AOL Bulletin – 31st May 2017 – Love and Compassion

The aim of this week’s newsletter is to remind you to Bless the Earth and your community.


The True Meaning of Compassion with Joan Halifax


Joan HalifaxThe Dalai Lama says that Love and Compassion are necessities without them humanity cannot survive.
Compassion takes us out of ourselves.  It helps us realise that other people are there and in need and also may have problems.  What is compasion comprised of – that capacity to see clearly in the nature of suffereing – I am not separate from others suffering.  I am hear to help transform suffering.  Compassion says we are not to be attached to the outcome.   Any attachment to outcome would distort one’s ability to be fully present and be compassionate.  Compassion has enemies such as fear, outrage and pity.
Joan Halifax says that science has proved that being compassionate enhances our immune system. This profound teacher lost her eye sight and was partially paralysed at age four, and through this experience and her early suffering, she awoke to the strength of compassion first hand.
We all feel we are compassionate and kind people. But there is a whole other level of compassion that exists at the coalface of life. Senior Zen Buddhist Teacher, Joan Halifax, is a pioneer in the field of end-of-life care who has worked with the dying for 40 years, and has spent six years working with people on death row.
Click here to listen to this inspiring talk

 The Humble (Hubble) Perspective

Hubble Telescope Pic 2We gratefully acknowledge Dennis who sent the Academy this video and we know you will be just as mesmorised as we were by the beautiful colours and Light. This will definitely expand your mind as you get to realise how big or little our world or even our community is. It can give you a whole new perspective.

This amazing visual display(with awesome music) is in 3 parts.
Click here for Part 1 – Under 5 Mins
Click here for Part 2 – Under 4 Mins
Click here for Part 3 – Under 9 Mins

Morning Meditation for Gratitude and Positivity to Start your Day
Only 10 mins.

Morning MeditationAs you read this, stop what you are doing and say, “Bless this day” because you are alive.  Next please bless the Earth and be grateful for all that she gives us.  Stop and think in this moment now, what she gives us for without her we have nothing, not even the ground we walk on.
A daily practice of gratitude can help shift the way you look at the world around you in a more positive way.  Gratitude for the community you live in.  It can give you the sense that you are enough and what you have is enough. This is 10 minute meditation to start your day or to use at another time of the day to uplift your mood. For the best results, practice gratitude daily through meditation, journaling, or expressing your feelings to those you are grateful for.

Click here for this beautiful meditation.

NOTE:  In reading that what we have is enough it reminded me of a time I spent in India.  As I walked around I noticed one very striking difference in the people, and that was, they seemed so happy.  Later I had a chance to be talking with an Indian gentleman and I asked him what made the people so happy.
His reply was:  In the East we look down, and we see the people that are less fortunate, even the beggar in the street will look down and perhaps see another beggar but that beggar is blind and so he is happy because he can see.  In the West you always look up and see others that have more than you have and that makes you unhappy.  So perhaps we need to look down more often or realise that what we have is enough. 

Just For Fun

Herman MunsterThe world still struggles with the lesson Herman Munster taught us over 50 years ago. Be kind, love others, and strive to be a better person.
“It doesn’t matter what you look like. You can be tall or short, or fat or thin, or ugly or handsome ….You can be black or yellow or white.
It doesn’t matter. What does matter is the size of your heart and the strength of your character.”
Click here to watch (and for some us walk down memory lane)

(Show your children what we used to watch 50 years ago.  Perhaps it will be our children who will change the world).

Invitation : If you have a YouTube clip, encouraging words or a suggested speaker you would like to share, please let us know. Email us with your suggestions on

Facebook AOL LogoWHAT’S ON AT AOL On Monday Nights

Where : Mosman Arts & Community Centre, Cnr of Art Gallery Way and Myahgah Road.
When: Monday Nights 7.30pm – 9.30pm

Entry : $20.00 (You can still pay $15 plus fees on Eventbrite),
Concession for Pensioners or Students: $10.00 Includes light refreshments.
Finish time is 9.30pm.



