Thursday, April 9, 2020

The Nine Feng Shui Treasures

A Treasure Map to Personal Enhancement

You are in control!
 If you’re like me, having the ability to control certain aspects of your life has always been important. I struggled with this for years until I became aware of Feng Shui, the ancient Chinese art of empowerment through environment. With Feng Shui I learned to recognize the importance of my environment, and the ability to make it work for me in my life. You too can work with your environment to empower your life.  Balancing your lifestyle and arranging your home to allow it to hold happiness in place are two vital components of Feng Shui.

 The Bagua:

One of the most provocative, powerful and important tools in Feng Shui is the Bagua (Ba-gua) Map, represented as a grid of nine sectors.  I call this the “Treasure Map” to enhancements.  The Bagua comes from the Chinese Book of Changes, “The I Ching,” and literally means “eight trigrams.” These trigrams form the basic building blocks, or treasures that hold the most significance in our lives: career, knowledge/self cultivation, family/health, wealth/prosperity, fame, love/marriage, children/creativity, and helpful people/travel.  Each of these building blocks is represented in the Bagua map, and are formed around a ninth sector which is the overall center, or grounding element of your life.

Using the Bagua:

The first thing you need to do is draw or find a picture of the layout of your home. This can be just a pencil or paper drawing or an architectural drawing, if you have one. Next, using a ruler and a red marker,  draw a line creating a rectangle using the farthest outside walls of your house. Include decks and attached garages. Finally measure each side and draw a dotted line to create a grid.  Voila! You now have your working Bagua!

If you have multiple stories, do this again for each one keeping it in relation to the main floor Bagua. Meaning, that if your second floor is open and only covers a portion of the lower floor those Bagua areas will be missing upstairs.

The purpose of multiple stories is to give a certain Bagua Area in your home an extra boost. For example, if your love area is downstairs in the dining room, but also upstairs in your guest room, you can enhance both to bring love into your life.

This grid, illustrating the nine sectors of your life is intended to be superimposed over the floor plan of your home.  The home’s main entrance is always located at the bottom of the grid, (in the Knowledge, Career or Helpful People sector). Once you have identified where your entrance falls in relation to the map, you can identify where the remaining areas of your environment fall by labeling each of the 9 areas in your map.   Now your home can begin to tell the story, and shed some light on issues you may be facing in your life.

What is Your Home Telling You?

Is your garage cluttered? (If it’s connected to the house, then your garage is part of the Bagua as well.) Is your bedroom piled up with clothes that need cleaning and a bed that is not made? Is your guest room used for storage or unfinished projects? Think about where these rooms are in relation to the Bagua Map. Is the story unfolding? When looking at homes through Feng Shui eyes you can usually identify trouble spots fairly quickly.

If areas are missing from your map, that also gives you a clue to what is going on in your life.

 A client of mine was stressed over his romantic relationship. It had stopped working for him, and he was unhappy all the time. The key for me was that his Love/Marriage area was where he kept his wastebasket and broom; throughout the day he would sweep up and leave piles of dirt in that corner – which explained why his love life was a mess. Another client’s cluttered bedroom closet was in her Wealth area, and she was having a hard time getting her finances organized. Simple enhancements made a big difference in both of their lives. He’s in a new loving relationship, and she has found the resources she needs. You do have control!

In a thank you note, another client wrote, “I love having these tools to help me be aware of all the aspects of each room. It helps me to focus my energies.”  Gain control of your life by using this Treasure Map to identify areas of concern, and begin making the necessary enhancements. Once the Ch'i begins to flow there’ll be no stopping you.

Here are a few of the positive personal enhancements you can use in each sector of your home, as it falls within the Bagua:

CAREER – Front Center – Enhance this area if you are looking to make any kind of change in your career. Enhance with:  Water features, (fountains, waterfalls or aquariums), art depicting water, career images and symbols, items in black or very dark colors, mirrors, glass/crystal items.

KNOWLEGDGE/SELF CULTIVATION– Left Front Corner – Enhance this area if you are a student, in counseling, or want to develop a more peaceful mind or lifestyle. Enhance with:  Plants (either live or artificial), art depicting forests, mountains, peaceful places, images and symbols of knowledge such as books, representation of deities or inspiring people, items in colors of blue, green, black, anything else that has a personal association with knowledge and self reflection.

 FAMILY/FRIENDS/HEALTH – Left Center - Enhance this area if your health needs a boost or if you're recovering from surgery. Also enhance it if you would like your social life or your relations with your family to improve. Enhance with Healthy plants of all kinds (either live or artificial), items of colors blue and green, and art and/or photographs depicting family, friends and/or ideal healthy images.

WEALTH – Back Left Corner – Enhance this area if you need to generate more cash flow in your life, or if you want to be more aware of the flow of abundance in your life in general. Enhance with: Items that “call the Chi” such as flags, wind chimes, whirligigs, healthy plants with rounded leaves, water features, (fountains, waterfalls or aquariums), art depicting wealth or your desired possessions,  images and symbols of wealth, items in deep purple, red or blue.

