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Sustainability AMANDA DE WARREN

Animal Talk

Cath Manuel


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Follow your bliss!

can do to ‘be’ the change the world is requiring.


pring is in the air and look who’s on the cover for our ‘Spring and Sustainability’ edition? It’s gorgeous Cath Manuel who spoke with our much loved columnist Mary-Lou Stephens this month about how she creates a sustainable life for herself and her family and inspires the wider community to do the same. Sustainability means different things to different people, which can often create some heated discussions and division among the different groups in society. I’m wondering how all this ongoing angst actually helps nurture the planet…so you will notice that many of the articles have quite a gentle approach to sustainability with a focus on what we

“Your Magazine With Soul”


So self-sustainability and focussing on what we can do in our own backyards is an important thread running through a lot of our articles this month. I have also taken a ‘leaf out of my own book’ (or should I say ‘a page out of my own magazine’) and had a little time out to focus on what’s really important, there’s nothing quite like some reflection time to put things in perspective and slow down. I have not let my life get too serious though…it’s spring after all and life’s too short not to get outdoors a little, spend some time with Mother earth, watch a whale or two glide through the ocean and entertain some grand ideas!


New Holistic Foundation GARY DOUGLAS ON

Sustainability AMANDA DE WARREN

Animal Talk

Cath Manuel


Simple, Abundant Living!


OUR COVER Cath Manuel, pages 14-15 PHOTO: A  DORI STUDIOS

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30 Discover Your Uniqueness by Vikki Speller

6 Basil by Vicki Taylor

Ayurvedic Column by Jay Mulder 7 Lift the Lid Recipe for Kids


31 Sustainable Mind, Body and Soul! by Raelene Byrne 32 All Well and Good Again

10-11 Awesomely Organic – Savoury and Sweet Recipes by The Organic Sisters

34 A New Holistic Approach to Losing Weight

33 Sustaining Your Natural Rhythm with Vivianne Barry

12 Coconut Love Banana Split by Rebecca Mugridge

What Factors Could be 35  Compromising Your Mental Health? by Suzi Le Fanue

COVER STORY 14-15  Cath Manuel: Simple, Abundant Living


Palatable Sustainability 16  by Brit Ballard

38-39 Get Rid of Skin Care Chemicals Once and For All by Kim Morrison

36 Spring Clean Your Wardrobe with Amanda Rootsey

NATURAL ANIMAL CARE 40-41 How Can I Achieve A Better Relationship With My Pet? by Amanda de Warren

20 Can You Give Up the Vices of the Modern World? by Mary-Lou Stephens

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8-9 Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program and Frittata Recipe

18 Nurture You and Your Ideas This Spring with Jean Sheehan


 hat is Therapeutic Animal W Massage? by Dr Elaine Cebuliak

22 A Different Possibility for Sustainability: Interview with Gary Douglas


24-25 Building the Foundation of Wellness featuring Tony Sells

44 How to Relate to Thoughts in Meditation by Cameron Aggs

26-27 Winter Comes Before Spring by Jules O’Neill

45 Exploring the Global Spirit by Soraya

28-29 Sustaining Ourselves and the Planet by Robin Clayfield





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Is there a link between the gut and the brain?

For years scientists have called your digestive system your “second brain”. It is like the roots of a tree; it absorbs your nutrients and helps you to flourish. But what if you carried bacterias that released neuro-toxins, affecting the way your brain works and at the same time lowered your nutrient absorption? Researchers at McMaster University have supportive evidence that bacteria residing in the gut influence brain chemistry and behaviour. When there was a change in the gut flora of the test subjects, increased anxiety and behaviour change was noted. Digestive imbalance can cause an imbalance to your “happy hormones”.

What about heavy metals?

Do you have amalgam dental fillings? Have you worked in the mines? Or in close contact with metals such as an electrician using copper wiring? Do you use copper cookware? Or drink from copper pipes? Heavy metals are linked to depression, fatigue, erratic moods, digestive problems and other neurologic issues. HRT and use of the pill can all cause copper to increase – this is because of the high levels of oestrogen; the likely symptoms could be unexplained headaches, PMS, depression and mood swings.

Have you heard of Pyroluria?

It is a genetically determined metabolic condition. It is characterised by having elevated kryptopyrroles in the urine. If you have this condition your demand for certain nutrients (particularly B6 and zinc) is high. These two nutrients are essential for neurotransmitter production, such as serotonin and dopamine. Pyrolurics are more likely to suffer with depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, autism, alcoholism, temper outbursts, IBS, or strong fatigue.

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Suzi Le Fanue BSc (Bmed) Naturopath & Nutritionist

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Seasonal Soups


RECIPE JAY MULDER – Eumundi Medicine Man




very time I smell and taste basil I think of Italy. Basil originally came from India and there are different varieties: sweet basil is the culinary herb used in most Italian and Mediterranean cuisines as we know them, as well as some Asian cuisines, where as Thai basil and lemon basil are mainly used in Asian dishes. Thai basil has purple stems and the leaves are smaller, a darker green and pointier than that of sweet basil. Lemon basil is a key ingredient to many dishes in Laos. Dried sweet basil isn’t as aromatic as it is when it is fresh and is much stronger when used in cooking so that’s why it’s perfect to use in stews, soups or any slow cooked dishes. I love fresh sweet basil layered between vine ripened tomatoes, buffalo cheese, a sprinkling of freshly ground pepper and drizzled with extra virgin olive oil. YUM!

he change from one season to another may require shifting ones diet for a period of time to restore balance. The ‘watery’ quality of spring can provoke a release of accumulation from the bodily tissues. When this accumulation liquefies we can experience spring colds, allergies and respiratory ailments. So consider enjoying a delicious lightly spiced soup!

