Fish have fingers and other fanciful facts

Fish fingers on a plate

Next time you see a fish finger, spare a thought for the 20% of young Brits, aged 16 to 24, who seriously believe that they are made from the fingers of fish. I’m not kidding.

A survey conducted by Rowse Honey in 2015 revealed this and other worrying discoveries such as that one in four people in this age group don’t know if it is bees or wasps that make honey, and one in eight think that the insect has to be squeezed to get the honey out of it.

There’s more. One in seven believe that potatoes grow on trees and have no idea that lamb comes from sheep or pork comes from pigs. And one in three have never made the connection between veal and cows. The general belief is that meat comes from supermarkets and that’s all there is to it.

This is right up there with the 2015 survey of three thousand people in the US, UK and Australia that showed that 14% thought cloud computing referred to an actual cloud in the sky so would be affected by stormy weather, and a further 33% thought it might be.

The Dunning-Kruger Effect

It’s staggering to think that so many people hold such erroneous beliefs. But here’s the thing. What beliefs do you hold that you’re pretty sure are right but actually may not be?

The problem we all face is that we don’t know what it is that we don’t know. We are ignorant of our own ignorance.

This is known as the Dunning-Kruger Effect, named after psychologists David Dunning and Justin Kruger, who were awarded an Ig Noble Prize in 2001 for their research. Put simply, they determined that in order to know how good you are at something, you need to have developed the skills to be good at it. This means that if you’re actually no good at something then you lack exactly the skills you need to have in order to know that.

This explains, among other things, why people who lack good grammar are blissfully unaware of it and why many bad drivers believe they are good drivers. They lack the skills to know the difference.

‘Energy worlds don’t exist because I can’t see them’

One misconception that I frequently come across is people who believe that energy worlds don’t exist because they can’t see them. But, as someone who has made it my life’s work to develop the subtle body structures to be able to cognize the energy worlds as tangibly as physical ones, I can see that they lack the skills to know for sure whether energy worlds exist or not.

The only way they can know this is to develop the skills to be able to see and feel energies for themselves, but of course they don’t want to have to do that. They want me to prove it to them without any effort on their part, which is like asking me to prove that love is real to someone who has somehow gone through life without ever feeling it.

‘Energy changes if I strongly intend that it does’

Another frequent misconception is when someone firmly believes that a person’s intention is enough to space clear energies rather than the skills they have or the equipment they use. Nothing I can say or do will convince such people otherwise because they lack the ability to read the energy of a space before and after the clearing. If they were able to do this, they would know that nothing had changed.

To be fair, in most cases, this mistaken belief seems to be the result of something a person has read in a book or been taught by a teacher. But still the fact remains that they don’t know what they don’t know.

And of course, I must consider that I, too, am ignorant of what I don’t know. It’s conceivable I may one day discover entire new levels I was previously unaware of. The human condition is such that we only ever know a narrow segment of the truth.

But the difference is that I actively seek out high calibre people who have the skills to observe my work and give me feedback about its effectiveness. These people are admittedly hard to find, but they do exist and I always welcome their input. If I were entrenched in my beliefs, I would not seek them out or listen to what they have to say.

Intention and space clearing

What I’m hoping you will take from this article is that intention is good, but it’s not enough. And where space clearing is concerned, it’s certainly not a substitute for perception and skill. Two people may have exactly the same intention but there will be a huge difference in the results they are able to obtain, depending on their ability to read energies and how skilled they are at clearing them.

Oh, and if you ever meet someone who sincerely believes that fish have fingers, please show them a fish and point out its fins!

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Free space clearing in Perth, Australia

Space clearing altar

As part of an Advanced Space Clearing Practitioner Training, I am offering a free space clearing for a two or three-bedroom house in Perth, Australia, on a date between 8-12 December 2018.

What is space clearing?

The ceremony will be conducted by an experienced certified practitioner and overseen by myself or Richard Sebok personally to guarantee its effectiveness. All services, travel time, travel expenses and materials will be supplied free of charge. The consultation will, of course, be completely confidential.

