Friday, April 30, 2010

In a community of humans -
working amongst beautiful humans ..............
they soon get to know
that I am a person of faith
and questions are asked.

I keep my mouth shut
until I am asked questions.
I ask questions -
I am writing book of them
and have about 500 now.
Questions are beautiful and
most of the time I don't have an answer
but I try a fumble or stumble into some response .....
So - I ask questions/they ask questions loveitloveit

Once someone came up to me -
a young enthusiastic young man
"Pip ....... I want to become a Christian."
I turned to him and said
"Get lost"

I have had to develop a range of detecting 'crap factor'.
That is where 'Get Lost Theology' was born.
It came from breathing deep the same air
as the kids I was working with.
And living amongst.
Incarnational .....................

I am reflecting on past experience which still remains in the hard drive of my mind - feelings recorded too ......
I had last seen Mick when he first came out of prison;
our relationship has developed via many letters from prison.
I don’t think I’d seen his mate Frankie for about five years.
Both were twenty-seven years old now.
Their BMW cars parked outside.
So the three of us sat on the juke-box, drinking coffee and just reflecting.
But then, in the midst of talking about how drug use was an accepted part of life in the East End of London,
Frankie said,
‘We’ve done everything now – booze, thieving, drugs, girls – there’s nothing else to do.’
‘What about God?’ I asked, ‘or does God not fit your East End image?’

This provoked a conversation about the Government and the ‘Old Bill’:
‘There’s a lot of poverty around here now, Pip.
Once the pubs were crowded – now they’re half empty and even our mates ponce (beg) drinks all night …
there’s going to be riots … people are going to join with the blacks and there’ll be riots.’

What they were saying was fascinating in itself,
but what struck me with such force was that they were talking about God
in the same breath as the Government and the police.
In these times with a UK election day due
my soul is with those who are without.
The least.
The wounded.
Those who cannot cope with life.
My vote is with the party who stand with the poor.
Who work to give them chances
opportunities to break out -
break out of the cycle of deprivation.

Back to the Juke Box -
God being closely associated with a distant government ........
....... with controlled enthusiasm, I talked with them of the ‘underside Jesus’ who,
when physically on earth, spent his time with the leper,
the prostitute, the thief, the stigmatised.
He did not act as one in authority and with status.
Mick and Frankie were writing off God as they do a distant oppressive authority!

We have got to come to the same level, as groups of people,
and not stay ‘topside’ in positions of safety, comfort and status.
‘Get lost’ theology is risky because life is.

M Scott Peck starts his famous book 'The Road less Travelled' with these three words::
So we don't need to make it harder?
Or do we need to make it richer?

The Church Missionary Society has used the following on their adverts:
‘Has God called you to stay where you are?’
Unless someone moves - Africa stays as it is and the inner city stays as it is.
I am aware that there is more to this argument, but you can see the point:
‘If you’re not part of the solution you’re part of the problem.’

Some inner-city Christians say to humans who wish to come into tough areas
‘keep out – you do more damage than good!’
That is true – unless the ‘underside’ way is taken and people come in to learn, not to give.
To be
To become

..... go on ..... tell me to get lost ............

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Big Book of Blob Feelings

Big Book of Blob Feelings

Click to enlarge

Format: Spiral bound
Pages: 128
Series: Blobs
Published: 11/07/2008
ISBN: 9780863887239
Order Code: 0025517W
Status: Available & in print

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A special selection of photocopioable blob pictures
designed for work on feelings.
Arranged into four sections, the contents include:
Blob Theory - Blob trees the id/ego/superego, needs, shadows
| Emotions - anger, anger cycle, calm, depression, disappointed, happy, hate, hyper, jealousy, lonely, mixed-up, numb, paranoia, rejection, sad, trauma, worry
| Developmental/issues - bridge, clouds, doors, feelings, holes, pit, pitch, stairs, families, home.
Each picture is accompanied by ideas and questions
to kick start class, group or one-to-one discussion.
Complete book included on accompanying CD Rom.

Make your gaze beautiful.
John O'Donohue.

The pupil of the eye,
the black centre of the human eye,
dilates when it sees beauty.
It opens to allow more light in.
Light itself reflects on the dark centre -
and the eyes are seen to sparkle.

You are a beautiful human person.

When you see beauty
your eyes reveal it.

You are a beautiful human.

Only 7% of communication is words.
55% of human communication is in the face.
The rest is in the whole of the human frame.

Young humans living on the edge,
those I have yearned to be with,
work with - and love all my many years,
know when I love them or not.

Educated in the University of life,
Streetwise young humans can read
They can read you like a book -
even if they have never read a book.

