Friday, November 13, 2020

Feng Shui Home Blessings with the Five Elements

Lately I've been blessed with numerous clients who are using this sheltering in place time to have virtual Feng Shui consultations to enhance the energy in their homes. 

I recently had the opportunity to bless a home which was under a large remodeling process. With masks on the client, another student,  and myself began the ceremony  to invite positive energy to the project. 

We began with getting in tune with the existing energies in the space, especially in the three rooms where construction was happening.

I lit sage and chanted "Om Mani  Padme Hum" (a meditation mantra for transformation) nine times in each corner, and around the room while my clients rang bells and chimes. In each room the client then stated her affirmation for the space. 

                                                                        

The ceremony involved all of Feng Shui’s Five Elements (Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water), plus items that anchor and enhance each area of the Bagua.  I created three five element offerings:  a white, round bowl (metal) filled with water (water), with a red floating candle (fire) and a yellow flower (earth and wood).  After the clearing we left a bowl in each of the three spaces we cleared and blessed.  I anticipate a smooth completion of the project. 

                                                                             


A space-clearing ceremony makes every space feel fresh and new. It's the perfect way to give yourself a fresh start. 

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Enjoying Good Family Health Practices is Good Feng Shui

To create a good Feng Shui foundation for a healthy home and family you have to begin with a few basic Feng Shui health practices.

1) During these times of sheltering in place and social distancing, many families are finding creative ways to exercise together; whether going on nature walks, bicycling, doing home exercise routines and yoga. Parents modeling these practices with their children are helping to create healthy inner Feng Shui. 

                                      

2) One of the most effective practices is to create a clutter free space. Clutter drains your energy, which will effect your health and that of your entire family.  Begin in the room most used by your family, or maybe where you plan to exercise together and give yourself the gift of a peaceful space without piles which create unnecessary stress in your life. 




3) Surround yourself with good air quality. You may want to get an air purifier, essential oils or just open the windows if fresh air is available. Air purifying plants are a wonderful way to clear the air and bring the healthy aspects of the Wood element into your home; choose from Spider Plant, Boston Fern, Areca Palm, Snake Plant, Weeping Fig, Peace Lily or Bamboo Palm to name a few.  Good air circulation leads to good Feng Shui. 


4) Along with air circulation the body reacts better to sufficient natural light. Try to open those curtains to receive as much natural light as possible, because the quality of light adds to your health and well being. Also, be aware of the quality of light in your home and avoid florescent lights when possible. 

With a few easy steps you can create a home environment that nourishes you and your family every day.

Blessings



Thursday, October 8, 2020

Feng Shui Daily Thankfulness Pumpkin

So much of Inner Feng Shui has to do with expressing gratitude. Blessings come in many forms, and expressing gratitude and enthusiasm for even the smallest blessings has been found to lead to a happier more fulfilling life. Every morning when I wake up I can choose joy, happiness, negativity or pain; which will lead to a more rewarding and harmonious day? What if you began each day expressing gratitude for one thing in your life, big or small?

With Thanksgiving approaching, my  husband and I bought a holiday pumpkin and each night at dinner we each write one thing we're thankful for on it with a permanent marker. It will be completed by Thanksgiving and adorn our holiday table reminding us of all our blessings. 


What if you commit to Thanksgiving every day; giving thanks every day of the year? The simple act of a phone call, sending a note card, giving a hug, smile or a simple thank you can enliven another as well as yourself, and begin a karmic chain of events. 

Magic can be felt in expressing gratitude. Wishing you many blessings!

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Using Feng Shui to Create a Positive Home Learning Environment

Feng Shui is all about creating a positive energy field in your environment, that then transfers to you and affects your life. When your home energy is cluttered, messy and stuck you feel the same way.  Due to the Corona Virus most children are having to experience school  at home.  How does your child’s home classroom space effect their learning? 

Look to Feng Shui to help them succeed.  The purpose of Feng Shui in a child’s home classroom is to create a healthy, happy environment that fosters education, increased self esteem, and happy relationships with parents and teachers.  Children and parents can enjoy success  if the environment supports them. 

Suggestions for Children’s Home Classroom:

• Create a space for study  - Having a dedicated space, including  a desk and lamp where your child can study, demonstrates to your child the importance you place on education and your child’s educational achievement. Remember that the desk should be in the power position facing the door. The child should not have his/her back to the door or to a window. In Feng Shui, sitting with your back to a window, especially when working or studying, means you don’t have solid support and there isn’t anything to back you up. Sitting with your back to a window makes you vulnerable to anything behind you. Having a back to the door disempowers the child and keeps them distracted by always having to look back. It’s important that they have  their backs to a solid wall. 



• Display Achievements and Accomplishments:  Keep the energy calm and positive. Change from decorative themes that are flying, falling, driving, or running to a motif that is calm and tranquil. Include educational reminders, inspirational posters and self-esteem boosters. You can also use art and photos in a subtle way to achieve the desired results; of course, it is always a self esteem builder to use your children's art.  I always find that a picture of a mountain at the child’s back adds strength and support. 



