Feng Shui Miracles

“Always throw split salt over your left shoulder, keep rosemary by your garden gate, plant lavender for luck and fall in love whenever you can.”
– Unknown

Eighteen years ago Feng Shui opened my eyes to a world of energy that lies below our awareness yet has the power to impact our environment, our relationships, our attitude and our future. It also produces miracles when nurtured. How do I know? Barbara’s story tells it best.

Barbara had fallen in love with a craftsman style home here in Portland and wanted to get started right away on aligning the energy with her lifestyle. Before the sale was finalized she requested a Feng Shui consultation. I gave her ideas about her home’s design but before I left we stepped into the backyard. I saw the entangled Ch’i from the previous owner’s neglect: the dark, overgrown vegetation; broken, rotting fence and the presence of hungry ghosts.

Aware of how it looked she wasn’t aware of what it meant and when I shared this, her eyes got very big. Instead of reacting Barbara dug in (literally for ten months) to do what she needed to create the paradise she envisioned. Once she moved she asked me to return to perform space blessings. I brought my ceremonial bowl, rituals, mantras, prayers and she supplied the high proof liquor, the rice, the special powders and the intention to bless her property. Together we made what we call in BTB Feng Shui “sacred food” to feed the “hungry ghosts” because Barbara was determined to start on the right foot.

We walked the property, chanted blessings and offered sacred food all the while asking the spirits to be well fed and leave, or stay and be helpful friends. Pretty uneventful until we stepped into the backyard where I tripped on “air”, the bowl flipped out of my hands and the rice went flying. A trickster hungry ghost had no intention of leaving. Fortunately we retrieved most of the rice, I got my composure back and we persevered. It nearly happened a second time. This was definitely a tenacious spirit. After we completed the ceremonies, I suggested that Barbara perform this same one over the next two days to strengthen the work we had done.

Before I continue I believe it’s important to share a synchronous moment prior to my arrival. As I was driving to Barbara’s home a crow flew alongside my car at my head height for a good distance. After I left the consultation, I consulted the I-Ching and shared with Barbara what I had received: Hexagram 27, what Willhelm Baynes calls“The Corners of the Mouth” (Toltec I-Ching calls it “Trusting Intuition”)
The Judgement explained:
The corners of the mouth.
Perseverance brings good fortune.
Pay heed to the providing of nourishment.
And to what a man seeks
To fill his own mouth with. 

Crows are shape shifters, their presence helped us shape shift the land. Barbara replied. “There was a really big energy shift right after I finished the last ceremony yesterday and in the morning crows were in in my front yard eating the rice! I got the sense they were taking it to another dimension, helping to shift and transform the energies.”

Over the months Barbara and her husband nourished the land with blessing ceremonies, cleared gnarly areas, removed invasive species, installed a new fence, met with the neighbors and planted their dream garden. Throughout they resolved to keep their hearts in the right place, be good stewards and be a positive influence for the neighborhood. 

And it worked!
Ten months later here are a few of what Barbara calls her “miracles”and what Feng Shui  would call “good fortune”. “We felt a huge shift once we put the plants in the area where the blueberries are. We met the owner of the apartments and it turns out we have a lot in common and he’s very much on board for cleaning up. During the time we were out of town, he removed the trees along the fence line and cleared out the brambly mess. He thought he might put up a storage shed but also mentioned selling the property. He told us it was his health that has kept him working on it. Another miracle: is before we moved here I wished that a yoga studio would be walking distance from my house. A new yoga studio opened nearby! And so far, I’ve liked every teacher. And it’s a few minutes walk from my house!”

I never underestimate the power of Nature to communicate and that all we need to do is open our hearts to Ch’i and listen with my eyes to discover miracles.

Happy Summer Solstice! May summer hold miracles for you.

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January 9 New Moon I Holy Cow!

“We rise by lifting others.”
–Robert Ingorsoll

Will this new moon bring a horns of a dilemma or a precautionary tail?  The last month before Chinese Lunar New Year is referred to as the “tail end of the year”. For the next 28 days take time to be aware. Take a sniff, look about and when the coast is clear, tread softly and lend an ear. A kind word can curb that cute curly Ram tail from sending you high flying. 

