Learning Feng Shui is easy when you have a teacher that makes it easy. Learning Feng Shui in depth can take years, just like learning a language. But the basics of understanding the Bagua (floor plan map) of your home and or office is quite easy. Basic Feng Shui will teach you how to set up any home, business or office space properly. Understanding the basics will teach you how to place furniture, which direction furniture pieces like desk, bed and couch should face, and what objects belong where and what objects can be eliminated and or added. Basic Feng Shui will help you understand each area of a home and what it represents. Recognizing each space, room, home, business, office is divided into 9 equal parts helps you understand what activities would be best accomplished in what part of each space.
You will understand that the 9 areas of any space are Love and Relationships, Fame and Recognition, Prosperity, Children and Creativity, Health, Family, Helping People and Travel, Career and Skills and Knowledge, and how each area affects you, your life and family. You will understand how to navigate the Bagua Map and find out how to locate the above areas in any space you go into. You will be able to Feng Shui your own space easily and quickly. Friends, family and clients will marvel at your skill level, your intuitive process and how you will help them re-purpose furniture and set up the furniture so there is a more aesthetic and creative design.
Asking yourself, "does this stuff really work?" Well, it is an ancient Science and Art originally named in China over 4000 years ago. The principles of Feng Shui are used in many cultures, by famous people, and business owners all over the world. Going into peoples homes for years I realized some people, who have never even heard of Feng Shui do it naturally, while other lack any kind of energy and flow and live in chaos and discomfort. When I give Feng Shui tips, ideas and suggestions to the latter clients, often they remark "that's how I used to have the space set up". I find that with grief and loss, divorce, life changing events many times people undo their good energy and flow and create a space that reflects their sorrowful inner self. Helping people get back an ideal living space is the main goal of Feng Shui Specialists. Helping people increase wellness in their health, relationships, family, children, loved ones, creativity, wealth, at work and school is the aim and point of Feng Shui.
Feng Shui is a great way to purge items that do not belong in your space. Pictures of sad and lonely people, fake plants and flowers, items that hold negative memories, or objects that just don't reflect your being or nature tend to have a dampening affect on the energy of the space and the occupants. Many of my clients tend to keep items around that are never used, don't serve a purpose, not sentimental and that they just don't love, but they have difficulty parting with them. Feng Shui makes editing fun and easy. You will learn how to de-clutter with Feng Shui principles.
Getting better energy and flow to all areas of your home, business, office is a great idea, and you will learn how to do it yourself. A Feng Shui teacher will come into your home, office or business and teach you on-site all the tricks of the trade and get your space Feng Shui'd on the spot. The Feng Shui teaching packages are 4 hours for $299.00 6 hours for $425.00 and 8 hours for $550.00.
You will know every aspect of Feng Shui that you can possibly absorb in your session. You will be able to perform Feng Shui for a deserving family member, and or friends. You will be able to practice Feng Shui independently by the time your session(s) end. Wouldn't this be a fun gift for you and or someone you love. You will also get an I-Deal-Lifestyle Feng Shui Specialist Certificate so you can go into a Feng Shui business, or just help family and friends with confidence. On-going consultations with a Feng Shui Specialist over Skype, telephone or email is always available by appointment.
Working with a Feng Shui Master, Feng Shui Teacher, and a Feng Shui Specialist is the best way to learn how to do Feng Shui. Find out more about getting a free 30 minute consultation to become a Certified I-Deal-Lifestyle Feng Shui Specialist now at 949-709-7000 or email email@example.com.
Amazing that Spring flew by so fast and with the weather being so great, it's a fabulous time to get organized! Summer is here! We are so lucky living in Orange County, California with the weather averaging 76 degrees year round. And Californians love summer. We know that Summer is distinctly its very own season and most people's favorite and fun filled time of year. So what will you do ton have a great and organized Summer Season? Well it depends on what you want to accomplish this summer.
Some people move in Summer, some people go on vacation and some people just chill out by their pool. Other people have family reunions, big 4th of July celebrations, while many have weddings and family celebrations to go to. Summer is so fun and can be so exciting if you make plans now.
My suggestion as a Professional Organizer would be to look at what you truly value in life. If you value having company, but there is too much clutter, you won't have that opportunity to entertain. If you value vacationing but you didn't pay your taxes and you are worried about money, that will put a dent in all vacationing plans. So I suggest preparing a plan of goals based on what you value most in life. A plan starts with GOALS.
If your goal is to move, then you would write down a heading of MOVE, but the sub goals would be:
1. Find A Home to Buy or Lease. (easier said than done with the high prices and low inventory, but contact a local realtor for assistance).
2. Find a Professional Organizer, Family Member and or Friend to help pack and prepare schedule for moving.
3. Start Packing NOW, since it can be cumbersome and overwhelming if you wait until the last minute.
Items to be packed would be the items you will not want or need prior to moving.
Winter, spring, fall clothing, much of the bedding/towels, kitchenware and knick knacks can be packed NOW for a Summer move. You can pack in phases or all at once and have it ready to go.
