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The Beauty of Aechmea Blanchetiana

In Uncategorized on January 31, 2010 at 5:05 pm

There we were racing around the backstreets on our way to Byron Bay. With our minds firmly on traveling ( and somewhat distracted from our true mission – plant shopping ) we followed a windy back street as the storm clouds rolled in. There was going to be a storm.

As we rounded one corner, I yelled “pull over” and with a *screech of brakes ( *dramatized for the purposes of the blog ) we stopped a couple of houses up the road from what looked like a clump of Aechmea’s; the first bromeliads seen on the trip. When I got closer, I realized that it actually was a cousin genus; that of Genus Portea. Portea petropolitana to be exact. Read the rest of this entry »


Question of the Day

In Conscious Living on January 22, 2010 at 9:15 am

Ask yourself this question today and ponder it’s meaning…

Q. What are the things that you give your time and energy to that don’t support who you are?

‘Not Now’ Syndrome

In Conscious Living on January 21, 2010 at 12:20 pm

It’s amazing what we put off. Mostly it’s unpleasant things like going to the dentist or doing your taxes. As I was gardening this morning I was reflecting upon this tendency – of putting things off until later.

Just recently I inherited a large quantity of plants from a friend who had sold her house. And so, our backyard lawn was laid out with many large plants and an olive tree that is about 8′ high.

And so, over the last few days I have set myself to task of planting and repotting them. In the course of doing so, I began repotting some of the more neglected plants and fixing up the last remnants of garden I have overlooked. Read the rest of this entry »

Dropping the Future

In Conscious Living, Puya on January 19, 2010 at 8:22 am

Dropping things from your life can be a good thing. Dropping bad habits, leaving behind unpleasant experiences and being able to suddenly or spontaneously change-for-the-better is sometimes what we desperately need. After all, do you want to spend your precious life ‘getting over’ and delving into what makes you miserable?

No! You just want to be rid of the negative from your past don’t you? You want to step out of the negative influences that pull you down so that you can ‘be free’ and ‘just get on with your life’; yes?

When you look at it, our personal demons belong to our past and not so much our present experience. In this ‘pin-prick’ of time, there you are; thinking about what to do with the things going on in your life. Central to your experience.

Let Go of the Future

Whereas it is true that many of our demons come from past experiences, it can also be said that your past is not the only thing that demonizes you; your ‘future’ often does too. The future can also house many problems which impinge on your current reality and ruin your present lifestyle.

In the new age movement as well as the complementary healing fields, ‘the past’ is often viewed as the main ( or only ) source of misery. And so, all guns are pointed there – the experiences you had, the trauma you experienced, the way you perceived those experiences and the beliefs you hold about your past are rigorously put under the personal change microscope. Frisked and searched by the health and healing police.

In other words, we look squarely to the past to change the present; as though this present moment were based upon the past – and not itself. Read the rest of this entry »

Puya Coerelea (Part 2)

In Puya on January 13, 2010 at 10:45 am

Almost identical in appearance to Puya Mirabilis, Puya Coerelea is the 3rd essence in the new Skyflowers – Clear Light series of remedies. This new release essence is helpful during times of personal collapsewhen the whole world seems to be falling down around you.

During times of upheaval like this, we tend to think that our experience is a negative event. That something terrible has gone wrong and so we react, doing what we feel will stop any further collapse. As a result we position ourselves under the drama, try to prop things up and attempt to stop the roof from caving in on us any further. Read the rest of this entry »

Puya Coerelea

In Uncategorized on January 11, 2010 at 10:41 pm

Puya Coerelea – Collapse, Caving In. The 3rd Essence of Clear Light.

+ Dropping your illusions. Allowing baseless ideas, beliefs and other nonsense which are not grounded in reality to collapse and fall away. Letting go of the illusions which cause you to fall down. Dropping those things in your life that do nothing to support you. Able to naturally support yourself.

Carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders. Exhausted from trying to hold everything in your world up. Illusions about your life that cause you to bend, buckle and falter. On the verge of toppling over because of the strain you are under. Trying to prop up an approach to life that needs to collapse. Dropping the ball. Falling down because you cannot uphold your illusions anymore. Feeling as though your whole has come crashing down around you. Buried beneath a pile of illusions, what if’s and fears.

A New Book on the Downside of Positive Thinking

In Uncategorized on January 10, 2010 at 11:14 am

A quote from London Telegraph website…

Smile Or Die: How Positive Thinking Fooled America and the World, sets out to demolish the “distinctive American ideology of positive thinking”.


I’m not sure what’s in this book, but at last, there is an attempt to counter-balance the entrenched view that ‘positive is always good’.

Working in the natural therapies and ‘new age’ fields, I see the downside of ‘the power of positive thinking’ all the time – to the extent of people on the verge of financial ruin, a friend who nearly ended up in a court case or serious illnesses not being dealt with realistic or direct approaches.

It seems to me that positive thinking is commonly misused – with actual reality being swept aside and replaced by a more cheery tone. Read the rest of this entry »

For Love or Money? (Part 4)

In Conscious Living on January 10, 2010 at 10:15 am

Although I’m no longer sitting in the garden asking questions of myself about my finances ( that was 4 days ago ) the answers are still bubbling up. Well, not answers, plural, but more like a continuation of the same answer – ‘don’t worry about money…’ With these 4 words came a sense of peace as well as a sense of surety; that this message is true.

The time lapse between my agonized questioning and the answer was amazing. I had spent hours that day with questions of financial insecurity buzzing around my mind. And then when I stopped, the answer to my question came to me. As if I had been speaking over it and once I had quietened my mental chatter, I heard my answer.

Since that time I have been meditating, or rather, lingering on that answer. Although just 4 simple words, the breadth of the instruction has tipped me off to other insights. Pieces of the same puzzle. Read the rest of this entry »

For Love or Money? (Part 3)

In Conscious Living on January 9, 2010 at 9:02 am

It’s an interesting process. Asking yourself questions that is. I always find it amazing that I can be in a complete daze and seem to come up with an answer to my own problem that not only solves the dilemma, but does so in a way that makes me appear wise.

How can you be completely lost and confused one moment. And clear about what’s going on the next?

One reason why we experience confusion is that we simply don’t wait around long enough to find out what’s going on. We fail to make contact with the situation. We react. Acting on the first piece of information that we get. In short, we do hang around long enough to digest what’s really happening… nor get to the reason why. Read the rest of this entry »

Picking Nectarines

In Uncategorized on January 7, 2010 at 11:06 am

For those who don’t know what a Nectarine is, it’s a “Fuzz-less Peach”. Peaches and Nectarines are one of my favourite fruits to grow ( not eat ) for a few simple reasons. The first being the quick growing canopy they offer the sun-scorched Australian garden. In 3 years you can have a decent 2.5m high canopy… as well as a fairly heavy crop.

When I first grew Nectarines I knew little about them. My crash course came when several pips grew out of our compost and quickly grew into trees. The first was a flavour-less dud… the next 2 were beauties. Pips in the compost can be fun but it’s random what quality ( and quantity ) of fruit you get. Read the rest of this entry »