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The Season of Goodwill

Christmas Lights Decorating Columns in Front of HouseHolidays could be a study in contradictions. They bring a rush of emotions that can be both positive and challenging. This roller-coaster can cause chaos to your personal – as well as your home – chi.

Chi is energy, the life force, within and outside of us. Personal chi is related to how you feel. Home chi is related to how your home feels.

Your personal chi can be affected by the hustle and bustle of the season. It can seem as if there are so many to-do’s and so little time. It can become both a month of rushing, stressing and feeling overwhelmed. And it can also be a time of joy, excitement and thanksgiving. Add in the other dynamics – like personal relationships and getting together for the holidays – and your personal chi can skyrocket in several directions – at once!

Then you’ve got your home chi. For many of us, even if you have a fairly “quiet” space, it is suddenly and dramatically awakened. Lights, other decorations and activities are added. When you look around you are surrounded by more stuff. It can become another example of contrast; reminding you of the magic of the season and increasing the energy (clutter?) around you leading to a sense of overwhelm.

It is important to take note of how you feel during the season. And then work on both your personal chi and home chi to bring balance.

Here are three reminders to keep your chi in check:

  1. Downsize. Release any items that don’t “fit” anymore. If you don’t love it and aren’t going to use it in your holiday décor, give it to charity. You give those items new life when you let them go and give someone else the opportunity to be excited about them.
  2. Visualize. If you are going into a situation that might be challenging (like a family get together), visualize the outcome you want. Whether it’s because of a personal relationship or exhaustion from the social interactions, first build up your chi so that you enter the situation with strength.
  3. Prioritize. Figure out the top 3-5 things that are most important and concentrate on those. Then give yourself permission to let the others go. Be confident in knowing that you can do it all, but this year choose not to.

Make maintaining your personal and home chi your number one priority this year. Create a holiday season that – while it still may hold some contradictions – is more about balance and joy. Because after all, a big part of the season of goodwill is you.

Happy Holidays from all of us at the Wind & Water School!

lisamccueBy Lisa Janusz

Wind & Water School of Feng Shui Registrar and Faculty

The Buck Stops Here: Feng Shui and Money

Money TreeOne of the questions clients most frequently ask me is how Feng Shui can help them acquire more money. Sometimes they desperately need it and sometimes they simply want a safety net. Either way, the perception is that they’re not where they should be in their financial world.

The first approach is to examine the various Wealth areas of their space (back left corners), along with their front door (inside and out) and the center of their home. All of these spots can contribute to or challenge their state of abundance. Getting these areas de-cluttered, repaired and enhanced with an appropriate Feng Shui adjustment is crucial to re-aligning the energy around money. This is a very conventional approach when Wealth is the concern.

That said, there are times when none of this works—–when, despite careful decisions about what to release, how to repair, and what to add, their money situation simply doesn’t change. They’re still struggling except now their belief in the power of Feng Shui has been shaken as well.

I’ve discovered that in these cases the issue isn’t Feng Shui, but rather it’s related to the client’s beliefs about money. The best de-cluttering job can’t override a deep yet misguided belief that money is still the root of all evil and will only bring problems. A client who carefully paints his front door a beautiful color yet all his life has only heard how he’s never going to amount to anything will not be able to have stellar results using Feng Shui. Hanging a beautiful piece of artwork in the Wealth area can only do so much if the client truly feels she doesn’t deserve anything, financial or otherwise.

Getting to the bottom of these self-sabotaging beliefs and transforming them into something more positive may take professional assistance. Feng Shui intention can still support this process.

Here are a few ways to enhance your money mindset:

  • To get clear about an issue (money sabotage in this case), do a corresponding clearing in your space. One action supports the other. Clear out those old beliefs as your clear out those old magazines/clothes/books/etc.
  • Keep track of the money you have—-in your purse, in your checking account, in the sofa. If you pay attention with intention, your money will expand.
  • Each day wake up with a grateful heart no matter what lies ahead. Gratitude is an alchemist that will change anything negative into something positive.
  • Watch how you physically handle your money. Don’t crumple it into a pocket or throw it in the bottom of your purse.  Treat it with value and respect.

So clear out old beliefs about money, let your space support your process by reflecting the visual value of clearing out, and let your heart support your process by expressing gratitude for what you have.  By opening up to the possibilities of abundance, the buck will stop with you.

 

CH-15-twitterBy Carole Hyder

Wind & Water School of Feng Shui Founder, Faculty and International Feng Shui Expert

Back to Basics: Inviting Opportunities

Key Unlocking DoorI know at least three people looking for a new job right now. One of them was laid off more than two years ago and hasn’t been able to find something where he “fits”. With quite an impressive business background, in some ways it is quite shocking. We all know that the economy is struggling, but there are those wading their way through it as well. What’s different for them?

Let’s go back to a basic principle of Feng Shui: your space reflects your life. So, imagine this friend working at a hand-me-down desk, in an unfinished basement, sitting in an old rolling office chair searching the internet for new opportunities. Is that environment supportive? Motivating? And that’s where valuable hours are spent every day. You can’t tell me it isn’t affecting him.

Whether you are looking for a new career opportunity, or ramping up good energy within your current job, here are a few tips to make that happen:

  1. Invite opportunities by using your front door. (Yes, even if you have an attached garage!) Get some energy moving by using it a couple of times a week. Or bump that up even more by using it for nine days in a row.
  2. Have your house greet your visitors (and those opportunities!): A welcoming front path. A noticeable front door. A doorbell that works. House numbers that are easily seen.
  3. Have your office reflect your goals. Get a solid desk and high-back chair to support you. Then make sure the look aligns with your destination. Someone on a corporate executive path will have a different look from someone looking towards interior design. If it helps, think of two or three well-known people in your industry, and either search out or imagine what their offices look like. Do what you can (knowing we all have limitations) to make some of that happen. At least prioritize how you can get there.

Don’t underestimate the power of your surroundings. Indeed that is why I was attracted to Feng Shui in the first place. And for many of you it’s probably the same. It just feels different to sit in a leather executive chair at a nice wood desk versus a folding chair and card table. It changes your attitude and your outlook.

This isn’t just applicable to your office, of course. You can take this through your whole house. And I hope you will! For example, think about if your bedroom supports romance and if your living room supports your social life. Take a fresh look and see what’s there. Then take the steps to make each area what you desire.

lisamccueBy Lisa Janusz

Wind & Water School of Feng Shui Registrar and Faculty

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