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Shapes are the words of our Intuitive Language

If pattern is the logic of our intuition and fractals are our language then shapes are perhaps the words that make up that language. Each and every shape you see around you conveys information because each shape is one way for things to be joined. The alignment of how we join with others, or with the world around us, can tell us a lot about what is going on.

Stop and think about this for a moment. You’ll realise you have a sense of what I mean even if you haven’t got the words for it (though I hope this blog will give you some of words to put to your innate understanding). Here are some basic shapes and some of the empathic, rather than mathematical, information they convey. Stop and consider each of these shapes, especially your reaction to them. Fractals are created from basic shapes repeated over and over again. By considering the basic shapes and what they convey you can begin to understand a little more of what each fractal is saying, and so your intuition can take that one step closer towards being conscious intuition.

Pine line pixabayStorm front line pixabayA straight line – joins two things together in a direct way. It is stable, clear and direct but it is also static.

Lampionblume flower triangle pixabayPlank triangle pixabayA triangle is more interesting as it introduces a third element. This third element could be either stabilising or destabilising, depending on the relationship. It opens up a line to new possibilities.

Cherries heart pixabay Leaf heart pixabayYou can think of a heart-shape as a special kind of triangle. Two of the corners are curved as they draw towards each other, rather than pointed, and the third remains as it would in the triangle. What does this suggest to you? That the closeness of the first two points allows the energy of the third to express itself in new ways?

Pyrite crystal pixabaySquares are seen rarely in nature. This in itself is interesting as it is the one shape we humans reproduce over and over again – along with its cousin, the rectangle. Squares are a ‘grown up’ version of the straight line. They hold each corner in a static relationship. Perhaps this is why we like them. They give the sense that we know what’s going on, but squares are so rare in nature that it reminds me of how we’ve recently realised that, for all of our science, we’ve only been studying about five percent of the Universe. We’re not even sure where the other ninety-five percent of the Universe is and what it’s made up from. We may like squares but they’re not that natural. You may think immediately of cliffs but they’re usually so eroded they’re not true squares. The only true square in nature I can think of is the pyrite crystal. Interesting that pyrite is called ‘fool’s gold’ and that gold has been regarded for centuries as both a symbol and a holder of value. Perhaps it’s time for us to realise that static relationships hold, at best, only fleeting value?

Daffodil circle pixabaySun circle pixabayCircles are far more common in nature than squares. They have both a centre as well as a diameter, which allows them to have an outward, radiant expression while maintaining the core of themselves. Circles cover every angle and so come closest of the linear shapes to the connectivity of true consciousness. In sacred geometry the circle is considered to be the most powerful and complete shape.

Snail shell spiral pixabayRose spiral pixabaySpirals are a special kind of circle. It’s more of a curve, and an open curve at that. It’s a curve in which every revolution is larger than the one before. The exact relationship of each curve to the previous one is ruled by the Fibonacci sequence, a kind of mathematical fractal, so naturally this is a shape we enjoy at Fractology. Consider what the spiral suggests. Each revolution is more expansion than the one before yet the centre is always maintained. This shape is a wonderful visual expression of the process of true personal and spiritual growth.

There are more shapes, and definitely more complex shapes that are made up of combinations of these basic shapes. Yet when you begin to consider each shape and what it means, what it supports and what it doesn’t, it will help your intuition become more conscious. Spend a little time each day looking around you and observe what shapes there are in your environment. What does that tell you about where you are?

Sacred geometry grew out of the study of the basic kinds of shapes I’ve been talking about here. The understanding of fractals came from topology, the study of shapes. Fractology is a further development of that as it enables us to understand the pattern-based logic of our intuition. As you observe how you respond to the shapes that make up your day you’re building a foundation for your intuition to grow.

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Left brain – right brain: challenges and insights from the road

One of the joys of travelBrain2 pixabayling overseas to teach is getting to experience knowledge that is old and familiar to me in a completely different way. When I see what I know through the eyes of people who look at the world from a diverse perspective it forces me to explain things in a whole new way. This is brilliant as it gives me a new appreciation of old and loved material.

One of the most noticeable differences between the culture I grew up with and the Brazilian culture is one that, fortunately, Fractology is well-equipped to handle. My upbringing was a very left-brained one. Not only because my father is a mathematician but because the culture I come from seeks to understand anything before acting on it. This means that often long explanations and assurances are required before teaching anyone even the first step in the Fractology process of developing their intuition. The challenge at home is the classical one that many spiritual and intuitive teaches have to meet. It is the challenge of enabling students to accept the validity of their intuition deeply enough that they’re open to learning. In Brazil all that changes.

This is a wonderful, deeply empathic culture with deep shades of mysticism. This harks back to the unique history of the place and can be seen in the diverse and integrated influences that created what Brazil is today. What this means for Fractology and the development of intuition is that students here plunge straight into the work. There is an immediate empathic connection to the work which is profoundly right-brained. The challenge here is not to get students to open up to the work but to understand what they’re doing from a logical framework so they can do it consistently and with clarity. In other words, the process of learning here is the reverse of what it is at home.

