31 December 2012

Welcoming in 2013

January will shortly be here and the month is named after the Roman God Janus.  Janus is an ancient Roman, composite, obscure god who is associated with doorways, beginnings, and transitions. He is usually a two-faced god that looks to the future and the past.  The explanation for this belief being that one must emerge through a door or gate in order to enter into a new place. Therefore, the Romans considered Janus as the obvious choice for the first month of their year.

The ancient Romans called this month Ianuarius, which is not so far removed from the modern-day "January," taken from the Etruscan word jauna which means "door". Originally, however, Janus was honored on the first day of every month, in addition to being worshipped at the beginning of planting season and again at the harvest.

21 December 2012

A Review Received for "Dancing the Sacred Wheel"

Photograph by Polly Lind
It has been a nervous wait over the last seven or so weeks but finally the first "official" review of Dancing the Sacred Wheel has been received.

I would like to thank Polly Lind for her honest review and direct anyone wishing to read it to this page on her blog. 

I met Polly in 2003 at the first Pagan conference I had ever attended which was held in New Zealand, and was attended by some 250 people.  Not only was this conference the first I had ever attended, it was the first event of any kind that I had publically spoken at, not to mention being the first time I had ever run public rituals.

Polly herself is renown for her beautiful and often one-off wall hangings and altar cloths that she sells through her Etsy store.

** For New Zealand orders - there is now a New Zealand bank account set up for direct deposits providing an alternative to Paypal payments.  Please email me for details of this bank account.

14 December 2012

Four Powers of the Sphinx

It is within Transcendental Magic by French occultist Eliphas Lévi (1810 - 1875) that the "Four Powers of the Sphinx" is allegedly first mentioned.  Although later to become know as the "Magi's Pyramid" (amongst other names), Lévi’s referred to these four "powers" as being "indispensible conditions" that a student of the Ars Magica must include within their study in order to attain the "Sanctum Regnum" 0r the knowledge and power.  These four "powers" were inscribed upon the symbolic forms of the sphinx as being:
To know (sciere)
To will (velle)
To dare (audere)
To keep silent (tacere).

Pagan Origins of Father Christmas

While Christmas may acknowledge the birth of Jesus for Christians, in most modern day celebrations another equally important person is also acknowledged. This person, without whom Christmas would have little meaning for a lot of people, could very well have a hidden Pagan past. I am talking about that jolly, white bearded man in the red suit who secretly visits us in the middle of the night, leaving gifts underneath the trees as his calling card, and who has been delighting and tantalising children for generations - Father Christmas (aka Santa Claus).

30 November 2012

Burdensome Feelings - Blaming Others

Personal Reflection
by Jennifer S. Neher
I have not posted anything received from DailyOM for a while however when this came through, I was reminded once again, just how timely their postings can be.  The focus of this particular post is largely on "blame" and how we can easily shift the blame onto someone else as opposed to owning it ourselves.  Falling under this category is also how we interpret things. 
In our modern age where communication is often exchanged with limited (if any) human emotion, we are extremely vunerable to projecting our perceptions onto such exchanges which can easily transfer through to miscommunication where the original intention is overlooked (due to unnecessarily emotive responses).  As with anything, how we react to something (whether it is an email exchange, an image, news report, etc) is primarily our responsibility - something we each need to acknowledge and own as opposed to projecting the "blame" of how we have reacted onto someone else.

27 November 2012

Wicca Magickal Beginnings (book review)

This book review has been long overdue.  However, in the light of the workshop that I will be holding this weeking on traditionla Wicca, I thought it was about time that I shared my thoughts on this book.

WICCA MAGICKAL BEGINNINGS - A Study of the Possible Origins of the Rituals and Practices Found in this Modern Tradition of Pagan Witchcraft and Magick by Sorita d'Este and David Rankine (Paperback)

These days it is always a delight to read something about the history of Wicca that is appears to be actually researched (and thoroughly at that) and without the usual assumptions and "bitch wars" resulting from hidden agendas and basically sour grapes that unfortunately seems to appear in such books.

15 November 2012

Yes, You Shall Go To The Ball ...

"That time of the year" is fast approaching, being just over five weeks away.  Whilst the proposed festivities hold little relevance to me personally, what it does mean is that I will soon be faced with a couple of weeks with no income until the new calendar year rolls around and life returns to normal again.  Little wonder then, when I heard that an exhibition showcasing the art of the late Lynne Sinclair Wood being organised for the Summer Solstice in Sydney, I felt torn.

