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Angel Skillman, Public Relations Director for Journeys of Wisdom, was curious and so she called Diana, Master Feng Shui Practitioner, to get the scoop on Feng Shui. It was an enlightening conversation as Feng Shui is much more than decorating (which is how most people think of it), placement of furniture, crystals, and mirrors.
To start with, Diana is known for her former work with JP Morgan. She started her employ with Bank One (purchased by JP Morgan) on 8/8/88 and eventually managed business continuity and disaster recovery for their information technology (at its peak was 65,000 workstations and 2,500 servers … and all employees and buildings associated with them). She worked at the command center during Y2K, the New York terrorist attack, as well as hurricanes and floods affecting the U.S. What does Feng Shui have to do with business continuity and disaster recovery? “Everything,” says Diana.
Here’s how the interview unfolded:
1. You’ve been doing Feng Shui for over 30 years, and I heard you reached a crisis point in your life due to your health problems. This resulted in you assessing how you wanted to be remembered, and if you survived -- what you wanted for the future. At the time you wrote a poem, almost a pledge, would you share it?
This evolved during 18 major surgeries, and experiencing death twice. It’s part of my personal mission statement, and certainly a pledge. Thank you, Angel, for the compliment (that it sounds like a poem).
"If I live, I will … "
Live in possibility every moment
Be an agent of positive change
With God’s grace and support, create miracles
Do what's right (rather than what's convenient)
Be financially and emotionally free
Be wise (not righteous) and self expressed
Accept (not judge)
Be open to the contributions of others
Keep my "I love you"s in check
Be the light
2. Can you tell me a little more about how you discovered Feng Shui?
My start with Feng Shui was because I wanted to live. I had studied many alternative therapies, including naturopathy. You see, in addition to what we’ve covered, I had five pregnancies resulting in one living child (multiple full-term). For me, there had to be more than what traditional (and even alternative) medicine was providing. During the course of these tragedies, I lost my faith (temporarily) and was desperate for answers. It was when I started to implement Feng Shui that my life turned around. Feng Shui contributed to my life’s course change, and finding my way back from the darkness.
3. Life in the banking world must have been very different to the work you do now as a Feng Shui Consultant. Did you find the change difficult?
There are more similarities than most can imagine. When at the bank, I had to follow processes and procedures (which I helped to write). Especially that I worked with bank auditors and examiners, we had to test these to ensure they worked and modify them as circumstances changed (i.e., growth, risk factors).
Business continuity means you anticipate known factors and try to mitigate or avoid them. Disaster recovery means something has happened and you have to recover. By day, I would assess a situation according to approved policy. However, nights and weekends I would evaluate the situation from a Feng Shui perspective. It (traditional Feng Shui) is a look into the past, present, and future. I found confirmation of what was going on – which means we could have mitigated or avoided a crisis. Business continuity and Feng Shui are both proactive. Disaster recovery is reactive. It’s much less expense and demands much less effort to be proactive. We’re learning that lesson now (i.e., global warming, the economy).
The discipline of writing processes and procedures, as well as project management, was invaluable. That has certainly carried over to my Feng Shui consulting business. We have a manual of them: 1) To empower staff; 2) To provide consistency in what and how we do things.
Another thing that comes to mind are hours of work. I was on the Emergency Response Team, so was one of the first to be notified/dispatched when there was a crisis. It was common to work 70+ hours a week and be on conference calls at wee hours of the morning or through the night. Now as a business owner, it’s that and more especially that we work across time zones.
To the last part of your question – I had to do this (pursue Feng Shui), it was a calling and I haven’t looked back. I drafted a 10-year plan to leave the bank. It took courage to leave a steady pay check and benefits behind when I was just five years short of full retirement. This was a major decision that affected my family, and my husband understood. My Feng Shui business had grown to the point that I couldn’t be where and when I needed to be even with four weeks vacation. I truly feel that I’m still here on earth for this reason. To the best of my knowledge, all stage four (or worse) cancer patients that I’ve worked with have gone into remission and have quality of life (when they were told they would pass over). Now that’s confirmation!
4. Life has a way of presenting us with what we need. Do you think that is how it was with Feng Shui?
Interesting question. I’ve had many journeys, as most of us have, and all paths led to here. It is said that we’re here to fulfill our destiny. Feng Shui, according to many, doesn’t deal with destiny … but luck. Feng Shui is part of my destiny. Luck seems to have eluded me, and I still feel very blessed.
