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Barefoot Doctor

As always, we welcome the Doc's articles and continued support as a member of our Team. We value his candid and compassionate writing. Here he gives us an update on his view of divorce and how best to try to handle it as well as numerous other articles which are regularly published. Scroll down for articles:

You must deal with other people as holding on to pain only serves to buffer you from the joy and elation of being alive
Dealing with other people is as potentially painful and disappointing as it’s potentially joyous and uplifting. From the first time anyone ever let you down, you reacted to the pain of it by closing over the area of your body where you process the experiences: your heart. You unconsciously generate tension, hence hardening in the chest, thinking this will give you a protective buffer from potential pain in future. What this actually does, is merely hold the pain you already have inside so it festers and poisons your mind from underneath and more importantly buffers you from the joy and elation of being alive.

Instead, focus on constantly relaxing and softening your chest and opening your heart in trust again. Doing this will bring many wonderful people and situations into your life, in spite of whatever pain comes along with that.

Everything operates according to the constant cycling between yin (pain, in this instance) and yang (joy). Whatever manifests in your life will carry both so there’s no advantage blocking the pain (which doesn’t work anyway) as you’ll only be blocking the joy.

Be brave, be vulnerable and live life fully, accommodating the pain and the joy with equal grace.

I wish you the fullness of life you’re entitled to today.

Love, Doc


How do you make your way successfully through the world without losing your humaneness and compassion
How do you live a beautiful, fulfilling, rewarding life in a world rapidly falling apart at the seams – how do you turn everything to your advantage no matter what while remaining kind, caring honorable warrior of a person? With ethics on the slide, and dishonesty, blame, greed, envy and people acting ruthlessly on the up, how do you make your way successfully through the world without losing your humaneness and compassion and being taken advantage of for it?

These are questions occupying my thoughts a fair bit at the moment and judging by the general hue of questions coming in at the moment, it's prevalent.

There's no glib answer but when we cut through the surface layers to the nub, it's all down to cleaving to the innermost core of yourself. That is the immortal spirit aspect that's been bearing witness all the while, remaining grounded and maintaining a relaxed open heart. From that comes a clear mind receptive to intuition, a willingness to flow and roll with the Tao of things and a natural decency towards others without getting wet and being walked over.


Love, Doc

Learn to love yourself
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Help with your worries
Each time you worry today about not getting everything done, instead visualize yourself at the end of it all, having got everything done easily, effortlessly and enjoyably.

Each time today you worry about the next bit of your life not working out, instead visualize yourself at the other side of any current challenges, things having worked out miraculously well.

Each time today you find yourself worrying about other peoples’ reactions to you, instead visualize everyone walking away from you thinking and feeling only the very best about you and themselves.

Each time you find yourself worrying about any particular situation not working out, instead visualize yourself looking back at the situation marvelling about implausibly well it did work out.

In all instances it’s unnecessary and even inadvisable to waste energy guessing how these results might have been brought about, simply see the result you wish for regardless.

Worrying about something is akin to praying for what you don’t want.

Visualizing the outcome you want is akin to praying for that instead.

Knowing this and knowing you do indeed have the option, makes choosing simple, unless you love pain, of course.

I wish you more and more and more mastery, this merry Monday.

Love, Doc

Opening to the fullness of life
Dealing with other people is as potentially painful and disappointing as it’s potentially joyous and uplifting. From the first time anyone ever let you down, you reacted to the pain of it by closing over the area of your body where you process the experiences: your heart. You unconsciously generate tension, hence hardening in the chest, thinking this will give you a protective buffer from potential pain in future. What this actually does, is merely hold the pain you already have inside so it festers and poisons your mind from underneath and more importantly buffers you from the joy and elation of being alive.

Instead, focus on constantly relaxing and softening your chest and opening your heart in trust again. Doing this will bring many wonderful people and situations into your life, in spite of whatever pain comes along with that.

