Rachel Norwood – Three Principles Practitioner

The Gentle Path to Fulfillment

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The Great Thought Illusion

“A human being is a part of a whole, called by us _universe_, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest… a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” – Albert Einstein

The recent news headlines have been filled with the story of the bloody massacre of a young man in Woolwich, London and many have already spoken about this story from a Three Principles perspective, one such article by Damian Mark Smyth, explains beautifully and eloquently the thought processes that brought the killers to commit such a Mind-less act.

A week or so ago, the headlines were filled with story of a husband who, after having beaten his wife to the ground, then stabbed her to death in front of their five year old son.

What is the difference between these two stories? In fact there is none. The motives were not the same but the “mechanical” thought processes that brought these human beings to destructive acts towards other human beings are exactly the same.

The fact of the matter is, we are the creators of our own experience of life; that is to say that whatever we think we feel. If you have angry thoughts, you will feel angry, if you have loving thoughts, you will feel loving. Conversely, you cannot have a loving thought and feel angry and vice versa. This much every single human being on Earth can understand.

What we can have more difficulty understanding, though it is so beautiful in its simplicity, is that we are, in fact, the ones doing the thinking.

So what is a thought? Since the beginning of the time of man, thought, whether verbalized or not, is the tool that we use to navigate our environment in much the same way as every living creature on Earth uses thought. Thought, as an electro-neural impulse, is what helps us get out of danger, allows us to find food – it is a tool for survival.

In the case of Homo sapiens, it’s an ultra-developed navigation system that we have verbalized and intellectualized.  Strangely enough, the term Homo sapiens means “wise man”, yet we can appear to be anything but wise, particularly in committing acts of violence and destruction.

So why is that? Well, it’s fairly simple to understand. When we take our own thoughts very seriously and believe what we are thinking, we feel that we don’t have any choice but to act upon our thoughts. We believe so ardently in the righteousness of our own thinking, we are blinded to the fact that there can be any other possible way of “navigating the surroundings”.

You see – thought is an illusion. If you take two different people and put them in exactly the same set of circumstances, one may find those circumstances unbearable while the other finds them perfectly acceptable or even pretty cool!

When we look on situations of that kind, we will say that one is weak and one is strong and brave and positive but that’s not it. As human beings we are all made equal; what differentiates us is the way we think about things.

The one who finds the circumstances horrible finds it so because of their thoughts, the one who finds the same circumstances acceptable or even pleasant, finds it so because of their thoughts.

Our thoughts create our feelings and we are the ones doing the thinking.

But there is no obligation to think whatever we may be thinking, we can think something completely different but we get stuck in our thinking and can’t see any other way out than the way we are choosing to navigate.

There is one fundamental difference between those two acts of violence, and that is WISDOM.

When the husband had killed his wife, he got his son away from the situation and he called the police himself. When the police arrived, this man was sobbing and crying out for his wife.

The two murderers of the man in Woolwich persevered in the “righteousness” of what they had done.

Here is how I explain the difference. The husband’s murderous thoughts suddenly stopped, his Mind cleared, and he wakened up to the atrocity of his own acts. He was no longer “up in his head” with his thoughts churning; he could suddenly see what he’d done.

The two murderers in Woolwich were still “up in their heads”, the same thoughts turning round and round in their brains, believing their thoughts, unable to let go of them… in all innocence.

And I say “in all innocence” because we are brought up to believe that it is our outside circumstances that dictate how we feel, but we are jumping a step; that step is thought. The link between our circumstances and our sentiment of those circumstances is thought.

If person A believes that person B is responsible for their anger, hurt, negativity, even circumstances, then person A is likely to take their anger out on person B.

But if person A is aware of the fact that they are creating their own experience of life, and that they have no obligation to think what they are thinking, then they become fully responsible of their own thoughts and thus, their own acts. They are no longer a victim of circumstances, or Person B, and are aware that they are making up their own reality.

Thought is like an optical illusion; until we see the illusion we believe it’s real – we see the face of an old lady when we could be seeing the face of a young woman because this much is true: we see what we choose to see, the importance is being aware that we have a choice.

optical illusion

“The difference between the “outside in” and the “inside out” paradigm: The first are living in an illusion and seeing it as reality, the second are living in a reality and seeing it as illusion.” – quote from my forthcoming book, “The Gentle Path to Fulfillment”

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Pre-Publication Book Launch

“The Gentle Path to Definitive Weight Loss”

Launching Friday 24th May….


