24.6.11

Desiderata

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Of the many famous poems, ‘Desiderata’ is one of the most well-known. It is poem that can be described as, powerful, inspirational, and timeless. There is so much wisdom contained within the lines of the poem that it can be a great deal to absorb. And yet, even reading it without considerable reflection, it’s difficult not to feel at least encouraged and comforted by many of the words. The meaning of the Latin word, Desiderata, is– ‘desired things’.

There has been much confusion over the years as to the origin, and copyright of Desiderata, but to this day the author is still believed to be Max Ehrmann; a poet and lawyer from Terre Haute, Indiana, who lived from 1872 to 1945. It is believed Ehrmann was inspired to write Desiderata from a diary entry he left, which read: - ‘I should like, if I could, to leave a humble gift — a bit of chaste prose that had caught up some noble moods.’

Desiderata

Go placidly amid the noise and the haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible, without surrender,
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even to the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons;
they are vexatious to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain or bitter,
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.

Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs,
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals,
and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself. 
Especially do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love,
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment,
it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be.
And whatever your labours and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life,
keep peace in your soul. 

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

Max Ehrmann Copyright 1952.

Tips for Home Office Feng Shui

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Many people spend at least 7 hours every day working at a desk, and due to home computers, laptops and the internet, home offices are constantly growing in number. However, you can use Feng Shui principles to create a calm and stress free working environment, and improve creativity and work performance, anywhere.

If you choose to work at home, the best area for a home office is near the front door. This is where the active Yang element is most predominant in any home, and keeps work as far away as possible from the quiet Yin elements of the home. If your work involves clients visiting, this is also a particularly ideal location.

A dedicated separate room is ideal so that the door can be closed. If a room close to the front of the home is unavailable, avoid areas near the toilet or in your bedroom. In Feng Shui, being close to a toilet can draw Chi energy away from you, and the bedroom should always remain a restful Yin area of your home.

You may find the article, How to Balance Your Environment Using the 9 Sectors of the Bagua helpful in applying the following tips:-

Desktop or Laptop

  • The desk itself should ideally be placed in the career (north) sector.
  • Place your computer or laptop in the relationship (south-west) sector.
  • A telephone is best placed in the communication (north-west) sector.
  • For recognition, place a lamp or flowers in the fame (south) sector.
  • Any reference material should be placed in the knowledge (north-east) sector.
  • A money plant or a water feature help to boost profits and sales when placed in the prosperity (south-east) sector.

Desk and Chair

  • Choose a chair with a back that is both solid and high, to support you properly.
  • Position your desk and chair with a clear view of the door; an excellent place is in the prosperity (south-east) sector.
  • Although it is good Feng Shui to be able to see the door to your office from where you sit, avoid sitting directly facing it as visitors will consider it confrontational.
  • Avoid positioning your desk in front of a window, or in a corner, as this suggest a lack of support.
  • Avoid positioning your desk with your back to a door, as this leaves you vulnerable to ‘back-stabbing’.
  • Sitting under a beam or heavy shelving will make you feel oppressed; as if everything is ‘on top of you’, and you are ‘under pressure’.

Feng Shui Tips

Sometimes you may not have a choice as to where your desk is located, therefore, to ensure good Chi energy flow, follow these guidelines:-

  • Keep your desk clean and tidy at all times to allow you to think clearly.
  • Keep your office clutter-free. Set up a good filing system and regularly file documents once you have finished with them.
  • Clear out old files, both hard copies and from your computer. This encourages new business and sales.
  • Empty all your waste paper bins daily, including your computer recycle bin.
  • If your desk is in a bad position, such as facing a wall or boxed in a corner, place a reflective desk lamp or mirror so you can see the area behind you.
  • If you have a negative view from your desk, put up images such as a world map, beautiful landscapes or anything that gives you a positive feeling.
  • Be aware of symbolism; hang images of prosperity to boost earnings and progress and enhance sales. Good areas for these are located in your prosperity (south-east) and career (north) sectors.
  • Activate recognition by displaying certificates and achievements in the fame (south) sector.
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Self Heal With Acupressure

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Acupressure is an energy healing technique, which can be used by anyone for self healing and preventative care. It is a therapy that not only releases tension, increases circulation and reduces pain, but also improves the immune system and reinforces more vibrant health. The Chinese have enjoyed the health benefits of acupressure for thousands of years.

