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“Solstice” comes from two Latin words: sol meaning “sun” and sistere meaning “to stand still” because it appeared as though the sun and moon had stopped moving across the sky. This
longest night of the year, followed by a renewal of the sun, demonstrates the cyclical order of the cosmos. In this way, celebrating the solstice can be a beautiful remembrance that our lives are part of a larger order, always changing, always renewing.
If we look around us we can see that the rest of nature has quieted down, slowed down, or at least taken its activity underground into its roots or burrows. Since we are a part of nature, So this is the gift of the season: a pause to appreciate and to nurture our roots, our connections that support us so well all year long.
A couple of suggestions for rituals for the winter solstice
- Make a Christmas wreath which is an ancient tradition made of evergreens, holly, and ivy. The wreath’s circle symbolizes the wheel of the year and the completion of another cycle.
- Light a candle on the solstice and shine the light and reflect and meditate on your teachings and wisdom from the year gone by.
- Cleanse your home with some sage or bells.
- Cleanse your own energy field with some sage, rose water, or a nice cleansing salt bath
- Decorating the tree with objects resembling fruits, nuts, berries, to acknowledge
- the gifts of abundance from Mother eart
Feng Shui is all about having the most supportive, inspiring and healthiest home. One of the first steps to achieving these Feng Shui goals is to give your home a really good cleaning. But because Feng Shui also means living in harmony with the earth, your cleaning should use natural organic products that honor and nurture that relationship.
Using natural home cleaning products supports the sense of smell. Many cleaning products include natural essential oils, and thus will make your home smell nice by offering an “aromatherapy” effect. Lavender is a natural disinfectant. Imagine getting your home clean while enjoying that beautiful relaxing aroma. You can even add a few drops to your clothes before they go into the dryer or a few drops in the vacuum.
Lemon is another magical essential oil. You can use a few drops on stains on your clothes, or add a few drops to a gallon of water when mopping your white tile floors.
Tea tree essential oil offers antibacterial, antiseptic and antifungal properties. It works especially well to get rid of mildew and mold around the house.
By contrast, bleach and other chemicals in non-natural cleaning products can create smells and even toxic odors that are unbearable.
Simple Ingredients needed for making your own cleaning products include:
- Baking soda
- Citrus seed extract: Usually made from grapefruit seed, this natural preservative is a powerful antimicrobial agent. It is often sold as grapefruit seed extract
- Essential oils: lavender, sweet orange; bergamot, rosemary, eucalyptus or tea tree; thyme; lemon or lemongrass; and peppermint or citronella
- Cider Vinegar
And here are some great recipes for making your own natural cleaning products:
All purpose cleaner
9 parts water to 1 part white vinegar
For the Bathroo
10 drops of tea tree oil and three cups of white vinegar. Add to your toilet bowl and let sit for 15 minutes.
Fill a spray bottle with half water and half vinegar for a shower or bathtub cleaner. leave for 30 minutes before rinsing off.
Mix two cups water, 1/2 cup white or cider vinegar, and 1 to 2 drops of lemon essential oil.
Tile Grout Cleaner
Mix 1 part water and 3 parts baking soda mixed into a paste. Apply to grout and let sit; and then scrub.
Use sea salt with a little lemon juice or essential oil and scrub. Also, try baking soda and water made into a paste.
If you decide to purchase natural cleaning products instead of making them at home, there are just a couple of qualities to look out for:
- Fragrance free
- Reduced and recyclable packaging
- No VOCs
- Pesticide Free
Feng Shui principals are becoming so widespread, you can get some great natural brands at the local health food store. Noweven grocery stores carry them.
The conscious use of words and symbols can help you raise the energy vibration of your home and your body.
Let’s start with your home. The front door invites good positive energy flow into your home. What does your doormat say? “Welcome? This will clearly let the universe know you want to invite positive experiences into your life and home.
When you see mats that say “Go away” of “Welcome to Hell,” you can guess what kind of energy those attract!
We consist of 70% water, which Dr. Emottos has shown is a blueprint for consciousness. Depending on our intentions and emotions we can change the structure of water. His scientific experiments showed that glasses of water react differently to words such as hate and war compared to those such as love and peace. Hateful words lead to ugly frozen crystal formations; water exposed to words of love formed into beautiful crystals.
Similarly, negative words and images around our home impact our physical and energetic bodies. Art works have the same power. Images of war and darkness lower the vibration in the home and therefore, in our personal energy fields. This is true even of refrigerator magnets.
