Monthly Archives: July 2010

Save up to $250 on the Fall 2010 Feng Shui Certification Course

The Fall 2010 Certification Course begins on September 11th!

Sign up now!

Early Bird Special!

Register before August 31st and        Save $100!

  •  Are you interested in Interior Design, Feng Shui,
    Environmental Psychology, Decorating, Landscaping,
    Real Estate, or Architecture?
  • Have you been searching for an opportunity to improve your financial well-being while doing something you love?
  • Are you curious about learning new ways to enrich your own life and finding out how you can help enrich the lives of others?

If you said “Yes” to any of these questions, then the Fall 2010 Feng Shui Certification Course is perfect for you!

Why this course?

 Cathleen McCandless has been named “The Best Feng Shui Consultant in San Diego” by San Diego Magazine. She has almost twenty years experience as a Feng Shui consultant and teacher and stars in the Nation-wide television series “Feng Shui Living”. Cathleen’s client list includes Nike, Intel, Mercedes Benz Design, Loews Corporation, Alaska Airlines, and many more. Cathleen’s work has been profiled in publications including the New York Times and the Washington Post. No other Feng Shui course available provides so much knowledge, first-hand experience, and personal attention!

Twice a year Cathleen offers this Intensive Certification course for those interested in pursuing Feng Shui as a career, for those wishing to enhance their current professional skills (interior designers, architects, realtors, home stagers, etc.) or for those who would like a deeper understanding of Feng Shui. The course covers Compass, Form, and Flying Star Feng Shui for both residential and business properties.

Some examples of topics covered during the course are:

  • Landscape, garden, and exterior Feng Shui
  • Five Element Cycle
  • Interior Design Tips and Techniques
  • Feng Shui for the Home
  • Form, Compass, and Flying Star Feng Shui
  • How to conduct a consultation
  • Home Staging
  • Architecture and Floor plans
  • Healthy Home and Magnetic Fields
  • Environmental Psychology
  • Color Theory
  • Workplace Feng Shui
  • Yin/Yang and Balanced Environments
  • Clutter Clearing, Space Clearing, and Blessings
  • How to set up your Feng Shui Business
  • And much, much more!


Find out why Cathleen’s Certification students say…

This was one of the best things I have ever done!”
-Jan M.

“I can’t believe how much I learned. This experience was so much more than I expected. I loved every minute of it!”
-Amy M.

” I loved our class so much I never wanted it to end!”
– Julie T.

“In the first two weeks after I received my Certificate I already made back the money I paid for the course and then some. The best part is that I enjoyed myself the entire time I was working. That is something really new for me.” – Mary S.

“Cathleen, your course has changed my life in so many wonderful ways. I can’t begin to thank you for all you gave to us and for being such an amazing, inspiring teacher.” – Debbie L.

Dates: Seven Weekends including the dates below:

Week One: September 11 th & 12th

Week Two: September 25th & 26th

Week Three: October 9th & 10th
Week Four: October 23rd & 24th
Week Five: November 6th & 7th
Week Six: November 20th & 21st
Week Seven: December 4th & 5th

10:00 am – 4:00 pm each day

$1,500 for the entire course. Payments can be made by cash, check, or credit card.

Payment plans are available!

See above for big savings by registering early!

A deposit is required to reserve your space in the class.

Location: La Jolla, California

For more information or to register, please email me


Is your Glass half Full?

Do you know any chronic complainers?  People that every time you ask how they are give you a long list of all the things wrong in their lives.  They tell you how awful their job is, how their spouse doesn’t understand them or do what they want, how this didn’t work out, how that didn’t work out, and on and on…?     

Sure, we’ve all met people like that.  People that can’t seem to find the good in anything and are always looking for someone or something to blame for their misfortune. The tragedy is of course, that they don’t realize they have created these circumstances through their thoughts, words and deeds.  They are so focused on their misery that they in turn create more misery.   It gets to the point where they complain so much that people start to avoid their company.  This of course gives them something else to complain about. “She never calls me.”  “He never wants to do anything together.” and so on.  What these people never stop to realize is that they have brought all this on themselves with their negative attitude and constant complaining.        

The truth be told, No one likes a whiner! Sure we all have challenges from time to time, and when we face these challenges we need the comfort and support of our friends.  But when we obsess or focus on our problems and that is all we ever share with people, they will eventually get tired of the negative energy and go on to find more inspiring, positive people to spend their time with.

 Remember Eeyore in the Tales of Christopher Robin and Winnie the Pooh?  No matter how great things might be in his life; great friendships, a nice house, etc.  Eeyore always found the doom and gloom in everything, keeping himself (and the other people around him) in a state of perpetual misery.  The fact is, Eeyore always saw his glass as half empty instead of half full.  He never stopped to realize that changing his life was as easy as changing his perspective.

