Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Feng Shui Bathroom - Do's and Don'ts

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Do's

A toilet should be installed so it cannot be seen from the bathroom doorway, ideally it should be in its own alcove, or hidden by a screen or wall. 
Mirrors should be as large as possible in the bathroom, without any visible joints. Mirrors must not face each other, or a door, as this increases the energy and speed of qi, which should be slow and calm.  Avoid tiled or smoky mirrors. A mirror should not reflect the toilet as it duplicates the draining affect.


  • Windows should be opened on a daily basis, to allow the fresh air to circulate, this ensures that the qi remains buoyant, and that healthy so wealth and happiness flourish.
  • Doors and drawers to cabinets must be kept closed, so the energy does not move into the dark and stagnate. These cupboard areas must themselves be regularly refreshed.

  • The bathroom is often the first room we visit in in the morning. When we wash and prepare ourselves for the day, you need to have the biggest possible view of yourself at that time. Clean the mirrors as it reflects your self image. You don't need to have low self esteem, so clean your mirrors.
  • Clean out your medicine cabinet. Old, outdated medications are subtle reminders of unhealthy times. Rid your shelves of any expired pills, powders and potions. Keep only the ones you need, and stow those where they won't be the first things you see each time you open the cabinet. 
  • Get rid of magazines and periodicals that you won't read, so that you don't clutter the our bathroom. Rid the space of fashion magazines or tabloids that make you feel that you'll never be rich, thin or beautiful enough. Replace them with books and journals that make you laugh, dream and rejoice.
  • Hide the bathroom scale, no need to constantly "judge" yourself.

Don'ts

Bathrooms and toilets that are off of the kitchen are another health concern. Always keep the door to the toilet closed so that someone in the kitchen cannot see the bathroom, and definitely not the toilet, from the kitchen. Even the visual thought of mixing wastes with food is distasteful and can have a negative health impact. 

If the toilet can be seen from the dining room, this creates another health hazard. Block the view with a curtain or partition of some kind. If a toilet upstairs is over the kitchen or dining room, try to move the table or add lots of earth elements in the bathroom to "control the water".
  • Toilets should never share the same wall as the head of the bed. If a bed is against the wall and the toilet is against that same wall on the other side, then move the bed. This is very unhealthy. Likewise, you should never see or hear a toilet or bathroom from your bed. This can lead to respiratory problems and loss of wealth. Block the view some way and you will help your health and wealth.
  • Plumbing can be a threat to the vital qi energy, as it is the digestive system of the house. Keeping on top of the plumbing maintenance is important, dripping taps represent money being trickling down the drain, blockages (clogs) can represent income being cut off. 
  • The toilet seat should always be closed, this is important partly because of its large opening, but also because of the association with a deliberate act of flushing substance away from the house.
  • Avoid sharp points and edges, as these represent a cutting knife or a disapproving finger.
  • Photographs of loved ones should not be placed in the bathroom. The energy in that space could weaken those relationships.
  • Ideally the bathroom and should not be seen immediately on entering the house, as the incoming qi exits before the whole of the house is energized. Where such a location is unavoidable, there are solutions

Would you like to learn more about your home? Join me for my ever popular "Feng Shui in a Day Workshop" or my Feng Shui Practitioner Certification Training Program.








Saturday, August 9, 2014

If Walls could Talk: Feng Shui your Walls

The placement of artwork on the walls of our homes and businesses holds powerful real estate and operates as the focal point of entrances and rooms. How, where and what we display on our wall, can have a significant effect on us. When dressing your walls with artwork and imagery, there are a few guiding principles to follow in order to incorporate both Feng Shui and design elements.  The most important point to keep in mind is that we want create balance with the five Feng Shui elements of earth, metal, water, wood and fire, uplifting artwork that inspires and lifts our spirits. It should match your d├ęcor style and one that you resonate with on a personal level.

Entrance
The Entrance or foyer of your home is an incredibly public area of the home. Select artwork that reflects your true personality, as this is the 1st impression of your home. It sets the tone of the rest of the home and is reflective of its occupants. This is not the place for personal pictures, family portraits or personal religious beliefs – these are reserved for the more private areas of your home.
In a business, this area represents the journey of the company and is the 1st impression a potential client or customer experiences. Wall art should reflect the products or services the business offers and should be framed to reveal a sense of pride and dignity. As you move to the center of the business, hang framed art with the company’s mission statement, philosophy and values.