11 November 2012

Will you remember Remembrance Day?

Remembrance Day poster, 2009
It seems that unless there is a great deal of advertising or a public holiday, major events slip by the wayside.  Today could very well be one of those days as very little, if any, notification of the significance of today has been mentioned.  Today is, after all, Remembrance Day.
At 5.00 am on 11 November 1918, three German Government representatives accepted the Armistice terms presented to them by an allied commander, General Foch of the French Army. The demands of the Armistice included the withdrawal of German forces to the east bank of the Rhine within 30 days; immediate cessation of warfare; and surrender of the German fleet and all heavy guns with no further negotiations until the signing of the peace treaty.

07 November 2012

Feeling Sorry for the Courier Pigeons

Yesterday afternoon I became the temporary owner of 13 boxes of books, each box containing hot off the press copies of Dancing the Sacred Wheel: A Journey through the Southern Sabbats.  Last night saw the commencement of what I quickly realised would be a long process - individually numbering and writing in each book.

This morning, the first lot of packages found their way into a post box, and as they went throught he slot, a feeling of relief came over me ... finally people who had been patiently waiting, some nearly two months, will shortly be in receipt of the book.

31 October 2012

Bealtaine or Halloween - a Southern Dilemma

Sigh - it is that time of the year again that despite it being the gateway to Summer here in the Southern Hemisphere where people should be heralding in the festival of life and light that is Bealtaine, the increasing commercialism of Halloween becomes more and more evident. 

Every year I notice more "trick or treating" encouragements echoing what is largely perceived to be a American-styled "custom".

24 October 2012

The Southern Bealtaine

Maypole at the Temple of the Dark
Moon's Bealtaine camp, 2010
The Wheel of the Year constantly turns and for those of us south of the Equator, soon the time seasonal festival of Bealtaine will be upon us.

With the pending November release of my first book, Dancing the Sacred Wheel: A Journey through the Southern Sabbats, I thought I would share part of the chapter on Bealtaine.  If you enjoy the following, you may like to order your own copy which you can do via the Temple of the Dark Moon's web site

Three purchase options are available that include postage anywhere (1) within Australia, (2) within New Zealand, and (3) within Europe/USA.  If you have an Australia bank account and do not have a Paypal account, feel free to email me, and I will send you my account details for a direct deposit, or I will also accept money orders.

19 October 2012

The Wait is Almost Over

This morning I picked up a proof copy of Dancing the Sacred Wheel: A Journey through the Southern Sabbats. I cannot describe the feelings that started to race through me as I held the copy in my hand.  Here was the result of what I had been slowly working towards for the eight or so years, and the result of the seed that was planted nearly ten years ago.

Nervously I started to flick through the book to see whether what unfolded was something I wanted to expose to the world ... yes, all of a sudden, I felt as if I was standing skyclad in the middle of the street.

16 October 2012

A Time of Anticipation

It has been nearly a week since I sent the files for my book Dancing the Sacred Wheel: A Journey through the Southern Sabbats to the printers and nervously I wait for that important telephone call to tell me that the proof copy is ready for collection.  This forced patience and my building anticipation is almost driving me insane as I find other things to take my mind off the situation - my garden is getting some well deserved attention.

08 October 2012

Another Big Year Ahead

As we enter the second week of October, this year feels like it is really speeding up.  With Dancing the Sacred Wheel poised to be going to the printers this week, I was hoping to take a break.  However, I am already being approached from people wanting to know when the Temple of the Dark Moon will be offering external training.

After much deliberation, and in light of an increasing amount of misinformation circulating, I thought that an Introduction to Traditional Wicca is needed, so on Saturday, 1 December 2012 this workshop into traditional Wicca will be held.

04 October 2012

Our True Heritage - a poem by Thich Nhat Hanh

Yesterday I was in a local bookshop when I came across a collection of poems by Vietnamese Buddhist monk, Thich Nhat Hanh.  His poem "Call me by the True Name" has been a favourite of mine for a while and while flicking through this book of his poetry, I came across another that resonated deep within me.

27 September 2012

Seeing the Positive in the Negative

Life can often be very much like a roller coaster, with peaks and lows, and all you can do is hold on tight and navigate the bends the best that you can.  For the most part, I consider myself to be rather blessed, being surrounded with loving friends and family who support me in my endeavours, and being able to seize upon many of the opportunities that come my way.  When I find myself challenged, I have learnt not to see this as a "negative" - instead it is a further opportunity encourging me to strive harder or providing a much needed chance to re-evaluate things.