5. Gradually Feng Shui changed your life completely. In what way?
There are several ways. First, I’m here to share about it. Also, I have full-time career doing something that has a long-term effect. It helps many people in significant ways. Then there’s the cultural dynamic. It’s an honor to serve people of varying backgrounds and faiths … a reminder that we share one planet.
6. You now have an international Feng Shui Consulting Company. Can you tell me more about this and what type of clients you work with?
At one point I tracked clients by the countries they were in. Then it seemed easier to track continents. Again, it’s a reminder that we share one planet. Allow me to provide an example. I’m still on the United States’ Geological Service’s list for earthquakes above a certain rector scale. When something happens on one side of the planet, there is a reaction on the other. To make the point more personal, when you breathe or exhale, that affects others. I believe that when an office or home incorporates Feng Shui, the rest of the building or community benefits.
I work with all economic and social factions; anything from a housewife or stay-at-home Dad to boards of directors, to developers. No stone should be unturned; thus my goal is to change the world one business, one home, one person at a time. Every individual makes a difference, and affects the environment and those in it. Speaking of environments, there’s the environment of the mind, body, spirit, home, work, neighborhood, social network, school, the weather, and so on…that’s why I say Feng Shui affects everything.
7. When you do a consultation what is the first thing you do?
Interview the client. If a practitioner doesn’t understand the client’s circumstances and what their goals are, they are missing a wonderful opportunity. The consult (or more specifically the analysis) is a confirmation of what the client is experiencing. Many clients ask if their spouse called and asked me to say things, or if I interviewed a neighbor before the meeting. When it’s confirmed the client is experiencing what the energy says is there, then the analysis leads to a specific action plan. Being able to influence our surrounds produces hope. How many of us feel hopeless in today’s dichotomy? Well, there’s something we can do and it starts with a single step. Instead of being a victim of our circumstances, we can choose our reaction to it. My health background, as an example, affirms this – I could easily be in a different place.
8. Are there any requests for a consultancy that you least like dealing with?
A couple things come to mind. One is when a client is hoping for a rubber stamp (unconditional acceptance) for what they’ve done. The other is when the conversation of religion surfaces.
Let’s discuss the first example. Many times a client says they know a lot about Feng Shui and they’ve designed their project around that. It’s challenging to honor the fact they’ve researched Feng Shui, and yet I suggest a different approach that may not have the same conclusion they’ve reached. Just like in high school or college, book knowledge goes so far. It doesn’t necessarily prepare you for life and its circumstances. Book knowledge is a foundation to build upon but is not a substitute for years of experience.
The second example, people’s faith, is even more complicated. Traditional Feng Shui is based on science. I try to explain to people (who ask whether Feng Shui conflicts with their faith), that Feng Shui helps to create balance. When people struggle less, they have more time to practice their faith from a place of gratitude rather than scarcity. The point is to value all people of all faiths, or at least those who are open to exploration.
9. Can you give an example of a recent piece of work?
The client owns their success because they followed the advice they were given. They put it into action. When I think of a piece of work, it’s a collaboration. I ask clients for feedback rather than interpret it for them. After all, their experience is the ultimate measure. Our website has many testimonies and letters of reference on it. Clients are confidential until they chose to share their story, and we’re very blessed when they’re willing to do so. Three of them were featured in January’s Columbus Monthly. Several are also on our YouTube channel. As far as a recent piece of work, I’m working on a project now in Columbus. It’s a well-known business, affiliated at an international level, on a premier intersection in Columbus. A press release is forthcoming so you’ll hear about it soon.
As you know, I was hired by The Ohio State University in 2005 to look at a building they were moving a new venture into (an integrative wellness center). When I explained the energy of the building, they asked me to join their faculty (realizing that people’s living environment affected their health). A conservative institution like OSU being willing to embrace Feng Shui was significant. OSU is ranked 56th of the top 100 national universities in the United States by the U.S. News and World Report. To that point (and for the most part), universities place Feng Shui in the adult education arena, not as a course or medical offering. My application had to endure their credentialing process, and ultimately be approved by the Dean of the College.
I mention this because, as you’ve seen, I focus on case studies. Feng Shui needs to migrate from an esoteric art form to a legitimate methodology. I was excited to see the Italian conference focusing on science and case studies, and wished I could have attended.
