Friday, 29 January 2016

Dreamtime Present

I have been away. On a Walkabout. Into the centre. Of Australia. The spiritual centre. Of Dreamtime Present. Kata Tjuta and Uluru. A beautiful view.

It has been on my list for many years. A dream that has come true.

And of my being, connecting, to the inner space projecting. My heart touched unfathomably by experiencing indigenous sacred space, and surrounding community.

January...taking the Pace of Peace with me that my pre-Christmas spirit intentions brought with me.

Have you noticed? A Pace of Peace helps you deal with the shadowy things. So you can focus on the beauty.

Going to Uluru in January is hot. There are flies to swat. The weather is intense. My regular activities are curbed for a different intent. Slow, Slow, Slowing down, walking my body around. Feeling the intensity, with loving propensity.

And, oh what joys the bright side brought. Stormy, rainy weather springs. Sensationally dramatic. Waterfalls and rainbows, rich red soil. And aliveness. In the heat, and the heart, of the semi-desert.

A Dreamtime Present.

There is something so magical about listening to the stories of an ancient land. The Dreamtime. As it's called in Australia. Many layers revealed of traditional values, morals, and virtues that are perpetual to honouring people.

Allowing for the beauty of navigating inner and outer landscapes, relating.

And how are you relating? How is your dreamtime story transpiring? Has your own January soul walkabout been inspiring, as you lean deeper into the new year. Readying for the Year of The Fire Monkey, actioning your purpose, and why you're here?

Take the time to jot down what has inspired you, values, pastimes, and passions too. Acknowledge what was great about January. What you learned about yourself, and others too. And take it with you into the love month of February. Add any desires and actions that prompt you to continue to unfold your life story : with friends, family, community, and the work that you do. Loving you and those around you.

And keep it flowing as your dreamtime bliss list, in your heart, mind and body, as your evolving year continues, with each precious present that it gifts you.

Much love

SaraSwati Shakti

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Thursday, 10 December 2015


There is a word that I have always liked. The word is PACE. And it tends to present itself quite regularly this time of year, when life amps up a pace, with a pre-Christmas cheer race. Reminding me to pace myself.

And that's when I link it in with another meaning. One I like even more appreciatively. The Italian meaning, albeit pronounced differently, PACE, meaning, PEACE.


Cutting back on complexity, and making it a time of meaningful simplicity, deliberately, and how it feels within.


That's The Christmas Present.


A PEACE PACE. To appreciate the season, leading into Christmas.

Scheduling, to take account, and invite in, the Christmas feeling. With a PACE of PEACE.

Being receptive to the art of slow, contentment, and deliberate savouring of the beauty a PACE of PEACE brings. So that the sacredness of Christmas, and what it means, really, sets in.

Fitting PEACE in.

Because waiting for peace, for a later date, is less appealing, than feeling it right here. Leading up to, and throughout, Christmas.

Finding, and savouring it now, during the time it is meant to set in, and embedding it, into the scheme of things, regularly, creates it more tangibly as a set point for longevity, and into next year.

A PACE of PEACE. In time, mind, heart and relating. Really appreciating. The peaceful beauty that the season brings. And the wonder it brings.

Validating it as a word, a prayer, and a regular activity, so that the Peace on Earth we sing this time of year, can open as more of a possibility, collectively, as the real thing.

An inner aspect radiating out into the world, and mirroring back more genuinely. Practicing a PACE of PEACE, weaving it in, and rippling it out energetically, into the wider scheme of things.

Willing, and creating, a PACE of PEACE for the rest of the year, and carrying it wholeheartedly and giftedly into 2016.

SaraSwati Shakti

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Saturday, 28 November 2015

InTension of Beauty

Everything that happens to us in the world passes into us. It has become part of the inner temple of the soul and it can never be lost. This is the art of the soul: to harvest your deeper life from all of your experience.

Beautiful words from the late John O'Donohue, an excerpt on his topic on Beauty.

Life presents opportunity to dive deep into the well of soulful existence. To focus on the beauty of you, and humanity, in the whole scheme of reality, in all of it's truth. Glory and Gory. In abundant clarity.

Moving in you, and through you, in deep and meaningful ways.

Enhancing and challenging a soulful experiential eternity for you and those around you.

And in knowing that the soul is beauty, is always seeking beauty, and is comfortable in the company of beauty, creates the opportunity for enhancing the wellspring of beauty and wellbeing that enhances your existence.

And yet, the world view, and your view of you, can often seem much less beautiful, as things confront you, and as you observe the world around you, and that which is presenting to you.

Life can present a continuum of tensions. Sadness beside Joy. Love beside Indifference. Destruction alongside creation. Tightropes of positive action and depressive recession. Battling the head and heart in decisions. And other many tensions to mention. As cycles are turning.

