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The love experiment

love versus hate

 My son and I tried this experiment over a decade ago while he was in primary school. We have just tried it again, 13 years later with the same results.  Each time, “love” jar forms a clear liquid at the bottom after a few weeks. Whereas the control jar goes all moldy. Astonishes me every time!
Try this simple experiment in your own kitchen. I would love to know if you get the same results.

How to do this experiment
The best time is straight after breakfast or whenevr you have leftover porridge, cooked oats or cooked rice.
In preparation, sterilize two glass jars by boiling them in a pot of water for 5 minutes. Then put some identical cooked oats porridge or rice into each jar and label them, and place both jars in the fridge. Then every day, or every other day, take out the one and say to it, “I love you. Thank you.”  Just ignore and leave the other in the fridge or, if you have the stomach for it, take the second jar out of the fridge occasionally and say to it: “I hate you. You are awful!”   (This time round, we mostly ignored the second jar and gave positive attention every few days to the other.) Compare the differences as the weeks pass.
As you can see from the images above and below, taken more than a month after first starting the experiment, we saw a huge difference in the 2 jars! ( The jar that got positive attention did not go moldy and over time developed a clear liquid at the bottom of the jar. The other jar did go moldy and the liquid was orange. Both times we tried this experiment we used cooked oats porridge and got the same results. This time we mostly just ignoring the 2nd jar instead of saying negative things to it.) I would like to hear back from anyone else who tries this experiment.

Attention as a creative act
The consequences if this experiment are profound. We have way more creative impact on ourselves and others than we realize. Puts another whole spin on judgement of self or others…

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Some considerations about fear – Q&A with Markus Hirzig

Markus Hirzig

Markus Hirzig on Some considerations about fear
15 January 2019

Markus Hirzig has been mentoring people on this and similar topics for more than 30 years. As usual with Markus you’ll be surprised by his ideas yet deep down something shifts…

Are you taking enough space?
One of the breakthrough thoughts from Markus for you to ponder is that we feel fear because we contract our energy! Can we unlearn old habits of making ourselves smaller in order to survive?

Hmmm… powerful stuff!

Says Markus: “Some forms of fear have only to do with the space we take. Others to do with experiences….and some fears tell us something new is appearing…and then there might be more intense fears, exceeding the normal societal range, like phobias, trauma, when we experience accidents or very dangerous things….All these different fears may need a different approach or care taking. For some of the fears its only to take space again.”

You’ll find the replay of the first Guided meditation below and also some Read more

My Biggest lesson from 2018 – Reclaiming one’s sense of agency

If you had a tough time this past year, could it be that you are letting go of the same beast that I’ve been wresting this past year? This is a beast that is easy to see in others. Virtually impossible to see in oneself. This is about reclaiming your power and your agency and letting go of “Poor me, this isn’t fair!”
“life happens for you, not to you.”

When you aren't fully present

Small reminder to be more present

2018 was the “year of the fire” for me. A year ago my house nearly burnt down and this whole year stretched out into one long painful wrestle with authorities who felt I had been negligent for not checking what kind of light bulbs a professional Swiss electrical team had installed in my cupboards. It was incredibly tough going, particularly with the language barrier. I felt deeply and wrongly judged, but today I feel blessed for all that happened because in the process I was able to see and let go of a shadow I may never have seen otherwise. The entire year was full of master teachers. From my perspective, it felt like I was being continuously regressed to earlier developmental stages, each event giving me another taste of the enormous cost of “poor me this isn’t fair!”

I probably would not have been able to see this, and cut myself free, had it not been for Read more

Fog dancing

IMG_3762 fog lineI live mostly above the fog line, but sometimes find myself deep in it. It’s a continual dance. Between clarity and uncertainty, conviction and self doubt.

Have you noticed? This is what happens whenever you get to the top of any ladder. We arrive back at “same old, same old”. A nagging sense of recognition. Non sense. Just a deep knowing that I’ve been here before. The recognition that the ladder leads nowhere. Yet everywhere.

Soft clouds that can’t be walked across with a heavy heart or lead boots. It takes play and delight instead of many balloons and lots of hot air to walk above the clouds.

How we can make a difference?

Global healing through individual and collective intention.
A simple way for us each to take responsibility for the energy we are feeding into the collective field.

Here’s how: heartmath global coherence project
Join others around the globe daily – click here to visit the global care room
Let’s start visualizing a coherent world where we work together to support our environment instead of visualizing it more and more broken …

Fully Grounded and Embodied? – New series starts this week

Markus HirzigA new series of Grounding and Embodying Classes starts this Wednesday in Earthuni with Markus Hirzig.

