The simplicity of intuition

For something that we all have and all use on a day to day basis, intuition seems to be steeped in mystery and mysticism.

There is a plethora of books, DVDs, workshops, courses, initiations and tools available that promise to develop our intuition and many people spend their time searching these for a seemingly ‘Holy Grail’ that will switch on their intuition.

After a while it all starts to get very complicated.

Intuition is simply connection to our higher self: by using the wisdom of our higher self we can live in integrity with our life’s purpose.

In order to develop your own intuition there are just a few points to remember:

  1. Intuition is personal so what works for one person doesn’t work for another.  Find your own way rather than copy other people.  This means that you don’t necessarily need to go to any outside source to develop your intuition.
  2. Intuition is a natural ability that we all have so we don’t need initiations from others to ‘switch on’ unless we believe we do.
  3. Intuition is as simple as asking a question and listening for the answer.
  4. We each have our own way of hearing the answers to our questions.  This may be through dreams or day dreams.  We may hear a voice or feel things in our body.  It’s
    like our own special code and, once we know the key, it becomes easy to decipher the information we’re getting.
  5. Practise makes our intuition stronger.
  6. Trust in the answers we receive makes our intuition stronger.  If you disregard the information or don’t acknowledge it then you have to ask if you really want intuition to play a part in your life.
  7. A need to know makes our intuition stronger.  Use your intuition to fulfil your life’s purpose and help others achieve theirs and it will deliver for you.
  8. An ideal start is to spend a little time each day in meditation.  Even 5 minutes with your eyes closed and focusing on your breathing will slow your brainwaves down and connect you to your higher self.
  9. Your imagination is vital in developing your intuition.  If you don’t know the answer imagine what it is if you did.  What you mistake for imagination may very well be your intuition trying to communicate with you.
  10. Like our physical senses, intuition is a special gift and should be cherished.  It’s part of living our lives with integrity and using our intuition to manipulate others or to be nosy just doesn’t fit with integrity.

Intuition is simple if you let it be.

Jackie Notman is an intuitive adviser and coach who works on an energetic level with individuals and businesses using tools such as Feng Shui, Numerology, Dowsing, Astrology, I Ching and the Tarot.   This article is from her blog ‘Life – and everything else’ where you’ll find an eclectic mix of articles and information.

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A child’s wisdom

The other day as I was meditating I had a spiritual visitor arrive desperate to give me a message.  This wasn’t a lost soul, entity or angel as such.  It was me when I was a child.  She made it very clear to me that my life was out of balance and I needed to have some fun.

On reflection I have to admit that life has become very serious, partly due to being busy and focusing on managing my time as best I can.  I’ve really been operating on
auto-pilot to get things done but, somewhere along the way I had stopped living in a full and satisfying way.  And I’m sure I’m not the only one.  For me,
little Jackie decided to step in and give me a kick and her method is so much more effective than somebody just telling me to go and have some fun.

When we’re born our hearts are open and the possibilities for our life are endless.  However, as time goes by these possibilities seem to get hidden, swamped or discarded.  Responsibilities weigh us down and, for many of us, living becomes something that needs to be done to get through each day.

As a young child I expected to be loved.  I expected to be considered as much as anybody else.  I was curious and wanted to do things that I liked and that were fun.

I was lucky, coming from a stable and what could be termed a ‘normal’ family.  But very young children before they have learnt about the world and the circumstances they’ve been born into , have similar expectations.

As an adult trying to make my way in the world these expectations have gradually eroded but, what I realise now is how much I miss them and how influential they are on the quality of my life and on other people’s perceptions of me.

Now it’s time to bring those expectations back.   When I’m in a situation where everything becomes too stressed or serious I ask my seven year old self how she would handle it.  Let me give you an example.  I had a very busy week where it seemed nearly impossible that I was going to do everything I had agreed to do.  The only option was to forgo so
sleep to get everything done and, as I become a bit of a grouch without sleep, I was stressing myself out.  Little Jackie reminded me that I really wanted to do everything and surely that was more important than sleep for a little while.  I was reminded how sleep didn’t figure during Christmas when I was a child!

What could your child self teach you?

Jackie Notman is an intuitive adviser and coach who works on an energetic level with individuals and businesses using tools such as Feng Shui, Numerology, Dowsing, Astrology and the Tarot.   This article is from her blog ‘Life – and everything else’ where you’ll find an eclectic mix of articles and information.

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No surprise that Debenhams bucks retail trends

The UK department store Debenhams has bucked current retail trend by announcing better than expected revenue and pre-tax  profits for the summer months and running into
their year end accounts in October.

