I have read some wonderful books in recent months: When Women Rise Up Rooted, by Sharon Blackie,  Reclaiming the Wild Soul, by Mary Thompson Reynolds, and Big Magic, by Elizabeth Gilbert.

One thing that jumped out at me was that they each posed the  question … What if the earth also loved you?

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So often when we love the natural world, we can get caught up in the struggle. The knowledge of what is has been lost or damaged; the wanting to find solutions.

Of course we want to find solutions.

But sometimes this can carry a great burden, as we take it as a personal responsibility.  What if there is another way to be with this, and to take our part?

A way founded on our interconnection with the natural world.

We can let go, we can dance more and play more. We are restored as we work to restore. We move from love.

There are people who say we only need to love. But love is a verb. When we are in connection, then it is natural to also act; to find the expression of that love.

It might be environmental activism, gardening, healing, teaching or art. Whatever it is, it will come from connection and feel alive and free, even when challenging.

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What if we let the earth assist us?

We can ask the earth, the trees and mountains and the water for guidance.

Guidance from your deepest true heart,  from the interconnection of the world;  the world where your own true nature and the natural world are deeply, naturally, intrinsically connected.

I invite you to try this this week. To take your question or issue and offer it to the water, the trees, the mountains or the springs and let the answer come to you.  I’d love to hear how you go.

What is your relationship to the natural world?

Do you speak to the trees, the mountains, the lakes or the earth? Please share with us below.

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One of my greatest joys is hearing about the changes women are going through as they work with me.  Mauria has recently started the Wild Heart Program and wrote to me after her first week, the Woman of Fire. She has written this beautiful poem, the first, she told me, in many years.

There is a fire in your heart said the wise old woman

the fire is gone I replied, and looked away
here is the fire, said the wise old woman

as her hand reached down inside of me
take it, said the wise old woman, it is yours once again
and I looked, as the fire burned bright in her outstretched hand

there is a fire in my heart, I said to the wise old woman
and now it burns …

Mauria Cover-Sutherland

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The other day I went for a walk on a beach near me. It was late afternoon, and the light was fading for the day.

As I stood on the point, looking out towards the ocean, I almost swooned with the beauty.

On one side, looking to the ocean, the light was silvery, shimmering on the water. I could hardly tell where the silver water met the sky.

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There was a multitude of shades shimmering within this silver light.

On the other side, the water reflected the colours of the softer side of the sunset, the pinks and blues of the eastern sky.  The colours rippled and danced with the moving water.

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I had a few things on my mind, some concerns in my heart.

As I stood there, immersed in all that beauty, something shifted within me. it was as though the water washed right through me, bring with it clarity and peace.

A great ease filled my being.

A sense of abundance and deep trust in life; of possibilities and support beyond my knowing.

Sometimes we only need to ask, to open up to these great forces in life, and relax into our place in it all. There is such wonder and beauty in this world.

Introducing my Individual Wild Heart Program – enrollments now open

In my last article I shared Holly’s response to the Wild Heart Program.

The Wild Heart Program is for you if … You know what it feels like to live vibrantly, freely and with passion.  Yet in the knocks and spills of life, you have lost touch with this. When you’re dealing with anxiety, self-doubt or fear it can be hard to get on with what matters most to you. Maybe a painful relationship, family issues, or work-related difficulties have stopped you in your tracks.

Whatever it is, you long to find that spark and joy again in life, where magic and mystery exist along-side your every day life.

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Whatever it is, you long to find that spark and joy again in life, where magic and mystery exist along-side your every day life.

continue reading …

 

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Sometimes when working with others, we don’t get to see the full outcomes of our work together. In many cases, the outcomes flow on for years afterwards, even through generations.  This is one of the reasons why pricing for transformational work is not transactional, but about resonance.

I was touched to receive a final check-in from Holly, who has just finished my new Wild Heart Program.  Before I post her words, I want to acknowledge this other side of the partnership in transformational work – the work of the client.

It takes great courage

It takes great courage and trust to be willing to not only experience your innermost feelings, desires and emotions, but to share them with someone else.  To be vulnerable in this way is ultimately an act of courage and love.  The effects can ripple out through families, communities, and beyond.

To be willing to face yourself, your pain, your longing, and the truest desires of your heart, is the work of a spiritual warrior.

You need to allow yourself to get messy, to unravel if need be, and to let go of what is no longer serving to make way for the new. It means taking responsibility for what arises in that process.

Above all it means choosing courage and love, over and over.

I want to honour all people who undertake this journey, wherever you may be, and however you do this. I especially want to acknowledge my clients, who have joined me in this journey.  It is an honour to work with you.

Introducing Holly …

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I found the Wild Heart Program while searching for an alternative method of help after I started to feel disillusioned by the mainstream conventional therapies involving psychologists and medication.

