Born in England in 1937, Michael Roads discovered at an early age he was able to communicate with nature and go beyond linear time and space. He immigrated to Australia in 1963 where he was a beef and dairy farmer, and prominent in the early organic movement. He wrote the first book on organic gardening in Australia, which was an immediate best seller. After a spiritual awakening in 1986, Michael wrote about his metaphysical experiences and has since published 14 books, and travels the world giving talks and 5-day ‘intensives’ on unconditional love and emotional balance.

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Consciousness Rules, Okay!

By Michael Roads

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

I remember when, many years ago, I used to listen to one of my friends talking about Krishnamurti. He was into Krishnamurti’s teachings exclusively, whereas I gleaned grains of wisdom wherever I could. He would go on and on about this great man, repeating some of the statements that had so impressed him. Two in particular stuck in my head, mainly because they seemed so blatantly ridiculous. Knowledge is the barrier to discovery. And, ‘There is no such thing as the unconsciousness.’

As far as I was concerned, these were preposterous statements. How could a spiritually enlightened man be so in error? The question really bothered me. If he was correct, how could I, and most other people, be so incorrect? In those days my life was dominated by my spiritual quest for the realisation of Self, my spiritual enlightenment. I read many of the books that were available at that time, but I never could get into the books by J. Krishnamurti. For me, he talked in riddles. I did realise that he was an intellectual, while I was very much a heart person, and as I know today, heart and brain each speak in a different language. Continue Reading – Consciousness Rules, Okay!

Learning to Trust

By Michael Roads

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

During my world tour each year as a spiritual teacher, I spend plenty of time talking with people who are on their spiritual path. They often mention to me that they are learning to trust. I usually ask them if they actually know what trust is. The honest ones quickly admit that they do not, while a few come up with a variety of answers which prove that they, also, have no idea.

I find this interesting. Most people can give you an intellectual explanation of trust, yet they have never actually experienced it! An encyclopedic description of trust is not trust, just as the jam label description on the jam jar is not jam! This is obvious when pointed out, yet multitudes of people are trying to learn to trust, but they do not know what trust is! They only have the label. How can we expect to learn from this? Surely if we want to learn something, we need to know the basics of it. It is difficult to learn to trust when we live in a world that does not support trust? Society supports suspicion and distrust; laws are based in this. The insurance industry is based in distrust. We do not live in a society of people who have lost their trust – we live in a society who have never yet learned what trust truly is.

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Conscious Connection – Bridging Species Through Love

By Michael J. Roads

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

Some months ago I had a book recommended to me, The Elephant Whisperer, by Lawrence Anthony. And as the author quickly states, the whisperer is the elephant! It is a very well written and truly inspiring book. Why I am mentioning this is that the book is actually about consciousness … although the (now sadly deceased) author might not have realised this at the time of writing.

Obviously enough, it is the true story of the relationship between a dominant female African elephant and the author. Just briefly, a small, displaced herd of elephants had become very aggressive and dangerous to the local native villagers, and the herd was to be shot. Lawrence, who was blessed to own 5000 acres of game reserve called Thula Thula, set in pristine bush in Zululand, South Africa, is told about this and asked if he can take the whole herd to save their lives. Although this represents a multitude of staggering problems for him, Lawrence instantly agrees.

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A Different Approach to Guilt, Blame and Forgiveness

By Michael J. Roads

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

Guilt, blame and the need for forgiveness are very common problems for humanity. In this article I intend to approach this from a completely different viewpoint. As a spiritual teacher, I am very aware that in everyday life many people consider themselves as physical and mortal Beings who have a single life, and they had better get it right and not disappoint their parents and family. Most people literally live their life with a heavy burden of I must, I should or I should not. This is a hopeless path if we like good health and happiness.

I would like you to consider the bigger picture, and it is a very BIG picture.

