growth, Healthy Living, Inner Feng Shui

When Life Deals Lemons Make Chicken Soup

October 05th, 2011

Photo courtesy of The Culinary Geek.

I recently posted this on twitter: “What I know for sure? Nothing…” In hindsight, that’s not exactly true. What I know for sure is stuff happens that’s totally out of my control. And truth be known, what I can control in life is a small percentage. Included in that small percentage is my reaction to things.

As an emotionally based person, which is about 50% of the population, I can choose how I respond to experiences. (Well, sort of!) If I had to say there’s a recurring challenge in my life, it’s been to consciously activate a “pause” button before I respond to life’s ups and downs.  I have a responsibility to be mindful when expressing my emotions because the other 50% is not emotionally based and often experiences my emotions as their own.

When I’m experiencing the low end of the emotional cycle, I’ve learned that surrendering to the experience is the most courageous thing I can do. The irony is when I resist the temptation to make my lows go away or try to “understand” them, I move out of the lows much quicker. If I choose to spend time expressing my creative side during these times, I find a place of deep connection. It’s really quite beautiful.

So instead of making lemonade out of lemons when I’m down, I’ll make chicken soup. Are you part of the 50% that experiences life through an up and down emotional wave? If yes, please share your “recipe” for chicken soup!


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Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing

September 14th, 2011


Living things add vitality and a vibrancy that is difficult to duplicate with substitutes. Generally, the further one moves away from the origin of something, the lower it’s vitality.  For example, a live plant is exponentially more vibrant than it’s silk counterpart.  Hand-made art is more “alive”  than machine made.  Organic cheddar cheese is more nutritious than processed American cheese.  Fresh food is healthier than canned or frozen.

Here are a few ways to enhance chi in your office, home and body:


  •  Replace silk and dried flowers with live plants.  There are several varieties that need very little care.
  • Use natural materials in remodeling and new construction projects.  For example include natural stone, wood, and natural fibers like wool, silk, cotton, linen and hemp.
  • Replace current light with full-spectrum substitutes.  Full-spectrum lighting emits a more natural looking light.
  • Substitute beeswax candles for paraffin.
  • Clean your space with natural, healthier choices like white vinegar, baking soda, hydrogen peroxide and tea tree oil.  As a bonus, you’ll save money.  Check out these non-toxic cleaning tips.
  • Add natural scents to your home with pure essential oils.
  • Stock your kitchen with fresh, free-range and organic foods.
  • Regularly take in a live performance of music, stage and comedy.
  • Open windows regularly.

Consider the numerous ways you can invite “living” chi into your space and benefit from its life enhancing qualities.



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Today is year 31!

August 23rd, 2011

Today we are married for 31 years. This celebration reminds me of the advice made by a family friend about tips for staying together:

– Get married young

– Don’t get divorced

– Live a long time



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Feng Shui, Images, Inner Feng Shui

Things May Not Be As Big As They Seem

August 18th, 2011

This garden spider is living outside my bathroom window. When I first noticed it, I went back to my childhood playing a specific game of hide & seek. I hid in a small space between the house and the old oil tank (remember those?). I was proud I found such a brilliant place to hide and could squeeze into such a tiny space. Once I was settled in, I turned my head and 6 inches from my face was a spider like this. In my memory, this spider was a big as my head. It’s actual size is more like 2 1/2 inches long.

This spider reminded me of making mountains out of molehills. When I’ve responded emotionally in the moment to challenging situations, that’s exactly what I do. I’m emotionally based using the Human Design System, and I am designed to wait to respond and process situations over time before I choose how to act. As you can imagine, reacting with intense emotions in the moment, has not served me!

What I have learned by waiting is I can see a molehill is just a molehill. That’s not to say life doesn’t give us real mountains, however, if I wait mole hills stay moles hills and mountains are likely handled with grace.

By the way, spider apparently has a message for me. Read it here: Spider Medicine


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Feng Shui and Sound

August 15th, 2011

The psychic, Edgar Cayce, famous for his intuitive studies during the earlier half of the 20th century, predicted that sound would become the medicine of the future.  Sound healing, is in fact, becoming an important component in complementary healing modalities.  Drumming circles, chanting concerts, toning sessions, as well as singing bowls, tuning forks, gongs, etc. have all become increasingly popular.  The reason is clearly because one feels good in the presence of harmonious sounds.

