Five ways to survive viral epidemics and pandemics

Viruses only pick off the weaker members of the community. Those with debilitated constitutions, who have low immunity or whose inner core has been made more fragile with age-related diseases and too much stress are more vulnerable to biological pathogens. You could almost say that viruses are Nature’s way of culling the herd – except…

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The role of the shaman at death

The only certainties in life are death and taxes, according to Benjamin Franklin. So you’d think that, given the 100 per cent inevitability of our demise, we’d be making sure that we knew a heck of a lot about it. But no. We have every kind of instruction, information, advice and guidance on how to…

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The importance of race in shamanic healing

I carry the memories and stories of my ancestors in the blood of my race – in my DNA. These are unique to the Celts and Anglo-Saxons, who are white Caucasians, and they form the basis of my spiritual consciousness and my cosmological understanding. I love my race and wish to help preserve it against…

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The Ecstasy of the Heart

This is probably one of most powerfully metamorphic shamanic healing techniques that you will ever practise – and you don’t even have to be a shaman to do it. Anyone can do the Ecstasy of the Heart and benefit enormously from it – anyone who has a heart. And it will not only change how…

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Ringing in the changes for the new year

You probably know that an apothecary is a sort of repository or storehouse? Well, this is just to let you know that The Holistic Works is now hosting my amazing repository, Annie’s Apothecary. I think you’ll love it because it is a virtual cornucopia that is overbrimming with all that I’ve stored over the years…

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Bright Star of the Morning, the perfect warming drink for star quality!

I’ve explained the importance of warming food and drink in the cold season in How to Eat Right in Winter for your Ancestral Body Type. So in this article, I will be sharing my own quick and easy recipe for a favourite warming drink that, if your body is anything like mine, will transform your…

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How to eat right in winter for your ancestral body type

Many of us suffer unnecessarily in winter largely because we have not been taught about eating right for our ancestral body type, and how we are not just the product of what we eat, but what we eat at different seasons of the year. I’ve explained the importance of following in the footsteps of our…

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How to eat right for your ancestral body type

Despite the misinformation of modern Western medicine, which is born out of ignorance about the role of nutrition in helping us feel and look good for longer, most of us do now understand that we are what we eat. However, we may not realise the relevance of the land that we are born and raised…

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The Everyman Guide to Chinese Medicine

What follows is an extract from our popular The Therapy Book: The essential A-Z guide to every holistic therapy, which will give you, in a nutshell – and in simple, plain everyday language – all you need to know to help you decide whether traditional Chinese medicine will be a suitable holistic health therapy for…

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The ancient elixir of life: simple steps to looking and feeling good for longer

Have you ever wondered why Chinese people seem to remain younger-looking and healthier than many of us in the West? It is actually a matter of perception. It is not so much that they stay young and fitter for longer, but that we get older and sicker sooner than we would have done had we…

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How great art aids spiritual progress

The term the “Great Art” comes from medieval times and it refers to the art of alchemy, which has, at the heart of its raison d’etre, the many-stepped alchemical process that culminates in the Philosopher’s Stone which turns all it touches into gold. The science of alchemy found a way to use various forms of…

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How to reincarnate into your own life

There are two realities. I live in the one in which the whole planet is impregnated with spirits, and I see their faces and forms everywhere; in the clouds, in the mountains, in the seas. Scientists call this way of seeing pareidolia. It is, apparently, a sub-category of apophenia which they say is a tendency…

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This sort of Christmas reading could completely change your life!

