Rainbow Light Foundation is a not for profit, consortium of healers, teachers, artists and
therapists managed and funded by Members who volunteer their services. The organisation
was founded by Carol Lamb and is dedicated to promoting greater understanding of the soul
sciences; the links between body, mind and consciousness.
This magazine is a new venture, timed with the launch of the new Rainbow Light Foundation
website. The contributors are Members of this organisation who have written articles relating
to areas of their work and expertise. We have also included an article written by Carol Lamb.
I would like to acknowledge Joseph Burns, who is an Honorary Member of Rainbow Light
Foundation, for his dedication and support over the past twenty-four years. Joseph has a
momentum on prayer on a personal and global level, which is of great assistance to the work of
Rainbow Light Foundation.
I would also like to welcome Nancy Wait as a new Member of Rainbow Light Foundation.
Nancy manages the Rainbow Light Forum from New York and would welcome any comments
and queries regarding radio content.
There IS Music in the Spacing of the Spheres ............................................................................. 1
Good Vibrations ........................................................................................................................... 5
The Founding and Development of The Academy of Spiritual Sciences .................................... 9
A Trip to the Moon with Granny ............................................................................................... 12
Rainbow Light Connection ........................................................................................................ 14
From Prison to Prism ................................................................................................................. 16
Brooklyn Rainbow ..................................................................................................................... 18
Past Life Positional Memory Re-Surfacing Through Yoga ....................................................... 20
Visiting the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune, India .................................. 23
Ribbons of Light Global Peace Meditation ................................................................................ 24
ALZHEIMER’S – A Spiritual Perspective of ‘The Long Goodbye’ ......................................... 26
A Helping Hand Series ............................................................................................................... 28
The Personal Life Plan Astrological Significance of the Planetary Cycles ............................... 30
The Karmic Debt Numbers ........................................................................................................ 33
Medical Astrology ...................................................................................................................... 35
Blossoming Health ..................................................................................................................... 37
Cover Illustration by Louise Oliver
There IS Music in the Spacing of the Spheres
‘There is geometry in the humming of the strings,
there is music in the spacing of the spheres.’
I’m sure many people reading this article will have heard of
Pythagoras from the theorem which bears his name. Like most
schoolchildren all across the world, it’s likely that you will have
been taught the Pythagoras Theorem in trigonometry lessons and
for many, the mere mention of his name will trigger unhappy
memories of mathematics lessons!
The heading of this article is a famous quotation attributed to Pythagoras and it is considered
by many to be not so much a statement of fact but an expression of his belief in a general
interrelationship between geometry, harmonious music and astronomy. After all, it’s only in
the last few hundred years that we have been able to measure and calculate interplanetary
distances and so it must surely have been impossible for Pythagoras, who lived around 500
years BC, to know anything at all about ‘the spacing of the spheres’, let alone know that this
spacing would have a musical quality.
Today we can check whether the statement is factually correct. We now know the distances
between planets and so we can check out whether there is any truth in the statement ‘…there is
music in the spacing of the spheres’. To do this, we need to have just a little understanding
about the properties of harmonious music and sounds.
Let’s consider for a moment the sound made by blowing across an aperture,
such as an empty bottle, something which I’m sure we have all done at some
time. Whenever we do this with the same bottle, we always get a sound at the
same pitch: the note is never higher or lower than before. This is how sounds
are made when playing Peruvian Panpipes (see picture), which are sets of
wooden tubes bound together to make an instrument. If we blow across the
shortest tube, the sound will be at a specific pitch. As we blow across longer
and longer pipes the notes get lower and lower until we reach a pipe which is
double the length of the first tube when the pitch of the sound made is exactly one octave
lower. (Listen to soundfile ex1.mp3). Double the length again and the sound lowers again by
one octave, and so on. Notes that are octaves apart make a very pure harmony when played
together as a continuous tone and many cultures, including Celtic, Indian, Eastern and native
American, use this tone combination throughout much of their music, as seen for example in
the drones on a Scottish bagpipe, Irish Uilleann pipes, or in the chants of American Indians.
If we examine the distances between the orbits of planets in our solar system, we find the same
correspondence between the orbits and a musical octave. Starting at Mercury, the next planet
is Venus and at twice the distance from Mercury to Venus, we find the orbit of our Earth: one
octave lower. At double this distance, we find the orbit of Mars: another octave lower. Double
it again, we have the asteroid belt (which many believe to be the remains of a destroyed
planet); double it again and we have Jupiter, double it again and we reach Saturn; all these
planets aligned at distances which correspond to the same note played octaves apart. If you
wish to hear what these intervals sound like, listen to the soundfile ex2.mp3 which builds up
the sequence of sounds representing Venus, Earth, Mars, Asteroids, Jupiter and Saturn.
I find it fascinating to find that not only does this validate the statement ‘…there is music in the
spacing of the spheres’, but that this music corresponds to the tone combinations that underpin
the traditional music of some of our most ancient cultures.
So if the second part of the Pythagoras quotation is true, what about the first part: ‘There is
geometry in the humming of the strings…’?
Lets begin by looking at what actually happens when we pluck a string on a musical instrument
such as a guitar. The string vibrates and the pitch of the sound that we can hear corresponds to
a wavelength which is equal to the distance between the two points where the string is held, i.e.
the bridge of the guitar and the end of the fretboard (see below).
Fundamental vibration of a plucked string
The wave pattern of the string vibration is however more complex than the diagram above
suggests. Plucking the string also causes standing waves to appear on the string which are half
the wavelength, a third of the wavelength, a quarter, a fifth and so on, as represented below.
Half the Fundamental Wavelength (30)
One third the Fundamental Wavelength (20)
These additional waves, known as harmonics, are not so powerful that they alter the pitch of
the note but the way in which these harmonics are combined affects the waveform of the string
and this in turn affects the tone of the sound, which is why a violin sounds different when the
string is played with a bow rather than being plucked, even when the pitch of the note is the
So what’s this got to do with geometry? If we look at the three diagrams above, we can see
that a vibrating string includes a fundamental vibration wavelength corresponding to the length
of the string, as well as additional harmonic vibrations with wavelengths of one half and one
third of the length of the string. If the string was 60 cm long, that means that the first two
harmonic vibrations would correspond to wavelengths of 30 cm and 20 cm.
These ratios of 60:30:20 are the dimensions of possibly the most sacred building ever
constructed: the Temple of Solomon. According to the Book of Kings in the Old Testament of
the Bible, God instructed Solomon to build a temple to precise dimensions:
‘And the house which King Solomon built for the Lord, the length thereof was threescore (60)
cubits, the breadth thereof twenty cubits and the height thereof thirty cubits.’
So Pythagoras was right once again: there is geometry – indeed sacred geometry - in the
humming of the strings. It’s no wonder that Goethe described architecture as ‘Frozen Music’
or to find that harmonic ratios such as these outlined above were deliberately applied to the
designs of the baroque architects responsible for some of the most beautiful buildings ever
What a shame that the standard school curriculum doesn’t include this aspect of Pythagoras’
teaching alongside his trigonometry theorem. Understanding that the square of the hypotenuse
is equal to the sum of the squares of the other two sides might have its uses but it isn’t going to
affect the way in which children see the world; knowing there is a relationship between
harmonious music, the orbits of planets, sacred geometry and beautiful architecture might just
give them a new perspective on the universe in which we live. Who knows, we might even
find the name Pythagoras being much more fondly remembered!
The Key Principles Underpinning the Origins of Sound.
An Introduction to the Rainbow Planetary Tones Manual
Cover by Louise Oliver
Sound is energy in motion …nothing rests, everything moves, everything vibrates.
‘We are the same as plants, as trees, as other people, as the rain that falls. We consist of that
which is around us, we are the same as everything.’ Gautama Buddha
Exploration into alchemical theory informs us that there is but one cosmic substance and the
only apparent difference between any form of this cosmic substance is its different state of
motion. Alchemists postulated that matter is a consequence of a single pure ripple of vibration
from the original Divine creative source. This wave of frequency reverberates through space
causing everything to vibrate at its own frequency or vibratory rate whether a cell within our
body, a daisy, a tree, a stone or a star. In our advanced technological age, we are able to look
in at the universe and hear the hum of each starry cluster or planetary body. These energy
forms group together because of sympathetic resonance and cause ripples of harmonics across
the cosmos, often referred to as ‘The Music of the Spheres’. This is an ancient philosophical
concept that regards proportions in the movements of celestial bodies – the sun, moon, and
planets as a form of music. Pythagoras proposed that they all emit their own unique hum
(orbital resonance) based on their orbital revolution.
