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.

How Hard Is It To Change The World For The Better?

We could do it just by thinking.

There’s nothing to do: except thinking.

Eric Clapton sang about it.

Okay, he was singing about a woman.

Or maybe not.

But you and I can do it by thinking.

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

So much of his thought had a similar message.

What we think is what we get.

The trouble is, do we think about the world we want to have or do we think about what entertains us?

Isn’t the world we have right now pretty much the kind of world we watch for entertainment?

The dramas.

The violent movies.

The war games.

The evening news.

What we chat about.

There are ethical views out there than can bring into reality the kind of world we want.

If we want peace, for example, how peaceful are our thoughts?

“Thoughts are things,” wrote Napoleon Hill as the title of the opening of the first chapter of his bestselling book ‘Think & Grow Rich’.

I’m pleased to live in a world where today there are many people and many movements focussed on ethical, world changing topics.

Permaculture is making a difference in a more sustainable world with respect for our planet.

We can surely do the same.

“We but mirror the world,” said Mahatma Gandhi.

So what are you thinking?

Love and Peace.

Neil.

PS. Go to this link to find audio tracks that do the thinking for you.

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

Change Your Thoughts, Change The World.

The world we have created is a product of our thinking; it can’t be changed without changing our thinking.  — Albert Einstein 

The world is created by our thoughts.

So your brain waves are creating the world we’ve got.

“We but mirror the world,” said Mahatma Gandhi.

Your brain waves can be changed.

You can change any situation by your response to it.

In a stressful situation, for example, your response can determine its outcome.

Every action is preceded by a thought and an emotion.

Start with your perception if you plan to rewire it.

So what are you thinking?

Because that’s where we can change the world.

As a force for good.

Consciously.

Let’s consider how this works in the real world.

In your world.

What are you thinking about while watching television?

Playing video games?

Watching the news?

Listening to the radio?

Responding to social media?

Chatting?

Do you know what you’re thinking?

Are you aware of your responses, your emotions, your feelings?

Do you become emotionally involved?

Could your responses be creating the world you don’t want?

“Every thought and emotion has its own vibrational frequency or wave frequency. Quantum mechanics has demonstrated how a wave frequency can be altered. The shape of a wave has peaks and valleys. Energy waves are encoders and carriers of information with an infinite capacity for storage. When you overlay an opposite shaped wave on to an original wave, the original wave is straightened. Essentially you cancel out the characteristics of the original wave by overlaying a new exact opposite set of peaks and valleys on top of it. You change the vibrational frequency.” The Quantum Mechanics Of Changing Thoughts.

When you change your response, you change your experience of the situation.

This single factor has the potential to dramatically alter the course of your life journey. 

As a thought form with other like minds, we could rewire the world.

As a force for good.

Think about it.

Love and Peace.

Neil Smith.

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

I have something to say.

I heard Erin Brockovich last night say, if you have something important to say, don’t hold back.

Say it.

Well, I have something important to say.

Will you agree with me.

We can change the world by what we think.

And say.

And watch on our screens.

And the video games we play

Because as we watch, play, become involved, we think.

What we think is what we get.

In every moment of our lives we are thinking the state of the world we live in.

As a force for good.

We are our own creators.

“We but mirror the world,” said Mahatma Gandhi.

“This is the Divine mystery supreme,” he added.

We can change the mirror.

What we see is what we get.

We could change the world if we but change the mirror image.

In other words, change the stuff we think about.

We don’t need to go anywhere.

We don’t have to leave home.

We don’t ever need to speak.

Just think.

Thinking makes it so.

“Thought are things,” is the first chapter of Napoleon Hill’s famous bestselling book ‘Think & Grow Rich’.

Here’s the link to my new book ‘Stories From My 50 Year Search For Truth’ – learn more HERE.

It’s a small book of 104 pages, easy to read.

Please read ir.

It’s about what I have to say in a nutshell.

Our thoughts can shape our world.

It’s how we can change the world.

Let’s start.

Will you make the change yourself.

Love and Peace.

Neil.

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

Has The World We Watch For Fun Become The World We’ve Got For Real?

