Author: John Dalton

  • Rummaging Around In God’s Pocket

    Rummaging Around In God’s Pocket

    Two Beloveds Disagreeing About The Beloved There is a famous interview with the beloved actor and writer Stephen Fry by beloved Irish broadcaster Gay Byrne who, in his golden years, had a series on Irish TV called, “The Meaning of Life.” The format of the show was one-to-one interviews where Gay asked his guests the…

  • Innsbruck Dispatch ~ .a cúig

    Innsbruck Dispatch ~ .a cúig

    What did I go to Innsbruck for if it wasn’t for skiing?  As you know, I am a reasonably calm person. Years of meditation have helped undo the damage childhood trauma and abuse did to my nervous system. Meditation has also helped me become very familiar with my inner landscape and this in turn helps…

  • Innsbruck Dispatch ~ .a ceathair

    Innsbruck Dispatch ~ .a ceathair

    Holding on Tightly – Letting go Lightly If you have been following along with my previous Innsbruck dispatches you will know about the inner process I went through to get to Innsbruck, the challenges I had with airport transfers, the difficulties I had getting my animal friends taken care of, and the quantum shifting I…

  • Why are we here?

    Why are we here?

    Finding the answer in deep-sea diving and lovemaking, but not necessarily at the same time. One of the most common questions I am asked is why are we here? I know, right? While you are at it John, why are we here? It is understandable. I have spent many years reflecting on a lot of different…

  • I Believed I Could Fly

    I Believed I Could Fly

    How I learned I was not indestructible. It is a warm night in Brisbane. I am rollerblading down a very steep hill in the dark. I have no safety pads or helmet on. I am nearing the bottom of the hill and have accelerated to about 40 km an hour. I am quite drunk. This…

  • Innsbruck Dispatch ~ .a trí

    Innsbruck Dispatch ~ .a trí

    The power of ease and the limits of force. There is a lot in this dispatch, I have Zen Master stories for you, “Rocky,” workout montages, Billy Ocean, and going to the dogs, but before we get into all that there are a few logistics we need to get through first.  As you might remember,…

  • Manifestation for Muggles

    Manifestation for Muggles

    ‘The Secret,’ it turned out, is that I was terrible at manifestation.  You too? Well I have been slogging away at it for years so read on to find out what I have figured out so far. Mind Control I did The Silva Method of Mind Control training back in the mid-80s. It was the first…

  • The Call to Bigness

    The Call to Bigness

    The trees murmur your name and wonder.The birds sing out the call, “We need your voice, we need your voice.Let us hear your true voice,so we might feel the warmthof your soul.” It’s out, it’s out.The call is out if you can hear it.The call to live your bigness. Step forward in love.Step forward in style.Leap the…

  • Innsbruck Dispatch ~ .a dó

    Innsbruck Dispatch ~ .a dó

    Just to bring you up to speed on my quantum shifting adventure (see my first Innsbruck dispatch ~ .uimhir a haon. (Irish for number one.))I was exploring the possibility of bringing a version of me into being who, at the age of 60 goes from living like a hermit to traveling internationally alone, being a…

  • Innsbruck Dispatch ~ .a haon

    Innsbruck Dispatch ~ .a haon

    Have you ever heard of a thing called quantum shifting? It’s brilliant. It is the idea that there are many versions of our lives all running simultaneously. Some lives are better. Some lives are worse. Every possible life that you could ever live is happening right now all at the same time. Have you ever…

  • I Want It Now

    I Want It Now

    or why does change take so long! Frank has lived with chronic back pain for 13 years. He wants the pain gone right now. He tells me this in our first one-to-one session.  On my website and in my contact emails, I am very clear that I work with people for between 7 to 14…

  • Enlightenment is an Inside Job.

    Enlightenment is an Inside Job.

    Getting into the nitty-gritty of enlightenment.  As the 21 Enlightenment Retreats in Madeira event gathers pace, questions about enlightenment are being asked and I find myself wrapping words around the unwordable. Here is a little update on what is coming to light. Enlightenment. Enlight. Lighten. I’ve said it too many times now, it’s gone weird.…

  • Fear and The Kindness

    Fear and The Kindness

    Releasing yourself from the echo chamber of fear. About four or five months ago, out of nowhere, I had an intense feeling of what I can only describe as kindness directed toward me. The thing is it wasn’t from a person. I was alone. It was as if everything was created just for me, the…

