March 2019 Looking ahead to the spring equinox

spring equinox March 2019, a time to clear clutter inside and out to make room for the new growth of spring.

Traditionally this is the time of awakening after the long winter months, a time to celebrate new life, new beginnings  and the return of Spring. The spring equinox on March 21st marks one of the tipping points of the year, when we mark the equal length of day and night.

March of many weathers, as our mothers used to say has arrived blowing away the cobwebs of winter and bringing with it new buds of life and the promise of spring and summer to follow.

This is a perfect time to do a clean sweep both inside and out. Clearing away what no longer serves, making room for this years new growth. Take time to sit quietly and write out a plan for which areas need the most clearing, allotting times and days in which you can comfortably do this. Even allowing 30 mts per day, you will be amazed at the difference you can make.

Bring in some scented spring flowers and place them in the hallway to brighten up this space, welcoming in the promise of a new years growth, full of vitality. This will boost your energy as you face out into the world each day and as you arrive back home.

The entrance and hallway are vitally important areas in feng shui as this is where the energy of the outside world meets our own personal space. This space speaks volumes about who we are and sets the tone/atmosphere for our entire experience of the space.

In feng shui, the entrance given special attention and focus and is called the “ming tang” or bright hall. This is where we ideally create a  gathering space in which to pool energy, sometimes called the “dinner plate” from which we can inhale vital chi/energy through the main entrance or “mouth of chi” into our homes. This allows our homes to then be energised uplifted and in turn to be uplifting to our energy and subsequently energised all areas of our lives.

March 2019 Looking ahead to the spring equinox
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FENG SHUI WORKSHOP 20th OCTOBER 2018

Creating clarity with feng shui.

Feng Shui provides a prism through which we can view this relationship between our inner and outer skins (our homes). We look at the energy of your space and how to make sometimes, subtle changes to have an immediate effect on any area of our lives.
Colour effects us on every level, emotionally, physically and spiritually. It is a powerful ally and a healing tool in creating atmospheres and a sense of well being in our living and working spaces.

In this workshop we will cover:

In this one day practical workshop you will learn:-

  • How each area of your home is resonating with a particular area of your life
  • Your home is a mirror, reflecting back to you whatever is going on in your life. For example, if you live surrounded by physical clutter, you will feel a stagnation in one or more area of your life.
  • Feng shui provides a system to create harmony and balance in all areas of your home which will reflect back into all areas of your life.
  • There are many “schools” or approaches to this wonderful subject, in this workshop  we will  guide you to choosing which approach works best for you.
  • Mirror the natural dynamic balance of energy found in nature into our homes and our lives
  • Dynamic balance involves an ebb and flow to each area of our lives, we will look at ways to align your energy with that of your home.
  • Our connection to our  homes is vital in order to feel protected and supported in life, feng shui provides a system to deepen that connection. Giving added meaning to the furnishings, colours and ornamentation we surround ourselves with.
  • Colour and the creative connection to manifesting the life you want with feng shui. The energy of each colour of the spectrum, discussing how it effects us on every level physically, emotionally and energetically
  • Feng shui involves creating a balance in the flow of energy to and through your space so that it will support your sense of well-being rather than become a source of stress.With balance comes the opportunity for improvement of your health, wealth and relationships.

Having originally worked in alternative health therapies and beauty therapy for many years, Edel became more and more fascinated by the effects of our environment on health and wellbeing. In the 1990’s Edel studied Interior Design at the Dublin Institute of Design and Feng Shui at the Feng Shui Network International in London. In the course of the past 20 years, Edel has delved deeply into the world of colour and its impact on our sense of wellbeing.

WHEN: 20TH OCTOBER 2018 10 am to 5pm
WHERE: RIVER HOLISTIC CENTRE, RAHENY
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact edel@fengshuidesign.ie / 086-2719292

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FENG SHUI WORKSHOP 20th OCTOBER 2018
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The importance of clearing clutter

In order to have good feng shui (energy flow) through our homes it is vital to first clear our clutter. 

This can be challenging. Clutter is emotional, representing the past and often old, stuck patterns and ways of being. 

Be gentle with yourself through this process. Take some time and weed through your belongings. Start by asking yourself “does this lift my energy or drag it down”  or worse yet, “does it have no resonance whatsoever?” 

Unless it is something which lifts your energy or which you find useful or beautiful then you can reclassify it as clutter. 

