Our Response to Covid-19

Like you, and many others around the world, we have been focusing on and thinking about the changes and shifts around the world with relation to Covid-19.  At times, it brings us to a loss for words, what to share, how to continue our mission of intentionally reaching out – especially to our members, but also to the public, and to the world at-large.

No matter how many times we hear the phrase “social distancing,” all we can think is we are leaning in.   

We are leaning in to each other.  To our work. To our friends and families.  Especially those who are sick or dealing with a condition that makes you more vulnerable.  We are leaning in.  Sharing as much positivity as we can muster.  Because we know it makes a difference.  We know it matters.  Our work matters.

We are energy workers – and we know – even as hard as things are for many – we know everything is energy.  We are not letting go of that important premise.  Faith and hope are JUST as contagious as fear.  Fear just feels bigger right now.  Hold on to the hope and share it in waves.

So, through this letter, we are reaching out to let you know, we are standing by you in any way that we can.

We will continue to share goodness, the positive sides of life and energy.  We hope to douse you with Feng Shui love and help you weather the times that are here or that are coming.  Life isn’t always easy – nor does it promise to be.  But we know our tools can help mitigate the valleys and help us move toward the peaks.  Self care is always a big deal – but even more so now with many dealing with illness, changes in economic or food stability, and sheltering in place.  We hope to continue to encourage you with our messages.

For our consultant members and schools, we know as entrepreneurs, working on our own, there are cycles.  We want to continue to promote you as often as we can.  Your business is important to us.  You are important to us.  You always have been.

  • If you have a blog post we can share, an online event, social media content, or something else – let us know. We will share as much as we are able.

Connections are crucial.  Perhaps one of our most important ways to lift each other up are through our online communities.  Intentional connections can help us weather the isolation many may feel.  [Remember – lean in!]

  • Join our public Facebook group, Feng Shui friends – it’s for anyone and everyone!
  • And specially for you members, our closed Facebook group, the Virtual Chapter; if you haven’t been in there lately, please come. Come to our table and let us nurture your spirit and work. 

And importantly, we know there are economic ripples throughout the world.  We don’t want to lose a SINGLE member because you can’t pay your dues.  We are committed to being there for everyone who needs us – to continue your membership in any way we can.

  • If you need help – GET IN TOUCH. We are here.  We aren’t going anywhere.

As always, we are staying true to our mission.  Advancing the growth and promotion of Feng Shui worldwide – because if there was ever a time that Feng Shui at home could help – the time is now!  Also, we continue promoting and serving our members through the good and the bad with empowering resources, opportunities and a unified Feng Shui community.  It’s our tenet. Our core. It’s who we are.  We will get through this.  And so will you.

We got you.

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Energy Work and Space Clearing

Everything is alive with energy and everything is connected. The ancient Chinese sages called this invisible life-force energy Qi (pronounced chee.) Although we cannot see Qi it affects everything in our lives. If you are sad or feel stuck, chances are the Qi energy in your space is stagnant and toxic. When you are joyful and motivated, the energy in your home or office is uplifting and happy. Our physical environment needs to support us so we use space cleansing techniques to stir up Qi to enliven our spirit.

Spirit begins with prayer and what better way to speed up that communication then by lighting incense.

Smoke is the vehicle that dispatches your wishes and dreams to the universe.

Incense is one of the most powerful space cleansing tools dating back 6000 to 8500 years to ancient Hindu texts or Vedas. The trend spread to Greece and Rome when Babylonians wafted incense sticks during prayers. Peddlers along the Silk Route turned incense sales into big business when various techniques, multiple scents and a variety of styles became accessible. The famous trade route changed its name to the Incense Route.

