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Dear Reader.

I would like to share with you a question that I have been reflecting on for a while, and the question is:

What defines the distinction between being indifferent in our thinking around a particular situation (or subject) as opposed to being neutral in our thinking around the same situation (or subject)?.

Kind regards Eamonn.

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Dear Reader.

What defines the distinction in the language used as a means of communication that is spoken, written or read at an intellectual level as compared to the language used as a means of communication that is spoken, written or read at a deep emotional level?

Kind regards Eamonn.

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Eamonn Leonard

Dear Reader.

Can we, you and I, ever know peace if we do not discover Love – our True Self?

(Love in the sense of being the essence of LIFE and our True Self.)

It follows: can there be anything more contrary to peace on Earth than you and I failing to experience Love for our neighbour as our True Self?

Kind regards Eamonn.

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SEEING POSSIBILITY – A BLUEPRINT FOR LIVING There is an old phrase that goes like this: “The map is not the territory”. It’s often used when trying to distinguish between belief and reality. In other words, a map is not the actual terrain we traverse; at best, it’s only a detailed picture (or a representation) of it. Likewise, this article cannot convey the true experience of seeing Possibility. Therefore, this piece is not a story about Possibility. Instead, this post explains how life – seen through the lens of Possibility – can be much better for all of us! To… Read more »

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Eamonn Leonard

Dear Reader. To observe oneself from a place of actuality is to observe without judgement. And to be without judgement is to be without division.

So language, as we may now understand it, loses its restrictions. We see beyond the limitations of language and thus beyond our own self imposed restrictions.

An example of this would be the word responsibility, which is often experienced as a word meaning burden. But seen beyond our present limitations, the word responsibility can be understood as freedom from any burden.

Kind regards Eamonn.

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Eamonn Leonard

Dear Reader. A man or a woman has no greater responsibility to humanity than that of understanding themselves for it’s only when each individual lives from that self-understanding that mankind as a collective can ever reach its potential.
Kind regards Eamonn.

Eamonn Leonard
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Eamonn Leonard

Dear Reader. What do I mean by saying to understand at a deep emotional level?

It is to understand from a place within ourselves where we are not affected emotionally by our thinking.

It is to understand from a place of no opposites. You could say from the actual.

It is to understand from the Realm of Possibility.

Or to be in the Realm of possibility.

Kind regards Eamonn

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Eamonn Leonard

Dear Reader. I am going to ask myself a rhetorical question: Do I consider myself worthy of love or of being loved?

I suggest that if I understand the question at a deep emotional level, then that deep understanding is the answer to the question.

Now, another question: If I do not understand the first question at a deep emotional level then do I understand what it is to be a loving human being?

Kind regards Eamonn.

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Eamonn Leonard

Dear Reader.

Neither woman nor man can ever truly, deeply, understand the meaning of the inside out nature of reality by reading about it until he or she reaches a level of awareness that allows him or her to understand that it is he or she that brings words and language to life.

Kind regards Eamonn.

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Eamonn Leonard

Dear Reader. I am of the notion that language, written or spoken, only understood by the reader or listener at the intellectual level will never be a clear signpost toward the internal peace of humankind. Only when language is written or spoken and understood by the writer or speaker at a deeper or more emotional level can such writing or speaking bring about emotional peace in another human. Now the two questions I have are: Does the emotional level of language belong to the language or to the person reading or speaking the language? Or, does it depend on the… Read more »

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Eamonn Leonard

Dear Reader.

The awareness that we think up our personal reality sets us on a journey, a journey that sees us casting aside our mental straight jackets and donning the garb of emotional wisdom.

Kind regards, Eamonn.

