Exploring the red centre was extremely different to anywhere I have been before. It's hot, red - staining your feet and wild. The Australian environment is rare and wonderful moving from arid desert to monsoonal rainforests with swimming holes (hopefully croc free). My journey to the red centre began in 2014 and hasn't ended thus far. The addiction to it, for me is immense, a call, a pull so hard to fight off.
Every time my feet touched the red earth it's in that moment you can feel the connection to Mother Earth. Some would say that's crazy, but how? It's no different when you're gardening, sitting with your cat or dog, bushwalking and admiring an animal or surfing - waiting for that wave. It's a deep love for her that is really difficult to express in words. This spiritual connection is what I connected to, it is what drives me to visit the red earth and it even drives my friends to bring me some of it in bags to ease the ache.
In late 2015, taking up the teaching opportunity in remote Northern Territory, 3.5 hours north west of Alice Springs was an eye opening experience. I was only there for a short period of time, one term but I was taught so much about who I am and what makes me, me. Living in a community with the oldest people on Earth is pretty surreal but at the same time heart breaking. This disruption that I felt was a collision of everything I knew to be real in life. I saw first hand the disconnection of life in community due to "white fella" influence thinking that these people don't know better and they are doing it all wrong. Well, what's wrong or right isn't for anyone to judge, and due to that judgement we have almost destroyed a culture, in fact the oldest in the world, and that isn't something to be proud of. However short my time there it was one of the greatest lessons I needed to learn, for me it was all about the wide open spaces, vast sky, the land and connecting to it all. It just brings you back to life again. It's understanding that, the vastness isn't to be feared but to wake you up and challenge you. It was an eye-opening and heart-warming experience and one I'll treasure forever.
In late 2016 I took my good friend, a nurse, who needed to be re-energised on a beautiful trip to Uluru to see the "Field of Lights" exhibition. Wow! What an amazing journey that was! Seeing the sun setting behind Kata Tjuta (The Olga’s), walking through the lights as the stars where shining from above and having dinner under the Milky Way (Emu Dreaming) was amazing. The red centre, Uluru, it moves you, it rattles something inside of you, that only you can understand. Let me tell you, Uluru is a magical place. It will change you. If you ever visit this place. If it doesn’t move you, then you my friend just missed the greatest conversation that you could ever have with the universe!
Then 2017 brought me to Kakadu, it was the next stop in exploring the red sand. This is a place of extremes, Dreamtime stories and wild open spaces. It is not a place for the faint hearted. It is a place that will delight you, push you to your limits if you let it and expose what is no more needed. Kakadu National Park includes nearly one-fifth of Australia’s mammals, 120 species of reptiles and 300 kinds of birds, considering most will kill you. It is a UNESCO World Heritage-listed national park and made especially famous by the ’80s classic Crocodile Dundee.
My travels around Kakadu National Park had me moving between monsoonal rainforests, arid deserts to waterholes with magnificent waterfalls. The wet season left behind a greenery and a deluge of water everywhere you turned, that the famous Jim Jim Falls was inaccessible due to the amount of water. The lookout at Nourlangie had great panoramic views of the escarpment and well preserved X-ray-style paintings of Namarrgon, known as Lightning Man, a creation ancestor who holds lightning as a band around his body and has stone axes on his knees and elbows to make thunder. This ancestor is the reason wet season with its lightning storms happen. Then there's the Mimi, who are tall, thin beings that live in the rocky escarpment of northern Australia as spirits. Before the coming of Indigenous people of Australia, the Mimi had human forms. The Mimi taught Indigenous people how to hunt and cook kangaroos and other animals. Our guide explained the uncanny similarities of Mini and E.T's, funny how they seemed linked. Before we headed to Litchfield National Park there was an opportunity to taste the butt of a green ant, I couldn't bring myself to biting the bum off an ant, but I hear it tasted like lime.
The experienced of Yellow Water Billabong was outstanding. Boarding the water boat to be introduced to the unique natural beauty of tea trees, salt water crocodiles and lotus flowers was stunning. The famous Jabiru and blue winged kingfisher live up these parts and they are spectacular to see in the wild.
Having experienced beautiful Dreamtime stories and Northern Territory's stunning environment I am delighted to say I will be back, the red sand, like salty water is in my blood now. The place is so spiritual and magical that if you can't connect then I strongly suggest you haven't left the crap from the past/present where it should be. I hope my photos and short stories encourage you to visit the red sand. I know it left a mark on me and I know it will do the same too you.
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A little about me. Currently I'm a full time teacher and a part time reiki healer. Though one thing is for sure, I love travelling as it awakens my soul. So I thought I'd share how my two worlds collide here on my "blog" and all things spiritual.