I came across Lure’s work and was intrigued so I reached out and was instantly met with Lure’s kind hearted compassion a genuine eagerness to work with me. I was having difficulties overcoming feelings of anxiety and depression and moving on from a toxic relationship and I was also experiencing a heavy sense of unworthiness.

I wanted help finding direction and purpose as well as a way to cope with grief and methods to relieve my anxiety.

I had some concerns that the program wouldn’t be right for me and was skeptical that anything could help me after I’d already tried therapy with a psychologist. It felt like I was asking too much as I wanted so many different things.

However this was possible as the environment that Lure creates is warm, compassionate and loving and it made me feel at ease and comfortable enough to be able to open up and truly listen and share what I was feeling. Within six weeks I learned how to let go and open myself up towards a brighter future.

Each session was tailored to my needs and allowed me to explore my feelings, which was sometimes difficult as it can be quite scary confronting our subconscious, but during the program I constantly felt like I was sustained in a safe place of infinite love.

The changes I experienced are quite profound, and were noticed by close friends and family. I was able to take control of my anxiety and instead of letting it hinder my life, I was able to start doing the things I truly wanted to such as going out with friends, joining new social groups and stepping up into my roles at work. I also became more focused on the present and my future as opposed to dwelling on the past.

I can’t recommend this program enough. Lure has such a beautiful personality and working with her is a pleasure. It is a structured program with flexibility to accommodate individual needs and it really gives you enough space to work and grow at your own pace. There is never any pressure and no right or wrong.

I am so thankful I found Lure and worked through the Wild Heart Program. I really, truly believe that everybody can take something out of it and start living a much happier life. The highlight of the program is definitely being able to reflect on the first session and realising just how far I have come in such a short space of time. I feel loved, beautiful, strong and powerful and I am now able to put myself out into the world with a head held high.

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I’ve been clearing out my place, sorting through my things and giving away or throwing away things I no longer need, or that others might enjoy more.  What a process this is! When I started it felt so hard, almost impossible, and yet now it is getting easier and easier.

I feel better each time I give something away.  More energized, more alive, and I am seeing more and more possibilities.

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One of my singing teachers once taught me a breathing technique to help me find more ease with my singing.  I seemed to run out of breath too early, and then would tense up trying to get more breath.  He taught me to focus on getting to the end of the breath, and to release the very last of it, after which the in-breath would come flowing in naturally. No effort, no trying, and no struggle.

My whole experience of singing shifted

I had more breath, less stress, and enjoyed singing so much more.

I’ve found this applies to our emotions and past experiences as well. Just like the clearing of the physical, when we clear from past experiences, we free up energy.  Otherwise, it can be hard to enjoy what is here now, and to find that natural flow of aliveness and vitality.

Just as clearing out the old possessions can make room for the new, so does clearing the stuck energy in your being make room for newness and freshness in your life.

Sometimes these are relationships that we haven’t come to terms with, or they may be other experiences. Our energy becomes stuck, in our bodies and in our emotional fields, and we can find ourselves acting this out, rather than seeing each situation as it is now.

It’s not really that you are letting go the past, but rather letting go the held energy surrounding that event.

We are freeing ourselves to be more fully alive now. 

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One way to do this is to exercise, whether it be swimming, walking or whatever exercise you enjoy.  Simply moving and having the breath come fuller and deeper can bring about some of this release.

Another is the breath itself.  Here’s a simple practice to try. Take 5 deep full, connected breaths in the morning and in the evening.  By connected I mean to breathe fully, and relax on the out-breath. The point of surrender is at the turning of the breath.

As you breathe in, find that place of softening and surrender, as you release on the out-breath.  Then notice the same at the turn of the breath as you breathe out.  That space between breaths can be a so beautiful. Try it and see how you feel.

Just 5 breaths, that’s all. Once or twice a day.

As some of you may know, I started my journey about 30 years ago now with breath-work.  I worked with a breath-worker individually for some months, and then spent some years visiting wild places around Australia and doing breath-work sessions in these beautiful places.

I then trained as a breath-worker with Nemi Nath, over a couple of years, and returned for some years to work in workshops and trainings up there, and in Tasmania.

For years now I have been working mostly through energy work and journeys with clients and really love this. I recently started holding women’s circles.

I am now bringing breath-work in again. In truth, it has always been part of what I do, but in a very integrated way. Now I will be teaching it explicitly as well, and offering individual sessions and soon, groups.

To this end I would like to do some Breath and Energy sessions, combining breath-work with energy work.  I am deeply excited about this.

Calling for 3 people for Breath and Energy Program

To begin this, I am looking for 3 people, local to Hobart, Tasmania, who want to experience this.  This will involve 3 breath and energy sessions over as many weeks. The cost will be vastly reduced, and I will ask for detailed feedback at the end of your program.