Often I visit homes and see statues of soldiers with spears on galloping horses or statues with missing heads; this usually represents a disconnect between body, mind and spirit. In one home, a multitude of clocks in every room were not running. That client’s main complaint was feeling stuck. The walls of another client’s home were covered in masks; she eventually shared that she is hiding from life. Images and messages tattooed and on the body also impact the energy field on a cellular level.
Take a moment and look at the accessories, statues, art work, messages on decals, even humorous ones, and notice the messages they are giving out. Items we have in our home create and support our reality. The home is an expression of internal healing; so keep only what you love and what inspires you. This is also true of the language we use with ourselves and others. Support yourself by avoiding expressions of victimhood; use words of empowerment. If you find yourself always saying things like “It’s just my luck”or “This is killing me” or “I will never be good enough” or “Life is hard,” these may become your reality. When you match your vibrational frequency with that which you fear, you most definitely do not support yourself in living a fulfilled joyful life.
Instead of telling ourselves lies about not being good enough, we should come from a place of self love, speaking mindfully and kindly. To raise your vibrational energy and attract what you want in your life, use words such as:
I choose this
I am grateful for . . . .
Words that we use to speak unkindly about others have the same impact as if we say these things about ourselves.
Whether it be the language of the artwork on your wall, the language of your thoughts, or the language of your speaking, use words with the high vibration that assists in the evolution of your Soul and supports you on this earthly journey.
Science has proven that everything is made up of energy. In the Chinese art and science of Feng
Shui we call energy Chi. The Egyptians call it Ka, the Hebrew have Ruach, the Japanese have Ki,
Chi is condensed and dispersed in alternative cycles of positive (Sheng Chi) and negative (Sha
Chi) energy, and it manifests in various forms. Chi can not be destroyed; however, it can be
transformed. Energy can be blocked and build up negatively, or it can flow freely, which is what
we want in our homes. Feng Shui supports the energy flow in your environment, which directly
impacts the energy flow in your body and thus can unleash more of your energy and vitality.
As you read this article, realize that the magazine is comprised of particles of energy; the
computer you may be reading this on is exactly the same. The grass, the sun: it’s all energy.
Feng Shui translates to wind and water. When we consider the chi of water, we know we drink it,
wash with it, we cannot survive without it and we see this as positive energy. However a tsunami
can destroy an entire town. Wind is similar. It can feel amazing and caressing on a warm day. It
can be harnessed to create electricity. Yet too much wind can destroy cities. The key is balance.
In Feng Shui we differentiate three kinds of chi.
First we have heavenly chi, our destiny energy. This is the energy we are born with, the soul
agreements we have decided to have before we come into human form. Soul agreements are
made with your children, your lover, your mother and so on. When we bring Feng Shui into our
lives it does not change these pre-destined forces and experiences, but it makes what we would
perceive as a bad experiences less painful, more graceful.
Then there is human chi. This is your physical, emotional and mental chi. Feng Shui really
supports balance and alignment in your body, feelings and mind. Imagine living in a home that is
off-balance. You try self care, perhaps by seeing an acupunturist who brings your body into
balance. But when you return home to a cluttered and imbalanced environment you will likely
throw your body, mind and spirit out of alignment again.
Lastly we have earth chi. Earth chi includes mountains, water, the climate, and where we are
located in this earthly energy. Each of us is unique and has different needs; some people do well
in hot weather as others in cool. Feng Shui absolutely supports by connecting us with nature. We
spend 80% of our time inside our home or car or office and back again. Many of us have lost that
deep connection to Nature and the natural rhythms of the earth. Hundreds of years ago people
did not have clocks and calenders to tell them when to do things; they would just look up to the
sun and the moon and know when to plant their crops. They would speak to the land and
intuitively know what herbs would heal various ailments.
Feng Shui invites us to connect with Mother Earth, to commune with her, bring her elements
inside with plants, water fountains and crystals that harmonize our bodies and ground our enegy.
We are spiritual beings having human experiences and Feng Shui invites us to create a space
that connects the inside and the outside, bringing the colors of nature inside, soft browns, healing
greens and blues that remind us of nature’s abundant gifts.
Today is a magical day of celestial alignment, magic, rebirth, renewal and regeneration and invite you to harness the gifts and energy of this day. There is a powerful portal opening up with a Total Solar Eclipse, a Super New Moon and celebrating Spring Equinox! Take sometime to set some intentions, to dream, visualize, engage in ceremony, light a candle, dance your dance, sing your song. Speak your truth to those you have been meaning to for a while, go for what your heart and soul knows to be true and do what you need to do to create the life and world you wish to experience.