Space Clearing

Space Clearing

Space Clearing is really good in many ways

We all know how wonderful it feels to enter a building with good energy. We feel calm, relaxed and happy to be there. We have also experienced the opposite: a place that feels unpleasant to be in, regardless of its decor or design, a place where the energy might be described as cold, heavy or dark.

Space Clearing

Most people respond to the energy of a space on an unconscious level.

As we grow and awaken spiritually we become more sensitive to the differences in energetic vibrations. Places that once felt acceptable may now feel discordant and we no longer feel comfortable within an environment unless it is filled with positive, expansive energy.

It is crucial that we learn to clear the spaces around us of negative energy. Not only for our own well-being but to assist in raising the energy of the planet as it shifts from third dimensional reality into fifth. We can help dismantle the remnants of astral energy that have over-shadowed our planet’s spiritual evolution, and enter the new era with great light.

What do we mean by “negative energy” ?

In truth energy is neither positive nor negative, good nor bad. This polarity is an illusion of duality consciousness; all energy comes from Divine Source and all is in Divine Order when energy can flow and change. The problems arise when energy is trapped or becomes stuck in inappropriate dimensions. Stagnant astral energy is of a low vibrational rate and is discordant with energy of a higher vibration. Light workers assist by freeing the heavy accumulated energy and returning it to Source for reprocessing.

What is Space Clearing?

The term Space Clearing refers to the art of cleansing spaces of energetic debris and then filling them with blessed energy. Space clearing is basically energy housekeeping. Just as we need to regularly clean our houses of dust and grime that accumulates through daily use, so too can we need to cleanse ourselves and environments of unwanted energetic accumulations. These build-up daily and over time result in layer upon layer of accrued negative energy.

First we remove unwanted vibrations and stagnant energy to create a void, which must itself be filled with positive energy or more heavy energy would take its place. Positive energy is mobile and expansive and attracts energy of a similar vibration (like attracts like), often in the form of helpful people and opportunities, experiences, guides and angels. This is why revitalizing the energy in our home or business has a corresponding effect on our life or work. By changing the energy in our space we create a fresh beginning and can expect an improvement in every aspect of our lives: health, relationships, finances and spiritual well-being.

What are Energy Imprints?

An Energy Imprint is an energy pattern that has been left behind in a building, natural site or aura after the event. Everything that happens in a building, all actions and emotions, personal and political events, public and private histories, are recorded in its walls, spaces and furnishings. Recall a situation where you walked into a room where an argument had just taken place. We sometimes describe it by saying; “You could have cut the air with a knife”. The energetic release during the argument was so intense that the energy left behind was almost physically tangible.

Every argument, trauma or illness leaves a deep energetic imprint. These imprints do not fade unless cleared by intention. Imprints can be found in possessions and clutter, particularly antiques that change ownership many times. An energetic imprint may be left over from the previous inhabitants of a building, from years, centuries or even eons ago. Many energetic imprints have their source in the astral fragments released when a person dies, and appear as “ghosts”.

Just because an environment has good Feng Shui will not guarantee a flow of harmonious chi. As long as there is still old, stagnant energy in a space it cannot sparkle with fresh energy and light.

What are Emotional Residues?

Every living thing, every emotion, event, or action, carries an energy vibration that leaves an imprint in the enteric layers almost like a memory. If the energy has been the result of anger, fear, trauma or depression, the imprint will be of a low vibration and the building will feel heavy, sad, uncomfortable or unpleasant. Feelings, thoughts and words are exchanged between people and emotional residue accrues and some people will be especially vulnerable to its effects. Individuals, who have strong emotions, repressed negative feelings or are easily stressed are like magnets in attracting this negative energy to them. Their magnetic field – already struggling – becomes even more clogged with emotional debris.

When we spend time in a place that has accumulated negative energy our own vibrational rate will be challenged and drained. Over time our moods, health, relationships and work will begin to suffer. We might move into a home where the people before went through a painful divorce and before we realize we begin to pick up this energy and start to have difficulties in our own relationship. If previous occupants had financial problems, illness or stress, these negative energies remain in the space and can in a sense be “passed on”. Patterns get deeply imprinted and can cause many generations of occupants to experience similar problems.

What Do Emotional Imprints Feel Like?

Emotional Imprints are usually felt in the kinaesthetic changes in our bodies as we move from room to room through a building. Though we rarely stop to think about it, we encounter subtle changes of this type between different rooms in practically every house we enter, but only when they are dramatic and overwhelming do we comment. If a room in the house has been used for a long unhappy convalescence there may be residual feelings of melancholy or coldness in the room. Powerful emotional imprints are left behind as the result of death, suicide, cruelty, arguments, deep depression or any other intense emotional outpouring.

In some instances we might locate such an overwhelming atmosphere in a specific item of clothing, jewellery, ornament or furniture. Sometimes these “charged items generate discomfort in a room, or indeed throughout the whole house, as a direct result of their own held memories of the past. Most certainly, we should cherish our mementos, treasuring them for the happy memories they bring, but sometimes an item can be carrying an equally strong negative unhappy vibration that needs to be cleansed first.

What is a Negative Entity?

An Entity is a non-physical being who is parasitic to its host. Just as our physical body can have intestinal parasites so our subtle bodies (aura, emotional body) and environment can be parasitic by non-physical energies and presences. An entity is actually a fragment of non-physical energy – with some consciousness of its own which drains energy from its human host.

