Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Feng Shui Kitchen Do's & Don'ts


  • Do use your stove as much as possible. The stove represents your ability to maximize your potential. The more often you cook, the easier it will be to take advantage of opportunities for health, wealth and romance. 
  • Do have a clear view of the entrance while you cook. Not only will you be more relaxed when preparing food, but you'll be better able to spot opportunities in other areas of life.
  •  If your stove faces the wall, position a mirror so that it reflects the entrance. A shiny kettle on the stove can also do the job, since its reflective surface will alert you to any movement behind you. 
  • Do keep fresh food out for people to enjoy. Displaying healthy food lets people know that your kitchen is a place to be nourished and nurtured. A bowl of fresh fruit will support your emotional and physical health. 
  • Do keep one junk drawer in the kitchen. It's perfectly fine to have a drawer devoted to odds and ends in your house, and the kitchen is a sensible place to keep it. Just make sure that your junk drawer is well organized and can open and shut easily. Invest in one of those drawer inserts that has lots of different compartments for string, spare keys, batteries, super glue and whatever else you want to throw in there! 
  • Do make sure your plumbing is working properly. Leaking pipes and dripping faucets are signs that wealth is being drained from your life.


Don't display knife blades and scissors in the kitchen. The cutting energy of these tools can create conflict and anxiety. Stow knives and scissors in a drawer. 

Don't let clutter accumulate in your kitchen. Kitchen clutter can manifest itself in your life as excess weight. If you want to keep the pounds off, get the clutter out of your cabinets, cupboards and drawers. Organize your storage spaces, and keep the counters clear of any equipment that you don't use on a daily basis.

Don't store heavy or bulky items overhead. This will make you feel overwhelmed. If you have to store your pots and pans in an overhead rack, hang the rack in a place where you won't be working or sitting beneath it. 

Don't leave water on the stove for long periods of time. This can dampen your passion for life. Empty the kettle when you're done using it. 

Don't forget to create a comfortable seating area in your kitchen. The more accommodating your kitchen, the easier it will be for you to get the love and support you need to thrive.

The Number Nine

Since nine  is a Feng Shui power number, and oranges symbolize good luck, you can bring good luck energy into the kitchen by placing nine of the biggest, roundest, most perfectly orange oranges you can find in a bowl in the center of the room, on top of the stove (yes, you can move them while you are cooking!), or in the far left corner of the room. Always keep some oranges on hand, so each time you take one from the bowl you can add another to keep the total number at nine. Be sure to use the older oranges first, so none of them rot or dry out; if it's not good to eat, it's not good Feng Shui!


The focus on human health and happiness is emphasized in many ancient cultures, and is a central point in Feng Shui work. Of course, we each have our own ideas of what makes us happy. In the essence, though, it all comes to the same ideals of enjoying good health, good relationships and living your life with a sense of discovery. One of the shortcuts to a happy home is to develop the energy of gratitude, as gratitude and appreciation is the only energy that helps attract more of what you love and are grateful for.

This energy is easy to spot in any environment, as it carries a gentle sense of beauty with it - happy family photos, healthy plants, harmonious colors, comfortable spaces, clean air. Your body will know it right away, as it thrives on the energy of gratefulness and appreciation for the gift and the sacredness of human life. Don't let another day go by without being grateful for the so many things you are blessed with. Make every day a grateful one, it is excellent Feng Shui.


Saturday, July 19, 2014

Your Feng Shui Checklist

#1 Tighten all door knobs & cabinet handles. This way you always have a good handle on things and a "firm grip" on your finances.

#2 Squeaky or stuck doors, impedes opportunities coming to you.

#3 Make sure mirrors are always clean, you need to have a clear image of who you are. Avoid tiled or smoky mirrors.

#4 Clean the Windows! The windows of your house are the "eyes of your home", giving you a clear view of opportunities. Dirty windows can cloud your judgment.

#5 Leaky faucets represent money and abundance dripping down the drain.

