The Vagra is a powerful symbol in the Buddhist world as the diamond thunderbolt of wisdom that cuts through ignorance in a flash of light – The Vagra handles of the newly installed power station at Ngahere Hou represent a great way to open the doors to our new solar power I think! Our place… Continue reading Empowered!
My little painting of the Aspens in Vail is now winging its way to New York, sold at the fundraising auction during my latest Diamond Approach Retreat. Together and yet alone, venturing behind the veils into the universe of the unknowing – relaxed and confident? “The clearest way into the Universe is through a… Continue reading Behind the Vail
It’s harvest time in the olive grove at ‘Hou Ngahere’ and its been a whirlwind of activity on the hillside! I’ve just returned from my Diamond Approach International Retreat Group and getting out among the birds and trees is a great way of integrating the work. It’s making me very happy indeed! There is something… Continue reading For the love of it!
“Eden is not simply a mythical place, or a metaphor for original innocence, or an outworn and divisive religious symbol. Eden is a state of being, and we are free to return every time we know ourselves again in deep communion with the rest of life” ~ Eleanor O’Hanlon, The book of Whale, The eyes… Continue reading Eden
Shining the light into 2016 – may it be a year never separate from love! There is one who moves in the inner worlds, and wanders through realms of dark and of light. In her quiver are arrows of sadness, joy, loneliness, and bliss, which she uses to practice intimacy with all things. She has… Continue reading The Light: don’t Forget
I had the honour of my first Vernissage the other night…… It was a very special occasion! Kristine had never commissioned a painting before and I was invited to speak of my newest painting ‘Wednesday Conversations II” as it was unveiled by its proud new owner to a small gathering of my dear friends from… Continue reading Vernissage
The last of the spring planting is done at ‘Hou Ngahere’! We got the final 30 Kowhai trees in the ground (part of the 270 from the Easter planting) before it dries out for the summer. Now we’re watching the Kereru (Wood Pigeon) shred the older Kowhai trees. Its not all bad though, having them visit… Continue reading Planting the seed
The self critic has been my lifelong nemesis. Its the first thing to close down my creativity, a shape-shifting monster that’s always lurking in the shadows, watching and judging. Those inner voices that terrorise me and keep my curiosity captive. The ‘war on terror’ is in fact an internal battle, afterall nobody speaks this harshly… Continue reading Internal saboteurs
I love the wilderness, it opens my heart to the wonder. At the same time it can be somewhat isolating. Having just flown across the Pacific to spend a week exploring my inner depths and the meaning of life with the Diamond Approach, I have to say it’s incredible to experience in person the awake… Continue reading Remote Awakening
With a very open heart, after attending my latest Diamond Approach Retreat at the Berkeley Ridhwan School, my last day in San Francisco included a visit to the De Young Museum in Golden Gate Park. We introduced our dear friends to the wonder of JMW Turner through the brilliant exhibition ‘Painting Set Free’. It features… Continue reading Painting Set Free