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Discovering she was pregnant just four weeks after the diagnosis of a life-threatening cancer was a bitter sweet pill to swallow for celebrity fashion journalist, Elle Halliwell. In unchartered territory, Elle made the brave, life-threatening decision to delay the most effective form of treatment available to give her pregnancy the best chance of going full term and save the life of her unborn.

Elle’s health is her top priority. This is apparent at the onset, when our first interview is postponed due to her low immunity and need for rest. When we finally chat, she is as warm and generous as her media profile projects. She radiates an enigmatic charm offering authentic and raw accounts of her cancer experience and the pathway to surviving her illness for the sake of her unborn baby and the ongoing management of her incurable cancer.

“I don’t have the health that I used to, and I just want to get back to ‘normal’”, Elle says, “These last two weeks I was really sick, so I can’t push.”

Suffering chronic anxiety throughout her twenties, and at the prime of her career, Elle had missed the warning signs that her health was in decline.

Suffering chronic anxiety throughout her twenties, and at the prime of her career, Elle had missed the warning signs that her health was in decline, “with it reaching a crescendo that was almost like I was being tickled with a leaf and then all of sudden the tree fell,” she recalls.

In the May of 2016, having only just informed her family of her Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia (C.M.L.) diagnosis, Elle chose not to share the news of her pregnancy to give her time to research the prognosis of her baby and his chance of survival. What followed was a whirlwind few weeks consulting specialists and attempting, with no luck, to find similar cases around the world with a diagnosis so early in pregnancy.

Elle explains, “With C.M.L. there is a translocation of two chromosomes. Chromosome nine and twenty-two have broken off and switched, resulting in the production of cancer cells that can lie dormant.”

While this decision did not take long to make, Elle still feels guilt-ridden with the idea she even contemplated termination.

Elle’s passion and interest in fashion was a saviour of sorts throughout her harrowing health journey. At her first biopsy at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Elle cinched her gown to add some shape. “Fashion in its most simple terms is a way to express yourself, wearing things to make you happy,” Elle says, deciding if she was going to take on cancer, she wasn’t going to do it looking “like a dag”.

Elle’s family were a great support throughout the pregnancy with her mum particularly “stoic”. Elle later realised this was a façade for her benefit, as her mother really “wasn’t coping well with my health tragedy,” she reflects.

Healthy and beautiful, bouncing baby boy Tor was born on December 17, 2016, four weeks premature. Elle’s good health five weeks postpartum was another blessing, enabling her to delay treatment to breastfeed Tor and pump sufficient milk supplies for nourishment in his early days.

Elle says, “I pumped like a dairy cow to store milk for Tor. I completely filled up the freezer on a mission. It was exhausting but really wonderful giving him that nourishment.”

“Psychologically, this time was wonderful, allowing me to experience motherhood before having to deal with commencing the treatment.”

When he is old enough, Elle plans to tell Tor about their triumphant journey to, “normalise the illness and so that he knows having cancer is not a death sentence.

“I am living proof there are some amazing developments in cancer research,” she says.

Not certain of what her future health journey holds Elle says, “Telling Tor will probably be a good thing because if something happens, it is a good way to prepare him.”

As she continues to battle her incurable illness, Elle has struggled at times with a dissonance between the superficiality of fashion and this raw and life-threatening experience.

Elle reflects, “There is so much more to life than fashion.”

“Psychologically, this time was wonderful, allowing me to experience motherhood before having to deal with commencing the treatment.”

As a means of processing and coping with this unimaginable predicament, a friend suggested Elle document her unique journey. Her journal and letters to her unborn baby scaffold her recently released book, A Mother’s Choice, which documents her journey to save her unborn child developing in her “sick body”.

Writing the book provided Elle and her loved ones with a difficult yet cathartic opportunity to work through their experiences and “offload their emotions”.

Elle still battles with the side effects of her treatment which, “aren’t fun but manageable”.

