Here’s what nature is trying to tell you!

True freedom

I was lucky enough to grow up in the Dandenong ranges in Melbourne. We have some beautiful rainforests up here and it is truly my place solitude when I need to escape the craziness of day to day life.

I was drawn to go to William Ricketts Sanctuary the other day, and I haven’t been there since I was a kid when I was about 10 years old. I do remember it being a peaceful place with lots of Aboriginal carvings at the time. Now I’m 38 and I can also see what a truly magical and spiritual place it is.

William Ricketts was an Australian artist born in 1898, who spent a lot of time with the Aboriginal people of Australia, and he also spent time in India studying their philosophy of spirituality. He created his sanctuary as a place of quiet reflection and a space to replenish the spirit.
There were lots of messages around the essence of rebirth, creation from a place of love, oneness with all things and belonging to the land.

“I return to the point of origin in my self. In the Alchera”
(Alchera meaning dreamtime)

Sometimes in our busy lives we forget about the important messages that nature brings and it only be found in moments of peace and stillness. They are simple truths that often go unnoticed during daily activities. I feel that some of these truths are-

  • We all need to express ourselves. We are in this world to create. We all have a burning desire to get something out of ourselves and put it into this world. I don’t think we sense that feeling of freedom until we have expressed ourselves fully. If something needs to be said, say it! If something needs to be done, do it.
  • We are all connected. If you need something, there’s a good chance that someone you know has the connections to one or all of the resources that you need. Everything we need is already here, you just need to ask or take some sort of action to get it!
  • What you give you receive. Give love, kindness and happiness and the world will mirror that back to you. Simple.
  • We all deserve to feel love, valued and respected. We need to feel like we belong. If you notice that someone is feeling left out or isolated, connect with them, make them feel welcome. Surprisingly, this increases your feeling of belonging too.
  • We all need peace, stillness and solitude. We all need a breather every now and then. We can’t keep going 100 miles an hour without getting burnt out. We need to stop, rest and tune within to connect with ourselves and not let the world bring us down.

Nature’s principles are always very simple. If you are stressed and feeling confused or frustrated, then you probably need some time in nature to return to a simple state of mind with simple, yet effective solutions.

William Ricketts sanctuary is located at
1402 Mt Dandenong Rd Tourist Rd, Mount Dandenong VIC AUSTRALIA


Janine xo

Meaning spirit of place. Having a feeling of belonging to the land that you are from.

One Comment on “Here’s what nature is trying to tell you!

  1. Nature is so welcoming and nurturing. I’ve been to the Dandenongs on the train a few times and have enjoyed it immensely, there’s something about it? Wonderful artwork as well.

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