I’m trying to get a better idea of what kind of posts you’d like to read about and what area of your life you’d most like to see a change in. If you could only pick one area to work on at this time in your life, what would it be?

Please take this Feng Shui Bagua poll & let me know! Once I’ve got a better sense of what interests you, then I’ll share Feng Shui advice about the most popular topics first.

You can come back and check the answers as people reply,too!


I was just reading Karen Morton’s blog and noticed that she recently posted the poem ‘If’ by Rudyard Kipling. I just got goose bumps all over ….

This poem was one of Marilyn’s favorite poems. She passed away last November. Even though my actual biological mother lives in NYC, Marilyn was a mother to me since I was 11 years old. She was my grandfather’s third wife, and was the most amazing woman I’ve ever met. She was an angel in a human body.

When I came across the poem today, I knew I had to share it with all of you!


If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you
But make allowance for their doubting too,
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream–and not make dreams your master,
If you can think–and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it all on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings–nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much,
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And–which is more–you’ll be a Man, my son!

–Rudyard Kipling

Two days ago, Monday evening, we had the introductory class for Feng Shui and Money. It was a great start! We did introductions, got our books and took an introductory look at the nine sectors of the Bagua map. We identified the 5 elements, earth, water, wood, fire, and metal.

Earth is associated with Tai Chi (Center, Grounding, Spiritual Health). Water is associated with Kan (Career, Life Path, Goals, Mission in Life). Wood is associated with Chen (Ancestors, Family, Household Expenses, Physical Health). Fire is associated with Li (Fame, Reputation, Recognition, Perception by Others). And Metal is associated with Tui/Dui (Children, Creativity, New Projects).

This week we will read chapter one in Eric Shaffert’s book Feng Shui and Money. We will also purchase our new prosperity journals, and a very small notepad or notebook to write down every single thing we spend money on throughout the next few months. Lastly, we will complete the assignments in chapter one. I’ve already started looking for graph paper to create a new floor plan for my home.

In addition to learning about the bauga map, we began exploring beliefs about money, that we may or may not have realized we held. We looked at a list of beliefs and sayings about money and discussed which of them might be patterns in our own lives.

Here are a few examples of beliefs about money that we considered.

Money doesn’t grow on trees.
Life would be so much better if I didn’t have to think about money.
Money kills relationships.
Money is the root of all evil.
I can get by without money.
Spiritual people aren’t rich.
The rich get richer and the poor get poorer.
You have to work hard to have money.
Money causes problems.
Money can’t buy happiness.

After looking at some of the above statements, we put them on their head.

Money does grow on trees.
Thinking about money is fun.
Money supports relationships.
Money is the root of great things.
I prosper and have lots of money.
Spiritual people are rich.
The rich help support society with charitable donations and endowments for hospitals, museums, libraries, Universities and medical research and scholarships. I can be born poor and become a millionaire!
I earn money easily.
Money creates solutions.
Money can buy happiness.

What sayings about money have you heard or do you repeat? What are your thoughts or beliefs about money? (Write a comment & share it with us!)

Today’s the day! This evening from 6:00 PM until 8:30 PM we will begin a group exploration of how we can use Feng Shui to alter our financial lives! The impact of what we learn for our finances will overflow into many other areas of our life as well. We will start with a brief discussion of what Feng Shui is, what the bagua map is, how to use it, and an overview of all the bagua sectors. We will begin in the center with Tai Chi, and go over Kan (Career/Goals), Chien (Travel/Mentors), Dui (Children/Creativity), Kun (Love) , Li (Fame), Hsun (Wealth) , Chen (Family/Health), Ken (Knowledge). In each area we will see what shapes our ideas about money, gratitude, thanks and the ebb and flow of energy in life … because at the end of the day … money is simply a physical representation of energy and power, right?

Come join us today at 6:00 PM at

Yes, that’s right, it’s Friday and the Feng Shui is flowing!

Last night I pulled out more than three large trash bags full of things to take to goodwill, here in Reno. Some things I like, things I was storing, things that I simply was not using. Even items that I really like, if I’m not using them, then I’m keeping them from being used by someone out there. Bit by bit, I’m making room in my home so that there will be space for the things I want to happen in my life!

And guess what? It’s working! I’m teaching myself that the universe is safe. I’m teaching myself that I will always have what I want and what I need. I’m learning to let go of things and how to let go of the ‘what if I need this one day’ attitude! And I’m starting to feel freer.

Three years ago, I got divorced. It was a difficult time and I used many Feng Shui techniques and tips to help me through it. At first I took all the clothes out of my closet and laid them on the bed. I only put back clothes that I felt great wearing back into my closet. I gave ‘favorites’ to goodwill if they made me feel overweight or less than pretty. I kept the clothes that I felt pretty in, sexy in or fun in. if I held up something & wasn’t sure if I wanted to keep it or get rid of it, then I tried it on & used that to determine how I felt about it. If I only felt so so in it, then it went. If I felt fabulous while wearing that item, then it was a keeper. I also got rid of any piece of clothing that brought up memories I didn’t wish to bring back. The result of all this is that without having to work as much as I normally would, I lost weight, looked better and began feeling more fabulous.