22 September 2012

Contemplation at the Spring Equinox

Flowers around the Covenstead
At the moment the tilt of the earth will be such that it will be inclined neither away from nor towards the sun, allowing for the centre of the sun to be aligned with the earth's equator.  This is the time of the equinox, a word derived from the Latin aequus ("equal") and nox ("night").  Therefore, at this time of the year, day and night have approximately equal length.

For those residing north of the equator, this will mark the time of the Autumn Equinox and the increasing darkness as the earth tilts away from the sun. 

19 September 2012

Macha and the magic of Ireland

Naven Fort, County Armagh

For the last couple of months I have largely been focusing on my upcoming book, as well as finalising the notes for my upcoming workshop on Celtic Goddesses and Warrior Queens.  One of the Goddesses that I will be discussing during this workshop is Macha, a rather mysterious figure as there appears to be a number of figures named "Macha" within Irish myth and legend, and much debate as to whether these are in fact the same or different characters. 

17 September 2012

Two Weeks To Go

It is hard to believe that we are over half way through September already and with the Spring Equinox picnic this week, it also means that the special pre-order rate for Dancing the Sacred Wheel: A Journey through the Southern Sabbats only has a further two weeks to run before it ends on 1 October 2012.

I am extremely humbled and grateful for the number of people who have already placed their pre-orders as these help in covering the associated costs that are incurred when it comes to self-publishing a book.

13 September 2012

Spring Equinox - A Time of Balance

The covenstead has been a hive of activity lately as the end of the calendar year appears on the horizon, heralding thoughts for 2013 ... all the while there is still much yet to do.

Similarly, the Wheel of the Year constantly turns and with it, we find that the Spring, or Vernal,  Equinox is fast approaching.  As such, the Temple of the Dark Moon will be holding their annual picnic on the Sunday closest to the Sabbat - that being Sunday, 23 September 2012.  The venue for this year's picnic will be the Botanic Park (around the area where the Full Moon Gatherings are held), next to Adelaide's beautiful Botanic Gardens.

06 September 2012

September is Prostate Awareness Month

We are all familiar with the ongoing appeals for Breast Cancer research and the wonderful work that has been done in helping to save women's lives as well as supporting their families.  However, how many of us are aware that every year more Australian men actually die from prostate cancer than women die from breast cancer?

People tend to go to great lengths not to mention prostate cancer, a disease that  is killing close to 3,300 Australian men every year.  Why is this?  Is it our "Aussie Bloke" is some kind of superhero who is to resistant to any kind of health issue?

04 September 2012

Pre Orders of Book now being Taken

It has taken a while (some ten years actually) but just over a week ago, I announced that I would start to take pre-orders for Dancing the Sacred Wheel: A Journey through the Southern Sabbats.  In this short time I have been extremely humbled by the number of people who have showed their support for this book by doing just this.

As it is, I am in the final (final) stages of "twigging" whilst the interior design has mostly been completed.  Shortly the cover will also be completed and by the end of this month, I should actually have in my hands a proof copy.

Considering the amount of time that I have devoted to this project, especially in the last 18 months in an attempt to get it finished, naturally I am extremely excited.

29 August 2012

Supporting our Talented Members - Supporting Ourselves

The Pagan community can be very fickle at the best of time.  We pride ourselves on our individuality, yet ferociously guard our "secrets" (most of which have evolved from somewhere else to start with) from others.  We beat our chests when something wonderful happens to us, yet we are quick to condemn others for doing the same thing.  We can also work triedlessly away in the background, doing the Great Work that we feel called to do, without anyone else ever noticing.

24 August 2012

Book Pre-Orders Almost Ready

I received a sample of the first three pages back from the person who is undertaking the layout and interior design of my book and I have to say that I am becoming increasingly excited watching the A4 pages of text be transformed into something that will shortly become a book.

It has taken about eight years to write, however the end is now in sight.  Pre-orders for Dancing the Sacred Wheel: A Journey through the Southern Sabbats will be taken from 1 September 2012 (if not sooner), with the published date expected later that month or early October 2013.

20 August 2012

Acknowledging the Spring Equinox

Despite the chill of Winter refusing to subside, the Wheel of the Year still turns, and soon we will be finding ourselves at the Vernal, or Spring Equinox. 