Everything operates according to the constant cycling between yin (pain, in this instance) and yang (joy). Whatever manifests in your life will carry both so there’s no advantage blocking the pain (which doesn’t work anyway) as you’ll only be blocking the joy.

Be brave, be vulnerable and live life fully, accommodating the pain and the joy with equal grace.

I wish you the fullness of life you’re entitled to today.

Love, Doc

Healing from being let down
Dealing with other people is as potentially painful and disappointing as it’s potentially joyous and uplifting. From the first time anyone ever let you down, you reacted to the pain of it by closing over the area of your body where you process the experiences: your heart. You unconsciously generate tension, hence hardening in the chest, thinking this will give you a protective buffer from potential pain in future. What this actually does, is merely hold the pain you already have inside so it festers and poisons your mind from underneath and more importantly buffers you from the joy and elation of being alive.

Instead, focus on constantly relaxing and softening your chest and opening your heart in trust again. Doing this will bring many wonderful people and situations into your life, in spite of whatever pain comes along with that.

Everything operates according to the constant cycling between yin (pain, in this instance) and yang (joy). Whatever manifests in your life will carry both so there’s no advantage blocking the pain (which doesn’t work anyway) as you’ll only be blocking the joy.

Be brave, be vulnerable and live life fully, accommodating the pain and the joy with equal grace.

I wish you the fullness of life you’re entitled to today.
Happy Valentine’s Day

Love, Doc

Opening up to the fullness of life you’re entitled to
Practical advice on how to deal with panic and anxiety attacks
Simple way to clear your mind and increase your enjoyment (and lifespan)
Are you a drama queen?
How important do you really need to be?
Is your world falling on top of you?
How to make an authentic connection with others today
Switch off the stress
Desist from needing to be important in the eyes of the world
Don't give up
Trust yourself
Bringing on the new
Wipe the slate clean and start again
Swap your stress for calm
You have a clear choice in each and every moment of your life
Expand your life in a jiffy
Transform your life from dark to light with forgiveness
Realease your attachment to the past
Unleash the spirit of pure fun within
Don't think, sink
Turn the world on its head
Monday Special – focus, focus, focus
The joy of being who you are

Opening up to the fullness of life you’re entitled to
Dealing with other people is as potentially painful and disappointing as it’s potentially joyous and uplifting. From the first time anyone ever let you down, you reacted to the pain of it by closing over the area of your body where you process the experiences: your heart. You unconsciously generate tension, hence hardening in the chest, thinking this will give you a protective buffer from potential pain in future. What this actually does, is merely hold the pain you already have inside so it festers and poisons your mind from underneath and more importantly buffers you from the joy and elation of being alive.

Instead, focus on constantly relaxing and softening your chest and opening your heart in trust again. By doing this, it will bring back many wonderful people and situations into your life, in spite of whatever pain comes along with that.

Everything operates according to the constant cycling between yin (pain, in this instance) and yang (joy). Whatever manifests in your life will carry both so there’s no advantage blocking the pain (which doesn’t work anyway) as you’ll only be blocking the joy.

Be brave, be vulnerable and live life fully, accommodating the pain and the joy with equal grace.

I wish you the fullness of life you’re entitled to this weekend.

Love, Doc

Practical advice on how to deal with panic and anxiety attacks
No matter their psycho-emotional cause, anxiety and panic originate in a deficit of kidney energy and vice versa. Once the deficit is remedied, anxiety levels and propensity to panic decrease automatically.

Place backs of hands on the lower back either side of the spine at waist height and rub up and down vigorously over a short distance for 20 seconds to generate heat, then let the heat penetrate until you feel it in your kidneys. Then rub round and round your belly button in a clockwise direction (looking down) 36 times.

Finally slow your breathing right down and remind yourself that anxiety and panic are something you generate yourself to feed your adrenalin addiction and that you have options, one of which is to let go of the tension in your muscles, elongate your spine, drop your shoulders and breathe slowly.

Feel the existential fear for sure – that’s primal and healthy – but breathe and relax with it and don’t feel obliged to feed the adrenalin addiction. Life will take care of itself and you.

