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Morning Star

posted 11 Dec 2019, 14:51 by Peter Harney

We gathered as Archer Mountain Earth Community for our final Agape for 2019 to reflect on the Christmas Story in the light of the Universe Story using the image of the Star.

We looked at the traditional Christmas story and at the scientific story - both holding power and mystery.

We recalled that: when Jesus was born in Bethlehem, wise men from the east came asking:  “Where is the infant.  We saw his star as it rose and have come to pay homage.”  Brian Swimme opened up for us the mystery of the beginning of the universe with a burst of energy some 13.7 billion years ago and the emergence, some 200 million years later, of the first stars formed from basic elements.    We marvelled at the transformational process that occurs within stars, requiring enormous sacrifice for new complexities of life to emerge.  Swimme challenged us to participate in that transformation with a sense of mystery as to what we can give birth to through our sacrifice.

Deidre Ni Chinneide’s Celtic music inspired us as we sang “ May your bright little star, your light from afar teach us the meaning of love."

Our reflection time focussed on:   What do I need to sacrifice to be transformed? What does the Archer Mountain Earth Community need to sacrifice?  What do we as Australians need to sacrifice?

Our sharing time lead into a ritual where we sketched our insights onto wooden stars and contributed these to our Christmas tree of light.  We prayed our closing blessing:

May we be Joy to those who are burdened
May we be Hope to those with weary hearts
May we be Gift to those who are forgotten
May we be Peace when all around is confused
May we be Love when mistrust divides
May we be expressions of the Christmas Spirit unfolding in our world.  


Dream Baby Dream

posted 10 Nov 2019, 23:34 by Peter Harney   [ updated 11 Nov 2019, 20:06 ]

Our November Agape was quite unique as Jules helped us explore our voices as a celebration of the universe and an experience of community.  We had been reflecting on the Uluru Statement from the Heart in earlier Agapes and were very excited by the Spinifex Gum campaign for a ‘voice to parliament’ . Their rendition of Dream Baby Dream moved us greatly and although we hadn’t tried choir singing before we were all keen to join our voices to the campaign to support the aspirations of First Nation Peoples for a Voice enshrined in the Constitution. While our rendition for Dream Baby Dream is amateurish our passion to be in solidarity with First Nation People and our desire for reconciliation in Australia is strong and unending!  We hope you enjoy our singing efforts and join your voice also with all seeking a First Nation Voice enshrined in the constitution. Check out the professionals on

Our song.mp4

Celtic Wisdom- Journey to the Heart

posted 28 Oct 2019, 02:20 by Peter Harney

The Archer Mountain Earth Community was delighted to welcome Deirdre Ni Chenneide to offer two experiences – October 19 a Celtic Retreat Celtic Wisdom – Crossing the Threshold Home and October 20 a concert A Celtic Journey of the Heart

The retreat explored the earth community from the perspective of Celtic wisdom.  Some memorable quotes were:

The breeze at Dawn has tales to tell you ..
Don’t go back to sleep. People are going back and forth across the doorsill, 
where the two worlds touch.  The door is round and open .
Don’t go back to sleep.                                       

The Celts do not build temples to their God because they believe that the Great God cannot be contained in a building.  They worship outdoors.

Though travel is slow on the journey,
you will move through its grey valley and come out 
again on the meadow where light, colour and promise await to embrace you.
The brightest moment is when the soul of 
absence gradually changes in to a well of presence.
“The heart opens to its new beginning, home 
To the source from which its first breath was borrowed.  
John O’Donoghue

Let us see…earth as an original monastery.
The creatures and trees as our spiritual teachers. 
The elements as are our spiritual directors.
The mountains and the flowers as our saints.
The seasons as our scripture text. 
The forests as the original cathedrals and mosques and 
Liturgy that arises from the original hymn of creation. 
Christine Valtners Paintner – The Souls Slow Ripening.

