I have noticed something worrying about the dynamics in our playground at school. Children are nervous about telling people when things do not feel right because there is a culture of being labelled as a ‘snitch’ or ‘grass’ or ‘tell-tale’. Continue Reading…

Isn’t it strange how we can be on what seems like a never-ending merry-go-round searching for joy. Constantly thinking we will find it in the perfect job, house or partner – if only I had ‘this or that’. So often we drift from one thing to the next, never really committing to life in full, always thinking the next thing will be the one that changes our life. Continue Reading…

As far back as I can remember I have chosen to be small in the world.

For me, being small meant that I would try to be invisible as I lived each day, ensuring that I never stood out or attracted attention. I was afraid to let go and just be myself as I was petrified of feeling vulnerable, hurt or rejected. Continue Reading…

About 4 years ago when I was living in London I was preparing to return home to Australia for Christmas. I decided before I travelled that I would get a new haircut so that I could feel good about myself for the trip. However, what was a routine haircut fast turned into a nightmare when a rather young and inexperienced hairdresser went against my wishes and clumsily chopped off way too much hair. I was devastated, and I’m not ashamed to say that I cried. Continue Reading…

INTRO: In this article on Universal Medicine and Scientology Liane Mandalis brings her usual power and grace to call to account the latest round of cyberbullying by Esther Rockett and Lance Martin. This is a breath of fresh air amidst another round of lies that in recent days has seen Esther Rockett attempt to exploit the plight of ex-Scientologists and capitalise on their current publicity by inventing false parallels between Universal Medicine and the Church of Scientology.

Truth has a gorgeous transparency to it, a quality that is reflected by all those who choose to walk with it. As it has done nothing wrong, it has nothing to hide. Truth moves on a steady course and is absolute in its every step. In stark contrast, lies need to move often to give the illusion of covering more ground. They also lack a solid foundation on which to stand, and so much like losing your footing in an earth tremor, shaky ground is a clear indication of something ‘big’ coming your way.

When you can’t find a hole in the truth, your next move is to attempt an ambush whereby you gather as many lies as you can in an effort to bury the truth beneath them. Of course, you will never bury what is true but what you can do is affect people’s perceptions of the truth by making your lies so outrageous and shocking that those who hear, without first having discerned for themselves what is true and what is not, will become so lost in reaction – outrage, indignation, horror, disgust etc. – that the truth will appear to be lost. Continue Reading…

As men, it is as if we are brought up to be in a dog pit – constantly competing to be the top dog, always needing to show our superiority in whatever way we can so effectively we will not get crushed by the world or by others. Continue Reading…