Many are asking how they’ve managed it and many intellectual observations have been made.  However, if we look at the energy around the Debenhams brand and the organisation, we can throw a little more light on their current success.

The brand ‘Debenhams’ has a numerological energy of 3.  This energy is creative and, for want of a better word, bouncy.  It finds ways to achieve things.  Sometimes the energy can go off in all sorts of different directions which is not associated with the Debenhams we know.  But, if you look at the organisation’s incorporation date (or its birth date) it is ruled
by the 6 Heaven star in Feng Shui Astrology. (Incorporation date 28/1/1905).  This makes it trustworthy, reliable and calms that bouncy 3 energy down.

This year the 6 Heaven star is in an energetic house bringing wealth and creativity so it’s hardly surprising that Debenhams continues to be not just a part of UK retail, but a successful player.

They plan to move their headquarters and overhaul their flagship Oxford Street branch in 2013.  The overhaul is well starred as they’ll be in their own house for that year and
very stable.  My only tip would be to have an energetic survey done on their new headquarters.  They’ve done so well so far it would be a shame to ignore a little Feng Shui to keep their fortunes sweet.

Of course, it’s easy to apply numerology and Feng Shui astrology in retrospect.  Both are much more effective when applied in the early stages of a business or at crucial
points in an organisation’s life cycle and growth phases.  Date Selection and Branding can be given a ‘once over’ in terms of Feng Shui and numerology to ensure that the best possible energies are being utilised to ensure success.  Many successful businesses and business people use these energetic tools to give them an edge in an increasingly competitive world.

Jackie Notman is an intuitive adviser and coach who works on an energetic level with individuals and businesses using tools such as Feng Shui, Numerology, Dowsing, Astrology and the Tarot.   This article is from her blog ‘Life – and everything else’ where you’ll find an eclectic mix of articles and information.

This Feng Shui information is general for everybody. However, there are deeper levels of Feng Shui which take into account you and your specific business or home environment. 

 If you would like to find out more about living in harmony with your environment, and using energy to your advantage, contact Jackie Notman on 07920 461574 or
through her website
www.fs168.co.uk

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What’s in a name?

Sticks & stones may break my bones

But names can never hurt me

But is that really true?

A name is more than a selection of letters put together to give something or someone a label.  A name is an energetic force which grows stronger the more it’s used.  And this force affects all aspects of our lives.  Just think how scared people are of the word ‘cancer’.  Or how we long to hear those three little words ‘I love you’.

The associations with these words, and many others, are significant but, on an even more fundamental level the energy of the words and the energy of each letter in the word can have a profound subliminal effect on us.

The study of this effect is called Numerology.  Perhaps an unusual word in itself as we’re talking about letters but numerology works on the basis that the fundamental language of our world is mathematics which underlies nature, the solar system, music and the spoken word.  As such each letter of our alphabet relates to an archetypal number and a particular type of energy.

Numerology also considers dates so combine your date of birth with your name and you can get a very accurate picture of you: your skills, talents, character, strengths, weaknesses, life purpose and even karmic debt that you may be here to repay in this lifetime.

So what happens if you change your name?  For example, if you get married and adopt your husband’s surname or double barrel both surnames.  Or perhaps you’re called by a nick name in certain situations.

Well, name changes can add nuances and differences to your character.  However, if the differences are large it will take time to assimilate the new energy into your overall energetic blueprint.  When you do you may discover new aspects of you or, if the difference from your original energy is very diverse you may feel as if there’s a fight or conflict going on inside you.  It may even manifest physically with a schizophrenic condition.

Of course, some people change their name because they want to harness a different energy.  Many actors take stage names and method actors will live the character they are
playing, including adopting the character’s name, to take on the energy and produce an Oscar winning performance.

Others try to cheat the system and change their name in order to change their lives.  Sometimes this works – if they used a skilled numerologist to ensure they get the change
right.  But, underneath it all, their original, intended-by-the-universe, essence will still be there.  The key to getting the right energy in the first place is to use the services of a numerologist when deciding on a name for your unborn child.

Numerology can also be applied to businesses.  A business incorporation date is deemed its birthday and the name can be assessed or chosen numerologically to bring the
right type of energy to that business.

Combine this with Feng Shui to get the business branding right and any venture can maximise its chance of success.

We live in a world where everything is labelled – even us.  A name tag is certainly better than a number.  And, without a doubt, our name can alter people’s perception of us, our own perception of us and the mark we leave on the world.

