Feng shui means wind-water
Feng shui literally means ‘wind-water’ (not ‘wind and water’ as some feng shui authors and consultants incorrectly translate).
Wind or Air
Wind or air is the most important element for life. Without air, we can only live for a short while. Oriental people knew how air pollution will affect people in the future. For example, in London, 26 people die every day from air pollution-related conditions. In cities, short of using electric cars, there is little one can do to improve air quality. But you can improve the quality of air in your home. Most people don’t realise that according to research the indoor air can be generally between two and five times more polluted than the air outside.
The colour of the year 2018 is ultra violet
Ultra violet promotes healing and expression – it energises and inspires. A dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet relates originality, ingenuity and visionary thinking (a favourite colour of the architect Frank Lloyd Wright) that points us toward the new future.
Ultra violet is a complex and simply contemplative colour at the same time. It’s complex “because it takes two shades that are seemingly diametrically opposed — blue and red — and brings them together to create something new.” Ultra Violet implies the mysteries of the cosmos, the support discoveries to go beyond where we are now. It is symbolic of infinite possibilities as the skies above us.
“The Pantone Color of the Year has come to mean so much more than ‘what’s trending’ in the world of design; it’s truly a reflection of what’s needed in our world today.” – Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Color Institute
Christmas is a great time to boost the feng shui of your home and office/business. Rituals are panculural. Since light is one of the top feng shui remedies you can use it strategically to enhance different zones of the feng shui bagua (relationships, career, family, wealth, health, helpful friends/travel, projects/children, wisdom and knowledge, and success/recognition). Or better still use the Xmas tree to boost specific parts of the bagua.
Why are bedrooms the most important rooms to feng shui first?
We spend a lot of time in our bedrooms or sleeping
An average a person sleeps for about 8 hours a day, which means that one sleeps for one-third of one’s life.
Sleep is recognised as the most important aspect of physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health
There are tons of research on the importance of sleep for our health, wellness, relationships, learning and memory, as well as performance and success at work.
As a feng shui consultant, I believe that our bedrooms are the most important rooms to feng shui for our health, wealth and success. After feng shui-ing over 10 000 bedrooms in my 28+ years career as a feng shui consultant, I can testify that most problems in life start in our bedrooms, with inefficient and bad sleep. Feng shui your bedroom and optimise your sleep and you’ll be in a better position to sort out any issue in your personal and professional life. As a feng shui consultant, I look at bedrooms from classical feng shui perspective and modern feng shui by checking for geopathic stress, electromagnetic pollution and dirty electricity among other things.
Watch these six short videos below about the importance of sleep for health, wealth, learning, decision-making and success.
The benefits of deep sleep and how to get more of it
There’s nothing quite like a good night’s sleep. What if technology could help us get more out of it? Dan Gartenberg is working on tech that stimulates deep sleep, the most regenerative stage which (among other wonderful things) might help us consolidate our memories and form our personalities. Find out more about how playing sounds that mirror brain waves during this stage might lead to deeper sleep — and its potential benefits on our health, memory and ability to learn.
What is Chi / Qi / Prana / Lifeforce? How does feng shui work? How environmental factors affect us, our biology, genes, and behaviour? If you’re still wondering about these questions watch this brilliant presentation by Dr Bruce Lipton (author of Biology of Belief). Bruce Lipton is an American developmental biologist best known for discovering that genes, DNA and behaviour can be manipulated by a person’s beliefs and environmental factors. More on Dr Bruce Lipton
Summary of the video
What is chi / qi / prana?
In one scientific word, it is charge and in layman’s term, it is life force or simply ambient and radiant energy.
Read more about what is chi / qi / prana
How does feng shui work?
In short: because of epigenetics – ie our bodies and specifically our genes adapt every day to the changes in our environments, affecting our beliefs (placebo effect) and behaviours and every aspect of our lives, starting from our health.
More on how feng shui works and the placebo effect behind feng shui
What is spiritual feng shui?
Feng shui works on many levels, from physical to emotional to mental and to spiritual. Spiritual feng shui deals with spiritual aspects of individuals or organisations. In classical and modern feng shui, humans are placed between heaven (spiritual) and earth (material) dimensions. One of the original applications of feng shui was sitting for burial places, so the ancestors’ spirits could rest in peace. Modern feng shui aligns itself with modern spirituality in a holistic understanding of the interaction between environments and individuals.
Benefits of spiritual feng shui
Research suggests that when people have organised their homes or workspaces with spiritual understanding and connection they feel better, are happier and perform better.
Drawing inspiration from the V&A’s collections, Julian Melchiorri has developed the world’s first living and breathing chandelier utilising novel bionic-leaf technologies. Julian is an innovative design engineer and entrepreneur and CEO of Arborea, a London-based biochemical technology company, which has received international recognition for its products that are both beautiful and ecologically beneficial.
It purifies the indoor air through photosynthesis through its bionic leaves where microalgae living organisms absorb carbon dioxide from the air and with the help of light, transform it into breathable air and glucose (read more about air purifying plants). Julian explains: “The structure that you see is connected by the branches that deliver water and nutrients to the micro-organisms. The shape of the bionic leaves is also essential; they contain veins, and it’s not because I wanted to make them look like leaves, but so that they have more surface area and are more efficient for photosynthesis.” Technological biophilia in action – a chandelier that is alive. Genious.
“My biggest inspiration is nature, and my style of design and engineering is always to allow form to follow function. This is what the old Italian Masters caught, but it’s also the way nature does things. Trees, pebbles – they’re all essential beings, and they’re so beautiful because of that.” Julian Melchiorri
The feng shui of the new Apple HQ in Cupertino is worth a quick look.
As imagined by the late Steve Jobs, it looks like a space ship – very appropriate for the space age. The future of design, mobile devices and new frontiers of innovation is probably going to happen there – Cupertino, the Californian city in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains – that is home to Apple.
The new Steve Jobs Theater was unveiled today with the announcement of a couple of ‘new’ products (in spite of the leaks) such as iPhone X, iPhone 8 and Apple TV and the world’s first proper glimpse of Apple Park. Disappointingly, it’s not a theme park but the new company campus, build to the tune of $5 billion.
It all started on June 6, 2011, when Steve Jobs presented the proposals for a new Apple H.Q. He said then, “We’ve come up with a design that can put 12,000 people in one building,” saying the structure would look like a little spaceship that had just landed. That council meeting was his last public appearance and unfortunately, he died four months later.
No cutting or shar chi
True to feng shui principles of avoiding ‘cutting chi’ or sharp corners or straight lines, Steve Jobs said: “There’s not a straight piece of glass in the building, it’s all curved.” Curvilinearity rules. My own MSc environmental psychology research confirmed years ago that people prefer curved shaped to angular ones, not to mention that feng shui has been going on about it for the last 4ooo years and the late Zaha Hadid, the undisputed queen of curves have been famous for them.
For the past 25 years, Ra Paulette has been carving out man-made caves from the sandstone hills of New Mexico, and then sculpting these spaces into works of art he calls wilderness shrines. Lee Cowan has the story of an artist who does his best work underground. Ra Paulette charges only $12/hr for his work but his caves sell for close to $1m. I just hope that Ra won’t pollute the caves with too much dirty electricity. Usually, natural caves have low electrosmog, low cosmic radiation with a strong Schumann resonance which makes them an ideal environment for sleeping and rejuvenation. For example, healing Ravne tunnels in Bosnia and Herzegovina or some other power places on this planet have been known to have healing and rejuvenating properties.
What Your Clutter Is Trying to Tell You: Uncover the Message in the Mess and Reclaim Your Life by Kerri Richardson
What does your clutter say about you? It all depends on where you hide your hoard, says an intriguing new book by Kerri Richardson. This new book suggests how gaining control of mess can help to reclaim life. It also suggests that wardrobe clutter often means you’re holding on to a fantasy self, whilst attic clutter suggests that you feel like your betraying your loved ones!
What is clutter
Let’s start with what is clutter. If you use it on regular basis and it makes you smile when you see it, it’s not clutter. For example, your mementoes have been sitting in a box for the last five years, they can’t mean much to you. Re-evaluate their worth and either say goodbye or make them a daily part of your life.
Emotional issue: nostalgia
What this means: Wardrobe clutter often means you’re holding on to a fantasy self — one that was more youthful, thinner, or happier. Maybe your old dresses remind you of a time when you felt as if anything was possible. Struggling to get rid of them is more about your desire to feel that way again than actually wanting to wear those dresses.
When you look at your skinny jeans, they may remind you of your ideal weight, or times when you and your friends would go out and have fun.
The real question is, how can you have the same fulfillment in your current life that those old clothes represent?
What to do about it: See if you can find five items you haven’t worn for six months. Now ask yourself why you keep each piece of clothing. Is it a just-in-case item? Do you still love it? Maybe you can throw out the jeans but plan a girls’ night out, or a romantic dinner with your partner, to recapture the feelings stirred up by the clothes.
