I’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
Society gives us lots of messages about laws and rules:
- we’re supposed to obey the laws of the land and parent and school and workplace rules,
- we’re warned of the dangers of anarchy,
- we are increasingly ‘politically correct’…
but we are often inspired and encouraged by those who break society’s ‘silly rules’ or who live by a higher more empowering set of principles.
Last week I ‘interviewed’ ‘Law abiding, Rule breaking, Fear conquering, Future Creating', Georgia Ellis about her recent experience of creating her future.
Toward the end of last year I began thinking about recommitting to the old ‘Top 6 or 7 For Success’ formula. I’ve heard it so many times: all the successful people make a list of their top priorities and then do those first, before tackling anything else, and that’s how they are so successful.
Sounds good, doesn’t it? Easy, even. But I have to confess that I was often bamboozled. What counted as a priority? I mean, obviously a top priority is revenue-generating work, and then there are the marketing tasks that don’t generate anything immediately but are important, and then there are writing tasks and phone calls and emails and working on the business instead of in it and walking the dog and eating well and meditating/visualising and family needs and so many other important things.
Melbourne is shocked by the apparently random death of Sisto Malaspina of Pellegrini’s café in Bourke Street – murdered in the course of trying to help someone.
Coming to grips with this shocking event reminds me of the process I went through in trying to understand the concept of divine order when I was writing The Hidden Order.
Following the debacle in Australian federal politics over the last few years, and particularly the last couple of months – and now we have a crisis in the ABC – it occurs to me that a refreshing change would be national leadership via principles rather than personality.
I was walking Sammy and Coco, our two Maltese Shitsu dogs, in my new suburb and heading toward my favourite street, a lane that borders paddocks, when they were attacked by two bulldogs that came hurtling out of a driveway, barking aggressively.
– Two words that balance abuse, violence, humiliation and paralysing fear.
On Friday my new husband and I were part of the opening ‘ceremony’ for the Professional Speakers of Australia National Convention. We were there as dancers in a fun presentation with the ‘grandfather' of professional public speaking in Australia, Winston Marsh, and his lovely wife Lauris, who has supported both Winston and the speaking industry for many years. For most of the rest of the weekend we were at leisure - a mini honeymoon since we haven't had ours yet after marrying three weeks ago. (It's coming up! Europe this June...)
But we were also invited, by conference convenor Glenn Capelli, to sit in on the Saturday morning session #PSABraveHearts.
Five women shared their stories of extraordinary bravery:
In July 2006 I launched my first book, The Mastery Club, in the wake of - and setting off - an absolute explosion of little miracles. For one thing, world inspirational speaker and author Dr John Demartini happened to agree to read my manuscript and in response, wrote my Foreword. For another, enough business people and individuals came forward to purchase copies of the book that our printing bill was covered. For another, I sold out in five months, went to a second print run and sold that out in six months, and then went to a third print run, all inside 12 months. For an unknown author with virtually no publicity and no big money backers, that was pretty awesome.
And then my little Mastery Club project hit a few snags and things started to slow down. The website needed to be updated and there were a series of delays and mishaps, including being offline and unable to process orders just when I was guest speaker on an international telecall. The publicist I had hired, who was absolutely convinced that she would have me on national TV inside of a couple of weeks, didn’t turn up a single media opportunity in ten months. Sales were slowing down.
I don’t know about you but I arrived at the end of last year feeling quite tired and burnt out.
Over Christmas/New Year, I was tackling so much less that I began to deeply relax… and a digestive issue cleared up all by itself…
It occurred to me that it would be a grand idea to not set out to be SuperWoman this year by taking on so very much but to instead be more realistic about how much I am likely to be able to achieve in a day and deliberately only tackle that much; to deliberately 'under-achieve’.
My daughters are listening to one of the Harry Potter books on audio – I can hear Harry crying out ‘Expecto Patronum!’, the spell that summons a protective guardian energy.
Many parents have been as caught up in the magic and mystery of their children’s fantasy books as their children, but how many have considered teaching their kids how to create magic in their own lives? Real magic?
I’ve long been struck by the fact that our children’s choice of fiction is either fantasy, in which characters straddle dragons or broomsticks and possess magical items or supernatural abilities, or ‘faction’, in which characters deal with real-life dilemmas like divorce and drugs and death.
Meet Dr Rosemary McCallum, metaphysician, author, speaker, and wise woman. I’ve just enjoyed a few months in her consulting room talking about one of my 'dark little secrets’, and the red-lips-kiss on her cheek is the imprint of my kiss of thanks! (via my blurry photographic unskills…)
Here’s the ‘backstory’:
Over the last few years I’ve achieved quite a lot. I can literally say that I am living my dreams because it was always a dream of mine to have a close-knit, loving family and be a published author, especially one who is popularising universal laws. Tick, tick, tick!
Did you read or watch Peter Pan when you were a child?
I remember being captivated by this story about a youth who is perpetually young and can do all sorts of magical things (like fly), and who lives an adventurous life battling crocs and evil pirates and looking after a band of lost kids!
As with most classic tales, there are a few profound truths being communicated despite the childlike surface story, not least of which is the fact that a one-sided, only-positive life is an illusion.
How to extract the wisdom, opportunities and benefits from difficult experiences.
We’ve all heard the truism that it’s not how many times we fall down that matters, it’s how many times we get up. (And the other one about getting back on the horse.) Which is all good sense and we know they’re right, but it ain’t easy.
In fact, speaking for myself, I’m thinking of creating a business card that says, ‘Failure Expert’ because I seem to have a knack for screwing things up. I’m not sure that I would attract many willing clients, but perhaps if we all made a study of our ‘failures’, we’d be better able to transform our challenging situations.