"Too much thought kills creativity whilst intuition brings it to life."

Chapter 9

 I  ntuitive 3D drawing using found objects by Jojo aged 11

 Intuitive 3D drawing using found objects by Jojo aged 11

Do you honestly trust yourself?

Imagine for a moment what it would be like to be free from the need for physical and psychological certainty all the time? Imagine being able to feel your own internal security so strongly that you felt secure even in the midst of a time of great turbulence? Would that not be true mental liberation? Would it not allow one the complete freedom to do and be whatever it is one believed in without feeling constrained by ideological, social or financial constraints - to just allow, with grace and ease?

Creating your future

When you really start focusing on what you wish to achieve, you create an energy around you which itself starts searching for opportunities. You will begin to meet people or read things that impact directly on what you are trying to do and your intuition will have a field day throwing up all sorts of ideas for you to consider.

One of the best descriptions of this phenomenon is described by W.H. Murray. He describes it as ‘providence’.

"Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness.
Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too.
All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issue from the decision, raising in one's favour all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would come his way."

W.H. Murray (1913–1996) The Scottish Himalayan Expedition, JM Dent,1951

The Journey is the Destination  - the Journals of Dan Eldon


I have a wonderful book which is a compilation of the journals of a young man called Dan Eldon who died at the age of 22 having completed in that short life what most people only accomplish in 80. He had travelled four continents, led expeditions across Africa, written a book, worked as a graphic designer in New York, made a film and had became a respected photojournalist for Reuters – all before he died tragically in Somalia in 1993. What Dan exhibited was this sense of adventure that I speak of, a willingness to step out and do something different because it meant something to him.

His website offers a far greater picture of this remarkable young man and provides details of the continuing work based around his extraordinary energy. 


Chapter 10

What is the tone of your communication with others?

We live in a world where for thousands of years, conflicts between countries, races, tribes, religious and political groups have been regular and seemingly unavoidable. Millions upon millions of people have either died or had their livelihoods destroyed in the process. It has become a way of life, albeit one that very few of us relish.

Why on earth do we do this to each other? What is it in our psychological make-up that encourages us to perpetuate this continuous cycle of conflict and violence and (in some countries) the largest slice of budget allocated to funding the military?

Communication is the way forward in everything that we do. Whether it be political dialogue, educating children, raising children, living in communities, running successful organisations, living together and even peace talks at the end of a war. The following videos offer some powerful insights into the benefits of dialogue.

William Ury and Jonas Gahr Store

This talk by William Ury is a classic and describes beautifully the challenges we face with dialogue, but also suggests what we can do to enhance dialogue throughout the world. The second talk by Jonas Gahr Store  is an excellent treatise on dialogue and why it is so crucial to talk, especially to those we don’t necessarily wish to talk to.

Evelyn Glennie

There are many talks about listening, but this one by deaf percussionist, Evelyn Glennie is amazing at encouraging people to listen, and more than that – to listen with all their senses, not just their ears.