We can see a person behaviour but
we cannot see their experience.

We see behaviour and we feel an instant dislike.
We feel scared or awkward or take an immediate dislike.

We can feel 'not ok' about difficult behaviour.
Aggression and violence all the more-so.
Our own feelings stop us thinking straight.
We go into 'fight or flight' mode.
Our eyes contract - our pupils become small
'He had piercing eyes' is often said.

If we can see beyond behaviour.
If we can see beyond behaviour -
past the behaviour to the soul,
we can feel, not fight or flight,
but empathy/awareness/identification/sensitivity.
Even LOVE.

An obnoxious person is
a hurting person - I always say.

When we get beyond behaviour,
with any human,
we enter into intimacy.
This is a deep and narrow road.
If there is trust,
mutual sharing,
mutual vulnerability,
(he who was rich became poor),
we see the soul of the person.
That works both ways.

Emotional Literacy is understanding,
reading, and managing our emotions.
If we train ourselves,
we can receive a feeling, such as fear,
and that signal (feelings are Signals),
and know what to do with that signal.

Fight or flight is unthought out.
Emotional Literacy is thought out.
It is awareness feeding skill.
A skilled person in this area can,
usually with some difficulty,
decide how to manage the language of their body,
and words, tone, facial expression and,
even, if they can love, their eyes.

We have only dipped our toes into awareness.
It is 'The Road Less Travelled'*.
An invisible road to fumble and stumble along.
Less travelled, risky, uneven, narrow and
as the first three words say in that book*,

You are a beautiful human person.
Believe it.
Follow that with the aim to 'feel it'
and maybe we can see the beauty also -
in other beautiful humans.

Pip Wilson.BHP

When someone sends a card that is unique
it is like a big kiss.

When someone connects
it is warm like a summers day.

When someone touches feelings
it feels good
it springs the heel
it is a touch called beautiful.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

5 ................. I drive out of London town
and hit the M25 Motorway
- sometimes called a car park.

Connecting to satellites and
my iPod
I head for the M1 - the backbone of England.

My peppermint tea in the holder
My smoothie in my hand
I drive into the emerging light of the day.
I love this music.

Heat full on to warm my chilly legs as I am in shorts
- yearning for summer.
Busy roads even at this time
Some humans do this daily.
I love this music.

I was in bed four and a half hours
why did I wake every hour?
But now I am relaxed
in my hybrid Prius
all is well
and I love this music.

The green and pleasant land flashes by
exceeding the speed limit
escaping London before the car park gets full
The well watered fields are shrouded in a layer of mist
fluffy clouds
candy floss
Later I would be able to see more if it
I would be then in the speed limit
below it
listening to this music I love.

I am heading for human interactions
guided by satellites
and I love the challenge
and this music.

Unknown humans will be there
I will SEE their behaviour
but it will take time
to know their experiences.
I will love em
and the music.

Maximum participation
so they present themselves
experts every one
in their own lives
they warm to a Level Five experience
with music
I love this music.

I give
the passion is natural
the design was heart retching
the ground not so fertile
but wondrous like a shrub-land
then it is opening time
faces change to real
words of molten mercury
flow mingled down
rich beyond compare the beautiful humans
music to my soul ...............

Hmmmm ..............
so which one is you then?
Go on - participate
Touch the one you are most like.
Secondly - what is your prayer?

Monday, April 26, 2010

In Birmingham tomorrow
Two sessions which goes like these::

‘We can see a person's behaviour, but we cannot see their experiences’
About awareness. About understanding more. About being inspired by removing the clothes from our soul. 'For the sorely burdened, shifting the heavy suitcase from one hand to the other. For stumbling, fumbling disciples whose cheese is falling off their cracker.'
Pip Wilson

If all we have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.
About skills. About developing tools, learning from extreme experiences and becoming better equipped. It starts today. ‘How strange that we should ordinarily feel compelled to hide our wounds, when we are all wounded.’
Pip Wilson

Come on
touch the one which is you
right now? ........... click to enlarge it

By touching
you are making it more real
Use two finger if you want!!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Blob Tree Tools/ Blob Soccer 'FREE'

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The Little Book of Blob Questions

FOOTBALL / SOCCER and if you are a People worker::
Start a group with a DeFreezer like this = relevant.
Use it to get discussion going.
Use it to help each person to say how they are doing in life = Emotional Literacy.
Use it to help talk about relationships in a group -
or talk about their National Football Team
Or how they belong/function in a team.
And how they feel playing Football
or just how they FEEL!

Many uses - because it does not have answers ONLY great for communication.
For more information about how to use it
purchase the Little Book of Blob Questions
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I had never spoken to her before.
I asked a question.
'Tell me one thing about yourself
which you have never told anyone else?'