Harvesting the deeper essence is an important part of the process toward finding the inner beauty of your reality, and decision-making, wherever it is in the wheel, for you, rotating.

Feeling, and freeing, your way toward a continuing and sustaining process of greater elation, joy generation, soulful presence, and enlightening, and consequently what you are contributing, becomes more motivating as fruits of inner process for harvesting. 

Balancing the subtle tensions, as your soul continues the journey of unfolding.

And noticing, more readily, appreciatively, and embracingly, John's further words that...

'We continue in our days to wander between the shadowing and the brightening, while all the time a more subtle brightness sustains us',

And, I would add, maintains us, and inspires us, to continue on our way.

Practicing the intention and value of beauty, brightening, and enlightening, us, and the world around us, each and every day.

Much Love

SaraSwati Shakti
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Thursday, 19 November 2015

Entering the Cauldron

The events in the past week globally, and the fire temperatures rising climatically, and energetically, are having an enormous effect on everybody. We have been entering into the fire cauldron of transformation.

And it has been showing up in many ways. Great sadness, angry outbursts, fires, burns, war words, stress, body symptoms, and tension. Both big and small to mention. On a large scale, and for individuals as they are making personal changes.

Walking into the cauldron, burning up attitudes, pushing through fears are the elements, that fire energy brings.

How to choose to deal with fire energy is personal. Remembering that it can warm inspiringly and gently, or burn greatly. It can be cooled, fanned, or made temperate. It can simmer or sizzle. Or burn to a frazzle.

Pausing, and Surrendering. Choosing carefully, actions, thoughts, words, and values, in dealing with responses and people, when fire energy is significant, is becoming more paramount in managing graceful and dignified breakthroughs.

As leaders of self, and others, and with your families, adopting and offering options to overcome fear-based stress and tension, as a form of solution management during transformation is an important action.

Uncertainty can bring anxiety. About many things. Emotional intelligence is necessary.

And as you or your people are walking into areas that worry you, that challenge you, fire energy can be present. As you enter into the cauldron, and overcome obstacles, as difficult as they may appear, you are burning through things that no longer serve you, in meeting the objectives that you're moving into.

It is a process that may warrant taking extra tender loving care for you, and those around you.

Meditation, rest, relaxation, hydration, adequate sleep, therapy, coaching, self-care and awareness, to ease bubbling anxiousness, can provide exactly the right space to get perspective.

Releasing pressure by becoming accountable for Selfhood, taking right action, and moving forward maintains an element of heatproof.

Taking steps to adequately calm and relax, and communicate, can make an enormous difference when temperatures rise and intensify.

Take care with fire energy, as it burns around you and in you, and as you enter the cauldron of improved Selfhood.

SaraSwati Shakti

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Wednesday, 28 October 2015

The art of meaning

The Art Gallery of NSW opened an exhibition last weekend called The Greats, Masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland.

Along with the Gallery's wider collection, Rembrandt, Monet, Constable, Gainsborough, and my personal favourites Botticelli, Leighton, and Gauguin, it offered a marvellous afternoon of enjoyment, interpretation, and meaning, accompanying each of the pieces in the quietude of appreciation.

Art speaks in many languages. Languages of perception, symbolism, connection, and experiences.

And art touches each person individually in their reaction, and interpretation, at a particular moment. And that connection can change, depending on experiences, thoughts and emotions.

Each art piece is a life of detail and perspective in it's own emergence, totality and story.

Just like you and me. Each an art piece of evolving meaning.

And there are many, many layers of meaning.

Just like for you and me.

One of the stunning pieces in the collection is Botticelli's The Virgin adoring the sleeping Christ child.

My experience of it was holistic, and influenced by my training in psychotherapy, spirituality, and art as symbolism in context of the whole piece. To me it reflected motherhood, peace and abundance. In contrast, the narrator on the audio focussed on the Christ child, a more detailed element of the piece, and an impending death theme. Forming a completely different art of meaning. Likewise our interpretations on the position in which the Christ child was sleeping was of a different perspective.

The art of meaning can be affected by many influences, and preferences in the context of time, detail, knowledge, history, memory, contemporary reality, and mastery.

Observing an art piece is like observing life at a point in time. It offers a snapshot. And a meaning as you relate to it.

And art, like life, reveals an evolving mystery. Of detail, and larger landscape, as it touches and inspires you personally, in heart, mind, and body.

Opening the heart, mind, and body into an expanding sensory can connect you to a side of yourself that forms a part of that mystery as it is unfolding.

That is why many wisdom traditions incorporate art and symbolism so frequently. To provide connection to a deeper landscape, an inner-knowing, access to universal archetypes, identity and mastery.

Observing the detail as well as the landscape, can connect you to parts of yourself that have been latent, and can offer rich and vibrant connection. Revealing attitudes, beliefs, inspirations and meanings peculiar to your reality.