Hallways
Hallways are the arteries and highways of your home which should allow easy passage from one room to another.  Hallways are great locations to showcase a gallery of photographs.  If your hallway or corridors are small, narrow or dark, frame your artwork in metallic or reflective materials to give a sense of greater width and to boost energy flow.

Stairways
In Feng Shui, the main entrance is considered the “Mouth of Chi”, where all opportunities enter.  When a staircase is directly facing the main door, the energy rushes up quickly, leaving the main floor without the Feng Shui energy or chi. A popular design feature is to line the walls of the staircase with pictures. Pictures should be hung on the wall straight across the wall, not graduated or angled up the staircase. This will create a sense of balance and stability.

Kitchen
If the first room you see upon entering your home is the kitchen - all the energy coming into the home is going directly into the kitchen, as well as your appetite. Try to create an eye-catching view in another direction when entering the home. Use directional artwork at the entrance to the home to draw the energy away from the kitchen entrance. A collection of beautiful artwork which reflects the personality of the homeowner is an excellent choice.


Adult Bedroom
Our bedrooms are our sanctuaries. They are places to recharge our batteries, escape from the outside world, and even indulge ourselves. The bedroom is meant mainly for self-renewal, rest, and relationships. The wall art should inspire relationship energy, displaying a set of matching pictures supporting the “couple” energy in calming relaxing warm earth tones. Use only accents of fire element - bright colors such red, orange or purple. A key location in the bedroom is the last place you see before you go to bed and the first thing you see when you wake up in the morning. This location should have manifesting symbolism and images to support your relationship goals.

Children’s Bedrooms
Be cautious of overly active artwork such as action heroes or very angular abstract artwork. We want to tone down the yang energy in a child’s room to create an atmosphere of calm and security. Even an image of a sword or airplane can have very sharp angle which would be considered a “poison arrow” in Feng Shui. If the image is directed where the child sleeps – it could interrupt their sleep and cause agitation and over activity.  Instead, permit them to choose the artwork which allows them to bring their personality into their space with fun, creative, whimsical images.

Home Office

If you spend a large amount of time in your home office, this room will have a enormous impact on your business life. The walls of your office should be filled with inspiring images and symbolism to be reflective of your ambitions, career and business aspirations. Pay special attention to framing your awards, certification and recognitions. Give thought and consideration to framing, mounting and mattings to preserve these hard earned acknowledgements. Incorporate dark tones of black, navy blue or forest green to bring the element of water which supports us on our “life’s journey”.


Family Pictures or Portraits
Frame family artwork with wooden frames or with the wood element colors of green or blue hues. This will bring the supportive and expansive energy which will encourage family unity and harmony. Honor your ancestors and heritage with respectfully chosen frames to conserve these treasured heirlooms.


The most important aspect of imagery and artwork in our home is to ensure that we surround ourselves with life affirming, uplifting artwork which is supportive of our life’s journey. Look carefully at the powerful real estate of your wall and replace any distressing, depressing, or poverty provoking artwork with the energy that inspires, enriches and moves us forward in life.











Saturday, August 2, 2014

Lighting, Illumination and Inspiration: Feng Shui Lighting



Feng Shui is all about energy, and light is the strongest manifestation of energy. In fact, the light in your home - both natural and artificial lighting - greatly influences the quality of your home’s energy. Smart lighting and good quality air are the very basics of good Feng Shui, and should always be on top of your Feng Shui priorities for any space, be it home or business. 


Your body reacts to everything around you, and you either get nourished or drained by the energy that surrounds you. I strongly encourage you to become aware of the quality of light in your home or office and its influence on your health and well-being. 




Light is our # 1 nutrient and has been called the medicine of the future. Make a habit of paying attention to how much good quality light you actually enjoy throughout the day, as well as the quality and number of the indoor light sources in your home or office. 



YIN & YANG


Yin Lighting
Yang Lighting
Feng Shui aims to achieve a balance of the opposing characteristics in the world around you, which are known as Yin and Yang. According to the yin and yang theory, everything in the universe consists of two opposing, but interconnected, forces: yin, which is feminine, and yang, which is masculine. Yin qualities are female, soft, passive, nurturing, dark, while the yang qualities are male, hard, active, aggressive, and bright. The theory of yin and yang is one of the ways you can use Feng Shui to balance your interior surroundings. 


