Peace is not complicated… Just deeply beautiful

Where is peace to be found? Where is harmony to be fully experienced? And when will we ever ‘get there’?

How about right now?

Where is your attention in this moment? Is it in thought (which is often so compelling that we often do not even realise that we are thinking), or is your attention in a deeper place – in your body, in your sense of feeling, of being, of present-moment awareness, free of thought?

You see, often we find that we are thinking about peace rather than simply feeling it, experiencing the sense of inner spaciousness and harmony that comes from relaxing our body and moving our attention into our physical sense of presence.

There is only this moment, and in this moment you are either experiencing harmony or you are not. You can feel this for yourself. Is there tension within you right now, or do you feel calm and balanced? Is your breathing shallow and irregular, or is it flowing as it should? This moment is the only access point to the harmony and peace that we all wish to experience.

Thinking usually creates tension and disharmony within our being, and if you watch you will see this. If you notice that thoughts have created disharmony, you are easily able to restore harmony, simply by taking the time to relax your body and breathe fully and naturally. It is not complicated. Only thinking about matters makes them appear complicated. This is why we need to remember to be practical – to come back to our body, to its relaxation and harmony, where we are always guaranteed to find peace.

So now let’s come back to an awareness of this moment. You have a simple choice right now (and in every moment). To choose thinking – as we often do unconsciously – or to consciously move your attention into your body, into feeling your bodily presence, and the sense of inner space and freedom which exists there. We do this by becoming aware of our breathing and relaxing our body.

Thinking only keeps us stuck on the superficial level of being – a conceptual approximation of reality – whereas feeling takes us out of thought and into our present moment experience of reality – an much deeper, richer and enjoyable experience.

Here you become aware of what is going on within you, the inner degree of harmony or disharmony, the energy of your life-force as it flows through your body. It is only here where we can truly feel a sense of harmony, peace and even the ecstasy of simply being alive! It is not fuelled by thought, it is fuelled by your attention being present in your body. This is what joy is. It is the vibrant flow of energy through the cells of your body, unencumbered by the heaviness and disharmony which thought creates.

This is why physical activity is so important to us, because it makes us feel healthy and strong. It brings us into our body, and we feel and experience what life is about, rather than endlessly thinking about it.

It is the same with food. Certain foods fuel this body-awareness – like vegetables for example (especially green ones) which are very grounding, mineralising and nourishing for our cells. In stark contrast, sugary foods (even natural sweeteners & dried fruit) give us a different energy, an energy that more feeds the mind, and fuels thought. A more unstable energy.

Experiment for yourself. Be aware – after each food you eat – of the energy which it has given you. Green vegetables have a very balancing and calming energy, which we feel in our body. It is a very harmonious and pleasant energy. Sweet foods however have a very different energy. It is often quite volatile, fractious and ungrounding. You can see this in children. Sweet foods almost guarantee mood swings and sometimes aggression, as the sugar leaves the child’s blood stream. Balancing vegetables and non-sweet fruits (avocados, cucumber, tomatoes etc.) do not do this. We can never blame a child when they are merely expressing the energy of the food which they have just consumed. We are exactly the same.

Alcohol is an extreme example of this. Sometimes we see violent behaviour in those who are in the grip of alcoholism, and this is because it’s just the way excessive alcohol consumption has on the body. A ‘good person’ can seemingly become a ‘bad person’ just as a result of what they have consumed. The body just expresses the energy of what we put into it.

Sometimes we think “I am depressed” or “I am angry” and so on, but it is often just the energetic effect of what we are eating. Like eating a lot of heavy or cooked foods, for example, is likely to bring our mood down, and our energy levels. Whereas eating more raw food – fruits, salads, smoothies & juices etc. – will naturally lift our mood, make us feel more energised, more naturally positive and cheerful. If you watch, you will see this very clearly.

Deep peace is only to be found in the body. It emanates from our heart and we feel it flow through our body, especially when we are relaxed. And when our heart relaxes – and it is most vital that it does so – we remember the wonderful depth of feeling that we are always capable of – the depth that we simply cannot access when stuck on the level of thought.

We cannot underestimate the importance of relaxation, and everyone knows this. Yet still we make life difficult for ourselves by voluntarily creating tension and stress within our body.

