At this wedding I met Aunt Daisy who sat at our table. Eventually we got to talking about my friend's brother in Nova Scotia. The conversation twisted and turned until finally Aunt Daisy claimed that this young lad was not perfectly happy. I asked her what she meant by this and her reply each time was, "You know. Not perfectly happy!" I replied that I did not know that state of being perfectly happy!
It has taken decades of living but now I can truly say to aunt Daisy -wherever she may be- that I understand now what it means to be perfectly happy. This time in Australia has been a time of joy and happiness and on a scale of 1-10, I am a 100!
I remember in Tasmania receiving an impression that my time in the outback would be a time of the energy of the rainbow serpent, Lyra. It was! I even met her yesterday at the cemetery I travelled to. I wanted to say thank you to my mentor, Mr Stewart who passed away over 2 years ago and there was a sign in the cemetery to beware of snakes. Australia is known for its snakes and although I am appreciative of their medicine I am pleased that I only met the Rock Wallaby Strangler in spirit form.
The medicine of this created creature holds for me the power of transformation and letting go. During my 2 months here I could feel moment to moment a serpentine cultivation and growth surging through my cells leaving behind seeds of new understanding and love. In the anangu language the word for beautiful is "Wiru." That is what this pilgrimage has been, "wiru." There is another Anangu word, "Palya," which means "it is good, or thank you." That is all I can say to our Creator and to my friends here and in NC, 'Palya."
In 3 hours I head to the airport and plans have been laid for my return here. Of course that could have been the champagne talking! Many have asked me what the highlight of my trip has been. I have met new friends and re-established connections with long time friends. I have hiked around Uluru, climbed Kata Juta, walked rain forests, stood at the foot of 40,000 year old rock paintings and felt the spark of Creator in 30,000 year old rock rain medicine carvings. I have been to lectures, vineyards, historic towns, and galleries. I have lead a house cleansing ritual and 2 pipe ceremonies. I have met a stranger who lived in the same Austrian town as my mother, a stranger who kissed me in QLD and an artist that I met online through a class while I was in NC. I have been blessed with emu, kangaroo ( I even have some kangaroo medicine to take home with me) and wedge tailed eagles. I have enjoyed Devonshire teas and thai food. I have pubbed at Egyptian lounges, and eaten meat pies at a milk bar. I have partaken of Vanilla slices and pavlova.
If I must sum up my experience here however, I would say that the highlight has been the light. I have photos that I can not explain. It is like I can see the ancestral spirits of this land and for some reason they even appear in my photos. At every turning I have felt what the aborigines would call 'story.' I could see a tree and see it for what it is. I could look at a rock and see its eternal significance.
When I return to my memories of events and times in this land down under my breath is still taken away by the "Wiru." As I reflect on time spent with friends I am humbled by their generosity and inspired by their kindness. To visit my dear friend Mrs Stewart has been a blessing. I have been welcomed by the land and toasted by 2 leggeds! I have had a life altering, greening and awakening. Sigh! When there are no more words or they are an injustice then all one can do is SIGH!
Thank you for this time, this meaning, this life! I am "PERFECTLY HAPPY!"