Endings and Beginnings


We have closed the Centre for Active Empowerment in Skibbereen – just the premises. The work will continue. We decided to close because so much energy was going into paying the bills. Now that energy will be directed toward spreading the word, toward reaching more people.

It wasn’t an easy decision to reach. A lot went into setting the Centre up and it was a lovely space to work in. It was a process of discernment as to what the best decision would be, the best choice for now. It was difficult to contemplate ending at first, to think about letting go, but as the days went by and I kept focused on seeking clarity, it all became clear. There is ending to allow new beginnings.

Below is one testimonial from a person who has been coming to the “Journaling and Deepening our Understanding” sessions for the past 16 months.

I have got to know myself layer by layer.  I have learned that we are here to grow, not to just get through life.
Before coming to the class I was constantly overpowered by problems and had become an expert at trying to avoid them or pre-empt them.  I now realise that problems are good and we learn and grow from them!
After a year of classes I have a clear picture of my life and I look at it in a very different way.  I now have a rhythm, am self focused and create my life with my thoughts but most importantly I can now catch the negative thoughts before they are fully formed.  I create my life with my thoughts.  Having a good thought is a great investment!
I have overcome my loneliness as I now know I am not on my own.  I have learned that I have personal power and it is mine and it is up to me to keep it.
I feel balanced and even-minded when I do this work and more and more I look to myself for answers instead of others.
My biggest learning has been that I have all the answers once I trust and believe in myself.  I must listen to my experience, what I have always been looking for is within me.
Every day I own myself a little bit more. I have a new way of living. I now take time to witness my actions.
In the past I never entertained the bits that felt vulnerable, I now have a sense of distance.
I work every day with being even minded and to transcend duality and could not do this without journaling in this unique way.
We need structure to hear the tiny voice within and journaling gives me this and I have finally ended my search for the truth for what is good for me. C.S.


Some more Quotes from Albert Einstein to ponder on

“One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the

mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvellous structure of reality.

It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this

mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity.”

“If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope

for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed.”

“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”

“We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief

requirements of life. All that we need to make us happy is

something to be enthusiastic about.”

“The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people

who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything

about it.”

“Strive not to be a success but rather to be of Value”

It is so enlightening, inspiring and uplifting for us to ponder on the words of great minds – to take the words around with us and to think about them and their meaning for us.

“Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” Albert Einstein

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” Albert Einstein

“If most of us are ashamed of shabby clothes and shoddy furniture let us be more ashamed of shabby ideas and shoddy philosophies…. It would be a sad situation if the wrapper were better than the meat wrapped inside it.” Albert Einstein

“The ideals which have lightened my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been kindness, beauty, and truth.” Albert Einstein

“Most people say that is it is the intellect which makes a great scientist. They are wrong: it is character.” Albert Einstein