A selection of inspiring stories, prayers, articles, quotations, poems and songs. 





One night a man had a dream. 

He dreamed that he was walking along the beach with the Lord and across the sky flashed scenes from his life. For each scene he noticed that there were two sets of footprints in the sand, one belong to himself and the other belonging to the Lord. 

When the last scene of his life flashed before him, he looked back at the footprints in the sand and noticed that, many times during his life, there was only one set of footprints. He also observed that this happened at the very lowest and saddest times in his life. 

This really bothered him and he questioned the Lord about it. 

“Lord, you said that once I decided to follow you, you would walk with me all the way. But I have noticed that, during the most troublesome times in my life, there was only one set of footprints. I do not understand why, when I needed you most, you would leave me?”  The Lord replied, “My Son. My Precious Child, I love you and will never leave you. During your times of trial and suffering when you saw only one set of footprints it was then that I carried you.”  


               Desiderata (Things Desired)       


Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.                                                                 As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons.                                                                                             Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story. 

Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.                                                                                                     If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. 

Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.                                   Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery.                                                                                               But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism. 

Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection.                                                                                                                                       Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass. 

Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.                                                                               Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.                                                                                                               But do not distress yourself with imaginings.                                                                                                                                         Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.                                                                                                                                     Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. 

You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.                                                       And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. 

Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace with your soul.                                                                                                                                         With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.                                                                                           Be cheerful. Strive to be happy. 


Max Ehrmann             

Look To This Day


Look to this day!                                                                                                                                                                                     For it is life, the very life of life.                                                                                                                                                               In its brief course lie all the verities and realities of your existence: 

The bliss of growth;                                                                                                                                                                               The glory of action;                                                                                                                                                                                 The splendour of beauty; 

For yesterday is already a dream, and tomorrow is only a vision;                                                                                                         But today, well lived, makes every yesterday a dream of happiness and every tomorrow a vision of hope. 

Look well, therefore, to this day!                                                                                                                                                             Such is the salutation of the dawn.


From Sanskrit text 


The Best Day Of My Life Ever


Today, when I awoke, I suddenly realised that this is the best day of my life ever.  

There were times when I wondered if I would make it today, but I did! And because I did, I am going to celebrate. 

Today, I am going to celebrate what an unbelievable life I have had so far: the accomplishments, the many blessings, and yes, even the hardships because they have served to make me stronger. 

I will go through this day with gratitude and a happy heart. I will marvel at God’s seemingly simple gifts – the morning dew, the sun, the clouds, the trees, flowers and birds. Today, none of these miraculous creations will escape my notice. 

Today, I will share my excitement for life with other people. I’ll make someone smile. I’ll go out of my way to perform an unexpected act of kindness for someone I do not even know. 

Today, I’ll give a sincere compliment to someone who seems down and tell a child how special he or she is. Likewise, I will tell someone I love just how deeply I care for them and how much they mean to me. 

Today is the day I quit worrying about what I don’t have and start being grateful for all the wonderful things God has already given to me. I’ll remember that to worry is just a waste of time. 

Tonight, before I go to bed, I’ll go outside and raise my eyes to the heavens. I will stand in awe at the beauty of the stars and the moon, and thank God for these magnificent treasures. 

As the day ends and I lay my head down on my pillow, I will also thank Him for the best day of my life and sleep the sleep of a contented child, excited with expectation because I know tomorrow is going to be the best day of my life ever!


Death Is Nothing At All


Death is nothing at all.                                                                                                                                                                       I have only slipped away into the next room.                                                                                                                                          I am I and you are you.                                                                                                                                                                         Whatever we were to each other, that we still are. 

Call me by my old familiar name,                                                                                                                                                           Speak to me in the easy way which you always used.                                                                                                                           Put no difference into your tone, wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.

Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes we enjoyed together.                                                                                                   Play, smile, think of me, pray for me.                                                                                                                                                     Let my name be forever the same as it always was.                                                                                                                             Let it be spoken without an effort,                                                                                                                                                         Without the ghost of a shadow on it.

