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Nourishing Destiny by Lonny Jarrett

  Nourishing Destiny is a deeply stirring and alchemical journey into the spiritual and psycho-emotional foundations of Chinese medicine. Although presenting as a textbook, Jarrett’s fluid writing and insightful approach render this work easily accessible and readable from cover to cover. Chapters are short, summarised and closed with key questions that invite the reader to move beyond the intellect and connect to the teachings through their own experience. In reflecting this way, Jarrett encourages the reader to deeply integrate what…

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The Double aspect of the heart

Elisabeth Rochat De La Vallée is an internationally recognised author known for her translations of the classics. She also supervises student translations and teaches internationally. Her latest book, The Double Aspect of the Heart, explores the relationship between the heart and the pericardium/heart master; the sovereign and ministerial fire. This book reminds us of the classical perspective where the heart comprises of a powerful duo, citing the Lingshu, Suwen, Huananzi et al. to negate the way two indivisible aspects have…

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The spiritual foundations of aikido

The spiritual foundations of aikido by William Gleeson Destiny books In the forward Mitsugi Saotome states “Gleeson shows no interest in the martial arts as they are commonly practised and portrayed, this book goes beyond the superficial stereotype and delves into aikido as a Budo” (the martial way). I have to concur with Saotome shihan, this book is a gold mine for the heart of anyone interested in the deeper aspects of the martial way, particularly aikido. Gleeson himself states,…

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Akai shadow dancer

Am I a dog dreaming I am a butterfly? Or… Am I a butterfly dreaming I am a dog…? Akai (our dog) has a interest in ‘flutter-bys’ of all descriptions. She is even more passionate in this field than she is as an aspiring ornithologist in which she devotes some hours every day. Yet Akai’s interest in lepidopterology has one peculiar distinction to that of your regular student studying moths and butterflies, and that is that she is interested primarily…

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Ode to eight…

What is numerology? What feng shui is to houses, numerology is to people. Essentially numerology can be used to understand, move and manage the various energies that comprise our existence. Just as we can describe numbers, we can also be described by them. I wake at 8am. My number. I count my heartbeats and jump out of bed before the ninth……. a syncopated start to the day. I am experiencing an 8 type year so tend towards activities and event…

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Returning to the market place

It has been a long journey… and yet the paradox remains that its unfolding was only ever in this very moment. In this very moment, all that has gone before remains within the now, just as the first strokes of the artist’s paintbrush are ever present on the finished canvas we see before us. Yet still the paradox invites us to explore the journey that has been undertaken. Like the expansion of the universe with the in-breath, humanity has travelled…

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A labyrinth journey

  For many years two woman have held the vision of a community labyrinth in Dorrigo, NSW. The site was on crown land, which wasn’t the easiest of areas to appropriate for the purpose, and yet with their patient persistence it has unfolded! With a grant for $10,000 and Bellingen Shire Council on board, the project is underway with a community gathering planned for the coming Solstice, an auspicious sign for us! Below I share my first walk on this…

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Perishing piano’s and the elders.

If I am fortunate enough to live my days out here on the land, in this most beautiful part of the world, in a home I have helped build, it is my fervent wish that I will share with my home the art of ageing gracefully as the years go by… Can you imagine? A home that holds a life’s stories within its chipped walls and worn tapestries? Why ever would you replace them? What would it be like if…

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Interview with Rodrigo Castellanos 4th dan

Rodrigo san is one of the most dedicated aikido practitioners I know. His depth of understanding of aiki principles goes far beyond his years. I asked Rodrigo about his background My name is Rodrigo Castellanos. I began practicing aikido almost 20 years ago in my late teens in Mexico under the direction of Michael Moreno Sensei, 6th Dan, and the Mexican Federation of Aikido. In 2002 I travelled to Japan where I lived for nearly one year exclusively training in…

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Reflections on a shihan – David Brown.

“ There is not much I can do about such things as tai no henko with words. Even trying to explain ikkyo or some other technique with words just does not carry any weight. By themselves such techniques mean little. The connection with a thousand other small ideas make them up”. I don’t remember the first time I met my teacher. I didn’t know the significance of one teacher or another when I first began my training in aikido in…

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