Mother Earth: a reflection of our sacred space.

Earth is an incredibly beautiful, almost perfect planet in our solar system. Without doubt, she offers an experience like no other. Is she so by chance or is there another intelligence that makes her so? Holding this mystery that is continually unknown, she urges you to seek further and deeper no matter how far you may have come.

Joseph Campbell said, “Your sacred space is where you find yourself again and again”.
According to some belief systems we are born multiple times on earth. If that be so; she seems to be a sacred space that we keep finding ourselves in again and again.

Is she the sacred space outside of us that is reflective of the sacred space within ourselves?

Mother Earth is also Mother Nature.

In seeking the eternal question – Who am I? We seek to understand our immutable infinite timeless self — which we can really only understand by understanding and realising our true nature.

Today, most of us identify natural spaces as landscaped gardens. However, Mother Nature really shows up in her verdant glory only in spaces that are largely untouched by man; which today, are few and far between. If you happen to know some of them you will find her magnificence of natural beauty within the diversity and variety of her creations; forests, seas, corals, mountains, valleys, flora, fauna, sunsets, sunrises… What we as humans seem to have forgotten is that we too are one of her creations.

The true purpose of natures beauty is to:
– create wonder and awe
– inspire a feeling of transcendence
– evoke the realisation that we are part of nature
– realise there is an intelligence which balances this divine perfection called Nature.

The true purpose of life is to find that connection with Source. An undeniable fundamental alignment that you can anchor yourself within and live from.

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Soil is Soul.

Natural gardening proposes soil is king.

Natural living proposes soul is king.

Soil is Soul. Thats how nature speaks to us.

Soil is soul

So what is the magic of good soil? One that grows things easily, with great quality and quantity. Soft, pliable and nutrient rich. That which hosts a number of supportive ‘bugs’ all of whom are working judiciously on supporting that which is growing in its environment.

Today we have two types of soil – interfered soil and non interfered soil. Interfered soil is that in which man has decided he knows best and seeks to create something commercially viable. Of course there are degrees of interference – some farm through organic interference and others through intensive means.

Loosely considered the father of Natural farming: Masanobu Fukuoka was a proponent of ‘do-nothing’ farming. A philosopher and a farmer he was able to maximise productivity through his observation of the perfection of nature.

So natural farming/LIVING involves engagement and assistance over interference. It recognises the need to understand how life works, what it comprises.

In the case of soils, how different ones respond in different ways, each producing its own incredible plethora of flora in turn attracting its special fauna.

Forest soil is the most fertile. Thats mostly because there is very little human interference. It is also because there is a wide variety and multi layered growth. Every part of the forest floor is used. Ground cover, weeds, bushes, plants, creepers, trees, all exist in the forest. Light is harvested to the maximum, it is completely absorbed by whatever can be grown. A dynamic combination of growth coexist, supplement and support each other. Seeds engage with soil and have the opportunity to germinate and grow and bloom and fruit.
This incredible diversity pulls out the maximum from the soil only to give back to it a multiverse of potential and power packed leaves. Through natural processes(composting) they create even more nutrient rich and power packed soil; feeding back to the tree what it needs. This incredible natural cycle supports the existence of not only amazing plant growth but a number of interdependent species as well — each of which come from the soil and end up by giving back to the soil.

Our soul is the same. Continue reading

Compost your life away…

Sitting down in a meadow one day a gush of wind blew my way. It brought with it a refreshing and cooling feeling and a bunch of leaves that were shaken lose.

As I sat there I saw the cushion these leaves made on the ground. They floated down one by one and they gathered at the base of the tree’s mound. I smiled and thought with glee “oh wow – thats the softest carpet going around”.

I went up to the tree and just lightly hugged it a bit and the soft leaves some crunchy and others just melted with my weight.

And thats when the tree spoke to me and said you are just like me. Here I stand big and tall. Easily growing leaves and letting go of those that no longer hold strong. I choose not to hold on to things that no longer serve me. For sometimes in letting go, is when they are of the best use to me.

So this is what I understood that day. I understood that the tree is so great and perfect and tall weathers every ‘weather’ and still stays strong. It goes through the winter and sheds all its leaves, and then comes spring and it happily grows a whole ‘treeful’ more. Change is constant in nature as we have all seen; and yet it is the one thing that we fight hard to allow and resist to the maximum.

