Urban Nomad: The Life of Author Neil the Smith

Why ‘the Smith’?

They were the creators, the crafters, the metal smiths, the makers of Medieval Britain a thousand years ago.

Today, I’m ‘the wordsmith’.

The author.

I’ve lived everywhere..

Over 50 places have been my home.

An ancient aboriginal corroboree ground in a wilderness area known as Fairy Hills where the creek met the river was my first memory of life.

And only a few kilometres from the Melbourne CBD.

I’ve just learned they’ve been digging up ancient aboriginal artifacts that suggest this.

I’ve lived with psychics and healers.

And sat with mediums or channels.

I’ve lived with a Reiki Master in New York.

With a Roman Catholic nurse in the north of Italy.

With a Buddhist in the UK.

My lawyer was an Atheist.

I didn’t live with him.

I ran my own freelance copywriting business. in the ’70s

In 1972 I won an award for the best television campaign of the year for a brand of meat pies and donuts.

I was a New Age hippie.

We knew about climate change 50 years ago.

A group of us started a commune on 40 acres north of Melbourne to become self-sufficient and live off the grid.

A year later we’d failed.

I helped launch Animal Liberation here.

Our patron was Peter Singer, who was then Professor of Bioethics at Harvard., and wrote the book ‘Animal Liberation’.

45 years later it’s still active today.

I was the first member of the Permaculture Association.

Which, started by two Tasmanian academics in the late ’70s, today is changing the world

Now there are over one million people certified in Permaculture in over 140 countries with more than 4,000 projects on the ground.

I went bankrupt.

An article I researched and wrote 35 years ago – about the Swiss and Italian gold miners who came to Australia in the 1850s – triggered the launch of a Swiss-Italian Festa which is still running every year today in a local spa resort town.

Their story is in my book here.

I ran a social group called ‘The Springs Whole Health Group’.

We never ran out of guest speakers on healing topics, from ley lines to chemical sensitivity, who I’d enjoy interviewing every month before our next meeting.

Then I would write an article for the local paper which they always published on page 3 or 5.

This while living frugally in an old caravan parked at the end of a street in the spa resort town.

Over 5 years I became known as the man in the van.

I studied many spiritual philosophies.

I studied Religious Experience as an off campus mature age student at Uni –

The Christian Mystics

The Hindu Bhagavad-Gita.

Australian Aboriginal Dreaning.

I practiced Yoga for 50 years from wherever I called home.

Briefly I joined the Theosophical Society in Melbourne, with headquarters in Adyar, India, with the motto ‘There is no religion higher than Truth’.

I met and befriended the Librarian of the Melbourne branch, a Wise Woman, who taught me how and where and why to search for Truth.

What is Truth?

For a time I was married and today have the pleasure of a beautiful family of 2 lovely daughters, 3 adorable granddaughters and 2 mischievous great grandsons.

I’m truly blessed

Visit my 8 fun and entertaining autobiographical books on my Author Page here.

You can find more of my adventures in my autobiographical books.

Namaste.

Neil the Smith (author)

PS. I recommend – ‘Our Thoughts Can Change The World’ (104 pages) and The Great Regency Cover-Up’ (236 pages). Buy both now and save on postage.

Is This The Only Way We’re Going To Change The World Ethically, Sustainably & Quietly.

Would you like to have a crack at changing the world?

For the better.

Without leaving home.

Without lifting a finger.

Could you change the world just with your thoughts?

Could we?

Why not.

“With our thoughts we make the world”, the Buddha said.

What does that mean and how can we do it?

Read my new small inspiring 104 page book ‘Our Thoughts Can Change The World’.

Buy your copy here.

A long time ago a chance meeting with a Librarian, a Wise Woman, who became a close friend opened a door that I found I couldn’t resist.

Was there more to life than meets the eye?

So began my own lifelong search for Truth.

So what is Truth?

I define Truth, capital T, as everything that is unchanging, eternal, permanent, Nature affirming.

I tell the story of my meeting with the Librarian in the first chapter of my small book How Can We Change The World Ethically, Sustainably & Quietly. Ourselves.’

The other 17 chapters tell of unusual personal experiences that followed that reveal my quest to find it.

