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too much dubious helpfrom iffy people? [Jul. 4th, 2010|01:32 pm]
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[mood |awake]

I am so surprised that suddenly today tons of pagan ladies on another list have been trying to FORCE their advice on me about what to do healthwise etc., after I mildly commented on a friend's post where she wanted help.  I certainly appreciate people wanting to help me, but 1) how do I do quality control on the helpful people thing?  That area has not had much put into it yet since I recently moved,  but I had figured that putting my big box of incense and herbs there temporarily was fine, plus some little old jewelry boxes which have old stuff in them, not major gold and diamonds but just stuff from decades ago that is not crap but not excellent.  maybe I need to put ONLY great stuff in that corner, to improve the quality of help I get?  Thanks!
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(no subject) [Jun. 20th, 2008|04:19 pm]
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I’ve been kicking around this topic in my head for a couple of months now and I think it’s time to talk about it.

Losing weight with Feng Shui.

I know it’s sitting out there with some puzzled looks, but a lot of people are starting to ask me about it. ‘I’m happy with my life, but I really wish I could lose some weight. How do you do that with Feng Shui?’

Personally, I think the Health Gua is the most important Gua to activate, but when I started placing intentions myself (since I always practice what I preach!) I felt like something was missing. From my own experience, motivation and drive has always been hard for me to keep going when it came to losing weight. I also felt like I didn’t know what I should do first or how to do it. Okay…so knowing that, motivation and drive lines up with one’s life purpose which is the Career Gua. Knowing what to do is easy…that’s the Knowledge Gua. I also believed that one must love one’s self to obtain a healthy body so I threw the Love and Marriage Gua in there.

After adding three more guas to the mix, I started noticing a pattern. Oh dear! Could it be that all the guas need to be activated to lose weight??? I’m afraid so. Wealth and Prosperity is not always about money. Most people were at their healthiest when they were young so yes, the Children and Creativity (cross training would go here too and keep things new) gua goes in the mix too. There’s a lot of diet and weight loss programs out there that have support groups to help encourage you along so yes, the Family Gua and the Helpful People and Travel gua fits.

How you perceive yourself and how others perceive you would include the Fame gua and this one made me cringe a little. Our society and our nature as humans prefer healthy people. People who have healthy bodies that are appealing inside and out tend to be approached in a more positive outlook over unhealthy ones. Sadly, it was too logical to dispute.

I thought that this exercise would also help anyone who is having health issues in general; physical and mental. People who are ailing find comfort in their “stuff” and surround themselves in clutter for security.

Just like an explosion which starts from a center of impact and chain reacts to expand outward, that’s really how I would approach a Health issue. I’d start from the center and steadily work myself out going around all the guas equally until I finish the entire house. This includes the yard too if you have one. Healthy house=Healthy body and mind.

Cross posted to fengshui_life and ooldfengshui
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alright, let's do it!!!! [Sep. 26th, 2007|07:27 pm]
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[mood |awake]

Wealth Vase - Creating One the Traditional Feng Shui Way
Learn the true Feng Shui secrets of making the famed Wealth Vase
A feature article by Smiling Bamboo Staff, May 03, 2007

Simply put, the Feng Shui Wealth Vase is considered to be a very potent wealth enhancer for your family. It was a luxury available only for the wealthy in traditional China and you'll be surprised by how many homes there have a wealth vase in a secret corner of their home. Many of these have lasted for many generations (being passed down) and is considered the secret of how many of these wealthy families continue to gain wealth and opportunities.

What is a Wealth Vase
Simply put, the wealth vase is considered to be a very potent wealth enhancer for your family. It was a luxury available only for the wealthy in traditional China and you'll be surprised by how many homes there have a wealth vase in a secret corner of their home. Many of these have lasted for many generations (being passed down) and is considered the secret of how many of these wealthy families continue to gain wealth and opportunities.

Choosing the Wealth Vase
Most wealth vases will be of the traditional chinese types, but that does not mean you are limited to it. The majority of the older wealth vases are of chinese designs simply because it was obtained in china and thus had its cultural influences in its art. What's more important is that you choose a strong and sturdy (non-transparent vase). The top part of the vase (also known as the neck) should be smaller than the body and base. This allows you to place layers of cloth over it and tie it firmly with colored ribbons. When looking out for one, find one that you have an affinity with and gives you the feeling that it's classy and very sturdy. But remember, what makes the Wealth Vase so potent is not the vase itself, but the ingredients that go into it.