For example, have you ever tried drinking coffee and then trying to relax, to be calm? It is the same with sugar. We simply create stress for ourselves, and when there is stress in our body, the mind becomes more active, and starts to direct proceedings. We make more rash decisions, we become less sensitive to the people around us, we lose our patience more easily. These things happen simply because we are not grounded and balanced – not in a harmonious state of being. It is very simple.

We simply need to make wiser choices – choices that nourish and support the grounded, balanced and harmonious energy that we all enjoy, which in turn nourishes and supports us to lead a more peaceful, compassionate and tolerant life. Then we will not judge others – we will understand them. Because all hostile, judgemental or unfriendly behaviour comes from a lack of harmony within a person. We can see this in ourselves, if we look earnestly. When we are out if balance, we find it more challenging to be patient and understanding with people. No one is a ‘bad’ person. They are just suffering from inner disharmony, to varying degrees, usually as a result of their choices.

Often we are quick to blame others for upsetting us, for doing or saying something that we did not like, and we project our disharmony onto them, hoping they feel bad and making ourselves powerless to return to a state of harmony. This in turn keeps us in our mind, as we continue to mentally blame another person (or group of persons) for the disharmony we are experiencing. We feed a mental picture of events, which simply keeps us separate from the present moment experience of inner harmony and peace, experienced within the body.

We are all capable of experiencing and feeling a deep level of harmony, irrespective of external events; a harmony which is strong, grounded and unshakeable. But we need to support this experience with grounding, balancing nutrition, excercise and activity, and grounding practices such as relaxation, yoga and meditation and other harmony-inspiring practices.

Peace is not complicated. It only seems that way when we are not experiencing it and lost in the realm of thinking, as we often are. Peace is simply our natural state of relaxed, positive and harmonious being, accessible in this very moment if we choose it.

Thank you
Alexander Bell

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Holding Strong to a Positive and Beautiful Vision


Do you feel positive about the future? Or are you pessimistic about world events and the direction in which they appear to be leading?

It is very important to remember that we are not victims of “world events” – rather, we influence them. Our mental perspective on the external world – be it a positive or negative one – influences what happens ‘out there’ and directly affects what we experience to be real. Either you believe your fears, or you trust your heart. Reality adjusts accordingly.

For example: Imagine if all 6 billion people on this planet decided to be pessimistic, to be negative and fearful about life and what lies in store in our future here on Earth. That would create a global atmosphere of total gloom in the human population. The birds would continue to sing, the plants and trees would continue to flourish, but what of humanity? It would suck itself into a myre, creating exactly that which it feared, darkness and misery. That is all that fearful and negative thinking does. It creates darkness – mostly for ourselves. Do we want to choose this? I don’t believe so. Yet this is exactly the direction which negativity takes us in. Fortunately, thank God, there is much hope for the future in the hearts of the Earth’s human population because collectively our awareness has risen to such a degree that we no longer simply believe what we are told about what is happening in the world by the ‘bad news media’.

The world is not what is shown on the news, it has nothing to do with the theatre of political events, it is not even slightly related to what some fear might happen as a result of being influenced by certain films, books and conspiracy theories. Such things only encourage fearful thinking and colour the lens of perception through which we look at the world. Instead we could just as readily take our cues from the natural world. We could wake up in the morning and rather than looking at the television, newspaper, or Internet to find out what is supposedly happening in the world and allow that to influence us, we could instead go outside and listen to the news that the birds are singing to us – a message that comes from a deeper place; a message of light, beauty, positivity and joy, which speaks directly to our heart and uplifts our spirits instantly. Which news source do you trust more? 

It is not naive to be optimistic about the world. It is very wise to be optimistic. It can take great strength to hold a position of positivity when all around you are encouraging negativity, and this is exactly what we must do. And then we are not one of the people encouraging negativity in others. We are supporting others with our positivity, and there are many people who need this kind of support, especially if they are unfriendly or hostile in their behaviour. Everyone needs positive support so that they may lift their awareness out of the darkness of their fears, and see a brighter, more expansive and peaceful horizon ahead of them.

Because this is truly possible. But we all must support this vision with our positive energy. And we must keep our mind focused on this vision – a vision of peace and harmony on Earth. Otherwise, if we envision a future without peace and global harmony, we are energetically supporting a vision of darkness on Earth, full of gloom and despair. This is a vision which is held by a fearful minority on Earth, but it is a weak vision, because it is not supported by the powerful energies of harmony and light that flow through the veins of this magnificent planet. These deeply life-affirming energies are also meant to be flowing through our veins.

