The FIRE element – excerpt from her new book B.E Human – 06/03


Correspondences:

v  Hot, dry, active

v  Direction: South

v  It represents strength, courage, devotion, danger, passion, impulsiveness and transformation, death, destruction, birth, renewal.

v  Chakra: Solar Plexus

Fire has proved to be one of the more intense elements of them all. Not that the other natural elements aren’t deeply intense in the their own qualities, but the first common human thought of FIRE, indeed seems to stir something very primal within us. The qualities of Fire, alone – be it the esoteric or the physical – are definitely not to be bargained with or tested and are so vast and powerful on their own. Fire has the power to transform. It physically transforms solids into liquids, to gas, and still has the power to turn it back again. In layman’s terms and looking at the bigger picture, it holds the power to transform the material (or esoteric) state of any substance into a different form or state. Within our bodies, the element of Fire corresponds with our own fiery Solar Plexus, and if you can recall from chapter 1: Chakras, it governs (among other things) our hard working digestive system. This lovely system of ours, governed by our “inner fire energy” breaks down our foods and also converts food into fat (stored energy) and muscle. Fire transforms food into energy, just as it transforms many other states of matter (and non matter).

Fire has always had a two-fold effect on us humans. And rightfully so, it always will. Physically, it can provide you with heat, it can serve as a source to cook your food upon, to boil water, and always brings a sense of warmth and closeness. But, just as our Solar Plexus governs our personal power and confidence, when it is out of whack, Fire is also an impulsive and dangerous element, which can for one moment be a silent, warm flame  and then suddenly, without warning, burst. It can wreck havoc and destroy, invoking feelings of fear and terror. Fire has the power to bestow upon one wings of bravery and courage, compassion and love. Fire embodies intense power and is absolutely not one bit subtle. For its vast uses and qualities of both positivity and negativity, I always see it as the force burning within each of us, giving us a willpower of steel to go for our goals and bestowing upon us the confidence and passion to do it with. Not to mention the power to transform our cowardliness into strength, our fears into confidence and our will into material form. Every one of us has this flame or fire within us, and has the power to use it at our own digression. Why do you think adages like, “I’m burning with desire!” or “She’s shining with confidence!” exist? Exactly. The beauty of it is, if we need more “Fire” energy qualities within us, there is so much surrounding us in the natural elements, held within the Sun and sky, of which is never ending and far more than enough to go around.

PHYSICAL APPEARENCE

Fire in its physical form, can be seen in a single flame, a fire, or most commonly in the blazing Sun that graces our beautiful planet each day for the bigger half of 24 hours (in most countries, that is). Fire is mostly seen as a red, yellow, gold or orange force and an instant feeling of heat is felt at the mere thought of it. It posseses the quality with a tendency to expand and enkindle things nearby (just as spiritually as it does physically). This goes for positive and negative “Fire”. As soon as it is “lit”, it will reach out to anything near by, be it a “good” fire of confidence and warmth or a “bad” fire of anger, without control.

Fire is a thing without borders, once released it will go on destroying until IT is destroyed. If you want to utilize it, you have to keep a close watch on it. If you have Fire for a campfire or for warmth, you have to put stones around it so it won’t become too big and begin to burn you. Fire is an over eager element and usually overdoes its job if you don’t give it a set and controlled limit.

Even at the thought of our fiery Sun, it provides us with heat and gives all plant life and human life the neccesities of vitamin D and many other important minerals needed to sustain life. It can dry our clothes and make our day that much more enjoyable when it’s out. Although, similarly, when too much time is spent under our amazing burning star of a Sun in the sky, we get sun burnt and dehydrated, or to a higher degree, heat stroke.

Fire has proven itself to be an element of extremes. This not only gives it the ability to be greatlly respected and cherished, but also embodies all it’s qualities and energies in every aspect of its physical appearence.

There are hundreds of items that symbolize and correspond with the element of Fire’s intense and unwavering energies, and I will be giving you a few pointers on how to utilize them to invite these qualities into your life in just a moment. These are as follows:

v  Candles

v  Flames

v  Actual fire

v  A picture of the Sun

v  A picture of fire

v  Lamp

v  Oil burner (candle dependant)

v  Crystals and rocks such as: Red Jasper, Carnelian, Citrine, Bloodstone and volcanic rock.

The colour correspondences of Fire are:

v  Red

v  Gold

v  Yellow

v  White gold

v  Orange

v  Crimson

(Above – in other words – the colours of the Sun’s light and its influence on the sky and our Earth)

 

Now that the physical matter of the element of Fire has been listed and is now fully acknowledged, we can go on to look at how this matter corresponds with our bodies mentally, emotionally and physically.

As we have seen, Fire is recognized and known for its intense nature and the ability to be greatly positive, as well as being misused or overused to turn devastatingly negative. Your Solar Plexus Chakra (above your navel, below your ribcage) is governed by the element of Fire and will always have this link to one another. Now, this couldn’t be more fitting when looking at all the bodily functions and organs governed by this Chakra. Your Solar Plexus corresponds with your digestive, immune and nervous systems. Like we’ve already seen, as one of the qualities of Fire is to transform, so your digestive system does in transforming your food into energy and waste. It’s no wonder that if there is one certain ailment in this system, it’s called heartBURN – and with good reason!

Your Solar Plexus also governs traits of yours such as, personal power, will, confidence, passion and self worth. It is the seat of where your fear is replaced by courage and your feelings of inferiority are replaced with self confidence. Just as with your own goals and your will power to obtain them, when Fire has “caught” something, it “fights” for it until it has consumed it, burned it down, or destroyed it. It only extinguishes by itself, when it sees fit, or has to be extinguished by outside influesnces stepping in. Fire doesn’t know the words ‘fear’ or ‘doubt’, just as you shouldn’t when your Solar Plexus is in good balance.

