The SPIRIT element – excerpt from her new book BE Human – 12/03


“I am a circle within a circle, with no beginning and neverending”

 

There is, after these four elements, a fifth element. I won’t be going into it in detail or in the same manner as I have done with Earth, Air, Fire and Water because, the fifth element can’t be harnessed or even seen in such a way, physically. However, it really is a ‘beautiful’ thing.

 

The thought of the fifth element, started long before most of the larger civilizations established themselves, I am certain. Although, today it is seen as having begun with Aristotle. Yes, the very much loved and equally as much debated, old Totle. He had realized the idea among the public that the celestial realm was made of a fifth element, Ether, which is not found here in our sub lunar world.

 

Now, this element is commonly known as Spirit or Ether. I prefer Spirit, but still today i refer to the spheres of space up high in the air as ‘the Ethers’. This theory shocked many, as the number four is a stable, constant, familiar number of order. A compass has four cardinal points, a room has four walls, buildings are made up just about completely of right angles, producing a square or rectangle once again. Our language has included it in our every day words such as rectangle, regular, regulation, ruler, right, regiment and so on and on. So, when this so-called ‘fifth element’ came into play, it was certainly a shock to ‘the system’.

 

What needs to be taken into account and contemplated, is that this order of four goes no further than the physical and material realm. So, in addition to these four, there must be something more, not material, but spiritual. When you look at us lovely little humans, we have our bodily functions and our material existence, we have amazing minds and brains that make our actual movement possible. But, beyond this we, of course, have a soul and a spirit, agree? We are able to have notions, feelings and thoughts without having to be defined by them. Like I’ve said before, to understand your own body, look at the systems in nature, and to understand nature, look at the systems in your own body.

 

Since the Spirit element possesses no material form, just as our own spirit wouldn’t, it also possesses a vastness that takes hours, days, years, centuries and eons to really comprehend. Spirit is everywhere. It is in the trees, plants, animals, mountains, rivers and has no end and no beginning. It is in the never ending cosmos above and around our Earth. Spirit is in everything, and even more than that.

 

Ever think about adages like, “You’ve got spirit!” or “He is extremely spirited.”, even “She is a very spiritual person.”? Spirit is in you, throughout you, around you and also beyond your physical existence.

 

To many of you, the pentacle would seem like a religious symbol and, because it resembles the pentagram, some think it is even evil. This is a very big misconception which I have been trying to set right to the public for the majority of my life! The pentacle was formed by opening the fourfold cross into a fivefold pentacle to include this amazing fifth element. So, please, people, the pentacle is only a symbol of Earth, Air, Fire, Water and Spirit. It’s graceful, true, unfailing and unforgettably in everything we know to exist. That includes you and me, dear friend.

 

It is essential to, in all of your workings, remember the fifth element, as it is the point from which everything forms its existence. Although, keep in mind not to throw it in the same basket with the other four natural elements. It is treated and thought of differently.

 

Spirit has no correspondences because, everything can be opened to Spirit. Although, I have listed a few points below as a summary to best keep the mind on track and to easily be able to comprehend its vastness and beauty.

 

Direction: Centre, circumference, in, through, throughout and over

 

Time: Beyond time, it is all one

 

Season: The turning wheel of all the seasons

 

Sense: Hearing

 

Colours: White, clear, black, purple

 

 

 

 

Brightest blessings,

Isabelle.

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The WATER element – excerpt from her new book BE Human – 09/03


Correspondences:

 

v  Cool, moist.

 

v  Direction: West

 

v  Represents creativity, regeneration, self exploration, movement, healing, feeling, emotions, flexibility, cleansing, receptivity, subconscious, inspiration

 

v  Chakra: Sacral (and Throat by association)

Water, oh, lovely, swishing, running Water. I have a feeling of serenity and calm “washing” over me, just at the thought of it. This element is used by each of us in our daily lives, yet taken so for granted and it’s mysteries have been easily forgotten. No one soul can argue the effect that Water has on us humans, be it within our bodies, or outside, over our skin. Air and Water together, are the duo of elemental matter that make up our needs to exist.

 

Our bodies are made up of between 60% and 78% of Water (depending on where you live, climate, how much you drink or don’t drink). This alone, is enough reason to really contemplate the vast qualities, urgency and mystery of this element. Water, among other elements, serves as a true binder which connects us to many of the other elements. It is an element of substance and great power over the human mind and body. Without it, we would literally seize to exist. Every living thing on this graceful planet needs Water to function. And it is no wonder that it contains part Oxygen – this already shows how interwoven Air and Water are on our planet, an ever present necessity to life.