According to traditional Chinese medicine our bodies consist of Ki or Life-Force energy, which is carried throughout our bodies via channels called Meridians. The Meridians are likened to that of veins and arteries in our bodies carrying blood, except the Meridians cannot be seen. Throughout the body are Meridian ‘points’; also known as ‘acupuncture or acupressure points’, or more commonly as ‘pressure points’.

The healing benefits of acupressure are enabled by regulating the energies of the body through manipulating various Meridian points on the body. Meridian massage therapy moves Life-Force energy through the Meridian channels to improve flow and balance to every organ of the body. Acupressure and Acupuncture charts show where these points are located on the body, and which areas of the body they affect.

There are many methods and styles to acupressure which entail using different rhythms and pressures, using not only the fingers, but also the hands, arms, feet and legs. Although many people consult skilled acupressure therapists, it is a method that anyone can use, anytime and anywhere. By relieving stress, acupressure therapy strengthens resistance to disease and promotes both physical and emotional well-being.

The technique is generally administered by using the fingers to gradually press the Meridian points to stimulate the body’s self healing abilities, although pressure can also be applied by using a small blunt object. This adaptation is particularly helpful for self healing in areas which are inaccessible. A tennis ball or small rubber ball, placed under the back while lying down, is one such example.

Acupressure can be learnt for specific conditions such as chronic muscle pain, mental stress, addiction recovery, learning disorders, emotional imbalances, and many more. Although regular acupressure has long term benefits, it is a therapy which can also be used to treat even minor ailments such as headaches and muscle stiffness, as the need arises, and is a much kinder choice for the body than pain-killing drugs.

Acupressure is related to acupuncture, however the primary difference between the two is that acupressure does not use needles. Although acupressure has a long history of successful usage, for both maintaining health and treating health conditions, it is always advisable before commencing any form of therapy to seek medical advice if you are pregnant and if a problem persists, after commencing the therapy.


© Copyright Jan Reid-Lennox. All Rights Reserved.

Feng Shui Lucky Objects

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Lucky objects in Feng Shui are symbols of good fortune, but not only in monetary terms. In Feng Shui, lucky objects are used to attract positive Chi energy and deflect negative Chi energy, to bring harmony to any space.

According to Feng Shui, when harmony prevails, all aspects of good fortune manifests: health, wealth and happiness. Lucky objects are beneficial to have, but knowing where and how to place them is even more beneficial.

There are many lucky objects that can be used to attract positive Chi energy and deflect negative Chi energy. Following are examples of some well known lucky objects used in Feng Shui and where and how to place them for most benefit.

DRAGON
The dragon is regarded as the most auspicious symbol of good fortune. It signifies the power of authority. Place it so that it does not look like it is heading towards a door or window.
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PHOENIX
The phoenix is a symbol of renewal. It brings opportunities, fame and recognition. Place it so that it is not flying towards a door.
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TURTLE
A turtle symbolizes longevity and constancy but as they are slow moving creatures they are not considered suitable for a work environment.
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TIGER
A tiger represents bravery and strength. It is best placed in a den or an office. It should not look like it is ready to pounce or have its mouth open.
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HORSE
The horse symbolizes power and movement. It is often used by people who would like to travel. It should not look like it is heading for a door or window.
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ELEPHANT
Elephants should always have their trunks turned upward, as if trumpeting, to herald good news. They can be placed in the entrance hall, but not directly facing the door.
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FORTUNE FROG
The frog (actually a three-legged toad) holds a coin in its mouth and has strings of coins around its feet. It should be placed facing the door to catch the money of passers-by or near a cash register.
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LAUGHING BUDDHA
This is a symbol of prosperity and joy. He is usually prominently placed in the living room, dining room or family hall.
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AQUARIUM
An aquarium is considered lucky and can bring prosperity into the house. Place your aquarium in areas of your house or room that require activity. Fish can also absorb negative Chi, particularly the Blackmoor variety, which is very sensitive.

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23.6.11

Dream – Snake and Wolf

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What does dreaming of a snake or wolf, mean? You may find that these dreams are easier to interpret than you thought.

