February 2012

HOW TO CHANGE THE WORLD YOUR WAY

by Leonie Dawson on February 22, 2012

Hola gorgeous soul,

I am writing this sitting in my friend’s cafe, at the table adorned with brightly coloured glass tiled mosaic starfish. I helped her paint the legs bright umber one sunny afternoon.

Across from me, sitting at another sweet little table, is my Year 7 teacher Mrs Petersen.

She is retired now. 20 years on, she still looks exactly the same. Short brown hair. Stern but fair.

I am remembering a conversation she had with my mum one day as I stood beside them.

She wasn’t always filled with effusive, glittering words of praise, and yet she said:

“Leonie will go far one day. Maybe even be Prime Minister of Australia.”

And my mum laughed and said:

“I know. But let’s hope she’ll be better even than a politician.”

And their laughter tinkled together over my hair, onto the wooden floorboards, over the school’s verandah edge, down onto the green tracts of land.

*

For many years, I thought I would become Prime Minister.

Or at very least Mayor of our small home town.

I even used to caution family members against stupidity, when I was younger and obstinate:

“Don’t you do ANYTHING to embarrass me. I don’t want it on my personal record when I run for Mayor!”

I wanted to change the world.

I thought that would be the way to do it.

*

I ended up, somewhat by chance, somewhat by destiny,

working for one of the top executives of one of the largest Australian Government Departments.

I even spent time working for Ministers in Parliament House.

Some were decent, good men. Some were assholes.

I told a joke to the Deputy Prime Minister of Australia.

He was kind and had a craggy face. He was much more handsome in real life than any television shot of him revealed.

*

At 20, working in the executive offices, I met a woman who became a dear friend and mentor.

She reminds me of Mrs Petersen. Same brown hair, stern but fair. Wise and strong.

“I’m going to be Prime Minister of Australia” I tell her.

She studies me up and down.

She is war torn and weary from the effort of changing the world from within the bureaucratic system.

And she says

“Don’t do that Leonie. You are much too good for that. Change the world in a better way.”

*

I was still obstinate.

I studied Political Studies at Australian National University while I worked and become one of the top ranking first year studies in Economics.

I got four promotions in three years.

I was on my way.

*

And then one day, walking my familiar path between my office in plush executive land and my seat in the Economics class, I stopped.

I was in the middle of a park that lived between one of Canberra’s loop roads. No one knew of it except for lovers on secret trysts.

You could look out over Parliament House and the lake from up there.

The pine trees were tall and I was convinced there were faires around.

A big, deep realisation swelled over me, and almost brought me to my knees.

I stopped. I almost cried with longing.

“I’m not meant to be a public servant. I’m not meant to be Prime Minister of Australia. I am an artist. I am a Leonie. That is who I am meant to be. I need to change my life right NOW.”

*

I told my love the same thing that night.

The man who has always believed in me, unwaveringly.

I swapped all my classes at university for art history classes.

And I knew, without a doubt, I would one day make a living making my art, living my life as Leonie.

Changing the world in the way I was meant to.

*

I’ve always been an overachiever. Ambitious. Determined to succeed.

My brain would choose goals, and I would dutifully make them happen.

And yet it wasn’t my soul’s destiny.

*

I played. Experimented. Made art. Studied. Stopped studying.
Kept working. Tried new things. Got frustrated.
Wrote. Blogged. Ran retreats. Ran circles.
Taught tens of people at once.
Laughed as I ran hugging competitions at my work. Took glitter deep into the belly of the public service dragon.
Made mistakes. Grew a business. Got burnt out. Kept learning more business stuff.
Taught hundreds of people at once.
Got pregnant. Had a baby. Convinced my love to quit our jobs and move to tropical paradise.
Supported my family on an idea I had in a dream. Made a goddess business.
Taught thousands of people at once.

*

There is a tremendous power in letting go of old dreams.

Old goals. Old crap. Old stuff that no longer belongs to me.

My mantra?

I let go of who I was in order to be who I am.

*

One day, I will help a million people.

And I won’t do it being Prime Minister of Australia.

