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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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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Law of Attraction – it’s not going to work if you fail to take this into account

Most people have heard of the Law of Attraction since the phenomenal success of The Secret (The Secret (Extended Edition) [DVD]).  It is a universal law that has been with us since Biblical times and probably before.  It states that what you give out you will receive back: hate or love – your choice.

Well, what choice is that?  Of course we all want to be happy and to have a healthy and wealthy life: physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.  So, we think good thoughts, we are positive, charitable and happy to serve.  We imagine what we want in our lives and have faith that we will receive.

BUT…for many people they don’t get what they receive.  Why, if it’s so simple, does that happen?

The Law of Attraction is based on the premise that there is a unifying force in the world and that we are part of that force.  This force is the basis of our physical world and can be manipulated with intention to provide our reality.  Our connection to this force is through our sub-conscious.

All well and good so far.  Quantum physics can demonstrate that everything is derived from an underlying energy and that the observer can affect the outcome of experiments on this energy.

So why do so many people have lives that they would not choose?  One theory is that of Karma.  The choice of this life has been made by our actions in previous lives.  Another is that our Soul has made the choice before coming into our physical body so our conscious mind is not aware of the reasons we are living this life this way.

The Law of Attraction suggests that we can overrule any previous choices and create the life we truly want.  Simply, we just need to instruct our sub-conscious, wind it up and send it out to bring everything we desire to us.  If this is so there is a weak link in the chain of command which may explain why so many people get frustrated with practising the Law of Attraction and do not get results.  And that weak link is one of communication.

We assume that we use our conscious mind to instruct our sub-conscious: we meditate, chant mantras, visualise, repeat affirmations, draw up picture boards and generally try to change how we perceive our reality and hope our sub-conscious will get the message.

However, the big mistake we make is by underestimating just how amazing our sub-conscious is.  It runs all the processes in our bodies whilst keeping an eye on our environment to ensure that we keep safe.  At the same time it has filed virtually everything that it’s ever registered and will use that information in future when we find ourselves in similar circumstances.  It can process up to 4,000,000,000 bits of information per second whilst our conscious mind can only get through 2,000.  It is an animal – our own animal – that we don’t understand and yet it has the power to kill us, cure us or give us the life that we want: if only we knew the language.

By understanding that our sub-conscious doesn’t just take note of our intentions, chanting, affirmations or picture boards we can make a huge leap in making the Law of Attraction work for us.  Our sub-conscious is continually taking note of our environment, where we are and who we’re with.  And if that environment is not congruent with the intentions that our conscious mind tries to communicate to it then how does it know what we really, really want?

For example, if you want recognition for your talents and state this as an affirmation daily but then, when somebody gives you a compliment on a job well done you say ‘Oh it was nothing’ that’s confusing and incongruent.

If you are looking for your soul mate but your home reflects arty images of single, lonely looking people that’s confusing and incongruent.

If you want to be an entrepreneur and star t a business but spend your time with people who tell you it’s a bad time to start a business and you’ll never succeed that’s confusing and incongruent.

And I could go on.

There’s a simple answer to this.  Look at your life using Feng Shui principles.  Feng Shui is about living in harmony with the energies that are inherent in you and your space (home or workplace).  However, Feng Shui is also about defining your goals and setting your intentions within your environment as well as your mind.  Just imagine how much more effective the communication would be with your subconscious if all those 4,000,000,000 bits of information it processes every second said the same thing: ‘I am healthy’, ‘I am loved’, ‘I am wealthy’?

So, if you’re trying the Law of Attraction, or any self-improvement plan, bring your environment into the equation too for real, life changing results.

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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Forget New year, make your Spring resolutions

Have you stuck to your resolutions?

It’s hardly surprising that New Year resolution failure rate is high (estimated at between 88 and 90%).   If you live in the northern hemispshere then you make your resolutions whilst the days are short, cold and not particularly inspiring.

This is the time of winter where we are introspective: making plans but not yet acting.  In the Feng Shui system this is the time of Water and Yin energy.  It’s not until some Yang energy starts to mix with the Yin that everything starts to stir and, at last, we wake from our hibernation ready to pursue our goals.

So, doesn’t it make sense to to set our resolutions at this time of year?  Spring is of the Wood element, creativity is high and the need to be active after an inactive winter is strong.

So, if you didn’t stick to those resolutions you made in the depth of winter don’t beat yourself up about it.  The odds were stacked against you but now they’re in your favour so why not go for it?