Snake
To dream of a snake represents healing, transformation, knowledge and wisdom. It is indicative of self-renewal and positive change. To dream of being bitten by one signifies hidden fears and worries that are threatening you. Your dream may be alerting you to something in your waking life that you are not aware of.

Alternatively, the snake may be seen as phallic and thus symbolize temptation, dangerous and forbidden sexuality. If you are afraid of the snake, it signifies your fears of sex, intimacy or commitment. The snake may also refer to a person around you who is callous, ruthless, and can't be trusted.

Wolf
To see a wolf in your dream, symbolizes survival, solitude, mystery, self-confidence and pride. You are able to keep your composure in a variety of social circumstances and blend into any situation with ease and grace. You are also a loner by choice.

Negatively, the wolf represents hostility, aggression, or sneakiness. It may reflect an uncontrollable situation or an all-consuming force in your life. It could point to an obsession, an addiction or something that is beyond your control. To hear a wolf howling in a dream represents a cry for help from somebody in real life.

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Dream – Rabbit, Shark, Sheep and Spider

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What does dreaming of a rabbit, shark, sheep or spider, mean? You may find that these dreams are easier to interpret than you thought.

Rabbit
To dream of a rabbit signifies luck, magical power, and success. You have a positive outlook on life. Rabbits also symbolize abundance, warmth, fertility and sexual activity. Perhaps your sexual life is over active. The dream can also be associated with Easter time and your own personal memories of Easter. 

In particular, to see a white rabbit in your dream symbolizes faithfulness in love. The white rabbit also serves as a guide to steer you toward the right direction.
If the rabbit is hopping in your dream it indicates fertility and is an indication that children are significance.

Shark
To see a shark in your dream indicates feelings of anger, hostility, and fierceness. You are undergoing a long and difficult emotional period and may be an emotional threat to yourself or to others. Perhaps you are struggling with your individuality and independence, especially in some aspect of a relationship.

Alternatively, a shark represents a person in your life who is greedy and unscrupulous. This person goes after what he or she wants with no regards to the well-being and sensitivity of others. The shark may also be an aspect of your own personality with these qualities.    

Sheep
Dreams of sheep indicate docility and conformity. They represent a lack of creativity, individuality and initiative to venture out on your own. The dream may also be a metaphor for someone who represents the black sheep in your family. Perhaps it is you who is the non-conformist.    

Alternatively, seeing a vulnerable lamb may signify your compassion. Consider the notion of ‘like sheep to the slaughter’. The dream may also however be a metaphor for being ‘sheepish’. Perhaps you feel you have done something wrong or do not wish to own up to something.

Spider
To see a spider spinning a web in your dream signifies that you will be recognized for your achievement in a difficult task.  Spiders are also a symbol of creativity due to the intricate webs they spin. In modern times spiders have been known to be symbolic of the World Wide Web and global communication.

On a negative note, spiders may indicate a feeling of being entangled or trapped in a sticky or clingy relationship. To dream of being bitten by a spider, represents a conflict with your mother or some dominant female figure in your life. The dream may be a metaphor for a devouring mother or the feminine power.
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Dream – Monkey, Mouse, Mule and Pig

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What does dreaming of a monkey, mouse, mule or pig, mean? You may find that these dreams are easier to interpret than you thought.

Monkey
To dream of a monkey symbolizes deceit, insight and intuition. Those around you may be working to advance their own interests. Alternatively, monkeys also indicate an immature attitude, a playful nature and the mischievous side of your personality. 

To dream that you are feeding a monkey symbolises betrayal by someone whom you thought cared about your interests. Consider also the significance of the Three Mystic Monkeys who cover their eyes, ears and mouth; ‘see no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil’.  

Mouse
Dreaming of mice indicates fear, meekness, insignificance and a lack of assertiveness. You may be experiencing feelings of inadequacy and fears that you are not measuring up. The dream may be telling you that you are spending too much time hiding in the shadows of someone else.

Alternatively, a mouse symbolizes minor irritations and annoyances. Perhaps you are letting petty problems or insignificant issues eat away at you. The dream may also be a pun on a ‘computer mouse’ and your connection to work on the World Wide Web. 

Mule
To see a mule in a dream represents a stubborn and unyielding personality; one that is overbearing, rebellious and unwilling to cooperate with others. Alternatively, the mule also symbolizes menial work and suffering. It may indicate feeling overburdened or stressed.