SPLIT MUNG AND SPINACH SOUP Ingredients: 1 cup of yellow split mung dahl 4 - 5 cups of water 1 bunch of spinach 1 inch of freshly grated ginger 1 tsp turmeric powder 1 tbsp ghee 1 tsp black mustard seeds 1½ tsp cumin seeds 1 tsp fenugreek seeds ½ tsp hing (asafetida) Ayurvedic salt to taste

Method: Wash mung dahl under running water until water runs clear. In a saucepan bring mung dahl, water, turmeric and grated ginger to the boil. Chop the spinach and add this into the saucepan. Good to turn the heat down a little and put lid on to assist in the cooking process. In a separate small saucepan heat ghee. Begin to stir fry mustard seeds on a low heat, once they have popped add cumin seeds. After 1 minute add fenugreek seeds and hing. Turn off the heat when the fenugreek starts to darken (only takes 10 seconds). Pour the stir fried spices and ghee into the mung and spinach. Finish off with a good pinch of salt to taste.


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Healthy, Eco Treats for the Kids OAT SLICES with Quinoa (nut free and egg free)

Ingredients: 1 cup organic rolled oats 1 cup organic Quinoa flakes ¾ cup brown sugar 1 cup natural coconut 1 cup organic rye flour 200g butter 2 tbsp golden syrup 2 tbsp of cacao nibs (optional) Method: • Mix together dry ingredients • Melt butter, add syrup • Mix melted ingredients into dry ingredients and combine • Press into a greased tray using the back of a spoon(about 1.5cm thick) • Sprinkle cocoa nibs over top of slice and press in slightly • Bake at 180°C for 20 minutes or until golden • Cut while hot and leave to cool in the tray


ift the lid on kids’ lunchboxes and discover an online smorgasbord of healthy, sustainable, eco friendly lunchbox ideas for kids. Would you like some inspiration for your kids’ lunchbox? Lift the lid on kids’ lunchboxes and discover a free smorgasbord of lunchbox photos for quick and easy lunchbox ideas, recipes and eco friendly lunchbox products. Lift the Lid aims to inspire busy parents and carers through sharing a variety of healthy lunchbox options and easily reveals how to pack ‘nude lunches’ to look after our planet. Created by Sunshine Coast Mum Beck Urquhart, Lift the Lid aims to benefit the healthy eating habits of our kids today and in the future. Beck explained, “As a mum of two young children I often wish I could sneak a peak in the other kids’ lunchboxes in the kindy fridge or be at school at lunchtime to discover those lunchbox gems!” “Each week I was challenged with

what to pack in my kids’ lunchbox particularly as my son’s care centre has a strict no eggs and no nut policy. I was also keen to improve my knowledge on how to make a lunchbox quick, easy, healthy, eco friendly, support local producers and exciting to ensure consumption, so I created Lift the Lid to help myself and others. This Lift the Lid lunchbox includes: • Homemade Mini Pizzas • Fruit Sticks – strawberry, banana, apple, rockmelon and kiwi fruit • Oat Slice (recipe on left) • Carrot Cake Biscuits • Yoghurt • Chic Nuts • Organic Popcorn • Mandarin

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• Sat 14th Sept – ‘Go Forth and Germinate’ presented by Jenece Drake Creative ways to grow your own plants for free. You’ll learn how to sow seeds successfully and how to propagate by cuttings, divisions and other easy methods to grow all your own plants for free. • Sat 28th Sept – ‘Creative Container Gardens’ presented by Anne Gibson A hands-on practical morning to inspire and show you how to grow edible gardens in a variety of repurposed planters. Find out where to source materials, how to turn everyday items into food-safe planters, make your own supplies and save money while creatively adding beauty and functionality in your garden. For future workshop dates please visit our website. • Every Tuesday from 9am – ‘CGS Community Day’ A fun time at CGS, sharing skills and knowledge and creating garden spaces and living classrooms. • Every Wednesday 9am-11am – ‘BIG-WIGs’ CGS Social Garden Group Creating and nurturing friendships, from the ground up. • Last Wednesday of each month 12-1.30pm – ‘Grub’s Up in the Garden’ Bring along a plate of yummy food to share at lunch. Centre for

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n Stephanie Alexander’s Kitchen Garden Program, schools with a primary curriculum run a dynamic and innovative initiative that sees garden and kitchen classes running regularly in school gardens and kitchens, enabling skills-based learning that extends across the entire school curriculum. Participating students gain understanding of and experience in growing, harvesting, preparing and sharing fresh, delicious food at school each week or fortnight, building positive

food habits and skills for life. In the Program, children within Years 3 to 7 spend regular, structured time in a thriving vegetable garden they have helped design, build and maintain on the school grounds according to organic gardening principles. In their kitchen spaces they prepare and share a wonderful variety of meals created from their produce. Teachers within the school are trained to deliver these classes, and the kitchen and garden classes work in partnership with each

other, forming a harmonious cycle. In both the kitchen and the garden, the children work together in small groups with help from community volunteers. The finished dishes are arranged with pride and care on tables set with flowers from the garden, and the shared meal is a time for students, helpers and teachers to enjoy each other’s company and conversation. The Kitchen Garden Program is a unique program, based on the intrinsic link between the garden, the kitchen and the table. The emphasis is on learning about food and enjoying eating it. No part of the Program can exist without the other. The program is also embedded in the school curriculum – it becomes a part of the school’s program for four years of a child’s life, positively influencing their attitude to food, and giving them the skills they need to take care of their personal wellbeing, for the rest of their lives. Over 300 schools around Australia are already participating in the Kitchen Garden Program, bringing this positive food philosophy to thousands of children and their families. Your school could be one of them – register to join the National Program on the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation website:

