06 Oct

Libra People

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libra2Libra is a powerful sign because is posseses  a strong internal sense of justice and balance, Libras are typically very fair minded and even handed. Emotionally, Libras tend to avoid extremes: Never becoming too angry, too depressed, too happy or too excited -- they tend keep their cool. Libras are extremely good at seeing both sides of an issue -- so much so that they may have a hard time committing to one side or the other. Quite often, Libras will wear an external mask of fairness and impartiality, while internally they may be very ambitious and goal oriented. 
09 Sep

Virgo People

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virgo2How many Virgos does it take to change a light bulb? 
One. But first they have to dispose of the old bulb carefully, clean the socket, read up on correct installation procedures and thoroughly examine the new bulb for flaws or hazards.
09 Sep
virgo2How many Virgos does it take to change a light bulb? 
One. But first they have to dispose of the old bulb carefully, clean the socket, read up on correct installation procedures and thoroughly examine the new bulb for flaws or hazards.
 
Virgo is earthy and represents the sixth sign of the zodiac. You belong to a group of people known for their perfectionism and highly analytical minds. There's a bit of a joke about how precise and demanding Virgos are but when you think about it, what's wrong with being tidy, organised and clean? In a way, you are misunderstood and your attention to detail, your desire for excellence and hygiene is not as bad as some might think.
 
You have a rather unusual preoccupation of being extremely fastidious and also critical of the world. Some of the people that know you feel as if your standards are way too high to live up to. If only they knew just how critical you are of yourself! You don’t really expect any more of others than you do of yourself. And after a time those that hang out or live with you start to learn some vital lessons about the true meaning of work and achievement. This due to your high standards.
 
When you do express your criticism of something it's more than likely because you’ve analysed and summed up a situation correctly before acting out your thoughts. While some people might find this an annoying habit, others will never hesitate to involve you in their work. These people recognise your natural talents and will invite you onto their social scene and involve you in their personal projects, as your expertise is highly valued.
 
You make a wonderful impression with your skilful insights and broad-based knowledge. Simply put, you are a most interesting person to be with. When others get to know you a little more, you can be a fascinating person with all sorts of useful titbits of information.
 
On the most practical level you really like to do things properly, meticulously by working through the work or service you perform on a daily basis. It doesn’t matter how small or large the task, you take pride in how well you do it. You investigate things before diving in. Once you have all the information required you complete your task to the best of your ability.
 
Others who aren't quite as precise in the way they carry out their own work find it hard dealing with you. In your own mind there’s no point in doing anything half-heartedly. You'd rather not do it at all. You are very clear on this.
 
Time is also important to you. So you like to make sure you use it well. It would be unusual to find a disorganised Virgo. Keeping a diary and making lists are a favourite pastime of yours. Of course having the right pen and paper to keep your lists is just as important so a favourite hangout for some Virgos is the local stationery supply store. It sounds a little weird sure, but you do need to have the right pen to write with!
 
You are cautious about all manner of things from how much the food bill costs to what type of person is just right for you in your social or romantic life. You have a hawk eye and can spot an error a mile away. If that food bill is out by 5 cents you'll pick it up.
 
Your Virgoan antenna is sharp as a tack and you'll pay special attention to the fine detail of any subject matter. You’re also very well read and interested in a variety of topics. You consider yourself an eternal student of sorts.
 
Some people think you’re shy and unassuming but this is only because you cautiously like to observe and analyse people and situations before jumping to conclusions. You do have a keen intelligence and a capacity for learning but prefer to make your decisions based on sound judgments. Practical facts are preferable to naive or airy fairy beliefs according to you.
 
If you're born between the 24th August and 3rd September you really don’t like to be the centre of attention. You become quite embarrassed if singled out in the crowd. You'd prefer to remain anonymous. You are the quiet achiever who likes to remain in the background concentrating on getting things done right without too much hullabaloo.
 
If you're born between the 4th and 14th of September you bring a clear and decisive viewpoint to any matter at hand. You're a quick thinker and although you are logical in the way you live your life, you do have moments of intuition that surprise even you! Don't become too serious though!
 
Allow yourself to express your youthful and innocent qualities if you are born between the 15th and 23rd of September. Venus, your co-ruler adds sensuality to your character. You will always remain young and pleasure seeking. Growing old gracefully doesn’t appeal to you. Life is to be lived to the fullest.
 
08 Sep
shadow2I have been spending some time in a very remote area in Northern territory where I continue my Aboriginal and Feng Shui researches while connecting with people and with the land. I take this opportunity to listen to elders and locals. I participate to the community daily life and I like learning about our differences. I also read as much as I can in old books relating on what has been written on early aboriginal life – by this I mean:  ‘before white men’. 
This morning, in one of these old books, I read something that I think is very similar for all of us today, let’s look and make a parallel into the context of the power of our minds. I’ll share with you a couple of paragraphs on one of the ways indigenous used to fight and kill each other here in this NT region less than 2 centuries ago.

