Sunday, December 10, 2006
The 'Seven-Day Chakra Workout' that I wrote for Spheres magazine is proving to be very popular... stay tuned for the book. Estimated date for publishing: early 2007 :-)
Monday, September 18, 2006
Brooding over Steve Irwin’s death earlier this week, I headed outside last night to clear my head and look at the stars. As the Egyptian goddess Nuit is typically depicted wearing a cloak of stars that act as a gateway between heaven and earth, to me the stars represent her divine connection between earth and cosmic light.
As I followed the blazing trail of the Milky Way, the stars seemed brighter than any time I could remember. The clusters and random sprinklings of celestial bodies reminded me of something… a vision of some sort… (Edited for length. For the full version of this article, visit ReligionAndSpirituality.com.) ... But enough of e-Bay and the virtual warehouse of endless items of faith. Unless, of course you want to talk about shoes, then I’m on my knees and praying for all soles. As I said, I was mulling over the meaning of Steve Irwin’s death, and feeling immensely saddened for his family whom he adored. Suddenly I was able to make out the vision… the stars were forming a stairway to Kevin -- another larger-than-life excitable Aussie who’s already up there -- Gold Coast businessman “Big Kev” McQuay who was famous for his catch cry, “I’m excited.” It was then I broke through the weight of my grief with a giggle. Yes, a giggle. You see, Nuit's esoteric attributes are those of oneness, bliss and universal love. She helps us bond with our planetary family while her cosmic energy acts as our bridge to the realm of cosmic consciousness. Therefore, when drawing on Nuit’s energy, many people experience a contact with a guide, whether by voice, automatic writing, or other stimulus. For me on this particular occasion, it meant that I was able to receive a message from beyond. It was as clear as a bell and funnier’n my dog eating black-cat lollies. The message was… “Crikey, I’m excited!” I just hope this doesn’t mean heaven is a warehouse full of crocodiles…
... But enough of e-Bay and the virtual warehouse of endless items of faith. Unless, of course you want to talk about shoes, then I’m on my knees and praying for all soles.
As I said, I was mulling over the meaning of Steve Irwin’s death, and feeling immensely saddened for his family whom he adored.
Suddenly I was able to make out the vision… the stars were forming a stairway to Kevin -- another larger-than-life excitable Aussie who’s already up there -- Gold Coast businessman “Big Kev” McQuay who was famous for his catch cry, “I’m excited.”
It was then I broke through the weight of my grief with a giggle.
Yes, a giggle. You see, Nuit's esoteric attributes are those of oneness, bliss and universal love. She helps us bond with our planetary family while her cosmic energy acts as our bridge to the realm of cosmic consciousness. Therefore, when drawing on Nuit’s energy, many people experience a contact with a guide, whether by voice, automatic writing, or other stimulus.
For me on this particular occasion, it meant that I was able to receive a message from beyond. It was as clear as a bell and funnier’n my dog eating black-cat lollies.
The message was… “Crikey, I’m excited!”
I just hope this doesn’t mean heaven is a warehouse full of crocodiles…
Monday, September 04, 2006
Not only did my "Goddess Workout" appear in the Body+Soul suplement on Sunday (read it here on the news.com.au site, or a pretty version here at the goddess site), but I was also on the Channel Ten news recently. This is a pic of the crew interviewing me... The question is, WHERE is the interview being held?
1. It is in Australia;
2. It is near water - large vessels travel in and out of here each day;
3. The location is named after a Queen of England (no, not Julian Clary)
Blissings and Good Luck!
PS The answer to Challenge # 3 was Broome, Western Australia. Technically, Michelle got the answer correct (in her first guess at least!) ;-)
Monday, August 14, 2006
OK, this time, I'm limiting the clues ;-)
Here is another place I visited while on tour recently... At this time of year, this place is enjoying 31 degree Celcius temperatures - hence my "summer gear" in winter.
This place is famous for its sunsets, and is touted as being the "Best Beach For Sunset Photos in Australia"...
Right-oh, that's it. That's the only clue I'm giving you! Guess away :-)
Sunday, July 30, 2006
The first person to guess (correctly!) which city I am in will win a copy of my book - The Goddess Guide to Chakra Vitality an 88-page easy-to-understand guide to chakra and goddess energies. (Read all about the book at www.goddess.com.au/eBooks)
To help you work out which city am I in, here are some clues...
1. It is 97.7 miles from Perth - Western Australia's capital city ("Perth", by the way, was the answer to April's "Which City Am I In?" competition);
2. It is sometimes described as "the commercial hub to the Margaret River wine region"; and
3. This area was subject to lava flows (millions of years ago), which resulted in the unique basalt rock formations you can see in this photo.
Good luck! :-)
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Whether the gathering be a drumming circle, story-telling, party-for-one, drinks and nibblies, or a night of high passion and sacred ritual, it doesn't matter - it's all significant to spend some time each month for gratitude, contemplation and loving our energy.
This is my favourite full-moon gathering spot (below). Share your favourite spot with us!
COOGEE BEACH, NSW (AUSTRALIA)
The Women's Pool at Coogee Beach is a heaven-sent haven for women drummers in Sydney - possibly because of its privacy, but also because of its surreal beauty. A steep grassed area slopes down to the sea-pool below and offers a magnificent view of the Coogee bay and white sandy shore. Even more beautiful is the stunning full moon and her reflections in the ocean that ripples in time to the magical energy of the group.
There is room for a group of up to 20 women (or thereabouts) to form a semblence of a circle on the grass, but I find this casual nature of the circle liberating - it allows me to break free from a tight drumming structure and have the courage to let my natural rhythm surface. There is a toilet block at the pool, and providing it is not a total fire ban, small fires may be lit for ritual.