Similarly,  when it is overused or out of balance, it knows neither mercy nor shame. If it wants something, it will consume everything in and on its path to eventually get it. That is the danger of overusing the energy of Fire and its qualities in your life.

The flip side of the coin is just the same. Without enough influence of the energies of the element of Fire, you will be left wanting. You may allow yourself to give in to fear, doubt and anxiety rather easily, and possess traits of being meek and mild. Fire is your strength, your passion, your determination, your ability to transform and your right to be fully content. (More about contentment and Fire in a minute). Physically, if you don’t spiritualy have enough of the influence of Fire in your life, you are going to have a tough time with that digestive system (to name only one ailment of many). So, I hope my rammblings on Fire hasn’t scared you off too much (on the contrary, I hope!), because then you may have to put a few more books and magazines in your toilet, if you don’t allow the energies of this element into your body, mind and home. This is just a friendly warning!

Now, to get back to contentment, as I promised. Think about the Sun for a second or 5. The feelings one would get are those of joy happiness, confidence, shining with smiles and true contentment. This is how your Sun should be and this is the Sun you should have within your own Solar Plexus. Shine with the fire of the Sun, and you will experience true joy and contentment. Not to  mention, drive and ambition!

To keep an eye and make sure “Fire” is safe and controlled, you know it has been overused when traits such as possessiveness, anger, hatred, over confidence and selfishness start to surface. I cannot stress enough, just as Fire can warm, transform, renew and shine, so it can also destroy and consume. With great power, comes great responsibility, friend. The key is to keep it under control and in your care constantly.

Fire represents passion, love, compassion and desire, which are all very intense emotions alone. This makes their link with Fire unwaveringly true. Adages like, “I’m trying to rekindle the flame.” or “The sparks are always there!” weren’t created and thought up out of nowhere, it is clearly the influence Fire has over us.

A lovely example I like making use of to illustrate the indestructible energies and qualities of Fire, is the symbolic animal of Fire -the Phoenix, sometimes referred to as the “Bird of Flames”. The Phoenix is a legendary immortal creature, said to be an incarnation of many different Gods (depending on belief systems), which rises again and again from its own ashes, whose eternal flame can never be extinguishged. I use this example because, just as the Fire of the human soul cannot be extinguished, niether can the Fire of love, of passion, of ambition and will power within each of us.

Fire stands for unbridled emotions, hatred and anger, but also love and contentment. Fire stands for change and renewal. It is no wonder that it is written in many scriptures and prophecies that the Earth will be consumed in Fire on Armageddon. It will no doubt be done in order to renew and transform the Earth, cleansing it of all impurities.

Fire is the burning in your soul, moving you to fight for whatever you may believe in. Fire represents your will, your drive and your passion and never commitment only, but also its realization and your ability to do so.

In all its intensity, Fire is love and Fire is life. Fire is part of you and with the knowledge of how to invite this element into your body and home, you hold its power in your hands and have the ability to once more reunite yourself and your surroundings with this unfailing force of Fire.

One should always incorporate the element of Fire into your home and not only harness its magnetic energies when you feel it’s needed, but also in daily routine to promote drive, passion and love into it. Although, specifically, put Fire in your life when:

v  you feel there is an inability to make your dreams a reality

v  you have feelings of fear, anxiety or insecurity leading to nervous, digestive and immune disorders

v  you need to let go of the past and move forward with motivation and action

v  you have feelings of indecision and confusion

v  you have poor memory or trouble with focus and concentration

v  you want to create a sensual or romantic and passionate atmosphere

v  you feel you need motivation and drive

v  you feel you need confidence and increased, higher feelings of self worth

v  you need determination and energy for a task of any kind

v  you feel you need physical strength or mental strength (or both – these two go very much hand in hand! And having one without the other doesn’t do anyone much good.)

Here are a few fun and simple ways in which to invite the magnetic element of Fire into your life and (hopefully) keep it!:

BALANCE AND ENERGIZE YOUR SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA

 

Alright. This exercise, you’ll notice, is very similar to the example I gave you in the Channelling chapter on page 125. The only difference here, is your OWN reason behind it and what you are wanting to harness and bring into your life. That, and this exercise uses your hands. As well as your breathing and your mind’s eye, naturally.

Since we are dealing with inviting the element of Fire into your life and body, you should best find a candle (preferably orange, yellow or red, but it’s no biggie if it’s purple or even rainbow coloured – you just need that flame!)  If you don’t own a candle, or can’t seem to find one, it’s no problem. That was only the first option. The second – and actually my own preferred method – is to stand in the Sun. In the sunlight, outside (but, of course!). Find a place where you feel closest to that Fire of the Sun. To the qualities of its energy and those of the qualities you want to harness. You will find, more often than not, it is outside in the Sun. I must also add, that it is obviously best to do this exercise in the day, because of this particular reason. And remember, even if it’s cloudy or overcast, the Sun is surely there, as strong as ever.

If the ground is too hard, please get yourself a comfy mat or towel (also for keeping those creepy crawlies at a safe distance). Otherwise, grassy foundations and lawns are perfect. Once you have found that spot, stand up straight, relaxed and close your eyes. Breathe in and out slowly, calmly and still your mind. On your in breath, imagine breathing in the purest cleanest Air, shining with a fantastic white or yellow light, and on your out breath, imagine all your stresses, thoughts and worries leaving you through your out breath. Picture it as a big black cloud floating out of your body and away from you, up into the atmosphere, to where it can no longer harm. Do this for as long as you feel the need to and until you feel completely still and centred.

Now, kneel down on the ground with only one knee. You should have one on the ground, with that foot behind you and the other leg in front of you with your foot firmly on the ground on front of you (as if a man about to be knighted would kneel). Keep your back straight and your arms relaxed. Continue your slow breathing.