#6 Close the toilet lid and cover up or close drains to prevent loss of positive chi. The toilet is the largest hole in your house. Ever think about it? Water is connected to our prosperity. In the bathroom, all the water is going away from your house....Even better if the toilet is located in it own room.

#7 Putting your purse on the floor show a lack of respect for your money. Speaking of money, do you care for your cash? Crumpled up dollar bills in your pocket? Or to you organize your cash neatly in your wallet?

#8 Prepare and make room for a new love in your life. Clear out one draw from your dresser & an area in your closet with empty hangers. Razor, shave cream, toothbrush & deo for your overnight guest.

#9 Replace light bulbs - burned out light bulbs give you a "lack of vision" - being kept in the dark. Plus draining positive chi from your house.

#10 A clearly defined front entrance - the "mouth of chi" - so opportunities can find you. Make sure your house number is visible and nothing ill, dead or dying at your entryway. You want to attract healthy, vibrant energy.

Bonus Tip!
Move 27 Things: If ever you find yourself stuck in a rut and hard to initiate change. The power of number 27. To create or reinforce personal growth, move 27 objects that have not been moved in the six months.

The number 27 is regarded as the premier number. Because 2+ 7 = 9 in Feng Shui, it signifies the fullness and transformation of heaven and earth. The number 9 never changes no matter how many times it is multiplied by itself. Nine times anything always leads to nine. For instance: 9 x 3 = 27 and 2 + 7 = 9.


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Feng Shui: Making Room for Love

If you want to attract a new romantic partner--or move a casual relationship closer to commitment--make sure there is space for that person in your home. Look at your closets, shelves, and dressers, especially in the bedroom; if they are all filled to capacity with your own stuff, making some room for your current or future partner a priority.

Aim to free up 25% of the space in your bedroom for someone else's things. When you are done, take a moment to visualize your loved one's belongings finding a home there.

One is indeed the loneliest number - even when it comes to bedroom furnishings and decor. Having only one nightstand or space on only one side of the bed to climb in and out is very symbolic of solitude, and can actually hold your single status in place.

Single people also tend to have accessories and art that depict solitude, [like] a single flower in a vase. Instead, if you're single and don't want to be, decorate your bedroom as if a partner is already there. Symmetry is key, so position nightstands and lamps on both sides of the bed. Accessorize in pairs or multiples, too: Place a bunch of flowers in a vase and hang art depicting romance and unity, which Feng Shui gurus say creates a "couples' energy" as well as a sense of balance and abundance in the room.Get rid of stuffed animals, dolls, and excessive pillows. These items send the message to prospective overnight guests that the bed is already taken. These items also restrict free and spontaneous movement. Place pairs of candlesticks, vases, and books in the far right corner of your bedroom which is the Love and Marriage area of any space. Decorate as if you already have someone to share your bed with by putting nightstands and lamps on both sides of the bed. The images with which you surround yourself can have a powerful effect on your love life. Feng Shui clients who complain of difficulty finding romance often have surrounded themselves with images of a person alone. Inappropriate imagery includes anything that represents solitude, loneliness, aggression, hard work, conflict, or disagreement in any way. Replace any art that represents solitary, companionless objects with art that portrays pairs, such as two people, two flowers, and the like.

Be sure to place romantic imagery in these two key places in the bedroom: the wall opposite the foot of the bed (where you naturally look when lying in bed), and whatever area of the room you first see when you enter. Beautiful, romantic artwork is always good, as are fresh or silk flowers and anything in pairs (such as birds, cherubs, candles, or decorative pillows).That old photo of your Dad when he was in the army may be a treasure, but the wartime energy it carries doesn't have any place in the bedroom; find another place to keep it.Make sure both the front door of your home and the door to your bedroom open easily and completely. Doors that stick, squeak, or that only opens part way because of all the stuff stored behind them are blocking the flow of romantic energy and opportunity into your home. A loose doorknob on your bedroom door could mean you're having a hard time "getting a handle on" romance; get out your screwdriver and tighten it up.When you exercise in the bedroom, or store your sports equipment there, you bring the energy of hard work and exertion into your romance space.

