My books are travel guides on the spiritual journey. This page serves as an introduction to how I came to write the following two books:
It’s OK To Believe A Journey with Faith and Reason
Be Loved Beloved 15 Spiritual Love Poems, God Love, Self Love
This entire website shares information from my spiritual journey.
Please click on the nav bar on the left for a subject that calls you.
How can we use the spiritual quotes in your books (or any others) as part of our spiritual practice?
If you believe in many paths to God, why does It’s OK To Believe include quotes from only The Bible and A Course In Miracles (ACIM)?
Soon after graduating in Accountancy and French, I became seriously ill.
One day, eighteen months later, I was unable to walk to the office, and
was shortly afterwards diagnosed with ME /CFS (Myalgic
Encephalomyelitis/ Chronic Fatigue Syndrome). I subsequently spent
fourteen years bedbound with little movement and little speech.
Given no diagnosis initially, and then one with no cure, I chose to look
within, embarking first on the psychological and then, increasingly,
the spiritual journey.
My life took on two sides: the difficult circumstances in which I was living – fighting to survive, and the rich, although initially also gruelling, spiritual journey.
Part way into this spiritual journey, I started receiving spiritual poems and other poems. Most were dictated as I could physically write very little.
I call these inspirations. The word inspiration means 'coming from Spirit'.
Sometimes they are thought-bites, sometimes poems, but they are always inspired.
The spiritual practice of forgiveness led me to open my mind to insights. Poems were a frequent by-product of this journey.
I was dictating/writing in this way for many years before I noticed the recurrence of themes and started to gather together poems on the same subject.
The poems served to guide me on my own spiritual journey.
There was no prospect at that time that they would become books for others to read.
I have written Be Loved Beloved - a much smaller book designed as a gift for oneself or for a loved one to help on the journey to allow yourself to be loved by God and progress with self love.
Please feel free to use whichever term works for you, such as Higher Self, Love, Light, The Universe or Presence.
For me God is Love, God is an experience. God is All That Is. The different words are not important. I understand that different words are more helpful to different people. It is important to use a word that connects you with Love.
We can ask for healing around our reactivity to a word.
'God' is a word that is worth making our peace with if possible, as it is used by so many millions of our brothers round the planet.
I used to be unable to use the word 'God'. For many years now, I have embraced it.
In reference to God, I mainly use the pronoun 'He'. If this puts you off then please replace it as She or It.
Equally it may annoy some of you that I use 'She'.
Once again, please use the words that best connect you with Truth.
The narrative at the start of each chapter conveys my journey with a particular question of faith.
Each spiritual poem is accompanied by an exercise in self acceptance.
Each spiritual poem is also accompanied by a
quote from either the Bible or A Course In Miracles – a spiritual text
written in the 1970's. The spiritual quote can be reflected upon as part of your spiritual practice.
The nature of poetry – its rhythm and spaciousness on the page – encourages us to slow down, to breathe and to remain in a heart rather than a head space.
The concise use of words to convey an idea or shift our mindset allows us not to get lost in the words. We pause and allow God to speak to us through the spaces.
Metaphor and imagery in spiritual poetry allow us to bypass the mind's tendency to filter information to fit our preconceived ideas. We open to a new way of seeing the ordinary.