A School for Creativity, Consciousness & Clarity

L E T T E R – No Really, Who

I still remember reading The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand’s pivotal book. I was maybe 21 at the time and it fried my mind. It also paved a very important path for me, being, in all seriousness if you want to do something, who is actually going to stop you. Mostly I have found it’s just ourselves.…
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L E T T E R – A Gift For You Of Our Key Clarity Tool

Today we are going to gift you something special, because trust me, you need it. Everyone, especially at this time of the year, is feeling a little overwhelmed. It’s important to recognise that these pressures of modern living are not always a bad thing. We are very adaptable, creative beings who have created a world for ourselves to thrive…
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WEEKEND EDITION with Amanda Talbot

Amanda is a dear friend of ours, and we have not only worked together, (you might remember Hiro her little tan sausage dog from our Paddington Studio), but travelled and explored together. Amanda is both Arran and my go to for creative inspiration, as she scours the world searching for ideas and how to translate…
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L E T T E R – Our Creative Capacity

Frequently people think ‘creativity = art’ and it’s time for us to broaden our horizons around this. Creativity is at play when we find a new pathway to walk down, whether with our lives or within our neural pathways. It’s when we look deeply into how we live, and question, is there a more dynamic…
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L E T T E R – Clean, Simple, Distilled Thinking

I used to have a terrible aversion to saying no to people. I had, (and still do) a big fear of disappointing others, and this used to drive me to say yes to things I knew deep down should have been a no. And this created complexity. Too many things on my plate, too much…
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L E T T E R – A Commitment To Adventuring

My Dad was a very renowned chef, winning best restaurant in Australia as well as three hats. His brother, my uncle had the same awards, so it was success all around for our family. But really their peak was before the advent of the ‘celebrity chef’. Chef’s Table didn’t exist. Instagram wasn’t even a thing,…
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L E T T E R – The Ways Of The Mind

This quote is for me literally something to live by ‘Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth’. We need constant reminding of these as we have SO many cognitive biases that are shadowing our every interaction with the world. Yet, at times hilariously, we…
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L E T T E R – Working With Fear Part 3; Overwhelm

If you haven’t read the first and second part of this Letter series, you can check Part 1 and Part 2. It was raised at our Gathering that fear and overwhelm seem to go hand in hand. We agreed. We spoke about options to deal with overwhelm but didn’t go into too much detail, because…
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L E T T E R – Working With Fear Part 2; Bravery

If you haven’t read the first part of this Letter series you can do so here. Continuing on from yesterday! We chatted also about how to conquer fear. Sometimes this is a nice idea, but fear cannot be conquered directly at times. I loved a story Emily shared, where she said she went rafting in…
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L E T T E R – Working With Fear Part 1; Adopted Fears

Arran, Emily and I get so exhausted by all the ‘Be Fearless’s self-improvement mush that is shoved down everyone’s throats these days! So I asked Emily to come and be interviewed by me for our Gathering that was on Sunday and to share ideas and discuss why fear is important and how we can work…
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L E T T E R – Truth Telling

Having a teenage daughter, the essence of telling the truth is really up in our grill at the moment. And I am reminded by her all the time about the small ‘white lies’ I myself tell. I’ve no idea when I began to tell tiny untruths as excuses for things. Especially for things that honestly…
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L E T T E R – A Net Free Bird

The only thing we are really trapped by is our thinking mind, with its limitations and prejudices and biases that we continue to live through. Studies have shown that 95% of our thoughts are repeated from the day before. That makes the mind a pretty boring place to hang out, given it’s regurgitating old information.…
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L E T T E R – Revelling in Beauty

Beauty can be so underrated in our modern way of life. Tiny moments of beauty can light me up for hours at a time. A new branch that is spreading tiny flowers near our front gate. The way dust catches the light in the afternoon sun. Light really in all it’s forms dancing on windowsills and leaves,…
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L E T T E R – There’s Always Something Better Happening

For our recent India Retreat, I had it all mapped out. Tightly organised, planned to within an inch of its life. I could breath when it was finally all taken care of. We had 36 people booked in the beginning and one disaster struck after another for people and so many had to cancel. This…
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L E T T E R – The Material World

