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.

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The element of AIR- (Excerpt from her new book, B.E Human) 04/03


Correspondences:

v  Moist and warm, active, mobile

v  Direction – East

v  Represents clear perception and intelligence.  Associated with the first breath of life, speech, communication and the Heart.

v  Chakra – Heart

Air is matter in the form of gas, which is incredibly dynamic and is able to move in between, to and from and around various pressures swiftly. Within the body, air is the basis for all energy transfer reactions. It is a key to ensure the existence of our own human life. Similarly, it is a key element to the other three elements for their existence. For example, without it, fire would not be able to burn.

 

Air is existence without form, and although it is not visible to us in its natural state, its role within the universe is that of grave importance, and without it, existence is not possible in any way or form. It can be felt, though. The wind is the motion of air and this is how we ‘feel’ the Air element – when it is physically in motion. The air (oxygen) that we know on planet Earth, has come into existence through our planet’s amazing biological systems. The process of photosynthesis, where plants take in carbon dioxide and water, creates oxygen as a by-product. This also embodies the very nature of the role of air in our daily existence.

 

It is in a constant give-take situation, forever recycling itself and reprogramming itself by flowing in and out, up and down, around and changing its stripes from oxygen to carbon dioxide, and back to oxygen again. Air does this to best serve the role it needs to play in a certain situation. For example, the role air plays is the exact opposite with fire as it is with plants. Plants take in the carbon dioxide and disperse air, and fire takes air in, in order to burn.

 

The Air element is linked to the Heart chakra, because it is the key to our gaseous exchange and our constant in and out, “Come closer… go away” relationship with the world and ourselves. This will become more and more apparent to you the further you go on to study this amazing element. Unpredictable, invisible, undependable, playful, destructive, soothing, inspiring, life taking and life giving: These qualities are what make up the Air element. To many, it symbolizes all that we cannot see, but we know to exist, such as, our souls or spirits, our minds, thoughts and, of course, our hearts.

 

In many belief systems, religions, philosophical teachings and spiritual practices, the individual would face East, because of the relation it has to Air and all its qualities of purity, change and intelligence. Purity of the spirit and the heart, clear perception and thought within the mind, focus of pure intent and ‘matters of the heart’ all fall under the traits which are governed by the unwavering element of Air. Just as our hearts and minds, Air is not always calm and collected – quite on the contrary.

 

Air is unpredictable and forever changing. In instances like these, it can easily be seen in a raging hurricane or tornado, but it could also be seen in a refreshing, soothing breeze. Ring any bells? It sounds to me like the perfect summary of our hearts and minds, don’t you think?  In all its complex simplicity, the element of Air is an element we should hold very dear, as it is a mirror reflection of our inner selves. As we now go on to see how to invite this element into your life, it becomes ever clear that the element of Air, is truly the breath of life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PHYSICAL APPEARENCE

 

Air can not be seen or drawn, but it can be touched and felt, much like emotions and energies. The only way Air is ‘visible’ to us, is in the way we see the wind blowing things around the sky and across the land. Air cannot be captured, and it is constantly moving. It cannot be tamed or changed by us, only by itself and by biological sysytems that have been in place for thousands of years. However, it serves our existence so incredibly loyally and graces us with its presence and all its qualities all day, every day.

 

What we can see is the ripples on the water when a breeze blows over a lake. We see the leaves swishing around everywhere, dancing in circles when its winds are carried through the tree. We see dirt and dust blowing across the roads. We feel it moving our clothes and playing around with our hair. Similarly, the wind can be calm and almost non existent, but Air is always there. This is apparent, as we breathe Air in and out, even if it does not move as Wind. Air surrounds us constantly, as a gravely important, invisible force in our lives.