 Do you want your relationship to feel like a tough workout? If not, move your workout stuff somewhere else; your relationship is likely to move along more smoothly.Go through your home--especially your bedroom--and remove anything that reminds you of past failed relationships; this could be an ex-boyfriend's old sweater you find in the closet, photographs of you with a previous partner, a gift that reminds you (unfavorably) of a giver with whom you are no longer in love--anything that reminds you of a love that went bad.

No matter how incurable a romantic you may be, do NOT keep old love letters anywhere in your bedroom unless they are from someone with whom you are still blissfully paired up. 
Walk slowly from your front door to your bedroom, pretending that you are a gentle river of chi. Look for any areas where furniture or other belongings are stopping or slowing the flow of chi, or where chi is diverted away from the bedroom to other areas of the house. Clear a path so fresh chi can find its way to your bedroom and nourish your love life. Make sure all the lights along this route are working, replace any burned-out bulbs, and be alert for dark or dingy corners where you can increase the energy by adding more light.

In the Bagua, the far right corner is the "love center”. Whether you're single or coupled, consider building a "shrine to love" in that spot. Accessorize a table, dresser or shelf with a photo of you and your mate (or other art that depicts a happy couple), a pair of candles, a book of romantic poetry and a heart-shaped box. It becomes an environmental affirmation of your relationship goals. Silk plants or flowers are OK, but never keep dried foliage here, since their symbolism is obvious.

Another Feng Shui no-no: king-sized beds. Not only do they create a physical chasm between you and your mate, but they are split down the middle by two box springs, which create a symbolic dividing line between partners that can affect their unity. If you're not about to trade in your beloved California King, even for the sake of your other beloved, a red sheet placed over the box springs will help unify the two separate halves.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Feng Shui for the Workplace

For years, researchers have been providing insight on how various work environments can have an impact on employee wellness and disposition. Feng Shui offers several benefits for the office including higher levels of concentration, stress reduction and an increase in creativity - all leading to greater communication and increased productivity.

The Mouth of Chi

In Feng Shui, the front entrance is called the Mouth of Chi. This opening might be the front door of the building, the door to your office, or the opening to your cubicle. Think of the Mouth of Chi as a mirror of your personality. Is the entrance to your workspace inviting or disorderly? Cluttered or easy to navigate? Cramming too much furniture or accessories into your workspace can lead to a feeling of being overwhelmed and tense. Assess what you need and get rid of everything else.


At the foundation of Feng Shui is the belief that we are energetically connected to everything in our physical environment. Feng Shui begins with clearing clutter. Clutter is a problem because it hinders clear focus, and aside from the distraction, it also blocks energy flow.

Interior Layout

The interior layout of your business should allow all the essential functions of the business to flow as smoothly as possible. It is helpful to imagine that you are chi energy that wants to visit every part of the office space.


When an issue or work project becomes confusing, shed light on it. Without adequate lighting, no one function optimally. Ideally, you should have a combination of natural and artificial light available to you as you work.

Main Lobby or Reception

The entrance lobby should be well lit and appear spacious and welcoming. If a receptionist is assigned to the lobby, he or she should not face the front door directly, as this can prove to be intimidating to visitors. The lobby area gives a number of clues about your business. The color scheme, lighting, furnishings, temperature and smell all give information to your prospective clients.

The Power of Color

Color research shows that people are stimulated in specific ways by different colors. Feng Shui uses color as a cure to promote the appropriate energy for a space. That's why it's important to pick a color based on the tasks you will be performing.

Office Layout

Your office should be comfortable and reflect something of your personality. Make sure the door to your office is protected from shar chi (poison arrows) from outside the office. It is usually good to have an outside view, but glaring light from the windows can make it hard to work effectively.

