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Feng Shui Life Assessment Survey

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This article is taken from my January 2017 Newsletter. To read the newsletter, please click here.

Many of us make resolutions for the new year with the hope and intention that things in our lives will somehow improve. In order to help you identify what is, and is not working in your life, I have developed a questionnaire that I call The Life Assessment Inventory. This questionnaire will help you narrow down and prioritize what you feel needs to be improved most in your life. Once you have identified these areas, you can use the energy of feng shui to help you make improvements and reach your goals.

    Rate the answers to each question below from 1-10. 1 means that there is a lot of room for improvement, and 10 means that you’re really happy with the situation. Don’t overthink your answers. Just write down the first number that comes to you. Remember that life is dynamic and changes all the time, so the answers you write today may not be the same answers you’d write tomorrow, next week or next year. In fact, this is a great exercise to do at the beginning of a new year or new birthday year. Take the Inventory, put the date on it and put it away in a safe place. A year later take the test again and compare your results. Hopefully you’ll have improved the areas that you rated low from the year before. It’s a great way to track your goal-setting progress as well!
  Once you have your answers, circle the ones that you rated 5 or lower. These are the areas that need the most improvement and ones that you’ll want to pay special attention to as you set your personal goals and make your feng shui improvements. Match each question to the Feng Shui Life Aspiration Area that goes with it. In feng shui, different areas of life (known as Life Aspiration Areas) correspond to areas in the home based on the compass directions. Each area has an element (water, wood, fire, earth and metal) associated with it. Much like acupuncture for a building, placing the elements in their proper locations can help bring more energy to various aspects of your life.
 Ready, grab a pen and paper and let’s get started!!
 Life Assessment Inventory

Rate each question with a number value using the following scale:

Very Dissatisfied   1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8    9    10   Very Satisfied

1. Do you feel respected by the people in your personal life?

2. Do you feel respected by the people in your professional life?

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Letting go of What No Longer Serves You with Feng Shui

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This article is taken from my December 2016 Newsletter. To read the newsletter, please click here.

Many years ago I had a client who had moved five times in two years. She made a joke saying, “Moving five times in two years was as good as a fire”, meaning that moving that often had given her many opportunities to get rid of lots of stuff. Many times when we think of letting go of items in our homes we think of cleaning out our closets, but real letting go involves reevaluating everything in our homes, not just the things we have tucked away.

     When I moved from California to Hawaii, I moved out of a rather large home that I’d lived in for 17 years. Prior to moving into that home my mother had passed away, so not only did I have 17 years of my own stuff I had a lot of her things too. Moving over the ocean is a completely different experience than moving over land. I had to evaluate each item I owned; determining whether or not it was worth the expense of shipping it thousands of miles away. In the end, I managed to get rid of about 90 percent of what I owned; shipping only the items that were small enough and/or meaningful enough to warrant the hassle and expense of doing so. The process was emotional, exhausting, and ultimately freeing.
     Feng Shui is about living and working in spaces that feel as good as they look. Part of having those spaces feel good has to do with the emotional connections we have with the things we choose to surround ourselves. Our homes are our sanctuaries, and we need to treat them as such. When the items in our homes lose their purpose and meaning, the energy in our homes and in turn in our lives can start to feel like dull, ordinary, and burdensome. Letting go of what no longer serves an emotional or practical purpose is very liberating, and that fresh new feeling can transfer over to other aspects of our life as well.
      You don’t need to wait for a move to get started. Here are ten tips to get you going right  now.
     1. Go through each room in your home with a box and force yourself to get rid of five things in each room. If you don’t want it, need it, love it, or use it, get rid of it!
     2. When you bring in something new, get rid of something old.
     3. Take photos of items that you no longer wish to keep or store, but that may have sentimental meaning. For example, I got rid of a box of childhood toys that I’d kept for decades. Taking a photo of those items before letting them go helped me to give them up.
     4. Remember that you are under no obligation to keep something that someone gives you. It’s your home and you need to be the one who decides what goes and what stays.

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Crucial Factors for Feng Shui Success

The article below is taken from my March 2016 newsletter. To read the newsletter, click here. Please note that this blog, and content in the newsletter are copyright protected. No material may be copied without permission.

