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bushfireI’m reading an article by Bill Gammage, who at the time of writing was an adjunct professor in the Humanities Research Centre of the Australian National University and author of prize-winning book, The Biggest Estate on Earth: How Aborigines Made Australia.

I first read this article years ago, and the magazine (Australian Book Review) has been kicking around among my things ever since. Suddenly I pick it up again and the timing is exquisite.

Fires are burning Australia but no one ‘sang the country’ first.

If you’re an Australian you’re aware of language like ‘the Dreaming’ and ‘Dreamtime myths’ and ‘country’ and ‘songlines’ and ‘ancestors’. When I first heard these words and names as a teenager they appealed to the creative writer in me; today when I hear them, I find myself relating to them quite differently.

I hear about ancestors singing earth forms into existence, and instead of thinking of that as a primitive cultural idea as I used to, I recognise the essence of what I believe and teach, that ‘thoughts become things’, that ‘what we think about, we bring about’.

I also find myself wondering if the ancestral creator gods that the Aboriginals talk about are the same creator gods I’ve heard Dr John Demartini talk about in his advanced metaphysical classes. (A behavioural educator with his feet firmly on the ground, Dr Demartini draws connections between ancient mystical teachings and contemporary science.)

But where the fires are concerned, what I relearnt in this article is that:

‘You sing the fire before you burn it.
In your mind, you see the fire, you know where it is going, and you know where it will stop.’
– Dean Yibarbuk

Did the indigenous Australians know where it was going and where it would stop because they were incredibly in tune with Earth, or because they were consciously intending its path? Either way, there is much we can learn from them. In fact, we should surely establish them as essential consultants where landcare issues are concerned.

I was inspired by indigenous educator Jeremy Donovan when I wrote The Hidden Order – in fact, I based a character on Jeremy’s life story (with his permission). In that story, I was deeply impressed by the ‘magic’, the creative healing power, of his grandfather.

I believe the tide is turning. The fault lines in Western power and influence are all too easy to see, and more and more people are recognising the value in simple common sense principles – like wholistic approaches to healing, respectful approaches to criminal behaviour, appreciation as a powerful transformational tool, and responsibility as the key to a changed attitude and a changed life.

As the old argument goes, you can’t measure love in any objective way, but no one doubts that it exists. It is surely time to work with the mysteries of life more consciously and deliberately.

To embark on this journey, pick up a copy of The Hidden Order and learn about universal laws, indigenous wisdom, and ‘the hidden order’ in chaos itself (in a two-for-one deal. I'm relaunching this and The Mastery Club with new covers this year so selling last stock ofThe Hidden Order at half-price or two-for-one until then! To learn more about the book: https://lilianegrace.com/youth-fiction/the-hidden-order)

My long-time friend John McManus is creating video clips of local towns as he travels around Australia. This one, ‘Rendezvous with Reality’, makes a few very important points about the fires. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARtP_VqVVsM

Photo credit: Sascha Grant on Visualhunt / CC BY-NC-ND

LeeKofman ImperfectI’ve just finished reading a book called Imperfect – How Our Bodies Shape The People We Become by Lee Kofman.

Lee was scarred as a result of several major operations when she was a child from injuries sustained in a bus accident and from a defective heart. To begin with, she saw her scars as ‘badges of honour’ but as a young woman in Israel,

Anita speakingUnightAs keynote speaker at the Sisters U-Night event on Friday in Romsey, Anita Bentata gave a punchy and passionate talk that touched on her own experiences as a young school-leaver, teen mum, and survivor of abuse.

It is particularly moving for me to hear her story, given our chequered relationship as sisters. Anita and I were very close when we were young

women at sunsetOkay, at one level that’s a weird question because obviously anyone can set goals, and certainly anyone who needs to achieve a big task is wise to break it down into achievable goals. But I thought I’d share a few related ideas about feminine energy and the goal-setting process...

For example, have you heard of Claire Zammit and her organisation Feminine Power / Evolving Wisdom? She offers some wonderful courses (that I intend to do some time soon!) in which she explains her perspective that men and women should go about their goals in quite different ways

YLA uproariousLast Saturday my two sisters and I shared stories about our childhood and the many books we read and how our mother's childhood trauma affected our lives as part of a presentation at Mentone Public Library. We were all very big readers and my younger sister Anita remembers us sitting around the kitchen table engrossed in our library books while eating fresh peas out of the pod. Occasionally she would discover a worm, and then feel sick at the thought that she might have already eaten one…

My older sister Yvette remembers us reading as we walked to and from our primary school.