Some people seem to have more positivity in their lives than others. They overflow with goodness and abundance. You may find yourself wondering, “What’s their secret? You might have thought the people who seem to have so much spiritually, physically, and emotionally are just lucky. Good things just happen to them. However, great things can happen to you, too, and there are specific actions you can take to attract positivity and invite more prosperity into your own life! Try these strategies to usher greater abundance into your life:

15 Jul

Astrology can be a fascinating subject matter, whether we look at it from an individual point of view, or from a collective, world-wide point of view. But Astrology is also about archetypes and patterns we see in our lives. These patterns are displayed to us via fairy or folk tales. Every little girl knows the story of Cinderella because she dreams of being a princess herself, but each of the star-signs has its own little fairy story that illustrates the individual archetype and the pattern it presents.

 

Over the next few months we will be offering the “fairy or folk” story of the current sign. You may feel that you can relate to your sun-sign story, or you may find you prefer the story of your moon sign or your ascendant sign.

05 May
eclipse2An eclipse occurs when the Earth stands between the Moon and the Sun or the Moon stands between the Sun and the Earth. The former is called a lunar eclipse and the latter is called a solar eclipse. This month, May, we see two eclipses, a solar eclipse occurred on the 9th of May and we have a powerful lunar eclipse on teh 24th at 4 degrees Sagittarius. During these days you can gain a deeper awareness of the importance of having a spiritual base in your life.
31 Mar
selfesteme1You know none of us were born perfect, and we all experience times of self doubt, uncertainty and insecurity. Whether you tend to experience this more often than not is only something you can answer. 
 
1. Say nice things about yourself
How often do you get compliments from others? I’m betting more often then you actually SAY nice things about yourself. On a daily basis pick something you think you did well and compliment yourself about it. It doesn’t need to be a huge thing, nor does it have to boost your mood a lot. Just make sure its something done well, and practice this as often as possible.
 
2. Get in shape
Make a goal today to get in the best shape of your life. Exercise on a daily basis, go for walks, hike, bike, lift weights, play a sport, or anything else that is active and you enjoy. This will help you feel better and improve your mood.
 
This is one of the best ways for building self esteem.  Self esteem self help has never been easier than this. It will take time, but the payoff is immediate.  Knowing that you are taking care of your body really helps you feel better about yourself.
 
3. Get a make over
Grab a positive friend that makes you feel good. Grab a camera and with your best clothes on take pictures of yourselves. Make sure you have fun getting your hair done, putting on your makeup (or each others). Take all sorts of pictures, fun, funny, sexy, serious, and the like. Next go through the developed pictures and discard the ones that YOU feel are not good looking or you don’t like. Keep the rest and when you feel down look at them to remind yourself you are good looking and can have fun.
 
4. Make personal time
Take some time out for yourself and mark it on a calendar. Tell others, whatever you need to do in order to make it feel special and important. Whether you reward yourself with a little bite to eat, reading a book, watching a movie, or having a friend over, make sure you take the time for yourself each week.
 
When you are constantly taking care of other needs it’s easy to forget about yourself.  This can easily lead you to feel down and unloved.  Making personal time is a great way for you to remember how to feel better about yourself, and build self esteem.
 
5. Write down your positive attributes.
With a piece of paper and pencil handy create a list of all the things you think others would sincerely appreciate about you. These do not have to be life changing, gigantic, things, they can be as simple as, always has a smile, warm greeting, etc. Keep this list within easy reach so you can refer to it when you are feeling down.
 
Increasing self esteem with this is made easier when you refer to the paper often.  In fact it’s a good habit to write positive traits down even when you feel good.  In addition, reading the list when you feel good may help you to recall them more often when you start to feel bad.
 
6. Use affirmations to boost your mood and self esteem
Get yourself a business card or 3×5 card and write one or more positive statement on each. Something nice and simple like: “I am great just the way I am” or “I love, accept, and approve of who I am today”. After writing these down make sure to refer to it when you feel down and repeat it out loud to yourself morning and night. Continue saying them to yourself until you feel positive and feel uplifting emotions.
 
7. Compare yourself with no one else.
Instead of saying “I wish I was like that person”, compare and compete only with yourself. Look at where you are and simply improve the aspects that you want to improve. Comparing yourself with others will only lead you to feeling inferior and inadequate as you find people that you believe you can’t defeat.
 
When you stop comparing yourself with others you begin to accept who you are.  In doing so you will be able to live more in the now, and take action towards accomplishing your goals.  Improving self esteem along the way will increase your view of yourself and help you get better results.
 
