Pharoah’s Initiation – Child’s Play

 

Regular flights to Dublin offered creative play opportunities for young children in Ireland whose parents were concerned because of  their child’s communication or behaviour problems. Parents were supported by energy alignment sessions .  On this occasion, a follow up appointment had been booked for Finbar, a little boy I had met on a previous visit.  Children use their play to heal and to gain an understanding of  the thoughts, feelings and images associated with imprinted memory of a  highly charged experience from their current life or perhaps a memory of a past life that has  suddenly surfaced.   Creative play helps the child to find resolution and to make sense of what they are experiencing.

I had hired a room in a hotel in Clonakilty, a few miles from Skibbereen, where Finbar and I had met for the first time.  The room in Donovan’s Hotel was bigger and gave us more scope for creative play. Finbar‘s father, an artist, brought him along to our session. His father looked pale and exhausted because he and his wife had been disturbed by Finbar’s nightmares for the past two weeks, although Finbar couldn’t remember what his dreams were about. If nightmares are not resolved, they can cause fears, insomnia and other problems sometimes lasting into adulthood.

In preparation for our play session I had arranged lengths of gold, silver and rainbow coloured material over a long trestle table at the far end of the room, which fell in colourful pools on the floor.

As soon as his father left the room, Finbar rushed over to the gold material and tried to scoop it up and drape it around his shoulders but there was far too much of it and he complained that it was ‘too heavy’. He excitedly told me that he wanted to  dress up as ‘Lord Pharaoh’ in Egypt because he had seen a programme about Egypt on the television.  Wasting no time, he chose some orange material for an egyptian skirt and found a large piece of red felt for a cloak.  He requested a gold crown but he was satisfied with a length of gold mesh, which I wove around his head like a cap.

After dragging a wooden chair into the centre of the room to be his throne, he created a grid like pattern of material on the floor in indigo, emerald, royal blue, orange and pink which gave the appearance of a large colourful chequer board at the foot of the throne. I told Finbar that in ancient times, the Egyptians used healing sounds in their daily worship and taught him two more chakra tones, the throat tone /OO/to empower his voice and /RA/, the tone that the Egyptians used in praise of their sun god.  We made these tones together and included the sacral orange Tone, /O/ which Finbar had learnt in his previous session .

Creating a pyramid was next on the list and more chairs were required.  Finbar pushed four chairs together back to back, with another chair facing outwards at each corner.  Gold material was draped over the chairs and material in rainbow colours filled in the gaps.  His pyramid looked  very impressive.    He then covered his throne with turquoise chiffon and  arranged pale brown material on the floor to represent sand.  The scene was set and Finbar announced that he was going to crawl through the secret passage under the pyramid to get to the ‘eye of the fire’ which he said was in the centre.  Before he set off, he looked at his creation with a critical eye and proceeded to open up the spaces under the chairs believing the passage was too narrow for him to crawl through.

 To prove he was worthy of being the pharoah, his first test , he said, was to make his way through the tunnels without touching the sides . I watched as he carefully manoevered his way slowly under the chairs until he reached the centre and then he slowly and painstakingly wriggled his way out, by a different route.  Initiation accomplished, he returned to his throne acknowledging the imaginary crowds who were hailing him as king.   He then told me in a very serious and matter of fact voice that if he had failed to crawl through the passage way successfully,  someone else would be made pharoah instead of him.

His next task was to journey to a volcano that spewed molten larva. In preparation, he created the volcano in a corner of the room using orange chiffon to depict the larva and hid under the table, which he said was a cave and would protect him from the heat.  Declaring that blue water would cool the larva, he proceeded to overlay the orange molten larva with blue and then pink silk to dampen the flames.

Truly empowered, he returned to his throne triumphant and smiling, gesturing a hand towards his imaginary subjects, who, he said, were calling out ‘RA’, as he passed.  For his third and final initiation he had to find a shorter route through the pyramid and he accomplished this by making a left turn down an orange tunnel once he had reached the centre.  Our play session was over and Finbar derobed  excitedly telling me about the picture he was going to draw when he got home.

His father was delighted when he saw the pyramid that his son had created and offered to buy him a picture book of Egypt to strengthen his connection to that time.  Before leaving, he mentioned Halloween which would occur the following weekend.  This gave me the opportunity to suggest  that Finbar dress up in a positive costume as a force for good rather than a frightening costume, which would fuel his nightmares and any anxiety.

When I eventually returned to England, I sent Finbar a picture of Archangel Michael,  a symbol of protection and strength in times of distress and suggested that Finbar and his father make the ‘RA’ Tone together. The Bach flower remedy Aspen  would help to alleviate any fears of the unknown .  No further sessions were booked and his parents wrote to tell me that there were no more nightmares.

More play stories from Ireland :  Finbar the Dragon Slayer

                     A Child Remembers a Past Life as Red Beard – the Pirate

 

Walking Back to Happiness

Peter was in his late forties and in residential accommodation  when we met, he had been the youngest child with three older siblings and was reported to have been consistently aggressive and violent towards family members.   Horrifyingly, as a little boy, when Peter exhibited aggressive behaviour he was shut in a cupboard by his father.  At the age of 3 years  his parents sought a place for him in a main stream nursery but he consistently attacked and bullied the other children.  He was subsequently removed from main stream school and placed in a school attached to a large asylum hospital, where he was admitted for weekend respite.  During his stay, Peter continually asked to be taken home.  At the age of 6 years, he was given a permanent placement in this hospital, where he spent many years with little contact from family members because of his spiralling violent behaviour.

At the age of 10 years he was described by hospital staff as a frightened little boywho continually asked to go home.  He craved affection, and continually sought reassurance from hospital staff that he had been good.  Peter was reportedly bullied by older residents and in retaliation he attacked the staff rather than the perpetrator.  When he was 15 years old, his behaviour deteriorated further and during violent episodes he threw tables and smashed windows.

Foster parents were eventually found when Peter was 23  but his time with this foster family was brief because of his violent behaviour towards them.  He was eventually returned to the asylum hospital.  Documentation stated that he required to be in the company of assertive staff members because he ‘stalked vulnerable staff’ and attacked their eyes with his finger nails, if the opportunity arose.  Behaviour deteriorated into self-harming and Peter slapped his own face with his flat hand when frustrated.

In the late 1980s Peter was discharged from the long stay asylum hospital and moved into residential accommodation with 5 other men who were struggling with similar behaviour.  Peter received 24-hour supervision from a committed staff care team.