Ox loves to help. The beautiful bovine is steady, practical, perseveres and has great strength, qualities that serve us in meeting life’s challenges. With the post holiday stress it is the perfect time to take account of how you feel. But it requires that you slow down. One way is to fit a few moments of exercise into your lifestyle. Not as a resolution but an opportunity to listen to your body. Go for something different: a yoga program, walking the neighbor’s dog, swimming at the community pool….The social time and the good it does for your body and spirit enliven your Ch’i. Choose something that energizes you and you enjoy and most of all invite a friend to join you. The mantra, “I am committed to my well being.” can also read, ”I am committed to my friend’s well being too.”

A bit of divine guidance can bring fruitful results. Here are soundbites for you in the Month of the Ox. Rat: the Heavens are watching. If you working diligently, Helpful People will come to your aide. “Once you have gathered a favorable time, an advantageous locality and the support of the people involved, prosperity will come to you.” Ox: it’s a mixed bag. Some good luck, some not so good. Watch your spending and financial loss. At work avoid getting into fights. Perform a good deed each day to turn events in your favor. Tiger: celebrations and worries. Good luck and bad. Your career is going well but take precaution against exhaustion. You may find friends and family turn against you. Meet it head on and resolve the matter. Rabbit: big emotional ups and downs but if you chant the Heart Calming Mantra, Gate Gate Para Gate, Para Sam Gate Bodhi Swaha, nine times, you will have the clarity to be objective and come to a resolution. Perform good deeds to help you get past any adversity. Dragon: a month to be flexible and open minded but know to quit when you are ahead. Avoid talking about others and listening to rumors. Snake: a Three Harmony month! Bad luck turns good and your spirits are lifted. If you want to win an argument use tolerance and appeal to the other person’s senses. Don’t visit funerals or grave sites. Horse: you luck has gone south. Work through issues in a low profile and diligent manner. Focus on family harmony, arguments may bring you bad luck. Ram: a month of “Direct Conflict”. Beware of financial loss and traffic accidents. Do not take risks with investments that appear precarious. Monkey: overall you are lucky and everything goes well. Help others gladly, perform a good deed daily to accumulate virtue and increase your merits. Rooster: a Three Harmony month! Everything should run smoothly. Prosperity is yours. Listen to experts for advice, especially in the case of your career. And help out with the health of a family member. Dog: a ”Mutually Offensive” month. Take time for self reflection and correct your mistakes. Blaming others is like spitting in the wind, it comes back to you. Pig: though you receive a lot of money this month be aware of unknown disasters.

Chinese Lunar Year’s Eve is February 7, 2016. In my next blog I will share an opportunity for you to join in the celebrations, Zodiac Friends! May all your wishes come true!

Thank you to Khadro Crystal Chu, Black Sect Esoteric Buddhist Feng Shui for your unfailing command of Feng Shui and Chinese metaphysics.

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How To Manifest Peace

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” To this day, especially in times of ‘disaster’, I hear my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing there are so many helpers–so many caring people in the world.”
Mr. Rogers

The tragedies that have pierced the heart of the world were such a force that I had to step back these past several weeks to think deeply how Feng Shui may empower us to create a world that is safe. The story we tell this time of year is about peace, goodwill towards all. I asked myself, “How do we maintain a peaceful coexistence throughout the year?” “Build it into the world!” whispered in my ear.

It is through H. H. ‘Professor’ Lin Yun rich legacy of Feng Shui and dharma teachings that I am able to share this wisdom with you. I have selected six Feng Shui precepts that I believe will help us to help each other live under an umbrella of peace. At the least may they be a foundation to harmonize our hearts and mend strained relations and not just the United States, but around the world too. Because when we show we care, we feel safe.

Solidarity In a sense right now we are all vulnerable. Professor Lin said planting bamboo will help vulnerable areas. Bamboo is an uprising force. It provides support. It can drive away negative forces and has the power to suppress evil Ch’i over time. Bamboo is hollow and soft inside, these characteristics symbolizes humility. When you plant bamboo, you add that quality to your own nature. You create solidarity and help your neighbors, near and far, when you place bamboo or the imagery of bamboo in your home and/or plant bamboo on your property. It will wrap its long limbs of peace and safety around you.

Safety New homes that consume an entire lot are on the rise in major and mid-sized cities. They create pressure among neighbors. Everyone feels the narrow space and tight fit. Like a pressure cooker that has to release steam an adjustment to your home can deflect a crisis before it happens. Plant greenery, especially plants with colorful flowers in your lot, both front and back yard. The colors release the pressure of being crowded. It is also vital we maintain our city parks and not let them be sold to developers. Stay up to date on city policy and stay closely connected to your neighborhood associations.

