August 23rd, 2011
– Get married young
– Don’t get divorced
– Live a long time
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
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
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.
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!
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?
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.
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?
June 24th, 2011
I had the opportunity to make suggestions to improve the feng shui of a typical office cube. We simply cleared up clutter, added a mirror behind the laptop (because the occupant’s back faced the entrance), and added chi enhancers. Viola, here it is!
May 20th, 2011
What do you do when your get up and go got up and went? For me finding motivation and inspiration to avoid procrastination comes in many forms. Here are some of my favorites:
- Listening to a favorite song
- Visiting a funny website
- Taking a walk with my dog
- Creating something, like making a collage, painting, or baking
- Chatting with a positive friend
- Taking my laptop to a coffee shop to work
- Clearing out a file drawer
- Rehang art, move knick knacks around
What do you do when your mojo disappears?