In 1982, the Japanese government introduced the concept of shinrin yoku, or “forest bathing,” urging citizens to make use of the country’s 3,000 wooded miles for therapy. Tomohide Akiyama, then chief of the forestry ministry, understood intuitively that the woods do people good, while distance from nature makes us sick.
While Japan was championing forest bathing, an American scientist was formulating a thesis that explains why nature moves all people, wherever they are from. According to Biophilia, the 1984 book by evolutionary biologist Edward O. Wilson, people have a biological urge to commune with the primordial mother, Earth, which nurtures us. He believed that humans have evolved to love all forms of life and the processes that reflect our existence, which are everywhere visible in nature. Wilson called that attachment biophilia, from the Greek bios, meaning life, and philos, meaning loving.
Our urge to merge with nature is impossible to measure biologically, Wilson said. Yet he believed that “our existence depends on this propensity, our spirit is woven from it, hopes rise on its currents.”
Thanks for the response, and sorry for my late reply. After our last correspondence, I got hospitalized and a whirlwind of events occurred so I haven’t logged on for a bit. Turns out that this was the right call as I would have to suffer very high healthcare costs if I had quit my job. Makes sense that I should have been able to look at my Bazi/ZWDS to figure this out, and good advice that I don’t need a career break to reflect, but it’s really hard to make such decisions in heat of the moment.
When you are feeling better, let me know. I’ll try my best to help you out. Give me a text if I missed the post. My apologies in advance.
When you are feeling better, delicate 30min each day. Take a scroll in the park. Nature and Trees absorb your negative energy or qi. You can go and read about this aspect of natural healing.
Kurt Lewin (September 9, 1890 – February 12, 1947) was a German-American psychologist, known as one of the pioneers in social, organizational, and applied psychology. The Lewin’s Equation where B = ƒ(P, E); Behavior (B) is a function (f) of the person (P) in their environment (E).
Lewin’s Equation presents the relationship between Person (人) and Environment (宅) in Chinese Metaphysics (八字 + 風水).
In the Person (人) aspect, it is necessary to visit the topic of personality; which has various sub-components such as temperament and character. Temperament is habitual form over a period of time. And, habit is formed by repeating a an event (the ‘event’ could be inside the head). This event could be a positive or negative. And, being temperamental over a period of time, undoubtedly is rewiring the brain function, which in turn forms the character of the person. Character is a set of emotional and cognitive patterns that determines how a person thinks, feels, and behaves. Thus, a person’s character evolves throughout his/ her lifetime, depending on whether he/she is able to let go of the ‘event’ inside the head.
Often, a positive or negative event can be depicted in a person bazi chart. Practitioner should be able to outline event cues in the annual assessment, highlight areas related to career, wealth and health. For example, a’punishment’ frame (i.e. 丑未戌三刑, 寅巳申无恩之刑) in the natal bazi (八字) chart, which is permanent; or in luck cycle, which is temporary in nature.
This brings on the next topic of fate vs destiny, in bazi (八字). Can destiny be improved or just have to live through fate? The difference; when perceive as fate, one gave up taking action and goes thru the event, equivalent to braving through the storm. When perceive as destiny, one takes ownership, takes action and believes in arriving at the desirable outcome, equivalent to taking an alternative route, ask for help or wait for the storm to pass.
Therefore, knowing facilitates reacting and letting go. One could make certain preemptive adjustment or preparation prior to the events. And by knowing, facilitating the letting go process, one then reduce the ‘recycling’ in the head which in turn avoid a less desirable character development (in future).
Environment (宅) is the ‘container’ by which the person is in or the Feng Shui (風水) of the house. This relates to the assessment of energy or chi (氣), favorable or unfavorable. The effect of ‘piercing arrows’ (煞气) on the person or application of drawing positive energy (生氣) for prosperity and growth. The use of academic stars (文曲星) to assist in learning and growth. A comprehensive assessment would take into account the external environment (朱雀，玄武，青龙，白虎) and internal environment (納氣，埃星) to derive at a solution or recommendation for the house or office/ working space.
The Lewin’s Equation suggest that behavior is a result of the person and environment. Therefore, minor adjustment one could make after knowing Chinese Metaphysics (八字 + 風水) is similar to a ‘Railway Switch’; small actions, that could amend the course differently and positively. To change behavior, twitch the thinking – twitch the environment.
The Obsidian meaning is linked with the concept of darkness, and just like our ever-spinning planet and its phases of night and day, the human soul also contains elements of light and dark. A powerful protection stone, the Obsidian crystal meaning helps identify your dark side so that its healing properties can clear it away from your psyche. The Obsidian crystal stone meaning reminds us that everyone has a good and bad side. Instead of hiding from our inner truth, Obsidian shines a light on the negativity and clears it away, helping us to choose the path leading towards light and love.
Incorporate the Obsidian crystal stone into your daily meditation practice and use its spiritual medicine to tell that devil on your shoulder to take a seat because it’s time for your angelic side to come out and play. Sit quietly with the stone for twenty minutes and notice the power of Obsidian illuminating any negativity loitering around inside your head. Like a spiritual disinfectant, it’s ready to deep clean the counter tops of your inner spirit, leaving you feeling light, refreshed, and in control of your destiny.
The Obsidian crystal stone meaning can be traced back to Paleolithic times where it was used to make arrowheads and other tools. Cherished for its deep, glossy sheen, Obsidian is often called volcanic glass because it is formed from molten lava that has cooled very quickly.
With such a rich lineage, Obsidian has plenty of street cred, so every time you gaze at its at shiny luster, let yourself be reminded of its reputation for being a powerful and protective talisman. During prehistoric times, the Obsidian crystal wasn’t just a stylish way to accessorize a loincloth. This warrior stone also protected our Paleo-Indian ancestors from marauding invaders and the perils of hunting.