Going even beyond, the leaves the tree lets go off, becomes its compost and merges back with its soil lifting it nourishing it nurturing it back to health and power; feeding it back to the roots of the tree making them deeper, stronger, potent so that the tree might grow higher, taller, bigger, better.

So the tree never loses in letting go, it only gains much much more.

Similarly, with every fear, resistance, blockage you let go off, it falls into your energetic space and converts through a potent form of transformation into a cannonball of energy that will push you on. So in the purest of senses there is no real letting go; just the allowing of transformative charge to take over and flood your life.

So compost your life. Shed your half baked leaves/emotions/thoughts, let them go and settle down into your core and from there allow them to transform into an incredible potent wisdom and power that you currently don’t know of.

Whoever you become, there will come a day when you will let go of that too till you are evolving deeper and deeper into a truer you.

Happy Earth week! ❤️

 

Thank you to you, that hurt me…

It matters not what someone has done to you — what matters is what do you do about it.

At some point you must consider that you are not a mistake in life — you are a creation of the perfect divine force and you have been created for a reason. So take a breath and stop for a moment and say; “I EXIST – and just the fact I exist, shows I was meant to exist — I am not a mistake in this otherwise divinely perfect world (which of course it is without human intervention). Therefore, if I exist in a divinely perfect world and I am a divinely perfect creation could it be possible that everything I have gone through and am going through is possibly divinely perfect too? So if every single event in my life has happened for a reason — whether someone has done any of the things listed above or worse — it has happened because it was meant to. Why has it happened so?

There are no general answers only specific ones completely related to your specific reason for existence.

Everything has happened because it was meant to. Depending on where you stand in your journey this statement might make complete sense or it may be the most ridiculous thing you have ever heard.

Anger may jump up and say; “that thing — that worst thing that happened to me, happened to me for a reason? NO thats not possible — it is ‘xyz’ fault and they are to blame. They are the worst kind of humans and they deserve to be punished”.

Maybe so;  Maybe they will be; maybe they won’t. That’s not for you to know.

You can spend your life focusing on their retribution or you could spend your life rehabilitating your own.That is what it comes down to.

What will you choose to do with your life and all the many complications it holds? Sometimes when we see ‘new age spirituality’ and it all talks of unicorns and angels and happy beings — we think its all gobbledygook. Well to those that have walked on their path of transformation it isn’t. The world looks clearer, more beautiful and easier than you could imagine while still standing on the side of anger and frustration and revenge.

The first thing is you take responsibility for everything that has happened and you may find yourself saying;

Let me consider — just consider that everything in my life has happened for a reason? Well, what was that reason? Why did/do I have to suffer like this? Why is there so much pain and confusion and hurt and anger and frustration and despair and grief logged into me? Why do these cloud my every day — and why is it that they don’t let go of me? Why is it I don’t let go of them? I can’t…I can’t find the strength or the ability to let go — I don’t know how — its just too much and its too hard — and no one would understand and there is no way I can open up myself — there is too much shame/guilt/pain/anger/hate. I will pretend yes thats what I will do — I will push all these bad emotions away so deep inside that they will never again see the light of day .No one can or will know this space inside. In fact you know what? I myself will soon forget what hides from the light”.

Enlightenment is a big word nowadays — so many seek it — unaware that what it really refers to. Bringing in more light into the shadows and darkness of your inner cave; everyday.

I know, I truly know what that feeling is like. It can be overwhelming, painful, unbearable, insane, confusing, lost at times; but if you stay on course it will certainly bring clarity, ease, peace, comfort, happiness and love.

So to each one that has hurt you — incident, experience, person, words, disease, or yourself — know they push you on to discover the truth of your SELF.

They bring out the feelings that we would otherwise hide and offer us an opportunity, a window to peek inside. They push us, encourage us, force us even; depending on how resistant we are to peek within.
It starts with a peek, once you take that step, the power of support, guidance, blessings will flood your path and you will be continuously encouraged on your every step.

It isn’t always a candy floss experience — some days are dark and some nights are heavy but continue to persevere and be the warrior to fight the battle that has arisen — between your own darkness and light.

You are here for a reason and one reason alone — to heal yourself and know the truth of your whole. So if you go off radar/direction you will find that the Universe will bring you back in line.