  • 21 Day Enlightenment Retreat in Ireland

    21 Day Enlightenment Retreat in Ireland

    • Start Date: 23rd September 2024 (up to 21 days)• Location: Beara Peninsula, County Kerry, Ireland.• Price: (Subject to change) €100 for 1 day, €300 for 7 days, €500 for 14 days, €650 for 21 days.• Activities: 21 days with me, including meditations in various locations on the peninsula (details will be given nearer the…

  • A little note on post-holiday inertia 

    A little note on post-holiday inertia 

    Hustle culture kicking your ass before you’re even over Christmas It turns out that older people use the camera on their phones not to take selfies but to take pictures of the labels on foodstuffs so they can zoom in and read the ingredients.  If you are waiting for yourself to get on with all…

  • 12 Days of Intentional Magic

    12 Days of Intentional Magic

    Letting the wave of New Year’s resolution carry you through your dream year Let us do a little thought experiment, no cats in boxes I promise.Let us say you live right in the middle of America, in Kansas for example, and you just LOVE musical theatre.You love to watch it.You love to perform in it.You…

  • All I want for Christmas 

    All I want for Christmas 

    World peace is an inside job. ~ Inside you and Inside me. When I was five, world peace was the sort of thing Miss World contestants trotted out given just one wish for the world. I wished for world peace too but just to myself, even at that age, it felt like a naive and ridiculous…

  • Getting Used To Ease

    Getting Used To Ease

    Ease is knocking, let it in. Of all the things I could be feeling right now surely ease is the least appropriate. There is, after all, a palpable acceleration of, well . . . everything! As a collective consciousness, we are in the middle of what could be described as an intense healing crisis. From…

  • Are You A Player?

    Are You A Player?

    Are you in the arena or are you a commentator? There is a rousing quote from Theodore Roosevelt, which talks about the credit belonging to the person who is actually in the arena, “whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again.” On…

  • A friendly reminder

    A friendly reminder

    Using the power of story to live happily ever after. In case you forgot, behind reality there is a greater reality that we return to every night in deep dreamless sleep. We strobe back and forth on remembering this. We know it, then we don’t know it, then we know it again.  In the moments…

  • The Sea of Love (it’s stormy)

    The Sea of Love (it’s stormy)

    Love and consciousness, what’s the difference? It is 2003. I have just managed to make it inside the door of my house in Brisbane. I am lying in a fetal ball crying so hard I am scaring myself. In the distance, an animal is howling in pain.  At least I think it is an animal,…

  • The Story of Your Life

    The Story of Your Life

    An alternative approach to living in the moment by cultivating a perpetual midlife crisis. Once upon a time, you were born and rainbows exploded across the sky, dolphins leapt in the waters of your birthing pool and the heavens trumpeted your arrival.No?Either way, stuff happened, then more stuff happened, then more stuff happened, and then…

  • Good Ideas and Michael bloody Sheen

    Good Ideas and Michael bloody Sheen

    The Muse is Not Monogamous About three years ago I was having meetings with Donnie Maclurcan from the Post Growth Institute. He was helping me develop an idea I had for creating a worldwide movement of people declaring themselves as individual not-for-profit entities. We were exploring the idea of establishing a new tax designation that…

  • The Bold Child and the Metacrisis

    The Bold Child and the Metacrisis

    Did the Bold Children become the Meek Generation?  Have you ever had one of those experiences where you suddenly hear something, that you have heard your whole life, but never really heard?  For example, when I was a child we never talked about pooh. At least not by that name. Instead, we called it load,…

  • The Psychic World, so Captivating, so Hard to let go of.

    The Psychic World, so Captivating, so Hard to let go of.

    As your expansion in consciousness gathers momentum you begin to churn through the layers of meaning.  What were profound truths last month now feel superficial.You get more and more hungry for the deepest truth.  When you encounter psychic experiences it is easy to get carried away by whatever it is that grabs the attention –…

  • What is the Mystery?

    What is the Mystery?