Life means all that it ever meant.                                                                                                                                                           It is the same as it always was; there is absolutely unbroken continuity.                                                                                               What is death but a negligible accident?                                                                                                                                               Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight?

I am but waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near, just around the corner.                                                                       All is well. Nothing is past; nothing is lost.                                                                                                                                             One brief moment and all will be as it was before.                                                                                                                                 How we shall laugh at the trouble of parting when we meet again!


Canon Henry Scott-Holland (1847 – 1918)                                                                                                                                           Canon of St Paul’s Cathedral  


Astral Projection


To define Astral Projection, perhaps it would be best to give a brief description of the astral body. The astral body has been described as the ethereal counterpart or double of the physical body and is thought by Theosophists to survive the death of the human body. Astral projection has been recorded in many ancient civilizations. Ancient Egyptians drew pictures of people sleeping with their double body counterpart hovering above them. The Ancient Greeks also believed in a double body which housed the soul, and wrote that when the soul left the body, it perceived our physical realm as “dimly lit.” 

Astral Projection itself is a conscious attempt to have an experience that is outside of the physical body while still alive and lucid. One does not need to belong to any religious faith or sect to achieve this state, only an interest and curiosity in the world unseen. There are many different techniques that are used to induce Astral Projection. The most commonly used are methods of deep relaxation or meditating, or perhaps using an audio tape which can guide one into a lucid dreaming state. Other techniques were developed by Robert Monroe founder of the Monroe Institute, a psychic researcher, whose book “Journeys Out of the Body”, gave us the commonly used expression “out of body experience” (also called astral projection). 

Once out of the body the descriptions given are that the second or astral body is light, with an almost gossamer feeling to it, or it can be as dense as our own bodies. Often it is noted that one remains attached to the physical body by means of a silver cord, somewhat like that of an umbilical cord. The astral plane by all accounts is a truly amazing place, one that consists of many levels. These levels seem to be separated by different vibrational frequencies. Our own existence on planet earth seems to be a low, dense frequency and each plane above this level operates on a much higher finer vibrational frequency. Perhaps this is where the concept of heaven and hell came from with hell being the lowest level and heaven the highest.

The astral plane does not seem to have an absolute description as people have different experiences and maybe different expectations of what it is going to look like. But one common theme is that it is very “elastic” in the sense that you can change your form or other forms just by thinking about them. Thoughts seem to be manifested there and perhaps to some degree what is thought and how much it is thought about i.e. mass religion, may construct a “heaven” which in turn becomes a permanent place in the astral realm. There is often mention of people being able to access the Akashic Records or Book of Life, where all information is stored, right down to the most minute detail or thought about the life of everyone. 

To be a “traveller” in these other planes it would appear one has to adhere to the rules, just as if one was visiting a foreign country. Our world is physical and dense, other worlds may transcend all that we know and to enter them may require some spiritual transcendence on our own parts. People who have astral travelled say that all they need to have is the intent to go somewhere or see someone and their higher self that knows all and sees all will direct them to the correct place or person. In other words, there can be no mistake. Language in the astral realm is thought to be telepathic and therefore there is no problem with communication.

One astral traveller describes her childhood as one continuous adventure, during the day doing normal kid activities but at night she spent her time flying around the neighbourhood and often going to other countries. She would board buses and go into buildings but could never communicate or be seen. When she grew up she continued to astral travel and even tested her accuracy with the help of a hypnotherapist on members of her family. She astral travelled from her home in Ohio to her parents home in Florida, was present and aware of everyone and everything, remembered seeing that her aunt and uncle had stopped by unexpectedly. She also saw a cane propped up against a wall and was able to describe its exact position. Upon return from her “travels” she called her mother for verification and all that she had seen was accurate, right down to the cane, which belonged to her uncle who had just sprained his ankle that day. 