Ghosts are energy fragments of deceased beings that are trapped on the earth plane, usually at a particular site. This occurrence is commonly known as a haunting. Astral fragments come from the shattering of the consciousness of people during death, especially where the death was sudden or traumatic. This subject of ghosts is an interesting one, but in most cases not to be feared. Some are lost and unaware of their death, while others wish to stay earthbound, etc. There are limitless examples and differences.

What does an Entity Attachment Feel Like?

Entity attachments almost always make their presence known by experiences of dramatic changes in emotions or by strange phenomena. A sudden cold breeze may appear from nowhere, or a particular room feels icy cold and damp. We have all walked into places where we felt un-welcomed and immediately wanted to leave. We might have the sense there is someone watching us. We may glimpse something out of the corner of our eye. Sometimes we avoid a room or corner in our homes because it seems to repel us. Things may go ”bump” in the night.

There might be unexplained odours, or we might actually feel something touch or brush against us. If you experience entity presence, do not feed them with fear. Entities are attracted to fear because human emotional energy is their food. Most children are intuitively sensitive to spirits. A child who is afraid of the dark can attract all manner of negative entities which then increase the child’s fear so they can feed on that emotion.

How Does One Clear an Entity Attachment?

Just as there are a myriad of different manifestations here, there are also many different sources of entity disturbances including discarnate soul fragments, thought forms and dark beings. Advanced clairvoyant skills can be employed to determine what entities are present in a house and the best course of action for their release. Healers use a variety of methods based in their own experience, abilities and guidance. This work must be handled with care, integrity and genuine reverence. It is never sufficient to imitate the rituals of another healer or tradition, no matter how impressive they might seem.

I work with spirit guides and helpers, and refuse all communication that originates on the astral plane. In so doing I avoid the heavy energy and misguidance associated with astral entities. It is not necessary to converse with misplaced entities to help them. My guides, their guides, and angelic beings act as intermediaries.

I offer the entity the choice of moving to the Light or returning to the Source, but they cannot by Universal Law remain attached to the person or place they haunt. One must be firm and loving with this direction. Over the years I have had experience with many entities that are stubborn and initially resist the clearing. They are fearful of leaving what is familiar no matter how dark and unpleasant their current existence. Sometimes they feel guilty for misdeeds in their lifetime and think they will go to hell in the afterlife. Deceased people who had strict Christian beliefs seem to need a lot of convincing that God is all-loving and all-forgiving, and that there is no punishment after death.

Many entities are merely the previous tenants who do not know they are dead and are frustrated that new people have moved into their home. There is certain poignancy to their situation. Recently I came upon an elderly woman who knew she was dead but was waiting for people to come and take her to her own funeral. Which was forty years earlier! There she was, dressed in her Sunday best, sitting on the side of her bed, waiting for someone to pick her up in a car. When her guides brought her son – also passed over – to collect her, she was very happy to see him and go with him to the Light.

Where earth-bound beings and soul fragments are involved the healer facilitates by raising awareness and the energetic vibration at the site. The entity’s transition itself takes place with love and grace. Often the guides bring a relative or friend already in spirit that the entity can trust to help them make their transition. Each situation is entirely unique; we must first seek understanding from our guidance and act accordingly. Many times we may be prompted to do things that seem unusual or irrelevant in the rational sense, but bring results.

What are Residual Thought forms?

Residual Thought forms are the psychic disturbances or imprints that can be created by strong beliefs held by people who once dwelt in a place. Thought forms can appear as monster-like entities, legendary creatures, deities, demons or other religious terrors. While they do not actually have souls they do have a life of their own since they were created and fed by the mental energy of groups of people who once worshipped them. When these thought forms are no longer supported by ritual worship, they try to feed off the energy of anyone in their vicinity. We can be especially vulnerable to thought forms when we open psychically during meditation or prayer, as these are also sacred rituals.

Techniques for Space Clearing

You can learn simple techniques to clear your own space in workshops or directly from your guides. There are also a number of good books on the subject such as Denise Linn’s “Sacred Space”. Space clearing can be a profound and highly effective ceremony when performed by an experienced practitioner, which is recommended where longstanding imprints and entities are involved.

I use a combination of tools and techniques depending upon the situation I find. The most important steps are:

  1. Connection
    To start the ceremony, I tune into my guides and angels. I light candles, meditate and use crystals to anchor a high vibrational connection to the space.
  2. Energy Sensing
    I walk through the home to sense the various energetic imprints on walls, corners, objects, rooms. The information gathered also provides insight into the emotional well-being of the people who now live there and how they could improve their environment for greater harmony. This might mean moving some furniture or placing objects in different locations.
  3. Clapping
    I walk through the home while clapping my hands to loosen the energetic imprint. Clapping frees up stuck energy and starts the flow.
  4. Sacred Smoke and Clearing Sprays

I burn sacred sage and fan the smoke through the house, especially in corners, cupboards, under tables, and in places where heavy energy has collected. Sage is a powerful purifier. I also use a clearing spray made from essential oils, crystal and flower essences to dissipate stagnant energy.

