Thursday, January 21, 2016

Using Feng Shui to Unlock Your Creativity

Do you feel stuck and uncreative?  Did you know that by simply applying a few easy Feng Shui principles to your home, you can get the spark of motivation and creativity you need?

Your space can easily help you create the life that you want; all you need to do is shift the energy and visualize.

Here are 4 easy ways your home can help you energize you and your creativity:

1) Declutter:  Piles of old, forgotten, unused items cluttering your home will stifle your creativity. The more clutter, the less creative you will be.  Make decisions about your things and clear them out, with the intention that new energy, creative ideas and opportunities will come your way.

2) Redecorate a room or just rearrange some items in your home; this changes the perception of your space. When you look at things differently; your brain registers the new patterns in your environment and can set up new patterns in your thinking. I call this “shaking up the Ch’i.”

3) Get in touch with nature:  When in a creative slump seek the out of doors; go on a hike, work in your garden, enjoy a picnic, or just bring fresh flowers into your home.   By surrounding yourself with nature you relax, rejuvenate and open up channels to inspiration.

4) Visualize yourself in a creative endeavor. Write, state, or picture yourself succeeding in a creative pursuit as if it is already happening. For example, “I have completed my first novel”, or “I am thoroughly enjoying my flower arranging class.”

Think of the acronym – DRVN, (Driven) when you:
                     Declutter                                                                                                                                                    Rearrange                                                                                                                                                  Visualize                                                                                                                                                    Nature

You are DRiVeN to creativity.  Your space is being creatively used in a new way and will in turn inspire you to creativity. Embrace this renewed energy!

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Traveling Feng Shui

In Feng Shui you can place visualizations and affirmations in your Helpful People and Travel Area (front right corner of your home or business) to help you achieve your travel goals. You have done this and successfully arrived arrived at your destination; but unfortunately you didn’t  have the opportunity to book the perfect room. Whatever the reason, it is smart to travel with a small Feng Shui Kit. You can put one together by selecting small, lightweight items that boost, balance and circulate the Chi in any environment. For example, use a jewelry bag containing 4 round faceted crystals on strings, 4 small angels made of thick paper, 4 tea lights in their own metal cups, cleansing incense such as pine or sandalwood. When used, these items can transform a room from grim to agreeable. Also include all the necessary items such as thumb tacks, safety pins, matches, string. Also include a multicolored scarf representing the colors of the five elements (white, black, green or blue, yellow and red hues). Using the Bagua, start at the front entrance to the room and place one crystal in front of a window, and place angels in the Health, Wealth and Love areas. If the room feels especially stagnant, hang a crystal in the center of the room. Set up a place of beauty in the area where you would see as you wake up; use a 5 element cloth, incense, candles, angels and fresh flowers when available. Choose items that are light, travel well and are available at a moment’s notice.

Years ago, as I was reading Terah Collins'  book “The Western Guide to Feng Shui”, my creative daughter took it upon herself to create a Feng Shui Kit in a blue plastic makeup case for my birthday. What an amazing and useful gift! She cut out 9 angels in the colors of the Bagua, included crystals, red string, a beautiful sheer red metallic scarf with stripes of the Bagua colors, many Bagua colored candles, incense and holder. I think of her each time I use it. When traveling by plane, I select a few of the items to place in a more transportable case. It works beautifully, and the candles make for those romantic nights.

This is the kit my daughter made, and the  two love angels I placed  in the Love and Relationship corner of a  room in an Inn we recently visited.