As part of Ubiquity’s Humanity Rising series, Peter Merry hosts Malcolm Stern, psychotherapist, author and the co-founder of Alternatives in the UK, the UK’s longest running weekly mind body spirit events company. Malcolm’s new book “Slay your dragons with Compassion” is being released this September. In the book, Malcolm explores practices for managing loss, informed by his daughter Melissa taking her own life in 2014 and how he coped. Building on that, Peter and Malcolm will go into some tools for thriving amidst the kind of instability and loss that we are facing individually and collectively as humanity today.
Embodying the Future – why the body is the key to the future.
In order to navigate successfully through these turbulent times of transition, we need to be able to access the information in the subtle fields. Energy can only be interpreted through the body. In order to reach up to higher dimensions we need to send our roots deeper. This session will explore the role of the body in working with subtle energies, and what we need to do individually and collectively to be able to unlock the promise that this work holds. You can access the recordings of all the other great speakers too at https://theembodimentconference.org/#PeterMerry
This is a talk I gave on Brian Bates’ work on the Wyrd – a West European Tradition of Subtle Interconnectedness.
In the so-called “Dark Ages” Western Europe was home to the Anglo-Saxons and Norse. These cultures had great respect for the interconnected web of life that they referred to as “wyrd”. Over the last decades the Western world has imported Eastern concepts such as ch’i which have helped us to rediscover the sacred/hidden dimensions of reality. However, few people know that we had our own native concepts, language and practices for the subtle world. Brian Bates, in his book The Way of Wyrd, brought it to our attention, creating a novel based on an ancient manuscript in the British Library that tells the story of a missionary scribe being sent to discover the ways of the “pagans.”
This talk explores the world of wyrd and how it relates to eastern traditions as well as recent scientific discoveries. It is part of the Merry Musings series with Ubiquity University. If you would like to join the module with the background materials and online discussion group, you can sign up here. For the whole Merry Musings series, see here for more info.
In the so-called “Dark Ages” Western Europe was home to the Anglo-Saxons and Norse. These cultures had great respect for the interconnected web of life that they referred to as “wyrd”. Over the last decades the Western world has imported Eastern concepts such as ch’i which have helped us to rediscover the sacred/hidden dimensions of reality. However, few people know that we had our own native concepts, language and practices for the subtle world. Brian Bates, in his book The Way of Wyrd, brought it to our attention, creating a novel based on an ancient manuscript in the British Library that tells the story of a missionary scribe being sent to discover the ways of the “pagans”. This Merry Musing will explore the world of wyrd and how it relates to eastern traditions as well as recent scientific discoveries.
By the end of this session you should be able to:
- Describe the nature of the Anglo-Saxon and Norse concept “Wyrd”
- Explain the West European perspective on the interconnectedness of life
- Compare Wyrd with other traditions and modern science
This talk gives a summary of Volution Theory and focuses particularly on what I call the Pain and the Promise – the split that happened between humanity and the Earth, and the healing that is required for us to access the subtle realms that will enable us to successfully navigate this transition. It was originally hosted by Puria Kästele for the Conscious Evolution Summit 2020.
[Dutch] Interview in het Nederlands over bewust werken met informatievelden om succesvoller door deze transitie te komen.
Here’s an interview around a question I get asked a lot.
Q. Peter, how do you get so much done? I mean, you are a co-founder at Ubiquity with the university and UbiVerse, you’ve got a new book coming out end of November and two more in the pipeline, you’re teaching three courses this Autumn, you are helping the folks at Broughton with their business strategy, creating an intuition experience centre, you sing in an anglo-celt folk band and are learning the tin whistle, and you’ve just completed the first brew of a herbal ale to protect people from that-which-may-not-be-named-in-case-this-post-is-deleted-by-facebook. To say nothing of being a father to three sporty boys…
A. (pause – at this point I risk succumbing to the fate of the millipede who is asked by the bird how he co-ordinates all his legs at which point he stops to think about it, falls over, and never walks again). Well… I guess the reason I find this so hard to answer is that the question doesn’t fit how I experience it. You see, it doesn’t feel like me doing all that but rather it being done through me.
Q. That sounds a bit hippy-dippy…. What do you mean?
A. Yes, I guess it does, but that is actually how it feels. Life flows through me rather than me trying to run my life.
A. Would scientific language help? It’s like space-time moves through me rather than me moving through space-time. The main difference is that with the former all you can do is be curious whereas in the latter you try to control your destiny. Did you know that linear time is actually a relatively recent way of experiencing reality? The thing is you can’t control your destiny so all you do is get stressed by trying. In the other experience as things flow through you it’s like you attract things that are resonant with your frequency, like you’re a gravity well in the cosmos…
Q. Woah, now you’re getting hippy dippy again. Let’s get grounded here – how do you organise your day?
A. Well, I have a diary in which I put appointments and if they end up staying there I trust they are meant to be there even if I am not quite sure why. I also use a productivity tool called asana where I list my projects and to do’s.
Q. Ok, that sounds more normal. But doesn’t that contradict your whole go-with-the-flow thing?
A. No. In fact it is critical to be able to drop things onto a list as they come in to your mind, so that your mind stays clear and doesn’t keep chasing that thought. You see, the ideas and insights come in through the intuitive channel, and you need to capture them otherwise when you flip back to the rational mind you often lose them. Then you can come back to the things that came through intuitively when you are in your rational doing state.
Q. Don’t you just end up with a huge list of to do’s?
A. Yes, it is pretty long.
Q. How do you decide what to do when, then?
A. I review the list in an intuitive state and notice which items seem to have energy, and prioritise those. Obviously there are also things that just need doing because other people depend on them. You see, there are all sorts of things going on that we can’t know about but that information is there in the information fields. So we just have to trust that what feels right to do next is what needs to happen in the context of the bigger whole – even though we might not rationally understand it. Usually you find out what later on.
Q. That all sounds like a lazy way to just doing the stuff that’s easy and putting off the rest…
A. (laughs) Yes, there is that risk. You do need to be able to distinguish between your ego’s instincts and unattached intuitive knowing. And that comes from disciplined inner work. No way around that…
Q. So, why did you agree to this interview?
A. It came to me while I was soaking in a bath of magnesium salts just now and seemed to have energy to it. I also believe in sharing anything that might be useful to others in navigating these challenging times – which is why I am getting all the books out and teaching the courses now.
Q. Fair enough. Thank you for your time.
A. Sure. You’re very welcome.