A student messaged me last week saying she felt disgusted with herself and angry, as she still longed to buy beautiful clothes and have beautiful things. I popped it up on Instagram in our stories with my brief answer asking if anyone else wanted more ideas on dealing with the material world. The responses came…
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L E T T E R – Thinking Kills Creativity

If you’ve ever been working on something and loved it, then over thought it, then doubted it, then felt ill and insecure – you’ll know thinking kills creativity. The ego also kills creativity and is the source of much of our overthinking. This is where meditation comes in. Every day, we sit, access the source…
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L E T T E R – What Spirituality Means Part 1

There is so much confusion when we decide to live ‘spiritually’. It’s really a nonsense idea because everyone is trying to live spiritually whether they brand it that or not. Spirituality is simply an exploration of living through ‘the spirit’ which means the true essence of ourselves, from love, to find the universal nature in…
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L E T T E R – Gaining Clarity On The Lack Of Clarity

Educating ourselves is fascinating and frustrating at times, as the more you learn, the more you realise you don’t know. This can be about ourselves or about others or around sequencing and processing. And when it comes to creative pursuits, this can become utterly overwhelming. There is sooo much more available to us and we…
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W E E K E N D E D I T I O N 20

READ I adore this book by our friend Josh, his approach to creativity and consciousness continually inspires me. I interviewed Josh for our upcoming podcasts which will launch soon, can’t wait to share it with you! I am always fascinated with the routines of people, and especially artists, and this piece on Georgia O’Keefe is delightful…
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L E T T E R – The Wild Fevers

I have so many interests and creative outlets I sometimes can’t breath for the joy of it all, and I gasp for more time in which to do them all. As such I’m fascinated when people say to me, yeah I don’t really have any passions or hobbies. It usually always comes with a tone…
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W E E K E N D E D I T I O N 19 – ­ Restore and Renew

For you to try . . . EAT We are eating mostly plant-based at the moment, and 75% of the time gluten free, so Kitchari has become a huge staple in our diet. We used to eat it a few times a week, then as I dove further into Japanese cooking, we took a pause.…
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L E T T E R – The Creation of Time

Time is something that expands and contracts, as it’s all a perception. Stay with me, I know it sounds a little out there.  Have you ever noticed how 2 hours on emails can go in a flash? Yet waiting in traffic when late for something important can take seemingly forever. If you’ve been to a…
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L E T T E R – Creating Space For Creativity

I don’t mean physical space here. But emotional space. Conscious space. Creative space. Working stuff out space. A sacred space we enter daily, where we are human beings not just human doings.   Meditation is this. But in all honesty, the way the world is spinning at warp speed we need more. We need to…
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L E T T E R – To Create And Be Of Service

Over the weekend we put out a survey, which was answered by SO many which make me SO very pleased as The Broad Place is there for you, so when you engage, we love it. There are the greatest feedback and insight from you all, so thank you if you took the time to fill…
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L E T T E R – Why Indeed, Yes You Can

At the karate tournament last week, I saw a man with one leg compete. He stood on the side of the mats, with crutches, and I thought ‘poor guy must have hurt his foot’, as I couldn’t see him fully. Then he hopped, literally on one leg, along the rim of the mats, to the…
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L E T T E R – Gratitude

I was ordering my coffee the other day, and our lovely friend who makes coffee Andre asked how I was going. I was in a particularly chipper mood and said ‘fantastic, honestly what could I possibly complain about!” And he said ‘oh people will find anything’. He explained just earlier he had an exasperating customer…
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L E T T E R – There Is A Big Difference

There is a big difference between being productive and getting lots done, and simply overworking. There is being social, and there is filling loneliness with people. There’s enjoying the inspiration of social media, and the storytelling and creativity, and then there is being addicted to connection, being seen and heard. There is being in a…
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L E T T E R – Judgement

When we are building something, a business, a relationship, our spiritual development, our education, our parenting, it’s so easy to stay locked in the mind. Trapped in the intellect. And with this comes old conditioning, all the judgement comes up, all the comparison. If you want to meet a really mean bunch of people, go…
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L E T T E R – An Abundance