PART 1: MOLD 101
DEBUNKING MYTHS AND DISINFORMATION
CHAPTER 1 MOLD BASICS
What Mold Remediators Don’t Want You to Know
First I want to give my regards to the good mold remediators out there. You know who you are. You earn your money honestly by doing quality work.
Now that I’ve cleared the air, here’s what those doing mold remediation the wrong way, don’t want you to know. What they are doing is not that difficult. They make lots of money charging you what a good mold remediator does (remove mold) and they don’t remove the mold or all of it. Many charge for equipment they do not know how to use, equipment that might as well not be used, and equipment that could be contaminating your house with mold from the last job it was used it on.
The average remediator does not want you to know this – they are doing the same thing a general contractor can do: tear out drywall and make a big mess. A good mold remediator ALSO does an impeccable job of cleaning. It’s time consuming. That’s not the norm. The norm is, let’s charge a lot of money because it’s “mold”, then get in there and tear things out while the owner thinks we are doing some kind of specialized, technical work.
Some remediators scare you to the point you can’t pause to ask yourself, “Is it that bad? Do I have to do this?” You’re like a deer in the headlights panicking for the safety of your family. You may feel like just writing them a check. The trouble is, “Just getting it done,” doesn’t mean it will be done right. Sometimes remediators make things worse.
I’ve worked in various states across the country and it’s the same wherever I go – good intentions by mold remediators that do not understand how mold is supposed to be removed. I find companies that complain about how difficult (more expensive) it will be to remove mold after I explain how it’s supposed to be done.
Most states do not have mold laws. Laws aren’t the answer. All the remediator has to do is pay a fee and they get certified.
Feng Shui of Reykjavik. Feng Shui Bagua of Reykjavik. Feng Shui Bagua of Iceland. Feng Shui Consultant in Reykjavik.
I’ve just visited Reykjavik, Iceland and as a feng shui consultant, I couldn’t help noticing some interesting feng shui aspects of this small but beautiful city.
Reykjavik – the relationship area of the bagua of Iceland
Reykjavik is the capital of Iceland and the largest city, with a population of 123,246 people (the population of Iceland is only 332,529). Reykjavik is located in southwestern Iceland, on the southern shore of Faxa Bay which from feng shui bagua perspective is the relationship/marriage area of Iceland. Since Reykjavik is the capital of Iceland and a major tourist attraction, it can make sense from bagua perspective that this city would establish good relationships with the rest of the world (everyone speaks very good English). The main international airport Keflavik is even further to the southwest of the country. For the residents of Reykjavik, according to statistics, marriage is not that important though. The birth rate is dwindling as well. I haven’t noticed many children or babies.
What is good lighting for the best feng shui for your home and workplace?
Light is key to life and good lighting is essential for optimum feng shui for homes and workplaces. The lighting technology has changed dramatically with the invention of LED lights which is now a dominant type for homes and workplaces. At the same time, the dangers of LED lighting have been highlighted by recent research. It’s time-consuming to keep well informed and abreast of all the different viewpoints out there as new LED technologies develop.
So what kind of lighting is good for feng shui?
How does feng shui work? The secret of feng shui is the power of intention, belief, self-fulfilling prophecy or placebo.
One way of explaining how feng shui works is through the power of your intention, belief (watch Dr Bruce Lipton explanation below), self-fulfilling prophecy or placebo. The placebo effect has been researched more than any other healing and medical modalities and meta-studies suggest that placebo outperformance many forms of medicine. Many doctors admit to regularly prescribing placebos (a 2013 survey showed that 97% of doctors in the UK have prescribed placebos at least once, in Germany 40-80% of doctors prescribe placebos on regular bases). A placebo is defined as anything that appears to be medicinal but actually is not and could take any form, be it injections, surgical procedures, pills, topical creams, etc. The way that a doctor interacts with a patient taking a placebo can have a significant impact whether or not placebo is perceived to be working. It works even when people know that they’ve taken a placebo. For example, researchers from Harvard University and the University of Basel found out that those who knew that they were taking a placebo (called open-label placebo) believed in its healing powers as much as those who thought it was medicinal (the study was published in the Journal of the International Association for the Study of Pain). This adds to a huge body of research proving the placebo’s healing powers. The opposite of placebo is nocebo which is basically a negative suggestion, belief or a false problem. So in the same way, as positive expectations can lead to positive outcomes, negative expectations or limiting beliefs can lead to undesirable outcomes.
Feng shui = intention + energy + ritual
This short story below illustrates the concept of placebo in feng shui as well as the priming effect.
The wicked feng shui master and a trusting woman
Many centuries ago there was a feng shui master who was known for his skill but who was also easily moved to anger. One hot summer he was commissioned to assess a burial site in the mountain far from his home. It had taken him three days to walk to the site and a day to carry out his work. After sleeping in a small mountain shelter, he had packed his compass and papers and set off for the long journey home. On the second day, he had run out of water in the overbearing heat, but as he surveyed the fields of rice ready for harvest that lay across the plain before him, there was no sign of a well.
Indoor Air Pollution – Indoor Air Pollution May Be More Dangerous than Outdoor Pollution
Feng shui means wind-water, two most important elements for sustaining life. You can live without water for a few days but not without air. Indoor pollution is sometimes worse than outdoor pollution.
Watch this video about indoor air pollution from Mercola.com
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), air pollution may be two to five times higher indoors than you experience outside, as I explain in this short video. In fact, some pollutants may be as much as 100 times greater indoors.17 Poor indoor air quality is one of the top risks to public health, as it contributes to the development of dangerous health conditions. As newer homes are more airtight to reduce energy leaks, they also reduce the amount of air exchange.
In fact, some newer homes come with instructions teaching homeowners to properly ventilate the home in order to reduce indoor pollution.18 The problem affects not only residential homes but also office buildings and schools.
Danshari (断捨離), or if you like the art of decluttering, is a Japanese concept that is gaining more and more popularity (although it is about less and less). The term is difficult to translate and it’s composed from three ideograms (断捨離), meaning “refuse”, “dispose” and “seperate”. In a conventional sense it is rendered as “cleaning” or “tidying up”.
Fume Sasaki – the minimalist guru
The king of danshari is Fumio Sasaki, 37, Japan’s most radical minimalist, who lives in a 30 square meter room that houses all his 150 positions. His book “Goodbye, Things: On Minimalist Living” is destined to become a bestseller, similar to the queen of decluttering Marie Kondo’s New York Times’ bestseller “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up” which is published in 38 countries.
In feng shui we use two types of money plants:
1) Crassula ovata which is called money plant, jade plant, happiness tree, etc and
2) Epipremnum aureus which is an Indian money plant, which is also an air cleansing plant
Crassula ovata, money plant
The most popular feng shui money plant is crassula ovata, which is commonly known as jade plant, friendship tree, lucky plant, or simply money tree. This money plant is a succulent plant which flowers twice a year with small pink or white flowers.
Yin Fire 丁 酉 鷄 Rooster Jan 28, 2017 – Feb 15, 2018
Characteristics of the Rooster sign
People born in the Year of the Rooster have many excellent characteristics, such as being honest, bright, communicative and ambitious. They like to be independent and don’t like to rely on others. They get enthusiastic about new things, but can soon become indifferent. This means they need to have enough faith, perseverance and patience to follow through their plans. People born in the Year of the Rooster are deep thinkers and are quite observant. They tend to see things in black and white – which in turn can make them perfectionists which can make them appear arrogant. Rooster people make loyal and devoted friends. The Rooster is the tenth of the twelve animal symbols in the Chinese zodiac and is the only bird included in the Chinese zodiac.
Different schools of feng shui
There are many different types and schools of feng shui. Many feng shui schools don’t agree with each other and sometimes they even propose completely conflicting solutions. This is usually because they address different levels of thinking about space and time in different times and places Think about feng shui as a form of art or cooking – no art/cooking style is better than the others – they’re just different expressions of the same function and the form follows the function depending on circumstances. There are universal feng shui truths and there are local/cultural feng shui truths. It’s best to follow a checklist of how to choose a feng shui consultant for your needs, a person-centred feng shui consultant (read about how to choose your feng shui consultant).
There are basically two approaches in feng shui at the moment:
1) Classical feng shui which includes form school and compass school based on ancient Chinese classical feng shui texts and
2) Modern or contemporary feng shui includes and transcends the classical feng shui and also utilises modern, evidence-based environmental sciences and approaches such as environmental psychology, Sick Building Syndrome (SBS), electromagnetic pollution and radiation, dirty electricity (DR), geopathic stress, ergonomics, cognitive ergonomics, space conditioning (in feng shui called space clearing and clutter management) and more.
Dr Detrich Klinghardt estimates that 80% of all health problems are caused or contributed by man-made electromagnetic radiation.
A body of more than 6,000 studies has been accumulated since the 1930’s producing an overwhelming conclusion that exposure to microwave and electromagnetic fields is significantly harmful to all health and life itself.
“I have no doubt in my mind that at the present time the greatest polluting element in the earth’s environment is the proliferation of electromagnetic fields. “ – Dr Robert O. Becker, author of The Body Electric: Electromagnetism And The Foundation Of Life
To find out more watch the video above – even if you’re not one of the 3% of electrosensitive population and you don’t think you have a problem.
