This is a story of transition. A chance reading from a tarot card reader offering a beneficial life if a change is made with the next five years. A farmer and horticulturist convinced the reading was something he was searching for, and unaware of its ramifications and journey in life. Whether this journey was beneficial is unsure because the alternative to this journey could have led to something else. Unknowns remain unknowns when one travels down life’s journeys and pathways. Maybe the unknowns drive the journey and become its reward. The tarot card reading took place at Port Douglas in January 1998 and the reader suggested; “Have a read of a book which may interest you.” The book was on Feng Shui. That book, (‘The Western Guide to Feng Shui by Terah Collins’) stimulated an interest which changed the way a landscape gardener saw his surroundings. The journey became a discovery and learning curve towards an understanding of a philosophy ancient Chinese discovered many thousands of years ago. They realised life is bound within an energy they termed Qi or Chi. Chi has a relationship to another binding energy and that is Yin and Yang. These two are very empowering and just to understand something of each provides a life journey in itself. The compilation of ‘Me Chi and Harmony’ introduced something far more meaningful than conversion of a naive and ignorant farmer to horticulturist and Feng Shui gardener. The journey completed the conversion from one set of land use values to another set of land use values. It came through four stages. The first stage was naivety and ignorance through farming practices of the 1960’s and 1970’s. The second was a realisation his actions as a farmer were destructive to the welfare of the land. The third was doing something about it, and the forth was an awakening to spirituality with Nature and the Earth. There’s something very Buddhist about all of this and they would be proud that Ross Lamond as a person detached from the Buddhist faith, could find his own pathway to personal enlightenment.
Ross Lamond is the youngest member of a well-known and respected dairy farming family of the New South Wales South Coast, Australia.
He schooled away from home, completing secondary studies at Sydney Grammar School, Sydney. Upon leaving school, Ross returned to the family farm and over a forty year period, gained extensive experience in dairying, beef cattle production, sugarcane, small crop cultivation and horticulture. An ever present interest in the garden naturalised into that of a nurseryman, landscape gardener and grower of in ground trees for landscape.
Concern about environmental issues such as tree decline, dry land salinity and habitat degradation led Ross into external studies in Environment at Mitchell College of Advanced Education at Bathurst, followed by post graduate studies in Urban and Regional planning at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane.
A chance reading of a Feng Shui publication in 1998, introduced Ross to Feng Shui and its influence on our lives and surroundings. He applied some of its principles into the garden and developed his own interpretation of Feng Shui garnished through personal experience and observation. The interest has led Ross into a journey of self-discovery including that of nature, environmentalism and spirituality. It’s an ever growing interest.
Ross lives by himself, has four grown up children, and likes to travel and garden and write about his experiences and observations.read more