February a Month for Seeing Red!

Earlier this week I touched on the Chinese New Year and the COLOR red.  Red is definitely the appropriate color to focus further on this month as it is not only a color which symbolizes Good Fortune and Happiness for the Chinese, but also the color of passion and seduction associated with cupid and St Valentine’s Day.

Red is warm and energizing.  It can signify anger, danger and the need to stop, as well as courage.  It is the color of blood, and vitality,  and is also associated with the element of fire and the devil.

OUR CONNECTION

We all have a connection to the color of red through our body.

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Red is the color which represents our Root/Base Chakra located at the base of our spine and pelvic floor.  This chakra is associated with our sense of security and survival and our connection to our physical body, environment, the earth, our ancestors, family and origins.

Keeping this chakra in balance helps keeps us grounded, mentally and emotionally stable.

Some signs that you may not be grounded include:

  • Feeling lightheaded, dizzy or spaced out.
  • Forgetfulness, losing or misplacing things
  • Feeling unwell, fatigued or lacking energy.
  • Sensitivity to light and noise
  • Feeling nervous or overstimulated.
  • Any ailment connected to our legs and kidneys, even feeling more comfortable sitting cross legged  can also be a sign that we are not grounded.
  • A dislike of this color, therefore it is not present in your environment at work or home, or your wardrobe

I posted a few days ago that connecting with the earth, ie.  walking barefoot on the grass, or at the beach can help us to ground, however we can also use CRYSTALS to aid us in grounding our energy.

CRYSTALS

The energies of both Red and Black Crystals are good for helping us to stay grounded.

Crystals that are red in color such as Red Jasper will help to give your energy a boost if you are feeling fatigued or lacking energy, while black crystals such as Black Obsidian are good if your energy needs to be calmed down when you are overstimulated.

You will find that black crystals are also often protective stones, which assist us in shielding our energy fields from negativity, electromagnetic pollution, physic attack and the like.

Each different type of crystal and color stone has a range of different attributes which when you start to utilize and work with them can energetically assist your well-being. That is why I love them and I hope to help introduce you to them some more over time here on the blog.

Today however we were talking about the color red.

MORE RED FACTS

Here’s a few more interesting facts about this color.

  1. Red was a widely used color pigment (iron oxides) used to paint on cave walls in pre-historic times while in early civilizations fabrics such as silk were dyed with pigments extracted from plants and insects.  Some of these methods are still used today.
  2. Only 1 – 2% of the world’s population are natural red heads.
  3. Red is the most popular colors used on flags with 77% of the world’s flags having red on them.
  4. About 8% of the world’s male population and 0.5% of the female population are color blind (have a vision deficiency) and can not visibly see this color correctly.
  5. In European Culture, red is the color used to describe an area of the city (district) that sells pornography and sex.
  6. Being known as a stimulating color it has been proven to elevate blood pressure and increase heart rates in some people while a flashing red light can cause convulsions in some people suffering from epilepsy.

RED THE COLOR OF LOVE

The main association to the Color Red in February is Valentine’s Day which is celebrated this coming Sunday.

From it’s religious beginnings celebrating one or more of the Christian Saints named Valentius, there has been many adaptions to the origins of St Valentine’s Day and many a tall tale told.  However it was first officially associated with Romance upon the conception of ‘Courtly Love’ in the Middle Ages. Originally conceived for the entertainment purposes of nobility the ideals behind ‘Courtly Love’  soon attracted a wider audience and developed into an occasion where people expressed their love for one another by the giving of gifts.and hand written notes/cards which were called valentines.

Today symbols of hearts, doves and winged cupids are used to mark this occasion and mass produced greeting cards have replaced the handwritten note.

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A popular gift to give on this day are Red Roses which symbolize love and passion.  It is said that one rose symbolizes Love, a dozen signifies Gratitude while twenty five are given as Congratulations and fifty symbolize Unconditional Love.

It is a great blessing to be shown you are loved, but whether or not someone gives us roses on Valentine’s Day, it is important to remember that we all are loved and that we try wherever possible to live from a place of love – our hearts.

Love and Light to you all.

Danie xx

 

 

 

 

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Oh I do like to be by the Seaside!

 

Today Rod and I ventured down to the sea – the nearby Dirawong Reserve and Chinamans Beach at Evans Head.  We got up before the sun rose to start our travels and set off in the predawn, overcast gloom as the flying foxes were making their path towards their home after a night of feasting.

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The sun was struggling to break through the clouds………..however by the time we made it to the water (just under an hours drive) it was putting up a good fight and the light welcomed us onto the sand.

Mother Nature was calling us, with an important part of any spiritual practice being to ensure you are well grounded. Getting outdoors and stepping into nature is the perfect way to do this.  You should allow your bare feet to CONNECT with the earth beneath it, or in our case today it was both the sand and the salty waters of the Pacific.

In doing so your body will absorb the tranquil energy of the earth which assists to remove and transmute any built up stress that is present in your body (you may choose to sit, walk, stand or lay down)……..it’s all about having direct contact with the earth and the exchange of electrons. Some people (my husband is one of them) like to hug a tree for this same purpose.  Being conductive (absorbing) of the earth’s energy has a wonderful effect on your immune system too and if you choose to walk on the beach the pumice like grains of sand with not only soothe your soul but smooth your soles.

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By the sea you can allow your soul to be cleansed by the crisp, clean salty air and mesmerized by the ebb and flow of the tide.  Meditating while listening to the sounds of the waves is said to flood your mind with memories of past lives and help put things in perspective.

For me stepping into nature is usually more about having my eyes open to enjoy the tantalizing textures and colors of both the flora and fauna offered up by Mother Nature with my camera at the ready.

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Today we strolled from headland to headland, with the only observers of our presence being the seagulls.   Walking at a snails pace gave us plenty of time to study the treasures being gifted to the shore by the sea.  Shells, cuttlefish even the odd ocean tumbled stone, along with some seaweed and a feather made up this bounty.  Some of which accompanied us home to be looked upon and admired a little more and to be a later reminder to us of our wonderful escape to the sea.

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Revitalized and with a grateful heart we returned home ready to take on the day.

Do you like to be by the sea, or is it the forest and the mountains that are your preferred place to venture when nature calls?