As if I had opened the door to the answers I was seeking.

Although I didn’t know it.

A second evolution.

Parallel lives.

The secret of Destiny.

What our soul can tell us.

The little known cause of climate change.

The ethical nature-affirming culture that’s already changing the planet for good.

How we can change the world ourselves.

All revealed in easy-to-read bite-size chapters you can digest quickly.

Buy your copy here.

ABOUT ME.

I’m an ex advertising copywriter who worked for some of the hottest ad agencies in Melbourne. Today I’m an author living across the bay from the big city. The cover photo is my home.

CHAPTERS

1 The Young Man & The Librarian, 2 The Romance Of Life, 3 Meet the Five Of You, 4 What You Think Is What You Get, 5 The Secret Of Fire, 6 Does Destiny Play A Part In Our Fortunes, 7 The Young Man & The Receptionist, 8 Reverence For Life, 9 Your Rare Talent, 10 The Fourth Way, 11 The Truth About Soul Mates, 12 Your Soul’s Code, 13 A Second Evolution, 14 Parallel Lives, 15 How Permaculture Is Already Changing The World, 16 Are We Responsible For Our Own Health, 17 Could This Bold Economic Concept Change Our Society, 18 A Pocketful Of Miracles,

Buy your copy here.

PS Visit my author book page here..

love and Peace.

Neil.

How The 100th Monkey Can Change The World.

How do influencers become influencers?

How do new trends suddenly take off?

How can we change the world?

As a force for good.

Is the 100th Monkey Theory the answer?

They say it was a hoax.

Not so, if we take Group Souls into account

Which is not scientifically proven..

Let me tell you the facts as they are known.

Seventy years ago, on the Japanese island of Kojima, a group of researchers noticed that the social behaviour of a troup of 100 Macaca monkeys changed after one of them found a new way to wash and eat potatoes.

The others followed.

All 100 of them.

Which is not normal for monkeys.

Or humans.

Here’s the story.

And that proposes an interesting question.

Might 100 people change their behaviour for good if just one did?

Ethically?

All in different locations.

The behaviour change seems to have jumped natural barriers and to have appeared spontaneously in colonies on other islands and on the mainland in a troop at Takasakiyama.

Then there is wheat, which the monkeys enjoy but find difficult to deal with once it has blown out of containers onto the sand. The breakaway monkey was only three when she solved this dilemma by picking up mixed handfuls of sand and wheat and winnowing the grain by casting both into the sea.

The sand sank, leaving the wheat floating free on the surface where it could easily be scooped up and eaten.

Are there unknown laws in evolution other than those governed by ordinary natural selection.

Is there a second evolution where everything is returning to the Source?

Its perfect archetype?

Read about my theory of a second evolution in my new book ‘Romancing Your Life & Changng The World’.

Is there such a thing as the 100th Monkey Phenomenon and that it might account for the way in which many memes, ideas and fashions spread through our culture.

It may be that when enough of us hold something to be true, it becomes true for everyone.

When a myth is shared by large numbers of people, it becomes a reality.’ (Lawrence Blair).

So how did the first monkey communicate her new habit with the others?

It was hardly through chatting.

Maybe chatter.

Not words.

Maybe signs.

I think through group knowing.

A group phenomenon.

That members of a group just know.

Like a flock of birds all changing direction in the same moment.

A knowing.

Group Soul.

Or Thought Form.

Same with changing the world.

What if?

Love and Peace.

Neil Smith

PS. Get my new book ‘Stories From My 50 Year Search For Truth’ – learn more HERE.

Further refence: Wikipedia.

How You Can Change The World. Yourself.

What if you could change the world just with your thoughts.

“With our thoughts we make the world”, the Buddha said. It’s about vibration and thought is vibration. Is it possible? What if we have less negative thought in our lives and more positive thought, more optimistic thought, then maybe we can raise the vibration of the planet. Together. Because everything is vibration. What does it mean and how can we do it. Romancing your life and changing the world. It’s the title of my new inspiring autobiographical book with true world changing stories from my life. Read my small easy to read 104 page book to change the world with our thoughts.

Buy your copy here.