Feng Shui is not an exact science, nor can it grant your every wish. What it can do is free up the energy to help things in your life run more smoothly and in a more positive direction. I’ve found from doing this work for over 20 years and with over 1,000 consultations, that when done properly, feng shui can truly help us to live a happier, healthier, and more successful life. The key words here are when done properly. In this article, I’m going to point out five important things to bear in mind when applying feng shui principles to your home.

1. You MUST have an accurate floor plan and accurate compass directions. 
    Feng Shui and acupuncture were developed at about the same time in ancient China. Many of the principles are the same. Just as the ancient Chinese knew that there were invisible lines of energy flowing through the human body that impacted health and well-being, they knew that there were invisible lines of energy flowing through the earth that influenced the land, and in turn, the buildings and the people who occupied them.
    If you’ve ever had acupuncture, you know that the acupuncturist is very precise in the placement of the needles used to stimulate the meridian lines in the human body. The same precision needs to be used when applying the proper elements to the energy points in a building. The only way to do this is to make sure that you are using a to-scale floor plan and accurate compass directions. For exact steps on how to do this, please read chapter six of my book, Feng Shui that Makes Sense.
2. The 5 Elements need to be Placed Properly
     Once you’ve located the meridian points on your floor plan, you need to place the necessary elements as close to those points as possible. Like the needles that the acupuncturist uses to stimulate the meridian points in the human body, the elements are what feng shui uses to stimulate the energy points in a building. Each meridian point has elements that are positive, elements that are detrimental, and elements that are neutral. It is very important that you place the elements (water, wood, fire, earth, or metal) properly in each location. Again, chapter six in my book will help you to do this.

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Feng Shui Tips for the New Year

This article is from my January 2016 Newsletter. To Read the Entire Newsletter, please click here and please remember that ALL of this information is copyright protected! Thank you!

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Start Your Year off Right with Feng Shui

    The New Year  is a time for letting go of the old and making way for the new. It is a time of cleansing, healing, and hope. In order to start the year off right, we must assess what is and is not working in our lives, let go of what no longer serves us, cleanse our own energy and the energy in our homes, and put forth our intention for the year to come. Here are four very important steps that will help you make 2016 your best year yet!

Step One: Assessment
When beginning a new year it’s important to step back and assess what is and is not working in your life and make adjustments accordingly. My Life Assessment Inventory was created to help you determine areas of your life that you’d like to improve, and lets you know the part of the home to enhance to help support those areas. Life is dynamic and changes all the time. The answers to provide today will most likely be different than ones you may have had in the past, and those you will have in the future. The Life Assessment Inventory gives you a snapshot of where you are in your life right now and helps you move forward in the right direction. Click Here to take the Inventory.
Step Two: Letting Go of What No Longer Serves You
There’s no time better for getting rid of what no longer serves you than the beginning of a new year. While most people don’t relish the idea of spending time cleaning out cupboards, closets, and the garage, everyone can pretty much agree that it feels incredible once the task is done. In order to make way for the new, we must remove the old. In feng shui, clutter represents stuck energy and postponed decisions.

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Feng Shui for Love and Romance

Feng Shui is a wonderful tool for freeing up the energy in your life so things will flow more smoothly. While it (unfortunately) can’t solve all romantic woes, it can help create a most positive environment for love to grow. Whether you are single and looking for a relationship or already involved with someone, Feng Shui can help you increase the positive flow of energy for love and romance. Below are ten tips to get you started.
1. Locate the Southwest portion of your home. Find the location where the Southwest meridian point intersects the wall of your home. If you don’t know how to do this, you’ll find easy-to-follow directions in my book, Feng Shui that Makes Sense. This is your “Love and Romance” location. The element for the Southwest is earth (rock, stone, tile, etc.). One of the easiest ways to bring stone into this area is by adding a pair of Rose Quartz hearts in the Southwest area. The rose quartz hearts are available for sale HERE. You can also use regular stones, items made from earth like ceramic, pottery, cement, quartz, granite, etc. Statuary and figurines made of earth are nice too. Remember that in feng shui, and especially in the romance section, we like to have things grouped in “pairs” so be sure to have two items made of earth in this area instead of one.
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Feng Shui for Love and Romance

Feng Shui is a wonderful tool for freeing up the energy in your life so things will flow more smoothly. Whether you are single and looking for a relationship or already involved with someone, Feng Shui can help you increase the positive flow of energy for love and romance. Below are ten tips to get you started.

