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The rich are not always happy while the happy generally considered themselves rich

The rich are not always happy while the happy generally considered themselves rich

I love colour! Bright, vibrant, happy colours that reflect a positive energy. The devout Buddhist nation of Bhutan is abundant in bright, happy colours that are also reflected in the personality of its people. Bhutan is one of the smallest countries in the world, about the size of Switzerland, and offers the tourist a rich cultural diversity.

Artefacts found in Bhutan trace its first inhabitants back to 2000BC. Buddhism was first introduced in the 7th century by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo and further strengthened by the arrival of Guru Rimpoche, a Buddhist Master that is widely considered to be the Second Buddha.

In his 1971 address to the United Nations, His Majesty the third Druk Gyalpo Jigme Dorji Wangchuck declared that one of his development goals for Bhutan was to make his people prosperous and happy. Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness index was born and continues to generate discussion and debate internationally. Bhutan’s fourth Druk Gyalpo Jigme Singye Wangchuck said that the rich are not always happy while the happy generally considered themselves rich.

Bhutan offers some of the world’s rarest flora and fauna in a largely unspoiled environment.

Bhutan offers some of the world’s rarest flora and fauna in a largely unspoiled environment.

Nestled in the heart of the Himalayas, Bhutan has strict controls on the number of tourists allowed to visit each year. For the tourist who is fortunate enough to be granted a visa, the country offers magnificent scenery, a stunning array of mountains and valleys and some of the world’s rarest flora and fauna in a largely unspoiled environment.

The people of Bhutan love their food and every region has its own specialty. The country’s flagship dish is ‘Ema Datshi’, a vegetarian dish of chilli and cheese which will leave your taste buds quivering. The Bhutanese love chilli and you will see them everywhere, spread on rooftops, roadsides and courtyards, adding further colour to the already rich landscape. They also love meat, in particular Yak meat and rice, which makes its way into nearly every meal. In fact five kilograms of rice is consumed per head per week in Bhutan. Yak is a common sight in every household. Not a single part of the animal is wasted. Their milk is dried and made into cheese, even the skin is fried and served as a snack with drinks. Yak herders come down from the highlands in autumn and sell meat, butter and cheese to villagers in exchange for rice to last them a full year.

Meditation and meditation retreats are a common practice amongst Monks and Buddhist practitioners in Bhutan. Small retreat centers and hermitages are located all over the country, usually next to temples, monasteries and monastic schools.  Devout Buddhists will venture into the mountains for months at a time to meditate. The beauty and serenity of the landscape can be appreciated more experientially in the silence of a meditation or yoga practice.

Small retreat centers and hermitages are located all over Bhutan, usually next to temples

Small retreat centers and hermitages are located all over Bhutan, usually next to temples

There are thirteen ancient Bhutanese arts and crafts, a legacy from the 17th century masters, that are still practised today and provide wonderful souvenir options for tourists. These include:

Thag-Zo – a traditional form of textile weaving

Tshar-Zo – woven cane and bamboo products

Shag-Zo – traditional wooden cups and bowls made from wooden knots

Lha-Zo – paintings of Bhutanese landscapes and ancient monasteries and temples

Shing-Zo – traditional woodwork

Do-Zo – the art of traditional stone work used in Dzongs, Chortens and farm houses

Par-Zo – unique and distinctive artworks carved out of stone, wood and slate

Jim-Zo – Clay statues of deities, gods and goddesses and other prominent religious figures

Enrich your mind, body and spirit in Bhutan

Enrich your mind, body and spirit in Bhutan

Lug-Zo – bronze casting of cups, urns, and vases, weapons and armor

Gar-Zo – introduced by a Tibetan saint known as Dupthob Thangtong Gyalpo who is revered by the Bhutanese people as a master engineer for his skill in casting iron chains and erecting them as bridges over gorges

Troe-Ko – beautifully crafted jewellery using precious stones and metals such as corals, turquoise, silver and gold

De-Zo – traditionally crafted paper made from the bark of the Daphne tree

Tshem- Zo – the art of traditional embroidery and applique and the art of traditional Bhutanese boot making normally practiced by monks.

For those wanting a holiday destination with a difference that enriches the mind, body and spirit you can go no farther than the majestic and serene beauty of Bhutan! Join Quest for Life founder Petrea King to experience beautiful Bhutan. We’ve done all the work for you! You choose your own path to happiness – take off on an unforgettable five-day trek through the Bhutan wilderness or deepen your yoga and meditation practice with a five-day immersion in the charming town of Paro. You can download an information pack here.

