My books are travel guides on the spiritual journey. This page serves as an introduction to the writing of It’s OK To Believe and Be Loved Beloved. It also relates to many of my other books yet to be published.
This website shares information from my spiritual journey. For guidance, comfort and companionship on your journey of faith, please click on the nav bar on the left and look around.
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 originally meant coming from the spirit. Sometimes they are thought-bites, sometimes poems, but they are always inspired.
The spiritual practice of forgivenessled me to open my mind to the insights contained in my books.
My creativity was forged in a time of silence, suffering and surrender.
The desire to unite my faith and reason led to the spiritual journey of questions and answers presented in It's OK to Believe.
I was dictating/writing in this way for many years before it occured to me that the writing might be formed into books for others.
They served as guide books for my own spiritual journey.
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.
I used to be unable to use the word God. Now I love it. Ultimately we can ask for healing around our reactivity to words. '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.
In reference to God, I mainly use the pronoun 'He'. If this puts you off then please replace it as She or It.
The narrative at the start of each chapter conveys my journey with a particular question of faith.
The spiritual quotes can be used as part of a 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 number of words but pause and really allow our mind to go off in new directions.
We can enjoy the spaces between the words.
Metaphor and imagery in the poetry allow us to bypass the mind's tendency to filter information to fit preconceived ideas. We open to a new way of seeing the ordinary.