Saturday, October 25, 2014

The Energy of Travel

We all long to create an easy flow in our lives. One way to do this is to use Feng Shui, the ancient art developed by the Chinese to increase the flow of positive energy ("chi") in any environment. "Feng Shui" literally means "wind and water"... two elements occurring in nature that represent positive movement and flow.

You may have heard of using Feng Shui in your home or a room, but did you know its principles can also be used to promote a positive flow of energy during your vacation? Here are some Feng Shui tips that will help make your getaway the relaxing time-out you've been looking forward to.

One of the best things about Feng Shui is that it's portable. That's good news for people who travel on business. Just because you're leaving familiar surroundings doesn't mean you can't be comfortable on the road. If you'd like to reap the benefits of Feng Shui while traveling on business, try some tried and true tips.

When you travel whether for business or pleasure, don't invite chaos by leaving chaos behind. If you leave your home in chaos, you will attract the same energy during your travels. This can manifest as problems with hotel rooms, difficult airline connections or other snafus.

Before your leave home

To ensure a safe and stress-free journey, before leaving prepare your home for a welcoming return. Pay particular attention to the kitchen - give away or throw out any leftovers or outdated food, and be sure to empty all trash cans. Garbage of any kind is stagnating and reduces the flow of energy. Stock your cabinets, too, so you are greeted with a feeling of abundance when you get home.
If you will be away for more than a few days, ask a friend to care for your plants, open the curtains on the day of your return to let the light in to allow the house to be re-energized for your return.

The Energy of Travel

Let's face it, travel isn't quite the glamorous experience that it used to be --- "times have changed" ... and this certainly holds true with travel. It's not that people are traveling any less. In fact, statistics show that we are traveling more and further away from home. Travelers are seeking destinations that offer a unique cultural experience that hasn't been exploited yet. Feng Shui is all about energy and the balanced flow of energy. Can good energy affect the success of your trip? Absolutely! Today, it is more essential than ever before that we prepare ourselves for a trip. I have a number of suggestions that will make your travel experience more enjoyable, which in turn will create positive energy for yourself and for others around you.

Passport


The first step is to have what you need! When you start planning your trip and before you actually book it, take the time to locate your passport and ensure it is valid for longer than 6 months beyond your travel dates. If not, apply for a new passport right away.

Luggage


Be sure to love this essential. Check your luggage at least 2 weeks prior to your trip. Most scheduled airlines now allow 2 pieces of checked luggage (less than 50 lbs each). The bottom line is to travel light. Take only those clothes that you will need and love.  How many times have you come home from a trip and notice that you only wore half of what you packed? Leave space for new things to come into your life. What colors do you love? Think of the colors that will attract what you desire - think about relationships, creativity and abundance.

Check-In

Start your trip well prepared and rested. Airlines are notorious these days for over-booking flights and you do not want to be the last in line to find out all the seats are taken. Arrive at the airport well in advance of your flight to avoid last minute panic.

Arrival


Look after your personal energy. Avoid specific time commitments for the first few days so you can ease into your new destination, allowing yourself the time to get over jet lag. One of the best ways to do this is to spend as much time outdoors during the daylight hours and avoid any naps during the day. The sooner you can get on local time the faster your jet lag will go away. Pamper yourself with a beautiful bath by candlelight or a relaxing massage.

Yin Accommodations


Book a yin hotel room early. Request a room far away from elevators and staircases and not overlooking a busy street. These areas of each floor will affect your rest periods. Once settled, you can transform your new home away from home into a tranquil space for you to enjoy. Once settled, use the space clearing suggestions to clear the predecessor energy. I also recommend that you bring fresh flowers into the room and light your travel candles to complete the transformation.

Enjoy


Put your positive intentions into your trip. Be prepared to open your mind to all the sights, sounds and experiences that you visualized while planning the trip.
Enjoy the energy of the local people and let this new adventure begin!

Air Travel

Good Feng Shui requires space for energy to circulate freely. Since space is at a premium on an airplane, it's a good idea to reserve a seat in an exit row. This will give you a little more room to stretch your legs. There's no better way to cultivate positive chi than taking steps to ensure a comfortable, smooth trip.