Why does Donald Trump, the President Elect of the United States of America, use feng shui? Donald Trump – Feng Shui Enthusiast.
When Donald Trump becomes the President of the United States – is he going to use feng shui and space clearing practices in the White House?
“You don’t have to believe in Feng Shui for it to work. I just know it brings me money.”
To me, the answer is very clear. Most of the property developers in the world now use feng shui (I have worked for many top developers in London and worldwide), and whatever else he might be – Donald Trump is a smart businessman who understands this. He originally discovered feng shui because of a deal going wrong, and said “I was in the process of selling very expensive apartments to a group of Asians and all of a sudden they back out because of something called Feng Shui; and that was a word that, at that time, I had never heard of. I said, what is Feng Shui?” On another occasion, Donald Trump, clearly a feng shui enthusiast said, “I would guess that it might have made a difference. It certainly didn’t hurt us in any way. Feng shui creates a balance that I believe adds to the comfort zone of rooms and space, and that is felt by guests and residents.”
When Donald Trump becomes the 45th President of the United States – will he use feng shui and space clearing techniques to create a more harmonious White House?
Feng shui is about optimising space and chi (energy) flow. This novel concept takes it to the next level where you can reposition furniture in a small apartment. On the metaphoric level, you won’t feel stuck, positively speaking.
Why LED lighting is dangerous to your health and not good feng shui?
There is more and more information coming out that LED lighting is not good for your health, environment and not good feng shui.
Watch this video on the dangers of LED lightbulbs and on alternatives
Koi carps: the feng shui lucky fish
All over the world fish and especially koi carps are regarded as lucky fish that brings prosperity. Koi carps are also famous for their longevity (one famous scarlet koi, named “Hanako,” was reported to be 225 years).
Top Power Places and Sacred Sites to Visit – for Healing, Clarity and Balance
The following is a list of some of the sacred sites and power place around the world that can be used for healing, gaining clarity and balance.
England: Arbor Low stone circle, Derbys.; Glastonbury Tor, Somerset; Stonehenge, Wilts.; Avebury, Wilts; Worcester Beacon, Malvern Hills, – Worcs.; Canterbury Cathedral, Kent; Castlerigg stone circle, Cumberland; Lindisfarne Monastery, Northumberland; Roughtor, Bodmin ‘ Moor, Cornwall; St Michael’s Mount, Cornwall; St Paul’s Cathedral, London
Wales: Cader Idris, Gwynedd; St David’s, Pembrokeshire
Scotland: Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh; Ring of Brodgar stone circle, Orkneys; Callanish, Western Isles; Iona Cathedral, Hebrides
Ireland: Rock of Cashel, Tipperary; Glendalough Monastery, Wicklow; Innishfallen Monastery, Kerry; Newgrange burial mound, Meath; Tara, seat of high kings of Ireland, Meath
Why WiFi should be minimised in schools
Parents and staff from schools and nurseries are becoming concerned about mitigating the health risks of WiFi and enquiring about surveys at their schools.
Watch this video by Dr Erica Mallery-Blythe, MD who explains in simple terms why wifi at your school or nursery might be bad for your children.
Arowana Lucky Feng Shui Fish
Why arowana fish is a lucky feng shui fish?
Arowana fish is a very ‘yang; fish, therefore its energy attracts luck, prosperity and money.
How to make it rain – follow Tao
Richard Wilhelm (the sinologist and translator of I Ching) was once in a remote Chinese village that was suffering from severe drought. The villagers had invoiced every kind of prayer for rain, but nothing worked. In desperation they sent for a well-known rainmaker who lived in a distant area. Wilhelm was on hand when the rainmaker, a wizened old man, arrived in a covered cart. He alighted, sniffed the air with disdain, then asked for a cottage on the village outskirts. He gave instructions not to be disturbed, and that his food was to be left outside his door. Nobody saw or heard anything of him for three days. Then the villagers awake to a downpour of rain mixed with snow, which was unheard of for that time of year.
Wireless wake-up call by Jeromy Johnson at TEDxBerkeley
This TEDx talk presents some of the dangers of the electromagnetic pollution and some simple solutions as to how to protect yourself from the electro-smog.
Jeromy Johnson is an expert in mitigating the negative impacts of Electromagnetic Field (EMF) exposure. He has a leading website on the topic and consults with individuals, families and organizations around the world to implement solutions that reduce and eliminate EMF pollution. Jeromy has an advanced degree in Civil Engineering and has worked in Silicon Valley for 15 years. After becoming what medical doctors call “Electro-hypersensitive” (EHS) in 2011 after extensive exposure to EMF radiation, he embarked on a journey of regaining his own health and educating others to critically evaluate theirs.
Feng Shui Tips 2016 – Feng Shui Tips for the Year of The Fire Monkey – Starting Monday 8 February 2016
What are the characteristics of monkeys?
There are many different characteristics and traits that come to mind when we think about monkeys. Monkeys are full of curiosity, adventure and often mischief and perceived as being cute, as well as highly intelligent animals who have developed adaptable abilities. On the other hand, they can be irritable, impetuous, easily frustrated or bored.There are 264 known species of monkeys in the world at present and are often included with apes but they are different – i.e. the apes don’t have tails. Monkeys and humans share a common ancestry and nowadays even some modern human behaviours such as cooking, using money, prostitution, gambling, head shaking, using tools, cultural transmission, sign language, use of computers and fishing. Remember that monkeys are wild primates and can be unpredictable – so keep your distance from them. Monkeys tend to express affection and make peace with others by grooming each other. So what kind of trends can we expect in 2016 – the year of the monkey…
Watch Dr Devra Davis, the founding director for the Center for Environmental Oncology, author of two important books Disconnect: The Truth About Cell Phone Radiation, What the Industry Is Doing to Hide It, and How to Protect Your Family and The Secret History of the War on Cancer
Summary for personal action
• Use a headset or a wireless headphone with a low-power Bluetooth emitter. Using a wired headset with a microphone reduces the amount of radiation to the brain, as does using a speakerphone with the phone held a hand’s distance away. If you use a wireless headset, turn it off when you’re not using it.
There are two basic colour trends for 2016: colours according to feng shui and the Pantone color/s of the year 2016.
Feng shui colour trends for 2016: red
2016 is the year of the fire monkey (starting on 8 February 2016) so the key colours according to feng shui 5-element system are red and shades of red, ie pink, rose (see the Pantone colours of 2016 below) purple, lilac, burgundy. To connect to the energy of fire monkey via the fire element and it’s colour just get some brand new red items for your home, for example, red towels, red door mat, and for yourself ie red clothes, as well as candles which represent fire element. If red colour is not your colour – read below about the Pantone colour trends for 2016.
Top feng shui tips for auspicious business cards design
1. Use credit card size/ golden mean proportion. Credit cards are designed with golden mean section which is perfect for attracting money. Hence credit cards make a lot of money. Coincidence? No. If you want to spend extra money on your card you can have the corners of the card rounded which can be expensive. This will add a metal (money) element to your card design – read tip number 9 below about the use of shapes and colours.
2. Make it legible and user-friendly. Make sure that the card is easy to read i.e. the font is not too small to decipher. Don’t you hate business cards that are difficult to read?
Geopathic stress is a distorted electromagnetic field of the Earth (Schumann Resonance). The Earth resonates with an electromagnetic frequency of approximately 7.83 Hz – Schumann resonances (SR), which falls within the range of (alpha) human brainwaves. Underground streams, sewers, water pipes, electricity, tunnels and underground railways, mineral formations and geological faults distort the natural resonance of the Earth thus creating geopathic stress.
Watch a documentary about Schumann resonance, geopathic stress, electromagnetic pollution and electrosensitivity below.
Resonance: Beings of Frequency
Feng shui quiz
Test your feng shui knowledge or just refresh it with this simple feng shui quiz. Answers are listed below.
1. What does ‘feng shui’ literally mean?
a. The art of placement
b. Energy movement
2. Where did feng shui originate?
Feng Shui Tips for 2015
The Year of the Wood Goat (Sheep / Ram) starts on 19 February 2015 (it finishes on 8 February 2016 which is the start of the Fire Monkey Year)
Is 2015 the Year of the Goat, Sheep or Ram?
There is no consensus on the naming of the actual animal that represents this year – goat, sheep or ram (although most feng shui experts agree it’s the Year of the Goat). But according to the five elements theory, it is very definitely a yin wood year. Personally, I think that at this time we are in need of a strong goat energy – so we can climb mountains and look around to get a clear healthy perspective on what is happening in the world. Now more than ever we need people (especially leaders) who have the big picture, people who are not restricted to the detail but can see what is happening in the world on the many different levels: environmental, social, financial, political, historic, spiritual, personal and so on.
What are the qualities and tendencies of the Year of the Wood Goat?
