Australian Bushfire Crisis-  Open Letter from Ian White

Australian Bushfire Crisis- Open Letter from Ian White

Unfortunately, so much of the Australian landscape and countryside has been ravaged by bushfires in these last months. It is with tremendous sadness that we simply don’t have as much access to pristine wilderness anymore. It has also been estimated that up to two billion animals have been killed during these current catastrophic bushfires which are affecting nearly all regions of Australia.

Both my company and I personally have been inundated with emails and messages from people all around the world expressing their concern and also their love and support for Australia, its animals and people.

Many have asked what they can do to help. As a result of this, I decided to write a personal note to update you, in the UK, about the bushfire crisis. 

As well as the deaths of so many animals, there has also been many people killed and thousands of homes destroyed. We have yet to fully comprehend the long term effects of this tragedy on plant and animal ecosystems; the destroyed country towns; the effects of inhaling the fine particular matter from the smoke; loss of jobs, not only directly from the fires but from a sharp fall in tourism, one of the biggest sources of national revenue and employment; lack of food and increase in cost of what will be available.

I came across a new term today – ‘eco-anxiety’, which is quite palpable at the moment here in Australia. It’s not just the people who have been traumatised by the fires directly, nor the very brave and heroic volunteer firefighters battling the blazes day after day in extreme heat, but it feels like everyone has been touched by all the suffering and trauma.

As one commentator put it “There is a lot of raw emotion out there. There are scars on our landscape, scars on our people and scars you won’t see.”

This eco-anxiety is also being experienced all around the planet with people tuning in to and viewing the destructive power and force of nature which is being unleashed.

Here in Australia, the fires have acted as a huge wake-up call about the seriousness of climate change and its consequences. One of the reasons the fires have been so bad is the widespread drought in Australia on top of 2019 being both the hottest and driest year on record in Australia.

I don’t think after these fires Australian people will allow the government to be so reluctant and nonchalant about the steps it needs to implement to address the issues of climate change. The current Federal government has very much had its head in the sand regarding this. 

These fires have brought a big message with them and the timing is interesting, coming when the Aboriginal elders are coming back up into visibility, such as with the stopping of the climbing of Uluru (Ayers Rock). The fires have burned the mask of complacency in Australia that has been covering the situation of the arrogance of ignoring the traditional people, the ones who know how to manage the energy of the land. They have not been allowed to be in control of the land for centuries and now we are seeing the effects of it, with the worst fires ever, but hopefully, it will bring to the attention of the leaders of the country from the realisation and awareness of the need to work with the elders. The latter have been saying for a long time, “listen to us”, but have been ignored.

This has to change, the message of these bushfires is teaching us is the need to listen to our wise, indigenous ones and let them manage the land again. Their ancient wisdom needs to be preserved and brought into the public domain.

We’ve lost billions of animals – which is just mind-boggling trying to even comprehend this. The koalas have certainly been badly affected and it looks like they may go on the endangered lists as many healthy colonies were totally wiped out. It looks like there’s going to have to be repopulating of many of the flora and fauna species. We won’t know the full extent of the damage until all the fires have stopped, which hopefully will be soon.

Up to today, the fires have already burnt so much land. 25 million hectares, which is the size of Belgium, Netherlands and the UK all combined that people have written in expressing concern that some of the Bush Essences won’t be able to be replenished.

Thankfully, I can assure you that this is not the case. The sixty-nine Bush Essences come from all regions of Australia and in the past when there has been devastating bushfires which have affected an area where we make an Essence, such as in Central Victoria with Green Spider Orchid, we were able to make it later that year in Western Australia, many thousands of kilometres away.

The area where we make Red Helmet Orchid and Southern Cross have been extensively burnt but there are other locations where I know we can find these plants which haven’t been burnt.  Monga Waratah is another plant that I have some concern for, but it grows in rainforest areas along the creek banks, so I’m sure there will be enough of this beautiful tree surviving. 

One person wrote in worried about the purity of the Essences as a result of the fires. This is certainly not an issue as, provided there is rain, the plants that regrow and bloom will all have a very strong life-force.