Travel Tips

Keep the toilet seat down & the bathroom door closed.
Open the windows as often as possible & allow natural sunlight into the room.
Booking a room with a balcony or terrace will offer you good opportunities for fresh air.

Lodging Tips

Feng Shui, the ancient Chinese practice of arranging space to achieve harmony, is now being used in hotels worldwide. If your hotel has a Feng Shui design, you should feel comfortable, relaxed, and welcomed immediately. When selecting a hotel, you can remember some of the
following Feng Shui tips.

The bed that you are going to sleep in should not be directly lined with the door. This will also expose you to light from the hallway and noise that will interrupt your sleep.

If you stay on the top floor, you won't have footsteps overhead. Higher rooms are better because there is less weight on top of you.

Lighting should be neither too bright nor too dim.

Sharp corners and exposed overhead beams can also disrupt the flow of chi. A protruding corner creates a direct hit of chi.

A heavy smell of air freshener may indicate that there are other problems with cleanliness. These air fresheners also add to the staleness of a room. If the window won't open, then the smell can become overwhelming quickly.

Make sure you're in a hotel with windows that can open. Stagnant air is unhealthy. Open the windows to let fresh air into your room when you first arrive. Getting the air moving is a great way to increase the chi. Take favorite scents from home with you, such as your favorite scented candle or incense.

Large mirrors make the chi more active, which keeps you awake. Feng Shui professionals suggest hanging a scarf over the mirror and the television to keep them from reflecting so much light and active energy.

Remember, a vacation getaway is all about relaxation and rejuvenation. If a hotel room doesn't meet your needs or standards, do not hesitate to ask for another. Bon voyage!

Lodging Essentials

Request a hotel room far away from elevators and staircases and not overlooking a busy street. These areas of each floor will affect your rest and tranquility.

Scents

Hotel rooms often have an impersonal feel. You can correct this problem by taking a small bottle of lavender essential oil on your trips. When you arrive at your hotel, dab two drops of oil on the light bulb closest to your bed. (Make sure the light bulb is cool when you apply the oil.) Then switch on the light. Within minutes, your room will be filled with the soothing scent of lavender. If you don't like the smell of lavender, try regenerative rosemary oil.

Poison Arrows

Large mirrors make the chi more active, which keeps you awake. Take some large scarves or pachminas with you to enhance your hotel room. Hang a scarf over the mirror and the television to keep them from reflecting so much light and active energy. Place a scarf over sharp corners of night tables or furniture, as sharp corners can disturb the flow of positive chi. Place a scarf over any image on the wall that is unpleasant to you. We want to surround ourselves with uplifting and inspiring images.

Healthy Chi

Make sure you're in a hotel with windows that can open, better yet request a room with a balcony or terrace. Stagnant air is unhealthy. Open the windows to let fresh air into your room when you first arrive. Getting the air moving is a great way to increase the chi. Take your favorite scents from home with you, such as your favorite scented candle or incense.

EMF

In your hotel room, make sure the telephone and alarm clock are on the floor and not next to your ears. Being awakened abruptly can chase your relaxed mood as well as keeping the pesky "electro-magnetic fields" away from you.

Lift the Chi

Flowers are an inexpensive indulgence that can really lift the chi to your hotel room. Each time you see them; they will remind you of your "blooming possibilities" and be grateful for a safe and pleasurable journey.

Empowered position

If you travel with your laptop for business, you should set it where it will empower you. Keeping your laptop in the far left corner of your hotel room will energize your prosperity corner. A screensaver depicting a green, leafy forest or a flourishing garden can boost your money-making prospects. You can also select an image that is directly related to your business.

Space Clearing 

Space Clearing is a simple proven technique that immediately and profoundly cleanses and heightens the energy in an environment.  The ritual of smudging can be defined as "spiritual house cleaning." In theory, the smoke attaches itself to negative energy and as the smoke clears it takes the negative energy with it, releasing it into another space where it will be regenerated into positive energy.