Vicki Miller

Thank you to the Tourism Council of Bhutan for much of the content contained in this article.


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Sometimes Hearts Have to Break

Margie’s bedside table. Sometimes Hearts on top

Book Review

It is part of the good fortune of my life to be a facilitator with Quest for Life and one of the great aspects of my job is to have been introduced to Petrea’s books.

Up until recently I had read all of Petrea’s books bar one. ‘Sometimes hearts have to break’ was sitting there on my bookshelf but with a stack of half read books as my constant bedside companions; this one had not yet made its way from the bookshelf to the stack.

As I age, I find myself increasingly fascinated by the prospect of death and all the societal and personal fear that surrounds the passing from our physical bodies. I have been reading ‘A Year to Live’ by Stephen Levine and his other book ‘Who dies’ and enjoyed both very much as they offer the gift of insight about appreciation for life and spiritual connection. I can also recommend ‘Dying to be me’ by Anita Moorjani which is another amazing book about her near death experience and subsequent healing from cancer.

So it was a natural progression for me to read Petrea’s little gem, who was waiting right there for me! Just when I needed it, this little book beckoned me over to find her on the bookshelf. And I am so pleased that she did!  Of all the books I have read on life, death and finding peace, ‘Sometimes hearts have to break’ is my new favourite.

What a wonderful book of inspirations. Petrea writes with deep respect about the intimate and touching experiences she has had with all kinds of people as they have lived with a life threatening illness and transitioned into death.

We travel with her and these ordinary (yet extraordinary at the same time) people and their loved ones as they wrestle with, make meaning of and come to peace on their paths towards death (which by the way we are all on).

I cried with tenderness when reading about people who have found forgiveness for others and those who died with such dignity and peace. Old and young, rich and poor, man, woman and child. No matter what the circumstances, Petrea supported these courageous people with compassion and love as they travelled on their very personal journeys.

Their stories really helped me to find inner peace around my own fear of death. I will treasure this book and no doubt add it to the list of books I give to others. Thank you Petrea.

I hope you also find peace and solace through Petrea’s beautiful words and the generosity of the people and families who gave permission for Petrea to tell their heartfelt stories.

You can buy your own copy from the Quest for Life shop online or phone Quest on 02 4883 6805 or email shop@questforlife.com.au

Love for now…Margie

Margie Braunstein

Margie Braunstein

Margie Braunstein

Margie is a somatic psychotherapist and counsellor providing psychotherapy services to the people of the Central Coast and Sydney.  Margie lives on the beautiful Central Coast with her husband, two children, two dogs and a cat.

Over the last 12 years, Margie has also been engaged in the design, delivery and marketing of transformational learning programs. During this time she has regularly facilitated personal development programs for up to 50 people on weekend workshops, week-long intensives and advanced programs of 3-4 months.

Margie has a Graduate Certificate in Adult Education from UTS, Diploma in Psychotherapy from the Australian College of Contemporary Somatic Psychotherapy and qualifications in somatic therapy, executive coaching and relationship counselling.

Margie has a passion for personal development and regards people with respect, empathy and compassion in the belief that while we all do the best we can, a little bit more kindness and care can lead to even greater peace and joy in life.

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The greatest of friends. Petrea King and Dame Elisabeth Murdoch

The greatest of friends. Petrea King and Dame Elisabeth Murdoch

Dame Elisabeth Murdoch was a long time friend and supporter of the Quest for Life Foundation.

Always interested in the details of our work, the Dame generously assisted in the completion of the refurbishment of the Quest for Life Centre and was a regular donor both before and since its establishment.

Dame Elisabeth often welcomed Petrea into her home at Cruden Farm and they maintained regular correspondence over a span of more than twenty years.

The depth of Dame Elisabeth’s interest in the charities that she supported was unparalleled. She is greatly loved by all who have been touched by her presence. The example of her life will continue to inspire us to live with such humility, grace and goodness.

Rest in peace Dame Elisabeth.

