Finding Lothlorien

This is Part 3 of the story about our Wildflower Spirit Journey at the end of 2016 through NSW, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and the Northern Territory. In Part 1, we began in Sydney, driving up through the Blue Mountains, and then down the coast to Eden and Merimbula. Part 2 took us into and through Victoria, from the beaches of Mallacoota to the alpine flowers on Mount Hotham, then down out of the mountains and back to family. Here begins the Tasmanian leg of our trek…

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Kingston

Our first night in Tassie was spent in Kingstown, with a good friend and her two boys, looking over the water from her gorgeous mountain-side view. The next day we drove into the south. As our friend had warned us, some of the tourism treks were run by Tasmanian Forestry, and you didn’t have to dig deep to find the cleared land hidden behind thin strips of rainforest designed to enchant some dollars away from the tourists.

I know we need paper and wood, I just feel a bit more comfortable when it’s recycled or from plantation forest, rather than old-growth forest. My love affair with trees stretches back into my early childhood when I lived in an isolated rainforest in Tassie. There were no other children to play with, and aside from an invisible dog, my best friends were the trees. In spite of this childhood connection, Tasmania was the place I felt most resistant about when my husband first began talking about living somewhere else. Continue reading

From Pelicans to Paper Daisies and Love on the Grass Courts

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This is Part 2 of a 5-week wildflower spirit journey my husband and I went on in December 2016. Part 1 tells the story of our journey through NSW, from Sydney through the Blue Mountains, and then down the coast to Eden and Merimbula. Part 2 continues the journey, taking us into and through Victoria, from the beaches of Mallacoota to the alpine flowers on Mount Hotham, then down out of the mountains and back to family. Continue reading

From mountain devils to coastal pigfaces

PART ONE

In December 2016 my husband and I went on one of our adventures, an epic 5-week journey through five states of Australia. Our last journey before this was an overseas trek through England, Ireland, Amsterdam, Prague, Germany and Austria, a couple of years ago, the highlight of which was a tandem paraglide off the Austrian Alps. As always, I came back from this journey loving my Australian home more than ever, with a strong urge to make our next journey home-based, but a back injury had me grounded for a while.

While we were waiting out my recovery time, Spirit colluded with my great uncle, encouraging me to take a step back from work and focus instead on writing a family history. “Write my story” said my uncle, and in the next breath he asked that the story be not just about him, but my grandparents as well. “Exploring your roots will help you heal your root chakra” my spirit guides explained to me. Continue reading

Update

I just dropped by the site to grab some writing from one of the blogs to help me with my latest book project, and I thought I’d write an update. I’ve been neglecting this site a bit and haven’t written any blogs for ages, because I’m buried in other projects.

I’m pleased I’ve managed a bit more writing on the second wildflower story about my journey into Kakadu, but that particular book has to be written in sporadically, in ‘fits and starts’ (is that the correct phrase?!). Writing it helping me process the incredible experience I had up there on the escarpment, but the very fact that the journey was traumatic means I need long rests between writing. It might turn into a book one day, perhaps!

In the meantime, the family history commissioned by Great Uncle Peter has taken precedence. He has asked me to write not just about him, but also about Grandma Anne and Victor Urban. It’s a mammoth undertaking, and a very emotional one at times, but one I am absolutely loving! My other big mission is getting Grandma’s flower book ready for another printing, with corrections done, and I’m still very new to the publishing world, so it’s a steep learning curve. With these two big projects keeping me busy, there might not be any flower posts for a while, unless I pop in from time to time to share some of Grandma’s photos, as I convert them from slide to digital.

Love and wildflower blessings!

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Working with the flowers….

If you have a deck of the Wildflower Cards, spread your cards out in front of you so that you can see the images of the flowers, and notice which one you are drawn to. I’ll demonstrate, showing you how you can work with the flower spirits for healing and guidance, and then perhaps you can try this yourself! Remember to be playful and trust yourself: you will access your intuitive wisdom by allowing your imagination to take you on a journey.