To elaborate further and put this quality of Air in a nutshell, here is a wonderful quote from a Erpheronian philosopher, named Myrkorel Whitebeard, when speaking about the physical appearence of the Air element:

“Physical Air is mostly represented as Wind, or Air in motion. Wind cannot be seen, although it can be felt. Wind cannot be held, captured, or tamed. The invisible mover of things we can clearly see, the Wind influences the weather, the seasons, and therefore in a sense the essence of time itself. Wind can be destructive as easily as it can be soothing. Wind can as soon be a howling tornado as it can be a gentle breeze that plays among the flowers. Because we can see Wind in the things it moves, be it leaves or hair, we often associate the Element of Air with the Wind. Yet air also has the capability of being still. Still Air is the invisible provider of life to our lungs. It should be noted that motionless Air can be the provider of gentle breath to our lungs but it can also stifle just as easy. Air can be oppressive, hot, and stifling just as easily as it can be cool and calming. In this way, Air is influenced by Fire and Water for by Fire or Water can hair be heated or cooled.”

Remember too, that although we cannot physically term or ‘see’ the appearence of Air, it is hugely powerful and can be seen in and amongst the other elements. Air has the ability to, if given time, wear away the earth, in the form of a strong and constant wind – even to the tallest, oldest of mountains. Wind can effect fire and spread it out to become bigger, or whisp over it, so that it blows the fire out completely. This is the appearence of the element of Air to us.

 

Items that represent Air are many. Here is a list of some that I will be telling you all about later, in order to utilize them to invite this element into your life. They are as follows:

 

v  Feathers

v  Birds

v  Kites

v  Airplanes

v  Wind chimes

v  Dream catchers

v  Paper jet planes

v  Green crystals and stones

v  Dead leaves (Remember, only dead leaves and ones that are off of a tree already. Don’t go and deface a tree for your own benefit. These represent the blowing wind, of course.)

 

Colour correspondences linked to the element of Air and its energies are:

 

v  Yellow and purple (in conjunction with one another)

v  Grey

v  White

v  Yellow

v  Bright Emerald Green (Heart Chakra)

 

Now that the physical matter of the element of Air 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 Air is acknowledged by its many different movements. Being very dynamic and mobile, in its connection to the Heart Chakra, it embodies our entire relationship with the world, ourselves and other people. I say this so confidently because, no matter what we may believe to be true about any kind of relationship, a key constant factor is the contracting (pulling closer) and expanding (pushing away/making space) that is inevitably a part of each and every relationship. Actual Air, itself, is tirelessly moving between higher and lower pressures, seeking a balance – or equilibrium, if you will – where it is able to be still and flow freely. The same goes for our relationships, as we are most definitely always seeking a balance between giving and receiving, coming and going and what we allow in or outside of ourselves. In this sense, Air embodies the pursuit of balance and the process which needs to take place in order to acquire it.

 

Just as the conditions of the blowing wind effects the seas and oceans, whether it is a still breeze making the waters calm and still with tranquil, small waves, or whether it is in the form of a gale force wind, wrecking havoc among the waves and tides, Air is and always will be one of the most influential factors among all elements. And just as other elements effect us too, this effect isn’t limited to just oceans and seas, it effects the watery side of our bodies just as much. The ‘watery’ side I’m referring to here, are the high and low tides of our emotions and our ability to move and flow freely, as Water does.

If there is turbulence in the Heart Chakra, meaning Air that is frantically seeking balance, it will act as a gale force wind and disturb the ebb and flow of your emotions, not to mention how we feel emotionally towards ourselves, others and the world. Similarly, if a balance has been found within the body of the individual between giving, receiving, letting in and letting out, the ‘waters’ will be tranquil and the emotions will be calm.

 

That said, here is a SECRET: Just look at the outside world and its natural workings and… hey presto!… you can slowly compare the workings to what may be happening inside your own self and your own body.

 

Air, with its corresponding direction being East, is additionally then linked to the rising of Sun. The time of sunrise is the fresh, dewy beginning of a new day, it symbolises new beginnings and fresh starts. This goes hand in hand with the element of Air, as the first breath of air, gives new life to a human being.