Bring your arms stretched above your head as high as you can, your hands meeting each other about 30-40cm above your head in a seemingly prayer-like position – palms against one another and pointing upwards. I like to aim my hands directly at the Sun above me, so it’s up to if you’d like to position yourself in this manner before you commence to kneeling.

Keeping your arms up, focus on your breathing once more. Slowly and calmly in and out. Close your eyes. Let the feelings and images of the qualities of the Sun and the qualities of Fire you are harnessing float through your mind. Contentment. Confidence. Personal power. Passion. Courage. Joy.

On your in breath, imagine a brilliant yellow beam of light coming from the Sun, into your pointed hands, carrying all those qualities, running down your arms. Now, breath out slowly, as if to breath this light into your body. Bring your hands down slowly, holding the point and place your hands at your Solar Plexus Chakra. By this channelling, the brilliant yellow light has now travelled from the Sun, into your hands, down your arms and you have placed it within your own Solar Plexus – within your own body and mind.

This should be done three times over, raising your hands again and repeating the visualization and breathing. You, however, may do it as much as you feel is needed.

After you feel this is completed, and you feel the energies and qualities of the Fire of the Sun settling in, it’s time to change over to the other knee and repeat it through on that side. Changing nothing but your knees.

After both sides are done to your satisfaction, you may want to stand up straight and stay in the Sun for another few seconds with your eyes closed, to soak up all the energies you have harnessed and let yourself settle with the feelings it brings. Always thank the Sun and remember to ground yourself afterward, of course, the way I explained on page 126.

NOTE: If you have chosen to skip on the Sun and the outside environment, and prefer to do it inside with a candle, the only thing that changes is the direction of your hands. Point them towards he candle instead, harnessing the qualities of Fire. Thank the Fire after you are done, and remember to keep your candle in a fire safe container. Yes, we love Fire, but we don’t want the house covered in flames!

FIRE IT UP!

 

I must say, I’m sure it’s depends on personal colour preferences but friend, in my opinion, Fire is my favourite element to “decorate” my home for (and it looks beautiful in the night time!). So, now comes the fun stuff! Get together all your candles, Fire corresponding crystals and stones (see page 175) and don’t forget to dig up your cupboards for nice coloured cloths that are red, orange or yellow.

Since the corresponding direction of Fire is South, firstly  find an area in the South side of your home where you can place your candle (or three!) and lay your cloth or your stones under or next to it.

Once this is done, stand in front of your “Fire space” and spend some time with the items. Play with the stones and your cloth. Stare into the burning flames of the candle(s). Think about the traits and qualities of the element of Fire – transformation, confidence, passion, determination, will power, courage, love,  compassion, personal power and contentment. Then see and feel these traits within each item radiating these energies constantly. Whatever your chosen items, find little places within your home to put them. You can place them all over – wherever you feel you will notice and see them in the places you think suit best for your daily routines.

Throw red or orange or yellow cloths over your couches, chairs, tables, wherever! It’s all there to be with you and within you. And whenever you feel you need to harness these energies more intensely, go to your “Fire space” and repeat the exercise with the candle (or the Sun).

You are meant to shine from within, not only be shined upon.

Brightest blessings,

Isabelle.

Holistic therapist and spiritual counselor

Port Elizabeth

isabellemeiring@hotmail.com

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The EARTH element – excerpt from her new book (B.E Human) – 27/02


 

Correspondences:

v  Dry and cool, passive, fertile.

v  Direction – North

v  Represents stability, groundedness, growth, and the ability to manifest.

v  Chakra – Base

 

Earth represents the solid state of matter and is considered a stable substance.  As you have seen in the Base Chakra, the parts of the body such as bones, teeth, circulation and tissue are manifestations of the Earth. It manifests stability, permanence and rigidity. Without it, we would be all over the place and lacking a mental, emotional and physical state of groundedness. Earth is a constant and that is why we acknowledge and make use of it because, it doesn’t change much, and we are always naturally resistant against change (welcome to the human condition!) Most living beings are dependent on Earth for a place to live, for shelter and for a chance to grow food for sustenance. Earth is the first thing you need for almost everything to ensure consistency as it provides certainty, solidity, ground, stability, practicality and endurance.

Earth is a reliable element, peaceful and abundant. It is an element that embodies the day to day life and problems. This is why matters of a practical nature require you to be stable, durable and grounded to gain a practical perspective on situations. Earth is the most passive and strong element, although – much like the foundation of our bodies – it can be destructive if when its wrath is felt.  It is commonly seen and described as the solid force within us upon which we build ourselves, and much like the physical Earth, the unavoidable force within us which we can turn into great disaster and disease. Of course, the Earth as mentioned above, is on the more metaphysical side of things, considering its connections to the mental and emotional parts of ourselves. By scientific chemical and atomic analysis, Earth is made up of almost one hundred atomic elements. Mystically, the classification of earth is an “element” of Life, and so it should rightfully be for both you and I, friend.

 

 

 

PHYSICAL APPEARANCE

 

Earth is generally the element which we are most acquainted with, because it’s in our face every day when we see trees, ground and rocks. I am thankful that we acknowledge its presence well, but there is a lot more to it than what you think. Just as water is the mother and governor of all things liquid, Earth is the father of everything solid. It is more than the ground we walk around on, the sand and soil we call Earth, it is stone as well in all its vast varities. Its minerals make up the most intricate compounds that form these rocks and stones over thousands of years. This includes gemstones and crystals – all the pretty, shiny things!

 

As Earth is manifested in trees, it also takes on the form of whatever object we shape from it (tables, chairs and tools) throungh carving. Although we intend it to serve us as a tool and we bestow upon it the purpose we want it to serve, it is still Earth in its realization. Earth is much more defined mostly by its appearance, than say Air or any other element would be. It is a solid and permenent substance, not only to the physical eye, but also in its traits in rock, wood and the like. It is an inarguably strong force which has the power to protect, sheild and act as a concrete foundation. This is seen in mountain ranges and cliffs. Similarly, it can also devastate, destruct and still be strong enough to completely rebuild itself, like we see in earthquakes and ice age.

