It's impossible to explain and explore decades worth of life in one post - so this is just a few moments of my diverse Spiritual and metaphysical experiences. I won't go into explaining what any of them might be - I'll simply share them with you...
When I was a young child, we would drive to my Aunt’s and Uncle’s farm 2.5 hours North of our hometown, Adelaide.
Visiting them was always the highlight of my year – as was the driving together, playing games, listening to music, and – for me – cloud busting. If my Dad said the weather looked ominous, I would look out the window and start imagining the clouds disappearing and blue skies shining. Funny thing is – it worked! I was determined to play with my cousins and sister – to able to climb the haystacks, run up to the tractor barn, play hide and seek in the shearing shed, collect the eggs from the hen house – you know, enjoy the outdoors and the escape from suburbia.
I had an invisible (to everyone else) friend until I was 7 – Brownie was his name. He was great company when I was out in nature, and he was funny, chatty and even helped with my decision making at times.
Years later – in high school – we read ‘Jonathan Livingston Seagull’ by Richard Bach – it called to me.
Then, as I muddled my way through young adulthood, working and travelling, I was introduced to a book by an awesome guy called Crash – the book was ‘Illusions’ by the same Richard Bach. Turns out he's a fellow cloud buster!
I don’t think I’ve been without a copy since then – and I have given that book away so may times on my moves. I Loved it.
I then dove into the world of metaphysics – reading Shirley MacLaine’s ‘Out on a Limb’, doing a Metaphysical Certification when I was 19, and basically deep diving into Spirituality on every level possible. It was enlightening – the hundreds of books, daily meditation practices, groups I was a part of, and the people I met. I knew that I was a Spiritual Being having a physical experience.
I was raised Roman Catholic – I went to a Catholic School where we had the Archbishop’s Residence, Cathedral and a Convent for the Nuns – who also taught us. I used to clean the Cathedral, Archbishop’s, and Convent with a friend for a boiled lolly or two!
Every Sunday we would go to Mass - and I would see light shining around the Priest.
I had faith, sure. But what I also had was real, tangible Spiritual experiences. I knew that there was so much more to life than what science tells us - experientially.
Now, here in Australia, you’re often scoffed at for having Spiritual experiences or principles, and even religious people cop some of that. So I understand that some of you reading might just laugh at my tales here.
In 1999, while working in the tropical Whitsunday Islands in Northern Queensland, I had a dream.
I dreamt that I was in a shopping mall, going up some escalators. Sounds mundane, right? But with me was Mother Mary – and she just kept saying the same word over and over again – ‘Synchronicity’. She took me to a decrepit old place (at the top of the escalators) filled with dying old men. And still she just kept saying ‘synchronicity’. In the dream I was wondering why she would take me to such a place – and how I could feel so Blessed by her presence even there.
The dream was so vivid that it was infinitely more real than what we experience day-to-day – and it was so powerful that the 24 hours after the dream felt incredibly surreal - 'so real'. I was fully alive, fully activated, fully present, fully aware. It was one of the best days of my life.
It turned out that that was the night my child came to me!
Then, over six months later, I was at a friend’s place near to where I live (thankfully!). As she was feeding her daughter a grape, reality split wide open. I experienced every possible alternate timeline from that moment on for eight hours afterwards. And there are hundreds of thousands branching off of every moment.
Somehow, some way, for those eight hours my consciousness was able to hold, not just the original branches, but every branch from every moment since. I was a heavily pregnant woman living in the hills – and had to drive home. I ended up terrified by it, and exhausted! I couldn’t wait to go to sleep and hopefully wake up in my singular ‘reality’ the next morning – but whatever was happening was too much to let me go to sleep until much later that evening. And, yes, I did wake up in just one timeline!
I wrote ‘Sleeping Angels’ in 2003 while living with my son in Hobart, Tasmania. It felt so beautiful to write. And to this day it affects me when I read it.
I’m so glad I get to share it with everyone now!
2003 is also when I started my raw vegan journey - it took me 2 years to refine it. I've just celebrated 16 years being 100% raw vegan last week.
Later, my son and I stayed with a friend who lived on a property on the side of Mt Warning (Wollumbin). One night we went down the road to a Hare Krishna community where they blessed the food as they made and served it – and where the public could come and buy it. That night as I slept, I had the only truly 100% positive dream I’ve ever had (if you don't include the Mary dream - which was more like an experience than a dream) – it was incredibly healing.
From 2013 - 2015 I wrote several other books while home schooling my son and running my own raw vegan food business. Busy time!
Then we moved to the West Coast of Tasmania. What a stunning place – mountains, lakes, wildness everywhere. Perfect. And I got side-tracked from my Spiritual path. I studied, worked, taught, finally attempted some relationships again after 17 years, came back to the mainland and did all of those things there too. I had such fun and such heartache and such lessons.
Now I no longer ‘believe’ any particular thing – I am open and discerning. I have found my way back to centre. I’m being the real, Spiritual, ‘me’ in a much more integrated way. Before, my Spirituality was a completely separate world. It was my inner world. And everything else was another, outer world.
As separate and different as these experiences are, they all point to, and have shown me, that this 3D physical world is not all that there is. All of the contemplation and meditation and reading and writing I've done during my life has opened up my consciousness in profound ways.
I LOVE where I am now. I Love what's to come.
As I mentioned - this is just a few moments of my journey so far - there's so much more to share and I'm sure there will be many more experiences to come.
It's time to edit that book I wrote in 2015 now - and share that in 2022.
I hope you have a wonderful day!
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