Bogart & Bacall`s Healing Effect

This shot holds me spellbound, I love it so.  I`m currently having a large print framed for my new home and someone recently asked me what it was about this image that I found so arresting.  Where do I begin?  If Healing is equilibrium, inner harmony and coherence then I am Healing whenever I linger over this photograph.  To me, it has everything.

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The therapeutic effect of this image lies in its ability to pull me right into the present moment and because of the wash of peace that envelopes me as I gaze at it, as though I`m vicariously experiencing their rapture.  Beyond the palpable heat and urgency radiating off this pair this picture speaks to me of absolute presence.  There`s a timelessness to it because linear time does not exist within the frame – for these two right at this moment there`s no past and no future.  To my eyes and my heart-mind both she and he are in an expansive space of total availability to the now moment and all its vulnerability, creativity and unlimited potential.  This image could well be a pictorial representation of Eckhart Tolle`s `The Power Of Now`.  Looking at this pair I see heart energy clearly leading.  I see a deep knowing.  I see complete and unquestioning trust and a total absence of fear and doubt.  I see absolute surrender.  I see the remembrance of wholeness.  I see pure truth and it is sublime.

The gorgeous bit and the thing most special as I savour this shot is that we are privy to Bogart and Bacall`s fledgling love affair, one that would become a great Hollywood love story.  They famously fell in love on the set of this movie, 1943`s `To Have and Have Not`.  They aren`t feigning attraction for this photo – this is no masquerade for the camera.  The blazing passion of their embrace, their swoon of bliss – we know it is authentic.

I also love the perpendicular line of her thick tresses, as though grounding the pair and somehow anchoring them in the physical plane, drawing them back down to earth from their lofty, loved-up limerence.

In this picture I`m​ seeing the representation of balanced creation.  I see symmetry in this sexy pair – a divine union of the demonstrated energetics of Masculine and Feminine, the contrary yet complementary and interconnected characteristics of yin and yang.  I`m witnessing a unity between the paradoxical.  The divine Feminine aspect within each calls to the sacred Masculine within the other so that there is no separation, instead a merge into unified wholeness.  The slow, deliberate, singular focus of the Masculine blends with the energized, brisk complexity of the Feminine.  His action meets her passivity, a fusing of intent with openness.  His divine Will, his commanding focus and drive toward manifestation mingles and melds with her flowing receptivity, creativity, understanding and ease.  She values and nurtures him and he supports her, giving her structure and stability.  It is an organic completion and deeply healing.

To me, this shot symbolizes the sheer beauty of truth and the curative power of Love.

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Passion`s Passenger

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Underwhelmed.  I`d be willing to​ bet that`s how you`re feeling right now, having just read the title of this piece.  Passion.  Hmmm… I must admit, it was with great reluctance that I used that word in the heading because it​ just feels so hackneyed and threadbare nowadays, as though it has been everybody`s go-to word du jour over the past decade, sadly rendering it ineffective.  My sympathies go out to all the HR recruiters who, with glazed eyes and feigned interest no doubt, have had to listen to the word “passion” being churned out ad nauseam in every single interview by every last wide-eyed candidate.

But for all that, this piece is a nod to passion and a recent experience I had of its fabulous power to elevate an otherwise humdrum enquiry to a place without limits.  It was a typical Friday afternoon with the usual palpable, lighthearted buzz building in the air ahead of knock off time.  I`d decided to drop into the Telstra shop at Telstra House in the CBD and my very ordinary run-of-the-mill question about my Broadband dongle was about to take me somewhere extraordinary.  So I`m directed to Passion 2the young guy at the Tech Bar and what a rare gem he was, providing expansive, verbose explanations and generous answers to even just my basic questions.  He was a total tech fanatic, this guy, and his clear love of that world swept me along on an eye-popping ride because his enthusiasm was my passport – his obsession gave me entreé into the super-cool wonderland of IT.  Suddenly I had vicarious access!  For a brief moment I was privy to his big wide world of knowledge and expertise, a field that has always felt intimidating and foreign to me, and most unwelcoming.  But with his every sentence I was catching a free ride on derivative experience, albeit fleetingly and how exhilarating it was.  I`ve never before felt like I belonged in the tech realm because when it comes to electronic technology I`m afraid I sit just a hair`s breadth outside illiteracy, somehow muddling through and sort of figuring things out as I go.  But that Friday afternoon in the Telstra shop I was taken somewhere and what an educational ride it was!