 

Having the Air element in your life invokes new beginnings and the ability to be dynamic in all sorts of weather and situations (which every one of us needs nowadays!). It instils a feeling of balance and acceptance and gives us the tools we need in order to nurse our many different relationships to a healthy balance. There are various ways to invite this lovely element into your life, and I will be giving you a few fun exercises to try out over the following pages. Balance is needed in every aspect of daily life and a close connection with the element of Air is a very good thing to have due to this fact, so I would suggest constantly connecting to it, instead of just when you feel it is needed. Nevertheless, having the element of Air in your life is also very useful to connect to when:

 

v  You are beginning a new project or are embarking on a new stage or experience in your life.

v  You feel there are problems in a relationship (This means your relationship with yourself, a romantic relationship, or your relationship with the world).

v  You feel you need a sense of balance.

v  You feel you need to allow traits such as acceptance and love into yourself and your life.

v  You feel you need a sense of belonging or would like to create a sense of belonging in a certain place.

v  You are in a career that requires you to be interactive and have a constant relationship with others.

v  You feel you want to ‘open-up’ to new possibilities, as well as the process of allowing new things in and sharing things from within to the outside world.

v  You feel you need to be dynamic, versatile and mobile.

v  You have a feeling of being trapped or restricted.

 

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

 

BALANCE AND ENERGIZE YOUR HEART CHAKRA

 

Before the benefits and effects of the element of Air can really start to work in your life, you have to awaken all those traits and qualities within yourself. This, especially with the Air element, makes you more aware and fully receptive to its energies and the benefits of having them present within and around you. This exercise serves to open up your Heart Chakra to let out what needs be and allow in new energies to which you can give new responses. It focuses on the in and out, up and down, through and over movement of Air and its versatility. It also concentrates on the process of giving and receiving that is constantly going on between yourself and the world.

 

To answer the inevitable question, yes, of course, friend, it is best to do it outside!  Although, once again, anywhere is fine, as long as you feel close to the Air. In your garden, your aunt’s garden, the parking lot outside your flat block, the roof of your flat block, the living room, the bedroom, wherever! As long as you open up all the windows and feel close to the Air. 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 light, and on your out breath, imagine all your stresses, thoughts and worries leaving you through your 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. Try to slowly increase the length of each breath comfortably as you continue.

Now, on your in breath, envision a shining ray of brilliant green light travelling down from the atmosphere above you, coming down towards you. The green light enters your body through the top of your head and stops in the middle of your chest, in the form of a glowing green ball. Feel your Heart Chakra open up. Then, let feelings of love, harmony and acceptance enter your body. Feel those feelings travel from your Heart Chakra downwards in the form of a stream of brilliant pink light, through your legs and through your feet, down into the Earth.

 

You may do this as many times as you’d like to maximize the effect or increase your own awareness and sensitivity to it. Then, open your eyes. I mean, how do you feel after just reading it? Amazing, isn’t it? This exercise is one of the best when it comes to dealing with the element of Air and its many qualities, as it incorporates the in and out, up and downward movements, as well as the activity in the Heart Chakra and the traits it governs. Not to mention, it is a perfect grounding exercise too! This grounds you to Earth and the world with love and acceptance, which is different to grounding yourself through your Base Chakra using qualities such as instinct and  survival.

 

Here is another great visualisation and channelling exercise that works just as well. You can try them out and see which you feel you benefit from the most and are able to feel closer to the qualities of Air within and around you. Have fun and explore!

 

Once again, find a place where you are comfortable and feel close to the energy of the Air element. Windows and doors open, or better yet, outside in the fresh or not-so-fresh open air. Now, let your mind still and clear it of excess thoughts. Kneel down on the ground on both knees and lower yourself to sit on your feet. Place your hands on your lap, palms facing upward. Do the same breathing exercise as before, slowly and calmly breathing in the energies and traits of the Air element and breathing out all the mental noise and stresses.

Now, keep your arms relaxed and your hands open. (Remember what I said about the hand sensitive to dispersing energy and the hand sensitive to receiving energy? It comes into play here.) On your in breath, imagine all the input from the outside world and what it gives to you entering your left hand. Imagine that running gracefully all the way up your left arm and through your Heart Chakra.