10. Do you think the application of Feng Shui is becoming more necessary?
Yes, we have to get back to basics. What’s going on in the environment affects all of us. It’s our reaction to it that determines our future. The saying goes, ‘we did not inherit the Earth from our forefathers, we are borrowing it from our children.’ When I did grand rounds at OSU (educational form for physicians and residents), it was an audience to be reckoned with. I explained it this way … “If you take the human cell and place it into a nurturing environment, it survives and thrives. If you take the human cell and place it into a hostile environment, it struggles and sometimes dies. That’s Feng Shui!”.
We are, or should be, at a place and time where we want to co-create our health and environment. It is no longer a case of, ‘here it is, deal with it,’ but ‘what can I do?’ We are all responsible and accountable. The “they” mentality is what got us here. There is no they, there is only us. Feng Shui deals with the environment. As I mentioned, environments include the mind, body, and space.
11. How do you think the principles of Feng Shui could help alleviate the current International crisis?
Global warming? The economy? Politics? War? I can think of many … and it all goes back to one planet. We are ALL responsible and accountable. I would like to think the principles of Feng Shui bond us, yet even the Feng Shui industry struggles with this. There’s so much healing that needs to be done, there’s a place for anyone who wants to help. A first step, in my opinion, is to focus on our similarities not our differences. If there’s one thing I’ve learned, the more I know … the more there is to learn.
I hope, as a result of this exchange, that people think about continuity versus recovery. How can we alleviate crisis (whatever your interpretation – pain, struggle)? Identify risks, create a plan of action, work the plan, and rework the plan as circumstances change (called daily life).
12. Do you think there are an increasing number of people who are turning to ‘Alternative’ remedies such as Feng Shui?
Trends and statistics show this to be true. We’re more educated. We have unprecedented access to information.
13. What is your animal sign?
My stem and branch (according to my year) is water dragon. 2012 is the water dragon, so one would think that’s a great thing. 2012 has its opportunities and risks for all signs. It’s knowing where to be conservative and where to shine that makes the difference. At the talk on Sunday, I’ll give an overview but for people who want more specifics for them individually, I’ll conduct strategy sessions at my booth but the slots go fast.
14. What is your element?
According to traditional Feng Shui, I’m Zhen (hard wood). 2012 is hard metal, which chops wood, so there are risks to plan for.
15. How do you see your work with Feng Shui in the future?
I plan to change the world one business, one home, one person at a time. Governments are a good example. They run as a business and are made up of people. The future is unfolding, and this is an exciting time to be alive! Thank you for this opportunity, Angel.
Have you heard the cliché money attracts money? Are there disciplines the wealthy use so their money makes more money? Sure there are. Whether it’s utilizing financial planners, maintaining balance between income and debt, or saving little on a recurring basis…there is credence in the abundance conversation.
What’s the abundance conversation? Abundance attracts abundance, and scarcity attracts scarcity. Its self talk…what we say to ourselves. Let me explain. If on a daily basis we acknowledge our life as whole, loving, and complete (we have what we need), then we attract more of that energy. If, on the other hand, we acknowledge life as less fullfilling than it could be, we attract scarcity. Our choice creates our perception! This isn’t to say we need to wear rose-colored glasses all the time; that life doesn’t have its ups and downs. It’s about how we choose to view our experiences overall.
I’d like to share some advice that my commercial and residential clients use to raise their prosperity energy because it works and its fun. Commercial clients, as an example, use this information to change their prices. Residential clients use it for budgets and even to request telephone numbers.
There are numbers that improve luck, and those that deplete it. Prosperity numbers are six and eight. When combined with one or nine, it boosts good energy. The first approach is to use numbers at face value (examples are 16, 18, 68, 69, or 89). Another approach is for the series of numbers to total six or eight (examples are 15=6 or 17=8--as you can see, these are reduced to a single digit by totaling the numbers). It's particularly powerful when there are several face-value numbers that total to six or eight (example, 888-689-6891888-689-6891 totals 71, reduce that to a single digit 7+1=8).
How can you raise your prosperity energy? If you need to make a payment for $14, make it for $15 instead. If you’re selling your house, instead of $159,500, ask $161,000. Remember, numbers that show a prosperous face value AND total to six or eight are particularly good. Try to avoid two and five where possible.