This is where personal harmony and health come into the picture. A person who feels in good health will naturally experience a sense of harmony and strength  with themselves, because their life energy is flowing as it should, without frequent ailments that it must devote itself to healing. And a feeling of inner harmony will simply create a positive outlook in the mind, and enable you to see the harmony that exists absolutely everywhere, even if you live in a noisy and busy city. 

Harmony is the essence of reality, like wetness is the essence of water! Life’s energy is a deeply harmonious one, and we must ensure that we allow ourselves to experience this, through making wise choices in our practical daily lives. For example, enjoying as much time in nature as possible, allowing minimal influence from the mainstream ‘bad news’ media, eating lots of nourishing natural foods, (ideally vegetarian, fresh & organic), taking daily exercise in nature, enjoying ample quiet relaxation time for ourselves, and ample sleep so that our body can fully recharge and refresh itself overnight.

When we are fully supporting ourselves to live in a state of positivity and happiness, we become a contributing force to a bright and peaceful future on earth, and we help others to do the same. It is imperative that we allow ourselves to be part of the solution, because the solution is very real, and grows stronger through each person that chooses to recognise it. The solution is simply the focussed vision of peace on Earth, which already exists within the heart of each person that is alive on this planet. The only challenge is that our minds are being encouraged to believe in another vision, a vision of increasing conflict, darkness and misery, which is fed by individual fear and pessimism, which is in turn fed by the ‘bad news media’ on our tv screens, in the newspapers, on the radio and on the Internet.

But this vision is only fed to our mind, supported only by fear, which is not an energy at all, but more like an absence of energy. The vision of peace, however, exists as a deep blueprint within our heart, and is unceasingly supported by all of the energy in the entire Universe so that it may come to fruition. Humans like to know what is going on so that they can take an appropriate position on matters, but in this instance it is the other way round. What is going on is completely dictated by the position we choose to take – be it a positive or negative one. We cannot simply hope that good things will happen in the world so that we can feel positive about life on Earth, because there is much change underway that will shake our sense of stability and comfort, and fully test our ability to hold a positive perspective. And this is what is crucial. To hold a positive perspective, trusting in the power of positive vision to create a positive outcome. 

These are among the most testing times that we will ever know on Earth, therefore it is crucial that we have a strong foundation of positivity in our mind, health in our body and trust in our heart, so that we may hold strong to the vision of global peace and happiness that we all would so dearly love to see manifest on this beautiful planet. 

Thank you. Alexander Bell.

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The Dawning of the Age of Peace & Global Harmony

By Alexander Bell


The Dawning of the Age of Peace, Wisdom and Global Harmony on Earth

If you watch the news or read the newspapers, you might find it very hard to believe that we are now entering a time such as this. There seems to be so much conflict on the planet, so much disharmony and darkness within the human population. And to some degree this is true.

But something else is happening simultaneously, something that you are unlikely to see broadcast on the news and in the papers because it is not dramatic or sensationalist in the way that we have become used to. 

What is happening is truly magnificent beyond words, beyond our wildest dreams of happiness and joy, so it is difficult to understand it with our mind. But our heart can understand it very well. The heart can actually perceive spiritual light, and we become aware of this as a sense of happiness, positivity and joyful excitement experienced throughout our being. 

If you avoid the influence of the mainstream media – in fact, all media – and you spend plenty of time in nature, attuning to its perfect harmony, you will not feel pessimistic about the future. Any worries will dissolve, any fears about what lies ahead will be replaced by a sense of trust and optimism. Why? Because there is a spiritual renaissance happening on earth – a spiritual rebirth – which we are all involved in and which we are all being influenced by. Again, it is not something the mind can fully understand, but the heart can feel it.

But how can this be happening while there is seemingly so much suffering still being experienced on the planet? We are currently involved in a worldwide process of healing. The human population is healing and the planet is healing. Some people are on the forefront of this process, meaning that their healing process is already fully underway and conscious to them, and some have even completed their healing. Many, many people are only just beginning though. There is a long journey ahead, but with each step more spiritual light – more freedom, joy and happiness – is entering into the lives of those who are in the process of healing.

And essentially, it is the heart which needs healing. The heart is the priority, because with a closed heart people simply perpetuate more suffering, within themselves and others. And nobody needs or wants more suffering on the planet. Even with global events in which many people suffer, a widespread healing occurs as a result of it. It is very hard to see this, because we quite rightly feel that large scale suffering is appalling; part of a world which is deeply troubled. 

