Richard Gentle

Time To Examine Your Beliefs About Reality

Most people live their daily lives as part of the ‘official line of consciousness’ – normal people with normal beliefs and interests, comfortably going along with the status quo, or accepting that things are just the way they are – without ever really …

19 Days of Chicken Sitting

Back in May 2017, some good friends asked if I would be interested in house sitting for them – and looking after their hens. They live in a very old and delightful house, slightly remote and deep in the countryside of West Yorkshire. I have always enjo…

Distortional Representation – The New Politics

Distortional Representation: When a statement is made by a person with one intention, but is twisted around by a receiving person, or people, and repeated in a provocative way to mean something different. As a result, no amount of come-back explan…

The Last Adventure of Humanity

I spend a lot of time alone – you should try it sometime. Whilst most of us chase around to meet the stressful targets of our ‘spreadsheet living’ (a term I coined in 2004), some of us reside in stillness and contemplation – questioning those things th…

Beyond the Spiritual Fringe

When one used to mention “spirituality” to most people, the usual things that came to mind were beardy old gurus from the East or “flower-power Hippies” from the West. Of course, it’s not really as clear-cut as that and there are now many things that d…

The Turbulence Between Changing Worlds

For most people on Planet Earth, physical reality, linear time, and the messages of media and rational science, are all anyone should need to live a good and worthwhile life. However, there are a growing number of people who feel that this is not the w…

Ai Weiwei

A rather nice tree recently appeared at the YSP. Made of rusting iron, cast from pieces of actual trees, it is the work of a Chinese artist. Ai Weiwei (pronounced I way way) was born in Beijing in 1957, spent time in New York from 1981 and returne…