Postcards from the Edge
This is a small travel article that I wrote some time after staying at the Rainbow Temple in Rosebank.
I had met many foreign travellers the year before whilst travelling and living in New Zealand,
and took the opportunity to catch up again whilst they were in Australia near Byron Bay at the Rainbow Temple in Rosebank.
Byron Bay 'The Rainbow Temple' Rosebank
Earth meets ocean and sky meets the sun of each new day in Australia.
The Conch shell call of freedom sounds, aloud. Amidst the usual backpackers, tourists and free-flowing locals, there is space to be yourself. In 2004 I had the pleasure of finding myself in Byron Bay’s hinterland, at ‘The Rainbow Temple’.
Walking up a windy mountain road, backpack on and guitar in hand, my mind was quieted by the beauty of the countryside. Some kilometres later, covered in sweat, I emerged from the rainforest to see a four storey, brightly painted, solid wooden building, set into the side of a mountain, a breathtaking and magnificent spectacle. I was greeted by regulars and travellers going about the daily routine of cleaning, cooking and tending the gardens full of fruit, ornamentals and herbs. I was directed to the owner and heartily welcomed by ‘Rainbow Guy’ to his oasis of peace and tranquillity.
I felt right at home in the communal space and living of ‘Rainbow Temple’ life. People from all, walks of life, visit this place for respite, relaxation, meditation and conversation. A place where, speaking of angels, spirits elementals and god/dess-e/s is not shunned. The interplay of energies in the world around us is acknowledged. The ‘Rainbow Temple’, building, is in a constant state of growth and change. The design is based upon geometry of the interlaced triangles of spirit and matter, and the heights that creation can aspire to and reach through a balanced centre and steady climb up the spiral staircase of awareness.
One of the tasks to perform each day, in exchange for room and board, was to keep the kitchen facilities clean. As the hub of activity and the visitor reception and replenishment area, the dynamics of a clean and clear atmosphere were evident. It gave me, a great sense of pride to put energy into a place where dreams can come true and ideals are made a reality.
I had many opportunities to become more aware of myself, my relation to others and the world around me. The anecdotes of Rainbow Guy, Silver Feather, J.J. and Cam, along with the acceptance, friendship and love of these and many others, encouraged me to look at myself and be myself in a naturally conscious way. Life is in every moment giving us opportunities to learn and grow through experience, expanding our awareness of ourselves and of life itself.
Alas, the constancy of change urged me to move on. As I continue moving and changing, I am thankful for these places and times, when life gives us the opportunity for growth.
In humble gratitude, may the wings of peace, fill our world with laughter.
The Council requires the owner to have structural work done to gain building approval you can sign the petition
These adventures and many more, all contribute to my Holistic Health Coaching style and the many Interesting topics that we can discuss. :)
Shairin is a Naturopath and Usui Reiki Master/Teacher with a Bachelor of Health Science in (Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Medical Systems).