If you are interested, please let me know by replying to this email, or calling me on 0458 910 469 and I can let you know more.

With love and appreciation,

Lure

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We are living in intense times, with access to so much information of events happening all around the world.  I hear daily from people who are struggling with this. Sometimes it can feel like the earth itself is shaking on its axis.

We are bombarded with information, with explicit images and videos of violence, death and torture.  While these can be the catalyst for bringing about changes at a political level, they also have can be overwhelming and distressing when watched without a filter, at any time of the day or night.  They can affect our wellbeing, and therefore our ability to take effective action about any of it.

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I want to offer just a few suggestions in dealing with this, small things that might just shift the quality of our days as we navigate these times.

Engaging consciously in social media and the news

One of the things that can be overwhelming is the sheer volume of news coming in about events taking place in the world. While it’s important to be aware of what is going on, we have a choice about how we engage.

We can choose to engage consciously in social media and the news. You get to choose how often you engage and how you do so.  Decide how often (each day or week?), and how (newspapers, video, news sites or news summaries?).

Bringing loving awareness

Once you have decided how and when you want to engage, the next step is to bring loving attention to it.   This is about truly witnessing, so that you are aware of what is going on, and holding a space of love as you watch.

It might be that you send a prayer for what you see, or witness with loving compassion, or do a ritual for the situation; whatever speaks to your heart.

Take action … know what is for you and what is not.

No one of us can do everything.  In times like these that it is even more important to get clear on what we feel called to do, and do it.  It may take some time to get clear, but it’s worth it. Then we do what we can, and let others do what they can.

It’s OK to stop for a while

It’s OK to have a fast from the media, to take time out and focus on other things.  To take care of yourself, your friends and families.  It’s important to take time to nourish your heart.

Connect with the earth, and what you love.

So often it is because of our love and caring that we are distressed when witnessing human rights abuses, terror events, or corruption.  Once we reconnect with this love, we tap into a source of strength that can carry us forward.  In this way our actions stem from love.

And finally … remember that this is not all there is

Know that what is in the media is not all there is. There is so much else going on each day. Acts of love and generosity. Moments of grace and beauty. A flower opening, a leaf falling in the wind. Sparkling snow on the mountain. Here is a photo I took just last weekend on the lower parts of Kunanyi/Mt Wellington, after a beautiful snowfall.

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And remember … not only what we love, but that we are loved. That we are love.

Over to you …

What do you do to stay strong during these intense times?  Please comment below.

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07. July 2016 · 4 comments · Categories: Blog

One of my favourite stories is from the west coast of Ireland, Scotland and further north, the story of the Selkie woman.

The Selkie woman, the seal-woman, comes ashore to bathe in the sun on the rocks. As she does this, she sheds her skin and takes human form.  The tales tell of a local man who comes across her, the most beautiful woman he has ever seen. He knows that if he can take her skin, she will be bound to him and have to marry him.

And so he does.

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They marry, and live mostly happy together, with two beautiful children. But there is a longing in her always, a longing for the ocean and for her loved ones there.  She goes to the water’s edge whenever she can, and is often to be found there, staring out to the sea.

But life goes on…

One day, many years later, she finds her skin hidden in a dark corner of their house, and she is off, back to the sea, and to her watery kin, where she spends the rest of her days.

Every so often she is seen swimming around the cove near the home of her children.

There are so many aspects of this story that resonate with women, but today I want to talk about longing. The longing that arises from the depths, as if from some inner spring that holds your deepest desires.

So often we can lose touch with these desires.

We can push them down or cut off from them to make them feel more acceptable or manageable.  Disappointment, relationship dynamics or trauma can all play their part.  We are trained through school, family, the media, to filter not only what we express, but what we allow ourselves to even experience.

This squashing down can lead to loss of passion, of energy, and a feeling of disconnection from life.

The journey of return to fullness is about undoing from all of this.  It is about coming back into your own skin and to the fullness of yourself, your desires and your deepest longings. There is such power in that.

I’d love to know… what are your deepest desires?  What are you longing to express? Come and share below.

Are you joining us for the Wild Heart Women’s Circle?

If you’d like to go deeper into the mystery, and in reclaiming your wild heart, I invite you to the Wild Heart Women’s Circle.

The first circle is in Hobart on 17th July.

Online courses are coming, and you can register your interest to hear first about these on the page.

The Wild Heart Women’s Circle is an invitation to:

– Connect with and listen to your own embodied wisdom and knowing.

– Unravel from old habits that aren’t aligned with your deeper wisdom and true self.

– Connect with the earth and the natural world, and in doing so, awaken the wild soul within. Read more …

And finally… a Selkie song, which is one of my favourite songs ever, and is, to my ear, full of longing.

 

30. June 2016 · 5 comments · Categories: Blog

When I guided people on 8-day walks through the mountains of Tasmania, I would see a few things happen for those on the journey with me.

