Monday, February 19, 2018

Tap Into Your Senses Through Your Environment




What we see affects us positively or negatively, or even subconsciously so we may not be aware of the effect. If we surround ourselves with beautiful views, images, colors and an interesting environment, we are more likely to lead full and happy lives.

Wherever the ancient Chinese had a wall, there would be a window or "Moon Gate", so you could experience the views of the outside world and open up future possibilities. This is why it is so important to manicure your property so the image you see from your windows is a pleasant one.

What you see impacts you on so many levels. Take the time to choose your colors, artwork and other design accents with care. Make sure they are symbols that have meaning to you and are uplifting.


Sight Enhancers:



  • Natural Light Source: There is nothing better and more effective than natural light source when it comes to enhancing your environment. Clean windows, intact screens and window treatment that allows sunlight in during the day and can shield night light pollution in the evening is perfect.
  • Crystals: Color resonates with us on both a conscious and a subconscious level, and can effect our moods. The combination of crystal and light creates a wonderful dancing pattern within a room and bodes especially well in areas that are dark and stagnant.
  • Color Glass Panels: In a window can bring life to a room. These panels also provide a level of privacy and are ideal in bathrooms or side doors which look out on to a wall.

Sound:


Sound is such a powerful element in feng shui. We all connect to sound whether soothing background music, the rustle of leaves or birds chirping. They all have a therapeutic effect on us. Pleasant sounds soothe and refresh the mind, body and spirit.

Sound Enhancers:



  • Wind Chimes: Are fabulous to hang outdoors and bring energy to an otherwise stagnant area of the property. The sound can easily travel through open windows and create a relaxing internal environment.  
  • Grandfather Clock: The deep-toned, soothing ticking of a grandfather clock is a reassuring sound.
  • Water: The sound of gently bubbling water can be relaxing and energize an area with auspicious stars (flying star technique). Water does bode well in the north, east and southeast as it naturally assists and fuels the elements associated with those directions.
Touch:

Too often disregarded, touch is as vital as the other senses and is linked to our primeval desire to be in contact with the earth. The tactile sensations in our homes affect our feelings of comfort and security. The materials with which we surround ourselves in our homes make a considerable impact on us.

Touch Enhancers:




  • Velvet furnishings and accessories feel wonderfully luxurious.
  • Plants add sacred geometry to an environment along with texture.
  • Wooden objects are smooth to the touch and relax the body.
  • Different textured fabrics add character to a room and have tactile appeal.
  • Pets stimulate and relax the body and space.

    Taste:






    This is not a simple one to describe in terms of feng shui but it does impact our well-being. We are what we eat. Our diet directly affects our health. Using yin and yang and the 5 Chinese elements in the kitchen can have a tremendous impact on health. In my 4 Pillars Astrology assessments for clients, I can determine what elements are lacking or excessive. Food source is a way to balance out the element percentage you are born with. Buying local organic food makes a difference when it comes to a healthy environment and a healthy body.


    Smell:

    The power of the sense of smell is tremendous. Who can fail to be tempted by an aroma of freshly baked bread. Our homes also have a unique smell. First impressions make an impact and if our homes smell less than fresh, this can impact how comfortable we and our visitors feel there. It is fabulous when a subtle smell of flowers waft in from a nearby garden or essential oils.

    Smell Enhancers:



    • Fresh baked goods
    • Scented oils
    • Plants
    • Fruit
    • Fresh potpourri
    • Fresh flowers

    Color:

    Color is a vibration and we each respond to it on many levels. It can be used to enhance spaces or evoke emotions. When we use color we are also working with light since light contains all colors, each with its own frequency. The light quality depends on the aspect, the size of windows and how they are decorated. The materials we use on the floors and in décor have the ability to reflect , transmit and absorb light.

    Colors & Meaning:




    White: Symbolizes new beginnings, purity and innocence. It is fantastic color to support cleanliness and freshness. It bodes well in bathrooms and kitchens.

    Black: This is a mysterious and independent color. This color should only be used as an accent in décor.

    Brown: This is a color that grounds and stabilizes like the element of earth. Works well in areas that are compromised with water (laundry/bathroom), that are located in the center of the structure.

