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ACTIVATE YOUR LOVE

As a feng shui consultant, I appreciate the symbols of love that Valentine’s Day surrounds us with. Hearts, hearts, and more hearts! I’d like to encourage my readers to remember that LOVE is essential to all beings on this planet. Be kind to your neighbors and your neighbors’ pets. Cherish your mom and your sister as much as your spouse. Valentine’s Day does not have to be for couples only. Spread loving kindness wherever you go and it will come back to you multiplied.

Check out this one-of-a-kind art piece necklace I created for one very lucky person. There will never be another one like it. Made from rare Venetian glass beads, Tibetan stone dZi beads, black glass and sandalwood Buddhist mala beads, and one vintage blue resin heart with scorpion embedded within:  Available at ArtBarn on Etsy:

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BEWARE PSYCHIC VAMPIRES: GET HAPPY!

Two paintings by Vincent Van Gogh both painted in 1890–“Almond Branches in Bloom” and “At Eternity’s Gate”. Which one makes you happy?!

Ever notice how being around negative people — a.k.a. “psychic vampires” — can bring you down? We’ve all experienced a colleague who comes to the water cooler carrying the bad news about who got fired recently, or dumps all the venom she feels for the boss on you. Being around negativity can really bring us down.

The good news? It’s now been scientifically proven that happiness is contagious. That’s right: Research compiled by the Harvard Medical School and the University of California at San Diego proves that our moods are directly affected by the people we hang out with, and even by the people they hang out with. The study demonstrated that our social networks (family, friends, neighbors, professional colleagues) influence us greatly whether we realize it or not.

Like a virus, happiness can spread from person to person with direct contact. The flip side, of course, is that sadness and negativity spread in the same manner. However, the research proved that sorrow did not spread as efficiently and completely as happiness did, which is good reason to be cheerful (and pass it on).

How can you do that if you’re unhappy with your life and career? First, rule out clinical depression.

If you’re feeling sad, overwhelmed, disinterested in anything, sleeping too much or not sleeping at all, these symptoms indicate that a visit to your doctor is in order. If you simply hate where you work, there is something you can do; you can choose happiness. That’s right: Happiness is a choice. We can set up healthy boundaries, adopt an infectious upbeat attitude, and work toward changing our career direction to match our goals.

• Surround yourself with happy people. Avoid the office gossip and other toxic people in your life. Spend more time with happy people that you know.

• Pump up your endorphins. Exercise releases happy hormones in your brain. If you’re a couch potato or a desk jockey, no wonder you’re feeling blue. Leave your desk and go for a walk around the block on your break if you can’t get to the gym.

• Stay hydrated. Along with proper diet and nutrition, remember to drink plenty of water. Without it, we get sluggish, and happy people are energetic ones.

• Count sheep. Getting a good night’s sleep is half the battle. With so many of us suffering from sleep disorders, no wonder we’re so grumpy. Lack of sleep causes irritability and lack of focus on the job. If you’re having problems sleeping consult a physician.

• Get clear on what is missing from your current employment and take steps to get what you need. Make lists of the pros and cons of staying with this gig or leaving. Take inventory of what you like about your job and what you don’t. Write down what would make you happier with this job or the next one.

• Take control of your situation. One of the reasons for unhappiness is that we feel we have no control over our situation. But whose life are we living? Speak up. You may not be able to get the boss to agree to everything on your wish list, but with some negotiation you may get some of what you want, you just have to risk asking for it.

Beware: Choosing happiness is contagious. When you choose happiness, you will be influencing others around you to get happy, too. When that happens, you may actually discover that you like where you are after all.

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OUTDOOR ART SHOW? Attract buyers!

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Here’s a simple idea that can help you attract buyers to your outdoor art fair tent: hang bright colored ribbons to catch the eye and the wind—stimulating your feng shui opportunities.

The ribbons around the tent in the photo above are placed first at the very back covering the Wealth, Fame, and Love areas. If that’s all you can do, that’s the most important. Hang the sides to right or left if you can. Not only do the ribbons signal “Creative Person Here!”, they also serve as defining walls where there are none, separating you out from your neighboring artists.