Johannes Kepler, an astronomer and mathematician in the sixteenth century, realised that all
states of motion were measurable and that the entire solar system could be viewed as a ‘tuned
quantum structure’ (Martineau 2006). Kepler’s vision was based on evidential facts of
astronomical measurements, which reinforced the ancient view that each planet corresponds to
a different note on a grand musical scale. He demonstrated a correspondence between musical
ratios and planetary velocities. Seven musical notes were assigned to the seven heavenly
bodies or planets and Pythagoras was able to correlate the intervals of the musical scale with
simple numerical ratios.
The Earth and the human body are both comprised of interconnecting channels, which carry
the energy to its parts. In the physical body these channels are called meridians, which carry
the flow of energy from the chakras (energy centres) to the vital organs. This energy is the life
force, also known as chi or prana. It is the activating force and if it is absent, death occurs.
Within the Earth’s structure these interconnecting energy channels are known as ley lines.
Sacred sites were strategically placed at the central hubs of this planetary grid system to
maximise power effectively and that is why the great pyramid is placed at the central point of
the Earth’s land mass.
Ancient Man realised that he was surrounded by invisible forces and used symbolism to
express his relationship with these forces. These invisible forces were seen as a source of
energy and power. The ancients believed that life prospered and was sustained by contact with
them. Man was pictorially represented in a framework of realms with the heavenly forces
above and the earthly forces below. To be in harmony with theses forces, one had to make a
conscious effort to connect with them, to absorb their power and to put this power into action
in daily life. In this way, man was able to transform himself into a sensitive instrument,
reawakening his intuitive knowledge to solve problems through a connection with the
Heavenly Father and the Earthly Mother. Traces of this teaching have been found in almost
every country and religion.
These early peoples saw energy as a source of knowledge and harmony continually flowing to
them from Father Spirit in the heavens and Mother Earth below who nourished and sustained
The Sacred Use of Sound
Ethnic groups used sound to connect to Mother Earth and to evoke reverence and oneness with
nature. Ancient cultures in both the northern and southern hemispheres understood the law of
vibration and the effect of sound upon their body, their community and their environment
particularly when focused effectively and this is the principle behind toning, which provides a
means of creative expression, releasing tension and anxiety through simple vocal techniques to
create specific sounds.
Exploration of the environment is encouraged within Aboriginal
family groups and all generations learn together, sharing
knowledge, socialising and expressing their daily life creatively
through song and dance. The Aborigines used song, chant and
ancient ritual musical instruments as a means of communicating
over long distances and they sing as they walk the Song Lines of
the Earth’s meridians.
Maori chanting, brought to New Zealand by the original East Polynesian inhabitants of the
country, had a deep cultural significance and was a vital part of ceremonial life and tribal
The Amazonian Shamans and initiates used hallucinogenic substances and song to
communicate with spirits, whereas tribal members communicated their position to each other
in the rain forest through vibration by hitting the trunks of trees with their machetes.
Indigenous peoples worked with vibration, acknowledging it as a creative force with which to
transform their lives. They had a vast knowledge of crops soil and climatic conditions and
understood the law of cycles and practised a communal way of life, sharing equally in
everything. Through cooperation and communal living, they generated a positive force field of
energy and understood the basic tenet that like attracts like and each is held together within a
common frequency of vibration. We are only too aware that a wave of dissonance in a group
can destroy harmony.
The ethnic peoples who have maintained their connection to the Earth
through thousands of years incorporated sound into their sacred rites and
have retained the understanding that sound arises as a consequence of the
movement of the ether. Sound is a key element of their rituals, which
conserve and maintain planetary energy through the subtle energy system of
the Earth itself.
The Native American Indians, whose community was held together harmoniously by the
creative force of a common positive goal, lived in mountains, deserts and on the shores of lakes
and rivers. They soon realised to their cost that the early European settlers, who were
accustomed to owning land and claiming it, perceived nature as an obstacle or a commodity
and had a materialistic view of land, animals and plants, viewing indigenous people as an
obstacle or a resource.
The Hopi Indians believe that they have been
entrusted with holding the balance of the planetary
hub at the centre of the North American continent and
use sacred chants and dance to maintain its energetic
integrity. By transforming themselves into more
sensitive instruments they were able to receive and
utilise these forces of energy from nature and the
cosmos. Their life focus was to harmonise this
Proven research reveals that the Earth renews its strata in a cycle of
seven ages and the human body renews its cellular structure once
every seven years. Each mirrors the other. The lower organs of
the digestive tracts and the organs of reproduction correspond to
the earth’s inner core and layer of magma and the respiratory
organs (the lungs) the throat and the brain correspond to the higher
energy of the Earth’s atmosphere. The heart holds the balance
between the two. The human circulatory system corresponds to
the network of oceans and rivers within the Earth.
Light energy is individually expressed as sound through speech. Words were once appreciated
as precious jewels of spoken thought clothed in a matrix of vibration. All sound carries a
momentum of power with a positive or negative charge and we are therefore each accountable
for the right use of that energy, creating balance and harmony or imbalance and discord.
If practised regularly, the sequence of seven Rainbow Planetary Tones will begin to open and
clear the channels linking your physical body to the flow of energy from the corresponding
forces above and below and from the corresponding forces flowing to you from the natural
environment and the cosmos.
The Founding and Development of
The Academy of Spiritual Sciences
Principal Tutor, Quantum Light Programme
In 1993, Carol Lamb established her first small centre in
Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire, England with a colleague
and was practising past life therapy and teaching holistic
health care courses for further education. It was here, during a
therapy session with a client, that she was contacted by a
higher stream of consciousness in the form of direct
communication from a guide. Once Carol had proved to
herself that the guide was of the highest order by asking
questions that only she, herself could have answered, Carol
was told that the guide had passed through the veils to speak
with her with the sole purpose of connecting individuals to
their higher selves so that a Divine Blue print founded on spiritual law and spiritual principles,
could manifest in the physical world.
As the guidance unfolded, Carol was informed that if instructions were followed and spiritual
principles adhered to she would be instrumental in establishing International healing and
teaching centres. These Centres would incorporate meditation groups, healing clinics,
community outreach programmes, College courses and spiritual teaching. Over time, these
events occurred but only because of Carol’s determination to commit to the guidance, whatever
the cost to herself.
In the days that followed, people were magnetised to the positive energy spiral that had been
created by this paranormal interaction. It was an exciting time for everyone involved and
significant people who were to play an important part in the future unfolding of the plan came
for therapy or enrolled in classes that Carol continued to run as before.
Gradually, as foretold, a spiritual community of like-minded people emerged. Their key
message of hope for humanity was the journey of the soul through allegiance to the Divine
source. Students were informed of humanity’s spiritual lineage and many received healing
from Carol to raise awareness of resistance patterns and to release imprints of memories from
past incarnations, which were hampering their path and inhibiting their ability to forge
harmonious relationships with each other and within the community.
Many were eager to know how to sustain a connection to the positive source of this energy and
they joined classes to study alignment and the anatomical structure of the auric field, which
envelopes the physical body in a subtle energy system that links to increasingly higher
frequencies of vibration beyond the brain.
This understanding had an enormous impact on a lot of people because of the consequence of
realising that there was a preconceived plan and purpose for their life on earth and the dawning
sense of personal responsibility with the need to make more positive choices.
Before any student was allowed to teach, strict guidelines were imposed with the requirement
for each to address their own negative memory imprints from previous key incarnations to
assist progress. Before teaching others to swim, one must be able to swim oneself. As Keats
wisely said, ‘Nothing ever becomes real until it’s experienced’.
Through this transformative, alchemical process many acknowledged that their intuition had
been crushed by a lack of self-belief, by other’s opinions and by fears of financial hardship,
which may have led to jobs and careers totally unsuited to their personality and aspirations.
Within five years of Carol receiving ongoing direct guidance, a core student group had
completed holistic therapy training through the newly formed College of Holistic Sciences.
Those that were strongly committed to addressing their own healing, trained as therapists and
teachers and by invitation from the guide were given management duties. The initial route for
many was through healing via the therapy clinic because as documented in Carol’s
autobiography Born Remembering, the memory of the life plan we choose prior to birth carries
an inner longing and we are constantly searching for answers and yearning for truth.
Flexible, accessible learning was offered with alternative opportunities to encourage
individuality and creativity, incorporating music, working with children, art, dance and poetry
because creativity is the key to intuitive connection.
