Archive for April 14th, 2011

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Birdie Num Nums

April 14, 2011

What do you see?

Image Credit: Typenuts

Bird Watching

Collage by Caroline Waite

Vintage Bird Collage

Image Credit: Constantly Vintage

Lady Ruthven

Image Credit: high up in the trees

Bird Feather Collage

Image Credit: cquadrato on Etsy

Huginn (Thought) & Muninn (Memory) ~ Norse Mythology

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The Lemon Orchard

April 14, 2011

The Satisfaction of Solitude

Solitude is a state of being alone without being lonely and can lead to self-awareness. The act of living in solitude, or being a loner, is not a very popular lifestyle, but is one that some people truly enjoy…….

Being alone is a positive and constructive state of engagement with oneself; a state of solitude where you provide you own wonderful and sufficient company……

Sandpiper

Image Credit: Realbirder

Studies have shown that during social situations, specific areas in the brains of loners experience especially lively blood flow, indicating a sort of over-stimulation, which explains why they find parties so wearying. Studies also suggest that introverts may be more attuned to all sorts of positive experiences as well. This added sensitivity, studies show, could mean that people who are reserved have an ability to respond quickly to situations—such as coming to your aid in a moment of need—or show unusual empathy to a friend, due to their strong emotional antennae. People who prefer being alone typically have very high sensory acuity……..

Image Credit: Henderson State University

We need to end the bad stigma that aloneness is a negative position that’s similar to loneliness. The relief provided by solitude, reverie, contemplation, being alone and private times is very enriching.

 [Full article can be read at CHAT]

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Neptune-in-Pisces: Clematis

April 14, 2011

Traveller's Joy, Wedding Veil, Old Man's Beard ~ Clematis aristata

Image Credit: Friends of Lane Cove National Park, Australia

Bach Flower Clematis

This is the Bach flower essence for people who are detached from “real life.” They prefer to live in the world created within their own minds, and show little response to either good or bad news. This does not endear him to his fellow man, as he exhibits a complete disinterest in other people’s enthusiasms or problems.

Because most of their psychic energies are used up on the inner planes, Clematis people show little anxiety or aggression – or excitement.

In the Clematis state, a person appears to be a “wanderer between the worlds” and reality holds little interest.

Clematis personalities are extremely creative and imaginative and do well in occupations such as music, fashion design, journalism, and film-making. However, when their creativity cannot be put to good use, they fall into the negative Clematis state – where their energies can take the form of exaggerated romanticism, delusions, and various kinds of eccentricity.

These people have little instinct for self-preservation – making a difficult job for a physician when they fall ill. Often, they give the impression that they’d be perfectly content to pass to the other side – perhaps even looking forward to being reunited with someone who has gone before. This lack of desire for wellness led Dr. Bach to refer to the negative Clematis state a “polite form of suicide.”

You may recognize a person in need of treatment with this Bach flower therapy by their dreamy look – an unfocused gaze and an attitude of slight confusion. Because they are never fully focused on the present, they have poor memories and little sense of detail. They simply can’t take the time to listen well enough to absorb things.

The negative Clematis individual is usually very pale, and has cold hands and feet. Because their eyes and ears are more tuned in to their inner world than the physical world, they often develop problems with vision or hearing.

Following treatment with Bach Flower Remedies, the Clematis person is able to connect the inner and outer worlds and once again becomes interested in the physical world and the people surrounding him.

Sphere of Gevurah

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Gevurah

Keywords

Resistance

Justice 

Strength  

Choice/Free Will/Discernment

Justice

The sphere of Geburah is probably the most feared sphere on the Tree. It is also largely the most understood or misinterpreted as its energy is fierce in nature, accepts nothing less than change and exerts a force that is transformative. These, all being precisely what is needed for spiritual growth. If you look at the energy of Geburah and see its balance on the pillar of mercy- Chesed, it is easier to see exactly why things must be exactly as they are in the realm of Geburah. This dynamic flow of energetic alchemy

The energy of Geburah gives us courage to see with more clarity. With that courage there is a necessary caution that arises as we continue towards building a space of strength from which to exert the force and action that is needed. This is a place of  wise caution that takes the form of  reverence for that which is greater than yourself and  using only enough force necessary to purge that which we should versus.  ‘throwing the baby out with the bathwater”

When we begin to trust our abilities to make wise choices about what must be released and what lends itself to transformation we begin the first steps towards  drawing on the guidance of the Higher Self. The Self that is  devoid of EGO and guided by the merciful (Chesed) seeing of the bigger picture and thus, allowing that which must fall to the wayside do so with the strength of knowing it is for the greater good. [Read More]

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