Thursday, January 30, 2014

Turning it around

Two weekends ago I attended a Feng Shui workshop.

This was the third workshop I had been to in the past two years.  I'm a slow study in this 5000 year-old art and have a curious enjoyment of learning techniques in positioning element objects.

I was looking for ways to improve my sleeping environment and ideas to enhance the energy of the common space I share with three young adults and two cats.  My attempts to provide a Zen like, minimalist layout were unsuccessful considering the space with which we had to work.

I was happy to prepare a farewell to the Year of the Snake, its meandering paths and slippery characters I had endured. 

Last year I brought one of my young adult children since her year was coming to a close; I wanted something to give her ideas, inspiration for the next year - plus to spend some time together.  

This year I brought another offspring since The Year of the Horse is "his year" coming up on January 31st.  He was very patient and polite during the four hour session.  I was impressed that he asked questions while showing respect for this ancient tradition.

During the workshop I took notes on recommended placement of elements and related objects.  I took a mental inventory of objects we already possessed rather than shopping on impulse and investing more money on others.  

One can respect ancient traditions and the resulting advice while remaining practical. 

After the workshop I treated my son to a Works burger dinner.  He remarked on the chart showing auspicious and inauspicious compass directions for energy of the different Guas.  He observed that the directions for our two Guas were opposite. Oh...

I know he is eager to gallop away from our crowded home.  It is difficult for me to let go but I am so happy that he has new opportunities to embrace.  

The powder room now possesses a poster of a mountain as recommended plus a Himalayan salt  lamp and a plant.  I do not know where we are going to fit a bowl of the recommended fresh rock salt and sage.  I wonder if it will replace the candle whose purpose is to burn off residual fumes...  

My precious little writing desk has a new location - not at all related to any Feng Shui recommendations.  It just seemed to work best in this spot and is more accessible after turning the bed around.

It was indeed auspicious that the Feng Shui master recommended turning my bed with the head pointing west to encourage wealth.  I had been considering ways to escape the annoying late night noises coming from the apartment to the east anyway.

Sometimes it's a great feeling to change things around a bit and offload a few objects that don't enhance one's living space.  

I have yet to obtain smooth flat rose quartz to slip under the mattress and encourage a relationship.  I think the two cats occasionally occupying the top of the bed would counter-act any chances of that happening anyway.

The tacky framed print of a mother and babe at the head of my bed does not fit in with the recommended arrangements.  It is a keepsake from the family homestead and fits in with my continuing role as a mother, nurturer and guardian. 

As one of my offspring readies to gallop off, I am happy that the other two will still be close by for a while. One continues to contribute towards rent by creating illustrations for the next edition of the novel.  

Happy New Year and thanks for dropping by.



  1. Cosmic Power can be concentrated on you by placing a small pyramid under your bed while sleeping, aloha

  2. Thanks for the tip. I don't think I have room under my bed though. How small can it be? Any specifics like hollow or solid, crystal, metal or hand made from toothpicks?

  3. The challenge is to seek the solution that is unique to you. To experience the SPECTACULR sensations of the first discovery of the concept of a pyramid.aloha

  4. Pyramid Building: Choose a 5x2 1/2 inch plastic sheet. Mark the Apex at the top mid-point. Draw a perpendicular line from the Apex to the bottom edge. Draw lines from the Apex to the 2 bottom corners of the sheet. You now see the 4 sides of the pyramid. Scar the 3 lines with an Exacto knife to facilitate bending the plastic sheet into the pyramid form. Glue the pyramid sides. Place the pyramid under your bed or favorite chair. The Pyramid captures cosmic forces and concentrates the power toward your body. You will feel the effects the morning after the first sleep.
    I am willing to make a pyramid for you. Aloha

  5. Thanks for the offer. Perhaps we should meet for coffee again plus catch up on things? You can reach me at my NCF coordinates :o)

    1. Looking forward to seeing you and sharing wonderful conversation. With the greatest pleasure. Aloha

  6. Consider placing the special desk beside a window. To provide a natural source of sunlight and a view for inspiration. aloha

  7. Yes, I had my desk near a window at one time.

    It has recently had to compete with the cats' play structures so that they could have a view. Besides, there isn't much of a decent view unless one only concentrates on tree tops, clouds and sky.

  8. Re energy deficit. Electronic devices emit electromagnetic radiation. Heavy exposure affects human cellular activity. Nutrition may need a boost. Try a few spoons of Salsa with meals. aloha

  9. Yes, I try to keep electronics away from my sleeping area. It is a FS recommendation too.

    Salsa? I don't do well with spicy foods. Maybe a few scoops of mild salsa with my scrambled eggs?