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Life and Art Toni Carmine Salerno Inside the creative mind of Blue Angel Publishing’s Toni Carmine Salerno.

White Whale Dreaming Bunna Lawrie’s life with the whales and the the return of Migaloo the White Whale

His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama Speaking on Ethical and Global Responsibility during his recent Australian Visit.

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WELCOME TO SAGE MAGAZINE Namaste……and welcome to the second edition of Sage Magazine – a digital platform with a powerful purpose to transcend all feelings of separateness and serve to empower and awaken the ‘soul Traveller’ with insights, articles and incredible imagery to illuminate the magnificent journey that we are all taking together on this breathtaking planet! These past months we have gathered some amazing material and connected with many unique and heartfelt individuals; His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Sydney, Charles Virtue on the Gold Coast, Toni Carmine Salerno at his home studio in Melbourne, Bunna Lawrie at a whale ceremony on St Andrews Beach Victoria and on tour with Lia Scallon’s “Sounds of Source” event both at Mornington Peninsula, Victoria and for a very special equinox occasion with ‘Solar’ the master Crystal skull in Cairns. We are excited to welcome some new contributors; internationally recognised clairvoyant Melanie Crawford sharing her beautiful gift with Sage readers through Q&A, Susan Joy Coombes and her crystal wisdom, Rob Flint walking his talk for the animal spirit guide kingdom and our regular favourites Anne Hartley, Charles Virtue and Laurie Baum. I would like to make special mention to the powerful and loving community of healers, lightworkers and extraordinary individuals that have created home for us wherever we have landed, including a festival for peace at Palm Cove in far North Queensland, organised by Connect Magazine; I leave you with this awesome aerial view and pray peace to the planet through the activation and magnificence of the oceans and the mineral and crystal kingdoms…journey well soul travellers…

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Editor Tanya Allison | Heart Whispers www.heartwhispers.com.au

Tanya Allison | Shayne Locke | Charles Virtue Anne Hartley | Lia Scallon | Susan Joy Coombes Laurie Baum | Rob Flint | Greg Doyle

Publisher and Art Design Shayne Locke | Liquid Digital Marketing www.liquiddigitalmarketing.com

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his holiness the xiv dalai lama

crystal dreaming

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bunna lawrie and the whale dreamers

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THE NEW GYPSIES

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the artwork of toni carmine salerno

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working with your animal spirit guides

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WHAT ABOUT JAMIE CATTO? FINDING UNITY IN DIVERSITY BY SHAYNE LOCKE


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“Come into the room. Be here, present, vulnerable and authentic.” What drives someone who has sold 16 million albums with a highly successful dance band to shift his focus and spend the next 9 years travelling to over 50 countries and 5 continents? The end product, 1 Giant Leap resulted in Jamie Catto and his partner Duncan Bridgeman selling hundreds of thousands of albums and receive 2 Grammy nominations. However all the potential fame is not what drives Jamie Catto to keep asking the question “What About Me?” The answer is much simpler...Unity In Diversity.

think if people saw the truth, if people really knew what was going on in our heads, all the crazy truth of our dark appetites and self loathing, then we’d get rejected. But in fact, the opposite is true. It’s when we dare to reveal the truth that we unwittingly give everyone else permission to do the same. To stop holding their breathe for a moment and actually come into the room. Be here, present, vulnerable and authentic.” Jamie is visiting Australia this month to present creative master classes, film screenings and dance events as well as promoting his new “old” album, Jamie Catto and the happening – “As deep as we can go without drowning”. Although released last month through One World Music and Phoenix Distribution, the album was originally recorded during the two 1 Giant Leap albums.

As one of the founding members of the band Faithless (with hits like Insomnia, God Is a DJ and the Dido Collaboration One Step Too Far), Jamie’s project 1 Giant Leap was more a tapestry of wisdom and philosophy from world cultures and the inhabitants of this amazing planet, some well known and some not, but all with a Whilst musically mellower to either story worth telling. his Faithless or 1 Giant Leap projects, elements of both shine through, “We need to collectively admit that particularly in the songs Brothers and we’re not fine, we’re not confident Sisters (featuring the unmistakable vocals and balanced and good. We turn up to of Maxi Bliss – Faithless) and Searchlight work every day pretending we’re not which could have easily been lifted from neurotic and obsessed and insatiable the What About Me? album. Although and full of doubt, and we waste so this album lacks the amazing talents of much energy keeping up this mutual the 1 Giant Leap contributors such as pretence for each other because we Robbie Williams, KD Lang, Michael Stipe

(REM) and Alanis Morrisette, it makes up in the musical depth that leaves you wanting to press repeat. “The Happening project is all about getting a bunch of musicians together who are used to making a lot of commercial music to have almost like... musician health camp where they just play what they find is beautiful and spacious. The other way we described the Happening is like...I love making film music and cant wait around for someone to hire me to do a film score every time I want to do it...so what I do is I think up an imaginary film, gather together all the musicians and we improvise a film score scene by scene to a film that doesn’t exist. These incredible improvisations come through and in the end we are left with a beautiful film score for a film... that doesn’t exist. There is a beautiful purity to that though.” In fact there is nothing Jamie Catto produces that doesn’t make you want to put the music to the film within our minds. It is that emotion that Jamie has redeveloped in all his projects, from the early days of Faithless to the workshop events such as What About You? and What About Dance?

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“WE’RE ARE ON A MISSION TO MAKE SELFREFLECTION HIP ...JUST LONG ENOUGH TO SAVE US” “We want to put our own selves into the work. We want to create a movement of introspection and self inquiry where the viewer becomes the subject of the piece. It’s about you. If we dare to show ourselves in all our raw glory, really express what’s going on in the chaos and the shadows then we have a chance to connect to something real in our audience. Because when I talk about me, you’ll hear about you”

else’s. Not condemning and rejecting everybody, including everybody and knowing that we are all freaks. It is all welcome.”

Jamie’s honesty is what makes his story and his vision so compelling. Comedian Stephen Fry commented that “Jamie Catto is kind, wise, open, boundlessly energetic, optimistic & passionate. He has a remarkable ability to light fires under otherwise reluctant The workshops that Jamie conducts people. I adore him.” with his partner Raisa, were born from the idea of 1 Giant Leap. Lighting fires is what Jamie excels at. His knack to film people at their absolute “Just like 1 Giant Leap, embracing the rawness is what has made 1 Giant Leap human experience is a huge part of such a worldwide phenomenon. Jamie these workshops as well because in pulls no punches and delivers the truth our upbringing, even in spiritual circles however brutal or gut wrenching that it has been about “we are on a journey may be. away from the darkness towards the light” and I think that is a bit of a “We’re on a mission to make selfcrippled way to go through life. We are reflection hip for just a moment, just very much about a journey to include long enough to save us. If we can all all of ourselves, to love all of ourselves, collectively acknowledge our insanity, not neglect the dark less attractive bits shrug and roll our eyes at each other at and keep all the nice bits that fit in the how nuts it is being a human, let alone brochure. having to pretend every day that we’re normal, the amount of energy we’ll We are all about taking people on a inherit that has been wasted on the journey towards darkness and light. mask will be enough to creatively solve Towards wholeness. To appreciate any global crisis.“ our own wholeness and everybody

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WHAT ABOUT YOU? WHAT ABOUT intimacy? Intimacy workshops “What about us” is all about having a deeper connection with everyone in your life. Your partner, friends, people at work. Communicating without manipulation, without coercion, with visibility, with vulnerability. Drinking the richness of when we are a bit more vulnerable and more open with each other. Raisa, my partner has bought so much of that to my life, we now run those workshops, not only for couples, for all takers. It’s about having a deeper more present connection with everyone and everything in our lives.

WHAT ABOUT dance?

WHAT ABOUT you? I have discovered that people don’t know how to tap into their creativities (sic). It’s not really taught. At school you are given some colours or some paints and you might be taught how to life draw but you’re not really taught how to draw the creativity, the ideas, bring the projects out of yourself and manifest them into the world – take an idea onto planet earth with a barcode and everyone loving it. So it’s my great excitement because I have a long experience of lots of different projects where i get a little idea into my head and actually manage to manifest it and give form and get everyone to join in. I really know a lot about that, so that was really the beginning of the workshops, taking groups and facilitate it, getting their projects, getting their creativity, getting their passion out of them into the world; into actual art, practice, projects. It’s not only creativity either. It is anyone that wants to do anything but doesn’t really know how to get it out of themselves. And it has gone deeper and deeper mainly because of the links to 1 Giant Leap and it becomes a twin trail of both an outward journey into your creativity, creating a project, creating a new business, but also you learn that the journey itself of creativity is an inward journey because it is showing you...you.

What about Dance is much more freestyle, much less lead. It is more about getting into your body and shaking it to really great music. Where we live it is quite hard to find a good place to dance which isn’t techno music or five rythms. Sometimes we want to dance without steps without being lead. Coming to a great place with great people and shaking it to some brilliant music.

CONSCIOUS CONTRIBUTION If you can’t afford to make it to one of my workshops, you should still come along. It is another form of being inclusive. If you don’t have the workshop cost, I don’t want you to miss it, that’s ridiculous. We are working hard to spread the message that we don’t want to feed the model that says money equals participation because there is a wide breadth of people with different incomes, different styles and I want them all in the room. If you have the time and commitment to be in the room while I do this, then I want you there. The price is a penny less than you not coming.

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jamie catto productions Faithless

1 GIANT LEAP

Faithless was a British electronica band consisting of Maxi Jazz, Sister Bliss and Rollo. The group is best known for their dance songs (”Insomnia” ”God Is a DJ” and ”We Come 1”). Faithless recorded six albums. During their career they sold over 15 million records worldwide. The first song Jamie wrote with Rollo and Sister Bliss when they met in Faithless Islington studios. Later picked up by Danny Boyle for his ’Life Less ordinary’ movie. Jamie was rumored to have laid his vocal down naked...no comment

Two musicians set out to create a multimedia project that would encompass a CD, DVD and cinematic presentation that would offer a complete artistic statement.

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The project offers music, digital video footage shot over the course of six months by Catto and Bridgeman, images, rhythms and spoken word content. The project spawned 2 albums, 2 dvds, workshops, a TV series, 2 grammy nominations and a top 10 hit. BUY 1 GIANT LEAP ALBUMS & DVD HERE

INTERNAL

aluta & the mystics

From the stillpoint within comes the entire universe of our feeling states. This collaboration between Jamie Catto and Alex Forster reflects our deepest emotions our sadness and our ecstasy, our fear and courage - and the unchanging space in which they swirl. An evocative combination of electronic and organic world music, Internal brings us a powerful complement for yoga and body-based practices or whenever we long for the experience of letting go and losing ourselves amidst our vast inner landscapes.

With the help of reggae-dub producer Nick Manasseh, Jamie and Aluta created an irresistibly cool and positive mix of tracks showcasing Aluta’s rhythmic vocals and supported by a whole host of international reggae artists.

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˜The Struggle Continues is an album whose time has come. It documents a fight for freedom still ongoing, yet offers Hope, Relief, Inspiration and Respite through the powerful Harmony of its music and message.