• Possessions: Avoid clutter. Keep the work space neat and organized with everything needed in easy reach.  

• Colors: Locate where the best area for the educational work space in relation to the home’s Bagua and enhance with recommendations below. 

Connecting Your Child’s  School Workplace  to the Bagua:

The Feng Shui Bagua (Ba-gua) Map is known as an environmental treasure map helping you locate specific energies in your home.  Wherever your child’s workspace is located on the Bagua, use some of the attributes of that sector to aid in your decoration. Always remember to keep the area calm.

A Sample of Children’s Work space Enhancements using the Bagua:                                                                                                                                                                                       

CAREER – Front Center –Calm water scenes, inspirational posters related to school                                                                            success

KNOWLEDGE/SELF CULTIVATION– Left Front Corner – Live plants, art depicting wooded                                                                                                                 areas, pastel green

FAMILY/FRIENDS/HEALTH – Left Center - Plants, pastel green, pictures of flowers and                                                                                                  family

WEALTH – Back Left Corner – Plants with rounded leaves,  symbols of wealth, pastel                                                                                  lavender

FAME – Back Center –Diplomas, awards and acknowledgements, inspirational posters,                                                                pastel shades of red

LOVE – Right Back Corner – Pairs of items,  pastel shades of red or pink

CHILDREN/CREATIVITY – Right Center –Art depicting children, whites, pastels, whimsical                                                                                        items

HELPFUL PEOPLE/TRAVEL– Right Front Corner –Travel posters, art depicting spiritual                                                                                                              guides, or pictures of  teachers

CENTER –Pastel earth tones, items in the shape of squares, rectangles and ceramics

Serenity is the goal – when you calm the environment you calm the child, and allow for creativity and learning to blossom.  Using Feng Shui  to help you create a motivating work space will lead to motivation towards learning and higher achievement. 




Thursday, August 13, 2020

Inner Feng Shui Blessings

During this time of sheltering in place we have the opportunity to practice your Inner Feng Shui which is as important as enhancing your home. Inner Feng Shui helps to calm you, bring you inner peace and strengthens your immune system by lightening  your behavior load:

Are there behaviors in your life that make you unhappy?  For example: always being late, procrastinating, not getting enough sleep, overeating, lack of exercise, being critical and negative, being overly stressed.  Unhappiness with your behavior serves to drain you on a daily basis. On the other hand good Feng Shui nourishes you. Therefore as you enter this transformation begin small; choose one behavior you want to change and write it down as a positive affirmation, for example, if you are always late the affirmation would say, “I make sure to leave enough extra time when I go somewhere to ensure I am on time.”  Focus on that behavior, elicit the help of friends and reward yourself for small accomplishments.

As you let go of the negative fill yourself with behaviors that help transform you:

1) Show gratitude

2) Meditate - I've been listening to "YouTube Loving Kindness Meditations"each morning

3) Breathe deeply

4) Listen to music

5) Laugh It Off

6) Exercise

7) Spend time with friends – even if it’s only by socially distancing video or phone chats

8) Help others

Take time to rejuvenate your system and watch opportunities come your way

Blessings

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Use Feng Shui to Anchor Your Wealth Corner and Watch Your Prosperity Grow

How wonderful to be surrounded by positive energy! Who wouldn’t want to wake up feeling positive and energized every day?  There’s a way; through Feng Shui your environment can surround you with the energy you need to nourish you on a daily basis.

One of the most powerful ways to create positive change is to apply the Bagua Map to your home and enhance each area. The results can me magical!

The Bagua:
One of the most powerful and important tools in Feng Shui is the Bagua (Ba-gua) Map, represented as a grid of nine sectors.  I call this the “Treasure Map” to enhancements.  The Bagua comes from the Chinese Book of Changes, “The I Ching,” and literally means “eight trigrams.” These trigrams form the basic building blocks, or treasures that hold the most significance in our lives: career, knowledge/self cultivation, family/health, wealth/prosperity, fame, love/marriage, children/creativity, and helpful people/travel.  Each of these building blocks is represented in the Bagua map, and is formed around a ninth sector which is the overall center, or grounding element of your life.

Using the Bagua:
This grid, illustrating the nine sectors (treasures) of your life is intended to be superimposed over the floor plan of your home.  The home’s main entrance is always located at the bottom of the grid, (in the knowledge, career or helpful people sector). Stand facing the front entrance of the building as if you were about to step inside. This is called the “Mouth of Ch’i” and will be your vantage point for determining the orientation of the Bagua map for the whole building. Once you have identified where your entrance falls in relation to the map, you can identify where the remaining areas of your environment fall.  Now your home can begin to tell the story, and shed some light on issues you may be facing in your life. 

