Monthly Archives: September 2010

What can Feng Shui do for You?

I have been practicing Feng Shui for almost twenty years now and I am still amazed at the changes it has made in my life and the lives of my clients.  When done properly, this ancient system can be very beneficial in promoting positive changes in one’s life.  So just how does that happen? 

           First of all, let’s get one thing straight…Feng Shui will not solve all your problems, overcome bad decisions you have made or instantly make you a millionaire.  If you expect any of those things to happen you will be sorely disappointed.  Furthermore, if you think Feng Shui will do all the hard work you need to do to improve your life without you having to lift a finger, you are also mistaken.  So if Feng Shui can’t do any of those things, what the heck can it do?

           Feng Shui is not a belief system, a religion or superstition. It has nothing to do with “luck” and everything to do with creating a more positive living and working environment. Feng Shui is a method of observing your surroundings and making changes based on those observations.  When done properly, Feng Shui helps shift the energy in your environment so you are able to be the best you can be.  But Feng Shui can’t do all that by itself.  The secret to your success lies with you.

          I receive emails and phone calls all the time from clients who share with me the wonderful changes that have occurred in their lives as a result of their Feng Shui appointments.  These are the clients that enthusiastically rolled up their sleeves and joined in wholeheartedly during their consultation.  Their openness and willingness to make the changes in their homes dramatically increased the success they experienced. They share with me their job promotions, marriages, better health and financial improvements.  The changes are as individual as the people themselves, but there is one thing they all have in common; and that is that their lives are moving along in  happier and more positive ways as a result of Feng Shui.

      Sometimes Feng Shui works in subtle, less obvious ways.  I had a client contact me about six months after I had met with them to tell me they were having problems with the IRS.   It turns out they had an overseas investment and did not realize they had to declare it on their income tax.  The IRS discovered it and now wanted three years of back taxes and penalties. They would have to pay the back taxes and penalties out of their savings and were very upset.   The client wanted to know why their Feng Shui hadn’t “worked”.  I pointed out that I believed that their Feng Shui was indeed working. I suggested that they should be thankful that only three years had passed before the IRS discovered the undeclared investment and that they had the money to pay the tax and penalties without going into debt.  I told them that had the IRS not caught it this year, many more years could have gone by and their entire savings might have been wiped out. Potentially they could have faced a devastating financial loss and perhaps even jail time!  It was much better to find out about this issue now before it went on any longer, and to have the money saved up to pay for it than having the taxes and penalties piling up over more time.  When they looked at the situation from this perspective, they could indeed see how their Feng Shui not only was “working”, but was actually greatly helping them. Their Feng Shui kept a bad situation from getting much, much worse. 

 Feng Shui must be done correctly and thoroughly in order for it to “work”. That is why it is important to consult an experienced expert to help you.  Sometimes the results are subtle, and sometimes they are dramatic. The key to success is correctly implementing all the enhancements and not just some of them.  Feng Shui is a holistic process and in order to receive the benefits, one must put in the effort to make the necessary changes.  One thing I know for sure, is that Feng Shui is always taking us to something better.  Sometimes in remarkable ways!

 It takes many, many years and a great deal of experience to be a successful Feng Shui consultant. Years ago I never could have dreamed Feng Shui would become such a joyful part of my life.  It has touched and improved every aspect of my life and I am still in awe of the ability it has to help others.  Don’t wait any longer to find out how it can help you.  The possibilities are limitless!

copyright 2010 Cathleen McCandless All Rights Reserved


Feng Shui and Healthy Homes

When many of us think of creating a healthy home we are thinking of eliminating toxins (like artificial air purifiers) and dangers  (like exposure to high electromagnetic frequencies).  While these steps are important and certainly positive, many of us don’t stop to consider how the look and feel of our surroundings also influences our mental, physical and emotional health.

