Sacred Currents Newsletter February 13, 2015: All You Need Is Love

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was sung by the Beatles on the first live global television link in 1967.
It was written in response to a request that they come up with a song who’s message could be understood by everyone.
When asked whether songs like ‘Give Peace a Chance’ and ‘Power to the People’ were propaganda songs, John Lennon answered, “Sure. So was ‘All You Need Is Love.’ I’m a revolutionary artist. My art is dedicated to change.”

LOVE

Let’s Change the World With LOVE
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Sacred Currents Newsletter February 2015: Chinese New Year 4712

For those of us less familiar with the Chinese Zodiac, it is made up of 12 animal signs and Five Elements, comprising a 60 year cycle. This is the year of the Wood Ram – also known as the Sheep or Goat. Ancient lore says, Buddha invited all of the animals in the world to join him for the New Year celebrations, but only 12 animals bothered to turn up. As a great reward, Buddha named a year after each one of them and they run in the order that the animals arrived to celebrate with Buddha, starting with the Rat and ending with the last guest, the Pig.

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The Five Elements are Water, Wood, Fire, Earth and Metal.

Feng Shui Newsleter February, 2015Although this year has Wood and Earth as it stem and branch (elements that are oppositional), because of their positioning we can look forward to more stability in the economy and government. There is also hope that the environment will be given greater consideration during this Chinese New Year. As the Ram is a Good Samaritan, highly creative, and intelligent, this year should bring more peace to the world. In fact, the Chinese word for ‘ram’ has links to the word ‘luck. So the very sound of ‘ram’ implies auspiciousness.

It is always fun to name a few famous Rams. These include: Jane Austen, Anne Bancroft, George Burns, Catherine Deneuve, Robert De Niro, John Denver, George Harrison, Mick Jagger, Sir Laurence Olivier, John Wayne, Bruce Willis.

Unfortunately President Obama is an Ox which is the sign most opposed to the Ram, so he will not have an easier time this year.

Prior to the Lunar New Year, it is a good idea for all of us to ‘clear house’ both physically and metaphorically. In other words clean up outstanding debts, issues and generally complete things before the lunar New Year. All signs will do well to perform the ‘Golden Cicada Sheds Its Shell’ ritual, along with ‘Welcoming in the Wealth God’ and ‘Changing the Chi of the Environment.’

Flying Star Feng Shui

According to Flying Star Feng Shui, for every environment the North is where wealth (the 8 star) is residing in 2015. This area will be enhanced with activity, a water element or something moving like a kinetic sculpture. The Southwest, the West and Northeast are sources of negativity, so try to stay away from renovations in these sectors. In addition, a ‘Salt Cure’ will help to mitigate any ill effects from the 5 Yellow Star in the West, which can be the cause of instability and illness there.

Each zodiac animal has its own qualities that are consistent year to year, yet every sign will be influenced by the Ram’s energy this year.

Please note that fortunes can be mitigated or enhanced with Feng Shui, rituals, meditations and transcendental adjustments and that each person has their own karma to consider. A personal, in depth reading will reveal more specifics for each month.

Remember that even the luckiest signs (the Rabbit, Horse, Pig and Tiger this year), have their cautions and the unluckiest (the Rat and Ox) have their bright spots.

A 3-dimensional Horse, Rabbit and Pig (the luck animals for the year depending on your year of birth – see here) can be acquired through Sacred Currents.

Sacred Currents Newsletter January 2015: My Trip to Asia

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My trip to SE Asia

Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam – last month, was all I could have hoped for. It had beauty and adventure; thrills for the senses and meditative times toreflect. In my feng shui practice I have learned that beyond all the charts, formulas and adjustments, it’s connecting with the ‘chi’ of people and their environment that makes me effective. During my travels, it was connecting to the chi of the land, food, history and people that gave life to my experiences.

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These are a few of my lasting impressions and lessons learned…

Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia (which happens to be the largest religious monument in the world), began as a Hindu temple to the god Vishnu and later became dedicated to Buddhism. Evidence of this is in its breathtaking carvings. The Khmer (referring to both the people and language of Cambodia) style of Buddhism practiced today by over 90% of the population, blends elements of Theravada Buddhism, Hinduism, animism and ancestor-spirit worship.

This may explain the gentleness of the Cambodian people, which is notable in the face of their recent history of war and genocide. Actually 60% of the present population is under the age of 16. A fact I find amazing and is directly opposite to our aging population.

Luang Phabang, Laos is a UNESCO World Heritage city with a whopping 34 Buddhist temples and monasteries – quiet a lot for its relativity small size. It is no wonder that the very air feels peaceful here. Every dawn, hundreds of monks from the various monasteries walk through the streets collecting alms. I had the privilege of being a part of this intimate daily ritual.

Everyone in here greets each other with their palms together and respectfully says, “Sabaidee”. It is a beautiful sound and means everything from good morning to good evening. In days gone by, the cooks of Luang Prabang were hired by the kings. Its rich culinary history of using the freshest ingredients favored with the most delicate herbs, made each meal heaven on earth.

Hoi An, Vietnam also a World Heritage site was remarkably untouched by the wars that destroyed much of the country. From the 15th to the 19th century it was a trading port between China, India, Japan and Europe and beautifully preserved. At night the town comes alive with bright colored silk lanterns strung everywhere. Old women and young girls sell lotus shaped paper lanterns with candles for making wishes. Seeing hundreds of these flowing down the river is magical.

Our wonderful local guides added so much to every experience. I so appreciated how proud they all were to be the first in their family to get a higher education, earn a living away from the farm and provide a better life for their children. Speaking of the future, I am aware that my enjoyment has added to the pollution of the planet. The Carbon Fund is my ‘go to’ organization for offsetting the carbon footprint created from daily living, travel, special events, etc. The future of our planet and all the beautiful things on it depend on us preserving it. So as a reminder to us all – “reduce what you can – offset what you can’t.”

Chinese Lunar New Year is February 19th, 2015. I will be back in touch soon with my yearly notes on all of the zodiac animals. Until then, I recommend that you plan an adventure for yourself this year and may it be a healthy and loving one.

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