She is trying to empower herself by providing her family with the, “best shot at a healthy life” by focussing on self-care.

“Conventional medicine is so cut and dry. I want to give myself the knowledge to take my health destiny into my own hands. I really don’t think there is a one-size-fits-all for how bodies work,” reflects Elle who has just graduated as a Health Coach and is currently studying an Advanced Diploma of Naturopathy.

Elle’s health regime includes a good diet, meditation, baths, massages, steams, acupuncture and yoga to battle fatigue, low immunity, skin rashes and, when her phosphorous is low, “wacky blood”.

“Conventional medicine is so cut and dry. I want to give myself the knowledge to take my health destiny into my own hands. I really don’t think there is a one-size-fits-all for how bodies work.”

While Elle feels she may have “outgrown fashion”, she has recently developed a “renewed interest and excitement” in the industry, focussing instead on ethical brands which are making a real difference in the world. Those with transparent supply chains and “celebrating themes that really benefit the world,” she says.

Elle truly is a remarkable and inspirational woman, her tenacity and strength is unwavering. She selflessly chooses life, enduring the ups and downs of her incurable illness and the side effects of her life sustaining treatment, to live her life to the fullest for Tor and her family.

 

Online dating is a contemporary hook-up option for singles, which many now consider as an alternative to traditional methods, and perhaps a new fandangle approach they have yet to try.

There is literally a whole entire universe that comprises single status people (national industry reports suggesting 4.5 million annually) covertly co-existing beneath the radars of those not looking for love, and it seems to be thriving.

The year 1995 marked the official launch of the World Wide Web, followed shortly after by the registration of familiar dating sites such as eHarmony and RSVP. Social media and mobile phone technology evolved dating site capabilities further. Now there are even sites that match daters to the best dating site.

With over 680,000 single mothers with dependents in Australia, the online dating service industry is a lucrative business.

Choice offers useful, comprehensive and current comparative data on popular sites and their suitability against criteria of personal demographic, cost and privacy.

They also provide advice on how to stay physically safe and financially protect against scammers preying on lonely hearts.

Dating and romance scams account for over 30 per cent of total financial losses reported to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (A.C.C.C.) as arising from scams activity.

The A.C.C.C. reports less than two per cent of online dating sites provided specific information about the costs of their service before becoming a member. They are also aware of instances of online operators that have created and operated their own profiles.

Following a voluntary 18 year dating hiatus to focus on raising her two daughters, 44 year old single mother, Angela, was ready to find her Prince CharmingChar.

Meeting in a public place for first dates felt awkward, surreal and unnatural, “like the world had gone backwards,” Angela says.

“My first date was with a guy that shall be known as the green Kermit. Initially there were a lot of texts followed by a bar, a dinner, and then on the third date a ‘come home with me’ and demands of sex. Let it be known, it is quite the online expectation by the third date!

“Kermit immediately ceased contact following my refusal and, although this bruised my ego, I realised I had dodged bullet. Then much wiser, I asked for complete honesty at the onset, with “Red wine over White Linen Shirt Man” kindly complying by saying he didn’t feel anything after our first date.”

Angela recognises that her online dating journey pulled her out of her comfort zone to overcome her social anxieties.

However, she has grown tired of excusing the poor behaviour of those preying on her emotional vulnerabilities.

Regardless of her negative experiences, Angela acknowledges, “There are definitely people having positive experiences, and those with already active social lives investing in this alternative phenomenon with a different lens.”

“It can be a tool for people to connect, if they feel isolated or alone and provide opportunities for human connection they may otherwise not have had,” says Angela wisely.

“Your experience really will depend on what you are looking for,” explains recently separated 44 year old mother of three, Rebecca.

Rebecca, married at 18, is far more interested in finding herself than a companion, and so “plays” the Tinder game with her new-found freedom and the energy her recent single status has afforded.

“There was no instruction manual to start online dating, but you soon learn,” says Rebecca who spends about an hour a day flicking through profiles.