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May you be exceedingly, generously, and joyfully blessed,(c) ~Diana Garber
I often hear that Feng Shui is about intent. It’s said that if you set your intent for increased prosperity (put a money frog near the door), it’s supposed to happen. Put action behind thought (intent), and you’ll get better results! Envision a realistic goal (reduce debt which increases income). Be present to what you’re doing (write a check that has good energy) and don’t spend more than you can afford. Reap the reward (sense of accomplishment), and pass it along (be more generous). May abundance be yours!
● The process of maximizing our experience of an environment
● An environment that feels safe and secure.
There are several environments: Mind, body, home, work, relationships, mode of transportation, and so on. When it comes to the mind, body, and relationships - there’s input and output; in other words, positive thoughts and actions attract positive reactions. When it comes to love, being in love, and having others share our experience of it, Feng Shui is definitely a tool for your toolbox.
There are many types of Feng Shui. What most people think of when discussing marriage is the “love” or “marriage” area. That’s Western (Black Sect) Feng Shui. Some of what we’ll cover below applies to Western Feng Shui, and some of it does not.
We’re focusing on classic Feng Shui, which goes beyond a love or marriage area. In this approach, all areas affect love and marriage. As an example, the NW of a church, reception hall, or your home affects the head male. The SW affects the head female. North affects communication, South affects the heart, and so on. Because all areas affect love, and if you are blending a family, certain directions (and the energies there) affect children.
Classic Feng Shui works holistically and is more thorough. If any area is out of balance, love and/or marriage can be undermined. If there’s separation or divorce energy, it needs to be managed. If there’s affair energy, that also needs to be managed.
People have asked me for years how to maximize their engagements, weddings, honeymoons, and homes. This article provides a few useful ideas. The top six tips are listed here. There’s more detail provided later.
As you’ll read below, there are several considerations during your preplanning phase. Timing (date selection) is the number one tip as it has a ripple effect. Events that start on a good energy day are more inclined to stand the test of time.
2 The Wedding Party
Honor people’s personal energies and make the experience a win/win for everyone.
3 The Wedding Experience
Communication equals satisfaction. Create a plan; enroll others to help, then work the plan.
4 The Honeymoon
Select a location that supports both of you (based on tip number two). When you do this, pleasure and relaxation are enhanced.
5 Your Home
A Feng Shui consultation of your home is a gift that keeps on giving. The analysis produces an action plan which then can be addressed with your gift registry (remedies that may be needed). Ask for the right start to support your relationship, health, and success in life. We have hundreds of client testimonies that support this.
Similar to Feng Shui, life is a journey not a destination. You’re starting a life together. Remember to close each day by reflecting on what you’re grateful for. Even when there’s a breakdown, it leads to a breakthrough.
For preplanning, keep these additional tips in mind:
● It is said that anything worth doing is worth doing well. Regarding a date analysis, some people advise just on “wedding” dates. Some advise based on your Western-astrology birth date. Here again, our analysis is more complex and thorough. We consider dozens of factors so you can schedule with confidence (engagement, applying for your marriage license, travel dates for guests, when to have the wedding, time to start the ceremony, when to sign contracts, when to make deposits on services, when to have the reception, travel dates for the honeymoon, moving dates, etc.).
● Your ring’s design can be influenced with Feng Shui. One example is if you are an earth person and your partner is fire; earth is yellow, tan, brown, and square; fire is red, pink, purple, and triangle. You might select a ring with a square diamond in the center and triangle diamonds (or red gems) on the side.
● An eco-friendly approach could be rings with recycled or labor-free metals or gems. It’s always a good idea to have your rings cleansed before wearing them. Cleansing (or clearing) jewelry goes beyond freeing them of dirt. It’s a process of ridding them of energies. A ring that someone else tried on or wore has their energy. If the stone cutter (or person who sized the ring) was upset, that energy is in the ring.
● Ensure the location of the engagement party has good energy. If it doesn’t, there’s usually something that can be done.
● Location-site analyses for the wedding ceremony and reception hall are very important. Even when there’s strong negative energy, there’s typically a simple solution (and temporary since you don’t own the site). Keep in mind that good Feng Shui should be felt not seen. There should not be obvious trinkets or statues around. For more insight on location analyses see my blog All Buildings Fall Into One of These Categories
● Consider having the ceremony and reception at eco-friendly sites (earth and animal friendly). Use eco-friendly materials and decorations. At one wedding, instead of throwing rice we used grass and flower seeds. At another wedding instead of purchasing flowers, guests brought flowers to match the color scheme. Their originality was amazing (added to guests’ forethought and fun) and some were even home grown.
