This poem came to me today as I heard the traffic returning now lockdown is easing. I was sitting in my garden( here in the UK)  where I was looking at the beautiful plants and the bees, birds and other insects doing their wonderful thing…


“They’ve turned the volume back up again,”

said the Blackbird to his mate.

“Yes, they’re out again,”

Said the Blue Tit on the gate.


“Well it was nice while it lasted,”

Said the Spider on a leaf.

“We’re creeping around again,” said Beetle,

“Hiding in the dark, like a thief.”

“Owl said, he thought, it seemed too good

to last,” sung the Thrush.

“Yeh, I’m feeling pretty down,” said Snail,

“I don’t know – what’s their rush?”


“Then they have to pump that stuff,” said Fox,

“That really gets in my throat.”

“Yes, they’ve killed so many of my family,”

cried Hedghog, “despite our armoured coat.”

Worm popped up; “They only think of themselves ”

“It’s me, me, me,” Ant squeaked.

“Selfish b…..,”

called Cricket as he leaped.


“I’d hoped they’d realised all the pain they’d caused,”

said Badger, “all the damage that they’d done.”

“Blind and stupid, they are,” screamed Crow,

“Sometimes I wished I had the gun.”

“What and be like them?” Owl screeched,

“With their poisons and their violence?”

“Oh goodness, it was so lovely,” Deer whispered,

“The peace and the silence.”


“Trouble is they think they’re greater than us,”

chirped Sparrow, “we’ve no value in their eyes.”

“Ha! They’d be knee deep in their own crap

without US!” said the Flies.

“So what do we do?” asked the Bullfinch,

“This can’t go on again for long?”

“Nothing. Just be ourselves as always,” said the Stoat,

“It’s them that’s done wrong.”


“Mother Nature will have the final say,”

said the Starlings all as one.

“Infact, when you think of it,” said the Blue Jay,

“It’s She, the Earth who points the gun.”


by Maxine Bell @2020




Curiosity Killed The Cat – Or Did It?


I have mostly enjoyed lockdown. It is like I needed permission to slow down and have had time to reflect and take some actions and connect with some new people who have similar interests to me.

A lot of it has stemmed from my curiosity to try something new and to learn something new or dig deeper into things I think I know, but don’t. I have been reflecting what a good quality this is to have and develop and wondered where it could take me and could I use this quality to help in my soul growth – to break down some walls in my blocks to feeling all of my emotions and God?

But in a discussion with some fellow coaches about curiosity someone mentioned the phrase “curiosity killed the cat” and it sounds so contrary to what I felt so I looked it up, though the other thing that popped into my head was the 1980s pop group!

Oh there is some memories looking at that picture – yes I am old enough to remember them. I think I liked the drummer and the lead singer still wears that hat now!


But I digress… curiosity…

On phrases.org.uk is says that the meaning of “curiosity killed the cat” was that inquisitiveness can lead one into dangerous places. Then on the same website it explains the origins (stay with me – I love language and words!):

 The ‘killed the cat’ proverb originated as ‘care killed the cat’ back in 1598 in a play. By ‘care’ the coiner of the expression meant ‘worry/sorrow’ rather than our more usual contemporary ‘look after/provide for’ meaning.

But now is used to stop people asking too many questions!

It continues,

Curiosity hasn’t received a good press over the centuries. Saint Augustine wrote in Confessions, AD 397, that, in the aeons before creating heaven and earth, God “fashioned hell for the inquisitive”. John Clarke, in Paroemiologia, 1639 suggested that “He that pryeth into every cloud may be struck with a thunderbolt”. In Don Juan, Lord Byron called curiosity “that low vice”. That bad opinion, and the fact that cats are notoriously inquisitive, led to the source of their demise being changed from ‘care’ to ‘curiosity’.

That brings up some childhood emotions as we were told all the time, “children should be seen and not heard” and at church, I was pulled aside “Thou shall not question the Lord, thy God” when I put  my hand up yet again. My answer to that was to wonder why God had given me a brain. I think I stopped going to church a couple of months later.