At home the most effective method of teaching is left-brain to right-brain. Once students have a logical framework they can accept they’re far more open to all the many gifts their intuition has to offer. Here in Brazil where I’m currently teaching that would not be an effective method. What works best here is going from right-brain to left-brain. This back and forth between both sides of the brain is fortunately an inbuilt part of the Fractology system.  It is a necessary part of teaching intuition and self-awareness. It also has implications for other parts of our lives, such as business.

In business it’s most common to go left-brain to right-brain because a reliable and consistent method of operation is needed to get anywhere if you want to be successful. Knowing what you’re doing and how to do it most effectively within a highly specific focus is a great recipe for the operational side of any business. Yet any truly successful business person will tell you this isn’t enough. A great business system is an efficient way of making product, of getting the work out there but to be successful you also need to have what you’re doing be well-received. That is a more right-brained process.

Some businesses figure out the system first and then seek to connect to their clients. They go from a left-brained approach to right-brained communication. If they don’t make that switch they may have a great product but their marketing will lack heart and so their products won’t enjoy the success they deserve. The left-to-right-brain approach works well with companies that require a lot of research and development, such as medical supply companies. However today most companies, especially small companies, would do better to reverse this process.

The right-brain is what enables us to make that immediate connection. It’s what guides any business to the niche that will enable them to create an effective base from which they can grow momentum for outrageous levels of success. Microsoft is an example of a company that takes this approach. Whether you are a Mac or a PC person you can learn something from the way Microsoft does business. They throw together their next product and send it out to market knowing it’s not perfect. In other words, they’re far more focused on making that right-brained empathic connection with people than they are on having a perfect left-brained system. Once the product is out in the market they know their clients will give them feedback. Full left-brained understanding of each new product or system comes after they’ve put the product out to market.

In other words, both approaches work. They’re just different. The question you have to answer for yourself is – which way do I prefer to work?  Left-to-right-brain? Or right-to-left-brain?

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7 signs your intuition is talking to you about your business

Money savings patternBusiness intuition is a hot topic right now. In our increasingly fast-paced world your business intuition can help you keep up and make your business thrive for years to come. Intuition is your in-built system for sensing what’s coming. Your business intuition is brilliant at predicting issues and problems before they become serious. It’s also essential for the next wave of innovation, including any which will affect you and your business. Learn to listen to your intuitive business side and you can use it to succeed in business. You will then be the one creating the changes, rather than being affected by them. To help you get started here are seven signs your business intuition is talking to you:

  1. You keep hearing the same subject in conversations or on your media.

Your intuition works through patterns so if you notice a pattern cropping up in your world, pay attention to it! This is a powerful sign your business intuition is talking to you, especially if the subject relates to your business. This sign happens most commonly when there’s a big decision to make. Focusing on your intention to find the best option is a great way to trigger your intuition to assist you in business decision making. Your intuition can supply the answer, but not always in the way you expect. If you keep hearing the same subject mentioned it’s probably because this is where you’ll find the answer you need.

  1. The thought of someone you haven’t seen in years keeps coming into your mind.

Only the other day a client mentioned to me she’d had persistent thoughts of an old colleague. She’d lost touch with them but a week later she learned he’d passed. Stories like these are common with general intuition but have a special significance in business intuition. If you keep thinking of someone connected to your business, either in currently or the past, it’s often a sign your intuitive leadership is required. Leadership puts the best team together and knows who to task with what and when. If your business intuition keeps pulling a particular person into your awareness it may be they, or their ideas, are needed for your team to succeed.

  1. You feel a strong sensation in your chest.

Your soul seat is in your upper chest. When you get a strong sensation in this area it’s usually connected with something that affects you and your authenticity directly. This is an intuitive sign your integrity may be affected by your business decision making. If the feeling is positive, it’s a good sign. If it’s negative, you may need to consider how you can achieve what you need to in a different way.

  1. You feel a strong sensation in your gut.

Your hara is in your lower abdomen. When you get a strong sensation in this area it’s usually connected with your goals and life-path. This is an intuitive sign your goals and dreams may be affected. If you pay attention to this sign it may help you succeed in business with maximum ease. If the feeling is positive, go for it. If it’s negative, then your intuition is supporting your business decision making by letting you know you’ll need to find a different path to your goal.

  1. You feel confident and happy even if you’re not sure of the decision.

Intuitive leadership means you often have to make decisions without all the information. This means you can’t be sure it’s the best choice. Yet if you feel good about your choice it’s a sign you’re using your intuition in business successfully. Your decision may not work out the way you expect but this is a sign it’ll work out well, one way or another.

