“A river seems a magic thing. A magic, moving, living part of the very earth itself.” ― Laura Gilpin
The Brisbane river brushed past the small clump of high rise buildings of the CBD, and as we flew over on our way to Singapore I thought about how beautiful the Brisbane River was, on it's meandering route to Moreton Bay.
Water - like major arteries and finer capillaries, spread through the earth beneath me as we flew to Beijing to commence the epic endurance car rally from Peking to Paris. The image out of the double glazed window at 34,000 feet belied the movement and life which flowed across the earth below. The muted flowing marks were deceptive in their stillness. Time seemed to be suspended. The rivers curves were feminine and dynamic. I felt a sense of freedom watching the route taken by the water to the sea.
and within her she can feel her strength emerging
to be revealed as
the leaves fall
to expose her beauty more clearly."
This is an image from Capitol Reef on a journey to the US in 2011. I learn so much about myself when I am in nature and even after my experiences, I reflect on my photographs and more is revealed to me about where I'm at even now.
I had an amazing day skinny dipping in the ocean at a local beach and felt the freedom to experience myself playfully in the surging waves.
I realised some qualities I love about myself and how I have embraced living... and also reflected on fear and how that has limited me. Come on everyone... life is far too short to be fearful. Come with me diving deep into life!
exposing in rawness her strength and beauty
she glides in the stillness
yet she was not truly seen.
Those moments of glimpses are now passed
Which is it that moves, the flag or the wind?
Answer: Neither. The Spirit moves them both.
Acknowledgement of the Unseen... of Spirit ... the foundation of a society where the unseen is acknowledged with reverence.
Spirit is that which moves through everything, and that by which everything moves.
Todays post is and introduction... setting the scene..
In this series of fascinating articles, I will be investigating Shamanism, Animism and what the connection with the earth and celestial bodies has to do with healing, ritual and society; culturally over the millennia and into the present day; and my own personal experience of this through my travels and my own experience as a Shaman.