Repeat endlessly, ‘It’s OK, I’m safe, no mater how my mind may try and convince me otherwise.’

I wish you supreme safety in all ways.

Love, Doc

Simple way to clear your mind and increase your enjoyment (and lifespan)
If you’re like me, you tend to like to make things complicated when you can, when in fact if you let them be simpler you’d gain faster results. The head gets busy thinking and the more it thinks, the more it thinks. Thinking is highly addictive and once it starts spiralling it’s tricky reversing the process.

There are many techniques I use myself for bringing an air of simplification to the head, one of the most powerful (and simple) of which is merely to use your mind to think about your breathing.

To wit, arrange yourself as comfortably as you can and notice what’s happening with the breath. It’s probably a bit all over the place, irregular, inhibited on the exhalation, uneven, rough and shallow.

Take a moment to rein it in, slow it down, even out the duration of inhalation and exhalation, soften it and deepen it, as in allow it to originate from down in your belly instead of your chest, as this works the diaphragm better.

Then focus on breathing in to the count of four, pause, holding it in lightly for the count of one, then breathing out to the count of four, pause, holding it out lightly for one, breathing in again and so on for three cycles or more if you have time and inclination.

You’ll notice your entire mental landscape has acquired a fresher, calmer, less cluttered hue and view as a result, one you’ll be able to maintain throughout the rest of the day’s activities with relative ease, provided you remember to keep breathing freely (don’t bother with the pauses unless actually doing it as an exercise, in fact make sure you keep breathing freely without pauses all the time otherwise).

Breathing is the most important thing in life – everything else can wait. I’ve just had a sound reminder of that myself in recent weeks and can’t stress enough how crucial it is to honour this basic mechanism of life with your attention as often and regularly as possible.

Moreover, according to Taoist wisdom you’re only allotted a prescribed number of breaths per lifetime, so the more slowly you use them up, the longer you live.

I wish you enough easy breath to last you a century or more and a clear, joyful mind to enjoy it with.

Love, Doc

Are you a drama queen?
In any given moment you have a choice between losing yourself in the drama you’re creating about your life, and coming back into your centre, where as soon as you enter, there is no drama anymore, like walking through a door into a secret inner chamber of supreme silence.

The only reason it’s somewhat tricky, the only reason you don’t do it more often or feely is because the drama is addictive, on account of the adrenalin you trigger by making yourself anxious, which state all drama inevitably, eventually gives rise to.

However as any recovered addict will tell you, all addictions are essentially illusory and have no value whatsoever save for the value you ascribe them.

The way is to gradually become habituated to inner silence instead of the noise of the drama, not necessarily to replace the drama, but at least to provide an alternative option to enjoy.

Find out how in the Private Members DocBox.

I wish you unshakable stillness at your core.

Love, Doc

How important do you really need to be?
Stop and examine the parameters of your professional, social and personal intercourse with others and you’ll notice how at some level the subtext is all about how important you perceive yourself to be in the eyes of others. And if you look a bit deeper than that, you’ll spot how much energy is required to fuel that inquiry. If you can’t actually be bothered to look, let me assure you it’s a huge amount. And this is energy you need to keep your spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical systems normalized.

Desist from needing to be important in the eyes of the world however, being content merely to be serving in whichever best way you can in any particular moment and you’ll be stunned at how much extra vitality, vigour and vim that releases back into your system.

Be content merely to be, in other words, let peace come to you through that and all else, including importance will come of itself anyway.

You’re important enough for life to have sustained so far and that means you’re important enough. Any more importance than that is just a bonus.

But only to a certain point. For when you’re so important you can’t step outside the house without an entourage of minders, drivers and other auxiliaries, it actually detracts from rather than add to your freedom and joie de vivre.

Imagine a world where everyone suddenly let go now of the need to be important. It would be a lot more fun.

I wish you fun.