For the last couple of years the Temple of the Dark Moon has organised a family friendly picnic in Bonython Park (where our Autumn Equinox picnic is held).  This year we will try another venue - that of Botanic Park where we hold our Full Moon Gatherings, that occur during the Winter months.

16 August 2012

Book Update

So much has happened over the last fortnight, that I am only now starting to catch up on things.

Having spend a weekend in Melbourne (as we viewed the Wonders of Mesopotamia exhibition that is showing at the Melbourne Museum until early October 2012 (which is highly recommended), I then gave a presentation on ritual drama at the Pagans in the Pizzabar gathering the night after we returned.  That followed, the ritual that I had been working on for the last few months, which was based around a lesser known Mesopotamian Deity, was undertaken by the Temple of the Dark Moon's Inner Court.

15 August 2012

Counting One's Blessings

About four or five months ago it was brought to my attention that someone I knew (albeit not very well) had been diagonised with an aggressive form of cancer. Since that time surgery was undertaken as well as a whole range of tests were done.  Results from a full body scan last month revealed "spots" on the kidneys - which required more tests, x-rays and further scans.

09 August 2012

When Mercury is in retrograde ...

Mercury is the planet that governs communication, intellect and awareness.  It deals with logic and reasoning, our manner of thinking, and how we create and express our thought processes verbally and written, with the latter including online communication (such as emails, Twitter, and Facebook).  With this in mind, if you have experienced "communication breakdowns" over the last month, then there could very well be a good reason to this.  Mercury has been in retrograde. 

07 August 2012

Bealtaine Magickal Retreat

Spring may be only just making its presence felt but as the energy of the land starts to speed up as it moves out of its Winter slumber, soon it will be the time of the Spring (or Vernal) Equinox. Then, before we know it, the gateway of Summer, marked by the festival of Bealtaine, will be upon us.

This year's Bealtaine Magickal Retreat, hosted by the Temple of the Dark Moon, will take place over the weekend of 3 and 4 November 2012.  Situated in the beautiful Adelaide Hills, surrounded by both native bush and pine plantation, limited places are available for those Pagan-orientated folk who wish to join us.

03 August 2012

As the Wheel turns ... the Imbolc Gateway

Last Wednesday evening saw a double event happening in the Botanic Park.  Not only was it the monthly Full Moon Gathering that the Temple of the Dark Moon hosts during the Winter months, but it was also Imbolc, the gateway, or the beginning, of Spring.  So despite the temperatures plummeting, a group of dedicated moon worshippers gathered.

The chilly night's air depicted the moon with a ring around it which is caused by the refraction of moonlight (which of course is reflected sunlight) from ice crystals in the upper atmosphere. The shape of the ice crystals results in a focusing of the light into a ring.

We were not the only inhabitants in the park this evening ... circling around the trees were a number of flying foxes that had been "removed" from the neighbouring Botanical Gardens last year due to the damage they were starting to cause to some of the rare plants within the gardens. 

29 July 2012

The Garden's Revenge

It is as if my garden, or at least certain parts of my garden read my last entry as this afternoon I discovered that yes, I do have my first flower of spring - one of the Muscari (Grape Hyacinths) has decided to emerge and greet the coming Spring.

The name of the genus, Muscari, comes from the Greek word for moschos meaning  "musk", and refers to the sweet aromatic scent of the flowers which, together with their often deep blue colouring, has made them popular in cultivation.

26 July 2012

The Southern Imbolc

Spring is almost upon us, and despite the fact that I've had iris in my garden since July, there are still no jonquils, daffodils or grape hyacinths on display.  One of my more elderly neighbours does have a wonderful array of jonquils that offer up their delicate scent as I walk pass.

Normally Imbolc celebrations is held at the covenstead where the "battle" between Brighid and the Cailleach are enacted, or we make Brid Crosses from reeds collected from the local wetlakes.  This year however, Imbolc falls just prior to the full moon, which means that it will be a dual event.

23 July 2012

Inching Ever Closer

What a busy week has been.  Last Monday I received not three, but six chapters, of my proposed book back from the proofreader, along with a synposis ...  so I have been busily working through that and finally sent off the first round of amendments late last night.  Once these chapters have been finalised, there will be just the last two chapters plus the appendices to go ...

After that, the next stage will be readying the manuscript so that it is the right size for printing, and finalising the index.  Once this is done, then I will have a better idea of how many pages there will be to so that the cover designer can complete the spine.  Once the number of pages is known, I will be in a better position to work out how much each copy of the book will cost and start taking pre-orders.

