It was the news that everything wanted and had prayed for and that we eventually woke up to on Wednesday 3rd November. Four year old Cleo had been found, alive and well, after 18 days of being missing in West Australia.
It was a post by fellow blogger Ann from Muddling through my Middle Age called Lost and Found, that inspired me to write this post. In hers Ann describes losing and then mysteriously finding her wedding ring, when she’d thought all was lost. Here’s what I wrote in my response to her:
“Beautifully said Ann. And I’m so glad you found your wedding ring. I must admit that the first thing I thought of as I read your post was the news that police had finally found little Cleo Smith, more than two weeks after she’d been abducted here in West Australia. I’m not sure if you’d heard of her case … Was it a miracle or sheer persistence that enabled her to be found. We may never know but I’m forever grateful and I’m sure her family are too and it’s proof that when we do things together miracles happen. 🙏”
And indeed miracles DO happen. However what I’ve realised is that these outcomes involve hard work, determination, an unwavering willingness to sift through all the evidence and meticulously scouring every bit of the story. What I believe too is that there’s another factor at play, the sheer unity consciousness of every single person who held the same desire and hope. Her story was shared around Australia and I have no doubt that millions collectively prayed for an outcome where she was safely found. And she was.
The power of community spirit
So yes, miracles happen. But we need awareness too. We need to know and see the darkness first. How many children go missing throughout Australia and the world every year and sadly are never found? Most are never given the widespread media coverage that little Cleo received. Many just disappear mysteriously. I honestly believe that when there’s awareness and the collective consciousness combines with the same focus and intent, that’s when things manifest. That’s when changes occur and positive results are possible.
And so it is with our world. It’s become so very dark and uncertain with this slow but insidious coercion by government leaders, the division and fear that’s been perpetrated and the physiological mind games that’s kept us in the dark and pondering what freedom really is. Now slowly the veils are being lifted, truths are coming to light and we’re seeing the start of massive crumbling of systems as well as a change in the way of life as we knew it.
It’s not been an easy process watching all that’s unfolded over the past eighteen months. We’re living in evolving times and life can’t go back to how it was. Do we really want it to?
If the past eighteen months has taught us anything it’s that our priorities have shifted. It’s brought to light what’s important in our life, it’s taught us to value the simple things, each other, how important unity and community is, how kindness can create a ripple effect that can bring about miracles.
It’s taught us that love conquers fear.
Fellow blogger and psychology professor Dr Andrea Dinardo describes it so well in her article on The Drive Magazine. She says;
“Small Gestures Energize
This year I am reminded how small gestures energize big time. Be it a high five. A wide smile. A kind word …. . Because beginnings have their own ticker parades. And endings take care of themselves.
It’s in the middle of a challenge where we need positive energy the most.”
We recently visited the Stockgully Caves on the Coral Coast, not far from Jurien Bay and Milligan Island where we camped for a few days. It was a cool, silent, awe inducing walk for 300 metres, deep into the ancient limestone cave. There we turned off our torch and were plunged into absolute darkness to experience the full effect. It was incredible but I have to admit that I was slightly unnerved.
But, as I wrote on my Insta reel recently, “ We have to face the darkness in order to move beyond the shadow. Hold the light. It’s time to be brave and it’s time to shine bright”.
With our torch we walked through the cave and came out the other end, into the light. .
Our four month journey around Australia has evolved into much more than simply a road trip. There have been detours, distractions, signs, synchronicities, opportunities and people we’ve met that have changed its course. We’re currently living in the coastal town of Kalbarri, which is still recovering from the cyclone earlier this year. We’re working at a caravan park on weekends, with five days free to travel locally. It’s like a reversal of the way we’ve been conditioned to live. It’s early days and a temporary situation but for now it feels right.
Suffice to say this trip has made both me and the hubby take stock of everything that’s important, it’s brought us back to basics and allowed us to live life even more fully in the moment.
It’s something we can all do, wherever we are. So, here’s a question, are you living the life you want? Or are you living in fear? Because life is way too short to waste being afraid. The energy we expend is better used to imagine a world we want to create. So long as you harm no one and live in your integrity and morals, all of us are free to live any way we wish. Your choice is your freedom. So be free to love, to dream, to play, to give and to live fully.
May we never lose hope and always know that no matter how dark it gets the light, one way or another, always wins. Good conquers and God wins. But we need to keep our eyes and our heart wide open to allow the light to come through the cracks.
Keep shining your light. Connect and Shine. Shine and connect Together we’re powerful.