This iconic spiral symbol is used to demonstrate some pretty big concepts like evolution, life, consciousness, creation and has been a symbol of our personal and collective odysseys and our inner journey for over four decades. We share some of that rich history on the page opposite. And in every edition of Odyssey, like the nautilus on the cover, we will recede, look back so that we can surge forwards.
As I personally reflect on the spiral it presents as a path, whirling, beckoning and challenging us to connect deeply with our core, the very essence of who we really, really are. It gently takes us into the inner plains of transformation, enabling us to embrace our sacred wound, our shadow, ‘our humanity’, both individually and collectively. In this conic spiralling movement it merges effortlessly with our light, ‘our divinity’, to embody our authentic beauty as we evolve. As our consciousness expands, we emerge to deliver our gifts and share our wisdom with the world.
The chambered nautilus is one of the oldest creatures known to survive in the earth’s oceans, a symbol of order amidst chaos as reflected in its spiral precision. Following the disruption of these unusual times we all crave the calm of ‘normality’, a return to order from the chaos as we greet 2022. ‘Normality’ may be hard to define, but I do know that it is a longing to go back to a time before discomfort and fear set in, a familiar space.
As we have all transformed and evolved in expansive ways during the past year, there have been many joys and many sadnesses; yet we emerge and enter into this new year more resilient, more hopeful, more conscious and more committed to health, wealth and happiness than before.
“Everything has a vibration that spirals inward or outward — and everything turns together in the same direction at the same time. This vibration keeps going: It becomes born and expands or closes and destructs — only to repeat the cycle again in opposite current. Like a lotus, it opens or closes, dies and is born again. Such is also the story of the sun and moon, of me and you. Nothing truly dies. All energy simply transforms.” Suzy Kassem, ‘Rise and Salute the Sun’
In the summer edition we take a look at wealth and overcoming the fear of money and address self-doubt and rebuilding belief in oneself. Our health segments focus on heart matters and the health benefits of great sleep and our clinical casebook focuses on the healing power of the arts. Relationships and sexual intimacy feature from a Tantric perspective and we share the ‘10 Commandments of Attraction.’
Meditation, self-care, self-love and the need to release in order to move forward and just to ‘be you’ come under the spotlight in this edition. We feature Life Alignment as our modality of choice and introduce you to the incredible field of neurocoaching which embraces the very latest neuroscientific research. In our conscious parenting segment we explore how the Enneagram promotes better parenting.
As always we take you on a journey to our eco-destination of choice and in this edition we find bliss in the tranquil and pristine Seychelles Islands. Salads take the centre stage in our food segment and we introduce you to some plantaliscious vegan smoothies and light meals for poolside festivities, ‘Tis the season after all!
Our heartfelt wish for you in the days ahead and the new year is great health, profound joy and amazing abundance. All love and brightest blessings, Ed and the OM Team.
Editor | Odyssey Magazine
Savvy and insightful corporate jungle escapee, wordsmith, author, publisher and magazine editor, Debra is passionate about upliftment through the power of the written word. Former natural healer, teacher and healing academy principal Debra blends together extensive expertise in wellness, both in the corporate and personal contexts, as well as over 25 years’ experience in driving and delivering corporate wellness initiatives for local and global corporations. Student of law and corporate consultant by trade, naturopathic practitioner by design and magazine editor by choice. Debra is honoured to be the custodian of Odyssey