Urban Nomad. Who is the Smith?

I am the Smith.

I am the author.

Why ‘the Smith’?

The smiths were the crafters, the metal smiths, the blacksmiths, the makers of Medieval Britain a thousand years ago.

I am the wordsmith.

I’ve written and self-published 8 autobiographical books.

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This smith has lived everywhere.

Over 50 dwellings 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 pay less P&P.

What Does Your Soul Look Like?

“What is a soul,” enquired the little boy of his father (Cary Grant) in the 1958 movie ‘Houseboat’?

Your soul is like a vast ocean., he replied as they dangled their bare legs over the deck of their houseboat, gazing out across the water.

Created maybe aeons ago.

At first, let’s say, the water was crystal clear.

Natural.

Pure.

Then you had your first lifetime, maybe aeons ago.

You had a body, maybe not even physical, but a body of some kind.

And that first body needed life.

To stay with the same ocean metaphor, a life was drawn from that pure ocean like a bucket of water taken from it.

So that bucketful of water, your essence of your new life, was added to your physical body.

Your body, in whatever form, then had life.

At that point you became a living being.

Full of life.

Your soul is like the ocean and the water drawn from that ocean is the essence, a fragment, a reflection of the ocean.

It is a part of your soul but not you soul, if you know what I mean.

Same but different.

Connected but apart from the ‘mother soul’.

That’s how I remember the conversation.

Maybe I’ve editorialised just a little to fit my own thinking.

With each lifetime, let’s say, you had adventures and experiences.

And let’s say that every experience, every emotion, everything we learn is a colour and,, over time, each bucketful of water taken from the vast ocean becomes coloured.

Each bucketful of water is emptied into the vast ocean at the end of each lifetime.

Over the years that ocean is coloured with the waters of our lives.

Ending up today, let’s say, with soul ocean coloured by every lifetime we’ve ever had.

So with each bucketful taken from an ocean of coloured water we begin a new life coloured by our past.

A past we probably don’t remember.

And so we enter every new life with an essence of our many, many pasts.

Only to add more colours this time.

We are both our soul and an essence of soul.

This essence contains many clues to our present including our Destiny.

Is this your idea of soul?

Love and Peace.

Neil.

PS. Order your copy of my soul book ‘A True Paranormal Mystery To Change The World’ HERE.

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’.

I Went to Yoga Classes at a Hindu Yoga Ashram in Australia.

I was living alone in a caravan in Central Victoria, Australia.

A group of us went off once a week to a Hindu Ashram in the middle of nowhere for yoga nidra lessons.

And a very memorable time.

I was living in a caravan in Central Victoria.

A friend was a member of the nearby Rocklyn Yoga Ashram.

The ashram was located in a peaceful retreat centre in the heart of the Wombat Forest.

I’d already learned chakra yoga with Australia’s first full time yoga teacher.

Margrit Segesman taught me a form of yoga that I practiced daily for over 50 years.

There were 10 asanas or positions based on balancing the 7 major chakras.

I believe they kept me healthy and physically and mentally well for most of my life.

You should think about learning chakra yoga too.

No matter what your age.

I was 24.

Both yoga and chakra balancing are beneficial in so many ways.

And yoga is relaxing for starters.

Margrit Segesman’s interest in breathing and relaxation techniques branched into an interest in the expansion of consciousness, a subject she had discussed with Carl Jung when they met in the 1920s.

He suggested the study of yoga and yogic philosophy and reading The Science of Breath by Yogi Ramacharaka.

As well as studying philosophy, she developed her own progressive yoga relaxation technique that she later incorporated into her classes.

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:

“For years I knew nothing else but meditation, raja yoga, hatha yoga, the intense practices of kriya and tantra, [and the] study of cosmology and evolution,” she later wrote.”

When she set up her school, she found Melbournians were keen to embrace yoga which was still considered to be very ‘new and exotic’ for Australia.

However, following a radio interview about her relaxation technique, Margrit was inundated with students and so took the step to full-time teaching.

When she embarked on her voyage from Switzerland in 1954, Margrit planned to travel to Sydney, but mistakenly stepped off the boat in Melbourne instead.

The Gita School of Yoga was Australia’s first full-time yoga school with its own permanent premises, offering classes each week day and night.

I remember having to step carefully along a narrow pebbled path to arrive at the front door – beginning class with a walking meditation.

A class then consisted of limbering, ten basic yoga asanas with many variations, breathing practices and relaxation.

