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  • A Couple of Enlightened Things….

    In the absence of inspiration, the sporadic nature of my posts, and lack of a decent broadband connection I take a couple of minutes to provide you with inspiration from elsewhere:

    A Random Act of Consciousness http://www.helpothers.org/story.php?sid=12851


    from my friend, Feng Shui and Vaastu Expert Rupal Mehta Turner who publishes “The Prosperity Report,” a biweekly ezine that reveals Feng Shui and Vaastu secrets for a thriving business and personal life.

    How Much of Your Success is Determined by Your Environment
    by Rupal Mehta Turner

    In Asian countries, it is believed that there are three types of luck. Each of them affects one-third of your life; together they rule your fortunes. These three forms of luck are:

    1. Heaven Luck
    2. Man Luck
    3. Earth Luck

    Heaven Luck:
    This is the luck we are born with. It can be described as fate (or karma) and it is set at birth. The family into which we are born, our place of birth, our innate character and our destiny are all given to us by Heaven’s will. We cannot select our parents or change our families. Our destiny marks out our potential — and luck is the means to realizing our potential. Luck is an invisible force that can seem to make someone’s life difficult at every turn or amazingly easy. We’ve all known people who seem to have “the Midas touch” where everything they do turns into happy accidents that lead to success. This Heaven Luck — good, bad, or so-so — is often considered to be karma, reflecting actions we have performed in the past – either earlier in this lifetime or even before then. Because Heaven’s luck is connected to our destiny or fate, it is a part of our luck that may be beyond our control and that perhaps certain events or situations are mean

    Man Luck:
    This is the luck we achieve through our hard work, education, perseverance, character, virtues and good deeds. We have tremendous influence over the quality of our Man Luck – and therefore our lives – through our thoughts, words and actions. By making good choices, continually gaining knowledge, and maintaining a positive mental attitude, we can fill our life with the “good” energy that attracts good luck and success. Our character and knowledge not only affect the near-term success of our endeavors, but also ultimately shape our destiny. In essence, we are always creating our future and fortunes with the choices we make today.

    Earth Luck:
    This is the luck we “absorb” through our environment. Unseen energies are believed to exist in our environment. Some of these energies are either beneficial, enhancing our prosperity and health, or negative, creating obstacles and bringing about misfortune. Thus, where we live and work has a direct influence on the opportunities and luck that come our way. Through Feng Shui and Vaastu, we can actually use the energies in our environment to help us succeed in our endeavors. By understanding how these energies interact with us, we can consciously and intelligently adjust our surroundings to bolster our good fortune and protect us from misfortune.

    Take Greater Control of Your Destiny!

    You have a great deal of control over both Man Luck and Earth Luck. Earth Luck is the easiest to change by manipulating environmental influences to attract good opportunities. Improving Man Luck requires personal discipline and can be harder to change. However, Feng Shui and Vaastu can help you change the intensity and the degree of ups and downs you experience in life, making it easier to maintain a positive mental attitude and make good choices. In fact, used correctly, Feng Shui and Vaastu can – by modifying your environment — modify periods of bad luck so that misfortunes are minimized while good luck is magnified so it has the power to bring stunning success.

    Imagine having so much power over two-thirds of your luck! Plus, improving your Man Luck and Earth Luck can actually improve your Heaven Luck: even if you were born into a situation that places you at a disadvantage, using Feng Shui and Vaastu to enjoy good Man Luck and Earth Luck can change the course of your destiny — helping you attain a life of true abundance.

    If you’re ready to improve your finances, health and relationships by using the forces in your environment, get your FR*EE tips now at www.ClassicalFengshui.com

    Thanks Rupal.

    Blesssings to all.

  • Working with Qualities of Soul: Shadow

    I opened my email this morning to find one from Debbie Ford who writes the Shadow Blog. In it she discusses the fall from grace of two prominent American public figures and how its a reminder for us to be more aware of the how the Shadow may play out in our own lives.

    My shadow was certainly present yesterday as I prepared for my first temping assignment at a restaurant. An event came back to me that I hadn’t acknowledged for quite a few years. Another assignment at a large cafe in Devonport, Auckland where I hadn’t coped at all with the requirements of the job and I lost the plot completely. I didn’t know where I was and didn’t know what to do.  So much so that the managers had to call in the Head Chef who was supposed to be having the day off. I left there completely lost. I  returned to the safety of my career as an Air Force chef. I think I may have completed one more assignment for that temping agency and that was it I never went back to temping. Until now. I felt compelled to explore this option once again as the casual employment I have engaged in for 18 months dried up and debt began to throw its shadow over my days.

    My assignment got off to a reasonably good start. Following the tasks that had been given me by the chef there. I felt I was on top of it – dinner service was due to start at 6.30. At 5.30 the first order came in and I wasn’t ready for it. I could feel panic setting in. Consequently that first dish wasn’t my best. I needed the help of my assistant who had more experience in this particular environment. She encouraged me all the way through and while I didn’t feel completely in control we got through the night without much fuss. I felt better about turning up today. Her support made all the difference. Though its not how I aim to be living in an inspired way it is what is happening in the now. Opening up to a new experience can have a chaotic prelude but if we stay with it the rewards are worth it.

