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The Different “Schools” of Feng Shui

If you’d tried to learn about Feng Shui via the Internet, I’m sure you’ve run into a mishmash of information, leaving you more confused than ever.

This is because there are several schools of Feng Shui, and while they have overlapping principles, they can also be very different. (By the term “school,” I am not referring to places of study, but rather the different types of Feng Shui traditions that are in practice today.)   So what happens is that you seem to run up against contradictory information.  But by learning which school you tend toward, you’ll be able to narrow down your search and hone in on the important stuff, which, of course, is figuring out what to do in your home and office to create the most optimal chi flow!

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(image thanks to Luminous Spaces)

FORM SCHOOL:

Form School is the school that started it all. It has to do with landforms, hence the name. Back in ancient China, (and I’m talking ancient as in thousands of years ago), where you sited your home was of the utmost importance to survival. A home needed protection from the winds and storms, as well as from invaders.   Hills and mountains would serve as a sort of shield. People also needed access to healthy flowing water, like a creek or river.   In short, the landscape was the first thing that made a difference in the Feng Shui of a space, and therefore the “luck” of the inhabitants.

Today, Feng Shui consultants absolutely consider the exterior of spaces, but because humans’ needs and exterior landscapes have changed dramatically with modern times, one must take that into account when assessing it.

Form School knowledge is typically embedded into the fabric of the two other major schools of Feng Shui, the Compass (or Classical) School and the Buddhist Tibetan Black Hat (BTB) School.

COMPASS SCHOOL:

As you know, Feng Shui takes into account the interiors and exteriors of spaces. The Compass School is true to its name – practitioners who prescribe to this school use a compass and the directions to determine chi flow of a home. If you’ve read enough about Feng Shui, you’ve discovered the famous Bagua map. It’s a map that you use over a floor plan to determine the different areas of your space that relate to the different areas of your home. This map is oriented to the directions in Compass school using a compass specially made for Feng Shui, called a Luo-Pan.

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Furthermore, Compass school take the birth dates of the inhabitants into account as well as the date the house was built, so that there is an astrological aspect to the cures a practitioner provides. If you’ve heard of Flying Stars, Upper and Lower Heaven, the Four Pillars, or the Eight Mansions, know that these concepts are in relation to the Compass school of Feng Shui.

For a more thorough read on the Compass School, The Spruce website has a lovely description to take you a bit deeper. Read here!

https://www.thespruce.com/feng-shui-history-the-compass-school-1275251

Lillian Tao’s writings are based in this school and are probably the most widely-read.

TIBETAN BLACK HAT

The Tibetan Black Hat (BTB) School of Feng Shui was brought over to San Francisco in the 1970s by Grandmaster Lin Yun, a fifth generation Feng Shui master. The most obvious difference between this school and the Compass school is that the bagua is oriented to the front door of the space, or the Mouth of Chi, as it’s called rather than the directions.   Lin Yun also emphasized the importance of “intention” in Feng Shui, using this concept to implement cures. In this school, intuition plays a large role, while in the Compass school, numbers overrule intuition more often than not.

Similarities between the schools include use of the Five Elements (water, wood, fire, earth, and metal), which can be found in traditional Chinese medicine, as well as the notions of Yin and Yang in a space, and the most common denominator, Chi flow.

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Many other schools have surfaced as derivatives or combinations of these two major schools, such as Pyramid Feng Shui or Modern Feng Shui.  It seems like new ones are evolving every day, so it’s important to research the ones that fit what you’re looking for.

PERSONAL OPINION ON THE SCHOOLS:

Back in the 1990s, I self-taught myself BTB through years of research and practice, even taking on clients for a small fee with the understanding that I was still learning.  While living in Los Angeles, I sought a teacher to take my studies to the next level. A lovely woman took me on as her student and apprentice in the tradition of the Compass school.   I was eager to learn, and she and I hit it off, so I went ahead with my studies with her, although I was more familiar with the BTB School. It was amazing to learn the complicated mathematical formulas that went into the concepts of the Flying Stars and in relation to the building date of the home and the birth dates of the occupants.