 Behaviour in Residential Accommodation

  • Peter had violent and aggressive outburst and used his nails to scratch those he attacked.

  • Recorded attacks with his finger nails on the eyes of staff members caused severe injuries.

  • As frustration and anger built, his facial expression changed to a lip curl and a snarl.

  • He was afraid of dogs saying ‘dogs bite. Before his placement in the long-stay hospital, he had lived with his family on a farm and to keep him away from the dogs, his father had told him that dogs bite.

  • Afraid of the dark, he required a light on throughout the night.

  • He does not use names of members of staff.

  • He spends very little time in his own room.

  • Only using single words and two word  phrases  to communicate

His carers made the referral in an attempt to reduce Peter’s stress levels and to teach the staff coping strategies. He needed help to develop his communication and express his feelings in words rather than aggressively acting out his anger and frustration. It was hoped that improving interaction with care staff and helping Peter to make choices would allow him some control over his  life.

Peter’s bedroom was visually over stimulating:

  • Striped multicoloured bed cover in earth colours

  • Flowered chair cover in reds and blues

  • Patterned multicoloured curtains

  • Clutter on all available surfaces

  • Limited cupboard space to store possessions

  • Limited shelf space

  • Dried flowers in the fireplace

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The Talking Tree

In 2015, I documented play sessions with Lesley, a little girl of eight, who, at the age of three had suddenly been removed from the care of her parents because she was thought to be at risk because of their addiction to drugs and alcohol.  Such a traumatic experience would have been emotionally painful for both Lesley and her parents.  In later conversations with Lesley’s mother, she told me that she was given no prior warning that her little girl was being taken away by the authorities and she had no time to explain to Lesley that she would have to leave home immediately with people she didn’t know.  Following this enforced separation, Lesley’s mother plummeted into  dispair, using her drug habit to blot out the pain of what had occurred.  Meanwhile, Lesley had three placements with families in short term foster care but was rapidly removed from her third placement because of suspected physical abuse of a younger child.  Eventually at the age of four,  she was given a long term placement with an aunt.

Having been taken without warning from the only home she had ever known, to be initially placed with with strangers, would have been traumatising for Lesley , strongly impacting her emotional and mental development  and interfering with her cognitive ability to understand and manage overwhelming emotions .  Lesley’s ability to trust and to recognise the emotions and body language of others in her environment would be seriously affected.  For most of us, the memory of a frightening event eventually fades or is transformed over time into something more benign. However, because of the trauma of the event  experienced, many are unable to make such events from their past into the story of something that happened long ago. Feelings surrounding the original experience are therefore spontaneously  triggered in daily life because severe trauma shuts down areas of the brain that are required  to allow us to fully process the experience and separate past from present.   We can only process frightening memories of our experience if they do not overwhelm us. When children fully recall their traumas, they revisit the experience and are engulfed by sensory and emotional elements of the past.

 Fear and a lack of trust inhibit a child’s coping mechanisms. Emotional loss and separation bring feelings of anxiety, anger, sadness or hopelessness.  Hopelessness leads to helplessness and loss of identity and disempowerment.  Until the age of seven years, the brain is primarily a sensory processing machine (Ayres J. 1979). The child senses things and gets meaning directly from their sensations.  If all is well, the child is able to integrate these sensations through moving, talking, playing etc. and these activities provide the groundwork for the more complex sensory integration of reading, writing and positive behaviour.   We are meant to enjoy things that promote development of the brain.  When the child’s energy is affected by fear or threat the child will feel shaky, tearful and vulnerable and any future change can feel threatening.

For the first seven years of life the child is developing and strengthening their personal energy field. This process is dependent on the child’s experiences, their perception of their environment and the thoughts and emotional responses of significant people in their lives. During this early period the child mirrors the emotions of their primary care giver and key adults in their lives and will respond  fearfully to any tension in the environment.  Lesley hid sweets and chocolate in her bedroom and told me that she liked to eat sugary things if she was worried or if she heard grownups arguing.

Trauma impacts on many levels and at the time of our play session, Lesley’s vision was impaired and glasses were prescribed, she had been diagnosed with a conductive hearing loss which affects sound being conducted to her middle and inner ear. When we are severely stressed and anxious our internal balance is disrupted producing high levels of the stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol in the body. This in turn impacts on our ability to see and hear clearly. Lesley was awaiting the insertion of grommets, a procedure where a small tube is inserted into the eardrum in order to keep the middle ear aerated for a prolonged period of time and to prevent the accumulation of fluid in the middle ear.

Where there is an emotional hunger because of earlier deprivation, children may request sugary foods when anxious.  Lesley’s emotional hunger prompted her to conceal biscuits and sweets under her bed in case the need arose.  Contact with her birth mother was intermittent and took place at a pre-arranged destination monitored by social workers. Over time, her experiences prompted an intense fear of change. Feeling threatened by any sort of change would have an impact on  future relationships with a need to control her life so that she was not again caught off guard.

Play Props

Material in rainbow colours in different textures for tent making and dressing up.

The rays of the sun contain seven different colours and each colour vibrates at a specific frequency within the rainbow spectrum.  We are able to feel the vibration of colour as well as see it.   Each colour of the rainbow corresponds to a specific energy centre (chakra) in health.  Introducing rainbow coloured material in different textures offers the child an opportunity to choose the colour and material for the vibration and sensory experience they require.

Folding laundry ladder – to provide a shelter

Bucket

 Play Session

By offering the child a space and providing a few simple props they are able to create a character for themselves and be in their own fantasy world.  This offers the child an opportunity to explore what they need to explore in their own way and at their own pace.

The adult’s role is to observe, wait and listen; to only get involved and take on a role if invited to do so. It is of paramount importance that in the play situation the adult follows the lead of the child and does not try to take the story or the child’s play where they feel it should go or try and hurry it to a conclusion.

Using a folding laundry ladder to provide the basic framework, Lesley made herself a tent and covered it in green, orange and pink silk.  For her costume she chose to be wrapped in pale blue chiffon with a peach ribbon around her waist to hold the material in place.   Finding a place for me to sit, Lesley asked me to be a tree that could talk. Wrapping me in a trunk of brown material, she coiled a swathe of emerald green chiffon around my head to represent the canopy of leaves. Lesley then tied pieces of green silk to my wrists to ‘wave, like branches’ she said.