    Orange: This is a powerful and cheerful color and encourages communication and concentration. Living rooms and dining rooms work well in this color but best not to use in smaller spaces.

    Pink: Is linked with purity of thought and happiness. It bodes well for a girls room.

    Purple: Encourages vitality and has a dignified and spiritual essence. It is a perfect color for meditation rooms.

    Blue: This is a peaceful and soothing color linked also with spirituality. Meditation rooms, therapy rooms (office space) or in family rooms work well in with this color.

    Green: Symbolizes growth, fertility and harmony. It is a very optimistic color and does bode well in bedrooms, therapy rooms (office environment), conservatories and bathrooms.

    Yellow: This color is associated with enlightenment and intellect stimulating the brain and digestion. Suitable for hallways, offices and kitchens.

    Red: This is a very stimulating color that can reduce a size of a room and increase the size of objects. It is associated with warmth and prosperity. You should avoid this color in bedrooms, kitchens and bathrooms.

    Every color is associated with the 5 core Chinese elements. These elements are also associated with the 8 compass directions. This makes it easier to choose your color palette when designing your rooms. For more details on how to design your home or office with the proper color choices refer to my Feng Shui Designs in a Flash CD for step-by-step instructions.


    Enjoy tapping in to your senses through your environment this spring. Make some changes inside and out and feel the difference in your mind, body and soul.


    Mary Jane Kasliner

    www.njfengshuitraining.com

    www.fengshuiyoganj.com



    Friday, February 16, 2018

    Daily Energy Forecast!

    Tip: Do not be extreme. Follow the middle path.


    Today is considered a refresh and remove day. Traditionally, the combination of energy in the Bazi chart  for today was used for spiritual and religious practices, this day was often associated with cleansing rituals or removing of bad karma. The energies of a Remove Day are best used to end something or remove the unwanted.

    There is an earth to wood combination in the day pillar today. These elements do not bode well together. Tension creeps in and can impact those closest to you and or partnerships. You can take two approaches to settle the tension. First, pause and think things through before communicating your viewpoint. In addition, turn up the volume when it comes to listening. By infusing these qualities there is flow for a state of calmness in relationships closest to you. The second approach to ease the tension is to be willing to put yourself out there and be clear about your intentions and goals in mind. Come from a non-threatening angle and the result will be a partner who feels supported and grounded by your actions.

    Favorable points of interest today include:

    • Networking and development strategies for future opportunities
    • Creative and inspiring trends
    • Delving deeper into self-study as it will ultimately shed light on career path
    • Wrapping up loose ends to get paid on open jobs
    Enjoy your day!

    Mary Jane - Feng Shui Yoga Girl

    Thursday, February 1, 2018

    The Law of Intention and Desire



    The law of intention and desire is based upon the recognition that at the level of the quantum field there is nothing but energy and information. Pure potential is influenced by our intention and desire. We all experience the quantum field through our thoughts, feelings, memories, desires and needs. Our mind and body act as one collection of thoughts (mind), and molecules (body), in the same reality. The ancient sages referred to this as "Tat Tvam Asi," which means, "I am that, you are that, all  this is that, and that's all there is."

    Understanding that every being housed in their temple or body, is not separate from the body of the universe. Therefore, if you change the energy in your own body, you change the energy in your extended body, your environment and your world. This change is activated through intention and the attention to bring to your intention. Intention transforms! Therefore, if you want something to grow stronger in your life, direct more attention to it. If you want something to diminish, withdraw your attention from it. 

    To harness the power of the Law of Intention and Desire in your life, follow these three steps:

    1. Be clear about your intentions and desires. It is extremely effective and powerful to write down a list of those things you want to manifest in your life. Review this list on a daily basis before meditation, prayer or your yoga practice. Modify your list as your desires are fulfilled or transformed. Taking the time to document your desires, accelerates the process of manifesting them into the physical world.

    2. Once you bring your intentions and desires into your conscious awareness, let go of the outcome. Trust when the time is ripe things will happen and not before. Maintain an attitude of surrender. Move through your day and through your yoga practice seeing your intentions coming to life.

    3. Remind yourself to practice present moment awareness as you move through your day. Things will invariably get in the way but don't engage in the drama, the stories the mind creates. Just be fully present and set your mind to your intentions.

