Photo Share #7: Orchid Flowers

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Orhid Flowers opening (Orchidaceae)

A photo a member of the Orchidaceae (Orhid) flowers. I take photos of the animals in their natural environments and hence I do not disturb them, they are found, photographed and left as I found them.

Available as a print, please see my Fine Art Digital Print Page for more information. Also available @ DeviantArt and ImageKind!

The art print is available as various customisable products on Zazzle Logo!

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Example of framed photo print

You can print to any size and frame the way you want! You can print as many copies as you like, under a personal and non-commercial licence. All intellectual and commercial rights belong to All Natural Spirit. More photos to come!

Available as a print, please see my Fine Art Digital Print Page for more information. Also available on @ DeviantArt and ImageKind!

Alternatively, both art and photo prints can be purchased as digital files through my HelloPretty Online Store. The JPEG will be emailed to the buyer within 10 days after purchase in made. The JPEG file will not contain the logo or text as seen in the sample pictures.

– Good Vibes –

All Natural Spirit

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Acceptance of the Authentic Self & Letting Go of Restrictive Dualistic Thinking

22 September 2017, 22h02:

Spring Equinox for the Southern Hemisphere

 

Today is the spring equinox – it is the day of the year where the hours of darkness and daylight are equal for both the Southern and Northern Hemispheres. Countries in the south are experiencing a quickening as we witness the coming of spring with renewal and rebirth from the earth.

The spring equinox is aligned with Earth, a solid and comforting mass beneath our feet. The soil harbours the most abundant life on earth (the microbes!) and through working in harmony it provides nutrition that sustains all life. If we start to cultivate our souls as we cultivate the soil we will be able to renew our perspectives and live according to our most authentic selves. We are gifted with choice, which comes at a price. When our own earth becomes unmovable, shutting out parts of our psyche; it can bring spiritual dis-ease (shadow aspect). When we cultivate acceptance of every facet of our being we grow and unlock truth, happiness and harmony for ourselves and ultimately for others (light aspect). Thus, this leads to the main theme of today’s article.


 

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Yin and Yang:
To the dualistic mind, this seems to be a representation of opposition, but to the mind free from dualistic thinking it symbolises harmony – one side is a function of the other and working in tandem they create peace.

 

From the moment we are able to process information in an intelligible way, we become conditioned with dualistic thinking: Good vs. Bad, Happy vs. Sad, Black vs. White, Wrong vs. Right, Past vs. Future, Negative vs. Positive, Matter vs. Spirit, Psyche vs. Physical,  Mind vs. Body, Wave vs. Particle, and the list goes on. Yet what we do not realise is that there is a lot of falsehood in this way of thinking and that it not only restricts our opinions, tolerances and ideas – but it causes spiritual dis-ease, which manifests as physical illness and aberrant behaviours. For instance, many of us are conditioned either by society, our parents, and the community at large or even religion that the expression of emotion equals weakness (especially by men) and that crying is only reserved for hysterical women. This leads to us locking up the flow of our emotions (originating from the sacral chakra) within an unmovable cage. They become swallowed within our most basic element, the earth (at the root chakra). This is unnatural and blocks the flow of energy within the body (and ultimately to the spirit). In the dark, cold earth our emotions start to fester, they become a septic wound – much like the symbolic imagery of the Moon card from the RWS tarot. As the emotions twist and churn within this place they build up pressure and then finally one day we ‘lose it’ in either a fury of rage, falling into a depressive state of shame or become petrified with fear. This ‘break down’ further reinforces our belief that emotions are bad and must be controlled with an iron fist. So the cycle of dis-ease continues, likely leading to more physical problems such as the additions to drugs, alcohol or even food.

 

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Another example would be the belief that everything must be categorised – a view-point that comes from our materialistic or physical world, since labelling thinks makes it easier to comprehend our world. But this leads to other problems, when we start to place labels upon things that are not wholly physical (such as living beings, including humans). This leads to an ‘Us vs. Them’ mentality where groups deny each other basic rights and privileges based on trivial things such as financial status (poor vs. rich), religious affiliation, intelligence or ethnic background. It breeds judgemental, intolerant and non-compassionate behaviour towards ourselves, other people and even other living things, such as plant and animals. It cultivates hate within the soil of our soul’s foundation and the results is that your heart (chakra) turns to stone. Unable to realise our own hate for another being by looking at the world through dualistic lenses, we become deluded as the third eye becomes turbid with self-generated and synthetic falsehoods. We no more see a problem in discriminating against one another; our society becomes ill as our spirits fall into dis-ease. It manifests itself in society as crime, road rage, bureaucratic tick boxes based on age, gender and race. We begin to allow or deny each other benefits (or even manners and decency) based on this restrictive thinking. This only serves to cultivate more hatred and ‘Us vs. Them’ mentality. An escalating spiral of violence in all its forms, physical, emotional, mental and spiritual against ourselves and each other.

