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I passionately and deeply love the Earth. I have felt this for as long as I can remember, and it has called me and guided me throughout my life: the sense of a deeper meaning, that there is a big picture from which positive change is guided, and that we all need to do what is in our heart’s calling to keep this planet a beautiful place for all life.
I grew up in Melbourne, Australia with my mum. My favourite place and sanctuary was in the branches of our jacaranda tree, from where I would look through the beautiful green fronds to the sky and feel the loving, living presence of the Earth. From my teens this presence became an inner drive to understand what life was, what created meaning and purpose.
I studied at Melbourne University, obtaining a Bachelor of Science in zoology and physical education, but all the time I was searching. I explored many spiritual traditions and esoteric practices, none of which called me until age 25 when I met Ananda, an amazing heart-centred, pragmatic, deeply spiritual and wise person. I instantly recognised her, and knew that working with her was the path I had been seeking.
Then followed an extraordinary three decades of immensely fulfilling training, development, study and service in the heart-centred western esoteric tradition that Ananda taught. The work was focussed on Earth healing, learning and development to create conscious change, personally and globally. I learned and taught, became an ordained minister, and found fulfilment of that deep connection and love I have for the Earth and nature. I worked closely with Ananda as her assistant and program coordinator, a role I deeply cherished. At Ananda’s urging, I began writing transmissions in the late 90’s.
While my spiritual life was full, my personal life was challenged. I married and had a beautiful son, but then lost my grandmother, my mother, and then my marriage within the next three years. Life was quite a struggle until in 1999, when Ananda asked Brenton and I to go to Adelaide, to teach and work there. Our working relationship quickly bloomed into a loving partnership, such a blessing! From Adelaide we moved to Canberra, and from there travelled extensively to teach and run retreats in Australia and internationally.
Life was full, but my health was declining, and despite trying every path I could find through western and natural medicine, by 2013 I was very unwell with chronic fatigue and migraines and had to stop working. We decided to sell our home, and took to the road with our cat, and spent the next three years house-sitting and farm-caretaking in some of the most beautiful places. Although not without significant challenges, this time gave more stillness and peace which helped me heal.
In 2018, I fulfilled a 40-year old interest and completed a Certificate IV in Permaculture, which was such a joy to do. I love to spend time in my garden, connecting to our beautiful Earth, and continue to learn ways to live sustainably and lovingly in our world.
My health is still a challenge, but through the challenges, I have gained a much deeper and more nuanced understanding of life, heart and spirit than I could have ever imaged, and I am grateful for the transformative journey it has gifted. I share a little of my journey because every life is a journey, and it always leads us further along our path. The best thing is that with heart, we can learn more about the meaning behind our journey; and through that find the strength we need, and take our steps with more insight, care and hope. Then we have done ours.
I hope that what we share through Heart for Change can help you on your journey, and help you find joy on your own heart path. 🙂