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For me today, it was Tomato Bush, that drew me in, with her beautiful purple petals, and the warm sunset glow cast over her in the photograph.

Holding the card in my hand, I gaze at her image and imagine being with her in the red centre of Australia, surrounded by red sand and open space that stretches as far as the eye can see.

Like two women sitting at a campfire, we sit across from one another. Our ‘campfire’ is the red dirt and the setting sun. As the sun goes down, I feel Wild Tomato Bush drawing me into the wavy lines of the red sand-dunes. It feels like we are travelling, winding along through the sand like snakes. I follow her and she guides me to a hollow in the sand. I curl up in the sand and she covers me with her branches. Continue reading

Tie-Cutting Mistletoe

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I found this mistletoe outside my great-uncle Peter’s home in Mutitjulu, the Aboriginal community at Uluru. This mistletoe helps us let go of other people and move on with our lives. While this can include moving on after relationship break-ups and the death of loved ones, tie-cutting doesn’t necessarily bring about the end of a relationship. Quite often, it improves relationships, because tie-cutting removes the old rot in the space between people’s hearts. I cut ties with my father and my husband last year with the help of Mother Mary and Archangel Michael. Since then, my relationships with both men have been healthier and happier. This flower spirit also heals trauma associated with separation anxiety. Being forced to move on too quickly after loss can create wounds that cause clingy behaviour due to fear of loss.

Besides cutting ties with people, we can also cut ties with our own outworn identities and behaviours. This spirit flower helped me by reaching into my solar plexus and grasping hold of a blockage I had stored in this part of my body. You are holding on to the past, clinging tight to old ideas about who you are. You need to let go and shed your old skin. Have faith in your capacity to evolve, even if you cannot clearly see where your next transformation will take you. Continue reading

My love for holism

While writing Wildflower Spirit Journey, there was a subtle theme that kept popping up for me over and over again: holism. I saw it in my mother’s nature-based spirituality, the Aboriginal art I was surrounded by as a child, and the yin-yang teaching style given to me by my spirit guides, Khryse and Tomas.

Both my grandmother and my great-uncle had an enormous childhood influence on my life, imprinting within me their love for nature, science, anatomy and physiology, helping people, wildflowers and photography. My grandmother was a doctor. My great-uncle was an arid zone botanist. And there have been many times through my life I have been tempted to walk in their footsteps, but my love for holism has steered me in other directions. Continue reading

Pi Ca Nor – A male energy centre

It was the Women’s Fuchsia at Areyonga who originally taught me about the presence of a deeper sexual chakra that sits below the base chakra. When working with me during healing, Spirit refers to this as the Pi Ra Na or the ‘clitorus chakra’.

Yesterday while working with a male client, I found myself working in this same part of the energy field; between the thighs, below the base chakra, and was told that this is the male equivalent. Spirit referred to it as the Pi Ca Nor.

I expected it to have the same function as the female centre, but was surprised to find it was quite different, but being in a slightly altered state at the time, I can’t remember what the information was! So I’m going to shift state now and see if I can re-access this information.

Spirit is telling me that these chakras, in both males and females, are connected to the higher chakras above the crown chakra. They aren’t active or highly developed in most people, tending to ‘switch on’ when someone on their spiritual journey reaches a certain stage in their personal growth. The Pi Ca Nor varies slightly in structure and function between all individuals. To help me access the information I have about this chakra, Spirit is referring me to one of my past lift-times when I was male and this centre was active.

It feels similar to the way the womb functions in women: providing a degree of intuition. It feel very directional though, as though it is specifically useful for helping a man use his intuition to sense his way forward into empowerment i.e. what path should I follow, what direction should I go in next, what is my next step? It seems to have grounding lines that run down the insides of the legs into the earth. These lines are almost like tracking devices that feel their way through the earth, sensing earth rhythms and information. I can feel the energy lines following pathways of information and energy that run underground, then emerging out through the surface of the ground at a specific point and acting as a beacon. The beacon sends the energy lines back into my belly (just below the male power point i.e. dan tien or hara). These then travel back down into the Pi Ca Nor. I feel a pulling sensation in these parts of my body, pulling me towards the beacon site. It makes my legs feel like moving! The beacon site is a place of power where everything becomes clear; where energy aligns perfectly for me as an individual. It’s an ‘arrival place’, bringing great clarity and awareness of ones place. I really feel like this centre helps a person get their bearings in life.

During the same healing, I became aware of another two energy centres below the Pi Ca Nor. I worked primarily with the lowest one, between the ankles. I’ve worked in this space before but never with such a clear understanding that this space is an energy centre, a chakra of sorts.

Another area revealed to me recently was an area just above the navel. It wasn’t the Solar Plexus Chakra itself, but it was connected to it, almost sitting on it’s bottom outside edge. It was small and compact, almost star-like. It reminded me of the dan tine. I knew it was a storage site. The keyword here was ‘Will’. It seems to be a place where a person gathers and stores willpower for future use. Spirit was showing me how the body can transform excess energy from the nervous system and mental aura into compact ‘willpower’ energy, and condense it into this area of the body. This can be preferable to earthing all the excess charge out via the feet, but it must be done carefully and gradually, never adding too much at any one time.

Again, this isn’t a centre that activates in the average person. It’s more likely to come into play with people who are learning to use their mind in powerful ways, especially martial artists, meditators, reality creators, shamans and healers.

Healing the Ancestral Line

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This is one of the flower spirits featured in my book “Wildflower Spirit Journey through Central Australia’. The common name is Western Nightshade. The nightshade family of plants includes potatoes, capsicum, egg-plant, tobacco, pituri and tomato. This is a wild tomato, but unlike the other Central Australian wild tomatoes (of which there are many!), Western Nightshade has 4 purple petals instead of five. It still has the characteristic plump round fruit, which can vary in colour from green to yellow to red to brown to black, depending on the particular species and the stage of fruiting.

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Book update

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI was hoping to have my book Wildflower Spirit Journey through central Australia ready for publication earlier this year but the company I was working with produced a truly uninspiring end product that was going to be very expensive for the end user. The paper they were using for their colour books was extremely poor quality and they could offer me no better option. After meetings with my editor and conferring with family members, we all agreed: I couldn’t go ahead with this company. I was going to have to start again.

For a few months I researched and contemplated my options. The answer came from an unexpected quarter: Blurb. Blurb rescued me years ago after another publishing saga gone wrong and I have always been impressed by their standard of service and the high quality of product they are able to produce for a very reasonable price. Blurb has just created some new product lines and services that have turned out to be perfect for my first flower book project. We have had the odd challenge to troubleshoot here but the teamwork has been fantastic.

The book has been millimetres away from being ready to release for months now but I have been distracted by overseas travel and perhaps just a smidgeon of procrastination. I am certain I could edit this book another hundred times and still find things that need fixing or changing. So I am hereby making a solemn promise to only do one more edit and to get it done in time for christmas. My family and friends have been waiting so patiently….

To honour this promise I will have to prise myself away from other writing projects and resist the temptation to dive head first back into the first draft of Wildflower Spirit Journey through Kakadu. I left the narrative halfway through day through day three of the bush walk, just before we headed down onto the side of the escarpment. I’ve been binge-writing this draft, immersing myself completely in writing for days and weeks at a time before emerging to rest for a few months. The memories are still fresh, a little too fresh at times, and there is a limit to how long I can hang out in Kakadu, even on paper. Powerful country.

Last night I caught up with the women who shared that journey with me and not for the first time, we talked about going back. We have unfinished business there, but so far my attempts to return have been thwarted. If Kakadu lets me back in, it will happen when and how Kakadu wants it to happen, not according to my agenda. In the meantime, I have been climbing other mountains, in Belfast and Austria, and tested a suspicion: Was it possible that the Kakadu adventure cured my fear of heights? So I jumped off a mountain in the Austrian Alps; a blissful tandem paraglide over an incredible landscape of snowcapped peaks and grassy slopes. Verdict? Jumping off mountains isn’t scary, it’s fun!