In what seems a lifetime ago a chance meeting with a Librarian who became a close friend opened a door that I found I couldn’t resist. Was there more to life than meets the eye? So began my own lifelong search for Truth. I tell the story of my meeting with the Librarian in the first chapter of this book. The following 17 chapters tell of unusual personal experiences that followed that reveal my quest to find it. As if I had opened the door to the answers I was seeking. Although I didn’t know it. A second evolution. The secret of Destiny. What our soul can tell us. The unknown cause of climate change. The ethical nature-affirming culture that’s already changing the planet for good. How we can change the world ourselves. All in easy-to-read bite-size chapters you can digest quickly.

Buy your copy here.

ABOUT ME. I’m an ex advertising award-winning copywriter who worked for some of the hottest ad agencies in Melbourne. I helped to launch Animal Liberation here and to start the annual Swiss-Italian Festa in a nearby spa resort. For over 10 years I ran my own freelance copywriting business in Melbourne. Today I’m an author living in a small fishing tourist village across the bay from the big city..

CONTENTS

1 The Young Man & The Librarian, 2 The Romance Of Life, 3 Meet the Five Of You, 4 What You Think Is What You Get, 5 The Secret Of Fire, 6 Does Destiny Play A Part In Our Fortunes, 7 The Young Man & The Receptionist, 8 Reverence For Life, 9 Your Rare Talent, 10 The Fourth Way, 11 The Truth About Soul Mates, 12 Your Soul’s Code, 13 A Second Evolution, 14 Parallel Lives, 15 How Permaculture Is Already Changing The World, 16 Are We Responsible For Our Own Health, 17 Could This Bold Economic Concept Change Our Society, 18 A Pocketful Of Miracles,

Buy your copy here.

Do you like romance, history and the paranormal. They’re all here in my new non-fiction book ‘The Great Regency Cover-Up’. Read more HERE.

Love and Peace.

Neil

What Is a Soul Mate?

Everyone today seems to be searching for their soul mate.
Or do they mean twin soul?
Or twin flame?
What is the difference, if there is one, between a twin soul and a soul mate?
Have you ever thought about it?
Whenever someone talks to me about searching for their soul mate I ask them,
“Or do you mean twin soul?”
And most of the time I get a blank look as if to say,
“I never thought of that.”
So what is the difference between a soul mate and a twin soul? If there is one.
Twin souls are, well, like twins.
They come from the same soul, or womb, and are here to achieve a common or similar goal,either together or independently.
Both Darwin and Wallace arrived at much the same theory of evolution at the same time, so they were twin souls who, rather than working in collaboration, developed the same theories, concurrently but independently.
Like insurance, if one didn’t get it the other one probably would.
Logarithms, you’ll be interested to know, were discovered by both John Napier of Scotland and Joost Burgi of Switzerland around the same time.
The microchip was invented twice within half a year of each other, first by Jack Kilby (1958) and then Robert Noyce (1959).
So what are soul mates and how are they different from a twin soul?
Soul mates are different souls, mates, who may have known each other in past lives, who feel a strong bond with each other or who have agreed to meet up to help each other or to learn from each other, often as a teacher for the other.
“You complete me” are the words of a soul mate.
“I am complete” are the words of a twin soul.
They can be your closest friend or someone who irritates you no end, depending on what their purpose is in being mates and what you need to teach/learn.
I’ve been told that I see my greatest faults in my partner.
Soul mate.
I’d like to think that the subjects of some of the greatest love stories in history might have agreed to meet again as soul mates to live out uncompleted lives.
To complete each other.
Love at first sight.
Did Lancelot and Guinevere and other tragic love stories return as soul mates?
What if you were one of them.
There are many theories on the question of what is a soul?
Mine is that the essence of our soul or higher self is what animates our physical body.
Not our soul but its essence.
Imagine that your soul is like a vast ocean which began as a clear ocean of water aeons ago.
With each lifetime a bucketful of the water from the clear ocean is drawn as the essence of a single lifetime.
That is not your soul but the essence of your soul.
The experiences of each lifetime you’ve ever lived accumulate in that ocean and therefore in that bucket of water, let’s say as colours, a different colour for each experience which are returned to the ocean when we die.
Suppose this happens over and over with each lifetime and the once clear water of the ocean becomes coloured with the experiences of every lifetime.
Each life adds more colours (experiences) to your ocean and each new life’s individual essence contains the colours (experiences) of that life to add to the ocean of coloured water.
I’d prefer to call it essence not soul.
Atman which is Brahman.
Essence which is soul.
So twin souls would be two bucketfuls draw from the same ocean.
Soul mates, on the other hand, are bucketfuls of coloured water drawn from different oceans.
Then there are group souls.
Group souls need to socialise.
Have you ever wondered why a flock of birds in flight all change direction at precisely the same moment?
It’s because most birds and animals are members of a group soul.
So were we, I believe, in ages past.
Then we, at some point, break away and individuate.
Then we are complete.

