Inspired: The Power of New Thinking


Inspired: thoughts reaching up to the heavens; ‘light-bulb’ moments, moments of clarity and new unique thinking, breathing in, letting go of the old, taking a deep breath and a leap of faith to fly into the unknown.

New Thinking

Walking through northern France we are given reminders of devastation caused by the destruction of World War I. We also pass villages who through destruction has created unique new ways of thinking, of building.

The Power of New Thinking
Martigny’s Church, along our pilgrimage route. An example of the Reconstruction that took place post World War I and the inspired thinking needed. The destruction of the old required new thinking, new building techniques

The Reconstruction

Churches of the post World War I reconstruction are marked by Art Deco which was boosted by a new building technique: reinforced concrete. Through its plasticity, this new material breathed new life into the art of building.” (Jacqueline Danysz) [1]


The destruction of the old allowed for reconstructed churches to be built in the style of the time. Walking through villages I passed spires that became increasingly ‘daring’. Spires that were designed with imagination.

Spires that were very sculptural. Like ethereal rocket ships launching headlong for the stars. Solid spires were replaced with intricate filigreed masterpieces. Spires with angels peering into the distance beckoning churchgoers to service.

Inspired: Breathe In

These architects and villagers needed to take in a deep breath. They saw the destruction, and with new inspired vision and new building techniques were able to not reconstruct the past but look towards the future.

The Power of New Thinking
View towards Martigny’s Church as we approached the village.


Churches were hubs. They were towering beacons which could be seen from miles away across fields and forests.

Standing in a field there were moments that one could look around in each direction and be able to see the spires towering over the landscape allowing us to calibrate our progress. Located in the centre of villages they were hubs of communication and exchange of goods, services, and ideas.

The spires reaching to heavenly heights in the past would have provided inspiration for weary pilgrims with their view looking upwards to God as they reached the church. Their belief provided the rocket fuel that kept them going in challenging moments.


As we walk to Jerusalem I can only imagine how much more difficult this journey would have been and the hardships they would have endured. Deep faith would have been the saving asset.

As I sit here writing I think about all the beautiful churches and cathedrals we have visited on our way and how belief is such a powerful force.

The Power of New Thinking
Electrical towers dominate the landscape in the past few days of walking. These industrial era beacons power our modern worlds.

Leap of Faith

Belief is really a leap of faith. It is not being able to see something but nonetheless suspending our rational thoughts. I think about the modern wonder of electricity. We passed many electrical pylons yesterday along our path. They are our modern day spires.

Invisible Miracle

Electricity charges our belief. We cannot physically see electricity but miraculously it lights up our houses, it powers our appliances and communications. It would be impossible for most of us now to think of a life without this invisible wonder.

The Mind

The mind is a powerful force. It can enslave us or empower us. It can plunge us into the depths of misery or take us to the heights of ecstasy. Learn to use the power wisely.

Beliefs can inspire us to great heights. Beliefs can also take us to the depths of misery. Some beliefs can provide us with passion and life purpose. Some beliefs can ruin happiness and create despair. Our mind can liberate and electrify us with excitement or send us into darkness and deep despair.

Habits of Thinking

Beliefs are simply ideas that are repeated enough times that they become real in our minds. They are habits of thinking. If you want to believe something you just need to think the same way enough times before habit creates your reality.

The Power of New thinking

New Pathways

Science has started to understand the power of thought and how our repeated thoughts forge new neural pathway to a point that we operate in automatic mode.

If you are driving a manual car for some time you no longer think about every move you make. You don’t think about I’m in first gear, then to increase the speed I need to press the excelerator with my right foot then push in the clutch with my left foot to change gears and at the same time I need to hold the steering wheel, pay attention to the traffic ahead, while monitoring the road conditions in front of me and behind me in the rear view and side mirrors.

Many women are adept to put on make up, speak on their hands free phone, drink a coffee, tell the kids in the back to settle down and drive at the same time!

The Power of New Thinking
Canals were once the super highways of industry. As we asked along the canals, we marvelled at the incredible infrastructure including the series of locks and saw how this old form of transport was only just hanging on, replaced by faster more efficient means of transport.

New Network of Possibilities

As you repeat your thoughts you open up a new network of possibilities. Yesterday we walked along the canals. We saw barges stationed by the banks and plying their way along the watery highways.

New Thinking
This barge carries blue metal. It is ironic that such a strong and robust vessel carrying heavy loads should have such a name. It may refer to its tenacity. Just like a bonsai, that has grown old, shaped by human forces and who’s intake is carefully controlled it holds on.


