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Trained to turn a blind eye …

When the sun is shining and the breeze is warm so you stroll across the village green.

It is where couples sit together on benches holding hands, families play on the grass and the town notice board is perused. Behind the noticeboard swings the gibbet and everyone notes the state of the corpse in their own inquisitive way. Everyone knew the man. He hadn’t done anything unusual, but when the company of government troops came through town he was in the way and his defiant tongue was no match for the captain’s temper.

If we didn’t turn a blind eye to the ghastly horrors in our midst how could we live normally, day-by-day?

On the other hand “everyone” is more than a match for a troops and “everyone” could have chosen not to turn a blind eye and protected young Charlie from the whims of ignorant power.

Nowadays we all turn a blind eye when weak are abused by strong:

The genocide.

The raping.

The misogyny.

The racism.

The enslavement.

The murder.

The oppression.

The theft.

The lies.

The lies are easy. But they are as bad as all the rest. They kill humanity. Truth is liberty.

Don’t turn a blind eye. Stand for truth.

Observe the camaraderie of war

Observe the camaraderie of war.

Soldiers are brothers in arms.

They save each other. They died for each other.

Their bonds are strong.

The bonds between partners, couples, spouses should be of the same or greater strength and priority. They are bonds of friendship.

If the bonds between you and your partner are not as strong as those with your friends, the relationship with you partner will be jeopardised.

And if relationships with your friends are strong, then that with your partner will be better. And your life will blossom.

10 years of Yoga and Sleep at Lisnavagh

Please enjoy this personal, spontaneous conversation with Emily Bunbury who shares experiences and insights about family, engaging with the public and bringing strangers in to your home on the 10th anniversary of the Lisnavagh’s Yoga and Sleep retreat which she started with Pam Butler and Rosebud McClintock-Bunbury.


People, Organisations, Countries, the World.

An exposition of progressive thinking for positive change.
8 December 2020, 1600 GMT

The Cycle of Life

Astraea turns 21 on 8 December 2020.

For many the 21st birthday is the threshold between childhood and adulthood, between innocence and maturity. Whatever age or ceremony marks “growing up”, people from all over the world follow a similar path of physiological development.

But emotional development can vary greatly among people in the same community, depending on situation, environment and opportunities far more than than biological programming.

Cycle of Life Reflected in Organisations

What encourages or retards emotional development? What encourages consciousness to develop? Can decay be avoided?

T he development cycle is not just seen in individuals, but also in organisations, communities, countries and the whole of humanity. This emergence of innate potential and the implications for humanity will be explored and a map of potential futures based on physiological and emotional resources shared.

What does it mean to come of age?

Is the world progressing or not?

How is tension overcome?

What does the future hold?

To join the conversation please register.
The event will be livestreamed on YouTube channel BreatheThinkFlow

Finding and Following the Red Thread of Fate

In conversation with Leiko Uchiyama, Master Felter

Please enjoy the experience and perspectives of Leiko Uchimaya who has generously shared them in this conversation.

Meeting Ms Uchiyama for the first time, we were welcomed in to her felt workshop, an old farm shed in the foothills of Mount Leinster, where we quickly set up the kit and started recording. Her views are straight, honest and enlightening, revealing great courage in recognising one’s own life journey despite the distractions presented by modern life.

Although we did not dwell on her craft, you can see examples of her work and explore courses at Thank you.

Oisin’s Journey to Grand Design

Singer/songwriter Oisin O’Neill chats with astraea about how he came to create Grand Design, released on 25 May.
Check out Grand Design on

We observe the strange coincidence that Grand Design was released on 25 May, the day celebrated by some for “The Glorious Revolution” of truth – a fictional event, and now also to be celebrated by us for the martyrdom of George Floyd. Let George Floyd’s execution not be in vain. The coincidence is in keeping with the spirit of Grand Design which, Oisin tells us, emerged from his passion in a natural integration of feeling, sounds and words.
Enjoy the music!