Why Hello There
Are you lost?
YOU CAN COME PLAY WITH ME IF YOU LIKE!!
I'M ON A TREASURE HUNT.
There is something in you the worlds needs...
Have you found it yet?
I'm here to lead you astray...
To a land of nonsense and childlike play.
"PLAY IS THE HIGHEST FORM OF RESEARCH" EINSTEIN
“MEN DO NOT QUIT PLAYING BECAUSE THEY GROW OLD; THEY GROW OLD BECAUSE THEY QUIT PLAYING” OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES SR
Hi, I'm Libby... and I am so pleased you were curious enough to come take a look down the rabbit hole.
who am i?
Well, the truth is, I really dislike being labelled or categorised; I'd have to agree with Alan Watts when he said "trying to define yourself is like trying to bite your own teeth". But allow me to give it a whirl anyway.
I am a Storyteller.
A Professional Leader of Astray.
A Self-Discovery Enthusiast. A Revolution Desiring Rebel.
A Half-Hippie Half-Boss Truth-Seeking Heart-Following Beauty Creator.
There. Hows that for a label? I will probably be different tomorrow, but thats the whole point.
The truth is, there are many secrets and stories within me that have been longing for release for some time now, and after some recent and rather life changing experiences, the time has come to let the cheshire cat out of the bag.
i'm ready to tell all
to shout out and create waves
that stir up all the brave..
i'm here to tease you and please you
to shock you, squeeze and release you...
As a human being, I am complicated. There are many parts; many voices, layers and stories that make me me.
There are the light parts: the enthusiastic parts, the hopeful parts, the appreciative parts; the parts that shriek with delight when they watch epic romanic love stories; the parts that know love conquers all.
And then there are the sad, small parts. The ugly parts. The fearful parts. The regretful parts. The dark parts.
There were those moments when everything I held dear was seemingly gone. After I put myself out there and got burned. When I loved someone who didn't love me back. When my love just wasn’t enough. When I abused and ignored my body and mind to the point of exhaustion. To the point of knocking on death's door. Those moments when I lay in my lonely shadowy hole of despair and defeat; raw, vulnerable, and ugly, with an aching heart and unbearable emotions; when all hope was lost.
something else was down there, patiently waiting for me.
Something, that, despite a few close encounters, I'd never met before.
Something so powerful, it could never be defeated. Something so whole, that it could never be completed. Something that loves me unconditionally. And believes in me fully. Something that knows me more than I do and is betting on me to succeed. Who will never give up waiting for me to remember myself.
The warrior part of me.
The part that still hopes after its world has been shattered. The part that reminds me I am enough. More than enough.
The part that reminds me what all of the best love stories have in common: they had to go against the odds to get there.
That part that holds on only to the lessons, and picks itself up.
That looks up at the stars and remembers it is a part of something grand.
And remembers that magic exists. That things are never as they seem.
It remembers sunsets and rainbows, rainforests and echoes, mysteries and stories...
It remembers its own.
And the power it has to rewrite it at any moment.
“you are nature. you are already perfect, peaceful, and powerful. you don’t need to become anything. you simply need to remember yourself” - vironika tugaleva
I believe in searching for truth.
“THE PURSUIT OF TRUTH AND BEAUTY IS A SPHERE OF ACTIVITY IN WHICH WE ARE PERMITTED TO REMAIN CHILDREN ALL OUR LIVES” EINSTEIN
They say that after the bible and Shakespeare, Lewis Carroll was the most potent author on earth.
I believe the story of Alice's Adventures In Wonderland is filled with important symbols and truths:
Be curious. Be brave. Be led astray. Forget about history books and use your imagination. Forget about time and live in the moment. Allow yourself to be a little mad. Let every day be a celebration. Switch seats with others to gain new perspectives. Become the queen/king of your own heart. Be childlike. Play games.
"life must be lived as play" - plato
I can relate to Alice; a curious, reckless dreamer that loves a good adventure. Who doesn’t want to grow up and live in the "real world", who'd prefer to create a world of her own...
