I recently had the pleasure of traveling to Santa Rosa, California to meet for 5 days with a group of people who all mentor with BTB Feng Shui expert Katherine Metz. We came together with the common goal of bringing Feng Shui to a family who was building a home with the help of Habitat for Humanity. 12 people were to create a singular vision for a bedroom, on a very tight budget (think second had stores and donations), using Feng Shui principles.
It was a wonderful experience which reinforced many lessons for me. I’d like to share some of them.
• No virtual world can come close to the real world. Meeting people in person adds a tangible quality to your relationship which simply cannot be created over the internet. Wherever possible, connect in person. • Flexible chi is essential, especially when working in groups. Being able to go with the flow is a valuable quality. Letting go of your own needs and ideas is essential to work toward a common goal. • Having said that, recognize your own strengths and be sure to speak up when you are absolutely certain that you have something of value to . . . → Read More: A Kindness Project
From the Doctor Oz Show
Do you rarely wake up rejuvenated, energized, and ready to take on the day? Restful sleep is imperative for attaining more energy and slowing down the aging process. So, if sleep is something that troubles you, make it something you can finally look forward to with these alternative remedies.
From Feng Shui and plants to remedies and meditation, these ideas may provide you with solutions to getting a peaceful night’s sleep.
See more from The Doctor Oz Show.
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From the China Daily
January 11, 2013
Wealthy Chinese are increasingly calling on the powers of feng shui to help them make, and keep, their fortunes
In a classroom at Peking University School of Economics, the students pored over their calculations, just as countless preceding generations had done. But the people in this class were not regular scholars instead, they represented China’s business elite, including chief executive officers of big companies, entrepreneurs and financiers. All were busy in a feng shui class divining their destinies. They hoped to gain insight into the ancient Chinese method of geomancy, which has become an important part of the school’s Executive Master of Business Administration program.
Using a formula in conjunction with their dates of birth, the students were trying to discern their ming, or fate, including career and marriage prospects, and to attract greater fortune by learning how to decorate their offices and align furniture in accordance with the tenets of feng shui.
The lecturer, Qi Yingjie, 43, introduced himself through a slideshow as a “feng shui master” and, dressed in a traditional black tunic suit, strolled between the desks as the students added, subtracted, multiplied and divided according to the formula.
. . . → Read More: Making money gets the mystical touch
The arrival of the New Year according to the Solar Calendar – corresponding to the movement of the sun, would be around February 4th each year. According to the Lunar Calendar – corresponding to the movement of the moon, then it falls on the second New Moon after the Winter Solstice, which could be any day within January or February according to the Gregorian calendar.
The Chinese traditionally look at everything from San Cai – the concept of Tian , Di and Ren ; or Heaven, Earth and Man/Human as being “San Cai Zhi Dao” the Dao of the Three Abilities. For everything to be auspicious, the qi/energy between these three aspects has to be flowing harmoniously at all times. Before the arrival of the New Year, several rituals will be carried out by taking all these three aspects into consideration:
1. Heaven (Tian ) – The impact of time on our destiny. We are all born with our own unique pattern of qi/energy, which goes through time being subjected to the impact of different types of qi/energy – from the change in the new qi/energy being brought on by the New Year. It is always a good idea . . . → Read More: Out with the Old, In with the New – Chinese New Year Traditions
Not everything you see is what you see it as. It is only how you see it at the moment. – Milton Erickson
‘Nothing is as it seems’ could possibly be a theme for the new Chinese year of the Female Water Snake—2013, as she mesmerizes and hypnotizes the masses into believing that which is not really there.
As she creates illusions of grandeur, leaving questions of what is real and what is not, it becomes difficult to know what is illusion and what is reality. But then on the other hand—what is the difference between illusion and reality? Doesn’t the illusion become our reality? This year could get very tricky!!
The word illusion is an erroneous perception of reality, concept, or belief. The word reality means a state of being actual or true, the totality of all things possessing actuality, existence, or essence.
Simply saying something is a reality doesn’t make it so. Sometimes the reality of a situation is only an illusion of our perception at the time of the incident occurred. We all have different illusions of what reality really is.