    This is a question I get asked a lot. Probably because I talk about the mystery a lot. Considering how much I talk about the mystery it is significant how little I get asked. People just get it. Somewhere they know.Having said that, here is my attempt at naming the unnameable. There comes a point…

  • Space for the Mystery

    Space for the Mystery

    What is the mystery? There comes a point in consciousness beyond which there are no words or concepts or images to speak of.I call it the mystery because I have no other word for it.It is profound to the core yet as ordinary as bedtime. Deep Dreamless Sleep We all naturally go to the mystery…

  • Space for the Mystery access page

    Space for the Mystery access page

    The zoom call link for October is below.The zoom link will change each month so you will need to return to this page to get the link for the current month. For the zoom call be ready with your camera on so you can be seen.Check your mic before the calls starts so you know…

  • How to Not Get Freaked Out by the News

    How to Not Get Freaked Out by the News

    or how to interact with the news more consciously. We all know the news cycle is designed to pull us in. Knowing that doesn’t stop it from happening. Something shocking invades our feed. We stop mid-stride passing the TV. A headline jumps out at us and sends us scurrying off for more information.   Resisting the…

  • Switching over to Spiritual Power

    Switching over to Spiritual Power

    The current external focus of finding new forms of energy is an echo of a deeper realisation that our current way of doing things is no longer working for us. Transitioning from Force to Power Power comes from the mystery and percolates forward into existence.Force is rearranging things in existence. Force is what happens in front…

  • Meditation is Boring, the Benefits are Not.

    Meditation is Boring, the Benefits are Not.

    It always amazes me that whenever I go to speak about the benefits of meditation I draw a blank. I can’t think of anything, even though I know the impact meditation has had on me has been profound.  I couldn’t understand it for a long time until one day it dawned on me that I…

  • The Distraction of Success 

    The Distraction of Success 

    From a spiritual perspective, success can be failure and failure can be success.What? When we fail we naturally review our behavior to see what led to our failure. When we succeed, the opposite happens. We assume that the actions we took created the outcome, which is very understandable, but from a spiritual perspective it is…

  • Protected: Growth in Consciousness Meditation Training Page

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  • The Resilience of Love: Tyson’s Autism Story and the Power of Possibility

    The Resilience of Love: Tyson’s Autism Story and the Power of Possibility

    Below is an extract from a book that author, Chris Bray was writing about my work. This chapter is about a boy I treated with autism and is a good demonstration of what is possible. no rest for Leanne . . . When he was a baby, Leanne told me, Tyson didn’t sleep at all.…

  • Meditation Training for Growth in Consciousness

    Meditation Training for Growth in Consciousness

    Increase your consciousness with gentle power in 4 weeks If you want to accelerate the process of becoming more conscious in a simple yet powerful way then this is the training for you. Consciousness is a vague concept and can be hard to quantify let alone actively increase. Over 4 weeks this training takes you…

  • Guru Trauma

    Guru Trauma

    No savior is coming. There is only one authority on you and that is you.  I regularly say on my podcast that the time of the guru is over, the time of the spiritual master is over, the time of the spiritual teacher is over. I say it because it is true and also because I…

  • Self-Sabotage and the Lonely Child

    Self-Sabotage and the Lonely Child

    Ever eat a piece of cake when you knew you shouldn’t? Did you ever start a new diet only to fall off the wagon a couple of months in? How about getting into a wonderful relationship only to see yourself destroy it with pettiness and jealousy? On the surface, it makes no sense. Why would…

  • Unconsciousness and the Illusion of Knowing

    Unconsciousness and the Illusion of Knowing

    Here is a little definition of consciousness and unconsciousness. Unconsciousness thinks it is what it knows. Consciousness knows what it is.  Unconsciousness is limited.Consciousness is limitless. Unconsciousness thinks it is what it knows.  I am a man ~ I am a woman ~ I am non-binary.I am an amalgamation of my parents’ DNA.I am American ~…

  • Mind Split Open: The Gateway of Paradox into Deeper Consciousness

    Mind Split Open: The Gateway of Paradox into Deeper Consciousness

    Let me start off by telling you some deep truths, the first of which is that I am lying. What? Let that marinate for a minute and see what happens. It is a version of what Epimenides ruined many a party with in ancient Greece. He was well known for staggering to his feet just…

  • The Beginning of the Sage is the End of Cool

    The Beginning of the Sage is the End of Cool

    How I inadvertently become a Taoist sage and how not cool that is. In March 1989, computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee submitted a proposal for what he called the World Wide Web. Like most people at the time, I was unaware of Tim’s proposal. It was a small event that had big consequences in my life.…

  • Claiming The Good

    Claiming The Good

    Grabbing every morsel of goodness with both hands. “There has been no change – at all.” The mother delivered this news with a mix of irritation, exasperation, and fading hope.  The stakes were high. Her daughter, a beautiful little five year old girl, had been diagnosed on the severe end of autistic spectrum two years…

