By the Apprentice Leader This was first written in 2008. It seems appropriate to re-issue it now in part because I’ve been invited back to Denmark to do another haiku workshop in January. It does quite usefully, I hope, record a way of using the ‘bits of paper’ exercises’ and the accompanying spiel and the […]

Discrimination (R6)

It was cheap and had an alluring title: Who am I? by His Holiness Shantanand Saraswati, whom the Study Society’s Dr Roles (who knew Ouspensky) first met in 1961.  ( I like to buy things I’ve never heard of just for the surprise they create, the accidental things you may discover—books by authors previously unknown, […]

anywhere you go

when once you have in your mind the sound of the sea you can be again back in the body of the paddling boy watching his father swimming out towards the horizon land-locked in towns with flashing lights all night long through the crack in the curtains suddenly comes the swash of the sea against […]


STATES AND ‘MULTIPLE-I’S Starting Point Reading-I is deep in Antonio Damasio’s Descartes Error. Getting to page 87 it came across this:- In the discussion ahead there are many references to ‘body states’and ‘mind states’. Living organisms are changing continuously, assuming a succession of ‘states’, each defined by varied patterns of ongoing activity in all of […]

Self-regained (R6)

I wrote a piece about Gordon Allport’s neglected concept of ‘Proprium’. (See THE THINKING SELF 28th September last) Within the ‘Proprium’—the things we appropriate to our psychic system—there is a state of being called ‘Ego-extension’. Sounds bothersome but it’s worth thinking about. ‘Ego-extension’ is intended to describe the way we extend our self, go beyond […]

once upon a time

an angel visited the Earth: for many years he thought everybody on Earth was mad because he could not understand what it was they were enjoying; then he caught the Earth disease and began to enjoy Negative Emotions just as they had always done and he could no longer see the madness; when the heavenly […]