What a sad thing to squash curiosity and yet over history we have, particularly those in power to ‘control the masses’ and the same thing happens in families, as it did in mine. Either parents/grandparents demand the child act only in a way that doesn’t upset the adults, meets their expectations of a ‘good’ child and/or just don’t have the patience to answer the millions of questions that pour forth from young children with their natural inquisitiveness and curiosity. There I said – it’s natural. We were born with it. It’s how we learn. It’s how God helps us discover more about the world we live in, ourselves and each other. 

It’s a dreadful thing to suppress that natural curiosity and it may start at home, but it also, ironically, continues through our education system and so buy the time we have hit adolescene or younger we have lost most it.

But curiosity is just one of the many beautiful qualities God gave us that we are born with and can develop over our lifetime.

Elizabeth Gilbert, who wrote Eat, Pray, Love, says that she has a tremendous amount of fear, but that she has just 1% more curiosity and it is this that carries her through, helps her take actions and live a creative life. She also points out the wonder of just that 1% – just enough to tip the scales on her fear.

There is lot out there on curiosity – books, talks and hundreds of quotes. Einstein said, “ I have no special talent. I am just passionately curious.”

Below is a short TedX talk called “Curiosity Saved the Cat” and she says some great things about  curiosity and gives some famous examples if you are interested.

These are some of the qualities in curiosity I’ve found:

  • A willingness to look under the stone, no matter how daunting
  • Openness
  • Playfulness
  • Adventure
  • Willing to investigate
  • Ability to really listen without needing to reply
  • Creativity
  • Fascination

I see it like a dance, that you don’t know all the steps to, but you are willing to just try out some movements, move across the floor, see how it feels, but continue to want to discover where else this dance will take you and how.

But what I am really concluding at the moment is that I have mostly felt emotionally and spiritually stuck for a long time now. My resistance to emotions is so strong, but so painful too. However, lately what I have found is that my curiosity is helping me and things are popping up and I am saying yes to them and seeing what happens. In fact, I have always had this quality and it has led me to learn lots of things, ask lots of questions, but also to take a different path home or when I move to a new town I go wondering and just turn down roads to see where they lead.

During lockdown I have discovered new country and river walks, new butterflies and plants. I have recorded birdsong, curious to know which sound is which bird (still figuring that one out), foraged some plants and tried out soups and salads with them.

It could be just one thing that may start you on the yellow brick road…

So what I am feeling is that God gave us all at least one quality that will lead us out of the marshlands and mud of our pain, resistance and sin. For some it may be a strong desire for truth, for some a desire to love, for some courage, or humility or a desire to learn. The list is much longer than I am capable of understanding right now, but whatever quality it is that God has given you and there is probably more than one, but there may be one quality that is just a bit stronger than the rest; one that you can work with, develop to help you progress. It may be that for most of your life you have held back with it because of what others may think or fear, but don’t – your future happiness depends on your seeking, of growing these positive qualities in us. 

We may convince ourselves in our dark moments, fear or narcissism that we are the one hopeless case, as I have done many times, but it cannot be true. The truth is God wants us to be happy, to love and be loved. The evidence for this is that God’s Laws are constantly calling us home, constantly trying to correct our unlovingness and help us heal our error and we if pay attention it is very obvious, so logically it cannot be impossible for anyone. 

So get curious – what do you have in you that can start your journey? Or move you forward from wherever you are? Stop hiding the light within that is still there, always has been. It’s the flame that just needs fanning…

More 80’s magic… 🙂


The TedXkids talk I mentioned:

Self Worth and Attention Seeking

I had an unusual gift from my son at Christmas: a kit to grow Bonsai trees. He knows I love the big outdoors, but I’m not great with houseplants.

It wasn’t until recently in some personal reflections on what loving myself really means that I looked at that gift – still not started or planted. But I remembered my son is quite intuitive/guided with his gifts. He has Downs syndrome so leads with his heart more than his mind.

