Begin to change your definition of abundance. Begin to take a good look at the world around you. See that what is most threatening to its existence is not a lack of material abundance but a state of over-abundance that has become a sight of pollution within your eyes. This pollution is then interpreted in a way that leave many of you consciously or unconsciously defining Nature as your enemy and a deliverer of punishment through creating something which you do not understand that you asked for. Do you not ask to burn petroleum and to be able to live with the effects? Do you not ask to be able to manufacture to excess and to cope with the environmental upsets it creates?
Earth feng shui is a name I gave to a technique for using the earth as a dreamscape to:
- see what we are creating
- see how our energy is moving
- see how to more successfully and intentionally bring peace and love into our world
This process involves using our favorite metaphysical principles of attraction and co-creation in a holistic, unified way. As I have discussed in other chapters, this process requires stepping outside of our habitual and conditioned pattern of striving toward personal pursuits in order to realize there is a bigger world picture that represents a part of who and what we are, as well as what we think and do.
Unlike regular feng shui, we do not need to use tools like compasses and baguas to analyze flows of energy within a space. Instead, earth feng shui relies more upon using what the earth is producing of fruits and symbols to analyze collective energy flows.
To use earth feng shui, it helps if we can begin to see patterns of energy. We may wish to scan our own energy fields, as if looking for strings or cords of consciousness which depart from our energy and connect us to everything within our personal and collective world. Such consciousness may take the form of thoughts, lifestyles, actions, beliefs, conditioning, conventions, etc. Thus, concerning whatever is within our energies path or whatever our energy might touch, be it something that exists materially or something that exists only as a conceptualization, we may wish to note the following:
- What is being touched or affected by our personal energy (through our acceptance of ideas, what we purchase, what we produce, what sources of power we rely on, etc.)?
- Of what our energy does touch, what truth or belief systems is it therefore symbolically aligning with? What belief systems or intentions of others is it lending its unconscious support? Is there any deeper message concerning what is going on within our unconscious or automatic thoughts?
- What is it manifesting at a collective level?
When it comes to earth feng shui, the outcome of this process can be whatever we truly wish it to be. In fact, if enough of us can begin to think about the bigger picture, we can create an intention that brings the world closer to aligning with and actualizing peace, love, and unity.
For example; if we were applying feng shui to our homes for the purpose of creating more peace, health and love, we would not wish to place objects that were polluting, unwanted, or unloving within a direct energy path. Contrary to this, when seeing our energy moving out into a bigger world picture, we can begin to see how our energy touches and affects what we might not always want it to be aligned with (e.g. nuclear power and weapons which have the capacity to destroy us, overabundant garbage and waste, industries that are abusive or corrupt, etc.). All this says something about us. It is the same as if we visualized placing these symbols in our backyard or home. Remember, the earth is our backyard and home.
While home feng shui is about recognizing a flow of external chi that surrounds us and where this chi has a good flow or where it is blocked, earth feng shui is more about our own personal chi and seeing where it extends out from the self and creates energy pathways upon our planet; e.g. within our collective human experience, within collective streams of consciousness, and within nature. These energy pathways can then offer us insight as to how to redirect our energy in order to align it with what we truly want to be part of collectively creating.
For example, if our primary intention is to manifest peace, love, or unity upon our collective or individual dreamscape, we might want to ask ourselves the following questions:
- Where does this type of energy appear to be flowing smoothly? What fruits is its flow producing? What belief systems seem to be supportive of this flow?
- Where does this type of energy appear to be blocked? What belief systems, intentions, or lifestyles seem to lie beneath these blocks?
- How can we use our intentions so that chi can flow in a loving, peaceful and unified way?
Because we all have free will, we can realize and manifest all the choices and possibilities available to us in life. Once we are aware that we do have choice, then we can use our energy to make more conscious decisions; becoming more lucid and empowered within our dream of life.