 

Carl Jung Synchronism is the prejudice of the East; causality is the modern prejudice of the West All Natural Spirit allnaturalspirit.wordpress

 

Breaking this cycle is not easy, there is much resistance, because it suits some people to stay in this place. Others find it comfortable, because it is a conditioned and familiar environment (even if it doesn’t serve them). Therefore, many people may never see past the illusions that we create for ourselves or see the problem with the boxes that we create around our ideas and emotions. The bad is locked up in an attempt to only experience the good, when in actual fact nothing is neither good nor bad it is only our judgement that deems it so. It is also because we do not allow ourselves to live in the present enough, to fully embrace the moment and life as it is now, regardless of where we are on our journey. We are always guilty because of past behaviour or angry about past transgressions inflicted upon us directly or indirectly. We worry about the future, trying to control every stone we find upon our life’s path. I suggest this: instead of focusing all our energy and wasting our lives on these distractions, merely noise that only serves to prevent us all from reaching our potential, we must start to cultivate acceptance and mindfulness in our soul’s earthly foundation.

 

meditation, Dalai Lama

 

Therefore, lifting the lenses of dualistic thinking is greatly advantageous to us as a society. We should also learn that emotions are neither good nor bad, it is clinging to them that enslaves us, but momentary expressions are part of simply being present, being human and experiencing life in all its aspects. Also, when we stop thinking about one another as different and opposing teams, genders, ages, skin colour or even countries – we will experience a true sense of freedom and start to achieve miraculous things that we would not have deemed possible before. We simply are not in opposition with one another, because we are all of the same spirit. Similar to my left and right hand not being in opposition with one another, since they both are an unique extension of me and when they work together in harmony, I am able to achieve, create and grow as a person – just as life requires both day and night as a function of light in order to prosper. We must learn to view each other as equal physical extensions of the same spirit, each unique and independent. Obviously working together will have some challenges, but we are creative and intelligent beings – I am sure we can figure it out, much like we figured out how to cultivate the earth in order to sow and harvest food even when unpredictable factors influence the process (such as mother nature’s whim). Cultivation of the soul I believe is the true purpose of human life on earth. By being present within your own life (not comparing it to others, the past or future) we learn to accept ourselves in all our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual identities as well as accepting where we are on our journey. This leads to harmony of the spirit and true lasting happiness of the soul.

 

93 percent stardust Nakita Gill Beauty Night Larisa Koshkina

 

“This quantum view of a holistic reality is in perfect agreement with one of Jung’s most important seminal ideas; that is, the archetypal idea of Unus Mundus, which Jung [27] and Marie-Louise von Franz [28] derived from characteristic medieval views of the world. In Jung’s words:
“Undoubtedly the idea of the Unus Mundus is founded on the assumption that the multiplicity of the empirical world rests on an underlying unity, and that not two or more fundamentally different worlds exist side by side or are mingled with one another. Rather, everything divided and different belongs to one and the same world, which is not the world of sense.” ([27], para. 767).
Ontologically, this archetype means that there is a reality that must be united, “apparently” divided, opposed, but beyond the illusion of matter, it is One. The reader will note the agreement of Jung’s views with the quantum view of the world…”

– Ponte, D. V. and Schäfer L. 2013

 

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Rejection of the authentic self leads to falsehoods of the soul, as we are locked in an illusionary life. Cultivation of acceptance and letting go of old conditioning takes great effort and dedication, but establishing new and balanced perceptions leads to personal growth. We find peace, because we start to view reality as it truly is and not as we deem it to be.

 

– Cultivating My Soul –
All Natural Spirit

 

Recommended Reading:

  1. 93 Percent Stardust by Nakita Gill on Behance.
  2. Why the Dalai Lama is wrong to think meditation will eliminate violence.
  3. Kerr, L. K. 2013. Definition: Synchronicity, Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology. pp1-4, edited by Thomas Teo. Springer. Open Access
  4. Ponte, D. V. and Schäfer L. 2013. Carl Gustav Jung, Quantum Physics and the Spiritual Mind: A Mystical Vision of the Twenty-First Century. Behavioral sciences 3:601-618. doi:10.3390/bs3040601. Open Access – This is a really good article (abstract below)!

