Recognizing Gaia: Connecting to Mother Earth

“Living in harmony with the earth brings good fortune.” – Taoist proverb

Learn more about connections, harmony, and how you can strengthen your bond with earth and it’s energy, and nature and trees, from Feng Shui expert and educator, Maureen Calamia.

Recognizing Gaia: Connecting to Mother Earth, Nature, and TreesFirst, I must start with a question: Are we living in harmony with the earth? Thought you’d say that. Then it follows that we aren’t destined for good fortune, as a species.

We are more and more disconnected to the rhythms of nature. Research shows that we spend roughly 90 percent of our time inside. We pay more attention to the Dow than the Tao.

As a species, we’ve lost the ability to communicate and understand nature as we once did. We do not understand the impact of our modern lives on Her. And She is in pain and despair.

But although we cannot change our species, we can certainly change how we, as individuals, interact with the earth.

Good feng shui is more than what we see
In feng shui, we know that the land is the most important aspect of good feng shui. It is the land that provides fresh water and fertile soil for crops, hills for protection and gentle winds. These are the physical attributes of the land, but there are invisible attributes as well.

Vibrant land emanates a strong, positive energy that, if we could see it, would be a rainbow of translucent, bright full-spectrum light. When we see land like this, we “experience” it with all of our senses.

On the other hand, we also quickly identify places that are damaged and neglected, not just with our visual sense. These places project a dull, dark aura that drains or even threatens our sense of vitality.

There is so much more to the earth than our eyes can see and if we pay attention, we can feel it.

Talking to trees
Recognizing Gaia: Connecting to Mother Earth, Nature and TreesHave you ever been drawn to a tree? Like most people, when we were children the trees were part of our play. We climbed that huge oak in our yard. We snuggled between its branches. We even talked to our tree. Our lives were surrounded with magic!

Being feng shui practitioners and enthusiasts, we tend to be more sensitive than the general population. We know how it feels when a neighbor cuts down a tree. Perhaps a local wooded lot has been bull-dozed. It’s painful because we feel the pain.

In his book, The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate – Discoveries from a Secret World, Peter Wohlleben says, “When you know that trees experience pain and have memories and that tree parents live together with their children, then you can no longer just chop them down and disrupt their lives with larger machines.”

The consciousness of nature speaks to us through the nature spirits and elementals within the landscape, the trees, the flowers, even mountains and rocks. We can connect, feel and learn.

So, when is the last time you connected?
If you are like me, you have regular communication with nature, with trees, which is sometimes through words, but often through images and feelings.

If you don’t, then here are some words of advice: get out there and start now. You will be amazed at the connection and guidance you receive.

Below is some guidance on how to start:

  1. If you have a tree that you are drawn to, then go to it. If not, scan the landscape and feel your way to a tree.
  2. As you approach, ask for permission to connect and wait for a sign. You may get an image in your mind, a feeling in your heart, or perhaps you will hear a bird start singing. If you get a clear no, then honor it and find another tree or come back another day.
  3. If you get a yes, then approach the tree. Sensitize your palms by rubbing them together and then lay your hands close to the tree, hovering just an inch or two from the bark. (Some people prefer to lay their hands on the tree. Others lay their backs against the trunk. Whatever feels right to you).
  4. Be still, quiet and observe. You may ask a question in your heart. It can be a personal question or even a question about the tree, the surrounding area, the habitat.
  5. When you are done, give gratitude to the tree, perhaps a hug!

There is so much to gain when we look beyond the physical. We gain a greater depth and perspective to our lives and the life of Gaia. Our individual acts move us all closer to understanding and respect for Her. And life is magical again!

Recognizing Gaia: Connecting to Mother Earth, Nature and Trees

 

Maureen CalamiaMaureen is author of Creating Luminous Spaces: Use the Five Elements for Balance and Harmony in Your Home and in Your Life. She is also founder of the Luminous Spaces Feng Shui™ School using the Re-Nature philosophy based on the premise that we need to restore nature back into our lives, our homes, and spirits.

Decorating with the Five Elements

Feng Shui as an art emphasizes the importance of the placement of objects in your surroundings to create balance and harmony in your life. By using these principles you can arrange, decorate and accessorize your home to promote health, wealth and happiness. Find out more about Feng Shui decor and the Five Elements by Diane Alba-Means.

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Feng Shui and Feng Shui decor uses several tools to help enhance the flow of energy in your home or office. One such tool is called the Pa Kua or Bagua map, which divides your home or office into nine sections, each associated with a specific area of life, such as health, wealth, career and relationships. Another important tool, which is used hand in hand with the Pa Kua map, is the Five Element theory. The Five elements are derived from nature and are Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water. These are considered to be the building blocks of everything physical on earth. Feng Shui observes that we, as humans are made up of all five elements, and we are generally most comfortable when all the elements are represented in our surroundings.

Feng Shui decor includes the Five Elements that are associated with shapes, colors and materials and can be introduced into a space in pure form, using actual plants, fire, soil, metal or water, or in the form of representative objects. The most powerful objects are those, which combine the shape, color and material of an element. For example, a square, terracotta pot filled with brown soil for earth energy.

In decorating your home or office, we can use the following guide to assist us in creating an elementally balanced environment.

Wood is represented by the color green. It can be found in all wood, plants, flowers and paper. The shape for wood can be found in columns and pillars. Examples would be a tall, green vase; a green picture frame, or a tall lamp with a paper shade.

Fire is represented by the color red, and is found in lighting, candles, fireplace, sunlight, animals, leather and wool. The shapes triangle, pyramid and cones signify fire. Examples would be star-shaped candleholders, oil lamps and red or animal print fabric.

