Nurturing your own spirit & self with Nature medicine.
I woke up feeling a little down, having gone to bed over thinking and worrying about concerns and problems in my life. I got up and sat in my mediation nest, a beautiful, nurturing soft place of cushions and a warm, quiet blanket.
During my mediation I realised I had fallen back in the human condition of allowing my mind to focus and dance with my problems - allowing it to take me to places of worry and negative emotions, rather than appreciating all the really great things I also have in my life.
My glass was fast becoming half empty, rather than half full.
I felt into my heart and I felt it was shutting down, by perceived hurt, criticism, sorrow. We all have times in our lives that seem hard. Grief can kick in and whilst it’s good to feel into these times & honor them, we can also allow them to take us over.
So I decided I needed that which I know best helps me:
to reopen my heart to seeing the sunshine rather then focusing on the shade.
I needed some Nature Medicine.
I needed to take myself on a little Spirit walk for my soul.
I grabbed the car keys, my wooden flute and my little dog. Five minutes later we were walking amongst the gum trees between deep, red earth wombat holes, along the river toward the wetlands.
I felt myself wanting healing. I so wanted to feel better. “I’m in Nature, I should be feeling good, I should be connecting,” but No, my monkey mind had come on the walk with me, poo.
So I relaxed and stopped trying to connect, stopped trying to feel better. I just started to really look at what was around me, smell what was there, hear what was present. I grabbed a hand full of tea tree leaves, crushed them between my palms and inhaled deeply. Aunty Wendy an indigenous elder, says this stuff is bush medicine for her aboriginal mob for when they are feeling anxious. I smiled and was reassured by this memory. Even traditional indigenous peoples got anxious sometimes. I tend to Romanticise the life of our indigenous ancestors, as they lived so closely connected to the land, in apparent paradise. However they, like me had things on their minds: “I’m worried the wife feels I have not brought back enough meat that last hunt. What of that other tribe and what they may be planning. “
My dreamy mind was brought back into the now, as I stumbled on a gum tree root and I looked up at a shining blue black Raven cawing loudly overhead.
When Raven shows up I know things will happen.
Walking helps to move me and moves my emotions, but I also know that sitting still in Nature is a very powerful practice.
So I found a warm spot, with a beautiful view down over the lake and the water bird infested, shrubby islands. I settled the dog, warmed my wooden flute in my hands and played a Pan like drone, softly to the wind, to the water and to me.
I had stopped.
The harmonic music soothed me, as I felt connected to other than me, and that resonated back into my heart. The birds listened and then sang along. The wind played the trees and a wire fence breezily hummed. I closed my eyes for a while and went deeply inward.
As I opened my eyes, two huge ancient birds floated in from the blue sky, to plane down upon the water with giant webbed feet.
The Pelican. An old wise friend, one I had not seen for a while. They can disappear into the great, blue beyond, seemingly for years at a time, as can our hearts.
I recalled the alchemical myth of Pelican. Seen higher in esteem, even than the majestic Eagle. Pelican is the greatest of flyers. It takes a huge amount of energy for them to get off of the water, but once in flight they soar upon the unseen up-currents for hours & days, able to traverse continents, almost without effort. With this ability to fly into the stratosphere endlessly and effortlessly, they are a symbol of Great Spirit.
A symbol to aspire to: Effortlessness.
And yet the Pelican is also depicted in the alchemical diagrams as having multiple chicks. The chicks, being symbols of our many aspects of spiritual self. She is compelled to peck at her very own breast, making herself bleed and pour blood from her own heart in order to feed her fledgling chicks - an ancient shamanic and profound wisdom symbol.
Even the very greatest adept of effortless flight, needs to sacrifice to self, in a painful symbol, of self love, giving of self to self and in order to nourish our spirit selves, our own inner growing children.
Here I was, in the bush by the waters, being reminded, nurtured by nature herself, sacrificing my time, my busy day, my sorrowful bleeding heart in order to feed & nourish my soul.
It completely astounds me that almost without exception, when I consciously go out into nature for healing and connection as opposed to just going for a walk in the bush, nature, great spirit, provides me with the nutrients I need. To see Self or some aspect of myself, reflected back to me, coloured by verdant wisdom and earthy grounded insights.
Nurturing one’s self, one’s spirit, as the Pelican mythically does, in order that we may fly more effortlessly through life, is important. Making time for Nature to nurture us, as a mother nurtures her children, is an art lost to most.
An old aboriginal Uncle, unfortunately I don’t recall who, but I think that’s OK, as in my mind he’s become archetypal wisdom & represents all indigenous people. When asked, “What is the most important thing you can do to help white fellas understand the deep connection to country that aboriginal peoples feel” he replied:
“Sit down on the ground in’da bush, for 2 hours. Shut up, be quiet.”
This answer was so profoundly simple. It left an indelible mark on me.
Remember to honour yourself & nurture your own spirit. No one else can like our own ancient mother, Nature.
Anthony Ashworth is a Shaman and House Whisperer. He takes people into pristine nature on what he calls Spirit walks and guides people with shamanic techniques, to easily reconnect with nature and with themselves. click for information on Spirit Walks
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Vastu & Chess: The game of existence.
The game of Chess is an very ancient game with connections deeply rooted in the Vedic tradition of Vastu and the Vastu mandala grid of squares, most often simplified down to a 8 x 8 or 9x 9 squares held within a square grid of one over aching square.
