Thursday, November 11, 2010

leaving the Red and plants of the desert ~ a story in pictures

Sunday morning dawned and our 6 day visit to the Red Centre of Australia came to an end. Early that morning, I woke and took myself off for a walk to a sand dune, to greet the day and to connect for the last time. to just be.

the first thing I spotted was this:

a Sturts Desert Pea. a sign from my childhood. a good sign with nice memories of my dad.. when he was younger, he was an interstate truck driver & once he came home with tales of the outback and photos of these desert peas. this was the first one I had ever seen in reality.. it was stunning and breathtaking and I can understand how my dad felt when he saw the desert covered in them.
[and what a perfect coloured flower for today - RED - for Remembrance Day - the anniversary of the armistice which ended the First World War (1914–18). Each year Australians observe one minute silence at 11 am on 11 November, in memory of those who died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts]

the air was still and crisp as I walked through the red desert sand.

~ there are PINK flowers

and Yellow - a desert hakea - the colours were brilliant. and I mean that literally.

a desert raisin - traditional food of the Aboriginal people

the desert OAK - our very own wise trees - some that I saw were over 800 years old - a spot, in the age of this ancient land.

the desert bush plum, another traditional food - the fruit has 8 - 10 times the amount of vitamin C to an orange

and spinifex - the roots of this were chewed by the native people and used as glue to make baskets - the glue has been proven to be stronger than superglue - amazing what God's garden gives to us - if only we had that knowledge to use for much is lost.

I sat for while on the sand, eyes close just breathing in the stillness - meditating and feeling the grounding energies coming up through each chakra until it bubbled up through my crown and over me like a waterfall.. it was a divine, sacred moment for me. I was one.

time to leave the desert

a four hour trip home - we were upgraded to first class - a nice ending to a fantastic time away..

see you when I get home!

so that is my time away...

Villa Maria continues to be beautified.. our stove is here, new windows were installed just after we arrived home. I have not been dealing very well with all the moving, male energies coming in and out - it is like a revolving door..our light fittings went in yesterday and our carpet has been ordered.

I am off to my silent retreat this weekend and am still a little afraid.. of being alone I think. I have alot of wise advice from friends and have printed that out when those panic attacks set in..
I am also seeing a counsellor to help me with anger, bitterness, frustration and impatience that has been rearing it's ugly head lately..- it is time for me to work with this..

I have been doing centering prayer daily - bringing me closer to my God. at the moment, I am at peace with my soul journey. a good thing.


gemma said...

Thank you for sharing your journey to the heart of Australia with us. I was with you some of that time listening to Aboriginal sounds/a Digeredoo CD. I had it on in my car. One day my grandson was riding with me and he didn't like it. lol They think gma is weird. But I felt the spirit.

Winterwood said...

Ive really enjoying being there on that journey with you Robyn... love your note about the sturt pea being like the poppy but for us here... we need more ideas like help us down here with our accenoptance of what is in this our red land.

amelia said...

I'd love to see the desert. Any desert but I doubt it will ever happen. Lovely pictures Robyn and wonderful feelings.

I have no doubt that you will LOVE your silent retreat. I hope I'm not wrong..

mxtodis123 said...

I'd love to go on a silent retreat. I desperately need some downtime. Can't believe I went to bed at 1 pm and and didn't get up til almost 6pm. I've spent some time now going over the things that I have missed here. I've loved the trip. What an amazing land!

laoi gaul~williams /I\ said...

thank you for sharing your journey robyn~its been wonderful.
i hope you enjoy your retreat and find guidance

Debra She Who Seeks said...

I love that you went home from the Red Centre in a Red Airplane! Wishing you great peace and joy on your silent retreat this weekend. You will not be alone -- you'll be with yourself and the Divine.

Paula - Buenos Aires said...

Such beautiful scenery, so vibrant and peaceful at the same time. Thanks for the photographs. :)
{good to see you}

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