In 2002 Carol founded Rainbow Light Foundation, which is an International
‘not for profit’, healing and teaching Trust to continue her work. Her dearest
wish was that members of the organisation would, through spiritual
allegiance, discover their own unique gifts and develop their own projects to
demonstrate the principles of the teaching they had received.
The College of Holistic Sciences became The Academy of
Holistic Sciences to carry the essence of the teaching forward
into the twenty first century and in 2003/04 a teaching base was
established at St William’s College, in the City of York. The
years 2005-2008 heralded an International Teaching Programme
with a teaching base in West Cork in the Republic of Ireland and
Introductory workshops in Australia. From 2010, Carol Lamb
presented the Advanced Teaching Programme in the prestigious
King’s Manor, the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University
In 2013, The Academy, newly named The Academy of
Spiritual Sciences, was appointed the designated teaching
body for Carol Lamb’s International ‘Quantum Light’
accredited Practitioner and Therapist training programme,
integrating energy alignment, healing, the soul sciences and
quantum physics. In 2014 an Academy teaching base was
launched in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, England to
restore the teaching to one of the earlier healing Centres that
had been established under guidance in the year 2000.
In August 2013, The Academy launched its own radio programme under the banner of
Paranormal Matters to take the principles of alignment and the healing application of these
principles to a global audience.
We are now at the close of 2014 and the advances in the science of quantum physics and
epigenetics herald the growing numbers involved in consciousness raising. The Academy of
Spiritual Sciences has a new vision for the future which has grown out of the acceptance that in
this virtual world of advanced technology, a building to train students is no longer required.
The Quantum Light Programme is the vehicle that takes the teaching forward through online
training and download packages of cutting edge information. Only by expanding the study of
the mind can we achieve exceptional mental health and balance, to bring optimum physical and
There will continue to be a key focus on broadcasting to satisfy the growing numbers of eager
listeners. For, to quote Martin Luther King Junior ‘Life’s most persistent and urgent question
is: What are you doing for others?’
A Trip to the Moon with Granny
I remember a rainy Saturday afternoon several years ago. Finlay and I had spent the morning
exploring the towpath on the Polwarth canal bank in Edinburgh. My son Toby and his wife
were away overnight for a much needed break and I had left my car at home, having travelled
up on the train from Yorkshire to spend the weekend and to look after my four year old
Grandson for twenty four hours.
Damp but undeterred by the weather, Finlay and I shared an easy lunch of salad and the
remains of yesterday’s lasagne and then went into the living room to play. On my arrival the
previous day, Finlay had asked if we could make a rocket to go to the moon and having
discussed what was needed, we went in search of something to provide the basic framework of
the craft. We eventually found two wicker basket chairs in the spare bedroom, which we
thought would do and with difficulty carried them down the stairs to the living room. We then
tipped them towards each other on the floor leaving a seating space in the middle for the self
selected pilot astronaut. Would there be room for me I wondered? ….In our search for
something to give form to the basic rocket shape, Finlay had found an empty giant packet of
soap powder which he thought would cut up to make fins and a control panel. However when
he tipped it upside down he powdered the carpet with the remains of its contents… ‘Moon
dust,’ I declared and relieved at my response, he happily went in search of scissors. I followed
his instructions and cellotaped flat pieces of card to cover the gaping holes in the side of the
craft. A long piece of cardboard was folded to provide a control panel on which he drew three
circles to represent the dials before we cellotaped it in place.
I pointed out the absence of engines to fire and suggested that we find a
large container that we could fill with something to represent heat and
flames. Finlay said that his dressing up bin would be good, I agreed and
he unceremoniously tipped the contents onto the carpet and turning the
aluminium bin on its side, rolled it towards me and together we put it in
place at the back of our rocket. We then looked for things that would
represent heat and flames and Finlay found a shocking pink feather duster
next to the ironing board which he said was ‘Daddy’s and special’ (I made
no comment…) also a red anorak and an orange scarf hanging on a peg in
the hall. Now for the nose cone. We needed more cardboard and also required silver paper to
cover, protect and insulate it for the hot and hazardous return journey. The laundry room
proved a valuable resource and we found and raided a bag of used wrapping paper, which
provided the silver paper we needed.
Finlay’s attention to detail came to the fore as he carefully cut out eight cardboard fins which,
with help, he cellotaped in pairs to the outer body of the craft. I asked him what these were for
and he said they would make the rocket go faster. I couldn’t argue with that!
It was nearly time for lift off and Finlay spent several frustrating minutes
looking for his other pirate wellington boot with the skull and cross bones
pattern to wear on his feet for the moon landing. There was limited space
in the narrow seating area of the craft and as Finlay had tactfully told me
that morning that I was his widest Granny, (thin and wiry is not my body
type!) I obviously wasn’t accompanying him on this trip! …The lost
wellington was found at last and relieved and booted our brave astronaut
carefully climbed into his fragile craft adjusting the cushion at his back for
comfort. We made appropriate rocket take off noises and after lift off, the journey into outer
space miraculously lasted only a few seconds. On landing on the moon’s surface, Finlay
confidently climbed out of the craft and convincingly with slow and heavy foot fall proceeded
to gather moon samples of white dust (soap powder) and tiny scraps of torn paper which he
had prepared earlier and had been scattered by his faithful assistant!
When enough samples had been gathered, Finlay climbed back into the craft for the return
journey, which again took only a few seconds. However to our horror after an examination of
the rocket back on earth, Finlay declared that aliens had got into the engine on the moon while
he was away gathering samples and had travelled with him on the return journey. I asked what
we should do and without hesitation, the intrepid pilot said that they had to be ‘sploded out’.
When I enquired how we should do this, Finlay disappeared into his bedroom and returned
with a miniature rugby ball which he said was a bomb and without any warning at all he hurled
it into the engine tube as we dived for cover behind an arm chair.
We held our breath for a moment and then Finlay courageously offered to crawl inside the
engine to see if the alien invaders had gone. However after another examination he declared
that the aliens had turned into ‘green gloop’, which he said we had to get rid of. Mortified at
this horrendous transformation I again asked him how we should do this. After a thoughtful
pause he said that the engine would need blowing out and went in search of some piping. He
returned a minute or so later with a stick which he said was a pipe and again disappeared into
the engine cavity, I heard blowing sounds from deep within and then he emerged red faced but
triumphant and announced that the gloop had gone! ‘Hooray, Hooray, Hooray’ I shouted. I
congratulated him on a successful mission and we enjoyed a celebratory tea break and biscuits
before dismantling the rocket and clearing away.
If the aliens ever do invade, I know who I want in my corner!!
Rainbow Light Connection
Manages Rainbow Light Forum, New York
A woman followed her husband who followed the light from the north to the west, and then a
little to the south to the Americas, where the light seemed brighter and more expansive. But
her daughter’s daughter looked back to the east, a little to the north, where the light had
originated from, and saw how it still burned. She acquired some wood from that place that had
been made into a table and some chairs a long time ago. Wood from the trees in Yorkshire that
carried the vibration of the land. She sat her children at this table, and on special occasions
when she served food that had the name ‘Yorkshire’ in it – while they were sitting on these
chairs - their bones felt the vibration of the wood. At bedtime, she fed two of her daughters a
story about Yorkshire, planting seeds, nourishing minds as well as bodies with a book that had
the word ‘Heights’ in the title, suggesting a high up place. Then she turned out the light and
said goodnight, leaving them to dream.
Only one of the daughters absorbed this particular information and had the relevant dream.
When she was old enough, as soon as she could, this daughter of the grand-daughter of the
émigré travelled to the east and up north a little. But it wasn’t until she could bring her mother
that she went further north, where the wood had come from the trees with roots in the land.
They did not look for their own roots, their kin, but they ate the food and they spent the night,
though only the daughter, the great-grand-daughter, felt a kinship with the light that still
burned. The next day she found a moody painting in a shop on the High Street, which picked
up the memory of light. She also bought a cloth doll and thought to give it to her daughter,
should she ever have one, so that the story and the dream and the light might continue. Then
she returned to the Americas and began painting her own light. The vibrantly coloured light of
her own continent. It set up a clamour in her soul. But the little bird she painted numerous
times never opened its beak. Suddenly, she wanted to hear the sounds, so she took up the
guitar and sang.
Many years passed before she found The Rainbow Connection in a Judy Collins songbook:
Someday we’ll find it
That Rainbow Connection
The lovers the dreamers and me
Have you been half asleep
And have you heard voices
I've heard them calling my name
Are these the sweet sounds that called
The young sailors
I think they’re one and the same
I’ve heard it too many times to ignore it
There’s something that I'm supposed to be
Someday we’ll find it
The Rainbow Connection
The lovers, the dreamers and me
Yes, I’ve heard voices. Yes, I’ve heard my name being called when I was half-asleep – too
many times to ignore it. But my playing was sporadic. The rainbow connection remained a
I followed the path back to Yorkshire in the Seventies. In the Eighties I started to sing. In the
Nineties I had a son, not a daughter, so I gave the doll away to a friend’s little girl who was ill.