A slight pause,
eyes moved to the ceiling,
then back to mine.

"When I am alone,
I talk out loud to myself."

I thanked her.
I said it was wondrous to be so honest.
I had not said that I would not tell anyone.
I had not said it would be confidential.
She trusted me
No ridicule.
No devaluing.
No hard questioning.
Just authenticity offered,
authenticity received.

This was Level Five communication.
Also a release of something locked away,
locked away in secret.
A step away from residing in a place called comfortable
into a place where growth resides.

I had earlier shared my vulnerability.
To a large group.
A deliberate undressing of the soul.
She trusted me.
I will remember her forever.

Two faces in front of me.
I can read their expressions.
Two fifteen year old boys.
Faces moved.
Something happening in their souls.
It was surging upwards and outwards.
Through their human frame to display on their faces.
Words did not flow easily.
Words hesitant, stumbling.
Words telling me that they had been moved within.
Telling me that they had connected with an experience.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Skill development
is always proceeded by

I am prepping a gig
and I am stuck -
a bit .......

I am pulling a list of skills
that are needed by
beautiful humans
working in tough
Frontier stuff.
even violent and aggressive.

Of course I use my own experience as a resource.
The question is - what skills have I developed?
Most are because I needed them desperately
to survive/physically/emotionally/spiritually/creatively .....

If you can offer any thoughts about my skills
I would appreciate a mail/Facebook/tweet?

As a gold fish we don't see enough of the outside world.
Maybe you can add to my list.
Maybe you can see more than me?
I will then blog, - use on my gig, about the list -
both of them::
The Awareness
The Skills
needed to live/love/survive/be inspired to live and work
in the inner city of life and soul ......

Friday, April 23, 2010

...... coming home late night on the train
using my iPhone to stream a few thoughts/reflections/feelings
onto Facebook .................

My wallpaper on my iPhone

-- Posted from Pip's iPhone
You are beautiful.

My iPhone homepage Apps

-- Posted from Pip's iPhone
You are beautiful.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

The Little Book of Blob Questions
The Little Book of Blobs is the companion book
to the Big Book of Blobs
(available from
and explains how to use questions effectively with others.
Using the Blob Tree, it is a visual that crosses all boundaries
of gender, culture, and language.
You may have used the Blob Tree
but there are 500 other such tools
all great for developing
Emotional Intelligence
Emotional Literacy
Social Skills
Communication Skills beyond beyond ....

Small at 28 pages, but beautiful.

Print: $13.81
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Blob Spirituality
Blob Spirituality is a book of visual tools
designed to enable deep conversations
about issues which matter to people.
Using the primary languages common to all people -
body language and feelings -
it provides the user with a means to explore issues
as wide as bullying and change,
through to Christmas and weddings.
Take a look at the contents page
to see the full range of visuals.
The book comes with copyright permission
for the purchaser to photocopy with their groups.

Print: $25.62
Download: $20.02

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

I am not what I ought to be.
I am not what I wish to be.
I am not what I hope to be.
But by God's grace,
I am not what I was.
John Newton

I hope you are not the human you was?

/\/\/\/\/\/\/\//\ I think I am /\/\/\/\/\/\/
Selecting or employing individual elements from a variety of sources,
systems, or styles: an eclectic taste in music
eclectic |iˈklektik|
1 deriving ideas, style, or taste from a broad and diverse range of sources: her musical tastes are eclectic.
2 ( Eclectic) Philosophy of, denoting, or belonging to a class of ancientphilosophers who did not belong to or found any recognized school of thought but selected such doctrines as they wished from various schools.
a person who derives ideas, style, or taste from a broad and diverserange of sources.
eclectically adverb
eclecticism |iˈklektiˌsizəm| noun
Music - yes
food, reading, taste, broadness, principles.
Are you Eclectic?

/\/\/\/\/\/\ I found on the world wide web /\/\/\/\/\/\/

There were this man.
An American/A British man named Pip Wilson.
He is the founder of something called “Rolling Magazine”.
Basically, it’s a christian stage show,
where he use all his AMAZING energy on stage,
talking to crowd, incorporating the crowd, about.. stuff.
He’s.. Wow.

I cannot explain it. When I think back on it
(I stood up on the balcony filming/taking pictures “in the crowd”)

.. I can’t explain it. One should have been there witnessing it,
’cause I certainly can’t explain it.

He spoke about every single one of us are unique,
beautiful human persons, and that we are good enough for both ourselves
and the other unique beautiful human persons,
and good enough for God and Jesus.