Lighting in the Kitchen

There are many benefits to having good light in the kitchen. As we prepare our food there and the amount of light determines how well we can see what we do. However, the quality of the light can also contribute a great deal toward how we “experience” the food and how we ultimately treat it. If you are working in a poorly lit kitchen, it is challenging to see the beautiful colors and quality of the food. The most vibrant colored meal will appear to be dull in poor lighting. What affect does that have on your mood? On the other hand, if the fruit, meat, or vegetables are glowing in a well-lit environment, they appear to smile at us and are proud to show-off. Wouldn't you rather eat a meal that looks happy instead of a meal that looks sad?


Working in a well-lit kitchen promotes healthy eating habits. It allows you to enjoy being in the kitchen, creates a positive eating environment, and therefore makes a valuable contribution to your health and increases your sense of well-being. In a poorly lit kitchen, the meals are unappetizing; we cook less, and then eat quickly and without much enjoyment. Who would have thought lighting could make such a difference to our health?

   

Lighting in the Bedroom

Lighting in the bedroom can be very influential on sleeping habits. Children may do well with overhead lighting as they can practically spring to life the moment they awake. Adults on the other hand need some time to fully adjust from the previous night's slumber. Table lamps and dimming switches have no better home than inside a sleeping chamber. Softer light is ideal for any intimate setting. Softer tones are also more relaxing and soothing making the transition from living a fast paced life to a peaceful night of rest. Soft light illuminates an idealistic venue for anybody to drift off to sleep. Bedrooms should be more yin – soft, soothing lighting.   

Lighting in the Bathroom

Have you ever used a bathroom in a rest area or train station? It probably left an impression on you, but I doubt that it was positive. These facilities usually have a bluish-cold lighting that causes us to keep our visit as short as possible. On the other hand, if you have ever had the opportunity to use the restroom in a luxury hotel, the experience was, more than likely, the complete opposite. Chances are good that you felt refreshed by the golden light and golden tones of the mirror there.

Gold tone mirrors may not allow us to see things as clearly, but the light flatters our skin and surrounds us with a shimmer of warmth and a touch of elegance. The choice of lighting we use in our homes can determine how much we enjoy our visit to the bathroom. Use warm lighting and gold tone mirrors to create an environment of relaxation, warmth, and elegance.


   

Lighting in the Corridor/Hallway

In some floor plans, the hallway runs through the middle of the home or apartment and subdivides the remaining areas into different rooms. Hall lighting fixtures are usually sad creations without any illuminating power or esthetics.
    

YIN YANG

The center of any home corresponds to health, so hall lighting should be of the utmost importance. The light in the middle of the home has the function of a sun that wants to send power into all the adjoining rooms. The more radiant the sun, the greater the energy will be. Select a hall light that is bright and reminiscent of the sun at high noon.


Lighting in the Living Areas

You must experience a sense of well-being in the living areas. The light must correspond with the needs that you want in each respective room: quality lighting for watching TV, good and bright light for reading, and warm light for snuggling. However, the light should not be blinding. If you like halogen lamps, be sure to direct them so that no one is “blinded” when looking at them. Hanging lamps with bulbs that are not covered by lamp shades can also be changed and refined through the proper choice of a bulb.
   

Dead Corners

Every home has a “dead corner” somewhere. These are areas in which dust likes to collect. The energy cannot circulate freely in a corner and this area usually becomes limp. A standard lamp will work well in these areas, but using a crystal lamp is ideal. Add a few plants and a limp corner can be transformed into a comfortable retreat.


Treasures, Pictures, and Decorative Objects

Most of us have a few treasures and decorative items in our homes. Quite frequently, these precious things simply gather dust and their auras become weaker and weaker. You can use track lighting to showcase your treasures or create a space in a bookcase for a decorative object. When you additionally illuminate the object, you are activating the energy of joy. There are special lamps to install above the frames of pictures. Some rooms are completely transformed just by illuminating the pictures on the wall.
   

Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese practice, which teaches an individual to live in harmony with one's surroundings, in order to increase the flow of positive energy and to have a positive state of mind. The followers of Feng Shui use a number of procedures to get an idea of the energy of the surroundings and then alter it to suit the people living there. This ideology can be used to ensure that energy or "chi" flows freely in the surroundings thus making the people in that place happier and more positive in their outlook. The principles of Feng Shui can be applied to lighting as well. Here are a few tips to follow to light your house based on these principles:


  • Shadows must not be cast while we read or cook food. So ensure that your study and kitchen is well lit with incandescent bulbs or halogen lights.
  • Paper and cloth lamp shades make the light appear softer and create a quiet atmosphere. 
  • Metal shades or shades that reflect light create an active atmosphere. Use these shades in different rooms according to the mood you want to create.
  • Soften sharp corners of a room using accent lighting. Softening of sharp edges increases the energy flow and crates a relaxed atmosphere.
  • Use up lighting to light up dark corners and beams so that the effect of negative energy is reduced.
  • In rooms with irregular shapes place a lamp in the area that is missing to allow positive flow of energy.

Follow these simple tips to change the lighting of your rooms and there will be an increase in the amount of happiness and harmony in your house.



The Five Elements

Another important principle of Feng Shui is based on utilizing the Five Elements with the eight directions of the Bagua. There are four main directions (North, South, East and West) and four secondary directions (NE, NW, SE and SW). Each represents a different life aspiration. By activating a particular direction in your home with bright lights, you are in fact activating the chi of that sector. 


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Earth = Square

Earth Element:

Square
earth tones
Southwest
Northeast
Center
Relationships
Trust
Commitment
Longevity
Harmony
Openness
Stability
Balance
Unity
Centeredness



Wood =  Wooden

     Wood Element  

Tall and narrow
made from wood
Green
Health
Wellness
Elders
Opportunities
New Beginnings
Growth
Development
Movement
East
Southeast




Water = Black

Water Element

Black
Glass
Reflective surface
Mirrors
Crystal
North
East
Southeast
Career
Journey
Life Path
Wisdom
Ambition
Determination



Metal = Round

Metal Element

Metallic colors
round or oval
White or pastels
Rocks & stones
Metal items
Inspiration
Creativity
Completion
Manifestation
Synchronicity
Brillance
Self-worth
West
Northwest





Fire = Triangle

Fire Element

Lighting
Animal materials
Inspiration
Self-illumination
Achievement
Passion
Transformation
Warmth
Activity
Expansiveness
Insight
Pyramid shapes
South





1. Identifying the sectors to energize 

The North represents your career and life path. The South brings fame and recognition. The East brings good health. The West brings inspires creativity. The Northeast is for wisdom & education. The Northwest is for making friends and mentors. The Southeast represents wealth and riches. And the Southwest is for love & relationships. 


2. Working with colors 

The energies are characterized by the five elements - fire, earth, metal, water and wood. Fire is red and associated with the South. Earth is yellow and associated with the SW, NE and center. Metal is white, and associated with the West and NW. Water is blue and associated with the North. Wood is green, and is associated with the East and SE. 


 3. Hard versus soft lighting 

There is also hard (Yang) and soft lighting (Yin). Generally, direct light or fluorescent lighting can be considered hard lighting, whereas indirect and yellow lighting is softer. Hard lighting is better suited for offices and work/study areas in the home. Hallways, landings and porches are also best when brightly lit. However, when it comes to the bedroom and rest areas of the home, using lights that are too bright will infuse the room with too much harsh energy, making it difficult to relax. 


When picking the lighting for your home, it is important thus to differentiate between these two different lighting effects, which can bring two very different and opposite feels to a room or space. If you are activating a corner within a room, it is best to use soft lighting in the form of a lampshade or lava lamp. Bright lights should be reserved for just the very public areas, or when used to widen a space such as a narrow corridor. 



EXTERIOR LIGHTING

The energy of the home starts on the outside and flows indoors. If you have an imbalance outside your home, you can often use lights to remedy any issues. We have many choices of outdoor lighting from floodlights, landscaping or walkway lights, or wall sconce.


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Feng Shui Kitchen Do's & Don'ts

Do


  • 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


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!

Gratitude

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.








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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.









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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.

Clutter

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.

Lighting

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.