Lesley disappeared into her house (tent) and after a few moments emerged with the bucket and told the tree that she lived alone in the forest (a feeling of loss and abandonment) but had run out of water (life giving nourishment) and was going with her bucket to look for a stream of clear water at the bottom of the hill.  However, Lesley soon returned looking downhearted because she was unable to fetch water in her bucket, telling the tree that the stream at the bottom of the hill had dried up. (Lesley’s perception of her inability to regain what she had lost.) She sat down next to the tree and asked what she should do. The tree said that where there are trees, there is always water and she would know where to look (offering the child an opportunity for empowerment) After a pause, Lesley told the tree that she would climb to the top of the hill with her bucket and see if she could find some water up there. She disappeared behind the tent and re-emerged excitedly saying that she had filled her bucket with water from a well she had found behind a big stone at the top of the hill.  However, she told the tree that she wanted to keep the well a secret because ‘people robbed her and always stole her things’ ( her perception of the world ).

Lesley asked me to write the story down and read it back to her and when I had finished, she asked me to write.  ‘My story is very good for children 5-6 years old.  Read it and be happy.’  She then drew a picture of her story (see above).

Fun is the child’s word for sensory integration. All children need to play and use their play to make sense of their experiences and to make sense of what is happening around them. Through play, they are able to channel overwhelming feelings and ‘play out’ situations that they feel powerless to resolve.

I later discovered from Lesley’s family that when Lesley was two, prior to being removed from her parents, her birth mother often carried her outside to look at a  tree and together through the seasons, they would look up at the blue sky through the leaves and branches. This tree must therefore have been a very special memory for Lesley and a means of connecting  her to her mother.

Jennifer’s work with children is documented in Sensory Rainbow and Happy Talk, available as free downloads at the Living Memory Research Trust

The Power of Good Vibrations

In 2016, while on a visit to the historic island of Malta, as an enthusiastic toning practitioner I was eager to visit the Hagar Quim Temple Complex.  I waited patiently for an hour in the morning sun for a bus to take me to the village of Qrendi which lies about a mile away from the ancient site.  Hagar Quim (“Ha-jar eem”),  which means “standing “ is a large stone complex built for worship 5000-years ago, between 3600 – 3200 B.C.  It is one of the best-preserved prehistoric temple sites of Malta built from globigerina limestone. Evidence suggests that the ancient civilisation who built Hagar Quim with their stone tools, came from Sicily.  Interestingly, the Ħaġar Qim façade contains the largest stone used in Maltese megalithic architecture, weighing 57 tons. A megalith is a large pre-historic stone that has been used to construct a structure or monument. 

Those who have studied the acoustic properties of  Hagar Quim and other prehistoric sites on Malta,  believe that the frequency of 110 hertz  is engineered into their structures and the enclosed stone rooms reverberated at this frequency.  Buddhists and Hindus chant their mantras in the same frequency of 110 hertz.  Ancient civilisations were aware that this resonant frequency would enhance right brain activity and they used their voices in a specific way to create healing vibrations through toning and chanting, an ancient and powerful method of  healing with the voice. Using the voice in this way is a radical approach to harmonising vibrational frequencies within the brain, the physical body and the electromagnetic (auric) field which surrounds and permeates it.

Chambers at sacred sites were built to harmonise with the resonating frequency of both the Earth and the Universe, holding them together like a ‘sonic glue’.  According to ancient Egyptian texts and more recently confirmed by experienced sound engineers, the King’s Chamber in the great pyramid resonates with the resonant chord of the Earth (a frequency of F sharp), whilst the stone sarcophagus in the King’s Chamber is a corresponding harmonic of that frequency (a frequency of 110 hertz).  Through an alignment process which focuses our intention   on higher streams of consciousness, we are able to  raise our vibration and vocalise tones attuned to specific frequencies.  The toning process harmonises frequencies within the brain to positively alter mood and behaviour.  In times gone by, toning these vibrational frequencies in unison with others, enhanced the harmonics in these ancient purpose built chambers and enabled participants  to shift brain dominance from left to right.  Vocalising in this way induced altered states of consciousness, which, with practice, served a specific purpose in the rites and rituals and facilitated levitation in the initiation ceremonies.

 Sound is simply vibration and many scientists and physicists now accept that existence consists only of vibrations. Therefore, as the ancients knew, if we are made of sound and sound is vibration, we will be able to heal ourselves with the positive use of our own voice. By raising our vibration, we can change the atoms and molecules of our body to enhance our health.

‘When we use our breath to vibrate our vocal cords with specific sounds, we affect the life force of the body and the mind that inhabits the body.’  (Edgar Cayce – 1877-1945, named the father of holistic medicine and the most documented psychic of the 20th century.)

We can apply this understanding today through disciplined spiritual practice.  The Light Voice system of Rainbow Chakra Tones teaches a simple method of alignment through sound.  This Eight Tone system offers self-help healing for the specific purpose of cleansing, balancing and aligning the 7 major chakras (a Sanskrit word meaning ‘wheels’ – energy centres) which link to specific anatomical areas of the body.  The tones  are not just attempting to raise and transform bodily vibrations; when repeated with focused and positive intention, each tone lifts and carries the awareness to higher, more harmonic levels. This process releases emotion from the body and anxiety from the mind.  Toning practice stimulates the energetic pathways and connects the synapses of the neurological system to open up awareness and improve our ability to truly listen to each other . We can then aspire to access the accelerated frequencies of the higher intuitive pathways beyond the cognitive faculties of our lower mind.   A feeling of harmonious connection will bring us closer to being  at one with the ancient wisdom of our forefathers.

A system of planetary tones  offers a system of seven Rainbow Planetary Tones, which correlate with the strata of the Earth.   Through disciplined practice, the sequence of seven tones begin to open and clear the channels linking our physical body to the vibrating energy from the corresponding forces flowing to us from nature and the natural environment and the Universe.  With focus and commitment, this practice will  help us to forge a connection to nature and our surroundings and we will feel better for it.

Many today in a quest for knowledge and information are unwilling to rise above the lower mind which has its place but it is merely mental application, it is not wisdom and will not open our awareness and creative intuitive pathways.

Stress related conflict causes dissonance within the body and this may manifest as tinnitus, an holistic online Tinnitus Clinic, offers a self-help programme combining energy alignment and toning, to eradicate this debilitating disturbance.

Energy alignment and toning practice can provide a beneficial self-help protective mechanism in these turbulent times when  sound frequency is increasingly being used as a weapon with radio wave beaming technology.  We are unable to hear these inaudible frequencies but we can feel them and they have a negative impact on our physical body and our electromagnetic field.

