August 12th, 2016
My nieces and I see specific times (like 11:11) almost every day and we will text each other when we randomly see those special numbers. (True story: my niece text me 11:11 while I was working on this post!) The special numbers remind me of the connection of everything, including the world beyond earth. In reflecting, I check my thoughts in those moments, think of a loved one that has passed away, or offer gratitude.
Lately, I’ve been running across groundhogs. I never see them so it’s been noteable to see so many in such a short period of time. When I researched their symbolic Native American meaning, I didn’t resonate with any of the material except I noticed the word shamanism and was intrigued.
Simultaneously, I’ve been interested in doing some advanced Human Design training since I’ve recently turned in my analyst certification requirements. One class in particular kept showing up for me. It’s called, “Empowering Your Inner Shaman.” When I put together the groundhog message and being drawn to this class, it became very clear to me that signing up was in order. And the timing couldn’t have been better because the class size is limited and I squeaked in just in the nick of time!
As a side note, I was doing a coaching session with a client who had a significant deer encounter while we were talking. I took that as a “sign” and shared the Native American animal message. The symbolic message from deer is, “Deer … so gentle and loving you are. The flower of kindness, an embrace from afar.” It was so profound and appropriate for that exact moment that I was moved to tears when sharing it.
How does the connection to everything in your life show up for you?
June 15th, 2015
In Feng Shui, summer is a fire season, which means its hot temperatures make the fire element more intense. As with anything in life, too much of a good thing can be unhealthy. Let’s explore fire in more detail.
The Energy of Fire
Fire is vibrant, enthusiastic, warm and expansive. It is social and playful, as well as transformational. Because fire is prominent during summer, this season more than any other is about joy.
Fire is represented as the color spectrum of red and all forms of lighting such as sunlight, landscape lights, candles, bonfires, etc. The shapes that denote fire are triangular (like flames), pyramid and conical. People, animals, wildlife, and pets all represent fire. Any depiction of people and animals like animal prints, leather and suede, are also fire.
Fire personalities are joyful, expressive, spontaneous, playful, enthusiastic, warm, and magnetic. They can also be unpredictable, scattered, irresponsible and overly dramatic. In the body, the fire element supports the heart and small intestine.
A space with balanced fire elements is warm and inviting, social and fun. Too many fire elements may emphasis impatience, cruelty and even hatred. In the body, excess fire leads to inflammation, and heart problems even high blood pressure.
Harmonizing Excess Fire
There are three ways to address the excess fire element; the water element, the earth element and removal.
- The water element – Add water elements to your space, engage in water element activities and eat water element foods. This yang approach to harmonizing fire is called the destructive cycle.
- The earth element – Add earth elements to your space, engage in earth element activities and eat earth element foods. This yin adjustment is called the reducing cycle.
- Removal – Offset too much fire is by removing actual fire elements in the environment, reduce the consumption of fire element foods and reduce the level of fire activities.
Tips inside the home: reduce the wattage in your bulbs, turn on less lights, remove red accessories, bring in images of water, use a humidifier, diffuse with lemon grass essential oil, store away animal print fabrics, etc.
Tips outside the home: install a water feature near the front entrance, add yellow & white flowers, create a container garden with ceramic pots, use brick pavers to break up lawns, trim away excess plant materials, use black mulch in your garden, etc.
Use your creative skills to take the excess heat out of summer and have yourself some fun!
April 24th, 2015
“If you try to force life to follow your will, you may well succeed in achieving your goals, but at what cost? By moving against nature, you deny yourself true happiness & replace it with an addiction to stress.” -Richard Rudd, Gene Keys
January 23rd, 2015
“There is nothing worth doing in life unless it is done with absolute commitment. It doesn’t matter whether you love it or hate it, if you attempt anything half-heartedly you might as well not attempt it at all. Without commitment, action lacks power or direction and above all, it lacks luck. This last comment may sound rather odd, but there exists a universal law that anything that is done with full commitment carries within it the seed of good fortune.” –Richard Rudd, Gene Keys
November 20th, 2014
I see an abundance of posts about experiencing happiness. And while I don’t disagree that experiencing health, vitality and aliveness is important, happiness is just a spectrum on the emotional wave. About half of the population on the planet have emotional definition. That means we (yes, I’m emotionally defined) live on a continuous wave that has ebbs and flows just like the tides! Happiness exists at the high end of the wave. And at the low end of the wave is the exact opposite. These up and down emotional movements do not mean something is wrong with you or me. It’s just part of the emotional landscape. I can tell you, I sometimes feel crappy for no reason. Any by no reason, I mean I’ve cultivated a life with an amazing man, live in a vibrant community, and love the work I do with others. And yet, the lows can sometimes bring me to my knees. If I choose to just be in that space without trying to change it or identify why I feel that way, it doesn’t lead to depression. The truth is I learn a lot about myself and others in those spaces. I’ve discovered it is critical for me to not identify or try to change where I am. Instead I often choose to surrender to the experience and take good care of myself. Here are some of the things I do to support being at the low end of the emotional wave:
- I decline social invitations.