New Lands
At each new land
There is a cross,
A place to stop 
And scan direction.
It is here you will be tempted
To remain
The same old story
Of a self that was,
Cornered by its frame.

Take my hand little one,
Let you walk on the inside.
Saved from that.
Which blocks your journey
To this Good House of Hope        
d ni chinneide


posted 10 Oct 2019, 04:43 by Peter Harney

The #AussieBirdCount is a great way for us to connect with the birds in our backyard no matter where our backyard happens to be — a suburban backyard, a local park, a patch of forest, down by the beach, or the main street of town.

You can count as many times as you like over the week, as long as each count is completed over a 20-minute period. The data collected assists BirdLife Australia in understanding more about the birds that live where people live.

For more information and to register go to

Retreat and Concert: A Celtic Journey of the Heart

posted 17 Aug 2019, 16:01 by Peter Harney

For more information, please click on the attached flyer.

How can you Support the Uluru Statement from the Heart?

posted 8 Aug 2019, 04:34 by Peter Harney

Sign the Petition in support of the Uluru Statement from the Heart


Write to your local State and Federal MPs stating your support for the Uluru Statement from the Heart.


Dean Parkin’s TEDx Talk

Available on Youtube under the title

‘The Uluru Statement from the Heart – an idea whose time has come.’


Peter Harney on behalf of AMEC

Some Thoughts on Wisdom from an Elder

posted 4 Aug 2019, 16:05 by Peter Harney

Wisdom - is the synergy between what we learn when we keep open our eyes open, our minds open and our hearts open. It is important that it is all three and in particular our hearts.

What would I tell a younger version of myself on leadership:

1.  Your health (physical, mental, emotional and spiritual) wills always be your best ally in the journey of leadership

2.  Whatever you train at you will get better at - be mindful of the shadow side to this
3.  Don’t be afraid to take risks
4.  Don’t over coach
5.  Be aware of the seduction in leadership - success can have an evil edge.
6.  Be the leader you wish you had.
7.  Certain things can catch your eye but pursue only those that capture the heart
8.  Find a leadership soul mate and take time to talk about leadership and in particular your own leadership.
9. What is the “Catholic” part of what you are trying to lead. Try and understand what this “Catholic” means to you
10. Find enjoyment

Role Leaders
* Identity - this can’t be allocated to just one other  person - it is the soul of everything that happens in the institution
* In care situations student protection is important- it is our single greatest responsibility
* inclusion - we are always the gatekeepers and who we enrol says everything about us and what we value

A  Thought:
If you want to exclude more have more rules


Michael Senior on retreat at AMEC

The Archer earth speaks to us

posted 4 Jul 2019, 20:31 by Peter Harney   [ updated 4 Jul 2019, 20:33 ]

The Archer earth speaks to us from its quiet natural heart if we have the ears to hear and the eyes to see. Stunning in its beauty! 

Image attribute: Ray Cox (Thank you Ray for sharing)

June Reflection

posted 11 Jun 2019, 02:42 by Peter Harney

FROM FLOOD TO FIRE… the story of our land and its trees

Please click the attached file to read more.

AMEC - May Reflection

posted 2 Jun 2019, 11:38 by Peter Harney

Holding the Message - Imaginal Cells meet Indigenous Insights

On Wednesday 22 May, 2019 at the Maroochy Bushland Botanic Gardens, Peter Mulchay (Muraay Djeripi) shared with our LEAP group the ancient indigenous perspective of spiritual connection to country. Peter has the gift to make the ancient wisdom of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait peoples, fresh and relevant. He did this by inviting us into his experience of reconnection with his cultural, social, ecological and ethical legacy. Throughout Peter’s story-telling and explanations of his original artworks we experienced deep listening and the emergence of new insights. He enabled us to take a step towards a new threshold that beckoned us to discern more creatively our collective (and personal) responses as members of the Archer Mountain Earth Community.