  1. Clearing Entity Attachments
    I follow directions from my guides and angels to release earth-bound entities, elementals and thought forms.
  2. Sacred Sounds
    I walk around the house again with Tibetan temple bells, and drum or use my voice to tone. The sound reverberates throughout the space. Particles of stagnant energy, astral fragments or perverse energy cannot withstand these vibrations. All are shattered and the frequency of the energy is increased to a higher vibration similar to that of a ceremonial temple.
  3. Energizing Spray.

I use another spray to fill the space with revitalizing energy. I vary my formula depending on the situation but it usually includes rose oil and gold essence.
8. Sealing with Angelic Light and Sacred Symbols.
The energy in the home is now bright and sparkling and can to be reinforced by working with angels to seal the space with colour, light and sacred symbols. I work with my client to formulate their intentions, wishes and dreams and this is included in the last part of the ceremony, ensuring the imprint of the home is now one of harmony and love.

I work with my client and their angels to create a protective seal rather than simply doing it myself because of various spiritual laws regarding territory and ownership. By the same law, if you share your space with a partner or other people always ask for their permission for a space clearing. They do not need to be present during the ceremony, just feel good about it.

When is a Space Clearing Needed?

Clear your home at least once a year. Begin by thoroughly dusting, vacuuming and getting rid of things that you no longer need or love. Repair anything broken that you wish to keep. Follow with cleansing techniques using sacred smoke, sound and prayer. A simple cleansing might be done once a month, or even weekly, depending on your spiritual aspirations.

Other times to do cleansing are:

When you want change in your life space clearing.

After sickness or injury in the home
After difficult guests or negative experiences
If you are feeling tired or drained all the time
or after a robbery.

Space clearing is very beneficial when you move to a new home or if you want to sell your home.

In European cities with old buildings and layered histories, I find longstanding entity attachments are frequent, along with powerful emotional imprints. For these situations I recommend seeking the help of an experienced space clearer.

Our Home is a Sanctuary

After space clearing our home feels peaceful, balanced and energized. We experience greater clarity and vitality, and we are better able to manifest what we want in our lives. By removing interfering energies and enhancing positive energies we can maintain our homes as a sanctuary that radiates light in ever-expanding circles. Our homes can resonate, sing and pulse with energy that can touch the lives of everyone around us. Our homes truly can become a sacred space.


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Pendulum Divination Explained

Pendulum Divination Explained

Pendulum Divination – It’s Fun and Anyone Can Do It

Divination is a simple way to tap into the deep reservoir of wisdom. Each of us holds in our higher conscience. The pendulum is not a magickal implement. It is only a tool.

The magick comes from our ability to access a vast pool of knowledge that we already have at our disposal. Everyone has the ability to divine. For some it will come easily and immediately. To others it may take a little practice. It is a fun way to find answers to some of life’s questions and to develop your psychic ability.

People normally turn to divination when they have a burning question. When they are at a crossroad and must make an important life decision. It is usually a time of indecision. Divination can help us to determine what is really important to us. Our mind is a strong and influential force that often rules our decision making. Our logical mind, however, can trick us into making decisions that do not take all the important aspects of ourselves into account. Divination helps you to tap into our intuition and find out what you really want, what will really help you to achieve your life goals.

Divination can also help you in many everyday practical ways such as: finding something that is lost; for better health; for healing; and even to help you make better gardening decisions. This paper will concentrate on how to use a divination pendulum.

The Pendulum

Pendulum Divination Explained

A pendulum is a convenient tool for divination as it can be carried around in your pocket or worn as a necklace. A pendulum can be made from any small symmetrical object that can swing freely and easily on the end of a cord or chain. You can use a bolt, screw or nut from the garage tool box, a ring or pendant from your jewellery box. The kitchen drawer can also offer surprising small objects that you be used as pendulums. Before writing this article, I searched through my kitchen drawer for examples and found a round key-ring, a small padlock and a symmetrical key, all of which could be used as a pendulum. The object must be reasonably symmetrical however in order for it to work correctly and it must be of a certain weight. For instance, if it is too light it will not pull the cord tight and swing correctly. If it is too heavy, you will find it difficult to hold it gently between your fingers.

Choosing a Pendulum

Although you can use just about any symmetrical object, made from any material, most people tend to choose a pendulum that they like the look of and feel comfortable with. You can buy beautiful pendulums for a small amount of money from new age and metaphysical shops. They are typically made from metal, wood, semi-precious stones or crystals and usually come with a chain or cord attached. Remember, that the pendulum is not a magickal implement but only the tool that allows you to unlock the secrets of your own higher self.

However, the material that a pendulum is made from can increase particular energies that contribute to the power of your divination. Pendulums made from semi-precious stones or crystals bring to your divination the special quality that the stone or crystal provides. These special qualities can assist you by increasing the positive energy during the divination process. Below is an example of some semi-precious stones and their particular qualities:

Amethyst – soothes the nervous system, balancing emotions. It helps you to feel more in control. It is good for relieving physical and emotional pain and overcoming addictions, dispelling anger, fear and anxiety.

Citrine or Golden Topaz – a highly positive stone that can guide you in a positive and creative direction. It is good for dispelling insecurity and negative thoughts and for attaining inner calm and security. It is motivating and helps you to achieve clarity of thought and resolution of problems.

