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Seasons of Life – There’s No Such Thing as “Normal”

Four Seasons Tree I’ve been thinking about seasons lately, and how the weather plays havoc with what we like to think of as “normal.” For example, it’s cold when we expect it to be warm, or warm when we expect it to be cold. Flowers poke their heads out of the ground, coaxed by a warm spell, only to be killed off days later by the nighttime chill.

Dead Flower by ninsight

What gives??

Well, guess what? There’s no such thing as normal. Not when we’re talking about weather, and certainly not when we’re talking about life.

According to Feng Shui, our lives, like the weather, also follow certain cycles which you can think of as seasons. I’m not talking about “you’re born, you grow up, you die” here. I’m talking about what is happening in your life at any given moment, what you are feeling and going through, your goals, and your anxieties.

If you can figure out which season you are in in your life, you can see what’s working (and what’s not working) for you.

And now you’re thinking:

But how do I figure out which season I’m in?

Good question!

The Bagua can give you valuable insight. In fact, certain areas of the Bagua correspond to the seasons. You can start by choosing a season to focus on and looking at the two areas of the Bagua that correspond to that season. You will be able to determine pretty quickly where you are and – more importantly – if there are things that are messing with your mojo.

Bagua Map

Since winter is fast-approaching, let’s start there…

   Winter is represented by Career and Knowledge and Wisdom:

If you are feeling confused and overwhelmed, and not sure if you are doing what you are supposed to be doing, you should probably focus on this area (Career). Winter is a good time to plant the seeds that will eventually sprout and grow. It’s a time to reflect on where you may be now and where you want to go. The important thing to do if you are in this season of your life is to make sure you are spending time on what energizes you, your purpose.

This is where Knowledge and Wisdom come in: take time to learn more about yourself and your work. Imagine yourself nurturing the seeds that you have planted, and try to find inner strength in your daily practices. The energy in this area will support you in getting clear about your intentions, and will help give you the confidence that good things will come. Make sure you are focused on your intention and that your learning is keeping up with the changes both in your life and around you.

   Spring is represented by Family and Physical Health and Wealth and Prosperity:

This is the time of new beginnings, taking action and creating synergy with others. It is manifested in the Family and Physical Health area. If you aren’t feeling inspired and on track, you are probably in this season. Seek support in business and in life. Make sure you are encouraging quality connections with others. And most importantly, take care of yourself. Pay attention to your eating and exercise habits. This will help you gain the strength and nourishment you need to succeed.

As you move into the Wealth and Prosperity area, you should be getting more comfortable with the changes taking place in your life. If you allow your intentions to manifest, you make it possible for your dreams to become reality. Take care to keep your finances under control, and think about what you can do to allow abundance to flow more freely into your life.

   Summer is represented by Fame and Reputation and Love and Relationships:

If you feel you are not getting the recognition you deserve, or that your relationships are suffering, this is the area to focus on. Think about how you can become more visible to others, and more trustworthy and authentic. Work on your relationships. It may help to start with doing something – even just one thing – to create an environment that reflects who you truly are. Be genuine.

   Autumn is represented by Children and Creativity and Travel and Helpful People:

If you are stuck in a rut with no fresh ideas or you feel you lack the help you need, this is where you need to focus your energy.  Think about what you can do to foster changes. Be creative! Get rid of things that aren’t serving you – which could include people, things, or simply what you may be tolerating. Then try to seek out people who may be able to help you reach your goals. The important thing is to get moving. You won’t get anywhere if you stand still. If you need a new perspective, take a trip.

We are all in different seasons in our lives. The important thing is to know where you are and to make choices that will help you get to where you want to be. Even that can change over time. You have to be flexible and willing to go with the flow. Remember: everything around us is alive, connected, and constantly changing. So we must follow suit!

To help you figure out which season of life you are in, you can:

  1. Ask yourself questions about the different areas of your life.
  2. Look to see what’s happening in those areas of your home (or office).
  3. Take actions to support yourself and create more of what you want.

Remember, there are natural forces at work all around you, and by tapping into them you will be able to go with the flow rather than stand in the way.

Embrace change. In the end, it is the only thing that is certain.

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7 Tips to Survive the Call To Change

I’ve been feeling very restless lately. Downright uncomfortable really. It’s like there’s a knot in my stomach, and a kind of dread that something is coming. Storm brewing

Being busy these last few weeks has helped me ignore this feeling, for the most part. But today it pretty much took control. My teeth actually hurt.

I think it’s a call to change.

Phone ringing

I need to make some changes in my life. And change is not always easy.

“How do you know that it’s a call to change?” you might be asking.

Easy. The restless feeling. And the feeling of not being satisfied. Wanting something more – and I’m not talking about physical things. Also, I was reading an old Feng Shui article by Vicky White called 7 Tips for Navigating Stormy Waters and she described exactly what I’m feeling.

In Feng Shui speak, it’s known as a call to journey, which often comes at a turning point in your life. You’re restless for change and movement, the pull of your higher self wanting more and nudging you to take the next step. The call to journey is like being given notice that change is a’comin!

Here are some of the signs:

  • Discomfort in familiar environments (whether they’re physical or not)
  • Dissatisfaction with people and things
  • Feelings of loneliness or isolation
  • Driving desire to discover your purpose
  • Feeling something is missing
  • Needing time alone or more contact with nature
  • Boredom with things that used to give you pleasure
  • Unexplainable illness
  • Driving desire to declutter
  • Feeling like your life has changed somehow and you can’t go back to how it used to be

All these are signals that change, expansion and growth are on the way. But more importantly, you have prompted it to happen by asking for it, somewhere or somehow.

Me? I have no idea what the change is going to be exactly, and I sure don’t remember asking for it. But I do know I’m going to need some serious help to get me through feeling completely disconnected and discombobulated! If you have seen any of the above signs lately, you are going to need help, too.

So, here are some survival skills to help navigate the stormy waters of change:

1. DON’T try to ignore the message. Resisting is futile. Instead, be curious about the change that is being called forth in you. That is the only way to reconnect with yourself. You are being called on to become realigned with your true self.

2. Accept that it’s a good thing to feel restless and uncomfortable. Be aware that you are feeling this way because something bigger is on the way.

3. Trust this place on your journey. Be open to the possibility that you are out of alignment. If you are doing things or acting in ways that are not congruent with who you really are, then you have become out of alignment. This happens because we are constantly changing and expanding as conscious beings, and it takes time for our actions to catch up with these changes.

4. Shift the energy in your environment. The energy in your home or office can keep you in a holding pattern. You have to make room for change, and one of the basic principles of Feng Shui is that to make changes you need to move things around. So move things around!

5. Give yourself lots of space. Space to be, to think, to read or nap or just watch the world go by. Write in a journal if that’s what you like to do. But be on the lookout for signals, signs or messages. They will appear when you stop resisting your discomfort.

6. Ask for feedback. A trusted friend or coach will tell you how they see you right now, how you appear to them. But you have to allow them to be honest, and be prepared not to like what you hear. Sometimes it takes an outside observer to give us the kick in the butt we need to line up our behaviors with how we want to be.

7. Declutter. This is another basic principle of Feng Shui. By letting go of things that no longer support your intentions or inspire you, you make room for the winds of fortune to blow in and around your life. Clutter bogs you down and makes you feel frustrated, lethargic and hopeless. Decluttering will make space for clarity and lightness.

I am starting to feel better already! I actually cleared out one of the drawers in my bedroom recently, so that’s a start. And the knot in my stomach seems more bearable now that I know what it is: I’ve heard the call to journey. I’m open to expansion and change. My higher self knows more about it than I do, so I might as well listen to her.

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