Incense Basics

  • Coiled Incense burns from hours to days and is best used in temples
  • Cone Incense pressed into a pyramid shape was invented in 1800s Japan and best used for prayers on-the-go
  • Stick Incense is coated on bamboo sticks also called joss sticks and best used for temple offerings and ambiance
  • Powdered Incense is sprinkled on lit charcoal bricks and used for rituals and space cleansing

Know Your Incense

  • Sandalwood from India vibrates with Ganesh to remove obstacles, blesses new beginnings and attract prosperity
  • Dragon’s Blood is not really from dragons, silly. It is plant resin that is a powerful remover of negative energy from people and places
  • Sage is a leaf associated with American Indian rituals that protects against evil and purifies sacred spaces – remember that sage clears a space but you must add blessing back using another incense
  • Frankincense is a resin from the Bosellia tree to create a sacred space and provoke spirituality
  • Rose is a floral fragrance made from dried rose buds for love and romance (Miranda’s favorite)
  • Money Draw is a Wiccan blend that increases finances
  • Vanilla comes from the vanilla plant and stimulates sensuality
  • Palo Santo sticks are a fragrant wood that protects, heals, and brings good luck – plus they smell yummy

*this is a short list of my favorites.

How to Space Cleanse

You need powdered incense with a cauldron and charcoal bricks. Light the charcoal brick and drop inside the cauldron (it gets really hot.) Sprinkle incense on top of the sizzling charcoal.

Start at the front door with your smoking cauldron and move clockwise throughout the house, room or office. Waft the incense and make sure smoke gets into the corners where energy tends to get stuck. Prayers and wishes invoked during the process are helpful. You can also stay quiet and listen to what the house has to tell you. If you are an intuitive, by connecting to the physical space through the lighting of incense, can be a very emotional and telling experience. Once you are back to the front door, Space Cleansing is complete.

Reasons to Space Cleanse

Don’t even think of moving into a new home or office without first clearing predecessor energy. Never take on anyone else’s stuff: bankruptcy, bad fortune, broken relationships, arguments, or in some cases spirits that won’t leave. Especially after renovation or construction, you want to clear workers’ energy. Whether you are removing other people vibes or jumping up your own frequency of attraction, the point is to make the space your own.

What if there are unwanted spirits?

No one wants to “see dead people” and neither should you. That is why you call in a professional to rid property of spirits. Whether unwanted spirits came with the house or you brought them home from an event or even from antiques or travel souvenirs, spirit removal is high level ceremonial work and not for the novice.

Final Note from Anita
Make sure you get your space cleaning supplies from a trusted source. On my Good Karma Shop I created signature Money Seal magical incense and a collection of magical candles made by a local healer during specific moon phases with soy wax, high-quality oils and strong intent.

Anita RosenbergAnita Rosenberg
She’s an expert in Feng Shui BaZi Chinese Astrology and the Qi Men Dun Jia. In her more than 20 years experience in Chinese Metaphysics her high-profile clients like Gwyneth Paltrow, Miranda Kerr, Ashley Tisdale, and Paula Abdul (partial list) rave she is fun to work with, authentic and heartfelt. Anita starred in the TV pilot “The Feng Shui Way” and has been featured on VH1 Discovery Channel HGTV and “Adam Carolla and Friends Build Stuff Live” on Spike TV. Read more about Anita.

If you require assistance in picking out your space cleansing tools you can find Anita at: Anita Rosenberg.

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How to Beat Data Addiction with Feng Shui

If I were to tell you that you are an addict, would you agree? Probably not, but the fact is that most Americans (in fact, most Western people) are either addicted or in the process of becoming addicted to data overload.  Find out more about this developing issue in the western world and how Feng Shui can help, by Alex Stark.

Whether from your cell phone, or through social media, or even when innocently surfing for information on the web, our brain’s synapses are becoming more and more reliant on a steady stream of information delivered through the internet. Data, the actual packets of digital information, has become like a virus, capable of interfering with our productivity, our sleep, our health, and even our sex lives. This addiction is becoming so pervasive that psychologists have given it a clinical name: electronic screen syndrome.

Video screens are now everywhere, including restaurants, bathrooms, and cars, not to mention our back pockets! Blue light from these devices has been proven to diminish sleep and concentration by interfering with our circadian rhythms. Businesses are now reporting losses in productivity equal to a whole day per week due to compulsive cellphone use. As if this was not enough, one in every four car accidents in the USA is caused by texting or phone use while driving–for a total of 1.6 million crashes a year!