  • Barbenheimer: The Fruit of Lockdown

    Barbenheimer: The Fruit of Lockdown

    Just when it looked like nothing much had come out of the lockdowns two summer blockbusters show indications of a growth spurt in consciousness.  The films Barbie and Oppenheimer were released on exactly the same day.  By all accounts, these two films couldn’t be more different. What looked like a massive clash highlighting just how,…

  • Approaching The Mystery

    Approaching The Mystery

    I am lying in bed at the end of the day. I turn off the light and close my eyes.In a short while I will go somewhere I can never remember,somewhere I can’t describe in words or convey in pictures. The place I go after dreaming. I am sitting in meditation.I have stopped thinking and am in…

  • The Ultimate Happy Ending: Finding Serenity in the Face of Catastrophic Setbacks

    The Ultimate Happy Ending: Finding Serenity in the Face of Catastrophic Setbacks

    I use the power of story to help me through my darkest hours. Maybe it can help you too. Many years ago I learned how to write screenplays for Hollywood. Once I knew the beats, turning points, and every little script structure I was never able to see movies in the same way. I won’t…

  • Love The Little Children

    Love The Little Children

    Love the little children that run around inside you demanding chocolate and ice cream, cocaine porn and whiskey. Love the little children who wreck your life with their neediness and obsession, their jealousies and violence. Love the little children, who are stronger than you like. Who take over in a flash, gorge on what they…

  • I met my Ancestors and it was Nothing

    I met my Ancestors and it was Nothing

    I live in a valley at the end of which my ancestors live in Tír na nÓg, the mythical Irish Land of the Young. They have been calling to me since I moved here and a couple of months ago I went on a quest to meet them. I first heard the call in my…

  • Spending the Time of Your Life

    Spending the Time of Your Life

    In the last ten years I have interviewed over 250 artists for my art podcast John Dalton – gently does it . . . One of the questions I ask every artist is, “Do you have a big art dream you would like to achieve before you die?” Sometimes the response is grandiose, “I want…

  • Symptoms & Patterns

    Symptoms & Patterns

    Here is a useful perspective for highlighting unconscious triggers for symptoms. I have used this perspective hundreds of times in my one-to-one sessions and the people I work with have found the results very helpful and illuminating.You can use this perspective for any kind of symptoms – mild or severe.  It starts with frequency.Are your…

  • Courting Foolishness

    Courting Foolishness

    A long time ago in Bethnal Green, I thought it was the end for me. I was in a cafe alone with friends, laughing and joking, them not me, unaware of my impending doom.  I stared into my coffee and willed my stomach to return to the middle of my body. It paid no attention…

  • When I Snap!

    When I Snap!

    Are you a snapper? Do you snap at people?I don’t – usually.I used to a lot more,so when I snapped at someone the other day, it was such a shock that I found myself writing a little poem about it. The sort of poem I imagine Winnie the Pooh or Mr Rogers might write.  When I…

  • Craniosacral Therapy Masterclass Series

    Craniosacral Therapy Masterclass Series

    This is my advanced Craniosacral Therapy Masterclass Series for craniosacral therapists. There is a lot more to cranio sacral practice than vault holds and energy cysts.  The reality of helping people who are sick and in pain can be very challenging and confronting.  Cranio sacral therapy can be lonely isolated work with a big space to have your…

  • Protected: Dealing with the Psychic World Training

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  • 10 Things I Learned From My Dogs

    10 Things I Learned From My Dogs

    (first published in 2014) I never had a dog before. Animals were fine but I never really, “got,” them, at least not in the way other people seemed to.  I’d met some Scottish terriers in South Africa and thought they were great but owning one, no, not really me.My wife is wise.  She knew I…

  • Navigating the Psychic World Training

    Navigating the Psychic World Training

    Understand and navigate the psychic world without getting distracted. As your expansion in consciousness gathers momentum you begin to churn through the layers of meaning.  What were profound truths last month now feel superficial.You get more and more hungry for the deepest truth.  When you encounter psychic experiences it is easy to get carried away…

  • Controlled Suffering

    Controlled Suffering

    How to gently grow into your best life.  Back in the late 80’s I was involved in some pretty intense personal development trainings. They were great and I learned a lot about myself.  Over the course of a weekend, people would drop layers and layers of old baggage and have dramatic transformations. They would truly…

  • No Retreats. No Surrender.

    No Retreats. No Surrender.

