The Crash in Computing and The Online Life

The sun is shining here in London at the beginning of February 2015 and my trusty laptop decided to crash on the first of the month. What an impact and what a review given that increasingly so much of my work now focuses on the virtual world and computing.

There is much continued discussion here on the internet as well as main- stream media such a newspapers and television programmes about how increasing access to the internet impacts on our lives.  Well to be clear not all of our lives given that the highest age consumption group are those in their early twenties.  For them the result is real and imagined isolation combined with unrealistic and thereby distorted views of the world and how they live or attempt to live in the real world.

What can be done about it?  Very little at present. Many have tried to step back but the apparent ‘addiction’ is so great and supported by friends and peer groups not to mention the emotional addiction that such escapism offers in an increasingly challenging world for the early 20’s here in the West.

Then there are another group in their late teens and early twenties whom I have met. They say to me how they can take on ideas relating to personal transformation and equally their view of the journey we like to term life is open and engaging.  They have no problems understanding even the most challenging of ideas or concepts which I put forward.

However there are a small group of those in their late teens and early twenties who don’t think of act like this at all.

When we meet our conversation goes something like this “Wow I can’t believe you are the age you are Steve”

“Why” I ask?

“You understand all and more of what I am saying to you about how my life is now and equally how I see my life in the future”

Sarah said “I am not taking on board the old and outdated ideas which surround me.  No, I am not buying into the illusions that the people create in the various social and press media”

All powerful words and actions.  However as we talked more it became clear how isolated this young lady felt.  Why, because her friends were not of the same mind as herself.

“Where are the same like minded people Steven?” she asked.

“Through my work Sarah I meet many of them in different settings and we have similar conversations to the one which we have just enjoyed today”.

THOUGHT

“If I am in contact with this increasing but isolated individuals then what I need to do is be the creator of a community that supports their thoughts and need for action.”

Immediately the wonderful and heartfelt and inspiring title of that seminar I created in 1989 sprung into my mind.  Group; community; coming together – whatever the prefix for THE POWER OF CARING. That began in 2014.

Wednesday 2nd February 2015 and the last remaining online elements are being put into place and so . . . .  watch this space.

The Weaving Of Shamanic Medicine Into Ones Life

For some strange reasons wasn’t able to sleep even after a busy day. I decided to make a cup of tea and then return to a warm bed but before doing so, and naturally whilst drinking my cup of tea, sat in front of the computer. Here is the first connection that came up. I immediately thought of how I am working,, almost tirelessly, on creating the next stages of the power of caring community – membership and up pop this wonderful article. Naturally, I had to share. Steven

Contemporary Shaman

b5a5f7d4295948872fd80e861960bae3We are no longer living in the old traditional ways. We can’t go back. It’s like asking the butterfly to return to its cocoon. The laws of nature keep moving us forward into transformation and growth.

The leading governments of the world have a surging pull to go back to old traditional values based on fear that they have no control. The Vatican for example is also stuck in a time warp that does not fit this modern age.

Trying to stuff the butterfly back into its cocoon…. It just won’t regress and in doing that they are preventing what naturally needs to transform. Transformation will happen one way or another, nature will see to it if no one else does.

We may have been part of the old traditional ways in former incarnations and may well be descendants of traditional pathways but we are not our past, nor should…

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Back to Blogging in 2014

The weather conditions here in the UK have taken an untold strain on people.  Today I wanted to share some sunshine here in London and after lunch walked up the road to The Embankment for a cup of coffee and to enjoy the sunshine.  Here are a few pictures one of which, as the sun sets, was so powerful for me. ImageImageImage

What January 2013 Holds in Store

I might regret writing this but so far London weather and January has been surprisingly mild.  Today is Tuesday the 8th and I cannot believe how quickly the time has passed since the new years eve celebrations.  In the first few days of the new year I have had many meetings with some incredible people where we share our ideas at an amazingly expansive rate.  There is much for me to complete and I will confide how I am so enjoying the recording sessions which began with the audio book version of the second edition of ‘Life’s Meaning for Today’ and is now expanding at a rate which positively takes my breath away to include a whole host of other recording projects for the rest of this month.

Those involved in the editing tell me how powerful the recording is both in terms of content and my delivery and I have been directed to create an additional recording to be included where I can discuss translating the effects of my quotes into day-to-day understanding and action.

I have had to get used to some amazing feedback from both colleagues as well as friends. What a journey especially when you are 56 years of age. Then there are so many journeys we make – some of them at various points in our lives commonly referred to as life transitions.  Then there are those that seem to almost jump out at a time when we never quite expected such an event, meeting or discussion to unfold. Such is the true reflection of our lives, lived to the full.

To finish here are some quotes created for the second edition of Life’s Meaning for Today http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/stevenwarren#expand_text

As with my readers I have decided to simply open a page at random and include what is reflected back in today’s blog:

“A life lived to the full requires the courage of your mind to trust your heart.