In the orient, the goat is considered an auspicious animal, so the Year of the Goat brings promise and prosperity. Consider some of the goat qualities: vitality, virility, curiosity, sturdiness, endurance, guardianship, independence … Goats love to climb – representing progress and achievement. Goats will move around a lot and can ‘reach those places other animals can’t reach’ (just think of them balancing at impossible angles and elevations on cliffs and mountaintops). Goats approach a precipice with ease and enthusiasm. Continue reading
Electromagnetic Hygiene in 12 Easy Steps – Summary of Light That Heals: Energy Medicine Today & Beyond by Donna Fisher
Light That Heals: Energy Medicine Today & Beyond by Donna Fisher is composed of two parts: the first part is about electromagnetic radiation and health issues caused by it and offers 12 easy steps to remedy the problems and the second part is about light therapies (EPRT – Electro Pressure Regeneration Therapy, SCENAR, COSMODIC, PEMF, NIIT, Radiowave Therapy, Oncothermia, Therabionic Therapy, TTF Therapy, etc) that may shape the medicine of the future. For feng shui purposes read the 12 useful tips for electromagnetic hygiene taken from the book. For more information regarding specific problems caused by electromagnetic pollution and research about it, read the ebook (or if you’re electrosensitive get the paper book – see the link to Amazon after the tips).
1. Electric equipment
Increase distance from electrical cords and electric equipment. Move the power bar at least 1 meter away from your feet. Use a wired extended keyboard to increase your distance from the computer screen. This will reduce the magnetic field.
Try to work with the fluorescent tube lighting turned off. Remove CFL (compact fluorescent bulbs) from your work area. LED lights (ones that don’t use transformers) are the lights of the future. In the meantime use incandescent light bulbs, as these do not generate poor power quality. NOTE: the original incandescent light bulbs are no longer available in Canada as the government has mandated that only energy efficient lights can be sold.
The colour of the year 2015 is Marsala
So another year and another colour. According to colour trends setters i.e. PANTONE – 2015 will be a dominated by Marsala colour (PANTONE 18-1438 Marsala).
Mercury retrograde in 2015 – be extra careful during these times
Mercury’s retrograde periods can cause our plans to go awry. When Mercury is retrograde, there is a tendency to notice more problematic issues in the areas of communication, in the way you interact with family, friends and colleagues, and in your surroundings or business, as well as in travel and transportation. However, this is an excellent time to reflect on the past (since retrograde means going backwards). Intuition is high during Mercury retrograde periods and coincidences can be extraordinary. When Mercury is retrograde, remain flexible, allow additional time for travel and avoid signing contracts. Review projects and plans at these times, but wait until Mercury retrograde is finished to make any final decisions. In short, be extra careful during Mercury retrograde times – check important things twice and avoid doing anything dramatic. Note that the effects of Mercury retrograde start building up several days before and take several days to subside after the actual period – there are Mercury pre-retrograde, retrograde and post retrograde periods in 2015.
Mercury retrograde dates for 2015
January 21 – February 11, 2015 in air Aquarius
May 18 – June 11, 2015 in air Gemini
17 September – 9 October 2015 – add Mercury retrograde to your iCal for iPhone / iPad
What an amazing start to the 2015 New Year in London. A spectacular fireworks display heralded in the New Year – excellent feng shui for the capital.
2015 is the Year of the Wood Goat (Sheep/Ram) starting on 19 February 2015. Top feng shui tips for the Year of the Goat are coming shortly – so check this blog again soon.
Light, fire and fireworks as a feng shui remedy
Light is one of the top remedies for activating your feng shui. It can also be used for space clearing and boosting different parts of your bagua areas.
Feng shui ritual for the New Year
• Wear something brand new on New Year’s Day (and throw away something old on the 31st of December)
• Do something different on New Year’s Day: experience something new e.g. eat or drink something you haven’t tried before, visit a new place, etc
• Make a checklist/wish list for the new year: what do want in the new year. Make a list of key desires for the new year, for example, if money/prosperity is important, see the next tip/ritual. Whatever is your most important value, find a relevant image or symbol and make it the home screen on your computer and mobile devices.
We get more of what we focus on!
• Get a new wallet for prosperity or put something new in the old one e.g. brand new banknote/s, your symbol for prosperity, an image that symbolises (read what they do in Poland below).
• If improving your health is important to you, do something healthy or make a health plan for the year. Short fasting or intermittent fasting is a great way to boost your health – especially after the excesses of Christmas – and it will make a difference to how you feel.
How other nations celebrate the New Year – interesting rituals from around the world
At midnight, people go out and take 12 cents with them and standing with their backs to the street, throw the coins behind, believing that this will bring them lots of money in the new year.
Current research into feng shui
There are numerous scientific papers on feng shui (see some references below) and more that reference feng shui as well as related research from environmental psychology, neuroscience, cognitive ergonomics, social psychology, priming and so on.
‘Priming’ refers to the passive, subtle, and unobtrusive activation of relevant mental representations by external, environmental stimuli. Priming research has shown that the mere, passive perception of environmental events directly triggers higher mental processes in the absence of any involvement by conscious, intentional processes. In feng shui, priming place a huge role as a direct/implicit and underlying psychological tool. All feng shui interventions have a priming effect as well as a placebo effect.
“Over 200+ studies have shown such priming effects on impression formation as well as on social behaviour. An extraordinarily wide range of behaviours can be affected by subtle environmental stimuli, such as walking speed, speech volume, academic performance, economic decisions.” John Bargh, Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Science, Yale University
Watch John Bargh talk about priming
Research on electromagnetic pollution
More on research on electromagnetic pollution
Research into feng shui
Mak, M. Y. (2004). Application of Feng Shui Knowledge to Preliminary Design Evaluation using Knowledge-Based Expert Systems Approach. PhD Thesis, University of Newcastle, Australia
He, Xiaoxin. (1998). Feng Shui: Chinese Tradition in a Manchester Context. PhD thesis. University of Manchester
Lee, S.-H. (1986). Feng Shui: Its Context and Meaning. Doctoral dissertation, Cornell University. UMI
Scientific Feng Shui for the Built Environment – Fundamentals and Case Studies
A documentary on Schumann Resonance, electromagnetic sensitivity, electromagnetic radiation and health
Watch the very informative documentary at the end of this blog (Resonance: Beings of Frequency by James Russell) about the dangers of electromagnetic radiation and the role of Schumann Resonance in balancing your health and well-being. Research on the effects of mobile phones, mobile masts, DECT cordless home phones, microwave ovens, WiFi broadband, etc – is shown as a possible cause for all kind of health issues including cancer (research suggests that 3-30% of the population are already electrosensitive). Cancer clusters around the mobile phone masts are discussed, showing that women can develop breast cancer more in those areas.
Feng shui studies how environments such as homes and workplaces affect our well-being, success and health. Feng shui is also about being in the right place, at the right time, doing the right things and with the right mindset (which is a short definition for luck factor). On a larger scale, living in a good country helps too, since feng shui promotes living in harmony with the Earth and Heaven. Do you live in a good country that does the most good for the world? Watch this TED talk and find out. If you want to know right now – just check the chart for the Good Country Index just click on Read more > below the video clip.
Six key factors that can affect the sale of your property:
1. Owners – i.e. attachment of the owners and family members to the property
2. Strength of the market
3. Estate agents
5. Poor feng shui and Sick Building Syndrome (SBS), Geopathic Stress (GS), Dirty Electricity (DE), Electromagnetic pollution (EMF)
6. Kerb appeal
What is dirty electricity?
Dirty electricity (DE) are high-frequency voltage spikes (transients) caused by plugging electrical devices into the mains supply. Dirty electricity is a by-product of modern electronic equipment and appliances, such as computers, refrigerators, plasma TVs, WiFi routers, Sky boxes, DVD players, video recorders, set-top boxes, compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs), solar panels and dimmer switches – all of which corrupt the electricity they use. Dirty electricity can also enter home and offices through wiring from nearby sources, including your neighbours’ WiFi, TV antennas or nearby mobile phone base stations (transmitters) connected to the power grid. Dirty electricity is also known as dirty mains, dirty power, or electrical pollution that describes the problem of electromagnetic noise on the mains wiring of houses.
In simple terms, every electrical gadget that you plug in into your home or workplace ads different frequencies on top of the electrical system of 50/60Hz and changes the power factor. That kind of ‘noise’ on your electrical cables is called dirty electricity.
Earth or ground yourself to protect yourself from electromagnetic pollution and boost your health (reduce inflammation and stress)
Studies have shown that grounding or earthing can alleviate inflammation, improve heart rate variability (HRV), blood viscosity, cortisol dynamics, sleep, autonomic nervous system (ANS) balance and reduces effects of stress.
The benefits of grounding / earthing
Studies suggests that earthing or grounding can help with a host of health issues (watch the video about the scientific research about earthing) and these are: Continue reading
Electromagnetic Radiation and Health Conference: Evidence, Diagnosis and Management
Scientific conference on electrosensitivity and the health effects of electromagnetic radiation
Feng Shui for Love and Romance (Relationships and Marriage)
Feng shui offers useful tips in terms of boosting your chances of meeting your ideal partner, as well as improving the existing relationship. Before you make any feng shui changes in your home to maximise chances of finding your ideal partner, or improving the existing relationship one important step needs to happen. You need to know exactly what you want. Your intention for the new relationship is very important.
