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Jeremy & Ceinwen McWilliam
Capelgors
Penmachno
Betws-y-Coed
Conwy  LL240AJ
 
Bespoke Furniture Maker   www.capelgors.co.uk
Beautiful Holiday Cottage    www.bron-nant.co.uk
 
capelgors@btinternet.com

With regard to instilling value into people:   I have thought long and hard about this during my years at sea,  especially in the Red Sea from 1982-85.  During this time and reaching an all-time low (although having a job many people could only dream about), I felt valueless in an impersonal Universe apparently governed by chance. It became so severe I at times contemplated jumping over the side late at night on watch.
 
After examining many faiths and philosophies I had to in the end reluctantly take a serious adult look at Jesus.  Either he was a total loony in what he said and did, or he was who he said he was and did the things he did.....  Having settled on the second conclusion (far away from organised religion), I feel that my intrinsic value comes from a realisation that if the creator of the universe sent his only son to die for me to rescue me from a life of hopelessness and futility, then I have extraordinary value both here, day by day and into a future that I get a glimpse of through the scriptures.
 
Evolution to me does not give a person value.  In actual fact, I feel that evolution requires more faith than Christianity and in itself is a religion where God is time.  Evolutionists believe that given enough time anything is possible with so much matter colliding around the universe.  Evolution which has been a foundation stone of Western education has made us arrogant in knowledge and yet bankrupt in value and purpose.  A person needs a logical reason to be reasonable and evolution is not a good reason.
 
While watching the sun rise and set in the Red Sea I simply could not find the faith, strength or purpose in life to believe in something so impersonal in a world that is so personal, so beautifully complex and challenging.
 
I guess the reason I have said all this is because this would be the only value I could impart to another person,  For me there simply is no other hope I can encourage a person with to live a life worth living:   A life that is energised daily by a voice speaking personally and creatively from the innermost core of the human being. 
 
"Watch over your heart with all diligence for from it flows the springs of life."
 
In the desert I discovered a spring of life that has never dried up.
 
Sorry if this has become a bit of a sermon!  Blame it on my father!
 
I guess although being an ignorant, selfish rebel most of my time at Aiglon there was always this openness to spiritual searching in meditation, in discussion and in wearing a blazer that said "God is my strength"  that permeated daily life there.  I personally believe this is the core of Aiglon's success.  It goes beyond knowledge and encouraged us to search much deeper through inward contemplation, exposure to such visual beauty every day and the challenge of adventure through expedition.  On expedition one unconsciously becomes aware of the inner joy of companionship, simple food and a  hot drink,  the warmth of a fire, and the stars at night.  Absolutely priceless education that guided me on a long journey to a place where I have found contentment, peace and joy.  If I had not had a taste of them at Aiglon, I would probibly not have known what to look for.
 
That sums up Aiglon for me...only wish I had studied a bit more!
 
All the very best,


Jeremy.
 


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PS  Here is a life changing poem I learned from a wonderful Dutch woman who spent the war in Auschwitz. Corrie Ten Boom.  You can google her.

 

Between gleams of hope and clouds of doubt

My feelings come and go.

My best estate is tossed about,

By ceaseless ebb and flow.

No mood, nor thought, nor feeling

Remain constant for a day.

But Thou Oh Lord, Thou changeth  not,

Thou art the same always.

 

Thy mighty strength I make my own,

My heart with peace is blest.

I loose my grip, and then come down

Darkness and clouds unrest.

Let me know more my comfort

From my frail hold of  Thee.

But in this alone rejoice with awe

                           Thy mighty hold of me.



Fabulous holiday cottage
Jeremy & Ceinwen McWilliam
Capelgors
Penmachno
Betws-y-Coed
Conwy  LL240AJ
0044 (0)1690760463
 
Bespoke Furniture Maker   www.capelgors.co.uk
Beautiful Holiday Cottage    www.bron-nant.co.uk
 





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