Abstract: We describe similarities in the ontology of quantum physics and of Carl Gustav Jung’s psychology. In spite of the fact that physics and psychology are usually considered as unrelated, in the last century, both of these disciplines have led at the same time to revolutionary changes in the Western understanding of the cosmic order, discovering a non-empirical realm of the universe that doesn’t consist of material things but of forms. These forms are real, even though they are invisible, because they have the potential to appear in the empirical world and act in it. We present arguments that force us to believe, that the empirical world is an emanation out of a cosmic realm of potentiality, whose forms can appear as physical structures in the external world and as archetypal concepts in our mind. Accordingly, the evolution of life now appears no longer as a process of the adaptation of species to their environment, but as the adaptation of minds to increasingly complex forms that exist in the cosmic potentiality. The cosmic connection means that the human mind is a mystical mind.”

 

 

References:

Carina Nebula (Cosmic Potentiality) – spirit111 @ pixabay

1st Yin and Yang – johnhain @ pixabay

2nd Yin and Yang – lebensmittelfotos @ pixabay

RWS Moon Card – Wikipedia (PD domain)

Tibetan Monk – 4144132 @ pixabay

Lady of Stars – Larisa Koshkina @ pdpictures

 

Oracle Card Spread:

Elder Futhark Travel Runes by TheCatHatter,

WaterDrop Oracle by Nicole Hanna, Points of Five Tarot,

Oracle Bone Script Divination Cards by Benebell Wen.

 

Art Share #1: Metatron’s Compass Cube

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From the Artist:

“A design on metatron’s cube and a compass (rose of the sea). Metatron’s cube is a sacred geometric symbol that represents the molecular arrangement of all life (atoms self-arrange in this pattern). Thus, collectively the design translates to a universal life compass that assists with all your journeys.” – TheCatHatter

Available as a print, please see my Fine Art Digital Print Page for more information. Also available @ DeviantArt and ImageKind!

The art print is available as various customisable products on Zazzle Logo!

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Example of the framed picture

You can print to any size and frame the way you want! You can print as many copies as you like, under a personal and non-commercial licence. All intellectual and commercial rights belong to All Natural Spirit. More photos to come!

Alternatively, both art and photo prints can be purchased as digital files through my HelloPretty Online Store. The JPEG will be emailed to the buyer within 10 days after purchase in made. The JPEG file will not contain the logo or text as seen in the sample pictures.

– Good Vibes –

All Natural Spirit

Photo Share #5: Taiwan Maple Bonsai

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Taiwan trident Maple, Acer buergerianum spp formosanum. Informal Upright Bonsai, 95 years old.

 

A photo a Taiwan trident Maple bonsai. I take photos of the animals in their natural environments and hence I do not disturb them, they are found, photographed and left as I found them.

 

Japanese Maple, Poem by © Clive James.

 

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Example of framed photo print

 

You can print to any size and frame the way you want! You can print as many copies as you like, under a personal and non-commercial licence. All intellectual and commercial rights belong to All Natural Spirit. More photos to come!

 

Available as a print, please see my Fine Art Digital Print Page for more information. Also available on @ DeviantArt and ImageKind!

 

Alternatively, both art and photo prints can be purchased as digital files through my HelloPretty Online Store. The JPEG will be emailed to the buyer within 10 days after purchase in made. The JPEG file will not contain the logo or text as seen in the sample pictures.

 

References

The New Yorker – First published the poem

The Guardian– More information about the poet

 

– Good Vibes –

All Natural Spirit

Meditation Infographic #4: Aromatherapy Essential Oils

 

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Tips on How to Meditate:

Using aromatherapy alongside your daily meditation rituals are both relaxing and fun! By using different scents during each of your meditations (depending on the time of day) conditions your mind to ‘this is meditation time’ and smooths you into the session with ease. Light and happy notes can be use in the morning to freshen the mind for the day, the afternoon can make use of more herbal-based notes for a gentle revitalisation, whereas heavy scents can be used before bedtime. You can add the essential oils to an aromatherapy burner or apply an oil pre-mixed with a carrier to your hands before meditation.

 

I have listed in this infographic three essential oil recommendations during meditation:

Lemon for the mornings as a top note,

Lavender for the afternoon as a middle note,

Sandalwood for the evenings as a base note.

 

Tip: Whenever possible always buy reputable and sustainable products as these will contain the proper amounts of oil for an effective and long-lasting aromatherapy treatment!

 

References:

  1. The Fragrant Pharmacy, A complete guide to Aromatherapy & Essential Oils. Valerie Ann Worwood. 1990. Bantam Books
  2. Everybody’s Aromotherapy, A complrehensive guide for All Ages. Helen Ranger. 2001. Tafelberg

Picture sources: BioLib Online Library of Biological Books & Wikimedia Commons
Disclaimer: Aromatherapy forms part of an holistic tress therapy routine and is not meant to replace medical treatments or doctor consultations.

 

 

– Smell Yourself Happy –

All Natural Spirit