We say we want peace.

Then our thoughts are what we watch and games we choose to play for fun.

Not peace.

So when does fun become reality?

Is that our new reality?,

And is what we watch, and think about, our new world?

Are we really creating the world we’ve got?

If what we think is what we get then is what we’re thinking all the time creating our reality?

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

“We but mirror the world,” said Mahatma Gandhi.

“This is the Divine mystery supreme,” he added.

What if it’s true.

That what we think is what we get.

Is our TV watching actually creating the fictions we love to watch?

Daily.

Have the war games we play become true of the real world?

Do we ever imagine there’s a connection between the two?

Think about it..

Have we become a “watching society”?

Instead of a doing society?

Even more important.

Has our watching world become our real world?

Our new reality?

By default?

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

Love and Peace.

Neil.

Has the New Age come and gone?

What happened to the New Age of the ’60s and ’70s?

The so called New Age of Aquarius swept in like a hurricane.

I was quite carried away with the excitement of change.

Maybe that was just a kneejerk reaction, not the real deal.

And it seems like the New Age came and left just like a passing storm.

According to popular opinion, all the time the real New Age of Aquarius was only beginning.

Because the majority view is that astrologically the New Age has another 2,000 years to run its course.

So let’s relax and see it as just a small step into the water bearer sign of Aquarius and not a plunge into the deep end.

Today I want to step back and to look at the big picture.

I’d like to believe that together we can make a difference in the world even if only because the catch phrase and salutation we used then, “Love and Peace”, still has a few thousand years to make its mark.

So what happened in the ’60s and ’70s to sweep me away with change?

In the ’60s The Beatles arrived.

In 1970 Paul McCartney sang ‘Let It Be’.

In ’71 John Lennon sang ‘Imagine’.

His Moon was in Aquarius.

And in ’71 Don McLean released ‘Starry Starry Night’ about painter Vincent Van Gogh.

The adorable Muppets were born in the late ’60s and revolutionised children’s television.

I was one of five who launched Animal Liberation in the late ’70s to address animal cruelty and to promote free range farm products.

Today free range eggs make up 40% of all eggs sold in supermarkets in Australia compared to zero percent 50 years ago.

A win for cruelty to animals.

At the same time I felt like the world was coming to an end.

It didn’t.

I still remember the feeling of those times.

Chances are you probably don’t because most likely you weren’t born yet.

Bob Dylan sang that the ‘Times Are a-Changin’.

It was a time of marijuana and free love.

I wasn’t interested in either.

Yes, I was a long haired bearded hippie then.

At the same time I was a ‘respectable’ advertising copywriter.

(I worked for some of the hottest ad agencies in Melbourne.)

A group of us started a commune on 40 acres which fell flat on its face.

We were unprepared, under funded and undisciplined.

But it was very aquarian.

In the late ’70s I was the first official member of the new Permaculture Association started by two academics from the University of Tasmania.

Today Permaculture is a worldwide phenomenon.

I had plans to create a self-sufficient Permaculture acre and live off the grid.

It never happened.

In 1962 I learned Chakra Yoga and a unique healing relaxation technique from Australia’s first full time yoga teacher.

Margrit Segesman’s interest in breathing and relaxation techniques combined with an interest in the expansion of consciousness were subjects she had discussed with Carl Jung when they met in the 1920s.

He suggested she should take up the study of yoga and yogic philosophy.

After spending time in Indian ashrams, she found her guru at Rishikesh on the Tibetan border and spent about five years living in a cave as an ascetic.

I practiced her form of yoga, chakra balancing and relaxation every day for 50 years.

What, then, does the Aquarian Age stand for?

What does it mean?

Where is it going for the next 2,000 years?

Mahatma Gandhi said, “Be the change you want to see in the world.”

That’s very Aquarian too.

Maybe together we can make a difference in the world.

Aquarius is about you too — and your life for the next 2,000 years.

Look for future posts.

Namaste.

Neil.

PS. Visit my author page here for my New Age books including the blockbuster ‘Man Steps Off Planet’.