Clear Quartz Crystal – a highly spiritual stone, quartz is good for psychic development. It is purifying and creates harmony and balance. It enhances the qualities of other stones and can be programmed to achieve just about any goal.

Rose Quartz Crystal – the love stone, rose quartz creates harmony and balances emotional states. It is the stone for self-acceptance and appreciation of all things. It brings peace, compassion, self-love, happy relationships and receptivity to beautiful things.

Sterling Silver – brings clarity of thought and enhances your ability to deal with intellectual problems.

Tiger Eye – strengthens convictions and brings courage and confidence. It is good for mental focus and for promoting energy flow around the body. It is said to attract the people and things into your life that you need to achieve your goals.

Chambered Pendulums

Pendulum Divination Explained

Many pendulums contain a hollow chamber into which you can insert an object of significance to your divination questions. Chambered pendulums are usually made from metal and have a small hinged lid that opens to a small hollow chamber. Objects that are commonly inserted in the chamber include small crystals or stones to increase particular energies or a hair or piece of clothing from someone central to the question that is being asked. This makes chambered pendulums a very powerful tool for use in pendulum divination.

Preparing for Divination.

Because we often turn to divination when we have a great desire to find the answer to a question, it is important to ensure we are in the right state of mind for undertaking divination. A genuine desire to find an answer is an important factor to successful divination. However, it is also important that you do not approach finding the answer in a desperate way with too much emotional attachment to the answer. You must approach divination in a relaxed manner, remaining a little detached from the answer. If you are too anxious and put too much pressure on yourself, the process will be ineffective.

For the best results, especially if you are using divination as a way to answer a question that causes you stress, it is advisable to undertake divination directly after meditating. Alternatively, here is a relaxation technique that will assist in reducing any anxiety directly before undertaking divination:

Light an aromatic candle or incense in a relaxing scent (examples: amber, lavender, geranium, jasmine, frankincense) in a room where you will not be disturbed. You could put on some relaxing music if you find that calming. Sit or lie somewhere comfortable. Once you are settled, imagine a light entering your body from your feet and gradually filling your body. As the light travels up your legs and through your body visualize the light entering every sinew, muscle, tendon and vein – every cell. Imagine the light to be soothing, calming and relaxing you as it pours into every aspect of your body. If you have an ache or a pain, concentrate the light on that point, making it bright and imagining the light healing the pain. As the light continues to make its way up through your body, it takes with it any pain, discomfort or stress until finally pouring out through the top of your head, expelling anything that is making you ill at ease.

By relaxing prior to divination, you will reduce your internal ‘noise’ and will be better able to focus your mind on the question. A more relaxed state will help you to remain calm and will assist you to get in contact with your intuition.

Determining the Question.

Because pendulum divination is used to provide a Yes or No answer, you must be careful how you ask the question. The question must be unambiguous. Sometimes it is better to ask a series of simple questions that can be answered with either yes or no than to ask a complicated question where answering yes or no does not really give you a meaningful answer. Spend some time on your question as, if you ask ambiguous questions in the early stages of learning to use the pendulum, you may lose confidence in the accuracy of the process.

Practicing with a few simple questions first will help you to determine how to best form a question to find an answer to the important issues. Sometimes the timing for the question is not right. If this is the case, you will not receive an answer. You can, however, ask the pendulum whether the timing is right.

How To Use Your Pendulum.

Determining the Yes and No Signals

Pendulum Divination Explained

Find somewhere comfortable to sit. Hold the cord or chain of the pendulum between the thumb and forefinger, leaving 2 to 4 inches of cord between the pendulum and your fingers. Ensure that your fingers are pointing down so that the pendulum can swing freely. Hold the pendulum in front of you, so that it has plenty of room to swing above your knees.

To start the divination process, swing the pendulum in a motion away from you and towards you. This is the neutral action and is a way of saying, “I am ready to start divining”.

Firstly, you need to predetermine the signals that mean Yes and No. To do this, you ask the pendulum.

To determine the Yes Response – While your pendulum is still swinging in the neutral action, state, ‘show me my Yes response’. You do not need to say this out loud but make sure you state it clearly in your mind. Now watch the pendulum. It will change direction or change its movement style or it may stop altogether. Whatever movement it makes after you ask for your Yes response is the movement that will be your signal for Yes.

To determine the No Response – Swing the pendulum once again in the neutral action. While the pendulum is still swinging in the neutral action, state ‘show me my No response’. Watch the pendulum and whatever motion it makes will be your No response.

Repeat the process outlined above until you are confident that you have a predetermined response for Yes and No.

If You Don’t Get a Clear Signal.

When you first start using a pendulum this process may take a while as you are using a part of your psyche that may not be well practiced. You need to be patient with yourself and keep you mind focused on the question you are asking. For some this comes immediately but for many it will take practice.

If, after trying a number of times, you are not getting a clear signal from the pendulum for Yes and No, you can decide your signals using your conscious mind. To do this, repeat the exercise as stated above but this time decide on what movement you would like to be your Yes signal and what movement you would like to be your No signal.

To consciously determine your Yes signal, firstly swing the pendulum in the neutral position, then state in your mind, or out loud, ‘this will be my Yes signal”. On making this statement, deliberately swing the pendulum in the motion that you have chosen to mean Yes. Do the same thing to determine the No signal. Once you have set your responses, practice swapping between Yes, Neutral, No, Neutral, Yes, etc. Test out the predetermined responses by asking some simple questions and let the pendulum signal the answer.

