I recall being somewhere in the Welsh mountains, where the cliff sides were almost vertical. I’m not sure what I was doing there but it appeared that I was in search of something, on the hunt for clues. I remember going through what resembled multi-tiered university halls of residence, searching many levels and feeling satisfied after finally finding what I was looking for. An old public house, which was rather strangely underground. Resembling the inside of the Philharmonic Pub on Hope Street, Liverpool, I snaked through the anti-chambers and snugs, until I came a across a wider cavern, and on the main wall of the lair was a carving of several creatures from the Cthulhu Mythos, my attention being drawn to the tentacled beasty in the middle. After attempting to take picture of this stone-based tapestry on my phone, I heard a loud rumbling and awoke from my slumber just as it was getting interesting.
Still felt the flu symptoms a little, but like I told myself yesterday, I’m choosing to ignore it. Still maintained my rehydration therapy (drinking 4 x 75cl bottles a day) and weight loss, although the weight had crept up a pound with all of the socialising at the weekend to 81.9kg which wasn’t bad considering what was consumed.
Sitting down with my morning coffee, I had a quick flick through Facebook, and noted with interest that a new page has been created (similar to the one set up in Liverpool) called “Wallasey – Days Gone By”. I’ve been researching a whole lot over the past few weeks about Wallasey for my up and coming gothic horror novel, and it’s quite fascinating the things that you find out about a place when you start to dig a little deeper into the past. The reason why today’s update was of particular interest was down to the series of photos the page owner had uploaded. New Brighton (previously known as Black Rock) is built on yellow and red sandstone, and underneath hidden from view (and most likely 80% of the populace) are a series of tunnels and caverns, used by wreckers and smugglers back in the 16th century. Dubbed ‘”The Wormhole”, they will form the epicentre of my subterranean horribleness.
And so to lunch, and a mundane trip to the store for some bits turned out to be an interesting one. The wife and I bumped into “P” my yoga teacher who was accompanied by her husband and daughter. I instantly recognised her daughter as the off-duty nurse who helped me tend for a middle aged deaf lady not so long ago who had taken a fall outside Morrisons early one morning (sadly the victim of her own inebriation). I introduced her to the wife and we got talking about reiki as I’d told “P” that the wife had also been on the course recently. We also go talking about her family’s imminent trip to China, and her daughter started to talk about her daughter who had won the Taekwondo World Championships last week against members of the Russian Olympic Team at the ripe old age of 11. We mentioned that Jamie was a 1st Dan in Taekwondo and won the British Championship in his category last year, but has now moved over to Muay Thai (the more aggressive form of Kick Boxing). So it turns out that we have been mixing in the same martial arts circles for a number of years, just without that reason to connect, now we do. Oddly the wife and I were only talking about “L” and “K” joining Taekwondo as there is one now open in the cadet building directly opposite our house. “P”s daughter said that it was a satellite club of the one her daughter goes to, and its very well run, unlike some other clubs on the Wirral I could mention. So I will look into that as well in the near future.
So digging out the materials with my mid-afternoon cuppa, I started to read the printed materials from “L”. Again rather coincidentally, it is the exact same document I picked from the many on the internet about a month ago, and converted to my Kindle for convenience. So to sum up what reiki is on the most basic of levels, the following is an extract from that text which explain it rather well I think:
“Reiki is a simple, gentle, hands-on (or hands hovering) energy technique that is used for stress reduction and relaxation. Reiki practitioners do not diagnose conditions nor do they prescribe or perform medical treatment, prescribe substances, nor interfere with the treatment of a licensed medical professional. Reiki does not take the place of medical care. It is recommended that a recipient of Reiki should consult a licensed physician or licensed health care professional for any physical or psychological aliments. Reiki can complement any medical or psychological care currently being received. The body has the ability to heal itself and to do so, complete relaxation is often beneficial. Long term imbalances in the body sometimes require multiple Reiki sessions in order to facilitate the level of relaxation needed by the body to heal itself”.
Managed to do some LIPA research this evening for “L” as promised, but it appears there is a 12 month waiting list to get in and the fees are double WAPA (mmmm Double Whopper…). There is a satellite site in Eastham affiliated to LIPA which is quite reasonable cost wise, but the logistics of a Saturday afternoon travel every week, mixed in with the new director of drama will probably mean that he sticks it out for another year which is not a bad thing.
Was due to do reiki on the wife tonight, but she took herself off upstairs are sorted herself out. She said it was ace (nearly falling asleep) and said she must do it every day which she hasn’t done thus far.
So with the kids fed, showered and in bed, it’s time for a bit of Cox on the Box. Tonight’s learning’s:
“In order to understand where we came from, we have to understand the events that happened in the first few minutes of the life of the universe. When it began, the universe was unimaginably hot and dense. There was no structure, no matter, it was exactly the same, whichever way you looked at it.
The universe as it cooled it went through a series of events which brought structure. A billionth of a second after the big bang, an important part of the symmetry of the universe was broken. This was the moment where sub-atomic particles acquired mass. Amongst them were the quarks, as the universe began to cool, the quarks joined together to form more complex structures called protons and neutrons. Before the universe was yet a minute old, the quarks were locked away inside the protons and neutrons, which are the building blocks of all atomic nuclei, the building blocks of the elements, the building blocks of life. The next phase was to assemble those blocks into more complex things. Adding more and more protons and neutrons together under the conditions of nuclear fusion (within the death of a large star – the supernova) allows for the creation of all 92 elements in the universe.
It’s from the universal process of death and rebirth, that we emerged, from a nebula, from a star which went supernova over 5 billion years ago, that our sun was formed, and around it a network of planets, including earth. Everything on earth, originated from that nebula. It’s not just the individual elements which were formed during the death throes of stars. There is evidence from meteorites to suggest that complex carbon molecules containing amino acids, the building blocks of proteins, were forged in the depths of space 4.5 billion years ago, and it’s from them that life on earth may have began.
When we look out into space, we are looking at our own origins. We are truly children of the stars, because written into every molecule of our body, is the entire history of the universe, from the Big Bang to the present day.
When we die, those elements will be returned back in to the universe in the endless cycle of death and rebirth. What a wonderful thing it is to be part of that universe. What a story. What a majestic story”I’ve had this box set for some time. Maybe there was a reason why only now am I giving it the justice it deserves. It is a thing of beauty, delivered by someone who I think truly believes what he says, delivered by someone who shares the facts and sentiment with passion and emotion.
The obvious disconnect I have just now is that although we may be able to scientifically prove what elements makes up every single thing in the known universe, I am yet to discover the true elements that make up the mind and the soul. That journey continues.
What I do now know, is that there is an energy source which can be tapped into for our benefit, I’ve done it. What connection that has to the actual universe, the mind or the spirit is yet to be determined…