Easton Hamilton and the work of Reach aided me through the most challenging time of my life. It helped me regain my power, my faith in myself and reminded me to be the best I can be. Thank you for being my friend, my guide, my heaven-sent angel, Easton. From the beginning there was something about you that made me trust you completely. I am forever in your debt.
Lucinda Drayton. Bliss. Singer, Song Writer
“Man ultimately becomes what he thinks of himself.”
Dr Martin Luther King Jr (1926-1968)
Mother/Father God of this universe and beyond, give me the discipline to recognise my greatness and to learn from my weaknesses. Re-connect me with the ocean and unconditional love, knowledge, wisdom and truth that exist within me. Remind me that difference only exists in the mind and my neighbour is my brother/sister, I will learn to love them as I do myself. I appreciate my life experiences; I am grateful for my teachers who have been forgiving with my failings but equally patient and responsible for my growth. I thank you for helping me on my journey to endeavour to achieve my innermost wish – a desire to become whole.
“Life can only be understood looking backwards but it must be lived looking forwards.”
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1844-1900)
I am a person at peace with myself, everything I touch turns to gold.
I am cool and calm in all situations. I am the best I can be in all that I do, even in the face of adversity.
My relationships are loving, satisfying and fulfilling. I bring out the best in others and they do in me.
In return the universe brings to me everything I need. Everything I need comes and finds me. It is by being still and trusting in the process of life that I become fulfilled and happy. Having learnt from my mistakes I no longer give my power away.
“The most efficient and effective way to overcome problems or adversity is by non-contention or yielding, which is not submission or capitulation, but exercising control by taking the way of least resistance.”
Lao Tzu (6th Century B.C.)
I arrived on your doorstep (in 2002) still half frozen from the brain haemorrhage and in a terrible quandary about my life and coping with Jim’s death. I remember that pain felt like the only thing that truly registered. You stepped in to that place with me and held my hand and helped me unravel it all and were able to help me understand and forgive myself. You’ve also helped me to unpick my marriage gently, a gift to us all – especially my boys.
I don’t know what I would have done without you, Easton – or how much I shall miss your warmth and good counsel. Take care sweet man and good luck in all your endeavours. The world needs you.
“When the personal life is cultivated, the family will be regulated; when the family is regulated, the state will be in order; and when the state is in order there will be peace throughout the world! All must regard cultivation of their personal life as the root or foundation of peace and order.”
Confucius (551-479 B.C.)
I marvel at how far my journey has taken me since it first began. I have often heard the saying “when a student is ready a teacher will be found”. I found my teacher long before I knew it.
My first contact with Easton from Reach was a strange one. A co-worker and I were having a conversation about how nice it is to find peaceful places but she did not mention a place, instead she mentioned a person. I had to meet him. She gave me his telephone number and my stalking of Easton began! I left at least 3 or 4 messages before he got back to me. He said he had no spaces but when one became available he would call. Being the most impatient person in the world I called him a couple of times to remind him I was still waiting. I guess not wanting to have to change his number because of my obsessive calls, he managed to squeeze me in!!
The moment I met him I thought “Good God, she is right, he is the most peaceful, kind, humble and loving man I have ever met and he had this amazing gift for making you feel comfortable, even special, in his presence.
I guess everyday people discover many treasures and treasured moments; meeting Easton is my treasure and most treasured moment.
I was in a dysfunctional marriage and could not see any way out; eventually when I did get the courage to leave, Easton became my greatest support, helping me to see things with clarity and love. I have managed to survive a hellish divorce. I’m worse off financially but the happiest I have been in years.
My laughter now comes from within my inner being and I enjoy laughing, it is not forced or just on the surface as most of us do when we are hurting. My anger is subsiding, I am finding that I have fewer friends but I care little about that. I am still learning; my greatest triumph will be to become more patient and to be more loving, but I’m truly on my way.
“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase. Just take the first step!”
Dr Martin Luther King Jr (1926-1968)