I’ll do it being Prime Minister of Leonie.

That’s what I was born to do.

That’s what we were all born to do.

Change the world OUR way.

love,

P.S. My Year 7 teacher still has exactly the same belly laugh as she always have.
We never really change. We just become more of ourselves.

P.P.S. That public service mentor of mine? The one who reminded me of my teacher?
Not long after I left, she took her own leap of faith. She became a teacher.
I know utterly within my heart that that’s HER way of changing the world.

 

 

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Life + Miracles + Rainbow Rocks

by Leonie Dawson on February 20, 2012

Sometimes I think:

your posts need to have a point, Leonie. Make them potent! Profound! Healing!

But then… but then…

there is so much inside me to tell you.

You are all my dear friends, my goddess sisters & my tribe.

How can I NOT tell you?

I’ve been writing my heart out to you

just like this

for the last seven years.

Screw having a point,

I say.

I want you to come over to share a large steaming pot of chai with me.

And nibble on gluten free shortbread, and bright bursting mandarins.

There is so much goodness in this world,

and I want to share it all with you.

And celebrate the fuck out of it too -

for us to hitch up our skirts

& dance with glee

barefoot in the earth.

*

One night
I had a very awake baby
who didn’t want to go to bed.

And instead of fighting it,
and grumbling about it,
I accepted it,
and we made art instead.

We turned a bag of rocks

into a rainbow river.

And we covered ourselves in paint

and then we had a bubble bath

and then she went to sleep.

In the morning

we gathered pens

& we wrote affirmations on the rocks.

I thought about how pre-baby, I would have carefully

scribed the words with gold paint.

But if I did that now, with a babe with very quick hands & ability to smear?

It wouldn’t happen.

So instead, permanent markers

were the very best thing to do.

And then we put them all in her little bike’s carry cart

& we took them to our lil village’s statue of Goddess Persephone,

and we put the rocks in her fountain.

It’s Guerilla Goddess Art!

I imagine these rainbow stones, glinting away,

beckoning those who need some love.

I hope they get pushed into pockets

and dispersed into the world

as little amulets of love from the angels.

(I don’t have a photo yet of goddess + rainbow rocks… but here’s one after I bedecked her in flowers for SPRING!!!)

Also.

Important things to tell.

A goddess asked me if we still have our Angel puppy,
as she doesn’t see her on here on the blog… or on Instagram… or Facebook.
There’s plenty of Charlie the Happy Healer doggy & Ostara light…
but as for Miss Angel?
Nowhere to be seeeeeeeen!

So here’s photographic evidence of our fluffy white fluffykins fluffballs:

There’s a reason she’s barely mentioned.

When I wrote our wanted ad for a new puppppy 3 years ago, I wrote this:

Chris (Papa Bear) is deeply kind-hearted and thoughtful, and will make you feel like a treasured morsel of furry divinity everyday. He will treat you with so much honour, spirit-respect, gentle protection and soulful love that he will make Leonie (Mama Bear)’s womb ache. He will also buy sprinklers for you to play in when you need them, and sleep on the couch to make sure you are comfortable and cool during summer (I’m not kidding). Chris needs a fluffy puppy to cup, hold and warm his ginormous, shining heart. He will love to make you feel loved.

And when you write letters to the universe like that, it will surely deliver.

When I asked for a fluffy puppy to cup, hold and warm his ginormous, shining heart – that’s just what we got.

Angel is a doggy who fell in love at first sight with Chris, and has been his little white shadow ever since. If you’re looking for her in my photos – she’s usually just beneath his legs, wedged next to his lap, or hovering… staring with a besotted lil look on her face.

I can understand. I am under the same Obsessed-With-Chris affliction.

And Mr Charlie? From the moment he laid eyes on me, he claimed me as his own.

And Ostara too.

So at any given moment, you’ll find him in baby-face-lick-status:

or beneath my feet, by my side, making art.

*

I just wanted to say

how art makes me happy

especially when they are dates

with other mamas + babbas

and we all make art together.

Incase you ever wanted to know what kind of palette I use, here is your answer:

My pants.