JAMIE CATTO & THE HAPPENING An incredible ensemble of very sensitive talents who improvised the entire recording with no song being played more than once. The result is stunning. The recording showcases a very special combination of top-notch musicianship with elements of world fusion and enough funky, soulful and instrumental pop sensibility to keep the music accessible and danceable. Produced and performed by Jamie Catto (1 Giant Leap/Faithless) and featuring the likes of Duncan Bridgeman (1 Giant Leap), Maxi Jazz (Faithless), DJ Swamp and Dave Randall. This is an exquisite, spacious late night album. BUY THE HAPPENING ALBUM HERE


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Melanie crawford “people ask me who i am. i am just A farm girl...happy to ground my bare feet on the land. when they ask what i do, i have to tell it how it is - be in service to truth and integrity” Melanie was born and raised in New Zealand, growing up deeply grounded and connected to the heart of Earth Mother on a sheep farm, aware from childhood that she was a natural intuitive. This gift continued to expand and led Melanie to Australia in 1999; professionally reading for over 15 years and aligned with a strong pharmacy/medical intuitive background, Melanie’s unique abilities have been acknowledged by doctors, psychologists and counsellors. With a global clientele, Melanie’s wealth of experience enables her to combine mediumship and channelled healings for readings of incredible accuracy and if required assistance with emotional trauma and separation. Melanie will be a regular on our facebook page and website. Click on the Ask Melanie tab on the Sage homepage and seek Melanie’s advice. Each week, Melanie will select some questions to answer. Melanie is also available for private, phone, skype and email consultations. mlcrawford2@hotmail.com 0424 304064


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PREPARING OUR SPIRIT FOR THE FESTIVE SEASON

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By Tanya AlLison

The energies that prevail around the Christmas and New Year holiday period are anything but peace and goodwill to the planet! The actual marketing machine that is ‘Christmas’ will have us believe that if we are not shaping to the mould of happy family that sings carols, laughs a lot, exchanges expensive gifts and eats turkey with plump smiles than we are definitely not perfect, whole and complete. Christmas can be a very disempowering and confronting experience, where the influence of ‘the tribe’ (family, friends, relatives…) can potentially be destructive, hurtful and depressing. The key to protecting your Divine essence as a spiritual being is a strong and vibrant aura – all negative and unbalanced energies and expectations will naturally be deflected away from your auric field and enable you to feel happy and whole. Everything that exists on this planet is energy of some form – our auras are an electromagnetic field which is emitted from the body’s individual cells and is an extension of our chakra energy centres, so we all have a unique frequency and vibration that serves as further communication between Divine source and our mind, body and spirit. The colour of your aura is determined by your emotions, your physical well-being, the spiritual work you are doing, meditation; and even working with crystals can magnify or change the colour of your aura. Everything in our reality, including the plant and animal kingdom has an aura, you are constantly giving off and absorbing energy, so every single time you come in contact with another person an energy exchange can occur – giving a whole new dimension to last minute Christmas shopping!

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Without an awareness of this exchange, and simple steps with daily meditation and an intention to protect your aura, you may experience feeling drained, tired and even feel like you have taken on strange thoughts and ideas that actually don’t belong to you at all! Here are some ways to maintain a dynamic and empowered auric field: • Daily meditation (download the free ebook to get started). • A good healthy diet and adopting the habit of eating less food, more frequently. • Drinking lots of water and getting plenty of fresh air. • Physical exercise, stretching and bending your body. • Listening to beautiful music. • Wearing or burning essential oils and fragrance. • Working with/wearing or carrying crystals – the electrical energy inherent within a crystal will amplify and strengthen your auric field beyond belief! • Daily mantras and affirmation will always, in all ways nurture your spirit. Be mindful of the imprints you leave in another’s aura, let it be part of your intention in your daily morning meditation (see ebook) to give and share love in all your interactions – don’t be the person that leaves another drained of energy this festive season, instead be of service and empower another with your radiant auric field. Shine brightly, travel lightly and you will give others the greatest Christmas gift of all, naturally helping them to shine and feel good about themselves.

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white whale dreaming ”In the time of the ‘Beginning’, we were born from the ocean, in the foam along the shores of the great South Seas.” Bunna Lawrie, Mirning Tribe

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ISSUE 02 | NOVEMBER 2013 The Legend of Jiddara

born from the ocean, in the foam along the shores of the great South Seas. In the dance of the Beginning, we were born to dream the whales. The whale is our family. Over thousands of years, we have come to this place where the whales gather every winter to mate and give birth. We share food together; we eat shellfish off the same table - the reefs. They are our brothers and sisters in the ocean. When we die, it is with them we return, to the Morning Star”

“A long time ago, a great White Whale Spirit called Jiddara came down to Earth. He came from the stars to swim in the oceans of the infinite void of Earth as it then existed. As the Seven Sisters chased down after him, Jiddara dived into the vast blue depths of the ocean, thrashing his tail, and then rose to meet the new dawn. From this point on Jiddara created the Earth and the Sky, leaving the echoes of his Dreamtime journey imprinted in there at Whale Rock in South Australia. (* Narrated by Margaret and Bunna Lawrie We are born as a result of the whale being from the film Whaledreamers circa 2006) the mother of the sea. In the time of the ‘Beginning’, we were

The Aboriginal Dreamtime story of Jiddara the white whale is a creation story long held by the coastal aboriginal tribes whilst the inland tribes have the legend of the rainbow serpent. Although different in their storyline, both dreamtime threads offer connectivity between creation and the world we see today.

This is the work of Bunna and his Whaledreamers, to expand the ongoing research into the ecology and behaviour of whales and dolphins with recognition of the phenomena of inter-species communication which still occurs between whales, dolphins and indigenous peoples throughout the world. A task that is even more important given the arrival For the coastal tribes such as the Mirning of Migaloo. Tribe, it is the white whale story that provides a magical mysticism that Much like the Thai monks and their tigers, connects the natural and physical with the the People of the Whale are custodians spiritual and also connects past present and caretakers of the whales, the dolphins and future. Bunna Lawrie, a member and and their sacredness all wrapped up in the respected elder of the Mirning Aboriginal fragile eco-system of the sea. tribe from the Coastal Nullabor, South Australia is a Mirning whaledreamer and The beauty and majesty of these great songman, medicine man and story teller creatures are such that tourists travel to of his tribe. Australia from around the world for the chance to glimpse one surfacing with a A quiet man with a large voice that fin in the air; or the rare sight of a whale mimics the deep sound of the whales, throwing its full weight into the air to Bunna’s work with the whales off the come crashing down again in a flurry of coast of Australia was the focus of the white foam. movie, Whaledreamers narrated by Julian Lennon, the son of musical great John This view that we pay to see is one that Lennon. The story of Bunna and the Bunna and his tribe see day after day Mirning Tribe is one that is now ingrained as they follow the whales from South in Australian history and legend. The Australia to Queensland during their whaledreamers are often found on boats annual migration. Whilst we see them as off the Australian coast performing their lucky to behold such magnificance, they work that they believe is helping the see it is their sacred duty to ensure the whales on their annual pilgramage. whale’s survival. In recent years, the white whale god has returned to the coast in the form of Migaloo, an albino humback whale from South Australia. Usually seen along the shores of the Queensland coast, the vision of the white whale is a spiritual sign for the Mirning Tribe that the planet is in trouble and we, the caretakers need to do something about it.

If you are lucky enough to catch a glimpse of one of these great sea elephants, or even more fortunate to see Migaloo on his coastal journey, spare a thought for Bunna and his team as they follow alongside making sure that Migaloo and the dwindling number of humpback whales are around for many generations to come. 15


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ILLUSTRATION: ARCHANGEL MICHAEL


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The birth of the blue angel Toni Carmine Salerno is a man of such grace – softly spoken and not at all comfortable in discussing himself, yet he has a beautiful story to tell… Returning to Italy at the early age of 11 with his family, Toni remembers drawing one day with some very crude crayons, looking through a small window in Southern Italy to a village and some hills and feeling a strong intuitive knowingness come over him, a defining moment in time, where he just knew he would become an artist. Voyaging back to Australia, saw Toni through his teenage years on a journey of discovery in the artistic element. On reflection, Toni can see that his work over the past 18 years is strikingly similar to his teenage images – the strong feminine, the trees and the angelic essence. Toni believes he managed to actually take the positives of a very strict Catholic School experience and translate them into a very spiritual introduction to the angelic realms. Marrying young and working a business, painting was moved to the occasional hobby, until the wisdom of the Universe shut many doors for Toni, leading him to regular meditation where new doors flung wide open when Toni stood in a decision to focus on his art and acknowledge that painting was his passion, his life and key to his spiritual awakening. Connecting with his present partner Martine at that time saw the birth of ‘Blue Angel’ – a shop and healing centre in Glen Waverly, Victoria, a bold move considering the conservative nature of the area…and so began the long road to overnight success. Toni recalls thousands of times when he vowed to stop, to get a ‘real’ job, yet every time he was on the verge of giving up, something really positive would propel him forward on the adventure again; to pursue his passion time and again. ”Passion can almost be like a form of insanity” ...and on reflection, wonders how he wore so many hats in the early days.

ILLUSTRATION: TRANSIENCE and oracle card apps. This is a family affair with son Michael in Paris doing design and Tanya also in France as chief editor and manager, freeing Toni to develop his creative expression even further… ”A creative space can be a bit high voltage – hard to switch off!”

Toni shares that he never plans a painting, there is no structure or deliberate intent.

Toni has taken the road less travelled and illuminated the lives of many with his art, his written word and his vision. What a contribution and what a blessing! to find out more about Toni’s work, visit the Blue Angel Website.

”I paint when there is a feeling, an energy and the work evolves on the canvas – the meditation occurs as the painting. ”

By Tanya Allison

Toni feels he can connect to the entire universe through colour, feelings and paint – you are experiencing it as it is happening, the flow of life, synergy. Today sees Blue Angel Publishing as an international concern – with Toni’s books and oracle cards translated into French, German, Dutch, Spanish and Japanese, also breaking into the American market and walking into the digital era with ebooks

”...PASSION CAN ALMOST BE LIKE A FORM OF INSANITY...”

