels. Though, as it happened, I was
still getting the “support from Nature” and two weeks later I too was sent
to Arosa, to repair the damages in the hotels as each course finished.
did not realize at the time, but this relationship was to play a big part in my
evolution. As I got to Arosa I went to see Dorothea.
This was not very straightforward as the Movement had its own police
force called the “wims” who guarded the entrances to the hotels. The
hotels were either male only or female only and it was the wims' job to keep the
two apart. Well, being a young male
myself, I used my creativity and, as Dorothea´s room was on the first floor, I
took advantage of a drainpipe that descended alongside the balcony and we spent
the night together.
next morning I left her room at 6 a.m., before everyone was awake, and returned
to my own room. As I was entering
my hotel I met a man on the entrance steps and one look said a thousand words,
as I was probably looking quote rough with bags under my eyes. It was not until
three months later that I realized the significance of that chance meeting on
the steps of the hotel. I had
finished my three years' work-study and now could go on the course I had been
have probably already guessed. The
man on the steps was my course leader. By this time Dorothea had returned
to Germany, where she lived with her parents.
As you can imagine, during my course I was lovesick nearly all the time.
My weight almost halved and I found the routine of the course very
tiring. Though on the spiritual side I think this was meant to be, as I
found my intuition and powers of telepathy became very acute.
I found I could feel the meaning in the words as Dorothea wrote to me.
It was as though I were in the room looking at her as she wrote her
letters to me. I always knew word
for word what she had written, and reading the letters just confirmed what I
already knew was there.
this time my consciousness became very clear and with Dorothea's help my sixth
sense was developed, as we would go off astral travelling together at night in
our dreams. We would dream about
the future after the course was finished. I also noticed my sixth sense
developing in other ways. I noticed that if I shook hands with someone, I was able to
read their thoughts and knew what their intentions were. This seemed to explain the tradition of clinching business
deals with a handshake.
came to see me in England when my course was over. We both found that I had been changed by the course and we
decided to go our separate ways for a while. Though over the next two
years we stayed good friends and it was towards the end of the second year that
I noticed another very odd thing happen in my life that I find difficult to
explain. I was living at Mentmore Towers in Buckinghamshire. That was the
national headquarters of the Transcendental Meditation organization in the UK.
and I had decided to give it another go and I wanted to meet her in Germany.
I asked the person in charge at Mentmore for permission to go and visit
Dorothea in Germany, but he refused to let me go.
That evening, as I was sitting in group meditation, it was as though all
my loneliness and love for Dorothea came to a head.
I could not hold this wave of emotion back and I burst into tears.
But in the split second I burst into tears there was a flash of lightning and a
crack of thunder in the sky above Mentmore.
There was no meteorological explanation for this.
It was as though the environment were also releasing all the frustration
and anger as I was letting go of it at the same time.
today I feel a connection between what we feel and what is happening in the
environment around us, and that it is ever present in our lives. A few
weeks later, after this release of tension within myself, I was sent to
Skelmersdale in Lancashire to help set up what was known as the Ideal Village.
This was to be a large group of people meditating together in a more
normal family atmosphere.
days after arriving at Skelmersdale I was sent to pick up a few people at the
train station. That was the first
time I set eyes on my wife Debbie. I lived in Skelmersdale for ten years
setting up two very successful businesses while at the same time bringing up
three really lovable children with Debbie. After ten years we decided to
buy a farm in the Snowdonia National Park and let our children learn about
Nature first hand.
a way I look upon my time on the farm as me doing my “hermit in the hills”
bit. The farm was quite isolated
and I was free just to be, enjoying nature around me. I learned so much
from the animals and found that they even managed to speak to me.
You may ask how? That is a
very good question. I will give you
a farmer I would quite often feel inspired to have a look around the farm.
I say inspired because I would sense there was a problem. On this one
occasion I was being guided into a field I knew to be empty of animals and, that
being the case, there had not been a reason to visit for over a month.
farm was quite large and therefore I had an ATV, which is like a
four-wheel-drive motorbike. My dog
always found a comfortable spot to sit on behind me. The field in question had high cliffs and tall bracken,
making it very difficult to see more than 10 metres ahead. I had driven
all around the field and was sitting in the middle just listening to the wind in
the trees and the sound of running water in the streams.
The nagging feeling would not go away! There was something wrong, but
started off to have a last look around, letting the dog off the lead to see if
he could help. Immediately the
dog's ears perked up and off he went with me in tow!
