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Feng Shui and House Blessings

Please note that ALL of the articles in my blog are written by me and are copyright protected. Plagerism is theft and I take it very seriously! Thank you for your understanding! The following article appears in my November 2015 Newsletter as well as portions from my best-selling book, Feng Shui that Makes Sense.

       In past newsletter issues and in my book Feng Shui that Makes Sense, I have taught you the importance of doing periodic space clearings (click here to read about space clearing). Space clearings are crucial to the success of your feng shui because they remove old energetic residue from past occupants, events, and emotions and make way for better, positive energy and experiences. Once a space clearing has been completed, it is important to conduct a house blessing.

     While a space clearing erases an energetic imprint, a house blessing creates an energetic imprint. The purpose of a house blessing is to set the intention for your home by consciously welcoming positive, loving energy into your space in order to make the experience of living there as optimal as possible. The clearer you can be with your thoughts and your intentions, the better you and your space will feel. A home is far more than just a place of shelter; it’s an energetic environment that can impact daily living—either positively or negatively. Happiness, security, love, health, success, friendship, safety, and financial well-being are just some of the aspects that can be influenced by a house blessing.
     Don’t worry too much about correct procedure when blessing your home. There’s no right or wrong way to conduct a house blessing. You can keep it simple or conduct something elaborate. For some people, a house blessing is religious or spiritual in nature. For others, it’s not. The blessing can be almost anything you want it to be. For example, you can imagine your house filled with beautiful white light or with angels bringing positive and loving energy. Some people read a prayer, a poem, or a meaningful passage from a book, while others enjoy playing music or singing a favorite song. A clear heart and a loving intention are all that’s required to conduct a successful house blessing.

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Feng Shui Tips for Moving into or out of a Home

Moving is never easy. The physical impact of a move is often compounded by the emotions that go along with leaving a familiar environment and moving into new, less familiar space.  Feng Shui is the study of the environment and how it affects people. It goes beyond how a space looks and addresses the energy of how a space feels. There are tons of sites on the internet that can help you with the physical aspects of moving (packing, labeling, etc.) Instead of discussing the nuts and bolts of moving, I’d like to share with you the energetic aspects of moving out of an old home and into a new one.
Leaving your Old Home
1. Freely Let Go of What No Longer Serves You
     I like to define clutter as anything you no longer want, love, need, or use.  When you freely release that which no longer serves you (this applies to people and circumstances as much as it does belongings), you are literally and figuratively making room for new, better energy to come into your life. Holding on to people, places, and things that no longer have a purpose or bring you joy is usually rooted in some kind of fear. Fear that you may need that thing again some day (even if you haven’t used it in years), fear of change, fear of being alone, fear of lack, fear of never finding something/someone better, etc. These items and fears energetically weigh you down, keep you stuck, and slow  the flow of something better coming into your life. When you let go of something that no longer has meaning and purpose in your life, you energetically open the door to new and improved people, places and things. There is no better time than moving from one place to another to freely and easily let go of the old and look forward to the new.
2. Clear Your Home’s Energy
     As a feng shui consultant, I often come across homes that still have strong residual energy from people who have lived there previously. This residual energy can make the new occupants feel lethargic and often like they never really feel at “home” in the house, even if they’ve lived there for years.  Just as you would physically clean your home for the new people, it is important that you do a energetic clearing on the home you are leaving (please refer to my book Feng Shui that Makes Sense if you don’t know how to do this) to energetically clear the home of your (and your family’s) energy. This will help free the home of your energy and clear the space for the new occupants.

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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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Feng Shui for the New Year

Asian culture, as well as many others, look to the New Year as a very important time to make significant changes in their lives. The purpose of feng shui is to create the most optimal environment possible in order to provide a foundation for positive energy flow in your life. One thing that feng shui has taught me well is to embrace change. When done properly, feng shui helps propel you towards life experiences that are always bigger and better. Below I’ve outlined some very important steps to help you make this year your best yet.

1. Let go of what no longer serves you. It can be people, places, or things that have ceased to bring you joy. Sometimes relationships, places, and things that once held joy and meaning lose their luster and even become detrimental to our well-being.

In order to have healthy, loving relationships, you must heal or end toxic relationships with partners, friends, or family members. While this process can be painful, it is also one of the healthiest things you can do for your continued growth and well-being.

Your affinity with places can change too. Homes and environments where you may have once felt happy and comfortable may now make you feel stagnant, uneasy and frustrated. Any constant feeling of discomfort, whether it is with a specific person or place, signifies that a change is necessary in order to feel happier and more fulfilled.

Objects that you once loved may now be just taking up space and cluttering up your home and your life. If you don’t need it, want it, or love it, toss it!