 

The physical matter which the Element of Earth governs are as follows – Earth is:

 

v  Rock – cliffs and mountain ranges.

v  Stone – gemstones, crystals, pebbles, tumble stones – soft or hard.

v  Sand – sea sand, dirt, soil, ground and gravel.

v  Trees – Large, small, tall, short and every kind you can imagine.

v  Bush – Shrubs and hedges.

v  Grass

v  Plants – including weeds.

v  Flowers – in all their vast varieties all over the globe.

v  Herbs – all medicinal, edable, poisonous, theraputic herbs of all origin, shape and size.

 

The colours which symbolize the Earth element and its energy are:

 

v  Brown

v  Red

v  Murky green

v  All shades of different kinds of wood.

v  All of the natural neutral-looking colours which you would find in soil and earth.

Now that the physical matter of the element of Earth has been listed and is now acknowledged, we can go on to look at how this matter corresponds with our bodies mentally, emotionally and physically.

Earth is the element upon which we build our existence. It is our foundation and the foundation for all other living beings. It gives us a sense of home, stability, certainty and structure. These traits apply to our entire being – physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. How do you feel when walking through a lush green forest? You feel grounded, centred and rooted. You feel stable and part of the Earth. How do you feel when you garden? In my opinion, I feel peaceful and practical. These are the traits that the element of Earth gives us when we harness its energy. Just as we use the Earth to grow crops to feed and sustain us, so it also stands for growth and harvest.

 

Spirital Earth is very much like physical Earth to us. It is the base on which people build their persona, which keeps your mind focused, practical and determined. It is commonly proven in people that have difficulty with practical situations and initiating a foundation in situations, that they lack a certain amount of the Earth element within themselves.  They usually lack strength, will and endurance, all virtues, which are needed to give other elements their ground. This, in turn, means that if you are not connected to the Earth element as much as is required, you are unable to provide a stable and solid foundation for all the rest of you. Plants cannot grow in unfertile soil, can they? This is why having the required amount of each element as you specifically should, is of utmost importance. And Earth is your base.

 

Many of our forefathers and ancestors from various cultures, belief systems, tribes and religions lived very closely with the Earth element, as well as all four elements. They would plant, sow and harvest their crops according to the ebb and flow of the natural Earth that worked below their very feet. They recorded the changes in the Earth as the (now) four seasons came and went year after year. They also believed firmly that, we all came from one thing and are all a part of the Earth and the world as one universe. Due to this unwavering belief, upon their passing and death, they would traditionally be cremated because, they believed once the body is dead, it should be disassembled by burning and can then return to the Earth, while the immortal soul lives on in the air after the ashes had been scattered.

 

They also used Earth (in all its shapes and sizes) to build homes and tools for themselves. If you ask me, they had the right way of going about things. If we look at today’s society, I’m sure we can see glimpses of the use of the element of Earth in these ways – in buildings, tools and furniture. The only difference is, we do not recognize and give thanks to the Earth, we praise ourselves for our intelligence. We are able to receive so much more from the Earth, if we acknowledge our connection with it, and we have only seen a glimpse of the blessings it is capable of giving us. A resource and energy that is so powerful and which we are so dependent on – physically  and emotionally – should be recognized, made proper use of and thanked.

This disconnection we have made for ourselves is in need of a lot of duct tape and glue, but once we begin using this element’s energy, harnessing it with the correct intentions, it can be pieced together and each of us can once more receive all the blessings the Earth is ready to bestow upon us with our help. It is really so much fun and very easy to bring more of the Earth element into your life and gain a solid connection to it within yourself and your everyday life to benefit from it constantly. Firstly, I’ll explain a few basic things you can do to bring it into your life and establish the Earth element’s nature in your daily routine. They are fun to do and don’t take up much time at all. I will then later get into how you can make use of various herbs and plants to weave little miracles in your life!

 

You should always be closely connected and aware of it, but specifically, you can use the Earth element’s energy when:

 

v  there is  a lack of energy and over-tiredness

v  when harvest is needed (any kind, not just actual crop harvest!)

v  an inability to make your dreams a reality

v  a feeling of fear, anxiety or insecurity

v  you feel you need a practical frame of mind

v  you feel you need to connect with your instinctive nature

v  there is a need for growth

v  there is a need for fertility

v  you feel you need a sense of ‘grounding’ and need to get ‘down-to-earth’.

 

 

Earth brings you into the receptive, calming and loving embrace of Mother Earth. When integrating the Earth element into your life, you will have a feeling of belonging, abundance and groundedness. Here are a few simple ways in which to do this:

 

BALANCE AND ENERGIZE YOUR BASE CHAKRA

 

Before any redecorating and ‘reprogramming’ can take place, your own energies must be well acquainted and connected to the Earth element so that you are familiar with the feeling and can then do so more easily and with less effort each time. This also means that you will be able to harness and utilize its energies more effectively and efficiently the more you practice it. Whether you stay in an apartment, a shack or a mansion, find some ground outside somewhere and only pick your spot if you are comfortable standing there for a few minutes. Outside is the most preferred method in which to do this, but if it is not possible at all, then inside will do fine as well.

