When the kookaburras bless the world because the world is good.


The Kookaburras  by John O’Brien


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Could I Hear the Kookaburras Once Again

May a fading fancy hover round a gladness that is over?
May a dreamer in the silence rake the ashes of the past?
So a spirit might awaken in the best the years have taken,
And the Jove that left him lonely might be with him at the last.
While he searches in the by-ways, shall his heart forget the highways
Where the sunburnt arms are toiling in the sun-shine and the rain,
Where the simple things and lowly make their lives sublime and holy,
And the kookaburras chorus once again?



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Sufism Relationships Four Layers Of Heart | Relationships | Yogitimes.com

Sufism and the layers of the heart

A Sufi is someone who has made a total commitment to return to the One by traveling the path of the heart, the path of love. Sufis are experts on the inner landscape of the heart. Sufis say it is only in the awakened heart that we can begin to taste and experience our true divine nature. The great Sufi mystics of the past gave us a model or map of the heart’s road that leads back to the Source. Early writers such as al-Hakim al –Timiridh describes four primary layers of the heart, and subsequent writers elaborated on the 28 “stations” or subdivisions of the four primary layers of the heart.

For the sake of simplicity, I have found the “four-layers of the heart” model to be an extremely useful and timeless spiritual perspective on all aspects of my life, especially for understanding relationships. Put simply, the four layers of the heart are as follows:

via Sufism Relationships Four Layers Of Heart | Relationships | Yogitimes.com.

When You Start to Enjoy Being Alone, These 10 Things Will Happen | Idealist Revolution

Some people think of “being alone” as a bad thing. It either means you’re anti-social, or unwanted, neither of which are a good position to be in.

But actually, being alone isn’t’ necessarily a bad thing, as there are a handful of benefits that emerge once you learn to embrace solitude.

I’m not advocating you go all Tom Hanks in Cast Away, because no one can argue the benefits, and the joys, that come along with fulfilling relationships with other people.

But I am saying that once you learn to enjoy being alone, you’re going to grow as a person.

Below are ten amazing things that will happen in your life when you start to enjoy being alone.

via When You Start to Enjoy Being Alone, These 10 Things Will Happen | Idealist Revolution.

Twelve Traits of the Avoidant Artist |

Twelve Traits of the Avoidant Artist

We grew up in an atmosphere of invalidation which resulted in ambivalence about our artistic expression.

In any given twenty-four hour period we find ways, consciously or unconsciously, to avoid doing that which gives us the most joy — expressing our creativity.

We have withdrawn from our art by investing ourselves in lifestyles, relationships and work activities incompatible with our artistic purpose.

Our creative energy has often been blocked by despair, depression, rage, obsession, compulsive behavior and/or addiction. We block significant relationships from our lives –professional, social, love, family and friends.

Self-defeating thoughts and societal myths turn in our heads: “Art is not practical” – “Artists are neurotic” – “You’ll starve” – “You have to be trained” – “You are too old” – “It’s too late”—“You are a fraud.” We have accepted these as true when, in fact, they are not.

We have felt intimidated by other artists’ success. Jealousy, envy, fear, self-pity, perfectionism, resentment and other character defects block our faith in our creativity. We do not feel worthy of the success we achieve or desire.

We often feel “not safe.” Afraid of becoming a target for criticism, harm, and rejection, we prefer to be invisible and stand forever on the edge of beginning, caught in the Avoidant Phobic Syndrome.

We have thought of our art as divorced from reality, denying ourselves the right to follow our dream. We forget that artists are entitled to their right work and deserve the happiness and success that right work brings.

We doubt that we can earn an income from our art. We have difficulty determining the monetary market value of our art. The concept of supporting ourselves through our art has seemed overwhelming.

We deny our responsibility to fully develop and realize our talents. We fade in and out of commitment to our true self. We are afraid to set the priorities and make the necessary sacrifices to fulfill our dreams.

Our time is unmanageable. We have difficulty following through on projects and frequently sabotage our efforts. We want to work at our art but don’t know how. We become impatient with the process, forgetting that the results come in God’s time, not ours.

We have been afraid of our creative energy and have mistrusted our creative instincts. Lacking spiritual awareness, we have not seen ourselves as channels for the Infinite Creative Process.

via Twelve Traits of the Avoidant Artist |.


