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7a. Lemurian Adventure

What is Lemuria? Lemuria is where I go when I dream with my eyes open. It is the landscape of my soul, a place of mythical proportions, always vaster than my wildest imaginings. It is where I go when I need to touch my deepest and most authentic being. It is the only place I know where I can go and just be me.
Soul Sister

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“Life is adventuring, beyond the far horizon’ was the school song I sang in the 1960’s at Maffra High School in Gippsland, Victoria, Australia. Little did I know, as I sang this school anthem, each week at assemblies, that the words were to become a personal anthem, that they would be indelibly imprinted on the landscape that is my soul. Life has been adventuring, but no more so than since I laced up my cyber boots and trekked Lemurian soil, exploring unchartered lands and paving a way for others to follow.

Lemuria is a fantasy realm which you enter through a magic portal not unlike that which took Alice in to Wonderland or the children in to Narnia. Roman emperor, Marcus Aurelius pointed out that while people seek retreats for themselves in the countryside, by the seashore, in the hills it is quite possible “to retreat into yourself at any hour you please; for nowhere can one retreat into greater calm and freedom from care than within one’s soul”.

During 2006 a group of travellers accepted le Enchanteur’s invitation to retreat into the calm and freedom from care within their own souls. They bravely joined in the Cave of the Enchantress and set out on a grand tour of Lemuria, the interior castle of her own soul.

What goes on now in blogs with mythical names like the Lemurian Abbey, Riversleigh Manor, The City of Ladies, the Hermitage, The Murmuring Woods, the Calabar and the Gypsy Camp? This is your opportunity to peep through the keyhole and participate at whatever level you feel comfortable with. You will have the chance to undertake the Grand Tour of Lemuria.

Unlike the Grand Tour of Europe, which followed prescribed routes and was predictable, a tour of Lemuria is far from predictable. Residents of Lemuria have come to appreciate that while le Enchanteur presides over the realm ANYTHING is possible and that their lives will be regularly turned upside down.

If you have purchased this Catalogue of Creativity, chances are you are all fired up and ready to go. How brave are you? Are you ready to drop everything, pack and run away to this world. It is a bit like running away to sea or joining a circus. Whatever! All your wishes can come true in Lemuria.

Packing To Go

Daydreaming is the spontaneously recalling or imagining of personal or vicarious experiences in the past or future. What some of us may overlook is that, by this definition, worry is another manifestation of daydreaming. Daydreaming can improve efficiency by enabling us to exploit free processing time learning from past experiences and prepare for future tasks. However, if our daydreams throw up scenes of catastrophe it can equally grind us to a halt or freeze us. Positive daydreaming improves creativity by generating fanciful scenarios and facilitating the discovery of analogies among seemingly unrelated tasks. But obviously, if these fanciful scenarios involve a catastrophe it can be terrifying. Positive daydreaming helps us regulate emotions but negative daydreaming can intensify feelings of fear or jealousy. Either way our daydreaming provides wonderful fodder for our writing.

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I have my trusty green suitcase, I was going to take the large one, but I figure space is at a premium, so I have opted for the smaller.In it I have packed my regular journal and pens, as well as a journal specially for this trip. I have the clothes that I am wearing as wellas solid walking boots to explore my surrounds. My Ugg Boots for cold nights, and my favourite knitted scarf and beanie. That reminds me I must take my current project – my knitted bag. I think that will do – that leaves plenty of space for treasures that I collect during the trip.There also has to be room for a few books, one of which has to be Marina Warner’s From the Beast to the Blonde. You see when Heather sent the first email to pack our bags, I did a search for the Grotto della Sibilla and one of the sites was talking about Warner’sbook. So I hunted down my copy and then Heather sends another email recommending it.I am ready to go, let the enchantment begin.

Megan Warren

Good morning Heather and Fellow Travelers. My suitcase is a small red and black tartan in stretchy canvas with buttoned and zipped pockets inside and out. It is waterproof, of course and will float if the occasion warrants. I suspect I shall pack cold chicken as well as, “cold tongue, cold ham, cold beef, pickled gherkins, salad, french roll, cress sandwiches, potted meat, ginger beer, lemonade, sodawater — – “I have seed and a bag of peanuts for the local birds and squirrels. And chocolate. A notebook and a few pens. I’d best tuck my memory into one of the pockets now before I forget or mislay it.I think I’m ready. I haven’t packed my inhibitions, worries, fears or misgivings. I’ve left my lack of confidence behind in the hall closet. The TV, radio and computer are turned off. There’s a smiley note on the fridge saying I’ve gone and can’t be followed. Done. Wait for me guys, I’m comin’!
Barbara Banta

What an adventure this will be! Twenty-one days to places unknown. First, I will bring my camera. I’ll want to capture every sunrise and sunset over distant lands, every flower and animal, every city and building, and, especially, every face — of those I meet and my fellow traveling companions. These images will feed me the rest of my days.

 

What I can’t capture in images, I’ll capture in words. I’ll pack a small, leather-bound journal and a few pens of different colors to record mental pictures, thoughts, and discoveries I make along the way.

 

With these two items packed, I have the most important items I’ll need. I’ll pack a few clothes — something warm, something cool — and a blanket to cover me at night. I’ll hope that water will always be nearby so that I can wash clothes at any time.

 

One more item I will not pack, but will carry with me, and that’s my sturdy walking stick. I’ll pluck a new one from the forest behind my home. I’ll pack a small knife to carve images to represent my adventures and/or tally marks to mark the days.
Ashley Shea

Your Passport

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This Catalogue is, quite simply, a passport to Lemuria. All you need to do is contact Heather Blakey, creator of the Soul Food Cafe, by emailing her at heatherblakey at fastmail dot fm. Provide an expression of interest, proof of ownership of this Catalogue, (simply quote the serial number of your copy), and tell her that you are a member of WordPress (it’s free to join) and she will sign you in to the online Creativity Catalogue and any other Lemurian weblogs you wish to contribute to. Of course, you may not want to do any of this, and that is fine too. You can use this Catalogue as a private workbook and never tell another soul what you are doing in your free time.

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