 

Find a place in your home where you feel you would be able to ‘connect’ to the Earth beneath your feet. A wooden floor would also be a good idea. (You may need a compass or map for this one) Find the side of your home that is facing north, as north is the corresponding direction of the Earth element. Once you’ve found it, stand facing that direction and close your eyes. Still your mind and breathe slowly and calmly. On your in breath, imagine breathing in the calmness and serenity of a lush forest and feel it flow through your mind and body. On your out breath, see grey smoke coming out of you and leaving you. This grey smoke contains all the stresses and worries you have within you. It contains negative thoughts and unnecessary mental activity that is harmful. Imagine that grey smoke leaving you and your body as you breathe out. See it rise up into the atmosphere, far away from you, and disappear completely where it can no longer harm. Do this breathing a few times over, until you feel completely relaxed, content and still. When you feel the time is right – and trust me, you’ll know! – , keep your eyes closed and let the thoughts of what the Earth element stands for flow through your mind… stability, fertility, growth, structure, instinct, practicality, foundation, strength, endurance and any other of its traits that you feel you want to connect to.

 

Now, as you breathe in, imagine a chord attached to your Base Chakra (at the bottom of your spine) running down. Follow the chord down and see it go through your feet, the floor, the soil, the crust of the Earth until it reaches the very centre of the Earth’s core. When it gets there, attach your chord to the core like a link or a plug into wall. Feel your connection with its energies and those of Mother Earth. Take a moment. Then follow your chord all the way back up to your feet, then to your Base Chakra, and open your eyes. Now you should feel grounded and at one with Earth. Amazing, isn’t it? Do this whenever you feel off centre or too ‘high up in the clouds’.

 

 

GET YOUR HANDS DIRTY!

 

Yes, friend, this may get messy, but my goodness is it worth it! If you have a garden, great. If not, well then you are just going to have to get more than you may think you need. Go out and get some soil (not the stuff you get at the garden shop that has been tampered with, the real kind!) out of the ground. Whether it is your own garden or your friend’s, your mother’s or a patch of soil from next to the pavement, it doesn’t matter, as long as it’s real soil. Take a few handfuls. When you are back in the comfort of your home, take some time to play with the soil and feel it. Get in there! Close your eyes and feel the its traits of stability, fertility, harvest, permanence and nurturing qualities. Connect to this. Before the next step, it would be a good idea to sift through is with your hands and take out any ants, bugs or creepy crawlies, as you don’t want the little guys to explore and contaminate your home. Then, find a nice bowl or container which can be left open to keep it in. Transfer the soil into said bowl and walk around your home to find a fitting place for it to be. I wouldn’t recommend the bedroom, as its traits aren’t of huge importance in that area, but I would recommend a study, or workplace. Even a mantelpiece would work wonderfully, to carry those Earthy traits all through the home. Once you’ve found the perfect place, arrange it where you can see it constantly in your daily movements through your home. Stand in front of it, close your eyes and ask the soil to provide you with its many wonderful traits. This energy will now always be in your home. From time to time, go back to it and play with it or stand in front of it, pondering on all the Earth element stands for when you feel the need. Breathe its qualities in. You’ll be amazed at how you feel when you practice this accordingly. Remember to replace it every few weeks to make sure it stays fresh, fertile and to reinforce its energies.

 

There are many items and symbols that represent the Earth element’s energy, and that can be used to manifest things into your life. This is the same for each element, they all have symbols and items that allow you to do this, but because Earth represents growth and manifestation, its corresponding items of symbolism are very powerful manifestation tools. Some of these items are as follows:

 

v  Herbs – each herb has a certain energy that corresponds with a colour and specifically, a Chakra. Herbs are used for many purposes, and because they have such extensive purposes, they can relate to different elements. Although, because they are plants and grow from the actual Earth, their qualities and purposes are more easily manifested through the Earth’s traits of a good foundation, growth and permanence. You will learn more about the extensive properties of herbs a little later on.

 

v  Seeds – seeds are the epitome of fertility, growth and harvest. This is what they symbolize. They can be used in many different ways. In most cases, I would suggest also putting seeds in a bowl (with no soil!) and placing it near the bowl of soil, or better yet, on a window sill, where it can gain sunlight for ‘growth’. For example, if you are in need of the Earth’s energy to make finances grow and reap a bountiful harvest, place coins in the seeds and keep your intent pure. Connect to the Earth when doing this, and  ‘watch’ the seeds and coins grow.

 

There are a million ways to invite and harness the energy of the Earth element into your life, these are only a few. When you find your own preferred method of connecting to this giving, nurturing energy of abundance, it becomes easier to work with as you go along. Get those hands and feet firmly planted and get some dirt on those shoes once in a while! When you are in need of it, you will know and it will all be there for you to use, all you need to do is invite it inside, friend.

 Brightest blesings, 

Isabelle.

Holistic therapist and spiritual counselor

Port elizabeth

071 89 39 034

isabellemeiring@hotmail.com

THE ELEMENTS: Energies and Channeling – 01/02/2012


Energies and Channelling – 01/02/2012

 

Before we continue on to learn in the next posts how to invite and incorporate the natural elements into your life and your physical body, in order to live in harmony with them, maintain a healthy balance and weave all kinds of miracles for yourself and those around you, you must, of course, gain a good understanding on how to firstly harness, channel and connect to these certain natural qualities and energies which you’d like to acquire. This process is most commonly called channelling. Now, it’s got nothing to do with remote controls or televisions and although the word alone may seem intimidating at thought of actually doing it, I swear to you, friend, channelling is exhilarating, fun, easy and rewarding. Not to mention super dynamic and versatile when it comes to where, when and what one can use it for.

 

As we very well know (due to my continuous rambling and emphasis on it), everything has an energy or certain vibration. Everything. Even inanimate objects can be charged with a specific energy! Energy can be transferred from one person to another, or channelled from the outside through one person to be transferred to another. You can even charge your dining room or kitchen with any desired energy for that big dinner party you’re throwing! And yes, this also applies for that rowdy energy that is desired in the bedroom on a special occasion or those romantic nights.