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ILLUSTRATION: THE CRIMSON HEART OF TREES


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CRYSTAL PASSION By Susan joy coombes


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crystal FASCINATion Crystals hold a mystical magic evidence which runs through many lands and tribes in our Earth history. Many wonderful stories abound of the power of certain crystals and rocks and we treasure fine quality crystal gems. Our fascination and awakening to the crystalline world has been growing over the past 15-20 years with many rare crystals coming up from the Earth. Their metaphysical applications are becoming clear for those who work in healing and spiritual meditation fields. The beauty of crystals cannot be denied and attracts many people to be caretakers of an appealing piece. There is so much more to discover than the visual sense of these pieces. Most who read this article will be aware of the Spiritual consciousness shift we are participating in and as we look back to the 1990’s, may remember what your life was reflecting and can see the change in your perception of energies and vibrations over that time. This was my wake up, Reiki turned the light on with crystals following that beautiful beginning. Crystals have given me wonderful gifts. This treasure (middle right photo) came as the sun went down and caught this crystal creating the rainbow dance, which lasted for several minutes. I had been teaching the last Crystal Light Healing course for the year and was soft and tired as I sat in front of the crystal table. My eyes closed, I felt compelled to open them and found a beautiful visual spectacle. I felt the Crystal Guardians had blessed me with their magic. I was initially attracted to crystals by their beauty and glints of light reflecting off their surface and occasionally from inside the crystal. I was surprised to realise that what I saw was not always seen by others. I had a smokey quartz which had hundreds of tiny rainbow sparkles when it caught the light, easy for me to see. Though when I showed it in a Reiki course, one woman could see them and the other could not. This was back in the early 2000’s and set me wondering what was happening here. Attuning to the crystalline realm is a journey which when you find a crystal matching your resonance will activate the crystal. Markings become visible and light starts to radiate in and on the surface of the crystal. 23


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crystal GRIDS Spiritual experiences, emotional responses and physical sensations are felt as this journey of meeting a new crystal begins. As I have been working with this crystal (top right photo) it has been affecting every one of my crystals and they are all emitting more light and glowing from within. Now when I sit quietly to meditate with them, my senses are immediately engaged and I receive many gifts of physical rebalancing and perception of the unseen. This is literally Lightening, often I feel it as a flash of light within. It has taken me years to get to the place of perception I have with crystals and it has been a rich journey of discovery at every twist and turn on the road. There are times when my agitation and discontent means I can’t feel anything at all when I play with a crystal, yet the sight helps me lift and if I stay focussed I gradually move and lighten. Crystals and rocks come from the living Earth and each is a living Being with it’s own heartbeat and vibration. With love and appreciation they come alive and are excited by the possibilities of experiencing and participating in other realms of this planet’s existence. They then allow us to know more of their potential and as we work in harmony with them, we grow together in experience and wisdom. A magical journey of Love and Passion. Crystals respond to sitting together in a grid formation complementing each others vibrations and their combined energy, a powerful source of lightening for those who are in the vicinity. This grid (middle right) was created to celebrate Winter Solstice in 2012. We put a bowl of bird seed in the centre and handed these out to participants to feed the birds. When I put mine out and turned to look a few minutes later there was a crowd of birds including Ravens and Magpies all feasting. These birds would normally have a hierarchy and not be in the numbers present. It seemed there was magic broadcast through their world, calling them all in. This is a spot in a side garden (bottom right photo) as you come to my door, I have photographed many orbs and violet light, showing the vortex of light created by the many grids I have built here over some years. 24


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crystal AWAKENING On a Practical Level - Steps to Awakening and Lightening Cleanse your crystal Washing in a stream or seawater, though if those not available, under running water visualising the water is a running stream. Smudging – smudge sticks, eucalyptus leaves, incense or resin. Sound – voice, bells, drums, crystal or Tibetan bowls, meditation music are some ideas. Charging your crystals Burying – in the earth, marked so you don’t loose them, they can move. Leave out in the moonlight or sunshine, though some crystals will fade in sunlight. These steps reconnect your crystal with the Earth and the elements and allow them to release any stored experiences they may have picked up from the people who have handled them. Like us they need a holiday to recharge. Sit quietly with the crystal and engage your senses to look, touch, feel its unseen essence, smell and listen to any messages. Look for light within and on the surface of the crystal and respond with a heart appreciation. Working with telepathy to transmit your feelings or voice to speak or sing appreciation. After this quiet time engaging with the crystal, put it out in sight of daily activities and continue to notice the crystal, so that the connection is strengthened. This process is simple if we make space in our lives for it and will bring many gifts. You will continue to grow in your understanding of each other and the work you can do together. Susan Joy Coombes works with people to awaken their connection with the unseen realms and bring spiritual connection into their lives, to heal and explore their soul potential. Susan’s journey of awakening began in her 20’s with Vipassana meditation and expanded when she discovered Reiki in 1995. She began teaching Reiki, Angel and crystal courses in the early 2000’s. Susan is a naturopath and herbalist, with a strong connection with the plant and mineral realms. Susan runs retreats and Sacred Ceremony celebrations in various locations, though lives and teaches from her home in Mt Eliza on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria. Contact Susan at suzi@susanjoycoombes.com www.susanjoycoombes.com Mobile 0409 787 213

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HIS HOLINESS, THE XIV DALAI LAMA

A MAN OF PEACE Story by Shayne Locke


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A MAN OF COLOUR

small band of supporters continue to lobby the governments in each country to help make Tibet free once again.

The life of Tenzin Gyatso, His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama, has been the subject of many books, movies and blogs. His life has been lived in exile since he was 23, and as the leader of a nation without a land, the responsibilities would be enough to make the ordinary person give up.

“Everyone wants a happy life. We do not want suffering. Do not want problems. However, most problems are actually our own creation. So here’s the big contradiction. No one wants problems. But we create problems by ourselves. Nobody intentionally creates problems. We become slave of emotions, such as hatred, anger, attachment.”

At the age of 78, the Dalai Lama still continues to travel the world giving his message of love and A powerful message considering that the plight of acceptance to the thousands that attend his public his people is still far from being resolved. Yet he talks. stands on stage and admits that he has no hatred towards the Chinese race and even likes Chinese Standing in an auditorium filled with 10,000 people Food. It is at this point that he places his hands on his during his recent Sydney visit, I couldn’t help but belly and laughs with the fervor of a schoolboy. The wonder at the diversity in attendance. Buddhist, laughter is infectious and soon we are all laughing. Christian, Hindu, religion is not the heart of his This is the Dalai Lama. This is his message. There message. Understanding the human condition is. is no point being anything but happy in life, even when the problems seem monumental. And no one understands the human condition more than the Dalai Lama. The core teaching of The Dalai Lama is a man of contrasting colours. Buddhism – the Four Noble Truths (based around an Peaceful and patient, yet serious and emotional understanding of suffering)– have been a doctrine when it comes to his people and the struggle they experienced first hand by the Tibetans as they are have experienced. Yet in all this he recognizes that forced to live either in exile or within Tibet under suffering is the result of the human condition; a extreme conditions placed upon them by the product of the emotions we let loose in our minds. Chinese. “We have these emotions, emotions also are a part A sad state of affairs, which has lead to self- of our mind. But our brilliant brain has the ability immolations and protests now taking place over to have some control over our emotions. Not a widening area of Tibet. Some protests have also necessarily religious faith. taken place outside Tibet and China. In the midst of all the suffering, His Holiness and a comparatively

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Of course religious faith is also very, very useful, but to ordinary people, use our common sense, long term interest, and wider perspective that we can realize that some of these emotions are very harmful.”

temporary. To be human is basic. As Buddhists, we Tibetans revere human life as the most precious gift and regard the Buddha’s philosophy and teaching as a path to the highest kind of freedom. A goal to be attained by men and women alike.

From a personal perspective, it was this exact point, Common Sense that was the key fact that opened my understanding and acceptance of Buddhism; it was all just common sense and it goes hand in hand when it comes to understanding the Four Noble Truths - The truth of suffering; the truth of the origin of suffering, the truth of the cessation of suffering and the truth of the path leading to the cessation of suffering.

Being in the presence of a man like the Dalai Lama, leaves you wondering about our lives and the legacy we will leave behind. Will I be someone who passes away without really living or will I have a legacy like the Dalai Lama who travels the world delivering his message of peace, urging us to be mindful of how we live our lives?

Possibly the most accurate summation of the human condition and the legacy we leave behind was Whilst it can appear at first a negative viewpoint of contained within the Dalai Lama’s book, The Art of life, we soon come to realize that by understanding Happiness. and recognizing suffering, we can begin to change our way of thinking. “Man surprised me most about humanity. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. “Since these problems are our own creation. First we Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. check our emotion. We try to make better awareness And then he is so anxious about the future that he about world of emotion through education…. does not enjoy the present; the result being that he through study, and also use our common sense.” does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having Checking our emotions is never an easy process never really lived.” however as the Dalai Lama stated, “it is all a part of our mind.....these emotions are very much based In an auditorium of thousands, the lives of all on mental projection. They are just an illusion.” are touched by His Holiness as he continues his Fundamentally, it is all part of the human condition. worldwide pilgrimage to spread his gospel of peace, understanding and most of all happiness. If I say, ”I am a monk.” or ”I am a Buddhist,” these are, in comparison to my nature as a human being, 32


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A MESSAGE FROM KYINZOM DHONGDUE

The path ahead is no doubt full of challenges for us, so are opportunities. The Tibetans need your support, from Delivered prior to the14th dalai lama public talks the Australians who cherish liberty and believe in a fair go. This I am a Tibetan born in a refugee camp in southern India. is why I’m urging you today to be part of this change for Tibet Guided by the vision of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Tibetan and join us in this journey for human freedom and justice. exiles have been given both a strong education and an unbreakable connection to Tibet’s rich history and culture. I For change to take place, we the people have to act. We stand here today as part of Tibet’s new generation, and with can’t be complacent. We can’t just blame the government. a strong belief that we can restore freedom in our homeland. Around the world, we witness history being written not by a powerful government or institution or individual, but by the I talk about Tibet with Australians from all walks of life – from people determined to bring change. politicians to the media to the ordinary citizen. Sometimes people’s feeling is one of powerlessness in the face of Just a month ago, Australians stood up against Sydney China’s rise. So I am here to tell you that your support does University for caving in to China’s pressure and cancelling a talk by the Dalai Lama that was planned during this visit. make a difference. Australians took a stand because it was the right thing to For us, in a democratic country, to say we are powerless does do. Thousands of Australians took action. As a result the not do justice to the courage shown by the Tibetans, who university reversed it decision. And earlier this week, His despite living under China’s rule for the last 60-odd years Holiness spoke to the students there. are not giving up. To say we are powerless also does not do justice to the incredible work done by His Holiness the Dalai So I urge you to join the Tibet movement in Australia. For our movement in Australia to become a greater force for Lama in building a resilient Tibetan society. change, we need you. When I think about the freedom struggle of my country, two Join the Australia Tibet Council. We are the biggest words that come to my mind are determination and hope. community of Australians and Tibetans taking action on Quite often, people ask me – the Chinese government is Tibet in Australia by mobilizing public support and by taking just too powerful, is there any hope for Tibet? And I say the voices of Australians concerned about Tibet to where it absolutely. One has to look at the full picture, one has to matters. take a long-term view, and not get carried away by China’s So what can you do today? power at its face value. China does have a lot of power today, economically and politically. But it also has a lot We are running a campaign – We stand together with the of challenges – socially, environmentally, politically and Dalai Lama – to show him and the Tibetan people that we morally. A truly sustainable, flourishing society is one where support the Tibet cause and that we are prepared to speak every citizen enjoys freedom and can attain the highest up for freedom and justice for the Tibetans. potential in his or her life. Visit our website, www.atc.org.au and become a Voice for In Tibet, its single biggest challenge is the lack of legitimacy. Tibet today. The new generation of Tibetans inside Tibet has only lived Kyinzom Dhongdue, Australian Tibet Council under the Chinese government. And what you will see today is their determination, their ever-growing determination, to Kyinzom Dhongdue is a reject China’s rule. From nomads fighting to maintain their campaigner with Australia Tibet Council, an organisation that traditional way of life to students defending their right to campaigns for the human rights learn in their mother tongue to monks and nuns protecting and freedoms of the Tibetan their ancient religious tradition. In exile, you will see the people. Kyinzom grew up in same determination among Tibetans who are scattered Dharamsala in India and was across the world but united by a common aspiration. schooled in the Tibetan Children’s We, in Australia, have to demonstrate the same courage shown by the Tibetans living directly under the Chinese government. Change must come to Tibet, Change must come to China, it is already on the horizon. 34

