Weekend Medlum (& Ghost Poem)

My recent poem on Medium titled ‘Ghosts’ – https://medium.com/@thomas_maxwellharrison/ghosts-2470f307e8a8

My WordPress 2020 poem ‘Ghosts’ © Thomas Maxwell-Harrison

My new and popular sonnet on Medium called ‘Rancid’ – https://medium.com/@thomas_maxwellharrison/rancid-a-sonnet-7f9275f48e50

My Medium profile where I am trying to blog and build an audience – https://medium.com/@thomas_maxwellharrison


What are you planning for this weekend?

I am awaiting an interview outcome, which I expect to hear back from next week. I am writing on here, Medium and want to add another part to the Wattpad story – Apocalypse on Easy Street. Along with trying to round off Fist Fighting the Undead which was a little bit of fun.

Not planning to go anywhere, last weekend at the cinema was as adventurous as it has gotten lately. I did go into town yesterday though and bought a tropical looking rug. It is only small and I’ve put in in my living room in front of the sofa. I wanted one for a while because it is wooden flooring and so when I sit bare foot I want to rest my feet on something that doesn’t slip.

Medlum

No pain or hurt or anger

searing shot in the eyes

you are going to reach the top of your mountain

where you sense the goat

until it flies over

whisk of air

you were never there

Feng Shui – What is this ancient practice?

Welcome to Psychedelic Wizards blog and todays post about the art of Feng Shui. If you like what you read then please like, comment and follow the site for more interesting posts on a variety of topics.


The most ancient of practices that is Feng Shui – meaning wind-water – is the Chinese philosophy detailing how to create balance and harmony between the elements. This practice is used within the home, because it is a belief system that specific placement of objects in a space will greatly affect the energy and the flow and the harmony of our surroundings.

At the core, it is decorating to maximise the energy of a space, to make it more positive and minimise or eradicate negative energy build up. So what are the potential effects, or benefits of such a practice? As mentioned, the idea is to harmonise the energy so that a space is more positive, surely a huge benefit to anybody! Having a lighter energy home, feeling less cluttered and more vibrant would also make you feel mentally better, uplifting your mood, improving your mindset, helping you to achieve those goals, and possibly to sleep better too.

In Feng Shui there are the main ‘principles’. That of the ‘Commanding Position’, ‘the Bagua‘, and the ‘Five Elements‘. Using these principles together is the aim to create harmony.

Lets start with the Commanding Position. This is going to be the best way to place furniture within a room. Use this and apply it to all the main objects in a space, like the sofas in your living room, or the tv and stand, or the shelving units. Use it in bedrooms, by moving the bed to the further point from the doorway. Move your office at home around, or your desk, adjust the placement to furthest from the door, yet still facing the door. Being in the furthest point, yet facing it, is commanding a room.

Then you have the Bagua. This is an energy map identifying the elements you should place within the room to facilitate the flow of positive energy. Different areas are dealt with, like work and home and personal goals.

As you can see different colours and elements relate to different areas. Health and family for example, are green and blues, with wood as the element. If you don’t want to use all of the above, simply use a select few, or one or two. Trying something shouldn’t be a burden. When setting out the room look at the map and then focus on one room at a time and make sure you are clear what you want to bring to the room. If you wanted your bedroom with a focus on relationships you could use reds, white and pinks. Beds need to face the doorway, but not in direct line with it. Symmetry is important, so using flat and square shaped objects can help, along with flat objects.

Finally we have the Five Elements. They are: fire, water, wood, metal and earth. Feng Shui seeks to balance these elements in your home.

Each element is associated with different colours, seasons and shapes as seen in the picture above. Fire – red and triangular. Water – black and curved shapes. Wood – green/blue and rectangular columned shapes. Metal – white and circular/sphere shapes. Earth – brown/orange/yellow and flat and square objects.

If you want to add each element to a room you can start by using the colour or the shapes. You could light a white candle for example. Using more plants will help too. Being able to successfully place objects is key, and you need space to work with, so make sure to remove anything not needed and get rid of clutter and clear the doors. Big plants at the entrance can help. The entrance hallway is important to, or any hallway, try and keep it clear and bright. Plants are positive energy and connecting to the earth, so bring some big plants, or small ones into your home and keep everything fresh. They have the added benefit of literally purifying the air.

