I was born in 1969 and grew up in Canberra, Australia. My husband Robert J. Burrowes and I live in Daylesford, Victoria (and sometimes Melbourne) and we are both lifetime nonviolent activists and researchers. We study the nature of violence and nonviolence and have a particular interest in the deep psychological/emotional processes that help us to face, feel and remove the fear in our own minds. My most recent focus has been writing philosophical articles that explain the existence and manifestations of nonviolence (fearlessness) and violence (fear) at the universal level.
We believe in the unity of all life and have taken many nonviolent actions in accordance with this belief on issues related to peace, the environment and social justice. My acts of conscience (including a very personally challenging nonviolent action around the issue of my mother’s violence) have led to me being arrested seven times and imprisoned on four occasions. Each time I have been imprisoned, I have fasted (for four weeks on one occasion) until I received organically grown, vegetarian wholefood.
In reaction to our activism and my attempts to end my relationship with my highly destructive mother, my parents were responsible for having Robert and myself imprisoned as involuntary psychiatric patients for two weeks in 2007, before we were released with ‘no psychiatric diagnosis’. We learnt much that was relevant to our psychological research in the process.
I am the author of ‘Fearless Psychology and Fearful Psychology: Principles and Practice’, a 12,000 word article which details the psychological integration and healing process developed by Robert and myself during 14 years of intensive research; the 10,000 word article ‘The Unbelievable Truth: The Paradoxical Nature of the Universal Mind’; and other short articles on philosophical, psychological and political aspects of nonviolence.
Robert and I have a number of websites related to our research and activism:
Robert and I work voluntarily full time on our projects. We have a very limited income (which, since 1997, has come mainly from gifts by caring individuals) and no permanent accommodation. We live by housesitting, and camping near Daylesford when housesits are not available, which is both physically and logistically challenging. We would love permanent accommodation, but accept that our commitment to conscience-based, independent feeling, thought and action may not lead to this outcome.