“Do not have anything in your home that you do not know to be useful or find to be beautiful” William Morris

Begin with the easy layers – FLAT SURFACES ARE NOT FOR STORAGE! Clear off worktops, table tops and dresser tops. The clarity this creates will give your energy a boost to keep going.  

flat surfaces are not for storage

de-clutter countertops for clarity

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March 2018 Home is where the heart is

Home is where the heart is 

Connecting Heart and Home

When endeavouring to describe the essence of feng shui, and what it means for me, I have come to the core truth that it is about creating a deep and supportive connection between who we are and the space that we call home.

The HOME we talk about when we discuss “feeling at home” or “making ourselves at home” or when we discuss “home truths” or “home being where the heart is” is a concept, a feeling, a sense, an essence, if you will; etheric and intangible, yet very REAL.

Home is essentially a place deep within our soul memory, it may not even exist in this reality…
However, there are some places, some atmospheres, some experiences, which can instantly reconnect us, strike that familiar cord deep within. That feeling that grabs us and enfolds us in a bear hug of comfort and love. Like a warm bath, it makes us exhale, relax and release doubt, fear and tension. This, I believe, is the elusive “HOME” that we all seek.

So let’s pull on that thread and look at how we can deepen that connection in the spaces we currently call home…

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February – time to feather our nests

February, the time for nesting,

What better time to “feather our own nest”?
We are here, in this lifetime to enjoy being in relationship with ourselves, with each other and with our surroundings. Our first relationship in life, if we are so blessed, is with our mother. In feng shui this energy of relationships is actually associated with “mother energy” that primal energy of unconditional love.

The I Ching Symbol for this energy is KUN, also known as “the receptive” it represents divine feminine, mother energy. Some words to best describe this energy include: elegance, surrender, devotion, support, nurture,  mildness, softness, adaptability, vulnerability, loyalty, unconditional acceptance and kindness. Kun represents the practical world of growing and gathering food to nurture, ground and centre our energy, anchoring us into the physical world (Robert Sachs).

 

As Human Beings (humans being) what we all we need, at a primal level, is to feel loved, seen and heard, and nurtured. In tending then, to this area of relationships, this begins with having compassion for and loving, ourselves. Creating an environment in which we feel safe, supported and enfolded, feeds into this sense of belonging and acceptance.

It is part of the human condition to also need companionship. There is no use in having all of that abundance, health and creativity, if there is no one to share it with. Much of the joy we experience in life, if not all of the joy, is found in the sharing of our experiences and feelings.

In our homes, a key area to address, to enhance this energy, is the bedroom. Our bedrooms are where we retreat to for what I call the 3 R’s – Rest, Recuperation and Romance. Your bedroom needs to feel soft, nest-like, (mothering and nurturing). It should soothe the senses with soft, tactile fabrics, beautiful imagery, comforting scents and soft lighting. Fragrant homeliness is the order of the day. That safe pair of arms to run into after a day “playing” outside.

Ask yourself, what does that look like for you? More importantly, how would that FEEL for you! Feel the feeling first, then create that in your environment.
Be aware of the imagery and ornaments in this area of the home, it is good to have pairs of things here rather than solitary images. The last thing you see at night and the first thing you see in the morning impacts on your dream-state and how you feel as you begin every day. Go with your gut feeling for what feels appropriate to represent what it is you want to attract in your relationships. But remember, that you are also in relationship with yourself and support your own energy, first, here. What elements can you add to enhance your sense of being enfolded, protected and nurtured? Ideally, your bedroom should feel like a warm embrace.

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Samhain Blessings for November 2017

Samhain is the Celtic festival  marking the end and the beginning of the year. A period of rest and regeneration, in preparation for the new year to come. This is a time of communication with the ancestors, of going within and recognising our unique place in the continuum, of which we are all a part. A time for deep journeys within, to connect to our inner wisdom. Our ancestors welcomed the darkness, as a necessary blanket, under which, the seeds of the new year could germinate.

In feng shui we associate this energy of contraction with the metal element. On the bagua (energy template we place over the floor plan) this energy is associated with the west- creativity. This area will benefit from some extra attention at this time. To begin with, do a clean sweep, just like mother nature, shedding her leaves and fruit. (shed anything you are ready to let go of).

Then get creative! Why not do a “treasure map” of what you would like to draw into your life in the coming months”.

Take on a new creative project – just for the fun of it! Be joyful and child-like with this – do what feels fun to you!

