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action ballsDid you know that Isaac Newton wrote his great work, Principia, during the Black Plague, when the university where he worked was closed for nearly two years from 1665 to late 1666?

During his ‘lockdown’ at home, Newton researched mathematics, physics and optics, and laid out the three laws of motion.

What are YOU doing with your time?

So far three new people have contacted me seeking book coaching or writing classes in order to take advantage of this period to work on their own projects. I’d love to support you too – and your kids!

Here are some options that might suit:

1. Personal writing coaching and/or editing. If you’re ready to start working on your book or writing project, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call me on 0407 901 008. I offer a complimentary 30-minute sample edit or meeting about your project.

2. Online Creative Writing classes – my Thursday night class is now meeting via Zoom! ‘Writing Mastery’ provides a fun and confidence-building starting point for those who are just beginning, and stimulating writing prompts for those who are already quite skilful. Thursdays 7.30-9.30 p.m. via Zoom, Phone/This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information or book in here!

3. Creative Writing Classes for your Kids. Keep them busy! Direct your children's attention away from crises and into their own rich imaginations. I'm offering a short course for 8-12 yr olds: Tuesdays 10.00-10.30 a.m. via Zoom, and for 13-16 yr olds: Tuesdays 11.00-11.45. Phone/This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information or book in here!

You also need to get your body moving, moving!!

For your kids, consider Eden Kara’s Rise Movement, now online to keep girls moving…
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2655305844703098/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rise.move.ment/

For yourselves, my very fit Personal Trainer ex-stepson is offering live sessions and workout plans: https://www.instagram.com/_sterlingrawson/

For parents who are going a little stir-crazy and need some parenting support, I highly recommend Stephanie Kakris’s Higher Wisdom Parenting Oracle Cards.

I have some news to share soon re one of my novels for the conscious family. I wrote it many years ago and this might be its perfect time to emerge into the world… It’s about health and fear… Stand by!

Meanwhile, if you or your kids are looking for something to read... https://lilianegrace.com/store

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woman in mask holding toilet paperWe are living in extraordinary times. This is a unique world experience that we are having right now, and truly the biggest virus is probably fear. So here are some thoughts that I hope will serve you in combating anxiety and finding the upside of the coronavirus health issue and lockdown.

I call my e-newsletter/blog ‘The Whole News’ because I want to train myself to look at an issue completely; I want to be able to see both the benefits and the drawbacks, since every issue in life is two-sided. There are benefits for us personally and nationally and internationally. Here are some of my thoughts – please share your ideas in the comments area below.

BENEFITS OF CORONAVIRUS LOCKDOWN

powerful womanIt’s International Women’s Day this Sunday and I’d like to call upon women everywhere to harness their extraordinary creative power and stare down this ‘coronavirus’ panic!

From the point of view of living as conscious creators of our lives, it’s just crazy to keep focusing on it and giving it so much energy. It’s a basic principle of life that ‘what we feed, grows’. ‘Where the attention goes, the energy flows.’

The best way to protect yourself and your family is by keeping your and their immune systems resilient, and the best ways to do that are:

  1. Focus on what gives you joy and what energises you; and
  2. Eat live foods! It’s not a popular point of view, but cooking food destroys its vitality. Don’t put out the welcome mat for that virus! Increase your consumption of fresh raw fruits and vegetables.

If this sounds too unscientific for you, check out the work of people like Lynne McTaggart, who has been studying and tracking the ‘power of intention’ for quite a few years now with significant and measurable results in all sorts of arenas, especially health. She and her husband also publish an online magazine called What Doctors Don’t Tell You.  

A long long time ago (2006)
I self-published a novel called The Mastery Club – See the Invisible, Hear the Silent, Do the Impossible.

In 2007 it won an award for youth fiction
and I began giving talks and running workshops.
I received many many beautiful emails and messages of appreciation.

Within a couple of years I’d sold 5000 books,
putting it in the ‘Australian bestseller’ category.

In 2009 I was having coffee with an enthusiastic reader when she innocently asked me,
‘Is there anything I can do to help?’
‘Well, if you happen to know a film producer, that would be great!’ I joked.

Enter: The Universe.

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.

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).)