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Eamonn Leonard

Dear Reader, I want to talk about our emotional maturity. The maturity brought about by a deep understanding of the inside out nature of how we create our personal reality. I’ve been reflecting on this question all day and the question is this: Do I trust the POWER within? Do I have the willingness to leave myself alone – no checks nor balances – just accept myself, warts and all, and just get on with living? There is a danger that I will fall flat on my face, and I do so with monotonous regularity, but from each failure comes… Read more »

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Eamonn Leonard

Dear Reader. I’m attending a workshop, the workshop is about gaining an understanding of the inside out nature of how I create or recreate my personal reality. I’m sitting there desperately trying to get my head around this teaching. You could say my NEED to understand is consuming me. Now, what if my need is no more than my story? One that I’m lost in? What if my story is the structure of my life? A life that I have constructed? So, it looks to me that my structure sits between me and my understanding that my reality is an… Read more »

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Eamonn Leonard

Dear Reader, Continuing from my last post I will try to come at what I want to say a little differently. Let’s put it this way, the structure of each person’s story may vary from person to person causing different reactions in different people and these reactions will cause different behaviours in different people. My point is this: A vast amount of we the people live, work and play, lost in the structure of our stories, constantly reinforcing the structure of our stories i.e. our lives. We, the people become consumed by the structure we create in our lives, innocently… Read more »

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Eamonn Leonard

Dear Reader.

While the content of each person’s story may vary from person to person the energy (Thought with a capital T) that allows us to create stories is identical for all people.

Now the question is: What do we need to understand about ourselves that would allow us to live in that understanding rather than in the content of our stories?”

There is another question that occurs to me and that is: Are we merely the content of our stories or are we the energy that allows us to create our stories in the first place?”

Kind regards, Eamonn.

Eamonn Leonard
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Eamonn Leonard

Dear Reader, When we inquire deeply into the realm of Possibility we will realize that there is only ‘oneness’. There is no opposite in the realm of Possibility, there is only the actual. So when we inquire from that place of understanding there is no tangible or intangible. We recognise the illusion of what we call difference. So the question is really how do we know when we are in the realm of Possibility? Another question is how do we know when we are inquiring from the realm of possibility? I am going to suggest that there is a seeing… Read more »

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Eamonn Leonard

The moment we begin to recognise that we are the creators of our moment to moment reality we find our true selves.

Eamonn Leonard
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Eamonn Leonard

Dear Reader, I am of the notion that when we come across something that we grasp at an intellectual level, but cannot grasp at an emotional level, we may call that something intangible. An example of an intangible might be: “My reality is an inside-out experience rather than an outside-in experience.” Simple enough. It rolls off the tongue easily. But understanding what that means at an emotional level, at the level where our lives are a clear reflection of having that understanding, is another matter. So allowing that we use language, which is tangible and an aspect of our conditioned… Read more »

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Eamonn Leonard

Dear Reader. The question that I think might be useful to be asked, which I did not ask in my last post, is a question that is at the very heart of my attempt to write. My question is: Do we, as human beings, want to live peaceful lives without division (within ourselves) or do we want to continue in conflict (within ourselves) as we have for thousands of years? I say (within ourselves) because all conflict starts, unbeknown to us, quiet innocently within each of us individually in our state of unawareness of the inside out nature of how… Read more »

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Eamonn Leonard

Dear Reader. I am of the notion that to have a deep and meaningful inquiry we must become ‘grounded in actuality’. What do I mean by ‘grounded in actuality’? Simply put, we need to live with a deep understanding of the inside out nature of the reality that we create. We need to gain insight into the actuality of our personally created experience of life and how we live our life. To gain an understanding of what it means to be grounded in actuality, or at least move our awareness in that direction we must be willing to explore our… Read more »

Eamonn Leonard
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Eamonn Leonard

Dear Reader.

My last posting of questions to John was triggered by Dr Peter le Breton’s inspiring writing when he writes of Dr David Bohm.

Bohm’s heroism is not the popular image of heroism as macho triumph overcoming impossible odds.

Bohm is heroic because he embodied the gentler strength but indomitable power that comes from his willingness to surrender to that which he must do if he is true to himself and live an undivided life.

I would appreciate it, Peter, if you would talk a bit about living an undivided life.

Kind regards, Eamonn.