    I am sitting with my eyes closed in a school hall in Dublin. Forty people I met only yesterday surround me. John Denver strums over the sound system and we are encouraged to sing along.This is the 80’s.This is personal development.“Sweet, sweet surrender. Live, live without care. Like a fish in the ocean. Like a bird…

  • Badly Remembered Poetry

    Badly Remembered Poetry

    In praise of the half-remembered gems of poetry I’d like to think of myself as someone who remembers complete poems. Someone who can recite them at significant moments in life, preferably looking into the middle distance with a slight breeze in my face emphasizing my windswept and interesting look. Unfortunately, I am not that someone.…

  • My Mother’s House.

    My Mother’s House.

    On a February morning in 2019 my mother slipped away. Her body had slowly deteriorated in the preceding year – an acceleration of a process that had been happening over her last decade. I was deeply sad but not shocked. It wasn’t until six months later, outside her house, with my car full of bits…

  • Ancestral Feels

    Ancestral Feels

    My ancestors are calling me.From where I am not sure.I used to think it was from the past. Now it feels closer.Like the next room,or a parallel room.  I didn’t have ancestors growing up.I had Grannies and Granddas and Uncles and Aunties.Beyond my Granny and Grandda’s Ma and Da was a blurry shimmer of unknown people,…

  • Steering your little boat

    Steering your little boat

    On the off chance our thoughts do actually influence the world, can we let go of our need to be right about a coming apocalypse? I have a friend who is very concerned about the decline in driving standards over the last 10 years. They have adult children who are all good drivers but remain…

  • The Over-Enthusiastic Voice

    The Over-Enthusiastic Voice

    Overcome with emotional distress? Hearing the over-enthusiastic voice can help you find your way out of it. I awaken from a clammy dream, fretful and damp. Unclear dream-whisps persist, none of them good. Outside the rain makes its way toward the house, slowly engulfing familiar landmarks. I feel like the same is happening on the…

  • Tuning Out the Distraction

    Tuning Out the Distraction

    Stress reduction, health benefits, mental health management, and better sleep, are some of the reasons people are drawn to meditation.Not me. I get the benefits but they are not why I meditate. If I meditated solely for those reasons I would have stopped long ago. For me, it’s not about meditation at all which is a strange…

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  • Knowing Yourself

    Knowing Yourself

    The other day, while repotting some orchids, I suspended my prejudice and listened to a shaman who said the whole point of existence is for the universe to ask it’s big question, “Who am I?” — that all the different lives, yours and mine, with all our varied experiences are fragments of this great self…

  • Are you having any fun?

    Are you having any fun?

    It always amazes me how heavy I can make fun. Like fun is the least valuable thing in existence. Fun is the afterthought – the bonus.Fun is the cherry on the cake that you only get to eat if you have done all your chores, been responsible, been an adult, paid your dues, and your taxes –…

  • Go deeper – an invitation.

    Go deeper – an invitation.

    You are very sensitive to other people. Wonderful – go deeper.You are very intuitive.  Lovely – go deeper.You resonate with the tarot and use it for everything. Great – go deeper.You are in touch with the other side.  Fantastic – go deeper. You resonate with astrology and use it all the time.  Excellent – go deeper. You remember…

  • The Journey to Distance.

    The Journey to Distance.

    A couple of months ago I was helping a man in Australia with tinnitus and chronic sensitivity to radiation.  The tinnitus, which is a continual ringing in the ears, was nearly driving him insane, and the chronic radiation sensitivity meant he had to live in the middle of the countryside away from Wi-Fi and cell…

  • I can’t Tango

    I can’t Tango

    I have always been sensitive to people. What started as a natural ability became a heightened coping mechanism and eventually developed into a profession. “I treated people who had been abused, physically, mentally and spiritually.  People who were in cults, raped, beaten, tortured as children.  People who weren’t wanted as babies.  People possessed.  People who had done terrible…

  • The Silence of St Brigid’s day.

    The Silence of St Brigid’s day.

    An unusual silence covers the morning.The humans are not stirring.No alarms and no commutes.Even the phones are put aside to favor a second sleep.The trees hold their breath.The birds shuffle on the branch confused.Without a word the crow lets them know the score.Incredulous, they mouth, “What, another public holiday? Bríg smiles —- enjoying the benediction of…

  • Death is stalking me

    Death is stalking me

    I read the Carlos Castaneda books in the late 80’s. Interesting and wild and different. A refreshing break from the Indian gurus and Zen masters I was inhaling at the time. The same dynamic of master and student but coming out of a wildly different culture. Carlos was the student and Don Juan was his master.  There was…