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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Feng Shui Journey- Flowing Forward

January Flowing Forward into 2018

                                                                                                                              This is the time of year when life has receded deep within the earth, and it appears on the surface as if nothing is happening. This is the primal state that precedes all growth. There is always subtle movement deep within. This is a space of deep thinking and knowing, of facilitating gentle flow on our journey through life.

The Element we associate with this time of year is Water. Water never stops flowing, the ocean never stops its movement and the river moves forward. It is soft and yielding, fluid on its surface but has great strength within.

In Feng Shui this energy represents our movement through life as well as our career or profession. It represents the way in which chi or energy ideally moves like flowing water – so that when things are going smoothly we can say we are going with the flow or conversely swimming against the tide. Water represents the freedom to do what we want to do – for life to flow easily and effortlessly with clarity and ease, on our journey/life-path.

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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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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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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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September news 2016

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Hard to believe its September already! But here we are, and school is starting back for some and people in general are getting their autumn schedule in order.

There are still some places available for the Colour and Feng Shui workshop on October 1st where we will learn all of the basics of feng shui and how to apply it easily and effortlessly to your home and then we will layer in more detail on the use of colour in our environment from an energetic perspective.

Colour affects us all on every level, it affects our mood, our energy, our temperature and can bring us into memory affecting our emotional being.

Join us for a day to indulge your senses – we will explore the chakras, and in particular the second chakra and explore and enhance the feng shui area for joy and creativity in our environments.
At the end of the hustle and bustle of summer we begin to feel an instinctive urge to contract, simplify and reorganise our homes and our lives as we head into winter. Our energy focuses inward again, for some, this will involve study, for others a more quiet time of routine and order. We can only expand so far before the pendulum needs to swing back into contraction – this is the natural order of things.

Feng shui provides us with tools to put some order and balance into our living spaces so that they support and uplift us as we go about our lives. The process involves mirroring the dynamic (moving) balance found in nature into our homes and workspaces. In the autumn mother-nature begins to clear out the excesses of the summer – releasing and letting go of her leaves and fruit – the abundance of this years’ growth. She lets go and draws her energy in so that she can rest and recuperate before the whole process can begin again next year.

In feng shui we view our homes as our “outer skin” mirroring back to us what is going on inside. If our surroundings no longer reflect what we would like to have more of in our lives, then maybe it’s time to have a clear out – literally creating some clarity in our space and therefore our lives.

Enjoy this time of releasing what no longer serves you to begin the process of drawing your energy in, in order to begin again.

Happy September!

Edel

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Chinese New Year – Year of the Metal Rabbit begins February 3rd

Chinese New Year – Year of the Metal Rabbit begins February 3rd
“A placid year, very much welcomed and needed after the ferocious year of the Tiger. We should go off to some quiet spot to lick our wounds and get some rest after all the battles of the previous year. Good taste and refinement will shine on everything and people will acknowledge that persuasion is better than force.” -“Money can be made without too much labour. Our life style will be languid and leisurely ans we allow ourselves the luxuries we have always craved. A temperate year with unhurried pace. For once, it may seem possible for us to be carefree and happy without too many annoyances” – Theodora Lau “Handbook of Chinese Horoscopes” – Doesn’t that sound like a welcome new energy to herald in!!

World Feng Shui Day is celebrated on February 5th

Chinese New Year – Year of the Metal Rabbit begins February 3rd
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