To dream that you are riding a mule denotes that you are feeling anxious about situations or responsibilities. To dream that you are kicked by a mule refers to the anxiety and fear that you are experiencing, as a result of some guilt or wrongdoing.   

Pig
To see a pig in your dream symbolizes dirtiness, greediness, stubbornness or selfishness. A pig may also represent gluttony, opulence and overindulgence. It could refer to someone who is dirty or chauvinistic, like the metaphor often used by women ‘male chauvinistic pig’.

Alternatively, if you like pigs, a dream about a fat and dirty pig represents your misconceptions about certain things. What you believe and what is actually happening may be entirely different. The pig may be an analogy for a relationship where you think the pig will behave in a certain way but in reality, it doesn’t.
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Dream – Fox, Frog, Horse and Lion

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What does dreaming of a fox, frog, horse, or lion, mean? You may find that these dreams are easier to interpret than you thought.

Fox
To see a fox in a dream represents insight, cleverness, cunningness and resourcefulness. Perhaps the dream is telling you that you need to exhibit more of these qualities in your waking life, or perhaps you need to conceal your thoughts and be more discrete about some situation.

The fox may also symbolize someone in your waking life who is sly and sneaky, a metaphor for someone who is a bit of a ‘fox’.  Alternatively, seeing a fox in your dream could indicate a period of isolation or loneliness. You may need to take time to reflect upon situations in your life.

Frog
Dreaming of frogs represents a potential for change or the unexpected. The frog may be a prince in disguise and thus signify transformation, renewal or rebirth. To see frogs leaping in your dream indicates your lack of commitment.  You may have a tendency to jump from one thing to another.

Alternatively, it may suggest that you are taking major steps toward some goal. It parallels your progress. Consider the phrase ‘a frog in your throat’ to suggest that you are unable to speak. You may also feel that you have lost your voice or that you are finding it difficult to speak effectively.

Horse
A dream of a horse symbolizes strength, power, endurance, virility and sexual prowess. It also represents a strong, physical energy. You may also need to tame the wild forces within. The dream may also be a pun that you are ‘horsing around’.

To see a horse in your dream may indicate that you need to be less arrogant and ‘get off your high horse’. To see a black or dark horse signifies mystery, wildness, and the unknown. You may be taking a chance or a gamble at some unknown situation. If the horse is white it signifies purity, prosperity and good fortunes.

Lion
To see a lion in a dream symbolizes great strength, courage, aggression and power. You will overcome some of your emotional difficulties. As king of the jungle, the lion also represents dignity, royalty, leadership, pride and domination. You have much influence over others. 

To dream that you are attacked by a lion suggests that a force may be driving you to self-destruction. You need to overcome these challenges and obstacles.
To see a black lion in your dream represents a negative force. You may be using your position of power with wrong motives.   

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Dream – Dolphin, Eagle, Elephant and Fish

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What does dreaming of a dolphin, eagle, elephant or fish, mean? You may find that these dreams are easier to interpret than you thought.

Dolphin
Dreams of dolphins symbolize spiritual guidance, intellect, mental attributes and emotional trust. The dream is usually an inspirational one, encouraging you to utilize your mind to its capacity and move upward in life. To dream that you are riding a dolphin represents your optimism and sound social ability.

Alternatively, it suggests that a line of communication has been established between the conscious and unconscious aspects of yourself. Dolphins represent your willingness and ability to explore and navigate through your emotions.
To dream that a dolphin is dying indicates feeling of despair and disconnection.
Eagle
To dream of an eagle symbolises nobility, pride, freedom, superiority and powerful intellectual ability. It also represents self-renewal and connection with spirituality. It suggests you will fight fiercely for your highest ambitions and greatest desires.

To see a trapped eagle signifies feelings of being restricted or confined. You may feel you are unable to express yourself and be who you really want to be. To see a nest of young eagles represents your achievements and climb to the top of the social ladder.

Elephant
To see an elephant in a dream indicates that you need to be more patient or more understanding of others. There may also be a memory that you have been holding on to for too long, which you need to let go of. The elephant is also a symbol of power, strength, faithfulness and intellect.