On 22 September 1960 the Gita School of Yoga opened at 21 Alfred Place, Melbourne, which ran alongside St Paul’s Cathedral.

Soon after I was there as one of her early students.

Be well and healthy.

Neil

PS. Click here for the Rocklyn Yoga Ashram’s website.

Discover my new book of my real recent New Age adventures here in ‘Man Steps Off Planet’.

Why Do We Age?

It’s called ‘entropy’.

Entropy explains the rise and fall of everything.

From The Roman Empire to you and me.

Maybe it’s a Law of the Universe.

It’s the Second Law of Thermodynamics in physics.

Everything rises and falls, ashes to ashes, have you noticed.

But does it need to?

How does it steal our age?

WHY DOES EVERYTHING NEED TO RISE AND FALL?

Why does everything that has been created need to fall into disarray?

Including you and me.

That’s a good question.

And the answer is: entropy.

“Entropy is a scientific concept as well as a measurable physical property that is most commonly associated with a state of disorder, randomness, or uncertainty.” (Wikipedia)

Rise and fall, ashes to ashes, ageing.

It’s a physical thing.

But then, perhaps there’s another quality that isn’t subject to entropy.

Our mind.

The mind only ages when our physical self tells it that we age.

The legacy of the Roman Empire is surely mind stuff, its art, its thought, its spirit.

Its ruins are only the physical part.

Its soul remains.

Forever.

IS THAT THE SECRET OF LONGEVITY?

For our mind to tell our body not to age.

Not the other way around.

Should we stop believing that we grow old when our mind is forever young?

To have our mind tell our body it’s not old.

Instead of our body telling us, you’re old.

IS THE ANSWER TO KEEP THINKING YOUNG?

Neil

PS. Click here for the book of my real New Age adventures in ‘Man Steps Off Planet’.

Do The New Age & Physics Hold The Secret Of Eternal Youth?

Has the Age of Aquarius dawned and passed?

Is the New Age still about hippies and drugs?

Not any more.

I was there when it dawned in the ’60s and ’70s.

And the New Age of Aquarius still has over 2,000 to go.

So we’re still living at the dawning of a new age.

I want to update everything I know and everything I’ve learned about that astrological revolution.

It’s my first post in new ideas, and old ideas updated, in New Age thinking.

My New Age thinking.

I was a child of the New Age, the Age of Aquarius, going back 60 years.

And we got some of it wrong.

Now in 2022 I want to get it right.

Or more right.

Let’s start with doing something about our age.

CAN WE SLOW DOWN GROWING OLD AND STAYING HEALTHY?

Yes.

It’s called ‘entropy’.

What is entropy?

Entropy explains the rise and fall of everything.

From The Roman Empire to you and me.

If you like, it’s a Law of the Universe.

It’s the Second Law of Thermodynamics in physics.

Everything rises and falls, ashes to ashes, have you noticed.

But does it need to?

How does it steal our age?

It’s my first updated revised down-to-earth ‘New Age’ concept.

WHY DOES EVERYTHING NEED TO RISE AND FALL?

Why does everything that has been created need to fall into disarray?

Including you and me.

That’s a good question.

And the answer is: entropy.

“Entropy is a scientific concept as well as a measurable physical property that is most commonly associated with a state of disorder, randomness, or uncertainty.” (Wikipedia)

Rise and fall, ashes to ashes, ageing.

It’s a physical thing.

But then, there’s another quality that isn’t subject to entropy.

Our mind.

The mind only ages when our physical self tells it that we age.

The legacy of the Roman Empire is surely mind stuff, its art, its thought, its spirit.

Its ruins are only the physical part.

Its soul remains.

Forever.

MAYBE THAT’S THE SECRET OF LONGEVITY.

For our mind to tell our body not to age.

Not the other way around.

Let’s stop believing that we grow old when our mind is forever young.

Have your mind tell your body it’s not old.

Instead of our body telling us, you’re old.

KEEP THINKING YOUNG.

Neil

PS. Discover my new book of my real recent New Age adventures here in ‘Man Steps Off Planet’.

My Story Of How Just Thinking Can Change Your Life.

It figures.

We’re thinking in every waking hour.

And we’re reacting to our thoughts during most waking hours.

But do we ever think that we’re constantly connecting the two?

We think hungry so we go to get something to eat.

We need something and we act to satisfy that need.

We feel a desire for something, or someone, and we take steps to satisfy our need.

Don’t our thoughts always precede an action?

The act always follows a thought.

Our thought always stimulates a physical response.

Think about it.