We can also step back to observe Mother Earth and her energy flows and life-giving consciousness. We can view the various streams of human collective consciousness and the causes and effects upon Mother Earth that are being created. As I have indicated before, the ability to view the world from a detached and unbiased perspective is an important part of seeing more clearly what our own energy is a part of, what it is creating, and how it flows within various collective streams (e.g. those of various cultures, habits, norms, conditioning, and lifestyles).
After all, we read horoscopes and the patterns of the stars to know ourselves. We read our palms. We read so many things so intelligently, and all of it has meaning. However, very few of us have learned to read our bodies, our emotions, or even the Earth for what she is communicating to us about her/our needs, her/our purpose, her/our compassion, and her/our beauty. We can sometimes forget that her innate beauty is our own innate beauty as well, for she is a part of us.
The Importance of Love
Cultivate an all-embracing mind of love For all throughout the universe, In all its height, depth and breadth — Love that is untroubled And beyond hatred or enmity. -Siddhartha Gautama Buddha
In striving toward wholeness and unity, it makes sense that love becomes an integral part of this process. To even discuss the topic of earth feng shui, it becomes important to know what true holistic and unified love is really about.
We all possess the potential through our love to manifest more healing and alignment within our greater world. We can move beyond the mere idea of love, and what simply affects our own individual experience, toward learning to live our lives more consciously concerning what affects the greater whole. This process helps us experience a feeling and conceptualization of unity consciousness.
Right now, many of us feel anything but unity with others. We feel separated and alone. We feel we have to fend for ourselves in life. We feel helpless to be part of what heals a bigger picture because we cannot conceive that our small self matters. It matters more than we know! We each are part of a larger whole in ways we do not realize.
To achieve this sense of unity consciousness, we must be able to both love ourselves and see our lotus beauty enough so that it becomes safe to awaken from any unconsciousness that blocks unification from being actualized. Otherwise, without understanding and being accountable for the ways that we are unloving toward the whole, our energetic intentions result in neutrality and contradiction.
Because of certain metaphysical laws that are always at work, it is not surprising that what we do to our environment, we cannot avoid doing to ourselves, and vice versa. Whatever we ignore of our world’s needs, particularly the need for love, we will deny this need within ourselves, and vice versa. Additionally, what we cannot see within our world, we will be blind to within ourselves, and vice versa. So, while many philosophies teach simply to focus on the individual, I personally believe that the best process is a dual one, where multi-levels of our awareness and existence can be taken into account.
We as one are meant to fully understand what is meant by the term Oneness and to love all parts of creation as we love ourselves. This type of consciousness allows us to recognize the ways in which what is done unto the whole is done unto the parts, i.e., ourselves. This is not to punish us, but is simply a law of cause and effect. It is also a law of love. Using this law, earth—through her mirroring process—can become our greatest teacher for finding where our true thoughts lie. Earth can also teach us who we think we are, and where we may hold onto beliefs that go against self-love, because any misalignment between what we think and the Truth of who we are becomes more difficult to ignore.
I believe that we are living during exciting times! We are beautifully at the crux of a time of choice! Do we wish to create fruits of loving action and unification on the canvas of the world and ourselves? Or, will we choose to seed fruits of self-defeat, without knowing why or how we are participants? Will we become the lotus that knows itself as the lotus? Or, will we continue to strive to find ourselves within a muddy pond?
Moving Beyond Superficial Love
Within human beings exists an amazing potential for love and unity. I think, however, we sometimes feel that we are trapped in lifestyles and ways of surviving in the world that restrict or block us from actualizing this loving potential within us. We all exhibit this potential at some point in our lives; even those who may seem to be more lost and unloving than others. Certain individuals may merely have lost faith in the deep beauty and miracle of eternal love that lies within all of us and within life.
