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The significance of peacocks is deeply personal, and it is something that has taken me completely by surprise. Back in December 2014, my partner, Geoff and I decided to get ourselves a couple of peacocks. We liked the idea of the birds free ranging around our country abode. Whilst many would consider chickens to be a more practical choice, we felt that if we were going to have birds shitting on our concrete, at least we would be more forgiving about cleaning up after them if they were pretty to look at. As it turns out, this shallow sentiment turned into something more soulful and heartfelt as the peacocks brought such laughter and amusement into the house with their daily visits to the living room window, and their antics as the peacock postured, vibrated and displayed whilst the peahen ignored his advances. Just as the old year ended and the new year began, my partner and I lost our peacock and peahen who were spooked by our overly-inquisitive cow by the name of 'Coffee' and flew across the valley. They did not disappear at the same time, and they did not appear to be unhappy with their lot. Geoff and I had noticed that both birds were enjoying the new presence of other animals in our top paddock, and were venturing from the step of the cottage (where they would look at themselves in the reflection of the glass), into the paddock amongst the sheep, horses and cows. It was 31 December 2015 when the peacock took flight. He had been picking at the grass just down below the hedge when Coffee the cow bumbled along and gave him a fright. He took off into the pine trees below the house. There was a bang, crash and squawk. He was never very good at judging distance and always seemed to aim for the obstacles in his path. Over the next couple of days, we sought high and low for him. I kept trying to tune into the peacock's energy to see if he was okay. Geoff and I went walking through the pine forest to see if we could see the peacock hiding beneath the fallen trees. He was nowhere to be found. A few days later, the peacock had still not returned home but he had put out a responding call to the peahen one morning, and it sounded like he was now across the other side of the valley. “He knows that you care. Contact will be made. He looks in your direction.” I heard my Guidance say. “Focus your intent. Be loving and honest with yourself. Trust. Imagine a lighthouse emitting a beacon”. Later that morning, whilst sitting by the brook that runs through the valley where we live, I became that lighthouse, emitting a beacon of light. The peacock did not come home that day, but I did feel more loving toward myself and I contemplated a creative project I had been quietly mulling over for a few months. Meanwhile, our lovely little Peahen still seemed content being at home with us even though her beau was somewhere over the other side of the valley. She would come and spend the morning having a dust bath as I tended to my vegetable garden nearby. In the afternoons whilst I was away at work, she would spend time with Geoff and our dog, Ridge down in the paddock, content to just be. It was a week after the flight of the peacock that Coffee the cow loomed again. Coffee broke into a rather uncoordinated run down the hill, partially curious about the peahen and eager to see whether Geoff had his white bucket full of paddock nuts with him. The poor bird took flight with a squawk and a panicked flap of her wings and disappeared across the other side of the valley. I missed having their presence in the garden and was worried for their wellbeing but heartened when our neighbours across the valley told us about peacock sounds not too far from them. I couldn't stop thinking about the birds, praying they were safe. I tried tuning in to them but I wasn't really getting any feelings. My guidance, however, kept saying they were fine. Three days after the peahen left I had a really strong dream, one that I would only realise the significance days later. In the dream whilst tracking the peacocks, I ended up in what I felt to be urban Sydney. From my experiences living in Sydney twenty years earlier I felt wary and anxious. The peacocks, whilst happy to see me, were preoccupied with exploring their new surroundings. Like an overprotective parent, I followed them through buildings full of people, trying to protect them. I wanted to contact my parents to let them know where I was, but I kept losing my iPhone and iPad. I followed the birds to a construction site, and climbed up scaffolding where I found them roosting up high on a steel member. I lost them once again, but managed to track the peacocks to the front of another building where there was a beautiful rose garden. There were other peacocks around, much older than my two as they had their beautiful eye feathers. I tried once again phoning Mum but there was no phone reception. It was at this point I woke up feeling a mixture of sorrow and peace all at the same time, and a desire to really piece together the message of such a strong dream. After meditation, contemplation and reading, I became aware of the importance of this dream in relation to where I am at today and what I was on the threshold of launching myself into with regard to my photography and spiritual work. My obsession with the peacocks was telling me that now is the time to acknowledge the dreams and aspirations within myself. For the previous six years I had been toying with the idea of delving back into healing work of some sort. However, I knew that going back to just the massage, aromatherapy and energy healing work was not the path for me at this time. I spent much of the time questioning “what”, “why” and “how”. Being in the rose garden and surrounded by other peacocks, the message was one of incredible love as I embark on this journey within myself. The peacocks were taking me back to a time when I first opened up to my spiritual gifts whilst living in Sydney. This was a truly magical, exciting time for me. However, it was also a time in my life when I experienced significant challenges which were quite brutal for a sensitive and immature young adult. It was a very special yet scary place for me to be. The significance of losing my phone and iPad represented me being scattered. Back in those Sydney days I spent most of my time in meditation and out on the ether. I was scattered and did not deal very well with the real world. The message in the dream was that I need to consolidate my energies. I was shown that being distracted and threading a path which take me away from my original goals is a challenge that I constantly face. With regard to the significance of the buildings in the dream, when I was walking through the lower level floors following the peacocks, I was dealing with earthbound issues (security and safety primarily). When climbing the scaffold within the construction site, this was about a surge of new energy, ambition and a renewed confidence that was coming forth. The message was loud and clear. I have some work to do. At the current time, I stand on the precipice of one of the most thrilling journeys of my life. Spiritually I am heading back to a time of revisiting and honing my intuitive gifts and magic, combining them with new skills and talents that I had not known about all those years ago in Sydney. Now is the time for me to approach life in a grounded fashion, whilst taking actual positive steps toward achieving a dream which I am perpetually drawn toward. The peacocks, and that powerful dream symbolise to me the “what” and “how” in the current time. I invite you on my journey, and I hope that in turn you find inspiration to follow your own dreams to fruition in your own way. Namaste.
5 June 2017 introducing the Peacock Dreaming Youtube Channel So, I have been given the big dig in the ribs to get out there more and talk about what I do, my values, as well as about the books that I have written. In light of this, I have created the Peacock Dreaming Youtube Channel where a number of short videos will be uploaded over the forthcoming months (and beyond). Now, I talk about the creation of the Youtube channel here like this sort of thing is like breathing air. However, let me tell you it has pushed my buttons and pressed my buttons around judgement, self-acceptance and self-worth no end. We are all our own worst critic! However, there comes a point in time when we just have to overcome our fear of judgement to stand in our light and speak our truth. I am very lucky that I have had a pretty amazing support crew here in Nelson to ease me into this as they reinforce that by me speaking straight from my heart I am sharing with the world something pretty special. Anyhow, I hope you enjoy the journey of watching the Peacock Dreaming Youtube Channel flourish.
18 June 2017 My New Book..... Peacock Dreaming: The Wisdom Of Flowers June 2017 is turning out to be quite the exciting, adventurous month! My new book, Peacock Dreaming: The Wisdom Of Flowers is finally in production and now available from Balboa Press and Amazon for pre-order. This book has taken me about two years to put together with the manuscript and all of the photography. Peacock Dreaming: The Wisdom Of Flowers started its journey with the thought of designing a deck of positive healing cards with a small book to accompany them. However over the last six to eight months, I have been encouraged to develop and publish a standalone book and to put the deck of cards out there separately. So, for all of you who have been chomping at the bit for a set of these cards, despair not! Whilst Peacock Dreaming: The Wisdom Of Flowers facilitates a healing process in the reader, it is a very different format to my first book, Lovitude: Trying To Calm The Monkey Mind (although it does relate to calming the monkey mind in its own way). Peacock Dreaming: The Wisdom of Flowers helps you to develop, nurture, and trust your intuition and helps you toward finding a way to understand your own personal process while nurturing compassion toward others. It is a perfect companion to any personal journaling practice. You can use it to develop your intuition by opening a random page, tuning in (using the meditating exercises provided in the book) and reading the pictures of the flowers yourself, or you can open a random page and allow the words to wash over you like a warm hug on a challenging day. The choice is yours! Peacock Dreaming: The Wisdom Of Flowers is available directly through Balboa Press and Amazon.
ISBN: 978-1-5043-0276-5 Soft Cover Edition ISBN: 978-1-5043-0777-2 E-Book Edition Also available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and all good bookstores