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awakening the giant within by greg doyle

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“we have energy bodies within us...that are waiting to be activated on a conscious level” Your cells contain your stories. Everything that has ever happened in the universe, and beyond, is in you. Literally. As master WiFi transmitters, our bodies are also capable of accessing dimensions of alternate vibration to our current shared 3D reality. We are able to exit our physical bodies and travel to distant planets and embody past lives, on this planet and others. This is no fantasy, belief system or mere theory—this is real. You see I know this, because I’ve done it on many occasions. We have energy bodies within us—in fact, all through and around us—that are waiting to be activated on a conscious level. Just a slight flick of the switch in your perception of what you think you are is enough to activate this hidden body, and knowledge, within you. And the time is now ripe. When you awaken, you will sense the universe pulsating its creative energy into your very being. In fact, this energy is who or what we are: ecstatic creative energy, in human form (in this dimension). And when you think of how you came into being, that is a remarkable parallel, isn’t it? No, we are not providers, we are not sufferers. We are neither workers, slaves nor robots. We are star matter and intelligence in human form and that is a remarkable inheritance. This sense of knowing that we contain the very spark of divine perfection within us is enough for us to walk free from the illusory shackles of Karma that have enslaved us for so long in this, the realm of our alleged fall. A simple opening of our truer eyes to this light of awareness is the release of lifetimes of human reincarnational bondage.

In the beginning, it came as a light through my forehead and would take me, as in my consciousness, down a wormhole to other worlds, other planets, other dimensions. It would come in my sleep and wake me up. Oh, and it was real! In fact, ultra-real, and it freaked the bejeebers out of me all the more because of it. These days it comes as a welcome vibration that gently wakes and beckons me to experience these dimensions and states of absolute wonder and awe. And it has taken me some time to accept this, to integrate this experience into my being—my definition of who I am. Most importantly, it has enabled me to release any kind of fear, whether of failure, death, or annihilation. You see, none of this exists. None of this can happen to you. You are pure, creative, ecstatic energy—undying and immortal. And when you know this, you are released from anything that stifles or has the power to lessen you. Your relationship with the world of form inexorably alters itself in a place so deep within you, a place that never forgets. And here, you will witness true wonder and experience true oneness.

Throughout this process of self discovery and activation, my ego has been summarily pummeled into virtual non-existence. The monsters, witches, dragons and demons of the lower astral dimensions that plague the human psyche in all its limited thinking (and that so harassed me in my earlier expeditions) have proved to be my allys, enabling me to release the purely reactive and take fuller breath from an expanded and vitalized field of consciousness. Emotions, judgements and fears are all choices, or masks, of the illusory and disposable reality we have been so enamored with for so long. They are not your true feelings. Once this seething cloud within you dissipates, the outer world Past religious dogma, persecution, inherited rage, reveals its hidden, simple beauty. It was there all along. trauma and suffering have cemented our concepts of You just weren’t seeing it. humanity and soul into an ever greying and lifeless shrinking 3D cube. These illusory limitations feed The word astral comes from the Latin word astrum, the ravenous materialistic engine that so thrives on meaning star. Your astral body is your star body. And us believing that we are less than we are, or that we we all have them. When I see you out there, you often need more to be whole. But we truly are the universe look drunk, hovering just above your physical body incarnate. I know this, because I’ve seen it and I’ve felt with your astral eyes shut. it. I’ve been it.

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”your cells contain your stories...everything that has ever happened in the universe, and beyond, is in you.” You’re often having amazing experiences but can’t recollect them into your waking critical consciousness. But what if you could? Would it alter your definition of yourself? Would it change the way you interact with the world? These senses lie for the most part dormant within you—an astral time-capsule—waiting ever so patiently for the gentlest of callings from your mind and your body to come alive.

And in so doing my life has unfolded so much more effortlessly and easily with bliss and contentment taking residence in a once jaded and victim-hugging persona. I let go—I had to! I learned to surrender. I also learned to activate this hidden body myself. The first time I consciously ”peeled” and lifted from my human form was such a blast! To move at lightning speed through the black void while experiencing the universe tone its magnificent and very low Aum was both beautiful and frightening. And I’m not even a Buddhist! To experience other worlds, and lives, and states of being gradually laid the foundations for an immensely more enticing and enduring reality. One where duty was replaced by love. One where the ”fight” or struggle we so often identify with, is simply released and let go.

My life was essentially kidnapped by this experience. As a classical conductor and violinist, and a natural skeptic and prankster, that first light that came through my forehead caused me so much distress and bewilderment at the time—because of its very touch, because of its very reality. What was this higher state of being, and this loving energy that flooded my heart? I’d never even heard of out-of-body experiences, let alone tried to induce one. Sure, I loved to meditate, but not with the intention of attaining some kind of And all it takes is the divine kiss, the astral breeze upon your cheek, for these senses to come alive and supernatural state. awaken the giant within you. You already know it—this Over time, I’ve come to realize this is in fact our natural experience is within you, but you see it as outside of state, and that it can be incorporated into physical yourself. However, there is no outside. Are you ready? consciousness. It is in fact closer to who we really are.

About The Author Greg Doyle is a trained classical musician, Reiki master/teacher, and passionate surfer. Awakening the Giant Within is his first book, and outlines his spiritual awakening. Born in Australia, he currently lives with his wife, Monika, a flautist, in Spain.

Visit Greg’s website at www.gregdoylereiki.com

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THE NEW GYPSIES Throughout history, gypsies have always held a high level of intrigue and mystery. Whether the carnival worker or the traditional gypsies that wander the country side, the true information about the gypsy life is scarce. Like the bard of days gone by, the gypsies retell their history, knowledge of herbs, animal husbandry and country crafts through word of mouth. In 1994, England abolished the Caravan’s Act and the gypsy life became a crime. No more roaming where ever the road decided to take them; no more groups camping together; and no more gathering to listen to music or to protest against government decisions. Ian McKell’s breathtaking book, “The New Gypsies gives us a glimpse into the lives of the new gypsies, the present-day nomads whose culture is built around ideals of freedom, nature and simplicity. Following a group of gypsies for 10 years, Ian was able to capture raw moments of the gypsy life. Known as ’Horse-drawn’, the new gypsies share a desire for sustainability, a love of self-reliance and a disdain for the trappings of contemporary life. For more than a decade McKell has focused his lens on travellers of all ages: parents, children, couples and loners. With sensitivity and honesty he captures a way of life that seems at once romantic, strange, beautiful and simple. McKell’s portraits often seem like a character from some ancient mystery play, symbolic of a careless purity and oneness with their natural surroundings. McKell’s book is now out of print however copies of his work in individual print form can be found at www.ianmckell.com


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Spiritual Lessons from GYPSIES The mystery and attraction surrounding the gypsy life spills over into popular culture. Festival culture, organic farming and tribal revival, the key ingredient in the gypsy life is a sense of belonging. The modern day gypsy has held onto this belonging and presents some pretty strong spiritual lessons that we can learn a lot from. One modern day ”gypsy” who goes by the name Star Stone, describes the new gypsy and what it means to be part of the new gypsy community. ”We are living in communal settings and remembering our connection with our Divine Mother, earth. We are tuning in to our deep core in our sister circles, sitting in ceremony with the mother and exploring our new found relationship with our receptive feminine. We feel connected to Isis and Mary Magdalene. We are reclaiming the birth of our children. We are recognizing our unique bodies. We are rising up. Yes, the re-emerging feminine is here! We may feel called to pack up our sheepie rug, grab our Amma altar, jump in the car without giving notice to our landlord and begin an entirely new “thrivestyle.” One of Ian’s contributor’s Esmeralda described the spiritual sense of the new gypsy as a celebration. ” We should celebrate the individual, encourage a sense of community, and exercise initiative in the face of hardship and adversity. Most of all, life should be rewarding and fun. It doesn’t have to ‘cost the earth’. And it really is so much ‘more than my job’s worth!’


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The Angelic Essence of Charles Virtue by Tanya Allison

In early July, Shayne and I had the absolute pleasure of catching up with Charles Virtue on the Gold Coast leg of his Australian visit, he is truly such a natural and centred man; he is walking his truth on this planet, completely comfortable in his own ‘skin’ and his peace is so infectious!

simply doesn’t work or vibrate on a positive level… society is changing and is prepared to stand up for what is becoming less and less tolerable. When we chose our evolution and our soul path, we chose to be happy – this is not an imagining in our mind, this is a knowingness in our spirit and the angels are so excited to help us find this As a teacher, his style is very much about self- deep fulfilment. empowerment…power to the people in their own lives, as opposed to letting others give us permission to live The ultimate question of ‘ are the angels up there waiting it their way. This is the ‘Age of Doing’ not following, no for us to communicate with them?’ is best answered with more pedestaling. The essence of Charles’ work is to be a quote by Charles’ mother Doreen Virtue – ‘ those who real.....and to truly share how working with the angels has write more letters, get more mail.’ When we invite the helped him to overcome his own personal problems and angels into our conversation and internal dialogue we mistakes. are opening up to a realm of goodness and oneness – we are transcending the plague of humanity that is ‘You have For over 6 years now, Charles has been teaching from the what I want and in order for me to get it, I must take it from heart; sharing a very grounded, organic and easy way to you!’ communicate and work with the energies of the angelic realm. Charles aligns with Archangel Michael, whose This is the root of all conflict – all. We are not at peace, we purpose is to eliminate fear from the world and this is are in a stalemate and any major change can only happen reflected in Charles’ ability to eliminate our fears and collectively “We are the swell of the wave of change that illuminate our abilities....to recognise the angelic guidance is coming right now”. that is our natural birthright. Charles is very free around his journey with Doreen The end of 2012 gave all of us a choice point for our Virtue as mum, totally able to separate the mother/son personal direction; will we go deeper into fear? Or will we relationship and admits he is a legitimate fan of a woman collectively realise that we can co-create with the Universe? so passionate and so driven. For Charles and his brother, The angels are here to shake us out of a complacent spell most of their childhood was spent in a bitter custody battle; and remind us of our unlimited resources. with their father a strict catholic and mum an empowered lightworker, Charles felt both spiritually confused and Charles shared that across all modalities the consensus conflicted; one way felt limited and the other limitless … is that we are ‘waking up’ right now to everything that basically he was afraid to make a decision at all!