Love, Doc

Is your world falling on top of you?
When things all seem to go against you and the world feels as if it’s falling in on top of you, mostly on account of others letting you down, and you find yourself asking why you and why is it happening: rather than waste precious energy like that, be willing to adopt a stance that everything happens for your highest good. Even think like this when it doesn’t look that way and rather than fight what’s occurring, surrender and welcome it. By doing so, life recognizes grace in you, which is precisely what’s required for it to ease off and show you a different, happier looking face.

It takes courage to do this, but only because of those pesky voices in your head telling you you’re being silly to trust life like this.

Override those voices, be willing to be silly if needs be, surrender and welcome what is. It’s the fastest way to transform it for the better.

I wish you such fast transformation you hardly recognize your life.

Love, Doc

How to make an authentic connection with others today
Why would you want to? To give your day value. It’s only through authentic connection with others that the day takes on a meaning and meaning gives it value. If the Tao is manifesting itself in human form through each of us, what greater function could you fulfil than making an authentic connection between the Tao in you and the Tao in the other?

And the key is simply to be authentically connected to yourself.

This means that rather than identify solely with the version of reality you’re unwittingly concocting in your forebrain, you’re referencing your awareness to what’s going on in your body – your breathing, your relaxation levels, your postural alignment and so on.

The swirl of activity and related responsibilities occurring in and as a result of the external world tends to take care of itself once you do this.

This swirl mostly comprises the effects of your communication with others.

The more authentic, the more of a smooth spin you facilitate.

Reference your awareness of self to what’s happening in your body, especially when you speak with others, centre yourself in your belly, soften your heart, relax your forebrain, allow your communication to originate from deep within your body and others instinctively feel it. It triggers an automatic resonance, which gives rise to them finding their own authenticity.

Meantime, I wish you a day of surprisingly beautiful moments of authentic connection with whomever you encounter and the results of that be unprecedented and magnificent.

Love, Doc



Switch off the stress
When things get stressful, say when the work piles up, or you’re straining in your personal life, the most direct lever you have to switch off the stress and turn on the peace and joy again is your breathing. I’ve said it before a thousand times and will say it again that much and more. For no matter how much you may be of the proclivity to complicate things, whenever you focus on your breathing and whenever on focusing there, you remind yourself to stop holding your breath and instead allow the breath to flow evenly, freely, slowly, smoothly, and luxuriantly, you affect an instantaneous slowing and calming of the mind and body, with which comes the peace and joy you’re making all this effort in life to achieve in the first place.

So take a moment or two out of the effort to focus on your breathing instead, allow that focus to remain at the core of your activities throughout the day, and the result will be a day of wonders and miracles, spent peacefully and joyfully.

I wish you a day of wonders and miracles spent peacefully and joyfully.

Love, Doc

Desist from needing to be important in the eyes of the world
The way to having a far deeper, greater degree of fun
Stop and examine the parameters of your professional, social and personal intercourse with others and you’ll notice how at some level the subtext is all about how important you perceive yourself to be in the eyes of others. And if you look a bit deeper than that, you’ll spot how much energy is required to fuel that inquiry. If you can’t actually be bothered to look, let me assure you it’s a huge amount. And this is energy you need to keep your spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical systems normalized.

Desist from needing to be important in the eyes of the world however, being content merely to be serving in whichever best way you can in any particular moment and you’ll be stunned at how much extra vitality, vigour and vim that releases back into your system.

Be content merely to be, in other words, let peace come to you through that and all else, including importance will come of itself anyway.

You’re important enough for life to have sustained so far and that means you’re important enough. Any more importance than that is just a bonus.

But only to a certain point. For when you’re so important you can’t step outside the house without an entourage of minders, drivers and other auxiliaries, it actually detracts from rather than add to your freedom and joie de vivre.

Imagine a world where everyone suddenly let go now of the need to be important. It would be a lot more fun.

I wish you fun.