Yet, have you experienced any suffering in your life? Has it not made you a stronger person? Has it not taught you the deep value of compassion, tolerance and understanding of others? These are the qualities in the human family which need to be developed, even though they are already strong in many societies and cultures. Of course, they are equally not so strong in other societies and cultures, where people tend to be more judgemental, hostile, uncaring of their fellow humans – but globally this is definitely a minority. Such qualities are not of the heart, and we are creatures of the heart. We are innately a compassionate, understanding and caring species, yet many people are ‘unwell’, so-to-speak. They are in the grip of their ego, their insecurity, and fear, which manifests itself as hostility, aggression, greed, uncaringness, selfishness and so on. 

The ego operates entirely on fear, even though this can be hard to see sometimes. It is afraid of many, many things, sometimes it is afraid of everything! But insecurity is at its core. True security comes from knowing our heart, knowing our connection to the greater whole, our relationship to the Universe, to the higher dimensions of spirituality and light. Total security comes through knowing who we truly are and why we are here. Yet sadly, many people on this planet do not know these things.

But this is changing. Meditation and yoga are now mainstream practices across the planet, whereas 50 years ago they were not. People are venturing inwards to find out who they really are, to find their sense of peace, to find their true relationship with Life. Communication between people has become a very conscious and central aspect to people’s daily lives – with instant communication devices now in everyone’s pockets. Therefore, people are now becoming highly conscious of how to communicate harmoniously and compassionately, which is absolutely vital considering how much we communicate in our daily lives. The result of this is that we become more aware of our connection to each other, and how important it is to be sensitive, kind and compassionate in all communications, as they affect us and others in very subtle yet strong ways. 

People simply want to experience more harmony. And through increased consciousness, they are learning the many, many ways of achieving this. This is the global movement towards collective peace. It is a slow and steady progress, but in the face of so much global unrest, conflict and suffering, people worldwide are realising that peace is what they want more than anything else. And we always prioritise that which we desire most.

People are bringing personal (and inter-personal) harmony to the top of their priority list, bringing it to the forefront of their mind, into the spotlight, so that they are focused on experiencing, creating and sharing more harmony in their lives. Because we cannot really enjoy anything if a sense of harmony is absent. We can enjoy distraction (television etc) to a degree, but when our screens are full of aggression, conflict, misery and unhappiness we start to wonder why on earth are we giving our attention to this? Do we want to experience those things? Do we want to watch other people experiencing those things? Do we want to fill our minds with such images?

Yet people watch violent films and programmes, and they listen to aggressive music and then find that they themselves don’t feel so peaceful or happy, and they simply express the energy that they have taken on board from such external influences. Food is the same. People eat fast food, junk food or food in which another creature has endured suffering, and wonder why they don’t feel so happy. Such things influence us far more than we realise, because we are in fact extremely sensitive creatures. We are de-sensitised by a great many aspects of modern society, and the end result is that at some point we become aware of a sense of emptiness within us and a deep sense of inner disharmony.

Because, if we are fully sensitive to our own heart and to our body in every way, we realise that they need to be nourished in the right way. A nourished heart will be radiant with peace and happiness – an experience which is totally within our grasp, at all times. And this is what the human population as a whole need to do – remember how to nourish their heart. This is the healing process. 

And it is as simple as removing unhealthy influences from our life (e.g. aggressive and negative films and programmes, negative media sources (like the news), unhealthy foods, aggressive or depressive music and so on). With less of these negative influences in our life, we will soon notice that we feel more harmonious within ourselves. We feel more positive about life. 

And if we add to this process by including as many healthy influences as we can (e.g. more time in nature, inspiring music, happy films & programmes, simple healthy, organic foods and so on) our entire experience of life will move into a new dimension. We will wonder how we could possibly have ever been so pessimistic, so negative, so unhappy, when life on Earth is such a magnificent gift. 

In such a state, we open up our life to so many wonderful possibilities, and we have a very powerful influence on the world around us, helping others on their own healing journey towards happiness and vitality.

Many people simply do not realise the degree to which they influence the world, and the degree to which they are responsible for their perception of the world. It is total. Yet we only realise this when we change our behaviour, when we make wiser choices; and then we see. This is all we need to do; make wiser choices.