Most people move in the beginning of Summer so get your motor running and get going on that task.
Using a Professional Organizer can make moving quick and easy without a lot of stress. Professional Organizers will pack you by category making it easy to unpack when you get to the new home. They will also assist in unpacking you and setting up your home in an organized manner.
4. Find a Professional Organizer, Family Member and or Friend to help unpack.
Having a Professional Organizer who specializes in Feng Shui is a plus when the movers are bringing in the furniture. A Feng Shui and Decor specialist will organize the movers and tell them where the furniture will go for the best placement and to increase Harmony and Prosperity. The placement of furniture in your new home will mean great success or negative patterns. Having help will support and prepare your home long term and for years to come.
5. Spring and Winter items can remain packed, if there is limited space, and will be available when you want them, while keeping boxes available for your Summer and Fall items to be stored.
Having a rotating seasonal wardrobe storage system is a good idea for limited space and for keeping precious real estate free in your home.
Recently I had two clients who did not hire a Professional Organizer / Decorator / Feng Shui Specialist when the movers moved in the furniture, and their bed was placed in the death direction which means there head is facing West. For most people, depending on their birth date, time and place, in the Western World, when your head is facing west, while you sleep, it is very bad Feng Shui and considered deadly. Much of the furniture was also plopped down by the movers without much thought at all and most had to be be re-arranged for good CHI (energy) to kick up its heels and move around. Having someone with a design, Feng Shui and Organizing background is optimal when moving into a new space and will save you time, energy and money later.
If you are going to go on vacation, or to visit family and friends start getting dates set and putting a schedule for traveling together as soon as possible. Find out dates for Family Reunions, Weddings, Bar/Bat/Bnai Mitzvahs, and other summer plans, like kids going to Summer Camp. Plan your summer now and book NOW!
Don't wait to book flights and rooms until later, you will pay the big bucks.
Making a lot of money is not everyone's world now, and spending less and being cautious of overspending is a good idea. How you spend money is a spiritual thing. It is called THE law of economy. A good example of The Law of Economy is if you are going to order a large cup of coffee just because it "seems" better and you only drink what would have been the amount in a small or medium, you are wasting your money!
Wasting money is the opposite of being spiritually aware.
I think the whole world is starting to notice this factor now, but some people still trail behind with poor spending practices.
If you are going to just chill out by your pool I think that is a great idea.
Save some money, live it up in your beautiful home and Barbecue, go to the beach, take hikes and just CHILL.
I have lived in Coto De Caza for many years, where the Orange County Housewives reside, and where sometimes appearances mean more then genuine interaction and authenticity. One of the unnamed residents there told me that she was going to stay home for the summer and do day and weekend trips since she could not afford a big vacation or Summer Camp for the kids. I mentioned that she could just go to the clubhouse with the kids, where she belonged, and she exclaimed "No way, you can't be seen around town during the Summer". I asked why? She claimed that if you are seen in Coto De Caza or around town during the Summer you are a "loser". She really believed that staying home and not fighting Summer crowds and paying Summer prices was being a "loser". I think staying home and having quiet time and a restful, peaceful and economically sound Summer is being a winner. This person's philosophy of laying low over the Summer never made sense since the person that would spot her around town was also home for the Summer. So whatever you do for the Summer just enjoy!
Marla Stone, Professional Organizer, Lifestyle Coach, Feng Shui and Decor Specialists
Many people who call me for Professional Organizing Services are also interested in Feng Shui. Most people I encounter do not really know too much about Feng Shui, but they appear mystified by the thought of it. Some people say "I'm not interested in Feng Shui". Interestingly though the people who have "gone for it" usually have the best experiences when I follow up with them.
I get many calls from clients months after they have been Feng Shui'd exclaiming the successes and changes in their lives. Some clients are getting divorced and have to downsize, others are going through short sales and have to move quickly and want to have us pack, many people have moved and want to be unpacked. Some clients are decor challenged and have furniture to and fro and pictures in upper right hand corners of their walls. I always say O.M.M (oh my my) what were you thinking?? Some people have ADD Attention Deficit Disorder or ADHD Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Everyone has a reason to call a Professional Organizer, but usually the client is "missing" something in life or there is an imbalance of some kind.
After organizing one client's bedroom, and moving her bed to the center of the room, with two end tables on each side, instead of the bed being squished against a wall, she has become more balanced, claimed her love life is more fulfilling and has expanded her business three fold. Another client has told me that her life will never be the same since we organized and Feng Shui'd her. She said that she felt "joy and peace for the first time in years". Other clients that I spoke with claimed better health, increased wealth, better socialization, more fame and recognition, a hotter sex life, increased desire to go back to school, better job opportunities, stability, and more.
Rather then just moving furniture around, cleaning out your pantry and closets, using baskets and finding a home for everything, Feng Shui stirs up new and exciting energy in your self and space. Energy or Chi can become stagnant and stale sitting aimlessly in your home or office.
You may wonder why you have so many fake people or clients in your life?