Doesn’t it follow, then, that we can have a deliberate thought of action that will result in a physical response?

Cause and effect.

The thought is the cause and the action is the effect.

What if we also apply the idea to karma.

As you sow so shall you reap.

So what if your thoughts create your life?

Then if your reality is thought then what if your karma is also based on your thoughts rather than your actions.

What if your karma isn’t about your actions, good or bad, within a certain society’s morals, but one’s thoughts within a much broader view.

Is it rather the thought, the intent, that draws the karma?

Think about it.

What if we get what we think.

And what if all the thoughts we have during a single day are creating our reality?

What if?

A scary thought.

But what if it’s true.

What do we think about?

Do we ever think about that?

What if the stories we get in the movies, the computer games, the television dramas and the TV news, are all creating our reality?

Are the standout thoughts and beliefs we’re left with from the media throughout the day actually creating our world?

The Buddha said, “We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world..”

Is that what he meant?

So on that basis, are our thoughts and our beliefs really creating our life, our world, our destiny?

What if?

Neil

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>Further Reading: ‘Quantum Healing‘ by Deepak Chopra.

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What Happens To Your Thoughts?

What are you thinking right now?

Is it what you did last night?

Your many problems?

Your money worries?

Is it what you found disturbing on the news this morning?

Or the night before?

Maybe the movie you watched last night.

Or all of the above.

But what no-one is telling us is that we all may be getting the very thoughts on our minds, good or bad, without knowing it.

In our daily lives.

In the world.

What if our thoughts create our reality.

All of them.

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

Pretty outrageous.

But what if it’s true.

“Thoughts are things,” was the title of the first chapter in Napoleon Hill’s famous world bestselling book ‘Think & Grow Rich.’

It was a very materialistic book about how our thoughts can make us rich.

And I would add, or poor, or sick, or unhappy, or anything we might think at any time.

Doesn’t that make you think?

Aren’t we all a little alarmed at the world right now?

I am.

Which makes me want to shout out to the world:

“What on earth have we all been thinking?”

Do you agree?

Think about it.

Like and follow my blog to show you agree.

Best wishes,

Neil.

>Author Page: lulu.com/spotlight/aussiescribe

>Read my book ‘What They Didn’t Tell Us About Life’ HERE

>Further Reading: The Nature Of Personal Reality’ by Jane Roberts.

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Where Is Your Soul Mate?

What if you were a Romeo waiting for your Juliet, a Guinevere waiting for your Lancelot, to show up in this life?

What if a past life ended tragically, in a death perhaps, untimely separation or unfortunate distance, leaving emotions and experiences unfinished or unexpressed.

How tragic.

What if we’ve returned to complete what was started last time with an unhappy parting?

What if, what if?

Are we going to blow it by settling for someone we’ve asked to be our partner too soon?

What if?

How do we know?

We don’t, except that we can go with the flow, by trusting that our interests are being taken care of.

Not so if we’re trying to force things.

What if there is a priority of the thoughts and influences in our lives depending the intensity and the degree to which each is important.

I’ve always thought that the recent talk of the Law of Attraction is only relevant as far as other influences which are in our mental make-up at the time are more important.

For example, are there aspects of our Destiny or our Karma that might override any forcing we set up as our expectation of the Law of Attraction.

And choices.

We’re free to make choices all the time.

That’s free will.

But how do we know whether our choices are, in the long run, in our best interests?

How do we know without a crystal ball?

Seeing into the future.

Are our chances of winning the lottery diminished by aspects to the contrary in our Karma or our Destiny or simply in our need to win the lottery over other considerations.

Are we always simply in the queue?

It’s a mix, like a cake.

Priorities are surely determined more by their importance on a spiritual level than our own sense of importance.

Much of which we may not understand.

It’s not either/or.

Trust.

In the Tao it’s known as “wu wei”, not forcing things.

For the past 30 years I’ve lived by not forcing things.

I had no choice.

Read about it in my book ‘Man Steps Off Planet’ HERE.

Take care.

Neil Walter Smith

Further reading: ‘Tao: The Watercourse Way’ by Alan Watts.

Illustration by ‘facundodiaz’ at Deviantart.com.

Why Not Forcing Things Works.

How this paper boat behaves is a good example of the principle of ‘not forcing things’ in our everyday lives.

If we know the direction of the current then we can have a pretty good idea where the paper boat will end up.

Without any force.

Could it be why some people are successful in life?

The Universe shows us all the time.

Going with the flow, rolling with the punches, cutting with the grain, swimming with the tide, sailing with the wind.