SOUND EVENT : John Butterworth, Marc Cottee, Jewels Wakeman, Ellie Francis, and Jo Vandermeer
Come along, lay down to enjoy these sounds and bliss out…. let the sound clear and raise your energy

Sound Night WebsiteTonight, you will be bathed with the extraordinary sounds of Didgeridoo (Marc Cottee), Crystal Bowls (Jewels Wakeman), Gongs, Tibetan Bowls, Bells and Chimes (John Butterworth) plus the voices of Joe Vandermeer, Ellie Francis and Jewels Wakeman. .
By surrendering, with a quiet mind, to the sound of the giant gongs, bowls, didgeridoo and other musical instruments, the natural intelligence of our body can entrain back to a state of wellbeing. It is then up to you to maintain that state by modifying what you think and consume.
Everything in creation has its own natural rate of vibration which can be accelerated or decreased by other sources of vibration by the scientific law of sympathetic resonance or entrainment.
Bring a rug/blanket and pillow to lie down or sit as you allow your body to be immersed in these wonderful therapeutic and consciousness-expanding sound waves.
The cells of our bodies tune into these beautiful sounds and release toxins embedded thought patterns that no longer serve us and the result is that we feel rested relaxed, CLEANSED and REJEVENATED.
Just as a piano tuner is called in to tune up a Steinway to keep it playing in tune with creation so our bodies need to be ”tuned up” so that each organ of our body knows it is supported and loved, knows it’s place in the scheme of things and is in oneness with all creation.
Join us in the GRAND HALL at Mosman tonight!

For more information:
John and the Gongs:
Marc Cottee:
Julie (Jewels)
Ellie Francis:

Eventbrite - SOUND EVENT : John Butterworth, Marc Cottee, Jewels Wakeman, Ellie Francis, Jo Vandermeer and Julia Smith

*Please note our door ticket prices for general admission is $20.
All general bookings via Eventbrite remain at $15 plus booking fees. Concession prices will remain the same – $10. Ticket prices include light refreshments.
**We look forward to seeing you at our event but if something comes up refunds will be given with 24 hours notice prior to the event.


QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY HOLIDAY   …  The Academy will be closed.
We hope you have enjoyable long weekend and look forward to seeing you next week.

Academy of Light LogoIn and Around the Academy with Ari Porter

It was great to have our friend Nancy back for another night of guidance and downloads sprinkled with her sense of humour. A bit like going to the doctor when you were a kid, we were warned the needle might hurt a bit, but it was for our own good and there was lolly to help make it more pleasant. Well, at least when I was kid, although the over 55 generation was initially the subject of some age discrimination in Nancy’s predictions, but all in good fun.
We were told this was an important time for releasing of old beliefs and patterns to enable the shift to Unity Consciousness. So even ancient wounds between Lemuria and Atlantis and through our family line can be healed. As we process this individually we also assist others in the Collective Consciousness.  These transition energies started in March and will continue for another couple of months. So if you have been feeling unsettled during this period, there is good reason and you are not alone.
Most of the old patterns to be released are held in the lower chakras, and there is also an age related distribution in the chakras affected. Younger people tend to experience it more in the heart , while the older people moving down thru the sacral and base. Anger is a big one to be released.
The main guides that Nancy works with are Mary Magdalene and Jeshua, but Merlin was also mentioned as assisting, particularly for people from Wales, Nordic Countries, Eastern Europe and the Pacific. She reinforced the message Rosemary has been delivering about the increased effectiveness of group meditations and practices, and this also translated into the clearings being done in pairs or small groups.
This is where the real action took place as we paired up to help each other, physically holding the space between us, while Nancy delivered her powerful guided meditations and opera style toning. Visualisations used liquid light of gold, magenta and turquoise moving through the body and we felt very energised and blessed when we had finished.  Much love and gratitude to Nancy for sharing her work with us.  She will be back at the Academy on the 31st July. 

The work can also be assisted by free activations available from Nancy’s website and she will also be back in Sydney 8-11 July for private sessions which can also be booked through her website

Thought Of The Week

 EarthWhen one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.

-John Muir

Affirmation – say daily and slowly, feel it, believe it

 EarthToday and every day I bless and care for the Earth, as she blesses and cares for me.


We forget sometimes to clean or clear the energy of our home.  Dust accumulates daily and so do thoughts and words.  So the air gets heavy, sometimes even sad and the home becomes a place that you don’t feel comfortable in.  So apply these tips and change the home’s energy from dark to Light.