Feng shui = intention + energy + ritual
Feng shui is a very powerful tool for optimising your home for love, and for helping to boost – as well as harmonise – your relationship. Whether you want to improve an existing relationship or marriage, or find a new partner – feng shui remedies can help. Top love feng shui tips include:
1) Love/relationship/marriage area
Sort out the love/relationship corner of your home/apartment/bedroom. The love/relationship area of your bedroom is the top right hand corner from the door. Make sure that you don’t have any clutter here. Keep this area vibrant, alive and sexy. Traditional feng shui remedies for energising your love/relationship corner are: light (lamps, candles), crystals (add sparkle), plants (help to grow the relationship), images which represent love (e.g. hearts / a couple kissing / the word “Love” / a pair of doves, etc) help to inspire love and harmonious relationships.
Harrods (London, UK) celebrates the Chinese Year of the Horse – 2014 – with an amazing window display of full-size horses. It would be almost perfect if some of the horses were made of wood or in a green colour since 2014 is the Year of the Wood Horse.
Feng shui tips for the Chinese New Year – the Year of the (wood) Horse starting 31 January 2014
The bagua chart for 2014 looks like this
To find out what your star number is check the chart below or do this calculation: add all the digits of the date of your birth until you end up with one digit, for example if you were born in 1987, 1+9+8+7=25 and then 2+5 = 7 and then subtract from 11, so 11-7=4 so 4 is your star number and in 2014 your star is in the middle of the bagua.
If your star is number 2 then 2014 is about your family, health, community work and clearing any negative past influences/memories.
From a psychological and evolutionary point of view the new year is an important marker of transition. All cultures have some kind of rituals to mark any major cyclical change. Here are some top feng shui tips from all over the world that you can use on the 1st of January. (Please note that Chinese observe also their own new year which is based on the lunar calendar – please check this blog for another post about the Chinese New Year which starts on 31 January 2014 – the year of the horse). Check out these eight simple and very practical feng shui tips for the New Year.
- Rady feng shui na rok 2014
- Z psychologicznego i ewolucyjnego punktu widzenia Nowy Rok jest ważnym wyznacznikiem transformacji. Wszystkie kultury kultywują swego rodzaju rytuały w celu podkreślenia ważnych, cyklicznych zmian. Przedstawiam więc najważniejsze rady feng shui z całego świata, które można wprowadzić w życie już 1 stycznia. Continue reading
71 percent of Chinese measure their success by the things they own, which is significantly higher than any other nation in the world, a new IPSOS survey on Global Attitudes on Materialism, Finances and Family revealed which was conducted across 20 countries. Indians are the second most materialistic people in the world – 58 percent of Indians measure their success by the things they own. Turkey, Brazil, South Korea and Poland round out the top six on the list for the most materialistic countries. Great Britain ranks at the 18th place with 16% of British measuring their success by the things they own. Swedish people are the least materialistic from all those 20 countries which were surveyed. The Chinese are also the most likely to feel a lot of pressure to be successful and make money. Does this explain why feng shui originates in China? We don’t know how important material success was to Chinese 4000 years ago though, when feng shui was first developed. But a big part of modern feng shui is designed for material and financial success.
“An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.” Continue reading
Click on the fish pond to give fish some food… Watch them as they follow your mouse hoping you will feed them by clicking the surface of the water.
One of the best feng shui enhancements is fish or fish tank, eight red and one black fish.
Place one of the stones in the marriage/ love corner of your bedroom (top right corner of your bedroom from the door):
Moringa tree – perfect nutritional superfood for everyone
Meet the moring tree, the most important tree on this planet with the most amazing properties – that ancient medicine claims that prevenst 300 diseases. New evidence and preliminary studies on moringa oleifera suggest that moringa leaves could be a miracle cure for malnutrition and a host of many illnesses (cancer, diabetes, liver and kidney problems, ulcers, anemia, high blood pressure, stress, and much more). Moringa tree contains a perfect combination of nutrients, vitamins, minerals and proteins (at least 90 nutrients, 20 amino acids, 46 anti-oxidants (which boost memory and are cancer preventive) and 36 anti-inflammatory) for everyone, especially for the ones who need extra energy boost and are leading busy lives.
Feng shui formula and how feng shui works
At it’s simplest and the most fundamental level feng shui works like this:
FENG SHUI = INTENTION + ENERGY (relationship/connection) + RITUAL Continue reading
Watch more feng shui vidoes with Jan explaining how feng shui work
LUCK FACTOR – Are You Feeling Lucky? If you want to increase your luck there is scientific way to do that. Read on if you want to know how to get more lucky…
The Luck Project was originally conceived to scientifically explore psychological differences between people who considered themselves exceptionally lucky and unlucky. This initial work was funded by The Leverhulme Trust and undertaken by Dr. Richard Wiseman in collaboration with Dr. Matthew Smith and Dr. Peter Harris. To explore the subject more read ‘The Luck Factor’ by Dr. Richard Wiseman.
“Fortune favours the prepared mind.” Louis Pasteur
One for the simplest feng shui ways to change the energy in your home to improve your career prospects is to change something around the front door. The front door is the transition area between your private life and public / work life. If you’re working from home it will still work since you’ll be doing it with a specific intention.
1. Change the colour of the front door
There are different ways to decide on the colour for the door.
• You can use the colour for the year (in 2014 it’s radiant orchid)
• You can calculate the energy for the career zone in the bagua for that year or month.
• Or just follow your heart and decide on a colour that will energies you when you go out (and come in). Continue reading
Birch tree water / juice – Health benefits of birch sap
Birch tree water or birch sap or birch juice is one of best juices you can drink. Birch water is the sap extracted from a birch tree, such as a North American Sweet Birch or a Silver Birch. The birch water is a slightly sweet, thin syrupy-watery liquid. The birch sap contains sugars (namely xylitol), proteins, amino acids, and enzymes. Birch trees have amazing healing properties, i.e. chaga mushrooms that grow on birch trees are traditionally used for many illnesses including cancer.
Birch water – a traditional drink
Birch water/sap can be drunk as a tonic and it is a traditional beverage in Poland (you can buy birch water in shops in Poland, but unfortunately it’s sweetened with sugar – so avoid that), Belarus, Ukraine, Russia, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland and elsewhere in Northern Europe as well as parts of northern China. It is a living birch water which has restorative and detoxifying properties. The traditional virtues of birch and its efficient removal of toxic substances from the liver and kidneys have been known and appreciated for ages. There are very few phytotherapeutic ingredients that are capable of targeting the body’s two major cleansing and purification systems at the same time. Continue reading
Feng shui tips for the Chinese New Year (10 February 2013) – The Year of The Snake (Water Snake)
Happy and Prosperous Chinese New Year 2013 – The Year of (Water) the Snake and Kung Hei Fat Choi to all.
Please remember that the New Year celebration can last up to 15 days (depending on the tradition) but you have at least five days to do something positive to celebrate it and being grateful to the Chinese for giving us feng shui.
Feng Shui Psychology: Feng Shui Meets Environmental Psychology – A talk by Jan Cisek at the Feng Shui Conference V, London UK, 29 October 2011
“We shape our building, thereafter they shape us.” said Winston Churchill who is considered a ‘grandfather’ of Environmental Psychology. The definitions of feng shui and Environmental Psychology overlap a great deal. They both talk about the interaction between different environments and people. This talk will present the scientific evidence of how some aspects of feng shui work based on Jan’s MSc in Environmental Psychology. Watch Jan’s video clips about the similarities between feng shui and Environmental Psychology. Continue reading
Feng shui tips for 2013
1. Emerald green is the colour of 2013 – use this colour for any feng shui rituals. Design code for emerald green: C86 M8 Y57 K0; R0 G157 B134; Hex: #28AE7B or #009D86 (according to hex code generator).
Winston Churchill’s aphorism “We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.” was made during 1943 (28 October) debate about replacing the bombed-out House of Commons chamber. He was adamant about constructing it on the same spot as the old one, despite being much too small for the members of parliament. Churchill argued that overcrowding fostered a much stronger sense of atmosphere and political debate i.e. and confrontational design helps to keep debates lively and robust but also intimate keeping a “sense of crowd and urgency.”. Since then politicians regretted following his advice. Crowded atmosphere works very well for parties but not necessary for confrontational political debates. Feng shui advises against confrontational designs which keep people in fixed mindsets about things. Read more about Churchill and the Commons Chamber and more quotes on buildings
How to wish someone Happy New Year in Chinese
Cantonese: Gung Hay Fat Choy! (may prosperity be with you)
Mandarin: Xin Nian Kuai Le! (Happy New Year)
The biophilia hypothesis suggests that there is an instinctive bond between human beings and other living systems. Edward O. Wilson introduced and popularized the hypothesis in his book, Biophilia (1984).