Your name says a whole lot about you and what you decide to call others may have a big effect on them.

Sticks and stones may break my bones and names can really hurt

What does yours say about you?

Jackie Notman is a copywriter, feng shui consultant and e-commerce retailer.  This article is from her blog ‘Life – and everything else’ where you’ll find an
eclectic mix of articles and information
.

This Feng Shui and Numerology information is general for everybody. However, there are deeper levels of Feng Shui and Numerology which take into account you and
your specific business or home environment. 

 If you would like to find out more about living in harmony with your environment, and using energy to your advantage, contact Jackie Notman on 07920 461574 or through her website www.fs168.co.uk

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Use space to get some perspective on life

I wrote in a previous blog about the effects the stars and heavens can have on our wellbeing (see ‘Although we’re laying in the gutter…’).

One aspect of viewing ourselves in context with the stars is the realisation of just how very small we are in the whole scheme of things: it’s a humbling experience that removes our ego and enables us to communicate with our divine essence.

Take a look at some of these pictures from entries for the Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2011 run by the Royal Observatory, Greenwich and The Sky At Night magazine.

Aren’t we luck to live in such a beautiful universe, to be part of something so much bigger than ourselves that our ego is transcended and we can see the beauty in our universe and, as we are an integral part of it, in ourselves?


I Ching astrology – part 3

To make sense of I Ching astrology part 3 you’ll need to review my previous articles:

Energy cycles – the Feng Shui way

I Ching astrology – part 1

I Ching astrology – part 2

So far, we’ve looked at the trigrams which are the fundamental energy building blocks of our world and the cycles that they go through.  We’ve also applied these building blocks to part of ourselves, based on our date of birth.  In I Ching astrology – part 1 we looked at your birth star which is your inherent energy.  In I Ching astrology – part 2 we looked at your inner star which reveals your deeper nature and emotions.  In this article we are going to look at the third and final star which is known as your Outer Star or Energetic Number.

Your outer star reflects the face you show to the world and how people perceive you.  It tells us how you communicate with the outside world and also gives us clues about your hopes, aspirations or what you may be capable of achieving.

Your outer star is calculated from combining your inner star with the Lo Shu table (this is a table used in Feng Shui and is also called a Magic Square or Square of Saturn).  Rather than take up time with this calculation the table below is a quick reference guide for you which details all three stars: birth, inner and outer.  Find your birth star in the first column and then move along the row until you reach the correct month column.  (Remember that you may be using the preceding month if your birthday is close to the beginning of the month – see I Ching astrology – part 2 for exact dates.) 

Month→ FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC JAN
Year ↓                        

1

WATER

187

178

169

151

142

133

124

115

196

187

178

169

2

EARTH

225

216

297

288

279

261

252

243

234

225

216

297

3

THUNDER

353

344

335

326

317

398

389

371

362

353

344

335

4

WIND

481

472

463

454

445

436

427

418

499

481

472

463

5

T’AI CHI

528

519

591

582

573

564

555

546

537

528

519

591

6

HEAVEN

656

647

638

629

611

692

683

674

665

656

647

638

7

LAKE

784

775

766

757

748

739

721

712

793

784

775

766

8

MOUNTAIN

822

813

894

885

876

867

858

849

831

822

813

894

9

FIRE

959

941

932

923

914

995

986

977

968

959

941

932

Now that you have all three numbers but for this article we are just focussing on the outer star or last number:

1 Water

Water flows and, if it gets blocked one way it will go another route.  Like water your nature is flexible and adaptable: change is not a problem for you.  We can experience water in many different ways: a soft misty shower or a torrid raging waterfall and your energy is just as changeable.  Water also represents the subconscious and the unknown.  People don’t always know what you are thinking and you may often surprise them with your reactions.

2 Earth

Earth is also the mother trigram.  People trust you and feel secure with you.  You’re a shoulder to cry on and someone to confide in.  And you do all of that very well: being of service is part of your nature.  However, people often forget that you may need support from others and, if you let them, they may unwittingly take advantage of you.  Therefore you may have to set boundaries at times.

3 Thunder

People certainly know when you’re around.  Your energy is tangible and, however hard you try, there is no way you can make a quiet entrance.  Your loud, impulsive behaviour can irritate some of the quieter stars.  However, for others you are pure inspiration and certainly get things moving and they welcome your vitality and often just follow behind you in the energy stream you create.

4 Wind

Like the wind others sometimes find it very hard to grasp you.  You have an elusive, almost ethereal quality.  Although others may see this as unreliable, or worry about your unpredictability, you do have a strong intuition and will always be in the right place at the right time.  To improve your relationships with other stars remember that they don’t have your qualities and try to communicate a little more.