    Here is a mantra you can use for the law of intention and desire:

    "Om Ritam Namah"

    The translation: My intentions and desires are supported by cosmic intelligence.


    Om!
    Mary Jane
    Feng Shui Yoga Girl





    Tuesday, January 30, 2018

    Absorb Negative Energy With Crystals







    I'm getting ready to space clear my home in preparation for the upcoming solar New Year on February 4th. If you haven't had a chance to read my 3 part series newsletter on things you can do and what to expect for 2018, take a look here.  Aside from my essential oils, bells and clearing herbs, I have an assortment of crystals I like to include in the clearing process to charge the energy in my home.

    Crystals are a wonderful way to bring the element of earth into your environment to stabilize and ground the atmosphere. They are also wonderful when it comes to absorbing negative energy. Choose crystals that you are drawn to. Choosing crystals that have a rough-cut tend to pack more vibration than polished ones. Before arranging them in your home, consider cleansing them to re-engerize their inherent quality. It's really very simple to do. Whether you choose to place them outside in a bowl of water for 24 hours, or wave a sage stick over them with a set intention, is your decision. Either method will restore their vibrancy.

    The fascination of crystals comes from their birth born beauty; but in addition, they are powerful transformers of the quality of qi (energy) that pervades your environment. Here is a brief profile of the most popular types of crystals:

    Clear quartz: Also know as white quartz or rock crystal, can lift us into a lighter, more joyful state.

    Aventurine: This is a beautiful green stone that clears turbulent thoughts and purifies emotion.

    Rose Quartz: This is considered the stone of love. It gently releases emotional blockages.

    There are many crystals you can choose from to place in your home or to carry on your person. Take some time to search around online or visit a local New Age store and have some fun deciding which crystals are calling your name.

    Mary Jane Kasliner
    Feng Shui Yoga Girl
    www.fengshuiyoganj.com


    Friday, January 26, 2018

    Part 3: The Energy in Your Home in the Earth Dog Year of 2018!

    Part 3: The Energy in Your Home in the Earth Dog Year of 2018!
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    Part 3: The Energy in Your Home In The Earth Dog Year of 2018!



    Welcome to Body Space Alignment Newsletter! 
    This is the third part of my series on how to prepare you for the year ahead. Part one I pointed out seven things you can do to prepare for the changes that are coming. Part two I discussed the overall energy of the Earth Dog Year of 2018. Today, I we will take a look at the energy in your environment for 2018. 
    Let's get right to it!

    Elevate Your Consciousness!

    Mary Jane

    Fire That Rises:
    The year 2018 reveals the trigram associated with the element of fire that rises into the heavens. Specifically, this trigram represents the loshu number of 9, and the trigram known as Li. It is female in gender representing the middle daughter.  In everyday life, it is the goals we strive for, our vision, clarity in situations, our soul's mission while on this earthly plane, and our reputation based on how we serve others and our community at large. This trigram also reflects integrity, enlightenment, and joyful bliss. It’s about finding your passion and running with it to ultimately serve others. As this trigram aligns with the heart, it ignites forth heart’s desires. Walking the path of your heart is the best way to express what truly lies within.
    When we concentrate on fulfilling what lies within, we are in alignment with the divine. This naturally propels us to expand giving and nurturing qualities to those around us. We develop a higher sense of who we are and what we are known for, and as a result, the bountiful blessings of clarity is bestowed upon us. We learn how to live in harmony with self and others.
    The element of fire is the element of integrity and it burns away that which is not essential, taking it to its purest form. Fire is the mediator of transformation in the process, the smoke from the transformation rises upward to the heavens as prayers. Inner truth is the key behind opening the door to enlightenment.
    This trigram is also considered to be the “clinging,” like that of the flame clinging to the material it is consuming. Therefore, there is a tendency to cling and hold on to things that no longer serve us well, or to be dependent on others so much so, you lose your independence.
    In terms of business, this trigram does represent marketing, goals, visions and your reputation. Make certain to outline your goals and visions for 2018. Map out your course on a monthly basis so it’s not so overwhelming. In terms of your reputation, know it is built on how you treat your clients and colleagues. Obviously, building a strong reputation makes for repeat business and word of mouth referrals. Take an initiative this year to go that step further for your clients, perhaps offering an unexpected discount or follow up call to check in with them after your service visit.