Love, Doc

Don't give up
When you’re an artist and you’ve been working long and hard on a project, you’ll reach a moment when it all feels too much, the rewards haven’t materialized and you’re doubting yourself for having chosen this path. But as any master will tell that artist, were they to give up at that point, it would probably be the silliest thing they ever did, because invariably, it’s right after recovering from such a bout, having confronted their worst demons, that the reward does indeed come to justify all that hard work, courage and dogged perseverance.

Well you are an artist and your life a living art installation – an incredible ongoing work that has so far yielded amazing enough results for you to still be here and reading this.

So should you find yourself running headlong into such a bout and are feeling a great urge to throw in the towel, stop and remember that directly after you recover your poise, the rewards you’ve so longed worked for will be yours.

Wishing rewards for you today.

Love, Doc

Trust yourself
On the subject of enjoying life and living it successfully in all ways, don’t waste a moment feeling sorry for yourself or worrying your life’s controlled by some accident-prone mad deity, don’t think you’re a freak of nature for being in whatever position you perceive yourself to be in and above don’t berate or punish yourself in any way for how, where or who you find yourself to be.

Instead trust your ability to be tuned into the intelligent flow running through you and your life, the Tao and in your capacity to follow it effectively, along with your willingness to trust its leadership.

With this be willing to trust all the choices you made so far, all the choices that have led you to this resent point. They worked or you wouldn’t still be here.

And these choices were actually merely responses to the cal of destiny on your soul.

The more you trust your responses, the better your responses become.

Love, Doc


Bringing on the new

Look back over your life at all the big shifts and you’ll discern a pattern: just before each time you jumped up a quantum level, just before each time your life expanded to afford you much more and much better of whatever it was you wanted, just before each time you got that something huge and new you’d wanted, you were required involuntarily to let go of something, say goodbye to something, leave behind something of equal hugeness.

And if you look back at those times, you’ll remember how with each you initially perceived that loss as a terrible, painful thing, when now, with the wisdom of retrospection, you can actually see them as the necessary levers to bring on the new, bigger and even better.

And where you are now, whether in the throes of letting go of something or on the way to doing so, is no different. So while whatever’s happening may feel hard on your soul, assuming you’re facing or dealing with loss of any kind, allow yourself a brief yet potentially profound fillip here and remind and assure yourself that whatever’s happening now is actually an expression of the Tao’s pure and absolute love for you, no matter how painful it may be currently feeling and that the result will be as beautiful, joyous and magnificent as it’s presently difficult.

I wish you instantaneous deliverance into the new.

Love, Doc

Wipe the slate clean and start again
In each and every moment – this one for starters – you have a choice between grasping at the stress, rising up to the drama all around (and within) you or dropping back into your centre and retrieving your power and tranquility.

Grasping for the stress is beguilingly appealing, hinting falsely you’ll resolve all aspects of life by it. However the most effective way to resolve life is to allow life to resolve itself, which you can only facilitate by ceasing to grasp at the stress and instead allow yourself to revel in the simple yet profound pleasure of being alive.

Once you surrender to the underlying miracle of being alive, all the rest takes care of itself.

Once you let go of grasping at the stress everything feels fine and there is nothing lacking.

Nothing lacking you are complete, complete you become magnetic, and life adds to you naturally without you having to strive for it.

Drop back into your centre by inhaling deeply, then exhaling with a long sigh and as you sigh, let all your muscular tension dissolve and along with it your attachment to all the drama eliciting it in the first place.

I wish you a beautiful re-set and a magnificent day as a result.

Love, Doc

Swap your stress for calm
Oftentimes the stress of dealing with the details of the day-to-day-ness of it all overcomes your innate propensity for calm, calm being the natural state occurring spontaneously whenever you desist from driving yourself mad with the stress. Whenever this happens it causes stress to radiate al around you, making others feel stressed in your presence and then passing it on to others. Conversely, by seeing yourself as a nexus of calm and seeing that calm pervading and radiating all around you, not only will it spread calm to everyone else, it’ll also increase the calm you feel within and thus attenuate your stress – it’s like method acting and it works.