“When you are my age, where do you go to meet a decent guy? Yachting? Golf? Only the youngies go to the pub and they always hunt in packs,”

Rebecca muses.

Rebecca’s first experience was with Frenchy who, after eight weeks, still comes over Mondays during his lunch break in an Uber.

He coached Rebecca, telling her of a few items to prepare for his arrival and not to worry about the “small talk”.

“I have needed to learn a new language. The guys all talk in acronyms and sometimes I need to guess what they mean!” excites Rebecca.

Rebecca has also trialled the geo-mapping option offered by Tinder, her online dating service of choice. This option notifies her if someone who is also registered with Tinder is in close proximity to her.

“Online dating is liberating because if someone doesn’t fit my schedule I move on.

“It’s good for me now because I am busy with other things and don’t have time for a relationship,” reflects Rebecca, who is enjoying a whole new world with new experiences.

Rebecca elects not to pay for any additional services or match making data to improve her hook-up outcomes. Without spending a cent, all she need do is “swipe right” if she “likes”.

Fifty-something–year-old Samantha is disgusted by one of her closest friends, who also uses Tinder and other sites to meet men.

“I don’t want any part of it and have told her to stop sending me photos of her Tinder date’s genitals, alongside face shots. That’s just ugly,” she says.

“I feel quite offended and even prudish (which I never thought I would say), violated by some of the things she has shown me.”

Online dating does benefit everyone overall, according to Relationships Australia’s recent research, especially those who are lonely or isolated.

Online dating is the second most preferred way to meet a new partner. The single status online universe has lost its stigma and is out in the open. While true love may not necessarily prevail, online hook-ups are happening all the time, everywhere you look, even if don’t want to see.

Spiritual healing practitioners, Yvette Clarke and Brenda Pitout, formed a unique alliance more than six years ago, successfully combining their individual abilities and together healing hundreds of clients who could not be helped by modern medicine – proving two heads and hearts are better than one and sometimes we’ve got to go deeper to achieve real change.

Sceptical but desperate clients with diverse conditions including addiction, trauma, anxiety, depression and eating disorders have come for and received “transformative” healing in the nurturing hands of this remarkable pair.

As a Clairvoyant and Light Worker, Yvette, is able to clearly see, hear and feel her client’s subconscious emotional blockages. Before finding Brenda, she felt powerless to help her clients heal the painful manifestations of these emotional blocks that she was able to discern.

With a, “nothing left to lose attitude”, Hayley, who was feeling depressed, anxious, suffering from insomnia and in deep despair, attended her first session with Yvette following the death of her grandfather.

 

“The first few appointments blew me away, as Yvette has the ability to see into what is going on in your system emotionally and what has or is causing it to happen.”

“She is able to read into and settle your system down with one of her amazing prayers,” explains Hayley.

Kylie first attended a session with Yvette 14 years ago describing it as, “the most unique and mind-blowing experience I have ever had.”

In this and subsequent sessions Kylie explains, “Yvette was spot on tuning into whatever was happening to me (emotionally, mentally, spiritually and physically) and understanding all the micro emotions that make up me, inspiring me with the confidence and skills to create the reality I truly desire.”

Yvette, a self-proclaimed “blunt practitioner”, is often compelled to reveal difficult but necessary information to her clients for healing to take place.

Rather than “leave me to just sit in my heightened emotional state,” Kylie explains, “Yvette would always provide options for further support and assistance.”

Before finding Brenda, however, Yvette often felt powerless to help her clients heal the painful manifestations of their emotional blocks.

In 2011 she found Brenda Pitout, “an astounding BodyTalk practitioner”, who was both capable and willing to use her clients’ notes to continue the healing process she had started.

“Really, it took over a decade to find Brenda, who unlike all others before her, was prepared to work with my findings and not dismiss them due to the restrictions of her healing modality or ego,” Yvette reflects.

