I’m so damn excited to be progressing a vibrant, fit for purpose hub for Aboriginal people in the Inner East of Melbourne (Boroondara, Manningham, Monash and Whitehorse Local Government Areas).
I have ‘not so secret’ aspirations for this to also be a place of nourishment, cultural immersion and reciprocity for non-Aboriginal Australians. We have so many under appreciated wisdoms and strengths from Country. So many opportunities for healing. So much educative, reconciling work to do…. I’m rolling up my sleeves and opening my heart to lift the weight of colonisation.
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I’m delighted to have just started the work on lifting a hub into reality within the Inner East of Melbourne.
I understand it as an intersectional piece, with lots of moving parts. A place for Aboriginal and potentially non-Aboriginal people to gather, maybe have access to services and program, definitely be immersed in cultural richness – education, healing and continued activation of the entrepreneurial greatness often unseen and definitely latent in the eyes of general society that is within Aboriginal ways of knowing, being and doing.
This wise, nourishing reciprocity with self, others and Country was prevalent on this continent prior to colonisation…so the potential is… back to the future!!
Going to be an interesting and energising process, tight timeframes and much to reveal….and fun to be had along the way.
This simple alternative to the advent calendar is about elevating our connection to natural cycles….starting with the primary enabling function/energy source and the ‘goldilocks’ bounty of our sun.
I say ‘goldilocks’ as the energy and warmth from this fiery furnace travels the coldness of outer space for about 8 minutes and reaches us almost always at a perfect temperature for life as we know it; nourishing our food chains…providing light and seasons……..I personally love its warmth ….. and know Vitamin D is an essential ingredient for vitality.
The sun does so much! So when I feel that warmth I’m reminded our planet, ‘just right’ as it is for life, also has lots of energy streams and distortion on its surface that can suck me dry and parched like those rolling tumbleweeds in desert cinematography (often with a human source and then non-intentional passing on of someones else’s low vibration)……however that warmth from the sun reminds me we are nested in something much bigger and more magical than what one person or even one profession can understand…..so its a nourishing counter-balance I am grateful for.
You’re invited to contextualise to your nest – within the skin, under your roof or skyline, the neighbourhood or even our southern hemisphere….it intuitively makes more sense for me, than our misguided homage to snowflakes and reindeers at this time of year…..go forth and respectfully make new traditions, scoping up the goodness of previous traditions with love and care. Abundance, joy, gratitude and vitality to you and yours ❤
It is such a powerful feeling, being snuggled in something that nourishes us….warm water, a good relationship, a desired vocation.
Being nested in Country is next level! It allows for multiple waves of reciprocity with the ultimate teacher, pharmacy, guiding force, nourisher of stomach, heart, head and hands, provider of O2 and H2O (air and water)….and so much more.
Slowing down to this heart beat of our collective Mother: the Earth has been one of the benefits of Covid. It is also a necessary step in becoming nested in the abundance, vitality, protection and joy of place….and gratitude for what this enables is an obvious energy that weaves amongst these things.
Expectations of neatness, knowing every detail or controlling just about anything is almost alien to this beautiful, messy intersectionality of the living system of place.
Trust is needed to exhale in this uncertain potential…….our contribution to the beauty and continued evolution of our species is nourishing self, in reciprocity with what we share time and space with. If we all did this, we wouldn’t be pondering the result of the speed in which we are creating climate change.
All the best as your navigate into your future…remember the abundance in which we live in, breathe and allow the beauty and messiness to unfold ❤
Thanks to my gorgeous friend, Cathy Austin for capturing this image unbeknown to me at the time.
I have many threads of abundance surrounding me. Exciting potentials, sometimes waiting on this, seeking more collaboration, or just limited with the available hours…. sometimes hurdles are an approval, a date on a linear calendar, an assurance from deep time……a reluctance to push when nice girls are told ‘wait your turn’….
I am getting more insightful about what I control, what I influence and what is up to others (including the universe)…..
Something that is in my realm of control is this website. Tried to engage a friend from a long time ago to ‘do the website’….after a little wriggle and squirm it landed back with me…..
And I’m grateful…it means it’s relevancy and function sits squarely with moi
nervous giggle, deep breath….. here goes as I listen to Jeff Buckley……sweet, melancholy awareness of growth….
As Melbourne emerges from a restrictive bubble, so blessed to have shared Wayapa online with those with a connection to the Brickworks.
It is totally natural we connected through a living, breathing building to be nourished by Country. We sank into the 14 elements of Wayapa and the beautiful interplay between them and other elements which all combine to create our goldilocks planet.
I realised that we contributed to every petal of the Living Building Challenge in doing so! New connections across 3 generations were also made, as we all exhaled into the container of Wayapa, bringing our own unique perspectives and strengths.
I wanted to leave the group with a ‘pivot point’, so the goodness can keep on rippling out in so many unanticipated gorgeous ways. I know this can happen naturally but any assistance I can provide while holding space is a win-win in my heart…and mutual win-wins should be encouraged and savoured.
I am leaning more into helping others find the pivot point – from my unique vantage point….you have a unique vantage point too! You will do things I cannot achieve, and me things you cannot – that’s how a living system works, we are strong with our diversity, so let’s keep the energy and high vibration circulating.
Can I believe my luck that the first retail precinct (IN THE WORLD) to meet the Living Building Challenge is co-ee from where I live!!
Excited to offer two Wayapa shares under the beautiful sawtooth ceiling designed by Mandy Nicholson. The first on 20 March will have a solar theme as it will the autumn equinox….secondly on 11 April we will have a lunar theme as close to the New Moon.
If you’ve been meaning to check out the sustainable, beautiful and very functional brickworks please join me on either of these weekends.
Please register on Trybooking so we can maintain Covid compliance.
So excited by the potential of my two feet and my vessels accompanying heart beat….
I’m slowly working on lots of pulsating goodness….but hindered by feeble internet and the call of the ocean, afternoon naps and family… not complaining!!
One of my morsels is an articulation of ‘boundary conditions’ for alalouie…the ABCs of how I discern, activate and move through time and space on our beautiful planet….alalouie boundary conditions (ABC)….me likes!!
I love the expansiveness in boundary conditions…they still articulate intention and direction but heck, I don’t know what we will journey through, so isolated declarations of ‘achieving this’ or ‘resulting in that’ are foolish and imply a greater level of control than I know is realistic.
Expect more soon….or maybe I’ll be immersed in the warm ocean, washing away last years Covid and not sparing a thought that my home is within a state I cannot access due to borders being firmly closed!!
Oscillations of existence moving freely over my being….