Most of us have heard stories of people who, while facing a near death experience through an accident or perhaps on the operating table during surgery, appear to leave their bodies. They can often describe everything that has happened to them because from their vantage point, which is usually above the body they have a clear unobstructed view. Their detailed accounts describe the surgery, surgeons conversations or in the case of an accident, what the rescue crew were doing or saying. All this happening while they float or stand unseen and unable to communicate over their unconscious physical body. Their return into the body is described as a jolt, and many who have had these out of body experiences claim that the feelings of peace and tranquility were such that they did not really want to return. These kind of experiences seem to require the “traveller” to remain fairly close to the physical body. 

Through astral travel one theme that often comes up is that people are often comforted to know that their consciousness can exist outside of their body. The fear of death being the end of everything is removed and the knowledge that we go on, perhaps to these other planes fills them with the desire to accomplish the task here on earth, which appears to be to learn to love one another and reach enlightenment.


Ann-Marie Kenny 


Listening To The Silence


Most of us live in a noisy, fast paced, chaotic world whether by choice or the environment around us. We are all so busy “doing” life that at times, if we are not intentionally mindful of the sacredness of the moment and the blessings it offers, it slips right on past us, becoming one monotonous noise. It seems that everyone is plugged into something, listening to an iPod, talking on the phone, always needing a constant stimulus to feed our hungry minds. But silence is always there beneath sound and is the space where sound can exist.

There are few places left now where we can truly experience silence - where we can truly feel our own “aliveness.” Churches are a wonderful example of such sanctuaries. Sometimes on a busy day, to take time out and walk into a church, one can literally feel the silence, the stillness - it is almost tangible. To be alone with one's thoughts and prayers, can be a wonderful break. By taking the time to experience silence, one will notice that the mind calms. Lighting a candle for a loved one, watching the flickering flame, the smell of the candle wax - all observed with a quiet mind can bring you to that internal place where sometimes answers come - and because of the silence - you can hear them. 

Another silent sanctuary is a library where, upon entering, there is a hushed reverence observed. This dates back to the time when libraries were indeed attached to the church and regarded as high places of learning. Although today libraries have entered the 21st century with Internet facilities, movies and music, it is still another place to quiet the mind - and one of the few places where children are taught to observe silence.

When we sit outside and study nature, we notice that everything alternates between activity and inactivity, stillness and motion according to the movements of life. Being in a garden or open space and really observing leads you to notice that although there is silence - it is far from still. Something is always going on but to notice it yourself, you have to be very present and alert, the mind has to calm down. You then become aware of the tiniest movements or sounds, from the faint buzzing of a bee, the rustling and creaking of a tree or the busy work of an ant. To the attentive eye, each moment of the day has its own beauty, and in the same garden or park, every hour, one can witness a picture, which was never before been seen and which shall never be seen again. You may also notice the intensity of colours and begin to feel the living presence of the plants and trees around you. You can then feel the spiritual connection between us all, which without the gift of silence with its intense depth and power, you may have easily overlooked. 

The spiritual truth is; the calmer our mind is, the more efficient we will be in whatever we are doing and our emotional body as well as our physical body will reap the benefits. 


Anne-Marie Kenny


Pair Of Shoes


Once as Mahatma Gandhi, the Indian nationalist and spiritual leader, stepped aboard a train, one of his shoes slipped off and landed on the track. He was unable to retrieve it as the train started rolling.

To the amazement of his companions, Gandhi calmly took off his other shoe and threw it back along the track to land close to the first shoe.   

Asked by a fellow passenger why he did that, Gandhi replied, "The poor man who finds the shoe lying on the track will now have a pair he can use."

An Angel


I thought I saw an angel.

An angel in disguise?

There was just something about her,

Something in her eyes.


The way she almost glided,

As she moved across the place.

A look of innocence and kindness

Was imprinted on her face.


Going about her business.

Breathing light into the air.

I wonder if she saw me,

Or sensed that I was there?


This being didn’t have wings,

At least I couldn’t see them.

Perhaps to blend in quietly

She could use them as and when.


I thought I saw an angel.

It’s difficult to explain.

If you had been there in the room,

Maybe you’d feel the same.


Sometimes between wake and sleep,

When lying in my bed,

I dream she visits me; a

Gentle kiss on my forehead.