You know me. I do not know what I believe in.
It’s like.. Unexplainable.
I believe there is a higher power. But I also believe in evolution.
I do not believe in the bible. But alot of the stuff in it makes sense.

And I believe in nature powers. I believe in Karma and Nirvana.
That Nirvana is a part of this higher power..
This is why I am not a Christian. I say I believe.

A lot of the things Pip said and did during the two hour long Rolling Magazine,
made so much sense to me.
Especially this one thing about the end,
using one of my favourite songs.

He gave that song a deeper meaning,
making me love it even more.

U2’s One
Is it getting better?
Or do you feel the same?
Will it make it easier on you now?
You got someone to blame
You say
One love
One life
When it’s one need
In the night
One love
We get to share it
Leaves you baby if you
Don’t care for it

Did I disappoint you?
Or leave a bad taste in your mouth?
You act like you never had love
And you want me to go without
Well it’s

Too late
To drag the past out into the light
We’re one, but we’re not the same
We get to
carry each other
hurry each other

Have you come here for forgiveness?
Have you come to raise the dead?
Have you come here to play Jesus?
To the lepers in your head

Did I ask too much?
More than a lot.
You gave me nothing,
Now it’s all I got
We’re one
But we’re not the same
Well we
Hurt each other
Then we do it again
You say
Love is a temple
Love a higher law
Love is a temple
Love the higher law
You ask me to enter
But then you make me crawl
And I can’t be holding on
To what you got
When all you’ve got is hurt

One love
One blood
One life
You got to do what you should
One life
With each other
One life
But we’re not the same
We get to
Carry each other
Carry each other

We. Get. To. Carry. Each. Other.

That’s exactly what he said. And it makes sense..

/\/\/\/\/\/\//\ and a Loss - a man who was at my first stages of getting into Hip-Hop/\/\/\/\/\/\/
Gang Starr's Guru - Tributes Roll In
GURU has died
I remember playing his music and powerful lyrics in the old SUFH in Norway some many years ago.
He had a formational influence on all my hip=hopping

love supreme
It's a Jazz thing
I believe in Jazzology

/\/\/\/\/ I feel /\/\/\/\/\/\

I feel deep and reflective tonight.
Steeled not stressed.
Open not closed.
Tired but not exhausted.
I feel for you ....................

A Question for you.
Think of the last time

when you and your
closest/loved one/friend/partner/colleague
had some sort of conflict?
For instance::
* a sharp unthought out exchange
* a nasty comment
* a put down
* a sarcastic remark
* a raised voice in anger
* a step back into non-communication
* an hour of silence between you
* feeling annoyed about the other
* or maybe some other behaviour or feeling.

Have you done that?
If so - move to the .......

Second question.
At that time, which you have recalled,
was your feeling one or more of the below::
1 Hungry
2 Angry
3 Lonely
4 Tired

Usually, in my experience,
we are at our worst when
one or more of these
is alive in us.
Hungry, Angry, Lonely or Tired.

Today Joan and me
said we were both Tired and Hungry.
Talking about them is all about
emotional intelligence.
Instead of snapping at each other
we shared our feelings of being
Hungry and tired.

We stopped/rested/had something to eat
and talked about feelings.
The current feelings.
The understanding of feelings.
We were refreshed and moved on.

Clocking those mini-volcanos inside us
is the first step.
Being able to place a word alongside each feeling
is emotional literacy, which needs practice.
All these sort of learning activities, interior
and exterior, also massively keeps volcanos small.
Keeps them, not capped, but gently released -
without explosions, molten lava, fire and smoke -
and even ASH.

Reflect on these words.
Transpose them into your own experience
related to my question at the start/above.

If you go beyond only reading these words
to reflecting
to application
to your own behaviour
to your own feelings
to your own decisions
to your own development ......

I consider it will be a significant step forward
in relationships
in self awareness
in self acceptance
in self esteem
in body posture
in eye contact
in volcano management
in deep breathing/reflecting/satisfaction ...............

you are beautiful
a caterpillar looks nothing like a butterfly but one develops from the other ......

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

"A novice master once responded
when asked about a life lived in Christian authenticity,
said that to be a Christian was not to know the answers
but to begin to live in the part of the self
where the question is born..
He was speaking of an attitude of listening,
of awareness of presence,
of an openness to mystery."

- Wendy M. Wright

Photo of Barbara Brown Taylor

Barbara Brown Taylor top speaker at Greenbelt this year::

Greenbelt Festival 2010: The art of looking sideways

Barbara Brown Taylor teaches religion at Piedmont College in rural northeast Georgia and is an adjunct professor of spirituality at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur. She is the author of twelve books, including the New York Times bestseller An Altar in the World, published by HarperOne in February 2009.