Yvette sought Brenda’s help for excruciating endometriosis which was debilitating. After only a few sessions with Brenda, the symptoms dramatically improved. She also sought Brenda’s help to release a lifetime of trauma and anxiety.

“It was after this astounding healing experience, I began referring clients to Brenda to recalibrate, restructure and realise their own healing,” Yvette explains.

Yvette was now satisfied she could truly fulfil her manifesto of providing people with an “emotional channel for the higher good of humanity by shifting them out of their cycle of suffering and abuse.”

Yvette says clients often come to her when they are at their lowest and feel “all else is lost”. To conduct her session she must enter their sacred space (the room of their soul) and she will therefore only do this with permission.

Upon invitation she enters this space by tapping upon her song bowl that resonates with a strong and unwavering pitch that carries with it the anticipation of what a client’s soul room may reveal.

While immersed in the soul room, Yvette is able to pick out what she calls “the carrots from a stew” – the most relevant subconscious messages from which she scribes pages of notes that enlighten to the reason the client’s soul has presented to her on that day.

Brenda then uses these notes as a platform to optimise healing.

BodyTalk uses the body’s own innate wisdom to heal itself. I merely facilitate this process by using neuro muscular bio feedback and intuition to bring change to the governing blueprint through its healing priority,” explains Brenda.

She enters “The Zone (where she) interfaces the left brain’s pragmatic and practical knowledge with the right side’s intuition to bring about shifts of consciousness.”

“Tapping on the brain enables us to focus on reprogramming of formula and tapping on the sternum enables access to the heart and storage of the information,” she continues.

Brenda discovered the BodyTalk healing modality in desperate pursuit to end her own intermittent battle with depression and her daughter’s suffering with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

She believed this cured them both and was her impetus to train in the modality – “something anyone can learn”. She is now dedicated to the ‘ongoing study of humanity at the “University of Life”’.

The healing duo have given hope, health and happiness to hundreds of clients with a broad spectrum of ails, healing where modern medicine had failed.

“It’s ‘Out There’, but it works,” excites Doctor Matty Moore, MD FAAFP FACRRM EM Cert, who, once sceptical, last year sought immediate resolution of issues that counselling and therapy could not provide. Unfamiliar to his Western Medical training, he tried to remain open and allowed Yvette to “identify” blockages and Brenda to “rewire” his subconscious.

“My repair was immediate, dynamic, and life-changing, for which I am enormously grateful,” says Dr Moore.

The practitioners describe distance and time as “mere concepts”, so when Yvette referred Hong Kong residents, Sean and Evania, who had “tried everything and had nothing to lose”, their sessions, unlike any other therapies previously tried, provided “immediate and life changing results”.

“Whilst cliché, Yvette and Brenda have made a huge improvement to both of our lives which we never thought possible and we would highly recommend both of them,” says Evania and Sean.

A curious Perth Psychologist, recently experiencing relationship issues, gushes about an “astonishing first session with Brenda resulting in profound shifts in thinking and feeling.”

“The combination of a skilled and warm therapist delivering a kick-arse modality was a winning formula for me,” she says.

A major depressive disorder, severe anxiety and an eating disorder had “steadily consumed”, dubious but desperate scientist, Lauren, for many years who was “sold” after her first session with Brenda.

“An expert practitioner, she navigates the blueprint of your body and mind with the precision of a skilled surgeon to find, and hand you, the key to self-love, acceptance and your full potential,” she says. “She achieved for me what an army of GPs, psychologists, psychiatrists and medication were not able to. She saved my life. It’s as simple as that.”

“An expert practitioner, she navigates the blueprint of your body and mind with the precision of a skilled surgeon to find, and hand you, the key to self-love, acceptance and your full potential.”

Seven years ago a desperate young female on the residential rehabilitation wait-list for addiction to crystal meth-amphetamine, conquered a lifetime of addiction and eating disorders with Brenda, later herself qualifying as a BodyTalk Practitioner and Nutritionist.