I’ll never forget that angel.

The way she made me feel.

There’s no question about it –

I’m certain she was real! 

Copyright 2014 Marc Harris

May You....


May you always feel loved. May you find serenity and tranquility in a world that you might not always understand.   

May any pain you have known and conflict you've experienced give you the strength to walk through life, facing each new situation with courage and optimism.   

Always know that there are those whose love and understanding will forever be there, even when you feel most alone.   

May you discover enough goodness in others to believe in a world of peace. May a kind word, a reassuring touch and a warm smile be yours every day of your life  - and may you give these gifts as well as receive them.   

Remember the sunshine when the storm seems unending. Teach love to those who know hate and let that love embrace you as you go into the world.   

May the teaching of those you admire become part of you, so you can call upon them. 

Remember all those whose lives you have touched and who have touched yours are always a part of you, even if the encounters were less than you would have wished. It is the content of the encounter that is more important than its form.   

May you not become too concerned with material matters, but instead place immeasurable value on the goodness in your heart and spiritual realities. 

Find time each day to see beauty and love in the world around you. Realise that everyone has limitless abilities, but each of us is different in our own way. What you might feel you lack in one regard may be more than compensated for in another.   

What you think you lack in the present may become one of your strengths in the future. May you see your future as one filled with promise and possibilities. Learn to view everything as a worthwhile experience.   

May you find enough inner strength to determine your own worth by yourself and not be dependent on another's judgement of your accomplishments.   

Lastly, may you always feel loved.     




Don't say you do not have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson and Albert Einstein. 


H Jackson Brown Jnr 


A Modern Prayer  


Help us, oh God, to look forward with faith and to learn from whatever the future may bring.  

If we must face disappointment, help us to learn patience.  

If we must face sorrow, help us to learn sympathy.  

If we must face pain, help us to learn strength.  

If we must face danger, help us to learn courage. 

If we must face failure, help us to learn endurance. 

If we acheive success, help us to learn gratitude.  

If we attain prosperity, help us to learn generosity. 

If we win praise, help us to learn humility. 

If we are blessed with joy, help us to learn sharing. 

If we are blessed with health, help us to learn caring. 


Rabbi Sidney Greenberg 


Days To Delete From Your Diary


Today, I will delete two days from my diary – yesterday and tomorrow. Yesterday was to learn. Tomorrow will be the consequence of what I can do today.

Today, I will face life with the conviction that this day will not ever return.

Today is the last opportunity I have to live intensely as no one can assure me that I will see tomorrow’s sunrise.

Today, I will be brave enough not to let any opportunity pass me by: my only alternative is to succeed.

Today, I will invest my most valuable resource - time – in life. I will spend each minute well to make today a different and unique day in my life.

Today, I will defy every obstacle that appears on my way, trusting that I will succeed.

Today, I will resist pessimism and conquer the world with a smile and the positive attitude of always expecting the best.

Today, I will make a sublime expression of every ordinary task.

Today, I will have my feet on the ground, understanding reality and the stars’ gaze to invent my future.

Today, I will take the time to be happy and leave my footprints and presence in the hearts of others.

Today, I invite you to begin a new season where we can dream that everything we undertake is possible. We will fulfil it with joy and dignity. 




Eavesdropping on nature’s dawn chorus could be one of the easiest ways to look on the bright side of an overcast summer’s day. “Birdsong links us to places and memories in a way few other sounds can and gives us a warm glow when we hear it,” says National Trust ecologist Peter Brash. In fact, a study found that hearing a short burst of bird song affects perceptions. It makes you feel more content with your surroundings and the day then seems more bearable. “We are all attuned to the need to eat our five a day, or to take a thirty minute walk but taking time out to listen to five minutes of bird song could be just as beneficial to our wellbeing,” Peter explains. Why not have another listen to the relaxing birdsong on the homepage?  



Keep On Moving


If you have ever been discouraged because of failure, please read on, for often achieving what you set out to do is not the most important thing. Let me explain.