● Establish and follow a budget. Avoid shock and remorse that can diminish the after glow. Local vendors are an eco-friendly approach because they not only cost less, it’s better for the environment.
● Regarding photography, go digital. Upload the pictures to a website where people can purchase the ones that mean the most to them. It makes a difference when people are buying it themselves (versus an open pocket book). You can always choose to ‘gift’ them a picture or two.
● Explore an organic menu with your caterer. Again, that usually means locally-grown food which helps local farmers.
● The cake, like your rings, can be Feng Shui’d according to you and your partner’s energies.
Let’s explore the wedding party in more detail:
● The bride and groom each have their own energy based on birth date, time of birth, and location of birth. We want to honor your energies in everything we do (invitations, wedding colors, wedding attire, site selections, standing positions during the ceremony, food choices, gifts, music, seating selections, location of honeymoon, and we already mentioned rings and the cake).
● The bride and groom’s energy also determines their compatibility. Sometimes we choose partners with similar likes, and sometimes we choose partners that require more work. It doesn't mean it won’t work, it just requires more work. Feng Shui helps to smooth rough edges. In one case, dates were particularly challenging. Their elements were opposite so what was good for her wasn't good for him. The scope of the analysis (because of the complexity) required a search for each day over a two-year span, and then only produced five dates to work with. It was well worth the research!
● Also, when it comes to communication -- strengths and weaknesses are identified with our Friends and Lovers Profile Report. Then we can choose to acknowledge strengths and develop our weaknesses. This is key component for a long-term relationship.
● The bride and groom’s energy determine their individual sleeping directions. If they are opposite, a compromise process begins. Their energy also relates to their choice of home and whether they are undermined or supported.
● The bride and/or groom’s attire is a factor. An eco-friendly approach might be a pre-owned or inherited garment. In this case, a cleansing is in order.
● The wedding-party’s attire is another consideration. If (based on their individual energies) most of the party is fire (as an example), we may want to downplay the color red.
● When it comes to gifts for the wedding party, you can select gifts that compliment their personal energy; or you can simplify it even more … give them environmental donations (trees planted in their name, stars named after them, etc.).
Regarding the wedding experience:
● A wedding or reception location that has an excess of electro-magnetic frequencies (EMF) or geopathic stress can agitate people. Tempers flaring or people seeking excess during your special day are not pleasant experiences. Minimize these effects to be present to the joy and harmony this day reflects.
● If you plan to have an outside reception, flow and set up can be enhanced.
On the topic of the honeymoon, you know by now that timing, location, fun and relaxation are a dynamite combination. In one case, we helped a couple overt a typhoon!
As was mentioned, your home can undermine your relationship, health, and success; or improve them. Instead of items that go on a shelf for use once in a while, your gifts could manifest a better future. Now that’s a great gift and our services keep on giving!
There’s nothing like being grateful for your blessings:
● News You Can Use November 2012
● Blog ~ Gratitude
If, at this point, you’re thinking there’s too much to deal with … Feng Shui actually simplifies the process. It is our job to figure out details and present you with a plan of action. We hear, time and time again, this saved clients time, effort, and money. Do it right the first time and everyone benefits.
Who would have connected personal training with Feng Shui? It was a revelation for me, even when I think that everything relates to Feng Shui. I’m physically a wimp and have never worked out in my life, so allow me to set the stage.
As a child, my sweat glands weren’t developed, so any exertion produced hives. That was not only uncomfortable, it was embarrassing. Also, we grew up with very modest means. My brother’s bikes were made of pieces and parts that Dad welded together. Mom was of the belief that girls shouldn’t ride bikes if they intended to be a true blushing bride on their wedding night. Then there was a trail of health issues and surgeries. I’ve had lots of reasons not to exercise.
Today, I’m in my 60s. What are my excuses now? I’m too busy taking care of others. The additional cost isn’t feasible. I’m too old to start an exercise regime... the list goes on. Then I met Ashleigh.