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Serves: Makes 24 small or 12 large individual frittatas Note: All Kitchen Garden School recipes begin by setting up the chopping board and knives: first dampen a tea towel and place it under the chopping board to stop it from slipping. Ingredients: Olive oil, for brushing and sautéing Fresh seasonal produce and herbs, as below 8 eggs 100ml fat-reduced cream Freshly ground black pepper 2 small onions or one large one, chopped finely 10g feta, crumbled Fresh seasonal produce: • In summer (Term 1), use about 30 halved cherry tomatoes and a handful of basil leaves. • In autumn (Term 2) use 300g pumpkin cut into 1cm cubes and roasted for 15 minutes on an oven

tray at 180°C, and a small handful of • Add a small amount of olive oil to sage (10-15 leaves). a frying pan, and lightly sauté the • In winter (Term 3), use 10-12 onion until it becomes translucent, silverbeet leaves. Chop the 3-4 minutes. silverbeet stems and leaves into • Wash the herbs, strip the leaves ½cm slices and sauté in a tablespoon from any woody stems and lightly of olive oil for 5-10 minutes. Add the chop the leaves. sliced silverbeet leaves to the batter • Combine the herbs, onion, feta and toss through. Use a handful of and your prepared vegetable in a parsley for your herb. medium sized bowl. • In spring (Term 4), use 3-4 zucchini, • Whisk the eggs and add the cream. chopped into 1cm dice, sautéed over • Season with a few grinds of pepper; medium-high heat for about you won’t need salt because of the 4 minutes until slightly softened salty feta. (or simply grate the zucchini.) Drain • Divide the vegetable and feta mix the zucchini so it’s not too soggy and between the basins in the muffin use a handful of mint, marjoram or pans. thyme for your herb. • Pour batter over the vegetables and feta mix in each muffin basin until Method: just below the top – they will puff • Preheat the oven to 180°C. up slightly in the oven. • Brush the muffin pan with a little • Place the muffin tins into the oven olive oil, or line them with squares of for 20-25 minutes, until set and baking paper or paper cases. lightly browned. • Prepare your seasonal vegetable • Cool the frittatas in the pans element as outlined above. before removing.

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RAW CARAMEL SLICE Ingredients: BASE 1 cup dried pitted dates ¾ cup almonds 1 tsp extra virgin coconut oil (melted) CARAMEL 1 cup dried pitted dates ½ cup extra virgin coconut oil (melted) 1½ tbsp unhulled tahini ½ cup pure organic maple syrup 1 cup raw cashews (covered and soaked in water for an hour and then rinsed) ¼ cup water TOP CHOCOLATE LAYER ¼ cup coconut oil ¼ cup pure organic maple syrup ¼ cup raw cacao powder

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Coconut Love Banana Split RECIPE & PHOTO REBECCA MUGRIDGE – Author

WITH DELICIOUS, SMOOTH COCONUT ICE-CREAM, COCONUT CACAO CHOCOLATE SAUCE AND THE CRUNCH OF WALNUTS THESE DAIRY-FREE, SUGAR-FREE BANANA SPLITS ARE A HEALTHY AND HAPPY TREAT! Ingredients: • 1 banana per person • Chopped walnuts to serve • Desiccated coconut to serve COCONUT ICE-CREAM • 1 tin coconut cream • 1 tin coconut milk • 2 bananas • Vanilla paste CHOCOLATE SAUCE • ½ cup coconut oil • ½ cup cacao powder • ¼ cup norbu (monk fruit powder), or another sugar-free alternative like stevia or xylitol • 1 tsp vanilla paste Method: • Make the ice-cream the night before so it can set overnight. • To make the ice-cream, pour both tins of coconut into a deep


blender, add in the chopped banana and vanilla paste. • Blend together until smooth. • Pour into a sealable container and place in the freezer overnight. • Make the chocolate sauce by melting the coconut oil in a saucepan, once melted add in the cacao powder, vanilla and norbu, mix together over a low heat until it is all well combined. Taste for your level of sweetness, adjust if needed. • Remove from heat. • Remove ice-cream from freezer. Allow it to soften at room temperature. • Slice a banana in half per person. • Arrange on a plate or bowl. • Top with 3 scoops of the coconut ice-cream. • Drizzle with the chocolate sauce. • Sprinkle with the walnuts and

a light sprinkling of desiccated coconut. Serve! NOTES: • This ice-cream recipe is also beautiful spiced up by adding a tablespoon (or to taste) cold strained strong chai tea at the coconut milk blending stage. • This chocolate sauce will harden when made ahead; warm it slightly in a saucepan just before serving. Sunshine Coast-based REBECCA MUGRIDGE is an award winning author, horticulturalist, recipe creator, food blogger and busy mum with a passion for food. Her new cookbook coming soon is called, The Healthy, Happy Cookbook. You can find Rebecca, all her recipes, gardening tips, cooking events and upcoming cooking classes at: and follow her on Facebook at Author Rebecca Mugridge.

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o Cath, dirt is vitally important. “Our soil is where it all begins. If the ground our food is grown in lacks vitality, then the food doesn’t have the nutrients we need. When we eat that food then we ourselves will lack nutrients and that’s when we can have health issues. I think for our future, healthy soil is the most important thing.” Cath is passionate about teaching and inspiring others to feel the same way about dirt as she does. She studied horticulture and permaculture but it was the birth of her sons that prompted her to delve into organic and sustainable

ways of growing food to feed her young family. In turn that has led to ‘Soil to Supper’, a range of services helping others to live a sustainable life from the ground up. She appears on Channel 10 for ‘Totally Wild’, teaches online and this year became the inaugural director at the ‘Centre for Growing Sustainability’ at the ‘Big Pineapple’, a not for profit ecosustainability centre based on education and inspiration.

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but what does it actually mean to a woman who’s made it her life’s work? Cath believes that to live a sustainable life we must begin with ourselves. She encourages people to look at the way they live. Can they sustain the lifestyle that they’re living for a long period of time? Can their minds and bodies sustain it? What about their families? And can their community and our planet also sustain the lifestyles they’re living? “I teach people to start with themselves. On a global level, for any change to happen, it begins with us as individuals.”

