There’s A Ripple Effect

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First Published in Sibyl Magazine June 2019

Something is inviting when I walk into my local café. Something happens to inspire my writing. Hard to believe amongst all of the chatter, coffee machine noise, clanging of plates and cutlery, children screaming, and then, oh then, the aroma that filters into my nostrils as the scent of delicious food is being cooked in the kitchen. Laughing, bliss.

Are you one of those people that love to observe others? Does it amuse you when a child screams loudly, and you see someone look over disapprovingly? Or are you that person? At that moment, I make no judgement, just observe, and continue to write, but I do so love to people watch. It’s as if each movement, sound, and look become apart of my story. How often do we find that in our life? How often do we speak someone else’s words or find ourselves entwined in another’s feelings? For many of us, if we are true to ourselves, and take a moment to witness ourselves, I’d say often. I know a bold statement!

We are influenced by our environment far more than we consciously realise. We are also affected by our environment more often than we’d like to admit. Sometimes, the experience can inspire and enlighten us, where other times, not so. Do you realise we have the power to affect change with how we are, what we say and do, and who we are? We are incredible human beings, and we have a responsibility not only to ourselves but also the impact we make upon this earth and those we share the air with. Phew… that sounds so heavy, and I know it may feel a little overwhelming, yet it could be as light and bright as you choose it to be, or as heavy as you want.

The magic begins in the heart – every seed of inspiration magically grows as you breathe life into it. When we are in alignment with our heart, our path opens unobstructed, and the universe breathes life into our dreams. What if your dreams could inspire many others? What if your smile directed to a stranger gave them hope? What if recycling your waste inspired change in another just by observing you? Wow, how exciting…

We are human, and all have bad moments, days and hardships, and I’m not saying ignore those. I am venturing to share that in those moments we take responsibility for ourselves and ensure that we set loving boundaries to nurture, love and be compassionate to ourselves, and be mindful not to project our pain and discomfort on others. Let us as a collective take responsibility for how we can influence our environment by our actions and our energy. Your actions always affect others. You are most definitely not responsible for another and how they feel, but you are responsible for how you act.

Be the observer and witness yourself, you have the ability and awareness to affect change. Go for it!

Until next time,


Maria Lacey was born in Australia and has travelled extensively overseas being led by visions, dreams and spiritual guidance.

An award-winning author of a personal and spiritual memoir, One Path, Many Lights. Maria writes about life (the human and spiritual path), the adversity, learning, musings, and triumphs.

A successful entrepreneur with over 20 years in her own business, Maria humorously states, “I am my greatest case study.” Maria is a qualified Counsellor, Hypnotherapist, Reiki Master Teacher, Spiritual Teacher, Meditation Teacher, Sound Healer, Channel, Author and Speaker.

Maria feels passionate about restoring hope into the hearts of many.

For further information about the author go to:

Maria’s first book –

By Maria Lacey

An award-winning author of One Path, Many Lights, a spiritual and personal memoir. Maria writes about life, the adversity, learnings, musings and triumphs. A therapist, healer, performance artist and speaker Maria humorously states, “I am my greatest case study.” For more information about Maria and her work visit her website at

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