“Dame Elisabeth has been a guiding light of generosity, humility and graciousness in my life. Her presence will continue to nourish and inspire me in my life and work. She set the bar for living a meaningful life at the highest level and I feel most privileged to have known and loved her.” Petrea King

Petrea King and Dame Elisabeth Murdoch at Cruden Farm

Petrea King and Dame Elisabeth Murdoch at Cruden Farm

Petrea King and Dame Elisabeth Murdoch at Cruden Farm

Petrea King and Dame Elisabeth Murdoch at Cruden Farm

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Over the past twenty seven years I have counselled many doctors when they have a diagnosis of cancer or other life threatening illness. Our conversations have not been about whether to embark upon rigorous treatments but on how to resolve painful issues from the past, heal their relationships and improve their quality, and sometimes quantity, of life through utilising complementary therapies. This article highlights a common perspective from medical colleagues.

A Doctor on How Physicians Face the End of Life

Petrea King

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Petrea King (image courtesy of: Coastal Media Productions)

Petrea King (image courtesy of: Coastal Media Productions)

This week, Petrea cast her magic spell over the 400+ guests at yesterday’s Day of Inspiration in Sydney supporting Tour de Cure 2012.  The incredible line up of speakers included;  International speaker: Phillip Hesketh, Awesome Foursome Olympian: Drew Ginn,  Glenn Capelli, super coach: Paul Roos, Susie Maroney and more. All beyond inspirational. With a gentle meditation that left everyone feeling calm and able to process the gift of  the day’s inspiration, Petrea wrapped up the days proceedings with the most beautiful message bringing everyone back into the space that matters the most – self!

PS A heavily pregnant Susie Maroney came on stage sharing with us that her third baby was due that very day! Before she came on stage she’d been doing star jumps to help things along!

There was an amazing artist present who captured the essence of each speaker. Petrea’s mind map is below. Just amazing!

Petrea's talk at the Day of Inspiration captured in images by Guy Downes

Petrea's talk at the Day of Inspiration captured in images by Guy Downes

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Petrea wanted to share these events with you:

An opportunity to settle the chatter in the mind and to connect you with your essence

An opportunity to settle the chatter in the mind and to connect you with your essence

Petrea King, Bernadette Arena and Wendie Batho travelled to India in 2010 to meet with Sri AmmaBhagavan and to receive (and to give) the Oneness Blessing. It is now available to everyone here in Australia. You may find it a wonderful opportunity to settle the chatter in the mind and to connect you with your essence – or ‘first’ nature.

A New Deeksha being introduced worldwide by Oneness University is now available in Australia

Namaste Dearest Blessing Givers & Oneness Participants

The outreach of Oneness University and the gift of spiritual nurturing and awakening offered by Sri AmmaBhagavan has been released over the years in waves in accordance with Humanity’s response to the outflowing energies. The latest outpouring of Grace is taking the form of an eye-deeksha and is known as the Oneness Meditation. This new deeksha has only so far been introduced in a few countries around the world and now it is Australia’s turn.

To begin with Pasquo and I have been initiated to be instruments for this new deeksha, with other trainers around Australia to be initiated soon. We have begun facilitating this Oneness Meditation here in Adelaide with very powerful results and amazing feedback and reports of miracles from the participants. Oneness Trainers in different parts of Australia have invited us to come and share the deeksha with their groups so that the benediction of the Oneness Meditation can spread quickly to their oneness participants around the country. So programs have been scheduled for Sydney, NSW Central Coast, Melbourne and Perth, with programs also continuing here in Adelaide in the next few weeks. We have included the program details below.

What is the Oneness Meditation
This is a group Meditation where powerful Divine energies flow through the initiated person who acts as an instrument for the transfer of the blessing to the group through eye contact with each participant. The eye contact allows the Divine energies to flow, giving a very powerful Deeksha to the those present. This energy helps to awaken one’s inner Divine intelligence leading to an accelerated process of awakening.

As most of you are aware 2012 is a very important year. We are in a window of opportunity to accelerate our personal growth. We have the power of choice to steer our own destiny. This deeksha is potent enough to allow incredible breakthroughs in all areas of our everyday life. The feedback we have received so far verifies this with those who received this eye deeksha here in Adelaide reporting incredible immediate shifts in their consciousness and the way they experience their life. A lady who had experienced prolonged depression and loss of faith in life had a complete shift of consciousness and reported how if she revisits the thoughts that were troubling her previously there is no emotional charge present any more. Previously she cried every time she had these thoughts. When she got out of bed the morning following the deeksha, she felt good and had a completely positive outlook on her life with a complete shift in perception from the previous long-experienced despair.