However, as my studies deepened, I recognized that the philosophies within the Compass school were clashing, if not discounting, what I had already come to learn with thorough practice of BTB.   I found that some (not all) of cures that the Compass school called for were counter-intuitive to the point of being superstitious; whereas in BTB, the cures had, in a way, a higher logic in terms of common sense mixed with a little psychology and good old-fashioned smart design.

After a while, I realized that BTB suited my practical nature more, and because I had seen so many amazing results with friends and clients and myself within the tradition of BTB, I decided to study and become certified with Sharon Stasney of the Feng Shui Training Center in Salt Lake City.   It was absolutely the perfect fit, and I recommend any and all of her books.

I am happy I learned what I did with the Compass school, and I hold my collegues in that tradition in high regard.  BTB was just more for me! To be clear, both schools deal with energy, and that is the most important aspect of Feng Shui.

I hope this helps with your own personal Feng Shui studies and if you’re looking for a consultant, please take these schools into account. It’s an amazing practice that has changed my life for the better, and I hope this write up help you on your own path of discovery.

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Year of the Earth Dog, Message for You!

IMG_7485Hi all, Meet Maddie, the mascot I chose for this year, the Year of the Earth Dog.  Isn’t she wonderful?  She’s the biggest baby of my friend and soul sister, Elizabeth deRamus, a talented photographer here in Birmingham, photo courtesy of her!
I wanted to give you some tidbits about the upcoming Chinese New Year, happening Feb 16th!.  As you know, every year with the lunar new year calendar, there is believed to be a “shift in energy,” which is represented by an animal on the Chinese zodiac, as well as an element.  This year, it’s the Earth Dog, or Brown Dog, or Mountain Dog.
In Feng Shui, we like to do everything we can to welcome in this new energy!
I’m personally slightly giddy about this, because I LOVE DOGS.
I admit, the Rooster year was definitely full of wake-up calls for me.  Some of those wake-up calls were a little shocking to the system to be honest, so I’m ready for a little more romping and playing, represented by the Dog.  Let’s look FORWARD!
 
Here’s what I’m picking up for this year’s energy, 2018, Year of the Earth Dog:
Dogs are happy.  Many folks say they are the embodiment of unconditional love.  After all, they are unabashed in their affection for people — wagging tails, licking faces, following their every footstep, pawing at their knees, sometimes overboard by jumping up on them or trying to wrestle.
 
I picture a big shaggy slobbery happy dog bounding up to this year energetically, eager to HAVE FUN with the ones they love and adore. 
This year is about PLAY.  It’s about SHAMELESS EXPRESSION OF AFFECTION.  It’s about stumbling over oneself and not caring.  It’s about rolling in the mud, digging up bones, and just being downright care-free.  ABOUT TIME, RIGHT?
Then there is the other aspect of Dog.  The ever-watchful eye Dog has, the quick instincts, the quick-to-act.  The Protector, the Guardian, the Noble Sidekick.   Dogs set boundaries.  They speak up.  They have keen senses that they rely on, and they are discerning.
So with all the playfulness that comes with Dog, comes a sense of DUTY.  In this case, it would be a sense of duty to oneself, a recognition that we are sacred beings who deserve to have fun, love and be loved, and live freely amongst one another.   But in order to do that, we must be tuned into OURSELVES, our inner knowing and take care of that aspect of ourselves so that everything we do can spring from that special unique place within us.  In this way, “protection” doesn’t mean building walls and avoiding situations at all costs.  A stern look, standing tall, perking up the ears, and a warning bark will do in most cases.
Dogs also represent LOYALTY.  They are unyielding in their devotion.  Add the element of EARTH, which denotes stability, nurturing, abundance, and connection to the natural rhythms, I’d say that we are going to feel a lot more settled this year, like a “coming together” of sorts.
To honor Dog, consider giving your Dog special treats and extra belly rubs on February 16!  Volunteer at the Humane Society.  Offer to take a neighbor’s dog for a romp, or simply make a visit to a dog park and observe and appreciate.  Set out dog treats for neighbors who walk by your house.  Print out a photo of your favorite dog, and hang it where you can see and admire it.  Or, if you’ve been thinking about it, this year is optimum for adopting a dog of your own.  Consider a rescue!
Regardless of how you celebrate the upcoming Year of the Earth Dog, be sure to make it playful, silly, and light, preferably outdoors – just like a dog would like.
ENJOY!   Hoping the Year of the Dog brings you all that you desire!
On Feb 22, I’m offering the Feng Shui & Energetics of Money 9-day eCourse!  Sign up today to start the Year of the Dog in the mindset of abundance!
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Getting Clear for the New Year! Ask Yourself These Questions