If any of the sectors or building block areas are stuck, or missing thereby causing you stress then personal enhancements using the Bagua Map are the way to go. The key is to activate and keep the Ch’i (vital energy) flowing inside through your home. 

Missing Areas:
The ideal shape for a Feng Shui friendly house is rectangular, with all the corners within the Bagua. We know that in the western culture few houses are built like that; most have one or more corners missing.  The four corners are the most important and can be closed in or “anchored” on a variety of ways.

With the focus on Wealth and Prosperity look to the back left corner and find the anchoring method which best fits your property. 


Anchoring Missing Bagua Areas:

1) Structurally – You can literally complete the missing area with a structure such as a room                addition, a porch, adding a deck, arbor, trellis etc. as long as the structure has enough                   substance to be considered part of the building. 

2) Symbolically - You can also complete the missing area by placing a symbolic addition;                    something that defines the missing area. You can do this by locating the exact corner and              placing a large item representing the Bagua area (examples but not limited to)

Wealth – Fountain, purple gazing ball, purple leaf tree 
Place a 360 degree bubbling fountain in the exact missing corner for prosperity to flow
Anchor with a water feature as in this  burgundy spa tub
A structural anchor is made by extending the arbor at the top
Another form of fountain in the color purple
Anchoring with a purple gazing ball

Other anchoring ideas for the remaining 3 corners: 

Love – Two seat bistro set, large red flowering plant, red gazing ball
Helpful People – Boulder, sculpture, white metal seating, silver gazing ball
Knowledge – Large tree, statue, blue or green gazing ball, wooden seating

3) If there is no room for a symbolic addition – You can locate the missing corner and do one of the  following: 

On lawn – Bury a quartz crystal with its point up at the exact corner (also use inside                                  anchoring)
On cement – Mark the  exact corner with a small symbol such as a heart, tree, circle or                               triangle  (also use inside anchoring)

4) Inside Anchoring – Mirroring the indented walls closest to the missing Bagua area will make the indentation seem to disappear, and enhance the circulation of Ch’i within the missing area. This can also be done by hanging a 30 mm round faceted crystal in front of a window in the indented  wall.  Use art and personal enhancements representing Bagua area in this indented area to further enhance the Ch’i.

5) Enhance the Area in Every Room – Missing home areas make it important to enhance that    location in every room. For instance if the Love area is missing from your home and you want to    increase romance, place the Bagua at the entrance of each room, locate the love corner and something red, a pair of items, a picture of a couple or a representation of romance in each of the back right corners. 

Enhancements for Anchoring Missing Corners:
Knowledge and Self Cultivation: Wood items, trees, blue or green tones, florals, stripes

Wealth and Prosperity: Water features, flags/whirligigs, purple trees, purple, dark blue or                          red tones
 
Love and Marriage: Pairs of items, red or pink tones, seating for two, items in pairs,                                 romantic art

Helpful People: Stone or metal sculptures, boulders, metal seating, white or grey tones,                             art representing spiritual guides, mentors or mountains. 

Use your imagination! Keeping the Ch’i within the confines of your home keeps you surrounded and nourished with the positive energy you need to thrive. Anchor your Bagua and enjoy the difference!

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Staying Zen Through Chaos with Feng Shui


Staying home for over four months though this Pandemic with no end in sight can be very stressful. But there are opportunities to use Feng Shui principles to help you stay focused, creative and calm. Here are seven easy ideas to help you through these difficult times. 

  1. First of all Feng Shui is all about keeping a calm house and calm mind. Take this time to declutter and enhance your home. Work on cleaning out piles, closets, garages. Take on projects you’ve been postponing like painting rooms, redecorating and adding beauty to your home. We call this “moving the Ch’i”.

  2.  Calm your mind and body through meditation, yoga, walking, bike riding, etc.. Stay safe while breathing in calm and release yourself from negative thoughts.

  3.  Express your creativity. Many of my friends are using this opportunity to paint, play a musical instrument, write, garden, bake, sew, learn a new language, read and work on crafts and  projects to name a few. A creative mind is a healthy positive mind.

  4.  Keep as much of a daily routine as possible.  Routine helps our brains and bodies focus on what we can control.

  5.  Stay socially connected through phone calls, emails, texts, and video chats. Social distancing is not social isolation. Humans need contact with others. Share your positive attitude with others, especially the elderly and lonely. 

  6.  Limit your news watching and negative social media. Stay informed but don’t let the negativity and fear consume your life.

  7.  Begin your day by expressing gratitude. Work on your inner Feng Shui by writing three things or people you are grateful for and express those thoughts. This will increase your physical and mental health. You have a lot to be grateful for.
My meditation mantra is, "I let go of fear, insecurity and judgement. I breathe in peace, love, calm. I am blessed."


Stay safe, calm and healthy While letting Feng Shui principles guide you. Blessings!