The energy effect

Quantum physics shows us that, at a fundamental level, we are small pieces of matter separated by lots of space.  In fact, we are really just a bag of space interacting with other bags of space in a bigger bag of space that is our physical world.

This space is called energy: we are energetic beings living in an energetic world.

On one level, we think of energy as vitality: the ‘va va voom’ that drives us.  But energy is much more than that. We use energy to communicate with everyone and everything in
our lives.  So doesn’t it make sense to consider where we get our energy from in order to understand what is happening in our lives and why?

Physically we take energy from the food we eat and the water we drink. If the plants are healthy, the meat has come from healthy animals and the water quality is good then the quality of the energy we ingest is increased.

Our physical environment provides energy in the form of air and light and the quality of both can make a big difference to our lives.

These sources of energy are all pretty standard and accepted but there are so many more sources that provide both our inherent energy and additional energy that we can tap into when we need it.

Our inherent energy is determined by the time we enter this energetic world.  It’s as if we are time-stamped by the energetic pattern when we take our first breath.  Our date of birth can be analysed by a number of different astrological systems to show character traits, strengths and weaknesses.  Numerology can also deepen this analysis by reviewing the numerical energy of the whole birth date and specific parts of it.

And, as time moves, on the same systems can identify how your inherent energy will interact with the energetic world and other energetic beings at any time in the past, present or future by showing you the cycles of your particular life.

When we come into this world we are given a label that we come to identify as our own and that others perceive us as being.  Our name can give a lot of information regarding our life purpose, our abilities and challenges we may face in this lifetime.  Whether you believe that our name is chosen before we incarnate into this life to help us achieve our purpose or that we grow into the energy of our name as we start to use it, our name can be accurately assessed using numerology to provide insights into our psychological
make-up.

Another part of our inherent energy comes from our divine essence or our soul.  Few of us can consciously understand our soul’s full purpose but we are given the correct level of spirit to help us fulfil that purpose.

To a large extent we have very little conscious control over our inherent energy.  However, exterior sources of energy are very much in our control.  Eating good food and getting fresh air is a choice most of us can make but these are not the only sources of energy we have control over.

Our emotions can either boost or deplete our energy.  Our mental processes can have the same effect.  Doesn’t it make sense then to focus our thoughts and feelings on the good stuff in our lives?

Our five senses are also a great source of energy and a primary way in which we interact with our world.  Touching something sensual like satin or velvet, stroking a purring cat or holding the hand of someone we love immediately increases our energy.  Listening to uplifting music or looking at a beautiful vista will have the same effect as will the taste of our favourite fruit or the bouquet of our favourite flower.  We all have choices about how we use our senses so why not use them in fun and delight and boost the energy we receive?

Another energy source is people.  Anybody we interact with will exchange energy with us.  You’re probably aware of people who leave you feeling drained and others who just seem to give you a lift.  The latter inspire us: literally fill us with spirit or energy.  Seek these people out to improve your energy levels and become somebody who inspires others too.  By giving you’ll receive lots of energy back.

Take account of where you spend your time: your home, workplace, bed or office.  All of these places have their own energetic blueprint that will interact with yours.  The study of feng shui can help you connect and harmonise with the energy of the space you’re in.

I’m sure you can think of many more sources of energy.  The important thing to consider is that the quality of the energy you take in will affect the quality of the energy you experience and give out.  And, as energy is our way of communicating with and experiencing this world, doesn’t it make sense to aim for the highest quality you can?

 

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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Believe? It’s what we’re designed to do.

It can be a contentious issue: religion, God, where have we come from and where do we go to.  Differences of opinion can spark arguments and even wars.  Now, a review of 40 separate studies across many cultures has shown that humans are predisposed to believe in supreme, all knowing beings and an afterlife.

The review, led by Oxford University in England, lasted three years and concluded that children’s natural instincts was to believe that omnipresent beings existed and for many this continued into adulthood.

Much anecdotal evidence exists for a life other than the one we are experiencing right now but scientific evidence is lacking and the situation is likely to remain that way.  However, for me there has always been the case of ‘no smoke without fire’.  Why do so many believe in something that cannot be proven?