    It has been said that the closer we get to a life of living in an inspired fashion the more the shadow conspires to darken our steps. I’m feeling this right now. While I am seeing the light at the end it seems I’m in the darkest part of the tunnel. And I’ve heard it said that night is darkest just before the dawn.

    From my experience of VisionQuest I had been, during the final night of a 96 hour Quest (fasting and meditation alone in nature), imagining I was hallucinating. The fasting and meditation produce an altered state that opens participants up to receive vision. The “hallucinations” had something of a dark nature and I was awake most of the night uncomfortable, checking to see if dawn was finally beginning to break. The days had seemed interminable and now this final night also. Sleep finally overtook me. The next time I awoke I saw it was lighter and dragged myself zombie-like back to the camp.

    I was received with open arms by the Quest protector and his assistant and proceeded to tell him that I’d been hallucinating. His answer to that was, “that is what we call vision”. Later that day vision called upon me again, this time without the darker images, this time with a message of hope.

    Myers Briggs

    I’m trying to remember how I got there and can’t. Probably something to do with the archetypal information I shared yesterday in regards to cycles. Anyway found myself at this little gem: Jung Typology Test ™. When I first took this test I was surprised at the result and how indicative of my personality traits it was. This is not to say that because we have a certain type we are going to be just like everyone else that has a similar type. All said and done each of us has a unique gift to bring to the world.

    I kept following this trail through sites and the next stop was this. The PersonalityZone. When confronted by our shadow it is often useful to remind ourselves of our intrinsic potential. What is good about me? What do these tests tell me regarding my innate qualities? What am I affirming or validating by reconnecting with these qualities?

    Watching Men in Black yesterday gave me some food for thought. Here are these two agents played by Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith who are working for a covert government organisation that deal with alien beings that have found their way to Planet Earth. Most of these beings are quite content with their lot here but there are some that have a malevolent attitude. That have a shadowy, destructive presence.

    This has parallels to what may going on in our own shadow. What is in there may be the greater unfulfilled potential of our lives co-existing with more malevolent aspects of our character. The parts of us that seek to sabotage our well-being. These parts have built themselves through years of conditioning and the bonds of this conditioning may be difficult to break.

    Again I come back to the night is darkest just before the dawn. How dark does my life need to become before I choose to break from darkness into the dawn of a new day.


  • Working with Qualities of Soul: Complexity

    The day didn’t seem that complex. But then a day doesn’t define the complexity of a lifetime. In fact the beauty with not working in regular employment simplifies things. Because there’s often not enough time in your life for a full time job and a main hobby or other interests, the chance to pursue different expressions of your life become possible.

    All the qualities of soul seem to knit together gathering around the quality of Complexity. As a human being the elements that grow together to create my physical form are complex and yet the information required is contained in each and every cell that makes up my body. A cell is the most simple of organisms and yet locked in that simplicity are the coded instructions that create the human form from the time the egg is fertilized by the sperm.

    At the other end of the spectrum we have the seemingly simple concept that we are all part of the one thing, whatever you want to call it God, Source, Essence, Spirit – and yet again there is this multiplicity of form. And not only human. We know that it is all energy – even the most dense of forms (rocks) are energy. So all things rocks, minerals, plants, animals, insects are forms of energy though each is vibrating at the different frequency that allows it to be what it is.

    As humans we are lucky enough to be able to change our vibrations. If we are weighed down by life, if our energy has a heaviness about we can lighten it up by remembering different times, times we enjoyed.

    There are so many different energies that can affect who we imagine ourselves to be. Astrology, numerology, psychology, philosophy, sociology, biology all lend us different ideas and of who we might be now and clues to who we might be in the future. Who we conceive ourselves to be in one moment, may change in the very next as we encounter some totally new energetic or physical experience.

    I called into the kitchen I worked at last year to check on work for next week and they’re in planning to cater a 4 or 5 day flower show event in mid March. There is excitement in the air. A new event to plan for.  They are working with complexity in order to create a simplicity. Planning will create a unified field, a common goal that will create an experience for each customer from a multiplicity of elements. Alchemy is at work creating an opus. I’m looking forward to it.

    Another occasion that has complexity behind not only the organization but also the individual acts is The World Buskers Festival on in Christchurch at the moment. It is an event that has grown over the years and a real feature and highlight for the city. I watched an aerial act, Fuse Circus yesterday and the complexity involved in their piece was astounding. There were several different elements to their act, balancing, trapeze, juggling – exquisitely brought together for the audience. Again they were building towards a a great finish. Not a thing was left to chance.  Their responsibility to safety could be seen in their preparation for each of the scenes within the act.

    Brilliant Balance
    Brilliant Balance

    The photo shows the culmination of three different parts of this element. He began on a single tube adding more while building to this balancing on 5 tubes. Wonderful to watch. Superb. Complexity on complexity.

    I got home to the Back to the Future triology on Sky. More complexity the audacious nature of the story – time travel. The final product is a myriad of influences that produces a story holding fascination for its viewers. Pure hokum but it’s the drawing together of all the details to bring the story to life that is wonderful. That the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

    I wonder about the complexity of my life and am I still to add more until my wholeness is greater than the sum of my parts and that which is held tightly in a bud begins to let go and bloom.

    As we discover our complexity and allow the elements that have brought us to the experience of now we can acknowledge the fullness of who we have become, of the gifts that life has given us along the way.