 

Water is linked to the emotions, the changing tides if the ocean mimicking the ebb and flow of our feelings. It has the power to cleanse and renew, regeneration, to be transformed. Unlike Fire, which transforms, Water demands to be transformed, and as it wishes, it is always changing. It doesn’t destroy, only influences, by regenerating all that wishes to do so. Water is also the only element that can take on all three forms of gas, liquid and solid, which only confirms its ability to renew and change.

Not only this, but as it’s corresponding direction is West, the home of the setting Sun, it represents endings making way for the new. Renewal.

 

Water is the spring of life, as it represents the feminine aspects of nurturing, healing and emotion. Also creativity because, the womb is the creator of life, and so the womb and reproductive organs are linked to the Sacral Chakra, which is governed by this element.

Within each living thing, is the natural craving to create, to make new, to give birth to ideas and inspiration.

You can’t deny the feeling you have after a swim in the ocean, a bath, a shower or a dip in the pool. Think about how you would feel for a moment. Got it? O.K. Feelings of release, renewal, cleansing, healing and lightness wash over us when in the presence of Water. It is as motherly as a lioness over her cub, a perfect image of maternity. And she does nurture and heal – always.

 

Water stands for moving and for changing because, we all know if Water stands still, it will rot and attract slime, insects and remain almost ‘dead’. Water is meant to be ever moving and never stagnant, just we are meant to be. The flowing of it and the constant rearranging it goes through, as well as the natural desire to overflow, to increase, are also of Water’s unmeasurable strength.

 

 

PHYSICAL APPEARENCE

 

Water is most commonly seen as liquid, and this is where you see most of its traits embodied – in the effects of its movements alone. As it is the most common liquid matter around on Earth, many think of it as representing the mother of all liquid matters and substances. It is the primal liquid, which has stayed with us loyally, despite us taking it for granted.

Even in different shapes and forms of gas, liquid and solid, its transformation always retains its basic elemental properties and its internal structure. In its natural state, Water can be found salty in seas, dams and oceans, usually undrinkable for most humans. Otherwise, fresh, derived from most mountains, springs and wells – the type of water each living thing requires. Fresh water is found in wells or in rivers.

Water is an unpredictable element, because it is so vast. It can rage and cause death and destruction upon those living near open seas and Waters but, simultaneously,  it also gives life and continues supporting it.
Water is in physical form one of the things you need to survive. It’s something that you quickly realize you have had too much of or when you are lacking it completely (headaches, dry skin, the list never ends!).

Water, in small proportions, actually, even in open waters, works in harmony with each of the other elements in a most mysterious way. When the Sun is out, Water can disappear in no time on a hot day in front of your eyes. It evaporates into vapour or gas which is carried by the wind, to the clouds, where it then slowly takes on liquid form once more. So that when the Earth gets to hot, or Fire becomes too dominant and destructive, the clouds release the Water which falls down back onto Earth and into the rivers and seas, to balance out the climate again. This explanation of balancing Fire and Water will be brought up in a moment. The heat of Fire seems to represent the natural elemental enemy of Water, as it is forever balancing it out. Water can extinguish Fire and  Fire is able make Water evaporate.

Water is an element with two faces, just as we are – when it comes to our emotions, I mean! It can wreck havoc or support life, cleanse and nurture. Doesn’t that sound familar to the human traits and emotions, friend? Very much so, I think.

There are many ways in which Water can be seen, as it has various froms and states of matter but, the physical items, places and things that correspond with it are just about endless. Here are a few:

v  Seas

v  Oceans

v  Lakes

v  Dams

v  Rivers

v  Streams

v  Running/moving Water (Showers, baths, pools, Jacuzzis)

v  Still standing Water (if replaced duly)

v  Waterfalls

v  Water features

v  Fish

v  Dolphins

v  Whales

v  Seaweed

v  Cups

v  Bowls

v  Barrels

v  Chalices

v  Water corresponding stones and crystals, such as Aquamarine and Turquoise.

 

Colours that correspond with Water are:

 

v  Blue

v  Indigo

v  Green

v  Aqua

v  Silver

v  Purple

 

 

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

 

As we now know, Water corresponds with our Sacral Chakra (beneath your Navel, just above your pubic bone), it effects the emotions, feelings and the amazing ability to create and give birth (don’t worry all you men, I mean metaphorically and not only physically!)