Ashleigh is an instructor at Otterbein College and an athletic coach for Westerville Schools. She was teaching a course at Otterbein on integrative medicine and asked me to speak with her class. After attending the talk, her Mom (Roni Quint) hired me to Feng Shui her home (her testimony is on our website). Then Ashleigh and Andy hired me to Feng Shui theirs. During the consult, Andy suggested we do their business.
Andy Katzenmoyer (former NFL player), John Quint (Ashleigh’s brother), and Ashleigh own a personal-training business. Andy and John (former skeptics) agreed with Ashleigh that we should Feng Shui the facility, so we met at L.I.F.T. (Life Improvement Functional Training).
My reasons to exercise suddenly had more weight (no pun intended) than my excuses not to. It’s the right time, right place, right people, and right circumstance. Oh, new excuses continue to reveal themselves, such as: 1) Someone I know will see me struggle (or worse yet, see me in work-out clothes); and, 2) what if I can’t follow through with their routine? We all have those undermining voices, don’t we? What I’ve come to realize is that when we’re looking for an excuse not to do something, we’ll find it. Following the advice I give to clients, I dismissed the fear and chose abundance (instead of I can, I will do this).
Honestly, I didn’t know what to expect. I thought there would be a quick assessment of my capabilities (or lack of them), a tour, and they’d check on me as I used the equipment (commenting when I did something wrong). I thought it was likely similar to what our potential clients anticipate. It’s only the actual experience that changes their perspective. As an example, a recent client hired several previous Feng Shui consultants who all suggested mirrors, coins, crystals, and Asian symbols to correct problem areas. Following our session, she commented at being ‘blown away’ at how detailed, in-depth, and on-point our approach was. We actually analyze the energy, then recommend an action plan that complements their tastes and style.
L.I.F.T. and Feng Shui have goals in common: Empowerment, improving life, and wellness (to name a few). We also have similar processes. They use a detailed and lengthy assessment on an individual. We use a detailed and lengthy assessment of buildings’ and people’s energies. Instead of cookie-cutter, one-size-fits-all approach -- everything is specific and customized.
Ashleigh did my body assessment and John led my balance and structural evaluation. They have a team approach with clients just like we do. I find it comforting that the entire staff knows my results and how to help me. The total process took a couple of hours.
John and I chatted about what we were doing and why. During one of the balance exercises, my right foot pulled the ball to the side. John explained that meant my left side is weaker. This complemented the yin/yang concept of Feng Shui. I explained that left is yin (feminine) and right is yang (male); and my body was confirming my personal yang score of six and yin score of two, and the influence my Dad had on me growing up.
When John and I finished the balance and structural evaluation, Ashleigh explained the results of my body-fat assessment. Yes, it’s one of those face-the-fear-and-do-it-anyway moments. Beyond the obvious, she coached me on regimes to follow and supplements that will help. Again, not having a frame of reference on how personal training works, I later checked with friends and clients who work out. They confirmed L.I.F.T. is thorough and quite a little treasure.
I never thought I’d be a person in the work-out crowd. This time there were too many signs too ignore that now is the time; a knowledgeable and caring staff, a business committed to excellence, an environment that supports its clients.
In today’s world of instant gratification, people are looking for the fast and easy – the silver bullet. I coach my clients about that and want to lead by example. There’s a commitment to this undertaking, and I feel supported at L.I.F.T. Especially in today’s economy, people are stressed about loosing their jobs and homes. This is a way to be proactive and productive, again … just like Feng Shui.
There are many correlations to draw upon regarding Feng Shui and personal training, including it’s the journey not a destination.
May is in the 2nd quarter of the year and we’re still encountering Spring. The primary direction we’re focusing this quarter is East representing wood, the rising of the sun, new life, and nature reclaiming the land. East honors the male gender, ancestors, and family. In business, customers and employees are highlighted. Those of us who are the wood element (ming gua numbers 3 and 4) are featured.
The positive attributes of the East are vitality, technology (at least when it works - haha), intelligence, and prosperity. Negative attributes include anger, anxiety, thunder, and storms; thus why we coined the phrase, “management your environment consciously or unconsciously it manages you.”©
Visually the color equated with Spring and East is green. The shape is rectangular (or tall) which can be seen everywhere in nature as the green plants grow upward towards the sun.