Dispelling Some Myths of the Wealth Vase
Though there are many recipes out there and there is no reason for an individual to cater the contents to their tastes; many rulings are not entirely necessary or just plain funny. A good example of an unnecessary content to have inside would be a picture of someone wealthy you know. If you were to ask any of the elder generation of chinese about this, their reply would be 'we wanted more wealth, not be stalkers' or 'since when did we have cameras back then?'. Pictures/photos back then were not easily available and thus not used in traditional Wealth Vases.

Another myth would be choosing a vase that is made from a certain type (e.g. metal, wood, etc) depending on where you place it. Your Wealth Vase is meant to harmonize with its surroundings and sway things in your favor, regardless of the make. Additionally, wooden vases may not always withstand the test of time due to humidity or accidents.

Putting in the Contents
Before we start about the order of contents going in, there is no specific weight/amount that you have to put inside. Though it is better to try and make everything an approximate equal amount, some ingredients can be a lot more. Common favorites to pile in extra of would be: Feng Shui Wealth Coins, Fortune Flower Coins, and Semi Precious Stones.

The Bottom of the Wealth Vase
At the bottom, you should have soil from your home. This provides a bonding of sorts between the wealth vase and you/your home. Another word for this method is to ensure personalization that it works only for you, your family or future generations. Once this is done, add a layer of uncooked dry rice and dry beans. This is symbolic of abundant food and self sufficiency in your household. In ancient china, wealth was tied very closely to the amount of food you had at your disposal. Elders enjoy explaining this process as it represents your earth always growing and providing food/wealth for you.

The Middle of the Wealth Vase
The most important ingredient here would be Feng Shui Coins. Be generous in the distribution and put in as much as you can. To add extra potency, add in various forms of auspicious coins mentioned earlier (ie Feng Shui Fortune Flower Coins) and Amulets for Inauspicious Directions. This was considered as the best secret ingredient possible in the middle. The flower shaped design signifies growth, happiness and harmony always blossoming. The amulet is primarily used as a remedy against bad sectors, and its inscriptions will be used as a protective barrier for your life and wealth. This results in happiness, material wealth, and harmony all secured for you.

Near the top
After finishing up with the contents in the middle, lay around ingots and wealth bars until it creates a layer by itself. This further adds more stable wealth for you. At this point it is said that you put in some actually money inside, but the secret ingredient here is to use: currencies from a country whose currency is stronger than yours. This will vary from person to person, but think of currencies like the British Pound, US Dollar, notes from Dubai, etc. Then comes a Ru Yi Scepter for control and dominance in what you do, meaning you will never lose grip of your self earned resources. To top it off, you will need a wealth god you have an affinity to.

So, to sum up all the ingredients:
Wealth God, Semi Precious Stones, Ingots, Wealth Bars, Feng Shui Wealth Coins, Ru Yi Scepter, Soil From your Home, Rice, Dry beans

Secret Ingredients:
Fortune Flower Coins, Amulet for Inauspicious Directions, Health & Wealth Pendants, strong currency.

Finishing Up
Once everything has been filled up to the brim, put the lid on. Place a white cloth over the lid and neck of the vase so that it can be tied up with string/rope that represents the five elements (red, blue, brown, yellow and green). And there you have it. Your own wealth vase! It should be pretty heavy at this point in time, but try to lift it up and give it a good and graceful shake to help the contents settle comfortably. The final part is to find a place to hide it in such as a cupboard where it will not be bothered or opened frequently. Drop us a line at our Feng Shui Site at www.smilingbamboo.com!
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Eight Easy Steps to No More Clutter [Sep. 1st, 2007|07:28 pm]
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[mood |awake]

from care2.com

Eight Easy Steps to No More Clutter

Adapted from Teen Feng Shui by Susan Levitt (Inner Traditions, 2003).

