Welcome to the Dawn Shelley Lawrence Page!
In 1982, a young woman in her early thirties published a 272 page book called Reaching for the Other Side. To the surprise of the publisher, this seemingly innocent book about psychic development and one woman's journey to understand her gifts and her life, became a best seller.
It was followed over the years by four more books, including the incredibly popular Edge of Reality.
In the years since Dawn was first published she has amassed a wide spectrum of admirers and fans, and fired a growing interest in her home country of Australia in psychic development and the 'supernatural'.
For those of us who became fans and friends of Dawn's because of her first series of books we knew her by a different name. Since the last book in her five book cycle was published in 1996, Dawn has remarried, and her surname has of course changed.
But that was only the beginning.
Life is cyclic in many ways. We're not doomed to repeat the same mistakes time and again, but each time the cycle returns to it's beginning we are offered the chance to "step up" to the next level in our development as physical, emotional, and Spiritual beings, and move closer to the centre and the reality of Spiritual union that awaits us.
Dawn has been growing, and the process has been both joyous and pain filled.
Dawn Shelley Lawrence is a slightly older, wiser version of the woman we all came to know as Dawn Hill.
In 1998 Dawn decided it was time to take a break. She had been writing for fourteen years and lecturing and facilitating workshops in between. She needed to return to who she was as a person, without the interuptions often inherant in an authors life, especially in the life of one who has known some celebrity.
For those unfamiliar with the final book in the 'Dawn Hill Series' - Love is the Answer. What was the Question? - Dawn was diagnosed with a form of kidney disease. Part of her withdrawel was to deal with that. Using ancient Chinese medical remedies, energy work, and other 'esoteric' means, Dawn overcame her illness despite the predictions of convential, chemical based medicine.
Dawn retreated to a tiny seaside village in Victoria, on Port Phillip Bay, and went into semi-early retirement to heal, and not just from the illness she suffered, but from the scars and disappointments we all experience in this strange journey we call life. There she lived alone, and grew to know herself as a woman and to discover that she actually liked her own company. For the first time in her life she felt fulfilled by just being who she was, and by discovering some of her hitherto unknown depths as an individual.
There is a magickal saying in the faith of Wicca, it's what that religion terms "a mystery". It goes:
"If that which you seek you find not within yourself, you will never find it without!"
Dawn had known love, but she'd never known the kind of love that literally blew your socks off! As she grew to love herself, and to finally know herself to some degree, she found new love in the strangest of places.
Now, Dawn lives in the United States of America, and has done so since mid 1998. She is now married to that man she met, and together they have made a life for themselves in that country. That doesn't mean Dawn has forgotten Australia or her fans. The exact opposite. Though she has developed a keen love and deep respect for the American people, her love and respect for Australia and Australians, and of her fans world wide, remains unchanged.
Nor has she been resting on her laurels while in supposed semi-retirement.
Work has commenced on a new series of books, among other projects, details of which are of course under wraps. The new cycle of work will be written in a similar style to the original five books, and will deal with content we will all find familiar - psychic development, personal development, and a dose of personal life experiences from the author to tie it all together and make it relevant to a still growing audience. There is enough new material to make existing fans excited, and though in places some very familiar ground will be recovered, it will be done so from the perspective a woman who has seen a lot more and experienced a lot more than her younger self could have hoped to write about!
If you're new to Dawn, and her work, here's a little run down on this woman who has engendered so much love and respect from so many people around the world...
Dawn was born in Australia, on the island state of Tasmania, and grew up in that tiny community affected by and influenced by it's beliefs and way of life. Much of these beliefs clashed with what Dawn felt intuitively on a deep level. She was raised a Christian, and though she has never strayed from her faith in Christ or from her belief in some kind of Higher Power, her interpretation of the teachings of the Nazarene could leave some devout Christians with raised eyebrows!
Never the less, she is a dedicated Spiritualist, and advocate for the New Age and religious tolerance.
Dawn is, as well as being a dedicated and active member of the world wide Spiritual community, a mother to a son in his early thirties, a grandmother to an ever burgeoning tribe, the adopted mother to a few young people here and there, and a relatively sane and normal every day woman in her fifties.
She has been exploring Spirituality and humanity's supposed hidden and forgotten senses for most of her life.
In her explorations and adventures she has been enriched time and again by the people in her life - family, friends, fans, and complete strangers.
Dawn has been witness to both the best and worst of humanity, yet the worst of what we are capable of has never diminished her respect for our species or her belief in our potential. She also believe that every person alive is psychic! Whether you believe it or not. Over the years, a lot of people have begun to agree with her!
In a journey that is well documented in her first two books (Reaching for the Other Side and Edge of Reality), Dawn has seen and experienced many things - some that come close to defying belief.
In exploring her path to knowledge and self discovery, Dawn has worked through three marriages, on again off again bouts with poverty, and the odd misplaced spook to name but a few challenges. Through each of the many situations she has faced she has prevailed. And it hasn't been easy. There is definately something to be said for grim determination in the face of sometimes overwhelming opposition.
Now, more than twenty years after her first book was published, Dawn's life is not what one would expect of a best selling author. Because of this she is a constant source of inspiration, and a beautiful example of human perseverance, faith and Spirit.
A Few Facts...
Dawn Shelley Lawrence (chat handle: Shakena)
Launceston, Tasmania, 1946
Year of the Dog.
Dawn has only one biological child, his name is Darryl. But she's adopted a few others in the years since Darryl's birth.
Final Marriage, and union with her Twin Flame: