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…
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 →
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 →
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 →
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.
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.
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 →
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 →
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 →
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.
I 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!
This is a blog I wrote at the beginning of my writing process for this book, dated August 2012:
I’ve recently been taught a little more by Spirit about the difference in women and men’s energy fields. I was already partially aware of this because I’ve noticed that men and women store their power differently (eg women store power in their ovaries &/or womb, whereas men seem to prefer the hara.) The first stage of this training came via my connection with a women’s flower at Areyonga in Central Australia. Here is a excerpt about this flower from the book I am writing about my flower journey through Central Australia:
FUCHSIA At Areyonga
Areyonga had a beauty that made my heart ache. Of all the places we travelled through, this was the only one that reached out and spoke to me, telling me “This is your place, where you resonate with the land and the female spirit energy of this earth.”
This connection was enhanced by my work with the fuchsia flower I found in Areyonga. This flower is a women’s flower and it helps women regather, and reconnect with, their power. It told me that the female aura is different from the male aura and each sex stores power and energy in different parts of the aura, in different ways. This flower medicine teaches women how to use, tone and re-energise their power centres.
I asked if it works with men and it said yes, it helps men access their female energy. It also helps men when they are on the verge of profound life change, especially if these changes involve fairly significant loss. This plant helps men make the most of these powerful opportunities for profound self-transformation, rather than letting them go to waste by staying stuck or giving up.
This remedy can be used by both sexes to resolve problems to do with the way male and female energy relate to one another, whether this is internal (occuring between your male and female inner selves) or external (occuring between you are others, or between other people around you).
THE CLITORIS CHAKRA
The second phase of this teaching came during a visit from a female client. Spirit asked me to tell her that her ‘clitoris chakra’ had just awakened. I felt a bit shy telling her about this, but she knew exactly what I was talking about, because she’d had a very special sexual experience the night prior to our appointment. Spirit told me that this chakra centre sits in the space between the legs, just below the vagina. Spirit called it the ‘PI RA NA’, which I thought was pretty funny. This chakra is associated with higher chakras above the crown…as lower chakras open more deeply, higher ones open more widely. We expand and evolve in both directions. The opening of this chakra enables us to stay more present in the moment, to stretch time and to SAVIOR the moment. It also has a grounding function, where it grounds a sense of spirit connection into daily life.