She suggests we slow down and look at the how we’re living; the food we’re eating, what we’re putting on our skin, who we’re spending our time with and our spiritual lives, then ask ourselves, “Are all those things sustainable for me?” If we’re trying to save the planet and create world peace yet personally we’re in turmoil, then we ourselves are not in balance and therefore less likely to think about waste, or consider our neighbours or grow some food. She believes that once we live our lives in a manner that we can continue to sustain, we’ll be more inclined to consider others and consider the planet. “What’s going on within is going to have a reflection on what happens in the rest of the world,” she says. “I always say to people; if you want to live a sustainable life and care for the planet and care for others, live in a sustainable manner. Do things that bring you joy. Eat the best food that you can give your body but sometimes if you want to eat chocolate or drink a few glasses of wine then don’t be hard on yourself either. There’s got to be that balance there.” Her greatest passion is that everyone should have access to fresh, healthy food. It concerns her that children are going without fresh food each day, especially in this country where we should all have access to it. She hopes to inspire other women to think about the food they’re putting on the table for their family. It makes sense, that’s where this whole journey started for Cath. When it comes to growing our own food that buzz word comes in to play again. We need to treat growing food in a way that’s sustainable to our lifestyle. A lot of us don’t have the time to grow everything we eat. Cath suggests we grow the things we love to eat in the time and space we have. “I tell my clients to dream big when we’re designing gardens but start small. You need to fit it in to your lifestyle. How many hours do you actually have a week to look after your garden, your chooks, your compost? Don’t let it become a chore. And don’t stress out if you have to buy most of your food,” she says. “Stressing out isn’t healthy either.” Something that can be very stressful when we’re growing our own food is seeing it demolished by grasshoppers

and caterpillars. Cath has a unique perspective on pest and disease control. She doesn’t think about it. She refuses to give any energy to pest and disease problems. She doesn’t mind if the bugs eat a few plants or the rats demolish a pumpkin. In her opinion there is plenty for everyone. She suggests that we think positive thoughts about having a beautiful productive garden. Having that positive energy will result in abundance. Having said that she also suggests installing bird baths to attract birds to eat the pests, using lots of liquid fertiliser, making sure the soil is healthy and never, ever using sprays. “There are a lot more good bugs than bad bugs,” she says. “So you don’t want to kill any of them. Everything is in balance and we need to let that balance be.” When Cath speaks or teaches on sustainability she suggests people ignore the ‘doom and gloom’ information about the planet and our environment, pay no heed to the sceptics, and focus on the abundance we have instead. “We have enough food to feed the world, we can create healthy soil, have plenty of water, sunshine and all the ingredients to grow food, and enough for everyone. I teach people to think of abundance, not lack and then they will have enough for their family and to share.” Cath believes we’ll get to a tipping point, where over fifty percent of people globally will become aware that we all need to make a change, that we need to care for the planet. This tipping point will create the momentum for everyone else to become involved. Everyone making one change, no matter what they do, will help with this movement. “We can all make a change by doing one or two really simple things,” she says. ‘Whether it’s growing our own food, reducing our waste, considering our food miles or not using chemicals in our homes. We have to leave the soil and the Earth in a good place for our children. We don’t want to make it any harder for them when they in turn need to step up and think about their kids.” Children and dirt. It’s a natural combination. And if Cath Manuel has her way, both the kids and the dirt will be much better for it. Holistic Bliss | SEPTEMBER 2013 |

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or a few moments let’s put aside our smart meters and solar panels, recycle bins and retrofits, green bags and grey water and make sustainability a little more, shall we say, palatable. Forgive the pun, but I want to talk about greening your groceries. I’d like you to question your cuisine, to ponder what’s on your plate. You see, the choices you make with your chow may actually be the most significant sustainable actions you can take. It’s fun to talk about food, and I guarantee if you implement the initiatives below, it will taste better too. So without further ado, here are the top four tips for ethical eating. 1. Buy local – Do you pay attention to where your grub is grown? Sourcing food locally reduces your food miles (the distance your food travels to get to you) and therefore reduces carbon emissions. Shop at local farmers markets, food co-operatives, roadside stalls, and independent green grocers. You’ll be supporting your local business-folk too.

2. Choose organic – Yum, could I have Endosulfam with my endives please? Honestly, who wants chemicals sprayed on their food. Pesticides and other sprays interrupt ecological processes, and many are proven carcinogens or endocrine disruptors. What to do about it? Look for organic certification labels such as BFA, OGA, NASAA and Demeter. “Spray free” is second best but still pretty savvy. Consider organic home delivery and food box services. 3. Grow your own – You can’t get fresher than stepping out the back door to PYO din-dins. You won’t find more soulful nor more love filled food than from your own veggie patch. Fresher means more nutrients too, so in turn it means a healthier you. Growing food is satisfying, cheap and life-changing. I bet you didn’t know it’s also a form of political activism. Growing your own earns triple tucker points because it automatically includes tips one and two! For the ultimate in ethical eggs, consider keeping chooks. But look, if it’s all too hard start with sprouting or

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id you know there are specific body parts that will sustain your personal and professional goals which are linked to the season of spring? Metaphysically spring is a time of nurturance. There are specific body parts that assist this process and align perfectly to spring. 1. Bladder – wants 2. Thyroid – devote to self, commitment 3. Small intestine – assimilation, joy 4. Kidney – relationships, coping Relating this to your professional life, the key here is to know what you want (bladder) and why you want it. If in business you want more clients, ask yourself why. Is it for money – then why, and continue. Having more money may mean more products and services to help more clients. Now we are in the kidney and discovering relationships with our self and our needs and those of clients. If I have more clients and more money, then I know I can cope with the future

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real conversations we’re having. I love my laptop. I reach for it as soon as get home, sometimes as soon as I wake up, and often when there is the slightest pause in proceedings I’ll find it in my hands almost sub consciously. I’m writing on it now while having all my social media sites up, just in case I feel the need to enhance my life and work by telling the world that I #amwriting. I’m not so fond of my computer at work. It’s a bit slow but it still plugs me into the world, delivers the thousands of emails I receive and allows me to do all the things I need to do to get a program to air every day. And that’s a lot. These days it’s not enough to do an interview on the radio, it needs to be blogged, Tweeted, Facebooked, Tumblered and uploaded to Soundcloud. All of this is not unusual; it is the accepted reality of modern life. But should it be? Recently I was reading an interview, on my laptop, with Rich Pierson, the founder of the online meditation company Headspace. One