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So Charles chose a path into medical school until the angels very gently guided him into his present life of travel, adventure, teaching and sharing – highlighting the truth that we are all meant to share all of our lessons along the way…not wait until we reach a level of ‘something’. No matter where you are on your spiritual path, there is somebody who aspires to be at that point – so share! I asked Charles if he was mentored or influenced by anyone in particular; Charles shared that he has made it a point to expose himself to as little influence as possible, so as not to contaminate or plagiarise a point – Charles will never be a teacher who teaches by quoting others – as long as there are problems in the world, there are still solutions to channel. However Charles has found Wayne Dwyer to be inspirational; a straight shooter who knows exact truth about energy and the power of thoughts and has relentlessly and fearlessly said this to the world in a more traditional format and acceptable mind set, that is needed for the many who may not subscribe to surrounding themselves in white light. Amidst many teaching commitments around the globe, Charles is working on a book based on his ”11 guidelines for the New Consciousness“ and has just recently released the ‘Angel Indigo Oracle Cards’ a joint project with Doreen Virtue, for and about the indigo child/adult. The indigo spirit is the personification of people ‘waking up’ and seeing that the world doesn’t work for them and how can they best change that. Charles has truly embraced this spirit and is walking his soul path and purpose for the healing of individuals and the planet.

“ We are literally the workers and the warriors of the change that is happening in the world right now” Charles Virtue is the eldest son of Dr. Doreen Virtue, creator of the Angel Therapy Practitioner® (ATP) Course and the author of some of the most prominent literature on working with Angels. From early childhood to date, Charles has been in touch with the Angels and their guidance. Charles knew that one day he would be guided to teach this ability to others. We are very excited to have Charles Virtue as a regular contributor to Sage Magazine. Visit www.charlesvirtue.com for more information


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THE master skull solar Crystal illumination

Story by LIA SCALLON


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We are living in the time of the prophecies. December 21st 2012 marked the end of many major earth cycles and we now stand on the brink of a new way of being. Amongst the great changes that are taking place, it has been said that our bodies are becoming more crystalline in form, to help us integrate the crystalline frequencies of the higher dimensions. It’s very interesting to note therefore, the emergence of the Crystal Skulls into mass consciousness at this time. Crystal Skulls are undoubtedly a mystery. No-one can definitively say what they are, or what their power or purpose may be. Stories about the Crystal Skulls however, abound throughout most Indigenous cultures. The main legend says that at a crucial time in human history, 13 Crystal Skulls will come together to reveal their ancient wisdom and knowledge, allowing humanity to experience a new Golden Age of peace and harmony. Crystal Skulls have certainly demonstrated their ability to hold powerful energetic vibrations, and to transmit those frequencies to other crystals and human beings. In my own work with the Skulls, I have found that they mirror back to us, aspects of our own higher consciousness. It could be said that Crystal Skulls act as a catalyst for change. In my experience, they can be very powerful tools for transformation. My personal journey with the Skulls began seven years ago in Mexico and has taken me to many sacred places across the globe. Never have I experienced however, anything like the dynamic energy of ‘reunion’ I felt on June 22nd last year in Mt Shasta, California, when I met the incredibly powerful Crystal Skull Being called ‘The Master Skull Solar’. Interestingly, it happened to be my birthday that day too! ‘Solar’ is a unique and extraordinary 33-kilo Quartz Crystal Guardian and Master of untold power. His actual crystal form is that of a huge double-terminated Lemurian crystal filled with Golden Rutile, which in itself is highly unusual. He also has a single ‘Angel Wing’ – a tabular platform of clear mother quartz, which was part of his original stone matrix. I understood immediately, that the Being who is ‘Solar’ has offered himself to be of assistance to the world at this time. ‘Solar’ has demonstrated to me beyond doubt, that he is the conduit of information and energy from Higher Dimensional realms. I have been deeply touched to witness the impact he has already made on the lives of others. In many cases this impact has come through people merely seeing his image. I have also watched with awe, the extraordinary visual phenomena ‘Solar’ has demonstrated in photographs, since he has been with me.

Just two days after ‘Solar’ came into my keeping, I travelled to Santa Cruz with a friend who works intimately with the steward of the newly discovered Andara Crystals. The purpose of our visit was to work with these crystals. ‘Solar’, all 33 kilos of him, made it very clear that he wished to accompany me, something not without its challenges as you can imagine! It soon became evident why he wished to be there. Two sets of photographs Laura took while ‘Solar’ and I were working within the Andara Crystal Labyrinth were absolutely astounding. In the one above, etched like a finely detailed painting inside his tall crown, the head of a St Germaine-like presence appeared. (Interestingly St Germaine’s energy is considered to be synonymous with Mt Shasta).

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In the second set of photographs, Solar appeared to have Human Eyes, as well as showing another ‘presence’, above his right eye. Many other photos taken since then, have shown a great variety of spirit presences within this Master crystal. The bottom Left photo shows a Spirit Being just right of the crown Chakra while the top right photo cleary shows a Christ-like figure above his left eye. So what is the meaning of these Spirit Beings showing up inside this unique crystal? I think it says a few things…. 1) That ‘Solar’ acts as a kind of multi-dimensional portal to allow Higher Dimensional Beings to connect with us in a very tangible and visible way. 2) That ‘Solar’ is a Record Keeper of astonishing power 3) That ‘Solar’ is a Master Guardian On seeing some of these photos, clairvoyant Brenda Vong was told by Spirit that ‘Solar’ is transmitting information from several major Ascended Master Councils, including the Great White Brotherhood of whom St Germaine is a member.

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solar’s origins

World-renowned Brazilian Crystal Skull carver Leandro De Souza, who gave Solar form under his skilled hand, recently imparted more information about Solar’s origins…

“It is very interesting how the skulls reveal themselves. Solar came in a large batch of rutilated quartz from Bahia in South Eastern Brazil. This skull was differentiated in the piece I call the master batch. The initial idea was to sell the stone, but it was then in that natural rock, that I saw ‘Solar’ was stored. A skull always pleads to me for help to be seen – to have their powerful quartz activation revealed. I carved open the face of ’Solar’ so that he could be seen for this world. But when I opened the face of this skull, he was not yet activated. Sometimes a skull can wait for years to find their guardian, as in the case of ’Solar’ and Lia. I really do not know why I am chosen by the skulls for this special mission, but I am very happy to be the first to communicate with them, for I know that they will help special people like Lia Scallon, with her beautiful work in this world. For me the skulls usually do not have a defined gender. The predominant masculine/feminine energy that you feel coming from our mother planet, is present in all minerals too. But you can be sure however, that ’Solar’ is a man.” ‘Solar’ remained with Leandro for almost six years after he carved him. Then in February 2012 he told Leandro that he wanted to go to Mt Shasta. Strange as it may sound, he was we now know, getting himself into place to meet me there in June, in readiness for our work together! I think it’s no accident either that by the time of the 2012 Total Solar Eclipse, ‘Solar’ was ensconced in his new home in Cairns, Australia which was the one place in the world were he could sit under the eclipse in its full ‘totality’! Two days after reading the information from Leandro, I received a ‘Metatron’ channelling from James Tyberon, which spoke about Crystals and their critical purpose at this time… “Crystals are great receivers and transmitters, and a strong communication network occurs between Master Crystals and indeed Crystal Vortex-Portals.

The two most powerful Crystal Vortexes on the planet are Arkansas and Brazil. As such, the connection of the Arkansas portal to the Brazil portal is extremely important in the Ascension and global crystal network. Two Master Temple Crystals are located in Brazil, in Bahia and Minas Gerais. The former is Atlantean seed, the latter LeMurian seed crystal. Keep in mind that while LeMuria is acknowledged as a civilization of great spirituality, there were thousands of years in which Atlantis harboured far greater frequency and enhanced levels of spiritual mastery that greatly exceeded that of LeMuria. Atlantis fractured into a polarized society before its demise, but many of the most important crystals were protected, uncontaminated and stored before they fell into misuse and destruction. The greater of these are stored in Arkansas and Brazil.”

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‘Solar’ displayed his power yet again, during the creation of the posters! The first poster backdrop photo (on the left) was taken on a magnificent sunny day on the road to Yarrabah, outside Cairns. The sun was shimmering on the water and there was a magical clarity of energy present. When I downloaded the photos my jaw literally dropped… the sky had turned to Indigo and the sun appeared surrounded by huge and beautiful pink petals! It was as if the sun wanted to make a powerful and dramatic statement about its namesake – the incredible Master Being ‘Solar’. After the Solar Eclipse, ‘SOLAR’ made it clear to me that on 12.12.12 he wished to make himself available to people in person, to celebrate that pivotal galactic alignment date in our planet’s evolution. This event in Cairns was the second time only that ‘Solar’ had appeared in public. I believe ‘The Master Skull Solar’s’ gift on that date was to activate those present, into a connection with the 144 Crystalline Grid of Consciousness said to come into completion at that time. At that significant moment in time ‘Solar’ provided an opening for us to receive the energy from the crystalline realms.12.12.12 was a precursor to the 21.12.12 Winter Solstice that saw the completion of many major earth cycles. So the 12.12.12 event was indeed an opportunity for ‘Crystal Illumination’, as we moved forward toward the very brink of a New Age.

‘The Master Skull Solar’ originates from the Bahia region of Brazil, which Metatron describes as being one of the most powerful Crystal Vortexes in the world and the location of one of two Master Crystal Temples. I knew from the moment I ‘re-connected’ with Solar, that he was a Master Being. This Metatron information confirmed that intuitive knowing. Due to ‘Solar’s great size and weight there are few opportunities for people to meet this unique Crystal Master ‘in person’. ‘Solar’ generally works through me, transmitting to the world through the music and sound codes I bring forth. He is an incredibly powerful being however and his reach is widespread. As I mentioned, many people have reported being activated, purely by seeing his image. This prompted me to have two posters made so that people could meditate with ‘Solar’ within their own sacred space, and receive the energy and information from him in a more tangible way.

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In recent months ‘Solar’s’ work with me has entered a new phase. In June 2013, under guidance from Spirit, I embarked on an Australian tour which I was told to call the ‘Sounds of Source Tour’. ‘The Master Skull Solar’ is an integral part of this project, the purpose of which is to assist people in adapting to the physical, mental and emotional challenges presenting as a result of the massive increase in ‘Solar’ flares and geomagnetic activity coming into our planet. During the ceremonies, I make myself available to transmit Transformative Starseed Sound Codes from Source. Guidance I have received has intimated that those who receive these coded healing frequencies coming through my voice, will be in a much better position to benefit from the intense Solar energy currently bombarding the planet. With the assistance of ‘The Master Skull Solar’s’ energy, these sound codes act as the catalyst for awakening, helping to open the hearts of those present, and allowing them to receive the gifts being offered.