In addition to all of this, there is still the concern generated by ANY electronic device, as all electrical tools emit electromagnetic radiation (EMF) that has been scientifically proven to be damaging to human tissues at certain frequencies and exposures. Although most research has failed to show conclusive evidence of causal relationships (except under very specific circumstances), cell phone use and body proximity to any electronic device continues to be studied for further clarification.

Data addition has powerful causes: from the feng shui perspective, data is a new but very powerful form of chi, one that is inherently unstable (it takes the equivalent of 8 nuclear power plants to run the internet in the US alone) and which has no built-in compassionate side. It is closely aligned with FIRE energy, but unlike traditional forms of FIRE (heat, lights) which provide service to all of nature, data is only interested in your attention and will demand it at all costs. Light and heat, natural forms of FIRE, exist independently of humans but data is entirely dependent on us using it. That is why I compare it to viruses and parasites, which require a host to exist. Most importantly, data creates addictive patterns that are very, very difficult to break. Despite the many advantages it has created, the internet has the power to create real danger and damage.

This problem is important for feng shui practitioners to consider because it is a new form of energetic interference that could undermine all other feng shui interventions. I have repeatedly seen clients whose condition refuses to improve or which stalls after a short while not because their feng shui is flawed, but because of behavioral patterns caused by their incessant connectivity through social media and use of screen devices at all hours of the day. Hence, I have come up with a set of guidelines that I recommend to most clients:

  1. Do not sleep with a cell phone next to the bed!
  2. In fact, do not sleep with a cell phone anywhere in the bedroom.
  3. If possible, turn off your cell phone entirely while you sleep or at least put it in airplane mode.
  4. Avoid using your phone as an alarm clock, and if you do, place it in the next room, not on the night stand.
  5. Limit use of all blue light screen devices (phone, TV, tablet) as much as possible, and avoid use for at least one hour before bedtime.
  6. Avoid a TV monitor in the bedroom, but if you have one, make sure it is completely turned off at night. Some monitors stay in silent but active mode all the time.
  7. Charge your cell phone or other devices far from the bedroom. In multi-floor buildings, make sure that is not below or above the bed. A bathroom is usually a good alternative.
  8. Avoid locating your wi-fi router in the bedroom, particularly near the bed. In multi-floor buildings, make sure it is not above or below your bed.
  9. Avoid locating your wi-fi router close to your desk in your home office.
  10. To avoid wi-fi radiation during sleep, I often recommend putting your wi-fi router on a timer to be turned off automatically during sleep and turned on in the morning when you need it. Electrical timers plug directly into a socket and will control when your wi-fi router turns on and off.
  11. To increase your productivity, place your cell phone or tablet in sleep or airplane mode when you have tasks to perform. Turn it back on when you are ready to dedicate a chunk of time to answering calls or email. This will help you avoid the temptation to keep checking for updates and will increase your productivity and success.
  12. Try socializing WITHOUT your cell phone. If you have to carry your phone to a social event, place it in silent mode and DO NOT place it on a table or anywhere visible. Keep it in a bag or in your jacket, as far from your body as possible.
  13. I even recommend doing the same during work meetings. Not having a phone visible enhances communication and improves performance. It also gives a good impression, as your clients or customers will sense your undivided attention.
  14. When writing an important document such as a speech or an article, write a rough outline first with paper and pen. Connecting your thoughts to your hand through writing has been shown to increase creativity and insight. When you have a good outline or a draft, it’s OK to complete it on a computer or tablet.
  15. If you are a team leader at work, consider instilling these same principles to your workforce: demand cell phones be silenced in order to increase communication and creative problem solving, particularly during meetings.
  16. If you have children, create simple but clear rules for cell phone use. This is particularly important at bed time. Needless to say, the younger the child, the more susceptible she or he will be to data addiction!

Alex Stark is an internationally recognized consultant, advisor, and teacher on issues of creativity, efficiency, and design. A graduate of the Yale University School of Architecture, he is a practitioner of Feng Shui and European Geomancy. 

