Elixir of love and life….

We left Richmond on Saturday evening with lots of time to spare…

Four years ago we had tickets for this same show ‘Elixir’ written by my old friend Christy Hawkins… It had a run then, in Camden… Anadi and I were still living in Eastbourne, and so we left hours to get there… But, we got stuck in traffic in the Dartford tunnel for literally hours, and more hours it turned out than we had allowed…! The time slipped away and we came to a point where we knew we had to give up…

While we were in Morocco I has seen the show was having another run – its ninth now – and that we would be back to the UK, in time for the last night…

The journey there was a delight in itself… I drove as Anadi is better at navigating than me…! And we set off on what turned into a delightful tour, before we even got to see the show…

What a magical fairy town, London town is!

We zoomed past The Natural History museum, and soon I saw the impressive building of Harrods, heralding its presence with the flags flying from its walls; round Marble Arch and alongside Hyde Park we motored – the roads clear – a perfect way to see the sights… We reached Buckingham Palace, and made our way down The Mall…

Suddenly I was running the marathon again, remembering that final stretch… Up to the palace, round the bend and down The Mall!

‘It’s funny to think I will be running this again’, I said to Anadi… ‘But in my bare feet…’

Like ‘El plan’ these words came out of my mouth, and so…  ‘It is written’.

I don’t know when…  But given  ‘El plan‘ – to run Barefoot Across Spain in my bare feet in the spring of 2018 –  is going to make me very fit, maybe the year after next – the one I turn 60 in… But my feet will decide, so no need to concern myself!

Along the Embankment we drove, and soon we were at the half way point in the London marathon… Tower bridge, and we continued, making our way to the docklands, still on the marathon route, when we arrived at ‘The Space’ in West Ferry road… A wonderful historical building which survived the blitz, and is steeped in history, and the energy of our ancestors…

Christy values the importance of honouring the spirits of those who have trodden on this land before us, the energy from whence we came – and continue to investigate together… To delve into the mystery, magic and wizardry of life; to find the alchemy within us all…

The ability to transmute base metal into gold… As Christy and I were exploring after the show…

Christy made reference to the quote… ‘As above; so below, as within, so without; as the universe , so the soul’, which refers to reminding the ‘magic practitioner’ of the importance of balancing the physical and spiritual, or else the magic deeds can come from an intent for wrongdoing…

We are all capable of alchemy, and we are all capable of our ‘magic’ coming with an intent for wrong doing, which is them sorcery… This can be unintentional and in the ‘name of love’; but when we seek to truly connect to the still point, then our actions will come from this silence – and can be nothing but pure…

And as Christy said, in the end the greatest alchemy is love; true love is beyond the duality of the pull for wrong and right doing…

Everything can be transmuted through the letting go of the investment and attachment to the yin and the yang in all things, in this universe of duality; part of the journey to transcending the pull of yin and yang, can occur in seeing the madness of ‘so called magic’ which relies simply on belief…

When we seek to connect to the silence within us, we become capable of clearing everything that arises and clouds this clarity… And then true magic can occur from truth, from love…

But in all the investigating and searching, the human foibles, lies, betrayals, wizardry madness and fun, everyone is seeking the elixir, of ‘youth’ within, joy, happiness  –  which the plot of Christy’s play is based on…

But true youth, is love everlasting where there is nothing, only love…

Christy has just got married to Issy who we met on Saturday… She is very beautiful on every level, and came over to us after the show having watched a vlog so that she would know me…

Christy and Issy went on a pilgrimage across the UK before they recently married, and his play is the the strongest it has ever been of its 9 productions which had its birth in Prague…

A testament to the alchemic qualities within, and to the greatest of these… Love… The show was fabulous, joyous, outrageous, funny, colourful, vibrant clever , totally engaging at all times…

But with deeper messages for us all if we wished – but if not – an escape into glorious fun, and a frolicking romp through magic, marriage and more…