Every Summer I am visited by Grey Currawongs, my friend Nerida has written the following message about Currawong wisdom. I think this is timely as we move into 2019 and we leave behind the ghosts of 2018.
Currawongs, are birds who are undeterred by the opinions of others, and appear to you when you find yourself meeting with challenging times or in need of releasing negativity in your life. They help you meet with your Ancestors who can shed light on lifting pain, grief, old burdens or fear that hinder creating a peaceful and loving pathway. Call in Currawong as a totem to show you how to disperse weaker aspects of your personality, while strengthening your resolve to claim your own power. Currawong highlights the old, the redundant and damaging patterns from times past casting shadows that can make you feel haunted or restricted in making positive process and progress of your vision in life. Call in the healing of Currawong to help shift your perceptions and re-evaluate your beliefs and values to find new self worth, thereby allowing yourself to commence a new dance of the Ancient Circle promoting unity, strength, endurance and togetherness
Last week I started to get a cold and I nurtured myself with vitamins and homeopathics and herbal teas, but my throat was still sore. Eventually it dawned on me to look to my own remedies for a solution. So I took the Spirit essence for the throat chakra. My sore throat disappeared very quickly and the heaviness in my head dissipated – I felt quite different.
The throat chakra is where much of our creativity sits and here we find our voice to share our own creations with the world. For a lot of us the idea of sharing our creativity, our inner world, can be a terrifying prospect. We can bring ourselves down with a variety of negative mantras – “who am I to be doing this”, “I’m just crazy” or “everyone will think I’m crazy” – an endless list of internal abuse that keeps us in our stuck place.
On reflection I realised that my cold had started after I had begun to write a course about my essences. To present my work in this way had clearly awakened the old fears and doubts about sharing my creativity with the world and these fears had moved to the physical very quickly. Doing my work is fine, but communicating, expressing my internal world, my creation in a new way pushed buttons.
Anodea Judith in her book Wheels of Life says that “survival and health in the twenty-first century will require innovation and flexibility. Creativity is the key to unlocking these qualities. We must honor it in ourselves and in each other. We must honour the means which make it possible and protect ourselves from those phenomena which threaten to shut down this basic life force.”
We would all benefit from changing our negative mantras to positive ones and this simple change can help to break the patterns of the past and open us to a brighter, more creatively expressive future.
Recently I completed a step in my work which was mapping my essences to the Peace Space Colour Rays. While the initial job of mapping the essences was completed very quickly, I have been procrastinating ever since about putting the colours onto the website and doing all the other tasks that this shift in my work requires.
And then my right knee became sore. The knee chakras are about moving forward on your path with joy and the Calm essence helps with this momentum by helping us to move into our still centre, so that we can move forward calmly, with a lightness of spirit and an open heart. The Peach Colour Ray adds another dimension to this understanding as the Ray of Psychic Bliss and the Beauty of Blossoming the Future. Peach helps us to embrace life no matter what, to take only the positive with us into the future and to let go and let God. With Peach we can go with the flow because we have stepped into our still centre.
Today I have added the colour rays to my essence descriptions – just a note at the bottom of the page that states the colour and it’s broad purpose. But what strikes me as I write this is how the essence and the colour work together so well and I wonder why I have delayed so long in this simple task. And Peach also answers this – “Peach is … the giver of palliative care – to all that are dying to the forms and ways of the redundant past”. And we struggle to let go of our tired old ways of being, of the restrictions we place on ourselves that hold us in the past. But if we can let go, we can move into a future that is more than we could have imagined.
Calm essence and Peach, great partners in maintaining our momentum in the world, by taking us to the still point of total surrender.
All of my Bush Essences are now available in the online shop
The complete set now includes essences made at Mt Alexander, Mt Franklin, Mt Tarrengower and Charlton. Please click here for a full description of each essence.
I hope these essences bring a taste of the magic of Jaara Country into your life. The dry, dusty and damaged bushland in Central Victoria has so much beauty, it’s harsh surface hides a gentleness and deep and ancient wisdom. These essences have taken me on a journey of transformation, they have given me an expanded awareness of myself and a deeper respect for country. I hope that they will take you on your own journey of transformation.
It’s a beautiful foggy morning in Bendigo today – I like the feeling of being blanketed in fog. This wintery weather emphasises the yin nature of Winter, it’s time to sit, rest and reflect. You can read more about the energy of Winter here. I’d planned to do some gardening today, but feel more like reading a book in front of the fire…
When grief is overwhelming or unrelenting there are some remedies that can assist. The Bach Flower remedies cover a range of emotional states such as depression, despair and hopelessness. The homeopathic remedy Ignatia can also be taken for anxiety, insomnia and depression due to an inability to assimilate grief and loss. And my own essence The Elixir of Life can help with freedom from attachment, letting go and a new beginning.
Often it is the new beginning that we have trouble with – trying to imagine a life without the being who has passed. But grief is not something we should try to escape from, it helps us to live more deeply and fully and strips away barriers. This is incredibly painful and we may be left feeling raw and exposed at times, but ultimately it can make us more human and connected. That sense of deep loss can make us pay more attention to the precious people and animals in our lives. Our sense of mortality – our acknowledgement of death and our fleeting time on earth – can help us to be more present, to live more fully and can possibly allow us to live with greater joy.
I had an overwhelming sense of grief over the weekend, which I thought was due to the recent death of my dog. Then a friend reminded me of the date and I realised it was the anniversary of the passing of my very good friend, teacher, healer and mentor. I’m not very good at remembering dates, but somehow our bodies or emotional body remembers the passing and we slip into grief. Again. And it feels as strong as it was in the beginning. Recognition of what grief I was feeling did create a shift and now the candles are lit in remembrance and gratitude having known this wonderful person.
Over the last couple of years I’ve been venturing into the bush around Bendigo making a series of bush essences. These essences are as much about place as about person, made in damaged landscapes that in some way reflect our inner terrain. The project is now finished (or so I believe for the moment)!
In total there are 11 essences. The first 7 will go into the online shop today, the next 4 will be there soon. You can read about all of these new essences here.
This has been quite a journey for me and my four legged essence assistant as we moved out of the backyard essence laboratory and into the open spaces. We’ve both covered a lot of country and I feel quite transformed by the process. I hope that these essences resonate with you.