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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Meditation Magic with Malas

The benefits of mediation are well documented: better sleep; reduced stress and anxiety: improved concentration; lower blood pressure amongst many others.

However, for most of us a busy life means finding time to meditate daily is difficult.  Even when we do manage to snatch a few moments it is hard to switch off and get into a meditative state.

There are many ways to meditate and one of the most popular is to chant a mantra or prayer: the action of the chanting keeps our conscious mind busy whilst the content of the prayer makes a spiritual connection.

In the past I have used chanting in meditation with mixed results. Until, that was, when I acquired a set of Mala beads.

Mala BeadsTraditional Malas consist of a string of 108 beads and a Meru or head bead that has a tassel connected.  The beads can be made of wood or seeds or gemstones.  Each bead is drawn through the middle finger and thumb of one hand for each chant.  Once the Meru is reached the beads can be turned around and the return journey made.  Malas are of Indian origin but Catholics will be familiar with a similar system known as the Rosary which is used for counting Hail Marys.

The number of beads is also interesting.  108 is considered a sacred number in both Indian and Eastern traditions.  108 added together equals 9 which, in numerology, represents wholeness.

You can see this again when you consider one dimensional, two dimensional and three dimensional realities: 11 (1) x 22 (4) x 33 (27) = 108 therefore our complete reality is expressed by the number 108.  It’s easy to see why chanting 108 times can give a feeling of completion to your meditation practise.

When I begin meditation with Mala beads my conscious mind is focused on the chant and the tactile experience of running the beads through my fingers.  The combination of these actions effectively shuts my conscious mind down and a deep spiritual connection happens much more quickly and easily for me than in other forms of meditation I’ve tried.

So, if you want to take up meditation or want to revive or refresh your practise, try a set of Mala beads.

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It’s The Environment Stupid!

I’ve just started reading The Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter and Miracles by Bruce Lipton.  If you’re not familiar with the book it’s about the scientific evidence that all the fifty trillion cells in our body are affected by our thoughts.  It’s written by a scientist but is easy to understand by a lay person like me and what it says is tremendously exciting.  In fact, I pinched Lipton’s Chapter 2 title for this blog.

So, why is it important?

Do you know somebody who’s overweight and resigned to the fact because they have the ‘fat gene’?

Do you know somebody who’s considering having a double mastectomy to avoid breast cancer because it runs in the family?

Do you know somebody who’s been routinely prescribed statins because their father died of a heart attack in his fifties?

Ever since the discovery of DNA much research has been made into genetics: modifying food to increase their resistance to parasites and infections; finding the gene that makes us fat or gives us cancer; switching off genes that may cause an unborn child to develop the diseases of its parents.

Bruce Lipton’s research, and what is detailed in this book, says that cells will react according to their environment, irrespective of the gene information.  This study has been termed Epigenetics (meaning above genetics).  And what is true for single cells is also true for us humans who are, in fact, a co-operative of about fifty trillion single cells all working together to take us through this life.

What’s exciting about this is that the science is at last catching up with what many people have known for a very long time.

The study of Feng Shui ensures the environment is a healthy one and this is of paramount importance as it gives a person a solid, healthy foundation in life.

If you put a healthy person in a geopathically stressed area for any period of time, their health will start to deteriorate.  Clearing the geopathic stress will ensure the body has the best possible chance of staying healthy.

The Biology of Belief also focuses on the mind and our thoughts as part of the environment that influences our cells.  What we believe is right.  So, if you tell a person they have the fat gene they will probably not lose weight because they believe they can’t.  If you tell them they are overweight and need to lose weight, they may be more inclined to lose weight.

If you tell a person they have terminal cancer and have three months to live, they will probably die.  This is similar to how voodoo curses work.  If they choose not to believe you they may live for a lot longer and may even go in remission.

Your mind is a very powerful tool.  Doesn’t it make sense to use it appropriately to give you the life you should have?  Whether you believe you’re worth it or whether you believe you’re not – you’re right.

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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A five minute daily routine that could bring you incurable optimism

Choose to be Happy

Easier to say than do?

Bad things happen to all of us but we are advised that it is our choice of reaction that determines whether we get stressed, or depressed or pessimistic.  We can choose to be happy is the message of many self help books.

On the surface this seems perfectly logical, easy to understand and simple.  So why isn’t it always so easy to put into practise?  Why can’t we always take things in our stride with a smile on our face and a skip in our step?

