Thursday, April 18, 2019

Bad Feng Shui: Overgrown Bushes and Car Parts

It's Spring time which means weather is ripe outdoor projects. To create good Feng Shui, survey the outside of your home for negative influences on the property. Walk around the exterior of your home. What do you see?

Broken fixtures, fences, windows and any obvious feature in need of repair is a negative influence. Look for items not considered part of the natural "outdoor" environment. Examples are broken wheel barrels, car parts, and indoor furniture sitting outside. Invest in a garden shed if you are overflowing with items that you use. This prevents rusting and rotting in the outdoor environment. And of course, it puts them out-of-sight for you and your neighbors.

If your trees and shrubs are overgrowing it's time to trim them back. They should not overpower the home. And they should never block the energy path to your door. Bushes and shrubs are good for slowing down energy which is called for in some cases. But overgrowth is not. Call a local professional to reshape bushes and plants if too tough to tackle on your own.

After you have assessed the external property make a list of the negative influences observed on your walk. Tackle the easy projects first. Major projects might require more effort, planning and financial resources.

Taking the time to improve the area outside of your home creates a positive influence for the occupants. It also is positive for the neighbors in close proximity. The value of your home and  neighborhood are often judged by how well the occupants take care of the property. Do what you can to contribute to creating a positive environment.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

When Identical Homes are Not Identical

Good Feng Shui can be the result of the layout of your home. Two identical homes in the same neighborhood can provide different results. Here is a past case that demonstrates the impact of two identical homes, with simply the layout flipped.

The client moved from the first home to the second home.  The first home had a small yard. The house behind it sat higher and uncomfortably close. This home did not lend itself to the feeling of peacefulness. And it is what inspired her to move. The second  home backed to a scenic area of the golf course.

The two homes had the same energy blueprint. The energy blueprint is the pattern of energy calculated in the home. It is based on the sitting and facing direction of the building and construction year.  The key difference between the two homes was the floorplan.

In the first home, the Master Bedroom and office were in areas that were strong influences for arguments, fights and illnesses. These are two key areas where most people spend time in their home. For this client, these influences had manifested in a relationship.

Overall, the client had made a better choice for her second home. The biggest difference was the position of the Master Bedroom and Office. They resided in better areas of the blueprint then the first home.

Both homes required a water feature on the back side of the home to support overall money. A real water feature is preferred, but a natural slope (depending on how steep it is) can be a substitute for a virtual water feature. Fortunately, she had both a real water feature and a preexisting slope to support prosperity luck. Her new home was a peaceful retreat which was personally beneficial to her well-being.

What is interesting is she made these choices not knowing anything about the advanced Feng Shui. For her she didn't feel comfortable in the first home, though it was identical to the second home in size, feature and design.  She made an intuitive decision that was on the mark.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

A Locksmith Won't Have This Key To Unlock Your Home.

Energy patterns change all the time, every minute of every day according to Feng Shui. Each home has a unique energy pattern based on time, magnetic direction, and floor plan.  Eventually, time passes and the cumulative effects begin to have an impact on the occupants. The time periods commonly evaluated are on an annual basis and in accordance with a 20-year cycle.

During these periods buildings can go through a people or money "lock". This is based on the energy pattern calculated in your home. A people lock impacts health and relationships negatively for the occupants. A money lock can impact your finances and career (ability to make money).

In both occurrences, water is needed outside the home to release the lock. A lock can be for a year, which means money may be tight, or you may be bothered by more frequent health or relationship issues during the year of the lock. Typically, it could be something you get through, and just being aware of it can help you make better decisions. But a lock that is for a 20-year period takes its toll over time and can be more severe. This could show up as a continuous struggle for a long time if it goes uncorrected.

Every home eventually goes through a lock, but timing is different based on the home's unique pattern. As we begin to go through a new cycle, the impact may not be immediate. It could begin slowly and increase over time.  Increased health, relationship, financial or career problems may be signs that you are dealing with a lock.

Placing a water feature outside the home that includes clean, moving water can help release the lock. During the current cycle (2004-2023) there are beneficial locations to place water, and there is a specific place (Northeast section of your lot) that you want to avoid because it can impact your finances or your health negatively.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

6 Strategies to Tackle Clutter at Home

When it comes to Feng Shui, I am a fan of the traditional teachings.  But, I must admit, there is one aspect of Western Feng Shui I am on board with: clearing clutter from living and work spaces. 