See:  The Living Memory Research Trust website

Spiritual Attunement for Tinnitus Sufferers

This paper updates a study of Tinnitus published in 2016 and demonstrates how client work has evolved.   An international online tinnitus clinic  offers a structured programme of self-help with an element of counselling support.   An alignment tone now replaces the sequence of individual tones initially required for each client.  Where clients are willing to sustain the programme of practice and address underlying causative factors, this method has proved successful in eradicating this debilitating condition.

 INTRODUCTION

 My role within the National Health Service Trust in the north of England was to coordinate and deliver an area wide speech and language therapy service to adults with learning disabilities and children with special needs.    However, exploration into alternative means of expression and an interest in the impact of the voice on health prompted me to leave my profession to train in metaphysics and the principles of healing with the Academy of Spiritual Sciences.  This deepened my understanding of the links between communication and consciousness.   As Principal and senior tutor therapist for the Academy, I established Light Voice, an holistic voice consultancy offering an integrative approach to healing, which combined toning (healing with voice), energy alignment, music and colour.

My work with tinnitus began in 2007 and the goal of my tinnitus research has been to further enhance the potential for healing tinnitus by combining energy alignment with the human voice.   The positive clinical results offer hope in what is currently perceived by the medical profession to be an incurable condition.

WHAT IS TINNITUS?

The Latin word for tinnitus comes from the word ‘tintinare’ which means to make a ringing or jangling sound.   Tinnitus is the sensation of hearing a noise in your ear or head when there is no external cause.   Current statistics show that over 50 million Americans experience some form of tinnitus.   Roughly 20 million people struggle with burdensome chronic tinnitus, while 2 million have extreme and debilitating cases, (American Tinnitus Association).   6 million people in the UK suffer from tinnitus and The British Tinnitus Association revealed in 2018 that the number of people living with this condition is set to increase by more than 500,000 over the next decade.   It is increasingly affecting millions across the globe.

Tinnitus can arise from a wide range of underlying causes and may be triggered by noise pollution, technology, diagnostic scanners, childhood trauma, mental stress or emotional conflict.  Onset is gradual or sudden with intermittent or constant disturbance.

ORTHODOX MEDICINE

 Current medical opinion states that there is no known cure and sufferers are advised to learn to live with what is often a crippling disorder.   Medical research using technology to mask the noise has shown limited and variable response.   This is a symptom not a disease and in metaphysical terms, tinnitus is the manifestation of dissonance (lack of harmony) within the physical body and within the subtle energy anatomy, which relates to our sensory awareness, thought patterns and intuitive faculties.

 HOLISTIC APPROACH

In an holistic approach, the whole person is considered, not just their physical body but their emotional and mental health as well as the spiritual aspect.   It has been proved by science that we are physical bodies enveloped in an electromagnetic field of subtle energy.   The subtle energy system links to the body through an anatomical structure mirroring the physical anatomy.   Recognised for thousands of years and referred to by many names including chi or prana, it is the life force which animates the physical body and when it withdraws, death ensues.   Mapped since ancient times, a highly complex network of meridian channels act as a transport system to disseminate this subtle energy throughout the body.  An holistic approach is based on an understanding of energy and vibration , with its impact on our ability to listen as well as its impact on health.

The Human Energy Field

The human body emits a multidimensional electromagnetic field composed of vibrational waves or frequencies.  These frequencies correspond to our cognitive thought processes and our sensory perception, each of which influence physiology and anatomical function.

Coherence

Energy waves transmit information to every part of the body, reflecting our thoughts and feelings.  Thoughts and emotions affect not only our own energy system but also others around us in profound ways.  By aligning to positive frequencies, we are able to correct any imbalance within the field.

The Action of Light and its Effect on the Body

Light waves vibrate at specific frequencies measured as nanometres (nm) a unit of length in the metric system, resonating with effect at the cellular level.

The Impact of Voice

Fabien Mama, a French musician-acupuncturist together with a scientist, researched the effects of the human voice on cells in the laboratory.  Red blood cells were shownto radiate with inner light and to alter in size and shape.   Alfred Tomatis a French otolaryngologist studied the human voice and its impact on health, stating that we hear the human voice more than any other sound and it provides the best nourishment for the brain.

TONING 

Toning is a powerful and ancient method of healing with the voice.  Using the voice in this focused way, energises the brain and stimulates and regenerates the central nervous system to activate our own self -healing mechanism.  The healing process sends acoustic stimulation to every part of the body, triggering a plethora of internal sensations that turn the body into a vibrating instrument.  The toning process is non-invasive but effective in its action. 

Toning Process

Specific sound syllables combining consonants and vowels, create tones of healing vibrations which stimulate the neural pathways.  In this way, toning harmonises irregular and dissonant vibrations by attuning the signal to higher frequencies which act as a magnet to align and harmonise the vibratory field.  This process of attunement recharges the ear by releasing inner tensions which facilitates neural connections.  Toning provides nourishment for the brain, dispelling anxiety through simple vocal techniques.

The action of toning releases emotional distress from the meridian network by creating a resonance of sound which ripples through the subtle energy to dispel emotions from the body and release anxiety from the mind.  It draws upon the body’s natural inbuilt systems of self-healing to strengthen and balance the electromagnetic field and invigorate energetic flow.  If we can reduce tension and balance the pressure within the middle ear we facilitate the transduction process, when electrical signals are transmitted to the auditory cortex.  A structured and monitored programme of energy alignment and a specific alignment tone, instils positive feelings which enhance the healing process.

Mental Clarity

Toning allows adjustment and attunement to higher frequencies beyond the cognitive faculties, clarifying perception, assisting positive choices, effecting change and behaviour.

We are Bound by Our Beliefs.

Toning impacts memory via the limbic system.  Memory is based in experience which forges belief systems which influence perception and behaviour.  The new science of epigenetics demonstrates the link between belief, intention and biological processes.

Ancient Medicine

The use of the voice in toning has a positive neurophysiological effect, creating resonant harmonics used since ancient times by many cultures to open a gate to different planes of conscious awareness.  According to ancient Persian medicine, the sense of hearing is above all other senses and is connected to memory, intellect, knowledge and higher faculties.  Trained mystics of the East, worked in practical ways with sound, they believed that the sound of /ah/ stimulates the heart centre because the vibratory frequency of the letter /a/ radiates a feeling of sympathy, power and magnetism.  The vowel sound of /ee/gives a clear sound and feeling and /ee/ vibrates up the nasal septum and stimulates the root of the pineal gland.  (Chisti H 1991) In the human body the pineal gland links to higher states of consciousness.  Indigenous people believed the human voice to be the best instrument and the most effective for healing.

