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Let’s Talk Guided Clearing Meditation!

I love my Lady Savants! I belong to an awesome group of LadyBosses!  http://ladysavant.com I had the opportunity to record a sunrise mediation on the shores of Cancun this summer specifically for Lady Savant Society – Connecting to your “Divine Golden Light”  Here is my interview with Mariel Alvarado, Lady Savant co-founder with Brandyn Coe Randolph, where I share my guided clearing meditation practice.   Ohm.. Namaste

When You Find Yourself Looking Down, Look UP! I Am Here For You
Mercury, Metal, You and Me ~ Look UP – We Are Perfect Together

Welcome Autumn, as we transition into Autumn September 22, Mercury goes direct. What does this mean? These past few weeks, living in the energy of Mercury in Retrograde, we may have felt; a sense of moving backwards, unfinished business, issues from the past coming forward in the present. There may have been mix-ups, miscommunication, misdirection. Some have expressed feeling felt lost, feeling down, or the sense of those feelings around us.

Good news! As we say goodbye to retrograde.. we say hello to Autumn. We move into the crisp clear energy of metal, focus, vision and completion. Step into this energy of Autumn, as our vision becomes clear, we are living in high definition.

More good news.. we are in this together. We are here to lift each other up. All we need to do is look up.

When we focus our attention up ~ so does our energy rise.. When we are down, find someone who is looking up, and stand beside them. Smile, and pass that smile on to another. We are all in this together, together we raise each other up…

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Can You Feel It? Feng Shui Autumn Energy

Smile Into the Sky ~ Can you feel it?

I love the feeling as the season begins to change.

Feng Shui teaches us autumn is the season of metal element, a time for precision, completion and focus.
Can you feel the autumn energy? Feel the essence of metal.
I look up into the sky now appearing in high definition.
As the humidity evaporates, the air becomes crisp with each new day.
Soon the leaves will begin to turn, drop and their cycle will complete.
We will admire, enjoy and bask in the beauty of the transformation before our eyes.
I am ready for this renewed clarity before me.
I am ready to step into the element of metal to absorb the qualities for my greatest good.
I am inspired to create our Autumn Equinox Immersion Workshop to
Activate Our Third Eye
Now is the time to align to bring clarity to our vision.
Begin your experience now.
Open your awareness to the subtle shifts each day brings.
Be with the element of Mother Nature.
Embody the grace of metal.
Embrace the gifts of our new season
It’s a beautiful day.
Namaste.

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Summer Feng Shui Fun and Inspiration

 

happy buddahIs it any coincidence we associate summer with fun? Feng Shui teaches us that the Season of Summer is the essence of the Fire Element. Obviously for students, summer means “schools out!” – so why do “I” still get that giddy fun vacation feeling  when summer rolls around? And I have not been a calendar year student for quite some time.
The Element Fire tells it all. Fire is the light in our hearts, the light in our eyes.

When the lights are bright, all becomes clear, we are motivated, we awaken, we are ready for fun!

We enjoy the summer fun and find ourselves out into the bright evening, enjoying those late night sunsets and fireflies.
Fire ignites our curiosity, passions and our joy.

Fire inspires.

Fire is transformational.

May I share a tip with you?
We do not need to wait until summer to enjoy the essence of this fire element.
We can tap into this essence all year long.

When we find ourselves too serious, find some fire;
Connect with someone who lights up your life, brings you laughter.
Do something silly.
Laughter really is our best medicine. A good belly laugh will warm our body and cleanse our spirit with tears of joy. You know that feeling of release after a good laugh, ahhh…I feel at least ten pounds lighter and ten years younger!

When we are bored, find some fire;
Engaging our curiosity, will lead us to inspiration.
Look to the rainbow of inspiration, in nature, in music, in body and spirit.

Get up and dance your happy spirited soul ~ shine your light with laughter

Become the inspiration you seek in this world.
You are the fire that ignites our light.
Namaste – The Light In Me, Recognizes The Light In YOU

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FENG SHUI, THE 5 ELEMENTS AND YOU!