I try very hard to practise optimism and, a lot of the time it works.  But at other times, it just doesn’t and I haven’t been able to work out why until recently.  What I’ve discovered seems to be working and I’d like to run it by you and ask you to put it into practise and see if it works for you.

Let me start with a little bit of background to put it all into context.  For many years I have had a fascination for all things energetic.  Not necessarily the hyperactive type of energetic but the fact that everything in our world in its simplest form is made of energy.  The chair I’m sitting in at the moment, the computer screen I’m looking at as I type this and the words that I’m creating.  They are all related to me on a basic level.  To understand this energy more I dowse, using angle rods and a pendulum to gain an understanding the energies of the earth and how they interact with people and affect our lives.  This is a very valid part of my Feng Shui practise.

But, like most consultants I am called in when something needs putting right.  When the energy in somebody’s life is not in harmony.  And so, as a precaution I have started to protect myself psychically on a regular basis.  Not just when I think I need it but daily.  As a result my psychic protection is getting stronger and stronger as the regular practise seems to have a cumulative effect.

And the by-product of this – life’s pretty good.  Things that used to get to me now just bounce off or go right over my head.

So why would psychic protection make me see the world differently?  Let’s look again at the advice we are given – you can choose to be happy.  So with the best will in the world why doesn’t this work?  Could it be that other factors are affecting you?  Or, to be exact, other energies are interacting with your energy in a detrimental way.

If you are happy, your energy is vibrating at a certain level.  And it’s infectious.  Your energy vibration can affect the energy vibrations of others around you and so you make people smile, or everyone gets the giggles. 

It can work the other way too.  If somebody has a pessimistic outlook they can walk into a room and immediately lower the energy vibration.

Most of us don’t consciously recognise what is affecting us energetically.  Why we ‘got out of the wrong side of the bed this morning’.  But it’s when something is affecting us energetically in a detrimental way that, however hard we try and however much we want to choose to be happy, we just can’t do it.

If you think of a vacuum cleaner it has a filter that gets clogged up with bits of dust.  The filter needs to be cleaned regularly to ensure that the vacuum continues to work well.  Likewise our energy systems pick up bits of negative energy from all sorts of people and places and clog us up.  Using your conscious mind (ie, choosing to be happy) just doesn’t have an effect on your fundamental energetic level.

What does work is psychic protection.  Don’t get concerned about the psychic bit.  It means that it works on an energetic level.  It doesn’t mean that you’re going to become clairvoyant or a medium and start asking people to cross your palm with silver, unless you want to of course!

Psychic protection is quick, simple, gets stronger the more you practise it and quickly becomes a habit.  And then choosing the way you want to live your life may just become a whole lot easier.

If you want to find out more about psychic protection, why we need it and how to do it you can find details here.

And you can find out more about dowsing here.

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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A little Wabi-Sabi each day keeps frustration away

I recently ordered a bell for my space clearing practise which is part of my Feng Shui service.  Tucked into the tissue paper that it was wrapped in was a little card with a poem on it.  It started:

‘Walk and touch peace every momentBare feet in sand

Walk and touch happiness every moment

Each step brings a fresh breeze

Each step makes a flower bloom

Kiss the Earth with your feet.’

It’s a concept so simple and yet so difficult to remember for many of us in our hectic lives.

The practise of Feng Shui is also about simplicity and being in harmony with our surroundings.  Many people believe it is about minimalism, Zen or a clinical environment.  But it’s really about being relaxed exactly where you are.  There is a Japanese philosophy called Wabi-Sabi that is very much in tune with real Feng Shui.

Wabi-Sabi is about being.  Being peaceful, balanced and in tune with nature.  It does not strive for perfection but celebrates growing old and recognises the beauty in that process.  Wabi-Sabi is about kissing the Earth with your feet.

Of course, it’s very easy to live this type of life if you remove yourself from the world.  Retreat, become a recluse or join a monastery.  The real challenge is to maintain this philosophy in the everyday world that most of us live in. 

We are all told we should set goals and have an action plan to achieve them.  We must look ahead and strive for what we want.  We are told not to live in the past because it’s unhealthy.  The past is gone and we can’t change it.  So we stand in the present looking back and forth, back and forth continually. 

Wabi-Sabi and Feng Shui says stop, just for a while and look around you.  See the beauty in everything.  Accept things just as they are.  Accept the people in your life just as they are.  For five minutes.  Just try it.

