House Therapy Now in Paperback Edition

House Therapy: Discovering Who You Really Are is now available in paperback via Amazon. For those many readers who like to hold a hard copy in their hands and feel the keen sensation of paper at their fingertips – now you can. This revised edition of House Therapy has been improved and expanded. The link between humans and our houses and what that can reveal about ourselves has never been greater. Each individual room within your domestic abode has something to say about you. It shouts out from the rooftops and whispers within our boudoirs, of things that nobody else knows about us. Do you like to have a room with a view? How much time do you spend in front of the bathroom mirror?

House Therapy Now in Paperback Edition

The answer to these questions can supply some interesting and thought provoking information of a particularly personal nature. Not a book to read aloud in too many social settings; best left to a discretionary and private examination. House Therapy unlocks family secrets and explores their psychological ramifications. A book about you at last! We all love to read things about ourselves. The perfect Christmas gift for the man and woman who has it all. The home is our temple, the place where we sacrifice and pray. Ancient pastimes, which have been modified into twenty first century activities and obsessions.

Hoarding Holds Us Back

“Become aware of the litany of your collection of possessions, don’t just leave it for the executors of your will and family members, deal with it while you are still alive and see if you really wish to hold onto this stuff. It would be good to have an annual clearing day on the calendar, where all individuals are encouraged to reappraise, reengage and possibly recycle their ‘belongings’ (interesting word association as in who belongs to who?). It is not just about throwing away old things, it is a much more involved process and could be awarded a ritualised status to acknowledge that. We invest our energy, feelings, hopes and aspirations in these things and they hold part of us in their grasp, as we have reached out and grasped these things.”

House Therapy is the kind of therapy that you can enjoy in the privacy of your own house or apartment. The walls will look different, every picture and painting reveals a message; and life will never be the same. Knowledge is power: and this book delivers. Get your copy today.

Focalization in Previous Condition

The expanding focalization, within the selected Baldwin passage from the short story “Previous Condition”, is important to the discursive narrative, as it takes the reader on a journey from, within the character, to the constructed outer world, created by the reader’s schema. The character Peter, is the story’s first person narrator, and protagonist, and he begins the passage internally focalized, “Every morning I waited for the landlady to come banging on my door.” Suspense is created by his impending expectation of a confrontation with an authority figure, and the text may trigger schema within the reader of their own similar experiences. Peter, then notices, the cold sweat on his body, shifting the focalization to a physical sensory awareness, and this sensory focalization moves further out to include the sound of a radio downstairs; the reader is now aware of things outside the tight focus on the room. The focalization then incorporates a visual expansion to include cigarette smoke rising to the “dirty ceiling”. This description paints the rented room as no immaculate abode, despite the threatened nature of his occupation within it.

In the third paragraph of the passage, the focalization takes a huge leap out of the room, and out of the building itself, in an analepsis, Peter shares his memories of leaving home at sixteen years of age. Names of US cities are mentioned “St. Louis, Frisco, Seattle, Detroit, New Orleans” and the sudden continental focalization asks the reader to fill in the gaps, with what information they know, or can imagine, about these cities in nineteen fifties America. Peter’s memories then focus our attention on an “old shack in a town in New Jersey”, where Peter grew up with his mother, “in the nigger part of town.” The stinging use of the pejorative ‘nigger’ and the reference to the dilapidated structure, in which they lived, convey Peter’s negative attitude to where he has come from. The use of an expanding focalization within this passage, and within the text as a whole, has taken the reader from a subjective experience of racism, out into our imagined world of nineteen fifties America. We feel Peter’s fear and pain inside the room, at his impending rejection by the white landlady, his internal conflict within himself to stand up to the racist authority figures in his life, and then this event is placed in the wider context of the state of black America at this time in history, through our interpretation of Peter’s view of it.