Following Peter’s sharing, our group spent time reflecting upon what had stirred within us as we were listening to the experiences that had shaped (and continues to shape) Peter’s Earth consciousness. As an outcome of our discussion we were lead to a re-affirmation of the insights being offered to us through our four imaginal cells and we renewed our commitment to explore the layers of inspiration embedded within them. We agreed to continue to process our insights for a further couple of days in order to see what stayed with us and then to write our individual reflections and collate them for further reference. These personal reflections form the basis of this document.

The Unfolding Story  

The Archer Mountain Earth Community (AMEC) commits to the Unfolding Story by telling The Great Story in creative ways and by listening to our own stories and connecting them to the one Great Story of Cosmogenesis. Story is the methodology AMEC uses to help us develop earth consciousness and to experience the sacredness of our planet’s evolving wisdom. Also, we share our story in order to offer hospitality to those who are attracted to Bujura seeking spiritual nourishment.


Indigenous Insight - Essence is ‘of God’

All sacred stories, including the indigenous story, emerge from the essence of what is and are not ‘made-up’ to satisfy human curiosity. The space before the coming of light was wodja.  This is the place of abundant silence, the essence of all.  Then light is made of this Essence, which in turn gives birth to Story (the Mental) and which, in turn, becomes the Physical.  Essence is everything: soil, snake and star are of Essence.  The human learns the story of the snake so as to understand and appreciate its origin and its life-force.  The Story carries the deep message of the DNA of everything.  Like the snake we have to learn to shed our lives, enter the pain of loss, and in so doing, learn what we need in order to continue the journey of growth.


The Universe invites us to experience The Essence. The sky, the air, the water and the land are all living and vibrating with the Essence of Life. The only window into the Essence is through creation. The eternal circle in the nothingness, caused the flaring forth of the ‘big bang’. In indigenous imagery, the Rainbow Serpent (Crocodile) moves through the cosmos creating and shaping the story which is manifested in its physicality so that the Spirit can be known.

The Great Work

The Archer Mountain Earth Community commits to enabling the birth of the “new human” who will be stunned by beauty and inspired to work with and care for Earth. Part of this Great Work is to become aware of the bigger picture of what is occurring environmentally and to take action to alert others to the plight of our planet. Also, we work to maintain and nourish the natural resources we have, especially our most precious resource - water, the trees, the remnant of dry vine rain forest, the wallabies and bandicoots and the birds who populate our patch in the valley. 

Indigenous Insight - It’s never right until it’s right

The Great Work, Thomas Berry explains, means to come to know and understand that each tree and rock has a unique place in the universe and the more we truly know this truth the deeper the respect we will have for our planet. Learning ‘the earth’ is a life-time’s work. In indigenous culture the gum tree, for example, reveals hundreds of insights about the cycle of the seasons, the behaviours of birds and insects as well as the gum tree’s interdependence with the soils and other microscopic life forms.  The gum tree for those who are engaged in ‘the great work’ of learning the earth story, it is an ever-expanding galaxy of learnings and connections.  This is the wisdom needed for elder hood.

Detailed knowledge of plant and animal life is vital to the existence of indigenous peoples who use it to identify what is food (nourishing), medicine (healing) and poison (debilitating). The passage into deep insight comes from Essence which then flows into the mental (imaginal) process, gives expression in story and is birthed into physicality. The Great Work calls us to integrate the three dimensions of the spiritual, the imaginal/story and the physical and to live in consciousness that the three are one.


The Archer Mountain Earth Community thrives on the principle of interdependence.  We are indeed inter-beings with everything else: the mountain that stands solid and faithful looking over us, the Stanley River flowing through our valley, the wallabies who come down to graze or drink from our dam, the birds that populate our trees, the bees and butterflies pollinating our flowering bushes, the trees standing tall, Grandfather and Grandmother Tree, the sky and clouds and rain. We not only care for our whole community but we also commune with them through our respectful listening and our constant sense of awe and wonder at each individual’s beauty. 

Indigenous Insight - Knowing begets caring, caring begets loving.