 The main goal of Feng Shui is to create a space that feels nurturing and comfortable.  Scientific studies by psychologists, biologists and even physicists prove what Feng Shui has known all along…that our surroundings have a deep effect on our mental and physical  health and well-being. 

One of the most important health perks that Feng Shui assists with is reducing stress.  With stress-related illnesses topping the list for health concerns today, Feng Shui can certainly go a long way to help us reduce the tension in our homes and work spaces.

People often ask me how I got into Feng Shui.  The answer is that several years ago my mother was diagnosed with incurable cancer.  I was devastated.  Shortly after her diagnosis I was in a bookstore and this one book kept falling off the shelf.  I picked it up and a moment later it fell again.  When it fell for the third time I opened it and looked inside. 

The book wasn’t a Feng Shui book per se, it was a book about creating a nurturing and healing space.  With my mother in mind, I took the book home, read it, and started implementing some of the things I learned in my mother’s home. I wasn’t naive enough to believe that the things I was doing were going to cure my mom, but the amazing thing was that as I made the small changes here and there in her space she kept telling me that she couldn’t explain why, but she just felt better.  The doctors had said she would only live for six months; instead she lived for a year and a half, all the while telling me that her home felt better than it ever had before.  When she died, I decided to learn as much as I could about this amazing subject and needless to say, I’ve never looked back. 

 In order to help you make your home a more peaceful, healthy space, here are ten great tips to get you started.

 1. Opt for natural materials and items.  We are instinctively more comfortable around items that come from nature rather than synthetic items.  Homes with natural wood, stone, and plants help us relax and feel more comfortable. Additionally, synthetic materials often off-gas toxic chemicals for a very long time.  You know that “new car” smell?  That smell is actually the off-gassing of all the man-made plastic, carpet, and upholstery inside your new car. 

 2. Add fresh cut flowers or realistic silk ones.  Rutgers University did a ten-month study on the effect flowers have on human beings.  They found that flowers not only lower blood pressure, but they also help our bodies produce hormones that make us feel happier.  Perhaps that is why we give them to people when they are ill or feeling down.

 3. Minimize pointed and sharp objects in your home.  When things are pointed at us our sense of security is threatened and we feel more on-guard and defensive.  These feelings stimulate adrenalin production which over time wears down the immune system.

 4. Arrange your seating and sleeping areas so you can have a clear view of the door.  Not only will you feel less tension because you will be able to see what is going on all around you, your spine and neck will feel better from not twisting and turning to see what is behind you while you are working or relaxing.

 5. Decorate with items (including artwork) that you love.  If something in your home doesn’t resonate with you in a positive way, get rid of it. 

 6. Splurge on something for your home that brings you pleasure.  One of the least expensive things you can do is to go to a store like Ross or Marshall’s and purchase a set of high thread count sheets or a luxurious fluffy bath towel. It is amazing how drying off with a wonderful plush towel feels. 

 7. Use aromatherapy.  Aromatherapy has been in use for literally thousands of years to help our bodies, minds, and spirits. Be sure to only use therapeutic-grade essential oils like the ones I suggest in my newsletters.  Geranium and Lavender are both very relaxing scents.  You want to breathe in pure essential oils and nothing synthetic.  Whatever you do, DO NOT use any type of synthetic air fresheners!  They literally pump toxic chemicals into your home.

 8. Play soothing music.  I like to have Pandora radio playing in my home and in my car throughout the day.  I choose music that is calming and uplifting.  I think Pandora radio is one of the best things on the internet today.

 9. Add a water fountain.  Water is very calming and relaxing.  Water can be placed anywhere except for the south, west, and northwest portions of the home or office. 

 10. The center of your home relates to health. Make sure it is clutter-free.  If you have ANY plumbing in the center of your home it needs to be in tip top working order.  If you suspect any plumbing issues at all…fix them immediately!! 

Feng Shui can certainly go a long way in improving our physical and emotional health.  These easy tips should get you on your way to feeling better fast!

Copyright protected c. 2010 Cathleen McCandless