ENERGY FIELD ALIGNMENT

Toning is more effective when combined with energy alignment.  Alignment is the process of converting subtle energies into biochemical formulas to heal and regenerate.  It promotes overall health by boosting the function of the immune system.  The emerald alignment which is a transformative process is based on the principle that energy follows thought.  Through repeated practice of this alignment, healing emerald light is absorbed into the auric field.

The recommended Emerald Alignment exercise, if practised on a daily basis, energises the body systems and has a positive and lasting effect.  The emerald alignment focuses upon a specific wavelength visible to the human eye.  The colour of emerald green is in the mid frequency of the visible spectrum and corresponds to the matter element i.e. nature and the natural world of grass and trees.

In energetic terms the higher emerald green frequency equates with coherence, where everything fits together in a unified whole.  Emerald green is the interface between the material and the non-material elements.  Evidential research has statistically proved that the colour of emerald raises the vibration of the physical body.  All atoms have magnetic properties due to the spinning action of the atom’s electrons and will therefore magnetise to an accelerated frequency.

It is a principle of healing that energy follows thought, therefore where we put our attention is key.  Focusing on the accelerated frequency of emerald green aligns our atoms and molecules to coherence, balance and harmony.  The spine is the core and central conduit for this energy.  As we focus on the anatomical structure of the body we are linking body, mind and spirit, fusing subtle energy with the matter of the physical body.  Through this process, the higher frequencies of vibration (energy) are downloaded, they flow from the crown of the head to the feet to ensure that the energy is grounded and earthed.  Thus, the higher and lower frequencies are integrated and a transformative process begins.

Strengthening the Personal Field

The human energy field is oval in shape and the emerald alignment exercise is completed by focusing attention to the outer rim (approximately at arms-length).  Focusing attention to the boundary of the personal field i.e. to the intuitive band strengthens coherence and integrity.  The higher frequency of the colour blue correlates with the higher mental intuitive faculties and is usedto seal this field.  This is effective but temporary and should be repeated at intervals. (Lamb C 2017)

TINNITUS STUDY

Where clients are willing to sustain the programme of practice, address underlying causative factors and make the lifestyle changes required, this method has proved successful in eradicating this debilitating condition.  However, the study also demonstrates that some clients are unable to alter their negative beliefs about their tinnitus i.e. the belief that whatever methods they try, their tinnitus will remain the same because there is no known cure.  Low expectations and negative thought processes inhibit success because actions follow thoughts and belief.

 Evaluation of a 6-week Healing Programme of Toning and Energy Alignment

2015 Research Group1: 10 Clients with Tinnitus

 

2016 Research Group 2: 14 clients with Tinnitus

 

Evaluation

The programme required commitment to sustain the disciplined toning and energy alignment practice on a daily basis and there was a requirement to make lifestyle changes to reduce stress levels.  All clients who completed the programme experienced a sustained improvement or their symptoms were eradicated.

Positive Indicators

  • Willingness to engage in a disciplined practice

  • Belief that the condition could be eradicated

  • Personal empowerment

Of those who failed to complete the programme, none took part for more than 7 days.

Negative Indicators

  • Impatience

  • Reluctance to engage in a structured programme

  • Unwillingness to address the need for change

Patterns of Resistance

Toning impacts at both the physical and the subtle energy levels and may ignite subconscious patterns of resistance.  Cognitive neurological processes involved in interpreting experience can conflict with the intuitive processes which resonate at a higher frequency.  An over analytical mind can be an initial impediment to progress.  Intention is not connected to thinking or rationalising, an analytical mind cannot help where there is mental conflict.  There is a need to let go of mental control and trust the process in order to achieve optimum results

Sustaining the programme is an act of faith.

Safeguarding

Where there is a history of mental health issues, abuse or addiction, it may be advisable to begin with emerald alignment only to strengthen the subtle energy field in preparation for the toning programme.

 TESTIMONIAL

‘When I initially got tinnitus in my right ear (very high pitched ringing), I tried everything from prednisolone, HBOT (hyperbaric oxygen therapy), ginkgo biloba, neurology medicines all within the 4-6 week onset period. I am sure some of it helped reduce the tinnitus volume in my right ear but nothing like the results I have achieved through the Light Voice program.  Jennifer offers a holistic approach that not only helps you tackle your tinnitus but also works on your old negative belief systems that are underpinning your tinnitus recovery.  I have been able to change my belief system and perception towards life that in turn has made me a much more relaxed person to a degree I didn’t think could be reached so simply and effectively.  Those who have known me for years notice the change in me and my overall life has improved.  This approach works not only for tinnitus but also for other life issues that you may want to address.’  Y Malik. India

CONCLUSION

This programme does not work when:

  • The client over thinks in an effort to maintain control

  • Where there is reluctance to commit to a disciplined practice.

  • Where the client is not yet ready to acknowledge inherent causative factors

  • Where there is a reluctance to accept personal responsibility for choice and change.

For those willing to set aside conditioned beliefs, the Toning and Alignment Programme offers personal empowerment through self-help, enabling the individual to take responsibility for their future health, safe in the knowledge that they have the tools to manage any recurrence with or without recourse to a therapist.

Research papers are available for further reading

Here are details of the online  Tinnitus Clinic at  Living Memory Research Trust

 

 

 

 

Bring My Daddy Back

In my previous blogs about my work with children,  I have emphasised my belief that when children are given an opportunity to direct their play without adult control, they are more likely to tap into their own unique self-healing mechanism and direct their play in a way that would give them the healing they needed at that time.  In play therapy it was my job to accept the choices the children made and to trust and allow the play to unfold in its own way, while offering my attention without judgement to enable the children to move to the next stage. My involvement in their play was by invitation only.

One February, while working at a Children’s Centre, I had a telephone call from the mother of two little girls, Jessica aged four and Annabelle aged six, after the recent death of their Daddy, her husband.  He had sadly  passed away after a long and harrowing  terminal illness.  She needed help  for her daughters and was desperately wanting help for her girls, refusing counselling for herself because she was ‘afraid of the thoughts that would flood in.’

Jessica and Annabelle  brought  CDs of their favourite songs to our play sessions to provide a musical backdrop to their play.  The familar music gave comfort and reassurance.   Their mother waited with a cup of tea in an adjacent room.  Initially, at intervals throughout our play sessions, Jessica ran out of the room to her mother to check that she was still there.