Like anything new, your divination will improve through practice. Practice helps you to focus your mind and will help you to develop an emotionally detached disposition when divining. Over time you will increase your ability to ‘hear’ your intuition and improve your general psychic ability.

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Meditation

Meditation

Meditation produces an inner revolution in every individual

This leads to “right consciousness”, “right breathing”, “right sleep” and “right sexuality”.

The main purpose for meditation is to make your mind peaceful and to recharge your energy; but there are actually more benefits than this to be gained. If you achieve a high level of meditation it is believed that you can develop healing powers. During meditation you will feel the chi flowing inside your body. When all the meridian channels are clear the chi will be very strong. The outside of the body will feel soft with all the muscles and joints relaxed. This means that the inside of the body is strong (when the outside is yin, the inside must be yang).

The Mind

Meditation is a method for acquainting your mind with virtue. It is the mind that will analyse or concentrate on a virtuous aspect. If you contemplate an object and it causes you to develop an un-peaceful mind, such as anger or attachment, this indicates that the object is non-virtuous. There are also many objects that are neither virtuous nor non-virtuous, these are neutral objects.

When you perform meditation your mind will become peaceful. You will be free from worries and mental discomfort, resulting with the experience of true happiness. But if your mind is not peaceful you will find it very difficult to be happy, even if you are living in the best conditions. Eventually, through continual training, you will be able to stay happy all the time, even in the most difficult circumstances. Most of the stress and tension you normally experience come from your mind. Problems you experience, including ill-health, are caused or aggravated by stress.

Initially you may find it difficult to control your mind. It seems as if your mind is like a balloon in the wind – blown here and there by external circumstances. If things go well your mind is happy, but if things go bad the mind immediately becomes unhappy. Such fluctuations of mood arise because you are too closely involved in the external situation. By performing meditation you create an inner space and clarity that enables you to control your mind regardless of the external circumstances. Gradually you develop mental equilibrium, a balanced mind that is happy all the time, rather than an unbalanced mind that oscillates between the extremes of excitement and despondency. Eventually you will be able to eradicate from your mind the delusions that are the cause of all your problems and suffering. However, you may feel that meditation is making your mind even busier; but in reality all that is happening is that you are just becoming aware of how busy your mind actually is.

There will be a great temptation to follow the different thoughts as they arise, but you should resist this and remain focused single-pointedly on the sensation of the breath. If you discover that your mind has wandered and is following your thoughts you should immediately return it to the breath. Concentrate on your Tan Tien area to ensure that the chi will be stored there. You should repeat this as many times as necessary until the mind settles on the breath. If you practice patiently in this way, gradually your distracting thoughts will subside and you will experience a sense of inner peace and relaxation. Your mind will feel lucid and spacious and you will feel refreshed. You should stay with this state of mental calm for a while.

Meditation postures.

You can practice your own style of meditation by using a sitting, standing or lying position. You may even use gestures or mantras. You must remain conscious of yourself – you cannot let go fully in order to forget everything. However, the magical word “meditation” simply translates as “nothing”.

The most common postures for the practice of meditation are:

  1. Sitting upright in a chair, with both feet flat on the floor.
    2. Sitting cross-legged on the floor and the hands relaxed upon your bent knees.
    3. Kneeling as if in prayer. Sitting on your heels or between them, resting your hands on your thighs.

To sit in a meditation posture requires that your physical balance is kept in accord with nature. If pushed from any direction you will not topple over. It is like a foundation-stone being firm, fixed and unshakeable. When you sit in a meditation posture it should be as if a lovely cool wind blows in summer and in winter a cosy fire burn on the hearth.

Commencing your meditation

1. To commence meditation it is best to choose a place where you will not be disturbed. Also, if possible, try to choose the same time each day.

2. Choose a comfortable posture. If sitting or kneeling your back should be straight so that the Baihui point or sky-door (on top of the head) and the Huiyin point (between the legs near the anus) are in line and vertical. This ensures that the spine is held in alignment and allows you to gather the “heaven” and “earth” chi, which will then flow naturally. By sitting in an incorrect posture, such as, leaning forward or backward will suppress the lungs, causing a shortness of breath and result in you losing chi. A good posture will prevent your mind from becoming sluggish or sleepy, and you will not become tired.

3. Keep your shoulders down and the arms relaxed.

4. The head and neck should be kept straight and upright. The head should not be allowed to slump onto your chest as this blocks the flow of energy through the neck.

5. Your eyes should be partially closed and your sight focused on a spot on a distant wall.

6. Concentrate and think about your breathing pattern. Breathe naturally, preferably through the nostrils. Without attempting to control your breath, try to become aware of the sensation of the breath as it enters and leaves the nostrils. This sensation is your object of meditation. You should try to concentrate on it to the exclusion of everything else. You may feel warm, tingling or itchy – such sensations are very natural.

Finishing your meditation

When you want to finish your meditation, you should complete with Shou Gong, which means Ending Exercise or Collecting (Balancing) Exercise. Always do this as it brings your chi back to the Tan Tien, to store it so it is not lost. If you have been meditating in a sitting or lying position you should do the Shou Gong sitting. If you have been meditating standing up, you should do the Shou Gong in a standing position.

