Wednesday, 7 April 2021

Deja Vu Sensations

There are many theories as to what causes déjà vu.

One says that our "spirit" can actually travel faster in time than our earthbound bodies so it charges off into the future from time to time for reasons we can't explain.

Another claims that it's because we are reincarnated and old memories from past lives are seeping through into our current consciousness.

And then there's the parallel Universe theory that suggests our lives are always splitting off into different directions whenever we make big decisions and that at the point of experiencing déjà vu we are connecting with these parallel worlds.

All of which rather ignores the actual sensation of déjà vu that is simply joyous and mesmerising regardless of what it actually is.

Déjà vu experiences stay with us too, logging themselves into our memory banks where they can be withdrawn whenever those "déjà vu" conversations occur, usually over a few glasses of wine late at night!

"There's an opposite to déjà vu. They call it jamais vu. It's when you meet the same people or visit places, again and again, but each time is the first. Everybody is always a stranger. Nothing is ever familiar."
~~ Chuck Palahniuk

Visiting Norway in July 2010 and we stopped at this place for a short while, an eeriness came over me as I photographed this scene. I wanted to hop in that boat and paddle into the mist.

Friday, 29 January 2021

Back to the Future - Our New Normal 2021

Time travellers should prepare for tough sledding. If you went back to 1820 or even 1920, all the sudden changes would discombobulate you. And the same is true for someone who came forward to today.

We’ve got a deep-seated desire for things to go back to normal, the way we were used to.

But this, this moment of ours is now normal.

For now.

And then, there will be another normal.

There is no “the new normal”. Because that’s definitive.

There’s simply the normal of now.

A new normal. This too shall pass.

“We sense that ‘normal’ isn’t coming back, that we are being born into a new normal: a new kind of society, a new relationship to the earth, a new experience of being human.”
― Charles Eisenstein

Perceived Infinity -Wyong, NSW, Australia 2015

Wednesday, 24 June 2020

Off Centre

I've spent much of my life walking down the centre of the road.

I tell myself it's important to be safe. Security comes first.

It's a hard cruel world, so I'd better play it safe now than be sorry later.

Fools rush in.......

But nothing is more certain than if I walk down the centre of the road, I am going to be hit by the traffic coming from both directions.

Playing it safe is the most dangerous thing I can possibly do.

I think we only really get to grow and move ahead in life when we challenge ourselves.

Lyrics from Left of Center by Suzanne Vega

"If you want me, you can find me,
left of center, off of the strip
in the outskirts, in the fringes,
in the corner, out of the grip"

Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi, Sydney, November 2009.

Wednesday, 29 April 2020

COVID-19 - We're All In This Together

As we are all in this together, we are reminded of the simple things that make life beautiful, helping a neighbour, embracing our community, putting other’s needs before our own.

The only things that matter ultimately are good health and the closeness of loved ones! The wisdom of ages, and now we know it! 
We humans are a resilient bunch and throughout history have survived war, famine, epidemics, trauma and tragedy of all sorts. If there are takeaway lessons from this challenge they are that disease knows no international boundaries, love is stronger than fear, a “we and not just me” attitude serves everyone, and we need each other to survive. 
Let this be a first step to the end of discrimination and a better world full of kindness.

Finally now the Earth heals herself as pollution lessens; birds tweet to their heart’s content in a newly clear blue sky, and leopards, deer and even elephants reclaim their land as we stay locked away.
"None of us, including me, ever do great things. But we can all do small things, with great love, and together we can do something wonderful.
~~ Mother Teresa
When I was in Norway in 2010, out walking one day we came across this window, it made me smile.

Tuesday, 3 March 2020

Writing from the Heart

The easiest way to write from the heart is when you’re having a day or period of time when you are full of emotion.
Also writing from the heart requires you to write about something you’re passionate about.
Your heart can’t speak its truth if you only want to be and appear strong and look good and shiny.
The reason is because so much of the world is based on hype and things that are not real. When you are vulnerable, you naturally write from the heart.
Being vulnerable in writing and in life is not very common. People listen when you’re vulnerable, and you speak what you believe to be the truth. Vulnerability can create immense power, and it’s that power that you can use to change your world.

“Don’t write what you know—what you know may bore you, and thus bore your readers. Write about what interests you—and interests you deeply—and your readers will catch fire at your words.” 
  Valerie Sherwood  

Taken at Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi, Sydney Oct 2019. The sculpture is called Floating, Grounded Figure by Greg Johns.