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Fascinating insights and morsels of information were dished up to me as I was taken on the scenic route, skirting round operating systems, cruising past 4G firewall bubbles, zipping into internet security and anti-virus protection, passing by Norton and Bit Defender and anti-virus performance rankings, turning briefly into gaming, accelerating down payment portals and finally coasting round the sweeping bend of 5G.  How enlightening it all was and for a short time afterwards I romanced myself with thoughts of what might have been, pondering possibilities of computer science studies and whether I should have, and if I still could, venture down the path of the computer geek.  Enthusiasm is a transmissible energy and the fire of his fervour had warmed me right through on a cold August day.  It felt as though my interaction with this guy had given me wings because it was based in total presence and mindfulness and it was creative.

Passion is intentional and deliberate.  It is purpose and focus.  It is love and joy and pleasure.  This young guy did the very special thing of taking the ho-hum everyday and lifting it to a magical, stratospheric place.  Imagine what our world might look like if more zest imbued the ordinary.

To Scott, the Tech Specialist at Telstra, Elizabeth Street, Sydney …thank you for a fun and really cool exchange.

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I Love Terri Irwin`s Truth

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It was so lovely watching Terri Irwin on television last week as she sat for Anh Do while he painted her portrait.  How refreshing it was to see a high profile woman of my age truly owning her years yet sadly it has become a rarity these days.

We share the same birth year, Terri and me, and the thing that resonated as I watched her was the expression of absolute truth, as though I was watching pure, unconditional love in action.  What I loved was her acceptance ;  her clear non-resistance to the march of time and its unmistakable signature imprinted into her symmetrical features.  It was so pleasing and reassuring to see a well known female face on-screen that sparkled with character and distinctive originality.

I was enthralled by her beautiful and expressive face, unworked and totally natural, vibrant, soft, open and receptive.  I would not want to speculate on Terri`s reasons for remaining work-free and I can only speak of what I saw :  a woman comfortable in her own skin, free from denial and insecurity, and gutsily defying societal and industry pressure to inject and fill and nip and tuck, all to erase the ravages of time.  Her lived experience, her every story, her choices, her challenges, her every victory, her every disappointment, her grief and her strength is right there, visible and worn with dignity.

Moreover, as I listened to her candid and generous interview her words, thoughts and feelings just seemed to have substance.  There was a trustworthiness and a compelling credibility to them because they poured forth from an unaltered and unspoilt face.  There was no diminution of the overall message because everything about Terri conveyed integrity.  To my eyes and my perception there were no pieces of Terri missing and I felt as though I was watching a woman who knows her true worth, a woman at deep ease with herself.  She chooses not to shackle her womanly value – her female power – to her physicality by pursuing an implausibly youthful appearance.

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The gift of Grace in growing older and gaining wisdom is a privilege yet in our youth-obsessed culture ageing is treated as a disease – a repugnant curse that needs to be concealed and repudiated as quickly as possible.  Here in pro-plastic Sydney where injectables and age-erasing procedures are seemingly de rigueur even amongst the Kardashian-inspired 20-somethings – the so-called “injectorati” – my unworked face, I have been told is considered a sign of neglect.  My lined 54 year old visage is likely viewed as disparate and passé​ in cosmopolitan Sydney, perhaps too rustic and unsophisticated and a little out-of-place in this aspirational town where style and chutzpah trump substance much of the time.  More troubling to me is the long-term damage these injected foreign substances might be doing to these young women.  Will we see more Parkinsons Disease in the coming decades?

Everything feels so disposable today with in-built obsolescence par for the course and I wonder if the increasingly broader cultural normalisation of cosmetic enhancements and procedures actually marginalises and tacitly deems irrelevant the unworked face?  I have the uneasy feeling that for older women in our culture the implied message is this :  without a worked face you`re simply not a contender.

Not that it is likely to change me.  I am pretty comfortable wearing my lived-in face and I`ll take truth over illusion, uniqueness over homogeneity, facial animacy over inert lifelessness any day.  Besides, I have Terri for company.  And Jerry.