I never went back to Yorkshire, though I felt it to be my spiritual home. Then in 2011 I
connected with Louise and Rebecca on Twitter through a mutual Twitter connection who also
happened to reside in Yorkshire. I did not, however, connect the little bird of Twitter with my
own little painted bird. I was no longer painting or singing, but I was making another sort of
outcry as a host on Blog Talk Radio. Rebecca came on the show and strummed the harp and
Louise told a story. Then Jennifer toned and Michael played and Carol spoke, and I learned
about their Rainbow Light Foundation. The fact they were located in Yorkshire, mostly now
in Halifax no less, the place of my maternal ancestry, was of more interest than anything to do
with rainbows. Even when I could see the arc of the rainbow, and Carol began calling me
‘Brooklyn Rainbow’, I didn’t connect the arc of light to the words or the music of The
Rainbow Connection. I had forgotten all about the song. Until last week, when after a long
period of silence I began singing The Rainbow Connection again. Because the little boy in my
care with cerebral palsy loved it when I sang My Bonny Lies Over the Ocean, and Somewhere
Over the Rainbow:
Somewhere over the rainbow, bluebirds fly
Birds fly over the rainbow
Why then, oh why can’t I?
For this little boy who had sounds but no speech, I started to sing again. I thought of more
rainbow songs, which were all songs about longing, as he seemed to enjoy these the most. And
with the singing, and being aware of the longing of a child who could not walk or talk, I
became the bird with wings of song. And that was when I remembered The Rainbow
Connection, and heard the words as if for the first time. Because now they had a foundation.
How the arc of Rainbow Light reaches us, whether through eyes pinned to the sky, or an inner
vision of light and colour, or through the sound of the colours, or the tones of vibrating chakras
doesn’t matter as long as we keep our senses open. The sense, for instance, that led me to a
group of healers and teachers, souls committed to their work and to bringing through their
message. That’s where I come in, as global outreach and the Rainbow Light Forum gets under
way. Though our particular rainbow connection no doubt reaches farther back in time and
space, where … the dreams that you dare to dream, really do come true. Especially when you
ground the light in a solid Foundation.
From Prison to Prism
Manages Rainbow Light Forum, New York
How similar in sound – prison and prism – yet they couldn’t
be more different. The one restraining and confining (the
light), the other dispersing and reflecting (the light). Prison
and prism. For me these two images represent transformation
of a dark passage into a lighted one, and summarise the path
I’ve been on. It feels right to share this at the beginning of a
new year when a whole new phase is opening up for us. One
that will bring more openness and light into the world.
The dark memory of being imprisoned began with a recurring
nightmare when I was eight years old and dreamed I was
trapped in a small steel box with water pouring in from a hole
in the corner. It was completely dark in the box. There was
no way out. I knew I was going to die. And then I woke up,
always in a cold sweat, and always relieved and surprised to
find myself still alive. I called it the ‘no-exit dream,’ I think because of Sartre’s No Exit on the
coffee table in our living room.
In later years I learned about the life of the soul, and how the soul might flit in and out of the
body when we’re small children. But by the age of eight the door closes and we’re in there for
the duration. I thought the dream might have stemmed from that, from the feeling I was – or
rather my soul was – imprisoned in my body. It had not been a good feeling. It had been a
scary one. Calling for an acceptance of death whenI was still a child, alone in the dark.
Still later, my thoughts about the dream and the box of death
and the water changed again. This was because I had turned to
writing memoir. And after five years of sifting through the
memories, making connections, seeing experiences and
dreams from the long ago past as part of a continuum of an
awakening consciousness, I was able to make new
connections. Come up with something that completely startled
me and yet made total sense. Namely a child who had been in
a plane that was shot down over the Bay of Biscay during
World War II. So many details of her story rang a bell that I
knew this plane was the steel box that had haunted my dreams
Yet, as much as I believed it, I was hesitant about introducing the idea of reincarnation into the
memoir. Years went by while I dithered. Then finally, when it came to seem a matter of
believing in myself no matter what others might think, I put it in. The act of including it was
as if I’d unlocked a door. For right away, as soon as I decided to go with the story of
reincarnation, I had a new vision. Not a dream but a vision.
In this vision the steel box, the cage of death that had been the bane of part of my childhood,
was transformed into a cube of light! A lighted cube floating in space, open in front and back.
Not only was it no longer a dark prison – it was colored with all the colors of the rainbow –
and filled with white light! A coloured cube of light, inside and out.
This fifty-year saga culminated shortly before the book was published, when I met Rainbow
Light Foundation online. It was the Law of Correspondence at play, which I saw as the
readiness to come forward with my truth (and the light of my truth). It was like arriving at the
end of one rainbow, only to find another. For now I was aligned with rainbow light.
Light is a frequency, colors are frequencies, and the new vision, an image
representing my openness, now permeated my consciousness and drew
me towards those with a similar vibration. The Rainbow Cube was a sign
that the past had been healed. I was no longer hampered by fear. The
willingness to bring my story to light brought me in touch with others
reflecting the light.
When mind and spirit are in sync, it all falls into place I think.
Manages Rainbow Light Forum, New York
A poet friend once called me an ‘Over-the-Rainbow-Survivor.’
Now, while it was true I had the ring to prove it, I didn’t understand the full
meaning of that phrase until later.
Not until today, actually, when I looked again at the pastel painting I did over
the weekend of a rainbow intersecting the Brooklyn Bridge, its light shimmering on the water.
The key here is water.
When I think of a rainbow I think of the sky. The song we all know so well speaks of
somewhere over the rainbow, a place for birds to fly to, not us. For us it is only a dream, a
Unless you become a deep-sea diver, and follow the (heavenly) (reflected) light into the
(earthly) waters of dream and imagination… bringing those depths of feeling up to the surface,
perhaps in a painting, perhaps in a story… But somehow giving it expression. Making it real.
An ‘Over-the-Rainbow-Survivor’ is an idealist who survived. A dreamer who never lapsed.
Never became cynical. A person who could grow up to see her illusions crushed, stampeded
into the ground and trod on, yet still found joy in a rainbow.
An ‘Over-the-Rainbow-Survivor’ is really someone who went under the surface, who followed
the light reflected in the water… in order to one day rise to that level of light, (the inner light).
Following it all the way, until it surfaced again, refreshed and cleansed, after she had come full
Originally, I moved from Manhattan to Brooklyn in 1982 when my marriage ended and I was
resolved to paint my inner life. After four years I returned to Manhattan to complete the series
of paintings I called ‘Journey to the Deep.’ Then two years later, in 1988, I met my second
husband, and we moved back to Brooklyn where I have remained ever since.
The second marriage didn’t last either, but my union with Brooklyn did. And eventually, my
union with the rainbow.
It was this light which led me to join Rainbow Light Foundation. Located in the north of
England, it is a ‘not for profit’, non-denominational organisation founded by Carol Lamb and
dedicated to promoting greater understanding of the soul sciences; the links between body,
mind and consciousness.
I now administer the Rainbow Light Forum, and am currently enrolled in the Quantum Light
Programme of the Academy of Spiritual Sciences.
You can find me on Face Book here: https://www.facebook.com/RainbowBrooklyn
And on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/LightInBrooklyn
You are invited to share comments on the Rainbow Light Forum.
Past Life Positional Memory Re-Surfacing Through Yoga
‘But what of the memory of the body? Does that also, like its
conscious counterpart in mind have the capacity to enslave us or
set us free? It does, and here again the awakening of intelligence
is critical.’ B.K.S. Iyengar
I have learnt a great deal about the body through practicing
Iyengar Yoga since 2000. I first became interested in past life
memory when I connected with Rainbow Light Foundation, a ‘not
for profit’ healing and teaching organisation in the North of
England. This led me to train in Soul Recall Therapy (the
therapeutic release of memory imprints) with The Academy of Spiritual Sciences. Although I
was aware that yoga and soul recall bring integration, balance and harmony to the human
energy field (known in yoga as the five kosas or subtle sheaths of the being) I had not realised
any further links until my own therapy sessions began to reveal a pattern in 2012. During my
yoga classes, in some positions, I experienced unexplained physical discomfort or mental and
emotional anxiety but had not known why. Carol Lamb, Founder of the Rainbow Light
Network and my therapist and tutor, explained to me that specific body positions can ignite
body memory at the cellular level.