 

Now, on your out breath, imagine all that you give to the world as a big ball of energy coming from your Heart Chakra, flowing down your right arm, and out your right hand. Do this a few times over, as if the energies are running in a loop in and out, in and out, up your left hand side, through and out your right hand side. Feel your breathing and the expansion and contraction of your diaphragm. It’s a circle, you see. It brings to light the constant exchange of feelings you have with the world and that which the world has with you and gives to you. The important thing in this exercise, is to feel all of this with love and acceptance. This giving and receiving notion should be kept in your mind and your mind’s eye during the exercise. Now, open your eyes.

 

You should feel at peace and at ease with your ongoing and never-ending relationship with the world and with yourself. This exercise serves also to create that balance (temporarily, until it’s done every day or more) of giving and receiving energy within and without your body. I almost feel at peace just by explaining the exercise to you already! But, like I said, play around with different visual techniques and tools, this is only a basic outline.

 

 

GET A(i)RTSY FARTSY!

 

Now, we get to the fun part! (Not that that wasn’t fun, but everyone loves decorating, right?) This is the part where you incorporate the fresh element of Air into your everyday life by decorating appropriate places in your living space and home to remind you of your bond to this element, its qualities and allow its effects to take place in your life, positively.

 

Right, I’ve listed some of the items that are linked to the energy of the Air element on page 160. It is now your job to decide what you like best and feel would remind you of the Air element, when placed in your home. Feathers, leaves, wind chimes, dream catchers, the works! I find, personally, that Seagull feathers are the best looking ones – they’re big and look natural. If you don’t live near the sea, you can find all sorts of beautifully coloured feathers at an arts and crafts shop in your home town.

 

Once you’ve found them and have them in your possession, play with one or two feathers in your hands. Hold them and whisk them about in the Air slowly. Think about the qualities of Air – versatility, balance, equilibrium, freedom, fresh beginnings and exchange. Feel these traits and qualities and feel your chosen ‘Air items’ radiating them. Whatever your chosen items, find little places within your home to put them. You can place them all over, even the ceiling! But, remember to put one of the items in the side of your home that is facing East. It is the corresponding direction of Air and represents the fresh Sunrise, a new day with new beginnings.

 

Once the items are all placed, you now have these areas available to you to connect to the Air element. Whenever you feel you need it’s qualities and traits, stand in these areas and play with your chosen feathers or chimes and acknowledge and feel them. Do the exercises on page 165 and feel free to tailor them to what you feel more comfortable with. The element of Air, in all its grace, is now in your own home, for you to harness whenever you feel the need.

 

There are literally thousands of ways to invite the element of Air into your life, and these are just a few basic examples. Remember, though, to not only harness its energies when you feel the need or are in urgency. We all need a constant balance and equilibrium, which is one of the things this amazing element governs. Use it, feel it, thank the Air, and go placidly.

 

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

 

 

 

Karmic release – 14/01


Karmic release – 14/01

I have decided to share something that I, myself, experienced one day during my holiday over the festive season (On that note, I must apologize for my absence and not updating this blog as frequently – but be warned, I am back in the fullest of force in all love and light!).

I have always suggested performing a karmic release to many of my clients, and have excitedly done so for them. I have been blessed enough to see them reap the benefits in front of my own eyes and see the drastic and positive changes in their lives due this release. Although, for some reason, the thought never occurred to me to do a karmic release on myself. (Blinded by the light!)

Definition of ‘karma’
1. (noun) karma
(Hinduism and Buddhism) the effects of a person’s actions that determine his destiny in his next incarnation.
– Princeton’s WordNet
1. (noun) karma
one’s acts considered as fixing one’s lot in the future existence. (Theos.) The doctrine of fate as the inflexible result of cause and effect; the theory of inevitable consequence.
– Webster Dictionary
1.  karma
the unbroken sequence, according to the Theosophists, of cause and effect, in which every effect is regarded the cause of the next.

