To be whole. To be complete. Wildness reminds us what it means to be human, what we are connected to rather than what we are separate from. ~ Terry Tempest Williams, testimony before the Senate Subcommittee on Forest & Public Lands Management regarding the Utah Public Lands Management Act of 1995 (Washington, D.C., 13 July 1995), published in Red: Passion and Patience in the Desert (2001), page 75.
Feeling lost, ordinary, wanting to break free or simply looking for more?
If you imagine changing your world for the better, then you’re in the right place to be wild, free, and dreaming big!
This is about nurturing and creating awareness around conscious habits, behaviours, and attitudes that make a difference.It is about wilding the Self from others' perspectives, crafted personas and ego that serve the present societal direction rather than the self.
As Professor Brian Cox said: "Our DNA not only connects us to every plant and animal alive today, but to every single thing that has ever lived".
You belong to a healthy vibrant world that also belongs to our kids, their kids, and all the critters that make up this magnificent and diverse planet, Earth! This is about inspiring, empowering, and helping make changes for today and tomorrow.
The name Heart of Substance refers to Earth -- Earth being an anagram of heart and a main source of substance as a resource in our world.
The domain name, 'iMAJn' (ɪˈmadgɪn) -- pronounced imagine refers to the greatest gift you have been given, the gift of your imagination (see Wayne W. Dyer, Wishes Fulfilled: Mastering the Art of Manifesting), -- also a play on my initials (MAJ), my big admission. And, 'Earth', where we all belong - a belonging that is extremely important - a sense of place and purpose that forms the base for happiness.
My search for greater meaning has evolved:
1980s - Party era. This was my Social Butterfly period, where the meaning of life was "here for a good time - not a long time", as the saying went. I felt I was part of the "in crowd"...just sooo important. But, still I'd wake in mornings with a hollowness... like... there HAD to be more.
1990s - New-Age era. I explored astrology, tarot, and metaphysics, and read all the trending self-help books. My profession was in providing social services and offering security. Still, I yearned for something else.
2000s - Serious period. Study and research into Life Sciences and majoring in plant and aquatic sciences secured me a Scientist profession. This involved logic, evidence, and factual outcomes. I learnt so much, but the more I learnt, the more I realised there was much more yet to understand. I did a Masters of Science and then a PhD. This was a promising time of opportunity from which I benefited professionally.
2010s - Another serious time. Achievement (PhD and promotion), change, discovery, loss, and new awareness was part of this journey. The promises of the last decade faded during this time with the more I learnt about the bureaucracy in which I worked. Making a difference had been my purpose...yet, I was constrained by a system that had seriously turned its focus towards continued economic development at the expense of all else, namely, social, cultural and environmental values. There had to be more; I felt unaligned. I started my science profession at (what seemed like) the dawn of the triple bottom line paradigm, i.e. economic, environment and social values having equal weight in development decisions. Now, I was faced with a direction of "just make it happen regardless". I'm naturally about fairness and balance, and the misalignment in my values and principles ate at my soul, made me depressed and cynical. I needed to make a change and I did.
My recent journey has brought me here - consolidating my past experiences and knowledge into something much more powerful and fulfilling....with a Heart of Substance.
Three people who inspire me in this Heart of Substance the most:
Pope Francis, Brian Cox, and Bea Johnson.
Some things about me:My star sign: Libra. (Yeah, I'm about balance and relationships)
My animal spirit: Owl. (Just something hauntingly powerful and wild about owls)
My childhood nickname: Tree. (Well I was tall and skinny)