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Letting go of What No Longer Serves You with Feng Shui


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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Four Feng Shui Steps to Making this Your Best Year Yet!


Asian culture has always placed a great deal of importance on the New Year. It 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 2015 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. Click Here to read some great tips on how you can get rid of what you no longer want, love, need or use.
Step Three: Clear the Energy
Space clearing is absolutely essential to creating an optimal environment. It is very difficult to move forward in a positive direction when you are living with old, stagnant or negative energy. All the feng shui enhancements in the world won’t work if your energetic environment is less-than-excellent. It’s kind of like trying to run through mud. In my 20 years of experience I have found clearing with sound to be by far the most effective way to rid a space of old energy patterns, and the best part of it, it’s easy! Click Here to read about how to do a Space Clearing.
Step Four: Set Your Intention
Once you’ve assessed your life, cleared your clutter and the energy in your home, it’s time to set forth your intention for the coming year. The focused you are on what you’d like to achieve, the more likely you are to achieve it. One of the very best ways to focus your intention is to create a Vision Board. I make a new one every new year and I can honestly say that my vision boards have always come true. A lot of people create vision boards and nothing ever happens. Part of the reason for this is because there is a right way and a wrong way to create a vision board. Click Here for exact details on how to make a powerful, effective Vision Board.
So what’s the secret ingredient that makes all of your goals, wishes, and dreams for the year ahead to come true? The answer is effort. There are no guarantees in life, but one thing is certain, the results you achieve are in direct proportion to the effort  you are willing to put into them. By doing these four things to prepare yourself for the new year, you are off to an incredibly powerful start to making this your best year yet.
Happy New Year!

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How Clutter Affects Your Body, Mind, & Spirit

This is an excerpt from my best-selling feng shui book, “Feng Shui that Makes Sense”. Please note that this entire article has copyright protection and NO part may be copied without the written consent of the author.

What’s clutter? Clutter is anything that you don’t want, love, need, or use. It’s the pile of cooking magazines stored in the garage that you’ll never read again. It’s the rake with the broken handle that you never got rid of but have long since replaced. It’s the obsolete computer now sitting forgotten in a closet.

The accumulation of stuff creates a ball-and-chain effect, bogging you down and impacting you in insidious and profound ways. Clutter has its own built-in sense of inertia. Having too much stuff sitting around can make you feel lethargic and unmotivated. Not knowing what to do with unnecessary-but-useful items results in procrastination. As one of my feng shui students aptly put it, “Clutter is postponed decision-making.”

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Live Only with What You Love

    Oprah has a saying, “Please take responsibility for the energy that you bring into this space.” I love this quote because it not only pertains to others that may come into our spaces (though I’m sure that was the intent), but it also relates to the objects and things we choose to have surround us.
Many times people ask me, “What color should I paint this room?”, “Can I have this or that picture displayed?”, “Do I need to have this or that trinket here?” These questions stem from the misunderstanding (often perpetuated by feng shui practitioners) that specific colors, photos, and objects possess some kind of magical powers to bring you more “luck”. First of all, this is NOT  true. Specific colors, images, and objects are no more beneficial than any other. It is the meaning that we give these objects that determines their relevance in our surroundings.
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