Look around and count how many fake plants are in your space. Is it difficult to see your self, life and others clearly? Maybe the window washer needs a call? Imagine why your romance has died and gone to heck? Look in your Love and Romance corner of your home or office and see blocked areas, dried flowers or absolutely no objects symbolizing Love. Figured out why the money has stopped flowing in steadily? Look at your Prosperity corner and notice that there are no round shaped leafy plants, purple and blue objects and MONEY! Yes, just putting money in your Prosperity corner can bring the gold coins in. Has your Health turned to sour grapes.?
Put some fresh fruit and a growing plant in or near your Health Bagua. Is your Children and Creativity area in your laundry room? You'll figure out that your Children and your Creativity will feel washed out and dry. Yet there is a Feng Shui Fix for every area of your home and your life.
Does the Career area of your home reflect your growing career and aspects of the Career that you want to enhance? No, well that is why the career department might be hurting. When was the last time you Traveled to a bucket list destination? If the Wise People and Travel area of your home is enhanced with travel destinations, a few angels and Wise People symbols you just might be going on that trip to____________. Have your skills and knowledge gone to pot?
Let's beef up that area with books and ideas that you want to bring into your repertoire.
Are you having difficulty with a particular family member and want some resolve?
Let's put up some pictures of that person in your family area and objects symbolizing unity to build up that relationship. How about some recognition for what you would like to be famous for? Hanging awards and putting some spiky plants and bright flashy colors can really get the phone ringing and bring on the applause.
Bottom line each and every Bagua (nine separate Baqua's in your home represent a different source of meaning and energy for you) must be Feng Shui'd often in order to have continuing change and new events occuring in your life. It is not a one time deal, but something you want to engage in when certain aspects of your life require a Small or Dramatic Change.
Call Marla Stone for a free 30 minute phone consultation and to learn more about getting a Feng Shui Fix!! Feng Shui can be done on Skype as well. Call for details!!!
Feng Shui has been a hobby of mine for years. It started with a book I found in a thrift shop to collecting and reading hundreds of Feng Shui books over the years. I might have thought, at times, what is this huge fascination with this Chinese philosophy, principles and practice? After getting Feng Shui'd by a Feng Shui lady...obviously not a master, I began to get more and more intrigued by the things that started to take place in my life. The Feng Shui lady taught me about the Bagua of my home. The home is equally divided into 9 parts. The Feng Shui lady had me put a Money Tree in the prosperity area of my office, and some actual money, and voila I passed my licensing exam after 2 attempts to pass, passing on the third round. My private practice then blossomed and a few years later expanded to two offices. The love and relationships part of my home was the kitchen, so I put up some beautiful Lesal flower plates and pots and some heart shaped objects with splashes of purple and pink and alway cooked up a storm in there. My marriage, friendships and relationships with others has always been consistant, strong and unconditional. The prosperity corner of the home was the den, and also where the TV resided. In order not to radiate our wealth, emotional, mental and spiritual prosperity I put lots of purple and gold pillows and beautiful peices of rich looking art to neutralize the TV blast. The Master bedroom was painted a subtle color with soothing neutrals, greens and blue colors to make it peaceful and a wonderful place to rest. The chi was flowing through the Master. The guest room on the other hand was a bit brighter, but symetrical looking, and was great for guests who stayed for a night or two.....but not too soothing that they would want to move in. I had a candle of George Washington, and Lincoln in the helping people section, which was my office, and a picture of The Thinker, and a ceramic owl. I was able to concentrate so well in that room that sometimes I would have to force myself to take a break from work. The creative children area wore a gorgeous painting of children playing blind man's bluff on the wall sending my creative spirit into full gear. The health area was the living room, and I filled it with yellows and greens and blues to increase the health and well being of ourselves and the home. The family area was the place for all the family photos. Remember family photos should not be on refrigerators or above a fireplace. It symbolizes that you are radiating and burning up your family relationships and could not fare well on them. The fame and recognition area of the home was a back door and so, in order to prevent my fame and recognition going out the door, I put a red mat outside with bright and spikey plants in the patio area outside the door. This kept my chi turning and yearning for more to do and more to give to others.
So you ask does Feng Shui really work? Yes! Actually I realized that there is something so profound about placing certain stuff in certain places with the intentions that it will increase your health, wealth, recognition, relationships, creativity, protection etc.... In fact I also noticed that I had been doing Feng Shui instinctively for years. I have been moving furniture and tchochkes for years, ever since I was a small child. I always felt compelled to move things and then I would feel better, relieved and would usually sleep better. Also, I can go into another person's home and see natural Feng Shui occuring, without the person ever hearing of Feng Shui and I mean to a T. I also see bad Feng Shui in homes and the people are scratching their heads as to why their business, relationships or homes are failing them.
Some people are very resistant to change and therefore resistant to Feng Shui. Others love the idea of Feng Shui, but won't really know how successful it is until they participate in the placement of special items in special places......and you are so special I would love to get you Feng Shui'd.
Marla Stone owns www.i-deal-lifestyle.com a Self and Space Organization Service. Marla is a Lifestyle Coach and Feng Shui Practitioner. firstname.lastname@example.org
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