5 ELEMENT CYCLE

The principles of Feng Shui have been around for thousands of years, that tells me there must be something to this! The universal aspect of Feng Shui which appears in all applications, based on the cycles of nature is 5 element theory.

Each element has layers of information: a season, time of day, direction, family member archetype, color, shape, and characteristic which relates to an expression in human nature.  In my practice, where I “feng shui people” before we address their space, one of the systems I use is called the 9 Star Ki. This system is based on the 9 cycles in nature; each cycle has its own nature and characteristics.  Each cycle is connected with one of the 5 elements in nature: water, tree, fire, earth and metal.  Aligning the 5 elements with the 9 cycles, 3 of the elements are refined further; there are 2 tree energies, 2 metal energies and 3 earth energies.  Hence the relation to the name of the system – star referring to cycle – ki referring to energy – 9 cycles of energy= “9 Star Ki”.

Using this 9 Star Ki system, each person has the potential for 3 elemental influences in their nature based on their year, month and day of birth.  The position of these elements will also have an influence on how the characteristics are expressed.   The most powerful aspect of this information is the behavior we express based on our elemental nature.The more we understand what makes us tick, the more we can create a lifestyle that supports us and have a better understanding of the people in our lives, creating more harmonious relationships.

Here are a few examples:

Metal ElementControl, Order, Precision A person who has an aspect of metal energy in their nature will be more comfortable when the situation is under control (usually their control) and their environment is neat and orderly, all things in their proper place.
Refined even further
“6 Metal” energy relates to father’s energy: authority, being in control of everyone and everything
“7 Metal” energy is the most sensitive to the environment, from scents and the feel of fabrics on their skin, to the most important: feeling the energy – walking into a crowded room can be quite uncomfortable as this nature is so sensitive, they can feel everything going on around them.

Understanding the depth of how much this aspect is a part of a person can help them make better decisions on how to operate with their strengths on a daily basis.

Combining the 9 Star Ki with reading the physical aspects of a person, the information about the individual’s make-up becomes more unique.  Our physical attributes are also connected with the 5 elements, for instance spiky hair and pointy nose adds the fire element.  Shadows under the eyes or a dome forehead adds water element.  These attributes may enhance an already present element or add an element not present in the birth year, month and day.

Feng Shui is brilliant because it is the one thing that ties us all together inside and out – who we are and how we relate to our environment.  As we create an environment where we are most comfortable and supported (based on the nature of the elements we most identify with) we can express ourselves in a productive manner.  We have a way to express our most inherent nature.

We also gain a clear understanding of the people in our lives. As we begin to understand their expressions through the 5 elements, there is no judgment. Knowing people are expressing their true nature allows compassion. 

Here is a brief overview of the 5 elements, which do you resonate with? Take a look around you… does your space reflect your true nature?

Water “To Be” Helps Us Adapt and Express Our Feelings

Water depicts stillness and reflection, movement and flow.

The season of winter and time of midnight. Dream Dream Dream..

Fabrics that flow, irregular shapes, wavy fluid lines and a chaise to lounge, along with colors of turquoise blues and black, signify the energy of water.

 

Tree“To Do” The Start of New Beginnings

Tree energy depicts sprouting growth and new beginnings.

The season of spring and early morning. Let’s go go go!

Tall vertical shapes, rustic style, practical and leafy patterns with bright green colors, represent this active energy in nature.

 

Fire“To Live” Transformational, Playful & Passionate

Fire depicts expansive energy, inspiration, our passions, and illumination. 

The season of summer and the time of high noon. Let’s have fun fun fun!

Angular, pyramid shapes, eclectic and dramatic style along with the hot colors of red, yellow,fuchsia and orange inspire.

 

Earth“To Nurture” Supports Feeling Grounded, Comfort, Safe and Secure

Earth depicts stability, grounding, and balance.

The time of pause between summer and autumn, that stillness in late afternoon. Contemplation. 

Overstuffed pillows, square, or rectangle furniture. Cozy Comfortable & Collectibles

Warm nurturing colors of sand, gold, clay, terra cotta, and chocolates.

