I recently went to Stockholm, Sweden, and while I was there I spent time with a friend who I met many years ago. This was Peter, and this was someone who I met when I did a healing course in London towards the end of 2009.
After I spent time with him in London, I ended up meeting him again when I did another course in Antwerp, Belgium a few months later. We got on well during this time and have spoken over Skype ever since.
Like old Times
When I met Peter whilst I was away, it was as though a matter of days had passed since I last saw him, not years. This was partly due to the fact that we had maintained contact throughout this time and partly due to the kind of connection we have.
As soon as we said hello to each other, we had plenty to say. And, ever since I said to peter that I would be coming over to see him, I was looking forward to spending time with him and talking about the kinds of things that we talk about.
Down To earth
I would describe Peter as someone who is very calm, open minded, understanding, easy going and mentally gifted. He is not someone who just goes along with what he hears or reads - he has a critical mind.
As a result of this, I enjoy talking to him and finding out about what his thoughts are on certain things. When I said I was going to Sweden, Peter asked me what I wanted to do, and I said that that I was happy to just catch up and to do a bit of sightseeing.
In The Beginning
At first, we spoke about what I had been doing in Sweden and then we spoke about the kinds of things that we usually speak about. In the evening, he taught me a personal development technique that he had learnt and then we watched a documentary about Osho.
His Wife, Lana, also joined us and this was a time when I told her about what I do. Peter asked me what I wanted to do the next day and I said that I wanted to find out more about the Vikings.
We ended up going to the old town in Stockholm and one thing we saw was a rune stone that had been placed in the wall of a building. When we ended up at the city hall, I thought it would be a good idea to interview each other.
One thing he asked me was if coming to Sweden had inspired me and I said that it had made me want to travel more. After this, he said that travelling expands your mind and this was something that we had touched upon earlier.
An Important Point
He went on to say that, “getting to a new environment is the easiest and quickest way to change your thinking.” Through being in a new environment and having different thoughts, it was only too clear how true this was.
I didn’t have to force myself to think differently or to read any books; this was something that just happened. Along with having different thoughts, my behaviour changed and I started to see things differently.
Out of the Box
I became aware of how much of an effect my usual environment had on what was taking place within me. What Peter said wasn’t something I hadn’t heard before, but being away reminded me of how much of an effect my environment has on me.
If he had said this while we were speaking via Skype it wouldn’t have had the same impact on me; it would have just been information that sounded good. Shortly after this, he said that we had evolved to adapt to our environment.
Something to Be Aware of
It then made sense as to why adapting to my environment came naturally; whereas changing my environment to suite me didn’t. There are undoubtedly others factors involved here.
I thoroughly enjoyed catching up with Peter in Sweden and looking around the city. So, if you would like to find out more about Peter, and the services that he offers, please go to – www.pkarlen.com.
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Oliver JR Cooper
Oliver JR Cooper
Author of 25 books, Transformational Writer, Teacher & Consultant.
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That which is contained within these articles is based on my own empirical understanding and is true for me at the time they were written. However, as I continue to grow, what I perceive as the truth will inevitably change and as a result of this - parts of these articles may not reflect my current outlook.