Two brothers decided to dig a deep hole behind their house. As they were working, a couple of older boys stopped to watch. “What are you doing?” asked one of the visitors. “We plan to dig a hole all the way through the earth!” one of the brothers volunteered excitedly.

The older boys began to laugh, telling the younger ones that digging a hole all the way through the earth was impossible. After a long silence, one of the diggers picked up a jar full of spiders, worms and a wide assortment of insects. He removed the lid and showed the wonderful contents to the scoffing visitors.

Then he said quietly and confidently, “Even if we don’t manage to dig all the way through the earth, look at what we found along the way!”

Their goal was far too ambitious but it caused them to dig. And that is what a goal is for – to move in the direction we have chosen. In other words, to set us digging.

But not every goal will be fully achieved. Not every job will end successfully. Not every relationship will endure. Not every hope will come to pass. Not every love will last. Not every endeavour will be completed. Not every dream will be realised.

But when you fall short of your aim, perhaps you can say: “Yes, but look at what I found along the way! Look at the wonderful things which have come into my life because I tried to do something.”



Scientific Evidence Of Healing


There is growing evidence in the scientific journals that demonstrates that hands-on healing techniques really do work. Some sceptical arguments have centred on previously reported positive effects as being ‘just placebo’, so now researchers have developed different strategies. In a recent study, reported in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, Therapeutic Touch (TT) was applied to human cells cultured in a dish. Therefore, there was absolutely no possibility of a placebo effect. And to further prove the effectiveness, sham (dummy) treatment was given to a separate group of cells and a third group were untreated, to compare against.

In the study, TT and sham treatment was given to 3 types of cells: tendon cells, bone cells and fibroblasts (cells involved in wound healing and that form part of our connective tissue). Treatment was given twice a week for 10 minutes each for 1 and 2 weeks.

Results: After 2 weeks, there was significant increase in numbers of each type of cell that received TT. There was no difference in numbers in the cells that received sham treatment or no treatment. Therapeutic Touch had caused growth of tendon cells, bone cells and fibroblasts!

Another outcome of the experiment was that different amounts of TT produced different growth rates. It wasn’t a case of more is better. Actually, the optimum in this particular experiment seemed to be 2 treatments per week for 2 weeks. This gave better outcomes than 5 treatments, for instance. More research will no doubt be done to determine optimum levels.

And the individual cell types responded differently to varying amounts of treatments. For instance, in a 1 week study, 4 or 5 TT treatments increased numbers of tendon cells and fibroblasts but not bone cells, but in a 2 week study, bone cells responded better to just 2 treatments per week. Less was better than more for bone cells. This is something that I never considered when I first began investigating healing – that different illnesses might require different frequencies of treatments. More is not always better!

This study is one of the surprising positive outcomes of that fact that many sceptics poke fun at people who use TT and Reiki (I was an R & D scientist in the pharmaceutical industry and when I left and began studying and researching healing and mind-body science, some people who knew me from the scientific community thought I’d lost my marbles). It’s caused researchers to design vigorous scientific studies that eliminate any other possibility... and the results are beginning to show that hands on healing techniques like Therapeutic Touch and Reiki really do work.


© 2008 Dr David R Hamilton. Source: www.drdavidhamilton.com



Upon Waking Each Day...


"Upon waking each day, be sure to decide that whatever occurs will be an adventure. In the linear, there are moments that one would define as unusual. To have the opportunity to explore that unknown territory is indeed a gift.

As soon as your eyes open, breathe in the life you are creating. Place your feet upon the floor and boldly begin the walk through your day. Being an energy that moves through risky, often thick physical environments can feel awkward if you are hoping for a calm easy run.

You came into the physical for experience. Know that that experience can have many layers of texture. By being bold while expecting the adventure, you are being the person you intended to be.

Leave fear at the door and walk into the life you are creating. Be positive in the face of negativity. Be sure when you start to feel uneasy. See the beauty in the most uncomfortable moments.

The outcome of any situation is uncertain until you make the decision of how you intend to handle it. There is only victim-hood if you decide so.