Each call includes a guided grounding exercise and offers a rare opportunity to learn in a safe environment with a gentle, highly respected guide. Interact directly with Markus regarding whatever is going on in your own life right now.

Here’s a complimentary 10 minute grounding meditation from Markus to see if this is what you need and to help you get started.

Find out more here ……

Markus Hirzig on Burnout (interview)

Markus Hirzig
Year end is upon us and with it the mad rush to get everything done or won or have fun with family preferably recorded on Facebook, or Instagram etc etc while running like lemmings towards an imaginary cliff…..
Here is Markus Hirzig on Burnout. What does it mean and what to do?
Replay below:

Access on Earthuni podcast via iTunes

Next group coaching series with Markus starts April 2018. More information here.

Why reach out? Exercise your Expelliarmus

ExpelliarmusFor many years we had a very special cat in our home. He looked like an ordinary cat but actually he was more like a cross between a wizard and an angel. His real name was “Expelliarmus” but most people only knew him as “Pelly”.

How did he get such name?

When my son was about four I asked him if he would like a brother or sister and he replied, “No, I’d rather have a cat!” We were in the middle of renovations at the time, running backwards and forwards between two properties so the cat was put on hold. A few years later his father and I separated and I remembered my cat promise. Our kitten hunt led us to a nearby farmstead where a cute little grey tiger bounced towards my son while the rest of the litter ran into hiding. It was love at first sight. He may not have been the best looking of the litter but he had a lot of character and his face was totally unique. He had an exquisite orange tint to his nose and cheeks, as if he had dipped his face into a bowl of orange juice. Jules named the kitten “Expelliarmus” after a Harry Potter spell.

In the Potter world, Expelliarmus is a disarming charm, used for removing a weapon or wand from one’s opponent’s hand. And “disarming charm” is exactly what Pelly had; a charming way of reaching out to others that won the hearts of everyone he met.

Besides catching mice and doing whatever cats do (I’d hate to know), he would would pop in and visit all our neighbours to see how they were doing. He really showed them he cared. It wasn’t “cupboard love”, more like “unconditional love” which he spread very generously. He was the only cat I’ve ever met who could walk into any house in the street and receive a warm welcome whether there were other cats around or not. Even grumpy or normally unfriendly people loved him and felt honoured when he dropped in.

He was primarily an outdoors cat, sometimes disappearing for days, no-one knew where to, but eventually he’d return. One of his favourite activities was to go walking on the hill behind our house with an old neighbour who had plenty of time. (That’s the unfortunate thing about humans, as we grow up our territory expands exponentially compared to a cat’s territory and we are less and less around for old friends.) Recently the old man’s wife died and Pelly started spending more and more time with him, sitting on the old man’s lap or chest to keep him company.

Then one day Pelly didn’t come home for days. I knew he was helping our old neighbour recover from grief so let it be. Still, each day I thought to myself I need to go and check up on them but didn’t. Instead, I thought if anything happened I would be the first to hear. A few days later the old man came to tell me that Pelly had died. He had jumped through the cat door of a neighbour’s house while they were on holiday and for some unknown reason had not come back out. We are not sure if he died suddenly or if he was was unable to reach out and no-one came looking for him.

Throughout his life and even in death, Pelly taught us about the importance of caring for others by reaching out. We always think people will call us when they really need us but actually this seldom happens. Sometimes they just can’t, for various reasons. Pride, shame, feelings of unworthiness, illness, injury or even depression sets in and disables their capacity to reach out. It is up to us, like Pelly, to reach out and connect while we can; check up on our neighbours and old friends instead of waiting for them to come to us. Find out how things really are for them, and, instead of giving them our own heavy bags to carry, reach out and lighten their load a few paces to remind them of the beauty and wonder of life all around them. Also, like Pelly, it’s the people who you think are fine or better off than you that really need you to reach out, because everyone assumes they don’t need it when actually that is seldom the case. Take Robin Williams for example.

We live in a global village. Who can you reach out to today? Who comes to mind and you think “I’ll do it later” and then don’t? I wish I could tell you this story was inspired by Pelly’s life rather than his death. But that wouldn’t be true.
I’ve put this picture above of Pelly in our kitchen to remind myself and my son to “Exercise our Expelliarmus” – by reaching out to at least two people per day.

How about you? Are you exercising your Expelliarmus? Reaching out and connecting with others is what life is really about.