Your Office has good Feng Shui if:

  • Reflects your personality 
  • Supports your physical body 
  • Provides interpersonal safety 
  • Keeps you grounded in the present while opening future possibilities.

Arranging your Workspace

The placement of the desk is of extreme importance. You should sit facing the door. People who sit with their backs to the door feel uncomfortable and risk being stabbed in the back".

The desk should be as far away from the entrance to the room as possible to give you a commanding view of your office, as well as the door. It is just as important for other people to see you as it is for you to see them.

If you are tucked away in your office where no one can see you, then you are likely to be viewed as invisible.

Although you should face the door, you should not do so directly, as this can intimidate visitors. Position your desk at an angle to the entrance for best results. Different angles produce different feelings, so you should experiment.

Do not sit with a window behind you, if at all possible. This placement indicates that you are lacking in support and may not be able to get the help you need. A solid wall behind your back will give you the support your need.

General Offices & Cubicles

Special Feng Shui considerations are required with general office where many people work together in the same room.
If possible, everyone in the office should have a view of the main entrance from his or her desk.
Desk facing each other are not best either from a Feng Shui perspective because the position is considered confrontational.

A U-shaped arrangement of desks is not the best either because people in the long sides will be opposite each other. The arrangement is believed to cause friction & discord. 



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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Top Ten Tips for the Living Room

  1. fireplaceReduce clutter - Newspapers, magazines and books or music. 
  2. Enclose electronic equipment in an armoire or cabinet with doors. 
  3. Avoid placing seating under beams, or sloped, vaulted ceilings. 
  4. Utilize a variety of lighting sources, appropriate for different activities. 
  5. Avoid over-crowding the room with too many furnishings. Make sure that there is enough space for you and the chi to move around the room easily. 
  6. Position your primary seating area, so that it has a view of the door (command position) as it gives a feeling of certainty. 
  7. Incorporate draperies or window treatments to create warmth and privacy. 
  8. The coffee table is a secondary symbol of health and therefore it should be clean and neat. Bring in nature by way of plants, flowers, or imagery. 
  9. Happy photos of family and friends. 
  10. Use warm, comforting colors.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

2012 - The Year of the Yang Water Dragon

The Dragon is associated with the season of spring, so this means you need to get off to a fast start in 2012 as things are going to happen early in the year. If you have been paying attention, you most likely have been feeling some shifts in energy as early as November or December of 2011. Hopefully you used some of the quiet time of the peaceful Rabbit last year to plan for the dramatic dragon. Good luck and opportunities to make money could come very soon after lunar New Year.  

The Dragon, however, is a reminder that everyone has dreams, and that the time to pursue them is now.  Now is the time to take a chance, to reach for the proverbial brass ring, to not only dream but act on that impossible dream. The Dragon gives you the best chance to make it come true.

There is heavenly energy bestowed upon you and there will be people who will come to your aid - from near and far. The question is: will you reject them or will you accept their assistance? The problem is often not about not getting something we want, the problem is that we often stand in the way of receiving.  We get in our own way even when someone is trying to help us. Vow to yourself that you will not only accept help, you'll offer it, too, in the year ahead.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Feng Shui your Holidays

Do holiday gatherings create more stress than harmony? The holidays may result with your home being overwhelmed with long lost relatives, friends you haven't seen in ages and a whole host of other visitors. We are never more aware of these facts than at the holiday season.
From a Feng Shui perspective, the addition of abundant fire energy, adds an overwhelming level of stress, activity and high emotional sensitivity. This fire energy is created by a higher number of people gathered together, more lights and a lot of red colored decor. However, there are ways you can prepare your home to make the holidays go more smoothly. Feng Shui has some easy, practical solutions for creating harmony for your home this holiday season.

Try some of these Feng Shui tips, and have a safe, stress-free holiday!
Wishing you all a blessed holiday season. 


