Laughter is a medicine we can work with every day. With a fine line of difference to crying, regular laughter helps us process emotion & feel lighter. This clip clues you into a daily laughter practice that will help you keep an even keel, even in tough times.
Prayers for rain in a dehydrated and burning Australia are important and touching. These calls to influence our collective reality by focussing our individual intention and attention on a shared reality is quite special. And necessary.
Though, I’ve noticed I’m not fully content to just submit my prayers and continue on.
There’s something deeper and more profound than a solid downpour wanting to come through. I suspect we’re in a time where such prayers won’t be answered until we comprehend this bigger picture.
These prayer encouragements make me wonder: how are you, person, caring for the rain you already have?
How are you nurturing and protecting the waters already available to your care and management?
Are you aware of how the rain you pray for has a water cycle its connected to?
And what sort of rain do you want? It’s been said we will receive the same amount of rain, just less often. So the type of rain coming (and it will come eventually) will not likely be gentle downpours we’re used to. It’s likely to be heavy, and destructive even. The land is dry - meaning it needs soak time to receive substantial hydration and to replenish aquifers. What’s likely to happen is a massive down-pour onto hardened land which runs off as quickly as it came; possibly taking top-soil, vegetation and infrastructure with it.
Friend, thank you for your prayers for rain. Please - use your words and intention with care and perspective. Be specific with what you want to see happen, and act.
I’m guessing most ‘prayers for rain’ are desiring regenerative, restorative rain. Rain that can be absorbed and utilised to sustain and create new life. Rain that eases our crackling country. Rain that allows elemental balance of water, fire, air, earth.
I ask that your prayers extend into solid action. You likely frequent a toilet that uses clean treated drinking water to flush your excrement to a centralised location where it’s treated and disposed of…somewhere. You likely eat food requiring water to produce and prepare. Same goes with the clothes you wear, products you apply, the innocent napkin you receive when buying that yummy brownie. ALL these things utilise water - and sometimes more water than we can fathom.
Connect your prayers with full spectrum action. Rain is only one part of the water cycle. And in a whole-systems reality - where, inevitably, one part influences the whole, we MUST act holistically.
Composting toilets work. Committed localism has great impact.
Our Earth is praying for us, willing us to GET IT. Get the influence we have on the complex greater whole, and for us to work with slow and small solutions that make least change for greatest impact so all beings can thrive in balance.
May it be so.
x Erin 🌿
For 3 years, I’ve been an installation artist for a special project - the Sacred Union Labyrinth at Woodford Folk Festival ➰🌸➰🌿 Labyrinthine swirls emerge in small standing rock formations as the pathway for this unique journey is established.
Labyrinths have been with humans for thousands of years. They well pre-date Christianity, and come in many patterns.
They are a “model of spiritual cosmology” in the form of an interactive mandala woven by sacred geometry. The movement-based mediation of walking a labyrinth echoes the twists and turns of the human experience.
In the context of Woodford Folk Festival, the reverence for the labyrinth grows. It is now a must-see destination for punters. Weddings and ceremonies are the norm, and people are often found lingering in the space, watching-on like they’re viewing fish in a pond.
The heart-space of the labyrinth speaks an archetypal language. It’s a journey with a beginning, various stages of perspective, and a clear end. Ultimately, a living prayer.
The Sacred Union labyrinth is the creative child of Robin Clayfield. Her conjuring of this entity is a precious labour of absolute love. She visioned the unique design and set about to make it reality. I’m blessed to be in the role of space-creator with her team and to witness her utter care, intention and exhaustive effort to make it happen.
The time has come to construct my own labyrinth space at home now. It will be simple but no doubt powerful - I’ll share the progress.
If you ever have opportunity to walk a labyrinth - please do 🌿
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