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.

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

History of medicine (NUTSHELL)


I found this from Lady Spring Wolf:
A Short History of Medicine
2000 B.C. – “Here, eat this root.”
1000 B.C. – “That root is heathen, say this prayer.”
1850 A.D. – “That prayer is superstition, drink this potion.”
1940 A.D. – “That potion is snake oil, swallow this pill.”
1985 A.D. – “That pill is ineffective, take this antibiotic.”
2000 A.D. – “That antibiotic is artificial. Here, eat this root.”
~Author Unknown

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