Do a mini space clearing to cleanse your hotel room, cruise cabin, or vacation property of predecessor energy and prepare your environment to accept your personal energy. Burning white sage throughout the space followed up with incense or your favorite scented oil or candle.

Road Warrior

If the ancient Chinese had driven motor vehicles, they would have used the principles of Feng Shui on them, no doubt! Clear negative energy from your car, increase a sense of clarity and protection, prevent road rage by encouraging serenity while you drive.

Clean your car

Those old papers, cans, bottles, and wrappers create chaotic, stuck energy. Don't forget your trunk, glove box and the other nooks where negative energy might accumulate. Have a trash receptacle, and use it. Clearing out the clutter will make you feel a positive difference in the energy inside your car.

Wash the windows

The windows are the eyes of your car.Clean windows allow good energy to enter from outside, besides making it easier to have adequate visibility!

Smudging or "space clearing" your car

Some traditions believe burning sage, sweet grass or a mix of sage, cedar and lavender in a bowl or abalone shell can bless and purify the space before you set off.

Sprinkle sea salt 

Spread some sea salt on the floor of the car as it can absorb negativity, but make sure you vacuum it out regularly.

Make it smell good 

Instead of chemical-filled scented trees, hang a container of essential oils from your rearview mirror. Lemon and ylang ylang are stimulating and can help keep you alert during long drives. Rosemary and lavender are soothing and peaceful, great to prevent road rage.

Keep water in your car

Drinking water clears your energy and mind. Water represents a smooth flow, when you're driving, you want a smooth, flowing experience. Water energy can also make it easier to cope with transportation woes.

Crystals

Hang a small crystal from your rear view mirror. The crystal represents the light of the sun, which is uplifting, and will also bring the colors of the rainbow into the car.

Choose your intention via your music

If you want to chill out, listen to relaxing music, such as jazz or classical. If you want to stay alert, opt for energizing music. Music stimulates your attitude.Part of Feng Shui is intention. What do you want to experience? Put on that kind of music.
Create protection: Place objects on your console such as a key chain of your spiritual guides to remove travel obstacles and protection you during your trip.


If the ancient Chinese had driven motor vehicles, I have no doubt that they would have used the principles of Feng Shui on them. Clear negative energy from your car, increase a sense of clarity and protection, and prevent road rage by encouraging serenity while you drive

The Mobile Excursion

Feng Shui is usually thought of for permanent homes and buildings. What about trailers - be they in trailer parks or even for travel. Don't these dwellings or temporary residences not deserve the benefits of the practices and disciplines of Feng Shui as well?

To benefit from Feng Shui all homes must have a connection to the earth, Mother Earth, which is well grounded and has strength as well as firmness.  Traditional homes have a foundation to connect them to the solid earth.  Obviously, this is what mobile homes lack. Most mobile homes have built-in stands and levelers to support the foundation -  use them.  In addition, you can place some kind of covering around the base of your mobile home.  The key is not to have the underside of your vehicle open and exposed.  By doing so you will provide another excellent way to provide a grounding element, otherwise energy will pass and move quickly by your life and travels. Providing some type of permanent or even semi-permanent foundation, travelers can enjoy the benefits of Feng Shui with all of its inherent luck and powers.

The goals of this whole exercise is get "Chi" into the front door of your home - be it a permanent fixture or highway bound. The front door to any home can be considered of primary importance - the very "mouth of Chi". Hence the front door, which is perhaps the only door on your wandering recreation vehicle, is a critical area when it comes to Feng Shui, and the practice and discipline of Feng Shui. This is where the energy enters - or worse - does not enter your home away from home.
Making a few changes with the wisdom and powers of Feng Shui can make all the difference in the world. No reason to live in a trailer, whether it be a permanent dwelling or mobile home, and not have these wonderful benefits to your life as well as the lives of friends and family.



One of the best things about Feng Shui is that it's portable. Today, it is more essential than ever before that we prepare ourselves for a trip. That's good news for people who travel on business or for pleasure. Just because you're leaving familiar surroundings doesn't mean you can't be comfortable on the road. 

Make your travel experience more enjoyable, which in turn will create positive energy for yourself and for others around you. 

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