Macbeth Notes

The basic plotline of Macbeth follows the unwise ambitions of our protagonist, Macbeth, as he usurps the Scottish crown by murdering King Duncan covertly within his own castle, and then blames it falsely on others. His confidante, and co-conspirator, is his wife, Lady Macbeth.
It is pride, which allows Macbeth to be tempted, by the prophetic mutterings of witches in the play’s first act, when they hail him as ‘Thane of Cawdor” and “that shalt be king…” (1.3.49-51) When Banquo asks Macbeth, “why do you start and seem to fear…?” the text is telling us that Macbeth already has aspirations upon Duncan’s throne. (1.3.52) Later, when the witches’ prophecies are confirmed by Duncan’s reward of Cawdor upon Macbeth, the trap of pride is set and Banquo tells us, “Wins us with honest trifles, to betray’s in deepest consequence.” (1.3.127-128) Macbeth’s star is rising in the first act of the play, he is the hero of this war with Norway, “For brave Macbeth – well he deserves that name –“, states a Captain of King Duncan’s army. (1.2.16) Duncan concurs with this assessment of Macbeth, “O valiant cousin, worthy gentleman!” (1.2.24) Pride and its attending hubris seem poised above the character of Macbeth.

(1.7.29-30) Although, subsequently, invested at Scone, Macbeth remains insecure as ruler, committing tyrannical acts, such as having Banquo, and Macduff’s family, murdered. (2.4.31) (3.1.49) Macbeth is tormented by his guilt for murdering a rightful king, and his imaginings conjure a ghost to haunt him. (3.4.94-98) His pride guarantees his downfall, as he blithely ignores the English forces led by Malcolm and Macduff, because of a witch’s prophecy, which falsely proclaimed his indestructibility; Macbeth is slain by Macduff and Malcolm becomes king. (4.1.79-80) (5.7.58-65)
Scottish history play,
Ambiguity abounds and what may appear glorious, Macbeth as hero, is actually poisoned by pride and impending evil.

Eventually Lady Macbeth cannot sustain her existence within such evil, as she first sleepwalks and talks, confessing all to those who overhear. (5.2.27-61) Then, she hangs herself offstage, and Macbeth’s soliloquy again expresses his humility and nihilism in response to her death. (5.5.18-28)
Macbeth, unlike Lady Macbeth, sustains the dichotomy within him throughout the play, despite his endless fall from grace.
Macbeth’s hubristic actions in murdering a king, a son of God, are highlighted in the play by his awareness of the consequences of such premeditated “bloody instructions”. (1.7.5-15)
Macbeth murders and then repents, and this is repeated throughout the play, he is like a real person capable of fair and foul behaviour, and containing both pride and humility. (3.4.77-84)
this essential relationship conveys their qualities more fully than if narrate a story about one man, a Scottish Prince, who pre-emptively seizes upon incantatory apocalyptic information and, with the support of his wife, rashly murders the rightful king to usurp his crown. Blood and daggers are everywhere in Macbeth, as are tortured recriminations involving sins against God

Pride is red, blood red, and daggers, another motif in the play, are “unmannerly breeched with gore”.

Sir Gawain

Sir Gawain begins, and like unravelling a code the reader makes some immediate assumptions based upon recognition of the genre, medieval epic poem. The author, through intertextuality, places key historical Lexia (Abbott 33), like “Troy” and “Aeneas” to link this story with other more famous stories, like the Iliad. This can provoke an impression within the reader that this is a true, or at the very least, important story. Because it is a poem we seek out keywords, like code breaking cribs to unravel the puzzle, we accept words or terms like “Felix Brutus” or “Royal Romulus” and these names link the characters in this story to pseudo-historical characters in other stories. The author and the informed reader are placing Sir Gawain in a chronologically historical context.
Similarly, to most historical narratives, the events and settings, within Sir Gawain, pertain to the nobility. Out third person omniscient narrator tells us the story of the court of Camelot on New Year’s eve and alliteration abounds in this translation of a fourteenth century epic poem:

“Yes hauberk and helmet had he none,
Nor plastron nor plate-armour proper to combat,
Nor shield for shoving, nor sharp spear for lunging;
But he held a holly cluster in one hand, holly”

It is a fictional story but there has always been this desire among readers to place the events of King Arthur within some real historical time and place. I think that the author’s intentional use of intertextuality is responsible for this.
The poetic form of the text involves the reader in metre and tempo, alliteration and symbolic language; I think that we accept the nature of a poem more unquestioningly than we do prose. It is like a song in that it affects different parts of our brain, we engage our feeling centre more than with dry prose.

