SPIRIT OF FENG SHUI WINTER NEWSLETTER
Happy holidays and winter solstice.
In Feng Shui this is the KAN season symbolizing career and opportunity. As we approach the first day of winter light (yang) is at its lowest point and darkness (yin) is at its greatest. It is a call to go inward.
SHUI - WATER “Shui” means water. Of the five elements of wood, fire, earth, metal, water – water is central to the understanding and application of Feng Shui. Some aspects to consider about the energy of water during thie KAN season are.
Too Much Water
Not Enough Water
Water in Balance
When the water element is balanced, opportunities flow easily and effortlessly into our personal and professional lives. We can tap into the silence of our inner wisdom or engage in social activities with vitality. Prosperity of mind, body, health and finances will flow with ease.
To Balance Yin/Yang and To Activate Kan
Just like you need to sweep up leaves to keep them from clogging drains, in the same way, continue to remove clutter. De-clutter your physical spaces, as well as letting go of any grievances, stress, worry that may be cluttering your mental/emotional space. Remember, clutter is “stuck energy”. This will help with the flow of “Shui”.
KAN is the optimal season to learn from a reflective pond. A calm, still pond symbolizes wisdom. Eckhart Tolle says: “Wisdom comes with the ability to be still. Just look and listen. No more is needed. Being still, looking and listening activates the non conceptual intelligence within you. Let stillness direct your words and actions.”
It is from this place of inner calm and stillness that you can light your way by setting desired intentions for 2019. Energy – “shui” follows intention.
Feng Shui and Energy Clearing are about transformation. If you need help in any area of your personal or professional life, please contact me for a life enhancing consultation
Wishing you a creative time of inner peace and blessings for a joyful New Year.
Feng Shui is much more than about the placement of furniture. It is about energy flow, both in the physical environment and within us. It is attuning to the rhythms of life as expressed by nature and learning from its wisdom. Fall Equinox, marks the first day when we transition from summer into autumn. Of the five elements of water (winter), wood (spring), fire/earth (summer) autumn is the element of metal. Metal relates to the eight trigram sectors of Tui – Children and Creativity and Chien – Helpful People, Benefactor. The shape is round. What insights can we derive from TUI and CHIEN to improve our lives?
There is crispness to the morning air now, the trees are turning color and leaves are falling. Yet, as certain vibrant flowers begin to fade, other flowers are beginning to emerge in the garden.
Author Eckhart Tolle, says “seeing beauty in a flower could awaken humans, however briefly, to the beauty that is an essential part of their innermost being, their true nature. The first recognition of beauty was one of the most significant events in the evolution of human consciousness. The feelings of joy and love are intrinsically connected to that recognition.” From a Feng Shui perspective the energies of Tui and Chien are also about joy and love.
TUI: CHILDREN – CREATIVITY – JOY
Tui represents the time of gathering, of celebrating the fruits or results of our labor. North Americans celebrate Harvest Thanksgiving in October and November. In China, the mid-autumn Chinese Moon Festival is one of the most important festivals for the Chinese. The autumn moon is considered the brightest and fullest. In ancient times, the Emperors worshipped the Sun in spring and the Moon in autumn. Gazing at the Moon is therefore an ancient autumn tradition. In SE Asia, Diwali is a 5 day festival celebrating Light over Darkness.
Take the time to assess, acknowledge and embrace your professional and personal accomplishments. Joyfully Celebrate!
Decorate with round shaped objects such as pumpkins, persimmons, pomegranates (symbols of fertility and abundance)
Bask in the gentle rays of the Full Moon. Ask for her help to help you access your intuition and creativity.
CHIEN; HELPFUL PEOPLE – HEAVEN – LOVE
Feng Shui is not a religion but it is a deep spiritual practice and encourages connection to your personal experience of the Heaven realm; God, Jesus, Buddha, Mohammed, Great Spirit, Source Energy, whatever your faith.
Helpful People can be clients who refer you, financial benefactors, friends/family who assist you when you need help. Firefighters, police officers, rescue teams during natural disasters are much welcome examples of Chien. Chien is also the invisible realm; helpers from Heaven.