Breath

Meditation is the master of breath. It will give meaning to the development of mind and body. Proper breathing is taught as an essential and fundamental factor of concentration. You will probably find, as you relax, that your breathing will deepen and the body’s healing and balancing powers will begin to work. With each breath you should gather your whole strength on one point only in the Tan Tien. This is known as keeping your strength in the lower belly. The pattern of breathing should be slow, deep, cairn and natural – using your diaphragm. There must be deep inhalation and full exhalation. The action of making the expiration longer than the inspiration exerts a downward pressure on the intestines. Normal breathing rate is fifteen to eighteen cycles per minute. Through the exercise of meditation the breathing rate may become less than ten cycles per minute. Really good “meditative” breathing could be as low as three cycles per minute.

Natural breathing

When you breathe naturally the breathing cycle should follow your body’s movements or feelings, and you should not be aware of your breathing actions. When you inhale using this method your abdomen expands, and when you exhale it contracts. This method is connected with the Tan Tien, which is located in the area below the navel. Thus the expanding and contracting of the abdomen stimulate the Tan Tien.

Reverse breathing

This is the opposite of natural breathing. When you inhale the abdomen contracts, when you exhale the abdomen expands. This method of breathing requires a higher level of expertise. It makes the Tan Tien very strong and stimulates the Ren (front) and Du (back) channels. Reverse breathing creates fire in your body.

Whichever kinds of breathing you use, do not go too far too quickly. Start by using natural breathing and then gradually introduce the use of reverse breathing for certain purposes. In fact, if you can relax enough and forget the way you breathe, unconsciously your breathing will incorporate both normal and reverse breathing.

Colours

Everyone will experience meditation in a different and unique way. You may see colours. These colours represent the energy (chi) emanating from various internal organs (each has its own colour).

Concentration

All of the following methods will help you to achieve a quiet state of relaxation. In the beginning you will have problems trying to concentrate the mind, so, “use one thought to get rid of a thousand thoughts until everything is peaceful”.

1. Imagine the moon at the centre of your body, in your Tan Tien. Clouds drift slowly overhead and the moon disappears behind them, then it appears again. Combine this visualization with your breathing.

2. Imagine an object you like, such as a flower, a tree, the sun, the moon or a person, and put this visualization in your Tan Tien.

3. Look at one object and forget everything else.

4. Imagine a sound like a stream train slowly pulling away in the distance, water dropping or a clock ticking.

5. You can listen to some beautiful music during meditation to bring yourself to a relaxed state.

6. Breathe in and breathe out while counting the length of each breath.

7. Think of a poem or phrase (similar to Mantra repetition)

8.Let the distractions come and slowly achieve balance through concentrating on them.

9. Go to a peaceful place, let the atmosphere influence you, and then practice meditation.

10. Count from one to hundred during meditation.

Even though breathing meditation is only a preliminary stage of meditation, it can be quite powerful.

When the turbulence of distracting thoughts subside and your mind becomes still, a deep happiness and contentment arise naturally from within. This feeling of contentment and well-being help you to cope with the busyness and difficulties of daily life. Just by performing breathing meditation for ten to fifteen minutes each day you will be able to reduce stress. You will experience a calm, spacious feeling in the mind, and many of your usual problems will fall away. Difficult situations will become easier to deal with. You will naturally feel warm and well disposed toward other people, and your relationships with others will gradually improve

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Lore Of The Trees

Trees

Sacred Woods and the Lore of Trees

Since humans first utilized wood for fire, tools and utensils, certain trees have held a special significance as both practical providers and powerful spiritual presences. 

The specific trees varied between different cultures and geographic areas, but those held to be ‘sacred’ shared certain traits in common – unusual size or beauty, the wide range of materials they provided, unique physical characteristics, or simply the power of the tree’s spirit could grant it a central place in the folklore and mythology of a culture. Even today, certain trees capture our imagination. The majestic oak, the ancient yew, the evergreens we bring into our homes each winter – all are reminders of the power that trees can have in our lives.

Wood captures the essence of the tree.

It is a living thing, imbued with the energies and characteristics of its parent. The physical characteristics of the wood often reflect the lore that surrounds the tree itself: bows made from the poisonous yew as bringers of death; the sweet scented apple wood as a symbol of love; the strong, straight ash that was believed to form the central axis of the world. Each wood has its own personality, its own spirit, and this spirit can augment the power of a talisman or a set of wood runes. Here then is my introduction to some of those powerful trees which have been known and revered by the people of northern Europe, plus a few that have particular meaning to the indigenous cultures of North America. I have included physical characteristics and traditional uses of the wood in addition to the lore and myths associated with the tree, since all of these factors influence one another.

