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The Way We Were

by Gina Pickersgill(more info)

listed in psychospiritual, originally published in issue 267 - January 2021


With Poet: Sue Pullen

Sue Pullen – Poet – is publishing her new poetry book in Autumn 2020. She may be contacted via


What ways we were thinking, what ways we were feeling, what ways we were judging, what ways we were taking for granted. These are all the ways in which we 'were'. No longer do we have such times to look upon with glee. No longer do we know how to run with punches for we have forsaken everything that we hold dear. The way we were was once a time we had the chance to change but no longer wished to make that happen. We forced ourselves into being something we were not and therefore did not notice what we really were....and that is 'love'. Yes! We are made of love and can now realize the true worth of who we are.

Generating power from within creates a new situation in which we focus on what needs to be done differently. Change requires that we listen to our hearts for inspiration in terms of what we want to make our reality. Finding space to create that reality will enable us to move forward in the manner we wish to proceed on the path of our dreams. Make times for such things as the way we were is no longer a viable option.


Sue Pullen

Sue Pullen – Poet


Here is a poem by Sue Pullen who captures the essence of the message of what we are going through in these times of change.


The Chains of the Free

Once empires had emperors
And kingdoms had kings
Now countries have –
Someone, pulling the strings

We see the world getting smaller
And empires are devolving
As this glorious world of ours
Keeps on constantly revolving

I lie in bed and wonder
As Poets often do
If the world keeps getting smaller
Will it go backwards too?

Will we give up daily washing
And only have an annual bath
And go out to watch Bear Baiting
and Dog Fighting for a laugh

Will we see the loss of currency
And once again gain barter
And lose the worship of just money
And haggle like old partners

Will we give up all our weapons
And go back to sticks and stones
And just hope that other countries
Don't use the same to break our bones

Will the bullies in the playground
Of the Earth that’s spinning round
Take advantage of the ever-present
Devolving of the Pound

Or – will we see a light of hope
In getting smaller, working smarter
Forming Unions together whilst
Retaining our own Charter

And reach an understanding
For the betterment of all
Letting go of old hatreds
To form a brighter wiser protocol

Whatever’s in the future
We can only live in now
So enjoy this moment you're in
Make it special, make it WOW

Even if it's only by
A decent cup of tea
A soft, warm cosy bed
Or watching something trashy on TV

For though life can be hard
In Covid times of uncertainty
We aren't living in a war zone
We’re bound by the Chains of the Free


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Credit Acknowledgement

© SJ Pullen September 2020. All Rights Reserved, Printed with the express permission of the author. Sue's new book Poetry for the Present – Short Poems for the Gift of Today will soon be available to purchase at


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About Gina Pickersgill

Gina is a transpersonal coach who brings multimedia to her practice.  She created an authoritative eMagazine on NLP and Healing, based on The Healing Pool, a virtual sanctuary she owns in Second Life as her avatar 'Nina Lancaster'.

An NLP Master Practitioner and Certified Society of NLP Trainer, Gina assisted co-creator of NLP Richard Bandler on their London NLP, seminars from 2001-5.  Originally training as a fitness instructor specializing in fitness for the fuller figure, she gained a degree in Sports and Exercise Studies in 1999 and introduced the concept of Lifestyle Coaching to Virgin Active Health Clubs. She is a published holistic article writer and regular contributor to NLPLife Training Newsletter. Gina is now focused on working towards a new paradigm of delivering NLP training to a virtual world audience via various forms of multimedia platforms in partnership with sponsors and organizations.

Gina is passionate about raising awareness of virtual worlds, their potential for training change and personal development, where they will have the best benefit to a global audience, as well as to those who need more traditional methods of learning such as books, CDs, audio and one to one coaching.

Gina may be contacted via Tel: 07932 958 262;  Havening Techniques

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