You don’t need to use ribbons. You could hang bells, chimes, crystals…whatever is appropriate to your merchandise and venue. The point is: use your creativity to raise buyer awareness and to stand out in a crowd. That’s good feng shui!

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JAPAN’S TREE OF HOPE

‘Tree Of Hope’ Stands As Poignant Symbol In Japan : The Two-Way : NPR.

This is the only tree standing of a grove of pine trees planted in Rikuzentakata, Japan some 200 years ago. The tsunami wiped the town out but this lone tree is a symbol of hope to the townspeople and we can take some inspiration from it, too. What has inspired hope in you when life seemed unbearable and you felt like tossing in the towel? Share with us in the comments please. And Japan still needs our help: here’s how you can help and you can also buy this CD.

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HIGH POINT SOURCE RED EGG INSPIRES GOOD FENG SHUI

The High Point International Furniture Market officially opens April 2nd but there’s plenty to see for those of us wanting to walk around getting a “sneak peek” today! Click here to see Lisa Sherry’s great “Luxe Life” blog featuring this fantastic pictorial spread of  the Red Egg showroom (which also happens to be located in a completely restored historic Victorian mansion) in High Point. Yes, this is a showroom, but it’s also owner/designer Carol Gregg’s home and Feng Shui By Fishgirl feels the feng shui vibes here are very warm and cozy.. Her use of color, textiles, art, and accessories will give you many ideas for displays in your own home space.

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FENG SHUI @ EDWARD CULLEN’S HOUSE

The Cullens' Mouth of Chi (no blood here!)

There’s a lot of buzz about the Twilight series of books and films. In the design world, the house that Edward Cullen’s family of vampires lives in is getting much attention, too. The spectacular $3M home of glass set in the woods of West Vancouver is owned by Brian Hemingway. Built in the early 1950’s by architect Arthur Charles Erickson and later renovated to perfection by Hemingway, the house is a scene-stealer in the New Moon movie.

Let’s look at the feng shui in these pics. I’m told that the home is reached by a long meandering driveway. Right off the bat (no pun intended, I swear) this is good feng shui. You don’t want any “poison arrows” that bring the chi energy in a straight shot to your home if you can avoid it. The Mouth of Chi (front entry door) has several positive features: well lit, strong beautiful wooden doors and handles, and a tree to the right. What I don’t like is the beam jutting out towards you as you walk down the path to the door. It could be softened if you hung a gorgeous plant or some kind of flag/banner or just remove the darn thing.

The interior has a good mix of elements (wood, fire, metal, earth, water) but seems a little top-heavy in the “water” element. Besides the pool, the abundance of glass windows also represents water. The white walls represent metal. Of course there is a lot of wood in the house but the views also bring the forest and earth inside.

The fireplace especially pleases me because it has curves which offset the sharp, angular, masculine (yang) qualities of this house.

One photo that shows an angled windowed corner jutting into the room is what we call in feng shui terms “a knife edge”. If you sit or sleep directly in the pathway of this energy you will not feel very comfortable. The feng shui cure would be to place a potted tree there with big round leaves so the sharp corner is covered up and the chi energy diffused.

The Cullens might also be practicing feng shui since they have set the intention to not eat people. Setting intentions is an excellent way to boost feng shui!

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OH LITTLE TOWN OF BETHLEHEM

Bethlehem, PA used to be the hub of America’s steel industry. By the 1980’s, the industry had moved offshore leaving thousands of people without work and numerous mega-sized industrial buildings empty.
A once thriving city turned into a ghost town….NOT good feng shui for anyone living there. But Bethlehem has come back, bigtime. The Sands casino & hotel has come in from Vegas and has rehabbed some of the old empty buildings, creating jobs for local workers and turning the old mills into a must see destination spot. When the project is completed, there will be retail, condos, lofts, theatres, and entertainment complex. Taking abandoned buildings and converting them into exciting public venues is great for the environment (repurposing instead of tearing down) and is also a way to revitalize the chi energy downtown in cities nationwide.
I find old historic structures to be so beautiful, don’t you? These in Bethlehem are massively huge. BTW, the Sands casino is state-of-the-art with computer animated dealers at the black jack tables and all kinds of cool. I’m not a gambler, but I love checking out new building projects!




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