  1. You feel uneasy about your choice even though you’re sure about the decision.

This sign can be one of the hardest to pay attention to, especially if the choice is one you’ve made before and it worked out well. Yet one of the most important ways your business intuition can help you succeed in business is in avoiding unnecessary problems. Sometimes things change without you realising it and if you’re feeling uneasy it may be an intuitive sign there’s something going of which you’re not aware. If you’re feeling this it’s time to check and re-check what’s happening.

  1. The same opportunity keeps popping up.

Your business intuition is also there to help you grow and achieve your dreams. If the same opportunity keeps popping up it may be a sign this will help take you to the next level so you can succeed in business. Your business intuition knows the way to success doesn’t always lie along the tried-and-well-trodden path but most often in the unexpected. If the same opportunity keeps presenting itself ask yourself how would it support your business. You may be wonderfully surprised by the answer.

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The intuitive-edge in business

Are you haunted by the problems in your business or work life? Or do you know with absolute conviction that your business could be huge if you could Money treejust get ahead of the trend? Problem solving and creative innovation are the edge your intuition can give you in your business. From Steve Jobs to Oprah Winfrey, many business leaders speak about the importance of their intuition and how it helped them get ahead in their business. This is an edge you can acquire for yourself. You too can use your intuition to succeed in business.

In life and business there are only two categories of things you have to deal with. Those you already know and those you don’t know yet. Your brain is designed to handle both of these. That’s why you have two sides to your brain.

When dealing with something you already know you’ll probably need to pull up from the dim recesses of your memory or subconscious known facts and figures. These details, this data gives you the information you need to deal successfully with what you’re facing. If you’ve dealt with it well before you’ll pull up that data and do something similar again, hopefully with a similarly successful outcome. Your left-brain is really good at that kind of thing. That’s what its job is. This is the side of your brain that school focuses on. However good your grades were then, that was down to how well your left-brain stores that data. When you know something, you know it. The difficulty is that in business, as in life if you try to use what you already know to handle something you don’t know yet it’s probably not going to work out so well. That’s when the other side of your brain and your intuition comes into it.

Your right-brain doesn’t deal with known facts but with the patterns of life. Pattern-based thinking or using your intuition in business decision making is what the intuitive-edge in business is all about. None of us like having to deal with difficult situations, especially if we dealt with something similar unsuccessfully in the past. When you’re faced with such a situation you know you need to do something different, but what? Even more daunting are those moments in which you have to deal with something entirely new, whether it’s because the trend has changed or you’re taking your business into its next phase. Yet these moments are also where the biggest opportunities lie.

The chances are if you have a problem other people have it as well. Solving problems is a great way to grow your business. When your business intuition is working well you’ll be able to perceive the pattern running through the situation and use that to realign what you’re doing to solve the problem. To understand what I mean consider a tree for a moment. Your left-brain might know all sorts of facts and figures about a tree, like how the chlorophyll or the green-stuff in the leaves can turn sunlight into energy and takes carbon dioxide out of the air in the process. Your right-brain isn’t so interested in any of that stuff. It just looks at the whole magnificent tree and goes past that to recognise the pattern that created it. Then it does more.

The pattern shows you where the tree has a problem because that broken branch or piece of mistletoe doesn’t match the rest of the pattern of the tree. In the same way your business intuition will recognise where there’s a problem when the healthy patterns of your business are disturbed in some way. Just like the tree you need to get your business back into alignment with its healthy pattern to solve that problem.

What’s more your ability to recognise pattern means you know when one tree is the same kind as another because they both have the same pattern. This is the part of your business intuition which will help you recognise new opportunities. When your right-brain recognises a situation or opportunity that aligns to the healthy pattern of your business you’ll know, even if you don’t yet have all the data, that that’s a situation in which your business can thrive in. Saying yes to such opportunities is a wonderfully empowering way to use intuition in your business decision making.

So one of the best ways to succeed in business is to strengthen your intuition. Knowing your intuition comes from the pattern-based thinking of your right-brain gives you a clue as to how you can do that. Spend some time each week working on your ability to recognise patterns and your intuition will grow stronger. You can do this by spending time in nature which is full of complex patterns called fractals. You can watch fractal zoom videos on YouTube or simply look for patterns all around you, in the people you pass and the things you notice on your media feed. Or of course you could study Fractology.

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The 3 Minute Solution for Greater Wellbeing

Are you feeling stressed? Out of sorts? As if you’re dragging a weight around with every step?

If so there’s a 3-Minute Solution to give you the pattern of balance for better wellbeing. This pattern is important energetically and neurologically.

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There’s no need to drag yourself through life. Let go of the struggle and give yourself the time and love to find balance.
Leon Brown
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Life is like riding a bicycle – in order to keep your balance, you must keep moving.
Albert Einstein

 

All of us get stressed when we lose our connection to our true self – to Who We Truly Are. If we’re not to get stressed we need to maintain one of the fundamental patterns of a healthy life – our balance.