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ONE FLY – every time I sit at my desk, ONE FLY comes a’buzzing to drive me nuts. Said Fly is here again now.

And now to start Part Two of The Silverbird. Its taken me all weekend touching up blogs. Now its Sunday Night. I am fed, washed and clad in pyjamas.I kind of skuzzed my poor girl into visiting today and I am sorry for doing that. I could have just asked her honestly. Despite that we had a good day. There is a Fairy Path out the back now and K tells me the yard won’t be as much trouble as I think. We had Eden on Facetime, Ede called me and we spoke longtime and Sandy and the Lad came to visit. I thought it was going to be a tough one to get through but it was good.

As I begin to feel more secure…

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To be ill adjusted to a deranged world is not a breakdown.”


― Jeanette Winterson

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When a dying man cries, it is not because of where he is going which he knows nothing about, but because of what he wishes he would have done in the world he is leaving behind.



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“Moon! Moon! I am prone before you. Pity me, and drench me in loneliness.”


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Lowell, Amy –

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“Oh how lovely it is!’ she kept saying. Look what a moon! Oh, how lovely!…I feel like squatting down on my heels, putting my arms round my knees like this, tight – as tight as can be – and flying away!” Prince Andrei, a serious man who thought he had given up on the pleasures of life, hears her from below, and “all at once such an unexpected turmoil of youthful thoughts and hopes, contrary to the whole tenor of his life, surged up in his heart.”

― Leo Tolstoy

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15 Things You Don’t Owe Anyone At All (Though You Think You Do) | Idealist Revolution

Many choices we make in life—ranging from what we do, to how we conduct ourselves, and who we interact with—are subject to prying questions and commentary from those around us. Family members, friends, and even total strangers, it often seems like everyone has an opinion on the things we do, no matter how small or insignificant those things might seem to us.

Sometimes people go so far as to ask you to explain yourself for the decisions or choices you make in your own life. You might feel obliged to respond, but some things are really no one else’s business and you don’t owe anyone an explanation at all for the following 15 things—though you think you do.

via 15 Things You Don’t Owe Anyone At All (Though You Think You Do) | Idealist Revolution.

HEALING : acupuncture, lymphatic massage, swimming in salt water, sleep and fresh fish and SNEZ MUSICA

Originally posted on THE SILVERBIRD:


This morning  I went to Paul the Acupuncturist in his clinic at the CWS rooms in Bellingen. He had a young german Physio visiting and she gave me a lymphatic  massage which felt exceptionally good. She knew exactly what she was doing and I could feel the effects of her touch.

Then Paul put in needles for acupuncture. I liked the atmosphere. 5 or 6 people at shiatsu and acupuncture. The room is beautiful and looks over the river. I accepted the Chinese Herbs he has made up for me although I fear them somewhat. I do not fear them as much as the western medicine. Which is doing nothing anyways. Nothing that helps me.

I AM BEGINNING TO LAND – just a little. Still the pain comes but I begin to reappear from the wastelands of grief and suffering.

When I came back to Urunga I took a drive…

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Babylon Sisters: Sisters on the Fly

Sisters on the Fly

Driving home from New Orleans to Houston yesterday we saw one of the “Sisters on the Fly”.  It’s a group of women who restore vintage campers and then travel around – as they say, “having more fun than anyone”. I LOVE their vintage trailers.  Look!

via Babylon Sisters: Sisters on the Fly.

Cathedral Peregrines

Chichester Cathedral Peregrines…

Saturday 11th April to Sunday 5th July 2015

Peregrine falcons have been nesting in the Cathedral turrets since 2001.  The first pair of falcons raised 46 chicks together between 2001 and 2013!  In 2014 two new peregrines claimed the nest site and successfully hatched two chicks.

Open Daily between 10am and 5pm (4pm on Sundays)

Free enty.  All are welcome.

From 11th April until mid June come and view live footage of the peregrine nest from the RSPB marquee located in the garden of the Cloisters Café.  Thanks to the nest cameras visitors will be able to witness the family life of these amazing predators up close.  From mid June until 5th July visitors will be able to view the birds through telescopes located in the Cathedral grounds.

via Cathedral Peregrines.

Untreated addiction without the steps on a daily basis will make my past my future.



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The World’s News (Sydney, NSW : 1901 – 1955), Wednesday 3 July 1935

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“As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.”