As children growing up, we begin our process innately whole and innocent. The more we move away from this innocence and toward a world of thoughts, forms, responsibilities, and various conditioning, the more the depth of our love and capacity for ‘is-ness’ and unity can end up restricted or lost among our various worldly concerns and worries. Unable to separate ourselves from feeling a need to serve the world in various ways and in its predetermined forms, our desire to love is complicated by a feeling of helplessness. We feel we have an impossible choice to make, ‘Do we love, or do we survive, cope, and compete?’
As we learn more about our nature as being one of Love within a collective consciousness, while simultaneously feeling bound to lifestyles that seem to put us at odds with this concept, there naturally arises more than a few beautifully intentioned—yet ungrounded—conceptualizations concerning how to express this love into the world. Such concepts are kept ungrounded through being practiced at only a superficial level of ‘thought’ or ‘prayer;’ and must remain at this artificial level if we are to master our lives and survive within the current expectations that society seems to hold for us.
As I discussed in chapter 1, the split must be continually rationalized in order to help it survive. It must also be rationalized in order for us to find ways to deal with our own fear of death. After all, if we all became love in a real embodied way upon earth, how would we be able to continue with our present lifestyles?
While I do feel Buddha had the perfect answer—the middle way—for many of us, our consciousness is stuck, even when it comes to thinking about living more simply. Our minds begin to churn out chatter subliminally or consciously, which leaves us believing that in order to live simply, we would all have to become monk-like. What a horrible thought that is! We have beliefs that such a choice will potentially cause us physical, emotional, or social harm, lack, or even death. This fear of death then has us acting out upon the world in ways that seem to—over time—manifest the very reality we fear, rather than addressing it.
The more these seeds of fear sow their fruits within the world, the more the philosophical split must widen to compensate. Then, we have to find ways to perceive that we are treading a loving path when really the path we tread is one of all sorts of fears: of loss, of rejection, fear of taking responsibility for some of the problems of the world, fear of lack of approval, fear of going against the crowd, etc. Thus, superficial concepts of love arise to keep the split going.
Adding to this complexity are ideologies that preach love is the opposite of fear. Then, because these ideologies serve to keep various fears suppressed or denied, such fears can no longer be used as a warning light that we may have veered off path somewhere. Out of this whole mess, ideals arise which attempt to teach us how to merely ‘send’ our love and healing to people and to the earth, as well as how to use our thoughts and prayers toward this same cause. Our efforts, however, must be kept on a shallow and insincere level. Why insincere? It is because our primary and contradictory intention is to remain loyal to all the constructs within the world that would contribute to destroying it. This is not meant to be malicious on our part. Preferring to show love in an idealistic rather than an embodied way is simply the only way we know how to compensate for our ingrained sense of helplessness and inability to act toward being a truly healing force within the world. As a result, however, though love is still a beautiful concept when employed in an idealistic way, it only touches most of our lives and intentions at a very superficial and personal level. (However, I have noticed this superficiality has begun to shift over the last few years.)
Consider the Casanova who thrives on love and romance. This individual takes pleasure in the enjoyment of romance, love, sex, and affection. It gives the Casanova an exhilarating rush and an ego boost of sorts. However, if one psychologically examines the Casanova-type personality, his or her pursuit is not necessarily motivated by love. It is rooted in a desire for bonding and stimulation; sometimes even a desire to conquer, to possess, or to own. It is seeded in a lack of belief in or inability to know the love of the Self.
As an intuitive reader, I have read more than a few women who fell for Casanovas, and I can tell you that most of them felt deeply unloved and unworthy. This is even part of the reason why they were so vulnerable to being seduced by such individuals in the first place. The seduction did not necessarily make them feel loved, either. Any love they felt in the moment of seduction was only temporary. It did not last. Instead, it usually left the love-object of the Casanova confused, wondering if they were ever wanted beyond a sexual and superficial level.
