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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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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DNA, our Sub-Conscious and Universal Consciousness – have you connected yet?

Russian scientists have published some astounding research information regarding our DNA and human potential.

Not only does it support so called ‘New Age’ theories that we can heal ourselves through communication with our sub-conscious but also that we are all connected through a unifying field or universal consciousness.  And all this through our DNA.

The research is summarised here and it makes fascinating reading.  Researchers concentrated on the 90% of our DNA that could not be proven, scientifically, to do anything physically.  Demonstrating a refreshing viewpoint, these scientists decided that Nature would not give us something that did not have a purpose.  I applaud them for that: nature is smart and efficient and everything we’re endowed with has a purpose.

They found that DNA could react to and be altered with vibration: radio light and sound.  So, chanting or saying affirmations to ourselves can start to have a basis in science and, when we are communicating with our sub-conscious we are also communicating with our DNA.  Perhaps they are one and the same.

The research also found evidence of a group consciousness.  Again this is very old thinking, accepted in the past but ignored now in our scientific age.  Like any energy we can learn (or remember) how to use this to promote good things such as love and peace rather than the bad stuff such as violence and hatred.  It’s our choice but, until we can change our mindset we are not really capable of making that choice.

Once we can accept that we are amazingly powerful beings individually: able to heal ourselves and help others and also that we are of the same source so, coming together we work synergistically, then we are ready to change the world.  It is very possible and tremendously exciting.  All we have to do is put our own egos aside, make the connection and believe it.

Jackie Notman is a copywriter, feng shui consultant and e-commerce retailer.  This article is from The Little Shop of Charms – Resources and information on New Age, Pagan, Wicca, Gothic, Spiritual, Angels, Psychics and all things Magical and Mystical.

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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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What do you call someone who doesn’t eat?

An Inediate.  It’s a word I’ve only recently come across although I’ve been aware of the phenomena of light diets, pranic nourishment and breatharianism for some time.

An Inediate is not someone who is on a fast, starving or anorexic.  An Inediate nourishes their physical body through means other than food and, sometimes, fluid.

There have been reported cases in history of such people:  Saint Nicholas von Flue was a Swiss hermit who apparently lived the last nineteen years of his life without food.  More recently, Therese Neumann of Konnersreuth who died in 1962, declined food and drink for 35 years.  Both were deeply religious, had a strong faith that they were being nourished by spiritual forces and Neumann showed symptoms of stigmata regularly.  Other examples are also of mystics or Yogis – not your average person.

However, recently there seems to be a small but surprising ground swell of people who find this belief acceptable, some will try it but not succeed and resort to eating again and some have made the conversion and claim to live very healthily without food.  If these people go public they are often treated with derision or ridicule, accused of being fakes and scammers or perhaps deranged. 

Surprisingly, those that offer themselves to be researched and investigated have, in the main, been ignored.  I say ‘surprisingly’ because, if living a normal healthy life without food is at all feasible, it could have a positive impact on the growing issues of hunger, starvation, drought and human health.  So why aren’t we more interested in if and how it works?

 I recently read Light from Life by Michael Werner, a German chemist who claims to have lived with virtually no solid food since 2001.  (Life from Light: Is it Possible to Live without Food? – A Scientist Reports on His Experiences)
Light from Life details his ‘journey’: his life before and after, the everyday details we all wonder about such as how his choice affects his family, how he feels about food and even details of his bowel movements!

One striking message that came through for me from the book was how food is so pivotal to every aspect of our lives.  Think about all the time you would have if you didn’t have to shop, prepare cook, eat and clean up afterwards.  I was left wondering how I would fill that time.

Then there’s the social aspect: eating together breaks down many barriers and forges friendships and alliances.  Sitting at a table not eating whilst your friends are tucking in is awkward for both your and them as every determined dieter would confirm.

On a more extreme note, Werner describes how some people’s reaction is one of anger.  This only makes sense if food is considered a fundamental requirement not just for our bodies but for society in general.  Can showing that food is not a necessity of life threaten to undermine our current science, mindset and life as we know it?  If we are afraid to consider the alternative this would explain the lack of interest in researching this way of life.

Are Inediates just on a fast?  Apparently not.  People who fast lose weight, their bodies react differently and they lack nourishment whereas Inediates who have had basic tests carried out show that their bodies are behaving like a normally nourished person.  The differences are the same between an Inediate and a starving person.

Are Inediates fakes or scammers.  Possibly.  It’s amazing what some people will do or claim for their 15 minutes of fame.

Perhaps Inediates are pioneers: a small group of people who, through trying something new, experimenting with their own bodies and looking at the world in a different way might just break the ground for the next phase in human evolution.  It happened before when some of our ancestors started walking on two legs.  Why not now?

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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When fat is not the issue

Overweight or underweight?

Anorexic, bulimic or obese?

However diverse the symptoms the cause may be very similar.

Malissa Jones is 21 years old and once held the dubious title of ‘Britain’s Fattest Teenager’.  She is now suffering from anorexia.

At her heaviest of 34 stone she was eating 15,000 calories a day, more than seven times her energy requirements.  To save her life she had a gastric band fitted, saw the weight drop off and became pregnant.  Her son, Harry, was delivered by caesarean section six months into the pregnancy.  Malissa was suffering from liver failure and Harry, malnourished due to Malissa’s eating issues, died an hour after being delivered.  In an interview with Closer magazine Malissa said she doesn’t know whether she will survive on her current 300 daily calories but can’t force herself to eat.

Malissa has shown two very opposite symptoms but the cause is the same: her relationship with food is out of balance going from one extreme to another.  The gastric band just helped her change the effect rather than remove the cause.

And this is where most of the solutions available for weight loss are just wrong.  It’s rarely as simple as cutting down on calories and taking more exercise.  The reasons why we overeat or undereat have nothing to do with calories.  It’s about obsessive behaviour and the focus is food.

The only way you can break it is by pulling apart the old relationship and building a new one which is not easy and not quick.  Unfortunately too many people want the quick and easy and spend years and lots of money pursuing the promises that the commercial weight loss industry make.

Malissa’s story is interesting and heart breaking.  I only hope she can find the help now that she should have had in her teenage years.

Jackie Notman is a feng shui consultant and healer.  In her e-book ‘Diets Don’t Work’ she has pulled together a step – by step plan that will help you balance your relationship with food.  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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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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