Assess the quality of your Chien (Heaven) relationships and explore creative (Tui) ways to strengthen and express your bond on a regular basis. For me, dancing hula is a powerful way to connect to the Divine. It opens my heart like a flower to JOY and I direct the flow of LOVE and aloha to a specific area or person in need. Hula is my expression of prayer.
Strive to live in a state of Thanksgiving beyond one day a year – to moment to moment.
Thank Nature (sun, earth, moon, wind, rain, trees) for their magificence and ask for protection from Natural Disasters. This is on the top of my list for Disaster Prevention -to engage the Power of Nature to be my ally.
Whenever you have a choice – choose to be thankful: e.g. you are delayed in traffic due to construction – you can curse and be upset OR recognize the workers as being Helpful People and inwardly thank the workers for road improvement.
Are you experiencing mental, emotional, political, physical stresses? If so, this season of TUI and CHIEN is a powerful time. Shift from worry and distress by learning to ask for Help. Enter a state of continuous Thanks-giving and open the gate to joy.
Feng Shui and Energy Clearing are about transformation and balance. If you need help in any area of your personal or professional life, please contact me for a life enhancing consultation
Happy Autumn & Thanksgiving!
Happy summer solstice, the official first day of summer, June 21 and in Feng Shui the season of LI – Fame & Visibility. The element is fire and the color red. The mid summer season symbolizes Marriage (Relationships) and the element is EARTH.
California residents in particular are well aware of the destructive power of Fire with recent devastations in various areas of our state. Since mid May on the Island of HawaiʻI the Fire Goddess Pele has been spewing out Molten Lava destroying everything in her path. On the positive side, the lava flow is also creating New Earth. When you visit last yearʻs forest fire zones you will see signs of New Growth everywhere. Fire consumes and destroys creating pathways for new earth and new beginnings
In Feng Shui the Earth element relates to the stomach. The foods that we eat to nourish ourselves primarily come from the earth. This spring I attended a fascinating 5 day workshop at Esalen “Mind, Mood & Food” sponsored by the Center for Mind Body Medicine. Workshops were presented by Faculty members and also included NYTime best selling author Dr. Mark Hyman.
The emphasis was on being mindful that EVERYTHING we eat and drink (put into our stomach) affects our mood and the health of our brain.
Mind-body medicine is based on “the scientific understanding of the inextricable connection among our thoughts, sensations and feelings, and our mind, body, and spirit – between ourselves and the social and natural world in which we live. CMBM’s approach to wellness is grounded in practical, evidence-based skills for self-care, nutrition, self-awareness, and group support.
The 165 participants (primarily health care professionals of physicians, nutritionists, psychologists, nurses, dieticians were introduced to mind body skills such as meditation, biofeedback, guided imagery, and self-expression in drawings, words, and pictures. These tools “ are scientifically validated to reduce stress and restore physical and psychological health. The mind-body approach heals individual trauma and builds community-wide resilience.
As Dr. Hyman writes in the intro to his book “What the Heck Should I Eat” “you might be thinking I know what food is. Itʻs the stuff you eat to provide fuel for your body so you can live. But it is so much more. It is medicine. It is information. Food literally cntrols amost every function of your body and mind. And it connects almost everything that matters in our lives.
In Feng Shui mid summer season of Marriage (Kun) is all about relatonships. As Dr. Hyman further states “Food connects us to one another and to our bodies. It can reinvigorate our health, bring families together, restore vibrant communities, improvie and economy and the environment, reduce pollutin and even help our kids get better grades and avoid eating disorders, obesity and drug abuse. Food can even reduce porverty, violence, homicide and suicide. Our industrial food system drives many of these problems by enabling a natonal die of sugary, starch, overly processed, nutrient depleted foods laden with pesticides, herbicides, hormones, antibiotiocs.
What you put on your fork is the most impotant thing you do every day. If you enjoy real, whole, fresh foods that you cook using real ingredients you are positively affecting everything around you. Food is the doorway to living well and loving well.”
In Feng Shui I also think of Fire as “our life force energy – vitality” and the foods we eat is a major contributing factor. Here are therefore some suggestions for this season of Li (Fire) and Kun (Marriage & relationships).