While their clients present with varied physical conditions, Brenda identifies consistencies in their underlying emotional causes.

Testament to the success of their relationship, built on mutual admiration and skill collaboration, after six years, Yvette and Brenda continue to join their hearts and heads together to identify then rewire subconscious blockages and optimise healing outcomes for their clients.

For more information contact clairvoyant Yvette Clarke yvetteleahclarke@gmail.com or BodyTalk practitioner Brenda Pitout bodytalkwa@gmail.com

Passionate about providing the absolute best care for her patients, medical doctor, Priscilla Brockman, disillusioned and frustrated with the limitations of traditional medicine, left her career eight years ago to follow her heart and heal with her hands. 

Some things truly defy belief. Time and time again, Dr Brockman habitually dismissed her unusual experiences that were beyond the realm of her scientific understanding and education, as mere coincidence.

In 2000, feeling particularly heavy-hearted, plagued daily with worries of her patient’s ails in the Psychology Ward at Fremantle Hospital, Priscilla stumbled upon a crystal shop during a lunch hour stroll to clear her head. She later defined this moment as the threshold to her future, altering her path to greater fulfilment, yet she notched it up to chance.

There she stood, holding a crystal. Feeling it resonate in the palm of her hand, awakened to its power, Priscilla grew excited at the possibilities of complementing her treatment with this energy, yet she still needed further proof. 

A friend then invited Priscilla to attend a Reiki workshop. Shortly after this training, Priscilla’s mother was diagnosed with advanced bowel cancer requiring urgent surgery. A, then, Reiki novice, Priscilla lovingly treated her mother over ten days until the day of surgery arrived. The baffled surgeon emerged post op, explaining some “discrepancies” between the pre-op colonoscopy report and CT Scan and what he had actually found during surgery.

“The tumour had shrunk considerably. Initially extending beyond three layers of bowel wall and dangerously close to the liver, the tumour had quite significantly shrunk to become a small tumour in the inner lining of her bowel,” Priscilla says.

“We were just so happy and relieved with the outcome, we didn’t tell the surgeon what we had done. Yet, even with such profound results, I was still sceptical!”

Priscilla stumbled upon a crystal shop during a lunch hour stroll to clear her head. She later defined this moment as the threshold to her future.

Not long after, the most validating experience for Priscilla was an impromptu distance healing she performed on a kind stranger’s dog. While walking her puppy in the local park, Priscilla encountered a sullen dog with a bandage on his leg. Priscilla and the stranger exchanged the usual pleasant dialogue all dog owners understand. Priscilla was horrified to learn that the dog’s leg was to be amputated due to the necrotic tissue remaining following a recent operation on a benign tumour.

“Usually I didn’t tell people I performed Reiki for fear of judgement, but I was so horrified about this poor dog’s prospects I asked if I could send some Reiki,” says Priscilla.

With the owner’s blessing, Priscilla sent Reiki to the convalescing canine that night and a few weeks later another coincidental encounter with the kind stranger and his dog was both joyous and remarkable. The dog was completely healed! With his bandage abandoned, Priscilla’s non-human patient was running happily through the park with equal measure of recklessness. He was happily bounding on all fours across the park towards her. The stranger reported that the morning after his chance liaison with Priscilla (and the distant healing) his dog resumed normal function in his leg. A subsequent assessment by the vet confirmed the wonderful news that there was now no need to amputate!

Thus ends a spectacular series of remarkable truths she could no longer ignore.

With surmounting, unequivocal evidence, Priscilla’s confidence in her innate healing abilities began to grow, as too did her quest for knowledge to further her skills which would see her evolve and flourish in this alternate healing approach. Energy healing presented Priscilla with a refreshing limitlessness of possibilities and weightlessness to the worries of traditional medicine. She was relieved and eager to move forward.

Priscilla sent Reiki to the convalescing canine that night …The dog was completely healed! …A subsequent assessment by the vet confirmed the wonderful news that there was now no need to amputate!