Channelling can be done with or without tools. I mix and match to what suits my situation and I suggest you do too, to try out what you like best and what works comfortably for you. These ‘tools’ could be anything – from a stick or branch to a long rock or crystal. The point is for it to be relatively long and something you are able to hold in your hand. The tools, however, are the least important thing and channelling works just as well with or without them. I seldom use tools and find that most people prefer using only the visualisation techniques.

 

Channelling works with energy only, and that makes nothing less than perfect sense, as everything IS only energy. Be it a thought, a thing, actual moving energy or a living person. Like I said, tools are an option but, are not compulsory. The majority of techniques are well supported and almost intensified by using only your hands to make gestures and direct the energy whilst visualising it. Now, everyone has what we call an energy dominant hand. This is the hand that is more sensitive to energy and a lot of the time you will be able to physically feel sensations of certain energy passing through this hand as you go along using different techniques. Here is a quick exercise to find out which of your hands is your energy dominant hand:

 

v  Place your hands in front of you, “facing” each other palm to palm. As if to pray.

v  Then, without a second thought, let all your fingers interlock with one another.

v  Look at your hands and see which thumb is on the outside. The hand of which thumb is on the outside “holding down” the other thumb is your energy dominant hand.

 

It is suggested that in channelling exercises, using your energy dominant hand is more effective. Although, I prefer using both simultaneously. Do remember that your energy dominant hand isn’t always necessarily your physically dominant hand. For instance, if you are right-handed it may not be your right hand, and vice versa. One fact, though, defies either of these facts. We all have energy going in and out of our bodies continuously, every minute of the day or night. Your left hand is always the receiving hand which takes in energy and is more receptive. Your right hand will always be the giver and will be dispersing more energy outward than receiving it. This is why most people still greet one another and shake hands using their right hand, so that they “give” of their own personal energy as if to say, “Hello! This is me! This is what I am made of.”. So, next time you shake hands you may use the common right hand, or you could become comfortable with the knowledge of your energy dominant hand and use that one to be more sensitive to the other person’s energies and get a “feel” for them.

 

Channelling is a blend of intent, visualisation and directing. Visualising the energy, feeling the energy and its contents and mentally directing it from one place to another. There are many various visualisation exercises out there to use, but I find that sometimes they are too generalising. Making up your own visualisation techniques in your mind’s eye with your own knowledge of what you are trying to achieve, can be way more fun and is just that much more unique and personal.

In the following chapter I have included some channelling exercises to assist you in inviting the energies of the natural elements into your life and I hope you will play around with the techniques to mix and match and create your own as soon as you are comfortable with the idea.

Just as a taster, let me give you an example of an exercise:

 

If you feel you need the qualities of joy, contentment, confidence and personal power, or a more masculine energy, it would be an energy corresponding with the Solar Plexus Chakra. At first thought, a place to channel such energy from would be the Sun, so let’s go with that.

Once you have found an appropriate and quiet place, stand straight and relax. You may even want to light a candle for the reminder of the energy of the sun and it’s fiery core. Still your mind and breathe slowly and calmly. On your in breath, imagine breathing in calmness and serenity and feel it flow through your mind and body. On your out breath, see grey smoke coming out of you and leaving you. This grey smoke contains all the stresses and worries you have within you. It contains negative thoughts and unnecessary mental activity that is harmful. Imagine that grey smoke leaving you and your body as you breathe out. See it rise up into the atmosphere, far away from you, and disappear completely where it can no longer harm. Do this breathing a few times over, until you feel completely relaxed, content and still.

Now, imagine the Sun. See it in your mind and think of those qualities of joy, contentment and confidence shining bright within it. Now, see a band of brilliant yellow light(energy) carrying all those qualities within it, coming down from the Sun towards you. Feel it gently enter through the top of your head and make its way down to the area of your Solar Plexus (just below your ribcage, around your upper abdomen) and stop there. You see and feel this shining bright ball of energy there within you holding all these qualities. Picture the ball growing smaller as you feel the energy seeping into your own body until you can’t see it anymore. You can do an exercise like this as many times in a row as you see fit. When you feel the time is right, open your eyes, thank the Sun and ground yourself with a Base Chakra exercise to balance out your energies.

 

It is extremely important to ground yourself after a channelling exercise to prevent you from being too ‘up in the clouds’ or too grounded. Too much of either one is bad, as it creates instant imbalances.

Channelling from one person to another or channelling from, for instance the Sun, through yourself to another person or thing works in exactly the same way, and that’s when things get fun for you to play around with some of your own techniques to find out what you feel works best.

 

 

We’ll begin with inviting the elements one by one into your life over the next few weeks.

 

Brightest blessings,

 

Isabelle

 

 

 

The Elements – 09/12


THE FOUR ELEMENTS OF ANTIQUITY

The four major elements – Earth, Air, Fire and Water – are proved to have dominated natural philosophies for two thousand years or so. From the early days of man’s existence, he knew that all matter was formed from these four elements, ultimately. The first set theory stating this, was developed by the Greek philosopher, Empepedocles, of Sicily. This theory – or more belief – did not seize to be practiced until the rise and popularity of modern science. As other theories, belief systems, laws and questions came into play, we began to look for a more complicated answer to all matter in existence. It couldn’t have been as easy as one, two, three, four, could it? Well, yes! Of course it could, but not for us – we won’t settle for simplicity. We love to make things more complicated than they really are.

Although modern science has given us many blessings in breakthroughs and assisted us in countless ways, we have, nonetheless, lost our connection with the natural elements and forgotten how to accept the simplicity that lies in all matter and the unavoidable influence they have on our lives. Even today, Earth, Air, Fire and Water are still very accurate symbols for the four states of all matter – solid, liquid, gas, and plasma. Modern science has no doubt discovered new ideas, but in the field of Mysticism and holistic living, these elements are still of grave importance to illustrate and keep oneself rooted with the knowledge of the oneness of all things.

