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Feng Shui for Your Health

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This article is taken from my April 2017 Newsletter To read the newsletter in its entirety, please click here. Please note that all material on this page and in the newsletter is copyright protected.

Often when we think of feng shui and health,  we think of the physical aspects of our homes that may be unhealthy and/or  dangerous (like exposure to high electromagnetic frequencies, toxic mold, artificial scents, etc).  While these factors are very important and certainly necessary,  many of us don’t stop to consider how the look and feel of our surroundings also influence our mental, physical and emotional health.

    Cellular biologists and behavioral scientists are creating an ever-growing body of evidence that supports what feng shui has known for centuries; that our surroundings deeply affect the our bodies, minds, and spirits. Humans, animals and plants have specific environmental requirements in order to survive in their physical environments.  When those needs are met, the species thrives and prospers. When specific environmental factors are missing or damaged, the living creatures in those spaces will experience stress, deteriorate and potentially even die.
    Feng shui strives to reduce and eliminate aspects in the environment that are not contributing to emotional and physical health.  The main goal of Feng Shui is to create a space that feels nurturing and comfortable. 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 lives.
Our homes are places that should soothe, rejuvenate, and restore our bodies, minds, and spirits. Feng Shui provides us with an abundance of guidelines on how you can  make your home a more peaceful, healthy space, here are ten great tips to get you started.
 
1. Invite nature and natural materials into your home.  Humans have lived in nature for far, far longer than we’ve lived indoors. We’re instinctively more comfortable around items that come from nature rather than things that are synthetic.  Include items made from stone and wood, and add water features and healthy plants to your space. Views of trees, natural landscapes, and artwork of nature scenes will also bring the outdoors in and make your home feel nurturing and inspiring.

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The Feng Shui Certification Course is now ONLINE!

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Have you been wanting to take the Feng Shui Certification Course but distance, time, or money has prevented you from doing so?

Well the wait is finally over! It’s taken almost three years of very hard work and I’m very happy to announce that the Feng Shui that Makes Sense Practitioner Certification Course is now available online!  You’ll be able to  learn feng shui in the privacy of your own home and on your own schedule. This in-depth feng shui course presents the same material as the in-person course in an easy to follow step-by-step format.I’m so proud of the way that the course has turned out and it’s a wonderful feeling to know that all of the people who have been wanting to take the certification course online can finally do so!

To find out all the details, please click here. for more information.

Feng Shui for Children

This article was taken from my June 2016 newsletter. All material is copyright protected and may not be copied without written consent. To read the newsletter, please click here.

In addition to this article, more information on feng shui can be found in my #1 best-selling book, Feng Shui that Makes Sense.

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Ten Ways to Help You Create an Optimal Environment for Your Child

While most feng shui information pertains to adult living and working environments, children can also benefit by applying feng shui principles to their sleeping, studying, and playing areas. Below you’ll find great feng shui tips for making your child’s room a nurturing place of happiness and comfort.

1. Wall Color
Color choices are highly subjective, but one study shows that rooms that are painted bright yellow tend to increase tension. Babies cry louder, longer, and more often in bright lemon yellow rooms and adults tend to argue more often in rooms painted that color.  Soft neutral wall colors are calming. Accent with brighter colors in bedding and artwork.
2. Bed Position
I’m always surprised at the odd ways adults position children’s beds in their rooms and then wonder why their child has trouble sleeping. Just as in an adult bedroom, a child’s bed needs to be positioned so that they can see the door but not be in direct line with the door while lying down. Children under the age of ten often feel more comfortable when one side of the bed is pushed up against a wall rather than open on both sides.
3. Children’s Beds
Adults and children alike often sleep better in a bed that has a solid headboard with no holes or slats in the headboard. A headboard creates a feeling of comfort and security does not exist when the bed is pushed up against the wall without a headboard. Avoid beds made entirely out of plastic (like a plastic bed that looks like a car for example). Plastic off-gasses toxins which can be unhealthy for children.
4. Avoid Artificial Scent in the Home
There is a growing body of evidence that artificial air fresheners (think plug-ins, sprays, candles, potpourri, and reed scented sticks) have unhealthy side effects, especially in children. They have been linked to asthma, headaches, and immune deficiencies. If you like scent in your home, opt for diffusing therapeutic-grade essential oils like the ones I suggest in my newsletters. These products are anti-microbial, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial and actually increase health and well-being when diffused in a room.
5. Provide Easy-to-Access Closed Storage Options
Very few children enjoy cleaning up after themselves. To make tidying easier for them (and you), provide plenty of storage choices. Kid’s toys are brightly colored and even when placed neatly can make a room look messy. Cabinets, shelves with a solid fabric draped over them, wicker baskets with lids and ottomans are great storage ideas for toys and books. A storage area under the stairs can easily be converted into a fun, cozy play area and a place for toys  and games.