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The second backdrop photo (on the right) was taken on the road to Atherton as the sun was setting and the sky filled with the most exquisite golden light. Self-Love…Joy…Illumination…and realization of our own Divinity…these are gifts being offered to us at this unique, precious and momentous moment in humanity’s history. So let us enter this Gateway with open hearts and open minds. And with the assistance of ‘the Master Skull Solar and all the Higher Dimensional energies who work with and through him, let us make a vow to ourselves and to each other, to embrace all that we are, and all that we are becoming. Lia Scallon is an awardwinning Composer, Singer, Sound healer and Crystal Skull caretaker. Her catalogue of ten albums of sacred music and meditations are available worldwide through her ‘ Sounds of Sirius’ label, www.soundsofsirius.com Her new album ‘The Luminous Pearl’ is currently under consideration for Best New Age Album in the 2013 56th Grammy Awards.

LEMURIAN SEED CRYSTALS

The unique looking crystals known as Lemurian Seed Crystals or Lemurian Star Seeds, hold an interesting metaphysical place in our age of awakening. The legend states that there was an ancient civilisation predating Atlantis known as Lemuria. Prior to the destruction of Lemuria, the wise inhabitants programmed the crystals with the knowledge and awareness of oneness and healing as well as understanding of events both historically and those to come. The Lemurians then planted the seeds throughout the world to be found when the time was right. The crystals have a distinct appearance with horizontal striations or grooves on one or more sides. These ridges are records of knowledge left for us to activate. Lemurian Seed crystals connect with the crown and solar star chakra and are considered master crystals. When you connect to a Lemurian Crystal and the energy it contains, you are also connecting to this grid of associated energies from the Earth, the stars, and beyond.

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WORKING WITH YOUR SPIRIT GUIDES

BY ROB FLINT

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“...spirit animals...offer us opportunity for spiritual growth through learning from them...” Greetings fellow travellers, spring is well upon us, the Celtic Horned God, Cernunnos is stirring in the woods and preparing for the wild hunt. Can you feel the masculine energy building as he grows in strength and power, being reborn after his long winter slumber? His presence does not diminish the feminine energy around us but rather it brings balance and harmony into our world and our lives. As much as I love the chill of winter, I can’t help but look forward to the warmth of spring and the new possibilities the season brings with it.

the Indigenous Peoples of Australia, one of the oldest living cultures in our world, all recognised and depended on Totem Animals in both their spiritual and day to day lives to protect them and offer guidance and direction. How exciting for us, that we are able to follow in the footsteps of such ancient traditions.

Each of us has a totem or spirit animal that acts as a guide. It may be an animal that you feel a particular affinity for, or close to. Because they are spirit animals and not bound to our physical world, it is possible your Animal Guide may be a ‘fantastic’ or ‘mythical’ creature, like the griffon or the gentle Connecting with your animal guide or spirit animals is one unicorn. such possibility you might like to consider during this new season, or if you have not done so recently, this is a great time Perhaps your guide is an animal that that you have seen in to reconnect with your animal guide. I assure you, your key the wild or at a zoo many times before. Your Animal Guide animal guide has not left you, but rather is waiting patiently may have appeared to you at a significant moment in your in the background, walking and working with you, waiting life. Your spirit animal may have even been with you across until you are ready to engage with them directly once again. several lifetimes, working with you even as the wheel turns and we are reborn. Whatever your particular Spirit Animal Spirit Animals, Animal Guides, Power Animals, Totem may be, it is with you to offer you guidance, wisdom and Animals, call them what you will, I tend to use these terms perhaps when necessary, healing and comfort. interchangeably. They all refer to the same guiding presences around us, the Spirit Animals who are with us, walk beside Your Animal Guide or Power Animal will embody many of us and offer us the opportunity for spiritual growth through the dominant aspects of your personality. For instance, my learning from them. personal Key Spirit Animal is the Bear. The bear mirrors my protective nature and my sense of being quite a solitary The Animal Guides are an ancient spiritual tradition. From the person even though I have been married to a wonderful prehistory peoples who worshipped the bear or mammoth woman for the past 22 years. He is, for me, the embodiment in their sacred caves, the Ancient Egyptians who mummified of the inner powerhouse of energy, courage and focus within their cats to protect and watch over them in the afterlife, the me. He is not aggressive, but powerful and courageous First Nation Peoples of the United States who carved the nonetheless. images of their protective totems onto ceremonial poles, to

WHO IS CERNUNNOS - THE HORNED GOD? In Celtic religious beliefs and practices, Cernunnos is the spirit God of horned animals, particularly of stags, a nature God of produce and fertility. His most distinctive attribute are his stag’s horns, and he is usually portrayed as a mature man with long hair and a beard. Known as ‘The Horned God’ or ‘Horned One’ or ‘Peaked One,’ Cernunnos was known to have been worshipped in Gaul, Northern Italy and along the Southern Coast of Britain. The ‘Horned God’ has always been a uniting force in the early Nature Sites of the Shaman, Celtic, Druid, Wicca, Hindu and Greek beliefs, and although suppressed by the Christian Churches down the ages, has survived to be found in new age and spiritual sites, as we look again for a greater affinity with nature and the environs and to the many other representations to be found in our History of the Ancients. www.realalternativesite.com


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“...chances are your animal guide has already appeared to you...perhaps during a significant event in your life...” Your Animal Guide will help you to sharpen your intuition and spiritual awareness, the skills that we have lost, or have at the very least, been dulled by life in this modern world. It is our Key Guide that directs us away from danger, or warns us about poor choices. He or she is the feeling within us that something is not quite right, or, is exactly right at this particular time. He or she is the hair that stands up on the back of your neck, or the feeling that you simply must drop in on a friend this morning. In addition to your key Animal Guide, you may find you have other spirit animals that are also working with you and have something to teach you. These may be less influential or demanding of your attention than your key guide, but no less important. One of your additional guides may be the alter ego of the first. He or she will bring forth aspects of your personality that usually remain hidden, at least in public, when they are needed.

Animal Guide, or at least its species, many times without realising it. Unfortunately, we cannot choose our Animal Guide. They come to us when they are needed, offering us that which we need at that point in our journey. You can ask for your Animal Guides to reveal themselves to you during meditation or in a dream. If you use incense when meditating, look for them in the smoke, perhaps in the flame of a candle or they may be revealed in the fractures within a piece of clear quartz.

I met one of my Animal Guides using a clear quartz sphere illuminated with a candle. He appeared very clearly among the fractures. Invite your Spirit Animal to make themselves known to you in a dream. More than likely you will ‘know’ your Guide when you see them or feel their presence. Keep in mind that your Animal Guide wants to connect with you; they want to be recognised by you and walk with you. The bond between you and your Animal Guide is already there, If your Key Spirit Animal is the gentle dove that helps you to they are already working with us and we simply need to bring peace and harmony to a chaotic workplace or home, acknowledge them. perhaps your Tigress may appear when people try to take advantage of your generous nature or when you receive To work successfully and productively with your Animal the third telemarketer call for the day. This guide is just as Guides you must establish and develop a relationship with much a part of ourselves, and just as important to us as our them. The closer the bond with your Spirit Animal, the Key Guide. easier connecting with them will become. The first step in creating a meaningful connection with your Animal Guide It is possible that one of your Animal Guides may be an is to do your homework. Once you have identified your animal that you fear or detest. Like any Spirit Animal, this particular power animal, learn as much as you can about guide is also with you to help you along your spiritual its species. Find out what type of sounds it makes, is there path. Do not reject this ‘shadow guide’, because they are a pattern to the way it breathes, does it have a particular with you to teach you something very important to your odour? Is its fur course and rough or fine and silky, are its personal journey. While they may bring up confronting feathers soft and warm to protect it from the elements or uncomfortable emotions or experiences in our lives, be or are they sharp to cut through the air as it flies? All this assured that they have your best interests at heart. When information will help you to recognise when your Animal you have learned the lesson they have for you, or overcome Guide is close to you. the obstacle to your growth, this guide will leave you, perhaps to be replaced by another, so you can continue Inviting the connection or communication with your Spirit your journey with your key guide. Animal regularly is the key to further developing that relationship. Like any relationship, it cannot be forced Identifying your Power Animal or Animal Guide may not be but daily meditation on your Animal Guide and seeking to as difficult as it first seems. Chances are your Animal Guide open those lines of communication would be a good place has already appeared to you, perhaps during a significant to start. event in your life. You very well may have come across your


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“...chances are your animal guide has already appeared to you...perhaps during a significant event in your life...” I use a piece of amethyst in order to work with my Animal Guide within a dream. The crystal acts as a channel between myself and the guide that may be working with me at the time. Amethyst is a good choice for a ‘sleep crystal’ because it has both channelling and protective qualities. It is a good idea to keep a journal and biro or pencil nearby so you can record any messages you are given right away.

FURTHER READING ON DRUIDRY AND SPIRIT GUIDES

To help you along your journey, I can recommend Contact Your Spirit Guides to Enrich Your Life by the amazing, Cassandra Eason. This book offers detailed instruction on how you can identify, connect to and begin speaking with your Spirit Guides, that can just as easily be used with your You may feel your Spirit Animal drawing close to you during Animal Guides. It can be somewhat hard to find, but it will meditation. If you were to go to a zoo or a farm standing be well worth the search. close to an animal, you would feel its presence. If you were to close your eyes, you would still feel its presence. The The Path of Druidry: Walking the Ancient Green Way by animal does not vanish just because you can no longer see Penny Billington of OBOD (Order of Bards, Ovates and it; you will continue to feel its energy, its aura, its physical Druids) has a very good chapter on Animal Teachers and presence. So will it be with your Animal Guide, you will Totems (it is also a very good introduction to Druidry). feel its presence, its energy, even though you may not see it. If guided meditation is something that appeals, you might take a look for the Inner Alchemy: Connect to your Power I know when Bear is close during my meditation, because Animal CD. my torso will begin to sway and my breathing will change, becoming heavier and somewhat irregular for me, to match his. This may seem unusual or even frightening at first, but I am also more than happy to talk with you about your remember your Animal Guide will never harm you or lead journey with your Animal Guide, I can be contacted through you into danger. They are there to help, guide and protect Sage Magazine via email or Sage’s website. us. They will even protect us from ourselves when the The relationships that can be built with our Animal Guides, need arises. particularly our Key Guide can be very rewarding. Should I have had Bear step away from me during a meditation you choose to connect with your Spirit or Power Animals, I when I was clearly not ready or prepared for what I was wish you a long, enlightening and joyful journey. trying to do. I had asked Bear to take me on a particular journey, which I knew I had not prepared myself for and ROB FLINT perhaps was not ready to make on a personal level. I continued to push him, and he repeatedly said ‘no’. He ROB FLINT BIO must have had enough of my stubbornness because the candle I was using suddenly went out, and he left. It was very clear that this particular journey was not going to happen at that particular time. I suppose this was a lesson I had to learn the hard way, but an important one nonetheless. Bear and I have been together in many lifetimes, so I am sure he knows how best to handle my stubbornness and impatience. The things they have to teach us may at times be confronting or even emotionally painful, perhaps there might be issues we do not want to deal with, but our Animal Guides will never put us in physical or spiritual danger.

In this life, Rob resides in Central Queensland where he works as a History Teacher, a Soul Traveller and Modern Age Druid.

Rob enjoys working with Spirit Guides and Power Animals; and has a keen interest in reconnecting with past lives and unlocking the knowledge from those experiences. Rob can be contacted via the Sage Magazine website.


