Thursday, November 21, 2019

Feng Shui Holiday Decorating Nurtures Your Home



The holidays are upon us. It’s time to surround yourself with energizing holiday decorations. Whether you decorate with a Menorah or Christmas Tree, the objects you bring into your home for the holidays will represent positive energy. Menorahs add fire to any room, Christmas trees represent growth, and all the bright colors, lights, garlands, and traditional objects make the home’s energy flow easily and create an environment for family gatherings.  As you decorate think about using the Feng Shui Bagua to help guide you in placement. You can use the Bagua on the whole house, or for the main room where you will be entertaining. Place the Bagua over the entry of the room and use the attributes of each area to guide you in  altering  that room’s energy  by selecting the areas where you place your decorations: Green for family growth, red for action, pink for relationship, white or metal for intuition, purple for abundance, blue for knowledge and yellow for centering and florals for  good health.


The Feng Shui Bagua
The Feng Shui  Bagua (Ba-gua) Map, is represented  as a grid of nine sectors, which comes from the Chinese philosophy, “The I Ching,” and literally means “eight trigrams” with the center for grounding. Wherever you place your holiday decorations, consider the following enhancements for each area.             


Career Area (Water Element)
 Items in items in black or very dark colors, glass/crystal items, water features

Knowledge and Self Cultivation Area (Wood Element)
 Items in wood, the colors of blues, greens, plants (great location for Christmas tree)

Friends/Family/Health Area (Wood Element)
Fresh or artificial floral arrangements or art depicting vibrant flowers, the colors blue or green, place photos of yourself or your loved one in a healthy state (great for family gatherings)

Wealth Area (Fire Element)
Opulent items in the purple color spectrum, Healthy, round leaf plants (great location for presents)

Fame Area (Fire Element)
The colors red, items representing the fire element with candles and lighting 

Love and Marriage Area (Fire Element)
Pairs of items, art or photos depicting romance, reds, and pinks

Children and Creativity Area (Metal Element)
Items in metal, colors of white and pastels, whimsical art, pictures of children

Helpful People and Travel Area (Metal Element)
Art or figures pertaining to spiritual guides, angels, metal and colors of white, black or grey                                                                                                                                                                 
Center Area
Ceramics, the colors yellow, earth tones, and rectangle shapes

As you can imagine, your holiday decorations can fit easily in all these areas. Christmas trees work well in Knowledge, Family and Health, but because of all the colors, lights, garland and ornaments can represent all of the elements and act as five element displays wherever placed. This is a win – win! Menorahs representing fire enhance any of the three fire areas, but like the Christmas tree, depending on the colors and what it is made of they can also hold all of the elements. You really can’t go wrong with holiday decorations!


Have a blessed holiday season!

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Turn Your Master Bedroom Into a Nurturing Boudoir With Feng Shui


In Feng Shui the bedroom is vitally important; it is where you get rejuvenated, therefore the location plays a vital role in your peace and harmony.  The front of your home is the most active; therefore, rooms such as offices, exercise rooms, and kitchens are the best here. Bedrooms need the more peaceful location at the back of the house. Unfortunately, we don’t always have control over this, and must do what we can to turn a front room into a peaceful haven.

Master Bedroom – Your Romantic Boudoir
One of the most important rooms in Feng Shui is the master bedroom.  Therefore, what you do with this bedroom has far reaching implications to your well being, harmony and relationships. The best master bedroom colors are found in the warm skin tones of all races of people; from light beige, tans, cocoas, pinks, peaches, subtle yellows, earthy reds, copper, gold, bronze among others. The colors that are too cool and do not work in master bedrooms are pure white, grey, black, blues, and greens because they create a chilly room versus a sensual one. 


In the master bedroom the art and pictures should represent the qualities of the Love and Marriage area of the Bagua: pairs of items such as figurines and candles, pictures and art reflecting couples and romantic representations, pictures of you and your significant other.  It is not recommended to put photographs of your children and family in your master bedrooms. Photographs of your family are better served in areas of your home where family is dominant, such as living rooms, family rooms, playrooms and hallways. The bedroom is a romantic oasis, not a place to display photos of mom, dad or the kids. 


Singles Bedrooms 
Whether male or female singles looking for love need to create a romantic boudoir to prepare your room for another; two nightstands, two lamps, two throw pillows on the bed. Remove exercise equipment, family pictures, excess dolls and stuffed animals. Enhance the room as you would the Love and Marriage area of the Bagua, with pairs of items, and romantic art depicting pairs of subjects such as people, animals, flowers, trees or sculptures. All these further energize your desire and intention to be romantically involved. 


Furnishings and D├ęcor
Televisions in bedrooms tend to activate you and do not allow for restful sleep. I like many others like watching TV in bed, but I find I get better sleep when I turn off the TV, close it up, and read for a few minutes before “lights out”.  The key is to keep the TV in a cabinet or armoire so it can be closed upon retiring.  If this can’t be done, I have recommended placing a decorative drape over the TV so that the electromagnetic screen isn’t staring at you all night.


Bedrooms should be relatively free of clutter; especially avoid accumulating clutter under the bed, as it obstructs the flow of Ch’i. Also avoid keeping exercise equipment or home office items in bedrooms as they signify work. 

The rule of thumb for mirrors in the bedroom is “one or less, and not facing the bed.” Mirrors are too active for the tranquility of bedrooms. If you or your children have the misfortune of having large closet door mirrors, and find it hard to get restful sleep, you may consider curtaining them at night or adding decorative wooden or screen like panels instead. 

Enjoy the rejuvenation powers of your bedroom. Nighty night!

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.