–   Henry David Thoreau 


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PM’s Address At The 28th Session Of The UN Human Rights Council | Fiji Sun


Fiji – along with other of its Pacific neighbours – is also urging the Council to consider the human rights position of refugees seeking asylum in our larger neighbours, but who have been rebuffed and resettled among Pacific peoples.

The impact of the policy of operating refugee camps in Small Pacific Island Countries on local people – as well as the refugees themselves – deserves the closest scrutiny if the United Nations conventions have any relevance or significance at all.

If human rights are universal, no country should be able to contract out an obligation to respect them, especially when dealing with the displaced, the vulnerable and children. And Fiji’s position is that the international community can no longer continue to turn a blind eye to what we consider to be one of the greatest human rights challenges in the Pacific.

via PM’s Address At The 28th Session Of The UN Human Rights Council | Fiji Sun.

The best way to eat the elephant standing in your path is to cut it up into little pieces.




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The human heart is never satisfied, just like the snake that wants to swallow an elephant.

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A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures.


Goanna like to sleep
In the sandy ground,
In a soft warm hole
Just a little way down.

Crows like to sleep
Near the starry sky,
By a big bird’s nest
That’s way up high.

I like to sleep
In a cosy bed,
With a blanket for my feet
And a pillow for my head.

Jill McDougall & Jenny Taylor, Anna the Goanna and other poems (Aboriginal Studies Press 2000)

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Goodnight Poem by Mykaela Maxino:
Touch your heart,
Close your eyes.
Make a wish,
Say goodnight.

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The taunts of fools, nor warmth of friends Prevail to make you once forget The bound where Reason’s empire ends.


Moral emblems, with aphorisms, adages, and proverbs, of all ages and nations


The artist, like the idiot, or clown, sits on the edge of the world, and a push may send him over it.
Osbert Sitwell


foto – ulmarra living room 2009.

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A drug is that substance which, when injected into a rat, will produce a scientific report


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“The question is frequently asked: Why does a man become a drug addict?
The answer is that he usually does not intend to become an addict. You don’t wake up one morning and decide to be a drug addict. It takes at least three months’ shooting twice a day to get any habit at all. And you don’t really know what junk sickness is until you have had several habits. It took me almost six months to get my first habit, and then the withdrawal symptoms were mild. I think it no exaggeration to say it takes about a year and several hundred injections to make an addict.
The questions, of course, could be asked: Why did you ever try narcotics? Why did you continue using it long enough to become an addict? You become a narcotics addict because you do not have strong motivations in the other direction. Junk…

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He does not need opium. He has the gift of reverie.


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“The mentality and behaviour of drug addicts and alcoholics is wholly irrational until you understand that they are completely powerless over their addiction and unless they have structured help, they have no hope.”

― Russell Brand

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Brave Towamba kids reunite with bus driver for barbecue | Magnet

The close-knit community came together on Sunday with a barbecue to celebrate “life” – and the miracle that none of its young students or much-loved bus driver were seriously injured in a school bus accident on Towamba Road on Thursday, January 29.

It could have been a major catastrophe but luck was on the side of the school bus when the driver, Paul Consodine,  suffered an epileptic fit and blacked out.

Not only did the accident happen close to the Princess Highway which meant that there was mobile phone reception, but the bus rolled onto the upside of the cutaway.

via Brave Towamba kids reunite with bus driver for barbecue | Magnet.

Cyclones Marcia and Lam approach QLD and NT

FIERCE winds have torn trees out by their roots and hundreds of families have fled their homes as a “cyclone sandwich” approaches the north of Australia.


* Cyclone Lam near the Northern Territory is category 4 (and intensifying) and Cyclone Marcia off the Queensland coast will strengthen into a category 5 cyclone.

* The Bureau of Meteorology says it only has records of four Category 5 cyclones reaching landfall in Queensland: Cyclone Mahina in Princess Charlotte Bay in 1899, a cyclone in Mackay and another in Innisfail in 1918 (they didn’t have names) and Cyclone Yasi in 2011.

* Severe Tropical Cyclone Marcia is due to cross the Queensland coast between St Lawrence and Gladstone with destructive winds with gusts of up to 295 km/h expected near the core of the system. (BoM)

via Cyclones Marcia and Lam approach QLD and NT.


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