Many a cultures see Water as the source of all. Water, to all humans, means surviving or not surviving, life or death. Water is constantly influenced by our beautiful, motherly moon. The tides of the ocean depend on the moon phases and its workings, as all fishermen, devoted sailors, boatmen, divers and surfers know. It is almost a religous factor to them. So it should be for us all. Knowing this too, it is no coincidence that our moods change, like the tides of the seas, when the Moon is in her certain phases. Funny how the words ‘Moon” and ‘mood’ are rather similar – coincidence? Our bodies contain so much Water, how could we not be influenced? Even a woman’s menstrual cycle is effected by the Moon.

 

The Moon in herself, is a very motherly figure. The Sun is her Yang and she, the Yin. Maculine and Feminine. The element of Water, no doubt has a close connection with the Moon, but more about the Moon in a later part of the Elements chapter.

 

Your Sacral Chakra is the ‘bowl’ which holds all your emotions and experiences. It also has the power to release these, through creativity and birth of new ideas. Just as Water has the power to destroy or reguvinate and make new. Where do you think adages like, “A wave of relieve just crashed over me.” or “A feeling of peace washed over me immediately.” ? It’s no coincidence that this is the effect that the energies of Water has over humankind and all of nature. It relieves, releases, cleanses, heals and nurtures.

 

As your Sacral Chakra also governs your capacity to except the FLOW of life and in physical terms, your flexibility, it gives you the potential to go along with the daily events of life and steer away from being rigid and stubborn, not wanting to go with the flow and trying to go against the grain. This is one of the most intense qualities of Water (among hundreds!). When you feel you need to live a little, go with flow and enjoy what life is doing, instead of being a control freak and trying to maintain your own ‘idea’ of flow, go for a dip in the ocean, just float on the surface and feel your body moving with the flow of the tides, not fighting but enjoying the movements and letting go, giving into the natural flow of life.

Water is there to do just this. It is there to calm, release and balance your emotions, as well as to remind you that you have them if you are one of those souls who like to tuck them in your sleeve.

 

As the Chakra linked to the Sacral, is the Throat Chakra, because of it’s functions of release, creativity, communicatin and expression, it is also linked to the element of Water. Water represents communication and expression. You can see this as communication between any two people or more, it is a constant flow of expression an release.

 

Water embodies traits and qualities like freedom and independence. This is no wonder, as when you look at Water, it is free, independant and flows only as it wishes. Water is healing in the aspects it possess to completely create, due to the destruction and ending of prior things.

 

We use Water to shower and clean ourselves, and this is no coincidence…

 

SECRET:  Water literally washes all other energies which we accumilate during the day from outside influences, besides our own, away. It leaves you and washes down the drain at your feet. Your energies, when releived of the burden of other accumilated vibrations, will contract within your body until a few moments after. Your own energies, then once again ingulf your body. This is your aura. Why do think you feel exhausted and drained after a shower or bath, then suddenly have loads of energy a few minutes later? Water really does cleanse us of more than physical dirt, but also energetic, vibrational dirt that we accumilate. Authorities and policemen use Water guns and sprays to calm down protesting crowds or conflicts in the streets, and guess what? It works every time. So, next time you have a bath or shower, keep this in mind. See those nasty energies you’ve accumilated from your boss or people in traffic just wash away, leaving your enegies, as well as your body literally clean and cleansed.

 

Thus, this stunning element of Water represents cleanliness and purity, innocence and virginity. Water is a force which changes everything around it (physically, spiritually and emotinally). Water itself is constantly changing, but always remains the same, a beautiful embodiment of the constant pulse of life.

There are many different qualities of Water and many reasons to harness its energies. We all need the element of Water close to us in daily life, as everything it stands for is a necessity to our well being on every level. I would suggest intensifying its energies and harnessing them for healing, especially. Otherwise, you should invite Water into your life when:

 

 

v  you need to calm an agitated or chaotic state in someone or some place

v  you need to communicate well and clearly

v  you need a feeling of peace, detachment and relaxation

v  you feel you need to quieten your mental activity

v  you feel you need to heal mental, emotional and physical pain

v  you need any kind of healing (yourself and others), also to speed up the natural healing process of the body

v  you need to release something(mentally/emotionally/physically)

v  you need solitude

v  you feel you need to become accustomed to the natural flow of things and become more in tune with it (including changing your perception)

v  there is a lack of flow and movement in your life

v  you feel you need relief

v  you need the emotional and mental strength to see an end to something in your life

v  you feel you need to cleanse yourself on any level

v  you need creative inspiration

 