Eamonn Leonard
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Eamonn Leonard

Dear Reader. Eamonn here posing the following questions: If we are in a state of resistance can we be anything other than feel divided? What is it that we are in resistance to? What is it that we are divided from? If we let go of resistance are we whole? What defines us as being whole or undivided? John: Eamonn, thank you for more good grist for the mill of our Forum. Feeling divided, separated, isolated, disconnected are each a symptom of being lost in our conditioned mind – our state of impossibility. Each of those four words reflects our… Read more »

Tony Wilmot
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Tony Wilmot

The Beauty of Life ******************* The human being is so innocent that as soon as we open our mouth to talk and say something, or give an opinion, we have put meaning into what we have said, but that meaning is always only a personal meaning – it only has true or universal meaning and/or benefit, when it is said naturally, with an open heart, with love, kindness, and compassion, from a state of gratitude – from a state of Possibility – which is not directly controllable by any human being, only indirectly controllable through experiencing freedom and understanding, in… Read more »

Eamonn Leonard
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Eamonn Leonard

Dear Reader. When we become aware that we think, the shackles that have bound us to our stories begin to break down, resulting in our freedom from extreme emotional reactions to our unfolding, every changing, personal reality. The recognition ‘that we think’ comes from a deeper place within each of us, beyond our ‘conditioned mind’. Call it ‘original Thought – with a capital T. Call it what you like. It’s our place of freedom. It’s our true home. And with this seeing comes a kindness; a kindness without intent, in other words, it is kindness without an agenda. Unconditional kindness… Read more »

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Eamonn Leonard

Dear Reader. Last week I had a package delivered to my door. And what a package it turned out to be. It was John Wood’s new book. I have been reading it and reflecting on it line by line since. This is not a book to be raced through. This is a book to be read slowly – to be reflected on deeply. In doing so, we might read from the same place of understanding that John has written this book. I am not sure if I really appreciate how privileged I am to be alive at this point in… Read more »

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johnawood

Dear Reader, There are some interesting posts on our forum that you might find of value and even feel inclined to contribute your thoughts. If you would like a response add that request. You will also see, if you visit the forum, that Eamonn Leonard (a strong supporter of the forum) and I have been exploring Thought and Consciousness and how our state of Possibility or impossibility pervades our daily experience. Dr. Peter le Breton and I have also started an intriguing conversation. As you will see, rather than a string of replies I have, with the consent of the… Read more »

Eamonn Leonard
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Eamonn Leonard

EAMONN: John, for the past week or so I have been pondering on ‘awareness that we think’, and how that awareness might affect our ambitions. I am talking about ambition in terms of dreams or hopes we might have. Would the individual that had an awareness that they were thinking up their reality help them to be more rational in their ambitions, resulting in a greater sense of appreciation seeing our ambitions or dreams come to pass. Also, John, do you think an ‘awareness that we think’ might result in us being less despondent if all our dreams didn’t come… Read more »

Eamonn Leonard
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Eamonn Leonard

Eamonn: Dear Reader. I have been reflecting on a question for the last few days, and it is this. Can consciousness be quantified? John: The darndest of questions Eamonn. My 30-second response is this. To the degree that we – you – I – the reader – recognise that we are creating our reality in each moving moment via the gift of Thought and the product of that gift – our thinking – is to the exact same degree – we are awake, aware, conscious. My preferred word of those three is aware. To be aware of our state of… Read more »

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Peter le Breton

JOHN: I emailed the following letter to Dr Peter le Breton, a long time friend, as I did to others on ‘The Realm of Possibility” mailing list. His response, I found powerful and insightful. It seemed like it might be interesting material for this forum, albeit, long and maybe challenging. Peter kindly agreed to post it here on the Forum and permitted me to respond within the context of his reply. Please enjoy this exchange between two friends, both of whom are committed to exploring the world of the common good (whatever that means to each of us and most… Read more »

Eamonn Leonard
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Eamonn Leonard

Dear Reader.

Isn’t it amazing that we give away our power to an imagined higher authority and yet the higher authority is of our own making.

In reality, we are not servants to the higher authority, but are servants to our own creation, a creation made of our own thinking?

Kind regards Eamonn.