 

Metal “To Refine” Focus, Precision, “Meticulous”
Metal depicts the inward contracting of energy, all things coming to completion.
The season of autumn and evening. Precise.
Minimal clean lines, with metal or shapes that are circular, oval, and more rounded.
Monochromatic colors of whites, pastels along with metallics: gold, bronze, copper and silver,

Tree with Sunshine

Feng Shui Connects Us To The Power of Mother Nature

The principles of Feng Shui connect us to the power of Mother Nature. As we review the 5 elements in nature, Feng Shui provides information to assist us connecting with the benefits of  each element.

Let’s take a look at the element “Tree,” in all its glory, alive, breathing and contributing life for all living things. The energy associated with “Tree” is uprising, early morning, the time of new beginnings. The colors are the bright green of the leaves, the shapes are tall and vertical. Connecting to this element, we feel motivated to move! We are filled with new ideas and excited about the actions we are ready to take.  If we find ourselves feeling stuck, what better way to get motivated than to get outside and walk amongst the Trees. Bringing the energy of Tree inside our homes and office space, we bring life!

Here are some wonderful suggestions for adding this living, healing, motivating energy.

Plants That Keep Us Healthy

Peace Lily Removes chemical vapors, including acetone, alcohol trichloroethylene, benzene, formaldehyde & ammonia. Neutralizes effects of EMF, and is a good plant to keep near computers.

Peace Lilies like semi-sun to semi-shade. Keep out of direct sunlight. We can all use some more peace in our lives.

Snake Plant   Removes toxins in rooms where no other plants will grow, from photocopier & printers. Good for rooms that do not have ventilation such as windowless rooms and tightly sealed offices. Semi-sun to shade.

Rubber Plant   A great humidifier, removes indoor chemicals particularly formaldehyde.                                Rubber plants like Semi-sun to semi shade, and they will tolerate dim light and cool temperatures.

Janet CraigDracaena deremensis   This Tree is one of my new favorites! Great for corners!

Places fifth on NASA’s ranking with a 7.8 score.  According to data it can remove Formaldehyde, at a rate of 1,328 micrograms per hour. It also removes Xylene, at a rate of 154 micrograms per hour according to http://www.earthwitchery.com/pollution.html. Water completely through early spring through the winter season, allowing the plant’s soil to dry out in between watering

Bamboo Palm  Adds moisture to indoor air, especially during use of heat in winter months.

Bamboo Palm removes chemical vapors trichloroethylene, benzene and formaldehyde and does well in low light.

English Ivy Filters indoor airborne pollutants such as fecal particles, formaldehyde aerosols.

Poisonous – keep away from pets & children. This plant likes bright sun but not under direct light.

solo buddha head in Quy Nohn

Creating A Garden That’s Perfect For You

Translated literally, Feng Shui means Wind Water. Wind represents the energy we cannot see but can feel. “Water represents the energy in our physical spaces we can see.

Feng Shui is based on the principles of the cycles of nature using the 5 elements, helping us to create balance in our lives as we connect with our environment. A garden is the perfect way to do this, as we embrace nature.

The 5 elements are around us all the time, influencing us through the seasons, weather, colors, shapes and even our behavior. The 5 elements referred to in Feng Shui are Water, Tree, Fire, Earth and Metal.

I am sure you have noticed that when spring arrives, we become energized, are excited to witness all the green sprouting up from the earth. We want to get outside, start doingthings, and “spring cleaning” to embrace the new beginnings before us, this is the influence of the “Tree” element. Traditionally this element is known as “Wood”, but I prefer to refer to it as “Tree” because this element is alive with the energy of early morning, plants & trees. The colors are shades of bright greens & the supporting shapes of tall vertical columns. Accents of stripes, florals, planters and logs connect us to the practical active energy of Tree.

Following the spring season is Summer! Summer is full of fun & excitement – the element of Fire! Bright spirited colors of red, fuchsia, yellow & orange support playfulness & passions.  Whimsical accents & sparkling lights and  angular shapes as flames support this spirited element.  Fire brings us clarity, illumination &transformation. It is the time of high noon, when all is at its peak.