As we came over the hill my eyes caught sight of a ewe that had pushed
her head through the fence to reach a luscious green blade of grass on the other
side, only to get her head stuck in the wire as a result of such frivolousness.
acted quickly, placing the baby lamb beside its mother to feed, keeping her
occupied while freeing the mothers head from the fence. A few minutes
later they both walked off together as though nothing had happened.
But a lot had happened!
has happened many times, with the sheep having their heads stuck in the fences.
On each occasion I was sent a message. Sheep can only live about
three days without food. Therefore
somehow they were able to pass the message on to me, as I found many live sheep
in that position, but I never found a dead one.
Which proved to me that the system worked, but what was the system?
found myself amidst a welter of change about two years ago, when the Foot and
Mouth restrictions suddenly paralysed the farm. I had 700 mouths to feed, the sheep had to eat! Just 6
months later the farm went under the auctioneer´s hammer.
How dramatic that was! The
lovely young couple who bought the farm, only heard about it two days before
successfully bidding. Our financial life continued to collapse around our ears. At that time our daughter Lucy was at a Catholic boarding
school which she loved. Debbie
could see no way of staying where she was and keeping Lucy at her school, so she
moved to Tenerife.
meant to follow her, but our financial situation became even more complicated
and I had to stay behind to salvage it. The upheaval of this time left our
family of five neatly peeled of our skin like oranges.
Anything to do with financial security had gone.
It was a totally fresh start for all five of us.
Thus it was that I found myself with two homes separated by a huge
expanse of ocean. Returning from a
trip to Tenerife I wrote this about my experience:
day I saw myself…
what a day! It started with me flying in to Manchester from Tenerife at 5.30 in
the morning. It was a nice sunny
day, the birds singing and the wind rustling the leaves of the trees.
Instead of going home I had to drive to Machynlleth, mid-Wales, for a
court hearing in the aftermath of the sale of the farm. The hearing was
quite emotional for me, as I had to relive that ten-year period recalling that
the farm had been much more than just a job for us.
I had truly put my heart into it, and our son James had done the same.
real magic of the day started when I went to church that evening.
always the love that was in the room at the Bangor Independent Spiritualist
Church shone through and had a supportive effect on all present.
The medium gave a lovely philosophy talk and had moved on to the section
of mediumship. As always, while the medium is giving messages, I look
within myself with my eyes closed, a little like meditating.
I just opened my eyes when he finished each message, in case he might
want to come to me next. The chairman announced to the medium that there
was time for one more message. The
medium came to me: "You have a lovely energy surrounding you and a quite
unique way of coming out of your body and looking back on yourself".
I do have the experience of astral travelling a lot and could relate to
what he was saying.
then went on to describe all the angels that were surrounding me that were
guiding me on my path! Again, I could relate to this, as I feel the presence of
spirit around me like cobwebs or angels' wings brushing against my body. I
think he seemed to be referring to an event that had happened the night before
while I was in Tenerife. A young
couple visited Debbie´s house wanting a healing. The young man, Neil, was
suffering from Hepatitis C, leaving him with a failing liver. The doctors only
gave him six months to live. When the couple arrived Neil was looking
stoney faced, as though he were carrying all the problems of his life and the
world on his shoulders.
thought the best way to proceed was to try to relieve some of the tension first
before administering him healing. I
suggested that we do a visualisation meditation, balancing his aura energy that
surrounds the physical body. We began the meditation and, as I usually do,
I started by taking the attention inward. First
by becoming aware of the feet on the ground, checking for tension in the
muscles, then working through the rest of the body relieving tension and
relaxing the muscles. I then made the couple aware of their breathing by
noticing the life energy coming in with each inbreath and the stale energy
leaving the body with each outbreath.
this time the silence had descended on the room, leaving it filled with love and
light. I brought their attention to
this silence and described some of its magnetic qualities. I got them to
try to find the boundaries of this silence. Was it only inside the body or did
it extend beyond? I invited them to
notice that although this silence is silent, it seems to have liveliness to it,
a kind of grain. We played about
with this love and light that we all felt deep within our hearts. I then
took their attention back to their feet and started to grow roots out of their
feet to connect their energy field to the centre of the earth.
I opened each of the energy centres in the body - the seven chakras -
washing the aura thoroughly with each coloured light in turn.
this time the energies were really starting to develop.