You have now learned a little about Feng Shui. Thanks for reading, how will you better use your space?

Benefits of Flowers in The Home

I always wondered why a lovely cut garden full of a beautiful assortment of flowers in a rainbow of colours made me feel better. I don’t decorate my apartment with any flowers, not usually. Today I decided as part of my changes that I would start putting some flowers around. I also want to get some lovely house plants.

Flowers don’t usually last forever, that is when they are used to brighten a home. Some last longer than others, those that haven’t bloomed yet will last longer. Price is not an issue, because if you go to any garage forecourt in England or to any supermarket, or even flower shops, they will have an array of cheap bunches for sale from £3-5. I managed to get some today from a flower shop in Cheshire. They had some reduced bunches outside the shop at £2 each and included plenty of flowers. I also bought some lillies, they are big and have yet to bloom. They are purple/lilac in colour. I then went to another shop in another part of Cheshire and bought a vase from a flower shop. Given the price of the bunches you can get outside, I am probably now going to buy myself some every week. The price is low being a couple of pounds and they will last around 2 weeks (?) I am not sure, but apparently 7-12 days is what you should expect.

I’ll move on to the benefits of actually having flowers in the home:

  1. Bright colours boost mood – Having a lovely vibrant bouquet in your home can significantly boost mood. Why? Bright colours impact how we think and feel. Check out the link to see another post on that. Bright reds and oranges, purples and blue can all boost how you feel. All of them will make you calm as plants and flowers are great at reducing stress and anxiety. When choosing flowers let your instincts guide you as your body knows what it needs, don’t be put off if you suddenly like a colour you never did before. Flowers can speak to us…
  2. They smell fantastic – smell might improve how you feel too! Because of the wide choice of flowers, you also have options with smell. How does a rose compare to a lily? What about lavender to jasmine? Flowers are the source for essential oils, it is the essence of compressed flowers that makes the oil. Thus, if you can find a flower you like you will undoubtedly find something similar in oils. They smell great, freshening the air and aerating any space. The proximity to the flowers will matter. I wouldn’t recommend inhaling the scent of flowers all day either as you may have symptoms of hayfever from the pollen.
  3. Purifying the air in our home – plants and flowers alike will take in carbon dioxide and spew out oxygen as part of the process of photosynthesis. Although certain big plants will help more than flowers, there are flowers like peace lilies which are supposed to be good at this. So, even though you might be able to open a window, adding flowers around the home can also boost the quality regardless. Adding some in the bathroom might be a good idea? I find gazing into a vase of flowers whilst in the bath to be somewhat relaxing.
  4. Welcoming environment and conversation starters – When I enter someone’s home and see flowers I feel immediately relaxed and that I somehow understand that person just a little bit more. Sounds ridiculous at first… but think about it. If you have flowers in your living room or bedroom or wherever, kitchen for example, and the guest sees them, they may comment on them almost immediately. That is why they are great conversation starters. If you feel nervous about socialising then talk about the plants and the flowers. The flowers are not shy so feel free to talk to them as well. Yes, they do help to create a home you can be happy to live in. I really do love lilies simply because they are so beautiful. Having just one vase of lilies can be enough to make even the angriest of guests docile and accepting.
  5. Improved self love and care – When you take active steps to improve your wellbeing or to be a better person, you are already one step closer to healing all your issues and being in a state of peace. You might think that flowers are somehow only for women or that it just seems uncool to have them. Having flowers and plants to improve how you feel is a great step to showing yourself some self love and care. By caring for the flowers through observation and watering you can develop and in fact care for yourself. Reducing stress, anxiety, making you feel good are all flowers qualities.

How do you feel about this post? Would you agree that flowers are beneficial to the home? Are flowers not just something you buy once in a while for a special occasion? Don’t hesitate if you see some flowers in the shop you like, taking decisions like this can make you feel more confident. Being able to live in a home full of beautiful flowers from nature, the earth and beyond are important. Remember my post on frequencies and the recent post on emotions of colours? Check the emotions of colours post to see how they can impact us. Lavender, being calming with protective properties are suitable for myself but you may want to experiment with how a particular flower makes you feel. If you want to be a bit wild, there is no limits. You have a rainbow of colours available.