There is a twenty-five-year pattern in the desert where you have two good years of rain which leads to another couple of years of good growth of the plants. This is then followed by roughly a twenty-year period of drought. After a couple of years of no rain, it results in the plants becoming very dried out and usually, you will then get a bushfire. When the drought is finally broken it is usually with a flood.

The plants that we work with from the Centre of Australia that go through this cycle have an amazingly strong life-force which is why the Bush Essences have the worldwide reputation for being so incredibly quick and deep acting. 

Many Australian plants especially those in the Proteaceae family – Waratah, Banksias, Grevilleas, Isopogon and Hakeas -, can benefit from bushfires as it activates their seeds, which can be dormant for over forty years waiting for such conditions to occur.  Pink Flannel Flower, one of the rarest of the Bush Essences has a very narrow area of distribution and that area experiences some of the most intense bushfires. Pink Flannel Flower is likely to be found in bloom in about 18 months’ time in this location.

During bushfire disasters, as with the current one, we donate thousands and thousands of bottles of Solaris and Emergency Essence to zoos, vets, WIRES volunteers who have been working with injured animals, and to the people and organisations taking essential goods – water, food etc – to communities which were the worst hit.

Solaris contains three remedies. The main one is Mulla Mulla which greatly relieves the emotional fear and distress associated with heat, fire and sun. One of the other Essences in the Combination, Fringed Violet, maintains one’s psychic protection and is excellent for people who have been drained by or who have unconsciously absorbed energetically the emotions of other people or environments. 

Emergency Essence is excellent for any emotional upset and has a very calming effect during a crisis, helping to ease panic, distress and fear. Consumers can use the Emergency Essences Drops, Spray, Cream or Space Mist every hour, or more frequently - even every 15 minutes if necessary, until the user starts to feel better. This Essence is wonderful in enhancing one’s ability to cope, bringing comfort, reassurance and courage. 

Waratah is one of the key remedies in this combination. It was the only flower the Aborigines gave to the white settlers, as it was their most esteemed and highest flower. All the Aboriginal Waratah legends relate to courage and strength and in colour and size resembles the human heart - it literally gives one heart.  

Grey Spider Flower is another flower found in the Emergency Essence range. When you look at the flower, you can see a face with a nose, eyes and a wide-open mouth, which always suggests to me a person screaming in terror, an image closely resembling Edvard Munch’s painting “The Scream”. Grey Spider Flower is included in the Emergency Essence as it deals with extreme terror, especially terror experienced in life-threatening situations - such as the cataclysmic bushfires currently ravaging Australia. The flames of these fires which have been up to 35 metres high and travelling up to 100 km an hour! The noise has been described as horrifying, especially when experienced in the dark of night. No wonder there are so many terrified, traumatised animals and people having been caught up in these fires.  

It brings us an immense sadness to watch a greater part of Australia experiencing unprecedented fires. Such tragedy and displacement of people, animals, and plants. One which will take years to replenish on all levels. 

 

May comfort and compassion be delivered to all human beings, animals, plants and all creatures who have been harmed, killed, traumatized or affected by this experience in any way. 

May healing begin now, and ripple indelibly through the past and into the future. 

May the only flame that continues to burn be the fiery light of the unified heart. 
In love, we send waves of grace to all who need healing, compassion, and practical action - to anyone touched by this experience.

When one is affected, we are all affected, as everything is connected. 

We commit to making one positive choice in the next moment that supports healing from this devastation.

Send loving prayer and then do something. Take action. In whatever way you can. Any well-intended action is better than no action at all.  

 

How You Can Help

Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund is a charity run by volunteers. 100% of the money donated assists Gippslanders. Nothing is held back for admin expenses and they have already begun to administer funds. They are a couple of hours west of where the out of control fires are in East Gippsland on the Victorian border. 

Of course, there are many ways to support…animal shelters are needing support, transporting food for humans and animals, and on it goes. I do hope you generous souls are supporting those who are less fortunate. 

Many of us are involved in meditation, prayer and healing circles. Every little ‘positive’ intentional energy will assist and support realms not necessarily experienced but known. 

For those who are impacted through these fires, please know, there are millions of people around the world wishing to assist and already doing what they can. You are in our hearts and prayers and we are sending love and strength to all who are battling hardship.