Martin Wroe says::
Barbara Brown Taylor is that rare find - a preacher who can write, a writer who can preach. In 'Leaving Church' she charted her journey away from institutional religion after many years as a minister. With 'An Altar In The World' she focusses on what she has found since - tracking divine footprints 'beyond the walls of any church' .

Documenting her findings in a series of spiritual practices, some old, some new, she celebrates the virtue in getting lost, in physical labour, in getting sick, of wearing skin, in experiencing loss and in being with people. The presence of the divine cannot be conjured up, she argues, only noticed. It is never absent, only ignored. Holiness is not about how much stuff you believe, but about how seriously you take the journey. 'Earth is so thick with divine possibility that it 's a wonder we can walk anywhere without cracking our shins on altars.'

One of her spiritual practices is called '`the practice of saying `No'. Fortunately she didn't apply that one to us, when we invited her to visit Greenbelt this summer.

'An Altar In The World' (SCM-Canterbury Press)

Monday, April 19, 2010

In the video above I am in the Bowels of a Volcano in Iceland.

I was there recently and I had a conducted tour down below the snow covered ground.
A tunnel and connecting caverns had been carved my molten lava many many years ago. It was boulder strewn. Coverd in snow and ice. Easy to slip and break a leg.

But your brave reporter explored this volcanic danger to bring this report to you.

Of course it was not the current live volcano BUT I did drive past it when it was in it's early stages of growling and deciding to spread the famous ash.

This, my experience, was guided by enthusiastic friends. I saw their computers which recorded the multiple eruptions on a daily basis. BUT the big one had yet to arrive. We are now having the impact of one - but there are more ready to pop!!

Touch/feel/play/use/see the full range of Blob tree stuff here AND many more ......

I do training courses in Level Five Communication

My left foot -
would that be a good name for a book?


I am blogging and don't know what to Blog about.
Unlike Twitter which needs a few words, often superficial,
unless you follow the election process - I do and love it.

Unlike Facebook, which is equally Level 1+2+3 but rarely -
Level Five - or four, the Blog system allows for more reflection
or whatever bloggers ramble about.

I am not uneasy about blogging from an empty head -
because I always have feelings I can start with.
Then comes a volcano, maybe the wrong word at the moment,
of eruptions/sparks/fire/carving holes in my soul -
maybe volcano is a good word..........

I have just washed the pans
Let Zig out for a run.
Before that watched '24'
which Joan and me watch every Sunday night.
Still winding backwards - I did some Greenbelt stuff
Had a great meal in - with Joan
Rugby League on TV
Newspapers/Church/Coffee at Sheilas
(Her trip to Argentina has been delayed until Tuesday??)
A walk in the Sun and catching a breath of fresh ash .....

For new to 'Level Five' things -
all I have just clicked is L2 = FACTS.
So much chatter is FACTS.
We don't give much away with FACTS
Not discussable/arguable/or interesting.
When I do training courses in Level Five Communication
I often get humans to communicate in FACTS just to get them frustrated.
A group who work effectively and cohesively together
are able to use all levels of communication including -
openness/vulnerability/sharing feelings and honesty.

Level Five.
I have no strong surface feeling right now.
That means I need to go deeper and dig my soul.
The things that I do have feelings about::
My email inbox and the 130 mails I need to reply to.
So many humans who I have not communicated to
Met up with/Given support to/enjoyed/loved.
Some humans are quiet and that lays on my soul.
My left foot still swollen some, but pain-free now.
My music which needs more listening to - so much new stuff.
A beautiful human in prison
A beautiful human rejected in childhood and hurting in adulthood.
A young human who is talented wondrously -
but equally insecure, dysfunctional and vulnerable.

Doing the above is practicing Emotional Intelligence.
Writing it enhances Emotional Literacy.
It is not only the big negative feelings which matter.
Undressing our souls is vital for development.
Just when the caterpillar thought that life was over, she turned into a butterfly...

So don't wait for the Volcano of emotions
bursting forth
damaging our interior self
damaging those humans around us
damaging the climate of trust we are in.

Does the wholeness/seem far away?/Unobtainable?/
Yes it is unobtainable/It is a journey not/destination/Life is
along the way.

Thanx for clicking this way
I appreciate it.
you are beautiful
whatever feelings you feel
whatever the Facts you hide behind
Whatever the regrets
Whatever the damaged relationships
Whatever the lack of purpose/direction.
Whatever the late night insecure thoughts ......
you are beautiful to the core
You are beautiful in your mysterious self
You are tires/asleep/hurting/loving/giving/receiving
every breath you take
every failure you make
You are ............