Some people would freak-out, in some small way, or not-so-small way.  Some would become super-active, focus on their goal, and walk faster and faster, trying to get to their destination for the day.  This was a sure recipe for exhaustion if they didn’t start to relax and settle into the journey.

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Others became super cautious, not wanting to take a step that was unfamiliar. This applied to the walking as well as the tasks around our evening camp. I remember one woman who had never drunk water that didn’t come out of a tap. Each day she would look for the water collected by us, and never once even thinking of getting it herself from the creeks all around us.

Another was a stressed doctor who would wake at all hours, ready to face the next emergency. He wanted a tent to himself, and had trouble talking with the other guests.

Yet as the days continued, something beautiful started to happen.

It’s as if they all started to drop into their skin, into their place on the ground out there. They started to change. 

We had started to become part of the landscape.  Soon, the mud was just a part of it all.  We were in one movement with each other, and with the birds above.

Those that were so busy getting to their destination started to slow down.  Even the separateness within the group started to dissolve.  The stressed out doctor gradually started to have the space and the interest to talk to the others in the group.  The young woman so fond of pre-packaged water finally went and got some water from the creek.

It’s as if they were not only dropping into their skin, but into place.  It is powerful, this belonging.

The fear of the unknown started to dissolve, and curiosity awoke. People started to notice more, the trees, the small lichen on the rock over there. That particular bird.

It didn’t mean it was perfect, in that conflicts still arose, and for many, it was only the start of this dropping, but still, the difference was more than noticeable.

The questions that so many had at the beginning- often fear generated requests for certainty – started to dissolve into a more feeling curiosity, exploring, wondering, connecting.

It can be a bit like this when we are looking at what we want to bring forward into the world.

So often we start with goals and plans, usually with anticipated effort.  We’ve all been trained so well in this approach, through our schooling and workplaces approaches.

But what if, instead, we start to drop more deeply into our skin, into this moment, this place, and open our senses to this?

What if we start from a different place, a deeper place?

I invite you now, wherever you are, to lay your plans aside for a moment, or a day, and take some time to settle into place. To feel this earth beneath you. To take some time to go outside, or to a park if that is near, or even where you are.  One tiny flower bursting through the concrete.  A moment to feel your place on this beautiful earth.  Here.  Now.

What if you are exactly where you should be?

Are you joining us for the Wild Heart Woman’s Circle?

If you’d like to go deeper into the mystery, and into your connection with nature and the earth, I invite you to find out more about my Wild Heart Women’s Circle.

The next one starts in Hobart on 17th July, with others in the series on 24th July and 31st July.  There will be online courses coming up, so you can register your interest to hear first about these on the page.

The Wild Heart Women’s Circle is an invitation to:

– Connect with and listen to your own embodied wisdom and knowing.

– Unravel from old habits that aren’t aligned with your deeper wisdom and true self.

– Connect with the earth and the natural world, and in doing so, awaken the wild soul within. Read more …

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15. June 2016 · 2 comments · Categories: Blog

The Winter Solstice is nearly here in Tasmania.  The days are getting shorter, the weather colder and I find myself just wanting to curl up, especially as light fades at the end of the day. I imagine that in generations gone by this is what would have happened. Our work stopping with the light, and people coming to rest early or gathering together to tell stories and sing together.

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The events at Orlando this week have been heart-breaking, especially for those in the LGBTQ community and in the United States.  My heart goes out to you, to all of us.  I’ve also seen such an outpouring of love over the past few days.

So much is being said and I have no great wisdom to add to this. Instead, I want to offer a little something that is calling to me right now.

To remember the earth. To let yourself curl up in grief, or pain, or with the winter dark. However you find yourself and whatever is going on for you. To drop into that embrace and let your skin be touched by the kiss of the air, and the warmth of the fire.  To let the tears fall. To howl into the night. To take a big out-breath and wait for that next in-breath to come. So gently.

There is time and space for all of this. It’s OK to stop for a while.  It’s necessary, even.

Love and blessings,

Lure

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You don’t have to crush the vulnerable heart in order to be strong

I posted a video recently, titled: Why we need the whole of the feminine – the fierce as well as the gentle. If you missed it, you can see it here.

A few days later, someone wrote to me, saying that I had showed the soft and beautiful side of the feminine, and that maybe I should make one showing the fierce side. I considered this and this video is what emerged from that.  I hope you can watch.

I’d love to know how this lands for you and what the feminine means to you.  Please share in the comments below.

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I have a video for you today on the feminine and why this is so important not only for our wholeness as women but for us to bring our work into the world, and for the earth itself. It’s 3.01 minutes long.

I’d love to know what comes up for you as watch and consider the questions. You can comment on the blog here, or simply reply to this email to reply privately.

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