Sometimes it seems as if our lifestyle is built on the consumption and possession of stuff. But where does the old stuff go, once we're on to newer and better things? Usually into the land of household clutter! Like used plastic shopping bags stuck on the branches of a riverbank tree, our clutter poisons our view and enjoyment of the objects that we do need and want and use.
Most people don't know how to get rid of clutter. The trick is to take it step by step. Here are eight easy ways to get started:

1. Go through your stuff and figure out what belongs in the following categories:
a. Essential. Better not to lose track of this stuff, which consists of current schoolwork, textbooks, gear from a sport, or any other item that is a core part of your day.

b. Favorites. These are items that you truly like and enjoy, such as mementos and photos of friends. Valuable and fragile items such as jewelry, art pieces, and musical instruments also fit into this category.

c. Other people's stuff. This is anything borrowed from friends or placed in your room by a sibling or other household member. This category can also include library books or video rentals that are overdue and ready to be returned. Sometimes this category will also include items of clothing or used books that you plan to give away, donate, or trade.

d. Annoying. Junk mail, laundry, and old magazines are examples of life's little annoyances that frequently end up in our spaces.

e. Downright gross. Dirty dishes, leftover pizza, or super-stinky socks - gross is gross. You should be able to identify it when you see it.

Now jump to action and claim your power to change your life.

2. Get rid of the gross. Dump it in the garbage, soak it in the sink, or disinfect it.

3. Sort through the annoying with a strong sense of clarity. Don't need it? Get rid of it. Clip and file any articles from old magazines and recycle the magazine (you can reduce magazine clutter by recycling the old magazine as soon as the new one arrives.) Store annoying things out of sight - in filing cabinets, closets, boxes, or drawers.

4. Put other people's stuff in a box outside of your room and return the stuff as soon as possible.

5. Make a plan for where you want your favorites to go. Loose pictures should go in photo albums, frames, or storage boxes. If you don't have special place for jewelry make or purchase a jewelry box. Favorite possessions are usually items that you want on display, so plan on offering a little shelf space to them. Consider placing favorites in areas where young siblings or animals can't get to them and damage them.

6. Make sure that your essentials are easy to access. Store them in the same place every day so that you always know where to find them.

7. Now revisit your categories and check off each item as it is accomplished:

Gross is gone.
Annoying is minimized and put out of sight.
Other people's stuff is returned.
Favorites are given a place of honor.
Essentials are located where they are easy to access.

8. What's left? CLUTTER. Clear that clutter off your desks, dressers, bookshelves, bed, and everywhere else in your room. Put it in a big pile. Examine all the items making up this clutter pile. Which of these have you outgrown? What things are not that important to you and are just taking up space? Recycle, throw out, or place in a bag to give away. Then get the stuff out of your room. Place the things you want to keep on shelves, in drawers, or in boxes. Keep going until the pile is gone.
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newbie [Aug. 14th, 2007|12:54 pm]
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hi there! i am moving to an apartment that i will be sharing with 3 other people for college this weekend. i want to feng shui my room and any other rooms that i am able to. but i know nothing about it. what resources(books, websites, etc) would you guys suggest i use to learn about it so i can do it? thank you. :)
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also new office... [Jul. 28th, 2007|10:21 am]
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[mood |awake]

...also this new office is a rectangle, also quite simple, about 6-8 feet by 21 feet. Also there is a sort of desk-counter at the end by prosperity and all that, wooden cover over also a radiator. What are also good ideas to put in the various places, mostly only also wall space and not shelves...? Also thanks! (also I say also a lot lately)
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neighbourhood problems and efforts to improve... [Jul. 6th, 2007|04:35 pm]
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[mood |awake]

...recently we have had a sudden increase in fights, breakins, crimes, arguments outside that wake people up, and I get no sleep...

So, I checked in with my fengshui lady, who pointed out that the main roads, some of them a few blocks away, pretty much make a nasty square or enclosed area for my house and these few others, which makes a lot of pressure like waterfalls or something, and so she said something like "get a map and chart out blah and blah", which sounded boring and slow, and I thought AHA! I'll do this instead! So I got out a map, put all sorts of buddhist stuff on the area anywhere near me, and hope that that will help all around (I'm tibetan buddhist clergy)...I find that I am pretty much packing in the clutter simply as insulation for the traffic noise, the people fighting, the people throwing firecrackers and stuff out of cars, the countless vehicles themselves...and I even live in a boonie nowehere town!!!!!!!! Does anybody have any ideas that might be helpful beyond this...?

