September 21st, 2012
My favorite element of nature is water. When I’m on the water, in the water, or near the water, I’m in heaven! I’m sure I’m not alone in my love of everything water.
Water is our second home. Our planet is comprised mostly of it and we start off living in a womb of it. Water is restful, rejuvenating, cleansing and restorative. In addition, water adds life force enhancing negative ions and helps offset the positive ions produced by pollution.
Therefore, it’s no surprise water features are chi enhancing by bringing all its qualities to our living spaces. In addition, many water features add a beautiful and soothing sound. Explore the element of water and bring its beauty to your home, office or place of business in any of the following ways.
- Make a fountain of your own. Start with a deep ceramic bowl, a submersible pump found at garden stores then add your favorite rocks.
- Surround yourself with photos, posters or paintings of your favorite lake, river, stream or ocean scene.
- Mist your space with distilled water enhanced with your favorite pure essential oils.
- For the committed, aquariums are a delightful addition to most spaces.
- Use deep, dark colors to represent water.
Better still find your own creative ways to bring the element of water into your life!
September 04th, 2012
The psychic, Edgar Cayce, famous for his intuitive studies during the earlier half of the 20th century, predicted sound would become the medicine of the future. Sound healing is becoming an important component in complementary healing modalities. Drumming circles, chanting concerts, toning sessions, as well as singing bowls, tuning forks, and gongs, have all become increasingly popular. The reason is 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 intention 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.
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 while driving, walking, 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, consider adding recorded nature sounds.
Take a few moments to consider 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!
August 27th, 2012
I had the pleasure of being a guest today on Teri Williams’ Empower Radio show, aka The Bliss Lady. Here’s a link to the show for your listening pleasure.
Empower Radio, August 17, 2012 Creating Flow
If you missed last year’s show, here’s that link:
Empower Radio, August 6, 2011 What is Feng Shui?
Feel free to ask question and leave comments!
July 25th, 2012
I love Marshall Rosenberg’s approach to resolving conflict and coming to resolution. His book, Nonviolent Communication, A Language of Love is one of my all time favorite books. In his book he discusses the importance of understanding our needs as a way to be healthy in our relationships with others. Check out this worksheet to become more in touch with what’s important to you!
July 18th, 2012
I have always been fascinated by the process of creating what we desire into physical form. And my work with others often involves assisting them to do just that. It may be assisting someone in finding a new love or new job, increase financial prosperity or improve well-being. My specialty involves not only personal explorations with clients, but also a physical examination of their personal spaces. Nine times out of ten, clutter in the home (or work space) is at play. The bottom line is clutter creates stuck energy.
It is a rare situation when stuck energy doesn’t translate back to one’s life experiences. Clutter can contribute to procrastination, the inability to move forward, carrying excess weight, stress, overwhelm, and lack of clear seeing. Clutter can dull the senses and contribute to ill health. In feng shui, clutter has an expanded definition. It is:
- Visual disarray
- Things that need attention or need to be repaired
- Too much stuff for the size space
- Things you don’t use
- Things you don’t love
The impact of clutter can translate back to your life even if you can’t see it or try to hide it. Clutter can exist in drawers, cupboards, closets, files, basements, garages, and attics.
If you are working on making any kind of change in your life, I encourage you to address your clutter. Your feng shui changes will not be very effective unless clutter is addressed. Take it slow and be consistent. I guarantee you will be amazed by the results.
June 04th, 2012
Our emotions have a powerful effect on our physical bodies. This chart demonstrates the correlation of the five elements used in Feng Shui and Acupuncture. There is a yin and yang method to harmonize out of balance in the body. A yin approach is called the reductive cycle which is the counterclockwise diagram. The yang approach is the destructive cycle shown as the star diagram.
For example to reduce fire (anger, impatience, inflammation), use earth (reductive cycle) or water (destructive cycle). The elements can be represented by behaviors, foods, colors, shapes, materials, etc. When choosing water to put out fire: take a bath, drink more water, sit by a fountain, use water colors or eat water element foods. When reducing fire more subtly use earth: perform grounding exercises, do a mindfulness meditation, sit on the ground, use earth colors or eat earth element foods.
Pretty cool don’t you think?
May 08th, 2012
Here’s an interesting way to bring attention to an entrance, which is the mouth of chi. I took this photo at ArtPrize in 2009, which is a fabulous open art contest every year in Grand Rapids, MI.
April 26th, 2012
Here’s a handy guide from Annie B. Bond’s book, Better Basics for the Home.Healthy Cleaning Alternatives
March 22nd, 2012
One of the most commons issues I encounter in my work with clients is clutter. Even a pristine space can be clutter by its feng shui definition. In feng shui, clutter is stagnant chi. It’s the result of things we don’t use, wear or need that lurk in closets, cupboards, drawers, basements, garages and attics.
Clutter is stuff you don’t use, stuff you don’t like, visual disarray for long periods of time, and too much stuff for the size of the room. By addressing clutter you will be doing a service for you and everyone in your space.
Check out these tips from Rodika Tchi: Clutter Clearing Tips
February 01st, 2012
The classroom is an important place for ideal feng shui. Without the proper layout, colors, lightening etc., the best learning environment is not achieved. Feel free to download this booklet and use as a handy reference guide for some simple tips to incorporate. Feng Shui Tips for the Classroom
Please feel free to share your changes in the comment section!