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there is judgment on the planet we have little chance of this being a sustainable reality or a sustainable planet. Joy, happiness and laughter are the things that heal the Earth. Not recycling. Recycling is a pretence that we’re actually trying to save the planet. All we are doing is turning things into more cardboard boxes. Why aren’t we looking at a different way? Every molecule in the universe has consciousness. If we chose consciousness all the time, it’s possible that the molecules could return to their elemental state. Q: What about people in their own back yard? What can they do? Gary: First step, laugh and be joyful. Second step, stay there. See the beauty everywhere, like a child playing for hours throwing leaves into a stream. They receive the absolute joy of nature. That’s living in the moment, being grateful for everything that comes to us and being grateful for everything that we experience without a point of view, without judgment. Instead of thinking that we live on the Earth, what if we were living with the earth? To find a facilitator near you or to find out more about Access Consciousness go to:

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Jessica Ainscough (The Wellness Warrior) who recovered from cancer naturally, Sunny Kids, (a not-for-profit organisation helping disadvantaged kids), and a well-known retired missionary who is dedicated to Alzheimer’s disease recovery information, to name just a few. Many more will gather to support a foundation that can create change and usher this education into the mainstream world. Tony and his team see the work of the foundation as a way of informing and educating people about potentially lifesaving and life-changing modalities, processes and nutritional elements. In the process, mind, body and soul can be nurtured. Tony says, “The foundation will comprise of an eclectic group and cover the whole generational spectrum.” These practitioners, researchers, teachers and mentors will share their wisdom in areas such as: nutrition, emotional wellness, vitamin and herbal therapies, organics, Gerson therapy, the use of prayer, meditation and grounding techniques. They have also had biologists researching the beneficial effects of medicinal mushrooms, and are dedicated to orthomolecular fields of study.

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relationships are travelling along smoothly then all of a sudden things begin to change. Personally it can appear that you may feel like doing no exercise for a week, you have lost your motivation to organise your home, cooking feels like a chore and nothing is really stimulating you. It can show up in your business as your sales all of a sudden go down or plateau, no one seems to pay attention to your ads, your face book likes are non existent or your clients have disappeared or slowed right down. It can show up in your relationships as boredom, conversation runs out, lovemaking is non-existent or giving seems like such an effort. What to do when you find yourself in a winter? Ask your body if you are metaphorically entering a winter. “Body, are we in a winter?” Self-muscle testing can show you straight away. If you cannot self-muscle test give space for that inner voice to share with you after you ask your body. It can share with you through intuition, through feelings of ‘aha’, tingles or lightness. Or you get a sense of ‘just knowing’. Trust your body, it knows!

If you sense that you are in a winter, acknowledge it! Say out loud to your body, “Relax body, we are just in a winter. Spring is on the way and will be more abundant than ever before.” This awareness can make such a difference to your spring. Most of the time you begin to worry and panic.

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here are infinite ways to personally contribute to a more sustainable world with a mind boggling and heartening amount of projects, groups, campaigns and opportunities on offer if we don’t already have our own ideas or initiatives.


This can be overwhelming and lead to people feeling guilty they aren’t doing enough to support the planet or confusion about how and what to contribute. Some people may simply do nothing or attempt many things at once and burn out. How can we support a sustainable world as well as our families and communities, earn a living, do all the jobs that need tending to for daily living and look after ourselves at the same time? Growing our own greens, vegetables and sprouts is arguably the single most supportive action we can take to sustain our bodies, our loved ones and care for our world in one simple undertaking. It doesn’t need to take lots of time but commitment, dedication and some design and set up are required.


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• Reducing chemical inputs • Boycotting hybrid seed companies and GM crops • Supporting local organic seed and seedling suppliers • Composting prunings and scraps to recycle and feed the garden rather than contributing to landfill • Enabling you to be more healthy in mind, body and spirit and more able to contribute positive energy Let’s take a walk, beginning in the kitchen, and venture out from there to explore many ways of sustaining ourselves and learn more about Permaculture at the same time. The idea of ‘Zones’ acknowledges that the closer we put things to the house the more likely we are to tend, pick, weed, water or visit them. The kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s our Zone 0, our inner Zone where not just meals are made. It can also be a garden. If you don’t have time or space to make and maintain an outdoor garden you can still grow sprouts in the kitchen. Grow them in special stacking trays or glass jars covered with mesh or cheese cloth. Pots of herbs and even lettuces, rocket or Asian greens can be grown in pots on sunny window sills or hanging baskets suspended from the window. Many kitchen brews can add health

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and nutrition, diversity and interest to a meal. Consider making your own yoghurt, white cheeses, kefir, kumbucha, sauerkraut, beer or numerous other ferments and cultures. If you don’t know some of these delicacies check out your library or the internet to learn more. Any sunny balcony, deck, veranda or courtyard can host a container garden or raised bed as can any bitumen or hard surface, paving or even a rooftop. Walls of the house, carport or shed become vertical growing spaces for beans, snow peas, peas, Ceylon spinach, passionfruit, grapes, chokos, nasturtiums, even pumpkins. Just outside the front door, in Zone 1, you may have herb spirals and clipping sprout gardens that are cut with scissors and any number of pots, containers and

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raised beds established to keep a family in greens, herbs and basic vegetables. As you create your home garden, remember to place things where you will see them or walk past regularly and give them your love and attention. They will feed it back to you in delicious ways, sustaining you as you give to our wonderful world. ROBIN CLAYFIELD is currently reprinting her book ‘You Can Have Your Permaculture and Eat It Too’. She is an author, trainer of trainers and international presenter of courses and retreats about Permaculture, Creative Facilitation, Dynamic Groups, Community Empowerment and Healthy Relationships as well as living at and leading tours of Crystal Waters Eco-Village via Maleny.

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Discover your Uniqueness WORDS VIKKI SPELLER


itting at my desk, green tea in hand and my beautiful grey cat purring at my feet, I contemplate my day, my mind wandering off to the wonderful clients I had been so blessed to have seen. It never ceases to amaze me…the information held within their energy, chakra centres and physical body and the loving support around each of them by spirit even though some have been unaware of them being there. Spirit still continues to stand by, nurturing and guiding them throughout their everyday lives, waiting for an opportunity to step in and be heard. Having worked with clients for many years I am still intrigued at what shows up during healing sessions and how our deepest fears, emotions, memories and past lives can have a profound effect on how we are travelling in life. To let go of the past or that which no longer serves is a true gift, allowing you to step forward in life and be a shining light for yourself and others. There is no-one like you and there never will be again. You are unique! So if you’re not feeling your ‘uniqueness’, take the time to nurture yourself with an energy healing session, receive insight and gain valuable tools that will empower you to show the world the true essence of your being.


