Connecting the dots

Last week we went through four very interesting books by Jennifer Barraclough. She was a medical doctor in Orthodox medicine for around 3 decades before retraining as a Bach Flower practitioner and life coach.



This book explores the theme which many wisdom literature tell- We are spiritual beings having a human journey, and not human beings having a spiritual journey.

She brings this forward through the experiences and interviews with forty people using three broad guidelines

FIRST- Developing your own unique combination of personal qualities

SECOND-Become aware of subtle messages and insights which suggest the existence of a spiritual world

THIRD-Seeking opportunities for self development


Many well known persons are said to have lived their lives in accordance with a key value, for example


As the book develops beyond survival-approval of the outer world towards more mature aspects of self-realization, transformation the writer goes into concepts of Carl Jung-the mystical Swiss psychiatrist .

SYNCHRONICITY– means meaningful coincidence, an ever present reality for those who have eyes to see

INTUITION– If prayer is talking to God, intuition is God talking to you

INDIVIDUATION-In Jungian psychology In Jungian psychology, also called analytical psychology, “individuation” names the process in which the individual self develops out of an undifferentiated unconscious – seen as a developmental psychic process during which innate elements of personality, the components of the immature psyche, and the experiences of the person’s life become integrated over time into a well-functioning whole (Wikipedia-

STOP BEING A VICTIM- The biggest step is to stop being a victim and to take full responsibility for everything that happens to you. (Terry-in an interview in the book)

DISCUSSION-COMMENTS Can sports be a way to re-kindle some of the processes in society? Libya is undergoing a lot of changes in the post-2011 period and is far from stable. I discussed these points with a former footballer, who is active in the Libyan football association and Olympic movement.


Saad Makhluf Mabruk is a former national level football player, and was till recently the Head of committee to organize the Pan African football games in Libya for 2017. Libya was removed as hosts of the 2017 African Nations Cup finals as fighting in the country continues to rage, delaying plans to build new stadiums for the 16-team tournament. He tries to keep away from the different warring factions. “People who have nothing to do with sports are coming into this field as they see money here. However, the footballers active in the international committees know who are the persons associated with the game for decades. When they see unknown persons, who have never been associated with the game come instead of the known persons, they withdraw.”

WHERE ARE THE EX-PLAYERS-FRANZ BECKENBAUER Where are the ex-players? Franz Beckenbauer asked when he came to Libya and was shown the designated place for the Olympic training in Tajoura. Franz Beckenbauer is one of only two men, along with Brazil’s Mário Zagallo, to have won the FIFA World Cup as a player and as a manager.( The office for 2017 Africa Cup of Nations which was to be held in Libya is lying vacant. The Confederation of African Football (CAF) cancelled the allocation after there were many disputes in the local organizing committee. It would have helped rejuvenate society at many levels by having an international sports tournament in this society which is broken at many levels. Saad Makhluf and I sat together and exchanged notes regarding some intricacies. In these details, hopefully Libyan football, sport and youth will find a voice for itself.



I told him of my friends in Dahra San Francisco church who used to play and coach football. The story of Carlos Donatos, who introduced me first hand to many aspects of football – the drills, patterns, coaching, fitness, ball work, team building. He also gave me a unique window into the life of Expatriates from Sub-Saharan Africa whom he helped in different ways- from preparing papers, visiting in jail, to medical aid.

On seeing the documentary of  DAYS OF HOPE

I was reminded of some of the conversations we had with Carlos

“Did you do anything specific to help someone last week” he used to ask the prayer group which he used to lead in the church.

Simple questions which helped us get out of our shells and gain some richness


Life’s labyrinth by Jennifer Barraclough traces some life journeys. Many of the persons in their sixties and beyond, with a self awareness and introspective approach are able to make better sense of their lives and are now living more meaningfully


This is the Reading Journal which evolves out of discussions in Tripoli Reading Group.

Continuing the trend to turn our discussion groups into workshops, we are putting some questions forward to interested readers

Answer in

1-True or False

The key value of writer W Somerset Maugham was Reverence for Life

2- True or False

Carl Jung-the Swiss Mystic psychologist was proponent of Individuation process –as part of Analytical Psychology

3-True or False

 In Individuation process

the individual self develops out of an undifferentiated unconscious – seen as a developmental psychic process during which innate elements of personality, the components of the immature psyche, and the experiences of the person’s life become integrated over time into a well-functioning whole

4- True or False

Confederation of African Football (CAF) has allocated the 2017 Africa cup of Nations to Libya

5- True or False

The Nigerian footballer Carlos was in San Francisco Church of Dahra-Tripoli where he helped many immigrants through process of jail, immigration, medical illnesses.

A developed form of mysticism is attained when the “conception of the universal is reached and a man reflects upon his relation to the totality of being and to Being in itself.”…ALBERT SCHWEITZER


LOST GENERATION An Engineer OTHMAN’S story One of my engineer Libyan friends is worthy of respect. Middle aged, highly educated from many universities, but having the humility to accept that he has not got all the answers. “ I will study and let you know,” is his answer to many queries. When I first heard him give this answer, it was a welcome change to some local friends who confidently say- “I know everything.”

ANGRY BJ’S STORY “I am still trying to recover the money of the ambulances I had arranged a few years ago. They say that the money allocated in the  budget two years ago has been returned to the ministry. ” He is still running around in circles. And he is Angry


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