A gift he bought me 5 years ago led me to a check up and a discovery I had cervical cancer. We caught it early so he/our guides helped save my life.

So pondering on Bonsai trees I realised that growing them requires really paying attention, gentleness and  patience. They are delicate and succumb easily to rough handling or environments. In fact, growing them will be a learning experience. The penny dropped and I felt this feeling. God wants me to pay attention to me, to my soul with the same gentleness and patience and to learn from my mistakes.

And I mean real attention to what will help me grow. Not the comforts and addictions I feel are love, but what is really loving to myself: allow feelings – fear, shame, anger, grief; following desires and most importantly connecting with God – my true parent.

There was a great TedX talk on the difference between wanting attention and paying attention, that I watched recently. We often want attention from others to validate our worth, to feel ‘loved’ and acknowledged, but its very unhealthy because we are relying on sources externally for that validation. In fact, we are demanding the environment satisfy OUR unmet needs.

But paying attention is very different. Paying attention (with honesty) to our emotions, actions, thoughts is the place where real growth starts; where real self love and worth begins: it’s an internal journey we must travel and experience in our heart.

Wanting attention is a house built on sand. Paying attention is a house built on rocks.

Image from leoniedawson.com


Hi all,

As a reminder and encouragement to myself I created a chart, which you saw a rough draft of in my vlog a few weeks ago. I have now transfered that information to a PDF, which I am sharing in case of any you might find it useful.

I have discovered another elephant in the room lately: lack of humility. I want to write more about that and addictions in the future, but in the meantime made this, which I have pinned on a window I face every day.

The information is all from Divine Truth seminars on YouTube and the side text boxes are all quotes from Jesus and Mary from talks on denial, addiction and fear in 2012 in the USA. I found creating this actually a lovely thing to do especially as you see the contrast between the top of the chart to the bottom: from unlovingness to lovingness; from spiritual blindness to spiritual sight; from complete lack of self knowledge to self knowledge and self-love (including the other half of our soul) and from no relationship with God to a relationship with God, our true parent.

Thank you to Mary and Jesus for sharing this beautiful process with us all.



A Light Brighter than the Sun



A light is growing in this world,

Brighter than the sun.

So bright it will blind us for a time.

We will run in fear and panic,

For its light is an x ray of our souls

Where dark patches exposed,

We will bleed.


But this light is not here to burn us

Only to show us

Our sickness,

For it comes with the cure

That’s complete and whole,

Carried on the wings of Grace

And Mercy.


The light came once before

But we squinted and twisted its glare,

With glasses too shady

We distorted its truth

And dimmed it luminosity

To suite our view.


But this light is eternal

And returns once more to us

But brings with it

Others who carry the same torch

Of  deep and real Love.

They are all a well spring

Connected to the heart of God


And as these words reach this page,

Others follow the path

That illuminates their souls

And builds a tsunami

Of the like, never seen before.

That will crash over

The destruction we have already wrought.


We are a shattered picture of many loose threads

In painful tangles and knots

That only Great Love can undo.

So not just one greater-than- sun is coming

There are more on their way.

Because we have hit a wall of disaster

And God says no more.

The laws are in play,

As they always have been

Where Love rules supreme, however its seemed.


Know there is more to this scene

Than we care, or anticipate.

Because death has no power

It’s just big change:

On a wave of Love,

Calling us home ALL,

Ourselves to become lights brighter than the sun.


Our God wants a future of happiness for all

He has let us play freely,

But we’ve hit a wall

And the creatures of this earth need protecting

The innocent claimed.

There is hell,

But no damnation,

Only a ladder to climb

From the darkness,

To shadow,

And then into light.


For a time,

It will feel as if this ship is sinking

And we’re all on board.

But it’s a storm –

A strong wake up call.

Not a punishment:

A consequence of ‘lack of love’ in all.


A bumpy, cold road to start with

So unfamiliar it will be

We’ll need to perservere.