8. Talk positively about yourself instead of insulting yourself. 
There’s no way to build high positive self esteem if you are constantly berating and tearing yourself down.  Help with self esteem must start with you.  You can’t expect others around you to “give you” self esteem, it’s something that comes from within.  
 
As a kid you had it, it wasn’t until you became an adult that you started to believe you didn’t have any.  This happens because you believe you are worthless, and this leads to you feeling miserable.  These emotions then cause you to “see” experiences as validation to your belief.  Accept who you are and this cycle will slowly but surely end.
 
9. Control your mind.
Whatever thoughts predominantly fill your mind are the experiences that you will have in life. They will become your reality and affect your actions and behavior. Instead, let your mind be filled with positive material by attending workshops, reading books, and listening to tapes on self esteem.
 
10. Set aside one hour of personal development time each morning. 
Start your day off good by doing things like meditate, visualizing your day, reading uplifting material, listen to or read motivational material, or exercise.  You can find a lot of help with self esteem from many different.  Getting in the habit of reading an educational book will help you to reach your goals.
 
11. Communication is key.
How you communicate with everyone around you, and most importantly how you speak with yourself, will determine the quality of life you live. Simply stated what you focus on expands. So what you think about you bring about in your life. You manifest these thoughts into being through communication.
 
You can improve your self esteem by asking questions instead of making assumptions.  If you start to feel insulted by others, ask them what they mean instead of letting your emotions get the better of you. If those you spend your time with cause you to feel bad about yourself, it’s time to let go of them and find others to hang out with.
 
12. Your home should be your sanctuary – Read all of Roseline Deleu’s articles in our Lifestyle section! Your home is how you truly want to live. Fill your home with great music, good friends, good books, anything that is uplifting and empowering.  I can’t think of a better place for work at then at home.  If you do not have an uplifting home environment find a place outside the house that you can use to work on yourself (taking time for yourself, reading books, etc.).
 
13. Sit quietly more often.
When is the last time you sat in a quiet space for even a few minutes? Most likely its been a while. Learn to enjoy sitting quietly for about 10 minutes a day. Use this time to ponder what is truly important in life. What brings you real peace, happiness and joy? What in life makes you feel more energy than before? What drains your energy? What brings enjoyment?
 
14. Spend time with people that will uplift you.
The people you spend time with are a reflection of your perspective, self-esteem and beliefs. If you are always around people that complain, you probably are doing the same, acting like a victim to events around you. If you are constantly insulted by others and you just sit back and take it then you probably don’t think much of yourself. Whatever the case, listen to what you and those around you say regularly, if its not the life you want to live look for others that are living how you want and associate more with them.
 
Learning how to improve my self esteem was a long road full of many hard trials.  The challenges we face are all specifically designed for us individually to learn from.  No one else is like you, nor could they learn from the experiences you have.  Take it upon yourself to put these into action today.  You can use one or more, just make sure you use them now.
24 Mar

The Essence

Published in PATHWAYS OF EMPOWERMENT    Written by Editor
spirit2The essence of spirituality is the search to know our real self, to discover the true nature of consciousness. 
 
Throughout the history, it has been said that the self we know -- the separate individual self -- is a limited form of what we truly are. Unaware of our true self, we identify with our thoughts and feelings, our memories and our personality. 
 
Such experiences are always changing, but the self that knows them remains the same. We may be very different people than we were twenty years ago, but the "I" that is aware of the difference is the same "I" as twenty years ago. It is omnipresent and eternal. It is the "I" that knows that it knows. The very essence of being aware. It is always present, whatever we may be experiencing, sacred or profane. 
 
This ever-present sense of being is so obvious it is easily overlooked. We fall into believing that we are the individual senses of self that appears in our mind. Like a character in a novel, this separate self engrosses us with its hopes and fears, plans and deliberations. It believes that fulfilment comes from what we have or do in the world, from our roles and possessions, from our personality and how others see us. It promises us happiness, but any happiness it does bring is usually short-lived, and we soon find ourselves chasing some new promise. 
 
Identifying ourselves with the vulnerable, ever-changing character of our personal story, the "I" misses its true nature. Our thinking and behaviour become "self-centered", leading far too often to suffering in ourselves and others.
 
When we awaken to the true nature of self, we are freed from many of the fears that plague us so unnecessarily. We discover an inner peace that does not depend upon events or circumstances in the world around, a quiet but profound inner fulfilment. We become less self-centered, less needy of others' approval or recognition, less focused on collecting possessions and social status. We become happier, healthier and more loving people, less likely to cause suffering to ourselves or others. 
 
This is self-liberation. And its transforming impact has made it the essence of the spiritual quest.
 
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