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n Sunday 11th August a group of people gifted $18,000 and an established company to the community. For 11 years they had been working toward this day. The purpose was to create a sustainable organisation that would promote elements of a conscious culture to the general public. Every year since then ‘The Joining’, a 3 day gathering of men and women who come together to discover conscious ways of relating, has been held successfully. Then six years ago a women’s gathering called ‘Being Woman’ has also been held and is now a part of the inner work calendar in S.E. Qld. Both of these events are a part of the new ‘Very good Company’ that has been formed to promote sustainable culture and ecology. The name comes from a quote of Buddha’s. Q: “What is the fastest way to enlightenment?” Buddha: “Good company” “A conscious society arises from those who are expanded at the community level of awareness and who do their inner work together, as a community,” said founder/visionary Rudran Brannock. The Joining is held this year from September 20th -23rd. The secretary for the Very Good Company can be contacted on 0437 557 677.

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ere we are bathing in the wonderful elemental forces of nature that visit us every year to announce the arrival of spring; a time of renewal, rejuvenation, and a huge burst of fresh energy that fills lives and our body, mind and spirit. We have overwhelming urges to clean up our ‘nests’, to exercise, do a detox, open all the doors and windows to fill our life and homes with light and to clear away the stagnancy of winter. The cycles of nature move within us, and we cannot deny the deep urges that take over. What we often forget is that our spirit, or soul is also in a renewal process, but it isn’t attached to the season, or the cycles of nature, it is something that we are called to attend to on a daily basis. The evolution of self through spirit is in a constant “spring renewal” process of refining, releasing and expansion. When we dive into ‘spring cleaning’ in our physical world, we are actually doing the same thing that we are required to for our soul. We are constantly being reminded to detox our emotions, clean up our thoughts, release limiting beliefs and introduce new patterns and ways that are in alignment with where we are in life. Over the last few months, we have all been experiencing some massive energetic changes. Our inner world is calling to us, and in order to sustain the changes we are going through, we have to listen, not just with our ears, but with our whole being.

The best way to ‘hear, feel and understand” what is happening, what we are experiencing and what we can do, is to pay attention to what your body is telling you and then to follow through with actions. Be mindful that every action must come from conscious awareness. This conscious awareness is in essence the attention of being fully present, responsive, and engaged in whatever you are doing and feeling. We can support ourselves and each other with a few simple tips that can become lifelong habits and sustain us no matter what we are moving through: 1. Select foods which nurture you 2. Move your body regularly and joyfully 3. Be in nature, often 4. Ocean, sea water, salt water baths 5. Good quality drinking water, spring water is preferable 6. BARE feet onto the earth, or sand, every day 7. Body work, massages, and energy healings 8. Sleep if you feel weary, take rest None of us can escape the incredibly huge changes that we are all journeying through. All I can say from experience is to be in the NOW, pay attention to all that is happening within and around you, then act on it all accordingly. If you can manage this, you will stay in the flow by allowing the changes, instead of resistance. Let this spring season be the catalyst for change that sets a new platform for your life.

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Well and Good



elebrate things good for your body, mind, soul and the planet at the sixth annual “All Well & Good” day on Saturday 14 September. Held on site at the Original Eumundi Markets, All Well & Good is a FREE health and wellness event – a day of education and healthy pampering celebrating nourishing foods, natural products, therapies and lifestyle choices. Listen to some of the Coast’s best professional health speakers and take in presentations and displays from a range of community organisations, sporting clubs, health and eco groups. Discover tai chi, hip hop, burlesque, cheerleading, karate, aikido, cycling, belly dancing, hula hooping, kite surfing, surf lifesaving, cricket, wrestling, chess and laughter therapy – and a whole lot more. Take part in FREE yoga, meditation and chanting classes, as well as healing and drumming workshops – so wear

something comfortable and get involved (no prior experience required). View cooking demonstrations at the Market Chef Kitchen, highlighting food that’s good for your soul. Watch some of the most passionate chefs and foodies on the Coast cook with fresh seasonal produce and organics. You’ll discover products and services including herbal medicines, essential oils, natural skincare, Ayurvedic medicine, homeopathy, naturopathy, Chinese medicine, massage, manipulative therapies, tarot readers, palmistry, Reiki, clairvoyance, energy healing and astrology. There will also be some unique speakers. First up, hear relationship coach, educator and intuitive body worker Philip Millroy talk about ‘Authentic Consent in Relationships’. Then Mel Midegs will educate you about the art of face reading, Andrea Lopez will discuss ‘Every Woman’s Business’, Chirone Shakti will assist you to tune into your loved ones with Astrology, Katrina Thorpe will inform you about day spa treats and

Linn Wiggins will enlighten you about healing hormones. Join the All Well & Good Trail through the markets and learn from the many health and wellness based stalls. Make a purchase on the trail and you’ll go in the draw to WIN a pampering day spa experience for two at Ikatan Spa (valued at $675) or an All Well & Good gift hamper filled with health and wellness products and vouchers from Eumundi Markets (valued at $800+) The event runs 8am-2pm (NB yoga kicks off at 6.30am) throughout the Original Eumundi Markets site in the centre of town, Eumundi. Following the All Well & Good Day, the Bohemian Bungalow in Eumundi will host a ‘Healthy Writers High Tea’ from 3-4.30pm featuring Mary-Lou Stephens (columnist for Holistic Bliss and author of ‘Sex, Drugs & Meditation’) and Dominique Finney (author of ‘The Magic of Food as Medicine’ and ‘The Wellness Zone’). email: Visit to see the full program