B.K.S. Iyengar follows the teachings of Patañjali, the 2 nd Century BC
Indian Sage who wrote the Yoga Sutras. Patañjali stated that the soul
becomes burdened with an accumulation of impressions as part of the
karma from previous lives. Yoga Sutra 3.18 states: ‘Through direct
perception of subliminal impressions [samskaras], the yogi gains
knowledge of previous lives.’
In ‘Light on Life’ B.K.S. Iyengar explains, ‘There is another subtle way in which memory
influences our lives without our realising it. The imprints of memory at an unconscious level
act as a filter to perception. Intelligence strives to see things as they are but mind and memory
tend to interpret these in relation to the past. The effect of this is imperceptibly to construct
sandbanks of prejudice. We are all aware of how prejudice acts retrospectively; you see
something and place a distorted value judgment on it. But prejudice also projects itself into
the future, by which I mean that it influences us to see and therefore to experience only those
things that will confirm what we already think.’
Mr Iyengar also says that, ‘consciousness is potentially in every cell of the body but most of us
are comatose.’ He explains that the nervous system reaches every part of the body and that
where nerves are, mind is and where mind is, memory is. Repetitive actions depend on this
cellular memory and Mr Iyengar used the positive example of cellular memory being in the
potter’s hands. He also highlighted that cellular memory can bring about negative behaviour
and that yoga practice ‘brings the light of intelligence to our cells and roots out negativity.’
For my part, I have experienced the benefits of integrating yoga and soul recall therapy to
release negative cellular imprints. I have realised a direct link to the Iyengar teaching through
the Academy’s soul recall training programme. Although I was aware that this therapy had
een practiced by ancient cultures, Patañjali’s work provided me with an ancient connection
specifically to two interests in my life – yoga and holistic therapy.
In a yoga class in September 2012, my teacher, Debbie Bartholomew, prepared us to do
Simhasana 2 (Lion Pose 2). The preparation poses included Downward Facing Auspicious
Pose (Adho Mukha Swastikasana) followed by Padmasana (Lotus Pose) or Ardha Padmasana
(Half Lotus Pose) for those who cannot do the full pose of Padmasana (Lotus).
(Half Lotus Pose)
Photographs: Witold Fitz-Simon
(Lion Pose 2)
I had always found these postures uncomfortable in my hip joints, which would feel as if bone
was rubbing against bone. I would also feel a painful, tightening/burning sensation on the skin
on the tops of my feet. I had assumed that everyone had this skin sensitivity in their feet but
after discussing with friends, I realised this was not the case. I would often feel anxious at the
thought of doing the Padmasana (Lotus Pose) and would do the Ardha Padmasana (Half Lotus
Pose) instead. I was unaware that I had allowed my mind to take over and irrationally
convince me that I could not do the full pose of Lotus. This anxiety would make me tense up,
restricting the movement in my hips, creating more of the tightening/burning sensation on the
tops of my feet.
When we came to do the Simhasana 2 (Lion Pose 2), we tied a strap in a figure of 8 around our
legs, to support them in the position. I was fine with my right foot underneath but really
struggled when my left foot was underneath. On one occasion I became anxious, accentuated
by having the strap tied around my legs and I quickly released myself but managed to make a
friction burn on the top of my left foot. This was the first time I’d actually received a friction
burn mark on my skin in yoga.
I mentioned this experience at my therapy session with Carol later
in the week and she suggested memory work might be helpful.
During the recall, I accessed a life as a young Chinese girl, taken
from her family to become a concubine in the Chinese emperor’s
harem. Here her feet were bound in the traditional manner creating
excruciating pain. This life had left negative memory imprints –
the samskaras often referred to as ‘wounds of the soul’. The story
of painfully bound feet linked to the pain of loss and separation from family by being bound to
a harem. As the memory surfaced my feet ached, particularly the left one and I felt again the
burning sensation on the top of my left foot.
I noticed the discomfort on the tops of my feet had reduced in subsequent yoga classes and I
was more easily able to do Padmasana (Lotus Pose). As part of the follow-up healing, I
focussed on releasing residual memory while practicing The Emerald Alignment, a specific
exercise to balance, align and harmonise the subtle energies of the five kosas. I particularly
noticed the relief when we repeated the same sequence of postures at a yoga class in March
2013. As I tied the strap around my legs, I wondered if I would become anxious but when I
didn’t, I realised that the memory of being in this position had released. I was more relaxed in
the pose, which enabled me to stay longer than I had prior to the therapy session.
This experience has taught me the power of yoga in identifying soul memories, which hold us
back in life by making us act from the limiting perspective of negative memory imprints – a
‘subtle way in which memory influences our lives without our realising it’ as Mr Iyengar
describes. I now understand why I sometimes feel physically, mentally and emotionally
uncomfortable when I’m in certain postures and pause to consider whether positional
memories are surfacing for release.
I have now qualified in Post Graduate studies within this specialist area and
combine my deeper understanding of positional memory and its release through
Soul Recall Therapy with my specialism in Music Therapy. I am a Harpist and
incorporate harp music into the recall process to gently and safely aid release of
I’m excited by this new understanding and would be interested to hear from anyone who has
had similar experiences: email@example.com
(Published in the Manchester and District Institute of Iyengar Yoga Newsletter, July 2014.)
Listen to Paranormal Matters Radio show: Soul Journey – The Message in the Cells.
Read Carol Lamb’s blog: B.K.S. Iyengar – A Light now shining in a brighter Firmament.
BKS Iyengar in Lotus Position (Padmasana)
Visiting the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune, India
I enjoyed continuing my research and practical application of past life memories re-surfacing
through yoga on my first visit to the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute (RIMYI) in
Pune, India in November 2014. My understanding of yoga has deepened and my harp playing
has improved as a result of postures that focused on releasing cellular memory to open the
upper arms and chest.
During the visit, Korinna Pilafidis Williams, Editor of Dipika, the magazine for the Iyengar
Yoga Institute, London (Maida Vale), interviewed Prashant Iyengar, son of B.K.S. Iyengar and
director of the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute. Nicola Wright and I were
photographer and scribe respectively and I asked to play the lyre to him, to which he agreed.
Raya Umadatta, one of the Institute’s teachers, asked for a recording of harp music for some
film footage of B.K.S. Iyengar to be played at Yoganusasanam in December 2014, a 10-day
intensive taught by Geeta Iyengar, daughter of B.K.S. Iyengar. The film was played on
Geeta’s 70th birthday.
I also visited the temple carvings at Ellora and Ajanta:
Ribbons of Light
Global Peace Meditation
Rainbow Light Foundation Meditation
‘We can unite in one mind, as citizens of planet earth.’ Dr Masuru Emoto
Rainbow Light Foundation would like to express thanks to
everyone who is connecting to Ribbons of Light on the website and
helping to spread the word worldwide. Ribbons of Light is a global
outreach project, providing a way for people around the world to
build a collective momentum of peace through meditation. When
we join together with positive focus and intention, we have a
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easily through the Internet and to play our part in healing the
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assisting those in need worldwide.
Participants are asked to attune to the current focus and meditate for up to 15 minutes, at any
one of the hours of 3, 6, 9 or 12 o’clock, in their own local time. In this way, we create a wave
of positive energy through different time zones, focused to a particular place or people in need
of help. It is simply a matter of linking in, closing our eyes and joining with others in sending
positive thoughts of peace. Connecting in this way helps us to overcome feelings of
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a growing community around the globe, which is contributing to making constructive change.
Wherever we each may be, we are able to spend a few minutes to support healing for the
environment and the life forms of our shared planet.
The Earth is a living organism, a sentient being with an energy
field, which mirrors our own. It is emitting electromagnetic
energy and transmitting it everywhere, through an interconnecting
subtle energy system. Our collective consciousness is linked
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systems to each other, to nature and to the Earth. All of our
thoughts, feelings and intentions affect each other and the
environment. We can begin to see the significance of being in
harmony rather than in conflict and to appreciate our own personal responsibility for restoring
On a personal level, it is well documented that meditation is
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ALZHEIMER’S – A Spiritual Perspective of ‘The Long Goodbye’
The day I went to visit my mother and found her sprinkling sugar on a plate of mashed
potatoes as she told me she had made me my favourite custard tart for tea, was a turning point.
I was forced to accept that the mild confusion and increasing memory loss of recent years had
become something else. We had reached a point of no return. An independent woman who
had shown great resilience throughout her life was now dependent upon us, her family and
sadly it was no longer possible to ensure her safety in her own home.