-The Nuttall Encyclopedia

Now, we all understand karma in our own way and refer to it when we ‘misplace’ and eventually lose that 20 rand note somewhere and we remember that we ignored the bum on the street the other day and didn’t help him with a coin or two … more than once. This is a basic example and is almost wrong but, for now, it’s all we need to work with. Karma is most definitely not only accumilated and returned in this physical life, but in many before and many after. Whether you believe in past lives or not, my dearest friend, it is nothing less than true. The soul is old. Your soul is (probably) old. Older than your “Earth number” years that you’ve been alive with this certain identity.

“The soul is born old but grows young. That is the comedy of life. And the body is born young and grows old. That is life’s tragedy.” – Oscar Wilde

 

Have you ever had something happen to you (good or bad) that has made you ask yourself, “Why did this happen? I’ve done nothing to deserve this. Why?” and so on and so forth? I’m certain you have. Well, it may have been the effect (in the cycle of cause and effect) of karma accumulated in this life, or more likely a previous one. This is why we can’t see the reason for a situation happening to us, since past life recall isn’t exactly something we go out of our way to practice every day.

When a karmic release is done, you become free of the chains you have created for yourself in the past (this life or the previous) and truly become the author of your own destiny and be able to control what happens to you. Obviously we all have thousands of little karmic circles, be it the bum on the road that “made” us lose our 20 rand, or breaking a leg, because in some previous life were a carriage driver in the 1800s and hit a man in the road and broke his leg. Karma doesn’t judge. It is a universal law. Cause and effect. Whether it is a big cause, or tiny (insignificant seeming) one, it will have an equal effect. Once you release yourself from that which binds you to these causes and effects, you become free and are able to really live, without the effects popping up to mess your plans or your goals. Remember that it applies to good and bad karma.

The metaphysics of karma work in a never ending cycle (unless it is released) of cause and effect, cause and effect. Dave hurts Sarah, then Sarah hurts Dave because he hurt her (whether in this life or the next). Dave hurts Sarah in the previous life, then Sarah, for what may be an unknown reason to her, hurts Dave (in another shape, way or form of a man in the same situation). After this, Dave hurts Sarah in the next life, because he knows she has hurt him, or he feels she is about to (intuition comes into play). This vicious cycle does not end until it is broken or released.

There are two ways to break the certain circle of a karmic cause and effect:

1)      Dave could decide to be enlightened by the universal karmic law and see that Sarah has hurt him and then, in turn, refuses to hurt her back and become a channel for her and his own karmic cycle in this specific situation. He refuses to carry it on, and then forgives Sarah. This has now broken the cycle of this karmic effect.

2)      Sarah could see that Dave is about to hurt her or has hurt her and wonders why. It then occurs to her, that she must have hurt Dave in a previous life and accepts that she deserves it. By accepting that you deserve something, and acknowledging that it exists and refuse to carry on the cycle, you break it and set yourself free.

 

The key is to genuinely FEEL that you have done something (good or bad) to deserve this effect of the cause and refuse to carry it on, through accepting it and moving forward. The universal law, then breaks.

 

This is an extremely simple example, but it is nevertheless a perfect one.

Dearest friend, sit down and really look at your past experiences and situations. Things that have happened to you and things that you thought you could not control. These things may hurt when you think about it, but once you accept that it was the effect of good or bad karma and you did cause it, you can then make a conscious decision to discontinue it.

 

I performed this on myself for about an hour, sifting through all the good and bad bits of my life until now, and my word! Ever since then, I feel I am free of the ropes that bound me to my previous actions and I can truly form my own destiny now, quicker than ever, because these effects don’t pop up once the cycle is broken. It gives you peace once you have also dealt with certain situations that you have been holding onto and serves as a real and full release of even your own emotions towards these things in your past.

Choose to not be bound, choose to understand and accept. Choose knowledge and choose your freedom. Because THAT is what you really deserve, isn’t it?

REALIZE, RELEASE and live.

 

All my love and brightest blessings,

Isabelle Meiring

Holistic therapist and Spiritual counselor

Port Elizabeth

+27 71 89 39 034

isabelle@theurbangardens.co.za

 

 

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

Tarot meditation reading – 07/12


Tarot meditation reading – 07/12/2011

Seeker (The High Priestess)

“Take personal responsibility. Your body is trying to give you a message. Listen to it. Look inside for answers.”