    Fire Builds Earth: 
    2018 is dominated by the earth element, specifically the yang polarity of earth. As mentioned in Part 2 of this three part series on about the Earth Dog, moving at a slower pace and relying on practical aspirations and deductive reasoning is going to be very important. With the element of fire rising in the trigram 9 Li,  from the school of flying star feng shui, there is a natural cycle of growth from fire to earth. This will compound, or shed further light on the importance of earth qualities. Keeping things in perspective this year is of utmost importance. 
    Fire building more earth over earth does make the prediction of earthquakes mentioned in part 2 of this series more probable. Furthermore, obstacles that arise have a tendency to impair your vision and goals more readily. All the more reason to plot out your journey carefully this year. In addition, the element of fire represents conscious awareness. Therefore, the compounded earth, as a transformative element, will see to it that humanity takes the next step towards higher levels of consciousness. This may be the result of the scales tipping too far in one direction, whether politically, socially or personally.

     Home Environment:
    In the flying star approach, energy shifts in a pattern known as the Sigil of Saturn. When this occurs, different energy patterns fall into the eight known directions marked on a compass. I'm sure all of you are familiar with these directions. In addition, there is a ninth point which represents the center. All things are driven from the center or bindu point, whether we refer to the macrocosm of the Universe, or the microcosm of the human body.

    How does this relate to our personal environment and living experience? First, envision the eight compass directions splayed over your home positioned from the center. Now, imagine each of these compass points represents an aspect of your life experience. The incoming elemental  energy that moves through the Sigil of Saturn configuration creates a reaction that acts as a guide of how the different parts of your life experience will have a tendency to unfold this year.

    Life Experience Components For 2018: 
    Family and Health: Overall, there is a very creative and playful energy that moves into this part of life. It is beneficial to carve out "fun-time" with family this year, and especially when it comes to engaging in creative projects. One of the downsides to this star is its timeliness during this current 20-year cycle pattern the earth is in. It is considered untimely and therefore obstacles can occur when it comes to an undermining of finances, agitation in family, and vulnerability to the feet, neck, gallbladder or liver. This is especially so for eldest male. The yang wood tiger pillar for the year, which takes into account family dynamics, is a pretty cooperative energy. It favors cooperation with others and delegating chores fairly. That's good, as it helps offset the problematic components of the trigram positioned in this life sector for the year here. Other areas of vulnerability this year due to strong earth are as follows: Stomach, pancreas, anxiety and digestive processes. Specific element (s) is essential to restore proper flow of qi to this life area. Email me for your home report to find out exactly how to navigate this area, as every home will require a different cure.
    Wealth & Finances:
    This is a powerful resource trigram that builds wealth. With the right combination of trigrams in this portent (based on your personal home chart),your income can multiply! This trigram requires inner searching to make good financial moves. It is a strong real estate energy that blends beautifully with the strong earth (Earth Dog) combination for 2018. If you are contemplating a move, or real estate investment, this is the year to do it. Unfortunately, the elemental quality of this star clashes with the element of the southeast, where this star takes up residence for the entire year.  Without proper element choices, you will lose the benefit of this powerful white star. To find out what your home chart combinations are for 2018, email me.

    Goals & Visions:
    The trigram that enters this portent for the year is capable of fueling your intentions for 2018, as long as you are willing to do the work of further educating yourself in whatever discipline you are destine to practice in this life time. It can be a tricky star when it comes to relationships creating undue tension. This is a bit exacerbated by the fire rabbit day pillar for 2018 that can be temperamental. Securing a balance of elements in this portent for your home is a must so you can capitalize on your goals with clarity. Email me for your flying star home chart with personal suggestions.