Neurologically and energetically staying balanced is a major key to increasing the ease of connection to Who We Truly Are. When we’re out of balance our system has to constantly compensate for that, which is a drain on our energy and a drag on our efforts. When we’re out of balance we never run at our optimal state and tend to generate more toxicity than usual – a bit like when your car is out of tune it’ll throw up more oil and crud into the engine.

Balance can be static, similar to the picture at the left above – weight on either side of a fulcrum needs to be even if the fulcrum is to stay level. That might work for rocks but it doesn’t work in our human existences. We can’t sit still – there’s too many fun and worthwhile things to be doing.

That means we need a dynamic balance, not a static one. That is what Albert Einstein was speaking about, as quoted on the right above. In energetic terms, it means if we have energy flowing out we need to have the same amount of energy flowing in if we’re to stay balanced. That is the kind of balance that maintains each of your chakras. Your chakras are vortices of electromagnetic energy – they are similar in pattern to a whirlpool. They maintain their shape and structure not through a rigid structure, like your bones, but through the pattern of a balanced flow.

Neurologically a balanced flow is even more important. You have neurological information and impulses flowing from your brain down your nerves and into your body – that’s called the efferent flow. That’s how your brain tells your muscles what to do.

You also have a neurological flow that goes from your toes and fingers back up your nerves and into your brain – called the afferent flow. That’s how your system knows if what it did worked or not.

Maintaining a balanced neurological upflow and downflow helps balanced flows other in your system – like your kundalini energy. It’s essential for wellbeing, both energetically and physically.

Whirlpool
A whirlpool is an example of dynamic balance. Its pattern is maintained by the flow on one side of the pool balancing the flow on the other. If either flow was to decrease the whirlpool would disappear.

 

With this simple exercise you can maintain this essential balance in your system. It doesn’t take long – in fact, if it takes you more than 3 minutes then you’re forcing it, rather than guiding the flow.

Done correctly, this simple exercise will bolster your wellbeing by maintaining a healthy flow in your system. Like many of the techniques I teach, it’s simple but not easy. It requires a clear focus and a strong intention. As with all things, the more you practice it, the better you’ll become at it and the easier it will be. Then it might only take you 1 minute!

Here’s how you do it:

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  • Focus on the upflow and downflow in your spine. You can focus on your energy or nervous system flow, whichever works better for you. The effects are the same.
  • Intend for both flows to perfectly balance each other.
  • As they come into balance you may notice your body’s relief. Just as good physical posture is easier on your muscles, good EM posture is easier on your nerves.

If you can, do this at the start of each morning to give you good energy for the day and last thing at night to help you recover from the stresses of the day and to improve the quality of your sleep. That way, you’ll really capitalize on your 3 minutes to create tremendous energetic, neurological and physical well-being for yourself.

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How Cycles Give You Energy

The one thing that science and spirituality can agree on is that it’s all energy.

Tesla Gandhi

Energy is both a wave and a particle. It both causes things to vibrate and is the things that do the vibrating. The vibration goes in a cycle, or circle, which the particle traces out as the wave lifts it and then lowers it.

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Waves move particles in circles as they pass through.

 

It’s this cyclical nature of energy which underlies this most ubiquitous of nature’s patterns. The cycle is everywhere in nature, from sunrise to sunset and the passage of the seasons. It’s there in the flow of water from ocean to cloud to rain to river to ocean, and it’s there in the lifecycles of insects and plants.

Your modern life may feel divorced from nature but you still live through the ebb and flow of cycles. They influence all aspects of your life, from the cycle of choices and consequences or the karmic cycle, to the cycle of energy. This is a natural consequence of having everything in your life being created by energy.

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All of life is a cycle.

Have you ever felt caught in a circle, as if you’re back in the same place from where you started despite all your good work? Or your head rattling noisily as your thoughts go round and round? Those are more consequences of energy moving in cycles. The key to growing with ease and grace is in the way you complete each cycle.

Whether a cycle ends up as an expansive one or another repetition of the same-old-same-old is due to how you completed the last cycle. There are essentially three ways to complete a cycle:

  1. Avoidance or denial of the cycle. This means the cycle is actually still incomplete which inevitably means the cycle will be repeated.
  2. Acknowledgement of the cycle. That creates the possibility of change. As one cycle is truly completed, the next one will be different.
  3. Acknowledgement of the cycle and connection to a chosen future. This is the foundation of true transformation. Conscious connection to a chosen future creates the path for the new cycle, rather than leaving it to random chance. This is the most expansive cycle of all.

By completing your cycles you free up your energy and open the door to greater expansion. This is a particularly powerful step to take with your intuition.

Completion can be as simple as saying ‘thanks’ or ‘thank you’ to each of your thoughts. Do that next time you get them going round and round in your mind and you’ll soon notice how your mind begins to grow quieter. Even the simplest acknowledgements like that helps you let go of what you don’t want – and if you then re-focus on what you do want, like a more expansive future, you’ve just made your path a whole lot easier and more graceful.