I’m a New Year’s nerd. I have always loved a new beginning, a reason to shift, the collective reset the world seems to tune to.
With my work, I get to celebrate New Year’s twice — first on January 1, then second at the Chinese New Year, usually a few weeks after.
Which is just dandy to me!  I feel like January 1 is just the warm up for Chinese New Year!
Soooo…Soon I’ll be talking about the Year of the Dog, which begins February 16, because I know you’re anxious to hear “predictions” and how to set intentions and what not, but first let’s take a peek back at 2017.  This is nice to do because it can help you let go of anything that’s not serving you from the past year…and refine your intentions for this one.
1.  What were some great things that happened during 2017 for you?  
2.  What were some things that were not as fun — list them briefly, we don’t want to harp on them — and now, what GOOD came out of each of these instances?  (It can be the slightest good or a huge breakthrough, just write it.)
3.  What clarity did you get in 2017, if any?
4.  Where and how did you grow and expand in 2017?
5.  2017 was the Year of the Rooster — did you have any “wake up calls”?  How will you apply this new information for 2018?
6.  Out of all of the above, what would you like more, more, more of?
I encourage you to take some time to WRITE DOWN your answers.  Writing is an amazing tool to process and to get clear.  You don’t have to write dissertations, but I do suggest getting a bit into it!
Remember, in Feng Shui, as you already know, this time of year is the big CLEAN OUT in preparation for the Chinese New Year.  It’s symbolic of letting go of the past and making room for the new, and guess what, IT WORKS!
Every year, this is when I do my “maintenance,” so join me and some others in this practice.  It’s nice to do it as a group — holds you accountable, and it’s inspiring to see what everyone is doing!
I’ll be encouraging on social media and in these emails, so….let’s do this!
Declutter Your Way to Clarity eCourse begins Jan 21, 2018!  For more info and to sign up, Click Here!
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Should You Create a Meditation Space in Your Home?

As a Feng Shui consultant, this is a question that I get overpexels-photo-267967 and over again. After all, most of us know by now how important meditation is to a fulfilling life. Taking that time – ideally daily — to get still, with the intention of connecting to yourself and Spirit, I have found to be imperative to cultivating a feeling of peace, clarity, and joy.  Personally, when I made the commitment to meditate for fifteen to twenty minutes each and every day, my life took on a different kind of “flow.”

 

Because I have a regular meditation practice, then you may assume that I have a particular space for meditation, maybe one with lovely pillows and an altar and candles. So you may be surprised when I tell you that, no, I don’t.

 

I do have two dedicated spots for meditation. But you wouldn’t walk into my house and say, “Great meditation space!” One is in my backyard in my Adirondack chair beneath some trees. The other is on my living room sofa.

 

The truth is not every house and not every person needs a “fancy” spot to meditate.  All you really need is somewhere you can get comfortable and not be disturbed. After all, meditation is about letting the senses go by tuning out the world so that you can tune into the “inner.” Sometimes I even meditate in my (parked) car or in appointment waiting rooms, if my morning meditation got cut short.

 

This being said, if you are longing for a designated spot to meditate and your home is conducive to it, go for it! I’ve walked into meditation rooms that felt so sacred you could hear a pin drop on the sheepskin rugs! I’ve seen altars with every deity known to this dimension set out intentionally and with a love that would bring tears to your eyes.