Stillness Take time to be still and shake off negativity by meditating. Start with chanting. The Sanskrit chant, Om mani padme hum, has been practiced all around the world for thousands of years. As you chant and meditate you may realize you have all the power, clarity and the omniscience of the Buddha. If you do not ascribe to the Buddha, then place your focus on God or your higher power. As you practice meditating you unify your inner being, your heart comes into coherence. You let go of divisiveness and inner conflict which is the pathway to peace.

Softness His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama has often expressed that feeling warm-hearted allows him to smile and be happy even in the company of strangers. Being kind and nice towards others creates an atmosphere  for them to be kind in return. A smile works wonders in a potentially unfamiliar situation. When you can help another person feel at ease neither you or they feel alone. Your lives become much easier. Practice kindness, sympathy and generosity daily.

Simple beauty A son and father interviewed after the Bataclan attack. The son is fearful the gunmen may return and he wants to leave. His father speaks calmly to him and says, “They may have guns but we have flowers.” The son feels reassured comforted and a look of peace washes over his face. 

In 2007, Nancy Etcoff, Ph.D. of Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital and her research team investigated the effects of flowers in the home. Flowers foster compassion. Participants noted that they felt influenced by flowers emotionally, causing them to feel kindness and more compassion for others. Looking at flowers first thing in the morning, particularly in the kitchen, dissipates anxiety and feelings of depression. Having flowers at home can have a positive carry-over impact on your mood at work too. They energize your time at work.

In the Chinese culture flowers served as a significant vehicle of communication. They convey epic messages that express powerful positive emotions. A peony, the national flower, stands tall and symbolizes prosperity, happiness and peace. Plum blossoms, the harbinger of spring, represent firmness and solidity. The lotus whispers, that which may not be sullied. Chrysanthemums brave the frost to bloom in a vast array of colors. The narcissus is known as ‘the fairy over ripples’. They speak of the correct way of living, indicating being clean and healthy. If you want a flower’s quality to support your endeavor, display a picture purchase flowers and usher in the force they represent. For those suffering from acid reflux Professor Lin shared The Flower Cure.

Self Care If you are suffering from stress or depression caused by the tragedies or you can’t quite put your finger on what the stress is but you feel pressure, make an adjustment in Helpful People. It could be the house, office, bedroom, or any Helpful People gua. If you need more strength, place three cures, one in each of three places. If you live in an apartment, one could be the home, bedroom, and desk. If you live in a home with property, you can adjust the bedroom, house and lot.

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What I have discovered about our homes is that creating a heart healthy space leads to peace and contentment. The bedroom is where it begins. Start with my complimentary pdf: 27 Bedroom Concepts To Maximize Your Health, Happiness and Peace of Mind. Design your space to your best advantage. Subscribe to my blog and special offers. You’ll receive this valuable Feng Shui Guide as a thank you gift.

 

The Power To Heal: Feng Shui Sound Bites For Better Health.

“The first wealth is health.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson

1 in 3 people will get cancer in their lifetime. If you are reading this, either you have cancer, are in remission, have a relative who is living with cancer or know a friend with cancer. It has become inescapable in the 21st century. I lost two sisters to cancer. When I heard about the eleven part docu-series, “The Truth About Cancer” I knew immediately I wanted to watch the series in its entirety. Ty Bollinger interviewed 28 doctors, 11 Scientists, 9 Survivors and 1 Attorney across the United States and Mexico. They discuss the environmental causes of cancer, why it is now a pandemic and protocols for preventing and treating cancer. Robert Scott Bell, D.A. Hom., homeopathic physician interviewed on TQTC, produces and hosts an internet program, “The Power To Heal Is Yours”. His mission is to empower his audience through talking about the politics associated with health, the environment, and available healing modalities, among those, non-invasive cancer therapies. Taking on “the power to heal” mission, my intention is to empower you through sharing Feng Shui adjustments that create positive Ch’i and support a positive lifestyle so you can minimize illness and live a healthy life.