After all the fun of the summer, we slow down and take time to pause, feeling that settling energy of earth. The same energy we notice around 3:00 pm, when we just pause, yet the day has not ended. Earth energy is supportive, nurturing & comfort.Colors depicting earth range from pale ivories, warm golds, terracotta to warm chocolatebrowns.  Supportive shapes of rectangles and squares using brick and tile, along withcomfy cozy overstuffed seating depict the element earth.

Autumn brings us the energy of Metal, when all is contracting and coming tocompletion, the time of early evening at the end of the day. Metal is the element ofrefinement, focus and control. Clean precise lines, stones and dome shapes and the metallic colors of silver, bronze and gold as well as clean white depict the element ofmetal.

Once all is complete, it is time to begin the cycle again, the time of stillness & reflectionbrings us to the season of winter & time of midnight, the element of Water. Irregular shapes with curves and paths which meander and flow depict the element of Water. The colors of turquoise, deep blues and black support the energy of water, allowing us to be free to go with the flow, adapt and “just be.”

Have you noticed how each element supports the next? Water feeds the trees so they may grow. Trees fuel the fire so it may flourish. The ash from the fire nourishes the earth. The minerals in the earth create the metal. As the metal contracts to its liquid state it creates water… and so we begin again.

As we align with these elements, we become more in the flow, supporting us to be less distracted, create less stress and enjoy this season of springtime.

The Feng Shui Garden is aligned with Nature

Logic Prevails
Items placed in the garden should support the balance of nature, plants & trees should be inherent to the area, only plant those which do naturally belong.
Allow plants and trees to grow naturally, only use stakes for support.
A Feng Shui Garden takes heed of changing seasons.

A Feng Shui Garden Gives Pleasure.

Feng Shui Form
Create the “armchair form” it should feel as if the garden is being embraced & protected.
Create the support behind the garden with trees, shrubs or fence, extending around the sides.
Paths should be curved, keep the edges soft and fluid.

Create the Garden That Represents You
Always Remember
Love
Has the Highest Vibration
Love
Everything in Your Garden
After All ~ It’s All About You!

Fly Like A 3 ~ Soar Like A 4
Tree with SunshineFly like a “3” 
It’s early morning, the burst of spring.
Awakened, I am sprouting wings.
Filled with ideas as high as the sky.
So much excitement I feel I can fly!
Soar like a “4”
Propelled by the wind I begin to soar.
Moving faster, effortless.
I want more!

The principles of Feng Shui connect us to the power of Mother Nature. As we review the 5 elements in nature, Feng Shui provides information to assist us connecting with the benefits of each element. Let’s take a look at the element “Tree,” in all its glory, alive, breathing and contributing life for all living things. The energy associated with “Tree” is uprising, early morning, the time of new beginnings.

We associate the numbers “3” and “4” with these energies of Spring.
“3” the boom of thunder! Fast! “4” the wind, gliding faster.
The colors are the bright green of the leaves, the shapes are tall and vertical. Connecting to this element, we feel motivated to move! We are filled with new ideas and excited about the actions we are ready to take. If we find ourselves feeling stuck, what better way to get motivated than to get outside and walk among the Trees. Bringing the energy of Tree inside our homes and office space, we bring life!

Here are some wonderful suggestions for adding this living, healing, motivating energy.

Plants That Keep Us Healthy

Peace Lily Removes chemical vapors, including acetone, alcohol trichloroethylene, benzene, formaldehyde & ammonia. Neutralizes effects of EMF, good to keep near computers.
Semi-sun to semi-shade. Keep out of direct sunlight.

Snake Plant Removes toxins in rooms where no other plants will grow, from photocopier & printers. Good for rooms that do not have ventilation such as windowless rooms and tightly sealed offices. Semi-sun to shade.

Rubber Plant A great humidifier, removes indoor chemicals particularly formaldehyde.
Semi-sun to semi shade, will tolerate dim light and cool temperatures.