Until  we start to feel the warmth

A glimmer, than a shaft

Until we are immersed

In its glow: the light of the Way

Down on our knees,

“Not our way, Yours.”


This surrender is our freedom,

Our flight and our joy.

This surrender is true power

As we put down the heavy burdens

Of our sin –

To a future

As yet unknown

Til we radiate our souls

A scan of our potential,

To all we can be.


God has faith in His children

He knows who we are.


A light is growing, brighter than the sun,

It’s heat is upon us,

A burning fire of Love.


A light is coming, it’s almost here

If you listen you’ll hear its whisper

Turn into a song,

A choir of angels

Welcoming this One.


@Maxine Bell 2020

John 16:8: “When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment”



I am finding doors in me opening at the moment from my desire to know the real me, the epiphany of what I was trying to skip over (addictions) and my conversations with God. Being on my own in this lockdown status we are in, I find myself chatting to God and I want to. I am not sure all of it is interesting and sometimes I just mumble away about day to day stuff, or involve Her in the moments when I am laughing at something silly I may have done or said ( apparently I find myself quite funny at times!) and other times it is a deeper discussion and prayer.

I think I mentioned in the vlog I made, that what has echoed in my heart since I was in Australia with the Gods Way team, was their desire to know and be with the real Maxine, not the armour coated, fearful facade I live in; not the “good girl” facade or any other faces I wear to not feel exposed (in case I am all bad), judged, humiliated, attacked or disliked.

Of course, if we live in facade we cannot have a real relationship because no one gets the real us: this blocks intimacy and real love, the chance to attract our soulmate.  This is also particularly true in our relationship with God. One of God’s attributes is Truth and a facade is a lie – a false self full of addictions, oppressing and suppressing the hurt child and our real self.

So I came back with a curiosity for my Self, which of course though I never thought of it at the time, a challenge to my facade.

I started off my search for me by looking at some old photos of myself as a child, digging into memories of what I was like; what I felt; where my imagination took me; what I loved to do. It was about recalling other things beside the more traumatic or upsetting things. I have a lot of blanks anyway, but it was good to tune into other memories, though some of them had sadness attached too. I am aware that our facades get created at a very young age often by our parent’s lack of acceptance of the real us, their expectations and also to protect ourselves, so this is not a perfect system, but it was a few steps into places in me I had not been for 40 years.

A few dots were joined and some consistent passions of mine: nature and outdoors, writing, learning, words and language, performance, dance and singing, even logic. I still have this curiosity about people, life, the world, spirituality, the extra-ordinary. I even remember some spirits I used to see and talk with: good and bad…the mediumship is still here now. A lot of this, has lied dormant for much of my life through fear, lack of confidence and worth, a kind of social anxiety/imposter syndrome and other injuries. It’s like holding your breath: living in facade – a lack of oxygen and movement, a painful shrinking you don’t even know is happening.

I have dealt with these negative feeling by continuing the shame and blaming of my childhood: in an almost endless cycle of self-judgement, perfectionism, and self harm which has become an addiction in itself. Mary talks about this in many different seminars and on her blog. It feels easier to bash yourself before others do; easier to judge yourself rather than feel the pain of what your parents truly felt about you and how you were treated.

I have improved in this area, but it is a snake so you have to watch it, it sneaks in in the blink of an eye. But I found something really helpful two months ago: something I have heard before, from Jesus, but this time it hit my heart – we need to see ourselves though God’s eyes. Now previously, I interpreted that at looking at all my sin – and doing so is very painful, but what I have been doing is judging myself, falling into that addiction and blocking the actual emotions I need to feel. In fact, that is what the addiction is all about of course – avoidance of the truth and the experience of the emotions you really need to feel.

However, Jesus said ( it was one of the seminars in Greece 2012) that God sees our sin of course and wants us to correct it, but God also sees the pristine real self She created: her child each one of us as we are meant to be with all the potential to be much more of ourselves too.

God is compassionate and firm about our sin, but he is also clear about loving us and wanting us to know our real selves as He does.