    Relationships:
    Expect male to take the lead in relationship this year, as this star has strong male qualities. His guidance is beneficial, but as this star builds strength from the portent, it can also be draining for female. The fire rabbit pillar  for 2018 as mentioned can be temperamental, but there is a certain level of charm and diplomacy that can also be present. Travel is likely with partner, and especially visiting far off lands (outside the country). Find out what recommendations are best to balance this portent in your home by emailing me for your report.
    Fun - Creativity & Children: 
    This year there is a partnering energy that enters this portent. This bodes well when it comes to having fun with children and being creative with friends and significant other. However, this star also has problematic potential, and especially for females. Challenges can arise with children, along with stomach, intestinal, skin and mouth problems.  Luckily the direction element helps to quiet down the negative components of this star. Find out how to work with this portent with your home report.

    Networking & Travel: 
    Get ready for some flow and movement when it comes to career by way of networking and travel. This star is strong and beneficial in this current 20-year earth cycle. It does require for you to get introspective and write the road map for the long haul. Younger male input is worth listening to. Get your home report to see the best ways to capitalize on this great energy that spells out OPPORTUNITY!
     
    Photo by Christina Garofalo (India)
    Career & Life Path: 
    Chaos is the only word to describe the star that enters this portent for the year. Think "Murphy's Law." Legal problems in business can also occur with greatest impact to younger males. With the wood tiger in the pillar of family and business, leisure time can take the front seat when it comes to work, as discipline is not something the wood tiger excels in. As this star requires a lot of discipline to offset the negative impact, this presents as a major problem. Vertigo and the urinary system can also be impacted by this star. This can be a very tricky energy to work with. One of the worse things for this star is activity, movement and flowing water, as it will simply aggravate and magnify the negative aspects. Email for advice with your home chart.

    Inner Knowledge & Wisdom:
    Lots of movement and high energy enters this portent for the year. This can play out two ways. First, you may find it challenging to get quiet in your meditation practice. Every time you want to sit and get still, this star will entice you to get up and go! Secondly, you may find yourself signing up for one educational program after another to build knowledge that propels new ideas and the undertaking of projects. Since the elements clash here, the shoulders, wrist and arms can be vulnerable.  Be careful in strong flow yoga classes this year, especially since 2018 is a year for earth practices such as yoga. Greatest impact is to males. Find out how this star should be handled in your home.

    Other Areas to Be Mindful of:

    Avoid any renovating in the direction of the Dog (Grand Duke), Northwest 1st mountain. Major disturbance here can result in loss of money due to challenges during renovation.  Also, try to avoid facing (at your desk), or sleeping with your head pointing in this direction (NW1).

    You also want to avoid major renovations and landscaping in the area of the 3 Killings: This includes 316 degrees NW through 45 degrees of NE. Again, without proper protocol lots of issues can occur during renovations that can set you back in time and money.

    Flying Star is an advance system that is based on the year your structure was built and the exact facing compass degrees to set up a personalized and proper chart. There are many interacting elements/ trigrams  (some 45 of them), that requires the skills of a professional feng shui consultant trained in such techniques. My trainings in this system of feng shui include the New York School of Feng Shui under Roger Green from Australia, and the London Institute of Feng Shui under Alan Stirling. The aspects mentioned in this newsletter are simply a generalized expression of the trigram but not personalized to your home.

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    Tuesday, January 16, 2018

    Part 2: 2018 The Year of the Earth Dog


     Ginger - This one is for you!


    2018 is the year of the Earth Dog! We all can relate to man's best friend, making this assessment a particularly joyful one. In addition, the year of the earth dog is a welcome change from the volatility of 2017 (fire to metal conflict), to a more subdued (earth to earth ) relationship. 

    The 2018 Chinese Lunar New Year begins on February 16th. It is the 4715th Chinese year and the zodiac sign of the Dog. The Solar New Year begins on February 4, 2018. The difference between these two dates is based on the following:


    1. The lunar start of the year must start on the 11th lunar month and is based on a new moon during this period. This is the time of the year when the moon starts a whole new cycle. It can fall either in January or February.
    2. The solar start of the year is when the Sun is at 315 degrees exactly. It usually falls on the 4th of February, but can be on the 3rd or 5th. This is the beginning of the new solar cycle for a year and for Chinese the beginning of the Spring season. Essentially, it marks the mid-point between the winter solstice and vernal equinox.
    Earth Strong:

    2018 is dominated by the earth element, specifically the yang polarity of earth. Human affairs and concerns take front and center along with the rise of a more conservative approach. Universal values of justice and equal opportunity will be heard from around the world, as the characteristics of the dog leaves no room for selfishness and indifference.

