Natural Law - October 2021
We are all self-governing.
Let us call upon our ancestors, Elders and teachers - past and present,
to guide us in the way of the Heart.
You are all my relations. All is One.
Namaste The Spirit in me, sees the Spirit in you.
As humanity plunges deeper into the valleys of dark, there are many that are courageously Being - beacons of love and light.
“Love is patient and kind, love does not envy or boast, it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way, it is not irritable or resentful, it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth.
Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.”
(1 Corinthians 13: 4-7)
In a recent interview, researcher and storyteller, Brene Brown identified a leadership quality that, in a decade of leadership research, she named as very rare. I have mentioned this in a previous issue of Natural Law, and I am naming it here again. The quality that Brene identified, is:
“the transformative power of holding opposites, knowing that two things that feel competing and conflicting can both be true, and how the ability to straddle these kind of paradoxes really leads to transformation”
In this valley of dark, amidst the fear and instinct to survive, we must feel the stability of the anchor within, to access the softness of pure and unconditional love.
In the dark, with this love, comes a light, which creates a shadow. When we focus light into dark places, we unlock the potential for an unleashing of transformative power that is healing and regenerative.
These are the parts of ourselves that we have ignored and buried away. It is time to bring into the light, gaze in the mirror, and embrace these shamed and shunned parts of ourselves. It is time to welcome them and love them back. Unprecedented self-acceptance.
To undertake this ‘Hero’s Journey’ make time for self-reflection. Due to our status quo, the usual ‘rat wheel’ world has slowed down, at least periodically for many of us. This is the perfect window to open your heart and mind to positive change. Anchor in, and allow the storms of transformation to whirl through your life.
When you open to accept and love ALL the parts of you, especially the parts that, deep down, you believe/d (through acts or omissions of others), made you unlovable, the more deeply whole (healed) you will feel, and, the brighter and more enduring your light will shine. In this dark valley, we need many torches of pure light, and unconditional love.
Calling on YOU (yes YOU!) to stabilise, light up, and lead with pure LOVE.
You are all my relations. All is One.
Blessings of Love & Light,
This edition of Natural Law is dedicated to my Mother, Roselyne Collard. A beacon of pure light and love, every day. Love you Mum!
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Helene Collard is a first generation Australian, with ancestral roots in the island of Mauritius. Helene wrote the first edition of 'Natural Law' in 2010, and has been penning the column every month since. 'Natural Law' has been published locally in the NSW Northern Rivers, including in the 'Village Journal' (2010-2014) and the 'Nimbin GoodTimes' (since 2014). You can receive 'Natural Law' directly to your inbox each month, by subscribing on the Yemaya Centre website.
Helene is also a qualified and experienced trauma-informed, culturally-aware, strengths-based facilitator (B. Trauma&Healing: Indigenous Studies (Law&Justice)), Reiki Teacher & Practitioner, and has completed Leadership Training Levels 1 and 2 with the Rites of Passage Institute. Helene has been designing and facilitating wellbeing workshops since 2009 – including Moon Circles, Secondary Trauma and Self-care Workshops, Reiki Circles, Reiki Courses, Reiki Meditation Events, Evolve Events, Women’s Vision Ceremony and more. In 2016, Helene founded the Yemaya Centre for Reiki and Wellbeing, in Lismore, NSW, which continues to offer an array of holistic wellbeing services and support to the community. From 2017-2021, Helene worked as Lead Facilitator for Aboriginal Trauma-informed organisation, We Al-li. Helene has delivered workshops in metropolitan, regional and remote areas of Australia, including in NSW, Qld, Vic, NT, WA & SA. Helene has also presented at conferences, forums and staff development days. Outside of work, Helene has two children which keep her laughing and active, a supportive partner, and a large extended family who mostly live in Melbourne, where Helene grew up. Not surprisingly then, Helene is a lifelong and vocal supporter of the Collingwood Football Club, and is a great lover of music and the arts. For information, enquiries and bookings visit www.yemayacentre.com.au or phone 0405 656 797.