*

I just wanted to say that it’s been 18 months since we moved home

and everytime we drive through the cane fields

I feel at home.

Even when it sucked to be here.

There’s just something about here.

A magic. A life. An energy.

A home.

*

At least twice a day, this is my view.

Breastfeeding Ostara to sleep.

Tiny (not so) baby toes pressed into my belly and leg.

Also:

incase you are wondering,

happy pants make days…

happier.

Making art with Ostara is one of my favourite parts of being a mama.

(Creating Art with Kids shares more about this.)

And this.

Sweet miracle.

My dear friend Leah Piken Kolidas sent this magical piece of artwork as a gift for our wedding.

It touched my heart so deeply.

Then on the weekend we happened to have a family photoshoot at one of our favourite beaches thanks to our dear friend Trish.

And the photos came back…

and it reminded me of a physical incarnation of her painting.

Wow. Such a blessing.

A miracle come true.

(P.S. Chris makes me swoon. I spend a large amount of time swooning at him in those photos. And mooning about how we’ve made the most beautiful, adorable daughter in the world. Hee!)

*

And I just wanted to say:

Eight months ago

I was yearning.

Deeply, deeply yearning.

I was longing to find my tribe here in Proserpine.

Women friends. Ones who GOT me.

*

And then one day,

they came.

In a great horde, a pack of wild wolf women,

who lifted me up with laughter and generosity and stories.

They inspire me, in so many ways, these women.

They are do-ers. They make their dreams happen.

And they are incredibly kind.

They are a salve to my soul.

Today, in the sunset, we met at a coffee farm by the river.

And as the hours swirled by, I realised my whole body had exhaled,

and I was happy.

Two sweet little fairies… Miss Starry + Miss Savvy

So that’s me.

That’s what’s going on in my world.

I’m sending you love. Rainbows. Goodness. Wherever you are, right now, I want you to know good things come true.

love,

 

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This course is to help you create sacred, clear space and energy around you so you can get on with living your gorgeous, joyful goddess life.

We’ll be empowering you with all the wisdom, tools and techniques you need to make your space feel and look amazing *to you*.

You will receive:

  • projects, a video, worksheets and e-books to help you divinely declutter, magically space clear & inspiredly interior design!
  • a 25 minute original guided meditation MP3 by Goddess Leonie to use over the course to help you deeply tap into the transformational lusciousness of this course. This meditation will help you see the shining light inside you, know what you need in order to share it and help you start bringing it out. You’ll be glowing from the inside out. Kinda like you just followed a firefly, but – you know – in a sacred way.
  • a bonus sacred sound clearing MP3 to use in your space.

 

Here’s just some of the gorgeous things you can expect from this course…

  • Take inventory of the physical and invisible clutter in your home, space and life
  • De-clutter easily and gently – and dare we even say – divinely?
  • Use inspired interior design to create a space that feels radiant and vibrant and inspiring to you
  • Indulge in scrumptious creative projects to create a vision of your Goddess Haven!
  • Use feng shui to create your dreams
  • Clear negative or stuck energies out of your home
  • Learn how to use crystals, herbs, smudging and sound-clearing to make your space shine
  • Create a soulful altar as a place of inspiration, connection and peace
  • Develop and trust your intuition
  • Energise and cleanse your home so it is sparkling, shining and supports you!

To sum it up…

The Creating your Goddess Haven e-course is a complete, easy, guided journey for you to create the home of your biggest dreamsa true haven for the Goddess in you. A home that delights you, inspires you, and helps you live your beautiful Goddess life.

Your Goddess Guides for the journey…

About Goddess Leonie

I’m an artist, writer, photographer & retreat creator. I know a whole lot of gorgeous ways to make your space safer, shinier, more joyful, more creative and more spirited. A haven for a Goddess!

I run womens circles & retreats in the gorgeous alpine mountains of Canberra, Australia. I’ve sold art to every continent and self-published my first book at 22. I have photographed the goddess in women from India to Singapore to the central deserts of Australia, and have had photographs published in magazines internationally. I was interviewed in SARK’s new book “Juicy Pens, Thirsty Paper.”