I wish you calm.

Love, Doc

You have a clear choice in each and every moment of your life
All the while things are coming at you – information, people, ideas, feelings, scenery, pictures: life – and as you sit there, stand there, lie there crouch there, star-jump there or do whatever you’re doing there, as you bear witness to your life unfolding moment by moment, you have a clear choice in each and every moment, between feeling sorry for yourself having to process that flow, or saying thankyou.

For there’s no doubt being alive is the greatest miracle you’ll ever know and to waste even just one moment preventing your enjoyment of it by assuming the victim’s role, is not only silly but rude in the face of the Tao who goes to all this trouble to make it all happen.

On the other hand, thanking the Tao, your Tao, for each and every moment, and for each and every nano-detail of each moment, no matter how irksome or painful, nor how magnificent or grand, simply because without any of these nano-details in place, your life would fall through the crack of existence and land in the black hole of non-existence, thanking the Tao for it, raises your instantly and powerfully energy levels, refines your field and increases the frequency your soul is vibrating at, and this not only improves your enjoyment, it also instigates a fresh degree of magnetism in your field which draws more enjoyable events your way, so you win all round.

So unless you fancy being a real stick in the mud today and through the weekend, train yourself gently to start and keep saying thankyou under your breath for every single nano-detail of each and every moment that arises henceforth.

I wish you the miracle doing so will elicit.

With love,
Doc

Expand your life in a jiffy
Without realizing it, you spin a web around life comprised of all the descriptions and definitions, opinions and assumptions you’ve formed about reality, which is necessarily limited and so eventually makes your life feel too tight and constricting. One superfast way to undo and reverse this tendency in order to expand your life to more comfortable, less constricting proportions is to consciously open yourself to receiving beautiful surprises.

This game involves desisting from attempting to guess what these surprises might be, or even in which area of life they may appear. It involves letting go of all prejudices and preconceptions about the way life should be, and instead allowing the Tao free reign to be fully creative.

To do otherwise would simply be rude and bad form.

Merely open yourself, fling wide open the doors to your heart and allow the Tao to love you and show its love by showering you with beautiful surprises now – today, tonight, right through the weekend and beyond.

Simply relax everything – muscles, nerves, blood vessels, sense organs, brain, breathing, everything – and momentarily attuning your full awareness to the Presence behind the scenes, the Tao, your Tao, say/ask/command/suggest (as the mood takes you – the Tao doesn’t mind which) with feeling and conviction, ‘Shower me with beautiful surprises now, Tao.’

And that’s exactly what’ll happen, so stand by.

I wish you the most magnificent of beautiful surprises – a whole slew of them now.

Love, Doc

Transform your life from dark to light with forgiveness
Suppose all of this, all these myriad shapes and swirls of the light we think of as the world, this unfathomable material manifestation of the subatomic realm, the world of the ten thousand things, as the Taoists call it, suppose all this is really just one big, universal sized mind or consciousness, all its parts intrinsically interconnected, only not realising it, in the same way as your arm is intrinsically connected to your shoulder but isn’t necessarily cognitive of it - it just gets on with doing whatever arms do - implying that you, yourself, are a manifestation of it too, a nexus of it, a point of assemblage of it, and that we all are.

And suppose this universal sized conglomeration of phenomena all of it occurring within the one big mind, is in essence love, implying anything anyone (including you) does that appears unkind, or destructive, though a distortion of love, even in its distortion, is love nonetheless.

Does this afford you a glimpse of how, in that light, in the light of love, it’s now possible to begin to forgive others and forgive yourself, a sense that somehow, even though what they do may disgust or perturb you, they’ve merely been acting out in an attempt to express this love to the best of their abilities, according to their current state of personal evolution and if they could’ve done it any better they would’ve?

Carrying resentment and blame blocks the flow of love through you, depletes your vitality, darkens your spirit and lowers the frequency of energy transmission from your person, the combination of which blocks the flow of blessings, opportunities and gifts from the world around you.