When we know the life of other living beings we care for them and love them. Species other than human are no longer thought of as resources but become relations. That which we do not know intimately we fear and as result we often destroy.  The dictum ‘remember how great we were so that we can ignite the fires of the future’ reminds us that we originate in Essence. In Peter’s artwork he uses the halo, evolve into Story (the message stick of our DNA) and emerge into coolamon (the bowl of life and receptivity). We put the important learnings of life in the coolamon to sustain us on our future journey. To be conscious of our interconnectedness we must feel deeply the Essence in all of life, know the Story and live respectfully knowing how to act as custodians of Earth in our daily actions.  


The practice of Inter-being preserves the Whole and challenges the notion of separation of the trinity of Essence, Story and Physicality.  Inter-being, however, promotes a new way of making meaning and reveals who we are as humans in the Essence. Conversely, separation and alienation are poisonous to the human species and lead to the destruction of all that is, for what we are ignorant about, we will neglect, and what we fear most, we will destroy.


The Archer Mountain Earth Community listens attentively to inner vibrations and intuitions so as to connect more consciously with Earth’s innate and communal wisdom. Through meditative practice we find inner quiet in a variety of spaces, in the landscape and in sanctuaries, so as to enter into the heart of deep space and deep time.  We seek inner guidance through discovering inner stillness that connects us more intimately with our deepest self.  This art is learned by attuning ourselves to the ground of our being through periods of extended silence. Through reverently sitting and walking in the land we gradually learn new sensitivities alive to beauty, fragility and wonder of our ancient landscape.

Indigenous Insight - Those who say No!

The way to deep wisdom is to pay attention - to look and to know what we are looking at.

There is an infinite number of interconnections that creates the great web of life in which we live. Awe and wonder comes from truly knowing what we are immersed in. All is made ‘of’ God, not ‘from’ God, and in order to know ‘God’ we need to deeply attend to, explore and understand each part of creation and delight in uniqueness of each being. The indigenous instinct is to observe and read movement, colour, shape and intention and thus to become immersed in the essence of the Creator. To their eyes, the muscle of the carpet snake is revelatory of God’s energy in action.

Connected to the intimate experience of attunement, is the deep respect of the indigenous people for the boundaries of their sacred space and the sacred space of others. Bioregions of ecological diversity in South East Queensland are known to the indigenous people who respect limits by learning to say ‘No!’. That is, they are attuned to the sensitivities of entering another’s space and learning to ‘ask’ with respect as a way of acknowledging the freedom, dignity and rights of the other.  This is the basis of living in peace and harmony with the whole earth community.

For further dialogue: How might we continue to promote these indigenous perspectives within the Archer Mountain Earth Community?

It is an historical and legally verifiable fact that the indigenous people of Australia had their lands stolen as a result of the European invasion 250 years ago. This is a cause of ‘deep darkness’ for indigenous peoples. Yet, there are sources of light emerging as the public perception and western law grow in awareness of indigenous culture. We were not the ones who destroyed the indigenous culture in the past but we still carry the responsibility and scars in our DNA, our history, our ‘coolamon'. We are the ones here and now who know better and therefore must act for reconciliation and restoration.

Living into the new reality of the Archer Mountain Earth Community requires meeting the challenge to move from ignorance and/or arrogance to a better knowledge and skill base in order to engage with indigenous perspectives. In this arena of indigenous perspectives, it is plausible that we may be standing in ignorance, not knowing our blind spots, our scotomas. The grace of being in such a space is that there are no answers to the unasked questions, so when we are challenged to a new way of seeing and being, we can ‘stutter’ and stumble in humility as we chart a way forward.  This may lead to a fresh awareness that can spill over into action (changing the way we see, speak and act).  ‘Good things happen in the dark!’ says Joanna Macy, but Peter adds, there must always be a small still light that shows the way out. 

And suddenly you know: It’s time to start something new and trust

The magic of new beginnings.                                                     

Meister Eckhart

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