1. Consider your food “a medicine”. Ask yourself “would this food (drink) promote health or disease? Buy and eat real food which comes from the earth. Eliminate industrialized, hyper processed junk foods. Reduce gluten.
3. Get a minium of 7 hours sleep nightly as quality sleep is a cornoerstone to good health
In this season of Li and Kun ignite the fire of inspiration. Re-examine your relationship to food, which in its unadulterated form are magnificent gifts from the Earth to support your health, vitality and well being.
Happy Spring Equinox (March 20) and Happy Chinese New Year, of the Rooster (January 28) - 2018
CHEN: WOOD & WIND ELEMENT
SUGGESTIONS FOR CHEN SEASON
RENEW AND STRENGTHEN
GREEN FOR HEALING
Wishing you a vibrant season of renewal. Blessings of the Chen Season.
Call for help in an Energy Spring Cleaning. It' like removing the weeds from the garden and using the transformative power of Feng Shui to plant new seeds of whatever you desire in yourr elationships, prosperity, creativity, health and more.
Blessings of the winter season December 20, 2017 referred to as KAN – Career in Feng Shui and the element of Water.
It is traditional during this celebratory time of Hanukkah, Christmas, to decorate our indoor and outdoor environments with bright, colorful lights and more. This creates a cheerful festive element to counteract the shorter days and longer nights and the spiritual symbolism of “the light” to signify love, wisdom and hope.
In Feng Shui we often use objects such as Lights, crystals, wind chimes, green plants, water features and more as specific “cures”. For instance notice that many Asian banks will have a huge water fountain at the front entrance of their building. Water signifies sustenance. Our career “sustains us and our families”. The prime purpose of applying Feng Shui principles to homes and commercial enterprises is to ensure the health and well being. When something is out of balance in the areas of start up, finances, reputation, relationships, creativity, children, health, career, etc. we intentionally apply specific objects to ENHANCE the areas of your life where you are desiring positive shifts and changes.
ORCHIDS are one of my favorite Feng Shui cures that I recommend for clients. This newsletter is therefore devoted to the topic of orchids. In Feng Shui orchids symbolize fertility, purity, love, beauty, elegance, wealth and joy so that they can be placed in virtually any area of your home and business to enhance that aspect of your life. Orchids are among the largest and most diverse of the flowering plant families, with over 800 described genera and 25,000 species.
The Bagua or Eight Trigrams by which most Feng Shui Schools determine the location of areas related to Family, Wealth, Fame, Relationships, Children, Helpful People, Career, Knowledge are made up of symbols related to the revered “I Ching: Book of Changes” (around 800 BC) I found it fascinating that one of the earliest references to orchids appears in the “I Ching” where it refers to orchids as the King of fragrant plants. Confucius had a special affection for the orchid: “the orchids grow in the woods and they let out their fragrance even if there is no one around to appreciate it. If you are in the company of good people, it is like entering a room full of orchids.”
How and Where to Place Orchids:
Front Entrance (Outdoors)
Cymbidium orchids (best kept outdoors) at your front entrance will add vitality, beauty and a welcoming presence. Front entrance is often in the CAREER sector so it can also symbolize bringing vitality to your career.
Wealth & Prosperity: Place a purple orchid in the wealth sector of your home or office (upper left area) to enhance wealth. During the Victorian era orchids were considered symbols of luxury. This was probably because these were rare flowers found in the Tropics so only the rich could afford them. In ancient Japan, the flowers were treasured by the royalty, and were considered symbols of wealth. Purple orchids also symbolize royalty and admiration, and were traditionally given as a sign of respect
• Marriage & Relationships: To enhance or attract relationships, place a pink, peach or apricot colored orchid in your Relationship area (upper right area). The name orchid is derived from the Greek word “orkhis” named by Theophrastos, a Greek botanist who thought that the fleshy underground tubers resembled the male anatomy. One of the major orchid genera is Paphiopedilum. The name is derived from the word “Paphos” which is the name of the temple where the Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite, was worshiped. The pink orchid is the traditional flower of a couple’s 14th and 25th wedding anniversary.
Fragrant Orchids: To improve air quality in any room, consider the addition of a fragrant orchid. Phalaenopsis violacea, Oncidium Sherry Baby and Twinkle Fragrance, most zygopetalum species are fragrant.