Choices about what we allow to influence our state of harmony and well-being. Choices about how we influence others, mostly with our communications. Our choices in every single area of our life are shaping our reality, day by day. If we can be conscious enough, wise enough, sensitive enough and intelligent enough to choose all the things which nourish us in the right way, that feed our heart, our mind and our body with positive energy and harmony, we will begin to perceive – with tremendous excitement – the beauty of what is really occurring on this magnificent planet, as we collectively move towards peace on Earth, slowly but surely. 

Alexander Bell

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Returning to the deep harmony of Reality

By Alexander Bell

What is Reality? Reality is this present moment, this gift of consciousness experienced only in the here and now. 

But what is your experience of this moment? Is it an experience of harmony, or disharmony?

If you are busy with thoughts, it is not going to be as deeply harmonious as it potentially could be. And if your thoughts are particularly negative ones, this moment can really be a not-so-pleasant experience. Even if there are some external influences which are encouraging you not to be happy, not to be at peace – to worry and be anxious – you do not have to choose that reality. Peace can be experienced irrespective of external goings on.

Because reality is not what we see on the news. Reality is not what our mind tells us is true, even if we are convinced of it.

Reality is the underlying state of harmony, which comes from a divine source and flows into this material realm, creating the beauty and harmony of the natural world. How can we forget the deep harmony of nature? It is an expression of Truth, of Reality. We only have to spend time in it, in silence, to attune ourselves to its peace, and its joy also. Nature is full of joy. 

It is this deeply harmonious energy which we forget when we get lost in our thoughts about this and that. Irrespective of world events, deep harmony is the essence of Reality and it is this which subsequently creates what we call our ‘Earthly reality’. The Earth is just a reflection of divine beauty, of the Divine Reality.

So, what is of the utmost importance is that we do not get tangled up in that which creates disharmony within us. In disharmony, we simply perceive the world through a negative filter. We see darkness and disharmony everywhere – a world of problems and conflict.

But from a state of inner harmony, we perceive an entirely different world. A world of infinite potential, a world of goodness, a world which is deeply harmonious in its essence.

And it is this harmony which we all need to focus upon. Because when we do, its power to influence others increases. Harmony spreads. And it spreads fast. People want harmony, the world wants harmony. It is deeply desired for by billions of people worldwide. And deeply needed…

This is what Mahatma Ghandi was referring to when he said that we must “be the change that we wish to see in the world.”  We must be in harmony ourselves if we wish to see more harmony in the world. We will not see more harmony until we are in a more harmonious state ourselves.

We can help spread harmony to all the people of Earth, simply by embodying a harmonious state whenever we remember to do so. The easiest way of doing this is to relax our body. We cannot relax and be anxious at the same time. Relaxation is the antidote to all anxiety and disharmony. When we relax, our life energy can flow freely, as it is intended to.

Simply by relaxing our body, we are restoring a sense of harmony to our being and we are making the statement to the entire universe that we feel safe, that we are not threatened. This is powerful and deeply beneficial statement to make, and making it is effortless. Just by relaxing your body, and allowing yourself to feel at ease, harmony flows. And the more deeply you relax, the more deep the harmony you will feel.

This is the simplest way to choose harmony, and it is very much a bodily experience, rather than a mental one. So much disharmony is created by our mind, by our thoughts, that we must create some distance from it so that we are not so easily tangled up its realm. The peace of the body, emanating from its very centre – our heart – holds the answer, and relaxation is the key. 

When our attention is given to the natural vibration of deeply harmonious energy within our body, and when we view the world from this place, everything makes perfect sense. We understand the purpose of our being here and we fully enjoy it, as we radiate out happiness and transmit harmony in a very powerful way, beyond the limitations of the material world, into the very heart of humanity, into the collective consciousness for the upliftment of all.

So to be part of the solution, we need only to be happy and to be in harmony. It also helps if we are in good health. This is what people call a “win-win” situation. No body loses out and every body gains. Harmony flourishes and peace prevails.

So if you need to believe in something, believe in the power of harmony, as it is currently transforming the world from the inside out. Join in the transformation…

Alexander Bell

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Experiencing the Universal Harmony

By Alexander Bell


How can we fully appreciate Life if we are unaware of what Life truly is? How can we feel completely secure in this world if we do not know our true relationship to Reality?