5 Tai Chi

You attract people very much like the central palace that is your star.  People will gravitate towards you and may even be humbled in your presence.  You just have an air of authority about you: it isn’t put on or made up – it is just you.  The 5 tai chi also has the effect of doubling the energies of your first two stars and exaggerating their characteristics.  You will probably aggravate any star that has an ego problem but just ensure that you don’t take your natural charisma and authority for granted and become too domineering or bossy.

6 Heaven

You’ll always arrive early for any meeting and latecomers may see you checking your watch and tutting as they arrive.  People perceive you as being responsible, knowing the detail and being focused.  Some people may call you a perfectionist, others a jobsworth.  However, they’re happy to be on the same team with you if there are deadlines to be met and goals to be achieved.

7 Lake

You make the effort to be well dressed, groomed and sociable.  You’re an ideal host who will make anyone feel comfortable whatever the occasion.  People will like you, partly because you are a good listener and we all like to talk about ourselves but also because you’re fun and light-hearted.  Others may view you as superficial purely because you skim across subjects that aren’t much fun or that may dampen the mood.  And, if you are forced into a deep and meaningful conversation where you can’t be the social butterfly you are likely to walk away – it’s just not your scene.

8 Mountain

As a strong, silent type you may not be the life and soul of the party but you take everything in and respond when necessary.  You like to observe and people may call you quiet or reserved.  However, this reticence is not about shyness.  When an answer is required you usually have a very astute one to give.  People do not often see your emotions unless you are stirred into action, usually by a sense of unfairness or injustice.  Then they will see the mountain has a passionate heart.

9 Fire

You sizzle.  Probably wearing the loudest, most colourful outfit you will always be noticed when you walk into a room.  It may be your physical appearance, your loud voice or laugh or just the energy crackling around you.  People will view you as a bit of a fire cracker and the quieter stars may find you a touch too blingy.  The only thing you have to worry about is sustaining your energy.  You need others to support you otherwise you could burn yourself out.

This is the third part of your I Ching astrology and you now know your three stars.  In the next part we are going to look at how they interact with each other.

Jackie Notman is a copywriter, feng shui consultant and e-commerce retailer.  This article is from her blog ‘Life – and everything else’ where you’ll find an eclectic mix of articles and information.

 This Feng Shui information is general for everybody. However, there are deeper levels of Feng Shui which take into account you and your specific business or home environment. 

 If you would like to find out more about living in harmony with your environment, and using energy to your advantage, contact Jackie Notman on 07920 461574 or through her website www.fs168.co.uk

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Anti-war? Pro-peace? What’s the difference?

On Sunday the 14th August 2011 a peace rally was held in Birmingham, UK in response to the previous week’s riots and the tragic deaths of three young men trying to protect a shop from looters.

The same week in London people pulled together to clean up their community after similar riots.

During these riots, and since, there has been a lot of anger focused on those who took part.  Unfortunately focus and energy (in the form of anger in this case) fuelled the emotions of rioters and their actions spread across the country like wild fire. 

Those who have been arrested will go through the justice system.  However, if we can take anything from what has happened this week it is to direct our energy towards the right place: to our communities and to peace. By doing so we feed and strengthen the right emotions and starve the wrong ones.

There’s an ancient myth of the two beasts which I quoted in my article The Beast Inside:

A young man is visiting the wise Elder of the village.  The young man is often frustrated that his life is not more successful and that he does not have the life that he wants to have.  His frustration often turns into anger and he feels life is futile.

He asks the wise Elder how he should live his life and how he can have the same contentment that the Elder has.

‘I live with two beasts inside me’ the wise Elder says.

‘One is angry, vicious, vindictive, opinionated and distrustful.  The other is non judgemental, calm, kind and expects nothing of others.  Each day these two beasts fight each other.’

The young man asks ‘Which one wins?’

The wise elder studies the young man before replying.  ‘The one I choose to feed.’

There is a huge difference between anti-war and pro-peace demonstrations.  And the difference is one of emotion which gives energy to wherever we are focusing that emotion.

Mother Teresa said:

‘I was once asked why I don’t participate in anti-war demonstrations. I said that I will never do that, but as soon as you have a pro-peace rally, I’ll be there.’

Jackie Notman is a copywriter, feng shui consultant and e-commerce retailer.  This article is from her blog ‘Life – and everything else’ where you’ll find an eclectic mix of articles and information.

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