Normal is an illusion. What is normal for the spider is chaos for the fly” . . . → Read More: Female Water Snake 2013: Facing a Year of Transformation
On Monday February 4th at 19:15 hours, the yin water snake arrives in New York City at a time of uncertainty. Historically, snake years have been very transformational in societies around the world, by way of new technologies, political policies, and scientific advancements, as well as in death and destruction, social revolutions, and governments’ upheaval. In the United States, snake years marked the beginnings and endings to WWI, WWII, the Vietnam War, the War on Terrorism, and the War in Afghanistan. Snake years also coincided with major religious events, including the apparition of the Virgin Mary in Fatima and the first pope to ever visit a Mosque. The year 2013 has been labeled in many religious communities as the “Year of Faith.” Based on historical event cycles, the forecast may bring on conflict, rising revolutions, religious strife, and most definitely new technology. The Other Side of the Snake The snake holds age-old wisdom and the keys to enjoying life. Every few months, snakes shed their skin through sloughing. This is a symbol of rebirth, immortality, healing, and monumental change. The snake represents the release of old or stubborn ways of thought and acceptance of the pure spirit.
. . . → Read More: The Energy Matrix of 2013
After weathering the collapse of a $19.5 billion deal in 2009 and the arrest of four executives, Rio Tinto Group (RIO) did what you do in China to court better fortune: It bought a jade horse.
Standing at 1.2 meters, or almost four feet, the statue cut from the gemstone has a prime view of Shanghai from the company’s office on the 40th floor of the Wheelock Square building. It’s meant to help avoid any repeat of the rocky relationship the world’s second-biggest mining company has had with China, its largest customer and shareholder.
“When we designed this office, we asked a feng shui master to give us some guidance” and he said it was very important to have a jade horse in a pool of water, London-based Rio’s China managing director Ian Bauert, said in an interview, “So the good Qi comes in, the good spirit comes in to recirculate and makes us a prosperous and happy company in China.”
While Rio has lost share to archrival BHP Billiton Ltd. (BHP) in China since the trouble welled up in 2009, it nevertheless increased Chinese sales 72 percent to $19.5 billion in the three years through June 30. BHP . . . → Read More: Rio Tinto Taps Feng Shui Seeking Good Fortune in China
November 5, 2012
The qi (pronounced “chee”) of feng shui has been used since ancient times to get positive energy flowing, but will it unlock success at a new Minneapolis apartment building?
7west complex; Photographer: Marlin Levison, Star Tribune
On a construction site near the University of Minnesota campus, a stake with a bright red flag gets lost in the chaos of bulldozers. But a feng shui master has asserted its significance to an upscale apartment project being built on the U’s West Bank.
“When we do a groundbreaking, we want to get the spirits to be aware of what we’re doing and to appease them,” said Andrew Hong, the Twin Cities feng shui consultant who put the stake on the site.
For the developers of 7west, a 213-unit apartment building, the project goes far beyond spiritual forces. They’ve turned to feng shui — the ancient Chinese practice of balancing the energies of any given space to assure the health and success of its inhabitants — to make the building stand out in a competitive market.
Local feng shui practitioners say 7west is unique. And while Hong’s imprint on the project will be almost imperceptible when the building . . . → Read More: Qi is Key at West Bank Developers
Let Feng Shui be your guide as you move through the holiday season. Simplify, make it personal and meaningful. Make it beautiful. Make it yours…
Happy Holidays from the IFSG!
With unique displays… Photo Source: The Lennoxx
Colorful tablescapes… Photo Source: Globally Gorgeous Simple gifts… Photo Source: Modern Tribe And special meals… Photo Source: Betty Crocker Kwanza Celebrations
Gold Coast Developers Warm to Feng Shui
by Jill P. Capuzzo, New York Times
July 19, 2012 The crystals have been buried, and the mirrors are so completely embedded in the building surface that they are barely visible. Yet they and other features often associated with the practice of feng shui are being incorporated into the design of several buildings going up along New Jersey’s Hudson waterfront.
Respect has grown apace with the understanding of feng shui, a traditional Chinese discipline of aligning buildings and interiors in a way that will produce harmony and success for their inhabitants. It is even starting to find a critical mass of converts among developers, architects and designers in places like New Jersey’s “gold coast.” Beyond being a valuable marketing tool in an area with a sizable Asian-American population, professionals in these fields say, it is proving especially useful when linked to smart design and eco-friendly living.
“Even if you’re not familiar with the history of feng shui, or don’t care about the energy and spirituality of feng shui, we’ve learned that it’s a very thoughtful approach to great design,” said Lisa DeLove, the interior design director for the Roseland Property Company. “There’s . . . → Read More: Feng Shui in the News