You can find the video for this blog on this website or at https://youtu.be/A3c8R77SfFM where you can also subscribe to my YouTube channel.

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Epicycles or The Truth is Always Simple

The truth is simple.

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Fractals can appear complex but they’re built from simple patterns and simple rules repeated many times.

Just like a fractal.

A fractal can appear complex but is always simple underneath. That’s what gives them their elegance, as well as universal application.

You’ve experience this yourself many times. Whenever you learned something new it seemed complex and confusing, but as soon as you ‘got it’ it was suddenly simple. Just how well you can hold on through the confusion, until you get to the simplicity, has a lot to do with how much you learn in life.

Confusion is mental pain. Just as with physical pain, our mental pain can be either good or bad. If you’ve ever been to a yoga class, or pushed yourself in a workout, you’ll know what I mean.

Good physical pain is that achy stretch pain that means your body’s working beyond its usual capacity – but bad pain is hot or sharp pain. It’s important to tell the difference between good and bad pain because good pain means keep going but bad pain means stop before you do damage.

If you think all pain is bad pain you’ll never get fit because you’ll avoid it – you’ll stop if you feel any type of pain. That’s true if we’re talking about physical or mental pain. The more you’re able to tell good confusion (new truths) from bad confusion (lies) the more you’ll understand and be able to learn and grow.

This is where simplicity helps.

The truer something is the more simple it’s going to be. True things line up with universal reality, which lies don’t do. It’s explaining away the misalignments which make lies so complicated.

This has always been true, as epicycles demonstrate.

Epicycles were how they explained away the misalignments in our solar system created by insisting the sun, and all other planets, orbited round the earth – that our solar system was geocentric. The invention of telescopes showed up these misalignments as the planetary movements could be observed more closely – and they weren’t moving the way they should move if things really were geocentric.Epicycles1

Hanging on to the old belief felt less confusing, less mentally painful, than other possibilities. So, avoiding this pain, caused them to make things more complicated as they explained away the observed misalignments. They invented epicycles.

If the planets were going round smaller circles as they went round the bigger circle of their orbit the misalignments could be accounted for. Problem was that telescopes got better and better, which meant they needed epicycle on top of epicycle as the number of misalignments they had to explain away continued to increase. Things just kept getting more complicated.

Finally, Copernicus was able to realise the truth. The planets were heliocentric, not geocentric.

With the sun at the centre of things perception was aligned to reality and things were suddenly so much simpler. No more epicycles were needed.Epicycles

One significant advantage of simplicity is the clear focus it gives you. This level of clarity makes it easier for you to produce the results you’re after. It means that whenever you’re confused all you need to do is ask yourself – would things be simpler if that was true?

If the answer’s yes, then it probably is true. You’ll need to adapt to the new reality.

If the answer’s no, then it probably isn’t  true. You can forget about it.

There are other, simple ways to learn to discern the true. You have an inbuilt system which is actually part of your immune system. It’s not so much a way to tell the truth, but to know what things align to your personal expanded reality. You can learn how to work this part of your system through developing awareness of your Soul Seat.

You can download the audio meditation to learn how to do this at: https://fractology.info/p/soul-seat-series-2-attunement/

You can watch the vlog for this subject at: https://youtu.be/s1LjS8tEfgI

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Positive, powerful co-creative wave

As the collective cWave surfingonsciousness shifts further towards a co-creative existence we have a powerful opportunity to accelerate our own growth and expansion. The coming wave of energy has the capacity to lift all of us to a greater level of co-creative power than ever before – as long as we’re ready and aligned to it. We’ve been expecting this wave for some time and, as it comes closer, a little more detail would be useful as each stage of the wave tends to require a different alignment – just ask any surfer. I’ve added some links to some videos that’ll help you align to each phase.

Phase 1: As the wave is building the water level seems to drop and the motion of the water goes backwards. This is similar to the extremely low tide that occurs before any tsunami. At this point you need to point your surfboard towards the shore and paddle like crazy to build momentum for what’s coming. This is the phase we’re in now. It may feel like things are going backwards but it’s just the polarity building towards what comes next. Now is the time to increase the amount of energy you’re putting into the projects that’ll take you to your next level of expansion.  This phase will probably last until about August of this year. Click here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2uQFfpe6C18 to watch David Tennant (former Dr Who) sum up this current period for you.

Phase 2: The water stops dropping and the flow begins to reverse. This is the time to get up on your board and make sure you’re probably balanced. That means you want to ensure that any systems you’ve put into place for your future projects are having the effects – both direct and indirect – that you want them to. This period will probably cover the latter part of 2017 until the later part of 2018. Click here http://www.ted.com/talks/jeanne_gang_buildings_that_blend_nature_and_city to learn about how everything in our lives, including the buildings we live in, can be a system for interdependency and co-creation.