Forgiving everyone, including yourself for your own short-fallings, doesn’t mean forgetting what they or you have done that needs correction for the future, nor does it mean no longer holding them or yourself to account: it means letting go of the misguided need to punish by way of revenge in the case of forgiving others, or by way of guilt-alleviation in the case of forgiving yourself.

One powerful, direct and particularly swift way of forgiving everyone including you and thus instigating a huge surge of lightness of being, vitality and blessing-flow, is to think of everyone you know or can think of, especially those you’ve perceived as having wronged you and mentally, from the heart as well as the head, tell each one in turn, ‘I forgive you,’ and in between each one, think of yourself and say, ‘…and I forgive you too.’

I suspect you’ll appreciate the up-rush of existential glee this elicits.

I wish you that today in spades.

With love, Doc

Realease your attachment to the past
One of the more powerful Taoist techniques is the daily discipline of releasing the past, or more precisely your attachment to it, and actively embracing the potential-filled present moment and the future it holds in store for you. You can link this two-phase operation to various sets of movements. The most simple of these is exhaling to release the past and inhaling to embrace the moment. You can embellish this, for instance by pacing in an anticlockwise circle to release the past and a clockwise one to embrace the moment. Or by standing, feet together, with arms stretched out in a T-shape, palms facing down as you exhale to release, then turned upwards to embrace.

Getting into a daily habit of this will, by and by, help purify and refine your field of possibilities.

When releasing the past, thank it and bless it, along with all the people who comprised it.  By extension, thank and bless what’s to come too.

This will activate an even more potent stream of magic.

I wish you a fully blessed flowering of the moment today.

Love, Doc

Unleash the spirit of pure fun within
To have fun, you have to let go: let go of that veneer of adulthood, that inhibiting mantle of self-consciousness obsessed with looking good and fitting in. The way to it is to slide yourself back through the crack in time till you find yourself once again 4 years old, playing in the mystery of existence with hardly a care in the world and let the spirit of that child inform you instead.

The rest is simply down to relaxing all your muscles and soft tissue as much as possible, as it’s rigidity in the tissue that makes you stiff in the mind – and reminding yourself frequently, ‘my main purpose for being here is to enjoy it, because when I enjoy it the Tao enjoys it through me and there’s nothing greater than the Tao having fun.’

May you find yourself as a major conduit of cosmic fun today and through the weekend.

Love, Doc
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Don't think, sink
The tendency is to think yourself into a frenzy about all the details and possibilities of your life, what can go wrong, what to do to make it all go right and so on, which is highly addictive for the adrenalin it releases into the system, which in turn pulls the energy of your body upwards into the chest and head, thus making you top-heavy and liable to make silly decisions, hence totally counterproductive. However there’s always the option to sink your energy instead – plunge it down below the level of your navel so it can be re-circulated by the kidneys, thus increasing your vital flow, clearing your head and so making it easier to focus.

And all you have to do is breathe in, then breathe out and as you do, allow everything going on in your head and chest to drop – this is addressing context rather than content – slide the whole shape of what’s going on downwards, rather than get involved in the thoughts comprising that shape.

And keep doing this. The beautiful paradox is that by releasing the thinking mind’s grip on the action, you create a space which the Tao then fills with wonderful surprises. Doing it the other way you merely create a barrage of noise that keeps the Tao and its opportunities away.

So don’t delay, sink that chi and have a marvelous day.

Love, Doc

Turn the world on its head
If today you find yourself taking life and all its details so seriously you lose your inner smile and don’t know how to draw yourself back into balance but need to in order to keep your vitality flowing so you can get through the tasks at hand, here’s a wonderful instant reset technique.

You know how the earth is a sphere rather than a flat surface, hence that the so-called fact that the sky is up and the ground down, is actually merely a myth. In reality the sky is out, away from the sphere’s center and the ground is in towards it.

This myth is in fact a throwback to when the earth was believed to be flat – old habits die hard – so is totally up for grabs.