 

The problem I see clients run into is that they think a meditation space will make them meditate. And they use the excuse that they don’t have a place to meditate to not meditate.

 

If you fall in that category, consider yourself busted, and start meditating stat by simply sitting somewhere, anywhere, where you can close your eyes and go inward. Phone timers work wonders to keep you disciplined and focused.

 

On the other hand, if you’d like to set up a space, here are some suggestions:

  1. Choose a pillow, chair, rug, or blankets. I like to have my back supported, but I know some traditional meditation practitioners who promote sitting cross-legged with a straight spine, chin slightly down. If this is your choice, consider a pillow beneath your sit-bones so that your knees are slightly below your hips to help your posture. Stacking or folding blankets works for this too.   Furthermore, sheepskin rugs are favorites among the kundalini yoga set because wool, being a natural material, is said to help you “connect.” That being said, if you’d rather be in a comfortable chair or even sitting up in your bed with pillows behind your back, that’s fine!
  2. Consider an altar. An altar is a collection of objects that acts as a visual aid representing your spiritual life. Think of an altar as a personal tribute to your spiritual self and whatever supports that. When I have had altars, I placed special quotes, pictures of angels and fairies, fresh flowers, candles, Feng Shui symbols, and crystal mandalas there, simply because these things speak to me. An altar is simply a set point for the higher vibration you want to achpexels-photo-313093ieve.
  3. Make sure you select the right spot. I’ve seen bedrooms where the inhabitants have had to step over their altar in order to walk through, which is not ideal! Furthermore, it was low to the ground when everything else had height, which just felt off. Bottom line: if you’re “forcing” where the meditation space goes, it’s probably not the right spot. One client’s children kept overtaking her supposed meditation room with art projects, so eventually she just let the room be what it wanted to be – a space to create – and found other places to meditate.   She was so relieved when I told her, “Great! The room found its purpose.”

 

Creating a meditation spot should be a pleasurable experience, so that you’re drawn to the spot for a respite and sacred connection. If it’s more work than play, no worries, your meditation practice depends on you, not your space.

 

Remember, if you’re practicing Feng Shui, then you’re creating a sacredness in your entire home, so consider that as well when deciding if a dedicated meditation space is right for you.

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Katie is available for Skype and phone consultations including Feng Shui advice, intuitive readings, and Law of Attraction coaching.  katierogers777@gmail.com

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How to Move Up the Emotional Scale

If you’ve been following me for a little while, you know that I love love love love talking about the Law of Attraction.  My view of life, Feng Shui, relationships, and God/Source/Universe shifted profoundly once I began to take the teachings of Abraham-Hicks to heart.

So I wanted to share a cool thing I have learned from it all.

First, I would say that when I first started studying Feng Shui, the bagua map was what rang my bells.  A map to your space?  That reflects different areas of your life?  And when you make changes within the sections, changes in your life occur?  YES, PLEASE!

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Similarly, when I first started studying Abraham-Hicks’ take on the Law of Attraction, I was floored by what they call “The Emotional Scale.”  (Photo taken from their book, Ask and It is Given.)

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The concept is this:  We all want to be at #1.  Joy, right?  Or at least close to that would be great too!  That’s where we find true connection, true alignment with you we are, and reaching for that feeling is basically the reason why we want anything, do anything.

But we’re humans.  We are going to bounce around this scale.

The key is to figure out how not to stay on the lower end.  The key is to find the thoughts that keep us on the higher end of the scale.

They call it a scale for a reason.  You can’t jump from Despair to Joy. It’s just not gonna happen. You gotta move up the scale.  You gotta find a feeling of “relief” from the feeling where you currently are, and sometimes, well, if you’re in Depression or Fear, that can look like Rage.  But at least it’s not Depression or Fear.

And yes, this takes practice.  And no, going from Depression to Joy doesn’t have to take 40 — or even 4 — therapy sessions.  It really doesn’t have to take much time at all, but it does take practice.