There are ancient symbols linked to each element and they are still used widely today in many belief systems around the globe. Some mystics and yogis insist that the symbols of the four elements be placed on the temple and various alters in their home. It is not uncommon to see Earth(sand), a bowl or glass of water, candles(Fire) and feathers(Air) placed together in one location in a someone’s home, to commemorate, honour and be reminded to keep the awareness of the natural elements and all beings as coming from one origin. I’m sure you’ve heard of the ‘Fifth element’ at some stage in your life. This element is acknowledged by many belief systems and religions. It is commonly labelled as Ether or Spirit. I, personally, prefer Spirit. The role of this fifth element in our lives and in the natural world, will be explained in detail to you in the following chapters. Having a constant reminder of the influence of the four elements in our lives is vital to our mental and physical well-being. No matter what your religion, one thing is true in all of them – we are all part of one Earth. This is the truest, most magickal thought that can alter any mood and bring you peace of mind. So get a handful of some soil, a bowl of water, a feather and a pretty candle and put it someplace special to remind you of the amazing interconnectedness of which you and I are al apart of. Let’s explore this, shall we?

In my coming posts we’ll explore inviting the natural world into your life – for good 🙂

Brightest blessings,

Isabelle Meiring

Holistic therapist and Spiritual counsellor

Port Elizabeth

+27 71 89 39 034

isabelle@theurbangardens.co.za

www.theurbangardens.co.za

New Book – 08/12/2011


Dear reader,

I proudly announce the publication of my latest book “B.E(Biological Enlightenment)Human – Part 1: Chakras” on http://www.unibook.com.
You can read an excerpt on http://www.unibook.com/unibook/site/bookdetail/?bookid=22931 under “Health & lifestyle” and buy it on line.

Brightest blessings to you.

Regards,

Isabelle Meiring

Holistic therapist and Spiritual counsellor

Port Elizabeth

+27 71 89 39 034

isabelle@theurbangardens.co.za

www.theurbangardens.co.za

Our creative craving – 05/11


Our creative craving – 05/12/2011

 I am almost certain that everyone has at least one talent. Talents ranging far and wide – from painting to giving advice, from writing to fixing cars. Whether or not you aware of it, you do have one – or many! Talents bring us joy because, we are creating something of our own and putting it in the world. Whether it is just one sentence you created and felt good telling someone, or a painting you have embarked on.

 Have you ever found yourself in the office (or anywhere for that matter!) randomly doodling on a piece of paper? This usually happens when there is too much emotional noise happening within you, or most commonly when you are stressed or worried. Sometimes, it may even come across as boredom, but it is not so – even when we are ‘bored’ your subconscious emotions and thoughts are still flowing or raging (most of the time they are doing both). Our body and subconscious initiate this creative process because, that is the way we release stress and build ups of emotional tension. So, go on and doodle away!

Creativity and emotion are governed by the Sacral Chakra, which is situated just above your pubic bone. It’s physical correspondences are mainly the kidneys and reproductive organs. Emotional experiences are held here in the form of energy, and its way of releasing that energy is through creativity. When you think about the reproductive organs, they serve to bring new life into the world, and we as humans crave that. We crave to create and bring into existence. How do you feel after you have written a poem, finished a painting or spoken a few amazing words (of your own) into the world? Great, don’t you? You feel lighter, you feel like you’ve accomplished and brought new creativity into being. You feel this way because, you are letting out those pent up energies holding emotional stress or trauma out of your body and turning it into something new. It is within our human condition to create, we crave to. We need to in order to maintain flow and prevent blockages, build ups and nasty stresses from taking control over our bodies and emotions. What goes in, must come out, and when there is too much ‘in’, it will find a way out!

So, when you feel stressed, pick up that paint brush or pen. When you feel emotionally drained or tense, pick up that guitar, friend! Create! Only once you can maintain the healthy ebb and flow of your emotions by doing this, will it be your adopted creative nature. With this nature, you are nurturing every aspect of your being – not to mention giving yourself a break! Satisfy the craving. We were born to create.

Brightest blessings,

Regards,

Isabelle Meiring

Holistic therapist and Spiritual counsellor

Port Elizabeth

+27 71 89 39 034

isabelle@theurbangardens.co.za

http://www.theurbangardens.co.za

What ARE we? (extract from her book in progress – B.E human written by Isabelle Meiring)


“The human body is not a thing or substance, given, but a continuous creation. The human body is an energy system which is never a complete structure; never static; is in perpetual inner self-construction and self-destruction; we destroy in order to make it new.” – Brown, Norman O.

So, here you are, roaming around in this physical body. You have two long things coming out of the sides of you with funny feelers at the end that you use to do everything – called Arms and Hands. Similarly, you have two even longer things coming out the bottom of you that carry you around and balance you – called Legs. If you can sense where I’m headed with this, we can go further on and agree to acknowledge the head, eyes, mouth and nose with all their lovely little functions. Not to mention your internal organs which work so diligently on over-drive to keep this vessel of yours going. Often, I find, people don’t recognize and credit the inner (and outer) workings of their body as much as we should. Never mind take care of them as we should! I doubt whether  you can imagine my distress, but I’m certain you will in no time.

From conception, not just birth, all our organs, limbs, cells and everything we need to BE and function optimally start to form in the most intricate ways.  Our bodies as growing foetus’ know exactly what we need at a certain time and what we lack more of. We are aware if we are comfortable or uncomfortable in the womb, we can sense tension outside of the womb from the certain nerves that trigger changes or imbalances in the limbic system (a system that controls and registers  pleasure) in our brain and we also know when we are being spoken to in the womb, so we react as we see fit – move, tickle and kick.  All of this awareness in our bodies is made possible by our wonderful brain.

