Chilled Coconut Soup with Tapioca and Rockmelon

“Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious.” ~ Ruth Reichl   Many years ago, when my sister and I were sharing a house, we’d sometimes venture out for dinner to a little Asian Restaurant in Market Square at Sunnybank. Our restaurant of choice was called Gourmet Court – […]

HSPs, Empaths, War and Refugees

“I know a few things to be true. I do not know where I am going, where I have come from is disappearing, I am unwelcome and my beauty is not beauty here. My body is burning with the shame of not belonging, my body is longing. I am the sin of memory and the […]

Romance Novels and Heroin

“It’s funny: I always imagined when I was a kid that adults had some kind of inner toolbox full of shiny tools: the saw of discernment, the hammer of wisdom, the sandpaper of patience. But then when I grew up I found that life handed you these rusty bent old tools – friendships, prayer, conscience, […]

Journal Challenge Week 9 – September 27, 2015

“I was coming together… limb by limb, after being broken for an infinity.” ~ Sanober Khan, A touch, a tear, a tempest   Welcome to the final week of our journal challenge. If you missed the start you can go here to catch up on the tools you’ll need, and to find links to previous weeks. This week […]

Are You In Survival Mode For No Good Reason?

“Oh! that gentleness! how far more potent is it than force!” ~ Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre   Most of us are used to pushing, to working hard, to gritting our teeth and carrying on. If there is a crisis in your life, that is often the only thing to be done. But sometimes, it seems […]

Colouring Crew Clubhouse!

“Maybe we should develop a Crayola bomb as our next secret weapon. A happiness weapon. A beauty bomb. And every time a crisis developed, we would launch one. It would explode high in the air — explode softly — and send thousands, millions, of little parachutes into the air. Floating down to earth — boxes […]

The Little Boy Who Used To Be John

“For the first forty days a child is given dreams of previous lives. Journeys, winding paths, a hundred small lessons and then the past is erased.” ~ Michael Ondaatje, Handwriting   *Please note that names have been changed to protect the identity of those involved. In suburban Brisbane lives a little boy whom we will […]

Keeping Bert Quiet…

“The way you help heal the world is you start with your own family.” ~ Mother Teresa   Nurse Bert is healing well from his cruciate ligament surgery. Next week he’ll have an x-ray to see if the bone has healed. If it looks good, the vet says Bert will finally be allowed to run free. He’ll […]

How Listening To Music Can Increase Your Abundance

“Ah, music,” he said, wiping his eyes. “A magic beyond all we do here!” ~ J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone On my last retreat I channelled through some information for the group about money and financial abundance. We were given a number of practical tips to help us to look after the […]

The Coral Bird

“Our memory is a more perfect world than the universe: it gives back life to those who no longer exist.” ~ Guy de Maupassant   When I was growing up my mother’s parents, Ceddie and Marga, owned a boat (first a yacht and later a motor cruiser) and they would often take us out into Moreton […]

Journal Challenge Week 8 – September 20, 2015

“Destiny itself is like a wonderful wide tapestry in which every thread is guided by an unspeakable tender hand, placed beside another thread and held and carried by a hundred others.” ~ Rainer Maria Rilke   Welcome to Week Eight of our journal challenge. If you missed the start you can go here to catch up on the […]

Will You Join Us For The 2015 Soul Sanctuary Retreat?

“The most fundamental aggression to ourselves, the most fundamental harm we can do to ourselves, is to remain ignorant by not having the courage and the respect to look at ourselves honestly and gently.” ~ Pema Chödrön   I’m holding a residential retreat from November 28 to December 5, in beautiful Byron Bay. It’s a […]

Blueberry Coconut Pots with Chocolate Sauce and Toasted Almonds

 “Life is too short for self-hatred and celery sticks.” ~  Marilyn Wann   I held an impromptu dinner for friends last night. Roast lamb with baked pumpkin and garden vegetables, and then for dessert these little pots of joy. The pots of joy idea arose from me looking in the pantry and wondering what I could […]

The Kinds Of Questions I Get Asked…

“There is a misleading, unwritten rule that states if a quote giving advice comes from someone famous, very old, or Greek, then it must be good advice.” ~ Bo Bennett   If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’ll know that I live and work as a psychic. In my spare time I write, […]

Why This Teacher Is Still A Student

“It is not that I’m so smart. But I stay with the questions much longer.” ~ Albert Einstein   I first discovered meditation when I was eleven. My dad worked for a book company, and he’d bring home boxes of books which I was allowed to trawl though. Some of them were about meditation, working […]

Journal Challenge Week 7 – September 13, 2015

“Whenever you want to achieve something, keep your eyes open, concentrate and make sure you know exactly what it is you want. No one can hit their target with their eyes closed.” ~ Paulo Coelho, The Devil and Miss Prym   Welcome to Week Seven of our journal challenge. If you missed the start you can […]

Rain, Whales and Orchids

“The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself.” ~ Michel de Montaigne   Whenever we are on Retreat the weather always seems to mirror and support our journey. For the past two days, as we have laboured under the Usurper’s Moon, dealing with all of our shame and self-betrayal […]

In Order to Really Hear You Need To Stop Talking

“For now she need not think of anybody. She could be herself, by herself. And that was what now she often felt the need of – to think; well not even to think. To be silent; to be alone. All the being and the doing, expansive, glittering, vocal, evaporated; and one shrunk, with a sense […]

We’re on Retreat!

“In order to understand the world, one has to turn away from it on occasion.” ~ Albert Camus   Hello Lovelies! We’re on Retreat at Sangsurya in Byron Bay for the next six days, as I teach a group of delightful souls how to reconnect with their intuition, and to use that intuition as a […]

It’s Phone A Friend Day

“True friends walk in when the rest of the world has walked out.” ~ Walter Winchell There’s no great governing body that has declared today Phone A Friend Day. No. Sorry. It’s just me. But still, I think it’s a good idea, and I hope you pay attention and adopt this worthy challenge. In a […]

A Gentle Morning

“Have you ever heard the wonderful silence just before the dawn? Or the quiet and calm just as a storm ends? Or perhaps you know the silence when you haven’t the answer to a question you’ve been asked, or the hush of a country road at night, or the expectant pause of a room full […]

Hot Buttered Apples with Tumeric and Ginger

“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” ~ Desmond Tutu This sounds like a tasty and warming dessert, right? Well, it is, and if that’s how you want to enjoy it, go right ahead, It’s yummy and good for you. But […]

Journal Challenge Week 6 – September 6, 2015

“Did I offer peace today? Did I bring a smile to someone’s face? Did I say words of healing? Did I let go of my anger and resentment? Did I forgive? Did I love? These are the real questions. I must trust that the little bit of love that I sow now will bear many […]

The Strange Dream With The Even Stranger Twist

“Tis strange, – but true; for truth is always strange; Stranger than fiction: if it could be told, How much would novels gain by the exchange! How differently the world would men behold!” ~ George Gordon Byron, Don Juan   *Please note that I have changed the names below to protect the privacy of those involved. […]

Feeling Better Every Day!

 Hi everyone.  It’s Nurse Bert reporting from Mum’s phone cos we have no power. This bed’s a little crowded! We’d like to be blogging but actually, we all slept in because of the blackout. It was lovely.  We are here at the farm and today I get to go for a very short walk on my […]

Sometimes The Best Way to Honour The Dead is to Celebrate

“We’re all ghosts. We all carry, inside us, people who came before us.” ~ Liam Callanan, The Cloud Atlas My beloved Nana would have turned one hundred yesterday. She passed three years ago, and I find myself missing her more as time goes on. We had a very special connection, and I still talk with […]

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