For someone who feels a lot (any other empaths out there?), seeing this scale was groundbreaking for me!  Being able to first of all, identify my feeling and where I was on the scale really helped me just surrender and accept where I was.   Feelings aren’t bad (even if they may feel bad)!  According to Abraham-Hicks, they are information!  It’s OKAY.  But you want to find that “feeling of relief,” which sometimes is just moving just a wee bit in the right direction, up the scale. If you push against where you are on the scale, instead of surrendering into it and accepting it, you’re just going to bounce around on the lower end and feel like you’re in a never-ending cycle that you can’t get out of.

My favorite thing to say to myself when I want to move up the scale:

“I am willing to feel better.”  

Notice the word “willing.”  It’s the key to this mantra!  You can’t force yourself into a better feeling, but you can relax into a willingness to feel better without judging yourself or trying too hard to make anything different.  

Remember this is “being” work, not “doing” work, but if you’re inspired to an action (sitting in bed binging on Netflix all day; going for a run; grabbing a pint of ice cream; punching a pillow; getting out the paints; writing a poem; calling that person), then sure, do what you gotta do.

It’s your life, remember.  You’re the one in charge here.  And you have more Freedom than you can ever imagine….even if you might not feel like it today.

 

Katie offers Law of Attraction and Feng Shui Coaching by phone.  Reach out to her at KatieRogers777@gmail.com or 205.983.0888 to schedule a session today!  
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Burning Man Nostalgic

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Every year, as the summer winds down, with my birthday around the corner, and the smell of school in the air, I feel the lure. Fellow “pilgrims” scatter dusty reminders on my Facebook wall: photos of fire and art, bikes, goggles, bandanas, ships on sand, braids, tutus, furry jackets, steel trees, giant Tetris games, smiles for miles, and, of course, the Man. Art and fire. Fire and art.

Burning Man. It’s been nine years since my last burn, and still, still to this day, although I’m a mom with a business living way too far from the place where Burners gather, I wonder if some how I’ll get one of my famous last minute tickets, camp invites, rides, and some how make that crazy pilgrimage once again.

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2001.  I lived in a bungalow in Venice, California with K. and M., a five-minute bike ride to the beach. We had banana leaf wallpaper, a back yard with lemon trees, and we threw parties where Amanda Peet and “the Southpark guys” would show up. I thought it would be funny to serve tater tots on a baking sheet so I did. My dog, Puck, tolerated these parties mildly. At least two people per occasion would tell me I looked like Renee Zellweger. That was also the year I freaked out and cancelled one such party – my own birthday party – because I was 26 years old and my dreams of becoming a famous screenwriter or director hadn’t magically happened yet, and I felt like a loser that I was still babysitting and catering for work (no matter that I had written two full length screenplays and CAA had “hip-pocketed” me). A few people didn’t get the party-no-more memo though, and M. made me an almond chocolate cake, and it turned out to be one of my favorite birthdays yet, especially because one guy brought his fire hula hoop, and so I got to hula hoop fire.

26 years old and dancing in a circle of fire.

A week or so later, M. mentioned to me, a sparkle in her brown eyes, that she and her brother had an extra ticket to Burning Man, which happens the week before and weekend of Labor Day every year. I had read about Burning Man in Rolling Stone when I was a senior in high school, or maybe in my early college career, I don’t know, but it was the mid-90s. I still remember the image that had me hooked: a man in unusual attire, with large goggles, hunched into a small, Star Wars-like vehicle, traveling across a flat gray cracked expanse, the blue sky too blue behind him. I was sitting at my parents’ dining table and announced, “I’m going to this.” Even at 17, I recognized these people as my people.

I told the family I babysat for that I would need a week off. They were cool about it, so, thinking I was going on an elaborate camping trip, I packed and went along for the ride.

A., M.’s brother, was a set designer and did things like the MTV Awards, so he and his DJ friends had rented a truck, complete with scaffolding, pillows, some shiny sheets of metal. We met at a warehouse with our bags of groceries and our jugs and jugs and jugs and jugs and jugs of water. M. had already schooled me in the rules of Burning Man.