2. Space clear your home. All the feng shui in the world won’t help if your space me space clearinghas old, stuck residual energy. Over time, buildings absorb and radiate the energy of people or events that have taken place there. An indicator of stuck energy is feeling uneasy, drained, exhausted, unfocused or depressed when you’re in a particular space. It is very hard to move forward in your life when you are surrounded by stuck or negative energy in your home or workplace. Fortunately you can shift that energy by performing a space clearing.

A space clearing is not difficult to do. The best way I’ve personally found to clear a space is by using sound. In chapter 8 of my book, Feng Shui that Makes Sense, I go into detail explaining the science behind space clearing with sound and how to perform a clearing on your home. Energy chimes are a simple, very effective tool that anyone can use to free the building of negative or stagnant energy that may have accumulated there. Once the old energy has been removed, you will Continue reading

Feng Shui Tips for the New Year

Letting Go of the Old, Welcoming in the New
The ancient Chinese were masters at understanding energy. They used their understanding of energy meridians in the human body to create the healing practice of acupuncture and their understanding of the energy meridians in the earth to create the system of feng shui.
   Another great understanding they had was knowing the importance of marking a new year as a time of letting go of the past and welcoming in  fresh energy and new beginnings. While those of us using the Gregorian calendar celebrate the new year every year on January 1st,  the Chinese celebrate their new year on the second new moon after the winter solstice. This year the Chinese New Year (the year of the Black Water Dragon) will be celebrated on February 4th, 2012.
       No matter when you celebrate the new year, it is an ideal time to reassess what is working in your life and think about what you’d like to change. From a feng shui point of view, this involves Continue reading

Space Clearing: What to do when Your House has “Bad Vibes”

Have you ever had an uneasy feeling in your home that you can’t explain? Do you live in a place where an unfortunate event has occurred, such as a death, divorce, accident or foreclosure? Have you had the experience of moving into a new home or apartment and felt that the previous occupants were still connected to your space? The fact is, all buildings have the potential to hold onto the energy of the events and people that have been in that place. I’m not talking about ghosts and spirits (though they would certainly fall into this category.) I’m talking about having an uncomfortable feeling in a home or business that just doesn’t seem to go away. In my twenty years as a feng shui and home staging expert, I can tell you that these feelings are not in your imagination, but are actually a real phenomena that can be explained by the laws of physics. By understanding and using these laws, we can easily and effectively rid a space of negative energy and in turn feel happy and more positive while living and working in these environments.

Understanding the Process

The process of cleansing and healing the energy of the environment is commonly known as “Space Clearing”. In the seventeenth century, a Dutch scientist named Christiaan Huygens noticed that two pendulum clocks hung side by side would eventually synchronize and begin to swing in the same rhythm. Huygens called this process entrainment. Entrainment occurs as two objects, each with their own vibratory pattern, transfer small amounts of energy between them, eventually settling into a rhythmic relationship. Everything in the universe, including human beings, is made up of molecules and atoms that are vibrating at different frequencies. Even objects that appear solid and inanimate, such as walls, ceilings, and floors, are made up of atomic particles that constantly vibrate. Science has proven that human emotions and thoughts have electrical frequencies. Different emotions have different vibratory patterns. The stronger the emotion behind the thought, the more intense the vibration is. When someone experiences strong emotions or thoughts repeatedly in a space, they send out vibrations that are picked up by and projected back from the solid materials in the surroundings, including walls, ceilings, floors, and furniture. Through the process of entrainment, the room itself begins to match the vibration of these emotional frequencies.

   Let’s imagine, for example, that you have serious financial trouble, and your thoughts and emotions are focused on money worries, loss, and financial ruin. When you’re at home, these thoughts and emotions constantly send out specific frequencies into your surroundings. Through the process of entrainment, the energy of your worry and stress influences the vibratory rate of the molecules and atoms in the walls, ceilings, and floors, synchronizing the house to the energetic pattern of financial difficulty. Eventually, you move out of the home, but your energetic imprint remains, still vibrating in the structure of the house. Since energy is in perpetual motion until something interferes with it, the home continues to vibrate at the same frequency, even though you’re no longer living there. The next owner of the home may have had no previous problems with finances but may begin to experience more and more issues in this area after moving into the home. Why? Once again, through the dynamic process of entrainment, the energetic imprint of the home influences the energetic vibration of the new resident. A home is much larger than a human being. Therefore, the home’s energy surrounds the new resident, and over time, the new resident often experiences similar life patterns as the previous occupants. It seems like every neighborhood has a home or a place of business where negative events (divorces, bankruptcies, accidents, etc.) occur repeatedly. Often it is the energetic imprint that has been left in the building that keeps the space in a perpetual state of negativity. This is one of the reasons why it’s important to learn about the history of a building before you live or work there. Fortunately, a space clearing can work wonders to cleanse the home of unfavorable influences.