Disorganization and clutter can be tiring. It nags at your subconscious to "deal with it". Having to function in it wastes your personal energy. Can't find what you are looking at the moment it's needed? Need to step out of your way to get to something important? It's time to pitch the clutter!

Clutter can be in plain sight, or hidden behind a door.  It may be disguised as a "collection" of stuff gathered over the years (furniture, books, etc.). Or perhaps it's a hobby that has become an addiction (collecting sports cards, shot glasses, magazines, toys, etc.).  We all have clutter that needs to be dealt with at some point.

1. Schedule a day, time and manageable space to get in the mood. Starting with a manageable space gives you the chance to experience the feeling of accomplishment. Unclutter a staircase, hallway, bookshelf or office desk as a good start. It can give you the energy and motivation to tackle the next space. Once complete, schedule the date and space to keep the momentum going.

2. Prioritize a space that creates daily chaos. What is the ROI in Time (Return on Investment) for cleaning the space.  Where do you waste most of your time in looking for stuff? Is it the kitchen, living area, bedroom or a closet? Pick a spot where you immediately benefit from clearing the space.

3. Deal with fear-based clutter. More often then not we have a fear of letting go. People hold on to stuff because of the memories (good and bad), or guilt. Maybe you inherited stuff you really don't want, but feel guilty if you get rid of it.  Fluffy died two years ago, but you still have her bed? Holding on to painful memories can make us stuck in the misery of that pain. Letting go is a way to heal those wounds and move on in life.

Some fears are embedded at an early age. My Mom grew up in the Great Depression. She held on to everything believing some day she might need it. After years this kind of clutter fills garages, attics, basements and storage units. Re-purposing can be a great way to save money in sparse times, but often it just a reason for holding on to things we never use. Holding on to something because one day you might use it is borderline selfish.

Someone less fortunate could make use of stored furniture, clothes or electronics.  When my Mom downsized her home she had to get rid of a lot of old clothes, furniture, and inherited pieces. She told her parish priest she was not happy about getting rid of her stuff. He reminded her she couldn't take a U-Haul to heaven. That's great advice. If you no longer use it, LOSE IT!

4. Get rid of organized clutter. Lean manufacturing has a phrase "just in case equals waste". If the excuse to keep stuff is "just in case" then it's likely clutter.  A friend of mine  has a highly organized closet. Her arrangement included ensembles of multiple different sizes.  She vacuum-sealed very expensive shirts, dresses and suits. She had lost and gained weight multiple times over the years. She kept them to wear again once she lost weight.

But, the reality is she would never wear them again for two reasons. First, the clothes were out of style.  Second, they did not motivate her to lose weight. They were a painful reminder of a life-long struggle with weight. They represented the hard work, commitment and time it would take to lose multiple dress sizes. The clothes became a mountain-sized obstacle to losing weight. But, after donating her clothes, she felt energized and empowered. It was enough to start taking small steps to a healthier lifestyle. Clearing clutter can be therapeutic.

5. If you can't tackle it alone, recruit a friend or relative. But choose wisely. Getting an objective view helps us in the process of letting go. It's hard to see the forest when you live among the trees. Only recruit someone that lives in an organized, clutter-free space. The last thing you need is another clutter-bug to justify keeping your crap. Or, having them adopt your crap for their own cluttered space. Clutter-free people know how to get it done, and get a thrill from helping others do the same. They can help you get the extra energy boost you need to tackle an overwhelming space.

6.  Consider a therapist if it's really out of control. Some people suffer from hoarding disorder. According to the American Psychiatric Association:  "People with hoarding disorder excessively save items that others may view as worthless. They have persistent difficulty getting rid of or parting with possessions, leading to clutter that disrupts their ability to use their living or work spaces. Hoarding disorder can cause problems in relationships, social and work activities and other important areas of functioning." It can become a health and safety problem for the occupants.

Less than 6% of the population have a hoarding disorder, so chances are you can tackle the clutter without a psychiatrist. But do not rule out therapy if it helps you deal with letting go of the clutter.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Every House Has An Energy Blueprint

Traditional Feng Shui has four overarching themes to determine the quality of energy in a building. The quality determines the influence on the occupants. Specifically, the influence on health, relationships and finances. The home's sitting direction and year constructed determines this pattern.