I continued to describe my understanding of how the body worked.
is only the stress of living life that upsets the natural balance of the human
system. In the case of Neil he
seemed to be carrying more than his fair share of life's burdens with him.
So I got him to forgive all those people that had wronged him in his
life. I got him also to forgive himself for all the people he had wronged, and
asked him to visualize all that stale energy leaving him, returning to the roots
deep within the earth. Again we washed the aura with the light from the
chakras, visualizing each energy body being repaired.
In this visualization we also included his rents and tears; this light
was mending all his wounds. The
energy bodies being left in perfect balance and perfect harmony one inside the
other. In this way forming the
energy field that holds every cell in the body in perfect harmony and perfect
balance, performing its natural duty in an effortless, natural way.
the real magic of this visualization meditation came when I started to focus in
on his physical problem of the liver.
soon as I mentioned the word 'liver' there was such a presence in the room.
Every cell of my body started to tingle and I felt that we had some very
powerful healing helper come in from the spirit world to help in this process of
healing Neil's liver. We started the healing in the meditation by thanking
all the cells in Neil's body for all the hard work they had done over the years
in keeping the body going and maintaining the peace and harmony that exists
focused down on the liver itself and thanked all the healthy cells for all the
extra hard work they were doing to keep the liver functioning.
You could almost hear the waves of appreciation received back from them
for this loving thought. With the energy field repaired and the help of
all the healthy cells in Neil's liver, I then asked for all the cells that were
not healthy to leave and be replaced with healthy normal ones.
I asked for some of the cells to be sent out as scouts to try to find
spare material in the body to carry out the repairs needed.
then started to close the chakras and continue balancing the energy fields in
the body. I slowly got the couple
to be aware of their surroundings again and gradually become fully conscious of
their physical body and their surroundings. We then went on to do the
physical hands-on healing and channel the universal energy in the normal way.
the way home from church, I was passing along a particularly lovely wooded
stretch of road. It was late
evening on a beautiful midsummer's day. The trees and grass looked so full of
life energy. In my mind, I
contrasted this with the same scene in winter and realized that what I was
looking at, was life itself. The flow of energy, love and light that is the
spirit of creation itself.
then remembered the court hearing and seeing all my possessions of the last ten
years leaving me. But these
possessions were now unneeded energy like the trees in winter, dormant.
Life is that which is living, that which flows from your heart.
That which is in the here and now, life itself, like me driving the car
along this wooded road - the flow of energy. That realization took away
the pain of having to say goodbye to my past 10 years of life.
I was shown what is important, that life energy which flows from the
heart, that lets me live my life and experience all whom I meet in the present
moment of here and now.
a realization this was for me. To
see the love of creation in all things within me and around me and - in reality
- of me too, as there is only one of us in the whole of the universe.
Only one life force, only one creator - that which is God itself,
experiencing itself in its many diverse ways.
Let love and life flow on. The nice thing about letting go of the farm is
that it has let me follow a new direction, using my healing powers and helping
other people who have not yet seen the joy of life lived in the moment.
is like a living pendulum. We live
in a field of opposing forces and our appreciation of this is our experience of
life. We see this field as pairs of opposites: for example, hot and cold,
up and down, in and out, happy and sad, good and evil and, last but not least,
right and wrong. But usually we
experience these opposites in varying degrees, which makes them more like a
pendulum swinging on a fulcrum.
then need to ask, where are WE?
our awareness is based at the fulcrum, then we experience all that living brings
us, as an experience of life from a non-changing and non–moving
perspective. But if our awareness is situated on the swinging end of the
pendulum, we see our living and our life as ever changing and the events in life
leave deep impressions on the mind. If we condensed all the swinging of
the pendulum throughout a lifetime - or even from the beginning of time to the
end of time - into the moment of now, what we would get is a ball of pendulum
swinging in all directions around us. This would then look more like a
ball of experiences around us. At
this point we can see all of living´s choices around us in our life.
We see that the path of life did not lead anywhere we could not have
chosen to go at any moment. There
was no right or wrong path but just the experience of life itself that we gained
by taking that path.
is the journey that is important and remembering that progress takes place
through change. Without change
there would be no evolution of the 'now' moment, also without change we would
soon get bored with the things around us. Your life is very precious just as it
is. Know that God only brings us
blessings. Whether events seem
positive or negative, they allow us to experience the contrasts that make living
life so beautiful. Be yourself in the moment and enjoy the experience.
Lockett - April 2003
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