Earth is represented with yellow and earth tones. It is found in the soil, ceramics, tile, brick and stucco. Its shape is represented with square, rectangles, and plateaus. Examples would be a clay pot with yellow flowers, a square plate or checkered fabric.

Metal is present in the colors of gray, white and pastels. It is found in all metals, such as gold, silver, copper, pewter, and brass. The shapes are found in arches, circles and ovals. Examples would be a round silver tray, a pewter pitcher or an oval brass frame.

Water is represented by the colors blue, black and dark tones. Water is found in a bubbling fountain, glass, crystal and mirrors. Asymmetrical or irregular shapes are a part of the water element. Examples would be a crystal vase, a mirror or black satin fabric.

These elements can be introduced in various forms to suit your own style of decorating. You might choose wallpaper with green vertical stripes to bring more uplifting wood energy, making the ceiling appear higher and the room more spacious. Red fabric pillows on a sofa will increase the fire energy, creating an exciting atmosphere. Yellow checkered curtains in the kitchen will enhance the earth energy, which will make the room feel cozier. A round, brass, metal bowl used, as an accent piece on a coffee table, will make it feel more complete and finished. A water feature in the entry enhances the water energy, conveying a peaceful flowing atmosphere.

Combining appropriate colors with particular patterns and materials can be especially effective in manipulating the existing energy, which is the basis of many Feng Shui remedies. When using these tools and surrounding yourself with things that you love, you are creating environmental affirmations which support you in having a peaceful place to live and a place for the vital energy to circulate harmoniously throughout your home.

 

Diane Alba MeansOwner of Hawaii Feng Shui based in Maui, Hawaii, Diane Alba-Means is a professional, certified Feng Shui Practitioner, Color Expert, Image consultant, and author. Read more about Diane.

 

 

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Common Feng Shui Shapes for Decorating

Feng Shui Shapes by Kathryn WilkingFeng Shui shapes are often the easiest Feng Shui enhancement to manipulate when working with an area in the Bagua. Learn more from Kathryn Wilking

The three most common shapes:

SQUARES: If the life area you choose to enhance needs solid grounding, then squares would be the shape. You can choose one item, or you could arrange several items into a square shape. In addition, you can arrange several ’square-type’ pictures into one larger square shape. It is rather easy to find squares and rectangles as they are rather common in a home: cupboards, windows, appliances picture frames, etc.

TRIANGLES: Triangles are trickier; they bring attention and drama into a space. Many people default in this area and just use the colour red. (A fire makes a red flame = triangle.) To attract more intensity in your space, use regular candles, a fireplace, or lights to represent actual fire. Arranging three vases in a triangle shape or planting three plants in a triangle will also form a sharp shape. Many birds have a pointed crest and many trees and bushes have sharp leaves. See what images you can find in your home to make triangles.

CIRCLES: Circles or ovals can open creativity. They can be found in picture frames and mirrors, plant pots, flower petals and glassware. Curves, archways and circles can be found in paintings or images printed on fabrics or upholstery. Soften a sharp stairwell landing with smaller items shaped into a curve. Outside, you can plant bulbs or plants in curved or circular patterns.

If your room feels a bit off-balance, try using a variety of textures and shapes in the same space. The variety of shapes can give you well-rounded energy and support for many areas in your life!

Get creative with what you already own; and get these shapes working for you!

 

Kathryn WilkingKathryn Wilking is a Certified Feng Shui Consultant and Home Stager from Vancouver, British Columbia. Read more about Kathryn.

 

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Preparing Your Home for the Holidays

My friends and clients always ask me what they can do to fill their homes with good energy for gathering and entertaining during the holidays. From an energetic and Feng Shui perspective, find out more from New York based, Julie Schuster

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Cleanse the Home

Preparing your home requires a clean home with a fresh energy, so clutter and space clearing before, and after, your celebrations is crucial. Space clearing can be achieved any number of ways such as by burning incense or sage, or by performing an orange peel ceremony.

If decorations are coming out of storage, give them room. Your year-round, normal décor and room accessories can easily go into the holiday boxes you’ve pulled from the attic to be packed away until after New Year’s Day. There’s no reason to suffocate your rooms and surfaces with both your everyday arrangements and seasonal accents. Edit the two together, and let your house breathe.

Harness the Power of Scent

Pay attention to the subtle messages of your home, particularly the home scents featured in different areas. Keep the energy of your home consistent by deciding on one scent (maximum two) to use throughout your home. Candles and essential oil diffusers are all perfect ways to keep the energy of your home fresh this time of year. Thanksgiving, in particular, lends itself to cozy, spicy smells such as cinnamon, rosemary, pine and wood.

Accentuate Earth and Fire Elements

Depending on the season and the celebration, there will always be a predominant Feng Shui element energy that needs to be heightened or strengthened. With Thanksgiving we emphasize and celebrate the Earth and Fire elements:

Earth Element: This element celebrates the bounty of the earth and is represented using light yellow and sandy brown colors. Incorporate the grounding, solid square shapes representative of the earth element wherever possible. Earthenware containers are highly recommended.

Fire Element: This element has a nourishing and supportive relationship with the earth Feng Shui element and is represented using reds, oranges and gold. Incorporate triangular shapes wherever possible to represent fire. Work candles into centerpieces or light up the fireplace to warm up and purify the energy of your home.

Keep Good Company

Ultimately, the best celebrations are the ones that keep you in great company. Creating a comfortable setting for friends and family is the best way to achieve “Good Feng Shui” for the holidays.

Good food, good friends, and a dose of the tips suggested here are the best ingredients for a well-celebrated holiday.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

 

Julie SchusterJulie Schuster is a Feng Shui Consultant, Interior Designer, and Real Estate Stager focused on the holistic well being of your space. Read more about Julie.

 

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