Love and Peace,

Neil

Read more about the soul and soul mates in my books –

Romancing Your Life & Changing the World

The Great Regency Cover-Up

What They Didn’t Tell Us About Life.

It’s how I came to search for ethical Truth and look what I found.

It’s in my new 104 page book.

In what seems a lifetime ago a chance meeting with a Librarian who became a close friend opened a door that I found I couldn’t resist.

Was there more to life than meets the eye?

So began my own lifelong search I tell the story of my meeting with the Librarian in the first chapter of this book.

The following 17 chapters tell of unusual personal experiences that followed that reveal my quest to find it.

As if I had opened the door to the answers I was seeking.

Although I didn’t know it.

A second evolution.

Parallel lives.

The secret of Destiny.

What our soul can tell us.

The unknown cause of climate change.

The ethical nature-affirming culture that’s already changing the planet for good.

How we can change the world ourselves.

All in easy-to-read bite-size chapters you can digest quickly.

ABOUT ME.

I’m an ex advertising copywriter who worked for some of the hottest ad agencies in Melbourne.

Today I’m an author living across the bay from the big city.

Buy your copy here.

Do you like romance, history and the paranormal.

They’re all here in my other new non-fiction book ‘The Great Regency Cover-Up’.

Read more HERE.

Best wishes.

Neil.

Destiny. Evolution. Reincarnation. The Big Picture.

I wonder if there isn’t a bigger picture to some of the hotly debated questions of life, creation, destiny, evolution, reincarnation.

What if, as part of the Big Bang and invisible to us all today, a myriad intelligences were created, energies we now call ‘souls’.

Today we call that the Creation.

Like everything else at the Big Bang these were energies with potentialities to become intelligent beings way into the future.

Precisely what they would become was built into their memories.

How they would get there was not.

That was up to the experiences each would encounter along the way – through eons of time.

Each ‘soul’ would encounter different experiences thus making each one different on their way to their end goal.

We call that our Destiny.

Survival of the fittest and natural selection represents survival and selection best suited to advance toward the goal implanted in their memories.

Rather than random selection and survival of the fittest in competition with their immediate rivals.

Which brings into question the basics of Social Darwinism.

Their experiences along the way we call Evolution.

I wonder, do we ever take into account the big picture, the one born eons ago at the Big Bang.

We see only a fraction of the physical evolution over a brief period in the life (so far) of the soul.

Would we change our perception of the Meaning of Life if we were to consider the bigger picture, the soul life of everything, each with its own mission both in and outside this earthly existence?

We can never know what that mission is, of course, for all of Creation.

All we can do is to seek our own purpose in life, our mission here on earth, to make sense of what’s going on in the big picture.

So is a crucial part of the experience sought by each potential intelligence gained through many lifetimes, many incarnations, like a sculpture being chiseled out of a lump of stone?

Or tempered by the steel of a sword, from the fire to the water and back?

Today we call that Reincarnation.

Does the sum total of our experiences, our many lifetimes, the good and the bad, give us the whole picture?

And does that idea give us a reason for our lives right now?

Which at times probably makes no sense at all.

You might protest that it’s not fair.

Don’t we have free will?

Yes we do which happens when we are seeing the small picture rather than the bigger picture.

If life is about experiences then we certainly need our free will.

“Don’t refuse the adventure” writes mythology author Joseph Campbell.

Free will.

And then, was it God the Creator that created the Big Bang in the first place?

What do you think?

Neil (author of ‘Man Steps Off Planet‘)