Thursday, September 15, 2022

Be Kind to Flowers – They Can Enhance Your Life


I love the Zen of daily walks in nature. Even walking through town, I gaze at the beautiful planter boxes and gardens. They uplift my spirit. 

Flowers are the quintessential Ch’i enhancers for our homes. They provide us with the beauty and wonder of nature and help us stay connected and grounded to the natural world. Another alternative to fresh flowers are artificial flowers which have the same uplifting effect. Did you know that flowers bring nature into your home, enhance your health, help calm your mind and improve your attitude?  




Yet with the extreme heat and drought, it’s easy to let our flowers wilt and die. Unfortunately, the vision of dead flowers around your environment can have a draining effect on your energy and consequently your life. In Feng Shui, everything in your environment is either nourishing or draining you. Which do you want?

                               

Just like everything in Feng Shui, flowers can uplift the Ch’i if beautiful and healthy, or deplete it if sick, dusty or depleting. If your plants begin to wilt and look sickly, move them on and replace them with vibrant healthy ones.  Artificial plants need to be always kept clean and dust free to have the same uplifting effect.

If you do have planter boxes, keep them healthy and vibrant. They do not need an abundance of water, or if you want to conserve water fill them with artificial plants. 

In the home, think of the qualities of the Bagua areas you want to enhance and use flower colors to enrich the enhancement. The same goes for the location of your planter boxes: Red flowers at an entrance for Career, white for the Helpful People or Children and Creativity areas, yellow for the Center, pinks or reds for Love, purple for Wealth. Use the beauty of nature to paint a palette of colorful enhancements in your home.


                                        

Don’t let your planter boxes drain you. Surround yourself with vibrant beauty and see what a difference it makes in your life!                                      

                                   

                                   




Thursday, August 11, 2022

Join me in more Feng Shui fun!

Here are some easy ways to join me in learning the powerful art of Feng Shui.

The first is through a relaxed, instructive, and fun virtual home or business consult, which takes about two hours, in the comfort of your personal environment.  After an initial phone call to discuss your needs, my process, fees, and to schedule a consult, you would just email me a picture of the layout of your home, and pictures of each room.  I draw the Bagua over your layout and return it to you for refence and create a slideshow of your pictures on my computer.  At the time of the consult, over the phone, I share an introduction to Feng Shui, the principles, focus and Bagua map. I then virtually move through the pictures of your home, recommending enhancements for each area. For booking the consultation, you receive a written report and future unlimited, complimentary questions and pictures via text or email. I try to be available to you as you navigate through the process of enhancement. 



The second fun way to learn about Feng Shui is by going to my website www.fengshuibymaria.com and clicking or articles, which I have organized by topic in a table of contents. You can also scroll through my Blog to get other ideas.



                             

Whatever venue you choose, you will not be disappointed. You can read other clients’ experiences in my testimonials.  Your new learning will lead to life changing enhancements, and a lot of fun!

Friday, July 22, 2022

Images Play an Important Part in Feng Shui

While working with clients, I help them move their art and objects to the most auspicious places for enhancement and Ch’i flow.  That is because, pictures., symbols, sculptures and other images may trigger subconscious associations for us and serve as psychological motivators. They can be used as powerful Feng Shui cures to encourage certain associations, strengthen intentions, or prompt emotional responses.  For example, a picture of a happy couple makes us think of love and relationship, a trophy connotates fame and success, a picture of an expensive car can be an symbol of wealth and prosperity. 




Of all the Ch’i enhancers, I find that working with colors and art gives you almost instant gratification. Art is the soul of a room; it gives it energy and life, and it is easy to identify how it enhances the Feng Shui of a space.  To enhance the Ch’i in your home, choose art that elicits positive feelings and makes your heart sing. Remember that in Feng Shui everything is alive and is constantly talking to you. What you surround yourself with can nourish or drain you. Therefore, ensure that every art piece in your home is one that you love and that portrays a serene or inspirational subject matter. Art depicting violence, death, distortion, or negativity is not recommended. 