Canals in the eighteenth century were much more important than they are today. Canals provided a transportation network for goods and industry and no doubt new ideas. They allowed villages along their banks to grow and expand creating new opportunities.

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We saw few working barges plying their loads along the canals, no doubt replaced by newer, faster means of transportation.

Human Hubs of Industry and Endeavour

The new churches or hubs of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries were industry and factories. The Industrial Revolution transformed Western civilisation and was the start of the consumer society. Good or bad, belief began to shift from the heavens to humanity. There was a greater belief in human endeavour.

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Detail of a barge along the canals we walked.

New Hubs of Possibility

In the twenty first century the advent of the internet has totally transformed the way we think, communicate and live. There have been advances again both for the positive and the negative. The positive is that it has given humans the ability to express their individuality. It has also provided confidence in individuals being able to both take control of their financial destiny with the surge in internet entrepreneurs, where every day people can compete against bigger companies and be able to affect the consciousness of many more people than any other time in history.

Detail of barge.

The Internet

Our mobile phones have become communication hubs giving us the power to affect and be affected by others. A double edge sword and who’s power we are summoned to use wisely.

The internet has also allowed an incredible boom in consumerism as individuals have easy access to the entire world of products and services. It has created new transportation networks and expanded old ones. One of the biggest concerns has been the effect that the massive increase of consumption has had on the environment.

Spires after World War I often were designed like rocket ships reaching to the heavens. Formed concrete allowed for ethereal sculptural creativity.

New Challenges

We are seeing terrible destruction of our natural world. We are opening ourselves up to new challenges with climate change. Just like the destruction of the old that northern France had to endure, its people were able to rebuild with new ideas.

Martigny’s Church was rebuilt after it was destroyed in World War I. Art Deco interior which was a particularly impressive of post war reconstruction.

Brave New World

The spires of churches have always provided a beacon to weary pilgrims and travellers.

In this brave new world we are summoned to walk forth with courage, to climb the steps of the steeples and spires, to open ourselves to new habits, new beliefs, new ideas, to peer across a new horizon, to see a vision of the world we want to see, to look into ourselves and see our incredible lightness, to take in a deep breath, look up and forward and never down, and with a leap of faith like the angels surge forward and fly into this new world as we reach for the stars.

Martigny’s Church interior indicating fresco’s painted with stylistic figures typical of the Art Deco style.

Power of the Mind

Those that came before us have shown us how awe inspiring humans can be to create such beauty and simultaneously such destruction. We have given a glimpse of our greatness. The door has been opened to the power of our mind, and how thoughts are energy and how this invisible energy is so powerful.

Martigny's Church
The interior of Martigny’s Church showing the Art Deco influences. Frescos depict religious themes in the time contemporary Art Deco style. At the same time it has a strong traditional Eastern Church influence which I found unusual.


How will you use your energy? Will you create daily thoughts that empower you or destroy you? It is incredible, no other time in the history of humankind have we experienced such affluence, comfort and consumption. At the same time many of us daily battle with great misery crippled by our thoughts.

Martigny's Church
The repetitive and often streamlined aerodynamic lines of the Art Deco style are very evident at Martigny.


How can you in your own individual way lift your energy, your thoughts? How can you create consistently powerful life affirming thoughts?

If you did nothing else, I believe that your beautiful, loving joyful thoughts can transform your own world and the energy of those around you.

It is time to create transformation in your life. Inspire others by your energy. Be the candle. Become the great transformer.



Sign at Martigny’s Church describing the new building technique of formed concrete for the reconstruction of post World War I church spires.

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  • Karen McLachlan

    I love the architectural design of these churches, such magnificent details. It says so much of the communities and villages that built them and restored them after wars, battles and the love and Faith that has sustained people over the centuries.

    Thanks Dave, Love Karen xox

    • David Cuschieri

      Karen thank you for your words and reading the blog – it keeps me motivated to keep writing! Xx

  • Patsy Woods

    Still on probing form ,David. Just off to t a very strange country church this morning.Box pews where one sits unable to see out unless one stands up. A family per box. I’ll have a box to myself today.
    You’re making steady ground. Thoughts and prayers to all of you.

    • David Cuschieri

      Hi Norm and Patsy, thank you for your comments. The country church sounds very interesting. I’m fascinated to why they designed the box pews the way they did. Maybe they didn’t want any of the parishioners sleeping so they had to stand up 🙂
      We are moving along – yesterday was our biggest day from Corbeny to Reims – 40km. Today was about 27km walking through the Champagne region and beautiful little hillside villages set amongst verdant vineyards and forests.
      Every day is so different and we all feel so grateful. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers I will let everyone know. Xx