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THE JOURNEY by Donna Williams

January9

To my husband Chris who journeyed with me 17 years teaching and gifting me so many things & to my friends Scott & Morghana who understood what journey meant and gave me the joy of watching theirs in action.

We are all born, physically, but there comes a time, ready or not, when we find it has become ‘our own life’.
We don’t yet know what to do with this new territory, this responsibility, but done is done and you can’t stuff the genie back into the bottle.

We all reach a time where we don’t want to be found, sometimes by others, sometimes by ourselves. We hide from the light, from en-light-en-ment, sometimes openly under a facade or role, sometimes beneath a false smile, our defensiveness, the ego-dom that helps us hide from realness and facing up.

Eventually, we wander and that wandering eventually brings us to a place of opportunity and, with it, usually dilemma or anxiety. The boat could take us to a different journey, but what lurks in the water? How do we solve getting to the boat or even dare to see where it might take us? Are we ready to seize the day, to take the journey?

We journey far and wide, many and varied paths we tread through inner worlds, outer worlds, until we are indeed well traveled. There, we find ourselves at ‘land’s end’ and perhaps set up camp to contemplate what is beyond this.
Beyond are oceans, deep and choppy, no guarantees, and we could lose life in the process. But beyond those oceans is a celestial world, our spiritual journey.

We reach a point where we become aware enough to release ourselves and others from baggage and this sets us free, within ourselves, amidst others.

This place of freedom opens us up to letting things flow; our expression, our creativity, our capacity to connect broadly to others, to nature, to the world, to our place in the universe.

Then there is a time where we find ourselves in a stillness, a dream time. All the do-do-do has ceased. This is a being space. We are not waiting, yet we are also not striving. We are open.

Finally, there is awareness. We have connected the physical world of our lived life in the vehicle we call ‘our’ body with the spiritual world that transcends this. Here we become at ease that all life is interconnected and we are already incarnated in all we have moved, inspired, taught, impacted, shared just as we have been the products of all who moved, inspired, taught, impacted and shared with us.

There is no end…


Polly Samuel (aka ‘Donna Williams’)
Author, artist, consultant and presenter.
http://www.donnawilliams.net

I acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the Traditional Owners of this country throughout Australia, and their connection to land and community.

Autism to ARTism … the ‘Donna Williams’ journey

December14

Field of Dreams by Donna Williams I heard from Nupur. She was from Boston USA and had recently I have started online community for children with special needs called ‘Special Children’s Art Work’. Her passion is to give special needs children and their families some place where they can come and submit their creativity. She thought I would be an inspiration for them and asked me for an interview. Here it is: Read the rest of this entry »

Lets Stop Calling it ‘the autism’: Autism and Trauma – what’s the connection?

January10

donna williams Recent studies in reputable medical journals have linked Autism to seemingly farfetched things like being born to mothers with pre eclampsia, being born prematurely, being born to older fathers, being born to smokers, being born by cesarean, being circumcised under the age of 5. Read the rest of this entry »

Artwork of the Month – Aug 2014 “Release”

August11

Release by Donna Williams This month’s artwork is titled ‘Release’. Read the rest of this entry »

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Artwork of the Month – Feb 2014 “Heritage”

February3

Heritage by Donna Williams http://www.donnawilliams.net This month’s artwork is titled ‘Heritage’. Read the rest of this entry »

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ARTISM blog – Artwork of the month: Jan 2014 “Picnic”

January2

Picnic by Donna Williams http://www.donnawilliams.net This month’s artwork is titled ‘Picnic’.

It is 20cm x 20cm, acrylic on wood.
It reminds me of people who are so busy they never stop to smell the roses. Or like that advertisement Read the rest of this entry »

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ARTISM blog – art work of the month – Dec 2013 “Starman” by Donna Williams

December18

Starman by Donna Williams http://www.donnawilliams.netThis month’s artwork is titled ‘Starman’. Read the rest of this entry »

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Donna Williams’ 2013 Christmas Art Sale

December1

Bliss by Donna Williams This December marks two years in remission from breast cancer and my subsequent retirement… which was not due to the cancer but due to peripheral polyneuropathy making life progressively ‘interesting‘ ever since chemo. Life itself, however, is still well worth celebrating. And to celebrate (and to help me raise money to pay off my own Christmas/birthday present of a $4000 VPAP machine for my Central Apnea I’m having a 2013 Christmas Art Sale. Hoping some of you may seize the opportunity to snap up an art bargain. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Call

May26

The Call by Donna Williams

The Call by Donna Williams

The movement and travel and physicality of sound was experienced as textures and movement, and in the painting the characters simply give the context…. I love sound, as a muso, singer, but equally spent my first 10 years 90% meaning deaf… so sound was purely patterns, movement, variations… later it had pragmatic purpose, associated meanings… but I’m blessed to have known both planets and this pic captures that journey for me. Read the rest of this entry »

ARTISM – an interview with art student Tilly Snaith

January24

This Much by Donna Williams Hello Donna,
My name is Tilly and I’m an A-level art student from a UK secondary school called Ruislip High.
While searching through the Internet for inspiration, I came across your website and was completely inspired. Read the rest of this entry »

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