And knowing when to look at the wider landscape of your life, and when to dive more deeply into the detail of your behaviours and identity, can also be a progressively important artistic process in your life.

Understanding your changing dynamic unfolding as a wider mystery, can be both fascinating, and enlightening, as a way of acknowledging you and your life as a masterpiece.

And building a sense of self appreciation, robustness and belonging to a process that is both a part of you, and a mystery bigger than you is the wonder of creation. And an area always available for review.

Enjoy the art of meaning that is you. And the masterpiece of greatness that it brings into your world view.

SaraSwati Shakti

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Saturday, 17 October 2015

At the still centre...

Last week I had an opportunity to see a performance by the Sufi Chamber Orchestra and Whirling Dervishes in Sydney. It was a mesmerising experience. And one that touched me greatly, flooding back to me my love of Rumi.

And I have been re-immersing myself in his poetry.

A silent space touched again by it completely.

Rumi, a great guide to spiritual growth, addressed humanity as a whole.

His poetry is recited extensively across many traditions around the globe. Focussing on the intensity and extensivity of Love, in, and through, the human being.

The event focussed on the mystical and musical SEMA ceremony of the whirling dervishes, declared by UNESCO as one of the Masterpieces of the Oral and Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

And how beautiful to have experienced it, live, locally. It was all encompassing. And moving. In the witnessing, of honouring a beautiful ritual ceremony.

At the still centre of the turning world.

The ritual is a physical way to reach a higher degree of spirituality. The whirling representing the way electrons and planets spin. And the dervish journeys to the truth, and advances there. Revolving around the heart, embracing all humankind, all creation, with affection, and love.

At the still centre of the turning world.

Finding that still centre is an important process. Developing a ritual to connect to the inner space creates an ability to cut through to the heart of things.

Consider it.

Creating space, stillness, at the centre, of your turning world. White space that cuts through the busyness. Meditative practice, rituals, restfulness. And creative immersive elements.

Giving your heartmindbody permission to reach a soulful truth. Listening, in the pinpointing presence. And acquiring that sweet centred essence of knowledge necessary for you in your revolving and evolving world.

SaraSwati Shakti

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Saturday, 10 October 2015

From Little Things...

A former client recently dropped a book in to me. A book that she had completed earlier that week. She wanted me to share in her reverie, of what was increasingly making sense to her new state of being, and her continued development.

It's a book by James Wallman, called Stuffocation, Living More With Less. It fundamentally focusses on the process of decluttering.

And, for me, it called to mind that place of constant stuffocation, of accumulating, and of excessive busyness, that is diminishing to humanness. And clearing it. For uplifting.

Many of you may be more regularly in that place of creating, or re-creating, in a dynamic of change that is accelerating. Working out how to live valuably daily while staying focussed on where you're heading, what you're needing and wanting, and how you're continually creating a new reality.

And it may be tempting to accelerate and maintain a process of moving more rapidly, competitively, aggressively, anxiously on all cylinders, constantly.

To rush.

To push.

Before the river is ready.

Suffocating, and Stuffocating, the necessary process of it falling into place more swimmingly, peacefully.

Slowing down, a little more patiently, for the current to run through, and with you, more easily, for your part in the play unfolding, helps you achieve it more consistently.

Allowing the ducks line up, so that the process falls into place increasingly effortlessly.

Letting go of what's not important, patiently, and creating space for opportunity as it comes knocking.

Just as any organisation goes through life cycles, so do people, in lifespan development, and energetic attunement.

And where you are on your lifespan, and what you are experiencing, can be complimenting or contradicting your fulfilment and well-being, and the well-being of those around you.

A delicate balance of decluttering internally, and externally, regularly, assists you to recalibrate your emotional and cognitive experiences, so you can let go to the bigger process, more gracefully.

Spending time validly identifying and clarifying attitudes, beliefs, patterns, behaviours, things, systems, that are inhibiting your ideal next stage of happiness development, is of benefit. Reviewing. Attuning. And then, detaching.

A well executed internal restructure, can be a brilliant circuit breaker, to avoid being too exhausted to glide easily into your next stage of development.

Let go, and breathe, regularly. Float above your experiences to look at the bigger picture of your life, scope the map out, the values and vision you wish to create, and mindfully and heartfully, act, right timingly, with the changes you will accommodate.

Have a good look at where things are at, and declutter progressively. Ongoing little steps, every few months, taking a stocktake, makes a big difference. It is a great way to stay ready for the next opening, so you are better able to accommodate and embrace opportunities co-operatively as they present in a changing dynamic.

Make way for the good and great you wish to cultivate. Because From Little Things, as Paul Kelly so adeptly sings, Big Things Grow.

SaraSwati Shakti

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