First and foremost, you were not born and you do not die. You are an immortal Being. You are not a personality/body with a soul, as so many people assume. People talk about “my soul” as though it is “my handbag,” or “my car!” Begin to live your life as though you are an immortal soul with a temporary and mortal body/personality, for this is your truth. The key here is that you are an immortal soul. The movie of your life is not a ten or fifty or even a hundred year affair … it is forever. And that is a very long time!

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Free Will – How Free Are We?

By Michael J. Roads

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

What is free will? Is it the freedom to do as you will? This is what is implied. Does this mean we are free to flout the laws of the land? Obviously not, so there goes a bit of freedom. Or does it? Do we need to flout the laws of the land? Probably not. So is that now freedom reclaimed?

On a physical level free will does not really mean so very much. It’s a term, a theory, rather than a reality. Most people are driven by the demons of their childhood conditioning, and the emotional baggage they incarnate with, so any action resulting from this conditioning is certainly not free will. It’s not so easy to recognise free will, or to actually experience it.

So physically, free will is more a perception than a reality. How about the freedom to believe whatever we will? Do we have this?

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The Difference Between Soul, Spirit and Higher Self

By Michael Roads

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

You and I are souls clothed in both a physical body and identity. It is soul that is supposed to incarnate from one so-called lifetime to another, but the words we use to describe this tend to create a false picture. The suggested image is that we die, then through rebirth we incarnate onto Earth once again. In other words, the image is birth, death and rebirth, over and over. This image is false.

Body dies, identity clings, and soul continues forever. Our life is actually the continuity of soul, using one body/identity after another to continue our journey of soul growth, of expanding consciousness, of Self awareness. I mostly describe this process as a movie, The Continuity of Self. Who we are never dies, thus is never reborn, but continues on in a greater frame of timeless time. Soul/Self has no linear measure of time. Body/identity measures the passing of linear time by the ageing of the body, for physically we live in a linear reality. This gives us “cause and effect” and “polarity”, both wonderful tools for the growth and expansion of our human consciousness.

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Some Pointers (and Pitfalls) for Talking With Nature

By Michael J. Roads

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

Look again at the title of this article. Be aware that this is about talking with Nature, not simply talking to it. Most people talk to their cats and dogs, even chickens and parrots, maybe even goldfish. But very few people talk with them. For this to happen, you need to be open to them answering you… and most people are not! And even if you are open to an answer, it is unlikely that you will be listening.

Okay, so what is this all about?

Essentially, Nature lives and expresses in and from the moment. We people, very, very rarely express in and from the moment. Nature has no choice about this, it cannot leave the conscious moment. We have a lot of choices; we call it free will! Free will… that’s a misnomer if ever I heard one! If you have free will, try being consciously in the moment for one minute. Okay… you failed. Almost certainly, you were thinking! To be consciously in the moment, you must be without thought. Why? You can think your way out of the moment, but you cannot think your way into it. Thoughts take you into the past, or the future, but thought cannot take you into the moment. Nature does not live and express in the past or future; it lives consciously in the eternal moment.

Suddenly, talking with Nature is far more than it appears to be.

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It Really Is Time To Wake Up World

By Michael J. Roads

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

Years ago, I remember hearing a story of how God came to Earth to see how humanity was developing. Having created us, it is obvious that God had a strong sense of humour, so there came the time when God called humanity together to share the latest funny story from the the angel-net. The joke was very involved, so as time passed people became rather sleepy. God, being God, took care that nobody had hunger or thirst, but completely overlooked the fact that people live with linear time. For God, all time occupies the same moment.

After a couple of weeks, many people were asleep. A month after the funny story began, God still had not reached the punch-line, but by this time all humanity was deeply asleep. God looked around, shrugged, and said, “Never mind, you will ‘get’ the joke when you wake up”.

Most of humanity is still asleep. The joke is on us.

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Relationship Between Garden and Gardener

By Michael J. Roads

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

There are many gardeners in the world, but few are outstanding. What is it that makes one particular gardener stand out from so many others? First and foremost, it is the relationship that gardener has with their garden. And it is a relationship! Some gardeners enjoy looking after the garden, and they have a very nice garden, while for many others – who do not actually qualify as gardeners – it is the bane of the their lives; mowing the lawn, hedge-trimming, pulling weeds – uh, pruning roses – ouch. Enough!