Phase 3: This is the fun phase that most of us focus on, but it’s important to remember we can’t get there without the momentum of phase 1 and the alignment of phase 2. In this phase the wave is moving through powerfully. It’s not only lifted our surfboard, it’s got enough strength and vigour that we can do all that cool stuff – shooting tubes or whatever it is that surfers do. This is the phase in which all your creative endeavours will manifest with ease, grace and joy. It’s an incredible time – and one we’re all looking forwards to. The main challenge here is to increase our capacity for the positive, for joy and pleasure. This period will probably start either late 2018 or early 2019 and continue for at least four or five years. This is the time we’ve all been working towards, to make sure we’re positioned to make the most of it. Click here https://www.ted.com/talks/mihaly_csikszentmihalyi_on_flow to learn how to flow with happiness.

Phase 4: This is the last phase that comes with mastery of all the previous phases. Things are now easy and we’re able to simply go with what we’ve created. It’s important in this phase to really enjoy all the fruits of our co-creations as the new cycle will be coming soon. We will move into this phase in the mid 2020s. Things are going to be good for a long while. Yay! Click here https://www.ted.com/talks/don_norman_on_design_and_emotion to learn some design techniques not only for your work and creations, but your life itself.

If you align yourself to the wave that’s coming, with special attention to each phase, your life will expand over the next few years to a level you won’t have conceived of before now. It’s going to be exciting!  We wish you joy of the journey.

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Variety, spice and a healthy life-balance

Turmeric +Variety is the spice of life.  This applies to many different aspects of life, and none more so than our diet.

We’ve all heard about how important probiotics (healthy bugs) are for our digestion and general health.  The necessary variety in our diet has got a lot to do with keeping a healthy microbiome (our gut bugs as a whole) and so keeping ourselves healthy.

Here’s some things we can all add into our food from time to time to not only spice up our diets but also to increase our health.

Garlic helps our immunity in large part by helping the mix of our microbiome to switch to a healthier one.  It is a wonderful prebiotic (something our probiotics love to eat).

Radishes contain arabinogalactans.  These are a particular type of fibre that, when fermented by our gut bugs, produce short chain fatty acids (SCFA) which are essential for the health of the colon (large intestine).

Carrots also contain arabinogalactans.  The variety here is also provided by the wonderful colour range we can now get them in.  They also contain Vitamin A, which is important for the gut wall, as well as our liver.  Liver health is essential for strong digestion, as well as for nail and hair health.

Jerusalem artichoke is one source of inulin.  This is a form of dietary fibre we can’t digest, which means it passes through the small intestine to be fermented in the large intestine. This helps to increase healthy bugs, improves regularity and keeps our colon healthy.  Inulin also has no calories so it can be a big help in weight management.

Jicama is a native of Mexico and it’s probably something you haven’t had before so there’s variety in it’s novelty value as well. It’s a juicy, sweet and nutty tuber with a distinct crunch. It is most commonly enjoyed raw, but you can cook it too. Its white flesh stays crisp when cooked briefly.  It also has a high inulin content.

Asparagus is another inulin source, as well as a source of magnesium, which is important for our muscles to relax as well as our digestive enzymes.  It has a variety of nutrients which are also good for the gut wall.

Leeks are also good for the gut wall.  They are high in bioflavonoids, which helps Vitamin C be more effective, as well as dietary fibre and manganese which helps activate digestive enzymes.  They also have a lot of Vitamin A, which is good for our liver as well as the gut wall. They can be helpful for a weak digestive system.

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Business Cycle and the Collective Consciousness

Any of us who have lived through the GFC know that the world economy goes up and down.  It does this in regular, if not predictable, cycles.  These cycles have a close connection with the state of the collective consciousness (for more information please see the post https://www.fractology.info/a-while-longer/ ).

After the GFC things were in recession for a long time. Things were tough for a lot of us.  Many of us were consequently focused on matters of negative gain.  We were in so much fear and pain we just wanted for it to be gone.

Now the cycle has turned and much of the world is beginning to move once again into expansion, though it may be a year or two before this fully gets underway.  During an expansionist time we don’t generally want to think about the negatives; we would much rather focus on the positive.

While this is a wonderful thing, in this current cycle we would benefit much more by focusing on what positives we want now so we can get ourselves aligned.  In this way we will be able to gain the maximum benefit as the cycle moves forward.

You can read more about the current business cycle here:

https://www.fidelity.com/viewpoints/market-and-economic-insights/business-cycle-update-March-2016
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2017: The Year of New Realities

SpaceIn 2017 we’re going to be holding another Wesak retreat.  This is to mark the upturn in the energy trend we’ve been experiencing over the last few years.

We spoke about that trend in the post A while longer . . .

If you haven’t read that post yet, it would be good to do it now.

In 2017 we’ll be moving into new realities.  At that time the co-creative, interdependent energies will begin to grow stronger.  With this energy we will be able to finally truly begin to manifest into the physical the new realities we have all been working towards for so long.

We will be holding the Wesak retreat in Ankhor Wat, as we spoke about in an earlier post.  The retreat will be from Thursday 25th to Sunday 28th May.  We are looking to finalise details over the next few months.