To get the most benefit from art and colors, match them with the function of each room. Choose romantic and sensual for the bedroom, lively, colorful art for the living room, and powerful and motivational for the home office. Use the Bagua map to help you choose the appropriate images and colors that correlate with the goals in your life.   Each of the nine areas of the Bagua is associated with colors and art representations. For example, if you want romance, and your Love and Marriage area is in the dining room, choose images that are romantic and appropriate for your dining area. If you wish to improve your health, and your Health and Family area is in the bathroom, display images that evokes radiant health and vitality. 

                                           

Career Area:

Images - paintings, photos pertaining to moving water (oceans, rivers, etc.), asymmetrical shapes, and black frames    

Colors – black or dark colors



Knowledge and Self Cultivation Area:

Images- paintings, photos representing calm nature scenes (forests, ferns, vineyards, etc.), columnar shapes, and wooden frames    

Colors – blue and green

                                                   


Health, Family, Friends Area: 

Images - paintings, photos representing fresh, healthy vibrant flowers, family, friends and/or you in a healthy state, columnar shapes, and wooden frames    

Colors – blue, green, and floral


     

Wealth and Prosperity Area:

Images - paintings, photos or sculptures representing opulence and wealth, tall round leaf plants, bubbling fountains, triangular, cone shapes, and wooden frames    

Colors – purples, blues, and reds

                                      

Fame and Reputation Area:

Images - awards and certificates, paintings, photos or sculptures representing celebration, animals, birds, stars suns, fire, upward movement, inspirational quotes, triangular, cone shapes, and wooden frames    

Colors – Red

        

Love and Marriage Area:

Images  - paintings, photos or sculptures representing romance, pairs of items, pictures of you and your significant other, pictures of couples, triangular, cone shapes, and wooden frames    

Colors – reds and pinks

                                       

Children and Creativity Area:

Images  - paintings, photos or sculptures representing creativity and whimsy, pictures of children or child art, round shapes, and metal frames    

Colors – whites and pastels 

                                               

Helpful People and Travel Area:

Images - natural stones, paintings, photos or sculptures pertaining to spiritual guides, and/or mentors, places you have traveled to or aspire to visit, pictures of mountains or natural stone, circular shapes, and metal frames    

Colors – white and grey

                                               


Center Area:

Images - paintings, photos or sculptures representing earth scenes, deserts, wheat fields, yellow flowers or trees, rectangular shapes    

Colors – yellows and earth tones

                                     

Look at the art you have in your home. Jackson Pollock said, “A painting has a life of its own.” What is each piece “saying” to you?  No matter how positive and creative you may be in your inner world, if your home or work surroundings are contradictory or present energetic barriers, you are likely to find it difficult to manifest all that you desire. By paying attention to the flow of energy around you, beginning with the images and colors that surround you, you can align your inner intentions with your outer realities to make your life a conscious act of creation.





Thursday, June 16, 2022

The Feng Shui "Center" is the Heart of Your Home



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!

Feng Shui teaches us the importance of balancing the five elements, and enhancing the eight trigrams areas of the Bagua in your home. But the Bagua is made up of nine areas. The "Center" is not a Bagua trigram but is called the “hub” of the wheel – the core of the Bagua. Not one of the eight trigrams but what’s known as “The Center”. This is the most powerful area because it grounds and energizes the rest of your life’s treasures. You can nurture your ability to remain centered through life’s many changes by directly connecting with the earth every day. I call it the HEART of the home.


   



In the Feng Shui  Bagua  Map, represented  as a grid of nine sectors, the Center area is located in the center  of your home/office/business. The Bagua comes from the Chinese philosophy, “The I Ching,” and literally means “eight trigrams.” 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.

To enhance your Center area inside your home:

  • Art in earth tones (yellows, rust, browns)
  • Items made of ceramics or pottery
  • Items in the yellow color spectrum
  • Ceramic tiles, bricks
  • Rectangular shapes 
  • Quotes pertaining to feeling centered and grounded

                                    


 To enhance your Center area outside your home: (Especially important if you have a U shaped home)

  • This is an ideal area for a courtyard or atrium   
  • Garden art and statuary in ceramics
  • Ceramic tiles, 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, which is represented by the soil.  When In balance in your home it enhances a feeling of being grounded, balanced, organized, and stable. Too much earth makes you overly disciplined and conservative, while too little brings on feelings of spaciness and chaos.

