Sir Winston Churchill is widely acclaimed as the greatest statesman of our times. But his early childhood gave no indication of the astounding magnitude of accomplishment that was to come.
Churchill was such a duffer as a schoolboy that he was kept in the bottom form at Harrow for three years. While his family despaired of him ever making anything of himself, it was the limbo of those three years that allowed him to immerse himself so deeply in the English language that, according to Paul Johnson’s description in his book, Churchill, he ‘became not merely adept but masterly in his use of words… They became the verbal current coursing through his veins as he shaped his political manhood… Words were also his main source of income throughout his life, from the age of twenty-one.’
When he became Prime Minister of England during the Second World War, his command of English took on far greater importance than anyone could ever have imagined. His wartime speeches were the inspiration for millions of people around the world. As journalist Edward R. Murrow so succinctly put it, ‘he mobilized the English language and sent it into battle!’
Reflecting on my own life, there have been many things that I didn’t see the reason or purpose for at the time that have turned out to be vital keys for something that developed later on. One significant example is when I taught myself how to read energies in buildings in my early twenties. At the time it was such an unusual thing to do that I didn’t even tell most of my friends about it. I pursued it at every available opportunity but thought of it only as a personal hobby, nothing more. I could never have foreseen at that time that it would lead to the development of space clearing and writing an international bestselling book on the subject. Just from following my passion.
People are very different to buildings, but there is an aspect of the more advanced techniques I use to read energies in buildings that can also be used to help reveal latent talents in a person, when seeds have been sown but for some reason there has not been the right environment or nurturing for them to come to fruition.
Information about this technique was not included in the space clearing book I wrote many years ago but it is an essential part of the ceremony Richard and I teach to the practitioners we now train. At practitioner level, space clearing is as much about opening high-level insights for the occupants of a home as it is about restoring integrity to the energies of the place where they live. This doesn’t happen in every ceremony, of course, but if the timing is right and the person is ready, extraordinary perceptions can emerge. It really is a beautiful thing for someone to feel truly “seen” in this way. It can open up new possibilities in their life that they might otherwise have completely missed.
Very little has been written about Winston’s English teacher, Robert Somervell, but I do hope he had an inkling of the greatness he was nurturing in the years he tutored Winston as a boy, and that he lived to see those talents recognized by the world. The seeds that were sown at that time in Churchill’s life became the fertile foundation for everything that followed.
Winston’s Churchill’s bed
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I really liked the comments on Churchill, he is someone I’ve always admired.
I’m currently working on nurturing myself to allow the seeds to grow, so this piece really resonated with me.