For a limited time only, until the official publication on Amazon, “The Gentle Path to Definitive Weight Loss” will be available as a downloadable .pdf via http://nurtureandnutrition.com/the-gentle-path-to-definitive-weight-loss/ for the INCREDIBLE price of 8€50, half of the Amazon sale price.

Whether weight loss is an issue that concerns you directly, or if you know of others who could benefit from the message in this book, or whether you’re a Coach/Practitioner who could use the valuable information in your own practice, this book will:

– Sweep away the myths around dieting
– Describe how we are cleverly duped into eating foods that are not as healthy as the advertisements tell us
– Explain how the body really works to help you choose your foods wisely
– Show you how to tap into your natural intuition when it comes to food choices
– Help you, your friends and/or your clients get on to “The Gentle Path to Definitive Weight Loss”

There are only two things that this book doesn’t include:

– A bunch of confusing rules to abide by
– A prescribed, restrictive, frustrating diet

Claim back your favourite dishes, start enjoying food again in the way that we were ALWAYS intended to, understand our connection with Nature, learn how our conditioned thinking has been influencing our food and dietary choices and how to overcome those influences

“The Gentle Path to Definitive Weight Loss” – the book that will help you get back in touch with you and your innate health

Fat2ThinThis is my “Before and After” photo because this book is written from experience, not by a person who was already fit and healthy and never had a weight problem, and this is one of the main reasons why you won’t find in my book a whole list of rules and regulations to follow, but instead a helping hand to get you onto The Gentle Path

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Sense and Sensitivity: All things Love

I’m writing this article, which is inspired by a response I offered to a question that someone posed in a discussion on Love, Attraction and Desire from a Three Principles perspective.

It appears to me that desire is a short-term impulse based on outer elements to do with the other person: physical appearance, pheromones.

Attraction would be a long-term constant that is not (necessarily) tied up with anything sexual. One can feel attracted to men, women and children alike in the sense of gravitational attraction; something is emanating from that person that we feel we would enjoy being a part of, that makes us want to be in that person’s company regardless of any sense of desire.

And then there is Love. Most people believe that the above two, desire and attraction, are the definition of love between two adults, and very often look to the presence of the above two as proof of love; my take on it is that love runs deeper and that it is part of our foundation as human beings; that which emanates from us and opens a connection that others are attracted to. It’s the link, from us, to the Namaste, seeing the light in another person. As such, Love is Eternal.

But none of the above three can exist without thought. They are representative of Consciousness and Mind, and as such Thought becomes inseparable. To put it very simply:
We can feel no desire without a desiring thought.
We can feel no attraction without an attracting thought.
We can feel no love without a loving thought.

From my own personal thinking around this, and your answers may well be completely different to mine, this is Truth for me:

Can a person go from a feeling of non-desire to a feeling of desire? Yes.
Can a person go from a feeling of non-attraction to a feeling of attraction? Yes.
Can a person go from a feeling of non-love to a feeling of love? Yes.

From the moment that their thinking changes, the possibilities of new thought and new feeling are infinite.

Can we make a person change their mind on any of these points? No.

We can no more change another person’s thoughts than we can change the movement of the tides – though goodness knows we try in vain.

Thought is entirely personal and unique to each individual. All we can do, individually, is recognize that our reactions to our “surroundings”, whatever the context, is entirely personal, tied up to our own thinking and nothing to do with the other person. And so it is for each and every person who inhabits this Earth. Everybody thinks, that’s common knowledge; understanding at a very deep level that everybody thinks and behaves according to their own personal thoughts that they are having in the moment, is a breakthrough.

But this gives us enormous freedom of choice. We know that our thinking can change at any given moment, we’re the lucky ones who are aware of that. With that understanding we can choose to be with whoever we decide to be with, knowing that no matter how we may feel about the relationship with that person one day, our perspective can be totally different the next day.

So the question is not, “Can the other person change so that we feel comfortable?” but, “Can I change?” and the answer to the latter question is “yes”. But it’s not because you “can” that you “have to”.
The kindness of the design makes it so that, no matter what happens, we are always fundamentally okay.