Archive for September, 2012

Fear of Losing What We Have

‘Woman Afraid’, by Rosie Hardy

One of humanity’s biggest fears is losing what we have. It is healthy when fear of loss helps us take steps to protect what we have worked hard to attain, but it is unhealthy to continue to fear something we can do nothing about. We need to remember that focusing our energy on fear can actually create what scares us, and holding tightly to what we have keeps us from participating in the universal flow of abundance and instead creates stagnation. Since we can only really control our thoughts and our responses, gaining proper perspective may be key to conquering such fears.

The letters of the word “fear” can be used to stand for “False Evidence Appearing Real.” Fears of being separated from something or someone we feel we need for our security or happiness comes from a delusion—a distorted way of understanding ourselves and the world around us. When we understand that possessions are only representations of the energy at work in our lives, we can shift our attention to the right and proper place. We can stop fearing loss of money or success because when we understand how it is created, we can always create more. We can stop fearing loss of possessions when we realize that they are not the source of our joy or well-being but only icing on our cakes. And when we understand the energy of love, we need not hold anyone too close for fear of losing them for we know that love does not diminish when it is given or shared but expands beyond boundaries of time or space.

By focusing our light on our fears, they are revealed as mere shadows that disappear in the presence of mind and spirit. We can choose instead to direct our thoughts and creative power toward things of true value—love, abundance, peace, passion, and joy. These are energies that are always available to us when we place ourselves confidently in the universal flow of abundance.



Foodie Friday: Baked Vanilla Cheesecake

(Serves 10-12)

500g full-fat cream cheese
125ml soured cream
125g caster sugar
1 rounded tbsp cornflour
2 large eggs, plus 2 egg yolks
2 tsp vanilla extract
juice and zest of 1 large lemon

For the base:
150g digestive biscuits
75g unsalted butter, melted
1 scant tsp ground cinnamon

For the topping:
150ml soured cream
1 tsp caster sugar
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1. Preheat the oven to gas mark 4. Line the base and sides of a 22-23cm springform cake tin with nonstick baking paper, so the paper comes 2.5cm above the tin edge.
2. For the base, crush the biscuits and mix with the butter and cinnamon. Tip into the tin and press down gently; bake for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven, then lower the temperature to gas mark 3.
3. Beat together the cream cheese and soured cream, then beat in the sugar and cornflour. Separately, beat the eggs, yolks, lemon juice and vanilla. Gradually combine the two mixtures; beat until smooth. Add the lemon zest.
4. Tip the mixture on to the base and bake for 40 minutes. Meanwhile, beat the soured cream for the topping until smooth. Remove the cheesecake from the oven (turn it off) and spread over the soured cream. Mix the sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over. Return to the oven and leave to cool. Chill overnight. To serve, remove from the tin and peel off the baking paper.

NEXT WEEK: 5 variations on the basic recipe!

Wordless Wednesday: Sunshine on a rainy day

Storytime: Little Baa

Year: 2002
Author: Kim Lewis
Illustrator: Kim Lewis

Little Baa frisked in the field. His Ma ate quietly beside him.

Spring and bounce and skip went Baa, running through the grass with his friends.

Little Baa ran along the fence, hopping over rocks. Spring and bounce and skip went Baa.

Soon he left his friends behind.

Then Little Baa grew tired. He found a hollow near some trees and settled down for a nap.

Ma ate grass until little by little she was far along the field.

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Music Monday: September roundup

The results of this month are due to precisely one album per artist: Pythia’s smashing brand new The Serpent’s Curse, Depeche Mode’s compilation The Singles 86>98, and Emilie Autumn’s long-awaited Fight Like a Girl, about which we’ve talked before, just a few weeks ago, in fact (though it hadn’t sunk in yet what an exquisitely disturbing work it is).

Once more it is made clear that I just lose track of how many times I listen to something I like. I’m far from playing the same CD on repeat for a whole day, as I was able to do when I was younger and less busy, but certainly don’t just buy, listen once and archive away.

The song I have picked from Pythia, ‘Heartless’, is an interesting case. It is not a single, so it has no official video, but apparently it is included in the latest edition of the Rock Band videogame. So there are several RBN videos on YouTube, which you can go watch for the full majesty of the song’s studio version. Me, I find the animation so ridiculous that I can’t bring myself to put it up here. So I’m opting for a live recording, where the sound leaves something to be desired but the band in general and Emily Ovenden in particular really shine. I wish I was at that show.

1. Pythia (40)
2. Depeche Mode (36)
3. Emilie Autumn (34)

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