1.  Bless the day, your home and the people that live in it each morning.
2.  Ask Archangel Michael to clear away any energies that aren’t for your highest good from the previous day
3.  Ask Archangel Michael to fill your house with Light (and yourself too).
4.  Thank the Angel of Water for your shower.
5.   Put love into whatever you have to do in the house that day, particularly the task that you least like doing.
6.   Let go all the things that you think are wrong in your life and instead list all the things that are right.  First of which is that you are alive.
7.   Fluff up the cushion where you sit.  Remember all your thoughts have gone into it.  Make it a joy to sit down.

Remember to ask yourself, are the people that live in your house coming home to Heaven or that other place.

by Rosemary Butterworth, author of How to Move Forward; Leave Your Thoughts Behind. (See Shop)



Mosman Community Art Centre
Myahgah Road Mosman
Wednesday 5TH JULY 2017 at 7pm                 
Hosted by Rev. Ann Joel and friends

This is a once off event: Rev. Ann returns to Sydney on her way home to Perth from her tour to John of God’s Casa, in Brazil.
Join Rev. Ann Joel and friends, as we connect here in Australia to the beautiful Spirit Guides of Casa de Dom Inacio in Brazil.  This evening event gives a special opportunity to catch-up with like-minded souls, to open up to love, to reflect and grow; as we connect with each other and ‘all there is’.
Each one of us having a sacred intent for peace, love, forgiveness and understanding.
“I am sending this out to all my past and present clients in Sydney, and my long time dear friends who are making this event possible, as I arrive back from Brazil the night before the event.”  Rev. Ann
DRESS:  in white or cream attire



Exciting 6 Week Mediumship & Psychic Development Course

Starting June 8th in Crows Nest, Sydney

If you’re interested in developing your Mediumship and Psychic skills then this highly experiential 6 week course is for you.
You will get plenty of opportunities to practice exercises and activities to grow and expand your sixth sense in a safe and comfortable environment with lovely like-minded people.
Imagine how great it will be to learn all about your sixth sense while practicing fun exercises with a supportive group at your side.
Time and dates: 7pm-8.45pm, each Thursday for 6 weeks starting June 8th.
No experience required. This course is open to everyone, at all experience levels.
Investment: $200 for the full 6 week course.

Limited spots available. Contact Gabriel via:

  • Email
  • Phone 0411 459 126
  • Visit


Dr. Jean Houston’s free “The 3 Keys To Discovering & Living Your Life’s Purpose”

It’s essentially the first step in what might well be the most important and pivotal 7-weeks of your life.

Jean’s Awakening To Your Life’s Purpose 7-Week Online Course has transformed the lives of many thousands of people throughout the world since she first began offering it six years ago…

And your chance to join them will be starting soon, on Thursday, June 15th.

In the course, Jean will show you how to fully discover and embrace your true reason for being in the world at this time in history…

And once you do, you’ll begin experiencing a deeper sense of clarity and purpose in everything you do, each and every day.

Activate Your Unique Destiny Code and Live Your Highest Calling – Find Out All About Jean Houston’s 7-Week Program

And if you missed Jean’s recent online event, or want to listen again, you can still access the recording at no charge here.

During the 7 weeks you’ll spend with Jean, you’ll not only discover how to pursue your life’s purpose with a newly inspired sense of focus…

You’ll also find yourself overflowing with confidence and charisma from all Jean will be guiding you to do, making you more magnetic to others in every situation.

I can imagine you might right now be thinking, “Really? How can it possibly do that?”

But it’s true!

And not only have thousands told us so—I’ve seen it happen myself many times when I’ve looked in on the course, and often to those who thought it was too late for them to change in any significant way.

That’s the enduring power of Jean’s teachings.



Womens Dream QuestJudith Tripp is bringing her superb ‘Women’s Dream Quest’ to Australia this September. Join us for a weekend of labyrinth walking, meditation, song and gentle healing process. We’ll create a sacred women’s circle, connecting to all the sacred circles formed over the last thirty years of Women’s Dream Quests around the world, listening deeply for our role at this pivotal time in the life of our planet. Judith is a psychotherapist who leads pilgrimages and Dream Quests in the US and Europe.

For more information and to register go to
15th-17th September at Amberley, Lower Plenty, VIC
22nd-24th September at St Josephs, Kincumber, NSW

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