What I love about Alice is that as she lays in a field of daisies daydreaming of what her own world would be like and sees the white rabbit rushing past declaring he is "late for a very important date", she assumes he must be late for a party! (since what could possibly be more important than a good party, right?)
Better still, she invites herself and follows him headfirst into his rabbit hole.
As she is about to fall down the rabbit hole, her famous last words are "curiosity often leads to trou.." but before she can finish, she falls down the rabbit hole.
Alice is a rebel challenging the status quo, and the moral of the story is that curiosity does not lead to trouble, it leads to truth.
Curiosity did NOT kill the cat, it made its life worth living.
The story begins when Alice gets bored of listening to a story from a book with no pictures in it and begins daydreaming. I believe the message is that although it is wonderful to read and learn, it is more important to use your imagination. To let yourself dream...
“I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” ― Albert Einstein
“I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the Heart's affections and the truth of the Imagination.” ― John Keats
I can also relate to The White Rabbit; the ultimate leader of astray.
I believe we all need to be led astray; out of our cozy comfort zones and into the wilderness of our fears. From there we can get to timeless oasis of child's play; the infinite land of the heart, where our magic awaits us.
“YOUR VISIONS WILL BECOME CLEAR ONLY WHEN YOU CAN LOOK INTO YOUR OWN HEART. WHO LOOKS OUTSIDE, DREAMS; WHO LOOKS INSIDE, AWAKES.” C.G. JUNG
There is nothing more important for us to do than to get inside our hearts; to live within them; to listen with and to our hearts, to see, speak and act from them. To create with them.
"THE LONGEST JOURNEY YOU WILL MAKE IN YOUR LIFE IS FROM YOUR HEAD TO YOUR HEART" SIOUX LEGEND
The Mad Hatter has many important truths for us if only we look a little closer.
For example, why can't every day be an unbirthday? Shouldn't every day be treated as special? Shouldn't we always be in a space of appreciation and giving to one another? Shouldn't every day be a mad celebration? Shouldn't we be periodically changing seats/perspectives with others?
The Mad Hatter is a genius.
“Crazy people are considered mad by the rest of the society only because their intelligence isn't understood.” ― Zhou Weihui
“No great mind has ever existed without a touch of madness.” ― Aristotle
Allow yourself to go a little mad, its good for the soul.
And as I like to say: you have to get weird to get well.
“It is only through mystery and madness that the soul is revealed” ― Thomas Moore
Life is much like tumbling down a rabbit hole into wonderland.
The more curious you are, the more you drift from what is commonly thought of as "normal" and "safe".
It takes courage, and many times along the way you will wonder if you made the right decision, but once you go down that rabbit hole, there is no turning back. All you can do is keep going and deal with whatever wonderland throws at you as best you can. You can't control the ride through wonderland, but you can control your response to it.
You will meet all kinds of colourful characters along your adventure, but in the end you will wake up only to realise that they were just different versions of yourself. And although it will be a relief to wake up and realise it was all just a convincing dream, you will treasure it forever. Because, despite the head f%cks, it was full of valuable lessons. It was an incredible one-of-kind adventure, and a story... that will live on forever.
And you will know that it's how those lessons transformed you, that was the whole point of the story.
Life is like looking through a lens into a looking glass.
Many of us forget that when we look out into the world we are actually looking at ourselves.
We also forget to adjust our lens to new angles, which is a real shame because fresh perspective is the true treasure of adventure. Discoveries of the world are actually discoveries of self. For self realisation is the greatest treasure hunt; the greatest adventure of all.
“Who in the world am I? Ah, that's the great puzzle.” Lewis Carrol
"YOU ARE SO BUSY BEING YOU THAT YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW UTTERLY UNPRECEDENTED YOU ARE" JOHN GREEN
We all have our own rabbit hole and the entry is in your heart.
And if you don't give up and follow it all the way, it will lead you to your very own wonderland; a land of magic, power, wonder & play. A land of your creation. With treasures beyond even your own most wildest dreams.
Just patiently waiting for you..
Are you reeeally curious?
You should be.