Our primary purpose in Life is to realise the ultimate truth of the reality in which we have our existence. Once we have realised it, which is not as complicated as we may think – we can proceed to embodying it fully; allowing Truth to find expression through our physical being. In this way we are ‘activated’ and we shine with the divine radiance which is our birthright. This is our evolution, but without such realisation and embodiment we cannot evolve as we are meant to.

How do we realise the ultimate reality of this Life? Well, many people have already seen that Reality exists beyond the thoughts that occur in their mind. Even if we have a very deep thought about reality, that thought is not Reality. It is just a thought. And all thoughts exist within Reality. They occur, like clouds in the sky, and sooner or later they vanish, as all forms do. Only Reality remains.

So we must look beyond our thinking mind, and we must look in a different way to how we are used to looking. We have to allow our body to bring information into our awareness, rather than just our mind. Our body knows a deep, perfect harmony that we are intended to experience consciously and to enjoy fully throughout our being. It is a perfect harmony that cannot be put into words – only experienced.

It is like a taste must be tasted to be known, no matter how much it is described to us. It’s the same with seeing a breathtaking view, or swimming in the warm ocean – to know it, we must experience it and feel it. Therefore, it is not of the greatest use for someone to tell us in precise detail how beautiful something is, how blissful something feels (although this does inspire us and excite our heart to a degree), because it can make us think that we know it. But knowing is not experiencing.

What we need to be told is HOW to see the beauty, how to feel the bliss, and how to bring our awareness to the realm of perfect harmony that transcends all other realms. We must experience this if we are to live our life in the light of Truth, rather than in the shadows of doubt, uncertainty and illusion. Once a taste of Truth has been experienced, we will want nothing less, because Truth is perfect divine harmony. It is what every part of our being thirsts for.

So how do we taste the Truth? How do we remain in the presence of Truth once our eyes have opened to it? The answer is highly practical and not remotely theoretical. This can be rather unappealing to the intellectual mind, which loves to theorise. But nevertheless, we must be highly practical.

The answer is that we must make wiser choices. Our choices must evolve if our consciousness is to evolve, because without wiser choices, we simply perpetuate a limited perspective, repeating the same experiences over and over again. This is clearly not evolution.

Wise choices are like rungs on the ladder to heaven. Yes, heaven is here already, within us, but where is our attention? What keeps pulling our attention away from the heavenly realm? What is influencing our experience to such a degree that we frequently forget the harmony, forget the beauty and magnificence of the Divine Truth? It is simply unconscious and unwise choices.

Choices of attention, choices of thought, choices of speech, choices of actions, choices of what we allow to influence us (e.g. food, environment, media and so on)… So many choices, made all day long. We must choose harmony and purity in all of these areas, if we are to experience deep harmony and be a fully harmonious being. And who would want disharmony? Yet we often choose it. 

For example, we are greatly influenced by the food we eat, so it is important to eat natural, simple, unprocessed food, free of stimulants, depressants, man-made chemicals and other toxic substances – even those that are caused by ending the life of another animal. When we choose pure, karma-free nourishment our body is deeply nourished (energetically as well as nutritionally) and will be radiant with harmonious and vibrant energy.

We should not underestimate the deep importance of vibrant health in our desire for peace, happiness and spiritual fulfilment. It is literally a case of attuning our physical body to the higher, more vibrant energy of our spiritual body, so that they are in intimate relationship with each other. By doing this we are connecting to the light and beauty of our spiritual essence, which is then fully able to influence our being with its luminous and joyful harmony. It is much wiser to allow this to influence our experience of reality, rather than anxious thought, for example, which sometimes seems so real and justified, yet is just a result of inner disharmony.

And it is our state of inner harmony which creates our experience of external reality. A state of inner harmony is very much a heightened state, which enables us to see the purpose and meaning of everything that occurs in the world and in our own lives. From a perspective of disharmony, our fear takes over and we feel threatened by absolutely everything, even by life itself. This is insanity, because life is deeply benevolent in its essence. It is the energy of benevolence itself.  Our challenge is to lift our perspective so that we may see this, feel this and transmit this benevolence through our own words, actions and thoughts.

One of the most important ways that we may do this is to allow relaxation to be present in our body rather than stress. Stress builds up very quickly in our daily lives, and suddenly we find ourselves being driven on by this energy, as it influences us almost totally, creating tension and often frustration. Yet once we notice the presence of stress, all we need to do is to stop feeding it. The simple way to do this is to bring relaxation into our body.