It didn’t matter so much which part of the Bagua the items were in, it was a general sentiment in my life that was impacting all areas of the Bagua. Removing excess items in the center of the Bagua (Tai’Chi) and in the Chen (Health, Family, Ancestors) Bagua sector can significantly help with weight loss. Removing excess items in the Kun (Love, Intimate Relationships, Marriage) can help with relationship issues. And applying the changes in all parts of the Bagua is like helping yourself to change a belief across many parts of your life.

Recently, I’ve been dealing with some relationship issues that have come up for me. I’ve noticed that I’ve gained weight again, almost as if the weight is a protection from the world. And I’m ready to shed the protection and be myself again. A couple days ago, I began the same ritual with my closet. The end result was not as dramatic as a few years ago. What’s really nice is that the process has begun again. I’m making a conscious effort to only surround myself with things that I adore, have a place for and items that are absolute necessities. I’m simplifying my life and I’m focusing on only holding onto really great things. I’m willing to let go of things that “will do for now”. I’m letting go of things that “aren’t perfect but will have to do until I get something better”. When I look around my home and look at my belongings my reaction will be “I love this!”

Better to trust that the universe will bring me what I really desire!

What are some of the thoughts that bubble up in your life? What are some thoughts that bubble up when you contemplate your belongings?

great way to start a day. it’s gorgeous weather in Reno! the sky is blue, it’s warm, not hot or cold, and there’s a beautiful view of the sierra mountains along the west side of the city. you can see the snow covered runs at mount rose ski resort and the air is fresh.

the feng shui and money workshop starts next week and i’m super excited. interesting how when it comes right down to it, many people aren’t really committed enough or serious enough to want to change their financial situation. when they realize that the course is more than a couple weeks, they say they just can’t commit that amount of time to a class. sad, but true. if you’re serious about making real life changes … 13 monday nights for two and a half hours seems like a small thing compared to the benefits you’ll recieve.

it’s very common for people to say they want to change their financial situation, and yet when given a great opportunity to do so, there is always one reason or another not to.

based on some of the feedback i’ve gotten i’m also going to be putting together a few shorter introductory classes so that people who want an introduction can choose to take a shorter course.

i’ve also started reading another book related to feng shui and prosperity, Fast Feng Shui for Prosperity by Stephanie Roberts. At first glance it looks extremely similar to Eric Shaffert’s Feng Shui and Money book, with just slightly different interpretations.

a good weekend

April 19, 2009

got out in Reno and did the wine walk. beautiful sunshine & day. went to a tee ball practice. cleaned up around the house. took a bunch of clothes and shoes out of the closet, more stuff to take to goodwill!

all together it was a good weekend.

this week begins the feng shui and money course in Reno! even though some of us are going to get started tomorrow, we are postponing the official start date of the class for one week so that some additional people can attend.

call 530-635-1506 and leave a message for Rebecca or email igekafengshui@gmail.com to join!

I’m very excited about the Feng Shui course that I will be teaching here in Reno! Beginning Monday April 27th, we begin the Feng Shui and Money course. For 11 weeks we meet regularly and work on feng shui for each of our homes. We identify, examine and change our beliefs about money. This is the beginning of how we transform our lives into what we desire.

Along with completing our homework assignments and reading in Feng Shui and Money, we examine and apply feng shui cures to a each of the nine baguas . We have the opportunity to change corresponding beliefs patterns about subjects in all parts of our life. We look into our love lives, romance, marriage, health, well being, social habits, family relationships, traveling patterns, wisdom, and more. With each class we will examine Feng Shui from three different angles, Environmental Feng Shui, Financial Feng Shui and Inner Feng Shui. The full course details on the classes page of the site.

Have you ever taken a feng shui class? What was the most important thing you learned from it?

Monday Morning.

Here’s a quote from Louise Hay’s site to start the week off, “I find relaxation, enjoyment, and healing in the simplest things in life.”

This week I am working on both interior and exterior feng shui issues. By interior, I mean inside my body and inside my mind. Going to focus on drinking lots of water to clear any stagnant chi inside my body. I’m also making a conscious effort to keep the thoughts I like, and that serve me well, in my head. I am going to take the negative thoughts out to the trash, just like when I clean house!

For my exterior feng shui this week, I’m going to go through my closet and anything, I mean anything, That I dislike or only moderately care for, but do not love to wear, well, it’s going to go to goodwill. It will be useful for someone else. I’m going to make room in my life for fabulous things. My life is going to be filled with that which I love.

There’s a great lyric from one of Jewel’s songs, Life Uncommon, “No longer lend out strength to that which we with to be free from”.

My focus this week is:

“Lend your voices only to sounds of freedom
No longer lend your strength to that
which you wish to be free from
Fill your lives with love and bravery
And we shall lead a life uncommon”

the bagua

April 6, 2009

someone asked me today about the bagua, what it is and how it’s used. in feng shui the bagua shows how a space, be it a building or an individual room, can be divided into nine areas, each corresponding to a different part of life.

in all types of feng shui, be it form feng shui, compass feng shui or any other type of feng shui, the ultimate goal is to create a space with a balance of the five elements (water, earth, metal, fire, and wood), as well as a balance of yin and yang energy. there are some slight differences in the details of how the various types of feng shui are practiced, and they also share some very common ideas and practices.

in the bagua below (used in form feng shui) you can see that the entrance of a space will always be in one of the following areas, Wisdom and Self Knowledge, Career/Goals/Life Path, or in Travel/Mentors/Angels/Helpful People.

feng shui bagua example

feng shui bagua example

I would like to thank Monica Castaneda for the use of her bagua map on this page.