A useful and pleasant mental picture I like to paint to better grasp the idea of the human body is seeing it as a tree (inside the silhouette of the body). This visualization is surprisingly accurate as you have hundreds of thousands of blood vessels, arteries and veins that run throughout your body . They run all along from the roots of every strand of hair on your head  to the ends of your fingertips and to the tips of your toes. They carry all the yummy things like oxygen, blood and nutrients to whichever organ it serves best to its job properly. We all remember the grade 7 science class about the constant gaseous exchange going on within our lungs, absorbing the oxygen, sending it to where it’s needed and releasing C02 all the way back out through the same route into the atmosphere. And I’m sure we are all aware (if you’re not, then you may need this book more than you think you do – but not to worry) of how the digestive system works together as a whole so graciously by churning and breaking down all the food we consume, then moving it through the large intestine, eventually reaching the small intestine that absorbs all the good vitamins and minerals it finds through its walls, then sending it back through the bloodstream in the body to serve more of these delicate systems in other areas. What a damn brilliant thing we are walking around in! The sole reason and ONLY reason all our bits and bobs keep constantly functioning is by the “energy” we intake. Now, all you weight-watchers that check the back of the packaging of each food you buy, you will know that KJ stands for kilojoules – which means how much “energy” is in the food you’re inspecting. Kilojoules, to me, seem to be a made up unit of measurement (us humans just love to do that) to somehow convey to the public just how much physical energy your body will be experiencing after consuming said product – whether it remains almost dormant within you or if it is energy that you actually put to use. Most of these “Kilojoules” are actually just telling you how much sugar – natural or artificial – the food contains. Eat raisins and you’ll have a natural sugar rush. Eat chocolate or drink sugary coffee and the same will occur.  It hasn’t got much to do with actual energy. The reason they labelled it in that manner is because we all know that the only way to stop sugar within the body from turning into fat is to use it! Hence, we associate sugar with energy, because that is how we physically see the results through movement of the body. The real reason our organs and bodies are functioning is the result of us putting nutrients into our body through food – not energy.

I am convinced that life in a physical body is meant to be an ecstatic experience.”  – Shakti Gawain

So, if that’s not really energy, then what is, right? The answer is simple – We are. Energy cannot be seen. It isn’t a noun of some sort. It can be sensed, felt, pent up or dispensed. Have you ever tried to explain something to a person, but you just don’t seem to be getting anywhere? There’s that part of you that says to yourself; “Don’t waste your energy.”. It’s a basic, instinctual thought from your brain. You know when you are wasting energy, as you are dispensing it. You could be sitting in the lounge pondering on doubts and worries, or things that you know will upset you – you are then wasting energy on something useless to you (and your surroundings). So, you see, we can use energy without physically moving or doing something. You could, however, feel uplifted and energized after a chat with someone whom inspires you or when a friend gives you a hug (which I’m sure we have all experienced). Energy is recognized as certain vibrations and waves – similar to the workings in the wave patterns of your brain. When you are scared and fearful, your brain takes on a different wave pattern as to when you are happy , joyful or excited. In the same way, these vibrations can be negative or positive, useful or not, pleasant or unpleasant. That feeling you get when you walk into a room where there has just been an argument is uneasy and unsettling, because the energy that was just previously dispersed by the parties arguing is still in the air. In the same way,  that’s why they say smiles are contagious – the actual good energy being sent your way is. All energy you are exposed to, whether it is your own or from outside influences, registers in your brain so you can act however you think is best suited – through instinct and feeling. Your body registers immediately what vibration you are exposed to, sometimes it sits in your sub-conscious, other times in your conscious thoughts that you are aware of. What really gives things away is how our bodies are affected and how they speak to us. Every part of you – your internal organs, your skin, every cell – registers the energy being received into your body through your senses. There’s an age old saying that goes something like, “What the heart knows, the mind blocks out.”, which is so very true! Even if you don’t consciously feel the energy in a room or when you come into contact with someone, your body does. So as you carry on normally, your body is slowly telling the rest of you what’s going on, what it’s feeling and in turn, you realize it for yourself mentally. One can become rather sensitive to energies and much more receptive to the qualities of any certain energy than other people are. In these people I commonly find that their only difference to people less in tune or sensitive to it, is that they have – over time – learned to listen to their bodies’ moans and groans, acting on instinct and gut feeling, rather than keeping the mind and body separate from each other (which is the case with most of us nowadays), but acting as one being in unison – mind, body and spirit. It’s all there, and it’s all you – so start using it!

“All matter in the universe is made up of energy. All we are is matter. All we are made up of is energy.” – Albert Einstein

So, if the vibrations of energy affects the body so easily, what happens as a result to your organs and the bodily functions? Your body has its own subtle energies that are situated in different areas. There are literally thousands of them. Although, there are seven most acknowledged ones which are linked with the main organs and biological systems. These energies, when balanced and energized, allow for your body to function optimally. Each energy is situated in a different location of your body. For instance; one at the reproductive organs, one near the digestive system, and so on.  When they are lacking in their certain vibration of energy, it causes fatigue, disease and just about any deficiency or disorder you can imagine. These subtle energies not only affect your physical body, but also your emotions and mental state. (Like I mentioned earlier: If you walk into a room with a bad energy or atmosphere, you don’t only take it on physically, but you actually feel sad, angry or whatever emotion the previous person emitted in that room.)  Many times over again I’ve seen people that are exposed to a certain energy constantly, usually in their home or at their work place. If they are exposed to negative energy such as stress or constantly feel a sense of being under-mined, they have health issues mostly concerning the digestive system, because that one subtle energy body is being bombarded with energy of the complete opposite vibration, which results in an imbalance within it and, in turn, the biological system associated with it fails to function properly. These seven amazing little energy bodies that serve us so well are called Chakras.

” There is more wisdom in your body than in your deepest philosophies. ” – Friedrich Nietzche

Brightest Blessings to you,

Isabelle Meiring – holistic therapist & spiritual counsellor

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