A year of completions.

I have been noticing that this year, some things have been coming rather neatly to a close. Old patterns and events have been coming back to light – for me, and for others. Not to be revisited in a painful way, but to be released.

Old illnesses, fleetingly reappearing and healing.

Past friends and companions, experiencing the shared recognition of a path travelled together for a time, and now on a different lifeline.

Places from the history of our life, acknowledged and released of their emotional charge.

2012 appears to be a year of completions.

And with completion come gratitude (for the lessons learnt), and joy (for the future possibilities).

Or is it that with gratitude (for the lessons learnt) and joy (for the future possibilities) comes completion?

Gratitude. Appreciation. Hmmm.

Well, it was Thanksgiving yesterday, and the world and his wife blogged about giving thanks, and gratitude, and so did I, and I did my three to five things to be grateful for on Wednesday evening and I have been feeling quite glowy (as in: “got a warm happy glow inside” kind of glowy)… until this morning.

Not that I stopped feeling glowy, but I went into “huh?” mode and then started pondering, and it’s lasted all day. This is what started me pondering: the Abraham-Hicks daily Law of Attraction Quotation which dropped into my inbox just before I cycled off into the rain. It said:

“When you feel gratitude, often you are looking at a difficulty that you have overcome, but there is still some of that “struggle” vibration present. The state of appreciation is seeing whatever you are looking at through the eyes of Source. . . You could walk down a crowded street with all kinds of things that a lot of other people would find reason to criticize or worry about, and you would not have access to them because your vibration of appreciation is picking out for you things of a different vibrational nature.”
— Abraham, excerpted from the book “Money and the Law of Attraction: Learning to Attract Health, Wealth and Happiness” #271

So there I was, cycling along, thinking hard. And I get what this says: if you’re thankful for what’s not, you’re still focussing on that (what’s not) – and remember that ultimately you attract more of what you focus on; but if you love and revel in everything that is, then you’re aligned with the universe, and ease, and joy.

So how do you make sure you do one and not the other? I don’t know yet. I think I tend to focus on what is anyway; maybe I’m just lucky. I’ll keep pondering it. How about you? Which one do you find yourself concentrating on, and do you have a secret recipe to switch your focus? Please share; I would like to know.

In the meantime, I’ll carry on glowing. 🙂

Climate change: misinformation and fear

bad-120-90I came across Blog Action Day a couple of weeks ago: to raise awareness of a particular global issue, bloggers can register their website on and then all blog about a particular issue on October 15th (in 2007, the first year, it was Environment; in 2008, Poverty). This year, it’s Climate Change. So I blithely registered, thinking somewhat along the lines of: “Of course it’s a good cause, right? Everybody knows climate change is happening and everybody knows it’s a bad thing and in order to stop it we’ve got to… Erm, we’ve got to… Erm, recycle more?”

As I started thinking about it and what I was going to write today, I realised the extent of my ignorance. What is it exactly, apart from hot summers and wet winters for the UK? Our planet has been through climate variations throughout its history so why does it matter now? Are we really trying to save the planet, or is that hypocritical and are we just trying to save our way of life in the West? The planet would carry on existing without us humans anyway wouldn’t it?

Photo by Dana Ocker

I started looking into it. I read government websites (DEFRA), news websites (BBC, Guardian), NGO websites (Oxfam) and good ol’ Wikipedia. I followed links, watched videos (including of he-of-the-soothing-voice David Attenborough), looked up related search terms like climate change denial and climate skeptic.

And I found that I’m still not much clearer about it than before.

Sure, I now know that according to the government and media, while there has always been planetary climate change, since the beginning of the 20th century it has been more rapid and more drastic  than the natural processes would have been. This is due largely to industrialised nations’ carbon and methane emissions (aka greenhouse gases) that accumulate in the atmosphere, trap heat and cause a rise in temperatures. The impacts of global warming on the environment include:
– droughts, adversely affecting crops and food production and quality, wildlife habitats and species (plant and animal) which could face extinction if they’re unable to move or adapt;
– rising sea levels and severe unpredictable weather patterns, causing flooding which will affect drinking water, wildlife habitat and human habitations, and which could lead to an increase in water-borne diseases.
Climate change would increase world poverty and deaths, particularly in developing countries, and is estimated to create a decline of 20% in the global economy. It is industrialised countries’ duty to assist disadvantaged nations who have a lower adaptive capacity, particularly since for third world countries economic development  is often more of a priority than environmental protection. (So… we should prevent them from trying to lead the same lifestyle that we do. For their own good of course. And also ours. Hmmm.)

Photo by Aschaf

Photo by Aschaf

Strategies to deal with climate change haven’t been particularly successful to date. The production of biofuels and renewable energy is still dependent on fossil fuels. Carbon credits capping and trading and energy saving day are reported to have failed so far. Science and engineering have produced a variety of more or less harebrained schemes. Seriously people – a space sunshade? Tethering icebergs? Cloud seeding using chemicals? Increasing phytoplankton in oceans by iron fertilisation? Lasering the CFCs in the atmosphere (when I thought the main issue was CO2)?

In short – it’s time to panic! Or more accurately, the time to really get on the case was 40 years ago (because CO2 stays in the atmosphere a long time), but if we all panic now, we’ve got a chance to leave a half decent planet to future generations. (Disclaimer: “half decent” is not an accurate scientific estimate :-p ). Although… the planet will still be here, even if the future generations are not, right? So who are we protecting – the planet, the populations of developing  countries, or our own comfortable lifestyles?

Interestingly enough, contrary to government and media messages, our actual politicians and heads of government overall show little commitment to the cause past lip service. But in the meantime, everyone is busy focusing on fear. And as we create more of what we focus on, what are we busy creating?

There is a smaller amount of information our there by climate change deniers and climate sceptics. While it is generally accepted that climate change denial is basically done in bad faith by people who think that climate change is actually happening but choose to deny it because they have a specific agenda (think oil companies and energy lobbies), there are also climate sceptics who, in good faith, base their arguments on science and point out that it’s not that bad and that the media aren’t telling us everything and choose to bias their reports in favour of climate change disaster scenarios (now what a surprise, huh?). One really good blog is here: and if you read only one article on there, make it this one: the 60-second climate skeptic.

Photo by Kofoed

Photo by Kofoed

So, in this general climate (no pun intended!) of rampant misinformation, it is hard to know who to believe: governments and media who could be lying to further their own interests, or a small number of people fighting the system – we’re erring on the side of conspiracy theories here. I don’t have the knowledge, understanding or access to the type of information I would need to make up my mind based on pure facts. Either I decide to put my trust in one of the above, or I decide to trust no-one.

While I’m here sitting on the fence, I refuse to give any energy or focus to fear. The climate may be changing – and my gut feeling is that yes, it probably is in some measure, probably not as badly as we might be led to believe, but still. I will not create a fearful reality for myself. I still reduce, reuse, recycle and compost; buy vintage (or “second hand” if you’re not pretending to be trendy!); try to buy local unprocessed food; and have an interest in the community networks of Transition Towns. Not because I think it will stop climate change, but because I believe in treading on this planet as lightly as I can. I’m blessed and grateful to be living on Earth and I try to keep that awareness vibrant every day.

Let go of fear. Be grateful, focus on the positives. Let them grow.