When we relax our body, we instantly restore a sense of harmony to our being, including to our mind. Relaxing the body is a powerful statement of our perspective, which says “I am safe, there is no threat, I have all the time I need.” It is not the external world which gives us permission to feel this way, it is a choice that we can make, no matter what our external circumstances. To relax is the ultimate affirmation of our trust in Life. We can say “oh yes, I trust very much” but until we relax, we are not showing this to the world.

If you allow your mind to make you feel there is a threat, you will only experience disharmony, and disharmony is simply unreality! The only true Reality is a harmonious one, therefore this is the most fail-safe barometer of Truth, because Truth is perfect divine harmony. Our purpose is to experience this through every cell of our being and radiate it outwards, shining like a beautiful Sun and effortlessly illuminating the world around us.

Alexander Bell

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Receiving Inspiration


Many people do not like the idea of meditation, or even the word ‘meditation’. So let’s call it something different. Let’s call it ‘inspiration’ instead. To be inspired you do not need to practice a technique. You just have to be receptive – to have an inner ‘yes’ to being inspired. And who would be foolish enough to say ‘no’ to inspiration!?

So be wise, and be open to inspiration in whatever form it may take. The beauty of nature, for example, is deeply inspiring. Heartful music is very inspiring. Positive communication with others also inspires our heart with happiness.

But if you are alone, and feeling uninspired, perhaps looking for distraction of some sort to occupy your attention, here’s what you do instead. Inspire yourself…

Go out into nature and just listen – to the birds, to the wind, to any of natures harmonious sounds… Breathe in the revitalising air, and feel the inspiration it brings.

If you cannot get into nature easily, put on some beautiful and inspiring music, perhaps sing your favourite song or dance. Or enjoy some creative process, like drawing, painting, writing a poem…

You never have to feel uninspired, because inspiration comes from simply being in touch with your own heart. The heart just needs a little stimulation sometimes, that’s all. Some people do this by sitting quietly and breathing, and bringing their attention to their centre, to their heart. But this is just one way. You can choose any way that you enjoy.

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The Conscious, Loving Intelligence of Truth


By Alexander Bell

Just like fish exist in water, we exist in Truth. We are surrounded by it, immersed in it. But what exactly is Truth?

Conscious, Loving Intelligence.

Consider these words and these attributes for a moment…

Truth is the essence of reality. It is Reality. But why don’t we always perceive it? Are we afraid of it? Are we afraid of being totally transparent to this Conscious, Loving Intelligence?

Yes, many people are, and they hide from it. Where do they hide? In thought. They hide from the light of Reality in the shadows created by thoughts, by doubts. And even when the light of Truth is perceived, many people choose to return to doubt, return to thought, so that they simply do not have to face the light of Truth. But why, when Truth offers no threat to us whatsoever? Quite the opposite…

We have been taught collectively from a young age about a vengeful and punishing God that judges us, and this is embedded deep in our subconscious. We expect to be judged and punished at some point – perhaps on judgement day? But this is a complete fallacy, an untruth. Because what people call “God” is the Conscious, Loving Intelligence that is Truth, that is Reality. It is all encompassing Love. And love does not ever judge.

This luminous, loving intelligence is the living fabric which reality is made of. Awareness of the fabric, the luminous essence of reality brings us into a heavenly state. And that is all that is needed. Awareness.

There have been many wise teachers over the centuries who have taught us about Love, Peace, Truth and the ‘Divine Reality’ – the kingdom of heaven which exists within all of us, which is projected outwards creating the reality we perceive as being ‘external’.

Different as they may have been, all of these teachers had one thing in common; they were all looking in the same direction. They were all looking within and speaking of the reality they encountered there; a reality of peace, light, harmony and sanctity.

Were they “special” people? Were they perfect human beings? It doesn’t matter. What matters is that we turn our attention to what they themselves were focusing upon, what they were speaking of and encouraging us to look towards – the light within, the realm of total peace and magnificence within our own heart. It is there within you, right now.

We are all perfectly able to see the same reality that these teachers saw, because it is not hidden. We are all capable of experiencing the same sense of union with a greater universal force that they experienced. It is fully available to us. So why do we not all experience it? 