PS:  Is one of your resolutions to lose weight?  Then the one thing you shouldn’t do is diet.  To find out why, and what you can do that really works try Diets Don’t Work available from The Little Shop of Charms as an ebook download or in Kindle format from Amazon.

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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Was Mary really so contrary?

So how does your garden grow?  Or how do you make the most of your outside space?

Many people consider having a Feng Shui survey of their home but don’t think very much about their garden.  And yet the same principles can be applied to our gardens, courtyards or even window boxes.

In fact, designing your garden according to Feng Shui principles could be considered even more important than applying Feng Shui to your house.  After all, Feng Shui was originally used in the external environment before it moved indoors.  And, if you think about it, your house is surrounded by your garden, so it’s easy to see that a harmonious garden will bring harmony to the home it surrounds.

Of course, the ideal scenario is to apply Feng Shui principles to both your home and outside space: the two supporting and harmonising with each other and you.

This also works very well for smallholdings, farms or any business that utilises outside space for crop growing or rearing animals.  The principles of Feng Shui align very clearly with that of Permaculture and Spiritual Farming, incorporating and working with the natural world, both physically and energetically.

Mary was right to be fussy about her garden.  Nature is good for us.  Being outside is good for us.  Real daylight is good for us and contact with the earth is good for us.  Your garden can be good for you too if you apply the Feng Shui touch.

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 dancing the right steps?

The system of Tao, upon which Feng Shui and many other practises are based, defines three types of energy which make up our world.

Descending energy (Chi) comes from the heavens and is known as Heaven Chi.  This is totally Yang in nature: masculine, hard, focused, active and bright.

The opposite ascends from the earth and is known as Earth Chi.  Yin in nature, Earth Chi is feminine, soft, yielding, diffuse and dark.

These two types of energy sit ideally with other belief systems that recognise either a Heavenly Father or a Mother Earth.

Tao says that when these two energies meet there is a dance which combines Yin and Yang in ever changing proportions.  From this dance all things are manifest.  For more information view ‘Is your Tai Chi doing its job?’

Fascinating as this situation is, there is a third type of energy that adds another dimension to the situation.  The energy of you and me or Human Chi.

Some believe that humans act as a connector between these energies of Heaven and Earth.  This is shown on the hexagrams of the I Ching (I Ching or Book of Changes (Arkana)) where the first two lines at the bottom are known as Earth, the last two lines at the top are known as Heaven and the middle two connecting them are known as Human.

This is also mirrored in the belief that we are a hybrid race of spiritual beings in a physical body.  If this is so our role as a connector between Heaven and Earth is clear to see.

However, our role as connector would only work well if we were non-judgemental, opinion-less and immune to our emotions.  Our ego, emotions and our very consciousness take us beyond the role of connector and put us firmly into the dance of Chi with Heaven and Earth.  Our energy, our Human Chi , takes part in the dance, interacting with Heaven and Earth Chi to affect the outcome (much like Adam & Eve did, created by the Father and placed into the Garden of Mother Earth).

So, if we recognise that we are taking part in the dance, we can be conscious of what we put into it – what steps we take – and we can, indeed, have some say in what comes out.

If your life isn’t giving you the results you want, maybe you need to learn a new dance.

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 dance of adversity

I was talking to a friend recently who was having trouble in her business.  As the conversation went on it appeared that ‘trouble’ was occurring for her in all aspects of her life at the moment.  I’ve recently felt too that my life has been on the downward side of things too: frustrations, let-downs and disappointments.

Today a programme on the radio was talking about how everybody was feeling the pinch with the economy: that we were all suffering and ‘all in this together’.

The Wheel of Fortune tarotReminding ourselves that life goes in cycles can help.  Nature has her cycle of seasons and the planets have their night and day rhythms.  Every cell in our body has its own life cycle and, of course, so do we in our physical body.

The Tarot reminds us of this aspect of our lives with the Wheel of Fortune card.  If we didn’t know the down cycle how on earth could we experience the up cycle?  Without such polarity we couldn’t fully experience life.

What is Not

To appreciate the beauty

The ugly must be seen.

For light to shine and dazzle

Know the darkness in your dreams.

Happiness can only exist

If sadness is by its side.

And life is worth the living

When death is along for the ride.

However, understanding the cycles of our lives is not always enough to help us through the rough patches.  By ignoring the rough part of life and waiting for the good to come around again we lose the chance to experience things and grow.

Life isn’t about how to survive the storm,
But how to dance in the rain.

So, although things aren’t as I would like them to be at the moment, I’m going to complain, I going to find a dance that fits.  Will you join me?

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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