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Better Light a Candle

Better light a candle than curse the darkness
– Chinese Proverb

Better Light a Candle is a distillation of my life experience, a poetic reflection on life’s polarities, on light and darkness, hope and despair, love and fear, healing and wounding, gain and loss, spring and autumn, unfolding and refolding, opening and closing, birth, death and rebirth, remembering and forgetting, fire and water, time and the timeless, breathing in and breathing out, the flow, the rhythm and the cycles of life. The poems hold out possibilities for awakening and transformation without underestimating the gravity of our collective challenges while affirming the ultimate spiritual power of Love, Wisdom and Truth in our perennial quest for authenticity, freedom, peace, community and fulfilment. (David Lorimer)

David Lorimer, MA, PGCE, FRSA is a writer, lecturer, poet, editor and spiritual activist, who is a Founder of Character Education Scotland, Programme Director of the Scientific and Medical Network and former President of Wrekin Trust and the Swedenborg Society. He has also been editor of Paradigm Explorer since 1986. He has co-ordinated the Mystics and Scientists conferences every year since the late 1980s.

Originally a merchant banker then a teacher of philosophy and modern languages, David is the author and editor of over a dozen books, including Survival? Death as Transition, Resonant Mind, The Spirit of Science, Thinking Beyond the Brain, The Protein Crunch (with Jason Drew) and A New Renaissance (edited with Oliver Robinson). He has edited three books about the Bulgarian sage Beinsa Douno (Peter Deunov), and his book on the ideas and work of the then Prince of Wales – Radical Prince – has been translated into Dutch, Spanish and French. His most recent books are his essays, A Quest for Wisdom and his collection of poetry, Better Light a Candle.

David is also Chair of the Galileo Commission ( which seeks to expand the evidence base of science of consciousness beyond a materialistic world view. In 2020 was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award as a Visionary Leader by the Visioneers International Network and the 2021 Aboca Human Ecology Prize. His website is .

Tickets: £15 for an invitation on Zoom


Tuesday 30 May 2023


6:00 pm - 7:30 pm





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