So the ancient Taoists who knew the world was a ball, developed the upside-down method, by which you reverse the illusion and become like a bat, hanging down from the ground into the sky. That’s right, you make the ground up and the sky down, so that the roofs of the tallest skyscrapers are pointing down deep into the sky and your head is pointing down towards the ceiling, while your feet are up there on the ground.

A few moments of this will instantly reframe your view of reality and reset your perspective, making all the Monday details and tasks, just details and tasks.

I taught this once to a leading QC (UK version of a senior court lawyer), who used to turn the courtroom upside down just as he was about to make his closing speech and reckoned he invariably won his cases on account of it. That’s how empowering it can be.

However if you already feel your world has turned upside down in an unpleasant way, check the Members’ DocBox for a powerful technique to turn it the right way up again.

I wish you such inner poise and balance today you don’t care which way round the world is.

Love, Doc

Monday Special – focus, focus, focus
Even if you’re not working and simply getting on with the business of having fun,  there are so many details that need attending to in any one day, in any one moment even, it could make your head spin if you let it, and the internal dialogue insists on rambling its way through the front of your brain regardless, as if you didn’t have enough to be getting on with. This reduces your natural enjoyment of being alive and increases your stress factor.

Conversely if you want to reduce your levels of stress and increase your levels of enjoying being alive, no matter the day of the week, no matter what you’re doing or aren’t doing, you have to make a new agreement with reality.

You have to agree with reality, that you’ll treat each task and even each stage of each task, with equal significance, based on the notion that in each and every moment, whatever it is you’re focusing on doing (or not doing) provides a pathway to enlightened connecting with the Tao, the Presence behind all the charade, whence springs your power and potential for glory.

Then because each task and even each stage of each task is of equal significance as a potential doorway to the divine, you are obliged to, relax, breathe, be in your body and focus entirely on what you’re doing moment by moment, rather than trying in vain to focus on eight things simultaneously.

Doing so, not only will you perform each task more easily, excellently and effectively, you’ll also be feeling the calming, soothing, empowering presence of the super-self or call it what you will and knowing that, your day will be utterly transformed.

But don’t take my word for it, try it for yourself and see the results for yourself.

And if you want to learn a super-powerful trick for increasing focus-ability, focus in on the Members’ DocBox.

I wish you a Monday of sheer ease, excellence and enjoyment.

The joy of being who you are
Worrying about what other people think of you is hardwired. However it doesn’t and mustn’t prevent you being, thinking and living originally, authentically and creatively, as failing to do so means you’re depriving yourself of the fullness of the gift life is presenting you with – and that would be rude.

This doesn’t imply going into denial and pretending you don’t care what other people think.

What it does mean is understanding that the level at which we judge each other is illusory. All this is the Tao manifesting itself in myriad versions through us – it’s theatre to amuse and entertain the Tao. And it’s the Tao playing all the parts itself, wearing different faces to do so.

It makes it totally convincing so each of its manifestations (you and I and everyone else) actually believes itself to be an individuated entity. It has to do this or the theatre would get swiftly boring for it and it has to hang out for eternity so needs to make its theatre good enough to last.

But theatre it remains in essence so the opinions of others, or more usually, your assumptions and projections of the opinions of others, are essentially meaningless.

The local self, the disguise, naturally cares, but the universal self, the Tao behind the disguise, just laughs.

And as long as your heart is filled with the intention to spread and share love and the innate joy of being alive, your actions will all ultimately bear good fruit no matter how convoluted the way there may become at times.

In short, hold a loving intention, be who you are and disregard the opinions of others and be who you are. This facilitates a far more wonderful life for you and by extension and in the fullness of time, those around you, and in any case it’s your divinely ordained duty.

Through your originality and creativity the Tao finds its fullest expression through and within you.

May the Tao find its full expression in and through you today (and tonight).

For a wonderful acupressure technique for strengthening healthy self-fullness see the Members’ DocBox.

Love, Doc

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