How Often Have You Asked Yourself “Does the Law of Attraction Work?”

Does the Law of Attraction work is what everybody was asking a few years ago. After the mind- expanding film “The Secret” of Rhonda, Byrne everyone began to try to see if this incredible revelation to mankind was true or not. This law virtually states, that like attracts like and that you get what you think about, whether you want it or not!

Let me tell you of my first experience with the Law of Attraction. I decided to test myself on something “safe” and so decided not to try for a white Spanish-style villa overlooking the sea as was my dream, but to try to manifest some (believe it or not?) birds. I already had a couple of blackbirds and a solitary robin dropping in to pay me visits, but I decided, despite my huge silver-grey cat, which overseered the shady vines in my garden, that I would like to see all types of birds hopping and chattering near my window to keep me company. Does the law of attraction work I mean does it really work?” I kept asking myself? I just felt I had to find out for the sake of my sanity.

At breakfast, as I sat near the window that overlooks my garden, I tried to imagine all types of birds dodging each other for the crumbs that I had scattered on the table. My big fat grey cat, sat with me and watched. Days went by, and I was beginning to lose heart. I continuously counted the birds. Two blackbirds plus one robin made three. I must admit that my confidence in this law slowly began to ebb. I had read a story of a boy manifesting a feather, so why couldn’t I manifest a few birds? My only train of thought was, I know the law of attraction works for others but does the law of attraction work for me.? The cool spring turned into a scorching summer. Robin disappeared, and some swallows came to dip their wings in the marble bird-bath. Downhearted, I eventually got my thoughts off the birds.

With regards to the Law of Attraction, confusion can occur, because, so often, we are offering vibrations that we don’t realize we are offering. We truly believe we are thinking about something, (that is, offering a vibration about something, when, in actual fact, we are offering exactly the opposite vibration) In my example above, it was obvious that with my thought fixed on “Does the law of attraction work?” I was offering a vibration of doubt, despite my efforts to imagine flocks of birds swooping into the shade under the vines.

The other point is, that you get the balance of the essence of your thoughts. My thoughts were on birds, yes, but the balance of my thoughts were, in fact, on lack of birds! The majority of my thoughts were in opposition to my desire. Now one thing I have learnt about the Laws of Nature is this. If they are laws, they must be exact and consistent, otherwise they are not laws, and, if we want to stay in harmony with these laws, we must be consistent too. Halfheartedness is not enough.

If you asked me whether I found an answer to my question, Does the law of attraction work? I would say, yes, because since that experience, I have learnt that the essence of what I give my attention to, I get. I don’t say I am perfect but I am certainly beginning to see encouraging results.

Not the least being, one day, when I was telling a young friend of my experiment and emotionally excited about the birds I had hoped to “manifest,” a rare type of woodpecker swooped right down past the lower branches of the cherry tree, right in front of us, and stranger still, right past the my fat cat who was lazing in the sunshine. Its multicoloured blaze of colour defied all negation of a rare and magnificent experience. I often wondered, if that was the Universe telling me, if you do things properly, ie. if you play your part, I will play my part.

A Windy January Day in the Garden

The last few days have seen the garden shrouded in frosty stillness. But today I awoke to blue skies and a wind so blustery it was more reminiscent of a November day. Not having been able to do much in the garden because of the cold, I decided to venture out and see what needed doing.

The end of January is a slightly frustrating time in the year. The tips of spring bulbs poke their heads tantalisingly through the soil, shrubs are showing signs of life with tiny buds appearing and the solitary song of the resilient little robin is starting to be joined by a few other garden birds, optimistic of the early spring around the corner. But there is still a sense that the garden is slow to wake. It is a time for tidying and preparation.

As I enter the garden I notice loose sprigs of ivy hanging from the apple tree. A few weeks ago I had pulled up the ivy from the base of the tree as it had started to take over some of the main branches. Leaving ivy on the top of the tree for a few days means that as it starts to die off, it loosens its hold slightly on the bark of the tree and so is a bit easier to pull off. Having removed the last of the ivy, a clematis which grows up through the tree in spring becomes more visible and it is apparent that it needs tying in to the main branch of the tree to protect it from the strong winds.