She started to experiment and “see what I could really do around the place,” she says, “I started to feel that I could do more with energy work than I could do with medicine. “

Priscilla had always suspected her abilities existed throughout her childhood, yet had never completely accepted or pursued them. She began to vigorously learn all that she could from the very best about crystals and healing, revealing and developing her skills as a gift she now felt could no longer be denied her patients.

So, in 2008, Priscilla took a courageous leap into an unknown future, leaving the medical profession behind to become a Healer. “It was definitely difficult initially because there were many unforeseeable and unexpected obstacles and issues,” says Priscilla. “People automatically have a respect for the medical profession and this certainly doesn’t exist in the case of Reiki. I have learnt to accept this and really believe in myself, develop confidence and be okay if people think it’s crazy!”

Operating her own business from home, Healing Divine, for the last eight years, Priscilla has honed her healing skills, offering patients Reiki as well as crystal therapy. “Reiki that is taught today, and hence the way I was taught, has literally been passed down in a direct line of succession training,” says Priscilla, “In this way, Reiki is preserved and protected by the Reiki Masters, being the only people permitted to teach. I was trained by an Australian lady, Barbara McGregor, who teaches both in Australia and abroad.”

Today, Priscilla particularly delights in treating children, who she describes are the most responsive to the healing powers of Reiki energy, with the most rewarding results. Priscilla describes herself as a spiritually aware child. Growing up on a sheep farm in Muradup (near Katanning) in the South West of Western Australia, she reflects on loving animals, rescuing abandoned lambs, seeing fairies, talking to trees, praying a lot and connecting with nature. It is this very “openness” which all children demonstrate, that Priscilla believes is the reason why they are so responsive to Reiki. “I really love treating children as they are so open and receive energy so beautifully,” she says. “A child will only require one treatment compared with adults, who require three of four sessions to achieve the same healing results…Children see the magic and enjoy the process. I see their guides and receive different messages from them, which the children can then learn to experience too.”

She says that children “see the colours of the energy and feel the warm, tingling sensation, enabling them to identify where energy is shifting in their body. They are so open to that. They all say how much they love it and want to return because it is such a love-filled experience bringing with it an unlimited supply of energy.”

Priscilla fondly recalls a young girl who recently came to her for treatment. According to her concerned parents, she was filled with anger, extremely anxious and displaying extreme behavioural problems such as social withdrawal with inexplicably sudden outbursts of anger.

Priscilla cleared “a lot of negative energy” while the girl slept through her first treatment. The girl awoke happy and relieved, proclaiming, “All of the pain in my heart is gone now.”

The girl’s family reported “a complete turn-around” in their daughter’s behaviour. Returning about six months later, Priscilla again treated the young girl for a “hurting heart” with repeated success. Priscilla explains that “the inability to release stress can take its toll. We need to find a way to release it, not suppress it.”

There are many different techniques, including some displayed by our animal friends, which Priscilla advocates alleviate stress. She offers classes on how people can protect themselves from negative energy.

“You will notice that when a dog is over-excited or frightened they give a shake. This is actually immediately clearing negative energy.” She says, “Literally, ‘shaking it off’ really works! Use your breath and intention as you release and sweep negative energy away to the universe where it can be turned into light and love and not be collected by anyone else.”

Priscilla laughs about her mother’s initial struggles with this technique. “It’s quite hilarious.  She would wave it onto me. I would tell her to send it elsewhere!” Priscilla says.

While Priscilla has realised her ambition to pursue a life of healing outside of the Medical faculty, she continues to expand her knowledge and develop her specialised skills. This learning journey has also been self-serving.  She has discovered new ways to nurture her own emotional and spiritual needs by clearing negative energy and letting things go more easily. Learning how to protect and heal her own heart and health is a gift not only to herself but to the lucky others who she treats every day with her hands.