If you want to look into travel plans for yourself, the closest place to the temples is Siem Reap.  Unfortunately this is not the best time of the year to visit this place as it is the beginning of the rainy season.  However, this is the time when the energy is on the turn so this is when we are going.

The rainy season can be a dramatic time, but the weather can be hot so we will be looking to stay at a place with air conditioning and a generator as there are, apparently, often black outs at this time of the year with everyone using the air conditioning.  On the plus side, there will hopefully be fewer other visitors this time of the year.

 

 

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3 Keys to an Aligned Path

SignpostWe all want many different things in life and, as a consequence, it seems we are so often pulled in so many different directions it is exhausting.  It seems impossible for us to have everything we want.

Yet it is possible.  The more aligned our path in life is to our true essence, to the most complete expression of who We Truly Are, the easier and more graceful our progress becomes.  There are three keys that can help us create this.  Each key is a point of focus on our path and if these three are aligned all things along our path tend to fall into place.

First key:

Our ‘to do’ list are things which we already know how to do, we just have to organise ourselves to get them done.  Usually these are things that we need to do over the next couple of months, at most.

Second key:

Our goals differ from our ‘to do’ list because they require us to learn and grow, to master some new skill or overcome some old obstacle.  That’s the point, actually, because our goals motivate us to grow.  Generally, most goals will take us two to five years to complete.

Third key:

Our dreams differ from our goals because they aren’t real to us right now.  That’s the point.  When we focus on our goals we’re generally taught that we need an ‘action plan’ for them and that we have to consider what is possible.  Dreams enable us to consider the impossible and give ourselves permission to play with the idea of what it would be like if we had a life which is currently out of our reality.  By allowing ourselves to play with these extraordinary ideas we begin to connect with them.  Without dreams we wouldn’t be able to grow beyond our current reality.  Considering what our life could be like in thirty to forty years is a good way to tap into our dreams.  That length of time is enough for our minds to be able to accept that anything is possible.

Yet oPath2ur dreams give an overall alignment to our life.  They enable us to find the best way to align our goals and our ‘to do’ list.  It is the long focus of our dreams which create the easiest and most graceful alignment of our path, and also enable us to go beyond our current reality.

Often in so much less time than thirty to forty years!  If only we give ourselves permission to dream of our happiest life.

 

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Understanding Power and Authority

Invariably we reach a point on our path where we need to accept, or open to, power.  This is because we are all part of the Divine and the Divine is, of course, powerful.  We cannot become who We Truly Are without becoming powerful.

That, howevFractal2er, is the difficulty for many of us.  So many of us have experienced the negative side of power so that we believe that power is having ‘power over’ another, and we are naturally uncomfortable with that.  We instinctively know that having power over another Being carries with it considerable risk; risk to the other, than we will negatively impact their integrity, and risk to ourselves, that we will step off our path if we become distracted by the effects of power.

Yet if we are to become who We Truly Are we need to become powerful.  So what are we to do?

Understanding wisdom helps.  Wisdom is knowing how and when to use power in order to have a constructive rather than a destructive outcome.  At least with wisdom we know we aren’t harming the other.  Yet even with wisdom power can be a burden.

Understanding the true nature of Authority overcomes this issue.

Let’s coFractal5nsider that power flows, like all else, from the creative flow of the Universe.  Each of us, whether we are conscious of it or not, directs that flow in order to create our lives and all the things we do and create within it.  Exactly how we direct that flow determines whether or not doing so will add to our integrity, and self-connection, or will distract us from it.

Consider for a moment that we all have a different fractal pattern. For example, there are three different ones in this post.

Now imagine if the creative flow of the Universe was flowing through each one. It’s easy to see how the creative flow would come through with a different alignment.  It is this aligned power which is what our Authority is.

If we attempt to expand our power with an alignment which is not ours, then we will limit how much power we allFractal4ow through.  It is this lack of inherent alignment which has the effect of corrupting our own system.

When we allow our power to flow through with inherent alignment to our integrity, it then holds within it the natural expression of our essence.  This is what we call Authority.  It also enables us to open to the power of our Divine self without resistance, because all we are doing is fulfilling whatever is our function within Universe, as we were meant to do.

So it isn’t true that power corrupts, unless it’s not aligned to our integrity.  That is, power without true Authority corrupts; but power that comes from Authority builds our integrity, as well as the world around us.

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Cooperation looking like true evolution

It’s fascinating to watch the way the collective consciousness is manifesting things to support its development of interdependent archetypes and a new, interdependent perspective on life.

Homo-SapiensOne of the ways that is emerging is the discovery of new human species in our ancient family tree.  This is causing many scientists to review their understanding of how humanity has evolved.

Up until now the theory of our evolution, not surprisingly, has been modelled along codependent lines.  Essentially the evolutionary ‘winner’ was considered to be the most competitive; this is a view which gives value to the more aggressive.

