April 02nd, 2017
Lighting has an important function in feng shui.In addition to providing illumination, lightingprovides comfort, safety, mood, ambiance, and
can influence the chi quality. Poor lighteningdepletes personal chi and great lightening enhances it.
To enhance comfort choose reading lamps that properly align at eye level while seated. Ideally your space is flooded with plenty of natural light and enhanced with task lighting. In kitchens, ensure there’s adequate lighting over the sink, work surfaces, burners, and eating areas.
To enhance safety consider lighting paths, walkways, and steps that work with timers. In addition to reducing accidents, landscape and outdoor lighting can add a feeling of welcome and warmth to your home or business (and it’s good advertising!). Use timers on select lamps to avoid entering a dark
To enhance health minimize or eliminate long hours under florescent lighting. Studies are pointing out the negative effects of extensive use of florescent lights. Consider using full spectrum bulbs as they
mimic natural sunlight and addresses spaces that are sunlight deficient. Also, color and skin tones look
better when using full spectrum lighting.
For ambiance, nothing beats the soft glow of candles or the beautiful patterns of objects lit from below.Experiment with canister lights under plants in the corners of rooms. This not only perks up stagnate energy that ‘collects’ in corners, but also casts interesting shadows on walls and ceilings. And don’t forget the power of a dimmer switch to create a soft, special mood in any room.I encourage you to take an inventory of the lighting in your home or office. Make sure it is comfortable for your eyes, suites the task at hand, encourages an atmosphere of safety, promotes health and well-being, and sets the stage for beautiful ambiance. The chi of your home and your body will thank you for it!
March 30th, 2017
There are numerous sensational stories of people making feng shui changes and then “miracles” show up. As such, I’m often asked to make suggestions for improving financial prosperity. However, I’m a believer in miracles AND reality. Improving financial prosperity is a process that requires dedicated commitment. The miracles are a result of dedicated commitment. The hexagram for Wealth & Prosperity in feng shui is related to persistent wind, the importance of mindful, persistent action over time. One of my teachers at the Western School of Feng Shui described Wealth & Prosperity like this, “The slow, steady, and honest accumulation of valuable resources and priceless blessings.” In addition, prosperity is grounded in gratitude. So, are the quick fixes possible? Of course, so is winning the lottery!
January 04th, 2017
Use the element of wood to nourish confidence, personal freedom, drive and strategic planning.
Use the element of fire to nourish enthusiasm, social activities, warmth, passion and charisma.
Use the element of earth to nourish stability, grounding, a sense of belonging, and reliability.
Use the element of metal to nourish efficiency, precision, strengthening boundaries, being disciplined and “protecting” personal space.
Use the element of water to nourish modesty, objectivity, introspection, and ingenuity.
Find my element booklet here: Five Element Booklet
November 02nd, 2016
When I am able to get a new dining table for my small dining L ~ which is preferable: round, rectangle, square???
For your situation, instead of recommending a specific shape, I suggest the focus be the size. It’s important that there is flow around the table & accessibility to all seats. A small table that can expand with leaves may be appropriate for larger groups but when retracted takes up the least amount of floor space.
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?
October 14th, 2015
We live in a world where energy radiates from everything. This energy, also referred to as ch’i, life force, and prana, creates a response in us, an interaction, a “relationship”.
This relationship can be uplifting or depressing based on the history and association you have with the colors, objects, furnishings and symbols you choose to surround yourself with. Using meaningful colors, objects, furnishings, and symbols, in which you experience a good “relationship”, creates inspirational and healthy “ch’i” in your environment.
In Feng Shui, there are commonly recognized ch’i enhancers. Ch’i enhancers are things that symbolize flow and movement, things that contain reflective qualities, things that embrace nature, and things that provide pleasing sounds and smells. They can be summarized as those things, which delight the senses and integrate nature in our environments.
To enhance the chi in your space, feel free to grab a copy of my complimentary chi enhancer booklet and get to work!
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.