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Death and dreams

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In autumn, leaves fall and we begin to turn inwards, remembering our fallen loved ones with whom we long to be reunited or communicate with. I have found myself dreaming more of my losses at this time. As there is more darkness, and we are sleeping more, we are able to induce dreams perhaps a little more easily.
It’s the season when the nights are longer and, according to ancient lore, the walls are thin between the worlds, especially the underworld – where the departed rest. In the northern hemisphere we have rituals that take place during the season of autumn which commemorate the dead, such as Halloween, All Souls’ Day, All Saints’ Day, Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos), Samhain and other days that celebrate the lives of those we’ve lost.
If you dream of a loved one, be prepared to receive their message. What would they say to you? What will you say to them? Practice some simple words – ‘I love you’ and ‘Be at peace’.

It’s all part of the grieving process. Now do the same for other losses – people and valuable ‘things’, whatever that is for you – job, house, relationship, dreams – and let go. How does that feel?

Change and resistance

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Change can be hard. When we journey towards our heart’s longing we encounter great resistance. It’s the great unknown. That which we do not ‘know’ causes fear.

We can face resistance from the outside world: “Why would you want to do that?” or, “That won’t work.” We can face resistance from ourselves: “I’m not good enough” or, “I don’t deserve any better” or “No-one will be interested in what I have to offer.”

I am constantly fighting resistance and desperately listening to what my heart wants. It’s not easy. I struggle. Daily. Or even more often. I know one thing about myself – if I ever stop writing, I become a horrible person to live with. Regardless of the resistance, I know I have to follow my heart.

What’s your dream? Are you listening to resistance that’s keeping you from following your dream? Is it time to start living fully yet? Ask the questions and sleep on it. You’ll be surprised how your subconscious mind will have all the answers for you. Just don’t be scared to listen.

The olive harvest

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We own a little olive grove nestled below in the valley below the Cathedral Mountains. The olive harvest is about to come round again. The white sulphur-crested cockatoos and rosellas have announced this great event in their own way – by pecking the fruit off the tree and leaving a black layer of olives scattered on the ground. The olives are bitter – too bitter for anyone to eat – including the birds.

We gather our troop (friends and family) to harvest our annual olive crop that results in vibrant green cold pressed extra virgin olive oil. Each tree is wise to personal tales of heartache, of love, of longing, of lost dreams, of happiness and acceptance – all stories shares by the olive pickers. It’s the sharing of stories that connects them – and everyone – as they rhythmically strip the tree of its plump fruit and onto the net. Each picker moves as one.

The fog does not deter us from our task. The cold fingers and dewdrops on our faces are part of the job. What’s important is doing the job and working together in sync. Just like a herd or a hive, we are all connected and part of something greater. When we have a purpose, we don’t mind the struggle or the discomfort so much.

Autumn dreams

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When the majestic wisteria drops its leafy canopy, it welcomes in autumn. Hot soups, cooler winds, woolly layers … a season of change and longer sleep. With more sleep come deeper dreams. Autumn challenges us – it’s a time of reflection and redesigning what we want out of life. What do we keep and what’s best to let go of? Which people to hold close and which to hold at bay?

Autumn is a time of transformation as nature regales us with the change of season – when green turns to gold, orange and brown, then strips the branches bare. The soil waits for the spring after winter sleep to bring forth new life.

Surrender yourself to dreaming. Let yourself go, like the withering leaf that inevitably has to fall. Dreams of struggle, fears, colours and textures may enter your dreamscape. They are part of your transformation. Part of working out what you want and who you are. Or no longer want to be.

When doors close, secret gardens welcome you and strange cities rise from nowhere – they are the autumn dreams.

Fall into them.

Dream deeply.

Let your dreams guide you.

Manifest your dreams

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To manifest or make things happen, you need to make your intentions perfectly clear. It’s not a matter of ‘I want to be rich’ and if you think positively hard enough and cut out pics out of magazines and put them on a vision board, then really wish hard that you’ll get it.

How do you feel about your body?

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When we dream of parts of our bodies, it symbolises the function they perform in real life. You eyes – vision, ankles – support, bones – structure, legs – movement.

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