In the months which followed I sought help from every available
source, becoming increasingly aware that our remaining time together
to share any meaningful conversation was slipping away. I resolved to
use it well. Doris had overcome major challenges throughout her life,
writing a fascinating autobiography to record her wartime memories
and nursing experiences. We talked for hours as she repeated the wellworn
stories of her teenage years, the ‘big band’ sounds of Glenn
Miller and the weekly dances, the sound of sirens and the hurried rush
through the streets to air raid shelters. Tears rolled down her cheeks as she recalled the friends
in khaki who never returned when the war ended; on one occasion she looked around the room
and said; ‘It’s nice to see them again.’ When I asked who she was referring to she gave the
names of three soldiers, friends who had been lost. I remembered she had told me their story
many years ago. ‘They come now and again’ she said ‘usually round Poppy Day’. I had no
doubt that she could see her old friends and thank fully did not feel the need to contradict her
in an attempt to stop the ‘hallucination’.
Similarly, she frequently refers to visits from deceased parents, ‘my
mother seems to come for no real reason, just to see me, but my dad
comes when I’m feeling down, to cheer me up, I always feel better
when he’s been.’ It would be easy to dismiss such stories as
reminiscence, a way of reassuring oneself. However, I well
remember experiences when I was nursing. Those who were about
to pass from the world would frequently describe visits from
deceased family members or old friends, because of my own
paranormal experiences I always gave them the benefit of the doubt.
Once on night duty a somewhat assertive senior nurse instructed me to ask the visitors in a side
ward to leave saying, ‘How on Earth did they get in at this time, it’s ten past ten?’ I went to
the room and found only the patient who informed me that her aunt and her grandmother had
just been to see her and would be coming again at the same time next day. Since the patient
was herself elderly I knew her grandmother could not have visited her, I checked the entry door
to the ward, it was secured as always on nights. I realised the nocturnal visitors seen by the
staff nurse were the patients deceased family members; on reflection I decided not to risk a
sceptical retort and said nothing. I was off duty next day, on my return I found that my patient
had passed at ten past ten the following night, no doubt accompanied by those who loved her.
Alzheimer’s has been referred to as ‘the long goodbye’ because it is a decline of faculties and
perception often occurring over many years. Hallucination, defined as ‘seeing what is not
there’ can be a significant, recognised symptom assisting an Alzheimer’s diagnosis, yet how
are we to know for certain whether the person is hallucinating or ‘seeing’ on another level.
Those of us who have had the good fortune to experience ‘altered states of consciousness’ or
psychic events may also consider other realities.
Perhaps the most difficult aspect of care for those diagnosed with such mental
health problems is the uncertainty. The challenge is not to become complacent
and above all to keep a sense of humour. My moments of utter despair have
been mixed with moments of laughter, even hilarity, when far from being
delusional, my mother proved to be extraordinarily perceptive. During the
time she was living with me, I had requested a home visit from the doctor,
concerned that she was deteriorating, due to increasing signs of confusion. I
was told a nurse would call within 48 hours. I slipped next door to make some arrangements
with a neighbour and returned to be told ‘the nurse has been, and done my blood tests’. I knew
this was not possible, I had been gone only minutes and mother was in an upstairs room. The
local nurses had never previously visited so would surely not have entered the house and
spoken to her in my absence. I assured her that the nurse would be coming next day. She was
adamant her blood had been taken. I looked around. There was no card or notification and I
again tried to reassure her. Exasperated she stuck out her arm and said ‘I’m not ******
crackers, I’ve had the blood test!’ There in the vein was a needle, left in situ by mistake…
Had it not been for the needle, I would have been convinced that she was confused or
Confabulation is a real feature of Alzheimer’s, a term used to describe
seemingly real experiences of an imaginative world. It is an attempt
by the person to make sense of their environment in a meaningful way.
I will always be grateful to the psychiatrist who visited my mother to
assess her mental state and, despite her seeming lucidity on that
occasion, made a definitive diagnosis. He told me a story of one of his
patients, an elderly bedridden lady who described being entertained by
the pink mice who ran backwards and forwards and danced on the bed
rail. He said, ‘I don’t try to persuade her that they are not there, why
should I, if they keep her entertained.’ Some years later as I listen to
my mother ‘confabulating’, describing how she took the bus into town yesterday to the market.
Listing the things she had bought, I am grateful for his wise words. Immobile, she has not left
her home alone in over six years, why would I take from her the memory of what she once
Doris has proved to be a great teacher, drawing around her a group of caring holistic therapist
who feel privileged for the opportunity to learn more about Alzheimer’s disease from her than
they ever could from a manual. When I was struggling with the decision to place my mother in
residential care, she turned to look at me with a steady gaze and said quietly, ‘Carol, it’s just
part of the journey.’ At the age of 91 she tells us that she has decided to stay for a while longer
to help us. We remain grateful and endeavour to pass on the reminder that consciousness
remains intact at a higher level as the journey continues.
Listen in to: Dementia and Alzheimer’s – The Soul Journey on Paranormal Matters.
A Helping Hand Series
‘A Helping Hand’ is a series of three booklets, illustrating a selection of guided writing from
Carol Lamb. All of the poems are from an archive of intuitively received writing held by Carol
and transmitted to assist those suffering grief and loss. The words are intended to bring
comfort and understanding in the journey of transition.
Carol’s inspirational verse in the first booklet, ‘The Sunflower Book’ is illustrated with
watercolour paintings by Betty Warters, who first took up painting in her eighties. Betty is the
mother of Jennifer Warters, a member of Rainbow Light Foundation and Betty discovered that
her love of painting flowers helped her in overcoming her own pain and loss. She spent many
hours happily painting at her table with a vase of flowers in front of her and was delighted to
find that her pictures cheered and revived others. It is interesting that Betty first began by
painting a picture of bluebell woods and always loved to paint bluebells. She was later told
that the delicate bluebell flowers bring healing for grief, growing where the land has been
imprinted with pain and sorrow. Betty made reproductions of her paintings into greetings
cards and also into framed pictures for friends, family and fundraising events. Her sensitive
flower paintings make an ideal accompaniment to the gentle words of the poems of Carol
Lamb, offering strength and hope to those experiencing bereavement. The loss of loved ones
is soothed as the words walk us gently through stages; from an acknowledgement of
friendships we must leave behind, to hope and trust in the light to come and a remembrance of
shared times, as we reconnect once more through love. ‘The Sunflower Book’ is dedicated to
Susan Anne Etherington, who played a significant role alongside Carol in the development of
her work and who was herself described as a sunflower, standing tall and shining bright!
Louise Oliver, a member of Rainbow Light Foundation, worked on the design of ‘The
Sunflower Book’ and went on to collaborate with Carol Lamb to illustrate the inspirational
verse in ‘Together Always’ and ‘Talking With Angels’. In ‘Together Always’, Carol selected
from the many poems she had received in guidance and, continuing with images of flowers,
Louise produced illustrations drawn from her own photographs of flowers combined with
butterflies. The illustrations are printed as both opaque and translucent images, which mirror
the lines of the poem: ‘Some walk in the Garden of Life, others in the Garden of Light.’ The
verses and pictures together are offered to lift the spirit in times of loss and to bring comfort
and remembrance. In the words of the final poem: ‘There is no power on Earth can come
between two hearts of love.’
In ‘Talking With Angels’, Carol described and drew rough sketches of the images, which were
intuitively revealed to her in connection to each of the poems. Louise then represented them in
soft-coloured pictures, full of falling white feathers. This final booklet of the series is
dedicated to our angelic helpers, who come in many guises and it is a reminder to us that we
are never alone. The poem ‘Give It To The Angel’ begins with the verse:
It ends with the lines:
‘An angel stands beside you,
Helps you walk the long and dusty road,
There to listen and to guide you
And help you bear the load.’
‘For angels know the secret
Of dispersing earthly care,
Give it to the angel to carry for a while
Your worry can be melted by his celestial smile.’
I once showed ‘Talking With Angels’ to an elderly lady, who had been upset when I arrived to
visit. She calmed down as we looked through the booklet and upon reading this poem she
sighed and visibly relaxed. Her whole mood changed and we both laughed and wondered why
we don’t ‘give it to the angels’ much more often!
Carol Lamb has a large collection of inspirational verse and this selection has been made
available to offer a helping hand in times of need. Please enjoy and pass on to those you know,
who may be restored by the uplifting words.
