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Primordial Water: the source of abundance
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I have been dealing with fears and anxiety for many years and I was very relieved when I read in your last newsletter that the antidote for fear was not courage but responsibility. At first I was very relieved that I didn't have to continue to try to materialize courage out of thin air and set out to be more responsible and to get control over things, but now I feel overwhelmed. It seems impossible to be responsible for everything all the time.
When many of us were growing up parents used fear as, what they believed was, a teching aid. They thought that if they instilled enough fear in us kids then we would refrain of doing certain things when unsupervised. Misguided religious educators also used fear as a "teaching tool." The belief behind this kind of behavior
Responsibility is sometimes regarded as the "party pooper"
Does the Universe really fill in voids?
example of water faucet
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine all people are born in a water stage. Females remain in this stage for the first seven years of their life. Men, on the other hand, transition every eight years, so boys stay in a water stage for the first eight years of their lives.
A woman's next water period will happen between the ages of 36 and 42. A man's next water period will happen between the ages of 41 and 48.
Before we were born we were submerged in water, surrounded and protected by it, protected from fear by the responsibility of another who was in our charge. As children we took most of our sustenance from our mothers, but as adults it is ourd uty to cooneect direcltyu to source.
All ancestral human cultures have held a sacred relationship with water. our bodies are 70% water and without it we cannot subsist. Water represents quenching of thirst and nourishing of plant life, from which animal life feeds.
But today we are not talking about water as the primordial fluid for life which it is we are talking about primordial energetic water.
Physical water is always moving and shape shifting, adapting its shape to the container.
Energetic water is said to represent the passage of time in the eternal flow of now.
Physical water is nourishment that comes from the sky.
Energetic water connects us to the nurturing power of Heaven [in traditional Chinese Philosophy Heaven refers to the realm of thoughts]
Physical water is a universal solvent, which is why it is such a good cleaner.
Energetic water cleanses what has soiled the quality of the soul.
Physical water is the building block of sentient life and has been identified as the source of life. Life is thought to have begun in the water.
Energetic water is the sustenance of chi the Life Force
The Chinese language is not based in an alphabet but in a collection of symbols or ideograms that represent basic ideas. One of these basic symbols, called radicals, is the ideogram for water. This character is composed of three rippled lines representing flowing water. In Chinese the concept of static water does not exist, water is always "moving water" or "flowing water." The essence of water so permeates the Oriental perception of the Universe, that almost three thousand Chinese words or expressions contain the water character.
When I am in session with my healer, guilt keeps coming up as an issue. What Life Area is related to guilt? Is there anything I can do in my home to improve this situation?
I wasn't sure about this question myself so I checked with Dr. Susana Kronfeld, practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine and consultant for my book, and she shared with me that according to ancient Chinese knowledge the feeling of guilt has a major component of fear [about 80%] and a minor component of anger [remaining 20%]. We will talk about the part that has to do with anger in a future issue, today we will concentrate on the major fear component.
Fear is related to the water element and only one of the Life Areas resonates with this element - Career, Life Mission and Individuality.
Water soaks and goes down, that is its nature. It is the daughter of metal, which carries it, and the mother of wood, which it nourishes.
In the human body the water element rules the bones, kidneys, bladder and the ears. Hair is also ruled by water - have you noticed how long hair evokes the energy of a waterfall?
When the water element is not flowing properly, the feeling of fear arises. Fear is temporarily relieved by shrieking [therefore, scary movies and theme parks can provide some catharsis for fear].
When the water element is flowing properly, its healthy manifestation is not courage, as you may have thought, but RESPONSIBILITY - the ability to respond in action to the requirements of life.
Acting responsibly is the best way to control the feeling of fear, and thus deal with the major component of guilt. If responsibility is not addressed, you could get healing sessions from now to eternity and not have great progress, though profound healing should make a person naturally start assuming more responsibilities.
There is a saying in Spanish that translates, "The person that owes nothing, fears nothing"
WHERE TO START?
In Feng Shui, water is always related to money. They behave in the same way and both are essential for basic survival. In developing countries bartering, trading and community involvement may be more strongly related to survival than money. However, in the United States and other first world countries most product and service exchanges are done through the exchange of money, therefore, assuming responsibility for money is essential in these environments.
I often meet healers that though they are themselves very loving people, have not been able to establish a healthy, loving relationship with money. As a consequence, they live afraid of not being able to pay their bills.
Assuming responsibility for your money is a great way to start conquering your fears [80% of guilt], and the first step to take is making a monthly budget and keeping an accurate registry of your accounts.
The budget will show you the reality of what expenses you face month to month and the registry will help you prevent overspending and/or being overdrawn.
Do not worry if you find out that the list of your expenses ads up to more money that you are bringing in. Confronting this deficit is all that is required of you. Once the Universe detects a deficit/void, it rushes to fill it in, but the Universe will not detect it if you do not confront your financial reality.
Remember that what are called "expenses" are not drains to your money fund, they are fair payments for the wonderful blessings that keep coming to you and which you enjoy every day water, electricity, a roof over your head, food, clothing, transportation, etc.
Today there are many computer and online resources to help you keep adequate records of your money. An alternative to keeping a registry is to operate only in cash.
BUT WHAT ABOUT FENG SHUI, IS THERE ANYTHING THAT CAN BE DONE IN THE SPACE ITSELF?
Sure there is! One very effective way to start relating more healthily to money and balancing the water element in your system is to place a waterfall close to your front door [please click here for details on what kind of waterfall to use and where to place it].
Another thing you can do is add a tad of black to your environment. Black is the color of the water element, a little bit of black will help harmonize this element in your space, an excess of black will depress it, though, so be careful.
MORE TO COME...
In our next issue we will explore more ways in which you can balance the energy of water [money] in your home, body and in your life, including how to set up a foyer for success and how to enhance the Career, Life Mission and Individuality Area [located in thecenter part of the wall that holds the main entrance].
Get ready for some deep revelations from ancient Chinese knowledge that will help you connect to the abundant blessings of water and through which you can learn to live a life free of fear, especially, the fear of losing money or of not making enough money.
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