Daily Archives: December 1, 2009

PARTY FENG SHUI

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With so many of us under stress and facing uncertainty this holiday season, with our troops overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan, is it wrong to celebrate the holidays and ring in the New Year? Good question. And I’m sure it’s on the minds of many a corporate manager who is trying to cut corners and tighten the belt during this tough time as well as many of us who used to throw lavish parties at home for our nearest and dearest. I can’t pretend to know what we “should” or “shouldn’t” do. But I do have some suggestions on how to add feng shui chi energy to your space before and after a party.

BEFORE:
• Burn some incense. This clears your space of any negative residue. It alters the energy in a room immediately and calms the mind (which is why it is used in Buddhist temples). When people enter your space, they will subconsciously shift into a more receptive mood, hopefully leaving their cares behind for a few hours instead of bringing more stress with them.

• Color my world. By New Year’s everyone’s a little tired of the traditional red and green, however both colors represent great feng shui. Red symbolizes fire and action. Green represents wealth and abundance as well as good health and growing things. Try adding touches of purple, too. Purple enhances good chi for wealth as well as health and spirituality.

• Feed your senses. Good food and libations are essential to celebrating and holiday cheer. But don’t forget to include music to lift the spirits of your guests.

AFTER:
• Clear the air. Now that the party’s over, you want to ensure that the thoughts and concerns of your guests and the highly charged party energy don’t linger in the space. Restore harmony by burning incense again.

• Best intentions. Be conscious of wishing all of your guests well as they get safely home. Visualize prosperity, health, and happiness for your company, your guests, and yourself in 2009. It’s more important than ever that we gather our energy and focus on positive change working together for a brighter tomorrow.

• Have a Happy New Year!

This article by Katy Allgeyer was originally published by Working World Magazine.

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LETTING GO OF YOUR CLUTTER

1) Take an inventory of where you have clutter in your life. Examine your immediate work space, your home space, your car, your friendships. Assess the size of the clean up job and schedule time to handle it accordingly.

2) Start with baby steps. Remember, dealing with clutter is often overwhelming because it brings up painful emotions related to our psychological attachment to the clutter. If you’ve got clutter all over your home or office, start with one small area and clean that up first.

3) Pace yourself so that you don’t get burned out on letting go. Set small goals of one file at a time. Set a time goal of one to two hours per day to clear up the clutter until you’ve got it under control. Thereafter, you should be able to manage it with less than ten to fifteen minutes per day.

4) Fade away. If you’ve got a group of friends that are a negative influence on your life, remove yourself gradually from the group by seeing them less and less over a period of time. Surround yourself with positive people and experiences. Often the people we’ve outgrown will just naturally drop out of our lives once we’ve claimed our authentic selves.

5) Reward yourself for embracing your clutter-free self and removing the blocks to your success. Get a manicure, go to a movie, buy yourself a lottery ticket!

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LOVE POWER HEARTS

In 2003, my art installation “WALL OF LOVE: The Art of Feng Shui” was exhibited first in Los Angeles and then in Berlin, Germany as part of the KunstKreuz Love & Peace Festival. The installation consisted of 99 individually painted Love Power Hearts. Each of the heart paintings was designed to activate feng shui through use of color, symbol, and a powerful mantra for peace that was ritually imparted on each piece after the entire 99 were painted. 99 is also a particularly auspicious number.

SIGNED PRINT REPRODUCTIONS OF INDIVIDUAL “LOVE POWER HEARTS” ARE AVAILABLE FOR $18 (includes S & H). Email katyallgeyer at mac.com for more info.

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DOES YOUR MOUTH OF QI NEED A DENTIST?

This is a particularly beautiful “Mouth of Qi”–entry door–with beautiful decoration all around it designed to attract Qi (“chi” energy) to the occupants of the house it belonged to once upon a time (it’s now in a museum). Entry doors are important to the feng shui of any space because that is where opportunity knocks first. Location of the entry, size and color of the door itself, materials it is made of are all factors to be considered when analyzing feng shui.

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WALK THIS WAY

Walkways are better feng shui if they are not “straight arrows”. A little curve improves the chi energy. The idea behind the curve is to slow down the chi from coming (and going) too fast. I like this plank walk through the forest, don’t you?

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OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT FROM MICHAEL MOORE

Subject: An Open Letter to President Obama from Michael Moore
Date: Mon, 30 Nov 2009 03:30:48 -0500