Of the women that I have talked to who had experiences with a Casanova male (though females are just as capable of exhibiting this personality), many complained that there was no substance or deeper bonding. There was no attempt made by the Casanova to know or care about them on a deeper level. Many women I read talked in depth about how action was missing. Loving words may be spoken readily, but the actions displayed something different. There was not much to show that the love object was truly thought of, cared for, and appreciated. The men were selfish, unfaithful, dishonest, or were tempted to stray. The original rush of passion was frequently not lasting.
As proof of the superficiality of a Casanova’s love, this type of personality usually does not introduce the woman he romances to his family or friends. He may go periods without calling them. There are numerous other ways he may show he is not attentive to his love object’s needs. For, though the Casanova enjoys bonding with his love objects, he is afraid of true intimacy. The women that he bonds with are only affairs, rather than individuals to be loved deeply or cared for.
The point that I am trying to make is that the majority of new-agers who proclaim to be primarily motivated by love, and who spout precepts about being love, light, or oneness are very much like the Casanova in their idealization and spiritual romanticism. I do realize this is not true for everyone. I do know that there are those within the new-age community whose love and caring go much deeper. As for the majority, how do I know that there is nothing deeper going on? The answer is simple. I make this observation from perceiving the fruits within the world, of course. Not that I think we should judge various fruits as good or bad.
For example, if people do not love themselves, there will be many signs of this in their personal lives. Maybe there will be low self-esteem, attraction to unloving partners, toleration of abuse, or even the abuse of others. Some may prostitute their bodies, overeat or be workaholic. Many may be out of touch with their bodies and emotions. Many may not be able to understand or feel the needs of their own bodies, of others, or the planet.
At a larger level, this lack of love exhibits itself through nature. The new-age individual might talk about having thoughts or intentions of love toward nature, but like the Casanova, the love is only superficial and is not backed by action or true caring.
One thing we can do to see how we split and abuse ourselves requires recognizing that we are in an abusive relationship with Nature—and thus ourselves, for all is One. Even if we do proclaim to love her, we still continue to tolerate her being abused. We do nothing, and moreover, we contribute to the abuses ourselves. Our own ease and comfort, as well as the immediate rush we get out of life, takes precedence to showing true commitment and caring over the long term. We do not think about the impact we are having upon her (Nature’s) future, in the same way we do not think of the impact upon ourselves or our children. We fear any type of intimacy that is involved with thinking more deeply about this subject. Because of this, we cannot listen to Nature and her innate and overflowing wisdom. In the same way, we cannot listen to our own hearts and the deeper mystery within.
We ignore the catastrophes and breakdowns in order to continue to drive our gas-powered cars and to use Nature’s resources in a self-serving, disrespectful and polluting way. We give her the diseases that we carry, forgetting that she is our intimate partner and capable of contracting them at her expense. This is very similar to how Casanovas use the bodies of their partners for sex, enjoyment, and other pleasures, with no real attention to their partners’ deeper needs, or even if they are hurting them. Like the Casanova, we do not like to think about long-term effects.
I’ve talked to a few Casanovas, as clients, who felt that if they were thinking thoughts of love, experiencing overpowering sexual attraction, or making romantic gestures, that this is showing love. It is not. It is only a small taste. It is idealized love. Likewise, those who proclaim to be ‘love and light’ may be doing the same thing; getting a temporary high off of idealized love. In fact, many of us, like the Casanova, probably don’t even know that the ways we show love may not really even be that loving. This is because we have not been conditioned to know how to be loved ourselves to a great enough degree. We thus do not really understand how to receive or give love, even to ourselves.
This calls out for our compassion and understanding.
To begin to change the pattern, one must begin to think about what our love truly encapsulates; otherwise the deeper level of our intentions can become lost or confounded. We are so very capable of this deeper kind of love, first through finding it within ourselves (understanding how loved we are), and then applying it not only to the One and All, but to the pond and its slime and mud.
Our love can change the entire world if we choose to allow this, and if we choose to love ourselves and treat all as we are worthy to be treated!