1. Find the Southwest area of your home.  This is your “Love and Romance” area.  In order to enhance this area, choose artwork that displays pairs of things (two people, two cats, two birds, etc.).  In fact, it is a good idea to maintain objects and artwork in pairs rather than single items or images of single things.  Items arranged in threes are undesirable as this symbolically brings a third party into the relationship.

2. The element for the Southwest is earth (rock, stone, tile, etc.).  One of the easiest ways to bring stone into this area is by adding a pair of Rose Quartz hearts in the Southwest area.  The rose quartz hearts are available for sale in this newsletter.

3. For more romance, add romantic fabrics to your space.  Silk, velvet, satin, and other luxurious textiles evoke sensuality.

4. Candles and low lighting sets the mood.  In fact candlelight is the most flattering light to be seen in for most people.

5. Shades of red, pink, and deep purples promote feelings of passion.

6. Make sure you have a nightstand on both sides of the bed, even if you are single.  This will help you make room for another person in your life.

7.  Remove anything in your home that reminds you of past or failed relationships.  This especially applies to old mattresses!

8. If you have small children, make sure to create a “Kid-Free Zone”.  These are areas (such as the Master bedroom) where children’s toys, pictures, and other items are not allowed.  It is very important that the couple has a space to just be the couple, rather than “Mom and Dad”. 

9. Keep pictures of other people (anyone besides the couple) out of the master bedroom.  Pictures of other people can reduce the feeling of privacy and intimacy in a bedroom.

10. Keep clutter out of the Master Bedroom as well as the Southwest part of the home in order to keep the energies of love and romance flowing freely.

Copyright protected c. 2011 Cathleen McCandless http://www.sandiegofengshui.com

Manifesting what you want in 2011 Workshop

MANIFESTING WHAT YOU WANT IN 2011 WORKSHOP

 Do you have goals, wishes, and dreams for 2011?
* How to define and set your intention and goals for the coming year.
* Tips and techniques for how to manifest what you want in 2011.
* Introduction to a large variety of resources to help you consciously  create and bring to fruition your hopes and aspirations for the year ahead, including guided meditation, visualization, vision board creation, numerology, and much more!

Are you looking ahead to the New Year and the opportunities it may present?

Are you tired of life just “happening” to you instead of you consciously creating and manifesting what you want in your life?

Would you like the opportunity to learn how to define, set, and accomplish your goals for the coming year?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this fun, hands-on New Year’s Manifesting workshop is perfect for you!

In this workshop you will learn…

Think of this workshop as a smorgasbord of techniques and  activities that you can implement in order to help you turn your dreams into reality.
    
Class space is limited and is filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Sign up early to reserve your space in this special workshop!

       You won’t want to miss this opportunity to create and set into motion your goals and aspirations for 2011!

Date: Saturday, January 29th

Time: 10:00 am until 3:00 pm

Location: La Jolla, California

Class Fee: $75 (Includes instruction, and booklet)

For more information or to Register:
Contact Cathleen

by email  cathleen@sandiegofengshui.com
or
by phone (858) 454-7933

Feng Shui Life Assessment Inventory for the New Year

 
 

 

 

Many of us make resolutions for the new year with the hope and intention that things in our lives will somehow improve. In order to help you identify what is, and is not working in your life, I have developed a questionnaire that I call The Life Assessment Inventory. This questionnaire will help you narrow down and prioritize what you feel needs to be improved most in your life. Once you have identified these areas, you can use the energy of feng shui to help you make improvements and reach your goals.

    In feng shui, different areas of life (known as Life Aspiration Areas) correspond to areas in the home based on the compass directions. Each area has an element (water, wood, fire, earth and metal) associated with it. Much like acupuncture for a building, placing the elements in their proper locations can help bring more energy to various aspects of your life.