The Personal Life Plan
Astrological Significance of the Planetary Cycles
Each individual enters the world with their own unique map to guide them through their life’s
journey – their birth chart, which will unfold specifically in relation to their personal
coordinates. In addition to our own individual cycles, we share a collective journey through
the planetary cycles, which bring opportunities and challenges to expand and deepen conscious
awareness, and hopefully to develop compassion for all life. Everyone has their own life story.
This article attempts to give a brief outline and overview of the collective life experience
within which we all play our part in the unfoldment of the story of humanity, starting with the
cycles of Saturn, the planet of karma.
There are three broad ages humanity:
Personality development – up to the age of 28 (around the first Saturn Return)
Social development – from 29 to 56 years (around the second Saturn Return)
Spiritual development – from 57 to 84 years (around the third Saturn Return)
The story of life through the planetary cycles:
Moon – emotional life
Jupiter – growth and understanding
Saturn – status and responsibility
Uranus – change and awakening
Neptune – delusion and enlightenment
Pluto – endings and beginnings
The major angles in any cycle are:
The Waxing Square – the first right angle (90º) to the starting point, ie the first quarter (9 - 6
The Opposition – directly opposite the starting point (180º), ie the second quarter (6 - 3
The Waning Square – the second right angle approaching the starting point, ie the third
quarter (3 - 12 o’clock).
The Conjunction or Return - 360º point the fourth quarter (12 - 9 o’clock), back to the
starting point and completion of the cycle.
Trine aspects (120º angles) often clarify problems associated with the planets in question,
whereas the square aspects (90º angles) bringing to attention any resistance patterns. (Waves
pass by each other harmoniously at angles of 120º whereas waves butt against each other at 90º
Moon, Jupiter and Saturn
The Moon Phase, Jupiter and Saturn in the astrological chart are indicators of a current
situation, Jupiter representing growth and expansion, with Saturn representing status and a
stabilising force, and the Moon indicating the emotional response to current experience.
Jupiter reveals the meaning and experience of the journey, that we need a philosophy and
belief, a law to guide us and to live by.
The Moon represents the traveller (the soul) who is making the journey Home. It represents
the feelings and memories of the journey and the longing to continue to the destination. The
journey is either outward from Home or returning to Home, with the memories of the soul
drawing back to its source. The Moon governs memory and mirrors. The emotional
experience eventually connects to the realisation that every experience and everyone met in life
is a reflection (mirroring) of our situation in life. The Moon cycle reflects to us where we
stand emotionally in our journey.
Two of the planets never complete a whole cycle within a human lifetime as they take 165
years (Neptune) and 248 years (Pluto).
Changes of attitude and behaviour can occur at other times within the life, but if not entered
into willingly the cycles tend to bring about situations and experiences that will force our hand.
Saturn’s cycle is one of the most important, taking approximately 29 years for one completion.
The first completion of a cycle is known at the Saturn Return.
Saturn Waxing Square occurs at the age of approximately 7. A degree of independence of
spirit emerges at this age as the developing will. What occurs at the age of 6 can have a
defining impact on our sense of self-worth and our sense of importance in the lives of those
around us. Creative play is of great importance to the developing conscious awareness of the
child at this age. The sense of fairness and balance is being developed. (‘Give me a child to
the age of 7 and I will give you the man.’ Jesuit motto)
Saturn Opposition occurs at approximately 14 to 15 years (onset of adolescence). It is a point
at which we become consciously aware of the kind of experiences the rest of the life will
involve, of the difficulties and challenges we will be required to deal with as a developing
individual. It is also a time when the mission in life can be glimpsed, although the experience
to deal with it has yet to be gained. It is a year concerning exploration of the environment and
Saturn Waning Square at approximately 21 to 22 years (the traditional ‘Coming of Age’).
This is a time of having to face up to the world in some way through a change in
circumstances, some kind of significant event. It is a year dealing with status and profession,
First Saturn Return, occurring at approximately 29 to 30 years of age. This is a challenging
step towards physical independence as the next cycle deals with the emotional level. This is a
year which brings forward experiences relating to work, health and emotional issues; the
practicalities of daily living will need to be addressed as some kind of crisis is likely to occur.
Second Saturn Return Saturn then begins its second cycle which will complete at
approximately 58 years of age, a time of life review and assessment of what has been achieved
and what can still be achieved), with the third and final Saturn Return occurring at around 87
years of age.
What happens around the ages of 29 to 30 and 58 to 59 will prove to be significant points
denoting critical times of change. These marker points can be seen as times when the life is
being brought into alignment with the life plan. Any sense of struggle is an indication of
resistance of the outer personality to align with the inner soul urge to complete its life purpose.
The changes brought to attention at these times can be seen as course corrections on a flight
path to a destination.
The extent to which the first Saturn Return is experienced as a difficult time depends on how
much attention and effort has been expended on achieving specific goals, and how much the
true inner nature has been developed or suppressed. This cycle is based mainly on the personal
reactions to past conditioning, the influence of the parents and social pressures. It is a time
when the life choices come into clearer focus, with life’s seemingly wide spectrum of
possibilities narrowing into a more realistic awareness of the responsibilities that need to be
faced and accepted.
At the same time there can be a sense of inner freedom as old obligations and restrictions can
be released, with the true creative potentials coming into sharper focus. This process can take
up to 2½ years around the age of 29. The more we are able to engage positively with the
effects of the first Saturn Return and come into alignment with the life purpose, the more easily
will we be able to pass through the transition of the second Saturn Return and shed fears,
inhibitions, anxieties and self-doubt, and to accept responsibility, accountability and authority
for our own actions and experiences in life.
The Karmic Debt Numbers
Numerology is based on the ancient idea that each of us
is a spiritual being, or a soul, who incarnates on the
Earth many times in order to further evolve toward
higher states of awareness.
During our long evolutionary path of many
incarnations, we will have accumulated a wealth of
wisdom and have made many good choices that benefit
us in future lifetimes. However, we will also have also
made mistakes and sometimes abused the gifts we have
been given. To rectify such errors, we may take on an
additional burden in order to learn a particular lesson
that we failed to learn in previous lifetimes. In
numerology this burden is called a Karmic Debt.
The numbers that indicate a Karmic Debt are 13, 14, 16 and 19. These double-digit numbers
take on great significance when they are found in the core numbers of the numerology profile.
The core numbers are considered to be the most important numbers and include the Life Path,
Expression, Heart’s Desire (or Soul Urge), Personality and Birth Day. Each has its own unique
characteristics and its own particular difficulties.
When calculating your chart, especially the core numbers and the various cycles, you may
encounter the numbers 1, 4, 5 or 7. These single-digit numbers can be arrived at by adding a
variety of two-digit numbers. The number 1 can be arrived at, for example, by combining the
double-digit numbers of 10 (1 + 0 = 1), 19, 28, 37 and 46, all of which total 10 and then reduce
to 1. However, only 19 indicates a Karmic Debt. Karmic Debts are also associated with the
numbers 4, 5 and 7. These numbers can also be preceded by an array of two-digit numbers,
but when 13 precedes 4, 14 precedes 5, or when 16 precedes 7, then a Karmic Debt is also
considered to be a part of the single-digit interpretation.
A Karmic Debt can be found in different areas of the chart as a result, for instance, of the totals
based on your date of birth, or calculations based on the letters of your name. This means that
two people with a 13 Karmic Debt that is located in different areas of the chart will express it
Karmic Debt 13
Those with the 13 Karmic Debt will tend to work very hard to accomplish any task. Obstacles
will tend to stand in their way and must be overcome again and again. This can result in
feeling burdened and frustrated by the seeming futility of any effort. Sometimes there may be
a wish to surrender as things seem too difficult to achieve. However, this can lead to laziness
and negativity. It should be remembered that any effort is not futile and that success can be
achieved. It is just that hard work and perseverance is necessary in overcoming any obstacles.
Many highly successful people in all walks of life, including athletes, artists as well as those in
business environments have a 13 Karmic Debt.
The key to succeeding with the 13 vibration is focus and steady and consistent effort
(underlying 4 vibration). Very often, people with the 13 Karmic Debt do not concentrate or
direct their energies in one specific direction, or on a single task, but tend to scatter their
energies over many projects and jobs, none of which amount to very much. Any temptation to
take shortcuts should be avoided, appointments should be kept, the surroundings and
environment should be kept neat and tidy and any tendency to procrastinate should be shunned.