While we may not be able to act in a perfectly loving way, or to walk our life path in perfect alignment, this is not necessarily the point of earth feng shui. The point of this book and of earth feng shui is to primarily promote awareness; to encourage others to be a witness of the dream, without rationalizing its symbols or its splits. The more we allow loving awareness to seep in, the more loving ‘action’ will find a way to present itself. Because, based on the Law of Attraction, everything begins with thought and intention. What I am thus proposing is what will alter the subconscious intention. The first action is recognition without excuses; the second step is letting go of force and being the watcher; the third step is allowing life to naturally take shape—in whatever way it can—around new understanding.
As a second example of how we can move our love beyond its current limitations, in 2011 I was approached about an earth-healing endeavor. The purpose was to create a group of individuals to ‘send love’ to the Gulf of Mexico which had been polluted by a major oil spill. Not that the intention of this group is anything I have a problem with, for I have a group myself. However, it is an intention that is left incomplete if not followed through with certain actions, or inactions. As I have stated before, if thought or intention is contradicted by action—which may be based on opposing thoughts—then this intention is not built on a clear foundation.
I asked if there were any part of this group that were going to focus on lifestyle and action, explaining that lifestyle is a form of thought and a carrier for potential contradictory thoughts, beliefs, and intentions. It was explained to me that because of the power of thought, lifestyle does not need to be changed. I was told to read Masaru Emoto’s work—which I have read—concerning how words affect the molecules in water. It was felt that this theory proved that only superficial thought and intention are necessary. Yes, maybe. That is, if we were so lucid within the dream of life that we were Christ-like in our miracle-mindedness (see chapter 3). Additionally, consider that if she is right and our intentions are that strong, then why are we not using our intent to manifest alternatives to the causes of some of the issues of our world (e.g. creating earth-friendly fuel sources, since we are talking about the gulf oil spill)?
To create a greater awareness of a bigger picture, visualize filling a glass with polluted water from the Gulf of Mexico. Then, imagine employing focused love and intention to change the molecules in the glass of water. However, after such a miracle of love, imagine pouring more polluted water back into the glass, because without treating the cause(s) of the thoughts that underlie the pollution, this is what would happen; this is the effect. The cause behind why we would dump polluted water back into the glass is simply another level of thought and intention. And, we will know when the issue has been truly healed in a forward integrated rather than backward integrated way, because we will see the end of oil drilling and likewise the end of the use of petroleum fuel. In its place will be the use of alternatives or adoption of more simple modes of living and transportation.
Because many of us cannot see the causes as existing within ourselves, or within our lifestyles, we naturally will seek to blame what is outside. Even those who understand that causes spring from lifestyles may still feel powerless to change them, thus blaming an external source for this powerlessness. No blame is truly necessary, however, particularly of anything outside of us. This process is not about blame on any level, but empowerment.
Once we learn to separate mere ideas of love from a life that is truly aligned with the Love that we are, we need not look upon the world in the same ways. We only need to clearly see where we have mistaken illusion for Truth. Earth feng shui can represent this middle step. The world becomes a tool to help us see our thoughts. Once we see our thoughts more clearly, we can bring ourselves and our experience of earth into more alignment. Once we see that we live our lives in complete fear of everything, each fear can be seen, listened to, and transmuted with unconditional love and awareness.
As stated in the last chapter, fear is not the opposite of love. Fear is a warning that a call for love somewhere isn’t being answered; something natural and beautiful within is not being protected or cherished in some way, much like earth herself.
In summary, earth feng shui does not solely blame external governments or sources for the energy (causes) behind a situation that has been created. If we are partaking in the energy, giving into collective lifestyles and mind-sets that maintain it, then we are a vital part in its maintenance and creation. After this step, then the questions that we need to ask ourselves are the following:
- Why do we partake in the energy?
- What are we missing from our own lives?
- What are we afraid of?
- What are the ways we do not understand how to care for and love ourselves?
- How does this mirror our inability to care for nature as a part of us, or to care about our children and fellow man as a part of us as well?
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