Create a collage, do some artwork, take out your cookbooks and inspire yourself to create some new dish, for instance. In Ireland, this was traditionally the time of year our grandmothers made the christmas puddings and cakes, to allow them to mature in time for Christmas.

This area of the bagua represents imagination, the arts, music and anything, which gives us pleasure. It represents our sensory organs – taste, smell, touch, sight, and hearing. In particular fragrant blossoms, glistening ponds, delicious desserts and melodious music enhance this energy.
It carries the essence of lake energy which is reflective and deep.

The element associated with this area is metal which can be introduced by using the colour white, metal objects and curves or arches (which embody the contracting condensing nature of metal) to enhance this energy of creativity in your life.

 

Feng Shui Design Herkimer Diamond to enhance creativity

 

Crystals associated with the energy of this area of the bagua include:-

 

 

Herkimer Diamond – which is said to energise, enliven and encourage creativity.

 

 

 

Citrine -a gem associated with happiness, light and success.Warming and highly creative, it absorbs, transmutes and dissipates toxic energy or conflict. (Judy Hall – the crystal bible)

Feng Shui Design Citrine – Warming and highly creative, it absorbs, transmutes and dissipates toxic energy or conflict.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Essential oils to enhance this area of the bagua include:-

Feng Shui Design Orange essential oil has a sense of playfulness, develops creative awareness and is uplifting and cheering.

 

Orange Essential oil – Joy in a bottle!

 

 

 

 

 

Feng Shui Design Jasmin Essential oil, promotes psychological optimism.Jasmin Essential oil –

 

Jasmin Essential oil –

Jasmine can reawaken passion and restore a capacity for creativity for “fertility of the mind”.

 

Samhain Blessings for November 2017
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Essential oils and creating an atmosphere for restful sleep

 

 

Use a cold air aromatherapy diffuser to diffuse essential oils for 20 mts before going to sleep. This scent then becomes a trigger to encourage an atmosphere of calm, conducive to drifting off to sleep.
                                                                          Lavender – creates a sense of peace and harmony, balances the chakras and activates the crown chakra and the connection with spirit. Said to release negativity and calms and stabilises the chi of the heart.
                                                                     Chamomile which is soothing, calming and particularly helpful where anxiety is inclined to make a person fretful.  It smoothes the flow of the bodies Chi energy and regulates the movement of vital energy helps to relax the nervous system. Its warm apple-like fragrance imparts a well known calmative effect.                                                       ALWAYS ENSURE YOU USE PURE AROMATHERAPY OILS RATHER THAN SYNTHETIC PERFUME OILS.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Essential oils and creating an atmosphere for restful sleep
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Feng Shui for Childrens Bedrooms September 2017

Childrens bedroom in soft muted pastel colours.

 

Bunk beds and beds elevated over desks are not ideal as they restrict the energy above the bed. Which is said to restrict your potential.

 

For best effect do not have mirrors in childrens bedrooms. Restrict mirrors to just one if possible. This should not be visible from the bed.
Childrens bedrooms should not resemble playrooms with primary colours and stimulating imagery.

If they are used as playrooms during the day, have adequate      storage so that toys can be tidied away at night and the space given a more restful atmosphere

 

Think restful, calm and peaceful energy when decorating bedrooms – this is your space to relax, unwind, heal and regenerate.

Have a feng shui consultant calculate your best direction to position the bed while sleeping. We all have 3 better directions to position the bed to optimise our energy while we sleep. If there is only one position for the bed due to built in furnishings etc, and this is not utilising one of your better directions, there is always a balancing element that can be added.

Feng Shui for Childrens Bedrooms September 2017
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Feng Shui for Bedrooms September 2017

Feng Shui and Bedrooms

 

“The Bedroom is where we retreat to for the most private aspects of our lives therefore it is crucial that we feel completely safe and at ease in this space. For many people it is the room in which they feel most secure; it is their earthly womb. “ – Bob Longacre

 

Obvious though it may seem it is worth mentioning that bedrooms should be uncluttered, well maintained, well ventilated and well lit.

Pay attention to your first impression upon entering this room. Does it feel private, safe, inviting, light, joyful? If not what elements can your remove/reduce and what might you add in, in terms of imagery, colour etc?

In general, soft neutral colours and muted accent tones work best in bedrooms. Avoid busy patterns and full chroma / primary colours as they are stimulating and do not allow the eyes to rest.

