“Spiritual awakening is a remembering. It is not becoming something that we are not. It is not about transforming ourselves. It is not about changing ourselves. It is a remembering of what we are, as if we’d known it long ago and had simply forgotten”.
Adyashanti. ‘The End of Your World: Uncensored Straight Talk on the Nature of Enlightenment’.
Hello, thank you for being interested in this website.
I go by the story name of Rob Holmes, but this is only because my Father’s surname was ‘Holmes’ and my parents liked the name Robert!
I know it’s helpful, conventional and practical to have a name, but as time ‘appears’ to move on, this name seems as arbitrary as any label to attach to things that seem separate in this amazing and mysterious connected multi-verse.
As with all things, this website is evolving as I am unfolding and every six months or so I find myself re-writing this ‘about’ section because the old words don’t resonate with me anymore. I guess this is progress, for which I am very grateful for!
So I am sharing my story in the hope that it will be of use and encouragement to others who are consciously on this spiritual journey of awakening and remembering who and what they really are. I say ‘conscious’, because all humans, all animals, all life, everything that appears is on a spiritual journey, but many forms are not aware. They have forgotten.
It’s OK to forget. So much more to learn when you don't remember who you are.
The remembering is all that much sweeter for the forgetting.
So, for those of you reading this who would prefer a short version of the my story so far, here you go…
Born 20th July 1969 on the day Neil and Buzz landed on the moon : Went to school in East Sussex & university in Devon : Opened a nightclub with my Dad : Got married : Cremated my Dad after he died from cancer, aged 51 : Started a baby sleep products company : Had four amazing children : Sold nightclub: Had an unexpected spiritual awakening while driving on the M5 motorway in 2011 : Sold baby products company : Started writing children's books : Moved to a new home : Got divorced : Created this website and blog : Looking for land for a retreat and education centre called 'The Centre for Awakening' in South Devon.
It’s ironic that my first business, the nightclub, helped to keep people awake (customers, staff and sadly some neighbours - sorry). The second business, the Gro Company, helped children and parents get more sleep and now this next phase of my life seems to be about ‘waking up’ spiritually and helping others to wake up, hence creating the "Centre for Awakening" :)
There seems to be some kind of sleep theme to my life! God, you are very amusing…
For anyone interested in the longer version, including what happened just south of Tiverton on the M5 motorway in 2011, read on…