me into the unfolding photo by gaye

Photo by Gaye Sutton. Poem by Michael Woodcock

Even if the path ahead is not clear,

I create it with each step forward.

Knowing that behind me,

are ten thousand steps that have taught me, to walk upright

into the unfolding.


John O’Donohue


  • Lisa Littlebird has a generous site for songs and lyrics at –  the the title of John O’Donohue poem which inspires this site and my own unfolding is sung beautifully fluent
  • John O’Donohue reads his poem Beannacht – A celtic blessing


Anam Cara – Spiritual wisdom from the Celtic world 

Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee


Changing the story


Spiritual Ecology – 10 Practices to reawaken the sacred in everyday life

Find his books at the Golden Sufi Center

Wendell Berry

Wendell reads

How to make fire – without matches or lighter.

We take the ability to easily make fire as a given. What if you find yourself in a prolonged natural or civil disaster? Lost in the bush, hypothermic, with wet matches and wishing you had learnt how to make fire with the friction of wood. But of course you need the right wood, seasoned and dry. Here is a very simple method using no more than three gathered natural New Zealand materials and a fire striker from trademe for less than two dollars.


Pictured is cabbage tree leaves, tied in a bundle. Dried grass, the dark fibre hairs are from a punga tree, and the cream fluffy material is the head of Raupo -bulrush. The raupo or punga hairs both catch fire easily.  Better than paper.




You pack your dried grass in first, then your soft fibre. While these catch quickly and burn well, the secret ingredient to hold the seed of ember is the black patch of char cloth.  You can buy this on trade me or easily make your own and keep it in a small container.





This is the magnesium fire striker. The green metal scraper is struck down the rod and aimed at your nest of material focusing on the char cloth.



OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHere is the ember sitting on the char cloth. At this point you breathe onto the ember and fold the material in on it. Keep feeding it with your breath and as the smoke builds you can use the handle you have made with the cabbage tree fronds to keep the heat and flame away from you and wave the bundle through the air, until …




It’s an enjoyable outdoors based fun activity to  find, gather and store the materials.

And there is a primal connection in making fire from gathered material feed by your own breath.