  •            There is no money exchange. You give gifts. A gift can be a hug, a toothbrush, a meal, a piece of clothing, a costume, a ride on an art car, home-back cookies, or the shirt off your back – anything really. The only thing you could buy: lemonade, coffee, and ice.
  •             You must participate. Burning Man is not a spectator sport.
  •             It’s about self-reliance. You bring everything in, and you take everything out. We are borrowing from Mother Nature here so let’s respect that.
  •             You can’t drive a vehicle unless it’s registered with the Department of Mutant Vehicles, and even then, two miles per hour was the speed limit. To be registered, your vehicle had to qualify as an “art car,” therefore bikes were the vehicle of choice.

But the favorite thing M. explained to me: Burning Man was about “letting go.” It was founded on that notion. A man named Larry started Burning Man in the late 80s in San Francisco. He built an effigy out of wood of a man, about 8 feet tall, and asked his friends to come to the beach and party with him as he burned it to the ground. He had broken up with his girlfriend, and he wanted something to symbolize a new start, and a dramatic ritual of sorts. His friends happened to be artists and people in the tech world. They had fun – there was something to it – so they did it again the next year and the next, with people bringing their art and burning it, again, symbolizing “letting go,” and the “impermanence of things,” and new beginnings.

We drove through the night, caravanning, and yes, these folks used the word “pilgrimage.” Los Angeles to Reno, then two hours down a two-lane road to that flat crackly expanse known as “the playa,” or “Black Rock City.”

It was camping, but it wasn’t at the same time.

It was camping because we had to create the place where we slept, we had to bring our food, our water, our showers.

It wasn’t camping because it was a city. There is no other word for it. There’s a place in the middle of Nevada where a city builds itself for a week-long festival…and then dismantles after that week. Ten-thousand people. I remember A. and M., seasoned Burners, being amazed that it had grown that big.

I had considered myself worldly and adaptable at the new age of 26. After all, I had been to Europe, lived in the Bahamas, and Austin, and Wyoming, and now LA.   But that first hour at Burning Man, in the late afternoon sun, I shuddered about the fact that I had no choice but to hang out in the dust, with the porta-potties, and electronic music, still foreign to my Southern-bred ears, for an entire seven days. The nighttime was descending fast as my campmates and I hurried to set up, two shimmering standing towers with dance platforms two stories up and a lower level with shiny panels surrounding the desert dance floor, with the back of the truck holding the DJs’ equipment for the parties we would be holding – right next to my tent – every night. And the costumes. People walked around in lights, like glowing stick men in motion. Lights everywhere, while the sun set, chilling us, while the “night creatures” (aka, People) came out to play.

It felt totally alien to me. This place. Like, actual aliens.

After 24 hours of being there in a sort of daze, what can only be described as a sort of culture shock, something clicked. I surrendered. I succumbed. The art, the music, the wonder and delight, the fire and dancing, the sheer freedom of a place that is six miles in circumference of 10,000 alien-people meandering around, handing out pancakes and Tecates and Grade A sushi from Oregon to stranger after stranger.

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I didn’t go back until 2005, although I was offered free rides and free tickets, at least two of those years. It called me, but I didn’t answer the call, for no good reason, in hindsight. And then in 2007, when they announced the theme “The Green Man,” I knew I had to be there. And then my final and last time to go was 2008, where I reunited with an off-and-on again boyfriend. In 2009, I was pregnant with his child. And in 2010, I was living back in my home state of Alabama with a newborn, where we still are.

I haven’t found myself back there since ’08.

Today, the event is busting at its Deep Playa seams with over 70,000 people. Even in 2008, I was shocked seeing the playa at night. When it used to be a significantly few lights dashing and flashing back and forth across the black void, now the playa teemed with countless art cars, fire, and motion. It was downright lit up.

The Man is built every year and burned every year. But instead of being eight feet tall like the San Fran beach days, it’s now something like eight stories, an engineering feat with a well-executed art installation at its base that people enjoy and experience all week, until it goes up in flames too. The Man burns on the Saturday night of the event, the peak of the festival, where everyone gathers, people’s faces illuminated by the orange glow of the largest “bonfire” any of us have ever experienced.

