a new adventure

December 1, 2011

For over ten years, I’ve been studying Feng Shui on my own from books and first hand experience. I’ve even led classes and workshops. Now, I am very excited to begin studying feng shui in a more formal way. This weekend I will be attending the first of over twenty classes offered by the BTB Feng Shui School. (Black Sect Tantric Buddhism Feng Shui School) This is the same school the author Eric Shaffert, who wrote Feng Shui and Money gained his teachings. They offer classes in San Francisco and New York City.

The journey will begin with a road trip from Reno, Nevada to Aptos, California. I look forward to learning and sharing knowledge with other Feng Shui enthusiasts and professionals. I am delighted to have this opportunity!

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It’s been a little while since I’ve put forth real energy in my Feng Shui studies. For the better part of the last year and a half all my learning has been about the human body in some way. Working full time for an online marketing company, attending classes at night and fitting in practical massage hours consumed nearly all of my time. My dozens of Feng Shui books have sat by while I read about massage techniques, anatomy, physiology, sports massage, bones, muscles, brain tissue, nutrition and more. Currently my library hosts Feng Shui, Alternative Medicine, Healing, Stretching, Exercise, Nutrition, Yoga, Acupressure books and more.

Now that some of my time is available again, I can jump back into some Feng Shui books that I was 1/2 way or 3/4 of the way through. I can start all over again with another round of Feng Shui and Money workshops. I can put time into doing consultations in Reno, Nevada. I can begin to study the similarities that exist between energies that flow inside us and around us. Acupuncture and acupressure for the body are analogous to Feng Shui for a home or space.

Life is about learning. Luckily as soon as you learn a little about something, you learn how little you really know. Your world expands and you realize how much more is out there to learn!

I look forward to tweeting more actively again, connecting with other Feng Shui enthusiasts, connecting with other excited and inspired individuals in Northern Nevada, Lake Tahoe, Sierra Nevada and specifically the local Reno-Sparks area. I look forward to connecting with my community. I see great opportunities to thrive and bloom. There is so much information and knowledge to seek from others, and so much enthusiasm to share.

Reach out and let me know if you share similar enthusiasm!

what’s in a name?

July 14, 2011

So. I changed my name.

I used to be Rebecca Igeka Williams. ‘Igeka’ was very dear to me. It was a middle name that my parents made up and I loved it. Weird, yes. One thing that was slightly annoying was that people always pronounced it “eye” “geek” “uh”, or “e” “geck” “uh”. My mother told me it was spelled wrong on my birth certificate. She said she wanted to wait to ask her grandmother how to spell it phonetically, but they wouldn’t let my mom wait. The hospital staff made her decide right when I was born, and so, in a rush, she was unable to spell it phonetically as she would have liked. According to my father the first two syllables are French and the last is Hebrew. This comes as recent news to me.

If you can say the alphabet in french, then when you get to I, J, K, you have said my name.

For the first 11 years of my life I went by a different last name (long story involving my mother, pseudo-step-father, passports, and living in other countries). At 11 years old, I began to call myself Rebecca Williams, according to my birth name. It never quite fit or felt like my name. My father is William Williams, and hence, Williams has always felt very much like it belonged to my father.

Later, I married, and in doing so became Rebecca Hess. After my divorce, I did not have the energy to do all the follow up required to change a name. As I approached the end of massage school, it was finally time to change my name. I wanted a name of my own on my graduation certificate from massage school and on my massage license. And so, I took my middle name and made it my new last name. The pronunciation remains the same. In the process I figured I might as well replace the “G” with a “J” and add an “H” at the end. And so … Igeka has become Ijekah.

Today, Ijekah gets her certificate of completion from the Ralston School of Massage in Reno, Nevada.

My initial introduction to Feng Shui, was much by accident. It came from a visit to a bookstore, and grew into something I wanted to learn more and more about. Much like that accidental introduction was my relationship with massage.

When I was 13 years old I went on a ten day backpacking trip in the Adirondack Mountains of North Carolina. At the end of each day we massaged each other. People always wanted to sit in front of me in our massage circles. From that day forward people’s bodies and my hands gravitated towards each other.