Our theme for May is “every day in every way -- Feng Shui serves you and your family.” There is a catch though. I’m referencing authentic Feng Shui principles and practices that were developed in ancient China. This is very different from other forms of Feng Shui that are generic (cookie cutter) renditions. Classic Feng Shui is precise and customized. It starts with the land, man’s impact to the land (buildings, roads, etc.), the internal space, and then occupants (people or animal) in the space. Most other forms of Feng Shui only deal with internal space. Critical aspects of authentic Feng Shui include the landscape (called Form School) and algorithms (called Flying Stars).
Flying stars shift every year. Just as this year is different than last year, Flying Stars change and provide valuable insights. Therefore, it’s important to know possible trends so that life can be enjoyed rather dreaded (making the bad…worse, or capitalize the good). Here’s what 2015’s Flying Stars look like.
An explanation is in the video, and a summary provided below. In all cases, think of your office building, your office suite, your yard, your home, or each room in your home. When the implications aren’t positive, are you experiencing the symptoms described? When the implications are positive, those directions can be good areas to spend time.
2015 Flying Star Directions and Definitions
1 in the East: When managed well can help with recognition. When not managed well, can cause theft, robbery, or violence. Have a door in the East? Think about a security system.
2 in the Southeast: It brings illness, disharmony between females, and sleep problems.
3 comes to the center (affecting all directions and all of us): It brings quarrels, carelessness, anger, lawsuits, and doesn’t favor youth.
4 in the Northwest: It brings literary and love luck.
5 star is in the West: It brings bad luck of all kinds, financial loss, accidents, misfortunes, mishaps, fights and death.
6 in the Northeast: It brings luck from heaven, success. helpful people, and supports real estate. When not managed well, can cause upset and anxiety.
7 in the South: It can help couples conceive. When not managed well can cause heart or mouth issues; or increase the risk of fire.
8 in the North: It brings wealth and prosperity; but when not managed well can increase liquor/drug consumption, hasty decisions, money concerns, and blood/kidney problems.
9 in the Southwest: This can help women looking for romance or a promotion at work. When not managed well, can influence OB/GYN concerns as well as eyes and our mental state.
Want to know more about authentic Feng Shui? Attend this free workshop. So what do I mean above by “manage?” Have your office or home assessed. If you notice any of the negative things mentioned above are happening, wouldn’t it be wise to get that handled and stay ahead of it? What's the price of a consult compared to the consequences of not having it done? Priceless!
I saw on the news last night that heroine deaths have doubled and I mentioned that in the video way back then. Feng Shui (and risk management – which is my background) is about being proactive. Anticipate a problem and be preemptive (business continuity); or have it get the best of you and react when it happens (disaster recovery). Let me help you to help you!
I'm currently working with an architect to determine whether to redesign/remodel/add-on to our current home, or design/build from scratch. I'd like to incorporate feng shui into the design process. Do you or will you work along with architects? If so, when would be the best time to jump into the project? Jeanne, Nashport, Ohio
Yes, I work with architects. When is the best time to join the project? Sooner than later – Feng Shui is a master-planning tool and affects all aspects of a project:
Think of it this way – everything resonates energy. Feng Shui helps determine whether those energies support or hinder each other. When they hinder, life is more difficult; when they support, life is more joyful.
I hear consistently that Feng Shui simplifies the decision process. There's an average of 16,000 decisions for a new build house. For the unknowing (about how how Feng Shui works), architects and designers may see it as a hindrance; but for those who have experienced authentic Feng Shui -- they know it to increase effectiveness, time, and cost. Most importantly, authentic Feng Shui results are quantifiable (health, success, life satisfaction).
For an existing building, it is imperative to understand the energy of a building before embarking on a decision to redesign, remodel, or add-on. I’m working on a project now where the architect drew up a remodel for an L-shaped house. This would result in the NW portion of the house being vacant. NW represents heaven and the head male, so these aspects would have been undermined. As Christian and married clients, NW is a must. We redid the design. Had Feng Shui been in the master-planning stage (before others were engaged), it would have saved them time and funds (do it right the first time).
For a new-build, Feng Shui is a must. It impacts the project from the ground up (see this article and research). A client that I worked with on their new-build said that having an action plan (knowing composition and color) when visiting the design center was alone worth the fee -- that it saved them a lot of time, and gave them confidence in their choices. They love their home.
Thank you for the question, and I left a message on your voicemail. ~Diana
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