Alternatively, the elephant's introverted personality may be a reflection of your own personality. A white elephant symbolizes royalty. If you are riding an elephant it indicates you are in control of your unconscious and aspects that you were once afraid of.

Fish
To dream of fish signifies insights from your unconscious mind. To see a fish swimming symbolizes conception. Some women dream of fish swimming when they fall pregnant. To catch a fish represents insights which have been brought to the surface. 

The fish is also an ancient symbol of Christianity and Christian beliefs. Also consider the common phrases such as ‘like a cold fish’, ‘fish out of water’, something that is ‘fishy’ about a situation, or even a reminder that – ‘there are plenty of other fish in the sea’. It may also imply a slippery or elusive situation. 

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22.6.11

Dream – Cow, Crocodile, Deer and Dog

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What does dreaming of a cow, crocodile, deer or a dog, mean? You may find that these dreams are easier to interpret than you thought.

Cow
To dream of a cow symbolizes a passive and docile nature and willingness to accept decisions without question. Alternatively, a cow may also represent maternal instincts or the desire to be cared for. For some cultures, the cow represents divine qualities of fertility, nourishment and motherhood.

To see the skeleton of a cow suggests that you feel you are not receiving the emotional support that you need from your mother or motherly figure. To see a herd of cows indicates your desire to belong. To dream that you are milking a cow indicates a willingness to work hard for which you will be rewarded.

Crocodile
Dreaming of crocodiles symbolizes freedom and hidden strength. It can also forewarn of hidden danger of perhaps bad advice, swaying you into making poor decisions. Crocodiles can live in water and on land, so they represent the emotional (water) and the rational (land). Something may be ‘surfacing’.

Alternatively, the crocodile may be an aspect of a ‘snappy’ attitude; either your own or of someone else. It may also reveal insecurity, displaying false emotions and shedding ‘crocodile tears’. Being chased or bitten by a crocodile denotes disappointments in love and in business.

Deer
To see a deer in a dream symbolizes grace, compassion, gentleness, meekness and natural beauty. It has feminine qualities and may point to the feminine aspect within yourself. It also represents independence, alertness, and virility. A deer interpretation could be likened to the expression, someone ‘dear’ to you.

Alternatively, the dream represents vulnerability and naivety.  As a result, others may take advantage of you and your gullibility. If the deer is black it means that you are not acknowledging or are rejecting the feminine qualities of yourself. To dream that you kill a dear suggests attempting to suppress feminine qualities.   

Dog
To dream of a dog symbolizes loyalty, generosity, protection, and fidelity. The common notions associated with a dog, although different, are often insightful: ‘mans best friend’ or ’treated like a dog’. A dog in a dream may also represent someone in your life who exhibits these qualities, one way or the other.

A vicious and / or growling dog indicates inner conflict. It may also indicate betrayal and untrustworthiness. If a dog bites you on the leg, it suggests that you have lost your ability to balance aspects of your life. To see a dog barking happily in your dream symbolizes pleasures and social activity.
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Dream - Ant, Bee, Butterfly and Cat

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What does dreaming of ants, bees, butterflies or a cat, mean? You may find that these dreams are easier to interpret than you thought.



Ant
Dreaming of ants often signifies a general dissatisfaction of daily life. You may be feeling insignificant in some way, or petty things may be annoying you. The dream can also be a metaphor for feeling ‘antsy’ or restless. There may be something happening or about to happen in real life that is worrying you.

Ants also symbolize hard work, diligence, cooperation and industry, so you may be expecting increased business activities. Ants relate to conformity, either indicating you feel that your life is too structured and orderly or that hard work is needed ahead. On a positive note, the hard work an ant puts in usually pays off.

Bee
To see bees in a dream is a sign of wealth, good luck, harmony, and creativity. Bees are also symbolic of hard work and industry, similar to ants, as represented by the common phrase, ‘busy as a bee’. The difference is that in dream interpretation a bee’s hard work will pay off with ‘sweet’ results.

A bee dream may also represent the things happening in your life that are ‘buzzing’ with activity. There may be a number of activities or one that is taking up a lot of your focus. To dream that you are stung by a bee indicates that you feel you have been wronged, or you have been hurt by some ‘stinging’ remark. 

