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. 

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Let Your Front Entrance Improve Your Feng Shui

Spring is here! My flowers are blooming and I’ve just had my front door and walkway repainted. I’m ready for the positive energy to flow my way. Why was this such an important step?  I went out of my way to spruce up the front because in Feng Shui the Entrance Foyer is one of the two most important areas of a home; the other being the master bedroom.




The Entrance Foyer is more than just the entry way inside your home or business. The area leadingupto your front door, the actual threshold itself, and the area immediately inside your home orbusiness(the foyer) are all considered part of your front entrance. This area is critical – this is the place of your guests’ first impressions and where the vital energy, called Ch’i, enters your home.  The word “entrance” means to “en – trance” your guests and welcome them with beauty. By making your entrance fabulous you also attract and nourish the Chi entering your home.



 Your entrance can be located in one of the three areas of the Bagua’s entrance quadrant.

Entrances 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 being for grounding.  Entrances should take on the qualities of the Bagua area they reside in. 

In each of the three areas it is important to remember that traditionally in Feng Shui the best art in the household is displayed by the front door. This is to honor everyone who enters your home. When you have space, consider setting up a welcoming arrangement that may include a table appointed with a flower arrangement.  When your foyer is small, hang an attractive mirror on the side walls. Do not hang a mirror directly facing the front door as it will send the energy back out.  Create a token place of welcome even when there’s no foyer. Do whatever you can to present your guests, and yourself, with a warm and welcoming first impression. 



Entering from the Center – Career Area
This area is especially important if you desire to energize your career:
* As always, ensure that this area is clutter free.
* Hang art depicting water, such as streams, ponds, rivers or oceans 
* This is a great location for a small fountain or aquarium
* Display items, such as statues, accessories, or furniture in black or very dark colors or in                asymmetrical shapes.
*Hang mirrors, and/or display glass/crystal items, such as a crystal vase or a glass table. A      round faceted crystal hanging from the ceiling helps the energy flow in small more confined spaces. 

Entering from the Left – Knowledge and Self Cultivation Area
* Keep this area clutter free, since clutter does not act to soothe the mind.
* Items in the colors of blues, greens, or black
* Items in the shape of columns or stripes
* Hang art representing mountains, woods, or anything that depicts a quiet outdoor space or   
   meditation gardens
* Wooden tables or bookcases
* Healthy plants with rounded soft leaves

Entering from the Right – Helpful People and Travel Area
* Art or figures pertaining to spiritual guides, and/or mentors, helpful people or of  places where            you  have traveled or want to travel                                                                                           * Items that have a powerful personal association with your spiritual beliefs                                    * Items in the colors white, black or grey                                                                                           * Things made of metal – brass, steel, pewter, silver, gold, aluminum, copper etc. such as furniture, lamps, candle holders, frames, figurines                                                                                                                                                  
                


Outside of your Entrance:
This is the first thing your guests see. It is imperative that it is kept clean and clutter free. Here are some other fun decorating ideas to create an auspicious first impression in your entrance:

Landscaping: Make the landscaping around your front entrance especially inviting, with only healthy lush colorful plants. 

Pathways: If possible, design a curved, meandering path to your front door. Place seating or interesting garden art by your front door. 



Ornaments: Hang wind chimes to call in the Ch’i, and especially in the Career area place a bubbling fountain that flows toward the home, or 360 degrees.  A beautiful wreath and/or doormat also act to welcome guests. By placing a pot with a beautiful plant on either side of the door, or two like sculptures you create “greeters” to welcome your guests.  

Lighting: Good lighting is very important for safety as well as beauty.  

The Color Red: In Feng Shui, the color red is often suggested to attract prosperity and joy into the home. You can paint your door any shade of red, or place red objects or flowers near the door.  The choices are endless!

Entrances and Staircases: 
When staircases point directly at the front entrance they create rivers of Ch'i flowing out of your home, along with health, vitality, and good fortune. You can stop this flow by installing an aesthetic barrier between door and stairs such as a screen, plant, furniture, or art. When there is no room for this, the easiest fix is to hang a mirror directly facing the stairs, or hanging a round faceted crystal above the bottom step to recirculate and send the Ch’i back into the home.

Feng Shui at Work: 
When I visit a client’s home for a consult, I stand at the front entrance for a few minutes before ringing the bell. I like to see what the entrance is telling me. Does the Ch’i know where to go? Is it welcoming me or does is not want me to enter? My last consultation in Napa had the most amazing entrance with a curved pathway, two huge double doors painted a rich red. As I stood in the doorway, on one side was a red framed mirror and the other had a lovely bench with comfortable pillows, and pots with healthy inviting plants. I knew this was going to be a good consult!

