Enjoy this spotlight of Feng Shui School, the Inner Harmony Feng Shui school with director and founder, LuAnn Cibik. LuAnn is a Master Educator of Interior Alignment® and offers certification in Feng Shui, Space Clearing and Soul Coaching. Read more about the school and program, in LuAnn’s own words…
Q: Please describe your very first coming into awareness about Feng Shui.
A: I have always been interested in color, interior design, mystical things ( like tarot and palmistry), as well as symbolic art. I can remember as a kid, loving to create Barbie’s house and the city she lived in more than anything else. I loved to rake leaves as a young kid, because I would rake them into floorplan designs, that could be as elaborate as I wanted. Then one day, in a Barnes and Nobles, perusing the ‘New Age’ section, I came across a book called Feng Shui for the Soul, and I realized it combine all those things I loved into one cool ‘thing’. I was hooked.
Q: What is your branch of Feng Shui? How have you made it your own?
A: I am a practitioner and Master Teacher of Interior Alignment®. I love the client centered and nature related philosophy of this system. I make it even more customized for my clients as I incorporate all the senses in a consultation, with essential oils, sound, and the power of textile and touch. (Ok – we don’t taste the walls… LOL) I often blend Soul Coaching® and sometimes oracle card work with my clients who are feeling a bit lost on what they really might want to manifest in their life, and unsure how to move forward.
I love teaching this system, and my students probably get more emphasis on color and it’s many uses, healthy home practices, and the powerful ways to incorporate the patterns and energy of nature in a space. Because I’m a bit of a science geek, there’s a wee bit of quantum physics thrown into the mix. And, I believe it should be a lot of fun to learn about this amazing ocean of energy we live in; so dancing, getting messages from your guides and totem animals, playing with doll house furniture and incorporating joy into every day of class is all a part of it.
Q: How has Feng Shui changed your life?
A: Discovering feng shui changed my life in so many ways, I don’t know how to even begin to answer this. From the first discovery, when I was working in the corporate world and going through a divorce, and feeling really overwhelmed with life challenges and no clear path out; I started using feng shui to balance out the areas of my life that felt really off. And… it worked. Slowly.. but crazy coincidence kinds of things happened that allowed me to climb out of the hole I was in. For example, I wanted to study feng shui with a great teacher, but didn’t know who (this was before the internet and it was kind of hard to find out information). My boyfriend (now husband) was studying Chinese medicine and needed to go to Monterey California for a class, and I discovered there was a feng shui conference there the same weekend. But, still in the throes of a messy divorce where I was paying alimony, I had no money to go. Then magically I got a statement from my credit card company that said I had enough points for first class tickets. It started my journey of serious study of feng shui, and I would not have the amazing life I have today without it!
Q: Describe your school’s approach to teaching Feng Shui.
A: Interior Alignment® is a form based school that is very nature centered. We use the Three Gates School (BTB) bagua, but we also acknowledge that energy flows differently in the southern hemisphere and so we use a different bagua south of the equator. Our system in client centric, and we use a very specific process call Synchro-Alignment™ that allows the client to understand their connection to their home, and it’s influence on them. We incorporate ceremony, blessings and space clearing as an equal part of our full curriculum as an Interior Alignment® Practitioner, as releasing the energy trapped in a space or imbedded in objects can be integral to helping the space feel uplifting and supportive to the clients needs. We use western astrology to understand the relationship between our client and their home, and healthy home concepts ( air quality, off gassing, emfs, etc.) are a part of our curriculum as well. We also feel that learning onsite with a Master Teacher is key in allowing a practitioner to step powerfully into their practice. We teach various methods of doing consultations, and a live client consultation under the direction of a teacher is a part of every course. At our advanced levels we take the connection to nature, cycles, directions and seasons even more deeply into our work, and have a special type of consultation called Medicine Wheel feng shui that works with a 4 element system of understanding people and architecture and their inter-relationship.
Q: What is the newest addition to your curriculum?
A: Interior Alignment® is always updating it’s resources for practitioners with healthy home information. For my students at Inner Harmony, I also integrate additional information with essential oils, rocks and crystals, and the feng shui of the clothing you wear as a part of the information student receive. I’m also launching more online learning opportunities at Inner Harmony this year. Its going to be exciting!
Q: What is the latest area of expansion for your school?
A: As a teacher for Interior Alignment, I am honored to have taught the most courses, and have been blessed to have students from all over the world. It even offered me the opportunity to travel so such cool spaces as Australia and New Zealand to train new practitioners. As much as I love the courses in fun locations, I also love teaching at my home (the education and retreat center I have with my Husband, the Chinese medicine/Qigong guy). Teaching here at Inner Harmony/Inner Strength, we have 88 acres of lovely woodlands and meadows to connect with nature, I have access to my library of resources for my students who want to dive deeper into different topics, and all my space clearing tools, and teaching props ( like doll house furniture and belly dance hip scarves)
Q: Besides yourself, what does your school offer that is unique to Feng Shui training opportunities?
A: All Interior Alignment® Practitioners become a part of our larger organization with gives them a community of like minded peers trained in the same system. There are hundreds and hundreds of practitioners all over the world. When you have a question about a situation that seems unique or challenging it’s an amazing resource to not only have your teacher to ask, but tons of professionals peers. We also hold regular feng shui conferences that allow practitioner to get together, connect, share their knowledge, and of course, have fun! We offer advanced courses, and even a track to becoming a master teacher in this honored tradition.
Q: What is your guiding philosophy about teaching Feng Shui?
A: That every person attracted to this is here for a reason. We all have amazing gifts, as well as our own learning journey as we will all attract the clients who are perfect for us; just as we are perfect for them.
Q: What is your favorite nugget of wisdom about using Feng Shui yourself?
A: Embrace Change! As your goals and life changes, your space should too!
Q: What additional training does your school offer or plan to offer?
A: I’m excited about 2019 because I have a lot of powerful programs scheduled! I have a Soul Coaching® Practitioner certification program that is a perfect service for feng shui practitioners to offer those clients feeling a bit lost in life. I will also be launching several other online programs this year to deepen the feng shui practitioners understanding of the bagua, as well as powerful and practical uses of color in the home. I will co-teaching a fabulous and fun retreat this July with my friend and fellow Master Teacher Felicia D’Haiti called Embracing Magic & Ceremony in Our Lives here at my retreat center. For those trained in Interior Alignment® I will be offering Advanced Interior Alignment®/Medicine Wheel feng Shui courses, as well as Master Teacher training.
LuAnn Cibik is one of the few worldwide Master Teachers & Educators of Interior Alignment®. She has been a passionate member of the Interior Alignment® Foundation council since 2004, a organizer and speaker at the last 4 Interior Alignment feng shui conferences and is an avid cheerleader for her graduates! She has taught feng shui and space clearing certification programs worldwide, and at various leading feng shui schools in the USA since 2003. She is still a full time and active practitioner who brings real life examples to the study of space and energy.
Interior Alignment® was created by Denise Linn, best selling Feng Shui author and speaker. Interior Alignment® (IA) honors ancient knowledge of indigenous people all over the world and at the same time includes training on on 21st century healthy home practices, and how energy works and feels in our modern days, homes, offices, neighborhoods and cities. We are the modern day shamans to create the Home for the Soul.
The Interior Alignment® Instinctive Feng Shui Practitioner Curriculum focuses on our connection to our home:
- How we are linked to our homes
- How to create a home for the soul
- using our very special Synchro-Alignment™ processes to assist your client’s connection and understanding of their home, and is messages for them
- Using this connection to understand what our clients need