    For the first six months of 2018, the earth element is compounded. It is beneficial to move at a slower pace and rely on functional and practical aspirations. Use deductive reasoning  when pursuing anything and plot out your goal in a methodical manner. Concern yourself with reliable pursuits while keeping things in perspective.

    Because the dog contains strong earth along with the hidden elements of yin metal and yin fire, there is a combination of fueling source. First off, yang or male earth is associated with the dry soil earth of the mountain. Earth over earth can be interpreted as mountain over mountain. Picture that just for a moment. Sounds a bit precarious to me, and it is. Think about tectonic plates shifting in the earth. What comes to mind? You guessed it; earthquakes. This is something to be especially aware of if you live in an area that is earthquake prone.

    The double mountain can also be viewed as obstacles, perhaps something blocking our view and therefore we are unclear about what comes next. Not to worry, albeit strong earth will trigger the "worry syndrome." If you take the slow methodical approach with a tincture of patience and wisdom, then you will see the full picture with clarity.

    The yin metal and yin fire hidden elements within the dog, provide a creative or sheng flowing cycle (fire, earth, metal). Metal, and especially if metal is a good element for you personally, means wealth will come to those who choose truth, justice and fairness in business dealings. Those in the industry of real estate and renewable energy will especially reap financial gain. In addition, the fields of health and healing, along with spiritual and religious focus, will also do very well. 

    Earth is a transformative element, so we may also find an awakening of consciousness in 2018. A revival of great works of literature and metaphysical topics will feed this collective awareness. Strong earth practices such as meditation, qigong and yoga will prosper in 2018. These are practices that will assist in elevating collective consciousness. Yoga is especially important for 2018 and beyond. To understand why read about the 18 Amazing Benefits of Yoga, According to Science.

    Mountains also relate to stability, slowness, lethargy and stubbornness. Don't fall into the "laziness" trap this year, otherwise opportunities will be missed. There is a difference between being methodical and steadfast in seeking goals and being just lazy.

    Globally:

    With strong earth, there is the likelihood world leaders will feel the pressure of citizens acting out for social justice. It will be interesting to note if these leaders take the higher moral ground and seek justice for the greater good, or look to be selfish and keep for the select few. Where is the human spirit? Is it collectively elevated enough to seek the higher moral ground like that of the dog with its unconditional nature? Cultivating the spirit of the dog, namely intelligence, companionship, honesty and loyalty, is there for the taking. Time will tell if our world leaders are elevated enough to make the right choices.

    President Trump and the Dog:

    The president of the United States was born in the year of the dog. Dogs are loyal to family and friends and are straight forward in their thoughts and words who feel responsible for the well-being of others. Dogs can also be quick to anger, be critical of others and hypersensitive to criticism. Obviously we have seen all these traits in President Trump.

    Since a chart has many components to it, you might find it interesting to read more about our President and his energetic make-up. I did an analysis of Donald Trump when he was running for the presidency. Click here if you would like to read more about his energetic profile.


    What's your Best Element?

    If your 4 pillars chart welcomes the element of earth to assist or strengthen the day stem, then 2018 will be a very supportive, resource oriented, and beneficial year for you. If the element of earth is predominant in your chart, 2018 will be a very stable year for you. For those with water and wood element preference for assistance or strength, you will find 2018 will come with its challenges. To find out what your chart has in store for you in 2018, email me for a discount analysis when referencing this blog.

    Key Points to Remember for 2018:

    • Be practical and realistic
    • Avoid making impulsive moves
    • Develop discipline and patience
    • Embody truth, justice and empathy
    • Avoid unnecessary expenses
    • Avoid selfish behavior
    • Plan mindfully and be meticulous
    • Be loyal like man's best friend; the dog
    Here's to you Ginger. We love you and know you are in heaven!


    Stay tuned for part 3 of this series for the Earth Dog Year 2018! Part 3 I will delve into the energetic directions for 2018 including cures to be aware of. 


    Namaste,
    Mary Jane Kasliner