Kindness Among Us

This started out quite differently – a quite bright blue – but along the way it softened until this final image emerged. I looked at it and felt it represented the grace of kindness among us as I’ve seen a couple of examples of kindness from strangers in the past couple of days. One image was of people hugging someone who was suicidal on a bridge for an hour until help arrived to lift him over and back to safety. Then I saw a video of a cat fight where one cat fell into the water and a complete stranger rushed over, fished the cat out (the ungrateful moggy stalked off!) and then casually walk away. When you open your eyes, kindness is all around us – something to remember and console and hearts and souls given all the negativity which gets so  much attention.

Get Up, Stand Up!

I took this photo of a piece of tree bark standing from foliage cut down in the paddock beside our apartment. It just made me think of how we can wade through all sorts of shit but fight our way into a place of honour where we can stand up and speak our truth.

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The Seas of Dreamtime

My husband and I went out to dinner a couple of days ago at The Cabin, a restaurant close to us which is right by the Mediterranean sea. I saw a fishing boat out at sea and it looked almost mirage-like as the sea was very calm but with a slight haze due to a dust storm blanketing Cyprus. I only had my smartphone with no zoom (a reminder to carry my camera with me everywhere!) so I took a pic then fiddled with an edit on my smartphone, a couple on my Tablet app, Toolwiz, and sharpening with PicMonkey on my computer. Here are the results:

Original photo complete with mad swimmer on the left (we don’t go near the water until it’s been 30C+ for a few days, being Aussie ex-pats!).
Edited with my smartphone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Edited with Toolwiz on my tablet.

 

Edited with Toolwiz using the frame function.

Crystals Galore!

Friday afternoon I was sitting creating some art pieces when I got the nudge that crystals I’d ordered from the US had arrived. Normally parcels from America turn up in roughly 2-3 weeks but this package turned up within 1.5 weeks because, yes, when my husband popped up to our post box in Alsancak, there were my crystals waiting for me, beautifully packed in a cardboard box. So my intuition is working nicely, I’m pleased to say.

I must admit that I ripped the parcel apart in my excitement to get at the crystals I’d ordered.  So here below are my gorgeous new stones,  supplied by Jan Haerer at: http://www.topazspirits.com. She sends out monthly posts about new arrivals and really has a wonderful selection of varied, high quality crystals if you’re looking for a reliable supplier.

AMETRINE SPHERE

Ametrine is a combination of amethyst and citrine so you get purple shot with pale yellow. This stone comes from Bolivia and for me is a stone of balance and creative inspiration.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PREHNITE DREAM WEAVER WITH EPIDOTE INCLUSIONS

I find this stone very soft and calming, just right as a palmstone for meditation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SAHARA DESERT STONE WITH STRIATED GOLD, BUFF AND BROWN

I love everything from the Sahara desert, got no idea why.  I have a couple of Libyan desert glass pieces as well as a couple of rocks from the Saharan region. This one I have yet to work with but it’s really interesting, patterned one side and very smooth the other, almost like lava rock.

QUARTZ – LIGHT SMOKY WITH FELDSPAR AND DEEP TOURMALINE

This crystal is from Pakistan and is a light smoky quartz together with feldspar and one piece of deep green tourmaline along with other green tourmaline scattered through the crystal. The green tourmaline is so dark it seems almost black but looks heavenly when you hold the stone up to the light. I haven’t worked with it yet so why I’m drawn to it. I have no idea but I know, when I saw the list of new crystals on offer, that this piece called to me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MESSINA DOUBLE-TOURMINATED QUARTZ CLUSTER WITH GREEN, DRUZY EPIDOTE

The original Messina mine was finally exhausted a few years back, but there’s been a new find of quartz in recent times and this is where this crystal cluster has come from. It’s a complex stone – multiple terminations at both ends, and at one end there’s what I think is a small gwindel formation, where the quartz grows in different directions. It is elestial at one end and has a layer of green druzy epidote at the reverse side. Again I haven’t worked with this quartz yet so have to wait until I suss out how I interaction with it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CLEAR QUARTZ POINT

Finally, and by no means least, Jan added in a freebie for me, a clear quartz point which is small, 5cms long, but packs a real power punch. I felt it resonate with me as soon as I picked it up, and I know it’s to help me balance my energies better and assist in healing from the fungal infection I’ve had on my left foot and which has been driving me mad as the itching at night in the warm bed kept me awake throughout the night for a couple of weeks. It’s settling down now and I intended to turn this small wand into a pendant I can wear around my throat chakra.

The Fire of Intuition

I’m really big on intuition, too often we ignore it and then later realised we should have listened to postcards from the heart, as I read it described somewhere yonks ago.  I always “know” what is the right house for us when we move (although we’ve been here in North Cyprus for five years which is a miracle in itself!). When we were looking for a new car, we drew up by a car yard in Kempsey, mid-north coast of New South Wales, and “knew” which car was meant to be ours, a Subaru Outlook which had a sort of light glowing around it.  My husband was a bit taken aback when I said we’d take the car but agreed later, after I’d explained what had happened and we’d driven it home, that it was a brilliant vehicle. And I dreamed the date of our wedding, a voice told me in my sleep it would be 23rd July 2004 which turned out to be one of the warmed, sunniest days of a wet, dreary summer.. I always listen to my intuition when meeting people and it’s never let me down. I believe it’s an integral part of ourselves and, when we meld it with our logical side, we function as much more well-balanced human beings.

Bright Blessings

I love images of humming birds and I thought that this image with the background reminded me again of staying positive in a challenging world. I make a point of reading good news stories and about the kindness of people around the world as it shows me again and again that the good in this world far outweighs the negative.

As Above, So Below – Benediction for Planet Earth

I created this in the middle of the night when I couldn’t sleep – decided to seize the opportunity to make creative use of my insomnia and create some art. Again, digital art with Toolwiz, image of hawk from Pixabay.  Having completed this, I climbed back into bed and went fast asleep – mission accomplished!