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2 September 2017

On Friday, I decided to gift a couple of my Lovitude books to the local women’s refuge here in Nelson. As I presented the books to the ladies who run the centre, it struck me that this could be something far more significant than just adding a book or two to their library. As I stood there I felt very small yet proud. I realised this was a small pebble being cast into a big pond. A small pebble can still create a continuous ripple. Caring of any sort can provide respite and time to regroup to those who need it. It can provide an opportunity, a chance, a moment when there is a glimpse of something tangible and achievable after a time when much has seemed hopeless. What if we all cast a pebble into a pond without expectation of the outcome? What if we were to reach out in some small way to those around us who we wouldn’t know if we walked past them in the street? What magic could we create for society?

21 September 2017

The Peacock Dreaming: Wisdom Of Flowers Oracle Cards coming very soon
News hot off the press today... The first print run of the Peacock Dreaming: Wisdom Of Flower Oracle Cards will be available for purchase at the Christchurch Body Mind Spirit Festival (New Zealand) 14-15 October 2017.

27 September 2017

The Peacock Dreaming: The Wisdom Of Flowers Oracle Deck $NZD25.00 (Plus Shipping) SPECIAL OFFER The Peacock Dreaming: Wisdom Of Flowers Bundle includes a deck of the Oracle Deck of Cards PLUS a copy of Peacock Dreaming: The Wisdom Of Flowers (normally $NZD30.00) for $NZD50.00 (Plus Shipping)

1 October 2017

Dates For Your Calendar Dates for your Calendar if you are visiting Nelson and Christchurch, New Zealand in October 2017: Monday, 2 October 2017 - Anne McCormack is at Lighthouse Nelson (Trafalgar Street Hall opposite Trailways) speaking about her book, Peacock Dreaming: The Wisdom Of Flowers and doing flower readings. Starts at 7.30pm. Donations welcome Saturday & Sunday, 14-15 October 2017 - Anne McCormack will be doing readings at the Body Mind Spirit Festival, Addington Raceway, Christchurch Sunday, 22 October 2017 - Anne McCormack will be joining a group of selected Psychic Mediums at Nelson Spiritualist Church (Tipahi Street) to do a public demonstration of psychic mediumship. Starts at 7.00pm. Monday, 23 October 2017 - Anne McCormack will be joining a group of selected Psychic Mediums at Lighthouse Nelson (Trafalgar Street Hall opposite Trailways) to do a public demonstration of psychic mediumship. Starts at 7.30pm.
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