Stand up and embark upon this adventure called "Your Life". It might not be easy at first, but with focus, it is easily attainable.

The journey is what you believe it is. Decide that the adventure begins now and move through it with assurance. You come from a powerful position. Maintain it while living it."


Streamline Your Thoughts Into What You Really Want


"It has been said that the spiritual realm is of a higher vibration. To be able to reside there one has to increase their energy. Inspiring one's self to ascend in this manner can be tricky in the physical environment.

It seems contrary to that ascension to "slow down" and just be. However, the ability to become more spiritual means that the physical actually needs to slow down.

Many of you spend your days running from one event to another. Trying to fit all that living into the timeline is possible, but indeed distracting. If you were to think without all the activity clouding your perceptions, there might be an opportunity to create your physical reality more in line with your soul.

Examine your day. How much of it is filled with useless chatter and drama? How much of it becomes spiritually confusing as the day wears on?

Perhaps you are creating without taking a moment to think clearly. The best way to achieve alignment is to stop yourself. Slow down. Take a pause from the endless display of creation and events to realize your full potential.

It is so easy to create while running through the reality, but, is it the reality you really want?

If you are disappointed at the end of the day, take time the next day to slow down. Allow your thoughts to streamline into what you really want.

We realise the culture is running rampant in this timeline. You do not have to follow the crowd.

Slow down.

Decide to let yourself be a bit slower in the day-to-day adventures.

To raise the vibration of you, there needs to be a slowing of the physical, not the other way around.


Stop the frantic movement.

Think clearly..... slowly.

It may create a connection that you have been running after!



Have You Ever?


Have you ever looked beyond the sky,

Then asked yourself the question why?


Have you ever touched the wind and rain,

And found it all hard to explain?


The world may move in mysterious ways,

With all these questions we have to raise.        

Like how and why and when and who?

The answers could take a lifetime or two.


Have you ever smelt a beautiful flower,

Then thought there must be a heavenly power?


Have you ever walked across the land,

And thrilled at mother nature’s plan?


The world may move in mysterious ways,

With all these questions we have to raise.       

Like how and why and when and who?

The answers could take a lifetime or two.


In the scheme of things we may feel small.

We can’t pretend to know it all.

We can’t pretend to know it all.

Have you ever seen the moon at night,

Then wondered how it turns the tide?


Have you ever felt we were designed,

With a bigger picture in mind?


The world may move in mysterious ways,

With all these questions we have to raise.

Like how and why and when and who?

The answers could take a lifetime or two.

The answers could take a lifetime or two.


And if you’re looking for the answers,

I hope you find the truth.

Copyright © 2007 Marc Harris 


I Hope You Don’t Mind


I hope you don’t mind me telling you,

That the leaves in the breeze,

Will begin to fall.


And that there may be a thunderstorm,

Better run, little one,

From under those trees.


No matter whether it’s

Rain or shine, you’ll be fine.

You will learn,

And that path you’ll climb.


No matter whether you’re

Far or near, you’ll be here.

In my heart,

‘Till the end of time.


I hope you don’t mind me telling you,

To be bold, search for gold,

At the rainbow’s end.


And that there may be time to reveal,

A shooting star, from afar,

Catch it if it calls.


No matter whether it’s

Rain or shine, you’ll be fine.

You will learn,

And that path you’ll climb.


No matter whether you’re

Far or near, you’ll be here.

In my heart,

‘Till the end of time.

Now you look up to me.

It’s down to age you see.

But it will change in time.


I know one far off day.

When I am old and grey,

I’ll look up to you as mine.


I hope you don’t mind me telling you,

The moon’s face, you will chase,

In an endless sky.


And that you won’t make the same mistakes,

For I’ve seen, in a gleam,

Wisdom in your eyes.


No matter whether it’s

Rain or shine, you’ll be fine.

You will learn,

And that path you’ll climb.


No matter whether you’re

Far or near, you’ll be here.

In my heart,

‘Till the end of time.


I hope you don’t mind me telling you…

Copyright © 2006 Marc Harris




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