iridescence: Finding your colours and living your story

iridescence: Finding your colours and living your story


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iridescence: Finding your colours and living your story by Paul Callaghan

This book, iridescence, provides models, insights and exercises on achieving improved wellbeing through traditional Aboriginal culture, philosophy and spirituality. Although the amount of information in the world is increasing at an alarming rate, ancient wisdom is more relevant to our daily lives than ever.

In the 1970s, we were told of the brave new world that awaited us beyond 2000, a world of robots, technology and automation. We were sold an image of a world of increased leisure, a world with more time to connect with friends, family, nature and spirit, a world of increased wellbeing!

Forty years later and ‘busy-ness’ has accelerated rather than dissipated. We rush here and there without questioning why. We are seduced by ‘busy-ness’.

Many of us are also seduced by desire. Often the things we desire take us away from wellbeing rather than towards it. Material possessions, power, fame and fortune are often in our fantasies and dreams waiting for the day when they will become reality. In addition, we are often conditioned to jump on a treadmill of continual wants. We pursue, wish for and sometimes even pray for what we want rather than what we need.

As a result, we are rarely at peace and find it hard to find the magic in every moment of every hour of every day. Rather than be in the present, our mind is somewhere else, searching for the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow rather than witnessing the magic of the rainbow itself. We ruminate on what we don’t have rather than what we have.

For over 60,000 years, the first nation’s people of Australia have achieved wellbeing through understanding all that they need to live a good life is around them. This knowledge was shared in a holistic mind, body and spirit framework that was lived 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, unlike many of us in today’s world where mind, body and spirit needs are not integrated and something to contemplate at the end of the working day, week or when we retire.

Paul Callaghan has experienced much in his life. In his earlier years, he felt a sense of achievement from completing formal studies, the overwhelming joy of becoming a father and the satisfaction of career and professional success. Then, to his surprise, he felt the darkness and loneliness of depression. Joy was gone and success a word beyond comprehension and reality.

On his path of recovery Paul realised, he hadn’t been walking his footsteps, fulfilling his destiny or living his Dreaming Path. Paul wasn’t living his story or truth. As he searched for answers to this life changing insight, he was introduced to the profound healing of Aboriginal culture, philosophy and spirituality. Paul discovered what it felt like to find himself and to believe in himself. He has also felt the relief and freedom of letting go of desire and embracing thankfulness. He has felt what it is like to connect with his Dreaming Path and live his truth.

Are you living your truth, your story? If not, then iridescence provides you with models, tools, insights, exercises, reflections and 30 specific messages around key themes including your life’s journey, the importance of the past, love, learning, sharing, leadership, laughter, loss, personal power, anxiety, anger, regret, guilt, responsibility, success, wellbeing and truth to help you find your colours so that you can start living your story today. Are you ready to take that journey?

“The truth is not out there, it is in here, inside you. Are you willing to seek it? And once you find it, are you strong enough to live it?”

Paul Callaghan

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781925529562
Publisher: Mosher's Business Support Pty Ltd
Publication date: 09/13/2016
Pages: 350
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.73(d)

About the Author

Paul is an Aboriginal man belonging to the land of the Worimi people on the east coast of Australia. For many years Paul did everything he could to be the perfect son, the perfect brother, the perfect student, the perfect friend, the perfect husband, the perfect father and the perfect employee.

On the day of his 35th birthday, his world came crashing down when the burden of trying to be all things to all people at all times became too much. His journey through depression was a much needed voyage of reflection and self growth.

During this journey, Paul was given something he had been told did not exist. He was given insight and learning about Aboriginal culture, philosophy and spirituality that has been in existence for over 60,000 years. This knowledge has changed his life in a profound way.

Through finding himself and living his story, over the past 20 years Paul has become a successful CEO with over 1,200 staff, a mentor for over 200 men, a caring father and husband and a passionate advocate of sharing the ancient wisdom of his ancestors.

Through various models, exercises and insights you can now embrace the beauty and power of Aboriginal culture, philosophy and spirituality to achieve improved wellbeing regardless of your culture or background.

Written for people everywhere, iridescence will help you find your colours and live your story.

Table of Contents

- Looking Within 1

Part 1 - The 6 Ls 13
- Introduction to the 6 Ls 15
- The First L - Lore 16
- The Second L - Love 38
- The Third and Fourth Ls - Look and Listen 46
- The Fifth L - Learn 52
- The Sixth L - Lead 57
- The Little Ls 67

Part 2 - The Dreaming Tree 79
- The Dreaming Tree - Roots 86
- The Dreaming Tree - Branches and Leaves 119
- The Dreaming Tree - Trunk 151
- The Dreaming Tree - The Storm 183

Part 3 - The House of Wellbeing 191
- Introduction to the House of Wellbeing 193
- The Wall of Education and Learning 195
- The Wall of Employment 197
- The Wall of Home and Place 202
- The Wall of Self and Purpose 206
- The Floor of Hope 211
- The Roof of Opportunity 215
- The Pathway of Life - Learning from the Past 221
- The House of Wellbeing - How Do We Measure Up? 239
- The Pathway of Learning - Learning from the Past and Getting It Right 250
- H.I. A.I.M.S - A Learning Model for Those Society Has Left Behind 258

Part 4 - The Journey So Far 273
- My Story 275
- A Time for Reflection 307
- A Closing Gift - The Pelican Dance 323
- About the Authors 326

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