I remember watching an interview on the ABC with Jerry Hall back in 2015 – the then 59 year old was due to begin a Sydney season playing Mrs Robinson in The Graduate – and I was captivated by her natural and lined face.  Here was a self-assured lady who evidently honoured her own stories and experiences and who bore them with pride.  She was so animated and alive, and her authenticity and allowance of the ageing process – her yield to it – was fabulous.  To my eyes she was disarmingly beautiful.  Here was a high-profile A-lister courageously defying the botox trend, unapologetically embracing the passage of time and wearing her years with regalness, love and absolute validation.  And she radiated sexiness too!

I salute Terri and Jerry for their difference.  I admire these women because at their core they know who they are.  They are both aligned with their truth.  I celebrate their self-respect, their self-love, their wholeness and most of all I love their determination and bravery to fly in the face of expectation and the crushing pressure to conform.

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Embracing My Un-Cool

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 OBLIVION  (noun) :  the state of being unaware or unconscious of what is happening around one (ref : Oxford Dictionaries)

I was never cool.  Not even back in the supposed heyday of my 20s and 30s.  Nope, not even close.  To qualify as cool you need to be unimpressed by pretty much everything and that was never me.  Ebullient types like me – the eager ones – were decidedly un-cool.  And so it is today I find myself still inhabiting the domain of the un-cool, well outside the desired circle of hipness, resolutely marching to the beat of my own drum out on the periphery and this is never more evident than when I visit my morning coffee haunt.  That`s because every single person there, whether they are seated at a table or standing on the footpath waiting to grab their takeaway brew, is buried in their phone.  Except me.  I must seem like a curious oddity to the others, a quaint anachronism.  Oh wait!  Nobody is noticing my phonelessness because they are all buried in their smartphones.  Love it!  Invisible in my un-cool, but this preponderance of the Phone People – the cool au courant – is to be seen absolutely everywhere and quite honestly I worry for them because the habit of seeking and focussing intensely on data of any kind actually constitutes an energy drain.

‘au courant’  literally : in the current / meaning : up-to-date

Distraction and diversion :  I guess smartphones are the perfect companion for the shy, the introverted and those who are just plain avoidant.  I wonder if the cool au courant – the perpetually connected – feel super-relieved to escape reality once they have ordered their coffee because they seem to need to dive straight back into their device, resuming habitation of that limbo state of the cyber non-world.  Do the Phone People like being in resistance to their immediate circumstance?  Gazing fixedly into their device they lean into another place – any place but right here – hiding in plain sight yet belonging in the right way because everyone else is doing it too.  I contemplate whether inside the sphere of the cool au courant they dismiss the concept of staying present to the now moment.  They seem not to need it.  The Phone People seem somehow to prefer the reductive and depreciative experience of oblivion that is life in cyberspace and the ceaseless cacophony of social media and the apps and the newsfeeds and the blah blah blah.  To me, out here on the margin it resembles a state of oblivion because the Phone People are neither one place nor the other.

Savouring the now moment with all its beauty, openness, wisdom, vulnerability and creativity is seemingly not for the cool au courant.  The Phone People are missing all the sensory wonder and magic and mystery of the present.  Maybe they feel this concept is only suited to the self-indulgent navel-gazers.  Staying present to one`s immediate experience – known as mindfulness – is synonymous with being in a state of acceptance, but do the Phone People see this as passive and wimpy, I wonder?  Intentionally paying attention, observing the minutiae and noticing the gifts of grace in the actual physical world is perhaps not stimulating enough for the Phone People.  Maybe the cool au courant are way more comfortable in sensory contraction, the stupor of the disconnect?

Buddhists, Taoists, yogis, the ancient and indigenous cultures and the great and wise teachers (too many to name here) universally extol the benefits of staying present to the now moment.  They all emphasize that this simple practice of mindfulness – conscious awareness – underpins the robustness of our spiritual and mental health.  For me, staying present and mindful in the now is the optimal precondition for moving into a space of peace, trust and flow.  It is detachment and it is liberation.  Relaxing fully into the present moment allows the human energy field to expand, opening up our connection to the subtle realms, in turn allowing access to greater creativity and deeper joy.  Mindfulness allows the individual to feel at one with the whole ; it relegates the ego and lulls overthinking.  But maybe this is all a bit boring for the Phone People.  Phone People appear to me to be immersed in their own little bubble and totally separate yet ironically the chief feature and selling point of the smartphone is connectedness.  I`m not sure the Phone People are connected at all.  Have we all been conned into a state of faux-connection?