If you live in Perth and would like to be considered for this, please click on this link and complete the form:

Request a free space clearing

If you have a lot of clutter in your home, please don’t apply for this but request the free clutter clearing consultation I am offering instead.

Please note: If you are located more than 25km from Perth CBD, it will take up too much of our training time to travel to you, so please do not apply. And please do not forward this offer to friends to request free space clearings in other parts of Australia or the world. This is a one-time offer for the area within 25km of Perth CBD and between 8-12 December 2018 only.

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Win a Large Balinese Space Clearing Bell and Stand

Large Balinese space clearing bell

Enter our free prize draw to win a Large Balinese Space Clearing Bell and Stand, value $395 AUD (flower not included 🙂 )

Open to anyone anywhere in the world. Simply click below to enter.

Your name will not be added to any mailing list and you will not receive any junk emails as a result of entering the prize draw. This is not the type of marketing ploy you find on so many websites these days. It is a genuine giving.

All names will be put into a virtual hat, and the winner will be notified by email on 28 October 2018.

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Prize draw rules

  1. The prize is one Large Balinese Space Clearing Bell and Stand, shipped free of charge to anywhere in the world.
  2. The winner will be chosen at random from all valid entries received.
  3. No purchase is required to enter the prize draw and no entrants will have their name added to any mailing list.
  4. Entry to the prize draw is limited to one entry per person. Multiple entries will be disqualified.
  5. Automated entries, bulk entries, or third party entries will be disqualified.
  6. The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered in to.
  7. The prize draw will end at 12 noon UTC October 28, 2018.
  8. The winners will be notified by email on October 28, 2018.
  9. No cash alternative or online course alternative to the prize is available.
  10. Karen Kingston International Pty Ltd is fully compliant with the Data Protection Act and will not pass on the details of any person entering the prize draw to any third party.
  11. Entry to the prize draw is via online form only.

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Space clearing books

Space clearing books

Here’s a question I’m being asked quite often at the moment:

I just purchased your book, Creating Sacred Space with Feng Shui, and I see you have stated on your blog how outdated it is. Are you saying the techniques are no longer of value?

Short answer

The basic steps of the space clearing ceremony described in my first book are still valid.

Longer answer

Creating Sacred Space with Feng Shui was written in 1995 and published in 1996. It became one of the bestselling Mind Body Spirit titles at many bookstores around the world in the following years and sold over a million copies in 16 languages.

My next book, Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui was published two years later in 1998. It has sold over 2 million copies in 26 languages and continues to sell well to this day.

Both books have become “must read” classics in their respective fields.

Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui has been regularly updated and revised and is now in its fourth edition. But when I attempted to do the same with Creating Sacred Space with Feng Shui, I quickly realized it wouldn’t work. My space clearing knowledge and skills have moved on so much since that book was written that an entire rewrite is needed.

When I first started teaching space clearing to public audiences in 1993, I could cover everything I knew in the space of a one-day workshop. By the time I wrote Creating Sacred Space with Feng Shui in 1995, I knew enough to teach on the subject for about two weeks. Today, Richard and I could teach a professional space clearing practitioner training for over a year without running out of material. The depth and scope of our knowledge and skills has developed beyond anything I would ever have believed possible when I first started pioneering this work.

The new space clearing book

The basic steps of the space clearing ceremony described in Creating Sacred Space with Feng Shui are still valid but the explanations about them are now very out-of-date and no longer reflect how we do the ceremony ourselves or teach other people how to do it. The new book will explain much more about how space clearing works, when to do it, when not to do it, who can do it, who can’t do it, and everything that people need to understand in order to do effective space clearing in their own home themselves.

It will also include some elements that I left out of the first book because I didn’t know how to explain them at the time and now do. And some techniques that I included in the first book because I thought they were useful but have long since realized they are redundant (salt and incense, for example).

There will be more information about the origins of space clearing, including a more detailed description of how I pioneered it and the developments that have taken place since 2004, when I was joined in the work by my husband, Richard Sebok. And the new book will give me the opportunity to correct things such as the strange example of a flower offering you can see at this top of this article, pictured on the front cover of the US edition of the book (I was not consulted about this image and cringe every time I see it).