He defines biophilia as “the urge to affiliate with other forms of life”
Biophilia effect can be enhanced with views and pictures of nature which research suggest:
• trigger endorphin effect
• lower blood pressure
• boost the brain’s attention
• accelerate patients’ recovery at home and hospitals
• reconnect with nature
Curvilinearity (as opposed to angularity) has been shown to enhance creativity, comfort and relaxation and it’s a human preference for shapes. Nature is not angular. Feng shui strives to adopt to and imitate nature. In feng shui, flowing lines are preferred to straight lines (called cutting chi/energy). Feng shui tip: add more rounded and curved shapes and patterns to your home and workplace.
Curvilinearity versus angularity
Research on curvilinearity suggests that concavity in enclosed spaces provide feelings of safety (Weber, 1995), preference for curved rooms over rectangular rooms (Shepley, 1981), people are attracted to more curved segments (Hopkins, 1976), preference of curved pathways over straight (Hesselgren, 1987), use of natural forms (curves) has positive impact (Ulrich, 2000; Salingaros, 1998) and curvature in pathways evoke feelings of curiosity (Hesselgren, 1987).
Space Clearing and Feng Shui
Feng shui as energetic management
The key concept in feng shui is energy (chi/qi/charge) management. Space clearing as a stand-alone discipline has the same goal and function. Modern feng shui recognises space clearing and incorporates it as an integral part of holistic approach to managing, enhancing and balancing living or workplace spaces. People all over the world have an instinctive understanding of space clearing and many interventions and rituals to do so. But the science is catching up, with research about something called ‘space conditioning’ which basically covers space clearing. Researchers such as William A. Tiller, PhD; Walter E Dibble, Jr PhD; Michael J. Kohane, PhD looked into how space can hold memories. Robbie Williams and his wife employed a space clearing expert when they moved into their £17.5 million mansion in West London (a property previously owned by Michael Winner). Simon Cowell also used space clearing in his home in Los Angeles.
What is space clearing used for?
• selling properties
• buying properties
• shifting stuck energies or situations (looking for a relationship, divorce, etc)
• refreshing and boosting personal and business lives
• boosting your rprosperityand wealth creation
• attracting a new partner or new employees
• completing projects
• events and celebrations such as weddings
• health matters such as better sleep or sleep problems
Geopathic Stress by Richard Creightmore (With kind permission from Richard Craightmore for his in depth article on geopathic stress)
Read the article on geopathic stress:
1. Definition and overview of geopathic stress
2. Medical implications of geopathic stress
3. Case histories
4. Other symptoms and signs of geopathic stress
5. Geopathic stress and feng shui
6. Types of geopathic stress
7. Earth acupuncture case histories
8. Other geomagnetic and geomantic anomalies
9. History of research on geopathic stress
11. Sources & bibliography
Honeysuckle: A Color for 2011 – Colour for All Seasons.
Courageous. Confident. Vital. A brave new color, for a brave new world. Let the bold spirit of Honeysuckle infuse you, lift you and carry you through the year. It’s a color for every day – with nothing “everyday” about it. Continue reading
Predictions for 2011 – The Year of the Rabbit
Find your element (Water, Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal) the Chinese year starts around 4 February so if you were born in January use the previous year.
Trends for 2011
• Colour: Honeysuckle
• Electromagnetic radiation (mobile phones, bulbs)
• Ecological issues
• Good sleep
• Clean water
• Love Continue reading
Kaplan and Kaplan Preference Model
offers a model of designing engaging environments which are nourishing and foster creativity and ingenuity
Environmental Psychology theory Kaplan and Kaplan’s preference model (1989) looks at four preference factors coherence, legibility, complexity, and mystery which are key to engaging, stimulating and creative environments. People, whether at home or workplace, thrive in environments that comply with the Kaplan and Kaplan model.
Metal TIGER – Chinese New Year starts on the 14th February 2010 (Sunday)
Here are the key feng shui predictions for this year.
Love will be in the air all year round. It’s interesting that the Chinese New Year start on 14th February (Sunday) – Valentine’s Day. Over a billion people will be celebrating the Chinese New Year and the rest of the world (6 billion people) will be celebrating love. Set your loving intentions for the year.Communities are going to be very important in 2010. Make an effort to connect to your local community. When walking in your neighbourhood greet people to make a connection – whether it is a ‘hello’ or a smile or just a head nod, start creating local bonds. Continue reading
Turquoise transports you to an exciting, tropical paradise while offering a sense of protection and healing in stressful times.
Turquoise, combining the serene qualities of blue and the invigorating aspects of green, evokes thoughts of soothing, tropical waters and a languorous, effective escape from the everyday troubles of the world, while at the same time restoring our sense of wellbeing. Continue reading
Feng Shui Your Kitchen – a talk by Jan Cisek for Oliver’s Wholefood Store, Kew, West London UK
“We shape our buildings, thereafter they shape us.” said Winston Churchill. In a nutshell this is what feng shui is about. The key principle in feng shui is chi (energy, vital life force) and the kitchen is considered the most important space because that’s where we create our energy and health and consequently wealth, success and happiness.
Mimosa is the colour of the year 2009. This colour speaks of hopefulness and embodies reassurance in the global climate of change.
“The color yellow exemplifies the warmth and nurturing quality of the sun, properties we as humans are naturally drawn to for reassurance,” explains Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “Mimosa also speaks to enlightenment, as it is a hue that sparks imagination and innovation.”
Which way to sleep for the best night sleep?
Folklor from many countries suggests that the best way to sleep is with your head pointing to the North because you align your body’s polarity (the head having the north pole) with the Earth’s polarity. The article below suggests that other animals intuitively align themselves with the North. Continue reading
Feng shui – the Chinese art of placement
An interview with Jan Cisek, London-based expert in feng shui by Susan Norman
When I first met Jan Cisek, feng shui expert, he cast his professional eye around my home and home office and made three recommendations: put a money plant in a particular position in the office for prosperity, put a headboard behind my bed for protection and security, and replace the bathroom mirror tiles (which were breaking up my energy) with a big mirror. He also told me to tidy up when I had time. I did all three major things the next day – and on the day after that was given a business opportunity which brought in £8000 over the next two months. I was impressed!
The tidying is a long-term project, but I have noticed that each time I clear, clean, decorate or reorganise an area of my home, positive changes seem to follow.
I decided it was time to know more, so I asked Jan for an interview.
Question: Feng shui is ‘the Chinese art of placement’. Jan, you’re from Poland, what makes you an expert in feng shui?
Jan Cisek: My clients, I suppose. Malcolm Gladwell says it takes 10,000 hours to become a world-leading expert – and I’ve done more than my 10,000 – over the last 25 years or so. I’ve had the opportunity to fine tune the advice I give people and see what gives the most positive results.
What is a wealth corner?
According to the bagua matrix, any space can signify your wealth domain, sometimes called a wealth corner or wealth area. A wealth corner is a semiotic space where you anchor your intentions for wealth creation and prosperity with a feng shui ritual. Feng shui = intention + energy + ritual.
How to locate your wealth corner in your home or workplace?
There are three ways to signify a wealth area in your home or workplace.
1) According to classical, compass feng shui school, it is the south-east part of your property or room.
2) According to bagua matrix, it is the top left furthermost corner from a door to your home or room or office.
3) According to virtual or quantum feng shui, your wealth corner is where you decide and where it is most convenient. Your wealth creation intentions will space condition your home or workplace.
What’s your secred space?
The bedroom 66%, the bathroom 16%, the garden 8%, the office 6%, the kitchen 5% according to Psychologies Magazine. But which side of the bed is the best side to get out in the morning?
Left side is right side to get out of bed-survey. Reuters – USA Left is best, they decreed in a study undertaken by the hotel chain Premier Inn. Feng shui expert Jan Cisek (London) said getting out of the bed on the left is…
When left is always right! Gulf Daily News – Manama,Bahrain Left is best, they decreed in a study undertaken by the hotel chain Premier Inn. Feng shui expert Jan Cisek (London) said getting out of the bed on the left is… Continue reading
As more Londoners go freelance, smart new live/work homes urgently need feng shui
As architects are coming up with new and fresh design solutions for your new live/work zones, feng shui can make a huge difference to your work and living. The more energy you put into your home/work spaces, the more they will work for you.
Wabi sabi is a Japanese art and philosophy of imperfection. Wabi sabi will free you from perfectionism. Research suggests that (most) people feel more comfortable and relax in slightly imperfect environments that may look a bit old, worn out or even shabby. The irregularity and to some extent fractality makes us feel more relaxed and gives us permission to be ok with imperfection and transience of things.
Difference between classic compass bagua school and western three-door gate of chi bagua map
What is bagua
Bagua is a feng shui energetic and metaphoric matrix for space harmonisation and manifestation. The bagua maps the primary aspects of our lives and values (career, relationships, wealth and so on). It is also a map used in feng shui to locate the areas in our homes and workplaces that we can be used to represent these values and life aspects. Balancing and enhancing chi/energy in these physical areas (with lighting, pictures, plants, furniture, objects, etc) can then improve the corresponding aspects of our life. It can be thought as an energetic matrix of energy flow in any space. In short, bagua is an imaginary or conceptual tool or method for organising and physicalising your values and manifesting your dreams and goals.