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The collective nose-thumb by the Phone People is almost sexy.  Who gives a damn about neck problems, premature myopia and disruption to melatonin production caused by the blue light emitting from their screen, right?  The cool au courant clearly are not worried about blocked Chakras, digitally-induced anxiety and the obligation to always be connected to their phone.  They are more likely to feel stressed-out and uptight but I guess that is scarcely relevant inside the circle of the perpetually connected because the Phone People are probably unconscious of being unconscious.  Here in Australia we are seeing a spike in the rate of diagnosis of anxiety, Depression and an increase in youth suicide.  I find myself wondering if these statistics are the wretched curse of smartphone addiction.

Personally, out here on the fringe and well removed from the envied circle of cool, I have never really understood tech addiction.  The advantages of cell phones are self-evident but I just don`t like taking mine with me everywhere I go.  I don`t want the thing running my day and taking over my life.  I have found that focussing on that little screen for too long ungrounds me.  It makes me feel off balance and out of kilter.

I have heard it said that youngsters today are now conditioned to communicate in a whole different way and that this is positive evolutionary change.  Hmmm….I remain skeptical.  A survey of 500 university students in the U.S. found that frequent smartphone usage is directly related to anxiety, happiness, and academic performance and all of it negative.  Kent State University found that “…high frequency cell phone users tended to have lower Grade Point Average, higher anxiety, and lower satisfaction with life (happiness) relative to their peers who used the cell phone less often. The statistical model illustrating these relationships was highly significant.”  (as at January 2015)

Expansive and healing activities such as a short daily practice of meditation and time spent down at the local park or in nature (without their devices!) would be of immense benefit to the Phone People.  Simply bringing awareness to the breath swiftly reconnects us to the present moment and our immediate physical experience and anchors us back into our center.  Being in nature allows Earth`s nourishing and positive energy to ground us, restoring balance and strengthening our physical connection to Earth`s subtle electrical fields.  These are simple remedies and effective antidotes to digital overload, should the Phone People hold that intention.

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If You Had Everything You Needed How Would Your Life Look?

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A couple of weeks ago I was watching a Youtube video and the speaker (a well known and respected teacher and author) posed this very question :  if you had all the wealth and materials you could need for a comfortable life and you had absolutely nothing to worry about, what would you do with yourself?

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So I contemplated this and pretty quickly my imagination filled with the image above, that of the cover photograph of Tapestry by Carole King.  One of my older sisters had this record when it came out in the early seventies.  I was charmed by the photo then and it captivates me still.  Back then when I was maybe seven or eight I remember gazing at this image and feeling very drawn in to this lady`s world.   To my young eyes she seemed safe and steady and kind.  I imagined that the big window was high up in a tall building and that she could look out over bustling city streets (though in reality this was not the case) and I especially loved that the person taking the picture of this famous singer wanted her cat in the shot with her.  I was completely drawn into the frame by the cat looking straight at me.  (album released 1971, photograph taken by Rock photographer Jim McCrary).

Cut to 45+ years ahead and I still love this shot.  It invites the viewer to create a sweeping narrative around it purely because it is so lovely.  Sure, she is our incomparable Carole but if I look past the identity and the stellar accomplishments and just notice the woman and appreciate the detail :  minimal if any makeup, hair loose and flowing, lived-in jeans.  The simplicity of this shot conveys so much.  The scene feels effortless and uncontrived, devoid of fuss and complication.  There is a sanctity to it.  It feels to me a space where no difficulty, no instability, no conflict exists, instead it is a haven replete with love, contentment and bliss.  I see a person deeply settled, whole and free of illusion, a woman nourished by her creative essence as expressed in the handwoven tapestry she holds, ensconced in her creativity and removed from the drudgery of the mundane everyday.  To me she radiates a beautiful vibe of forgiveness and acceptance.  She has weathered her storms, this girl, but her catharsis has delivered her into a place of quiet, self-sustaining strength.  Self-possessed and sovereign she knows exactly who she is.

For me, the tapestry she holds represents the richness of her lived experience – the lessons learned and wisdom gleaned.

Last but not least it is still the cat that really hooks me in, chilled-out like a zen master and staring straight down the lens, engaging the viewer and lending this photograph a disarming appeal.  Truly an enchanting picture.

If I wanted for nothing and I lived without shackle to the matrix of money this is absolutely how my life would look and feel.  Without a doubt.

How would yours look?

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