The chess board of eight x eight squares represent the meta-field of non-physical existence, as opposed to nine x nine squares which infers the physical field in which we are mostly conscious. So Chess is about what has created and is happening in the greater universe, its not a simple war game, about soldiers. Its deeper more mysterious the we we image. I think I and many of us have felt this when we play, its ancientness it’s so much more than a game.
Originally before the pieces were ascribed as Kings & Queens, knights and bishops, the pieces were hierarchical Devas, angelic energetic creatrix beings, still present and accessible in parallel universes today and they represented and still do, the forces of light. The black pieces are the Asura's or some call demons, although they not evil demons as such.
“Asuras (Sanskrit: असुर) are mythological lord beings in Indian texts who compete for power with the more benevolent devas (also known as suras). Asuras are described in Indian texts as powerful superhuman demigods or demons with good or bad qualities.” Wikipedia
It's most important to note both "sides" pieces black and white travel on both the black and white squares, suggesting dualists pathways of opposing energy for both sides angelic and demonic to travel upon. In the bible the devil was once an angel who took a differential path to that of the good angels, later demonified as fallen from grace, but no devil then no God.
From a Vedic perspective the universe defined itself by subtle separation in order to self experience, so there is no 'game' or no existence no consciousness at all, without both sides represented here by black & white.
Without the black, the darkness, we cannot perceive the light and without light the white, we can not perceive darkness. The universe (us) is simply unable not only to perceive, but to exist at all, without its counterpart, the two sides are the very same sides of the same coin.
In chess we participate in this symbolic and metaphorical reference to the teaching of the Vedas, where the eternal struggle between theses two opposites, that are one and eternally linked (and actually aspects of the one. Or are the one, differentiated )
Both are required for life & consciousness itself, to exist, at all. There is no way to see the one without the other it must as a given, contrast against itself a counterpart.
So when you may next see a game or play chess played or play yourself, remember it is more than even an archetypal battle, rather the chess board is a universal metaphor of the creatrix matrix showing us symbolically how the universe and the core forces if of the universe & existence are being played out. You get to be in the mind of God in some sense symbolically. Check Mate. By Anthony Ashworth Vastu Feng shui man
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I’m a temple traveler. It’s what I love to do.
I sometimes feel like I’m some sort of questing Indiana Jones, but my gold is not physical treasure it’s exploring and trying to comprehend the sacred vibration, resonance and deep symbolism of these places.
I have traveled to many parts of the world, not all (not yet anyway) on a quest to visit sacred temples, and then explore them. I can not help but then analyze, these most sacred and energetic of human and divine places. It is my personal quest to understand the core, archetypal needs of humanity around space and place.
I have explored many temples and temple complexes around the world, including those in countries such as India, Cambodia, Japan, Indonesia, Vietnam, the Middle East, Pakistan, Turkey, Europe and Britain. Many of them iconographic & famous ones, such as: Angkor Wat in Cambodia, Mahabalipuram in India, My Son in Vietnam & Palmyra in Syria, just to name a few of the sacred buildings around the world I have known.
However one, more than any, stands out as extraordinary beyond all others.
The Ancient Vedic Temple of Madurai in central Southern India.
Madurai, the oldest continuously operational temple in the world, is a living place of unbroken worship for over 6000 years. From humble beginnings as a Linga stone in a forest shrine, to now being a sacred Axis Mundi, the epicenter of a thriving city, the entire region of Tamil Nadu, if not of India herself.
Imagine how much love, dedication and pure sacrifice has been poured into the idols, the altars, the waters and the very stones of Madurai. Many temple complexes may have been grander, bigger or even once upon a time more energetic, but Madurai Temple is an ancient living temple, an actual living being, deity imbued & exceptional, in so much as it is constructed and dedicated, most unusually, to both the God and the Goddess in the same temple.
I can personally attest to the incredible and palpable power, peace & extraordinary frequencies that emanate from many sacred building and profound natural landscapes, but of all places Madurai Temple still leaves its sacred mark on me. It opened me. It opened my heart & my soul & filled me with love and appreciation for life & Spirit. It changed me.
I have been invited to give a another presentation at the Dowsers society in Sydney. Its not unitl December, but please put it in your dairy now if you feel to attend, they charge very little for these lectures.
The full short article I wrote for the Dowsing society is here bellow and on my website.
My 2 Day Introduction to Vastu (Which is ancient Indian Vedic Feng Shui) workshop coming up soon November 4th & 5th
In this presentation, I will share my story of Madurai, what I felt and saw as well as exploring and explaining some of the rich archetypal symbolism of the Architecture the *Vastu design, decoration and layout present there.
To visit and know Madurai even virtually, as I will share in my presentation, is to share in the energies and symbolism of the very creation of the earth and the universe itself.
Anthony Ashworth is a Feng Shui man, Shaman, Dowser, Vastu Consultant and teacher, he helps people get the very best life out of there homes. If you would like to know more about the core elements of Vastu & on which Madurai Temple is based and proceeding this presentation he is running a Vastu Intensive 2 day weekend Master Class on November 4th & 5th in Sydney. No previous experience necessary.
* Vastu is the ancient great, great grandfather of Chinese Feng Shui, Geomancy
Please register your interest at https://www.facebook.com/events/120499298602852/
Dowers society link
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