Bagua is a magic square or Luo Shu and is based on trigrams from I-Ching, the Book of Changes (in both early heaven and latter heaven sequence).
How to use bagua map / matrix
To use the bagua, place it over a plan of your home/room/workspace in such a way that the door to your flat/home/room/office is at the bottom of the page in the areas of knowledge, career and helpful friends. This matrix can be used on other things such as your business card, your desk, website.
Understand the difference between the two feng shui bagua schools. Two types of baguas: classic and western
There are two basic feng shui bagua schools: 1) traditional or classic compass bagua and 2) three-door gate of chi bagua. Understanding how both baguas developed over time and why will help you make an informed and empowering choice.
Jan Cisek, feng shui consultant talks to BBC about feng shui for animals at the L.A. zoo.
L.A. zoo employed a feng shui consultant to help with designing the best environment for three golden monkeys that have been bought from China. Continue reading
Blue Iris is the color of the year for 2008 according to Pantone® which says that it is “a multifaceted hue reflecting the complexity of the world that surrounds us.”
Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute® explains further that “As a reflection of the times, Blue Iris brings together the dependable aspect of blue, underscored by a strong, soul-searching purple cast. Emotionally, it is anchoring and meditative with a touch of magic. Look for it artfully combined with deeper plums, red-browns, yellow-greens, grapes and grays.”
Visualiminal – Prosperity Signature – See the results now – State of the art affirmations for prosperity and success based on the Secret principles
A Perfect Mess: The Hidden Benefits of Disorder-How Crammed Closets, Cluttered Offices, and On-the-Fly Planning Make the World a Better Place
By Eric Abrahamson and David H. Freedman
Weidenfeld & Nelson 2006; ISBN 978-0-297-85204-
A clutter-free environment can cost you. The inefficiency of tidiness. In praise of mess. Why keeping tidy can be bad feng shui. Tidiness and order are so ordinary. The new maximalism means messy home.
This book may not change people’s lives unless they have a tendency towards being messy. Clutter, untidiness and hoarding, are not bad habits, the authors argue, but often more sensible than meticulous planning, storage and purging of possessions.
Originally (about 4000 years ago), feng shui was used in design of burial places and cemeteries for oriental families. The logic was that if the ancestors were resting happily in a good environment, then everyone will be happy and prosperous. And then people discovered that those places with good feng shui were also good for living and working. Listen to the report on this Asian tradition of using feng shui to create peaceful burial sites. Feng shui is an ancient art that strives to balance the energies in any given space. Feng shui has influenced everything from interior design to corporate logos to business and so but initially feng shui was simply used to find auspicious sites for burial places.
Lucky people learnt to recognise opportunities everywhere and listen to alarm bells. This short story should remind you that we have boats and helicopters coming our way when we need help.
Boats and helicopters
There was a flood and everyone was being evacuated from the village. As the water rose, one man went to the top storey of his house. He remained calm, because he knew that he was a good man and that God would save him. A rescue boat came by, but the man said ‘Don’t worry about me. God will save me.’ The water rose higher and he climbed onto the roof.
“Thirty spokes share the wheel’s hub;
It is the center hole that makes it useful. Continue reading
Chewing your food will change and improve your life (and can save your life – read the historic account below)
Research suggests that a simple act of chewing your food more will have many health benefits. It makes sense since by chewing you’re helping with pre-digesting the food and making your body more alkaline with your alkaline saliva. More on benefits of chewing food
Poetics of Space by Gaston Bachelard
Bachelard takes us on a journey, from cellar to attic, to show how our perceptions of houses and other shelters shape our thoughts, memories and dreams. One of the best books on feng shui. A classic book – not to speed read. Read some of the quotes from Poetics of Space by Gaston Bachelard.
Key Feng Shui Principles and Concepts
Feng shui is a discipline that studies the relationship between people and environments (similar to environmental psychology) with the aim of optimising working environments to boost focus and performance as well as job satisfaction and reduce stress and staff turnover among other things.
Energy and energy flow
Qi or chi or energy and energy flow is the key concept in feng shui. Human attention and focus is attracted and moderated by physical elements such as paths, focal points, shapes, colours, plants, lighting and so on.
Yin & Yang
Yin and yang is about balancing complimentary elements on every level and avoiding too much of anything. For example, angularity should be balanced with curvilinearity, warm colours with cooling colours, natural daylight with artificial lighting, etc.
HOLISTIC SUCCESS DESIGN: COACHING – BRANDING – FENG SHUI TRAINING
9-day training with Jan Cisek
Success in business depends on the congruence between you and your brand and the environment. Holistic Success Design allows for maximum benefits from the minimum effort because it is based on the key business areas such as branding, coaching and feng shui.
The aims of the training are
• to significantly increase the number of clients and customer loyalty (revenues and market share)
• to ensure that your name is ubiquitous in the business world (brand awareness and effectiveness)
• to improve brand’s authority (brand value and relevant differentiation)
Change can be best initiated in three key domains: environment (feng shui), appearance (branding), and inner mind (coaching, values, behaviours). Holistic Success Design will improve the reputation of your brand and it will affect the quality of your services. With feng shui the feeling in the office will improve, people will become more enthusiastic and productive.
Successful people are made, not born. The research suggests that successful people don’t necessarily have an especially high IQ, but they almost always have 1) very supportive environments, 2) they have important mentors and 3) they always put in a lot of effort. So in fact, people who have good coaches or mentors always achieve more than those without. You might even say that good coaching makes success certain.
The Chinese word for unseen ‘poison arrow’ or ‘cutting chi’ which usually is a corner of a building or anything that is pointy.
Visiting yearly stars to each of the eight palaces.
A term used in feng shui to describe anything that is favourable, positive or beneficial. According to feng shui, there are also auspicious and inauspicious numbers. For example, number 8 is considered auspicious and number 4 is considered inauspicious. Read below about lucky numbers
The ba-gua chart is an eight-sided grid map or matrix that shows you the compass directions with further information about each direction including elements, celestial animals, colour, number and characteristics. More on bagua
A long, straight bamboo flute and musical instrument used as a remedy in feng shui. This flute’s base includes the bamboo’s joint which is bigger than the remaining joints, allowing it to act as a support to actively lift, moderate or raise chi.
B.H.S. – The Black Hat Sect
A Western school of feng shui brought to the United States by Master Lin Yun in the early 1980s and popularised by Sarah Rossbach. One key innovation is that the door location is used to find the bagua directions and orientations.
Ba zi – Ba Zhai – Eight Mansions, or East-West school
The most popular method of defining and adjusting the ch’i in compass school of feng shui. First, sitting and facing directions of a building is determined. Then the four most favourable and four inauspicious divisions for the area are calculated, to determine their specific influences of the ch’i.
Ba Zhai Pai
Eight house school of knowledge based on a house trigram.
From the German translation as building biology which is a discipline of how buildings can affect peoples’ lives and their living environment.
The biophilia hypothesis suggests that there is an instinctive bond between human beings and other living systems. Edward O. Wilson introduced and popularized the hypothesis in his book, Biophilia (1984).
He defines biophilia as “the urge to affiliate with other forms of life” More on biophilia
Feng shui is a holistic, multidisciplinary domain that works in partnership with the person, their families and makes a holistic, person centred and systematic assessment of environmental or physical, emotional, mental or psychological, social, cultural and spiritual or virtual needs, which includes risk and together develops a comprehensive plan to optimise and harmonise their workplace and home environments.
What is Qi / Chi in Feng Shui?
Feng shui is an art, philosophy and science of creating healthy, safe, resourceful homes and workplaces. This art is based on fundamental principles of balance and harmony. The purpose of feng shui is to increase your overall vitality or life force, called by the Chinese Qi or Chi. This concept is present in many cultures, for example, the Japanese call it Ki, in Hindu tradition it is called Prana and Christians call it the Holy Spirit.