Consider attending an Orchid Society meeting in your area to learn more about the fascinating and world of orchids. They will reward you with year round beauty, joy, light, elegance and grace!
TUI: Antidote to Stress
Present Moment: Notice that happy children are present moment focussed. The crying ones are often wanting something in the future or upset about what happened in the past. Whenever I feel stress I realize that Iʻve stepped out of the present moment and often worrying about something in the future such as the long unfinished “to do” list. Author Eckhart Tolle says: “The power for creating a better future is contained in the present moment. You create a good future by creating a good present”. Practice being in the moment.
I encompass all of the suggestions above for learning from TUI and CHIEN when I dance hula: I move my body, am present moment focussed and feel joy. I help add more Divine Love into the atmosphere from the inspired songs written by my Hula Master as his compositions are reminders about how we are all connected and joined together in the spirit of love and Aloha.
Happy Summer Solstice June 20 - 2017, the official first day of summer. In Feng Shui this is the season of LI - Fame & Visibility. The element is fire, the color red. Mid summer symbolizes Marriage (Relationships) and the element is Earth.
This spring I lectured on “The Feng Shui Dynamics of Integrated Pest Management (IPM)” and here is a condensed version:
Whatʻs the relationship between Feng Shui and IPM? Feng Shui derives its principles from observing and applying the universal life principles of Nature. IPM uses integrated, environmentally sounds ways to keep pests from annoying you or damaging plants. Itʻs focussed on long term prevention, seeks to reduce pollution in our waterways and is safe for our health and the environment. IPM applies physical, cultural and biological techniques and as a last resort uses least toxic chemicals in the home and garden.
Feng Shui and IPM both seek to “live in harmony with the environment” by creating a yin/yang balance to promote optimum health and harmony.
IPM approach - prune infested leaves/stems, knock aphid population off by spraying with strong streams of water. Encourage beneficial insects. For slugs: handpick, apply copper barriers and/or diatomaceous earth. Set out non toxic traps at night such as an open grapefruit or small container of beer and remove in the morning.
In IPM, choosing right plant for right place is an important principle to follow as plants that are well suited to their location (shade plants for shady area, sun loving plants for sunny locations) will establish quickly and have a strong root system. Healthy plants are better equipped to withstand problems and less likely to become diseased. My Woodacre oak/bay tree shaded garden wonʻt grow healthy tomatoes. However, putting cherry tomatoes in large pots on the patio deck area which receives 6 hours of sun is a good solution.
In IPM, healthy soil is the key to growing success. Know the condition of your soil and add amendments such as compost to improve the quality. Make your own compost from kitchen scraps or purchase compost from garden nurseries and enrich your soil. Compost restores vitality to depleted soil and helps plants grow better by holding on to nutrients and water. It reduces the needs for chemical fertilizers.
In IPM, one way to ensure an abundant harvest is to attract beneficial insects. Beneficials are insects that kill pest insects. Green lacewings devours thrips, mealybugs, scale, spider, aphids, mites. Dragonflies eats mosquitoes; their larvae live in water. Ground beetles eats slugs, cutworms and root maggots; they hunt at night and hide in soil under mulch. Butterflies and bees are great pollinators.
Consider planting nasturtiums (which release airborne chemicals that repels insects). French marigolds deters thrips & whiteflies while petunias repels aphids. Basil repels house flies and mosquitoes. Installing a small round water fountain promotes creativity in Feng Shui and attracts beneficials such as dragonflies to the garden.
A helpful resource to help you with all garden concerns: www.ipm.ucdavis.edu
In the month of May I was in Lucerne, Switzerland and the quaint village of Kisslegg, Germany. Strolling the pastoral countryside, I was struck by the proliferation of bird sounds and its varieties. Both countries are conscientious about their stewardship with nature and limit the use of mass spraying of glyphosate chemicals such as Roundup that disrupt wildlife.
Feng Shui and IPM are about living in harmony with the environment. Letʻs take the steps to make healthy choices when dealing with garden pests to create a safe environment for our children and pets. As Yogananda said “change yourself and you have done your part in changing the world”.
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