I love our entrance! During a consultation I always ask clients what they like best and least about their homes.  For me, the answer always is the entrance foyer.  The walkway leading to our house had a sharp 90 angle which I softened by creating a wavy line with black river rocks and curved stones right at the corner. I placed a fish statue in the center. It represents a black pond and helps create a meandering path. Colorful flowers such as Dahlias and Impatiens greet me along the path. As I walk up the stone steps the sound of a bubbling 360-degree fountain, and wind chime call to me. Two large Azalea trees act as greeters at the bottom step, while two Christmas cactus plants (soft, not prickly) in black pots are on either side of the burgundy door with beveled glass.  The door opens into the center of my home which is painted a warm yellow tone, with large mirror on one side reflecting one of my father’s favorite oil paintings of an Italian seascape. I’m home! 

Affirmations:
Remember that in Feng Shui, intent plays a significant role in enhancing any area of your home or business. That’s why all enhancements need to be made with intentionality; written or stated affirmations expressed as if they are already happening are very important.  Examples or affirmations for entrances:  “I attract many positive opportunities and circumstances”, “I am peaceful, calm, and share knowledge with others”,” I constantly attract helpful, generous, loving people into my life.” 

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

EVERYDAY FENG SHUI Newspaper Articles


As I sit to write my April column on Fame and Reputation, it occurs to me that I have now written over 90 articles for various newspapers in the past 8 years.



All these can be found on my website www.fengshuibymaria.com  click on “Articles”

They are listed under a table of contents under the headings:

Feng Shui Basics
The 9 Bagua Areas
Feng Shui in the Home
Lunar New Years
Also by date

Feel free to browse and download any that will help you enhance your home to benefit your life.
You can contact me with questions, or to request a home or business consultation, whether physically or virtually depending on where you live.



Blessings

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Doors - The Feng Shui Mouth of Ch'i


Doors are very important in Feng Shui as they are considered “The mouth of Ch’i” to your home or a room. The life force energy (Ch’i) enters through the front door and meanders slowly breathing life into every room.

The front entrance is one of the most important areas of your home because it is meant to “En-trance” your guests and the Ch’i therefore keeping it uncluttered and beautiful is imperative to your well being.

Below are a few suggestions for making your doors enhance your space:

Painting a front door a shade of red is considered to attract prosperity.



Avoid having doors lined up directly across from other doors or large windows. If that is 
        the case, if you can’t place something substantial in-between you can hang a round faceted
        crystal from the ceiling midway between them to help circulate the Ch’i.


Make sure all doors open smoothly and that nothing is stored behind them.

Repair any door that is broken in some way.

Ensure that areas around doors (especially the front door) are well lit.

Hang an attractive piece of art directly in front of a door so you see something
        beautiful  when you walk in.




Keep doors to bathrooms closed, if you can see the bathroom from your bed.

Enjoy the circulation of nurturing, revitalizing Ch'i in your home.
Blessings

Friday, January 25, 2019

In Feng Shui Choose Love When Creating a Harmonious Home

In times of stress always choose LOVE! By loving your home, and working to make it a place of harmony you allow love's energy to expand in  the lives of all who live there.



In a recent article, Madisyn Taylor stated that,  "At their best, our homes act as our sanctuaries. They are the nests we return to for rest and nourishment before we venture out once again to spread our wings and fly. But there are times that we may feel quite differently about our homes--times when we feel surrounded by turmoil rather than harmony, or mired in chaos rather than immersed in peace. It is at these times that we have the power to decide to bring more love into our homes. 


 When we choose love, we are choosing to begin within. With a deep breath, we close our eyes and ask that when we open them again, we will see where we can make shifts to create greater harmony. These may be inner shifts, such as accepting others' personality traits and working with them rather than against them. Or they may be changes we can make with items around the house--removing the ones that cause frustration and displaying things that make us feel good. Then, we reach out to the people with whom we share our homes--whether they are family members or another combination of people who share our space. We can help to shift their perceptions toward the positive by asking each person to think about their ideal living situation. After allowing some time for reflection, gathering to discuss each person's ideas may lead to the discovery that there are conflicting concepts about what your shared home should provide. Once this information is out in the open, we have a road map for creating balance and harmony from seemingly disparate desires. Together, agreements can be made to enable all to take the steps needed to create a unified vision. 


When we have consciously chosen to make our home a place of harmony, then love's energy can expand throughout the lives of all who live there. Each person will be nurtured, allowing them to take that peace and serenity with them into the world, sharing it with whomever they may encounter; and making every space they enter a warmer and more loving place for everyone."


This philosophy reflects that of Feng Shui. Surround yourself with love and beauty and life will return in kind.
Blessings