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Do you know how to pay attention to the signs and omens all around you? Synchronicity is more than just a song by The Police. It’s when you notice things surrounding you that correspond to your mood or answer questions you were thinking about. It’s almost as if you’re getting messages from the universe. The ancients called them signs. You might know them as affirmations. They come when you are paying attention and listening with your heart. I’ve written about this before.

Photo courtesy of Deer Isle Chronicles.

This week I left the island for a few days to take a short road trip. I had been feeling stressed out for various reasons and needed to get away so I seized an opportunity that came up suddenly. While driving along the road, feeling anxious/depressed/tired/ and emotional I began to cry a little. Within moments there was a sign ahead of me on the right—an actual sign that I wish I had stopped to take a photo of. It was written in black letters on a white board and said “Recover While Away”.  Talk about instant karma! I pondered the words for awhile wondering what the actual sign’s purpose was other than its hidden message for me. It was a few days later that someone told me the sign advertised upholstery recovering for summer people who go to winter homes! On my way home (after the requisite recovery I made on my retreat!) I seemed lighter and happier. I even saw an American bald eagle swoop down across the highway in front of me and a few minutes later I witnessed a great blue heron going in the opposite direction. Both are wonderful omens of Spirit.

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SYNCHRONICITY SYNCHRONICITY AT PLAY "She says we are ALL connected!" ~ Jim Carroll (from his song, "Sisters") Peel away the masks, we are all connected.        When asked what Feng Shui is, I often explain that Feng Shui is not a religion nor is it a form of magic. Feng Shui is a practical method of assessing and improving the quality of our lives through observations and analysis of our home and office environments. That being said, Feng Shui can–and often d … Read More

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The following tale is one of synchronicity, art, following one’s passion just for the pleasure of it. Vivian Maier took hundreds of thousands of photographs over her lifetime. She lived alone as a nanny in a room at her employers. A young man named John Maloof discovered a storage bin of her negatives and began some detective work on his own time. He tracked her down for months only to discover that Vivian had died a few days prior to him learning who she was. No doubt there will be more to this story as historians and museum curators become involved in securing Vivian Maier’s place within significant American photographers. One of the interesting feng shui points in the story—besides the remarkable photographs—is that apparently Vivian was also a hoarder. Stacks of boxes filled her single room and overflowed to a storage area in the basement as well as recently discovered storage areas outside of her home. See the video and feel free to comment your thoughts!

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SPOILER ALERT: We’re discussing the film “Yes Man” here and may disclose some of the plot so if you haven’t seen it –and I recommend you do– come back to read this post afterward.

It’s rare that I get both uplifted AND entertained by a movie. Director Peyton Reed’s “Yes Man” is that type of film. Starring Jim Carrey as “Carl” and Zooey Deschanel as “Alison”, the story starts out with Carl as a sad sack guy filled with negativity and ennui wanting to stay at home hiding from his friends and the world at large. It’s only when he takes a seminar that requires he say yes to everything (even dubious opportunities) that good things start coming his way. Feng Shui By Fishgirl calls that being in the flow with the universe. Not only does his dead-end job turn around but also Carl ends up being happier and attracting more opportunities to him. That’s what feng shui is all about.

Carl soon starts noticing the synchronicity and begins to look for signs. By the end of the film he realizes he can be a conduit to bringing other people together, introduce opportunity to his widening circle of friend, and discovers that he is integral to their lives since we truly are all connected. Without Carl saying Yes to taking Korean lessons would Sue and Norman meet at the end of the movie, for example?

We never know where saying yes is going to lead. And fortunately, the movie explains clearly that one doesn’t need to say yes to everything and everyone, just those things that resonate within one’s heart. It’s opening your heart that is key and then paying attention to what it’s telling you. Then you are free to say no to some things (which is the same as saying yes to yourself). Of course, all of this is conveyed with a great deal of humor and pathos as Jim Carrey delivers a touching and believable performance. I say 2 thumbs up to “Yes Man” and to making more films like it. Do you agree?


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Just like happiness, I believe optimism is a choice. I like to look for signs and the last week of December I saw synchronicity everywhere that 2010 is going to be a much better year than the last. While walking on the beach the day before Christmas, we were just about to leave the beach when out of the corner of my eye I spied a pod of dolphins breaching the waves close to shore only 25 feet away from us. As soon as she had our full attention, one of the dolphins broke from the pack and actually surfed the wave. It was breathtaking and I had never seen a dolphin surfer before. I didn’t capture it on film, but I did find several photos online of similar dolphins at play so it seems that this phenomenon is not as unusual as it is rare to witness it. Felt like a personal message as I belong to Dr. Connie Kaplan’s online dream circle known as “Dolphin Dreamers”. I’ll be posting more about Connie’s work here at Feng Shui By Fishgirl in the coming weeks.

Wandering around Wilmington, NC we went into antique shops. There was a gorgeous seated mermaid statue made of metal with a beautiful green patina. I admired it only to find out later that my bf had gone back to purchase her for me. What a great gift! Is it only a gift? I think it was synchronicity to find such a bold an beautiful embodiment of a fishgirl to remind me of my practice.