Ereader are You Benefitting from Technology

If you haven’t purchased an ereader or read a book on an ereader you are missing out on something. Unlike reading text on a personal computer, tablet or mobile phone, an ereader is especially designed to reproduce that book paper reading experience. The ereader is not backlit in the same way as those other devices, which are really designed to show images. The ereader is softly lit to recreate that black and white, slightly grainy, paper reading experience.

On top of this it has a number of decided advantages over the paper book. Firstly, the absent bulk and weight of the ereader over a large novel is really noticeable, especially after prolonged reading sessions. You know, when you are reading a great book and are totally involved in the unfolding story but your wrists are aching, and you are doing yoga to find bodily positions which will lesson the strain of the weight of the book on your arms and wrists. The ereader removes all this physical stress, which can take away your focus on the story at hand.

Another ereader advantage, which I noticed when reading Tolstoy’s War and Peace, was the way the single screen format kept you in the moment, focused on the text that you were reading. The large paper book forces you to be aware of how much you have already read and how much you have to go, because you can see and feel all those pages in your hands. The ereader contributes to keeping your experience of the writer’s prose as fresh because there is only a readable chunk of it on its screen, at any one time.

I also would probably have not read War and Peace, without my ereader because although I knew it was a great book I doubt that I would have bought it in a bookstore. It was free through Amazon and Kobo, along with a host of other classic titles, which I have now read. Gibbon’s Decline and Fall; Madame Bovary; Of Human Bondage; Heart of Darkness; The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde; and many more. My ereader helped me read some books that I am very glad that I made the effort to read; that is technology doing its job in my opinion.

Ereaders are cheap to buy,  a pleasure to read, long lasting and provide instant gratification, when you have just read a great book and want to immediately read that author’s next book or instalment of the same story you just press a button and you have it like magic. The books themselves are cheaper to buy and you don’t have that sinking feeling when you move house and have to box up hundreds of very heavy books!

Get an ereader – you will love it!

Lastly, let me share a secret with you about how I made the decision to buy an ereader. You see, I grew up in a family who owned the best bookshop in our city, it was called Wisdom Books. I used to work in the bookshop at various times over its twenty five year history and loved being around all those wonderful books. Books and the knowledge that they sometimes contain, have always fascinated me and attracted me. Well, Wisdom Books grew from a small bookshop into a much larger bookstore but still maintained that special bookshop flavour.

Eventually in the face of outside economic forces, the Australian dollar was floated and became very poor in its buying power of US and UK books, with US books costing double and UK books triple in Australian dollars. Wisdom Books was an importer of quality overseas books, which were not published by Australian publishers, and had been very popular with its customers on this basis. To compound this substantial increase in the cost of these books to our buying public the Australian Government brought in a goods and services tax, which put the price of books up a further 10%. However, as is still the situation today, books bought online through Amazon etc do not pay this tax. Many family bookstores in Australia went to the wall and were forced to close their doors.


My brother, who had taken over from my father, as the bookshop’s manager, was understandably livid at the unfairness of the GST impost. It was my brother who had the frustrating and sad task of overseeing the demise of this once great bookstore. You can imagine his feelings about Amazon and the unfair playing field. Australia was growing up, economically, through the nineteen eighties and nineties, becoming a part of the global market. Economists, and Paul Keating in particular, the Australian treasurer and PM,who we all admired politically at the time, kept telling us it was good for the nation. Watching something beautiful die is always hard to do, even a business.

Anyway, the secret is that, a while after the dust had settled, shop fittings had been sold off and the pain of just walking away, after twenty five years of business had receded somewhat. My brother shared with me that his partner had bought him an Amazon Kindle ereader and that he was really enjoying it. I was gobsmacked and I eventually went out and bought a Kobo ereader myself.

A GUIDE to the Best Ereaders to Buy

Ageing Affects on Our Consciousness

by Sudha Hamilton

Published in WellBeing Magazine

O, what a world of unseen visions and heard silences, this insubstantial country of the mind! What ineffable essences, these touchless rememberings and unshowable reveries! And the privacy of it all! A secret theatre of speechless monologue and prevenient counsel, an invisible mansion of all moods, musings, and mysteries, an infinite resort of disappointments and discoveries. A whole kingdom where each of us reigns reclusively alone, questioning what we will, commanding what we can. A hidden hermitage where we may study out the troubled book of what we have done and yet may do. An introcosm that is more myself than anything I can find in a mirror. This consciousness that is myself of selves, that is everything, and yet nothing at all- what is it?