Sound makers, as they are called, can be but are not limited to, wind chimes, hand chimes, gongs, bells, and musical instruments of all kinds.  Pleasing sounds ‘call in’ vital chi and uplift.  Sound makers can draw attention to a specific bagua enhancement or lift the energy in a general way.  The most important factor in using sound makers, as an enhancement, is that it pass your “I love it” test, otherwise a sound maker can have the exact opposite affect.

Pleasing sounds can stimulate stale or stagnant energy.  In addition, harmonious sounds can produce a calming effect when life brings stress and tension.  Sound makers can be used to activate energy, to adjust fast moving energy, to alert attention (as on a door), or to bring peace and calm to a space.  When using sound makers, consider what you want to accomplish.

To activate chi in a stagnant area, consider sounds that are continuous.  For example you may choose a water fountain with a constant flow or a set of chimes activated by a small fan.   A popular location to call in vital energy is near the front door which is also referred to as the mouth of chi. Not only will you stimulate the energy at your entrance, your guests will be greeted with a pleasing sound.

To reduce fast moving chi, consider sounds that ‘capture’ fast moving energy and disperse it.  For example, if you live on a busy road, consider installing a couple of outdoor chimes.  The fast moving chi created by the traffic, can be ‘captured & dispersed’ by the hanging chimes.

To produce relaxing chi, select a sound that helps you slow down.  This may be a calming music CD that you play in your car, listen to during a walk, while sitting in a chair or even at the office.  To some, a soothing sound might come from a singing bowl or playing a musical instrument.

In urban areas, pleasing sound makers becomes even more important.  Often, our senses are bombarded with ‘noise pollution’ that stresses and taxes the physical body.  In this situation, recreating nature sounds may be appropriate.

Take a few moments to think about the sounds that inspire you. Be creative in their use and what you desire to experience from them.  Play and experiment with sound and begin to enhance your life today!


Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons, PrettyMuchSmiles


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What is Feng Shui? A Radio Interview

August 10th, 2011

Recently, I had the pleasure of being a guest on Teri Williams’ Empower Radio Show. It was fun and I had an opportunity to talk about one of my favorite subjects. To listen listen to the podcast click this: Catherine Hilker’s interview. If you have a feng shui question, please feel free to post it here or on my facebook page: Creating Sanctuary Feng Shui.


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Feng Shui, manifesting, Uncategorized

Anchoring Your Intentions

July 29th, 2011

We can recite all the affirmations in the world.  However, without appropriate action, our wants will stay dreams. That’s why it’s important to move our desires from thoughts  (electro-magnetic wave) to actions (physical plane). In addition, it’s important to make our thoughts “real” by creating a physical representation of our goals. This is why you’ll hear me talk about filling your space with objects and meaningful representations of what you want to have and experience in life. (And remove those things that get in the way or represent a conflict.)

One of the simplest ways to do this is to set up an intention power spot in your home and/or office. The ideal location will be where you spend the most amount of time or where you will see it often. For this reason your bedroom and work space are good choices.

Making your own power spot is a fun and creative way to anchor your intentions. I encourage you to share your creative genius with me!


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Feng Shui, Quotes

Science of Feng Shui

July 19th, 2011

Lynne McTaggert, author, researcher & lecturer, offers a quote I use for  presentations that sums up the scientific nature of feng shui. It articulates two of the three feng shui tenents: Everything is Alive & We Are All Connected. You’ll find this quote in her book, The Field.  Here it is:

“Science is saying that everything that vibrates possesses intelligence & everything vibrates. And there’s a central intelligence that everything vibrates to.”

Consider if everything is alive & connected, how important our spaces become. In other words, nothing is neutral.  Our spaces & possessions are either enhancing our well being or not. Knowing this, what you remove from your space?


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Walking the Talk

July 12th, 2011

This quote inspires me to be a better person:

Do all the good you can,

By all the means you can,

In all the places you can,

At all the times you can,

For all the people you can,

As long as you ever can.

                                        –John Wesley


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Feng Shui in the Garden

July 10th, 2011

Chi  enchancers are great outdoors too! Check out my lastest enhancement our yard. What do you have that makes your yard sing?

Garden Art

Feng Shui in the Garden


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