Meanwhile, another walk on the beach…I noticed our dog Loolie deliberately carrying her Frisbee over to something in the sand and dropping it there. I walked over to see what she’d found. Much to my delight, it was a rock. But not just any rock. Someone had painted this rock so that it looked like a ladybug. On the belly of the bug-rock the artist had painted “I Love You”. Call me sentimental but I could swear my dog knew she had found a way to express her love for me. Or even better, the love of the universe found it’s way to me through Loolie. A very good sign and a reminder that we are all connected.

On the last day of our trip, we discovered a pond of beautiful golden koi fish…a most auspicious symbol in feng shui terms.

Once you become accustomed to looking for good omens and acknowledging the ones you see, you’ll soon be in synchronicity with the personal messages that the universe wants you to notice. Pay attention (and let us know what signs you’ve been receiving by posting in our comments sections below).

UPDATE: I flipped through my dream journal and had this one on Oct 31, 2009:

I saw a tiny turtle the size of a ladybug or maybe even smaller. As soon as I noticed it, the turtle started growing. Before long it was recognizable as a loggerhead turtle about the size of a computer mouse. I put it in a fishbowl and was going to get water when my dog Loolie came in and got curious about what I was doing. I picked up the bowl so Loolie couldn’t get at the turtle. I saw the turtle was still growing and already the bowl was too small.

Hmmmm……I LOVE how dreams often come true in this fashion. The beach we happened to be on when Loolie found the ladybug(rock) in real life was a beach used by turtles for mating. And, the large dreaming group I belong to that is growing and growing is known as Turtle Dreamers (Dolphin Dreamers is a group within the group).


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“She says we are ALL connected!” ~ Jim Carroll (from his song, “Sisters”)

Peel away the masks, we are all connected.

Peel away the masks, we are all connected.   

    When asked what Feng Shui is, I often explain that Feng Shui is not a religion nor is it a form of magic. Feng Shui is a practical method of assessing and improving the quality of our lives through observations and analysis of our home and office
environments. That being said, Feng Shui can–and often does– have “magical” results. Focusing our hearts and minds on high intentions for our greatest good is one principle discipline of Feng Shui. When we decide to live our lives with what I call “Intentional Success”, we create an atomosphere of willingness  to open ourselves to the best things in life, the little magical daily events that remind us that we are all connected. 

Those amazing little coincidences are also called synchronicity. Once we begin paying attention to them, and honoring them for the little miracles that they are, we might notice that they begin to happen more frequently or with greater impact on our lives.

Here’s an example from my own life. In December 2005, a new client approached me about consulting on her house. There were several little things that happened leading up to the appointment that almost made me cancel or reschedule. But, my intuition said to show up. Unbeknownst to me, she was really a reporter acting as an undercover agent in order to review my feng shui services for The Wall Street Journal. Even after I worked with this client, I was not told of the upcoming article. 

A few weeks later, I was at LAX picking my boyfriend up from a trip he made to the east coast. He greeted me by saying, “Guess who is in The Wall Street Journal?!” and handing me a stack of extra newspaper copies. I thought HE was in it. But as it turned out, he was referring to the feature article that my client had contributed to. It was very exciting to be one of only five feng shui experts chosen world-wide for this wonderful piece. 

Another five weeks or so passed. I attended a friend’s art opening party several towns over from where I live. Several things were happening in my life at the time,but, once again I felt my intuition tell me it was important to show up.It was an event that I especially wanted to show up for, to support my good friend in the last show she would have at this particular gallery. A little while after I got there,I spied a man wearing a colorful jacket that had unusual cross-stitch embroidery on it. It caught my eye because back in December I had cut up an old skirt I had from the same type of embroidered cloth and transformed it into a pillow. I made  the pillow for my boyfriend as a Christmas present and thought he would enjoy it since he is an avid textile collector, and, as I mentioned before this textile was quite special. I didn’t know it’s provenance so I decided to approach the man at the party to see if he knew where his jacket originated. 

He did. It was from Chiang Mai, Thailand. With that mystery solved, we continued to converse. Turns out he was an ex-New Yorker like me. He invited me and my boyfriend to a weekly salon type party that happens in downtown LA where I live. We spoke of what we did for a living and I mentioned that I was both a fine artist and a feng shui consultant. What happened next was classic synchronicity: he told me he was very interested in feng shui and his good friend who first invited him to this salon party downtown is a reporter who recently wrote an article for The Wall Street Journal. Imagine his delight and surprise to learn that his friend and my client are one and the same person! We have since become friends and this has widened my circle
of opportunity for abundance and good ch’i (energy). 

Much has been made of the ‘six degrees of separation’ that connects all of us to one another. I can only offer my own experience as proof of this concept. More importantly, I think a point can be made about how much we gain by “showing up”.
With our busy lives, we have so many choices of where to spend our time and our money. We are often too tired to go anywhere after a long day of working hard. When I think about the opportunities that have come to me by following my intuition and showing up, it inspires me to continue to do so and muster the energy when it feels important to do so. And, to pay attention to the little synchronicities along the way that are life-affirming gifts. 

When we pay attention to synchronicity, we strengthen our intuition. We invite more ‘magic’ into our routine lives. With a stronger intuition, we are able to set higher intentions for ourselves about what we wish to attract into our lives. This is key to good feng shui.

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