Why ‘the Smith’?
They were the creators, the crafters, the metal smiths, the makers of Medieval Britain a thousand years ago.
Today, I’m ‘the wordsmith’.
I’ve lived everywhere..
Over 50 places have been my home.
An ancient aboriginal corroboree ground in a wilderness area known as Fairy Hills where the creek met the river was my first memory of life.
And only a few kilometres from the Melbourne CBD.
I’ve just learned they’ve been digging up ancient aboriginal artifacts that suggest this.
I’ve lived with psychics and healers.
And sat with mediums or channels.
I’ve lived with a Reiki Master in New York.
With a Roman Catholic nurse in the north of Italy.
With a Buddhist in the UK.
My lawyer was an Atheist.
I didn’t live with him.
I ran my own freelance copywriting business. in the ’70s
In 1972 I won an award for the best television campaign of the year for a brand of meat pies and donuts.
I was a New Age hippie.
We knew about climate change 50 years ago.
A group of us started a commune on 40 acres north of Melbourne to become self-sufficient and live off the grid.
A year later we’d failed.
I helped launch Animal Liberation here.
Our patron was Peter Singer, who was then Professor of Bioethics at Harvard., and wrote the book ‘Animal Liberation’.
45 years later it’s still active today.
I was the first member of the Permaculture Association.
Which, started by two Tasmanian academics in the late ’70s, today is changing the world
Now there are over one million people certified in Permaculture in over 140 countries with more than 4,000 projects on the ground.
I went bankrupt.
An article I researched and wrote 35 years ago – about the Swiss and Italian gold miners who came to Australia in the 1850s – triggered the launch of a Swiss-Italian Festa which is still running every year today in a local spa resort town.
Their story is in my book here.
I ran a social group called ‘The Springs Whole Health Group’.
We never ran out of guest speakers on healing topics, from ley lines to chemical sensitivity, who I’d enjoy interviewing every month before our next meeting.
Then I would write an article for the local paper which they always published on page 3 or 5.
This while living frugally in an old caravan parked at the end of a street in the spa resort town.
Over 5 years I became known as the man in the van.
I studied many spiritual philosophies.
I studied Religious Experience as an off campus mature age student at Uni –
The Christian Mystics
The Hindu Bhagavad-Gita.
Australian Aboriginal Dreaning.
I practiced Yoga for 50 years from wherever I called home.
Briefly I joined the Theosophical Society in Melbourne, with headquarters in Adyar, India, with the motto ‘There is no religion higher than Truth’.
I met and befriended the Librarian of the Melbourne branch, a Wise Woman, who taught me how and where and why to search for Truth.
What is Truth?
For a time I was married and today have the pleasure of a beautiful family of 2 lovely daughters, 3 adorable granddaughters and 2 mischievous great grandsons.
I’m truly blessed
Visit my 8 fun and entertaining autobiographical books on my Author Page here.
You can find more of my adventures in my autobiographical books.
Neil the Smith (author)