The Christmas Tree
The Christmas tree is a powerful focal point in your holiday d├ęcor. There are three favorable locations to consider for your tree. First, is the center section of the left side of your home, where it will promote family togetherness. The next is the far left corner of your home, where it will encourage abundance and blessings. Finally, the center portion of the far wall of your home can invite self illumination. When decorating your tree, consider applying Feng Shui colors for beneficial results. Red is the most popular color for the holidays, but avoid overdoing it. Red is of the fire element and can bring about unwelcomed stress and anxiety. The color green represents the wood element that can help calm your home as well as be nourishing to your health. Blue is a water element color and can also have a very calming and soothing influence.

Decorating with Plants
Living plants are providers of fresh, vital chi, and adding Christmas plants to a room is a wonderful Feng Shui cure. Mistletoe is thought to inspire calmness and a peaceful state of mind. This is believed by some to be a magical, healing plant. Holly is a sign of good wishes towards all. The Poinsettia represents love and passion. You might also include wood in your decorations such as a wreath, to help promote harmonious family gatherings.  

Friday, November 11, 2011

Feng Shui & Weight Loss Tips

Tip #1: Eat food on square plates

In Feng Shui round shapes stand for curiosity and square shapes for contentment. So, if you eat your food on a square plate it reduces your craving for more food.

Tip #2: Use earthen colors

If you are serious about your weight loss program, paint your kitchen and dining room in earth tones. Brighter colors arouse your appetite, mellow shades offer contentment and reduces your food craving.

Tip#3 De-clutter!!!

One of the most common reasons that people continue to hold weight is that they are holding onto the past, and thus holding themselves back from change and growth. Do a major de-cluttering in the home. If you want to drop weight and feel more alive and vibrant, you must have clear energy around you. Once you have created room for new habits and positive energy to flow you have a much better chance for success.

Tip#4 Hide the Scale - No Judgment

Avoid judging yourself! If you have a bathroom scale in full view every time to enter the bathroom, it is a physical reminder that you have yet to meet your goals. Weigh yourself once a week, then store it out of sight.

Tip#5 The Power of Color

Avoid the fire colors of red or orange in the kitchen, as it encourages your appetite. Instead use colors of blue or black in place mats, dining linens and plates. Better yet, eat on black, square plates. Black makes food look less appealing, and there's less contrast of a food's color against a black plate. Black dampens your inner chi, whereas bright colors make you feel more energized, so you won't feel like eating as much.

Tip#5 Visual Affirmations

Keep prescriptions & supplements out of sight. Having them on your bathroom vanity, reflecting in the vanity mirror will just magnify the health issue. Use a weekly pill organizer for your medication & supplements

Tip#6 Tien Yi

If you are having health concerns, you can tap into your "Tien Yi" (health) direction according to BaZhai compass formula to improve your health. Everyone has a health direction based on their year of birth and gender. To know your direction, you have to first find out your gua number.

Tip#7 East direction

Use a compass to identify the east corner of your home, which is the area of health and longevity. In this corner, remove clutter (which symbolizes heaviness and obstacles) and put images that represent your weight loss or fitness goals. 1st: Find your gua number  2nd: Find your Tien Yi direction

Tip#8 Bagua – Family & Health

Find the middle left side of the home. It is the Family & Health Gua of the Home. Add Wood Elements: Colors of green or blue, Plants & flowers, Pictures of flowers & landscapes, Floral or striped fabrics, items made out of wood, tall, column or pillar shapes.

Tip#9 The Kitchen

Avoid seeing the kitchen from the front door. If you have this situation, try to create an eye-catching view in another direction when entering the home or add doors or screens to block the view of the kitchen.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Feng Shui & Weight Loss - The Power of Color


If you are serious about your weight loss program, paint your kitchen and dining room in earth tones. Brighter colors arouse your appetite, and mellow shades offer contentment and reduces your food craving.

Avoid the fire colors of red or orange in the kitchen, as it encourages your appetite. Instead use colors of blue or black in place mats, dining linens and plates. Better yet, eat on black, square plates. Black makes food look less appealing, and there's less contrast of a food's color against a black plate. Black dampens your inner chi, whereas bright colors make you feel more energized, so you won't feel like eating as much.

