Friday, August 11, 2017

A Parallel Universe / The O'Heart Festival, Tyalgum, New South Wales

A Parallel Universe

Have you ever heard the term 'parallel universe?'

I hadn't until a few years ago when someone mentioned it to me.  

The official definition: A parallel universe is a hypothetical self-contained reality co-existing with one's own.

It's an interesting concept:  could be a certain part of your life is confusing you - or there's trouble that has percolated with a job, family or a relationship.  You want things to work out but you don't know if they will. And you imagine your parallel universe - a place where everything works out - exactly the way you want it to.

Yet there are no roads, no maps, no paths that allow you to get from your current universe to the parallel universe.  It's sad - that you can dream everything going the way you'd like it to go - yet when you try you realize that you can't touch it or hug it and pull it to you - it's out of your reach, out of your control.  

I've got one of those situations going on in my life right now and while the parallel universe idea seems like it might be helpful, I'd rather see the real universe I'm living in magically start resembling that parallel one.  And for now, all I can do is put my positive energy out there and hope that, the words of author Paul Coehlo are true: "When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it."


As I was writing to you, in whatever universe you are currently situated, I thought of this song:

When You Wish Upon A Star:

When you wish upon a star
Makes no difference who you are
Anything your heart desires
Will come to you

If your heart is in your dream
No request is too extreme
When you wish upon a star
As dreamers do

Fate is kind
She brings to those who love
The sweet fulfillment of
Their secret longing

Like a bolt out of the blue
Fate steps in and sees you through
When you wish upon a star
Your dreams come true

The Heart Collectors, Tyalgum, New South Wales

I bought myself a birthday present this summer:  a trip to Australia. This will be my first visit down under.  I leave on Sunday, Aug 20th. 

The trip was stimulated by my serendipitous meeting last summer in Tennessee of a band called The Heart Collectors. We became instant friends and they told me about an annual festival in their hometown, Tyalgum. It's called the O'Heart Festival and it takes place on Aug 25, 26, 27 and I'll be there!

Tyalgum has a population of 300...yes, no typo, 300 people!  There are just a few places to stay and The Heart Collectors steered me to The Celestial Dew of Tyalgum - which looks really, really cool.  

I'll probably share some of the experience with you here.

Corn as high as an elephant's eye - Fletcher Park, NC

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