My play props were simple, I had a large box of lengths of coloured silk and other material for dressing up which would provide costumes.  On this particular day, I  was prompted to take with me  a small bunch of snow drops picked from the garden, (it was February) and a sparkly gold star on a silken thread.  In our play session both girls said they wanted to be princesses and eagerly rummaged through the box of material  to find colours for their princess costume.  Annabelle’s choice for a  princess skirt was vibrant red, a colour symbolic of strength and power and palest pink, resonating with the higher vibration of the heart.  A length of gold material, denoting royalty and a high frequency of vibration was chosen for the bodice.  Jessica wanted to wear the same colours as her older sister and fortunately there was enough material for both girls. I wrapped them in the silken material and held their costumes together with lengths of coloured cord.  Annabelle then proceeded to spread out a length of  blue material  in the centre of the room, which she said was a lake ( water in play equates with emotion )…..   I watched and waited for their story to unfold.

Annabelle again took the lead and asked for the small table in the corner of the room to be placed in the middle of the lake and Jessica readily agreed .  They needed help to lift it and together we placed the table in the centre of the blue material.  I asked if the table should be under the water at the bottom of the lake or floating on top of it.  I was told that it was floating on top.  As princesses, the two girls  hand in hand, decided to go for a stately walk around the lake and then Annabelle pointed to the table in the middle, as if seeing it for the first time

After a brief conversation to decide what they should do, they both waded into the pretend lake and together dragged the table out.  With imaginary cloths, they dried the table and then Jessica suggested that they polish the table to make it shiny.  They both polished the table vigorously and when I asked what happens next, Annabelle told me that rubbing the table makes a Genie come out to talk to them. I didn’t question this surprising event loosely based on Aladdin and when Annabelle asked me to dress up as the Genie of the table, I  readily agreed to join in.

Without prompting and in great excitement, Jessica chose some emerald green material for me to wrap myself in and   Annabelle authoritatively told me that as the Genie I was supposed to grant them a special wish.  In my recollection, the Genie granted  three wishes but I didn’t argue and was happy to settle for one wish.  In my best deep Genie voice, I offered to grant the girls their wish.  Without a pause, Annabelle said ‘Bring my Daddy back.’  Jessica enthusiastically nodded . When I asked where they thought their Daddy was, Annabelle with a serious face, told me that Daddy had gone to a  Golden Land.   I asked the girls what we should do  (they had now fully  involved me in their play as the Genie) , both girls said that they wanted to go there to find him and ask him to come back. We looked at travel options and the most exciting  suggestion was to fly to the Golden Land on a magic carpet.

The little princesses chose a length of pink and orange silk to represent the magic carpet. We also took a pretend picnic and juice in case we were hungry. When we arrived in the Golden Land I suggested that the Genie should go and look for their Daddy and the princesses should have their picnic and then go to sleep because they must be tired after the long journey.  This they did. On my return, as the Genie, I told them that although Daddy wasn’t able to come back he had sent a message to say that he loved Annabelle and Jessica very much and would always be able to hear his girls when they talked to him. A special present would be  waiting for  each of them when they returned from their journey.  There were some little white flowers for Annabelle to remind her that she could always talk to flowers and Daddy would be there listening to what she was saying.  She could talk to him in this way. A gold star was waiting for Jessica to remind her of the Golden Land, Daddy would be in the stars and she could talk to her gold star and the stars in the sky and Daddy would always listen to what she had to say.

The two girls liked this story and wanted to tell their Mummy, who was waiting patiently in the next room. It’s always important for children to  de role after imaginary play sessions to remind them of their true identity. With this in mind, we turned off the music and carefully put our costumes away in the box and we folded up the blue lake and the flying carpet. The girls fetched their Mummy from the adjacent room and we  sat down together  and they each told her their version of the story, which brought tears to her eyes.  I suggested that before I saw the girls again, they each draw a picture at home of their story .  After singing our goodbye song together, the girls went home happily with their white flowers and golden star.

Names have been changed to protect confidentiality.

Jennifer work is presented on the Living Memory Research Trust  website

Jennifer’s teaching manuals are offered as free downloads in the hope that they will inspire and encourage personal empowerment.

Also read : Fairytales, Astrology, Enchantment in Relation to Child Directed Creative Play

Simple Pleasures

We all, whether young or old, able bodied or disabled, intellectually impaired or with the capacity to function in all aspects of physical life, have the ability to find a purpose and to reach a fuller potential if we are able to connect to the intuitive pathways beyond our cognitive faculties.

We can accomplish this by engaging in a pleasurable, creative activity. In this way we feel love in action which stimulates the creative, intuitive aspects of the right hemisphere of our brain.  It is proven that simple enjoyment creates a chemical reaction which impacts on our cellular and neurological systems.

To understand the process, let’s look at the fundamental differences between orthodox medicine and holistic healing.

Orthodox medicine recognises the anatomy of the physical body with the aim of restoring mobility, function and health by focusing on the symptom or disorder and endeavouring to effect a cure.   An holistic approach requires an understanding of the person as a whole (mind, body and spirit) with the requirement to trace back to the event or experience which preceded the discomfort or dis-order and to explore the associated thoughts and feelings which  led to the manifestation of the symptom. With this understanding, an energy alignment will rebalance the energy.

To deepen our awareness, it would be helpful to have a basic understanding of the subtle energy system which envelops and nourishes the physical body and is beyond the auspices of the brain.  Some may recognise this system as the aura or auric field which ancient, indigenous people have known about for thousands of years.   This life giving subtle energy , also known as chi or prana, enlivens the body and without which death ensues.

Subtle Energy System

This is a complex, multidimensional field, where Light is transmitted as stepped down frequencies . The subtle energy system mirrors the anatomical structure of the physical body system and is composed of atoms and molecules that have magnetic properties . Our personal electromagnetic field is now proven by science.  Ancient people, with a deeper understanding, mapped this life giving energy as it was disseminated throughout the body by a transport system of meridian channels and major major and minor chakras which metabolise energy flow.

Our personal electromagnetic (auric) field is  comprised of  vibrating bands or layers of frequencies  corresponding to our thoughts and feelings.  The nature of our thoughts and feelings, whether positive or negative, has the ability to enhance the flow of this subtle energy or to intercept it.  Intercepted energy flow from a negative source, eventually leads to discomfort, dis-order and dis-ease in the physical body. We have possibly heard of the Epictetus quote ? ‘It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters’ because according to stoic philosophy, external events are beyond our control; therefore we should accept calmly and dispassionately whatever happens. 