- I record and watch shows like Ellen, The Tonight Show, Jimmy Kimmel, and the Late Show with Seth Meyers. Laughing is good medicine!
- I visit websites with images and videos of baby animals.
- I do my nurturing behaviors like get a massage, go for walks, read a good book, etc.
- I stay away from sources of negativity, whether it’s the internet, television, people, and places. I just can’t handle it when I’m in a low space.
- I listen to my favorite music.
- I express my creativity through my favorite hobbies like playing with the ArtRage app or inventing a new meal with items in the pantry.
- I am mindful of whining and complaining. I’ve noticed these behaviors by me (and others) are very toxic.
What happens is I will move along my emotional wave back to my happy place. It’s important to remind myself I’m not really in charge of when that will happen.
May 09th, 2014
Make sure the backyard does not slope away from the front yard, otherwise an adjustment to redirect chi is necessary.
Avoid purchasing a home that sits directly in front of a T-Junction.
Avoid purchasing a home that sits on property below grade to the main road (like a bowl). Not only will this create water drainage issues, chi tends to pool and become stagnant.
Make sure the home is not located near high tension wires and electrical sub stations. The intense amount of electro-magnetic energy radiating from these concentrated electrical sources have not been proven to be safe.
Choose a home with a visually strong front door. Homes with prominent garages at the front that compete visually with the mouth of chi (the front door) are not ideal.
Avoid these situations: front doors that align with back doors, steep staircases that align with entrance doors, sharp right angles that “point” at beds/sitting areas, and beams over beds.
Check to make sure all vegetation is healthy and vibrant, including the neighbor’s property. Also make sure the neighborhood takes pride in maintenance and in taking good care of their homes.
Lastly, educate yourself about the history of the home and its occupants.
May 01st, 2014
I’m delighted to have been interviewed and quoted by this month’s issue of Natural Awakenings. Check it out on page 36!
July 29th, 2013
Do you notice a pattern in specific areas where clutter accumulates in your space? As you may know, clutter creates stuck energy and blocks the flow of good stuff coming your way. In addition, the location of clutter may represent the following based on it’s location:
- Front Entrance – restricting the flow of opportunities, keeping others away
- Attics – limiting higher aspirations
- Basements – living in the past
- Behind Doors – restricting the flow of opportunities
- Out of sight – over emphasis on appearances
- All over – self loathing
May 28th, 2013
What Does Your Entrance Say About You?
In the world of feng shui, the entrance to a home, building, office or room is called the Mouth of Chi. As the saying goes, “you only have one chance to make a good first impression.”
The entrance is your opportunity to offer a good first impression and sets the tone for the entire space. In the world of business vernacular, the approach is your marketing brochure and broadcasts your brand to others.
Because the entrance is so important, it makes sense to pay attention to it. The experience you and others have coming in will be “carried” into the space. In addition, the experience others have passing your space is also important. Ideally, your front elevation produces a pleasant experience for neighbors, visitors and even those dreaded solicitors!
Give your visitors something to enjoy like pleasant sounds and interesting things to experience. For example, our home has a fairy garden near the front door. The miniature plants and accessories are whimsical and magical. Tapping into the wonder of the world is important to me and I’ve stated that by the location of our fairy garden.
- Use a unique color on the front door harmonious with your home’s exterior color scheme. To give the front door more oomph, make the trim, shutters, eaves, garage and other doors recede.
- Invite welcome with pleasant sounds like chimes and fountains.
- Repair uneven steps, sidewalks, and broken concrete.
- Offer safe illumination of walkways, steps and entrance doors.
- Trim hazardous tree branches and obstructive shrubs and bushes.
- Make sure the address is clearly visible from the street.
- Ensure doors open completely and lights, door bells, knobs and locks are in good working order.
- Add symbols of welcome with statues, garden art and accents.
- Use vibrant colors with plants and flowers.
- Balance extreme yang elements with curves, shade and textures.
- Balance extreme yin elements with movement, straight lines, and brightness.
- Keep the approach clean and trimmed.
- Keep all vegetation healthy.
The effort spent creating a healthy, vibrant and pleasant experience for yourself and others comes back to you. Make it good!
“Whatever you create in your life you must first create in your imagination.” – Tycho Photiou