Here are a few fun and simple ways in which to invite the ever nurturing element of Water into your life and learn to keep it!:

 

BALANCE AND ENERGIZE YOUR SACRAL CHAKRA

 

This exercise (the Baddah konasana) can be done pretty much anywhere you feel closest to the element of Water. As we aren’t all so lucky to live near a sea, dam or river. If you have a Water feature in your home, a spot somewhere near it would be ideal. Although, not to worry. You can do this exercise after a shower or bath, with your hair still being a bit wet, which would give you just that little bit of an extra feeling of closeness to this element. If none of the above are relevant to you or tickle your fancy, personally, it’s perfectly fine as well. The only must is that it is a spot facing to the west – the corresponding direction of Water. Perfectly doable, I’d say.

 

First and foremost, friend, go to your kitchen and pour yourself a glass of fresh Water. Now, glug it down and imagine your entire body being engulfed in its cleansing properties and its flowing, calming nature. Done? Great.

 

When you have found that appropriate spot, stand facing west and close your eyes. Still your mind and breathe slowly and calmly. On your in breath, imagine breathing in the calmness of a deep blue, cleansing and flowing ocean and feel it flow down 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.

 

Slowly lower yourself to sit on the floor, bending your knees outward. Keeping your back comfortably up straight, let your knees fall outwards, allowing the soles of your feet meet. Do not try and press your knees to the ground, that isn’t the point of this exercise. Remember, all exercises and stretches should be totally comfortable to allow the free flow of energy. Now, move your feet as inward and close to you as is comfortable for you. Place both your hands over your feet or toes that have met in front of you. Concentrate on your breathing – being slow, comfortable and peaceful. Empty your mind and only let thoughts of the qualities of Water enter. Qualities like release, flow, renewal, purification, healing and its cleansing nature. Imagine a stream of that amazing Water running through your body freely, as your energy should, washing over and through your whole being – mind and body. Visualize all the Water exiting at the point of your Sacral Chakra (just above your pubic bone, beneath your navel), allowing all your stresses and emotional tension to be released and your body and mind cleansed by the constant flow of the stream. Hold this pose as long as comfortable and as long as you feel you need to – and trust me, you’ll know! –  then release.

 

Remember to always thank the Water and ground yourself with an exercise on page 126 once more.

The benefits of  doing this exercise every day are endless, and you should find yourself more receptive, creative and you’ll establish a certain flow in all your activities.

 

 

GET YOUR FLOW ON!

 

Now that you’ve got that energy in your mind and body blissfully flowing, it’s about time to get that creativity flowing. And what better outlet than decoration in the name of Water itself?

 

As you’ve seen in the list on page 193, there are hundreds of items and physical correspondences of Water, which you can use to incorporate the energy of this element into your life and home. It is completely up to your own personal preference and taste. Most common is a bowl of Water or any container of Water – preferably transparent so that your naked eye is able to actually see the Water when passing by. Other lovely items are pictures of dolphins, whales and fish. Then, of course, there are Water features. I have always had a magnetic fondness for Water features and they are a lovely investment, if you are so financially inclined (if not, you should a bit more Earth in your life and ask for abundance, growth and prosperity!). Shells are also a lovely decoration for anywhere in the home. Most window sills would greatly appreciate a shell or two to perk them up!

 

Once you’ve found and gathered your ‘Water items’ , find a place in your home facing the west and arrange them in your newly created ‘Water space’. Play with the items and think of all the wonderful qualities of Water – creativity, regeneration, self exploration, movement, healing, feeling, releasing emotions, flexibility, cleansing, receptivity, subconscious, inspiration. 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 blue cloths over the couches or a table, change those brown drapes to a beautiful calming blue. You’ll feel the effects in no time!

 

Whenever you feel the need for the energies of Water in your life, spend some time in your ‘Water space’ and feel the energy running through your mind, body and home. Life is a constant flow, after all, and only when we release, create and heal, can we float gracefully with the natural flow of things and live a little!

 

Brightest blessings,

Isabelle.

The Elements cont. (extract from her new book – BE human) – 23/02


CHAPTER 3                                       

THE ELEMENTS

 

 

Earth – Air – Fire – Water

 

“True, without falsehood, certain and most true,

that which is above is the same as that which is below,

and that which is below is the same as that which is above,

for the performance of miracles of the One Thing.

And as all things are from the One,

by the meditation of One,

so all things have their birth from this One Thing by adaptation.