“Children see the magic and enjoy the process. I see their guides and receive different messages from them, which the children can then learn to experience too.”

An ordinary woman shares her extraordinary spiritual journey, recounting Spiritually Transformative Experiences in her new book, Where the Light Lives. With the launch of a blog and home-based business this year she hopes to connect with, help and inspire spirituality in others.

It’s 1990 and a terrified 16-year-old Perth school girl, Linda Cull, sits breathless with fear on the floor, overwhelmed by her first spontaneous spiritual experience.

Only moments before, Linda was happily sketching, immersed in thought, when she began to hear a voice wistfully calling her name. Initially dismissing  the voice as her mother’s or neighbour’s, Linda slowly came to the frightening realisation that the voice was emanating from directly beside her – an invisible spiritual energy was gently calling her name beckoning her to notice.

Frightened and alone as she was, Linda says this experience was a “blessing”, signifying the beginning of the remarkable and life changing personal spiritual journey which ensued.

From this point onwards, Linda’s life exploded with what she describes as overwhelming, spontaneous, spiritual phenomenon including, “many encounters with The Light, Angels and religious figures like the Blessed Mother, as well as multiple out-of-body-experiences (OBEs), after-death-communications and past-life-recollections,” she says.

At 21 Linda had what she describes as a Light Encounter that was, “the most exceptional spiritual experience of my life. I encountered the Divine Light and entered a heavenly state where I experienced the reality of all things”.

In the following year Linda explains she had an epic OBE when she encountered a “spirit guide” who guided her through a Life Review and then a Life Preview, “and gave her the choice to either stay in the spiritual realm or return to physical life”.

Beautiful and profound, Linda says that these experiences brought with them a new life purpose and spiritual direction. She believes they resulted in the spontaneous healing of her life and recovery from the depression which had plagued her teenage years as she struggled with a poor body image due to scoliosis (a curvature of the spine), which was becoming increasingly exaggerated as she grew taller to fill her adult 6ft 2in frame. 

Linda had also endured transgenerational grief throughout her childhood. Her father, as a boy during the Second World War, had witnessed the executions of his father and brother. This trauma permeated the mood in Linda’s home every day.

With every OBE (of which Linda recalls over 30) her perception of reality expanded, and her world view would never be the same again.

“She struggled with a poor body image due to scoliosis, which was becoming increasingly exaggerated as she grew taller to fill her adult 6ft 2in frame”.

Defying popular belief that such experiences are reserved only to those near death (Near Death Experiences/ NDEs), Linda’s experiences, spanning the last 20 years, have sparked the interest of researchers across the globe.

Raised Catholic, Linda felt her new spiritual realities could no longer be explained by The Church and hence painting became her refuge. It was also to become a “spiritual communication line”. In her twenties, while cradled in the comforts of the artistic process, surrendering thought, and feeling truly fulfilled, Linda’s first of many Intuitive Artistic experiences were evoked. 

Linda defines Intuitive Art as an automated artistic process and an example of a phenomenon known as Spontaneous Inspired Creativity. As the artist, Linda relinquishes her own will, granting authority to her “highest spiritual aspect” that directs her without conscious plan or vision. Without effort, subconscious interpretations of spiritual themes are transferred onto her canvas.

“Painting in this manner is very different to the deliberate process of the painting I did as a teenager,” she says.

Linda refers to an inner energy guiding her hand, sometimes illuminating a path for her paintbrush to follow across the canvas, like numbers on a dot-to-dot, arousing the same thrill of a child, who is slowly revealed to the hidden image after much anticipation and invested commitment to the task.

Now a mother to two boys aged ten and six, when possible, Linda creates opportunities for spiritual lessons, learning and growth for them, as she would do with any other life skill. 

While Linda’s boys have not yet had spiritual experiences of their own, Linda provides other caregivers with strategies that could help their children cope with the confusion, loneliness and fear spiritual awakenings can invoke.

