At the Moment of Commitment….

We all have dreams and aspirations. While our dreams are all vastly different, they are all very similar. We all want to excel and shine in what we feel inspired to do.

How many of us follow our dreams?

Who chooses to shine once inspiration takes hold?

It can be far too easy, rather than follow our dreams to just to dismiss them as unobtainable.

When inspiration strikes we can let it pass believing we can do it tomorrow. Tomorrow is always a day away.

Why do we do this? Why do we avoid a fulfilling life and instead accept mediocrity.

It takes courage and faith to step from the shadows into to the spot light. Personal greatness is never found lurking in the shadows.

If we are brave, step into the spot light and shine, it can create attention. This attention can be both positive and negative.

The fear of criticism and failure can hold us back and cripple our dreams.

We can feel incredibly vulnerable if we remove the mask we wear and expose our authentic self. If your dream does not require and involve your authentic self, is it truly your dream?

How do we transition from believing our dreams only occur while sleeping, to overcoming our fears and proudly marching towards a fulfilling life? Your dreams might not occur overnight!!!

We need to commit to the journey. Commit to take the first step on the journey to our dreams. When we feel inspired, we need to commit to embracing the ideas and taking action. Commit to stepping out of the shadows and to shine.

On a personal note the idea of writing for me was absurd. I had always struggled with English at school and instead embraced maths and science. I studied engineering and my writing was only ever notes. But now I feel inspired to write. My mind is full of ideas that circle around until they are written. This is my 34th post yet I have never really shared any of them. The fear of rejection holds me back but I need to change this. It is time to commit!

I’ll leave you with these two quotes:

“At the moment of commitment the entire universe conspires to assist you.”

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)

“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.”

William Hutchinson Murray (1913-1996)

Mark- Journey to Unity

This post, At the Moment of Commitment was originally published on our other website, The Alchemists Journey on the 1st July 2019.

Look Who’s Talking

I love being in nature. One of my favourite ways to unwind is going for a woodland walk, sometimes with a quiet mind, sometimes with my own inner dialogue and sometimes with friends or my partner having completely random conversations, but while we walk and chat our way through the woods, we may not be only the ones communicating – did you know that trees and plants also communicate with each other?

They are able to do this via a network of fungi which grows on their roots to create a support system that allows them to share resources and send out warnings. These networks are called Mycorrhizal networks. A tree or plant that is being attacked by insects can send a warning to other trees and plants. A tall tree that gets plenty of sunlight can send vital nutrients to shaded trees and saplings. By sharing valuable information about threats and also sharing nutrients they can grow strong together. Alone they are much more vulnerable but together they can grow, thrive, withstand and overcome issues.

Blue Bells amongst trees that fell in the 1988 storm- Norsey Woods, Billericay

The same can be said for us. Whether we choose to live alone or with others, whether we prefer spending time alone or with others, by our very nature we are not designed to live completely separated from each other. Together we can use our different strengths and abilities to support each other and build each other up.

In a work environment it is now common place to use psychometric testing to recruit employees, the idea being that employers get the person with the right personality and skills to compliment the team so each team has a variety of people with a variety of strengths. A team full of ‘ideas’ people is great but not much good without those with practical skills to put the ideas into action.

Each of us has our own strengths and weaknesses, alone we may be able to get by but how much better can we do when we live and work together? A chef has the ability to cook amazing food but not necessarily the skill to grow and harvest the ingredients. A builder may be able to construct a ship but not necessarily have the ability to sail it.

Tribal communities, often living in harmony with nature and in rural settings are able to do so as they work together within their community. They would probably not survive long as individuals.

So, whether you have family, friends, neighbours or form part of a tribe or comm-unity, let’s strive to look out for each other, provide support for each other when needed and help build each other up.

Just as trees stand tall and strong in the forest, let’s build strong and healthy relationships and communities so we can stand tall, not just surviving but instead thriving.

United we stand, together in unity.

Tania – Journey to Unity

Let’s Make the Last 100 Days of 2021 Count

For many of us, 2021 hasn’t been the easiest of years.

On the 23rd of September there will be 100 days remaining of 2021. Let’s make the most of the last 100 days.

If there is a challenge you wish to overcome, such as a bad habit, addiction or weakness. The next 100 days could be used to overcome and conquer this.

Maybe there is nothing you wish to overcome, then the next 100 days could be used to action positive practices such as daily meditation or work towards something you would like to achieve.

Whatever you wish to change in your life, let’s use the last 100 days of 2021 to our full advantage. Print the attached sheet, write down what you desire to change or achieve and cross off each day as you journey towards your goal progresses.

Together we can welcome in 2022 stronger, healthier and happier.

Mark and Tania – Journey to Unity

This post will be published on both Journey to Unity and The Alchemist Journey sites. Each site has a slightly differing version of the attach sheeted. Please pick whichever one resonates most with you.


How often do you wake up in the morning and give thanks for a new day?

How often do you wake up in the morning and give thanks for a new day?
There may be many things you would like to change in your life, but there are also many things to be grateful for; family, friends, life lessons, food to eat, air to breathe, laughter, sunshine and rain to name but a few. All of these things bring value to our lives and shouldn’t be taken for granted.

Just think of your life journey and how far you have come, be consciously aware of the many blessings in your life, you’ll find there are so many reasons and opportunities to be thankful each and every day.

One way you can practice gratitude is by taking time at the end of each day to reflect and give thanks, by doing this you may also experience a more positive state of mind and improved health.

“The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.”
—Dalai Lama

Practice gratitude and see how many more blessings come your way.

Tania – Journey to Unity




Early Bird

How often do you wake up, jump out of bed and rush head first into the day without giving a thought to the day itself?

How often do you wake up, jump out of bed and rush head first into the day without giving a thought to the day itself?

Why not try setting your alarm or body clock fifteen minutes earlier and allow your body and mind time to wake up. Gently get yourself out of bed and really stretch your body, feel any tension lifting as you do so and really be aware of your body. If you are unable to stretch then simply take a few minutes to bring awareness to your senses and really appreciate your body / senses for all they do for you each day. Your body is your vehicle for your time on earth and your senses help you navigate through it.

Once you have stretched out your body, move your attention to the day itself and give thanks for the new day you have been gifted with and all the opportunities that come with it. Then take some time to set your intention for the day.

Practice gratefulness and have a great day.

Tania – Journey to Unity


Connect with the Earth

Have you ever walked barefoot on grass or on sand? 

Have you ever walked barefoot on grass or on sand?  The sand could be warm or cold, it could be dry and sift through your toes or wet and clump under your footfall. The grass could be dry and hay like or soft like a plush carpet. Whether sand or grass, walking barefoot in nature can really activate the senses and can give a real sense of freedom.

On top of this it is an amazing way to connect with the Earth and to Mother Nature. If you’re feeling more adventurous, you could try standing outside on the grass when it’s raining and feel the rain against your skin and how alive it makes you feel and again, how connected. It’s a beautiful feeling, go on, give it a try!

Tania – Journey to Unity

What is Unity?

Unity is a word often spoken about, but what does it mean?

The oxford dictionary defines unity as:

  • The state of being united or joined as a whole.
  • In Mathematics- The number one.

Our website’s tagline is- Together on the path to unity

If we substitute the word unity for the definitions above, we get:

  • Together on the path to wholeness
  • Together on the path to oneness

The word unity is from the Old French word, unite and the Latin word unitas meaning one. This could not be more perfect. When we unite we become one!

In further articles we will explore and delve further into unity. We would love you to join us for the journey.

Mark- Journey to Unity

The snow capped Atlas Mountains, Morocco