While we sleep our physical body rests and rejuvenates and our spiritual body expands into the vast spiritual realm that is our true home. Therefore this is when we can feel at our most vulnerable.

Therefore it is vitally important to pay close attention to the siting of the bedroom within the home, the positioning of the furnishings, EMF’s, geopathic stress, colour and materials in order to maximize the restful and regenerative function of this very important space.

Ideally the head of the bed needs to be backed up by a solid wall and not placed with the bed-head to the window which is stimulating and counterproductive to restful sleep. Having a solid wall behind the bed, a headboard and equal space on either side of the bed creates a sense of stability and balance.

The bed should be positioned with a commanding view of the door but not in line with it which can stimulate the occupants chi/energy leading to poor sleep and disharmony.

The bed should not be under a slanted wall which is said to bring slanted unforeseen outcomes and causes compressed, oppressive energy.

Have a feng shui consultant calculate your best direction to position the bed while sleeping. We all have 3 better directions to position the bed to optimise our energy while we sleep. If there is only one position for the bed due to built in furnishings etc, and this is not utilising one of your better directions, there is always a balancing element that can be added.

Feng Shui for Bedrooms September 2017
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Now is the only time there is, here is the only space

 

AND BREATHE………

Now is the only time there is, here is the only space.

Summer Holidays offer us the opportunity to step off the treadmill and press the pause button. For some, it can take a while for that steam train to slow down and come to a complete stop, unwinding can take longer depending on just how fast paced your life has been.

August is the month when the busy growth cycle has reached its peak and there seems to be a gently slowing before the autumn contraction begins again.

Take some time this month to just stop and take in your surroundings, take in how you feel, how your energy is, right here, right now.

Get out into nature if you can, sit in a quiet place and just be. Marvel at the miraculous detail in a single flower.

For just this moment there is nowhere else to be, nothing else to do.

Feng shui provides us with a system to measure where we are on that scale of expansion and contraction and make adjustments accordingly. However, often we need to first stop and take stock before taking action. The first step, before applying feng shui can be to clear out what we no longer need in our surroundings.

Just as we need to clear physical clutter from our spaces to allow room for change occur and new blessings to come in, we need to clear TIME and headspace, for ourselves to enjoy being present. Not racing ahead to the next appointment or planning the next day, week, month living in the future. Not looking back at what we could have done differently, living in the past. Now is the only place there is…

As you know I love to work with essential oils to create a shift, or a pause in atmospheres. They are natures gift for body, mind and spirit, allowing us to immediately establish ourselves in the present moment, and pause before taking appropriate action.

Three essential oils which can work together beautifully to create breathing space are:-

Cedarwood – a sweet, balsamic, woody aroma which is grounding, steadying and calming. It gives a cosy, secure and grounded, transforming difficult situations into a sense of spiritual certainty. It allows us to steady our energy in the moment.

Eucalyptus – a camphorous, piercing aroma with a woody and sweet undertone. It disperses stagnation, clearing our heads, boosts our immune systems, restores vitality, revives our spirits and gives us “room to breathe”.

Juniper – a fresh and woody aroma with a peppery note. One of the very first plants to be used by native peoples as a ritual incense. It was used by the Tibetans and Native Americans for ceremonial purposes. It has an ability to disperse and cleanse energy. It helps to release worry and restores our sense of purpose and openness.

NB ALWAYS SOURCE GOOD QUALITY, ORGANIC (WHERE POSSIBLE), PURE, ESSENTIAL OILS. 

I recommend diffusing them in a cold air diffuser which gently releases the aroma into the atmosphere without depleting the efficacy of the oils by heating them. Place 4 drops cedarwood, 2 drops eucalyptus and 2 drops of juniper into the diffuser and allow to waft gently through the space. Take a few minutes to inhale and exhale fully and deeply.

 

Scent will immediately bring you into the present moment, giving you a moment to pause. We say it to one another “stop and smell the roses”.

Take time to enjoy all of the wonderful scents and sights out in nature this month and bring some of that back inside as a reminder to take time out in every day to stop, regroup, breathe….and then begin again, refreshed and renewed.

August Blessings

Edel.

 

Now is the only time there is, here is the only space
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July 2017 the fiery centre of the year.

Summer is in full swing, and we are experiencing lots of movement with people coming and going on holidays, barbeque’s and socialising with friends and hopefully, some time to sit in the sun and read a good book!