Butterfly
To dream of a butterfly often denotes a carefree attitude and a willingness to ‘go with the flow’ rather than conform to routine. Dream interpretation of a butterfly often lines up with the term ‘social butterfly’, which describes someone who is popular, outgoing, and ‘flutters around’.

Butterflies signify creativity, romance, joy and spirituality. A butterfly dream often indicates a transformation into a new way of thinking, or a transitional phase. To see two butterflies in your dream represents a long and happy marriage. The butterfly is also symbolic of longevity.

Cat
To see a cat in a dream symbolizes an independent spirit, feminine sexuality, and intuition. The dream symbol has different significance depending on whether you are a cat lover or not, especially in regard to the age old belief that black cats represent misfortune and bad luck.

To fear a cat in your dream, often suggests fear of a feminine side of yourself or of someone else. The dream may also be a metaphor for ‘cattiness’ or someone who is ‘catty’ and malicious. To dream that a cat is scratching or biting you, symbolizes feeling threatened of devoured by feminine attributes.

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Tips for Garden Feng Shui

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By applying Feng Shui principles in your garden, you can create an extension of your home that promotes relaxation, harmony and balance. For most of us a garden provides two distinct areas. The front garden is what we allow anyone to see, while the back garden is our private retreat.

Even tiny outside places, such as balconies or window boxes benefit from Feng Shui and help to bridge your connection to nature. As well as stepping outside to enjoy nature, any type of outside garden which can be viewed from inside invites beneficial Chi energy into your home.

You may find the article, How to Balance Your Environment Using the 9 Sectors of the Bagua helpful in applying the following tips:-

Feng Shui Tips

  • Place a sculpture of a romantic couple in the relationship (south-west) sector of your garden.
  • Water features such as (circular) ponds, fountains or bird baths are ideal for the  career (north), or prosperity (south-east) sectors.
  • Seating is best placed in the contemplation (north-east) sector, and is an ideal place for meditation.
  • Avoid harsh or straight lines as these are uncommon to nature. Pathways, flower beds and lawns should incorporate lots of curves and flowing lines to allow Chi energy to meander gently through the garden.
  • Soften harsh fences and walls with climbing plants, vines or scrubs, and ensure any garden feature does not have any sharp or pointed attributes. Circular and smooth lines enhance a relaxed atmosphere.
  • Allow a space to invite nature into your garden with bird feeders, baths and tables. Areas for sitting as well as for strolling encourage time spent in the garden.
  • Keep unsightly items, such as compost heaps and sheds hidden from view, as the tranquillity of your garden will be affected by debris and rubbish.
  • If your garden is ‘minimalist’, which refers to the Chinese principle that a garden is complete once nothing more can be removed from it, it will be serene.

You may find the article, How to Optimize Chi Energy and Balance The Five Elements helpful in applying the following tips:-

Small Gardens

  • To incorporate the five elements in a window box, use tall plants to represent wood, spiky plants for fire, some pebbles in the soil for earth and some silvery coloured plants for metal. Water can be represented by gravel and, of course, a watering can!
  • Create an upstairs garden, especially on balconies where you can place vibrant pots to encourage beneficial energy into your home.
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Dream - House and Rooms Part 3

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Have you ever wondered why you dream about a kitchen, living room, stairs, toilet or window; and why you dream about a new room?

To dream of a house refers to various aspects of the Self, and the rooms in a house relate to facets of the personality.

Kitchen
A kitchen signifies your need for warmth, spiritual nourishment and healing.  It may also be symbolic of the nurturing mother or the way that you are caring for your loved ones. Alternatively the kitchen represents a transformation (creating), or perhaps the dream could be telling you that ‘if you can't stand the heat, then you need to get out of the kitchen’.

Living Room
A living room represents the image that you portray to others and the way in which you live your life. It is representative of your basic beliefs about yourself and who you are. This room is the boundary between your personal self and your public self, and objects that do not belong in the living room in your dream, portray the various aspects of your life that do not feel belong in the public eye.
 
Room
A room represents a particular aspect of yourself or a particular relationship. To dream that you find or discover a new room suggests you are developing new strengths and taking on new roles. You may be growing emotionally. Consider what you find in the discovered room as it may indicate repressed memories, fears, or rejected emotions. 