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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What Feng Shui is not

Some things are hard to define succinctly.  When somebody asks me what I do and I reply “I’m a Feng Shui consultant” people will understand it in a different way.  If they then ask me what it’s all about do I tell them it’s about how the environment affects their lives, or how their home fits into the landscape or how they can find love or good health or wealth? 

The thing is that Feng Shui is many things to many people, which is what makes it so fascinating.  However, there are some common thoughts of Feng Shui and what it is so I thought I’d start defining it by explaining what it is not: 

Zen meditation

Zen aims for enlightenment

 

Zen is a form of Buddhism where meditation is practised to achieve enlightenment

Feng Shui can help create a calm, relaxing place in which to meditate and, an understanding of Feng Shui will help you look at the world in a different way which is very enlightening. 

  

 

  

Minimalist room

Space doesn't suit everyone

 

Minimalism 

strips something down to its most fundamental features.  In terms of design or placement this can be seen as having little furniture and ornamentation in our homes and work places and ‘displaying’ what we do have.   

Where this suits some people, many of us prefer our environment to be expressive of our lives which often means anything but the bare essentials. 

Feng Shui supports this and advises on how to express your life in successful and positive ways through your decoration, ornamentation, artwork, images etc. 

 

  

Three legged toad

Will the toad bring you luck?

 

Three legged toads 

, just like four leaf clovers, are hard to find.  There’s nothing wrong with symbolising luck but Feng Shui doesn’t rely on superstition. 

Feng Shui analyses the types of energy in your home or workplace and advises on how you can make the most of the good stuff.  Feng Shui believes that you find positive energy.  It’s not about crossing your fingers and hoping. 

  

 

  

Small room

Best solutions on paper don't always work in reality

 

Disruptive.  

Being told that the best place for you to sleep in is the broom cupboard or you shouldn’t share a room with your partner is not realistic. 

A Feng Shui consultant takes account of your personal situation and works with you to find realistic solutions.  A Feng Shui consultant also understands that, sometimes, subtle is best. 

  

 

  

Demolishing a wall

Extreme Feng Shui?

 

Expensive.  

Re-position the front door or your life will be doomed – and knock down this wall while you’re at it.  Who’s got the money to do that? 

Well, some people have but expensive renovations are not necessary.  

A Feng Shui consultant can provide a range of solutions to a problem.  There are always options.  

 

  

Mumbo jumbo

Superstitious Feng Shui?

 

Mumbo-jumbo.  

“It’s not scientific” we cry.  

Actually, there is a lot of data from studies of our environment and its effect on us: colour, lighting, noise, electromagnetic frequencies.  Before such studies we relied on anecdotal evidence and beliefs.  Who knows what we will prove ‘scientifically’ a hundred years from now. 

By the way, do you believe in electricity?  Well, we don’t know how electricity actually works so that’s not scientific.  Maybe you should switch the kettle on for a cuppa and think about it. 

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 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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A pixel of a purpose

Abraham Maslow produced a psychology paper in 1943 entitled ‘A Theory of Human Motivation’.   It was based on a study of healthy people and later followed up to include human curiosity as well as motivation.  His full theory was published in his 1954 book ‘Motivation and Personality’.

What Maslow says is that we are motivated by different factors which are dependent on the environment and circumstances in which we live. 

Maslow's hierarchy of needs

Maslow's hierarchy of needs

So, our basic needs must be taken care of first:  we need food and shelter.  Once we have these we then focus on our safety and security.  If that is taken care of we then start to consider social needs such as having a family and larger social circles available to us.

There is a point when these needs are met that we start to question other things.  Certainly one of the biggest questions seem to be ‘Why am I here?’ or ‘What is my purpose in life?’  This is supported by the fact that the personal development market is huge business, estimated at $9 billion in 2006 in the US alone.  That means that a lot of people are asking the question.

But, can we know what our purpose is?  And, if we did, would it make sense?  You see, lots of people make the mistake of asking ‘What is my purpose?’  Really it would be a lot easier to ask ‘What is our purpose?’

Mankind’s function here is like a digital picture.  A jpeg that portrays an image.  But look closer and you’ll see many tiny pixels that together form the picture.  On their own, they’re just a coloured square.  But together, they’re beautiful.

My purpose is a pixel and so is yours.  Together we make a beautiful picture.

 

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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