The tougher the lessons, the greater your strength and the more power you will have when you do decide to dive within.

BE real, be honest and allow the divine to take you into the ride of your life.

Then will come the day that you will surely say; “Thank you” to all the detractors that came your way.

Adios to the voice that says I am not enough…

Sometimes when we are working on our selves we come up against something big. Something about ourself, which is difficult for us to comprehend, that try as we might we might not be able to work through it. A part of us that says this is no longer a truth, it is no longer useful to me it needs to leave and I need to go beyond it.

I am someone who is very eager to work on self and make the changes and shifts required. I understand what truth is and so I am able to see that which stands in the way of it. Today, I face a part of me that I understand doesn’t serve me; but I can do nothing about. It just is what it is. I see how it affects my growth, I see how it stands in the way of my intentioned space of living and yet I know I can’t change it.

The many tools at my disposal, all the understanding, wisdom gained so far; none of it is going to shift this.

Thats when you realise that sometimes you can participate in the letting go; sometimes you can be part of the process and intend it and make those shifts and corrections within yourself.

Sometimes you have to just let go of letting go.

You recognise that space within you and you see it for what it is – you clearly and loudly announce to yourself; to that space within you that you see it – you have REAL EYESD/ realised (thanks eva) it.

Anger, frustration, grief all come up together tied up in knots; helplessness at this sudden force that seems such a wall that you don’t know what to do anymore and you have two choices. You can either give in and give that wall, that block, that untruth your power by admitting it is stronger than you and so you continue to pander to it. Or you can go beyond.

You can say well I’m not going to fight you anymore – I’m not going to accept you anymore – I am just going to carry on my day and lets just see what happens. I let go of fixing you and healing you and shifting you and changing you. The one thing I am clear though, is that I am not going to be run by you or in turn feed you.

Is this surrender?

If so, it feels good — it feels like I don’t need to be that part anymore, and I don’t need to fix that part anymore. I am choosing to carry on living my life with or without you; it matters not.

All this time I have pandered to your every desire and move, and now no longer shall it be my truth. So goodbye I detach from you and I live on. I trust there is more. I trust that life will take care of me and show me the deeper truth that lies within me. I have come to see beauty and life and peace and ease and sometimes you jump up to detract me from all of that and now I say enough. Thank you very much. Off I go; somedays you might still win; but I can safely say, that now I am way past you that held sway till today.

Sacrifice, its energy and what is the truth?

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Sacrifice yourself. How does this word make you feel?

Surrender yourself. How does this word make you feel?

Sacrifice is a belief we need to give up something outside of ourselves — an outer expression. Every traditional way of life or religion is based on the energy of sacrifice. We don’t even realise how strong this energy is and how it reflects in all aspects of our life. As a parent we sacrifice our happiness and needs for our children. As partners we sacrifice our freedom for the other. As children we sacrifice our truth for our parents.                                  It matters not — somehow or the other there is a belief that we cannot be all that we wish to be as it is virtuous to give up something related to our power, energy, happiness, joy, fulfilment  passions for the power, energy, happiness, joy, fulfilment, passions of another.
Essentially we sacrifice ourselves for another. We do this sometimes within a space of martyrdom or victimhood claiming to feel oddly better than the other, because we have given up more of our selves, and feel superior about it. Our suffering we believe reflects a mark of goodness and virtue.

What is surrender; if it is not sacrifice? Continue reading

Water has a message for you today…

Water is life. It is healing, cleansing, and is part of every powerful ceremonial ritual that reflects a blessing, a clearing a cleaning. In her different avatars of waterfalls, ponds, springs, lakes, rivers, rain and sea she fills this earth and our bodies to 70% of our capacity.

The sea is the living force in motion; our life force.

She reflects all our various colours and shades; the inner depths of you and me.

She is immense, cleansing, limitless, she is where the rivers end, and the rain begins. She is our closest expression of the creator and the created. She is multilayered and her depths are beyond imagination. Her incredible transcendental vast beauty hosts numerous expressions of life; the ease, calm and softness and the crazy, insane and dangerous.

She is self sustaining and when you enter into her depths you experience a silence that you never could imagine exists. Life floats, expands and grows and the beauty of the sea never fails to astonish.

She reflects the light and contains the dark. She can gently envelop you in and can angrily spit you back out.

Your experience of it changes every time you visit her. It could be said your experience of is reflected your attitude towards her.