 FAME – Back Center – Enhance this area if you would like more recognition at home or at work. Enhance with: Diplomas, awards and acknowledgements,   art depicting animals , people fire and the sun, personal images and symbols of fame, items in the color red, bright up lighting,

 LOVE – Right Back Corner – Enhance this area if you want to attract or improve a love relationship.  Enhance with: Photos depicting your significant other, pairs of items (candles, vases, figurines etc), art with a romantic theme, items in the color of red, pink or white.

 CHILDREN/CREATIVITY – Right Center – Enhance this area if you are trying to get pregnant, want to improve your relationship with children, or would like to explore your inner child and creativity. Enhance with:  Art depicting children, creative images and symbols, items in colors of white or pastels, whimsical items, toys, stuffed animals, art supplies, things made of metal.

 HELPFUL PEOPLE/TRAVEL– Right Front Corner – Enhance this area if you want more mentors, clients, customers, or other helpful people in your life, or if you would like to travel. Enhance with:  Travel posters of the places you’d like to go, art depicting spiritual guides, or pictures of mentors in your life,  items in black white or grey, and items made of metal.

 CENTER – The center of the Bagua is considered neutral; a place of grounding of all the other areas – a place of balance and peace. Life flows and circles around the center. This area is associated with the element of Earth and is related to the color yellow, as well as earth tones. It is also symbolized by items in the shape of squares and rectangles and items made of ceramics.

Friday, April 3, 2020

Inspiring Shelter in Place Feng Shui Ideas

Are you wondering what to do during these constricted shelter in place times? Look at this as an opportunity  to slow down, take care of yourself, enjoy the family you live with, and adopt many Feng Shui practices of clearing, enhancing and beautifying.

I read  a beautiful article by Cynthia Brian, author of best-selling books, including, Chicken Soup for the Gardener's Soul, Growing with the Goddess Gardener, and Be the Star You Are! Millenials to Boomers"
Her list of ideas for enhancing yourself, your garden and your home is inspiring:

Cynthia Brian's Gardening Guide for April

 SOW seeds that will attract birds to your garden. Suggestions include coneflower, anise hyssop,   bachelor's button, Mexican sunflower, cosmos and black-eyed Susan.

 SHOOT photos of the abundant flowering trees including tulip magnolia, crabapple, peach,       plum,  prune, cherry, pear and apple.

 CLEAN debris from berms and drainage ditches to prevent flooding. The soil and leaves can be     added to your compost pile.

 PULL weeds while the ground is soft.

 PLAN your vegetable garden for the foods you love the most.

 PLANT seeds of greens, beets, carrots and turnips now.

 CUT a branch or two from your favorite flowering trees or shrubs. Redbuds, crabapple, plum,
         peach are glorious in vases.                                               

 INTRODUCE plants that will make you smile. I planted sunflowers, sweet peas, nasturtiums and       purple hyacinth bean.

 TAKE a garden class online or watch YouTube videos with gardening tips.

 MAKE teas and cocktails from herbs you grow including mint, rosemary, sage and fennel.

 REPOT houseplants.

 BOOST your immune system with a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, nuts and fatty fish.Adopt a Mediterranean style of eating.
 WALK around your garden to admire the spring growth.

 BUILD a planter box.

 ORDER gardening books. to read. Be inspired and motivated by "Chicken Soup for the Gardener's Soul,""Growing With the Goddess Gardener," and "Be the Star You Are!
Millenials to Boomers"available at

 INHALE the perfume of fragrant plants. Roses are blooming and fruit blossoms are delightful.

 LOWER your stress by strolling alone in the outdoors among trees and on trails.

 MEDITATE in your garden, or on your balcony, patio or porch.

 LISTEN to the birds, frogs and insects as they begin their spring songs.

 NOURISH your spirit by sitting by a fountain or pond.

 EAT plenty of fresh citruses, especially homegrown, to increase your vitamin C intake. Oranges,          tangelos, tangerines, grapefruit and lemons are ripe and ready for picking

 EXERCISE includes all gardening chores: raking sweeping, weeding, lifting, pruning, planting,         digging, fertilizing, and chopping wood. Workout outside.

 TAKE a nap and on a warm day, get your z's outside in the fresh air.

 SHARE your garden skills with your children. Let them plant seeds of vegetables and herbs they       want to eat.

 FERTILIZE lawns. Lawn food is available at your local hardware store.

 GROW your own bouquets. Create a stunning floral art with a variety of roses, stock, tulips, iris,        calla lilies and mock orange

 BEE friendly by planting three or four types of native wildflowers to attract the honey gatherers as well as pest-resistant varieties of flowers, shrubs, trees and vegetables, thus eliminating          pesticides. I've sown California poppies, lupines, bee balm, and morning glories.

 WATCH the blossoms in the breeze float to the ground like snowflakes.

 PREPARE your garden patches to sow seeds of potatoes, tomatoes, peppers and eggplant by   rotating these crops. For best production, do not plant these in the same place every year.

 ENJOY a peaceful Passover and Easter without an in-person gathering.

 STAY informed about Covid-19 depending only on reliable information. Visit Centers for Disease       Control and Prevention at;