Index of Trees:
~ Alder ~ Apple ~ Ash ~ Beech ~ Birch ~ Blackthorn ~ ~ Elder ~ Elm ~ Fir ~ Hawthorn ~ Hazel ~ Holly ~ Larch ~ ~ Maple ~ Oak ~ Pine ~ Poplar ~ Rowan ~ Willow ~ Yew ~

Find your birth date and then read the description of your tree underneath…

Dec 23 to Jan 01 – Apple Tree
Jan 01 to Jan 11 – Fir Tree
Jan 12 to Jan 24 – Elm Tree
Jan 25 to Feb 03 – Cypress Tree
Feb 04 to Feb 08 – Poplar Tree
Feb 09 to Feb 18 – Cedar Tree
Feb 19 to Feb 28 – Pine Tree
Mar 01 to Mar 10 – Weeping Willow Tree
Mar 11 to Mar 20 – Lime Tree
Mar 21 – Oak Tree
Mar 22 to Mar 31 – Hazelnut Tree
Apr 01 to Apr 10 – Rowan Tree
Apr 11 to Apr 20 – Maple Tree
Apr 21 to Apr 30 – Walnut Tree
May 01 to May 14 – Poplar Tree
May 15 to May 24 – Chestnut Tree
May 25 to Jun 03 – Ash Tree
Jun 04 to Jun 13 – Hornbeam Tree
Jun 14 to Jun 23 – Fig Tree
Jun 24 – Birch Tree
Jun 25 to Jul 04 – Apple Tree
Jul 05 to Jul 14 – Fir Tree
Jul 15 to Jul 25 – Elm Tree
Jul 26 to Aug 04 – Cypress Tree
Aug 05 to Aug 13 – Poplar Tree
Aug 14 to Aug 23 – Cedar Tree
Aug 24 to Sep 02 – Pine Tree
Sep 03 to Sep 12 – Weeping Willow Tree
Sep 13 to Sep 22 – Lime Tree
Sep 23 – Olive Tree
Sep 24 to Oct 03 – Hazelnut Tree
Oct 04 to Oct 13 – Rowan Tree
Oct 14 to Oct 23 – Maple Tree
Oct 24 to Nov 11 – Walnut Tree
Nov 12 to Nov 21 – Chestnut Tree
Nov 22 to Dec 01 – Ash Tree
Dec 02 to Dec 11 – Hornbeam Tree
Dec 12 to Dec 21 – Fig Tree
Dec 22 – Beech Tree

APPLE TREE (the Love) – of slight build, lots of charm, appeal, and attraction, pleasant aura, flirtatious, adventurous, sensitive, always in love, wants to love and be loved, faithful and tender partner, very generous, scientific talents, lives for today, a carefree philosopher with imagination.

ASH TREE (the Ambition) – vivacious, impulsive, demanding, does not care for criticism, ambitious, intelligent, likes to play with fate, can be egotistic, very reliable and trustworthy, faithful and prudent lover, sometimes brains rule over the heart, but takes partnership very seriously. 

BEECH TREE (the Creative) – has good taste, concerned about its looks, materialistic, good organization of life and career, economical, good leader, takes no unnecessary risks, reasonable, splendid lifetime companion, keen on keeping fit (diets, sports, etc.)

BIRCH TREE (the inspiration) – vivacious, attractive, elegant, friendly, unpretentious, modest, does not like anything in excess, abhors the vulgar, loves life in nature and in calm, not very passionate, full of imagination, little ambition, creates a calm and content atmosphere.

CEDAR TREE (the Confidence) – of rare beauty, knows how to adapt, likes luxury, of good health, not in the least shy, tends to look down on others, self-confident, determined, impatient, likes to impress others, many talents, industrious, healthy optimism, waiting for the one true love, able to make quick decisions.

CHESTNUT TREE (the Honesty) – of unusual beauty, does not want to impress, well-developed sense of justice, vivacious, interested, a born diplomat, but irritates easily and sensitive in company, often due to a lack of self-confidence, acts sometimes superior, feels not understood, loves only once, has difficulties in finding a partner.

CYPRESS TREE (the Faithfulness) – strong, muscular, adaptable, takes what life has to give, content, optimistic, craves money and acknowledgment, hates loneliness, passionate lover which cannot be satisfied, faithful, quick-tempered, unruly, pedantic, and careless.

ELM TREE (the Noble-mindedness) – pleasant shape, tasteful clothes, modest, demands, tends not to forgive mistakes, cheerful, likes to lead but not to obey, honest and faithful partner, likes making decisions for others, noble-minded, generous, good sense of humour, practical.

FIG TREE (the Sensibility) – very strong, a bit self-willed, independent, does not allow contradiction or arguments, loves life, its family, children and animals, a bit of a social butterfly, good sense of humour, likes idleness and laziness, of practical talent and intelligence.

FIR TREE (the Mysterious) – extraordinary taste, dignity, sophisticated, loves anything beautiful, moody, stubborn, tends to egoism but cares for those close to them, rather modest, very ambitious, talented, industrious, discontented lover, many friends, many foes, very reliable.

HAZELNUT TREE (the Extraordinary) – charming, undemanding, very understanding, knows how to make an impression, active fighter for social cause, popular, moody, and capricious lover, honest, and tolerant partner, precise sense of judgment.

HORNBEAM TREE (the Good Taste) – of cool beauty, cares for its looks and condition, good taste, is not egoistic, makes life as comfortable as possible, leads a reasonable and disciplined life, looks for kindness and acknowledgment in an emotional partner, dreams of unusual lovers, is seldom happy with its feelings, mistrusts most people, is never sure of its decisions, very conscientious.

LIME TREE (the Doubt) – accepts what life dishes out in a composed way, hates fighting, stress, and labour, dislikes laziness and idleness, soft and relenting, makes sacrifices for friends, many talents but not tenacious enough to make them blossom, often wailing and complaining, very jealous but loyal.