Nicky Manning

Last blog I mentioned that I have a new Mastery Club Facilitator on board. Nicky Manning first contacted me five years ago expressing interest in training as a facilitator – but life had other ideas! (No straight lines…)

When her family decided to start home educating in 2019, she contacted me with plans to begin the school week with a Mastery Club session. The group would include her 12-year-old daughter, her daughter’s friend (also home-schooling), and her 24-year-old daughter-in-law, and we’d meet via Skype due to the distances.

We scheduled our sessions for 9 a.m. Mondays and, aside from the odd technical issue, soon I was visiting their lounge room via Skype and leading them through the 10-week course.

The beauty of this program is that it combines powerful information about the mind and universal laws (via video clips, stories and activities) with a goal-setting support group. Each person chose a goal to achieve by the 10th session.

excited audience bigI’m delighted to announce a new Mastery Club Facilitator – more about her and her first course next blog! Meanwhile, here’s a snippet: 

Nicky Manning completed The Mastery Club 10-week program with a small group of daughters + friend earlier this year via Skype. She loved it and signed up to facilitate her own programs – and is beginning her first 10-week program tonight in Mt Evelyn with nine women. This lady is a mover and shaker! The plan is for those women to learn some skills and then empower their children. Such a great approach, since we know that family culture is a critical factor in our success and wellbeing.

masked manHave you followed the news story about Canadian PM Justin Trudeau’s apology for blackening his face as part of an Arabian Nights costume some years ago?

He’s been criticised for invoking racist and offensive stereotypes that signal to people of colour that they are second-class citizens.

I have never understood the need for racial slurs. To my mind all people are worthy simply because they are human – and that applies to all life forms: I’d like to see all humans, animals and the Earth itself treated with respect. But something that troubles me about Trudeau’s apology is the increasing weight of political correctness.

If you think you need a cracker up your bum to start taking money more seriously, watch this 3-minute video that features Camilla Mendoza, the passionate creator of Money Mastery For Teens and the instigator of the Quest For Riches novel, in which Swedish students talk about their relationship with money and what they are learning from Money Mastery For Teens and Quest For Riches.

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(NB. If you'd like to recommend Quest For Riches to your school, you can share the book review (below) by Ann Ruckert of the South Australian English Teachers Association (SAETA).)

QFR smaller high resThis is a sJacob egg pichout-out to artist This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for the brilliant cover he illustrated for Quest For Riches. The captivating egg is of one of his other ‘practice illustrations’. He was experimenting with light…

I’d actually first asked Jacob to create a new cover for The Mastery Club,

All booksI often hear people say that they don’t read fiction – it’s too ‘fictional’! They prefer real-life content and books that focus (seriously) on current issues or research rather than ‘made up stuff’. 

But what they don’t realise is that more and more studies are finding that reading fiction develops the brain and awareness in ways that non-fiction doesn’t.

Any reading is good for us, of course – it develops our vocabularies and general knowledge – but reading meaty, character-driven fiction enables us to share the minds and emotions of others and to ‘live many lives’.

I’m absolutely chuffed to announce that Touch Of Spirit Tours is hosting a Creative Writing Tour through North India – with me as the writing facilitator!

QFRLaunch MelaMela Joy, the founder of this company, was one of my sources when I was researching India for Quest For Riches. Right after the book launch she came to me with the idea of a trip that would be interwoven with a creative writing course.

I was particularly delighted because I just love the way that my life echoes my art!

Schools around Australia are celebrating books and writing and authors and the imagination starting tomorrow for the Children's Book Council of Australia's annual BOOK WEEK! 

If you're the parent of a younger child, you've probably been roped into making a costume of one of their favourite book characters. I was very chuffed a few years ago to receive a photo of a girl dressed as Nina from The Mastery Club! A green wig was the key to that costume :-)

This week an article in the Herald Sun declared that 'Aussie kids were scammed out of more than $170,000 last year according to the latest Australian Competition and Consumer Commission scam activity report' – significantly up from previous years. Suncorp behavioural economist, Phil Slade, said 'Kids were particularly susceptible to being ripped off by dodgy operators' and 'One of the best ways to help our kids avoid being scammed is to teach them financial literacy skills at an early age, to help them question things when dealing with money.'