I dream of returning, maybe even taking my little girl with me (yes, there is a Kid’s Camp, and yes, it can actually be a kid-friendly event with the right guidance), but I also wonder if I got to see Burning Man in its prime, before the rush and the media and now there are cell phones (ugh) on the playa, I hear and see from social media posts. Maybe it’s best preserved in my memories, yet my friends are still going back, year after year after year, despite the packing, the preparations, the dust, the after-exhaustion, the people, people, and more people. Despite the celebrities and the pre-pay, catered camps. Despite the jadedness of some of the old-timers and the spectatorship of some of the “virgins.”

I asked one such friend, who is still returning, what he thought about my musings. His response?

“Yeah, it’s changed. But the heart of it is still in tact.”

So…2018, anyone?

For some gorgeous Burning Man shots, please oh please do yourself a favor and click here (truly captures the spirit of it):  https://stuckincustoms.smugmug.com/Burning-Man-Page

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Feng Shui, Front Porch Made Simple

Feng Shui does not have to be about getting new furniture, knocking down walls, or a total declutter overhaul.

Sometimes, many times, the smallest changes made with love and intention can be the juju and new energy you’re looking for.

A reader was inspired after listening to this Feng Shui call recording (excuse so-so quality):

…and she took it upon herself to spiff up to DIY on her front porch.  Take a look:

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Now, do you see what she did?  She got rid of those “tired” feeling pillows and put a nice fresh coat of red on the chairs and table.  THAT IS ALL.  Doesn’t it FEEL happier, cozier, and more inviting?  The Before photo’s porch is okay, for sure, just a tad bit dull.  Whereas the After photo has zing!

The key for the front entrance?  INVITING!  That red just asks the chi to bound up to the home, which you all know, is what we want chi to do!  When you invite good energy in symbolically with color, movement, easy transitions, and liveliness, you’re inviting in opportunities, money, friendships, love, and good times!

Check out your own front entrance today, and get inspired to make your own improvements.  I’d love to see more Before and Afters from you all!

Cheers & chi,

Katie

(Remember, Feng Shui & the Energetics of Money eCourse starts today, May 9! Full of awesome, specific tips on bringing in more money! Sign up now!)

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Is Music a Feng Shui Cure?

I recently had a client with too big of a living room. The chi was getting a little “swallowed up,” so to speak, sort of fizzling out because it spread out so much in such a large area. On the floor plan, this room happens to be in the center of the home, and it was becoming more of a walkthrough than a place where the family of four finds themselves gathering. The room itself is lovely, but I needed to figure out what may have been blocking them from coming in here more often.

I had my mental Feng Shpexels-photo-109123ui checklist ready:

Furniture Arrangement: Check. The furniture was arranged so that three or more people could sit comfortably, which is known to draw people in, so that wasn’t the issue.

Clutter: Check. There was no clutter, just lovely sitting areas and bookshelves and even a meditation space, so that wasn’t the problem.

Overhead: Needs cure. There were some beams, but they are pretty high. I suggested some cures for those anyway, because beams can have an oppressive feel sometimes if not addressed.

Lighting: Needs cure. The lighting could be a little better, so we decided on possibly a few floors lamps.

But the best cure came from my dear client herself.

“What if I had music playing in the space?” she asked me. The home has a great sound system throughout and she and her husband both love music, especially with a spiritual, uplifting vibe.

“Perfect!” I said.

Yes, music can be a cure. Remember, Feng Shui deals with energy (chi). Energy is vibration. And music is literally sound vibration.

Having uplifiting music playing — with the intention of uplifting the space — was the perfect solution! I love when clients get inspired and nail it!

Sure enough, a couple of weeks later, she told me the room feels amazing, like a different place, that the music was a key missing element.

So turn up those tunes if you feel like your space needs a little shift. Remember, music has different vibrations so take care to play inspiring and uplifting artists!

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