Ambiant and radiant energy is present everywhere and like art; it is expressed in many forms. In fact, everything could be said is one energy in motion (E=mc2). There is a distinction between your personal chi, other people’s chi and the environment’s chi. Potentially our personal chi has the most power over others and the environment.
|1||Feb 5, 1924 – Jan 23, 1925||Yang Wood||甲||子||鼠 Rat||Feb 2, 1984 – Feb 19, 1985|
|2||Jan 24, 1925 – Feb 12, 1926||Yin Wood||乙||丑||牛 Ox||Feb 20, 1985 – Feb 8, 1986|
|3||Feb 13, 1926 – Feb 1, 1927||Yang Fire||丙||寅||虎 Tiger||Feb 9, 1986 – Jan 28, 1987|
|4||Feb 2, 1927 – Jan 22, 1928||Yin Fire||丁||卯||兔 Rabbit||Jan 29, 1987 – Feb 16, 1988|
|5||Jan 23, 1928 – Feb 9, 1929||Yang Earth||戊||辰||龍 Dragon||Feb 17, 1988 – Feb 5, 1989|
|6||Feb 10, 1929 – Jan 29, 1930||Yin Earth||己||巳||蛇 Snake||Feb 6, 1989 – Jan 26, 1990|
|7||Jan 30, 1930 – Feb 16, 1931||Yang Metal||庚||午||馬 Horse||Jan 27, 1990 – Feb 14, 1991|
|8||Feb 17, 1931 – Feb 5, 1932||Yin Metal||辛||未||羊 Goat||Feb 15, 1991 – Feb 3, 1992|
|9||Feb 6, 1932 – Jan 25, 1933||Yang Water||壬||申||猴 Monkey||Feb 4, 1992 – Jan 22, 1993|
|10||Jan 26, 1933 – Feb 13, 1934||Yin Water||癸||酉||鷄 Rooster||Jan 23, 1993 – Feb 9, 1994|
|11||Feb 14, 1934 – Feb 3, 1935||Yang Wood||甲||戌||狗 Dog||Feb 10, 1994 – Jan 30, 1995|
|12||Feb 4, 1935 – Jan 23, 1936||Yin Wood||乙||亥||猪 Pig||Jan 31, 1995 – Feb 18, 1996|
|13||Jan 24, 1936 – Feb 10, 1937||Yang Fire||丙||子||鼠 Rat||Feb 19, 1996 – Feb 6, 1997|
|14||Feb 11, 1937 – Jan 30, 1938||Yin Fire||丁||丑||牛 Ox||Feb 7, 1997 – Jan 27, 1998|
|15||Jan 31, 1938 – Feb 18, 1939||Yang Earth||戊||寅||虎 Tiger||Jan 28, 1998 – Feb 15, 1999|
|16||Feb 19, 1939 – Feb 7, 1940||Yin Earth||己||卯||兔 Rabbit||Feb 16, 1999 – Feb 4, 2000|
|17||Feb 8, 1940 – Jan 26, 1941||Yang Metal||庚||辰||龍 Dragon||Feb 5, 2000 – Jan 23, 2001|
|18||Jan 27, 1941 – Feb 14, 1942||Yin Metal||辛||巳||蛇 Snake||Jan 24, 2001 – Feb 11, 2002|
|19||Feb 15, 1942 – Feb 4, 1943||Yang Water||壬||午||馬 Horse||Feb 12, 2002 – Jan 31, 2003|
|20||Feb 5, 1943 – Jan 24, 1944||Yin Water||癸||未||羊 Goat||Feb 1, 2003 – Jan 21, 2004|
|21||Jan 25, 1944 – Feb 12, 1945||Yang Wood||甲||申||猴 Monkey||Jan 22, 2004 – Feb 8, 2005|
|22||Feb 13, 1945 – Feb 1, 1946||Yin Wood||乙||酉||鷄 Rooster||Feb 9, 2005 – Jan 28, 2006|
|23||Feb 2, 1946 – Jan 21, 1947||Yang Fire||丙||戌||狗 Dog||Jan 29, 2006 – Feb 17, 2007|
|24||Jan 22, 1947 – Feb 9, 1948||Yin Fire||丁||亥||猪 Pig||Feb 18, 2007 – Feb 6, 2008|
|25||Feb 10, 1948 – Jan 28, 1949||Yang Earth||戊||子||鼠 Rat||Feb 7, 2008 – Jan 25, 2009|
|26||Jan 29, 1949 – Feb 16, 1950||Yin Earth||己||丑||牛 Ox||Jan 26, 2009 – Feb 13, 2010|
|27||Feb 17, 1950 – Feb 5, 1951||Yang Metal||庚||寅||虎 Tiger||Feb 14, 2010 – Feb 2, 2011|
|28||Feb 6, 1951 – Jan 26, 1952||Yin Metal||辛||卯||兔 Rabbit||Feb 3, 2011 – Jan 22, 2012|
|29||Jan 27, 1952 – Feb 13, 1953||Yang Water||壬||辰||龍 Dragon||Jan 23, 2012 – Feb 9, 2013|
|30||Feb 14, 1953 – Feb 2, 1954||Yin Water||癸||巳||蛇 Snake||Feb 10, 2013 – Jan 30, 2014|
|31||Feb 3, 1954 – Jan 23, 1955||Yang Wood||甲||午||馬 Horse||Jan 31, 2014 – Feb 18, 2015|
|32||Jan 24, 1955 – Feb 11, 1956||Yin Wood||乙||未||羊 Goat||Feb 19, 2015 – Feb 7, 2016|
|33||Feb 12, 1956 – Jan 30 1957||Yang Fire||丙||申||猴 Monkey||Feb 8, 2016 – Jan 27, 2017|
|34||Jan 31, 1957 – Feb 17, 1958||Yin Fire||丁||酉||鷄 Rooster||Jan 28, 2017 – Feb 15, 2018|
|35||Feb 18, 1958 – Feb 7, 1959||Yang Earth||戊||戌||狗 Dog||Feb 16, 2018 – Feb 4, 2019|
|36||Feb 8, 1959 – Jan 27, 1960||Yin Earth||己||亥||猪 Pig||Feb 5, 2019 – Jan 24, 2020|
|37||Jan 28, 1960 – Feb 14, 1961||Yang Metal||庚||子||鼠 Rat||Jan 25, 2020 – Feb 11, 2021|
|38||Feb 15, 1961 – Feb 4, 1962||Yin Metal||辛||丑||牛 Ox||Feb 12, 2021 – Jan 31, 2022|
|39||Feb 5, 1962 – Jan 24, 1963||Yang Water||壬||寅||虎 Tiger||Feb 1, 2022 – Jan 21, 2023|
|40||Jan 25, 1963 – Feb 12, 1964||Yin Water||癸||卯||兔 Rabbit||Jan 22, 2023 – Feb 9, 2024|
|41||Feb 13, 1964 – Feb 1, 1965||Yang Wood||甲||辰||龍 Dragon||Feb 10, 2024 – Jan 28, 2025|
|42||Feb 2, 1965 – Jan 20, 1966||Yin Wood||乙||巳||蛇 Snake||Jan 29, 2025 – Feb 16, 2026|
|43||Jan 21, 1966 – Feb 8, 1967||Yang Fire||丙||午||馬 Horse||Feb 17, 2026 – Feb 5, 2027|
|44||Feb 9, 1967 – Jan 29, 1968||Yin Fire||丁||未||羊 Goat||Feb 6, 2027 – Jan 25, 2028|
|45||Jan 30, 1968 – Feb 16, 1969||Yang Earth||戊||申||猴 Monkey||Jan 26, 2028 – Feb 12, 2029|
|46||Feb 17, 1969 – Feb 5, 1970||Yin Earth||己||酉||鷄 Rooster||Feb 13, 2029 – Feb 2, 2030|
|47||Feb 6, 1970 – Jan 26, 1971||Yang Metal||庚||戌||狗 Dog||Feb 3, 2030 – Jan 22, 2031|
|48||Jan 27, 1971 – Feb 14, 1972||Yin Metal||辛||亥||猪 Pig||Jan 23, 2031 – Feb 10, 2032|
|49||Feb 15, 1972 – Feb 2, 1973||Yang Water||壬||子||鼠 Rat||Feb 11, 2032 – Jan 30, 2033|
|50||Feb 3, 1973 – Jan 22, 1974||Yin Water||癸||丑||牛 Ox||Jan 31, 2033 – Feb 18, 2034|
|51||Jan 23, 1974 – Feb 10, 1975||Yang Wood||甲||寅||虎 Tiger||Feb 19, 2034 – Feb 7, 2035|
|52||Feb 11, 1975 – Jan 30, 1976||Yin Wood||乙||卯||兔 Rabbit||Feb 8, 2035 – Jan 27, 2036|
|53||Jan 31, 1976 – Feb 17, 1977||Yang Fire||丙||辰||龍 Dragon||Jan 28, 2036 – Feb 14, 2037|
|54||Feb 18, 1977 – Feb 6, 1978||Yin Fire||丁||巳||蛇 Snake||Feb 15, 2037 – Feb 3, 2038|
|55||Feb 7, 1978 – Jan 27, 1979||Yang Earth||戊||午||馬 Horse||Feb 4, 2038 – Jan 23, 2039|
|56||Jan 28, 1979 – Feb 15, 1980||Yin Earth||己||未||羊 Goat||Jan 24, 2039 – Feb 11, 2040|
|57||Feb 16, 1980 – Feb 4, 1981||Yang Metal||庚||申||猴 Monkey||Feb 12, 2040 – Jan 31, 2041|
|58||Feb 5, 1981 – Jan 24, 1982||Yin Metal||辛||酉||鷄 Rooster||Feb 1, 2041 – Jan 21, 2042|
|59||Jan 25, 1982 – Feb 12, 1983||Yang Water||壬||戌||狗 Dog||Jan 22, 2042 – Feb 9, 2043|
|60||Feb 13, 1983 – Feb 1, 1984||Yin Water||癸||亥||猪 Pig||Feb 10, 2043 – Jan 29, 2044|