So there it was: God sees the real me – now! Not in the future ( though I’m sure He has visions of all my potential futures), but now and that is what I needed to see: myself as God’s see me.  I am guessing that my curiosity and seeking for the real me opened the door to hear this vital, beautiful piece of information with my heart this time and I got really excited. I still am.

This week I started to list my addictions and I am only up to number 54 at the moment and the lockdown is challenging some of them already and I know this addiction stuff is going to be harder than I even realise right now, but through all that I have to embrace the full truth of what God’s sees.

I have a lot of sadness of who I have become, but I now have an anticipation of who I really am. I am not my injuries. Jesus uses the analogy of mud: yes, I have a lot of mud stuck to me and it’s up to me to get it off, but by engaging God in the process, by acknowledging God’s full vision of me, I am in a more honest place.

In there is still that loving, gentle, blunt, curious, interested, creative, playful, cheeky child and there is so much more to find. Who am I? Who can I become? What are my true passions? What are the gifts God gave me to share with the world? To contribute?What life will I lead as the real me?

And let’s not forget, I am only one half of my soul: God sees my whole soul and when I know myself, I will have a much greater chance of recognising my soulmate. I have a much greater chance of being in the two most important relationships of my life: firstly, with God and secondly my soul mate. For a long time I have had little real interest in either, but then I have had no interest in myself.

I know I have a mountain to climb, and God wants to help if I let him , but looking at myself with a fuller vision as God does shines a light on that mountain. It would be wrong to even try to be on God’s way without wanting to find the real me and that is Love.

To end, I remembered there is a really fun, but relevant song from Disney’s Prince of Egypt, called Through Heaven’s Eyes. I have uploaded the video from YouTube for you and I will put the lyrics below as it is great to sing (and dance) to. It is interesting as the lyrics about being the thread of a tapestry tie in with my creation story analogy: The Great Seamstress ( 20170122 blog).

It is a song full of life, truth and celebration. Enjoy

M x

Lyrics: Through Heaven’s Eyes

A single thread in a tapestry
Though its color brightly shine
Can never see its purpose
In the pattern of the grand design
And the stone that sits on the very top
Of the mountain’s mighty face
Does it think it’s more important
Than the stones that form the base?

So how can you see what your life is worth
Or where your value lies?
You can never see through the eyes of man
You must look at your life
Look at your life through Heaven’s eyes



A lake of gold in the desert sand
Is less than a cool fresh spring
And to one lost sheep, a shepherd boy
Is greater than the richest king
If a man lose ev’rything he owns
Has he truly lost his worth?
Or is it the beginning
Of a new and brighter birth?

So how do you measure the worth of a man?
In wealth or strength or size?
In how much he gained or how much he gave?
The answer will come
The answer will come to him who tries
To look at his life through Heaven’s eyes

And that’s why we share all we have with you
Though there’s little to be found
When all you’ve got is nothing
There’s a lot to go around
No life can escape being blown about
By the winds of change and chance
And though you never know all the steps
You must learn to join the dance
You must learn to join the dance




So how do you judge what a man is worth?
By what he builds or buys?

You can never see with your eyes on Earth
Look through Heaven’s eyes
Look at your life, look at your life
Look at your life through Heaven’s eyes.

(Song by Brian Stokes Mitchell from the original soundtrack of Prince of Egypt)



Today’s blog is different because it is a vlog! My first attempt and you will see that I do not have much in the way of technology and am on a steep learning curve. My laptop is now 10 years old bless her so the camera is not as sharp as it could be, but she is still going.

It’s a bit longer than I planned and to be honest I don’t know how to edit yet or have the software available. Besides, I wanted to just let it come out as it came out and you’ll see why when/if you watch it.

It is on my YouTube channel – currently  just called Maxine Bell as it has a few other bits on there at the moment that I have done in the last few months, and the links to the seminars I refer to in the vlog are in the description section. If you make it to the end – well done!

It’s rough, ready and raw…