The Japanese marshal arts of Judo and Aikido are based on this principle.

It’s demonstrated in the action of water which does not force things but finds its way through and around every obstacle.

Same with life and we often miss it.

It’s a Taoist idea expressed in the term ‘wu wei’ meaning ‘not forcing things’.

Our society tends to take an opposite view, to force things to go our way.

And we can always be encouraged in our world to use money to get what we want.

That’s okay if its not forcing things.

I’m suggesting that it’s in our own interests to go with the flow, not to force things.

What if we have other choices.

What if we’re trying to control to our benefit something that is not in the end in our best interests.

That’s where ‘not forcing things’ can better work in our favour.

Because often we simply don’t really know what is in our best interests.

Often it’s best to leave it to our Destiny, our Karma, the Universe.

Life itself can be full of examples if only we’d give it a chance.

Sometimes we can be too busy trying to control our lives when we shouldn’t be trying to force things.

Better, maybe, to go with the flow.

For the past 30 years I’ve lived by not forcing things.

I had no choice.

I was bankrupt.

I chose to go with the flow to survive.

I was not prepared to be a victim.

And it worked.

Right now I’m writing my seventh book based on how I view my experiences.

Read more in my book ‘Man Steps Off Planet’.

It’s about how not forcing things led to incredible adventures and a life far beyond one of loss and poverty.

That would be missing the point.

We might call it serendipity.

Maybe it will change your life like it changed mine.

I was once an advertising copywriter and my book was a product of survival after losing everything.

Buy the book and improve your life like I did.

Best wishes.

Neil

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>Visit my author page here.

>Further reading: ‘Tao: The Watercourse Way’ by Alan Watts.

Stop Forcing Things

Who was it that said, “Show me someone who has made mistakes and I’ll show you a person who’s lived.”

Something like that.

And that’s me.

And that’s what I want to talk about.

Living and learning.

This is not only a school, it’s a life.

Once it’s gone then it’s too late.

So please, live and learn before it’s too late.

Stop forcing things.

People say, what about “squeaking hinges”?

What about making noise to get heard?

Forcing things.

And I reply, “choose without forcing it”.

Could that be why the long-held spiritual notion of a rejection of wealth, something I lost when I went bankrupt, bobs up in religious ideas over history.

Because with money we force things.

Without it we can’t.

And therein lies a great spiritual Truth.

Without the benefit of wealth we are unable to force life to go the way we would like.

Then we’re open to our Destiny to take us where we might want to go.

Going with the flow rather than with our will.

Maybe we need to save the use of our will for other purposes.

Like healing of ourselves, and others.

You might be asking, but what about this, what about that, for example, what about the Law of Attraction?

There are many influences contributing to our choices, our actions, our lives.

There might be our Destiny, our Karma, the Law of Attraction, the intensity of our thoughts, past life memory, the influence of the issues in our lives, our habits, even our television watching habits and the emotional involvement in what we watch.

What if we were a Romeo waiting for our Juliet, a Guinevere waiting for our Lancelot, to turn up in this life?

Are we going to blow it by settling for someone we’ve forced to be our partner too soon?

What if?

There is surely a priority of the thoughts and influences in our lives depending the intensity and the degree to which each is important.

I’ve always thought that the recent talk of the Law of Attraction is only relevant so far as other influences which are in our mental make-up at the time are more important.

For example, are there aspects of our Destiny or our Karma that might override any forcing we set up as our expectation of the Law of Attraction.

And choices.

We’re free to make choices all the time.

That’s free will.

Are our chances of winning the lottery diminished by aspects to the contrary in our Karma or our Destiny or simply in our need to win the lottery over other considerations.

Are we always simply in the queue?

It’s a mix, like a cake.

Priorities are determined more by their importance on a spiritual level than our own sense of importance.

Much of which we may not understand.

It’s not either/or.

In the Tao it’s known as “wu wei”, not forcing things.

For the past 30 years I’ve lived by not forcing things.

I had no choice.

I was bankrupt.

I chose to go with the flow.

I was not prepared to be a victim.

And it worked.

Read more in my book ‘Man Steps Off Planet’.

It’s about how not forcing things led to incredible adventures and a life far beyond one of loss and poverty.

That would be missing the point.

Maybe it will change your life like it changed mine.

I was once an advertising copywriter and my book was a product of survival after losing everything.

Buy the book and improve your life like I did.

Best wishes.

Neil

Visit my author page here.

Further reading: ‘Tao: The Watercourse Way’ by Alan Watts.