The Obsidian crystal properties are also known for their stabilizing and grounding effects, making it an excellent crystal for reigning in scattered energies. Whenever you feel yourself spread too thin, hold a stone in each hand and feel it restoring harmony to your root chakra, the energy center that anchors you securely to the earth. Armed with the power of now, take on the day with renewed confidence when you wear Obsidian stone jewelry, a stylish way to have a constant flow of its tough and resilient energy.
In healing layouts, the Obsidian crystal brings a strong presence with its powerful grounding properties. When your head is lost in the clouds, it can cause unwelcome side effects, including procrastination and feelings of isolation. If you find yourself getting lost down the rabbit hole of spirituality, the Obsidian crystal makes an excellent tonic for restoring a harmonious balance between your spiritual self and the physical world of reality. Use the Obsidian properties to anchor yourself securely into the earth, keeping your eyes on the stars and your feet planted firmly on the ground.
Its deep, transformative vibes also help enhance the stones around it, making it a big-time magnifier of healing energy. The Obsidian stone also makes a trusted companion to carry with you during a healing process, especially one that unfolds over time. It gives us the strength and patience needed to overcome challenges, no matter how long the journey takes.
Cheaper than a few sessions on a therapist’s couch, create your own therapeutic session when you meditate with the stone on a daily basis. Gaze at the stone in peaceful contemplation and ask it to give you clarity and focus by bringing any negativity to the surface. Once it helps cut through self-deception, you’re on your way to encouraging the body’s ancient blueprint for the healing process.
Familiar by name, yet otherwise perf this much fabled Arabian tree has been as famous as it has been elusive since long before the birth of Christ, when the three wise men from the East brought it as a gift to that humble stable in Bethlehem. We do not know how far the use of Frankincense goes back in time, but we do know that it already scented the Egyptian Temples to honour Ra and Horus and it is said that Queen Sheba brought a great number of Frankincense trees as a special gift for King Solomon.
Unfortunately those trees were destined to die as Frankincense trees only grow in a very limited geographic range and very arid conditions. Nevertheless, it’s the thought that counts and bringing all these trees was indeed a very strong sign of honour and respect. In the ancient world incense trees fuelled the economy of the Arab world as oil does today. Trading cities positioned at important points of the spice or incense routes prospered considerably thanks to the thoroughfare business.
At one time Frankincense was more valuable than gold – needless to say, a situation much relished by the traders who only benefited from the obscurity and remoteness of the trees. Legend had it that the trees only grew in the most inhospitable mountainous places, guarded by dragon-like creatures that would readily strike out at any intruder. Obviously such stories were invented to scare off any attempts of enterprising and adventurous young men who otherwise perhaps might have ventured in search of the trees to do a little harvesting themselves. But, scare tactics aside, the long journey across the desert was no amble down the garden path – it was fraught with peril and as potentially dangerous as it was lucrative.
There are several regions where Frankincense grows, of which Oman, Somalia and Ethiopia are the most important suppliers today. Now as in the days of Solomon the most important use of Frankincense was as a sacred offering for the Gods. And although the worldwide demand for it has broadened, the actual worldwide consumption used to be far greater than it is now. Much Frankincense is still gathered in the traditional way from wild growing trees. The trees, although provided by nature, ‘belong’ as deliberated by unspoken agreement, to particular families who live nearby and who claim the right to harvest them.
In the ancient world all Frankincense trees were decreed to belong to the King and only he negotiated the harvesting rights with the various merchants for a goodly fee. Studies have shown that where families take a ‘guardian’ position towards the trees they are far better cared for and protected as naturally any desert dweller will be quite careful to protect the source of their livelihood compared to roving harvesters who do not have any vested interest in the welfare of a particular tree.
In modern magical traditions, frankincense is often used as a purifier – burn the resin to cleanse a sacred space, or use the essential oils* to anoint an area that needs to be purified. Because it is believed that the vibrational energies of frankincense are particularly powerful, many people mix frankincense with other herbs to give them a magical boost.
Many people find that it makes a perfect incense to use during meditation, energy work, or chakra exercises such as opening the third eye. In some belief systems, frankincense is associated with good fortune in business–carry a few bits of resin in your pocket when you go to a business meeting or interview.
In some traditions of Hoodoo and rootwork, frankincense is used to anoint petitions, and is said to give the other magical herbs in the working a boost.
When it comes to magical uses, myrrh has a wide variety of applications. In fact, the possibilities are nearly endless. Because the scent is fairly strong, it’s often used in conjunction with other herbs or resins, like frankincense or sandalwood. Associated with purification and cleansing, you can use myrrh in a number of different ritual and magical contexts. Try one or more of the following:
Burn myrrh, combined with frankincense, in rituals related to banishing. In some magical traditions, myrrh is incorporated into workings to break hexes and curses, or for protection against magical and psychic attack.
You can also blend myrrh into an incense to use for purifying sacred spaces, or to consecrate magical tools and other items.
In ancient Egypt, myrrh was often used as an offering to the goddess Isis, so if you’re doing a ritual calling upon her for assistance, incorporate myrrh into your celebration.
If you’re feeling stressed out, try this: burn some myrrh nearby to help relax and calm your nerves. Another great option? You can also put it in a pouch and place it under your pillow, to bring about restful and peaceful sleep.
Add myrrh to healing sachets for workings related to wellness. If someone who is ill can tolerate the scent, try placing some myrrh in a tin or bowl of water over a heat source, to create a scented atmosphere in the sickroom.
Use myrrh in incense blends such as Full Moon Incense or a fiery summer incense blend to burn at Litha or Beltane.
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