When running through daily life, many of us are driven by routine and we give ourselves little time to sit back and look from the outside, in because, we are always too involved with the ‘out’ and the on goings outside of us and around us. In this week, it is time for decision making and making certain the choices are true by looking to yourself for the advice and answers, instead of looking at the outside shells of situations.

It’s time to weigh up options and see the true potential in things that concern you (or have been concerning you for a while) and stepping aside to let your higher mind lead and guide you to what the best outcome would be. Looking inside for the answers is just another way of saying ‘you already know what the answer is’. This couldn’t be more true! The key right now, is to stay inactive and still your thoughts in order to gain and access your higher consciousness (ie THE CORE YOU). First listen, observe, contemplate with a discerning frame of mind and the answers will surely come to you – and damn fast at that!

What many of us don’t realize is that we already have all the knowledge within our bodies ad subconscious – we just need to access it. This is such a beautiful blessing we have! Imagine a world where you could ask yourself any question and you would receive an answer just like that! We have the ability to have it that easy, but it takes time and practice. You have stilled and blocked your higher mind for so long by responding to outside situations hastily, living outside of yourself. I know it’s difficult, between the car pool, work, the kids’ lunches, picking up the dry cleaning, fixing the light that fused in the lounge and still having to look after yourself, but when you have a question or choice to be made, take a moment. Still your mind and close your eyes. Find yourself standing inside your body and mind, away from outside stimulus and ASK YOURSELF. You will be amazed at what you hear. It’s all there and it’s all you, just ask.

Isabelle Meiring

Holistic therapist and Spiritual counsellor

Port Elizabeth

+27 71 89 39 034

isabelle@theurbangardens.co.za

Blog: http://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

Trusting the flow of life – 02/11


Trusting the flow of life – 02/12/2011

At the thought of the flow of life, what comes to mind is our individual ‘daily grind’ and our routines, daily rituals and events of our lives. This is all well and good, and you may think you are managing the flow of your life quite well but, there is in fact a difference between MAKING your own flow in life and FOLLOWING the natural flow of life. In today’s society, most of us are controlling, managing and planning what happens, where we go and who we see. This is natural, we have evolved this way, we are all human and we have been conditioned to ‘fend for ourselves’. Although, through this constant uphill battle we all face, there is a greater flow at work. This natural flow is always in place and it is the flow of the Universe. I’m sure we all know that there are Universal laws which can’t be escaped and are always in action. By the existence of these laws, we create our own daily events and happenings in our lives. Your thoughts (conscious and subconscious) have conditioned you to act and react in certain ways. For instance, if you have had failed relationships, one after the other, you may develop a subconscious affirmation and perception that nothing good can come of a relationship for you. This affects you choices and interactions with everyone around you and changes the course of your life, due to those choices you make. To let go of the misconceptions that lie within your deepest consciousness, is the key to stop these from ruling your actions which result in the daily outcome of your life. One needs to acknowledge, accept, forgive and take action. Remember, we are all human, everyone does it and everyone has these little demons that affect us so greatly. The point is to change that to allow you to experience life by being uninfluenced by emotional noise and unnecessary thoughts. Dig deep, let go and change. Only then will you be able to take on the natural flow of the Universe and welcome the greater sense of balance into your life without constantly struggling to correct wrongs, control and manage the on goings of your life. After all , you have created them, with the help of the Universal laws in place 😉 Establish that greater flow in your life and find yourself gracefully riding the natural waves. Stop sabotaging yourself (unknowingly) and allow yourself to act on your core feelings which are true and informed. You have these within you already, just scrape off the nasty influences you hold to be true to welcome a greater flow into your life. Trust the natural flow.

 Brightest blessings,

Isabelle Meiring

Holistic therapist and Spiritual counsellor

Port Elizabeth

+27 71 89 39 034

isabelle@theurbangardens.co.za

Blog: http://www.theurbangardens.co.za

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