This stands true not just for creativity, but for love, gratitude, compassion, kindness. Additionally for anger, resentment, shame, guilt.  So the more we use, the more we have. Best make clear decisions on these choices. Sent with love, Jac x

L E T T E R – For The Pros

Inspiration comes to us through a channel of creativity. It’s not out there ‘waiting for us’ it’s flowing from within us. We then recognise that creativity, inspiration (and love and compassion, gratitude etc) all come from within us, then we can stop hanging about waiting for ‘it to strike’.  For those of us that already…
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L E T T E R – The Crazy Ones

I’ve done some seriously crazy things and some seriously dumb things in my time. I created a huge design and art exhibition without any prior experience just a lot of enthusiasm, and set it up like a house, in an actual house when I was 24. It went gangbusters, a little too much so especially on…
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L E T T E R – The Voyeur

Pinterest and Instagram and all the other platforms I don’t even know about are such an incredible source of inspiration. And they’re also simultaneously eating into our ability to create on our own, from a source within us.  Recent conversations with an established interior designer were that they are utterly fed up with their younger…
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L E T T E R – Everyone Is Creative 

I get upset when I hear people say ‘oh I am not creative’ or exclaim ‘so and so doesn’t have a creative bone in their body!”. Because I truly believe everyone has the capacity to be creative. Anytime we think laterally and think of a new pathway to achieving something that is outside that way…
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L E T T E R – A Different Daily Grind

Clarity is an interesting concept when it comes to learning, as the more we learn, the more we realise there is to learn. The more we know, the more it dawns on us we don’t know. Grappling with this is the thing that I have found our meditation teachers in training take the hardest. The…
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L E T T E R – The Tests

In essence, this quote means to surrender to what is, with full acceptance. One of the most challenging things to embody!  When we have goals and vision boards and things we want to manifest or create, it’s fraught with the hurdles of demanding a timeline, being attached to the outcome and feeling frustrated when it…
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L E T T E R – Remember to Breathe

When I was young, I had the utmost confidence in my creativity. Arran and I were laughing on the way to Melbourne last week as I shared a story (he was laughing in horror) when I was about 10 or 11 years old, I used to make commissions from friends bringing in their white t-shirts…
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L E T T E R – Ceativityr, Love and Hate

I love this quote. Because the ego will tell us otherwise all the time, and ensure we are terrified of being hated. When we allow ourselves to be gripped by the ego, we water down our creativity, we stifle it, we muffle it. So we must truly understand this. Creativity is about standing in our…
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E V E N T – Creating A Joy Filled Life

Living a life filled with joy is what Jeff and I wanted to teach about in this intense two-day Workshop we are hosting in Sydney in a few weekends time. Which sounds so beautiful doesn’t it. We are going to wade through quite a bit about the mind, ego, patterns, behaviours and understanding our humanity…
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L E T T E R – Just Now

Future Projecting is something I teach and talk about a lot, as it’s a huge rut we get stuck in. It’s when we delay our own happiness as something isn’t quite right now. It’s when we say once we move/get the house/renovate the house/get the promotion/once the kids are older/once I am single/with someone on…
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Beginners Mind

Beginners Mind is a Buddhist and Zen concept of approaching everything as if it’s the first time. What would our days look like without all the beliefs, prejudices and biases? How would we respond without all the back story? What kind of justifications and defenses and ego positioning would we let go of if this…
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The Need To Disconnect To Connect

It’s the time of year when I am at my most engaged. We have all our meditation courses before the year wraps, our Byron Bay retreat and I just graduated a group of meditation teachers and have another starting! So being clever with energy and time is always important to me at the moment, and…
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The Medicine For Modern Living

Seth Godin popped into my inbox with “Are there places do you feel like you’re falling behind where there’s actually no race?”, and it reminded me of being in the karate dojo bordering on tears as I was doing so terribly and hadn’t been there for ages. I’ve resigned myself to the fact I’ll likely…
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A Remedy For Shame

When I first started writing these little letters to our students, I felt the deepest shame. Who the hell was I to share thoughts? I was so keen to move past this bad feeling though, inspired by mentors and teachers who got out of their own way and committed to writing anyway. I remember asking…
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Hell Is Just Resistance To Life

