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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Changing room rage – are shops missing a trick?

A new study shows that nearly 75% of women have suffered from the debilitating condition known as Changing Room Rage (CRR).  Women suffer feelings of anger, disappointment and bad temper.

As somebody who dislikes retail therapy (and yes I am a woman!) I can certainly put my hand up and admit I’ve probably felt all those things and more when trying on clothes in tiny, dirty, badly lit spaces that shops call changing rooms.

But in my saner moments it seems that most shops are not focusing on that crucial moment in the sales process that can mean a ‘No’, ‘Yes’ or even ‘Yes and I’ll have two’.

I remember when I was a teenager there was a little boutique in the town where I lived.  It was tiny.  One day I was in there and the sales assistant started pulling out clothes that she said would suit me.  I tried them on and then she gave me feedback, went out to the shop and got different options for me and, of course, I walked out after making a purchase and I went back there again.  I didn’t have lots of money to spend but she still took the time to treat me as if I was an individual.

Of course, it’s not just how we are treated that will help in our buying decision but also how the location sells to us.

Feng Shui your changing rooms to increase your sales

Will a touch of Feng Shui in your changing rooms increase your sales?

Let’s take the size of the cubicle first of all.  A few extra inches so we don’t fall through the curtain in our everyday knickers whilst trying to negotiate the latest skinny jeans would be handy.  A curtain that fits and protects our modesty would also be good and surely not asking too much.

Somewhere to hang the clothes that we have taken off and a clean floor to place our feet and bag would also diffuse our mounting CRR.

And finally, the big two: lighting and mirrors.  Both are key Feng Shui elements. 

Most fluorescent lighting, because it doesn’t use the full light spectrum, will show our skin looking either sallow or drained and the colour of the items we are trying on will not be the same as in daylight.  Combine the two and I guarantee the depression will kick in as you realise how awful you look.  However, if the lighting was full spectrum we would see ourselves naturally and the colour of the clothes would be true.  Also, if the lighting was angled rather than directly overhead and throwing nasty shadows onto our face the finished result would be much more flattering and result in more sales.

For more information on the benefits of full spectrum lighting see my blog ‘When is Light not Light?’

So let’s look at mirrors.  These are extremely important in Feng Shui: a person’s mirrors can tell you a lot about the face they show to the world and can either support and motivate us or keep us down in the doldrums.  The right way to do it?  Full length, good quality, one piece (not tiled or joined), rectangular (not wavy edged or silly shaped) and either not frame or a simple one.  In fact, that’s such an ideal mirror that there should be two with the second one angled so we can see if our bottom looks big or not.

Come on retailers.  The changing room can make or break your sales figures, is not expensive to get right and could probably be the best investment you will make.

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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One size fits all? Not in Feng Shui

Have you ever read a book on Feng Shui?  And then read another and got totally confused because the advice was different?

There are many, many books on Feng Shui, many methods and layers within different schools of Feng Shui principles.  There are many ways to do it – so it would seem.

However, when it all comes down to it, Feng Shui is really about all that is or the ‘ten thousand things’ according to Lao Tzu.  And all that is is energy: being in harmony with the world around us.  Harmony feels good, harmony is easy, harmony goes with the flow.

It sounds simple doesn’t it?  That’s why people write books and people buy books about Feng Shui.  But, look at it a little closer and you’ll see that, although the principles of Feng Shui are simple, applying them is not quite so straightforward.  That’s why there are Feng Shui consultants like me.

You see, we start with the energy of the place.  The land will have its own inherent energy.  Then you add a building which will bring its own energy dimension according to its orientation, size and shape.

Already you can see that putting the two together can give many permutations and energy mixes.

Then put a person in that building.  A person, like you or me is another little energy package to add to the mix.  In fact you might want to add more than one person, each with their own energy packages.

Now we have many, many permutations or possibilities of energy.

But so far we’ve only dealt with space.  If we add another dimension to the situation, time, the possibilities of energy mixes exponentially increases.  The land will vary according to time.  So will the building and each individual in that building.  And, as people live there and leave they will leave a little of their energy behind too which contributes to the mix.

So, all in all, it’s no wonder that reading a couple of books may have confused.  Feng Shui is unique to each individual and to each moment.  You can’t get it off the peg.  There is no ‘one size suits all’ option.  If you want an easier life, if you want to go with the flow rather than fight all the time, seek out a Feng Shui consultant for solutions that suit you and, more importantly, real results.

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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The Feng Shui way to choose ‘When’

You’re starting a business or project, planning your wedding or another special occasion and the big question is ‘When?’ 

When will it happen? 

What date should I choose?

In a lot of cases you’ll let external circumstances dictate.  But, you’ll ensure a much more successful outcome if you take into account the energy of the day and how it interacts with your inherent energy.

Feng Shui Date SelectionThis is what Date Selection in Feng Shui is all about.  You see, Feng Shui not only considers the energy of a location, it also considers the energy of the current time and how you interact with both the space you’re in and the time you’re in.

Imagine you need to sign an important contract.  Would you want to do it on a day when your energy increases the chances of mis-communication?

Or perhaps you’re starting a business.  One day your energy is all about getting noticed and another day your energy is quiet and introspective.  Which day would you choose to launch your business?

Maybe you’ve been invited for a job interview and are given a selection of dates.  Wouldn’t  you want to attend on a day when your energy is focussed and can help you portray yourself in the best positive light?

We’ve all experienced days when things just don’t seem to go right and other days when we feel as if we could achieve anything.  There doesn’t seem to be any order or reason behind which type of day we’re going to have when we wake up.  But, if you look closely, there is order in this apparent chaos.  Life goes in cycles and so does energy flow.  And once you understand the pattern you can use it to your advantage checking years, months, specific days or even drill down to hours.

So, isn’t a date selection service worth consideration for the most important days of your life?

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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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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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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