There is an old story that I love which illustrates this point beautifully.  This is the story of identical twin brothers whose mother had died when they were babies.  Left with two infants whom he had no idea how to care for, their father turned to alcohol and became a very violent and abusive drunk.  The boys suffered many terrible beatings and great poverty growing up as their father’s alcoholism spirled out of control.  When they were in their late teens, the father died and the boys went their seperate ways to fend for themselves. 

Several years later a journalist who had grown up with the boys wanted to find out what had become of them.  He eventually tracked them down and found they were living two very different lives in two very different parts of the same town. 

The first brother he found was homeless.  He sat on a grimy curbside sipping cheap whiskey from a bottle covered with a tattered paper bag.  When the old friend introduced himself the man turned two bleary blood-shot eyes and looked up at his old acquaintance.  They began to have a conversation about what had happened in the years since they had last see each other.  More than anything, the journalist wanted to know how this brother ended up the way he did.  The brother cursed and spat then said, “That’s simple.  With a father like mine, what did you expect?”    

The journalist then went across town to meet with the other brother.  This brother lived in a beautiful suburb with green lawns and spacious homes.  The journalist knocked on the door and was greeted by a lovely woman with two small children shyly standing behind her.  She invited the man in and called for her husband telling him that someone had come to see him.

 Impressed with the beauty and happiness around him, the journalist friend felt compelled to ask this man the same question he had asked his brother, “How did you end up like this?” he asked.  The brother gave a warm smile and said, “That’s simple. With a father like mine, what did you expect?”    

Life is what we make it.  Our experiences are simply experiences.  It is the way we choose to see them that creates our perception of our lives.  The next time you hear yourself begin to complain about something (the glass half empty), try following it up with a “glass half full” statement. For example: 

   I really had a hard day at work today, but at least I have a job.    

   My husband never does things when I ask him to, but he is generous and kind. 

   My kids are driving me crazy, but they are healthy and happy.   

   Money is really tight right now, but I saved fifteen dollars at a great sale.                                                                                         

You get the idea.  If you find yourself miserable or unhappy, it is incredible how you can comfort yourself by choosing to see the good in your life amidst the challenges. 

Remember you create your life.  How you see your life is how you experience it.  

    With an attitude like yours…what did you expect? 

Copyright 2010 Cathleen McCandless  All Rights Reserved

Finding your Place of Power


   We all know the feeling of peace and serenity that certain places in nature seem to inspire in us.  It may be a mountain pasture, a sandy beach, sitting near a meandering stream,  or camping in the desert. In fact, it isn’t so much where a place is, it is how we experience that place that is so important.  Everyone needs to find the time and  place to decompress and detach from everyday stresses and demands in order to recharge and rejuvenate our bodies, minds and spirits.   
   Many people practice meditation and yoga to find inner peace, stillness and inspiration.  While I am a great proponent of these methods,  there is nothing quite like finding an actual location  where just being there seems to promote a deep sense of calm and happiness.  Finding a place that calms the spirit and rejuvenates the body is what I like to call a Power Place.  It is a place that restores us and basically gives us back the energy (the power)we have lost through the  stress and distraction of our daily lives. 

   What is so significant about discovering your Power Place and how can it help you with your manifesting efforts?  Simply, a Power Place is a place where we can connect to our essence.  A place where we instantly feel “plugged into” energy that not only renews us, but also provides us with inspiration and a sense of rejuvenation.  Being in such a place helps us become clear about the current state of our lives and know what adjustments need to be made in order to consciously create the life we want.  A Power  Place often promotes deep feelings of gratitude and appreciation by just being there.  The inspiration we experience in these places helps us to prioritize what it is we want, connects us to gratitude for what we have, and helps us to take enough of a break from daily life to get clear on where we are and where we are going. 

     I strongly believe that in order to find our special Power Place we must connect with nature.  As with plants and animals, human beings are creatures that were designed to respond and harmonize with the natural world.  With the advent of technology and the built environment, we have experienced an ever-increasing detachment from nature.   Often we can become so worn down by our problems that we forget a whole world exists outside ourselves.  Nature has a way of centering us and clearing our minds to help us take stock of our lives and know what adjustments need to be made in order to manifest what we want. 
    This summer renew your spirit by spending time in nature.  Turn your cell phone off, listen to the wind and the birds, breathe in the fresh air and carefully notice how your body and mind feel while you are there.  You may even want to bring a pad of paper or a journal to write down your impressions and inspirations.  It is truly amazing how taking just a bit of time off away from our daily lives and connecting with nature helps us to readjust and cleanse our energy.  When we experience a Place of Power on the outside, we realign our Place of Power on the inside, and that place guides us towards consciously creating the life we want. 


Copyright protected c. 2010 Cathleen McCandless