On one of our walks last week, my friend Julie and I were discussing big picture outcomes in many facets of our lives. It’s good to have someone who doesn’t confine you to parameters but let’s you soar into near oblivion with ideas, what-ifs, why-nots, so-whats. She provides the net so I can do some daring trapeze leaps without getting hurt. I trust I do the same for her.
Along the way as we were reaching up pretty high with our dreams, she paraphrased a quote that Steve Jobs said at the Stanford Commencement address. I went home, looked it up, and found it to be at the basis of effective and powerful Feng Shui.
“You can’t connect the dots looking forward you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something: your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. Because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart, even when it leads you off the well-worn path.”
Steve Jobs, Stanford Commencement Adress, 2005
Feng Shui is not only . . . → Read More: Connecting the Dots
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
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
As we herald in the New Year many of us take this time to reflect on the year past and to set intentions for the year to come. The use of Feng Shui can provide us with a deeper understanding and appreciation of our lives and our intentions. When we make space for what we desire, we open ourselves to possibilities and opportunities.
For many of us this is a time for resolutions and resolutions are often focused on things we don’t like: our weight, our relationships, clutter in our home, our jobs or lack thereof, and our balance between work and life, to name a few. This year I’d like to suggest that we shift our focus from New Year resolutions to New Year realignments.
A New Year realignment is an awareness and appreciation for what’s working in our lives rather than a focus on what isn’t. When we focus our thoughts and energy on what’s working, we literally make it bigger.
And when we make the good in our lives bigger, those things that aren’t as good become smaller. When they’re smaller, they become less important and when they’re less important we give them less energy. . . . → Read More: 5 Fabulous Lifestyle Feng Shui Tips for the New Year
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
One of the many things a Feng Shui consultant does is to help make a client’s home as happy and health as possible. That said, I can’t begin to count how many times I have walked into a client’s home and been overtaken by the sweet, cloying smell of artificial scent. Frequently my nose starts to run and I get a headache, not to mention feeling irritable.
Hotel rooms present a travel challenge! Even the best are filled with dead, stale chi and energy from prior guests. If it’s a large hotel, you also contend with being sandwiched between other rooms and the energies of other occupants. Add to this the sharp angles of traditional furniture, the mix of bedroom and bathroom chi, electromagnetic fields, noise, and it’s no wonder so many people dislike travel and are debilitated by it.
The following are suggestions to personalize your room…
1) Fragrance can be important. If you use a room freshener or scented candles at home, bring similar items to use in your room. You might even bring a tiny air purifier. It’s important to breathe clean air.
2) Bring small framed photos of family members and close friends. If you . . . → Read More: Feng Shui for Hotel Rooms
We all long to create a trouble-free flow in our lives. One way of doing this is with the help of Feng Shui, the ancient Chinese art to increase the flow of positive energy or “chi” in any environment. “The literal translation of Feng Shui means “wind water”. Wind is the earth’s breath, and water is the invigorating lifeblood of everything that exists on our planet. Both wind and water have tremendous energy that drives Feng Shui’s practices to fill your life with positive energies.
You may have heard of using Feng Shui in your home, office or even a room, but did you know its philosophy can also be used to promote the positive flow of energy during your vacation? Here is some Feng Shui suggestions that will help make your vacation escape the relaxing getaway you’ve been anticipating.
Air Travel Feng Shui requires breathing space for energy to flow freely. Since space is at a premium on an airplane, it’s a good idea to reserve a seat in an exit row. This will give you a little more room to stretch your legs. This is the best way to encourage positive chi and to ensure a comfortable, . . . → Read More: The Energy of Travel
The Solar Year begins February 4, 2012 at 6:40 PM; and with it the transition from Metal Rabbit to Water Dragon.
The Dragon is the 5th archetype in the Chinese cycle of twelve. Opportunities for wealth, vitality and enhanced creativity abound for those who are ready to hear the Dragon’s call; and a whisper it isn’t. Prepare yourself for fast paced out-of-your-hands exciting times. All things are super sized, prone to fanfare and filled with surprise during this Water Dragon year.
The Dragon’s interests know no bounds. Her greatest passion is to make things happen. The Dragon’s deep connection to the natural order brings an understanding that life requires forward movement in all the realms. From the Dragon’s point of view, it is inadvisable to rest on one’s laurels even during the best of times. To do so when change is needed and action is required is simply unacceptable. You may find yourself willing to take more risks during this Dragon year. Do so, for little can be gained without taking risks. Do, however, plan carefully and allow for a back way out should circumstances change too rapidly and you find yourself between a rock and a hard place. . . . → Read More: Energy Trends Forecast for 2012 – Year of the Dragon
6 Heaven Year 4 February 2012-3 February 2013 The 6 Heaven Year usually brings clarity and completion for the party. The hidden element of the year is that of Metal. In the I Ching the Heaven trigram can represent authority or the father. Another take is that it is the harvest since the north-west is the autumn and brings with it the reaping of what has been sewn. In some ways it can be the end of an era. 1940 in Europe, 1949 in China, 1967 and the summer of love are just a few examples. (See below to determine your I Ching Star.) Here is my take on the year ahead for you: 1 Water Star After a year in the Mountain in 2011, you now rise up to the Fire House this year! This is going to be your year to shine and to be seen and to be noticed. It will be effortless for you to achieve recognition. A perfect year if you wish to put yourself in the spotlight regarding new work, new opportunities or even a new relationship. 2 Earth Star After a pretty frantic 2011 in . . . → Read More: The 9 Stars and 2012
Feng Shui is the study of how to bring the balance of nature into our lives. In feng shui, assessing and adjusting the five elements (metal, water, wood, fire, and earth) plays an important role in creating comfort, productivity and harmony in our home and work spaces.
At a recent gathering at a campfire, someone posed the question, “Why are people so mesmerized by a campfire?” From a feng shui perspective, we have several answers to this question. First, let’s look at pure feng shui theory. Some of the words we associate with fire are passion, integrity, expansion, transformation, and warmth. Just sitting near a fire will bring us closer to the experience of what these words mean. That alone sounds great right? As a bonus, if we look at the Five Element Map, we see something else as well. We can see that fire has a nourishing (or creative) relationship with earth and a controlling (or destructive) relationship with metal. Earth, associated with being grounded, nourished, and strong is fed by the fire. Metal, associated with being judgmental, is melted by the fire.As we gather around the fire, we experience warmth and transformation (from fire), our sense of . . . → Read More: Feng Shui and Campfires – Dancing with the Fire Element