An Open Letter to President Obama from Michael Moore
Monday, November 30th, 2009
Dear President Obama,
Do you really want to be the new “war president”? If you go to West Point tomorrow night (Tuesday, 8pm) and announce that you are increasing, rather than withdrawing, thetroops in Afghanistan, you are the new war president. Pure and simple. And with that you will do the worst possible thing you could do — destroy the hopes and dreams so many millions have placed in you. With just one speech tomorrow night you will turn a multitude of young people who were the backbone of your campaign into disillusioned cynics. You will teach them what they’ve always heard is true — that all politicians are alike. I simply can’t believe you’re about to do what they say you are going to do. Please say it isn’t so.
It is not your job to do what the generals tell you to do. We are a civilian-run government. WE tell the Joint Chiefs what to do, not the other way around. That’s the way General Washington insisted it must be. That’s what President Truman told General MacArthur when MacArthur wanted to invade China. “You’re fired!,” said Truman, and that was that. And you should have fired Gen. McChrystal when he went to the press to preempt you, telling the press what YOU had to do. Let me be blunt: We love our kids in the armed services, but we f*#&in’ hate these generals, from Westmoreland in Vietnam to, yes, even Colin Powell for lying to the UN with his made-up drawings of WMD (he has since sought redemption).
So now you feel backed into a corner. 30 years ago this past Thursday (Thanksgiving) the Soviet generals had a cool idea — “Let’s invade Afghanistan!” Well, that turned out to be the final nail in the USSR coffin.
There’s a reason they don’t call Afghanistan the “Garden State” (though they probably should, seeing how the corrupt President Karzai, whom we back, has his brother in the heroin trade raising poppies). Afghanistan’s nickname is the “Graveyard of Empires.” If you don’t believe it, give the British a call. I’d have you call Genghis Khan but I lost his number. I do have Gorbachev’s number though. It’s + 41 22 789 1662. I’m sure he could give you an earful about the historic blunder you’re about to commit.
With our economic collapse still in full swing and our precious young men and women being sacrificed on the altar of arrogance and greed, the breakdown of this great civilization we call America will head, full throttle, into oblivion if you become the “war president.” Empires never think the end is near, until the end is here. Empires think that more evil will force the heathens to toe the line — and yet it never works. The heathens usually tear them to shreds.
Choose carefully, President Obama. You of all people know that it doesn’t have to be this way. You still have a few hours to listen to your heart, and your own clear thinking. You know that nothing good can come from sending more troops halfway around the world to a place neither you nor they understand, to achieve an objective that neither you nor they understand, in a country that does not want us there. You can feel it in your bones.
I know you know that there are LESS than a hundred al-Qaeda left in Afghanistan! A hundred thousand troops trying to crush a hundred guys living in caves? Are you serious? Have you drunk Bush’s Kool-Aid? I refuse to believe it.
Your potential decision to expand the war (while saying that you’re doing it so you can “end the war”) will do more to set your legacy in stone than any of the great things you’ve said and done in your first year. One more throwing a bone from you to the Republicans and the coalition of the hopeful and the hopeless may be gone — and this nation will be back in the hands of the haters quicker than you can shout “tea bag!”
Choose carefully, Mr. President. Your corporate backers are going to abandon you as soon as it is clear you are a one-term president and that the nation will be safely back in the hands of the usual idiots who do their bidding. That could be Wednesday morning.
We the people still love you. We the people still have a sliver of hope. But we the people can’t take it anymore. We can’t take your caving in, over and over, when we elected you by a big, wide margin of millions to get in there and get the job done. What part of “landslide victory” don’t you understand?
Don’t be deceived into thinking that sending a few more troops into Afghanistan will make a difference, or earn you the respect of the haters. They will not stop until this country is torn asunder and every last dollar is extracted from the poor and soon-to-be poor. You could send a million troops over there and the crazy Right still wouldn’t be happy. You would still be the victim of their incessant venom on hate radio and television because no matter what you do, you can’t change the one thing about yourself that sends them over the edge.
The haters were not the ones who elected you, and they can’t be won over by abandoning the rest of us.
President Obama, it’s time to come home. Ask your neighbors in Chicago and the parents of the young men and women doing the fighting and dying if they want more billions and more troops sent to Afghanistan. Do you think they will say, “No, we don’t need health care, we don’t need jobs, we don’t need homes. You go on ahead, Mr. President, and send our wealth and our sons and daughters overseas, ’cause we don’t need them, either.”
What would Martin Luther King, Jr. do? What would your grandmother do? Not send more poor people to kill other poor people who pose no threat to them, that’s what they’d do. Not spend billions and trillions to wage war while American children are sleeping on the streets and standing in bread lines.
All of us that voted and prayed for you and cried the night of your victory have endured an Orwellian hell of eight years of crimes committed in our name: torture, rendition, suspension of the bill of rights, invading nations who had not attacked us, blowing up neighborhoods that Saddam “might” be in (but never was), slaughtering wedding parties in Afghanistan. We watched as hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians were slaughtered and tens of thousands of our brave young men and women were killed, maimed, or endured mental anguish — the full terror of which we scarcely know.
When we elected you we didn’t expect miracles. We didn’t even expect much change. But we expected some. We thought you would stop the madness. Stop the killing. Stop the insane idea that men with guns can reorganize a nation that doesn’t even function as a nation and never, ever has.
Stop, stop, stop! For the sake of the lives of young Americans and Afghan civilians, stop. For the sake of your presidency, hope, and the future of our nation, stop. For God’s sake, stop.
Tonight we still have hope.
Tomorrow, we shall see. The ball is in your court. You DON’T have to do this. You can be a profile in courage. You can be your mother’s son.
We’re counting on you.
Yours,
Michael Moore
MMFlint@aol.com
MichaelMoore.com
P.S. There’s still time to have your voice heard. Call the White House at 202-456-1111 or email the President.

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