I next look to my shrub roses and make sure that I have pruned them enough to prevent wind rock, especially on this particularly blustery day. Once I am satisfied that my roses are alright, I take my secateurs to a couple of the larger shrubs in the garden. Now is a good time to prune shrubs in your garden, when they are dormant and you can clearly see the shape of the plant and how you want it to be when pruned.

The day’s trimming finished I turn my attention to my herbaceous borders. They look a bit sorry for themselves at the moment as I have cut down all the dead growth from last year and they are now all but bare. It’s a good time to give the plants an early feed. I like to use an organic blood, fish and bone mix or bone meal. Spread a thin layer over the ground so that you get a good covering. I then like to cover the beds with a thick mulch of well rotted manure or compost. This will protect the young shoots from any frosts to come and help the fertiliser soak well into the soil, providing a kick start to the plants in spring. A couple of garden planters I have positioned in the middle of one of my border with conical topiary box have fallen over in the wind and need righting.

Other things you need to look out for on a particularly windy day are making sure that any new tree samplings are well attached to their supports so that they don’t break off in the wind. Check that covers on garden furniture are secure. Remove less heaving garden ornaments such as lanterns and wind chimes so that they don’t blow over and break. Check any fencing to make sure it is still secure and hasn’t become detached.

My last job on this windy day is to check my vegetable patch. Most of the beds are dug over and bare now. But I do have a couple of beds where brassicas are keeping us in healthy greens over the winter months. I particularly like black kale which grows well all winter, especially if you pick it from the crown of the plant. I also have a new variety of sprout growing. Flowering sprouts have a look of broccoli or tiny cabbages but taste as good as brussels and perhaps even sweeter. Having picked some of these and the kale for dinner, I empty out the last of my parsnips, grown in large tubs. The last ones may be a little small, but they will be nice and sweet when roasted.

Only thing left to do now is to put all my tools safely away in the shed, take off my muddy boots and light the wood burner. Umm and in an hour or so the house will be filled with the smell of roasting beef!

Australian Wildlife Watch on the Sunshine Coast

So you have set the date and now you are ready to decide where to go for your holiday. How about a Sunshine Coast holiday in Queensland, Australia? If that’s where you’re heading, you are about to discover that the real beauty of this area is without doubt the rich and vibrant, not to mention unique, wildlife you will find there.

Firstly, this area is home to the Australia Zoo. Extremely popular with the holiday makers this zoo, which has become even more well-known thanks to wildlife personality Steve Irwin, contains certain species of Australian wildlife you are not likely to come across anywhere else in the world. Snakes, possums, parrots and kangaroos, along with numerous other varieties of animal and bird life as just a few examples of what you will find in this zoo on the Sunshine Coast. There is so much to see so make sure you allow yourself enough time to take in all the sights.

If it is marine wildlife you are interested in, you will be pleased to know that not far from the zoo you can enter Underwater World and Aussie World. As Queensland’s largest aquarium holding 25,000 different creatures of the sea it really should be high up on your places to see during your Sunshine Coast holiday.

As well as the zoo and aquarium, there are also many National Parks to see on your Sunshine Coast holiday and well worth a visit is the Noosa National Park with its koala population. The many parks house a variety of waterfalls and forests where you will see kangaroos and possums along with several other species of animals. Why not join in on a bushwalking tour which will take you up close to the solitary animals in the more remote areas of the parks?

Noosa Park claims to have 626 vertebrate species of animals in residence. Most of these are birds or fish but there is also an unbelievable amount of flora and fauna here too making Noosa one of the most diverse National Parks right here on the sunshine coast. Rains fall and help to promote the wildlife in the river area of Noosa Park and with such an assorted terrain and climate there is little wonder this area is so exceptional when it comes to Australian wildlife.

Noosa is most well known for two of its features, these being the koalas and the birdlife. In fact, with over 300 species of birds the park has justifiably become a major interest to the bird watching population of the entire world and there have been illustrated books written about the birds found in this area. Rescue efforts to save the bird population are in practice to enable us to continue to see such beautiful creatures. It is important that you don’t try to feed the birds and whilst visiting the park.

So when you’re on your Sunshine Coast holiday, don’t forget to keep your eyes and ears open else you might miss all that extraordinary wildlife.