Geboor (Book 2 of Dadirri Series): Poustinia

Part 2—Sacred Spaces (Autumn)
Poustinik Dancer

Something about the dance studio this morning reminded Maliyan of a poustinia. Its lack of people, furniture, and electricity. Its striking emptiness. Poustinia is a Russian word for a sparsely furnished cabin where one goes to pray and fast. Its most fundamental element is its aloneness. Alone, except for God. In Russia, poustiniks often live on the edges of towns. They are available to their community for spiritual help and sometimes practical help. Although Maliyan had plenty of self-starting drive to dance in her poustinia, there was no doubt that another body, another being, another type of energy gave dance a different and wonderful dimension.

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Dadirri Series Background

Here are some real-life places on which the fictional places of the Dadirri Series are based.

  • The fictional town of Nanima is rural Wellington, N.S.W., Australia.
  • The main female character has adopted the Aboriginal name of Maliyan, the Wiradjuri name for wedge-tailed eagle (totem for the Binjang mob of Wellington).
  • Fictional Luna Tiks cafe (Four Cats) is across the road from the empty, pink dance school.
  • Cathedral Cave (Wellington Caves) is where Maliyan meets the spirit of Wandaang, who wants his ancestor’s bones back.
  • The tiny fictional town of Yan Yan Gurt (where Maliyan’s ancestors come from) is Stuart Town.
  • Historic Stuart Town cemetery is the Yan Yan Gurt cemetery where Maliyan senses her ancestor’s spirits.
  • The mystic artist character, Euroka, gets his name from a family property in the area.
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Geboor (Book 2 of Dadirri Series): Shophouse

Spectrum

“I think you are on the spectrum, boo,” said Luna.

Maliyan laughed and thought, Always the joker.

Luna wasn’t smiling and continued sympathetically, “Lots of people are. I mean, I like people on the spectrum. I find them interesting.”

Maliyan wasn’t sure what was worse—Luna’s diagnosis of her mental state or his trying to make it better by kindly reassuring her that, regardless, it was fine with him. It made it all the funnier or all the more disturbing.

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Widening the Horizon

Spiritual progress is inevitably accompanied by better human circumstances in one way or another. (The Love of Being Loving)

After ten years of publishing exclusively with Amazon, I have finally worked out how to “go wide”. Going wide means publishing more places than Amazon. It means my books will be more widely available. Not that I don’t love Amazon—where would we writers and readers be without it?

It took me ten years to work it out because of things such as ISBNs, barcodes, interior and cover files, and incompatible formats on conflicting platforms, to name a few. But here we are, at the beginning of a new year, and the 4 books of the Love and Devotion Series are now “wide”. The rest are coming.

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The Love of Being Loving—Audiobook on Amazon Audible

The Love of Being Loving is now available as an audiobook on Audible (Amazon) and other audio sites. The holiday period is ideal for setting aside dedicated time for your spiritual and personal growth. That way, you are setting up 2023 to be a wonderful, productive, painless, happy year. Listening to my new audiobook, The Love of Being Loving, will assist you with this goal. It is made with repeat listening in mind, which benefits students of life wishing to truly transform their consciousness.

Donna Goddard on Audible (Amazon)
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Addendum—2022

It has been one year since Writing: A Spiritual Voice was published. Every year brings significant growth as a creative of any sort. I have added a detailed 2022 Addendum to Writing: A Spiritual Voice. It includes:

  1. Technical changes and challenges.
  2. I learned how to make audiobooks.
  3. I developed a different marketing focus.
  4. The vision of my writing as a body of work became clearer and stronger.
  5. I began writing a new fiction series, Nanima.

I have an ever-evolving idea of the body of work I want to offer the world. One day, God willing, it will extend beyond my lifetime. It’s not just about the accumulation of titles but, rather, the growth of an energy field. Along with the mark that each book and series makes, there grows a specific energy field that will ultimately carry our books, work as authors, and spiritual impact on the world. To some extent, the books don’t even have to be read. People who have never read them can still benefit. Many great authors form part of our collective consciousness without us even knowing the titles of their works. The energy field of their body of work extends beyond time and space.

Writing: A Spiritual Voice by Donna Goddard on Amazon
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Miraculous Stats—Zero to Hero

Here’s a NEW story about the mysterious ways of the Divine.

My daughter is currently studying statistics as one of her university psychology subjects. It’s her least favourite subject, but we joke that, at least, it’s not as bad as when I did statistics at age 20. The subject was simply beyond me. My maths capabilities were far below what would make the subject understandable. Nevertheless, in order to pass psychology, I had to pass statistics. I had resigned myself to the fact that I wasn’t going to pass and was, most likely, going to get zero.

Then a most amazing thing happened. My friend, Alex Baturnysky, was very good at statistics. An hour before the exam, my friends and I were sitting with exam-stress glumness in the university cafe. Alex must have seen the rather doomed look on my face. He asked if he could help.

I responded, “Thank you very much, but I am beyond help. Anyway, there is nothing you can do in such a short time.”

He persisted and said, “No, let’s try.”

I really didn’t want to try because I was desperately hopeless about it all, and frankly hated everything to do with the subject. I listened as best as I could out of politeness. He went through five questions that were the sort of thing that could be asked. He explained in detail what the correct answers would be. Numbers, numbers! For some reason, numbers have always been meaningless to me. Meaningless and entirely forgettable.

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Healing and Seeing

When we see things spiritually, nothing is left to heal, change, restore or mend. All is beautifully perfect and infinite. The human healing that inevitably occurs, one way or another, is the shadow aligning itself correctly with divine Reality. It is the mist lifting with the morning rays of the sun’s warmth and light. It is the fog becoming less dense with Truth’s brilliant clarity. When we understand the loveliness inherent in spiritual existence, our human existence reflects this loveliness. A consciousness imbued with divine Love sends healing to everything within its gaze and radius.

From The Love of Being Loving by DONNA GODDARD on Amazon.
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Love’s Longing Audiobook is Now Available

Love’s Longing is now available as an audiobook on Audible and other audio sites. I have just listened to the whole audiobook myself, and I think you will like it. It’s one of those books you can keep listening to. It has an uplifting effect because spiritual reality is uplifting.

If you need to know how to love, how to understand love or how to project it, this book will be valuable to you. (Review)

A book filled with interesting and thought-provoking thoughts. Had to reread some parts to get the full thought of some passages and actually read some to my husband! (Review)

More poetic and deeper than expected. Very well written. (Review)

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