And where did it come from?

And why?”

Exert from Julian Jayne’s book, The Origins of Consciousness In the Break Down of the Bicameral Mind.

This journey of mind we set out upon hopefully fearlessly, but invariably not, is unique to each of us. It has been indelibly influenced by our childhood and the love we did, or did not quite receive in the particular manner that we would have preferred. From the very beginning we start with a sense of our self, a nascent spark that will emerge in time like a sculpture quite unlike any that has ever been before. So defined by our life experiences and in turn our reactions and responses to them, that the twisting formless space that seems to be located behind your eyes might be beautiful art or something else again.

Does the aging process effect our thinking and feeling sense of self and if so how does it?

I once read, that according to a study conducted amongst a cross section of age groups, most people feel in their mind’s eye that they are twenty five years old, irrespective of their actual body age. That whether they be fifty, sixty or seventy years old, inside they see themselves as that bright, shiny twenty five year old. Perception and self image are powerful things, and perhaps we function best when we feel young at heart. It beggars all sorts of questions, like what is wisdom and how does one get it? Is it the stoic acceptance of the vicissitudes of life and the bearing of tragedy with uncommon grace? Is a flexible quality of mind something that we should foster in the hope of a life well lived?

Continued in Drugs Dreams and Consciousness by Robert and Sudha Hamilton

©Sudha Hamilton

History of Astrology

by Sudha Hamilton


Looking back in time in search of the origins of astrology, we are faced with the question, what is astrology? Is it an advanced scientific hypothesis, based on the premise that the heavenly bodies give off an ‘influence,’ which affects individual events on earth, or is it primarily a universal language, as argued by Giovanni Pontano, the Italian Renaissance astrologer? Pontano’s treatise, On Celestial Things, published in 1512, stated that astrology is “a language of the stars and planets that formed the letters of a cosmic alphabet that conformed in all essential ways to the language of humans.” In my experience as an astrologer, it has been the latter definition, which has made most sense to me and encouraged me to take the journey of life guided by the stars above.

It is generally agreed that humankind’s look to the stars has been one that all the tribes of earth – indeed, every culture – has shared in. Evidence of this remains today on ancient cave and wall paintings, and on surviving archaeological tablets and texts in museums around the world. To look up at the night sky and witness the incredible changes of the celestial light show would have been profoundly awe-inspiring. It would also have stimulated the formation of a number of basic philosophical questions like: why are we here? What is nature of time? Who controls the movement of the stars across the heavens? When we ask, what is the history of astrology? We must consider that, incredibly, there once was a time when the inhabitants of this world did not know what time it was! Imagine how that would affect everything you did or wanted to do.

Continued in Healing Our Wellbeing by Sudha Hamilton

Wanted Wellbeing Dead or Alive

We live at a time when we wish to have the greatest wellbeing in the history of humanity. We are alive during a time of unprecedented new approaches to health and healing, when practitioners of pioneering wellbeing modalities are arriving, almost, daily. In this book I have collected my published writing on a variety of healing techniques, nutritional approaches and therapies in an attempt to offer you some insight and understanding into this exciting field.

Of course, some of these healing modalities and sources of wisdom are in fact ancient, dating back, in some instances, to the Babylonian civilisation several millennia ago. There are, however, new adaptations of these timeless truths and they have been incorporated into new modalities. History, to many people, is unknown and so the wisdom proffered here may indeed shine a light on the cause of unhappiness and, even, illness. The aim of this book is to introduce readers to new ways of healing and increasing their sense of wellbeing.

Thought Field Therapy offers amazing relief to many sufferers, who cannot find healing in what we call ‘modern medicine’ today – tapping on the meridians discovered by Chinese medicine thousands of years ago. House Therapy is my own insight, linking our homes to our minds or souls – and showing how we can heal and change things through this understanding. Retreats and Spas have become our new way of holidaying – a new holy day on which to heal.

Nutrition must be one of the most exciting new fields of knowledge when it comes to our health and there are many pieces here on our physical selves – and what is good and bad to consume. I hope that you enjoy the writing and finish this book with a greater understanding of your health and some of the therapies and approaches to healing that currently abound.

©Sudha Hamilton

Continued in Healing Our Wellbeing by Sudha Hamilton