In trusting your heart, with childish knowing even when those around never understand your wisdom.

For now to stay or leave? To find another way? ”

— – – — — — — — — — — — —

” To support another,

To,

Express their creativity

Express their passion

Express their unique knowing

Express their care

Express their understanding ”

— — — — — — — — — — —

Of all my tomorrows

Tomorrows known and unknown

Tomorrows real and imagined

Tomorrows I will believe in from my heart

Tomorrows I shall discard with my mind

Loves I shall know

Loves I shall borrow

Loves I shall cherish

Loves which I shall once more discover in this life “

The New Year and 2013

The last few weeks have been filled with reflection – both my own and those who share my life.

I talked with many about events as they had unfolded in our year  2012 but the main focus was on the year ahead.  Here, in Europe, we had been told a few months ago that the Euro Zone would collapse but this hasn’t happened.  However what has happened independently of finance is a major shift in perceptions of those individuals – read you and I – who compose these countries.

What does this mean?  We are thinking at an angle – essentially we are thinking differently and whilst there are no conclusions there is a process for us to follow and follow that process of simple honesty we are.

All that was promised didn’t happen and we are waking up to the fact that all that was promised isn’t going to happen.  But happenings are there and it is up to us as individuals to command our lives and accept that the only person qualified to make change – yes, you have it right as you read this far – yes, it is us.

144,000 Must be Known

From a colleague created today to share with my readers:

 

So many roads

I have journeyed down

But now I stop

And look around

 

Good and bad times

I can see

Each experience

Chosen just by me

 

I have walked through valleys

Dim and dark

I have scaled the peaks

And heard the lark

 

Who am I?

To stand alone

One hundred and forty four thousand

Must now be known.

 

Are you one?

The Mayan Calendar 29th October 2012

I have been asked to discuss the Mayan Calendar by a number of people who have attended recent talks and I will admit that the whole subject brings a smile to my face.  Many people are taking a literal view in regard to the date in December bringing an end to the world.  The world we live in is a constantly changing illusion and in DC Effect terms the way in which we explore our multifaceted inner life is partly a result of the multifaceted world of waking illusion in which we live.

So my immediate and clear response is, like many events in both our personal history and the history of the society in which we live the 21st of December this year will shift focus.  Some people will hear about the date that day on their news channels. Others will be watching programmes where people discuss the whole concept.  Some people will observe it in one and others from an entirely different perspective.  In short the event will shift some peoples thinking of how they observe the illusion of their waking life.

What I do hope will happen is that people who have never examined the subjects relating to an end of the world from a metaphysical concept will begin to explore some of the core elements and issues being presented and discussed.  But there are other issues presented to people now that a world recession has hit the headlines.  What are the values by which I live my life?  Are they my values or borrowed without thought from the society or group within society which I have been brought up in?

I clearly remember when I was working with people when they were going through some loss and subsequent transitional change how the event or series of events in their life result in some quite simple and yet startling shifts in both how they viewed an emerging aspect of themselves and their understanding.

From my reading is see that  many ethnic Mayans dismiss the apocalyptic predictions as largely a Western idea.

Rather than the end of time itself, the inscriptions refer to the start of a new era.

And from further reading on the internet I see ‘In times of crisis, the ancient Maya used their calendar to promote continuity and stability rather than predict apocalypse

Early October Update

The past few months have unfolded many experiences from the second edition of my book being published and the amazing and continuing response to my writing to my preparing this week one hour talks to people in their twenties who are inspired by work.

I was interviewed yesterday by an international journalist who approached me to explore writing either a book about my life or an indepth article.  During our initial discussion, which lasted nearly three hours, it became clear that my work spans many different areas and so she is going away to think through how best to approach her writing about me.

The sun is shining here in London with blue skies after a short rainfall early this morning and I am looking out of the window at Big Ben.  I am sorting out emails and details on the website before leaving London early this evening to travel to Devon to see a close friend and collect the last remaining possessions I have in store with her.  There are copies of journals which I wrote back in 1980 when I was completing my therapy training and it will be revealing to sit with a cup of tea and re-read my personal exploration in my early twenties.

There are also close ties with Torquay where I shall be staying over the weekend in that my grandparents are buried who had such a powerful influence in my life.  So it would appear that the next few days are going to be twofold in what they will be reflecting back to me: embracing the past and then saying a final goodbye to move on to the next unfolding stage of my life.

It is interesting to note how at the end of August I celebrated my 56th birthday.  The friend I shall be staying with who is an amazing writer of poetry asked me before the birthday what age my grandfather was when I was born and I replied 56. Such an insight reflected back to me at the time created a powerful connection at many levels and now, as I write some two months after my birthday there is much that has unfolded at so many levels to enable me to think about and see my life from a new perspective.

I am so looking forward to the groups as well as one on one sessions which are currently being organised and of course to finish the next book Dynamic Cognition – The DC Effect in Your Life in readiness for publication next month.

Big Ben says it is nearly 12 noon and so time for lunch.