Karmic Debt 14
The 14 Karmic Debt indicates previous lifetimes during which human freedom has been
abused. Those with a 14 Karmic Debt tend to experience constantly changing circumstances
and unexpected occurrences to which they must learn to adapt. There is an acute danger of
falling victim to abuse of drugs, alcohol and overindulgence in sensuality. It is essential with
this vibration to rein in any of these tendencies. Modesty will play a vital role in overcoming
this Karmic Debt vibration. Order and emotional stability are required, and also to keep goals
and dreams in focus while undergoing theses tests, which will require the development of
flexibility and adaptability (the underlying 5 vibration). Order will help in maintaining clarity
and focus, and mental and emotional stability will help in dealing with the unexpected changes
in the external environment. Without commitment this vibration will feel like a roller coaster.
The direction can be kept on course, however, as long as the Heart’s Desire is kept in focus and
faith is maintained. Spiritual development can be achieved with this vibration if the focus is
not swayed by indulgence and sensuality.
Karmic Debt 16
Wherever the 16 vibration appears in the chart, destruction of the old and birth of the new is
indicated. The 16 vibration indicates the fall of the ego and all that it has built for itself.
Whatever is causing separation from the higher self needs to be overcome to allow spiritual
reunion. It is likely that in the past a high level of intuition and a refined intellect has been
misused in a sense of superiority over others, resulting in alienation from others and loneliness.
However, this process is likely to be a painful experience as the ego may have become quite
inflated. The result is a struggle between the ego and the higher will. Humility is the key to
overcoming these struggles as the higher will impresses its limitations on the ego’s desires.
This is a vibration of spiritual rebirth and a higher level of spiritual awareness (underlying 7
vibration). In this case, the fall of the ego is replaced by a much better life experience and a
higher level of consciousness. The keys to this vibration are faith, gratitude and peace.
Karmic Debt 19
This Karmic Debt requires the learning of independence and the proper use of power.
Circumstances will force the need to take a stand and sometimes to stand alone. Difficulties
will be faced and overcome through personal struggle. There is a tendency for people with this
Karmic Debt to resist help as they try to achieve a sense of independence (underlying 1
vibration), in the process refusing to listen to the advice of others. However, this stubbornness
can result in the creation of a self-imposed prison. The lesson is to learn the necessity and
value of interdependence and mutual respect and love.
Medical astrology (traditionally known as iatromathematics) is an ancient medical system that
associates various parts of the body, diseases and drugs as being under the influence of the
Sun, the Moon and the planets, together with the 12 Signs of the Zodiac. In medical astrology
the astrological Signs relate to anatomy and the planets relate to physiology. Regarding
anatomy, Aries rules the head through to Pisces ruling the feet.
The birth chart can indicate strengths and vulnerabities associated with the physical body.
Tendency to disease can be elicited from the birth chart with regard to severity and duration,
indicating periods when we can be prone to periods of stress and lowered levels of vitality.
However, the birth chart should not be used to try to diagnose illness as this is the province of
medical doctors. Once a medical doctor has diagnosed a particular illness, medical astrology
may be helpful in ascertaining the severity or duration of the illness. It is helpful to know the
exact onset of an illness or when it was diagnosed, as then medical astrology can ascertain the
planetary influences a person was under at that particular time.
The Humours and the Elements in the Body
The four elements of Fire, Air, Water and Earth play
a major part in classical medical astrology. As these
elements are the building blocks of the Cosmos, our
bodies are composed of them, as are all parts of life.
The astrological elements are the basic building
blocks of our physical and psychological functioning.
They are found in natural substances which comprise
food, herbs, plants and precious stones. Everything
is therefore interconnected through the elements.
Medicine has its origins in an understanding of the four humours (relating to body fluids and
their functions in the physical body), which correspond to the four elements and which are still
used today in naturopathy and homeopathy. There is also a fifth element of ether, the finer
substance in which the four coarser elements have their origin. It is this finer substance that
connects the lower, physical world with the higher, non-physical world.
Medical astrology looks beyond the symptoms of physical and psychological illness. It
considers that disease is a disturbance of the balance between the four humours or elements,
with one of the four humours being present in excess and needing to be corrected. The
astrological chart indicates the relationship and distribution of the elements of Fire, Air, Water
and Earth in the energy field, indicating where imbalances may be occurring physically,
emotionally, mentally and/or spiritually that can then manifest as physical symptoms and
The astrological Signs and planets, the four humours and the four elements, plus ether, form
the basis of medical astrology, acknowledging that there is more to health and disease than just
Trees of Goodness
‘Keep from harm, decay or loss, especially for future use’.
‘As I watch the drops of rain
weave their weary paths and die,
I know that I am like the rain,
there but for the grace of you go I.’
Looking out at the rain leaden window, the words of
Paul Simon’s song come to mind. The rain is bringing
a brief respite from winter’s cold temperatures, snow
and ice but the windowsill looks cold and bare – like a
white slab of frozen snow.
The more familiar words ‘There but for the Grace of
God go I’ bring a sense of gratitude which wells up
from inside and spills over bringing ‘raindrops’ to my
eyes which roll down and away, mirroring the journey
taking place on the window opposite.
Why not turn that cold bare windowsill into a spring garden? A living, breathing, little bit of
springtime indoors, full of growth, colours and fragrances to enhance health and wellbeing.
‘If the eyes are the window to the Soul then the tears are the Rainbow.’ (Unknown).
It wasn’t inspiration that had brought tears of gratitude but the memory of the healing which
has enabled my ability to smell and intuit fragrances for health.
In January 2000, I underwent mouth surgery to have a metal plate inserted into the jawbone
underneath the top lip and to the right side of my nose up to nostril height. Naturally, nerves
were severed during the procedure but afterwards the right side of my nose never functioned
normally again. The area remained numb and was constantly cold with the right nostril being
unable to close or move; almost all sense of smell was lost too. In winter, the metal plate and
top lip would ache and seem to ‘freeze’ and moving my mouth to speak was extremely hard
and only returned to ‘normal’ again once indoors.
In 2006, as part of clinical case study work with The Living Memory Trust, I participated in
specific energy field healing involving Bach Flower Remedies, music, fragrances and the
regular practice of:
The Emerald Alignment – a safe and effective method of releasing anxiety and aligning the
subtle energy of the body through the emerald ray.
Toning – a powerful and ancient form of healing with voice. For details of both please go to:
With support and encouragement, I was empowered to intuit fragrances, music and Remedies
for my own wellbeing and health and to integrate this into daily life thus forming my own selfhealing
programme. In a relatively short time, I began to experience unexpected benefits;
feeling began to return to my top lip, initially in the form of tingling and then warmth returned.
My nostril too began to ‘thaw out’, full movement returned and, miraculously, so did my sense
of smell. Today I'm proud to say: ‘I have a normal nose!’
The legacy from this is I now know we are all
capable of intuiting the fragrances we need for our
own wellbeing and, if we’re willing to trust our
intuition, can finely tune this ability. The sense of
smell is the oldest sense known to man and the one
most largely lost to us today. By contrast for
animals, life or death often depends on their sense
of smell, which remains keenly developed.
There comes a point in winter for lots of us where we begin to wish that spring was here.
There are few spring fragrances more delicate than the perfume of the primrose and we don’t
have to wait until spring to appreciate it, or fly to warmer climates in search of it. The spring
garden featured in this blog cost £5 for the plants. An old cat basket was used to hold them,
but virtually any container would do. The basket was lined with a clean plastic bag and
newspaper was placed on top of this to absorb any spillages when watering the plants. The
little pots of plants were then put in the basket.
I chose polyanthus, a cultivated cousin of the primrose, for their bright colours, delicate
perfume and being outdoor plants they can (like all the plants and bulbs featured here) be
replanted outside in tubs or in the garden and conserved for future use.
Hyacinth for its strong fragrance and properties associated with loss.
Snowdrops for hope.
Herbs for therapeutic properties and because I love cooking!
Mint to aid digestion. Chew a leaf or make mint tea. It also helps clear ‘fuzzy headiness’.
Crush a leaf or two and inhale the smell.
Parsley helps keeps breath fresh and is packed with vitamin C.
The spring garden is portable and can be carried from room to room – wake up to spring
flowers in winter! Flowers naturally wake up with morning dew so copy nature by spraying
your garden with a fine mist of water in the mornings and notice that the atmosphere becomes
Animals miss nature over the winter months too so why not make a spring garden for them as
well? Catmint for cats could be used as well as fresh grass to chew on (pots of grass seed are
available from pet stores).
Intuiting fragrances for our health helps connect
us to the Higher Self and our intuition (innertuition).
Connecting to nature helps us connect to
our true Spiritual Nature.
Or as L. Wolfe Gilbert said, ‘Those who find beauty
in all of nature will find themselves at one with the
secrets of life itself.’