19 July 2012

A Journey back to Mesopotamia

Since the beginning of the year, my interest in one particular ancient culture has steadily increased - that of Mesopotamia. I use this word generally because it includes the peoples of Babylonia and Sumer as well as the later peoples of Assyria.

From the Greek meaning "between rivers" referring the Euphrates and Tigris rivers, this area (covering modern day Iraq and southern Turkey) was considered to be the "cradle of civilisation".  It was this region that the earliest records of writing was been found, as well as astronomy, medicine, and other forms of technology.

14 July 2012

Hocus Pocus

Hocus Pocus or hocus-pocus is a generic term that may be derived from an ancient language and is currently used by magicians, usually the magic words spoken when bringing about some sort of change. It was once a common term for a magician, juggler, or other similar entertainer.

The origins of the term remain obscure. According to the Oxford English Dictionary the term originates from hax pax max Deus adimax, a pseudo-Latin phrase used as a magic formula by conjurors.  Some believe it originates from a corruption or parody of the Roman Catholic liturgy of the Eucharist, which contains the phrase "Hoc est enim corpus meum". This explanation goes back to speculations by the Anglican prelate John Tillotson, who wrote in 1694:

11 July 2012

Unto Herself: A Devotional Anthology for Independent Goddesses

This morning I received notification that the latest anthology from Bibliotheca Alexandrina, entitled Unto Herself: A Devotional Anthology for Independent Goddesses, is now available.  This anthology is one of a number that I had decided to submit articles to this year and the first I have received notification of actually being ready.  

Naturally I am very excited and cannot wait to receive my own copy.

03 July 2012

Free Tarot Readings Offer

For a while in the late 1990s I used read tarot cards at a local Wytchcraft shop, however since that time, the cards have only been brought out for private consultations whilst I have been focusing on other aspects of my Craft.

In recent times, I have felt myself being drawn back to the cards and have decided to dust them off and re-acquaint myself with their messages of guidence and revelation.

02 July 2012

Too Early for Spring?

Mid Winter has just gone - and in fact the Temple only had our mid Winter magickal retreat the other weekend where the Horn'd God rode out amongst the mist - yet my garden seems to be bursting into colour with the gorgeous purple of the Dutch irises, being set off against the carpet of snow white alyssiums, with the odd early snapdragon showing its face. 

Around the sacred circle, the two Angel Trumpet plants are in flower again, however the jonquils have yet to burst into life, unlike those bordering a garden I pass when I walk down to my local shops.

26 June 2012

It's Written in the Stars

On Tuesday night, a First Quarter Moon occurs when the Sun in Cancer forms a square with the Libra Moon. There is a crisis theme surrounding any quarter Moon phase, as we feel compelled to take action. Shortly after, we are made aware of how our actions affect those close to us, perhaps through trial and error. Whatever project or initiative we began around the New Moon on 19 June is now off the ground, and it may face its first obstacles.

25 June 2012

Mid Winter with the Wild Hunt

Yule Log (by Cathy)
With clouds hanging low in the sky, gently gracing the hills of Mt Crawford forest, teasing us with a peak every now and then of what was beyond the misty veils of the Bone Mother, we could not have asked for a more perfect scene setting for this year's Wild Hunt Mid Winter magickal retreat, where we ventured between the worlds.

A brief overview of the Wild Hunt as it appeared with the various mythologies was given, followed by lunch and presentations of two Gods associated who were also associated with this time of the year.  As the mists briefly departed, we were enticed to wander through the forest, which allowed me to indulge in my fascination with fungi as more interesting specimens were discovered.

21 June 2012

Welcoming back the Child of Promise

As the Wheel of the Year turns, we find ourselves now at the Winter Solstice.  The sun is at its northern most point during its yearly migration across the sky which means that whilst the Northern Hemisphere is basking in its warmth, for those of us in the Southern Hemisphere, the warming rays are a distant memory.  

It is with this longing that we create our rituals that focus around the return of the Child of Promise, the Invincible Sun, or as it was known to the Romans, the Sol Invicus, the Unconquerable Sun.

18 June 2012

Journeying with the Tarot (again)

It has been many years since I last read tarot professionally, in fact I think I actually packed away that particular deck back in 1999.  Since that time, I have acquired a number of other decks as well as oracle cards (my favourite of which being the Goddess Oracle that features the beautiful artwork of Hrana Janto) and while I still read for myself, for some reason I never felt the drive to read for others ... that is until now.

