herstory

Lunar cycles 2017

Introduction

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Oceanic Bliss

Observed as I imagine myself: immersed in a seagrass meadow.

Photo: William Gladstone.

For me the biological view of ourselves as part of nature, and the awe and wonder this inspires, align with Indigenous cultural knowledge of balance between physical and spirit realms.

 

1975 Garden, Acrylic on wood
Private collection, Northern NSW

I reconnect with this painting I did in 1975 or thereabouts, and that was given to family friends. Seeing it again triggers feelings from that time, of a scary omnipotence, of being simultaneously shaped and shaping the world around me. I'd been immersed in 'Oceanic' Jungian dream analysis with Raynor Johnson and felt 'all at sea' with my whole world falling apart. At the time I was wary of his emotional manipulation. Now I read that "He [Raynor Johnson] owned a property called "Santiniketan" ("abode of peace") at Ferny Creek in the Dandenong Ranges outside Melbourne. There he hosted regular meetings of a religious and philosophical discussion group led by the yoga teacher Anne Hamilton-Byrne. This group became known as "The Family", a cult that adopted a large number of children and treated them cruelly until Victorian police rescued them on 14 August 1987. Hamilton-Byrne and her husband Bill were extradited from the United States six years later and faced criminal charges." Wikipedia.org/wiki/Raynor_Johnson. [7th Decemer 2017]