Category Archives: Spirituality

Noticing the Water/Fire Symbolism to Gain Insight this Snake Year

water_fire_symbolismPeople have been sharing with me the water/fire events that are happening in their lives right now – and how it’s leading them to think differently about the challenges this year is already bringing them. Leaks, faucets and water-appliances dripping or breaking. Lightbulbs, computers, other electronic gear breaking, burning out or otherwise causing problems, digestive problems (fire and water mix for this one), sleep problems (too active mind: fire – sluggishness, yin water).

All of these mundane challenges give us a chance to notice, detach and find a higher message in the symbolism. This is a year to be gentle and patient with ourselves and others – basically, not to get excited as that will only worsen things. It’s always the small stuff that tends to accumulate and overwhelm us and this year may pile up more and more smaller and smaller things until we feel like we cannot cope.

While ideally we take care of things in our lives before they accumulate – it will continue to be difficult to do so this year. Give yourself permission to rest and permission to let a few things slide a bit, while taking care of the most important issues (health) slowly, patiently and kindly.

Watchword for this Spring season: Kindess.

If you do not know your Five Elements Composition, it is time to find out so that you can learn how to use natural elements in your environment for healing and well-being. Learn What objects & colors to place around you for balancing your vibration, Which direction to face to reduce stress and charge up your own core energy. Using this knowledge is like building up your immune system through adjusting your visual and energy flow.

Your 5-Elements profile and how to use it is discussed during a Feng Shui consultation with an authentic 5-Elements Feng Shui master, which is still rare in the West.

Bless Your Year the First Day of Lunar New Year

stone buddhaWhile February 4th began the metaphysical transition into Year of the Snake, Sunday, February 10th is the first day of Lunar New Year. That means February 10th is fully The Year of the Snake. Bless your year with this simple and profound practice: Get into an “attitude of gratitude” that opens the channel to receive Divine blessings. Can you acknowledge, even without being a follower of any particular religion, that there is a higher force or Being beyond our own limited perceptions? I know of even atheists who have come to perceive this truth.

Do some charity work or donation on February 10th – that will also help with gratitude practice.

Before 1pm visit a spiritual place or nature place and bring offerings of fruit, flower or lighted candle. Meditate, pray and reflect. Find the deep kindness and compassion within. Reconnect with the spirit of forgiveness. Even if you are not able to do this before 1pm, in any event it is essential to get to it before sunset. Taking this positive action to manifest these powerful thoughts is a spiritual cleanse that will allow you to face the Snake year with more equanimity.

Welcome to the Year of the Snake

fire water snakeThe real start of the Snake Year lunar cycle began February 4, 2013 at midnight. The official Lunar first of the year falls on February 10th this year and that is when Chinese New Year celebrations begin; they last until February 25th. From now until February 25th we have an opportunity to focus, on a daily basis, on resetting our energy and spirit. These days are very significant on a metaphysical level.

In this Snake year, in which Fire element and Water element clash, it will be smart to play it safe professionally and financially. Avoid tackling ongoing issues or tough negotiations if possible. Postpone attacking issues head-on as the energies this year will tend towards clashes rather than resolutions.

Even positive signs like the current rise in stock market prices might turn sharply negative at any moment, so be a cautious investor. In general, be prepared for eventualities by keeping financial liquidity and even household emergency supplies as the fire/water clash of this year will also exacerbate the weather extremes: fires and flooding associated with earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes and more can be expected.

Be disciplined in setting up auspiciousness during this challenging clash of elements Snake year by choosing thoughts and actions that will further positive mood in yourself and those around you. This is most important between today, February 4th through February 18th. Set the tone for the rest of the year by choosing happiness. To the greatest extent possible avoid thinking of or dealing with people or events that upset you. Tap into the spiritual practice (reading spiritual and inspiring texts) or relaxing physical activities (meditation, Tai Chi, Chi Gong exercise) in this period.

Spirituality and faith can protect us from the negative effects of phenomena we cannot control. Improve the Feng Shui around you by adapting suggestions from my website/blogs to elevate the positive chi that can help us come through challenges safely. Take all these positive actions as maintaining clarity and calmness that will predispose us to better outcomes in all our endeavors.

The Tail of the Dragon (End of Dragon Year)

koi pond feng shui_smallEveryone I know was very glad to see 2012 end. But the end of the calendar year does not mean an end to the upheavals in weather, meteoric conditions, political strife, violence and shocks. The Dragon’s tail (end of the Dragon year) is barbed and can be brutal.

Meantime, the beginning of the Snake year (the Snake’s Head) zig zags and can change direction like lightning. This Snake year will pit fire against water – and we may feel the water in the pot growing agitated and hot this year. In other words, it is not going to be a respite from last year’s unsettled and unsettling conditions.

The Year of the Dragon doesn’t officially end until February 4, 2013 at 12:03am (same time in every time zone). During this transitionary period it is wise to be cautious. If possible build your reserves – and I mean that in every possible way: financially, personal energy, physically and even emergency supplies or other precautionary measures.

Ideally you are in a position to take some extra time now to rest and reflect. If not and your schedule is hectic, it is even more important to do so. From now until February 4th even the busiest must (for physical health) create a schedule in which every day you take at least 15 minutes to regulate your breathing at a calm, slow pace. Just after waking or before retiring at night are each good times for this. While being aware of the breath, notice that “time” is flow. One day a week spend an hour to take a walk in a park, look at a tree or even to calmly plan your schedule for the coming week in order to reduce stress.

