Hello. I am changing the content in my blog which is now becoming a website that can sell my books as well as give people access to my educational and therapeutic stories. These stories are ideal for students learning English as my many readers from other countries will know.
What about me? I trained as a biology teacher after my degree in Botany, in 1973. I taught in schools on and off, but my main love was teaching yoga and gardening in our small holding. I brought up two boys and was married to the artist Gerry Hillman for 30 years. I am in Cornwall, UK, where I have lived for 40 years. My yoga practise led me to understand and feel wonderful energies. These energies turned into something helpful for other people when I trained to be a Natural/Spiritual healer in my 40’s, and studied for a diploma in Psychotherapy and Counselling to help me deal properly with the issues which arose in healing sessions. I continued as a Healer for many years. I have now retired from teaching and spend my time in our garden, and working on my writing, with a bit of Community work to keep me in touch with the world.
A bit of my writing history:
I taught yoga for thirty years. Half way through my yoga teaching career, Swami Ramesh Guptananda came to me in meditation. The Swami (Teacher) appeared to me in answer to a prayer. I knew that help was available from the Higher Realms, as I had personally experienced it. On the day that Guptananda came to me I was meditating, asking for help teaching my yoga classes as I was stuck for material on the Chakras. He ‘arrived’ and told me I should not be teaching people about spiritual matters unless they were following the ‘Rules of Life’. These are like the Ten Commandments of the Bible. I felt embarrassed as I couldn’t remember them all, but he said “Never mind, I will help you.” I then found myself writing a story about one of the Rules of Life, or Yamas and Niyamas as they are called in yoga. It was about the Swami when he was a small child and was wanting more than his share of the sweeties! The Rule or Yama illustrated was ‘Non greed’. I was amazed, as I hadn’t written any stories since I was 12 years old!!
I read the story to my classes. They loved it. Guptananda had provided me with an approach to teaching Yoga Philosophy in a light hearted and gentle way without the embarrassment of trying to tell my students, often 20 or 30 years older than me, that they should be doing this or that. I asked for another story, and another and so on, naming the ‘Rule’ to be illustrated, and Guptananda obliged, every single time, without fail. I never had to think of anything at all, no planning, plotting, agonising, editing and re-editing. The stories were perfect!! I just needed to be in a quiet space and in a calm frame of mind – not a problem for a yoga teacher living 8 miles from the nearest town.
I was asked to write stories for an Education scheme for children, based on the Buddhistic principles of Love, Peace, Truth, Right Action and Non Violence. The publisher asked me for stories from other parts of the world, not just India. I went into my meditative state and asked for a story – a Chinese child came to me first and told me about his life, illustrating acceptance and forgiveness. You can find it if you search for ‘Deng Zhang’ in my search tool. Again, I was thrilled. I have now written over 100 stories for various purposes, for the scheme, for friends, for counselling clients and in answer to requests on this blog. They are all to be found on here.
I published my first Yoga Stories book, Guptananda’s Stories, in 2008 as an online book for teachers, yoga students and young people. There were 43 stories. I am now (Oct 2019) releasing an edited version of it, in two parts. Book 1 is about the Yoga Rules of Life, or Yamas and Niyamas, and Book 2 is about the Eight Limbs of Yoga (Activities which guide one towards ‘Enlightenment’), the Chakras (Energy Centres) and the Gunas (States of Being). In September 2019, at the time of writing this piece, Book 1 is ready for publication, and Book 2 is not finished yet.
Please use the contents list, categories and search tool to find stories to help you.
Below is a picture of Guptananda as seen by the psychic artist Patric Gamble.