MAPLE TREE (Independence of Mind) – no ordinary person, full of imagination and originality, shy and reserved ambitious, proud, self-confident, hungers for new experiences, sometimes nervous, has many complexities, good memory, learns easily, complicated love life, wants to impress.

OAK TREE (the Brave) – robust nature, courageous, strong, unrelenting, independent, sensible, does not like change, keeps its feet on the ground, person of action.

OLIVE TREE (the Wisdom) – loves sun, warmth and kind feelings, reasonable, balanced, avoids aggression and violence, tolerant, cheerful, calm, well-developed sense of justice, sensitive, empathetic, free of jealousy, loves to read and the company of sophisticated people.

PINE TREE (the Particular) – loves agreeable company, very robust, knows how to make life comfortable, very active, natural, good companion, but seldom friendly, falls easily in love but its passion burns out quickly, gives up easily, everything disappointments until it finds its ideal, trustworthy, practical.

POPLAR TREE (the Uncertainty) – looks very decorative, not very self-confident, only courageous if necessary, needs goodwill and pleasant surroundings, very choosy, often lonely, great animosity, artistic nature, good organizer, tends to lean toward philosophy, reliable in any situation, takes partnership seriously.

ROWAN TREE (the Sensitivity) – full of charm, cheerful, gifted without egoism, likes to draw attention, loves life, motion, unrest, and even complications, is both dependent and independent, good taste, artistic, passionate, emotional, good company, does not forgive.

WALNUT TREE (the Passion) – unrelenting, strange and full of contrasts, often egotistic, aggressive, noble, broad horizon, unexpected reactions, spontaneous, unlimited ambition, no flexibility, difficult and uncommon partner, not always liked but often admired, ingenious strategist, very jealous and passionate, no compromise.

WEEPING WILLOW (the Melancholy) – beautiful but full of melancholy, attractive, very empathetic, loves anything beautiful and tasteful, loves to travel, dreamer, restless, capricious, honest, can be influenced but is not easy to live with demanding, good intuition, suffers in love but finds sometimes an anchoring partner.


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Direction South & Its Correspondence

Direction South

Here we look at the Direction South & Its Correspondence

South

The Wheel of the South- Faith and Trust, Elusiveness, Innocence. Physical and Personal Vulnerability.  Strength, Protection, Relationships with others, with self. With nature, Renewal, Self-Healing, Stress, Love, Courage.

Element- Fire
Energy- Quick, Rapid, Fire.
The Journey- The Journey of Purification.
Traditional Colours- Red, Orange, Scarlet, Yellow, The blue of flame, Gold.

Sacred Spirits Bridget:

Goddess of the inner flame of life and creation, Pele: Goddess of Purification and Upheavals, Mars: God of strength and conflict, Michael: Archangel of the South, warrior of the Sacred Flames, Djinn: Servant of Michael, great Fire giant, for protection, Salamanders: Elemental Spirits of Fire, ruled by Djinn, Adonai: Elemental King of Fire

Sacred Animals- Squirrels:

Vulnerability and Delusiveness (relationships) tricky, Tigers and Lions: Stress, Courage, Porcupine: For Protection and to prick you into action. Defence, Badger: For Protection in Conflict. Defence, Coyote: For Protection in tricky situations. Vulnerability and Elusiveness, Fox: For Elusiveness and Innocence. Vulnerability, Hawk: For Protection and Relationships, Mouse: For Vulnerability and Elusiveness. Renewal and Self-Healing, Cats: For All sorts, for what Mark Twain called that “Mixture of Innocence and sin.”, Bear: Physical Self-Healing.

Rabbit:

Renewal, Self-healing, Snakes: Protection, Possum: Renewal and Self-Healing

Sacred Items

Fire-forged items, Red feathers for courage.

Sacred Plants

Maple Tree, Nuts, seeds, pods (for relationships), Nut Trees for love, Cactus, thorn bushes, spinney plants for protection.

Purification Incenses

Sage, Clove, Thyme, Juniper, Cinnamon, Cedar.

Guardian Incenses

Sweet grass, Myrrh, Cedar, Frankincense, Dragon’s Blood Resin, Juniper.

In the South We Work With- Protection: Establishing personal security, Love: Balancing the energies of our realationships Self-Power: Developing our gifts of Strength, Purification: Cleaning our Self and Cleaning our Path.

Sacred Minerals

Pink Carnelian: For Kinships and relationships, Red Carnelian: For strength and protection, faith, Gold Amber: For clarity in relationships, Red Amber: For courage and faith, Blue Amber: For shamanic journeys of purification, inner flame, Yellow & Gold Flourite: For personal protection on journeys, Citrine: For clarity and purification, Fire Opal: For deep inner vision, physical purification and cleansing, Steel: For Strength in trials of life, Iron Ore: For courage and protection.

Lava

For purification and upheavals, Smokey Crystal, Beach Sands, Gold, Copper, Pyrite, Textured or patterned Stones.

Human World Helping Activities

Expressive art, Dance, Drama, Movement, Exercise, Physical Communication, Sensuality, Love, Western Body Awareness, Philosophies, Spirit Vibration.

Helping Thoughts

in Innocence I am born, in Faith do I Grow, in Strength am I Purified, in Protection I walk.


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