I’ve always thought that, given two choices over what I believe, the choice of living my life here on earth whilst believing that there are other realms and other worlds is far preferable to living here believing that there is nothing else and this is the only shot I have at this life.  I can’t imagine how depressing life would be to think that and how absolutely terrifying the thought of death would be.  Whether I’m right or wrong in my beliefs is really not the issue.  The issue is the context in which I choose to live this life.

It’s interesting that children seem to have this belief built into them before the process of nurture really starts.  One school of thought suggests that we each have a divine spark within us: our spiritual being within this human body.  Could it be that children, being so new to this world and untainted to the thoughts of others, are in touch with their divinity in a way which has been lost to us as we grow older?  If not, why would we even have such beliefs?  Where do they come from if not a universal world that we are a very small part of?

We’ll probably never have an answer that has been proven and replicated in double blind trials.  If we did somebody would probably patent it and charge us for our beliefs.  So it’s good that we don’t and it’s good that we can choose what makes up our world.  Why not make it a good one?

 

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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The potted plant – and how it can improve your business

Can this humble peace lily improve your business?

Having potted plants in your office is good for the health of your employees which means that it’s also good for your business with reduced sickness rates and increased productivity.

The principle of bringing nature into our indoor environment has always been advocated by fans of Feng Shui and research is gradually catching up to prove the benefits. 

In a recent study by Dr Tina Bringslimark of the Norwegian University of Life Sciences the amount of plants that could be seen by employees had a direct correlation to sickness rates: the more plants the lower the sickness levels.

US research has also shown an increase in productivity amongst workers who have plants in their environment.  The Washington State University study showed an increase of 12%.

There are a number of reasons why plants can have an effect on us:  the production of oxygen and reduction of other toxins in the air; the production on negative ions to counter the effects of electrical equipment; the psychological belief that plants are healthy for us and so we react accordingly.

Each explanation is valid but, before you go foresting your offices take some Feng Shui advice:

  • The types of plants you choose should work within Feng Shui principles and be strategically placed to bring harmony to the energy of your space.
  • The number of plants should be adequate for the size of your space.
  • All plants need to be looked after and kept healthy.  A dead or dying plant is probably worse than having no plants at all.

With that in mind, and if you have business issues such as absence rates and low productivity to address, maybe your next business trip should be to the nearest garden centre.

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

Business Energetics is based on classic Feng Shui principles and brings together your environment and your people into one harmonised and focussed profit machine. 

If you would like to find out more about how your business could benefit from living in harmony with your environment, and using energy to your advantage, contact Jackie Notman on 07920 461574 or through her website http://www.fs168.co.uk/businessenergetics

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Pay attention – Feng Shui, and life, in a nutshell

In a world where life seems to get ever more complex it’s easy to overlook what is really going on.  That’s why I like to simplify things: drill down to the fundamental level.  And that’s why I like Feng Shui – because it looks at your life from an energetic level.

However, at first glance Feng Shui can seem confusing, complicated and often contradictory.  The words that are used are taken literally here in the West and don’t always convey the actual meaning.

There are many layers of Feng Shui starting with generic principles and becoming more intricate and more unique to the individual, location and time that is being assessed. 

If we look at our physical world and drill down to its basic components we reach, at a quantum level, energy.  And just as we drill down through the layers of Feng Shui we also reach energy: an individual energy for that person at that time in that place.  To me that isn’t complex but beautifully simple.

Of course, in the real ‘got to go to work and earn money to pay the bills’ world we often overlook this simplicity but there is a practise which may help you reconnect to you, your energy and your life.  It’s called ‘mindfulness’ or ‘pay attention’.

I read an article recently about why the Attorney General of Massachusetts (US) has toy giraffes on her desk.  You can read it here to find out why.  What struck me was the Feng Shui ‘take’ on it and advice given by Peg Donahue.  Her Feng Shui approach was to take everything off your desk and then replace things ‘mindfully’.  This makes perfect, simple, Feng Shui sense.

Our environment will reflect our life.  It doesn’t matter if we’ve had that environment thrust on us or if we have subconsciously built it.  By being aware of what we are allowing into our space, of what we are accepting by default, we can take back control.  We can captain our own ship and bear full responsibility for where we end up.  This is how a Feng Shui understanding can help us achieve great things in our lives.

So take a look around you now.  Pay attention to the environment you’re in and, if it doesn’t reflect what you want then get some advice and change it for the better.