 

And for this course, we have a special bonus teacher!

Goddess Sonya

I’m a qualified NIA dance teacher and reiki healer. I’m also an intuitive tarot reader, sacred website designer and womens circle leader. I love to integrate spirituality with physical healing through reiki and NIA dance teaching.

I’m also a Taurean earth-mama goddess who loves helping goddesses feel clearer, more comfortable & more nourished by their home and space.

 

I’m so excited to share this journey with you!

 

What people say about this course & other Goddess courses…

“Leonie’s decluttering course isn’t about throwing out stuff, though that is an important component. Through this course, I am learning to take ownership in creating my home. I am learning that I deserve to be surrounded by beauty. I am so grateful to participate in this delicious unfolding.
- Goddess Brandi
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“Leonie is a gifted goddess and illuminated creator. I featured her in my book “Juicy Pens, Thirsty Paper” and happily recommend her and her lilting work.”
- SARK, best-selling author of “Succulent Wild Woman”

“Leonie’s gift in this world is bringing people together with themselves.”
- Goddess Diana M.

“Goddess Leonie lovingly and intuitively holds sacred space for enormous healing work.. much deeper and more powerful than I expected. Her work, if you’re willing to surrender to it, delivers you to the heart of your blocks and empowers you to dissolve them.”
- Goddess Sara soularchitect

“I don’t even know if I can put words to what the experience has been for me – it was life changing! During the space of Leonie’s course I saw my energy shifting and my soul shining. It unlocked a deep sacred knowledge that I found most profound. I reconnected with the true me! Leonie is a Wise Woman. Healer. Guide. Sacred Teacher. All of this and more. I’m so grateful that I got to experience this.”
- Goddess Sonya F.

“Leonie’s courses have been a battery/soul/spirit recharge for me. Its been rejuvenating, loving, relaxing, and enriching. An opportunity to let go of the negatives (pain, self doubt, and criticsim etc). Its been many things but above all it has cleared my head and reconnected me again with nature, with energy and with my inner peace
- Goddess Patricia M.

Freshly Anticipated Questions

How will the course be run?

Every week you will receive all the course materials for the week. You’ll be able to listen to the MP3 meditations, read the ebooks, watch the videos and do the projects at whatever time is delicious for you. You’ll be given access to downloading them to use on your computer and MP3 players. All you will need is a free copy of Adobe Reader, and any kind of MP3 software (iTunes, RealPlayer etc – these usually come with your computer).

My house is a freaking mess. Like – terrible. I don’t even want to think about it. Will this really help?

If you are a little bit ready to change it, we can help you. You will be guided as you clear your space gently and easily, and create habits that will nourish you and your goddess haven. And the magical space-clearing parts will help you clear away any old, stuck energy in your home to help it stay a haven. If you’re ready to sign up for the course, that’s a good sign that you are ready to make your home your goddess haven…

This isn’t a course about being a neat freak with a minimalist house – unless that’s totally what makes your soul happy! This is about finding a way to create and keep a space that lights you up, nourishes you and is your Goddess haven.

My house is already really tidy. I’m a total neat freak. Would I get anything from this course?

The Creating your Goddess Haven e-course is about much more than just making your home clean. It’s about making it a space that sustains, nourishes, supports and inspires you. You’ll learn a whole new toolbelt of techniques to make your home a soulful, supportive place of energy for you. Think: crystal gridding gloriousness, inspired interior design, sacred sound clearing, and deeply intuiting, sensing, cleansing and energising your home? In short… making your home not just neat, but a gorgeous, vibrant, inspiring haven to live in and be nurtured by.

I know someone who would really adore this course. Can I buy the course as a gift to them?

Absolutely, sweet soul. Just buy an enrolment, then email us (support@leoniedawson.com) to let us know who it is for.

 

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I’m so looking forward to connecting with you… and helping you on your journey as you make space for your Goddess to shine!

To a journey of creating our Goddess havens…

I so hope you can join us in circle!

Love,

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