With that in mind, I would like to recommend a great new book on feng shui by a fellow feng shui consultant Mike Chester – the feng shui engineer. In his new book “Forgotten Feng Shui” Mike revisits the basics – energy flow and containment and the five elements in his own very practical, hands on and very down to earth style.
I have really enjoyed this excellent book and can recommend it to any of you as an excellent guide to read the chi/energy of your environment.

Many books out there on feng shui deal in theoretical terms which can be hard to decipher for the uninitiated and therefore difficult to relate to how the information might apply in everyday modern life. This book is an exception – it starts as it means to go on – on a very real note, with a story relating to someones reaction to Mike mentioning feng shui – they said “I dont believe in all that stuff!” and walked away! A common and unsurprising reaction when people have no understanding of just how practical and common sense and RELEVANT feng shui actually is to our everyday lives.

This book dispels the myths and brings things back to basics, explaining in everyday language and examples how energy moves and how it can be contained and benefited from in our modern homes. There are some excellent images to explain the theories making them very easy to follow and often very funny and therefore relate-able.

The five elements are brought to life with everyday examples of where they are experienced in our environments and how their energy modulates our response to spaces. Fascinating examples are shown to explain this information in a tangible and easy to grasp style.

Take some time to relax and go on a feng shui journey this summer, you will find yourself looking at your surroundings through a very different prism afterwards.

Relax and En-joy July!

Edel

 

 

 

 

July 2017 the fiery centre of the year.
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Growth and Vitality – April 2017

We are officially in springtime. We can see the evidence of new growth and vitality in nature all around us. This is a time to ground your energy in order to stabilise yourself to support new growth in the coming year.

In Feng Shui we associate area 3 of the bagua with this energy of full on growth and vitality. In classical feng shui this refers to the sector of the bagua oriented EAST. In western black hat sect approach to feng shui this refers to the middle left hand sector as you stand at the front door looking in to the space.

This area is also known as family, ancestors and the past. You might wonder, then why it is also associated with new growth and vitality?

In order for a plant or tree to survive and thrive, it must first put down roots. We hold a close association between family energy and tree energy – “our family tree, putting down roots, the branches of our family”.

In feng shui we pay special attention to honouring and keeping this energy vital and fresh within our living and working spaces. In honouring and caring for our roots, our lineage and all of the elements that have combined to bring us to this point in our lives, we then stabilise our energy to prepare and support new growth and vitality.

Recently I was delighted to reconnect with friends from the area where I grew up, through a facebook page where people share photos and stories of their memories growing up. I got in touch with people who grew up on  the same road and from school days. Many of whom, I haven’t seen in over 30 years. The shared memories reconnected me to my roots and really reminded me that underneath we are all essentially still the same. We are all on the same journey, shaped by our experiences and by those with whom we have shared parts of the path along the way.  This area of the bagua reminds us that we are part of a lineage, all connected going back and moving forward.

This energy is associated with agitation, “the arousal” of energy, awakening from the winter. Often this energy appears as a bolt from the blue which stimulates us into action, that spark of inspiration. This energy represents the full force of spring, very dynamic, yang energy. It is essential to ensure a free flow of energy in this area of your home, to create a feeling of a fresh spring breeze representing a new day and fresh growth. It is also useful to have something in this area which reminds us of family and the past. We are anchored and stabilised by our past, by the fact we are a part of a long line of energy reaching back through our families, our communities and through our ancestors.

The colour associated with this area is green and the tree element. The plant most often associated with this area is bamboo as it grows quickly and easily, bends with the breeze and is very strong and supple, able to withstand all weathers.

One essential oil which is wonderful to invigorate this energy in your home is  Eucalyptus which “brings us a degree of expansion and considerable peace…. brings us back to sound values, is lively and original” …“very useful for recentering a scattered person”…and “helps us to reveal the best of ourselves” … “disperses negative feelings and gives us room to breathe” changes an atmosphere of “suffocation into one of expansive renewal”

In the east, this area is associated with the green dragon, rising out of the depths, reaching toward the sky. The Dragon has the essence of a young puppy, full of life, and youthful exuberance.

Clutter in this area of your space will keep you stuck in the past unable to move forward or begin anything new.

Take some time this month to Spring clean this area of your home, clear out anything which you no longer “find to be beautiful or know to be useful”. Refresh and renew the energy with some space clearing and some essential oils like eucalyptus and open the the windows and allow your space to exhale stagnation and inhale new life and vitality!

En-joy!!

Growth and Vitality – April 2017
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