Take the time to find your local florist or shop or any that you like. Who knows what will happen. There is no need to buy anything. When you are developing and journeying it is not expected that you will always be so bold, but you can work past this. You could also go and pick some wild flowers. Now that spring has started, they will all be rising up for you to see. Be careful when picking flowers as it might not be allowed on private grounds!

I stuck them all in 1 vase. They look so much better in person

Stay safe!

*A 3 hours video demonstrating planet earths incredible gift to us. Flowers.*

What are the benefits of being self employed?

This was originally going to be titled the ‘benefits of working from home’ but I realise now I can incorporate that into this post anyway. You may also be interested in my post ‘how to dream big.’ You can also check out my short post on me now studying/working from home.

Alas, today I’m going to go over some excellent reasons why being self employed. If you live in England you can check out this Gov article on being a sole trader – https://www.gov.uk/working-for-yourself.

There is a lot of independence to be gained, and a lot of fun also. You might be earning £23,000 a year working in a desk job sorting a lot of papers. Compare that with having the freedom to work your own hours, be your own boss, and earn whatever you want. Self employment, or being a sole trader, is a sure fire way to get an unlimited income potential. You earn an amount of money both proportionate, directly, to how much you work and what the demand for your services is.

  1. Home Working and Having a Lot of Fun – If you already work from home, or study from home, as I am doing myself at the present moment, although I have a week off starting from tomorrow… a week of work still. So, you get to just do your work in the hours that suit you, whether that be 9 – 5 or 12 – 2pm, you have complete freedom when it comes to home working. You might be able to set up a home based internet business, or run a small business from home where you also store actual inventory – in other words you keep stock in your property. Of course, don’t forget to register with the appropriate tax people, self employment still means paying income tax. I suspect a lot of people are making more than £1000 a year from side hustles, which means they will have to pay tax.
  2. Unlimited Income Potential – There is no limit on how much you can earn from self employment. In fact, there is more income potential as you aren’t in a job where you work fixed hours for someone else, ending up getting nowhere. Self employment en mass is the future, a future where people earn the amount they want and deserve. You see it everyday or hear about people, just leaving well paid jobs to start their own business, work from home, or go solo consulting and then popping up years later as millionaires. Don’t go thinking it’s based on demand though, income cannot be guaranteed through demand unless you have a niche and well valued and sought after skill or service. usually income is dependent on the amount of work you do. This is in turn related to the demand from customers.
  3. Do Your Own Thing – You only have to pay your taxes and national insurance to appropriate levels. It’s real freedom. In terms of what to do for self employment, as already mentioned, you can start a home based business, or a small business, you can sell goods from your home. This can include goods and products you make yourself, like candles, soaps, paintings, pottery, furniture, food, gift cards, anything! If you have skills that are sought after, utilise them for goodness sake. If I pass my course, I’ll be loaning myself out at £50 an hour for legal advice to start with on a freelance basis. To be honest, I can do that now because people with a degree, or relevant qualifications are automatically more likely to have those skills and knowledge that people want. Used to work in an estate agents and want to do this yourself.

The benefits of anything are endless, self employment vs working for a company are truly superior. I never understood why anyone would work for a company on the basis that they will be promoted, earn more and after 50 years become a director or something. Think about it, you can become a director from day one with self employment. The reason I was attracted to becoming a barrister was because they are self employed and independent. Independence is an important word here, remember, you have to deal with it all yourself, unless you pay an accountant or rent an office or hire someone etc.

I hope light shines on you eternally. Thanks for reading.

The Ride

The Ride

A night so full of mystery,
waiting for me to explore,
I hit the road,
a road I adore.

My engine tuned,
wheels tightened,
headlights beaming,
I'm ready for this return.

A cold steel machine, soaring across baron landscapes,
my mind calm, contented,
an empty meditative state,
peaceful surrender to the night,
adventure for you.

A simple bump in the road,
a charred foresight,
shattered tales,
driving home.