Feng Shui and Weight Loss - Healthy Energy


Essentials for good health and weight loss:

Natural light

In addition to fresh air, a lot of natural light will make your space seem brighter, lighter and allow healthy chi to circulate. Light is the strongest manifestation of chi energy, you will need to use as much of it as possible to keep your environment focused and positive.

Clutter-free space

Nothing weighs people down more than clutter in the home. This includes hidden clutter such as closets, basements, attics or garages. Clearing the clutter from your home creates a feeling of lightness, as if a weight has been lifted from your shoulders. You can achieve this feeling of lightness by clearing out anything that no longer encourages your goal of losing weight and getting healthy. Check your kitchen cabinets and pantry for expired foods, junk food and sweets. Don't forget the refrigerator. Condiments are usually way passed their acceptable freshness date.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Weight of Objects :The Feng Shui of the Kitchen

Feng Shui can help you on your quest to getting healthy, including losing weight!

Many of us struggle with weight issues which could be actual body weight or the "weight" of objects standing in our way to a healthier lifestyle. So where do we start? 

The Feng Shui Trinity - The Kitchen, the Bathroom & the Bedroom. Your well being is deeply affected by the connection of these three rooms. The intention, as always is to create a pathway for positive energy to enter your home, as well as your life.

The Kitchen

Avoid seeing the kitchen from the main entrance to the home. If you have this situation, try to create an eye-catching view in another direction when walking in to attract your focus in that direction. Add saloon doors to block the vision of the kitchen. If you enter the home from an alternative entrance such as through the garage, by all means, use the front door.

If the first room you see upon entering your home is the kitchen - all the energy coming into the home is going into the kitchen, as well as your appetite. A few tips if you have this situation:

  • Keep counter top free of clutter to allow the chi to circulate the room without encumbrances. 
  • The stove should be in a power position - seeing the entrance to the kitchen as you are cooking at the stove. 
  • Use directional artwork at the entrance to the home to draw the energy away from the kitchen entrance. Better yet, use a screen or doors to hide the kitchen from view. 
  • Display healthy, fresh energy such as a bowl of fresh fruit or a healthy plant. 
  • De-clutter cabinets & refrigerator of foods not of a health nature. 
  • Display only minimal items on the refrigerator. 
  • Avoid the color red in the kitchen, the color red subconsciously increases hunger.(This is why restaurants use the color red). Use the colors of blue or black in placemats or dining table linens. 
  • Placing objects around your home that represent a healthy body image.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Feng Shui Chi Enhancer: Color

The use of color is the most powerful and easiest enhancement that you can make to your home. Placing an object or picture in a specific color in an area of your home can help to stimulate chi and attract good energy. Additionally, the color that represents the Bagua area in the home will be equally beneficial. As always, surround yourself with your favorite colors.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Wind Chimes Bring Money into Your Home

By Jeff Hinkley

You may be asking yourself, how can wind chimes possibly bring money into my home. Well, first of all, you need to understand that there is a universal constant flow of energy around us. In the east, particularly China, it is called Chi. This energy can be influenced by many things, such as thoughts, symbols or objects to name a few, in a direction to create more beneficial effects to ourselves and our surroundings. In China an ancient art of placement, called Feng Shui (pronounced fung shway), which means wind and water, is used to balance the flow of chi.  In Feng Shui, wind chimes have been used for centuries and are the most powerful enhancer and cure for many situations. Sound is used for clearing and cleansing negative energies, so that the environment is once more harmonious. Wind chimes promote a constant flow of beneficial Sheng Chi attracting happiness, good fortune, good luck and prosperity. To attract money or accumulate wealth; wind chimes are placed in areas of your home where the energy has the most influence on your wealth.