These overarching themes define the strength or weakness of the building.  The following describes the four types, in order of Best (1) to worse (4)

1. An energy blueprint good for wealth and health of the occupants.
2. An energy blueprint good for health, but weak for wealth.
3. An energy blueprint good for wealth, but weak for health.
4. An energy blueprint weak for health and wealth.

Fortunately, if the home falls into outcomes 2, 3, or 4 there are methods to create balance.   This is typically done by introducing new elements outside the home. Sometimes the elements naturally exist and nothing needs to be done. But, when a balance is needed, a practitioner may add a water element to the back to support wealth. Examples would be a fountain with flowing water.   A meandering stream on the backside may be a natural solution for water.

Or, they may add a mountain element to the front to support health for the occupants. It sounds mysterious, but a 'mountain' element may exist already. An example is a house across the street, large trees, and of course real mountains.

The difficulty (imho) is specific Feng Shui advice varies by Masters. The differing opinions are whether the pattern warrants correction. Some teach the pattern doesn't matter if a specific trigger is missing from the environment. Others recommend correcting it regardless of surrounding elements. Despite this discrepancy, they tend to have common solutions to balance the building.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Yes, the Force IS with you. It's called Chi and a bunch of other Names Skeptics Hate.

Most people are familiar with the character Yoda from the movie series Star Wars. Yoda wisely told his young apprentice that the "force" is in everything, and it flows through everything, including his apprentice. Imagine the "force" being the energy that connects us all. It is everywhere and part of everything. Yoda was a fictional character, but science confirms everything is made of energy.

Various cultures call it Chi, Ki, Qi (chee) Prana, Virya, etc.  Perhaps science will be able to label these as subatomic particles at some point in our lifetime. But right now loosely defined "energy" is the bridge between the esoteric practices like Feng Shui, Reiki, Law of Attraction, etc. and modern science.

Will Scientists Discover the Nature of  Chi?

When the academic egos are set aside good things happens in science. It seems there are more professionals (scientists, psychologists, physicists, researchers, etc.) willing to share opinion, theories and results from experiments on taboo subjects. Or perhaps, the internet and television are exploding with new media channels creating the illusion of interest from more professionals.

Personally, I am willing to accept overwhelming amount of credible people having experiences as proof enough.  Even if it is currently not possible to prove how it works and why. And this is where science needs to be willing to take it to the next level. Get rid of the fear of academic ridicule. After all, the point of scientific advancement should be discovery, not maintaining we know everything through our current view of the world.

The CERN lab is a great example of being open-minded.The BELIEF in theoretical physics was compelling enough to invest over 13 billion dollars to discover a single particle - the Higgs-boson. And it was just as possible the results would debunk Higgs-boson and particle theory! Imagine...billions of dollars with the risk to wipe out an entire field of academic study, and decades of work. That is a big risk for a group of scientists. But, it proves some are willing to take the risk for discovery. And that is good news.

Are there Scientific Discoveries Hidden in the Ancient Sciences?

It is safe to say with certainty our environment is made of energy. Humans are made of energy. We interact with our environment. Theoretically, Feng Shui teaches that interaction has an influence on us if we are around it long enough. Sometimes the environmental influence is not observable. Results are measured through observation, which have been collected over many, many years.

So why not explore ancient sciences?   Removing the cultural beliefs or religious symbols embedded into old teachings may reveal familiarity with current science. Feng Shui (traditional version) has a connection to binary codes, magnetic energy, and space/time theories and it dates back thousands of years.

It was a way for ancient science to explain nature at work without the advantage of modern technology.

Sometimes we have to pursue what we can't see. Theory, observation and circumstantial evidence has to be good enough until we can begin to even formulate how to prove it. We can't see a radio wave, but we know they exist. The belief, led to discovery, which lead to inventions like radio, television, mobile phones, remote controls, microwave, etc.

History is riddled with unpopular scientific theories that were proven accurate. The likes of Copernicus and Galileo were considered crazy heretics. Once there was compelling evidence to create momentum, belief changed to scientific fact.

Today, we have a particle collider and massive computers to observe the once non-observable in nature. Data is providing a whole new look on the nature of the universe. So perhaps, even by accident, the nature of chi will be defined as a particle, or a group of interacting particles.