    First, rate the answers to each question, then look to see what Life Aspiration Area, compass direction, and elements need to be added or removed in order to bring more positive energy into your life.

Life Assessment Inventory

Rate each question with a number value using the following scale:

Very Dissatisfied   1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8    9    10   Very Satisfied

  1. Do you feel respected by the people in your personal life?
  2. Do you feel respected by the people in your professional life?
  3. Are you satisfied with your romantic life?
  4. If you have children, do you have a good relationship with them?
  5. Do you have time and space for creative activities?
  6. Are you able to travel as much as you would like?
  7. Is your social life as active as you wish?
  8. Do you have people you can count on when you need them?
  9. Do you find your current occupation emotionally satisfying?
  10. Do you feel that your life has meaning and purpose?
  11. Do you take time to learn new things?
  12. Do you nurture yourself spiritually as much as you would like?
  13. Do you take time out for rest and relaxation? 
  14. How are your relationships with your childhood family members?
  15. If you’ve created a family of your own as an adult, would you say that it’s a happy household?
  16. How do you feel about your current financial situation?
  17. Is your standard of living at a level that is satisfying to you?
  18. Do you have a steady income?
  19. Do you enjoy good health?
  20. Does everyone living in your home enjoy good health?

Now, go back and circle all the numbers that have a value of five or lower. These numbers indicate which Life Aspiration Areas you need to energize the most. If several questions received a value of five or lower, choose the area with the lowest score and focus on that one first.

Below, I’ve indicated which questions relate to each Life Aspiration Area, what area of the home these qualities area associated with, and a suggestion of what to add in each location to improve the energy in the corresponding part of your life.

Questions                    Life Aspiration Area/Direction

1, 2                                  Fame and Reputation /South 

                                         Turn on a light in the south for at least 3

                                          hours per day. Avoid water in this area.

 3                                       Love & Partnership/Southwest

                                Add items made of rock or stone in the

                                southwest. Minimize  live plants there.

                                           Items grouped in “pairs” are good to add in the southwest.

 4, 5                                    Creation/West

                                  Add things made of metal in the west.

                                              Wind chimes, metal picture frames, metal

                                   furniture are good here. Avoid burning

                                                things like candles and fireplaces here if    possible.

 6, 7, 8                                    Synchronicity/Northwest

                                      For a better social life or more travel,   

                                                   place metal items in the northwest.  The

                                                    same suggestions for the creation/west

                                                     section apply to this area as the main

                                                      element for both areas is metal.

 9, 10                                           Career/North

                                          Add a tabletop fountain in the north. The

                                                        fountain should be flowing 24/7

                                                         (unless you go out of town for more than

                                                         24 hours.) Filtered water is best for the 

                                                         fountain to avoid excessive mineral   deposits.

                                                         Try to minimize rock and stone

                                                          in the north if possible.

 11, 12, 13                                     Knowledge/Northeast

                                           Add items made of ceramic,  rock or stone. Try to

                                                           avoid placing a lot of large live plants

                                                            in the northeast.

14, 15                                               Family/East

                                            Add healthy, growing plants and try to

                                                           avoid items made of metal.

 16, 17, 18                                      Wealth & Prosperity/Southeast

                                             Add healthy plants and try to avoid metal  in the 

                                                             southeast.

 19, 20                                               Health/Center

                                               Add items made of rock or stone in the

                                                           center of the home. Amethyst is a stone

                                                            associated with health and healing, and is a good

                                                           choice for this area. Avoid placing

                                                            live plants here and keep the area free of 

                                                            clutter.

This is just a brief introduction to how the Life Aspiration Areas, the compass directions, and the five elements work together to energize your home and your life.  As with all things in life, you can’t just sit back and wait for feng shui to do it all for you. You must put forth the effort it will take to create positive change and get the results you are looking for. However, feng shui can certainly give your efforts an energetic boost. Give it a try. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain!

   If you’d like to learn more about this, or any other aspect of feng shui, take one of my excellent classes, or contact me for feng shui consultation for your home or business.

Copyright protected c. 2011 Cathleen McCandless http://www.sandiegofengshui.com

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 www.sandiegofengshui.com  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 http://www.sandiegofengshui.com

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