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.

Feng Shui is More Relevant Today Than Ever Before

Feng shui is the ancient practice of arranging our environments to welcome good energy to our spaces for health and well-being.  With the industrial age and huge advancements in the last decades, how does Feng Shui even relate to where we are now?  It does. Find out why by Maureen Calamia, Re-Nature Feng Shui.

Nature, Maureen Calamia

Wise men observed the natural world and developed “truths” that became the foundations of this practice of feng shui. They developed this concept of “chi” or life force energy, that animates everything in creation. They understood that chi flows through everything in the universe, just like water or wind flows through the land. Chi, as water and wind, shapes everything in its path – bringing supportive, life-giving qualities, or negative influences.

They realized that there is a balance of complementary opposites, of which you cannot comprehend one without the other. They named this “yin and yang” to describe the relative opposites of dark and light, soft and hard, quiet and loud. They understood that yin and yang served to provide a necessary tension in the universe, which allows for change.

They observed change being accomplished in what they called the five transformations of energy, aka the Five Natural Elements. Each of these elements, consisting of wood, fire, earth, metal, and water, represent a quality of energy found in all of nature.

Although its principles were developed thousands of years ago, and influenced all of the Eastern arts, including traditional Chinese medicine and martial arts, feng shui is more relevant than ever in today’s world. Why is that?

There are three main reasons why I believe this to be true.

# 1 – Location
When feng shui was developed the most important evaluation was of the land. The location of your home or village meant everything. There were two primary requirements for determining the best location: healthy, flowing water to irrigate the crops and the presence of mountains or hills to protect from harsh winds.

Location continues to be the primary driver for property values even today. However, given the rising population and limited open space, not everyone can have the best location. We build on land that has the least desirable feng shui, too. And principles of feng shui can be applied to help in those locations as well.

#2 – Technology
With the development of electricity, and other technologies, we no longer live with the natural rhythms of sunlight or the seasons. We work throughout all times of the day, eat bananas in northern climates, and we go tanning in the winter months.

In addition, we have immersed ourselves in a technological haze consisting of electromagnetic fields (both wired and wi-fi) that are not in-synch with the human body’s natural energy.

#3 – A Toxic Soup
The average American spends 90% of their day indoors, limiting their access to nature. And within these indoor work spaces and homes, over the last century, are built and furnished with hundreds, if not thousands of manmade materials. Toxins from paint, adhesives, manmade fabrics and materials contribute to poor indoor air quality and a further separation from the natural world.

These three forces converge to the detriment of our society. Now we are learning that, our physical bodies pay the price, as well as our mental, emotional and spiritual selves.

Wisdom of Feng Shui
It is no wonder that, as civilization has gone to one extreme, the opposite ideologies raise their head. This demonstrates the concept of yin and yang. The current state of the global culture has swung very deeply into a “yang” (Western thought) state – as seeds of the “yin” (Eastern thought) become a growing popular topic for education and practice.

Globalization has allowed this to occur, as never could have been done before. With the popularization of meditation in the 1960’s, yoga, and now Ayurveda healing practices, other Eastern arts have grown as well – interest in the martial arts, traditional Chinese medicine, calligraphy, cooking, architecture, and feng shui.

The wisdom that feng shui can provide, is a wonderful counterbalance to the modern world. We need to build in locations that are less desirable, we will continue to advance in technology and work indoors, and can benefit in many ways from the ability to create manmade materials. Feng shui gives us the wisdom to acknowledge all of that, and yet, bring more yin into our lives – more nourishment for body, mind, and spirit.

 

maureenkcalamia_RRMaureen Calamia is founder of the Re-Nature Feng Shui™ philosophy based on the fact that we need to restore nature back into our lives. Maureen brings her passion for Feng Shui to the greater community as an educator and long time past IFSG board member. Read more about Maureen.

 

Article/Image Source: Feng Shui is More Relevant Today Than Ever Before on naturopathicnewyorker.com

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