In Gratitude – I am awarded Herbalist of the year. Thank you NHAA

Today I was totally surprised and really very much grateful to receive an email from the National Herbalists Association of Australia announcing I have been awarded the  Herbalist of the Year here in Australia.

I was just off the plane from an amazing few days  of white light tantra yoga which I am learning about following my research on yoga and meditation really helping to reduce risk factors and incidence of illness. So, I decided to start my teacher training in Kundalini yoga and experience some of that risk factor reduction myself. I can only tell you that it is amazing, and really very relaxing, and transcending on many levels.

I want to share something important with you here to celebrate on my blog this amazing award. My heart felt Thank you to the mysterious person who nominated me and to the awards committee for selecting me for this award.

I really believe that its our own responsibility as people to make conscious decisions about our health, and plant based medicines are they key to longevity, optimal health and prevention of illness. They are also the first medicine.

The poem below is a vision I have of health care and the path of medicines. Wishing you health, joy and vibrancy.

This poem I wrote one day years ago, it’s been on my web site since 1999 and I have had some lovely feedback from others on it …  Those were the days when herbalism , naturopathy, and all the other activities in healing I hold close to my heart were considered fringe. It’s not so much like that anymore, because we as communities have stepped up and recognised the huge value and benefit of these herbs and practices. We are all wanting basic home grown, healthy, side effect free solutions to common ailments. And, herbs and nutritional medicines provide that in a safe way. Enjoy my vision in verse.

Healings for Everyone

The aroma of a highland rose pulsating against the wind
A warm bowl of ginger and lentil soup, carrot juice or a dram of whiskey.
Hormonal and emotional support.
Meditating by the ocean, diving in its deep cool calm.
Sipping Lemon water, so cleansing on more levels than one.
Mind having its Healing place over matter
we can all be strong and thrive.

The needle that holds life
The emergency, another life saved.
Freshly picked comfrey tea from my organic garden.
The sages use sage.
Past regressions, opening doors, easing the pain that gently slips away.
Feeling the blissful moment, consciousness in transformation.
Channelling, breathing freely, we ritualise the oracles, toss the coins, the flick of a card.
We change patterns of our making, the concious decision to heal and to refresh our soul.
Visualisation of our beauty within.
Awareness is just awareness.

These things are all medicine.
The highest energy we can muster from above, coming down like a cascading sensation of completeness. Are we grounded?
We chant, meditate, rebirth, reiki and sling crystals across our beings.
All for healing .
We eat, drink and breathe our medicine.
Lighting a candle to the flame of gratefulness.
Yogic, tantric, meditative, art therapies, elevated and surreal.
The giving of our Doctor’s learnings, ritual is cultural.
The surgeons have their preciseness of skill. Trusting and complete.

Wherever it comes from? Herbalism, traditional cultural remedies, western biomedicines, chinese Traditional, ayurvedic, early vedic, siddha, reiki, yunani, crystal healing, spiritual, shamanism, homeopathy, orthodox, avatar, fox, a prescription from your trusted practitioner, or a pebble on the beach.
The aim is the same …
To cure
Or to circumvent the tragedy of dis-ease.
Healing our Earth and her sacred spirits.
Our Universe and all that resides under and around her umbrella.
Whatever your bent or belief.

In the name of survival, growth, understanding, personal indulgences or scientific advance.
We eat, drink and breathe our medicines.
Never before have we had so much access to knowledge and learning.
The secrets of the medics are freely available to all, for the asking.
The golden key has unlocked past exclusiveness creating a kaleidoscope of healings and medicines.
No more can we close our minds
Every way is a way.
Every Healing is a success.
Every Potion that cures is a medicine.

Isolated in the lab with billions of dollars in backing
Channelled in the snow capped caves of a rare and elusive mountain top
Or randomly mixed in the alchemist’s kitchen
Our medicines are evolving.

We can only be grateful that we have the resources available to gain the skills and healings we need.
Always the answer comes
Always at the right time and way.

The future of the medicines are exciting and frightening
Where does it lead us?
Do we allow the huge advances to work for us or against the good of everyone?
There are serious environmental and ethical conflicts.
Exploitations and abuses that cloud the Hippocratic Oath.
As individuals we can only be honest in our work , share the information we have and create good medicines.

I would love to see everyone work together for the common good.
For the alternative ways to blend harmoniously with the orthodox ways.
A professional respect created between the different beliefs
Educational , spiritual , physical and emotional status of practitioners
With the governing bodies recognising these differences
Allowing medicine and science to grow to its true potential.
Eliminating the greed and fulfilling the planets medical needs.
Together we grow.

end written circa 1999.

Sat Nam

with love

Dominique Finney

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In gratitude I receive this award as Herbalist of the Year. Thank you NHAA

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    • Siba on September 29, 2012 at 3:43 am

    What an amazing woman you are, Dominique! Big hugs and congratulations for this stunning achievement!!


  1. Ah Dom…hearty congratulations to you…who has dedicated endless time and energy into your naturopathy and developed so many new networks that touch other people's lives. Well done…this is quite an award!

  2. Fabulous news 🙂 You will have to change your message bank… "Hi, you have reached Dominique Finney, herbalist of the year… please leave a message after the beep"… Very worhty title, nice to see you acknowledged for it.

  3. Hi Dom -Many Congratulations indeed, the award couldn't have gone to a more special, worthy & professional individual – An inspiration to us all Loove & blessings Jx PS Love your Mission statement in Poetry…thank you for sharing xxx.

  4. Wow… Congratulations sis xo.

      • Marli Evitt on September 26, 2012 at 5:36 pm

      That is fantastic! x

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