This is how, for example, the Neanderthals were believed to have become extinct.  When modern man arrived in Europe it was around the time that the Neanderthals disappeared.  New findings, however, show that the Neanderthal was probably more effected by a volcanic winter and actually still exist today.  About 30% of the Neanderthal genes are still in the modern population, spread across different individuals.  For example, if you have straight hair it probably comes from them.

This finding has encouraged scientists to begin to see our evolution as a more cooperative (read interdependent) process than a competitive one.  Modern humans didn’t kill off the Neanderthals but co-existed and even interbred with them.

This view has been further reinforced by the increasing number of finds of more species of human.

There was much more interaction and cooperation in our past than we have been taught.  The story is changing.  This is another step towards building a more interdependent story for ourselves.

 

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Effective Sleep

Sleep is one of the most important things we do during our day.  It enables us to heal ourselves, to recharge the batteries, work through problems and challenges at a deeper, subconscious level, and to rebuild our kidney energy.

Have you ever found it difficult to get to sleep?  Have you lain awake while your mind went at a million miles an hour? Or got to sleep only to wake through the night over and over again?

Or, alternately, have you ever gone straight to sleep and woken hours later, though it only feels like ten, with a deep sense of peace and restored energies?  A sense of such relaxation that your first impulse is simply to stretch out along the bed?

This first scenarios is due to first our system is in the over-adrenalised state of a fight:flight response.  We are hyperalert, listening out for the threats lurking around us.  This state has survival advantage when we are in hostile territory.  Unfortunately, in our modern world we respond in the same way to the stresses of work, life and relationshps just as we would have when there were predators or hostile forces nearby.

Even worse, as we get exhausted due to lack of sleep our adrenals have to work even harder to keep us going, making it harder for us to sleep the next night.  We’re not reaching the deeper stages of sleep, and this means we’re not regenerating and receiving all the benefits of sleep.  In fact, this cycle of stress-poor sleep-more stress is the same cycle experienced by those with PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder).  Unfortunately for many of us the stress of our lives has caused sufficient trauma to our systems that we are in this state.

In the alternate state we are operating from our rest: regeneration system, rather than our fight:flight one.  Our system is running off dopamine and endorphines, which represent the healthy and happy biochemistry, rather than adrenaline, which is neither happy nor healthy.

brain_wavesIn sleep, our brain cycles through the different states.  These are indicated by the level of activity, or brain wave, in our brain at any time.  The beta state is linked with stress and worry over stuff like the mortgage, or state of the world, or what we need to do.  The alpha state is anything from being relaxed but alert, down to when we’re dreaming.  We need to be at least in alpha to get to sleep and dreams assist us to solve problems but in alpha we don’t regenerate.   Theta gives us truly restorative sleep, though delta is deeper.  Most of us spend no more than a few minutes in delta in an entire night’s sleep.  We cycle up and down from alpha to delta through the night. In healthy sleep we spend most of our time in theta.  With more stress, the longer we’ll spend in alpha and the less in theta and delta.

sleep cyclesThe way to achieve effective sleep is to be able to get down into theta as quickly as possible and stay down there as long as possible.  As you can see on the right, in the lighter cycles we spend less time in the deeper states, and some cycles miss the deeper states entirely.  When we are stressed we skip over the deeper cycles and keep to these lighter cycles. This is another way of saying we spend all night wrestling with our problems.  One way to ensure we get into the deeper states is to find a way to put our problems aside during sleep time.

Simple lists can help us put our problems aside.  By writing a list of what we’re going to do the next day our mind can let go of them until then.  But only if we can put this list into a space which is associated with our work, and that is separate from our sleep space.  In other words, putting our lists on our devices, if we take those devices to bed with us, sometimes is not enough of a separation.

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In Fractology we understand the power of our focus.  This is the whole point of the glass being half full or half empty.  Of course, the simple truth is that it is both, but whatever we focus on strongly effects our attitudes and our experiences, and hence our energy, our health and our general enjoyment of life.  When we focus on what is full, what is empty falls away from our awareness.   Focusing on our own unique resonance, or by flowing appreciation to ourselves, is another way to help ourselves disconnect and reach deeper states.

The more we can support our system to reduce its adrenaline load the better we will sleep.  This is why exercise can be very helpful.  Recent studies of interval training has shown that it is a powerful way of reducing the levels of adrenaline in our system.  Interval training means doing just one minute of exercise at a time, but that minute is all out.  Doing this when we first get home from work is an excellent way of reducing our stress and assisting our bodies to switch off.  As they say we only need six minutes of this intense effort a week, in six lots of one minute, by doing it each day after work we can nearly ensure we achieve this level.

There are many other techniques, some of which work better for some people than for others.  The most important point is, as always, to find the techniques that work for you, that enable your system to get the maximum ‘reboot’ of your fractal system in those deeper states of sleep.  This is one of the ways we can all help ourselves to flourish.