You can fall deeply in love or never go near. Continue reading

Beware! Swimming can help you find your true self.

Beware or be aware?

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#fear #swimming #navigating #innerjourney #trust #ease #letting go

Go back to the first time you were going to swim. Whatever the age the first time you thought of entering the pool or ocean or lake or river — you hesitated — maybe you were too young and you dived in — but you probably took a moment to think about it.

You made sure you went into the shallow area first.

You tested the water — hot or cold? How did it feel?

You waited to see what would happen to the other who went in first.

Doubts assailed you — you wondered would you drown or float? What if you died and no one was there was save you? What if you embarrassed yourself? Could you trust the one saying “jump in, jump in”?

From the edge of the pool or the shoreline it looks all so easy and you think wow! This is really something – these swimmers and surfers they are having a great time — and then your doubts take over and you think you could not swim or surf like them — it must be a gift they have — but every swimmer and surfer will tell you it’s a learned skill.

Some of you might not even want to try because as much as you see the fun — you see the occasional fall and the going under water and coming up choking for breath…and you think, ‘they must be crazy — i’m not going to do that. I prefer to sit on the sidelines and watch, certainly seems safer than to engage’.

Water represents the emotional realm of who we are. We see the ease it holds but then we see the depth it carries with it. Tough life experiences shape our ability to take risks. Some of us create a safety net and we either steer clear of anything that might bring up those dark hidden memories within. Most of these memories carry the trauma of pain of some kind; and who wants to experience pain? So we might just play around but diving in, is where we draw the line. We seek safety in life; one that keeps us safe from experiencing the pain held within. However a true inner journey strips away at that safety net. We know this, we can sense it and so we are nervous and scared. We aren’t sure we want to do it — our mind tells us we won’t get out of it sane or alive. This journey can’t lead us anywhere or do anything good. The doubts cage us in like heavy snow on a driveway. We freeze ourselves to numbness, refusing to thaw to the space that will actually set us free. However you start your journey – whether you dived in or went in gradually or stayed for long on the sidelines till life pushed you in – you will at some point reach the frozen parts that need thawing. 

You dip your foot in and out till you are ready to step in. Sometimes somebody pushes you into that pool and you sink in thinking, ’this is it; i’m done — goodbye life’.

Yet somehow you float and find yourself rising to the top — you are still in panic – you begin thrashing you head goes in and out of the water — unable to breathe properly — looking for the ground to stand on or the edge to hold onto…then eventually you do find it and you just sit there shellshocked by whats happened.

Thats how the journey is at times,  you try out many things and then you might experience some incredible moments of emotional release or mental breakdowns and you might think  you are never going to be ok again — this is just too tough and rough — you are not going to get out. The darkness fills you up and you cannot see how you will breathe through this or come out of this sane again and then one day you do — you rise to the top of that experience and you take your time to gather yourself and as shellshocked as you are you are also freer having gone through it. Continue reading

Don’t Educate. Inspire to Learn: an ‘ode’ to a true teacher.

I had just started at a new school in my 9th grade. Everything was new for me at this school; the country, the environment, the curriculum, the style…it was nothing like the one I came from. I fell in love with it and somehow even at the age of 14, I knew somehow, this was a vital point in my life – a shift from what was to what could be.

Yet I didn’t expect Mr. A. He was our history teacher. Yet he hadn’t arrived. This was really out of the box for me. I had never had a teacher come tardy to school. He was 2 weeks late. We were curious to meet this teacher. He was also new at school.

He didn’t disappoint. He entered the school like a fresh breeze blowing. He was funny, easy, relaxed and very open about all aspects of his life. A bit too open if you ask me now that I am a parent.:)
Yet as 9th graders we all fell in love. Here was someone who openly spoke of challenging rules, he questioned authority, made us question everything we believed in. He taught us history like it was poetry. He turned it into the most fascinating movie we would ever experience. He talked with such depth and love for his subject. He knew it so well that no class was ever structured – we had an idea of the texts we were following but no structure of how they would be presented.

He always surprised us and took us on a journey into the past to show us what we could reflect on and absorb into our present.

The first thing he said to us in his first class, was that he wasn’t going to teach us anything other than the skills to access what we would need to know when we would need to know it.

He went beyond teaching us to educating us. Continue reading