PGS / prana big time ~

Today was a big travel day.

We left the hotel in Portland before 5am, and caught a flight at 7 to Chicago. There we waited for 3 hrs for a flight to Buffalo, where we picked up a van and drove two hrs to Toronto. We got in after 11pm.

Why not fly straight from Portland to Toronto you might ask?

It was cheaper this way.
We can’t afford direct flights on this budget!

During the flight I finished John Geiger’s book – THE ANGEL EFFECT.
It’s an incredibly powerful book.

John details instances, both contemporary and historical, where people have literally been touched by an angel.

Most of these people did not hold religious beliefs, but the majority of them tell of their experience with a sense of awe – and a belief that it really was their Guardian Angel that stepped up to help them.

It’s a terrific book – beautifully researched and written – and if you’rre interested in this stuff you really should read it. Read it even if you aren’t interested, because it might make you consider the world a little differently.

John was formerly a highly respected journalist, and now he’s an academic at Toronto University, and Governor of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.

He writes from an objective secular viewpoint, and includes many interviews with neuroscientists, psychologists, and researchers who provide plausible rational explanations for these phenomena.

However, as John says in his book, science can’t answer all the questions that arise from these first hand accounts.

The overwhelming conclusion that you have once you’ve read the book is that there is more unknown than is known. And those that believe in angels – those that have had first hand experiences with these incorporeal spiritual beings – have as much right to say they exist as scientists have to say that they don’t, and it’s all a function of the brain under stress.

I’m interviewing John tomorrow for my film on intuition, and he promises to make a fascinating contribution.

On the drive from Buffalo up to Toronto we stopped in at Niagara Falls – right on our route. None of us had been to Niagara Falls before, and so we had to drop in for a quickie selfie.

Just as I never expected Uluru to impact me as powerfully as it did, nor did I expect Niagara Falls to make an impression. I’d always thought it as being a bit tacky and down-at-heel – like the back blocks of Las Vegas.

But i found the energy that came up from the tumult of water – the prana in the air – was almost so thick you could grab it and swallow it whole.

I stood back and soaked in this prana – and wondered at how extraordinary it must have been before the arrival of white settlement – what this must have meant spiritually to the Native Americans. What myths and legends they must have created.

Now it’s hard to find beauty there.

Carparks have replaced woods, and ugly buildings – mainly casinos – crowd the skyline, and concrete walkways jut out over the falls. But none of this unfortunate aesthetic can take away from the prana that exists independent of all that.

We could only spare a short visit, and so I quickly tried to find some interesting shots which weren’t the usual touristique shots you take when you go to one of the great Wonders of the World.

Here are my attempts:

bands on falls


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20 thoughts on “PGS / prana big time ~

  1. My dear friend
    It appears you tried to not like Niagara Falls. It is very touristy as are most of the great places in the world. As populated as our world is there are many trying to make a buck and where else better to do that than a place where many gather? I fully intend to be one of those tacky tourists in Jaipur and ride an elephant up to the fort and palace. I am hoping to get the elephant that has the brightest painted body.
    Love you both

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    • Lynda, one of my favourite memories of Jaipur was seeing an elephant coming down the street. You and Dale will have such fun! And it’s not that I didn’t like Niagara Falls, it’s just a shame that it’s been commoditised.


  2. I grew up aware that Niagara Fall was one of the tackiest places on earth. I never saw it until about 10 years ago. Having low expectations led me to be surprised and awed. For me, the tackiness could not possibly overwhelm the natural wonder, so I just laughed at the silly sideshow and did not let it bother me.

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      • Ahhhh. it means you are jokingly trying to get us riled up or agitated. I thought you knew all of our idioms.
        When we meet in India, do not mention Niagara Falls to Dale. I have just spent the last five minutes listening to him tell me again how Niagara Falls defines the word tacky. Just after we were married, we took a trip to Ohio where he is from. Sitting around with family asked if anyone wanted to take a road trip to Niagara Falls. Everyone’s answer was “Why?” He is still going on about how tacky, tacky, tacky both the US and Canadian sides were.


  3. Don’t know if you knew that Buffalo is my place of birth and Toronto was my home away from home. Glad you’re seeing a bit of my past! 45 years ago was my first visit to Niagra Falls. You know how it is when you live 10 miles from a place that people come from
    around the world to see, you don’t see it until the right visitors come! Lol. Glad you felt the prana, it’s what I felt on my first visit to Palm Springs and why I live here now. Shuffling off to Buffalo! Xoxo

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    • Actually Jill Steve told me – I’m phoning him at the moment pretty much every day. You have exchanged the cold in winter for the sun of PS! Ive been to Toronto many times for the Toronto Film Festival – and love the place. Also been there in the dead of winter while working on a film – couldn’t believe the difference between Sept and Feb! Looking forward to seeing you in India in a few weeks!

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  4. I understand Bill.The people there could have managed to live off the Niagara Falls and respect the beauty of the place.
    Iguazu Falls are as big and famous than the Niagara ones but it is not surrounded by such quantity of cement.and consuming centers.and a casino.typical American.

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    • Would,love to see those falls Marie. Don’t get me wrong, the Niagara Falls are stunning. And given that it’s one of the direst summers on record there, it still amazes with the volume of water that it dumps. I can’t imagine what it would be like after floods! The falls the,selves are extraordinary.

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  5. Your last photo somehow looks more like a film than a fixed image. Brilliant.

    meanwhile Monaco thrashed Young Boys Berne last night 4-0, aggregate 7-1 — but still two more matches to win to get into the Champions League pool stage.


    • Hi Julian – thank you re the last image. I love that shot too. Most people think it’s a mistake. I did that shot very deliberately. Good that your footy team is doing well. Hope they get to the CL. Swannies are sitting four on the table right now. This whole racism hoo ha with Adam Goodes, our top aboriginal player, has taken focus away a bit I think..


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