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Lawa Hilltribe

Posted by on Sep 19, 2012 in Spiritual Journey | 0 comments

On what turned out to be our longest travel day during our recent visit to the North Thai Hilltribes our group swapped our comfortable 10 seater van for a four wheel drive Nissan Patrol and headed off towards the Lawa village of Chang Mor, high in the hills above Hod, Chiang Mai Thailand. Chang Mor village is home to Lawa people, once more prosperous, and numerous, and living more on the plains around Chiang Mai they were pushed some centuries ago into the mountains south of Chiang Mai by one of the Thai Kings. They certainly inhabited parts...

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Listen to Your Heart

Posted by on Jul 12, 2012 in Personal Spirituality | 0 comments

Listening to your heart, Finding who you are, is not simple. It takes time for the chatter to quiet down. In the silence of not doing, We begin to know what we feel. If we listen and hear what is being offered, Then anything in life can be our guide. Listen. — Author...

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Red Lahu Merit Day

Posted by on Jun 13, 2012 in Spiritual Journey | 0 comments

One of the villages we visit as a part of our North Thai Healers journey is a Red Lahu (Lahu Nyi) village. Our visit is timed to coincide with the Full moon so that we are able to share in an important village ceremony. Lahu believe in worldly spirits called “Ne” and an inner soul which they call “Aw Ha”. For health and survival, they appeal to two deities; a supreme one they call “G’ui Sha”, who created the heavens, and his wife, “Ai Ma” (great mother), who created the earth. Their roots go back to the mountains of southwest...

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Finding Spiritual Direction

Posted by on Mar 29, 2012 in Spiritual Retreat | 2 comments

It was over ten years ago now that I was personally in a bad space. I thought at the time that my life had ended. It had in a way. I had seperated from my wife of 19 years, divorce imminent, I had resigned from my job of 12 years feeling burnt out and had no idea what I was going to do for work, and I had discovered, to my chagrin, that many “friends”, some of whom were very close, had bailled out on me. I was no longer useful to them or theirs, nor was my new status as a single mature soon to be divorved male fit into many of...

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