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oga Circle launched last month at the newly renovated EcomNoosa (ex-Evergreen Centre). Prospective students and the local community are invited to attend a range of classes and can make a voluntary donation to Eumundi Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre. Yoga Circle Founder, Vivianne Barry says, “The Eumundi Wildlife Centre is staffed by volunteers who care for sick and injured native animals every day of the year and can do with all the assistance they can get. I encourage yoga to extend beyond the mat and into the local community by supporting such organisations.” Vivianne has enormous respect for the dedication of Gill Brownhill, the founder of the centre, and her team of volunteers who rely entirely on donations to care for up to 350 animals at any time. Yoga Circle offers classes from ten teachers and therapists, including

various modes of yoga, qi-gong, massage and body therapies, and will also host visiting teachers and wellness retreats. “The aim of Yoga Circle is to bring together a collective of teachers, each with their own style and passion, to create a strong and supportive local yoga community,” Vivianne says. “It is a dedicated space for wellbeing, collaboration, knowledge and joyful community – a calm sanctuary to explore the pathways of personal health, growth and wellbeing.” “The studio provides something for every age and fitness level. From kids’ classes during school terms to gentle yoga for seniors, and from beginners to more dynamic and athletic classes,” she says. “There are classes for those who want a deep, restorative approach, or for those who want to build up strength and challenge their bodies and minds.” “Noosa has amazing teachers, and with so much to offer in terms of

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What factors could be compromising your 

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WORDS SUZI LE FANUE – Nutritionist, Medical Herbalist And Naturopath


ur busy lifestyles can place stress on the body and this can also affect our mental and emotional wellbeing. From a naturopathic and nutritional perspective, I also see that our mental health can be compromised by a number of underlying factors considered below: Nutrient deficiencies. Everyone knows that B vitamins are important, but there are two nutrients that are often forgotten: Iodine and vitamin D. Iodine is increasingly deficient for two reasons. Firstly, the dairy industry can use iodine to sterilise equipment and the cow’s udder, this would transfer iodine to the milk, but this has stopped. The other reason is it may not be present in some types of soil in Australia. Iodine can be tested through pathology. It is important for proper thyroid function and essential for good mood, energy and hormone balance. Vitamin D is commonly low during winter. Have you ever wondered why you feel more down, lethargic and get sick easier during winter? It is likely to be because of less sunshine! Vitamin

D is a nutrient you get from the sun. It helps our immune system ward off infection, balance blood pressure, lift our mood and make us happy, control autoimmunity such as allergies and inflammatory conditions. Have you heard of kryptopyrroles? This is a genetically determined factor that is characterised by elevated pyrroles in the urine. It is thought that around 10% of the population have pyroluria. What this means is that your bodies demand for zinc, B6 and a few other key nutrients will be higher than someone without elevated pyrroles. This means that you may find it harder to balance your neurotransmitters (brain chemicals) such as serotonin. A simple urine test is all that is needed to determine pyrrole levels. I have seen elevated pyrrole in urine of many people with depression, anxiety, insomnia, alcoholism, IBS, anger, inability to cope with stress, strong fatigue and children with behavioural issues. Stress. The key physical components of stress management are sleep and

hormones. Sleep is imperative to allowing us to handle stress better. The double edged sword is, if you are stressed you may find it hard to sleep, which makes you more stressed, which then makes you sleep less…and the cycle goes on. Two hormones melatonin and cortisol are often out of balance. When cortisol is high in the morning it wakes you up and picks you up. BUT if you are continually stressed, its “rhythm” goes out of balance. This will lead to an imbalance in melatonin your sleeping hormone. Too often I hear people say, “I have always been like this” or “I think it’s genetic” or “I eat a good diet, so it can’t be from deficiency”. We are all creatures of habit and we like to continue with the same old ways of doing things, but as they say, if ‘nothing changes, then nothing changes’. Consider investigating some of these underlying factors and changes can be made with a naturopathic/nutritional program so you can enjoy a happier, healthier life.

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s we head in to spring and shed some layers, it’s a beautiful time to do some spring cleaning. It’s the perfect way to shed some old habits, de-clutter your home, clear your head and simplify your life. I find it’s best to start with one room or area, like the wardrobe.

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anytime soon, then bag it up and donate it to someone who will wear it. • Spring cleaning your wardrobe isn’t just about the clothes. Scrutinise your shoes and your accessories too. • Be brutal, the more you clear out, the more liberated you will feel and the more room you will create in your life to invite new opportunities and experiences. Building back up again sustainably: • Now you have cleared some space, resist the temptation to just fill it up again with useless items. • Keep your space clean and tidy and make it feel like a space you actually want to be in. Organise things. • As you are clearing items out, it’s a good time to take stock of what you might need to add. Being clear about what you actually need and what will complement what you already have will help you to start to build a sustainable wardrobe that will stand the test of time. • Try to have a list of things that you actually need on your phone or in your

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household – something that I have seen many times over. I recently did a reading for a lady whose whole household was held to ransom for 11 years by this very aggressive little dog. The dog ruled the whole house through bringing fear to everyone, including all the other pets. The people of this household were always too afraid to gain control and they let this little dog do whatever it wanted whenever it wanted, therefore she continued on her path of total control. The principle of us being the boss and our pets seeing it that way applies to most domestic animals, but even the more unusual pets like some kind of authority around them. That includes pigs, cows and horses. But remember that this authority is definitely not achieved through aggression or angry words as this will have the complete opposite effect of what you are trying to achieve. The aggression can also cause anxiety in the pet and they can easily become withdrawn and fearful, which then causes other problems. I find that the best way to have a great relationship with your pet, whether

it’s a cat, dog or even a horse, is that they see you as the leader. It shouldn’t just be you either but all the other human members of the family too. Dogs, especially, can pick up weaknesses in us and their instincts tell them that they need to take over as the leader as they don’t want to be led by a weak energy. A calm but strong energy is always the best way to connect with your pet and they must live by your rules just like all the other members in your family. Pets are very intelligent, and without us even saying a word they know what we are thinking and can sense our moods. Owning an animal is one of the most amazing experiences for anyone and having a well-balanced and happy relationship with your pet is even better. What better way to end the day than curled up in front of the fire with a hot chocolate and your favourite pet or pets beside you. You’re happy and so are they. No matter what breed they are or where they have come from in the past, every dog can become what you want them to be. This can sometimes take a little bit of work but it is definitely well

worth it in the end. If you are consistent with your rules and your energy, then your pet will see this and will be happy to blend in with all the other members of the family. I personally have a rescue dog that, in the beginning, was very challenging and it took quite a lot of work. But now he is the most loving and loyal 50kg big boy you could ever meet and everyone who meets him just loves him. Many times in the beginning we would lock horns, but I was never going to give up on him. My intention was never to break his spirit, and I didn’t do this. He just knows who is boss and so does my other big girl who is now 9 years old. We can certainly spoil our beloved animals and make their life easy, as that makes us happy pet owners too, but remember that the most important thing is consistency and what I call “The boss energy”. With this in mind and in practice, you can’t go wrong. Please give all your pets a big hug from me.