On the weekend just been I had too much to juggle and responsibilities I didn’t want to fulfill and I just wanted to fall into a heap and listen to the rain and rest. So I acted like the deeply evolved person I am not and chucked a deep inner tantrum. Like an erupting ball…
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The Perfection Of It All

“Thus, this supremely perfect order of the Universe goes on all around us. But the structure is so vast, and our thinking so ego-centered, that we mistake perfect order for randomness” Michael A Singer from Three Essays on Universal Law. Whenever I get too caught up in my thinking mind, or I listen to my ego…
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The Creative Process – Refinement

We have been working for 12 months on designing, refining, polishing, sanding and adding new architecture to The Broad Place. These changes will be unveiled in stages from later this year, and our existing and new meditation students are in for some serious treats. I’ve always thrived on innovation, but patience isn’t a virtue of…
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The Futility Of Plans – What Choice Will You Make?

We have been soaking in life in India with its every detail since we arrived. Literally soaking, as it hasn ‘t stopped raining since we arrived in Kabini, which is on a huge river two hours from Mysore. There have been pauses where we have ridden old clicky bikes through the local towns, with little…
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It Might Be Easier…

Marley and I sat in a Parisian cafe this morning. We had orange juice, coffee (well for me), baguettes and croissants with tiny pots of raspberry jam. We sat in the French style on the pavement facing out. Admiring the French women’s style. Noting that the cigar smoke didn’t bother us. Checking out how well…
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A List To Contribute To Creativity and Inspiration

I am a huge consumer these days. No longer of stuff, products and things, but of information, knowledge and experiences. My joy of learning seems to be growing at a rapid rate and I am constantly awe filled with the amount of creative and intelligent people contributing wonderful things to the world and the fact…
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Creativity Is About Asking Why

Edward De Bono said “There are many people calling themselves creative who are mere stylists”. I agree. Not that I have anything against being a stylist. But I truly think a creative is the one who doesn’t just appreciate aesthetics, but also asks the why questions. Why does it have to be like that? If…
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Indignation Or Creativity; What Will You Choose?

Oh my have I had my battles with indignation. It’s a tricky emotion. Essentially it’s a response of anger or frustration for a perceived error in/or unfair treatment. It blocks out all opportunity for expansion and resolution. I don’t know where I developed it, but it seems to be a close cousin to defensiveness. Another…
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What If You Only Had 2 Hours

I was listening to the Tim Ferriss Podcast as he was listing the ‘Impossible 17 Questions That Changed My Life’ and one in particular struck me ‘if you only had two hours a week to work on your business what would you do?’. He highlights that of course we have more, but if you had…
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Talking Broadly with Vanessa Megan

I have had the pleasure of not only being friends with Ness, but to also work with her on her incredible brand Vanessa Megan. Her product is hands down the best I have used for my skin. I yoyo around between natural products (that I usually swear aren’t working) and chemical laden products that promise…
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Meditator Rick Rubin

Rick Rubin is an incredibly interesting guy. He certainly challenges what it means to be an internationally acclaimed music producer who doesn’t ever use a sound board and who works with the likes of Jay-Z and Kanye. He refuses and has so his whole life, to ever work from an office, and forcing Columbia Records…
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Recipe – Gluten Free Ricotta Hotcakes with Gravalax

We love a recipe that can be used for breakfast, lunch or dinner, or even shrunk down into mini bites for entertaining, and this recipe is that. It’s simple and quick to prepare and make, and there are so many variations you can do as a topper aside from gravalax and creme fraiche, just use…
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What Are You Worshipping?

Something happens to us that causes upset. We stew and sulk and can’t help but tell people about it. With each re-telling of the happening, we slightly alter it, either as our memory adjusts to each new version, or to gain a better or different reaction from the person we are speaking with. Ultimately we…
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Letting Go

A beautiful way to explain the risk of not letting go is the story of the monkey and the nuts & sweets. When the monkey catchers in India want to catch a wee monkey to sell to a rich family as a pet, they dig a little hole in the ground and place a small…
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