Category: art

What is wrong with the Mental Health Care System in Australia

Seventeen years ago, my mother lied to the mental health care service. My mother wrongly accused me of threatening her with a knife. No such incident occurred. Indeed no thought of threatening my mother ever occurred to me. My mother offered to act as…

Nights in the Moon Lily Garden – Chapter Eight

Death of All That Is Familiar After spending the weekend at one of my friend’s houses, Mother realized things needed to change quickly if there was to be any hope of averting a complete disaster from taking place the following year, my final year…

Nights in the Moon Lily Garden – Chapter Seven

I am So Sad I Am Unable To Study December, 1985 On an overcast Sunday afternoon, Oceané sat in her bedroom reading and trying to focus on her studies when she heard her parents starting to argue. Her exams were only a week away,…

Nights in the Moon Lily Garden – Chapter Six

Mayhem and Misery – Catastrophic Suffering Ignorance breeds confusion. When you lack discipline and a proper understanding of ethics, or turn away from the dharma, from the types of mental states and actions that hold one back from suffering, only disappointment and unhappiness, degradation…

Nights in the Moon Lily Garden – Chapter Five

Grasping At A Self Of Person Running, terrified. Am I in hell? I told my parents to get a divorce, to sell their holiday house and farm. Now I have no money, no prospects. All signs of sanity have gone. This is what happened…

Nights in the Moon Lily Garden – Chapter Four

Id Is Not AH What do you do when you are young and vulnerable, living under your parents control, when your mother has a nervous breakdown and you find her to be jealous of your attainments and ignorant of the true causes of suffering?…

Nights in the Moon Lily Garden – Chapter Three

The Suffering Of Change It’s really shocking when you are young having to watch your parents fight. Even worse is when your parents lie to you about the nature of reality. If there is one thing I learnt from attending one of Melbourne’s most…

Nights in the Moon Lily Garden – Chapter Two

Written by Vanessa Anne Walsh Please Be Careful Three days passed painfully slowly, with no news from Mum. Then, just as I was about to leave for school one morning, a taxi pulled up outside. I rushed out to see if it was Mum….

Nights in the Moon Lily Garden – Chapter One

Part One The Early Life Of Oceané, Writer and Student Artist and Meditator   having a look in good by Vanessa Anne Walsh   Praise to Manjushri   zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz (starts off with a little bit of sleeping) Homage to my Guru and Protector, Who holds…

A review of Monday 7 June 2004

Monday 7th June, 2004 What can I talk about today?  Anne leaves for Port Douglas tomorrow, so she is busy packing and cleaning up in Noosa today. Christian and I just had dhal, rice, papadams and coca-cola for lunch. This afternoon I will go…

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