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herapeutic massage is more than “patting your pet!” Massage can be exceptionally useful for calming pets, and for pets with behaviour problems. It is a useful tool for the examination process, and helps veterinary consultations to be much more relaxed for both the vet and the pet. Therapeutic massage can be an integral part of rehabilitating an animal following cruciate, spinal, abdominal or any orthopaedic surgical procedure; injury; illness; or stroke. Massage has great therapeutic benefits for allergic skin disease, immune system dysfunction and geriatric arthritis. Veterinary staff and pet owners have found that with remedial massage, pets obtain relief from pain and discomfort associated with arthritis and hip dysplasia, joint pain, muscle cramps or stiffness, skin problems, digestive problems, and spinal problems. Massage stimulates circulation and increases lymph flow. Deep tissue pressure massage of the skin which reaches subcutaneous tissue and myofascia (the fibrous tissue that encloses and separates layers of muscle) stimulates vagal nerve endings.

These send signals to the brain that improve equilibrium of the autonomic nervous system. Balance between the activity of the two subsystems of the ANS – the sympathetic (fight-orflight) and parasympathetic (calming) nervous systems – improves blood flow throughout the body and reduces inflammation, muscle tension, spinal cord sensitization and pain. Another little-known benefit of massage is improved digestion – one of the most important functions of the human or animal body. Research indicates the vagal stimulation from massage is significantly beneficial to premature infants. It has been shown to positively impact digestive function by improving gastric motility, decreasing gut permeability (‘leaky gut’), increasing availability of nutrients from food, regulating blood insulin levels, and promoting weight gain and growth rate. Similarly, massage can improve the outlook for puppies and kittens suffering from failure to thrive after birth. Massage also has the potential to help older pets with digestive problems and conditions. Weight loss is another area where


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massage can assist pets. Studies of obese rats indicate long-term vagal stimulation through massage can lead to a reduction in food intake. This suggests the vagal nerve network is capable of sending satiety (‘I’m full’) signals to the brain, effectively reducing appetite. From this we can assume regular massage has the potential to reduce food cravings in your pet, and stimulate desire for more physical activity because his or her body feels better. Various massage techniques may be incorporated into remedial physical therapies, such as acupressure, which releases blocked chi (or energy). Students that have attended workshops on remedial massage have commented on the effectiveness of myofunctional release techniques (such as cross gibre mobilisation) in helping improve mobility and decrease discomfort. Becoming skilled in pet massage will make you more attuned to picking up subtle changes in your patient or your pet.

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How to Relate to

Thoughts in Meditation



n the process of training the ‘puppy’ of our attention, a primary benefit of meditation is that we learn how to leave our thoughts alone. We start to play with the possibility that we don’t have to change them in any way. It is okay for thoughts to be there when we meditate. We just let them be. They will settle by themselves. More important than asking the waves of thoughts and emotions to stop rolling, is to experience ourselves as the calm presence that is in contact with all of that – to be the watchful still depth of the ocean floor. The trouble comes for us when when we start judging ourselves for how we are – or when we get so caught up in our thinking, that we forget that we are meditating. And yet even this is not a big problem – because as soon as we have recognised that we have become distracted – we are already back. How convenient! As an old friend said to me, the

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Exploring the

Global Spirit

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ur ‘Peaceful Hearts Tour’ has come to an end in Greece. Terry and I have travelled to 14 countries exploring Germany, Moscow, the Eastern block, Sweden, Denmark, Belgium, Spain, the UK, across to the beautiful Bahamas and on to warm sunny France and Greece. We have shared our music and hearts with thousands of people in concerts, gatherings and Soul Purpose Mastery workshops. We have visited sacred sites; from ancient spiral caves in Romania, the Camino de Santiago path in Spain, the lavender fields and ancient castles in Southern France, the Tor and Chalice Well of Glastonbury/Avalon and the Acropolis and Temples of Apollo and Athena in Athens and Delphi in Greece.

desire to know, magic flows into each moment propelling us beyond the known to new levels of understanding and experience. My voice has awakened and as I sing the doors of my heart are thrown open. The sound of the flute with the breath of my beloved Terry elevates me to heavenly states as we share the love that flows through our connection. The great mystery unfolds with perfection.

Each moment has been wonderful and it is a precious honour to be supported by the universe. Each day is bliss to share our music and journey through Soul Purpose Mastery globally. I have realised that in releasing the

They reflect back to me the inner workings of the universal human experience. Their suffering has been my own and so to bring the comfort of exploring truth together is loving myself more and more, for we are one.

More than ever before I feel inner freedom, inner beauty. My soul purpose of embracing presence and living love is a reality. The Global Spirit of sharing love and space with people is perfect and as it should be. Each new friend that comes to share themselves in our work is beloved and precious.

I cherish this realisation. I also love that each one of us, who, bound in the web of intricate soul connection defies distance and boundaries and across the universe we find each other. There is no barrier that cannot be overcome if the soul desires freedom of truth and the flesh is willing to throw off the old cloak and dagger of untrue stories and their defence. If we can truly become naked and vulnerable we can meet love in the freshness of each new dawn. I am so grateful for my life and all those who have shown me how to explore, to fall and to rise in love. I am grateful to have had the courage to explore the false stories that have kept me bound, and to shine the light of truth so that these misperceptions can fall away. As a shining being in a ‘Universe of Love‘ like the lotus that arises in the mud we too can blossom in full beauty as we reach out and hold the light.

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