The placement of wind chimes in your home or business will be discussed in this article in general terms. There are certain properties of wind chimes that have specific applications, though, and that will be mentioned later.  Each environment and architecture is different in specific ways in how rooms, windows, hallways and doorways interact with each other. To properly balance a home you need to have a reading done by a Feng Shui master or other trained person. In all areas where you hang the wind chimes be careful not to obstruct your pathways.

Listed below are five areas that a wind chime can be placed i n any home to promote wealth.

1. Hanging a wind chime near the entrance to your home is a very easy and effective way to attract wealth.    

2. One of the most important areas is in the main wealth place. This is the furthest back left corner of your home or property as you stand looking at it from the street or where you enter your home.

3. Another wealth area is in your main living area. As you face the entrance to your main living room, it is the most immediate left upper corner of the room.

4. Placing a wind chime in a bathroom prevents wealth and aspirations from being drained away.

 5. Placing a wind chime at the end of an upper stairway prevents wealth from rushing down towards your main door downstairs.

Do not hang a wind chime directly above where you sleep, sit, eat, work or stand. Your energy will be suppressed. If it is unavoidable, hang the wind chime lower than waist level.

The number of tubes on a wind chime produces different results. Those with five, six or eight tubes will work well in promoting wealth. Five tubes represent Earth and attracts excellent chi and prosperity from five directions, north, south, east, west and center. Six tubes represent Big Metal and luck form heaven. Eight tubes represent Prosperity Blessings and is the most popularly desired number by the Chinese. As an important rule of thumb, five tubes are best to suppress bad luck and bad chi, while six and eight tubes are best to attract good luck. In terms of materials, metal wind chimes are used specifically for the west, northwest and north, but they are also the best overall as cures in all the directions. 

On a final note, Feng Shui is not static, but continually changing depending upon the individual’s energy and life changes or an outside force, which means that the changes you make to your living environment today, may need re-adjustments in the following years.   

About the Artist 
Jeff Hinkley was born in 1955 and raised in a rural area outside of St. Paul, Minnesota. As a young boy one of his favorite pastimes was to take long walks through the woods surrounding his home. On these walks he felt at peace and connected to all, and he developed a great love for the outdoors and all of nature. Since he was not brought up with any religious dogmas, nature became his spirituality and he saw that there was a unity to all life.

Jeff also liked to spend time in his father's basement workshop where he could let his creativity unfold through woodworking projects, experimenting and inventing. As a teenager he began to explore metaphysical concepts and was guided to transcendental meditation (TM), which later became a large part of his life.

In his high school years Jeff's favorite subject was science and in particular biology. With his love of nature and the outdoors he had plans to attend college to become a field biologist, but in the latter part of his senior year he made a radical change and went into vocational training for photography and photofinishing.

The earliest part of Jeff's career was spent working in a professional photofinishing lab. After a few years he left for an advanced course in TM. Leaving jobs to take courses became a trend until he moved to work on staff at MIU, a TM based university in Iowa. There he met a student, moved with her to Colorado, got married, moved to Florida and after a few years divorced. During these years he expressed his artistic side by working on creative projects at home, but was not finding his full expression and potential through his work.

In 1993 Jeff finally realized that he needed to make his own business and created Thunderbird Chimes, high quality copper wind chimes. Over the years he wanted to be more expansive with his artistic creations and in 2006 he began working on wall sculptures applying techniques and processes he had learned over the years working with copper.
Today Jeff is happily married and lives with his wife, their two cats and two horses on a horse farm in Stuart, Florida.

Artist Statement
In all life there is symmetry. Symmetry creates balance and harmony. I use this as a fundamental basis in the form and structure of my sculptures and bring a fluid gracefulness to its symmetry with the lines within the piece merging and complementing the outer flowing curves. My objective is to create unique sculptures with aesthetic balance to captivate the viewer's eyes and hopefully bring a sense of harmony between him and what he is viewing.

If you have any questions or need help, please call or e-mail.

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Phone: 1-772-288-0926
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Jeff Hinkley
P.O. Box 3323
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