Stairs
A flight of stairs has different meanings for both walking up and walking down. Walking up a flight of stairs indicates that you are achieving a higher level of understanding; making progress into your spiritual, emotional or material journey.
To dream that you are walking down a flight of stairs represents your repressed thoughts. It also refers to the setbacks that you are experiencing in your life.

Toilet
A toilet symbolizes a release of emotions, or getting rid of something in your life that is useless. To see a clogged toilet in a dream signifies that you are holding in and keeping your feelings to yourself. Your emotions have been pent up too long.
To see an overflowing toilet in your dream denotes your desires to fully express your emotions.     

Window
A window signifies bright hopes, vast possibilities and insight. To dream that you are looking out a window signifies your outlook on life, your consciousness and your point of view. It also refers to your intuition and awareness. If you are looking in the window, then it indicates that you are doing some soul searching and looking within yourself.




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Dreams - House and Rooms Part 2

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Have you ever wondered what dreaming about a door, fence, garage or garden mean; and why you dream about a different home to the one you have now?

To dream of a house refers to various aspects of the Self, and the rooms in a house relate to facets of the personality.

Door
A door signifies new opportunities that are presented before you. If you walk through the door, you are entering into a new stage in your life and moving from one level of consciousness to another. In particular, a door that opens to the outside signifies your need to be more accessible to others, whereas a door that opens into the inside denotes your desire for inner exploration and self-discovery.

Fence
A fence signifies an obstacle or barrier that may be standing on your path. You may feel confined and restricted in expressing yourself. You may be feeling ‘fenced-in’ by a situation, or confined in some relationship. If you dream that you are on the fence, then the dream may be a metaphor indicating that you are undecided about something.

Garage
A garage signifies a period of inactivity and idleness in your life. You may feel that you are lacking direction or guidance in achieving your goals. To dream that you are pulling your car into the garage represents security and stability brought about by your accomplishments and efforts. Opening the garage door denotes making a decision. Closing the garage door denotes stalling.

Garden
A vegetable or fruit garden indicates hard work and diligence will pay off in the end.  It is also symbolic of stability, potential, and inner growth. You need to cultivate a new skill or nurture your spiritual and personal growth. A flower garden represents tranquillity, comfort, love and domestic bliss. A sparse, weed-infested garden suggests you may have neglected your spiritual needs.

Home
Your home signifies security, basic needs, and values. You may be feeling ‘at home’ or ‘settled’ at your new job or environment. To see your childhood home, your hometown, or a home that you previously lived in, indicates your own desires for building a family or your beliefs about home. It also reflects aspects of yourself that were prominent or developed during the time you lived in that home.





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Dream - House and Rooms Part 1

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Have you ever wondered what dreaming about an attic, balcony, basement, bathroom or bedroom mean?

To dream of a house refers to various aspects of the Self, and the rooms in a house relate to facets of the personality.

Attic
An attic represents hidden memories or repressed thoughts that are being revealed. It also symbolizes your mind, spirituality, and your connection to the higher Self. To see a cluttered attic in your dream is a sign to organize your mind and thoughts. Perhaps, you need to rid yourself of the past and let go of the past emotions that are holding you back.    

Balcony
A balcony refers to your desire to be seen and noticed. You may be searching for prestige and higher status. It may also mean that you are on your way up the social ladder. If the balcony is clean it indicates that you are looked up to by others. If the balcony is old then it suggests that your public image is in need of repair. 

Basement
A basement symbolizes your unconscious mind and intuition. The appearance of the basement is an indication of your unconscious state of mind and level of satisfaction. It represents primal urges, animalistic desires and basic needs. There may be things that you have ‘stored’ away because you do not know what to do with them, but now need to attend to them.

Bathroom
A bathroom relates to your instinctual urges. You may be experiencing some burdens / feelings and need to ‘relieve yourself’. Alternatively, a bathroom symbolizes purification and self-renewal. You need to cleanse yourself, both emotionally and psychologically. To dream that you cannot find the bathroom signifies you are having difficulties in releasing and expressing your emotions. 

Bedroom
A bedroom signifies aspects of yourself that you keep private and hidden. It is also indicative of your sexual nature and intimate relations. To dream of a closet, especially if it is in your bedroom, symbolises something in your life that you have kept hidden. It may also signify an unveiling of previously hidden aspects of yourself, ‘coming out of the closet’.



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