“A Spiritual Experience, like an OBE or spirit encounter, can be confusing and scary for kids, so it’s best to listen attentively, ask questions, assure their safety and validate their experiences as real and natural, even commonplace.”

“I’d encourage them to draw or write about their experience to manage and share their feelings.”

Linda refers to an innate spiritualty which is very strong in children and can be developed regardless of their propensity to display such abilities, and she advocates the practice of mindfulness as a way of nurturing this. 

“Encourage children to immerse themselves in nature, notice how they are feeling and what their physical senses, such as hearing and vision, are experiencing.” 

“Paying attention to small things and subtle signs can be learnt, and does become easier with practice. It’s one of the ways the spiritual world communicates with us.”

Children’s natural curiosity can lead to many spontaneous discussions about life, love and death. Linda explains, “We can provide many opportunities to introduce notions of spirit, soul, connectedness and compassion to them.”

Children observe, learn and model their behaviours on those of their parents or caregivers and therefore Linda believes that to provide the best spiritual foundations in our children, parents must nurture and grow their own, by living “authentically” – attending to their innate gifts for “their own sake and in the service of others”.

Throughout motherhood, writing has provided Linda with an alternative spiritual outlet to her Intuitive Art, explaining that it is more easily assimilated with everyday family life and around the hectic pace of motherhood. She feels more able to “snatch time” between parenting commitments. Linda enjoys the writing process, likening it to painting with “its layers and rhythm”.

When Linda considered her options about returning to the workforce she changed her thinking about the business of spirituality, realising that in order to do what she loved every day she needed to earn a living from it. Once the bohemian, gifting her paintings to friends, Linda now writes for both business and pleasure.

An Anglican priest, Father Barry May of Embleton (deceased), interested in near-death-experiences and out-of-body-experiences, encouraged Linda to write a book about her own spiritual experiences saying, “It would give hope to many”.   

So with her family’s support, Linda worked day and night for the last five years writing and self-publishing her first book, Where the Light Lives, released in February this year, about her spiritually-transformative experiences.

Previously working in Politics, Linda says that spirituality feels like her “Life Calling”. While the career change has presented some challenges including learning new technologies and adjusting to working alone, Linda feels the decision has been unquestionably the most fulfilling.

Linda aims to reach out to those needing help to assimilate spiritual experiences into their lives as well as to connect with people interested in developing their personal spiritualty. In doing so, Linda is living with authenticity and thus realising her own spiritual growth. She dedicates about 50 hours per week to promoting her blog, Spirit my way, to other spiritually-minded people as well as developing inspiring new products to sell online. 

Last year Linda focussed heavily on establishing her website and preparing her book for market which involved editing the manuscript as well as managing the design, publication and distribution of her book. This year, her focus has shifted to marketing her book as well as writing weekly blog posts and growing an audience.

She is learning and persevering to fulfil her dreams. Linda walks her own talk, practicing “mindfulness” every day. While some days are challenging, she is enjoying the flexibility of working from home and found a harmonious balance between work and play.

Today, Linda stands tall in both stature and presence – elegant, happy, strong and fulfilled, living by her own words. By “living authentically” and doing what makes her happy every day, she towers above all of life’s challenges with a graceful poise and contentedness she once thought beyond her grasp. 

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Linda’s path is destined for fulfilment. Grateful for her opportunities, she aims to continue to grow her business by continuing to be true to herself and advocating:

“We have all chosen to be here and we are spiritually perfect, and gifted, whether we recognise it or not. There is nothing we need to be or do to be loved by Spirit. We are infinite beings of light here for the purpose of growing from our experiences. As difficult as this life can sometimes be, there is a long queue of souls awaiting their chance for this physical experience. It’s a privilege to be here, and to love in form!”

Regardless of one’s own spiritual beliefs, the breathtaking imagery of Linda’s spiritual accounts convey the importance to love ourselves and all others in this lifetime.  Life truly is a precious gift to be nurtured, respected, cherished and above all else be grateful for.

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