Put simply, we choose not to look there. Instead we focus upon other things – our material desires, our material obligations, our thoughts. So many thoughts – about our self, about each other, about the world – about anything and everything! Thought is the greatest distraction in the universe, yet thought is virtually insubstantial – like the clouds in the sky – and the reality it creates is totally unreal. Even so, many human beings seem compelled to give all their attention to the thoughts that come into their mind.. Are you free to choose not to think if you wish?

This is why all the great teachers of the past have encouraged us to quieten our mind, so that we may become receptive to a more subtle, more real, and more illuminated reality – one that does not come from the mind. It is the reality of the heart. The illumination of consciousness which emanates from our heart comes from beyond the material world – it is a fully spiritual experience, but a totally natural and essential one. Without it, we would not be alive. 

The more we bring this awareness into our life, the more light we experience in our being, which we feel as happiness, joy, freedom. This is what makes the birds sing and the flowers bloom. The energy of joy, present in the very fabric of reality. Joy does not mean a state of excitement. It means a state of radiance, experienced as we fully allow our heart to shine. And why would we not?

Many people are afraid of letting their heart shine, because they fear ridicule, or they fear pain, hurt, or sorrow – things that in the past were experienced in connection to what should have been happy experiences. And so our desire to feel and express our happiness and joy gets supressed. Our heart’s desire to radiate happiness – like a flower radiates beauty – gets ignored.

The heart is like a beautiful rose, that needs the light of the Sun to enable it to open up its petals and radiate its beauty. Our heart simply needs our attention. When our heart does not have it, it begins to wither. Our attention becomes entangled in the realm of thought – a very poor substitute for the heart’s realm of peace and beauty – and in the process we simply create more tension and contraction in our heart. This is how we become afraid of life. We make life seem so threatening, when it is not remotely so. Quite the opposite in fact. It is deeply benevolent. 

So the good news is that all the heart needs – all that any heart needs – is for the Sun (our attention) to shine upon it once again and it will come back to life. Perhaps slowly, perhaps quickly, but it is guaranteed to happen. It is very important that this our focus: shining our attention on the realm of our heart, so that we can live a peaceful and fulfilled life. With our attention in this place, we will never forget what is real, we will never forget who we are, we will never be afraid of life. 

Self-knowledge (which is essentially full reacquaintance with the illuminated realm of our heart) fills us with a deep sense of trust and security. If there is no trust in our life, then we simply feel insecure. The less we trust, the more insecure we feel. Everyone knows this feeling of insecurity, but does everyone know the feeling of total security? It is what so many people are seeking for in their lives, without even knowing it. Every living creature needs to feel secure. It is so deeply primal that it influences everything we do, everything we say and everything we think. Once total security is realised – through knowing what is real and knowing our relationship with reality – happiness and joy are a natural consequence. We can only find our full freedom through finding total security, just like a tree’s deep roots allow it to reach out to the stars. Until we find our deep sense of inner security, we cannot do the same. 

So how can we feel totally secure in a world that seems to offer so much threat? We simply distance ourselves from that which creates the sense of insecurity. We free ourselves from the influences that feed anxiety and fear in our lives. There are many of these influences in our media-rich society, and they all feed our mental insecurity. We consume the information they present without even realising the degree to which they are spoiling and undermining our Peace and happiness.

Therefore we must nourish ourselves more consciously. We must allow ourselves to be nourished by more harmonious energies, such as that which we experience in nature, or through beautiful music. Our communications should focus on positivity, rather than negativity, inspiration rather than gossip. It is easy to do this, but it does require a little self-discipline. We are so used to negative input – from the media, from our communications, from unhealthy foods – that our mind has simply gotten used to thinking in negative ways. Our body responds with illness, malady and disease in various forms. 

The simple power to change this very common way of experiencing life is just a choice. We must simply be conscious to make positive choices in every area of our lives. For example, we decide that we will not speak negatively. We decide that we will not eat unhealthy food. We decide that we will not watch or listen to negative media. This is actually very easy to do, because there is a wonderful incentive and the consequences of doing so are most enjoyable. There is no greater incentive than more happiness in our being, more joy in our heart, more positivity in our mind, with fear and worry becoming a thing of the past – just an old habit that we allowed ourselves to get sucked into through our choices. 

We are totally free to experience the life that our heart longs for; a life of happiness, freedom and complete security, lived in the full light of of consciousness, rather than in the shadows of doubt, fear and uncertainty. Why on earth would we choose illusion over truth, when the Truth is everything that our heart desires, and so very much more…

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