Category Archives: EXPLORING GOD’S CREATIONS

Exploring, discovering & learning about love, life and God

Rock Pool Discoveries

I have been enjoying exploring the beach and rock pools over the past few weeks, which inspired me to do my first rock pool guided tour on the weekend, which I found fascinating. If you wish to bring out your inner child or awaken your desire to start exploring and discovering, this is a great way to do it. I have walked along rock platforms many times, but have never really paid much attention to the many creations around me and the amazing work they all do, I learn’t many things on this tour and had just as much fun as the little kids that were on the tour with us.

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Rock Platforms

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Looks like craters on the moon which were filled with lots of what I thought were just shells.

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There were hundreds of shells covering the rock platforms, which were homes to snails. They slowly move over the rocks eating algae (although some snails eat other snails). Names of the snails here: Tubercled Noddiwink (tiny ones), Black Nerite and Variegated Limpet (white & brown – photo below).

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This rock is covered with Rosette Barnacles – Barnacles are closely related to prawns, they are filter feeders which open their shell plates when covered by water and collect food particles with their hairy feet.

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Tiny crab that was hiding under a rock. So clever how they remover their shell when they get to big for it and form a new one.

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This large rock pool is filled with little star fish (now called sea stars because they are not actually fish, but closely related to sea urchins), which have five arms. They were so well camouflaged that we all couldn’t see them until our guide pointed them out. Below is a close up of the rock pool above.

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This is a sea star our guide picked up to let us hold and see up close what they look like.

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Sea star turned over – the star shaped lines you can see are lots of little feet and the round circle in the middle is it’s mouth.

IMG_3965I noticed that the closer I got to the main source of life (the ocean) the more life I saw in the rock pools and the more colourful they were. I started to feel a deeper understanding of our souls journey towards God and how we can come to have a closer relationship with our Divine Parent.

The closer I am to the source of God’s creations; to life, the more I feel a connection to God and I learn more about myself and about God in the process. My energy feels clearer when I am in nature, I feel more, my senses are heightened, and my mind is much clearer also. Although it is a slow process of healing my soul I have noticed every time I heal a part of my soul, let go of false beliefs and live in harmony with what God is teaching me I feel closer to God, I feel clearer and more vibrant in my soul, I feel more alive and more joyful.

Just like the rock pools are more vibrant, clearer and abundant the closer they are to the source of life, so too does the soul get more vibrant, clearer and abundant the closer it gets to God.

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One little sea star in this little rock pool, it was a joy to find.

One little sea star in this little rock pool, it was a joy to find.

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The brownish-red blobs hanging form this rock are called Waratah Anemone, they are closed up.

The brownish-red blobs hanging from this rock are called Waratah Anemone, they are closed up.

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Waratah Anemone one partly opened and one fully opened – bright red with little sea stars around them, very colourful and a big difference from the rock pools closer to the beach.

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The photo above is an Elephant Snail (black circle with what looks like a cream coloured shell on top), the two sea stars below the snail are in the photos below, our guide removed them from the rock pool briefly to show us more closely.

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These sea stars are much larger with ten arms and it amazes me how much they camouflage with nearly the exact colour of the rock they are on. Below is the sea star turned over, which  it was in the middle of eating it’s lunch. Sea stars protrude their stomach outside of their mouth and digest their food outside of their bodies. Some sea stars can also grow new arms and a few species can grow an entire body. This sea star looks like it has had a couple of arms nibbled at.

IMG_3990We are surrounded by God’s creations all with an intelligent system that we can learn about and come to appreciate the amazing work they do. I am just beginning to open my eyes and my heart to learning about what gifts nature has to offer.

Exploring God’s Creations

Magpies

My soul is being drawn to spend more time in nature and explore God’s beautiful, amazing creations (I will share over a few posts my discoveries as I begin to learn more about God and how nature can help you to learn more deeply about yourself).

Inspired to go whale watching as it is whale season and these beautiful, joyful, giants are heading north along the NSW coastline to warmer waters for breeding and calving. Although I didn’t see any this day I did observe the creations that where nearby as we waited patiently to spot a whale and soak up the warmth of the sun shining on us.

We spent a couple of hours relaxing and watching and what I noticed was the tree in front of me had magpies coming and going the whole time, and they would all do the same thing. They flew onto the branches, they observed their surroundings, they sang, they were silent, they sang some more, then off they flew.