(cross-posted partially in my journal)
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realize your potential... [Jul. 1st, 2007|01:45 pm]
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Monday, July 2, 2007

To realize your potential, spruce up your front entrance. Invest in potted flowers, a working doorbell, and a handsome name plate.
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soul-mate and romance stuff... [Jun. 17th, 2007|11:53 am]
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[mood |awake]

...this was on tarot.com, and while it isn't all fengshui strictly, I figured there might be interest...


The Perfect Soul Mate Using the Law of Attraction


From the blog of Kittenit -- Advisor on Keen

Step 1: Forgive the Past
Are you still obsessing about a past relationship that absorbs too much of your attention, or generates disappointment, anger, resentment and other negative emotions? You cannot be emotionally available as long as you are still living in the past. As hard as it is, you must get your closure and let the old, broken relationships go.

Stop talking about this person
Stop allowing yourself to be angry at this person
Stop listening to others who want to talk about this person with you
Stop feeling victimized over how you were treated

Wish your ex-boyfriend, ex-husband or ex-lover well and send him/her on their way to a better life. When you stop giving it your attention, you take your power back and stop letting this situation control you.

Step 2: Write a Wish List of Ideal Qualities
Be honest with yourself and list the ideal qualities you are looking for in a soul mate -- not what you feel you can "put up with." Use contrast to help you find the right qualities:

Dated a cheapskate in the past? Use that as inspiration to ask for what you really want: "My Perfect Mate is generous, giving and prosperous."
Had a problem with a cheater? Try this one: "My Perfect Mate is loyal and loving to me. He values me and supports me in every way possible."
Tend to attract married and unavailable? How about, "My Perfect Mate is single, available and ready for a long-term relationship".

Step 3: Eliminate Self-Sabotage
You may feel you are not ready for a new relationship because of your own fears and concerns. Or you may be thinking you will not find a perfect relationship at all. If this is the case, write down some "pre-affirmations":

"Give me the strength, understanding, patience and all other qualities I need to be the perfect partner."
"I radiate harmony, love, trust and friendship to all I meet."
"The Universe knows what I need in a perfect mate and is paving the way for the two of us to meet and recognize each other."

Step 4: Affirm and Visualize What You Want
Twice a day, morning and night, go over your list and recite it out loud. Feel the passion and desire as you read off the qualities you have accumulated. Visualize yourself and your new partner in a special place having a great time.

Step 5: Allow the Universe to Work Its Magic
The Universe will find the fastest, quickest and most direct way of bringing the two of you together. You need to trust that it is on the job and working behind the scenes, regardless of how things appear on the outside. When you meet this person, there will be no doubt for either of you.

Step 6: Express Your Gratitude
Be grateful for all the signs that the Universe is fulfilling your request for perfect love, whether it is someone at work inviting you to lunch or the pizza man flirting with you. You are drawing people to you, so take your time and wait for the right one.

Step 7: Be Vigilant, Be Persistent
After you meet this perfect person, be sure to keep up the affirmations. Change or update them, if you need to.

"All things between my perfect mate and myself are peaceful, compatible and harmonious."
"My Perfect Mate and I are the best of friends."
"My Perfect Mate and I express our love for each other freely and warmly."
"My Perfect Mate is supportive of me and helps me achieve my dreams."

The tendency is to stop once we get what we want. The problem with this is that eventually doubt and our old negative ways start to set in and we start to manifest problems in the relationship because we start distrusting our partner or the process that brought him/her to us. Replace doubt with faith and persistence. Master this and you have tapped into your own Divine Power.
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aby reason NOT to put shelves here...? [May. 24th, 2007|04:00 pm]
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[mood |awake]

...in my bedroom, the bed faces the south (a bit southwestish) wall, and across the street is a small house with sort of yucky people, and nice trees and all. Is there any reason I should not put some shelves with clean folded clothes on this wall, to sort of muffle sound from traffic and also to absorb vibes or something...? I would not block windows or make it openly hostile in intenion, but I have a ton of clothes stored in a big narrow closet that runs pretty much the whole length behind a little wall *behind* the bed, and it seems like maybe the absorbent-of-noise properties might be better used elsewhere...ideas on this? Thanks!
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