The Sun is its Father, the Moon its Mother,

the Wind carries it in its belly, its nurse is the Earth.

This is the Father of all perfection,

  • or consummation of the whole world.

Its power is integrating, if it be turned into earth.

You shall separate the earth from the fire,

the subtle from the gross, suavely,

and with great ingenuity and skill.

Your skilful work ascends from earth to heaven

and descends to earth again,

and receives the power of the superiors and of the inferiors. So thou hast the glory of the whole world–

therefore let all obscurity flee from thee.

This is the strong force of all forces,

  • overcoming every subtle and penetrating every solid thing. So the world was created.” – Hermes

 

 

At the thought of the elements, most people would start thinking about rivers, storms, tornados, deserts and so on. We generally separate ourselves from the elements, with the unconscious perception that the elements are their own, or even against us. This is so far from the truth, and in thinking this way, we have actually created this separation unintentionally. This has proven to be one of the greatest downfalls of humanity. The key now, is to change our perception of our relationship with the elements.

 

I am aware that I have been calling you ‘friend’ throughout the book so far, and whether you agree, don’t really mind, like or dislike it, I do believe we are friends. In my personal opinion, sister or brother would serve best, as that is really closer to the truth. Generally if you know, like and spend time with someone, you would refer to them as a friend. Although, as we all come from one thing, Planet Earth, and live under the same sky, in the same place- the Universe, we are literally sisters and brothers. When looking at the bigger scheme of things, it only makes sense. Having said that in a somewhat long (and productive) breath, I can steer you toward my point here. We have now established that we all descend from planet Earth in some way (depending on your religious beliefs) and live upon it. After reading the previous chapter, you are aware of what you are and how you function as one being – absolutely wonderfully. This now begs the question, “What about what is outside of us?”.

” We are all cells in the same body of humanity.” – Peace Pilgrim

Approximately nine months after your conception, you came into the world, kicking, screaming, bloody and eager to start your new life. You didn’t ask to be here, but here you are anyway. What gets to most people is the fact that they didn’t ask to be here, this leads to them feeling like the world owes them something, that there is no help, that they are solitary and that life doesn’t go much further than their own ‘daily grind’. Well… what we have here, folks, is the most destructive, unproductive and self-sabotaging mind set one could come across. The worst thing is that, it is so common today but, I do have good news for the owners of these lonely perceptions. The Earth we were born into and reside on, is here to nourish you. To be under the impression that you have just been left here to fend for yourself, without love, care and nourishment, is indeed the farthest thing from the truth. The Earth is here to take care of you and all you could ever need is readily available for you to use at your disposal. We are meant to make use of what is here (sparingly, of course). When you work with the Earth, you are in abundance. You will never suffer or be left wanting. You may mark my words, friend.

 

In this chapter, ‘the elements’, I’ll be taking you on a stroll through the workings of the natural elements, their functions and how they work in unison with your body. They serve to be present and made full use of in your life. Just as you have energies within you, they do too, and these energies can be harnessed (in the correct manner) to weave miracles in your life. As when we were born, we were intended to live as one with the natural world. This insight will hopefully give you the knowledge you require to live a life of flow and abundance. Between pages, go for a swim, enjoy the sunshine, have a long walk amongst some lush greens, let the wind play with your hair and remember that you already know all of this, you just need to unlock some of those rigid little doors we all have. Let the elements into your life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 in 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.

 

There will be exercises explaining to you exactly how to invite and incorporate the natural elements into your life and how to harness their energies for certain purposes. These exercises are meant for you to explore and try out for yourself and see what works comfortably for you. I must tell you though, at the end of each element, there will be a summary of that specific one. Among the bullet summary, there is the specific time of day which the element’s energies correspond with. It is suggested that you do the exercises and techniques at these times with each different element but, it is of no urgency at all. There are also the corresponding incenses and it would be lovely if, when inviting a certain element into your life, this incense is used, but again, availability and ability sometimes don’t cooperate. So, if you aren’t able, don’t stress the tiniest bit. It’s only there to give you the knowledge and awareness but, it will not change the impact or intensity of the exercises.

 

Remember, to be completely at balance, one needs the energies of all four elements within and around you – not just one of the four every now and then. 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 a part of. Let’s explore this, shall we?

 

Isabelle Meiring

Holistic therapist and Spiritual counsellor

Port Elizabeth

+27 71 89 39 034

isabellemeiring@hotmail.com

http://www.theurbangardens.wordpress.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

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