These practices are healing to the mind and can help fight fatigue and anxiety that result from our own busy over-committed lives and the strife in the world.

In general now, do not over-commit. Base your decisions, wherever possible on having excess reserves in terms of financial and time conditions.

New Year’s Reflections

flowersThere’s another 10 hours to reflect and calm ourselves as we put 2012 behind us. We clear ourselves and open up to the new possibilities that 2013 will offer us.

Before (or instead of) dipping into the champagne in overcrowded parties and overpriced clubs, dip into a sea-salt bath to purify from head to toe (completely immerse yourself), meditating on clearing the mind and body of all negativity built up during the year. Bring some fresh flowers into your home today to help uplift your spirits.

Think of your accomplishments in 2012. Look at visual reminders: did you get an award or a diploma? Pictures of places or people that brought you happiness? Focus on what has made you grateful and feeling good about yourself in this year so you can move forward with a positive outlook.

Tomorrow, New Years Day, try a news-fast. There is so much going on in the world, much of it tragic, horrifying or catastrophic, that when we become immersed in these packets of negative information we feel agitated and helpless. Going without news at least one day a week is good for our minds as we can become grounded and centered in the present moment and its infinite attributes rather than letting our minds zoom around to the hundreds or thousands of virtual things that compel our attention.

Wishing inner and outer harmony, integrity and peace of mind to all people in 2013.

Happier New (Lunar) Year

There is an extra benefit available for loving and responsible people.  For an extra boost of positive energy bring an ideal companion into your home – one who will always be there for you emotionally.  Yes, before February 4, 2012 getting a dog during the Year of the Hare can bring you luck metaphysically since the Dog/Hare correlation is beneficial according to the Chinese Zodiac system.

Veterinarian and bestselling author Dr. Allen M. Schoen, who pioneered the integration of holistic healing into animal health care and revolutionized the loving care of animals from humans validated this Chinese metaphysical suggestion.  His book Kindred Spirits encompassed findings about unconditional loving bound between humans and their pets that can increase the quality of life.  Dr. Schoen cautions though to make sure you choose the right dog (breed) to harmonize with your life-style.  The wrong dog could make life more stressful for both person and dog.

This unique suggestion merges ancient Chinese science of Feng Shui and Life Reading that has been followed for a couple of thousand years with a modern consciousness that relates with vibrational science that humanity is more aware of than ever.

For the right kind of person adopting an appropriate dog before 2/4/12 can help boost happier energy for years to come.  Strongly recommended for people who live alone or have children who need more companionship.  This East-meets-West, old consciousness merging with new hopefully can bring more loving energy to the world in 2012 and beyond.

Further details about Dr. Allen M. Schoen can be found at his website www.kindredspiritsproject.com

A caution: bringing a dog into one’s household should only be done if you’re willing and able to provide a consistently loving and nurturing home.  If you aren’t absolutely positive that you can be responsible for a dog’s well-being then it is better not to do so.

How to Choose a Feng Shui Practitioner

Once Feng Shui started becoming popularized in the West, almost immediately it became commercialized into an “easy” form  that removed the customized aspect.  A site is divided into “corners” that represent “love,” “money,” etc.  This is a watered-down third generation catch-all in which the effectiveness of Feng Shui has been lost.

Most importantly this type of Feng Shui practitioner does not use Chinese Zodiac Five Elements profile and Destiny Reading that provide unique solutions for the client.  This omission can result in a negative outcome.  For instance: Red is an auspicious color generally, however if a client has too much Fire Element to begin with, surrounding them with red in their environment is figuratively pouring gasoline on a fire. In this situation the negative effects of fire would be increased, resulting in more arguments and strife in the environment – obviously not a good outcome!

How can a person find a Feng Shui practitioner that is right for them?

  1. Research the background of the practitioner – have they gone through a solid, authentic training taught by a credible Feng Shui Master who practices the authentic form of Chinese Feng Shui?  More importantly, the consultant should have a good track record over many years – and the Master must have a good track record and be credible in his authenticity and integrity.
  2. To ensure that the endorsements of the Feng Shui practitioner are credible verify to be sure they are not fabrications by checking referrals, or press/media archives in the case of high-profile projects.
  3. Make sure the practitioner creates a Five Elements and Destiny Profile of each client and studies the Earth Element (Solar and Chi) variation of each location.

The authentic form of Feng Shui has a 5,000-year history, with solidly documented written theory and practice dating back over 3,200 years. A Feng Shui practitioner who has been trained appropriately by a Feng Shui master has knowledge and experience of these texts, especially if he or she reads Chinese, as most of these texts have not been translated.  It’s not just a question of authenticity for its own sake: incorrect prescriptions can result in a worse outcome than doing nothing.  So if you are looking for a Feng Shui practitioner please do your homework first – you owe it to yourself.

Finally, Feng Shui is more than just decluttering or interior design (both of which have merit on their own, of course).  The authentic form of Feng Shui by a real master will heighten your awareness in a way that complements the Feng Shui balancing.  This is a holistic and comprehensive approach to adjusting all the energy factors in your life.  A real consultant can also guide you to create better relationships with people in your life.  Knowledge is power, and having the right Master empowers you with practical approaches to smooth your path.