Eamonn Leonard
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Eamonn Leonard

Eamonn: Can a person who unconsciously gives away his or her authority to take responsibility for their emotional well-being to a so-called ‘higher power’ ever be other than subservient to that higher power so long as he or she remains in that unconscious state of mind? John: We can imagine (think) that we have given away our authority to a ‘higher power’. From my experience, our belief that we have done so is based on our belief that we can, and that we have. Whatever we believe is an expression of our personal reality. That doesn’t mean that what we… Read more »

Eamonn Leonard
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Eamonn Leonard

Eamonn: Dear Reader. I am curious and so ask this question: If two people, both with little or no awareness of the fact ‘that they think’ or of ‘the inside out nature’ of their separate realities meet and strike up a relationship and fall in love; do they fall in love with each other and their ‘true selves’ or do they fall in love with the ‘false self’, the mental image they have created about the other? John: The exploration of your question Eamonn deserves a very long response or better still a book. For this forum I trust that… Read more »

Eamonn Leonard
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Eamonn Leonard

A conversation between Eamonn and John Eamonn: I would like to talk a little bit about something I’m going to refer to as ‘the innocence of unconsciousness’. John: Each of us Eamonn, is innocently unconscious, to whatever degree we are, of what we are not conscious of. That is the conundrum each of us lives in. To the degree that we are aware of our life long accumulation (our conditioned mind) is to the same degree that we are conscious. We all have limitations – no exceptions, as I will demonstrate later with a little story, to our level of… Read more »

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Eamonn Leonard

Dear Reader. This post is a further attempt to articulate what I wanted to say in my conversation below with John, but I beat around the bush a little and failed to make myself clear. This is a joint effort with John in cutting to the chase of what I meant. When a man, woman or child is traumatised by an event, and the trauma is carried on in their life via their thinking then that person can become a slave to their thinking. This conditioning of their memory results in what is often referred to as ‘scaring’. It is… Read more »

Eamonn Leonard
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Eamonn Leonard

Dear Reader. I’m suggesting that in our less aware – less conscious state of mind we are vulnerable to something I am going to refer to as self-traumatisation, and the more we traumatise ourselves the more pain we cause ourselves. John: Yes, Eamonn. Although I think that the words self-traumatisation can be too strong when it comes to most of the things that we tell ourselves and we get upset over. Some returned soldiers, for just one example, certainly do fall into that category with the condition called ‘post-traumatic-disorder’. And it’s important to remember that not all soldiers get traumatised… Read more »

Eamonn Leonard
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Eamonn Leonard

Dear John. We will agree there is nothing but Thought with a capital T! John: I’m glad you emphasised the capital T. Our thinking (with a small t) is a product of Thought. As it would seem, is everything else. One might say that the universe is a product of Thought energy. Eamonn: Now, sometime in the future I am going to draw my last breath, and that is an end of Thought for the human being called Eamonn! John: Our death is the moment Thought, as expressed through our thinking, leaves us. The energy source has left and we… Read more »

Eamonn Leonard
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Eamonn Leonard

Hi John. A simple question: Is it through inquiry and dialogue that we heal from our addictive states allowing us to reconnect with our true self or does it come down to the quality of the engagement in the act of inquiry? Maybe it’s both!! Kind regards Eamonn. John: It is both Eamonn but the ‘health of the helper’ is critical. The quality of the engagement is helped or hindered by the coach’s own psychological, philosophical and spiritual well being. If the helper is not healthy it is a case of the ‘blind leading the blind’ and the client potentially… Read more »

Eamonn Leonard
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Eamonn Leonard

Dear Reader. Let us agree for a moment, that addiction has its home base in seeking relief from the reality we are experiencing at each given moment. Then, would it not stand to reason that our understanding or equally our lack of understanding of how we create our reality is in equal measure to our addictive state. And would not that addictive state ease to the same degree that our understanding improves, ie seeing that we are creating our reality and thus our addictive state. All that said, when we believe we are our stories the stories seem so real,… Read more »

Eamonn Leonard
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Eamonn Leonard

Dear Reader – some questions and reflections: Eamonn: When we desire to understand how it is we create our reality our very desire to understand gets in the way of that understanding! John: Yes, Eamonn, quite correct. Gently and ongoingly holding an intention to understand how we function as humans will lead us to understand how we create reality. Holding intention rather than desire is the way forward. More on the distinction below. Eamonn: Can we ever be other than alienated from our true self when we do not understand the inside out nature of how we create our personal… Read more »

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Tony Wilmot

Nature is the direct reflection of life, with wisdom, but without the freedom of thought and free will, inherent in each human being – nature is accordingly sheer perfection in action, which is what the human being is, as well, but we have the ability to also be perfectly flawed, when we misunderstand what we are, how we function, and what life is.

Love and best regards, Tony Wilmot

Eamonn Leonard
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Eamonn Leonard

Dear Reader.