Janet Craig Dracaena deremensis This Tree is one of my new favorites! Great for corners!
Places fifth on NASA’s ranking with a 7.8 score. According to data it can remove Formaldehyde, at a rate of 1,328 micrograms per hour. It also removes Xylene, at a rate of 154 micrograms per hour according to http://www.earthwitchery.com/pollution.html. Water completely through early spring through the winter season and allow the plant’s soil to dry out in between watering

Bamboo Palm Adds moisture to indoor air, especially during use of heat in winter months.
Removes chemical vapors trichloroethylene, benzene and formaldehyde.
Low light

English Ivy Filters indoor airborne pollutants such as fecal particles, formaldehyde aerosols.
Poisonous – keep away from pets & children.
Likes bright sun but not under direct light.

 

Exercises for The Spirit In Your Daily Life

It’s the beginning of another new year, we have set our goals, and here we are, already into our second month of the year, February. It’s time to check in to see what is going on. As important as it is to exercise our physical bodies we must also exercise our minds and spiritual bodies. As I have traveled on my journey, I have found that we are so powerful beyond our imagination when we tap into our core, connect to our strengths, our inspiration, when we become centered and without distraction.

We can incorporate some basic techniques into our daily life, to help us connect to our experiences in a different way, to help us stay focused, open our awareness and reduce distraction. Our environment plays a part in our daily experience, so we want to purposefully create the environment that supports us. There is nothing better than the feeling of ahhhh, when we enter our homes. We can feel our bodies go into a relaxed state, our muscles soften, we can breathe. This becomes a pattern we want to create. Before we even enter our home, our bodies will know to get ready. It becomes almost automatic, this feeling of comfort, security, & peace, “I am home.” If we have a different experience as we enter our homes, then take a look around to see messages we are getting. Are we feeling annoyed? Could it be we are frustrated because we trip over shoes, books or assorted items when walking through the door? Or, do we notice we feel exhausted as we enter through the mud room and see all the laundry piled up or the garbage & recycles that are waiting to be taken out.

When we change the things which we have control, we are supported, focused and less distracted. We are able to respond to the events which we have no control, rather than getting lost in those feelings by going into reaction and becoming distracted.

Focus on creating an effortless experience when entering your home. Start with specific things such as, the door opening easily and a clear path to enter. Coming in through the garage, or mud room, first focus on the area you will see as you enter to create that effortless experience, and then you will find, little by little you can start to transform the rest of the space to be more supportive, less distracting. This is the beginning of tapping into your awareness of the experiences of your daily activities.

We want to create support for ourselves at a subconscious level, but first we must become aware of the influences around us in our conscious level.

Here are a few exercises to help you begin.

  1. Wake Up and Expand Your Energy: Before you get out of bed take a moment, breathe, and expand your energy through your body. Set the tone, the vibration, for what you will attract. Take a deep breath, smile and stretch, filling your body with vibrant energy.
  1. Notice “Firsts”: What is the first thing you see when you wake up each morning, the first thing you see sitting at your desk, the first thing you see when you come into your home. How do feel? Create an environment to support you in all aspects – Mind-Body-Spirit. Create your “Fabulous Firsts.
  1. Notice “Feelings”: Be mindful to notice your feelings, recognize what they are, do not get lost in them. As you notice a feeling, an emotion, especially if there is a strong physical sensation attached it, look at it differently: notice it as information that your body is receiving.
  1. Do Not take it Personally! It is not about you!  Once you become Aware of the feelings, you will begin to change your relationship with them. Embrace all of what you feel, and begin a new relationship with these feelings to help you move from distraction to awareness.
  1. As you change your relationship with feelings, you begin to Create a different way to be. Others around will begin to change their relationship as well.
  1. Accept yourself for who you are. Be yourself on purpose. Practice letting go of judgment. Once you let go of judging yourself, you will begin to let go of judging others. Rejoice & be grateful for your perfect you.
  1. Use the exercises that which you resonate, to help strengthen your “feeling  muscle”. Find an activity that brings you to a quiet, focused, centered state. Some examples: Meditation, Reiki, Yoga, Spinning, Walking, Journaling, Daydreaming, Ironing, it is up to you, anything from physical exercise or just sitting quietly and focusing on your breath.