I’m happy to say that Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui has stood the test of time, but Creating Sacred Space with Feng Shui needs to be left now to go out of print and be replaced by the new book that Richard and I are writing together, which we intend will become the go-to guide for twenty-first century space clearing.

When will the new book be published?

Publication will be in the second half of 2019. Announcements will be made nearer the time on my website and blog. If you’d like to be notified by email, the best way to request this is to sign up to receive my free monthly newsletters.

Is it OK to space clear using the information in the old book until the new one is available?

Yes. The essence of the basic steps of the ceremony described in Chapters 6 and 7 of Creating Sacred Space with Feng Shui is still the same. But when you read the new book, it will be very clear why such a major update and rewrite is needed. There is so much more to space clearing than I was able to convey in the first book. The new one will help people to go much deeper and obtain substantially better results.

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Is it OK to sleep on a mattress on the floor?

Mattress on floor

This article is in response to all the teens and twenties who have asked me about this, and for anyone else who has ever had occasion to sleep on a mattress on the floor for a while.

High and low energies

High energy tends to collect in high-level places, and low energy collects in low-level places. That’s one of the reasons why so many great spiritual cultures in the world have been located at the tops of mountains. It’s also why penthouse suites are so sought after, because the people who live in them have both a psychological and energetic advantage over people living below them.

It’s also been found that people who live up mountains are generally happier and more optimistic than people who live in valleys, where the energy tends to collect and coagulate. Valley people tend to experience more struggle in their lives and are more likely to experience depression. It’s much easier to feel elated on top of a mountain.

How this relates to buildings is that low energy collects at floor level along with dust and etheric debris. So you might think that it’s not a good idea to sleep on a mattress on the floor. However, sweeping or vacuuming very effectively cleans this up, so providing the space is regularly cleaned, sleeping at floor-level is fine from that perspective.

Beds in Japan and Bali

In Japan, it’s traditional to sleep on a futon on a tatami-matted floor. During the day the futon is rolled up and put away and then brought out again at night.

In Bali, where I lived for 20 years, sleeping on the floor is also the norm, but only for people who cannot afford a bed. Many don’t even have a pillow — they just sweep the floor, roll out a mat, and sleep with their head in the crook of their arm. They mostly have great posture, a healthy immune system, and back problems are very rare. Sleeping on the floor also develops a closer relationship to land energies and makes a person more grounded. The Balinese are a nation of very grounded people.

Those who can afford a bed usually prefer to sleep on one for the purely practical reason that it’s a tropical country and it’s less likely they will be walked over by venomous spiders, scorpions and other creepy-crawlies in the night if they’re in an elevated position. If you ever visit Bali, don’t worry. These hazards are not common in western-style hotels. But they are an everyday hazard in rural homes.

A traditional Balinese bed (the kind you find in villages, not in hotels) has a wooden frame and a firm cotton kapok futon that is not treated with any of the highly toxic fire retardants that are now legally required in the West. However, futons do become damp if placed on the floor (both in Bali and in the West) so it is best only to use them on a raised wooden bed so that there is adequate air circulation around them. I slept on a pure cotton futon on a raised wooden bed during the 20 years I lived in Bali and still do to this day.

Check for underfloor wiring

In countries where homes are built with a maze of electrical wiring running under floorboards,  there is another important issue that needs to be considered.

Underfloor wiring can emit high levels of electromagnetic fields (EMFs), and sleeping on the floor will bring your body into closer proximity, which can be a serious health hazard over time. In an apartment block, the floors will contain not just the wiring circuit for your apartment but also the lighting circuits for the apartment below, which can double your exposure, especially in the case of unearthed halogen lights (very popular these days).

The only way to test for this is to use a reliable EMF meter, such as the EMFields PF5.

So is it OK to sleep on a mattress on the floor?

So, to summarize, I would say that sleeping on a mattress on the floor is fine providing the area is regularly cleaned, there are no venomous insects, the floor is not damp, and you are not sleeping in an electromagnetic field of more than 0.2 volts per meter.

In the West, however, dampness and/or high EMFs at floor level usually make it impractical to do this for very long.

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