Urban Nomad: The Life of Author Neil the Smith

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’.

The author.

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.

Namaste.

Neil the Smith (author)

PS. I recommend – ‘Our Thoughts Can Change The World’ (104 pages) and The Great Regency Cover-Up’ (236 pages). Buy both now and save on postage.

“You have discerned an amazing story”.

*SPIRITUAL & PARANORMAL.*

Who was the ghost whose pleas needed to be heard? Was this the secret wife of a British Royal wanting her story to be told 200 years later? What was her message? How can I explain the endless fortunate timing, the lucky appearance of people and places that moved my story along?

What words of wisdom do I offer along the way to explain spiritual and metaphysical events. I invite you to read and enjoy my *fun and entertaining* true story titled ‘Man Steps Off Planet’.

Read of my unplanned and unexpected serendipitous discoveries that led me to people and adventures I had never dreamed I would find. “You have discerned an amazing story,” said Writer’s Digest.

*INSPIRATIONAL EXPERIENCES.*

Here’s how it all began. As I headed for the hills, away from my family, my freelance business now bankrupt, my hopes and dreams, I might just as well have stepped off the planet into another world. I had to learn a new way to live. What can you learn from my experiences? Without any plan, without any guide as to how to survive when broke, I sailed forth on an unexpected adventure that transformed me and my world.

*HISTORY OF EARLY AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND AND UNSUNG HEROES.*

What secrets were uncovered, what historical mysteries revealed, in this unpredictable book about what happened next, full of twists and turns. Hidden evidence was revealed when an innocent ancestry search mixed with 3 mysterious messages each with 3 clues plus the appearance of a real ghost with a critical clue combined to set up an unexpected historical mystery from Regency England 200 years ago.

*ROMANTIC ADVENTURES.*

What life messages, what spiritual wisdom, what historical intrigues did I learn in my untypical fun romantic paranormal historical true mystery world adventure? Read my struggle for survival, the extraordinary events that happened after bankruptcy, the fun and the drama as I describe every moment as it unfolded. This is an adventure for its time. Learn from my amazing story how you, too, can survive and live the good life as if this was another planet. It’s a page turner.

*RAVE REVIEWS.*

“It’s got everything it needs to be a blockbuster: romance, history, the paranormal . . . big stories like this are difficult to tell.” Judge, Writer’s Digest 21st Annual Self-Published Book Awards, USA.

“This is a fun and entertaining manuscript. The characters are fabulous, as is the storyline. I am impressed with your imagination, writing skills and storytelling ability. The readers will truly love this material.” Writers Literary & Publishing Service, USA.

If you would like to learn more about thus unusual non-fiction page-turner click here.

Enjoy.

Neil.

PS. That’s a recent photo of the author visiting a local animal rescue farm.

Are You Needing A Fresh Start?

A winner of an award for creative excellence gave as her secret of success: “I just trust my beeps.”

She trusted herself and won a top creative business award.

There’s a secret here.

Trust your beeps.

So what exactly does that mean?

How might we apply that pearl of wisdom to our own lives?

Just trust yourself.

Try listening to your beeps.

I did when I lost everything.

It can happen when you’re left with no choice.

Everything changed including my life.

Yet I had nothing.

My back was to the wall.

I lived on trust because I was out of options.

Then amazing things happened.

Let’s just call it serendipity.

If you read my book you can learn how I flourished living on trust alone.

Which is pretty remarkable in this world we live in today.

I’ve analysed my experience and identified 9 unique hints or clues for you to follow.

That is, living on trust alone.

Believing in yourself.

My clues are open enough to make them your own, whatever your circumstances.

You’ll find them at the end of the first 9 chapters.

So if ever you thought you could do magic, this is the way.

No-one needs to live a life of struggle.

My book is called ‘Man Steps Off Planet’.

You can read more and get your copy of my 244 page true story here.

It’s a tale of letting go and trusting.

It worked.

Could this be the ultimate fairy tale, the sea change you’ve only dreamt about.

Trust your beeps.

Good luck.

Neil Smith

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50 ideas for a better life & a better world you can start today

This is where it all began, my life in an old caravan parked by the roadside in the Aussie bush

How are we supposed to live?

Why are we here?

What are we meant to be doing with our lives?

And most important of all, how are we to survive in the everyday day-to-day struggle to live a decent life.

Here I am today living the happy life in a small fishing village by the bay close to my family

I’ve done it all from nothing.

I mean nothing.

And I now know a lot that I didn’t know back then when my life crashed and burned.

Here in one book is what I’ve learned about real life from the ultimate failure, bankruptcy, to the ultimate survival in life, to be living my ideal lifestyle in a small fishing village by the bay.

Packed with bite sized wisdom you can apply right now.

With often shocking life truths drawn from the likes of Socrates, Gandhi, Walt Disney, George Lucas, Buddha, Gurdjieff, Benjamin Franklin, Lao Tzu and others, this is a compact exploration of how to safely negotiate the minefield of life.

Read the book, determine to change your life from that moment, choose what speaks to you and start putting whatever appeaals to you into practice.

Watch how everything changes – for the better – as it did for me.

You might even change the world.

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Best wishes.

Neil
My Author Page