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Intuition & Feng Shui

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This article is taken from my May 2016 newsletter. To read the entire newsletter, click here. Please note that all information in this article and in my newsletters is copyright protected and may not be copied without written permission. Thank you!

Have you ever heard anyone say, “Darn, I wish I HADN’T listened to my intuition?” Probably not. In fact, it’s much more likely that at one time or another you, or someone you know has said, “Gee, I really wish I HAD listened to my intuition.” Intuition is defined as The ability to understand something immediately, without the need for conscious reasoning. Intuition is the inner voice that speaks from the heart, often in a whisper, gently guiding us to what is best for our highest good. It’s up to us to hear it, trust it, and listen to it. Listening to your intuition can be one of your best assets when identifying good feng shui.
   Studies prove that people make up their minds within 10 seconds whether or not they are going to purchase a home. They may set out with a laundry list of things that they are looking for, but ultimately they will make their decision about a place based on their intuition and emotional response to it. That initial intuitive/emotional response is almost always correct. It’s when we get in our heads and try to rationalize reasons to NOT listen to our intuition that we get ourselves into trouble.

    I’ve worked with many clients who’ve regretted purchasing their home saying that they intuitively didn’t feel right about it in the beginning. Ignoring their intuition, they went ahead with the purchase because it was a great deal, someone talked them into it, or they thought they’d learn to like it better over time. The truth of the matter is whatever you don’t like about a home in the beginning will only amplify the longer you live there, especially if it is something that is impossible to change (like living next to a freeway). It’s like walking around with a rock in your shoe and being unable to take it out.

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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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De-Stress Your Home with Feng Shui

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The  article below goes with my August Newsletter, to read the newsletter for more information, classes, tips, and more, please click here

     Do you ever come home exhausted from a long day and just wanting to plop down and relax? How can you make your home a place of relaxation and rejuvenation?  Numerous studies by psychologists, psychologists, and even cellular biologists have proven that our surroundings deeply impact our bodies, minds, and spirits. In an ever-increasing stressful world, having a home of relaxation, beauty, and comfort is more important than ever. Here are six quick and easy ways to bring more relaxation into your home and into your life.

 Add Plants and Flowers

Rutgers University did a lengthy study on the effect flowers have onplfl93 human emotion. The result of the study was that when we see flowers, our bodies respond by releasing “happy” hormones like serotonin and dopamine. The University of Washington also did a study on the effect houseplants have on human behavior and found that productivity went up 28%, blood pressure decreased, and positive moods increased. Additionally, some plants actually work to purify the air and reduce harmful electrical fields. Keep your plants healthy and they’ll help to keep you happy.

Let the sun shine in!

When exposed to sunlight our bodies produce “happy” hormones that help regulate mood and sleep patterns. If you have rooms in your home that have no access to natural light (think windowless bathrooms and kitchens), then replace the regular light bulbs with full-spectrum alternatives. Full-spectrum light bulbs mimic the natural light spectrum. You’ll see that the light in the room will be cleaner and crisper, the colors in the room will be brighter instead of yellow and dingy,  and you’ll feel better too! Full-spectrum bulbs come in LED energy-efficient styles and they make them to fit almost every size outlet, including fluorescent fixtures. Check online or at your local home improvement store to purchase.

Minimize Sharp Points and Angles

Sharp points and corners make us feel defensive and tense. When choosing furniture, opt for rounded corners instead of sharp right angles. Choose plants that have soft leaves and avoid those with thorns or spikes. Your room will feel calmer and more relaxed with these small changes.

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Having too much “stuff” around can make us feel distracted and unorganized. It can also make us feel guilty (“I should clear off that counter, I should organize the garage, I should donate those old books to the library, etc., etc.) You get the picture. Donate, gift, sell, or toss those items that you no longer want, love, need, or use, and you’ll be amazed at how much more relaxed you and your home will feel.
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Six Feng Shui Myths Explained

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More often than I can count, I run into clients, students, and other everyday people who are confused by the contradictory information they hear regarding feng shui. Below are six common feng shui myths and misunderstandings and information that will help set the record straight.
Myth #1: Feng Shui is a religion or spiritual practice
Fact: Feng Shui is an ancient system of environmental psychology developed to help people survive in both the natural world and the built environment. It has NOTHING to do with religion, superstition or good luck and everything to do with creating an optimal living and working space.
Myth #2: If your stairs face your front door, all your money will roll out of your house
Fact: This is a common misunderstanding of an ancient recommendation to protect one’s family. 5,000 years ago (when feng shui was developed) people didn’t have locks on their doors. It was advised that if your family’s sleeping quarters were upstairs, it was best to hide the staircase as far away from the main door as possible to keep everyone safe from intruders while sleeping. Over time the original intent was forgotten, and superstition replaced the practical purpose for not having the stairs face the main door. Continue reading