Neuroscience has proved that emotions alter brain chemicals and we can therefore affect our brain chemistry by what we are thinking and feeling .  This is because every thought and emotional response has a particular vibratory frequency that creates a chemical reaction. See Molecules of Emotion by Candace Pert who was an American neuroscientist and pharmacologist

Higher Intuitive Aspects

 A higher intuitive band corresponding to our intuitive faculties bridges the gap between our personal electromagnetic (auric) field and the higher frequencies beyond. The right and left hemispheres of the brain are linked to these higher frequencies of consciousness via the crown of the head and with intention and focus, we are able to download  these accelerated frequencies to enhance and deepen our own spirituality and awareness.

Through this process, we send a positive impulse first to our heart and secondly to the  right hemisphere of the brain. This triggers our self- healing mechanism.  We all have the ability to access these higher intuitive pathways  to create a chemical reaction that has a lasting and positive effect on our lives.

How do we access these higher frequencies?

For the Child

We can stimulate this self-healing process for our children or grandchildren through the enjoyment of simple pleasures. These may take the form of a walk through the woods, nurturing and supporting a child’s sporting skill,  singing favourite songs, listening to music, painting or drawing, or reading a bedtime story.

These activities, however brief, make such a difference to a child who may be anxious and in need of attention. It fosters shared communication and a closer parent child relationship which strengthens the child emotionally, mentally and spiritually .  Endeavouring to cope with the turmoil of everyday life at home or at school, can be overwhelming to a child. A bedtime story also helps the child who may have impaired speech and language skills because it improves listening and encourages verbal expression in a relaxed and loving atmosphere.

For the Adult

The enjoyment of simple pleasures as outlined above, would be enhanced by sustained, daily practice of energy alignment .

Energy alignment practice rebalances cellular function and stimulates positive cell to cell communication within our physical body and our subtle energy system.  When we feel happy and harmonious we instinctively express ourselves in a positive way, which alters our brain chemistry .  Alignment gives immediate access to a transformative experience which opens up the creative intuitive pathways beyond the brain.

Below is the recommended Emerald Alignment method, which is a specific action of light.

Useful links

CDs produced by amadeusproject.co.uk:

Emerald Alignment Track on Musical Medicine CD

Musical Magic CD  –  a collaboration between composer Michael Kowalski and myself , which offers an energy alignment story set to music for children to encourage peaceful sleep and a track of nursery rhymes with sound effects for an enjoyable shared experience.

Clinical Research  at the Living Memory Research Trust

Fairytales, Astrology and Enchantment in Relation to Child Directed Creative Play

This is an excerpt from an article written in collaboration with  Sandra Lamb Kilburn, a medical astrologer whose work enhances  applied clinical practice at the Living Memory Research Trust .

The article explores astrological psychology and specific astrological chart indicators.  A detailed case study of child directed creative play sessions demonstrates their application in a therapeutic setting.  The child’s astrological chart indicates key personality traits which could be matched to the trials and tribulations that beset the leading characters within the fairytale of Cinderella. Insights gained from this exploration together with an understanding of the symbolism of fairytales offers healing opportunities, where the child leads the therapist through a personal interpretation of the fairytale, Cinderella.

Fairytales are as old as mankind itself and in all cultures, people have shared stories from generation to generation.  As metaphors for the growth of the soul, fairytales have spiritual significance and meaning and reflect our personal journey of life on earth.  (Wilhelm H 2015) They are not stories of rational behaviour but are symbolic of deep psychological, moral and spiritual messages to the soul to guide it on its journey through the trials it will face during its physical life experiences.  Through their experiences the characters in the fairytales demonstrate the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual pressures the soul will encounter during its contact with the material world; this acts as a guide to help the individual to navigate the tests and trials experienced during physical life.  (Jung C 1996)

Astrological Psychology and the Symbolism of Fairytales

Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, Carl Jung, was deeply interested in mythology, religion and fairytales.  After studying medicine at Basel University in 1900, he graduated with an M.D. from Zurich University in 1902.  Paranormal experiences in his childhood led him to delve into the mysteries of the psyche (the soul) which resulted in his incorporating astrology and psychology into his studies.

The origins of archetypes appear to go back to the Greek philosopher Plato, who believed that pure mental forms were imprinted in the soul prior to birth.  He developed the idea that archetypes are the original models in the non-physical world and that physical forms are copies of these pure thought forms.  Carl Jung furthered the concept of psychological archetypes (metaphysical ideas of the nature of reality beyond physical existence) which were influenced by Plato’s ideas.  Jung formulated four major categories of archetypes; the animus/anima, the self, the shadow and the persona, which are archetypes that feature in fairytales.  Jung believed that at the unconscious level i.e. everything that is not at the conscious level of awareness, everyone retains understanding of human experiences and this creates a collective knowledge, which he called the collective unconscious.  Jung put forward the idea that a group experience takes place on a lower level of consciousness than the experience of an individual.  This is due to the fact that when many people gather together to share one common emotion, the total psyche emerging from the group is below the level of the individual psyche, stating that ‘If it is a very large group, the collective psyche will be more like the psyche of an animal, which is the reason why the ethical attitude of large organisations is always doubtful.  The psychology of a large crowd inevitably sinks to the level of mob psychology.  If, therefore, I have a so-called collective experience as a member of a group, it takes place on a lower level of consciousness than if I had the experience by myself alone.’  (Jung C 1991)

To read the full paper go to Academia.edu

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Little Drummer Boy

Sam was eight years old with a diagnosis of Down’s syndrome. He attended a local primary school and received daily help from his support assistant within the classroom.  His limited understanding meant that he expressed himself using single words only.  To help him communicate, he had been taught from the Makaton Signs and Symbols Communication System which uses speech with signs (gestures) and symbols (pictures) to aid communication.   Sam’s mother had asked for my help because Sam’s interaction wasn’t improving, adding to his other difficulties.  She also mentioned that Sam was now refusing to walk along an area of path on his way to school, where he had previously fallen down.

Sam’s father was unwell and often at home, battling depression. Sam’s mother had given birth to Sam in her early forties, the daily demands of caring for a child with special needs left her physically exhausted. Although a trained dancer, she felt she lacked any joy in her life having also recently lost her own mother to a terminal illness.  In an effort to control Sam’s behaviour, No’, ‘Stop’ and ‘Don’t’, were words she regularly used before picking up items that he repeatedly threw to the floor.