I asked myself what can I learn about these magpies? They were happy being themselves, they were freely exploring the world in which they live, and they freely voiced what was inside of themselves, they didn’t need approval to sing and it didn’t matter if anyone heard them they just sang their tune aloud and off they went – I was grateful that I heard the song that they shared, I was grateful for the gift of sight, of hearing, of smell, of touch, of taste, and awareness.

The more I learn, explore, and discover the more I see how Loving, Amazing, Precise, and Intelligent God is.

What songs do we have inside of us that are longing to be sung?
What words do we have inside of us that are longing to be expressed?
What beautiful passions and desires are inside of us waiting to be free?

Jennene 💗

Gratitude

Yesterday I watched Oprah interview filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg on Super Soul Sunday, about Natures Unseen World, so beautiful. His message is, that he wants people to fall in love with nature in order to protect it. Below is a 6 minute video Louie filmed about gratitude and opening our hearts and our eyes to the beauty of life around us.

Gratitude from MOVING ART on Vimeo.

The Beauty of Creation & Being Present

Its springtime in Australia, my favourite season; although I do love summer too. The weather is warming up, the flowers are blossoming, new growth starting to come through on the bare trees, butterflies everywhere, so beautiful.

My morning walk in nature is a time for me where I feel more connected to my soul, which allows me to feel more of my emotions; an opportunity to heal and come to know my soul more. Its also a time where I feel my guidance more; a time where creative thoughts flow, and the joy of being in nature and soaking up the warmth of the sun shining on me.

On my walk this morning, I decided to set my intention to be more present and aware of my surroundings, to observe nature, to see and to listen. To my amazement this is what I discovered:

  • Beautiful trees that I have walked passed every day for years and have never noticed them.
This is the tree that stood out to me. The leaves and colour of this tree where amazing.

This is the tree that stood out for me. The leaves and colour of this tree where amazing.

  • I saw so many beautiful flowers in different colours and different shades of the one colour.
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Some of the beautiful flowers I saw on my walk.

  • I saw different shades of colours in the trees, different varieties of trees, shrubs and flowers. Which led me to thinking about how amazing God is and that by observing nature we can come to learn more about God’s Nature. God created abundance of everything I saw today, not just one tree, or one flower, or one colour, or one variety, but an abundance of everything. God has also created everything to have multiple purposes as I noticed my thoughts passing a big canopy tree; it gives us oxygen, a home for birds, wildlife and insects, it gives us shade, some trees give us food and some trees give us joy from their beauty. Nature can restore your energy, bring peace, relaxation and awareness. God is abundant, intelligent, so loving, thoughtful and perfected in everything She has created for us to thrive and grow in love.
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This observation gave me the most joy. I took this photo from across the road, a beautiful Rainbow Lorikeet was looking straight out from the hole in this tree, but it moved back in when I stopped to get my phone out to take a photo.

  • I saw butterflies fluttering past me and around the flowers.
  • I saw beautiful old cottages in amongst new homes that have been built, I never noticed them before.
  • I saw some homes had hammocks on their porch, beautiful creative gardens and a home that had normal rectangle windows with one window at the side of their house that was small and round with coloured tinted glass and a blue bird on it. These are some of things I noticed as I walked by and I have never noticed them before, but they easily stood out when I became aware of my environment.
  • I saw people gardening, mowing the lawn, having breakfast in a cafe with their friends, people walking alone or with their dog, people sitting on seats looking out to the ocean, people working and building homes. Most of these things I do notice, but I was more aware today and I wanted to include it as part of my observation.
  • I heard the sound of birds chirping and the sound of the waves lapping against the shore. And the sound of cars passing by. I do tend to be in tune to the sound of birds chirping and the sound that waves make as I love listening to them.
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The beach I walk past on my morning walk.

I felt more alive and got so much joy from being present and embracing my childlike qualities, it felt like I was seeing things with new eyes. As I write this post I think about how much of life I’m not seeing and experiencing when I’m not present and living in the moment. I have seen and experienced some of the benefits of being present and I feel it is very important for soul growth. I am definitely going to keep setting my intention to be present in life and to embrace more of my childlike qualities.

Jennene 💗