Let us be clear; you can be a very good gardener by following the books, and doing as they suggest. Repetition can make a person into a good gardener, learning the ropes, so to speak. It is not at all difficult to be a good gardener – but outstanding? That takes something extra; something beyond technique, something beyond knowledge, something beyond following a subconscious program of gardening success.

This is where the relationship truly comes to the fore. Loving the garden, loving the land, loving the the plants; really loving Nature – this creates a conscious relationship with Nature. In this great relationship, the garden is your meeting place with Nature. But something extra is required…

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Inevitable Change – Shattering Our Attachment to ‘Sameness’

By Michael J. Roads

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

As a species, humanity does not encourage and embrace change easily. Most people want to change and remain the same! Call it ‘selective change’ on our terms. But, of course, life does not work this way. As I have often said; you cannot change and remain the same.

It is generally thought that we respond or react to life. Certainly we dominate our environment, but life still presses our buttons. What is seldom realised, however, is that life also responds and reacts to us. We, and Life, are an intrinsic and intertwined expression and exploration of consciousness. Consciousness draws to the Self physical form through which to express, but the expression is always consciousness. It is our conscious expression that determines both our relationship with life and nature, and life and nature’s relationships with us.

Today we live in a world where nature seems to be getting ever more violent, ever more unpredictable. We constantly get reports of people losing their lives and homes to drought, deluge, earthquakes, tsunamis, and hurricanes. We blame ourselves for much of this, believing that we must be more careful with the environment, and reduce our carbon imprint.

Good. I hope we do! But consider… Nothing in nature remains static.

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Never Ending Inner-Growth: a Dynamic Conscious Way of Living

22nd March 2014

By Michael Roads

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

One particular aspect of my life that I take very seriously is that of a spiritual teacher. I still tend to cringe a bit with that description of my work/life, but its truth is undeniable. My main focus is to inspire unconditional Love in the participants of my Intensives or Seminars. We all have this capacity for unconditional Love, but somehow it seldom gets used. We get lost in the drama of the personality, in our petty issues and in the emotional baggage of our past. We lose sight of the fact that real Love, unconditional Love, is the power of creation. It is not an emotion as is so commonly believed by today’s society.

As a spiritual teacher, I expect the participants at an Intensive to emotionally and spiritually grow. This means that the consciousness of the spiritual teacher must also be growing, that his or her field-of-energy must contain inner-growth. When the participants spend five days in the field-of-energy of a spiritual teacher dedicated to inner-growth, this triggers, nurtures and enhances the inner-growth of every participant. This ‘growth’ connection is absolutely essential. I must state, however, that it is possible for a person to isolate themselves from this ‘growth connection’ simply by being so strongly in their head, in their own beliefs, that they are not actually participating.

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Be Careful, Consciousness Is Listening!

By Michael Roads

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

Walking into a pet store the other day, I told the woman at the counter what it was that I wanted. “Too easy,” she said, getting exactly what I wanted and taking the money. I reflected on this purely Australian colloquialism that you hear nowhere else in the world. Too easy. I smiled. As far as colloquialisms go it is a very positive one. Most are not.

Probably the most common colloquialism in Oz is the reply to, “Hi, how are you?” Invariably, you hear, “Not bad.” It becomes obvious that people, generally, have no idea of the impact regularly repeated words and statements have on their lives. Another common one from more positive people when you are asking for help is, “No worries, mate,” or “Not a problem.” Let us look at the power of regular statements. Maybe you are a person who has your own.

All thoughts and words are energy. Thoughts and words are energy that create either more energy or less. Think about it. Your thoughts are your creation. They are either energizing you, or causing you fatigue. And most people are tired by the end of the day. We always assume that this is the result of the days’ work, but more often than not it is the result of the days’ constant repetitive thoughts creating fatigue. People who always watch the television news of suffering, drama and trauma are drained of energy via their emotional and nervous system.

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