Using Sound to Clear a Space

There are many techniques that can rid a home or a workspace of unwanted energy. Experience has shown me the benefit of using sound and the scientific
process of entrainment to clear a space. Sound is very effective in shifting the energy of a room and clearing any negative energy that may linger there. Sound waves travel well through solids and liquids which is why you can hear sounds so well under water. By introducing sound waves into a space, you can influence the vibrational frequency of the walls, ceilings, furniture, and other objects in a room. Through the process of entrainment, the building’s previous energy imprint is eliminated and the result is a place that feels lighter, fresher, and more positive.


You will need some kind of percussion instrument (you can even clap your hands.) I prefer to use an “Energy Chime” that is specially made for this procedure (you can purchase these on my web site www.FengShuiThatMakesSense.com/shop.html  if you wish.) If you don’t have an Energy Chime, you can use a drum, bell, singing bowl, or even clapping your hands to direct sound into each room of the home. Begin at the front door. This is the area where most of us dump our energy when we first arrive home. By standing inside the entrance, direct the sound at the door, and then move clockwise through that area, travelling through each room of the house continuing the procedure. Include the closets, garage, and storage areas (such as basements) when you are conducting your clearing. Sound travels out from its source, so the sound waves will continue into the walls, the furniture, and even up to the ceiling. Notice how you feel as you conduct the clearing. Do certain areas feel dull or negative? How does your body feel? Very sensitive people can perceive a lot of information about the energy of the home as the old vibrations are released during the clearing. If your home is large and you become tired, sit and rest and continue from where you left off, but don’t wait too long to get started again, or your efforts won’t be as successful. You really need to clear the entire house in order to shift the energy of the space.

    After you’ve moved through your home directing the sound at all the walls, including hallways and doors, you will wind up back where you started at your front door. You can conclude your space clearing in any manner that feels right to you. If you are a spiritual person you may want to say a prayer or a blessing for your home. If you’d like to just take a deep breath and let it slowly out picturing all the negativity leaving your home, you can do that too. I like to picture golden white light filling every inch of my home when I’m finished, and that always makes my house feel really nice. The choice is yours. You will notice once you have successfully completed your space clearing, the light in the house seems brighter, the colors are clearer, and often the air feels fresher and cooler. Clearing your house of residual energy is one of the very best things you can do in order to have a home that nurtures and inspires your body, mind, and spirit.

   To read more about Space Clearing, Home Blessings, and Feng Shui, pick up a copy of my new book, “Feng Shui that Makes Sense: Easy Ways to Create a Home that FEELS as Good as it Looks.”

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Shifting your Energy with Feng Shui

Shifting Energy with Feng Shui

Spring is here and along with it comes the energy of freshness and new beginnings.  Here are  some great Feng Shui tips to welcome more positive energy into your space and into your life.

The words Feng Shui loosely translated mean wind and water.  Instead of taking these words literally, they exemplify a concept, and that concept is balance.  When our lives are out of balance and we have been experiencing sadness, loss, depression, or other negative emotions, we sometimes feel helpless when it comes to shifting the energy in our lives towards something more positive. 

The wonderful thing about Feng Shui is it is all about creating positive energy. If you are down in the dumps and need a pick-me-up, consider some of these quick and easy ideas:
1. Play some inspiring music.  See the “bookstore” section to the right for some great suggestions.
2. Place some flowers in a vase.  There is a reason people give flowers to those that need cheering up.  Flowers and images of nature are healing because we have lived in nature far longer than we have lived indoors. Images of nature soothe and inspire us.

3. Try aromatherapy.  Essential oils of peppermint and citrus are uplifting and help clear the mind.  Be sure to use high-grade therapeutic essential oils.  You click here for information about essential oils.  https://www.youngliving.org/sandiegofs

4. Clean out a drawer or closet.  Yes, that’s right.  Getting rid of things that no longer serve you helps you get rid of the past and welcome the future.  Plus, you will gain a satisfying feeling of accomplishment!

5. Open the windows.  Let fresh air and sunshine bathe your home with healing energy.
6. Get rid of anything you don’t love, want, or need.  Your home should be a space that pleases you.  Never live with anything that does not lift your spirits.

7. Take care of something in your home that has been bugging you.  Whether it is a sticky door, burnt out light bulb, dead plant, whatever…if it has been bugging you, get up and deal with it once and for all.  You will be amazed at the relief you’ll get from taking care of this annoying thing.  

8. Buy some new fluffy bathroom towels.  Stores like Michael’s and Ross sell high quality towels at a fraction of the original cost.  The luxurious feeling of a nice thick towel after a bath or shower is very soothing.

9. Conduct a space clearing and blessing on your home.

10.  Make that Feng Shui appointment you have been putting off! I can help you shift the energy in your space and help you bring more positive energy and joy into your surroundings.  

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