This section is dedicated to the inspiring insights that
Lesley Hannell, M.A., Psychotherapist and Energy Practitioner,
has provided in essay form to the City of Waterfalls website.
Lesley's site can be seen at www.lesleyhannell.com
Hamilton ~ A New View
Last night (Saturday August 2nd, 2008) on Larry King Live,
the topic was “Change Your Mind, Change Your Life”. Guests
were from the very popular mind stretching movie of 5 or 6
years ago titled, What the Bleep Do We
I first saw this movie at an Energy Psychology Conference in
Toronto around 2002. The subtitle on the original movie was “Just
How Far Down the Rabbit Hole Do You Want To Go?”
What the Bleep challenged
all our old ways of viewing reality and suggested that our
thoughts directly and dramatically affect our reality. A
pre runner to the currently popular movie and book called The
the Bleep demonstrated that thoughts are in fact just
energy in motion, and emotions are also energy in motion
The world renowned scientist Dr Candace Pert
was a guest of Larry King's last night and was also a participant
the Bleep. Her research, which has been going on for many
years now, describes how neuropeptides in the body create learned
and habitual patterns of response, so that we in effect get “hooked” on
certain emotions: we become addicted to things like anger,
jealousy, fear, anxiety, depression, etc.
In order to change
our life and change our world, our reality, we can merely
create new neural pathways by practicing new thoughts and new
behaviours, till the old patterns no longer have any charge.
As such, we are no longer the same, and “coincidentally” neither
is our world and our reality changes.
How does all this relate
to Waterfalls and Hamilton ....... ?
Hamilton has, for as
long as I've been here (43 years) been referred to as “the
Steel City”, and when I mention
that I come from Hamilton, the look I would often get would
be one of pity! All everyone seemed to think of was
the industrial part of town and the resulting pollution.
amalgamation created the new Regional Municipality, Hamilton
has come to embrace a lot of beautiful land, including
the Dundas Valley and all the surrounding rural lands. In fact,
as we now know, there are, at last count, over 100 waterfalls
in the City of Hamilton, making it the only city in the world
to have so many waterfalls within its boundaries.
We need to
change our perception of Hamilton into “The
City of Waterfalls”.
As we know, our thoughts and perceptions
are very powerful in changing our reality. As more and
more people begin to appreciate things like the waterfalls
of Hamilton, and talk or write about the beauty of our city,
a consequent shift will begin to occur in consciousness
and the whole image of Hamilton will change.
So when I say “I am from Hamilton”, I will no
longer get looks of pity, but rather, nods of appreciation
and statements like “Wow, the City of Waterfalls ! You
are so lucky! ”
by Lesley Hannell, M.A.
Psychotherapist and Energy Practitioner
Wondrous Waters ~ The Power and Peacefulness
Breathe in, breathe out. Relax and let go. Feel the cool air
coming in through your nose and the warm air leaving through
your mouth. Let every breath connect you with the life all
around you, the energy. Relax and let go of all your worries,
all your tension, all your stress. Relax your muscles, relax
your mind, let go of thoughts.
As you breathe in, feel your
connection to the earth below you that supports you. As you
breathe out, feel yourself letting go of all you don't want
and giving it back to the earth. Breathe in, breathe
out. Relax and let go.
Feel your feet rooting into the earth
and your head reaching for the sky. Imagine a beam
of light coming in through the top of your head, bringing
fresh life force to your body, healing and soothing every
part of your body that it touches. Imagine this light moving
down through your body into every cell, every muscle, every
organ, every joint, soothing and healing and
re-energizing you. Imagine this light washing away all
that you don't want and cleansing you, right through
to your bone marrow.
this light like a waterfall washing over you.....
how I feel when I stand by a waterfall....
There are many
in the Hamilton area, and I have been making it my project
to visit as many as I can. Some are larger and more powerful
than others, but all have a certain serenity and cleansing
feel to them. Some are easy to locate and get to. But
there are others that are more challenging to find and journey
to. To stand beneath one of these is truly bliss. The world
stops, the noise of the city falls away, and I connect directly
with the power and peacefulness of the rushing water.
As I stand at the foot of some of the
larger ones, like Tews, Webster’s, Sherman, or Tiffany,
they take my breath away. They transport me into awe. They
capture the moment. Time stops and all I hear is the rush
of the water and feel the power and the beauty of nature.
I feel both large and small. Large because I feel totally
connected to the nature around me and part of some much larger
whole, and small because the waterfall seems so powerful
and looming that it humbles me and I feel my place
again in such a beautiful whole. I gaze up while the water
splashes on my face, in awe of such a perfection of nature.
I feel nothing but respect and gratitude and peace.
became involved in a local group spearheaded by Chris Ecklund,
The Hamilton Waterfalls Group. http://www.cityofwaterfalls.ca
has within its boundaries the largest number of waterfalls
in the world (over 100 at last count), and offers many opportunities
to find the powerful serenity of these wondrous waters.
is happening now in this group. A book on the waterfalls
is being compiled, artists are being sought to create
paintings of each of the waterfalls, and songwriters and
poets are beginning to add their contributions to further
promote Hamilton as The Waterfall Capitol of The World.
you are interested in becoming involved, visit our website
and jump on board under the rushing water of the falls.
Lesley Hannell, M.A.
Psychotherapist and Energy Practitioner
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