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INITIATION

THE VOICE OF THE SOUL

an excerpt from “Every Choice Matters” by Anne Hartley

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I was working as a financial planner on the 19 October 1987. This was the day that the media dubbed as ‘Black Monday’ when stock markets around the world crashed. This day still goes down as the largest one-day percentage decline in stock market history. On the Thursday prior to the crash I received a memo from the company that I worked under, which said that they were uncomfortable with the current trends in the market. They urged caution and left it to our discretion as to whether we should tell our clients to withdraw their money. This was not as straightforward as it may seem because if every financial planner and broker advised their clients to sell they would create the very crash they hoped to avoid. I had to think carefully about the repercussions of my advice. So, I meditated on what to do and following that meditation I felt it wasn’t my decision to make, so I informed my clients about our concerns and left the final decision up to them. I spent the day on the phone contacting as many people as possible. None of us expected the market to crash quite so quickly or to fall as much as it did. Some clients acted instantly, even going in person to the investment company’s offices on the Friday and putting in their redemption requests. These clients pulled out at the peak of the market and made money as their requests were lodged prior to the actual stock market crash. Afterwards I asked some of these clients why they acted so quickly and in most cases they told me that they followed their intuition. Warren Buffet has been named the second richest man in the world and no matter how much money he gives away, he just keeps getting richer. For many years people listened to his advice because he was rich. However, in 1999 he went against the trend when he predicted the downfall of Internet stocks and some people called him a ‘has been’. Warren kept saying, “I know it’s going to change I just don’t know when”. Now some people would say that Warren Buffet’s predictions were based on research and a sound knowledge of the markets, however, as we all know there are many people who have access to the same resources who aren’t as successful as Warren Buffet. Warren himself attributes his success to what he calls his ‘inner scorecard’, which is his ability to follow his inner guidance and not be swayed by other people’s opinions. If you have lived with an internal critic for a long time then it’s most likely that you have stopped listening to your intuition. The two just don’t co-exist very well because the inner critic is always second guessing every choice you make. So the first thing you need to do is make it okay to be less than perfect, or decide that everything is perfect exactly as it is. The easiest way to start accessing your intuition is to quieten your mind and ask questions and I prefer to do this just before going to sleep because the brain processes whatever you put into it, during this time, six times more during the sleep state. You can ask for guidance, inspiration, an idea, whether you should trust someone or take a job. However, there is no point in asking if you are not prepared to listen to the answers that you receive. Intuition only works if you act upon it.


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It’s easy to confuse fear with signs. There have been times when my business has declined and I’ve wondered if I was being given a sign to change direction. On those occasions I’ve always checked in with my heart. If I love what I’m doing and there are no other opportunities on the horizon that excite me I meditate and ask questions. Inevitably there is a fear I need to let go of, or there might be a better way to do what I’m doing. Sometimes I just need to shift my focus and reassess my daily habits. You let your fears go by acknowledging them, allowing yourself to feel the emotion, then detaching from them. This means that you discontinue talking about them, worrying about them, thinking about them or searching for solutions. Everyone has fears, even the most successful people. Problems can either be stepping stones which help you uncover your gifts or they can keep you stuck in your fears. When I first became interested in personal development, I felt that the authors of the motivational books I read led a problem free life, so I always expected to reach a point in my life where I wouldn’t face any more major challenges—I was so wrong. Problems are a part of life and everyone experiences them. Often positive people don’t talk about what is going on in their lives, so it’s easy to assume that their lives are better than ours. Wayne Dyer said, and I’m paraphrasing because I can’t remember the exact quote, “When you have a big dharma (purpose), you get big problems”. Problems are not a form of punishment—they are opportunities to let your fears go so that you can grow to your full potential.

About The Author Anne Hartley is a passionate Life Coach, creator of the Heart Process Coaching Model, author of the best selling book, “Love the Life You Live” and several more titles that help to support many individuals to create meaningful lives. The above extract is from Anne Hartley’s new book, Every Choice Matters available from Amazon.

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I leave this article with some pearls of truth from Alaia; I believe: “There is Power in the spoken and written Word! The stories we tell create the reality we experience! When the story changes the reality follows! Whilst on retreat on the big Island, Hawaii in March this year, I All the world truly is a stage! had the absolute pleasure of not only hearing Alaia Leighland We are the directors of the documentary that is our life!” share her wealth of knowledge on the crystal kingdom, but also had the opportunity to experience a private gemstone reading. Visit Alaia’s Website for more information This is a consultation with Alaia using over 400 individual crystals www.alaialeighland.com laid out in trays; first you must be clear about what you want to know and write it down, you then pick a number of stones and your reading is based on the stones that you have selected, it is a magical process. Using her incredible gift, Alaia will design a stunning jewellery piece with crystals and precious metals, for you to wear around your neck. Every creation is unique – it is the stones speaking to you and as Alaia enhances the beauty of the stone, the stone enhances and empowers the beauty of the wearer. I was fortunate enough to have Alaia create a personal piece for me and I have to say that not only is it exquisite but I feel it enhances my Divine spark and authentic voice, I love it! Alaia shares a wonderful story in the video interview about actually

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Spinach apple and WALNUT MAKES 4 SIDE SERVES Ingredients 2 tbsp cold-pressed olive or flaxseed oil 1 tbsp organic honey 1 lemon, juice only Himalayan salt or Celtic sea salt freshly ground black pepper, to taste 1 bag baby spinach leaves (approximately 120 g) 2 red apples, cored, cut into slices 1 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped 1 tbsp sunflower seeds 1 tbsp pumpkin seeds

Preparation method 1.

Make dressing by combining oil, honey, lemon juice and

seasoning in a mixing bowl with a whisk or use a jam jar and shake it well (remember the lid, though!) 2. Toss spinach, apples and walnuts with dressing and add seeds. Serve immediately

Tip Soak the walnuts and seeds overnight, or for a few hours to make them eaiser to digest if necessary


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Salmon with Balsamic Beetroot MAKES 4 SERVES Ingredients 4 x 160 g pieces of salmon 1 tbsp cold-pressed olive oil 8 cooked baby beetroots or 1 large beetroot, sliced handful basil, shredded at the last minute handful wild rocket or watercress (if you can get it) handful pine nuts 2 tbsp cold-pressed olive oil ½ lemon, juice only 2 tbsp good balsamic vinegar 1 tbsp creamed horseradish or small piece fresh horseradish, grated Himalayan salt or Celtic sea salt freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Preparation method 1.

Place salmon on a lightly oiled tray. Season and drizzle

with a little more oil 2.

Place under a pre-heated grill or in a pre-heated oven

(190°C) and grill or bake for about 5 to 10 minutes until cooked. Salmon changes colour to pale pink when it’s cooked. When cooked you can feel the flesh which becomes firmer 3.

Place beetroot slices, marjoram or basil leaves, and pine

nuts in a bowl. In a separate bowl or jug, add olive oil, lemon juice, balsamic and horseradish and whisk to combine. Add seasoning if you think it’s needed 4.

Pour dressing over beetroot and toss lightly

5. Serve next to salmon and sprinkle beetroot with some rocket or watercress leaves


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GREENER THAN Green Guocamole MAKES 4 TO 6 SERVES Ingredients 2 avocados, cut in half, stoned, peeled Ÿ small red onion, finely diced 2 small red chillies, cut finely (reduce amount if you don’t like hot food) 1 lime, juice only 1 tbsp cold-pressed olive oil 1 tsp spirulina, chlorella or barely grass powder handful coriander leaves, roughly chopped small amount Himalayan salt or Celtic sea salt freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Preparation method 1.

Place avocado, onion, chillies and seasoning in a pestle

and mortar and pound till smooth. Alternatively, you can use a food processor, but pulse only as it will otherwise be too smooth 2.

Mix in lime juice, oil, green powder and fold in coriander

leaves 3. Check seasoning and serve immediately

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Vegetable AND CUCUMBER ZINGER Makes 2 GLASSES Ingredients 4 Granny Smith apples, cored, quartered ½ continental cucumber, unpeeled, cut into pieces 2-cm knob ginger, sliced 1 tsp spirulina, chlorella or barley grass powder

Preparation method 1. Wash apples and cucumber and prepare as above. Pass everything except spirulina or chlorella powder through a cold press juicer 2. Stir in green powder at the end until completely dissolved. Enjoy the brilliant green juice with a hint of ginger to add that zing

Tip Evidence points to one of the antioxidants in ginger called gingerol as being great for boosting the immune system. Along with all the vitamins and minerals in the apples and cucumbers this juice is bound to help you. Did you know that ginger also has potent anti-inflammatory properties that can help some people reduce arthritis-based joint pain?

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ISSUE 02 | NOVEMBER 2013

2013 SPRING/AUTUMN EQUINOX By Laurie Baum

2013 SPRING EQUINOX (or AUTUMN equinox for the northern hemisphere) The Spring Equinox, the day when the light of day is equal to the dark of night, arrived on Sunday, September 22. The days leading up to the Equinox provided an auspicious opportunity to use affirmations, meditation, and prayer to focus on outcomes you wanted to create in the coming season. The power of the changing angle of the Sun intensifies the power of your thoughts, enabling you to make much spiritual, mental and material progress. It is a law of physics that light is most powerful when it bends, as it does at every Equinox and Solstice. Time to make progress in spheres of life that are important to you! The final months of 2013 will bring an intensification of extremes. In relationships, partners will assert their individuality and demand more freedom as they simultaneously try to exert greater control over their own lives and the lives of the people around them. In business, entrepreneurs will try to give less and take more. In government, authorities will try to exercise their muscle but try to take less responsibility. Public interest groups will fight the system with greater fervour. While their efforts are aimed at bringing a higher order, they will initially create more chaos. When you try to go right, electromagnetic forces may pull you to the left, nonetheless, as we are in a contradictory time where few things end up being as they appear on the surface. Get ready to experience the power of paradox. Here are some planetary highlights of the fall season: • October 21 - November 10 * Mercury Retrograde — Slow down, relax, rest, renew, re-evaluate. • November 1 * Uranus Retrograde in Aries square Pluto in Capricorn — 4th of 7 such line-ups between June 2012 and March 2015 — Stunning technological advances are introduced. Revelations of previously hidden information abound. Change eventually ensues. • November 3 * Solar Eclipse — Visible at sunrise from the Eastern United States and northern South America, Southern Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. The eclipse will bring unexpected discoveries and revelations in human relationships, and will bring scientific discoveries about the relationship between the weather, Mother Earth, and human activities and thoughts. • December 12 * Jupiter Retrograde in Cancer trine Saturn in Scorpio — Governmental inaction gives way to action • December 17 * Jupiter Retrograde in Cancer sesquiquadrate Neptune in Pisces — Continue on your spiritual path despite internal resistance • December 21 * Venus Retrograde in Capricorn until January 31, 2014 — Connect with loved ones Much love & light, Laurie www.lauriebaum.com

Laurie Baum is a licensed psychotherapist, professional astrologer, and psychic counselor in private practice in Encinitas, California. Laurie also has extensive experience making global and personal predictions in light of astrological alignments. We are excited to present Laurie Baum as a regular contributor for Sage Magazine. Visit www.lauriebaum.com

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Your Personal QUARTERLY forecast

By Laurie Baum

ARIES (March 21 – April 19)

GEMINI (May 21 – June 21)

You will feel energized under the influence of your planetary ruler, Mars, in the fire sign of Leo from August 27 to October 15. Use this time to complete projects you began at your last birthday. You are an expert at initiating projects, but may drop the ball once you feel the excitement is gone.