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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Are you victim or master of your environment?

A basic premise of Feng Shui is that our environment (whether that’s our home, our garden, our business or even our car) reflects our life.  Even our choice of the pictures we put on our wall can be a subconscious reflection of what’s going on. (If a picture paints a thousand words then what do your walls say about you?)

But the question is, do we create that environment or do we adapt ourselves to fit it?

I’ve just been writing some promotional literature about Feng Shui design for gardens and it struck me that there are two types of people when it comes to interacting with our environment.

The first group are the victims.  These are the people who are subconsciously sensitive to their environment and ‘go with it’.  For example, a couple who are very happy together move into a new home.  Unknown to them the previous inhabitants were continuously arguing and the relationship ended with an acrimonious divorce and the house being sold.  Soon after the new couple move in they start arguing about petty things.  The arguments get bigger and more hurtful until, eventually there’s no way back.  They split up, the house is sold and another couple move in starry eyed and with big hopes for their future together.

In this scenario the environment has affected the people.  They have chosen to take on the energy of the house.  They have submitted to it and taken the role of victim.  It’s an easy thing to do and may even be our karma to do so but, with advice and guidance the victim can easily become the master by transforming the environment to support their objectives: to be in control of their life.

If your life isn’t turning out the way you want it to perhaps you just need a little help to get the upper hand.

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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Stop the ever decreasing clutter circle

Social scientists Diederik Stapel and Siegwart Lindenberg of Tilburg university in Holland have reported on a study that suggests people are more likely to discriminate and be less charitable if living in an environment that is unkempt, dirty, litter strewn or marked with graffiti.

The full paper, reported in Science Magazine, can be found here.

In Feng Shui the effects of clutter are clear and it is a key thing that areas should be clutter free (as opposed to zen-like empty).  Just search this blog for ‘clutter’ and you’ll see the many reasons why clutter and good Feng Shui don’t exist together.

This report adds further credence to the benefits of a clutter free environment.  Not only can clutter (in the form of litter and grafittie) affect our own energies and our lives but it can also affect the way we treat other people which in turn has a detrimental effect on their lives.  And so the ever decreasing circle goes on.

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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Is your Tai Chi doing its job?

In Feng Shui the centre of any building or room is considered extremely important.  Known as the Tai Chi or ‘Great Void’ it’s a very special place.

However, as Feng Shui deals with balance and harmony, you may wonder why so much emphasis is put on the middle.

To explain this, let’s have a look at the Bagua (or Eight Palaces) that is used in Compass Feng Shui.

 The Feng Shui Bagua, or Eight Palaces

 

Around the centre we have the eight trigrams.  These represent different energy personalities.  Each has a mix of yin and yang and is associated with many things including elements, colours, family members, body parts and compass directions.

For example, the trigram at the top right of the diagram has three blue broken lines.  This is full yin energy and is represented by the earth element, yellows and browns, the mother, stomach and the south west.

It’s opposite, three red unbroken lines in the bottom right of the diagram is full yang energy and is represented by the metal element, silver, greys and white, the father, lungs, skin and the north west.

The other trigrams represent mixtures of yin and yang as you can see from the colours and whether the lines are broken or unbroken.

By placing the Bagua over a floor plan we can see how best to support these energy personalities.  If the floor plan is irregular it may be that one or even two of the trigrams are missing and therefore unsupported.  Or, if the layout of a house dictates, certain trigrams may be stronger than others and need to be brought into balance.

However, there is one area that is not governed by a trigram and that is the centre or Tai Chi.  You’ll probably recognise the familiar symbol in the middle representing yin and yang.

We have three types of chi or energy in this world: yin, which rises from the earth and is soft and diffuse; yang which descends from the heavens and is hard and focussed; human which comes from us.

If we take us out of the equation for now, yin rises up to meet yang descending and, where the two meet, there is a constant dance of changing energies.  This ever-changing situation always happens in the Tai Chi area and gives rise to the eight trigrams or energy personalities.

So, if the centre of your house or room is cluttered, dirty, dark or dank, you’re not helping the energies to interact and created the finely balanced states that will bring harmony to your environment and that is why Feng Shui always starts with the middle.  It’s a little like a wheel – if the centre isn’t strong enough to support the spokes then your wheel won’t last long and you won’t get very far!

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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