 It's time to get grounded! Hanging s simple earth tone piece of art will begin moving the Ch'i paving the way for a more centered life.

                                        

Blessings 

 

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Creating a Gateway to Your Feng Shui Paradise

In Feng Shui one of the most important areas of your home is your front entrance. This is called “The Mouth of Ch’i” or where the positive life force energy enters your home. From the outside realtors refer to this as “curb appeal.”  It is recommended to somehow create a “gateway” for people to enter, using an inexpensive arbor and colorful flowers. This can also be a gated area, or just a border of healthy flowers. It gives people the illusion that they are entering into a special place, setting the tone for a special coming experience. In Feng Shui the flow of energy is very important, and the gateway establishes how the flow of energy or Ch'i enters the garden.

                                   

Create an entrance or gateway that is enticing, with views of a comfortable path leading inside, with hints of warmth, protection, and enjoyment ahead. Remember that every structure within the garden creates its own energy, therefore it needs to be structurally sound, inviting, and beautiful. 


                                      

This size of the gateway should be proportional to the house. Gates should open inward and be symmetrical, friendly, and inviting.  If using vines on your gateway, keep them trimmed to keep them from engulfing and blocking. Finally, as in everything in Feng Shui, always keep your gateways in good condition, to avoid negative energy from entering. 


                                        

                                       

Some sort of accent, such as a small water feature, a statue, a bird bath, or interesting plants should be a part of the entry experience.  There should be a nice flow to the entry without sharp turns.  Another suggestion is to put something that moves in front of your house: a flag, windsock, whirligig, and or fountain. Movement attracts attention and draws people in.  Look at your home from various angles to ensure that the first thing you see is uncluttered, engaging and beautiful.


                


Welcome to your Feng Shui paradise!








Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Strengthening Inner Feng Shui Through the Hawaiian Ritual of Forgiveness

Having just returned from the Zen of the Hawaiian Islands, I was exposed to the ancient Hawaiian philosophy of Ho’oponopono, causing things to move back into balance. This Zen concept means that when you are in balance, nothing is off. This is perfectly tied into Inner Feng Shui. 




In Feng Shui you strengthen your center when you connect with your inner self, creating a harmonious environment to live and work.

Your life unfolds based on how you think. If you think the positive thoughts, then life unfolds accordingly. If you think negative thoughts, then life unfolds accordingly. Controlling your thoughts is one of the most difficult things you can do, because the mind, left to its own devices can randomly jump from one thought to the next. One thought makes you happy; another makes you sad, another thought starts you worrying about something that only “might happen”. 


                                   


Whenever you are having difficult thoughts that are non-productive and stressing you out, it is time to take control of  them and focus on happier ones, expressing gratitude. The practice of Ho’oponopono will do just that,  and you can do it in just four easy steps. 

Just stop to take a few deep breaths, find something of beauty as a focus, and repeat this mantra to yourself: 

                                                            I am sorry.

                                                            Please forgive me.

                                                            I love you.

                                                            Thank you.


Let your light shine, with calmness and peace. 

Blessings

                                          

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

En-trance Your Ch’i and Your Guests with 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 leading up to your front door, the actual threshold itself, and the area immediately inside your home or business (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 Ch’i entering your home.

 Most of the time, your entrance can be in one of the three areas of the Bagua’s entrance quadrant.

Entrances and the Bagua

The Feng Shui Bagua , 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 Front Middle – 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 Front  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 Front  Right –  Helpful People and Travel Area

* Art or figures representing spiritual guides, mentors, or places you have traveled to or would like to visit

 *Items that have a personal association to your spiritual beliefs 

* Items in the colors white and/or grey 

* Items made of any form of metal 

* Circular or arch shapes                                                             


                                                                                                                        

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.

                                      

Enjoy the many blessings of Spring and welcome the Ch'i into your home!