Sri Bhagavan has stated that the power of this eye deeksha will accelerate the personal awakening of all who receive it. Conditioning and obstacles to spiritual growth can be removed plus positive gains in health, wealth and happiness can be experienced. The deeksha facilitates healing, on a physical, emotional and mental level and the healing required for the opening up into right relationships with all people in your life

The Oneness Meditation is offered to all people of all denominations, races, creeds and walks of life. No prior experience of Oneness events is necessary in order to participate. So please share this wonderful opportunity and invite friends, family and work colleagues to experience this new benediction and gift for all. We hope you can join us and experience this Oneness Meditation first hand and see the changes for yourself.

Program Details
Sydney – Saturday 18th February – North Sydney
Bookings & details:
Gaynor – Tel: 02 9411 6886   Email: info@sydneyoneness.com.au
Dinah & Kaya – Tel: 02 95686513 Email: dinah64@tpg.com.au

Central Coast NSW- 19th February – Terrigal
Bookings & Details:
Alun and Marion Vaughan (02) 4385 7672Email: alunv@optusnet.com.au

Adelaide – Fullarton – 26th February
Bookings & Details:
Lisa & Pasquo – Tel: 08 83385642 Email: info@onenesscentre.com.au

Melbourne – 2nd & 3rd March
Bookings & Details:
Brandon & Rochelle – Mob: 0400 619 785 Email: brandongiffard@hotmail.com

Perth – Fremantle – 17th, 18th  March.
Bookings & Details:
Isha – Tel: 08 93364684  Email: openheart@aapt.net.au

We hope that each and every one of you will take up this opportunity to participate in this new deeksha and encourage as many of your blessing participants, friends and family to do so also. It matters not whether you received the deeksha yesterday, years ago or you have never even heard of the Oneness Blessing before, this new Oneness Meditation is a gift  for everyone. Please find the flyer attached with all the details and some feedback below from those who have received the new deeksha.

We hope you can join us and look forward to coming back to Sydney this week and sharing this gift from Amma Bhagavan.

Love & Blessings
Lisa & Pasquo

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“I can’t imagine how you must be feeling right now but I’m happy to listen”.

“I can’t imagine how you must be feeling right now but I’m happy to listen”.

These notes have been put up to support a radio interview done by Petrea King on Monday 6th February on Nightlife with Tony Delroy (ABC local radio).


It’s often difficult to know what to say when someone you love is diagnosed with cancer or a serious disease. Some people find it so uncomfortable that they’d rather cross the street than say hello to you. Why is this? The anguish of diagnosis is a big enough trauma without feeling that people have deserted you because they don’t know what to say. So, what is supportive when someone you love has been given a diagnosis? What should we say? How can we unobtrusively or, perhaps, obviously let them know that we’re here for them?

Petrea shares some supportive and meaningful insights into the DO’s and DON’T’s of what to say to someone who’s just been diagnosed;

DO say:

  • “I can’t imagine how you must be feeling right now but I’m happy to listen”.
  • Do listen without judgment.
  • Do something practical if you can. Perhaps pick the children up after school, offer to drive your friend to their treatment or support group or counsellor, take the dog to the vet if need be.
  • Most importantly, ask your friend what kind of support they might most value. Would they like you to research options, doctors, treatments or complementary therapies?

DON’T say:

  • Don’t tell people to be positive or keep their chin up.
  • Don’t tell people that they shouldn’t feel the way they do.  If that’s how a person feels then respect their feelings and don’t judge them. A person will not disclose what you might perceive as negative feelings if they feel they will be judged. It is not negative to talk about death, suicide, despair, depression, panic or fear. Talking about things gets the energy of the feeling moving and as soon as we are able to utter the unutterable we find the feeling diminishes in its intensity. Sometimes we don’t know what we feel until we hear what we say.
  • Don’t tell people about the people you know who’ve suffered with or died of the disease that your friend’s just been diagnosed with.
  • Don’t assume that you know how another person is feeling. For instance, for one person who has cancer in the breast, he or she may feel relieved that it is in a part of their body where it can easily be removed, whilst for another it may be devastating to her body image and sexuality.

Support available:

  • Sometimes the most unexpected people appear in your life and are wonderfully supportive be open to these ‘angles’ in your life. People are so willing to help.
  • For many people, perhaps for the first time in their lives, they realise how much other people really care about them.
  • Quest for Life Programs and support.

Should you or someone you love require further information on the programs and support Quest for Life provides please contact Quest for Life on

1300 941 488 or visit the website and you can always become part of our Facebook community.

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