Your mind will be extraordinarily sharp under the influence of the communications planet Mercury in the precise sign of Virgo until early in the quarter. Use this time to complete projects you began at your last birthday. This is a testing phase for the validity of your creative ideas. If something does not appear to be easily flowing , you may consider taking an alternative route. The energy is amply available for pursuing a new line of thinking at this time.

Contemplate the value of the project for which you laid the groundwork. Try to apply the finishing touches so this endeavor will be of enduring value to yourself and others. A little perseverance will provide long-term benefits. The lunar eclipse in October will cause you to question your feelings in an important relationship. Trust your intuition. But also wait at least six weeks before making a final decision. You are in a paradoxical situation where your efforts to get organized may initially create greater chaos. By allowing time to pass, a state of natural order may easily arrange itself. Allow the dust to settle before impulsively taking action.

TAURUS (April 20 – May 20) Loving Venus in your opposing sign of Scorpio from in October will strengthen your ability to reach out to a previous opponent. Diplomatic solutions will serve you well under this planetary influence. These solutions will break an impasse that previously prevented you from moving forward to attain a precious goal. You may feel like asserting your power over an opponent but by experimenting with equitable solutions, you will achieve the success you seek. From December 21 to January 31, you will have another opportunity to review solutions to a longstanding stalemate. A solar eclipse in Scorpio on November 3 will help you get in touch with a buried aspect of your character. The solar eclipse will be visible at sunrise from the Eastern United States, northern South America, Southern Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. This eclipse will bring you unexpected self-revelations. Once you connect with a deeper layer of your Self, you will understand your underlying motivations. From this, you will gain a greater ability to put yourself in the shoes of other people will be enhanced. Experiment with new ways of interacting with others. Your new level of empathy will soften opposition from others. You will have greater success with plans you have been trying to implement.

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You then will be able to catch up on outstanding projects from October 21 to November 10, when Mercury, planet of communications, turns retrograde. Mercury retrogrades four times a year for three weeks at a time. During each retrograde, Mercury appears to move backward from the perspective of Earth due to the elliptical shape of its orbit. Under this influence, communications and commerce slow down, giving people a chance to catch up and relax, renew, reevaluate, and reconfigure their plans. This celestial phenomenon exerts the greatest influence on Gemini because you draw your greatest energy from the motion of the fast-moving planet Mercury. Commerce and communications that were tangled under Mercury retrograde will straighten out after the completion of the retrograde period on November 10.

CANCER (June 22 – July 22) Lucky Jupiter in Cancer until July 2014 will help you manifest your desires in your home and family relationships. This is a good time to clear your mind of past agendas and realistically use the resources in your present environment to create the living situation you desire. Many positive ideas will come to you during the late summer and early fall. Realistically consider the capacities of the people around you and transform a challenging situation into a blessing. You have the emotional tools to create positive circumstances in your life! Your most fortunate days in the coming season arrive under the influence of the Cancer Moon: October 23 to 25, November 20 to 22, and December 17 to 19. A lunar eclipse in October will prompt you to re-examine a traditional system you have relied upon. An innovative organizational plan will work better than an old routine. A situation arises at the solar eclipse on November 3 that will require you to state your feelings clearly to break through a previous impasse.


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Your Personal QUARTERLY forecast...(cont) LEO (July 23 – August 22) The summer months are your time to shine as the days are longer and the sun is high in the sky. Like a plant, you move toward sunlight and thrive in its rays. Enjoy the waning days of summer by getting outside and absorbing the light of the sun. The positive energy that emanates from this star in the center of our solar system will brighten your attitude and increase your optimism. A solar eclipse on November 3 will shake up a routine that is no longer working for you. You have matured beyond the need to hold onto this old pattern. You may be habitually repeating this worn-out regimen without question. Introspect upon all of your habitual personal routines and schedules. You may find there is a new—and better—way of doing the same things. This could pertain to what you eat or when you eat it, what you wear or how you wear it, what you think — or even when you think it. Try a new color, a new haircut, a new food, or a positive attitude when you get stuck in a I-can’t-do-it mode. You will find out you can do more—much more—than you previously imagined!

VIRGO (August 23 – September 22) You will experience a positive 52-day period starting on the day of your next birthday. This is the perfect time to implement a new idea, enter a new relationship, start a new work project, or implement a new health regimen. You will feel energized and optimistic under this month’s planetary alignment of the Sun in Virgo and Mercury, the communications planet, in Virgo. You will feel in sync with others and as if people are receptive to the ideas you have to contribute. Your social status is enhanced under these celestial patterns. The Autumn Equinox represents the beginning of a new cycle for you, in which you will be able to manifest goals and ideas you have had in mind since your recent birthday. You have the greatest energy to tackle new projects for the first 7 weeks after your birthday. Use this time to dive into something you’re passionate about! Your greatest talents are in organizational work, writing, communications and networking, food preparation, cleaning, and in technical projects that require precision and accuracy.

LIBRA (September 23 – October 23) The passage of the love planet, Venus, through Libra, will fortify your loving nature and impart great joy to you when you give to others. The entrance of the communications planet, Mercury, into Libra will intensify your ability to clearly express yourself. You will receive hoped-for responses from others. The next two months will provide an advantageous opportunity to restore equality and balance to your relationships. You will have time to give to peole who need your assistance and you will be receptive to people who can give you what you need. Open your heart and hands to both giving and receiving. There is much positive benefits to the mutual exchange of energy with others in the coming months! A lunar eclipse in October will shine a spotlight on a relationship that you have outgrown. Be mindful of how much energy you continue to invest in this relationship even as you try to maintain peace and harmony with this person. You seem to have endless resources when it comes to meeting the needs of others. But be aware of the necessity of meeting your own needs. It’s important to replenish yourself so you have energy to give to others.

SCORPIO (October 24 – November 21) Your planetary ruler, Pluto, is highlighted this summer, bringing you into the limelight more often than you are accustomed. You will be asked to speak up for others. And in the process, you will be faced with the decision as to whether to delve deeply into matters and dig up the truth or gloss over the surface to preserve peace and harmony. The answer will depend upon whether you have the energy to expend in search of the ultimate verities— because once you start an excavation, circumstances may line up to engage you to extreme levels. In other words, choose your battles. There will be many areas needing your attention in the fall season. Assign your priorities and let everything else fall away. A solar eclipse in Scorpio on November 3 will take you in a new life direction. There is something in your life that has already served its useful purpose and is ready to fall away. It’s not easy to let go. But once you do, you will experience the birth of a new Self, revealing your infinite depths. Some people stay on the surface of life. But you enjoy living life to its fullest, with its highs and lows. These extremes help you draw on the depth of your life force, which is well-developed through a broad range of experiences. Until December 4 you will be able to express something profound that you have kept hidden inside yourself.

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Your Personal QUARTERLY forecast...(cont) SAGITTARIUS (November 22 – December 21) Like Scorpio, you may find yourself drawn into many quests for truth during the autumn season. Arrange your priorities so you can take care of the most important things first. You can only do so much at any one time. While you are not someone who turns away opportunities, you must choose the opportunities for which you are best suited. This is a time when you may create unintended consequences from well-meaning actions. So, think through your plans in advance and proceed with caution until you are certain that you are receiving the response you have in mind. When you are sure circumstances are lining up in support of your vision, then push forward with your plans. If circumstances provide resistance, then it’s a signal that it is time to back off and pursue another avenue. Venus in Sagittarius from October 7 to November 5 will open your heart and enable you to give even more to others than you already give. Your accustomed generosity and good will always bring positive energy to you. The passage of Venus through Sagittarius will give you ample opportunity to gain good karma when you contribute to others’ well being. The more you give, the more you will receive in return.

CAPRICORN (December 22 – January 19) When facing a choice between following traditional rules and blazing a new path, seek a middle ground between both extremes. You are in a period that will polarize you to either overly vigilant action to impose rigid requirements on yourself and others or to relax your normal standards to the point that anything is acceptable. Practice even-handedness and avoid excess. If you exercise heavy-handed authority, your authoritative moves will boomerang back to you. But if you ignore the rules, disorder will ensue, and you won’t be happy with the resulting confusion.

AQUARIUS (January 20 – February 18) The way is clear for you to express an unusual idea to a large group of your friends or acquaintances. You may be pulled into a public role. Consider whether you truly desire to be in a leadership position before you step into the spotlight. If you would prefer to remain anonymous, write your ideas in a forum where you won’t be identified or ask another person to present your ideas for you. You have much of value to say, but it is not clear that your physical presence is needed for your ideas to be heard. You may have more important things to do. So, consider carefully whether to take a private or public role. Either way, your ideas are of value. You have been contemplating a course correction for many months. This is a good time to take positive action. When Uranus opposes energetic Mars on Christmas Day, you will experience another unexpected change. If you, or people around you, suddenly reverse direction, the new course will prove to be beneficial for you. Even though the modification may be challenging, if you approach the situation with your usual equanimity, you will learn much about your inner strength during the months ahead.

PISCES (February 19 – March 20) As a sensitive water sign, you may feel more emotional than usual under a line-up of Jupiter (luck), Saturn (discipline), and Neptune (spirituality) in the water signs of Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces. While the effects of this planetary alignment are subtle, you may feel excessively reactive to feelings in yourself or others. You may experience a more-active-than-normal dream life. Or you may feel a strong desire to escape the responsibilities of everyday reality. These are normal reactions to the pressure of the watery realms on your sensitive psyche.

Balance and moderation are the keys to your happiness. Lucky Jupiter in your opposing sign of Cancer will bring new people and experiences into your life during the next year. It’s a good time to travel. But even if you stay close to home, good fortune will find you. Loving Venus will be in Capricorn for an extended period, fromNovember 5 to March 5, 2014.

Protect yourself by arranging extra time for solitude, reflection, meditation, deep breathing, and contemplation. Warm baths and soft music also are an excellent anti-dote to the emotional stress you may be feeling. The autumn season also will help you deepen your understanding of a spiritual philosophy. This is a good time to delve into books you’ve had sitting on your shelf (or on you iPad) and take some quiet time to absorb a new view of the world. Quiet music in the background will help you best absorb this new perspective on life.

This celestial transit will bring the cooperation of many people who will feel tremendous admiration of and respect for your gifts and talents. Venus will be retrograde in Capricorn from December 21, 2013 to January 31, 2014, and will bring someone from your past back into your life.

Do yoga or stretching exercises to feel grounded if your mind becomes too diffused or expanded. Or experiment with meditation to channel the spiritual energy you are experiencing through the higher energy centers in your body.

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