Feng Shui is too often an infrequent part of a health regime due largely to consultants’ education efforts being ignored. In 2013 cancer was declared an epidemic in the U.S. Most causes of cancer stem from our environment–inside our home and beyond our four walls. We can no longer afford to turn our back on the environment that affects our health. I have discovered when I help clients address confusion, anger, wandering Ch’i, accidents, instability and insecurity through adjusting the design details in their home, I help them address major Ch’i depletion. Why is this important? Ch’i depletion becomes fatigue. When it become chronic fatigue, it compromises the immune system and a compromised immune system does not have the resilience to overcome illness including cancer. A home where the Feng Shui has been corrected is an environment that has life force and vitality. When design features that affect one’s thinking and emotions are addressed, the occupants have mental clarity, awareness and are better able to recognize the nuances of ill health before it morphs into a disease that runs away with their money and peace of mind.

My belief is these Feng Shui Sound Bites will increase your awareness that health is holistic and that you can do something about it. The actions I have included will help your home support you. The list is by no means complete. There is much more to this body of Feng Shui health than I could include here so I designed this sampler to inform you how to start the process of addressing your’s or a loved one’s health concerns holistically, from the ground up.

  • When Illness Is Chronic. To help end chronic illness, remove dead plants from around the front door. This is especially a detriment to good health for older folks. Also perform Adjusting the Sediment. If the occupant has a chronic depression, use the colors apple green or reddish purple.
  • When Illness Is Constant. If you are ill all the time this will help to end the cycle. Check to see if you have the following: two windows opposite one another with the bed in between, if so adjust this. Two doors opposite one another with the bed in between. A window and a door opposite one another with the bed in between. Adjust a bathroom over a kitchen, especially if the toilet is directly above the stove.
  • When Illness Is Caused By The Environment. To reduce your sensitivity to toxins in the environment, plant a garden. Your Ch’i will be enhanced by the surrounding green and lush vegetation.
  • When Illness Is Fluctuating. When you get well but get sick again, get well and sick again and it never seems to end, adjust a building or residence with many levels. Adjust a stairway in the center.
  • When Illness Is Cancer. H. H. Lin Yun advised to never use Feng Shui as the sole means to address a health issue. He would always say: find a doctor who is a specialist. Seek a second opinion. Seek a doctor of Oriental medicine. If all of this fails, or as a reference, seek holistic healing. A powerful and effective transcendental cure he shared: visualize the auspicious Ch’i of the Six True Colors (white, red, yellow, green, blue, black) entering every cancer cell in the body. Visualize every cell turning back to normal. Complete with The Three Secrets which are three things you do with your body: hold a mudra (Like the Calming Heart mudra or prayer mudra), mind (visualize what you wish to accomplish) and speech (say a mantra like the Six True Words or say a prayer from your tradition) to complete this visualization. Adjust the front door by adding nine vital plants to this area. It may help someone who has cancer. A transcendental method is the Three Flute Method (placing a cure in between the mattress and box spring because the energy that is closet to you affects you the most. Cures in and around the bed are very common and we see positive results in BSTB Feng Shui).
  • When Illness Is Breast Cancer. Find a doctor who is a specialist. Seek a second opinion. Seek a doctor of Oriental medicine. If all of this fails, or as a reference, seek holistic healing. Adjust the Partnership gua (it is symbolic of the Female ) and the T’ai Ch’i/Center (Health) position in your home.
  • When Illness Is Uterine Cancer. Find a doctor who is a specialist. Seek a second opinion. Seek a doctor of Oriental medicine. If all of this fails, or as a reference, seek holistic healing. Then hang a round faceted crystal in the Partnership gua (it is symbolic of the Female and the abdomen).
  • When Illness Is Prostate Cancer. Find a doctor who is a specialist. Seek a second opinion. Seek a doctor of Oriental medicine. If all of this fails, or as a reference, seek holistic healing. Then perform the Ten Fingers Stretch nine times a day, repeating the cycle three times each of the nine times.

The power to heal is yours (thank you, Robert Scott Bell)! If you are not getting the results you envisioned with your current protocol, please contact me to talk, 503-232-2543, I may be of help.

What I have discovered about our homes is that creating a heart healthy space leads to peace and contentment. The bedroom is where it begins. Start with my complimentary pdf: 27 Bedroom Concepts To Maximize Your Health, Happiness and Peace of Mind. Design your space to your best advantage. Subscribe to my blog and special offers. You’ll receive this valuable Feng Shui Guide as a thank you gift.