Friday, October 4, 2019

Make Yourself Happy With Feng Shui


Finding happiness is easier than you think with the help of Feng Shui in the home. One of my clients texted me that after her Feng Shui enhancements she absolutely loves how her bedroom feels. She said it makes her so happy to wake up to the hearts she displayed across from her bed; and the day after she put a beautiful red rug down in her Wealth and Prosperity area, she received a commission check in the mail for substantially more than she thought she would get.  Feng Shui works!



This client loves to turn pressed flowers into art. To create a romantic representation in her bedroom she made the flowers into the shape of hearts and placed them in pairs across from the bed. As she stated, seeing them every morning makes her happy!  She also placed her ceramic pot collection in pairs and is now experiencing the love of her soulmate. 

Feng Shui has made me happy for over 20 years, and now I’m delighted to pass on the happiness to friends, family and clients.

Its’ all about the flow of the life force energy called Ch’i. If  you don't have enough joy it may mean that the flow of Ch’i is out of balance.  A consultation with a skilled practitioner will help you improve the flow of beneficial energy which in turn will balance your home, leading to more fun and happiness to your life. 

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Feng Shui is All About Love

Feng Shui is all about LOVE!

1) Loving the people in your life


2) Loving the home you live in



3) Loving what you do



One of the Focuses of Feng Shui is to live with what you love. 

“Love is a force more formidable than any other. It is invisible – it cannot be seen or measures, yet it is powerful enough to transform you in a moment, and offer you more joy than any other material possession could”    Barbara de Angelis

Since Feng Shui is all about the feeling that your environment evokes, it’s very important that you surround yourself with beauty and items that you love. One of the Feng Shui principles is that “everything in your house is alive and talking to you all the time.” What are the items in your house telling you? Do they contain bad memories? Do they remind you of work you need to do, or do they add beauty to your life? Make sure the art, furnishings and accessories in your home give you a positive message and evoke warm, positive feelings; that way you can ensure your home is nourishing you. 

If a client tells me that there is nothing about their home they like, I encourage them to place an item they absolutely love in the room; a vase, a painting a pillow etc.  This item alone will begin changing the energy flow and soon start leading to more beauty. 

Feel the difference when you surround yourself with what you love!


Thursday, August 8, 2019

When Remodeling a Kitchen Think Feng Shui For Better Harmony

If you are entertaining  a major kitchen remodel, like we experienced 6 years ago, or just sprucing it up, taking time to incorporate Feng Shui principles will bring you positive energy and harmony. 

It is said that food and a warm kitchen is what makes a house a home.  In Feng Shui food symbolizes health and wealth. When money is flowing we can afford to buy the best food to sustain good health. When we are in good health, we are best able to make a good living. Because food bridges the two treasures of wealth and health special attention is given to the place where food is prepared – the kitchen. 

It is interesting to note that, like people, things also tend to congregate in kitchens – from, toys, shoes, homework, tools and gadgets. Kitchens easily become cluttered. To keep the Chi flowing and to support your desire to cook, kitchens should be returned to a clean state after each use. 

Check the location of your kitchen on  the Bagua Map, and if it’s an area you want to energize, be creative. The most auspicious location for kitchens is the center of the home. This is the centering, grounding area – a perfect place for the “hearth” or heart of the home, but all other sectors can be enhanced and energized.

Kitchens and the Bagua
The Feng Shui  Bagua (Ba-gua) Map, is represented  as a grid of nine sectors.  The Bagua comes from the Chinese philosophy, “The I Ching,” and literally means “eight trigrams” with the center for grounding. 



Kitchens should take on the qualities of the Bagua area they reside in. Here are some examples of using the Bagua enhancements for kitchens:

Kitchens in Career Area
* Items in items in black or very dark colors, glass/crystal items, items reflecting your work
* Art depicting water scenes (the sink in itself acts as a water feature)


Kitchens in Knowledge and Self Cultivation Area
* Items in wood, the colors of blues, greens, or black and in the shape of columns or stripes
* Healthy plants with rounded soft leaves and art depicting nature scenes


Kitchens in Friends/Family/Health Area
* Healthy floral arrangements, art depicting vibrant flowers, Items in wood, colors of blues, greens
* Photos of family, friends or representing perfect health

Kitchens in Wealth Area
* Opulent items in the purple color spectrum, art representing wealth.
* Healthy, round leaf plants

Kitchens in Fame Area
* Items in the colors red and inspirational sayings
* Art representing the fire element such as suns, sunsets (the stove and lighting also bring in the fire element)

Kitchens in Love and Marriage Area
* Pairs of items (candles, love birds, vases)
* Art or photos depicting romance, colors of reds, pinks and white



Kitchens in Children and Creativity Area
* Photos of children or items made by children (great place for children’s art on refrigerator)
* Items in metal and the colors of white and pastels, whimsical art

                                     


Kitchens in Helpful People and Travel Area
* Art pertaining to spiritual guides, mentors, helpful people or desired  travel  locations                     * Items in metal and colors of white, black or grey (most kitchens have metal appliances)       
                                                                                             

Kitchens in Center Area
* This is an auspicious location because food preparation is associated with the hearth
* Items and art in ceramics, the colors yellow, earth tones, and rectangle shapes


Friday, July 19, 2019

Find Joy Through Feng Shui

The purpose of Feng Shui is to give your life joy.  In Feng Shui your environment reflects your consciousness, and everything is connected. Therefore, looking at  your environment  to bring you joy is a great way to start.

