April 02nd 2017 - by Renae Jensen
The smell of a flower, the sight of buds opening on the trees and the feel of grass under our feet bring a deep feeling of peace and connection to us. For thousands of years the plant kingdom has provided us sustenance, as a food base, for medicine and to enrich our lives by bringing in beauty, color and scent. The symbolic meanings of plants can be traced back through many cultures. Our gardens teach us about the cycles of life. We are nature.
Some key garden tips to consider this year:
1. Allow your garden to honor and assist your life. Identify what you need in your life. What are your time constraints? We all have ups and downs and a garden should never become a burden to us. Some years we can immerse ourselves in elaborate gardens, other years we may give ourselves permission to have a small, beautiful dish garden. Honor yourself!
2. Create a theme to enhance the dream. By developing a theme and intention for your garden you allow your garden to become a living expression of your vision. For example, a prosperity garden would incorporate a beautiful flowing water feature, shades of purple and gold and evergreens to keep the prosperity green all year.
3. Create a connection. We know that the garden connects you with nature. How does it connect with the area? When we utilize plants that harmonize and flourish locally rather than trying to introduce and force plants that do not thrive in our area, we work against the natural flow.
4. Create transition areas. Entranceways always represent a transition. Moving through a gate or a door carries us from one world into another. Moongates are often used symbolically to represent the connection of heaven to earth.
5. Create a pathway. Pathways are where the energy travels and flows. An ideal path will create a soft, bending flow that meanders through and invites visitors to stop and gaze, smell and touch. When people desire to move quickly, they will often cut a path right through beautiful landscaping to create the quickest and shortest route to their goal. Remember to "stop and smell the roses!"
6. Set up a focus point. A garden needs a visual focus point for grounding. Without focus the garden may feel very unsettling and chaotic. Give the eye a place to stop and rest by adding a statue, gazing ball or bench.
7. Set up a way out. As humans we need to have an exit plan. Without a view of an exit people feel trapped and anxious. Add an additional gate or a looping pathway that shows the pattern in and out of the garden. Avoid creating an area that is too dark or high.
8. Use the power of color in your garden. Get familiar with the symbolism of color. Bring in some reds for fame, purples for prosperity and pink for love.
9. Check for geopathic stress in your yard. Plants get diseases similar to humans, such as tumors and cancer. Plants offer signs that have been used for centuries to indicate unhealthy energy and to identify stress points. Take time to analyze your trees and plants.
10. Use ancient garden symbols to support your goals and intentions.
Angels and fairies can represent spiritual connection to other realms. Water relates to money and emotions. Water flow must always be directed towards the house. Fire represents illumination and is an ancient gathering circle for mankind. Fire invites us to gather. Flowers have ancient symbolic connections. Many books have been written about the meanings of herbs, plants, and flowers. Rosemary is for remembrance. Use a plant, tree or flower from a happy childhood home or memory to offer connection and joy to you like a familiar Cherry tree, etc.
11. Activate all the senses. We know that gardens are beautiful to see. We need to create areas for scent and touch as well. Plants, such as lamb's ear, are tactile as well as beautiful. Sound can be brought in with bells, windchimes or fountains.
Renae is certified professional Feng Shui consultant, Real estate agent, and healer of hearts and homes. She is founder of the Conscious Design Institute and Conscious Design Magazine promoting and teaching about Feng Shui, Sacred Geometry, Space Clearing, Green Design, Color and more. She has been dedicated to making the world a better place in any way that can offer positive change and empowerment to people.
Her outreach has consisted of International Feng Shui and Conscious Design conferences and the popular Conscious Design Magazine.
She is a Conscious Real Estate trainer with NJ Certified CEU courses and guides people into buying and selling healthy space. Her training in Feng Shui, Reiki, Space Clearing, Aromatherapy and Color has allowed her to facilitate her Conscious Design vision "Healthy Space creates Healthy People".
She is a featured speaker at the New World Consciousness Conference in Orlando Aug 11-13, 2017.
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