The innovative work of the Living Memory Research Trust is based upon the belief in the continuity of the soul and its journey through lives.  Our colleague, a consultant astrologer and numerologist focuses upon medical astrology (Iatromathematics) and the psychological and spiritual aspects of the soul journey.  This innovative work provides insights into current relationship issues related to previous experience of shared lives together. I have found this to be invaluable guidance, when searching for the optimum approach to specialised therapy.  In this instance, I requested a chart for both Sam and his mother.

Sam’s astrological chart indicated that he and his mother were opposites in many respects and could therefore learn much from each other as each had the ability to ‘free the other’s spirit.’  The chart indicated that his mother would be able to teach her son to be practical and to take responsibility for his physical needs and he would help her to relax and ‘lighten up’ to enable her to find some joy in life.  She had feelings of self-doubt which limited her ability to achieve, putting duty before pleasure, Sam on the other hand, was an ‘optimist with an innate faith in life’.  He ‘needed adventure with a desire to soar, intellectually and spiritually.’  Sam’s ‘light touch’ could stop his mother from worrying and his mother’s realism would temper his enthusiasm.  However, there was a danger that his mother’s seriousness and inflexibility would limit Sam’s ability to progress.  To avoid this happening, their joint charts indicated that they were required to work creatively together.

Information in the chart indicated that Sam would respond positively to singing, jungle images and drums. This could easily be incorporated into his play sessions, as a reminder of the strength of positive memories from previous incarnations.

 Therapy

Therapy for Sam was partly focused on encouraging his mother in the use of positive language e.g. to invite Sam to do what she wanted him to do rather than to use negative words such as ‘don’t’, ’stop’ and ‘no’. For example, to first gain Sam’s attention by saying his name and then when she had gained his attention, to make her request e.g.  ‘Sam, put the cup on the table’ rather than ‘don’t throw the cup on the floor’ and ‘Sam, please walk’ instead of shouting ’Stop running.’

To inhibit Sam’s habit of throwing objects on the floor, I suggested that his mother put her hand over Sam’s hand and then together they were to pick up whatever he had thrown on the floor, ignoring his resistance.  By repeating this ‘hand over hand’ action each time he threw something, I assured her that Sam would eventually tire of making extra work for himself and would stop throwing things.  It was also a demonstration for him that his mother was in charge not he and this method proved very effective.

We tackled Sam’s remembered fear of a previous fall by distracting him.   As he and his mother set off for school, his mother sang action songs and appropriate nursery rhymes as he approached the area that caused him concern.  This encouraged him to keep moving and before long, he had replaced the trauma incident with a happy memory of the sing-along- journey to school.

Specific vocal tones based on the Rainbow Chakra Toning System were practised at home and in our play sessions.  Using his voice in this way to make sounds rather than words improved his overall confidence.  The action of toning impacts positively on cellular processes and on the neurological system and daily practice began to improve Sam’s ability to process his thoughts and express himself through words rather than gestures.

The sacral tone /O/ (as in home) was used to strengthen Sam’s voice and stimulate left brain neurological connections, improving social interaction and communication which helped him to relate to other children in the classroom.  Toning is an ancient and powerful method of healing with the voice.  It provides a means of creative expression through simple vocal techniques to create specific sounds.  Focused toning can alter the molecular structure of our bodies and the vibration of the space around us, triggering our own self-healing mechanism.  Each tone within this toning system corresponds to a specific chakra (energy centre) and a specific colour, creating a rainbow of colour and sound to strengthen and balance the auric field.  The sacral tone resonates with the vibratory frequency of the colour orange; together we made an orange tent from a clothes airer covered in orange material for Sam to sit under while making his tone.

Singing, drumming and finding jungle images were incorporated into our play session and encouraged at home.  Sam’s mother responded well to the suggestion that she should dance to Sam’s drumming.  As she danced to his drum beat, Sam was shown the positive impact of his actions. Their relationship improved as they laughed together and this empowered both mother and son and helped to redress the balance of control in their relationship.

The Emerald Alignment a self help method of aligning the subtle energy field was practised by Sam’s mother at home in the morning and evening, this improved her sleep, enabling her to cope with the stresses of daily life.

The Emerald Alignment for Children also played an important role at the beginning and end of Sam’s play sessions, I hung a swathe of emerald green material from the ceiling as a visual prompt.  Before he was taken through the emerald alignment process, Sam always chose to sit on the emerald green material where it fell in a pool on the floor.

As a result of his play sessions, Sam became more aware of his surroundings and because of our turn taking activities, his teacher reported that he was beginning to share and cooperate in activities at school. His mother had pulled back from anticipating her son’s daily needs and he was now dressing and toileting himself. Regularly drumming to a rhythm improved Sam’s ability to listen and his ability to identify specific speech sounds when spoken to.  This in turn improved the clarity of his own speech because we can only reproduce what we hear.

Sadly, Sam’s parents moved from the area and we were unable to continue our sessions but this work was instrumental in illustrating for me the value of  medical astrology  in assisting the therapeutic process.

Information on the Rainbow Chakra Tones can be found on the Living Memory Research Trust website

Further informationrelating to therapy with children is available on this link on the Living Memory Research Trust website 

Jennifer can be contacted at Email: jennifer.warters@lightvoice.org.uk

 

Fly Me To The Moon

 

One wet Saturday afternoon in Scotland, several years ago, my four year-old grandson and I  spent the morning exploring the towpath on the Polwarth canal bank in Edinburgh.  I was ‘baby sitting’ while my son and his wife took a much needed over night break . Undeterred by the weather, Fin and I shared an easy lunch of  yesterday’s lasagne and  went into the living room to play. The previous day, on my arrival, Fin had asked if we could make a rocket to go to the moon and having talked about the requirements, we went in search of  the basic framework for the craft.  Eventually, we found two wicker basket chairs in a bedroom and with difficulty, carried them downstairs .  I tipped them towards each other, which left a seating space in the middle for the self-selected astronaut.  Meanwhile, in the kitchen, Fin had found an empty giant packet of soap powder to cut up to make fins and a control panel. Unfortunately,  when carrying the box into the room, he had powdered the carpet with the remains of its contents… it looks like ‘moon dust’, I said . Relieved by my positive response , he went in search of scissors.  I  followed his instruction to cellotape flat pieces of card to cover gaping holes in the side of the craft.  We folded cardboard to provide a control panel and Fin drew three circles to represent the dials before cellotaping it in place. + Read More

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