One of the Feng Shui principles is to “Live with What You Love”, therefore you can easily begin this transformation by surrounding yourself with things you love, and follow these easy steps:

Look for items that bring you joy and place them in areas of your home that need work.


Bring your favorite colors into your home.


In Feng Shui curves lead to harmony.  Surround yourself with soft, curved items.

                                                    

Display items related to hobbies and activities that make you happy.

                                      

Display pictures of happy times.


Bring plants and fresh flower arrangements into your home.


Surrounding yourself with joyous reminders and items of beauty will nourish your spirit, and when placed in areas that make you feel stuck or unhappy, they will help transform the energy.
Enjoy the happiness Feng Shui can bring into your life!

Blessings

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Interested in Feng Shui? Here is a Step by Step Guide

There is really no mystery to Feng Shui. It’s an ancient Chinese art that allows us to create harmony and balance through our environment. This harmony and balance lend support to our lives. When our lives are supported through our environment it’s much easier to achieve the things we want such as well being, love and happiness.



A trained Feng Shui practitioner can help you begin this valuable journey and lead you to the benefits of Feng Shui by following a few easy steps:





Your Step By Step Guide to Positive Feng Shui:

1) Map out your home using the Bagua

2) Do a self-evaluation of your needs (more love, health, prosperity, career etc.)

3) Locate that area of the Bagua in your home

4) Clean and declutter that area

5) Enhance using the recommendations for each of the Bagua areas

6) Anchor if the area is missing

7) State or write your affirmations and begin reaping the rewards

8) Learn  to practice Inner Feng Shui



This practice is an ongoing lifestyle. Once you learn how, you can use your “Feng Shui Eyes” to continue this journey forever.


Thursday, June 6, 2019

How Feng Shui Can Help You Through Unexpected Change

There are three principles in Feng Shui:

1) Everything is alive.
2) Everything is connected.
3) Everything is constantly changing.

The third principle can be the most challenging because sometimes change comes unexpectedly and is not always positive. 

With the right mental attitude we can completely reframe the way we experience challenges, and can come to view them as some of our most valuable life experiences. You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens,  and you can use Feng Shui to support your energy, and in that  you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you. 




When our downstairs flooded a few years ago, it could have been a very stressful time. With Feng Shui, we took time to breathe, regroup, seek out support, gather resources and even laugh about it. Time has passed and we look back at that time as a learning experience.  We have taken time to declutter and redecorate, and we now love our new room. 




Learn how to use Feng Shui during challenging changes in my  newspaper column,
 "Dealing with Life's Challenges the Feng Shui Way."
With the right mental attitude we can completely reframe the way we experience challenges, and can come to view them as some of our most valuable life experiences. You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens and you can use Feng Shui to support your energy, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you. Learn how in my latest newspaper column, "Dealing with Life's Challenges the Feng Shui Way."
http://fengshuibymaria.com/pdfs/newsletters/June2017.pdf


Thursday, May 9, 2019

Get Centered and Grounded with Feng Shui

How grounded and connected to your center are you feeling right now? Are you at peace with your decisions and comfortable with you life’s flow? If not, what can you do to improve that? Feng Shui can help!

I recently did two home consultations with clients who were feeling scattered, couldn't focus and did not feel grounded. A look at the center area of their home told the story. One had a staircase leading downstairs right in the center of their home, pulling the energy down. The other had her dining room in the center with a round glass table with a black stand, black and white chairs and a large mirror framed in black. Black, glass and mirrors represent the water element, while white and circles represent the metal element which holds water. Her grounding area was literally being washed away. It was no wonder she didn't want to sit there.

For the first client I recommended a mirror at the bottom of the stairs facing up, to keep the energy from rushing down and earth tone pictures on either side of the stairwell. For the second client,  I recommended removing the mirror, replacing it with a large earth tone picture, placing earth tone place mats on the table and an earth tone flower arrangement in a ceramic vase in the center. 

They both reported feeling much better. 

In the Feng Shui  Bagua (Ba-gua) Map, represented  as a grid of nine sectors, the Center area is located in the center  of your home/business. The Bagua comes from the Chinese philosophy, “The I Ching,” and literally means “eight trigrams" with the center for grounding. 


 In the “I Ching” the Center area of your home or business is a neutral place; a perfect balance of yin and yang – a place of peace. 

The element for the Center is Earth, suggesting the importance of arranging your life around a solid base. It is related to the color yellow and symbolized by the shape of the square or rectangle. Enhance this area when you want to cultivate the experience of being grounded and centered, or when you want to harmonize and balance different parts of life such as Love and Career, or Wealth and Creativity. 


Enhancements for enriching  the interior  Center of  your home or business:     
Art, photos, collages representing  the earth, landscapes in the color yellow, (sunflowers, deserts), items in the yellow color spectrum, things made of  ceramics  or pottery, ceramic tiles  or bricks, items in the shape of rectangles or squares, quotes, affirmations and sayings pertaining to feeling grounded and centered.


Enhancements for enriching  the Center area outside your home or business:
This is an ideal area for a courtyard, patio or atrium, garden art and statuary in ceramics, ceramic tiles, fountains, pots and benches, items, flowers, plants in the yellow spectrum, square or rectangular shapes.


The Element of the Center:
The element for this area is Earth.  Earth is represented by the soil.  When In balance in your home it enhances a feeling of being grounded, balanced, organized, and stable. 

Wishing you the ability to stay grounded and focused as you move through life! Use Feng Shui to help you.