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Monday, June 05, 2006
Now, something I perhaps should have clarified in the newsletter itself...
I'm not suggesting ANYONE should take my size 10 and try to make it fit when the goddess has clearly made us all unique. Heaven forbid we ALL turn into robots trying to be something we're not! ;-)
I do, however, suggest taking all of my suggested affirmations as triggers to craft your own affirmation to suit yourself. eg; "I am a healthy, fit and weigh exactly (X) stone which is perfect for me", or "I am healthy, fit, and perfect!"
What affirmation would you formulate to help you find self-acceptance with regards to your body's health and body image?
Tuesday, April 25, 2006
When murderer James Rodgers was asked if he had any last requests before being executed by a firing squad, his needs were simple. "Why yes," he said. "A bullet-proof vest."
And while the hero of Cuban independence José Martí did not include "Liberate a country" in his list, he did name three other important tasks: Plant a tree, write a book, have a son.
I also happen to be one of those people who needs inspiration to keep me charged up and in love with life. So, it is no wonder I have been writing a list of Things to Try Before I Die that I keep topping up with different challenges to keep me goal oriented. Here are my top 15 suggestions for you to try.
- Make a pilgrimage. Choose a traditional destination such as Jerusalem, the Vatican or New York. Or you might prefer a site of prehistoric importance, like Stonehenge, Machu Picchu or your primary school grounds. For me, my ideal pilgrimage is to follow le Tour de France all the way from pre-race preps to post-race celebrations. Especially the post-race celebrations.
Experience momentary rebellion. Base jump of the top of the Statue of Liberty, sleep under the stars, or lose more money than you can afford at roulette in Vegas. Personally, I want to be a mother-f****er on a motorcycle - a big, fat, meaty beast of a bike (without a helmet to mess my hair). That, and to get away with using the word f***er in an holistic living magazine.
Steal candy off a baby just to see what happens.
Seek fifteen minutes of fame. Write a best-selling novel - it's a real buzz to see your name in print. Time poor? Become a news crew junky and see how often you can get your mug into their footage. Too ugly? Paint your cat's paws, have her walk over a canvas and exhibit the work as your own. No cat? Hmmm. There's nothing else for it. Become an astronaut.
Believe in romance. Send a message in a bottle. Skinny dip in the south of France. Ride a camel into the desert. Learn how to ballroom dance properly. Memorise a poem. Shower in a waterfall. Play footsies on the Trans-Siberian Express across Asia. Get married by Elvis. Pack a tv and video into a canoe and watch On Golden Pond while drifting on a lake - don't forget an extra long extension cord.
Be part of a television audience. And I don't mean formula-driven, churned-out productions like David Letterman. Although, I did once see him give away a meat tray to a New Zealander. Hmmm, there's food for thighs. Seriously, I would recommend the ABC's The Fat simply because Tony Squires is such a spunk.
Go ten-pin bowling where the pins are reset by hand. See if sticking a bribe in your bowling ball helps your pins to magically fall over on your next shot. Wear matching monogrammed shirts to your partner. Yell steee-rike! like they do in baseball, whether you have a strike or not. Resist stealing the shoes.
Sip a martini with your hero. (Dibs on Tony Squires)
Manipulate your body clock. Convince yourself 5am is the new 7am and get up early - it's amazing how much you can achieve with these extra two hours. You can walk the dog twice as far, write home to your mum, or snooze in the lounge chair in front of the gas heater on Mark 10.
Celebrate Mother Nature's greatest achievements. Swim with a dolphin. Toast Indian Ocean sunsets with chilled champagne. Prune a chardonnay vine. Make love in the majestic Karri, Tuart and Blackwood Forests. Stick a poster of Tony Squires to your bedroom ceiling.
Experience weightlessness. Find a peak such as Baba Dag on the coast of southern Turkey. Take a few running steps and leap into the void. Let the wind carry you weightlessly as you soar a mile above the ocean, circling slowly and elegantly to the beach. Be sure to strap on a harness and paraglider first.
Learn to handle the hard stuff. Tax returns, Jehovah's Witnesses, your banker, a foreign language, unsolicited telephone sales, Icelandic vodka.
Prove the earth is round. Climb aboard a cruise ship and sail in one direction from Sydney until you hit Perth. Or, set up a deck chair north of the Arctic Circle and watch the sun circle above the horizon at summer solstice. Ah, on second thoughts, a jacuzzi might be more appropriate than a deck chair.
Push your limitations. Get a hole-in-one. Ski a double-black diamond run. Brew drinkable beer. Ask a stranger on a date. Master the art of complaining effectively. Forgive your parents. Give a speech in public. Find a job you love. Spend a whole day eating junk food without feeling guilty.
Create a legacy. Some people might donate money or put their name on something like a scholarship, a family tree, a real tree or a bench in the park. Others want their name carried on through generations of children and grandchildren. For me, I want my art, garden and writing to be a lasting reminder of the person I am: someone who crashes through boundaries and explores life with intention.
Now it's your turn to write your own list. Stop procrastinating. There are a thousand reasons to put off til tomorrow what can be done, well, tomorrow. But forget about them. Think about the thousand good reasons why you should just get started now, and begin.
Monday, April 24, 2006
This feeling is not so foreign to me lately - the more I travel the more I am becoming acquainted with it, actually...
This is a picture taken of me playing golf in an Australian capital city last week.
Can you guess where it is? The first correct answer wins a copy of The Goddess Guide To Chakra Vitality - an 88-page easy-to-understand guide to chakra and goddess energies. (Read all about the book at www.goddess.com.au/eBooks)
1. The birds are the state's symbol;
2. Cricket is played at the sporting ground that you can see in the background, but not footy;
3. The city's tallest buildings are visible in the background
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