14 June 2012

Understanding a Food Blessing

Within the tradition that I follow and teach, part of specific rituals include the sharing of food and drink with those who have joined us in a circle.  Prior to this sharing, the food and drink is blessed, and portion of which is set aside for libation.

The word "libation" has been described as being "... a ritual pouring of a liquid as an offering to a god or spirit or in memory of those who have died."  Or even "an act or instance of drinking often ceremoniously."

12 June 2012

Balancing Priorities

A long weekend has come and gone, resulting in feelings of it simply not being long enough.  Then again, yes, I did manage to achieve all that I had set out to do.

The masks for the Temple of the Dark Moon's upcoming mid Winter magickal retreat have been finished, and the sacred anointing oil is now brewing.  There is certainly an air of excitement about this year's retreat, as if the recent cold snap we have been having of late, it has awoken some sleeping primal force that will be waiting for our arrival.

07 June 2012

In the Moon's Light

The following posting was made a few years agon on my old blog and as due to the lunar theme, I thought I would repeat it here.

The excerpt is from Spirit of the Witch: Religion & Spirituality in Contemporary Witchcraft by Raven Grimassi, which is described as being "an one-of-a-kind guidebook" in which Raven Grimassi "presents an insightful portrait of the spirit of the Witch. He explores the spiritual element of the rituals, practices, and beliefs of Witchcraft, and how these elements apply not only to the seasons of nature, but also to the mystical seasons of the soul".

Under the Lunar Light

Dodging raindrops on Monday evening, we gathered under the glorious Morton Bay fig trees in the beautiful Botanic Park to participate in the third public Full Moon Gathering (esbat) that the Temple of the Dark Moon has hosted for this year.  Not only was the Moon entering the astrological sign of Sagittarius (the Sun being in Gemini), but it was also a partial lunar eclipse.

03 June 2012

Hearing the Call of the Wild

Honouring the Horn'd God
In only three week's time the Temple's Wild Hunt magickal retreat will be happening and I am getting rather excited.  This is the third (maybe fourth) time we will be undertaking this particular themed ritual and each year, it gets better and better.

The ritual has been written and the Temple's Inner Court members are in the process of learning our lines, as well as finalising ritual costumes.  The weekend menu has been planned, that includes lunch, a two course scrumptious post-ritual feast, and hearty breakfast the following morning.  What I love about the food we offer is that it largely lovingly prepared by the  Inner Court members.  The menu is always filled with delicious homemade baking - from scones, muffins and quiches for lunch through to fresh salads, roasts and dessert.  And there is never the fear of anyone going hungry during a Temple of the Dark Moon magickal retreat.

31 May 2012

What is in a name?

There seems to be a lot of confusion as to what exactly is a "magickal" (or "Craft") and its actual usage. The following are just some pointers I offer from a more traditional point of view ...

Let us begin by explaining exactly what a “magickal name” is. Ultimately this "special name" represents the true or the essence of your magickal or spiritual self, one’s “Holy Guardian Angel”. Within Wicca, a magickal name is used as a means of separating the mundane from the magickal – similar to the wearing of a magickal robe.

It is also believed that during the times of persecution, the Wytch Burnings of the 14th to 16th centuries, magickal names were used so that should a person be arrested and accused of practicing Wytchcraft, they were not able to disclose the names of the other coveners.

29 May 2012

Seizing Opportunities as They are Presented

Tintagel, Cornwall

It was the mid 1990s when I first stepped off the plane at Heathrow and found myself immersed so deep into the ancient sites and sacred mythology that the British Isles had to offer that my life changed forever.  And with each year that had since passed, I promised myself that one day I would return.  It has taken nearly 20 years but next year I will finally be returning.

As I dust off the diaries made what seems to be half a life time ago, I awake with the realisation of how much I have grown spiritually.  That initial trip was truly an awakening that presented me with a number of opportunities - some I seized upon, others I did not.

27 May 2012

A World in Confusion - Cultivating Inner Clarity

If we can locate the stillness at the center of our hearts,
we can find composure in almost any situation.

People who maintain their sense of calm when things around them are in a state of flux and confusion are always wonderful to be around. We feel calmer just being near them, as if they have activated our own sense of inner peace. From them we learn that we can be calm, even when everything around us is in turmoil, because we know that no matter what happens, this inner sense of calm will help us to function well.

Often, times of confusion are the times that enable us to find that part of ourselves that knows how to cope, and how to be a light to others in the storm.