"There are times when we all need a place to think where we will not be disturbed. I have always had one or two secret places where I know that I could go to if I wanted and nobody would ever find me until I was ready for showing my face to the world again.
I have long known that the secret of success is often no more than getting started, but paradoxically it was only when I discovered Relaxation and Meditation, I learned that until you are prepared to lose yourself, you can never be truly found.
After three years of being unable to walk in my youth, when I did eventually regain mobility I frequently walked to a nearby wood down Green Lane, one mile from my house in Windybank Estate, every day the sun shone. The small woodland area was commonly known as 'Bluebell Wood.' Once there, I would lie myself down beneath a large oak tree at its centre and close my eyes. For many an hour I relaxed beneath that oak, feeling the warmth above percolate down through the branches overhead and warm my face and outstretched hands below. As I lay there, my arms and legs got heavier, my breathing would start to become as evenly spaced as the woodland breeze and I'd hear the many variety of birds sing. Before long, I would become so still in mind and body that I'd be able to hear and distinguish the noise of every woodland creature and I would eventually drift off into peaceful sleep. My body would sink into the earth upon which it lay, my heart would pulsate to the steady beat of woodland life and my blood pressure would flow in synchronisation with the ripples of a nearby stream. I found myself totally relaxed and I discovered that in every sound the hidden silence sleeps. I would always awake reinvigorated and feel stronger in myself and be more ready to face the world again.
Over the three years I visited 'Bluebell Wood,' little did I realise the important part this place would play in my future role as a Relaxation Trainer and Stress Management Consultant.
It would be almost twenty years later after I'd become one of the foremost Relaxation Trainers in the country that I decided to make a relaxation tape to help poor sleepers and searchers of inner peace. After almost two full weeks in a recording studio and the personal expenditure of over £2000, the tape entitled, 'Relax with Bill' was produced. Despite receiving a number of lucrative offers to sell the tape, all of which I refused, I decided instead to freely distribute it to every stressed client I ever encountered thereafter. The relaxed scene I use in the recording is the precise scene I visited myself over twenty years earlier in Bluebell Wood.
I have, since its production in the 1970s, freely given away between 5,000 and 10,000 copies of this tape and I also include it on my website where it can be freely downloaded by any interested reader. I only ask that it not be played while performing any task that requires one's full concentration such as driving and that it not be used by pregnant women, people who normally have very low blood pressure (as the tape reduces blood pressure further) and people with any form of brain dysfunctioning. Daily practise of around half an hour over one month will help you sleep much easier and reduce high blood pressure quicker than any tablet can. Please pass on to anyone in need." William Forde: July 31st, 2015. http://www.fordefables.co.uk/relax-with-bill.html