This festive holiday season might be a good time to get started on the Mysteries. By ‘Mysteries’, I don’t mean a detective story that just spins you round and round in your thinking for no good reason. I mean the Mysteries with a capital “M”. Until recent decades, these Mystery Teachings were jealously guarded and…

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The science behind sound healing carried in sprays, balms and essences

We’re all quite familiar now with the healing power of herbs, flowers and plants in various different therapies. But what we’re only now just beginning to learn about is the healing power of the song of the flower. There is a growing body of archaeological evidence that our earliest ancestors, who had a stronger connection…

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How the practice of sacred sex leads to enlightenment

Imagine my unabated joy when I discovered that there was a real, live shaman woman in Glastonbury who’d written the words my heart so yearned to hear! In giving me the permission that I needed to start thinking of my spirituality in a very different way, she quite literally changed my life.

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The true meaning and spiritual growth available to us at Thanksgiving

The convenient myth is that the American Founding Fathers were Deists and that the New World pilgrims first learned about the ceremony of Thanksgiving from Native Americans. The inconvenient truth is that the Founding Fathers were the offspring of the mystically-inclined Dragon Clans who, in the 17th century, were hounded out of Britain in a…

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The Everyman Guide to Acupuncture

What follows is an extract from our popular The Therapy Book: The essential A-Z guide to every holistic therapy, which will give you, in a nutshell – and in simple, plain everyday language – all you need to know to help you decide whether acupuncture will be a suitable holistic health therapy for you. What…

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Opening the doors of our perception to a more fulfilling world

Who was it that said “Life is a bitch … and then you die.” Modern life can seem superficial, harsh and meaningless … that is until we dig beneath the surface to discover a deeper path to a more fulfilling and fruitful world. These words from the introduction to Hamlet’s Mill by Giorgio de Santillana…

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The Mystery Teachings – first steps for beginners

If I was asked to describe exactly what the Mystery Teachings were about in just eight words, I would say: “The Marriage of the Sun and the Moon”. You might wonder why that is such a crucial topic to be understood on the road to wisdom and enlightenment. Well, it’s because the Marriage of the…

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The real magic of Halloween

As we stock up on sweets to hand out to the tiny trick or treaters, we may not be aware of the real magical meaning of Halloween, and of how we can use that esoteric knowledge to add benefit to our lives today. To the ancient Celts, the festival of Halloween – or Samhain as…

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The Mystery of the Glastonbury Zodiac

I have been gestating, over the last nine years, a story and a message that the Glastonbury Zodiac has been showing me. The vision was eventually birthed through a combination of studying Katharine Maltwood’s books on the zodiac – a 30-mile round of colossal earthwork giants on the Somerset Levels – and then going on…

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Brigid the Bright One, the Sleeping Beauty and the Hollow Hills

In the old faery lore of Wessex, Brigid is the beautiful woman sleeping and dreaming under the green mantle of the Hollow Hills where she is protected by a briar rose thorn thicket, and she will only awaken when the Three Utterances — man, animal and faery — come together in Harmony and Love to…

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An esoteric guide to the four holy hills of Avalon

You will need to understand a little basic magic or alchemy to appreciate the elemental energies that govern a diamond-shaped area of Britain of more than 100 square miles known as Avalon. But don’t worry because it is easy. It’s just about how the four energetic elements – fire, water, earth and air – interact…

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The magical and alchemical secrets of Glastonbury Tor

Since its starring role in Danny Boyle’s Olympic opening ceremony, friends have been asking me about the magical significance of Glastonbury Tor. Well, I don’t profess to know everything about the Tor. I doubt there are many that do. But I do live here in Glastonbury and, as a shaman, when I walk these lands,…

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Excavating the real grave of Arthur of Avalon

We’re all familiar with the tale of how a wounded King Arthur Pendragon was carried in a boat by Morgan Le Fae to the Land of the Dead in Avalon. But we may not realise that this is just a tiny fragment of a much longer and more ancient wisdom story about how our hero…

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How the Druids used the power of leylines and dragons to underpin the Sovereignty of Britain

These days, the knowledge about the power of leylines to direct the Sovereignty and wellbeing of a nation is kept from the general population. But it still remains true that whoever holds the “reins” of the land, reigns over the land. We find information about the lore that has been occulted from us in the…

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