The greatest challenge facing the human race is that too many of us are in a state of hypnosis, mesmerised by the stories we live by – otherwise known as our unconscious state.

Kind regards Eamonn Leonard.

Eamonn Leonard
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Eamonn Leonard

Dear Reader.

To live in the content of our stories is to be in slavery to our conditioned mind.

To explore the fact that we think and our ability to create our reality from what we think is to understand our mind and be free.

Kind regards Eamonn Leonard.

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Eamonn Leonard

Dear Readers. Do you think it is possible to inquire into ‘the actual’ from a place of ‘actuality’? What do I mean by ‘the actual’? Let’s look at global warming as a critically important example. Global warming is Life (with a capital L) unfolding. We experience that unfolding event from Thought (with a capital T) via our thinking (with a small t). Global warming is an ‘actual’ Life event. It is happening. And we can experience that event from two states of mind. One state is from our rigidly conditioned mind – a mind that may not take heed of… Read more »

Eamonn Leonard
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Eamonn Leonard

Dear John. Will our state of mind, the one that causes us to be at variance with our true self (our kind, understanding, wise and common sense self) ever allow us to be other than subservient to our thinking? For the purpose of exploring that question, I am going to suggest that we, as in we ourselves, are an expression of Life with a capital L. Now a supplementary question for you and our readers: If it were not for Thought with a capital T, would I even be able to make that up? Now I am going to suggest… Read more »

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Eamonn Leonard

Dear Readers. The following is a conversation I am having with John. Dear John. You may or may not have been asked this question. Here goes: Have you ever stopped to consider yourself, really deep down, as being worthy of other people’s love? John’s reply. Excellent question Eamonn? Before answering, I’m very interested in what prompted you to ask me that? Please be honest? So now, to answer your question. I paused for a moment, searched within a little, and then I saw I did. I add that it is not always a universal experience I have, but quite specific… Read more »

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POSSIBILITY IN BRIEF ‘For nothing worth proving can be proven, nor yet disproven …’ Alfred, Lord Tennyson • Possibility exists prior to anything and everything we believe to be ‘the truth of the matter’. • Possibility precedes our conditioned, self-created, rock-solid reality. It is a state of mind beyond what we had believed to be possible, reasonable or, at times, even rational. • Possibility exists beyond what we currently claim to be irrefutable scientific facts and evidence-based truths. • Possibility is always available whether we see it or not, and it exists (seemingly) independent of us. • Possibility’s profound depth… Read more »

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Tony Wilmot

The Difference between Nature and the Human Being ————————————-——————————— We are each part of nature, but most of nature has not been given the same gifts as have been given to each human being – namely, FREE THOUGHT and a FREE WILL. This offers an appreciation of the DIFFERENCE between what we may observe about nature and what we may observe about ourselves, as all nature (including each human being) starts life, in exactly the same way, with the same clean slate, but nature remains unadulterated (unconditioned). This offers a tremendous opportunity for SELF-EDUCATION, along the lines of discussing the… Read more »

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Tony Wilmot

These are also some further reflections on my experiences, of early yesterday morning (Sunday 8 November 2020): TO GIVE IS TO RECEIVE   To give is to receive, is total freedom, but “to give to receive” is manipulation and self-interest – often at the expense of humankind.   Each one of us is 100% responsible for our state of mind – our attitude – each moment, moment to moment.   We can blame other people and/or circumstances, but that is just our sheer innocence, in operation.   When we discriminate, we are innocently looking for reasons, conditions, justifications, and the… Read more »

Tony Wilmot
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Tony Wilmot

This morning I experienced what I describe below: SEEING WHAT IS “Seeing what is”, or simply “being”, is a state of mind, a state of Possibility, as seen (experienced) and explained in the book, “Possibility … a state of mind.“ This book highlights the personal innocence we all live in. When our innocence is experienced for what it truly is, that enables/allows us to be “natural” – to be the pure energy – the energy that each of us “is”. In that state we are totally free, untainted by any outside influence – any personal thought or memory – just… Read more »

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Eamonn Leonard

I have been reflecting on the healing power of consciousness ,and I am off the notion that it’s greatest healing is… It allows us to have hope, but hope that is free from longing. Kind regards Eamonn Leonard