Easy Feng Shui Tips for Every Room of the House

I stumbled across this great picture with numbers for the different areas of the home and it inspired me to do a walk-through (by number) of the different areas of your home. The numbers in the picture are a bit random, but it is a fun way to present some quick tips on how you can optimize each area. Ready, here goes!

1. Bathroom: Don’t believe what you may hear about the bathroom in feng shui. Your money does NOT flow out your drains or your toilet! That is nonsense! In order to have a comfortable bathroom, choose warm earth tone colors and add fluffy, soft towels for added comfort.

2. Garage: For many of us, the garage is our first impression when we return home. Keep it neat and organized. Opt for closed cabinets to store items to give a sense of peace when the garage door goes up instead of chaos.

3. Bedroom: Make sure to position your bed so that  you have a clear view of the door instead of being directly in-line with the door. You will relax better knowing that you can easily see when someone enters the room. Continue reading

Book Signing Event: Sunday, October 16th at Warwick’s Books in La Jolla, California

You’re invited to my book signing event!

WHAT: Book Signing Event for Feng Shui that Makes Sense; Easy Ways to Create a Home that FEELS as Good as it Looks

WHEN: Sunday, October 16th, 2011 from Noon until 2pm

WHERE:                                                                                                            Warwick’s Book Store                                                                                                     7812 Girard Avenue La Jolla, CA  92037                                                                         (858) 454-0347

ABOUT: I have been asked to sign copies of my best-selling book,
Feng Shui that Makes Sense,
Easy Ways to Create a Home that FEELS as Good as it Looks at Warwick’s Books this coming Sunday from noon until
2:00pm.                                                                                                                                                                           Warwick’s is the oldest family-owned book store in the country,
and hosts the most famous authors and celebrities in the world including,
Bill Clinton, Julia Child, Stephen King, Jack Canfield, and many, many more.                                                                                                                                 Feng Shui that Makes Sense is currently ranked #3
out of over 3,000 feng shui books on Amazon. It is the fastest-selling feng
shui book the distributor has ever carried and is already on its third
printing! I’m very pleased to say that the book continues to receive rave reviews.

Come and spend this Sunday afternoon in beautiful La Jolla,
California and pick up a personally signed copy of the book at
Warwick’s between noon and 2:00. With it’s beautiful shops, delicious
restaurants, and gorgeous beaches, spending an afternoon in La Jolla is always
a special treat.

I look forward to seeing you!                                                                                          Best Wishes,                                                                                                                   Cathleen McCandless

Beautiful La Jolla, California

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Order my new book, Feng Shui that Makes Sense

At last, a feng shui book that replaces nonsense with common sense!   

“Cathleen takes you to the true heart of feng shui by pushing aside superstition to present the deepest pearls of feng shui wisdom. Her remarkable insights will truly bring more harmony, vitality, and abundance into your life. Highly recommended!!”
–Denise Linn, author of Sacred Space and Feng Shui for the Soul

Most feng shui books repeat the same information over and over again while perpetuating many myths and misconceptions mistakenly associated with this beautiful system of environmental design. Written by a leading expert with over twenty years of experience, Feng Shui that Makes Sense separates fact from fiction, easily guiding you step-by-step through the process of using feng shui principles to create a home that will please your eye, relax your body, inspire your mind, and lift your spirit.

By reading this book you will be able to:
* Easily create a home of beauty and comfort
* Learn basic feng shui principles that work every time in every space
* Improve the look and feel of any room in your home
* Discover the origins of many popular feng shui myths and misunderstandings
* Enhance the areas of your home relating to Love, Money, Health, Family, and More
* Apply feng shui principles to your landscape and garden
* Integrate nature and natural materials into your living space
* Clear your home of unwanted energy
* Create a home that nurtures and inspires you physically, mentally, and spiritually
* Understand why and how your environment affects you the way it does

“Cathleen, all I can say is wow! Not only does your approach to feng shui make complete sense, it totally changed my life for the better. This is THE book I’ve been searching for! I’ve given it to all my friends and family. Thank you, thank you, thank you!” – Amy Anderson

This book is ready to be pre-ordered! First-run copies are limited, so be sure to order early to reserve your copy!

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