Years later, while hiking the PCT (Pacific Crest Trail), I found myself massaging other hikers on the trek between Mexico and South Lake Tahoe. While teaching skiing and snowboarding at TASS (Tahoe Adaptive Ski School – Disabled Sports USA) and giving someone a ten minute back or shoulder rub, they would ask, “Are you a massage therapist? Are you a physical therapist? Where did you learn this?”

At that time, what I knew was no more than most of us know about breathing. We simply do it. No one taught us how to breathe. We know how; it’s what we do. Lucky for me I have an intuitive sense of touch. Some months ago, I decided to pursue that fascination and love of the human body a little more seriously. I started taking classes at a massage school.

I’m pleased to say that yesterday, was my the first client who walked into a school and booked me for a massage. I was a little nervous, mostly because I didn’t know the routine, what papers go where for the school (intake forms, etc.), if I get the client to fill out the intake form or if the school official does that. In any case it was a very positive experience to work on my first client in a professional setting, the school clinic.

I am excited that I have three quarters of a year to work on clients in a clinic setting, and continue to learn more about our amazing bodies. I once read (in the Feng Shui and Money book, I think) that Feng Shui is to your home what acupuncture is to your body. I look forward to my journey of learning more about how Yin and Yang energy flow and interact in both our bodies and in our surrounding environments.

momentum

March 4, 2010

I think I need some momentum. Things feel very slow and sluggish.

I guess I need to take some of the advice that I would give someone else and use it for myself. Many things are changed from a year ago. I live in a wonderful new home. I no longer have any debt or major financial worries, which I did in the past. I have cleaned up some financial troubles, and transformed my financial life.

Physically, there have been changes for the better and for the worse over the last year. I’ve had periods of time where I felt healthier, was more active and felt more energetic. Then again, it is winter now, and I often feel like a bear who hibernates in winter.

Repeat to self: less is more.

It’s that simple. Every day, I need to get rid of a few more things than I accumulate. If 5 pieces of mail come in, I need to find a way to throw away 6 pieces paper or mail, some from today, some from before.

Although I feel a bit under the weather, tired and have a touch of abdominal pain tonight, rather than lay here in bed, I’m going to go find 10 things to throw away. That’s where I’ll start.

Starting the new year out right. Getting rid of things. Selling things on craigslist. Doing a little hula hooping on the Wii (perhaps a bit embarrassing to admit it, but true …)

Thinking about starting up a New Feng Shui and Money Class for the New Year.

Started out a cleansing diet on January 1st, going well so far. Eating mostly rice, potatoes, chicken, Cornish hen, beef, peas, edamame (soybeans), avocado, smoked salmon and rice crackers.

Spent a little time in Whole Foods, or Whole Paycheck as we may refer to it sometimes. They do have great stuff, and it sure is pricey, too! Started taking probiotics and ordered Colonix (a colon cleansing kit).

Got some new prints framed and hung up on the walls at home. Starting the new year in a really great way.

And, also got a new vehicle, well new to me. Love my new 2008 4 door Jeep with less than 11,000 miles on it.

Doing lots of good financial things to increase my wealth and make money grow. Looking for Rewards Checking Accounts, mostly on Money-Rates.com, to move money to and get the highest APY / APR possible.

Got a car loan for the new Jeep to help re-bulid credit as well.

All in all … looking forward to a fabulous 2010!!

my feng shui is working …

November 19, 2009

I’m pleased to say my feng shui is working. It’s been several months since I’ve actively updated my site and been blogging. After the Feng Shui and Money course that I taught earlier this year, changes started happening very rapidly. I’ve moved. I’m in a new home. My life has been transforming …

I’ve been keeping busy with many things, piano lessons, getting ready for ski and snowboarding season, and going to first grade school events. Had a good scuba diving trip to Maui, Hawaii. Dove with manta rays at night, dove with eagle rays in the daytime, saw frog fish and many other sea creatures.

Just a couple short weeks after my Hawaii scuba diving trip, we moved two households into one. This summer was full of packing, selling things, thowing things away, donating items, unpacking, sorting, organizing and de-cluttering!

I am back from a terrific 3 day hiking adventure along the coast. It was great to get outside, to spend three whole days by the ocean and get the chi moving smoothly though my body!

The beach was beautiful, rugged and very remote. It took 9 hours to drive to the coast from Reno, Nevada and it was worth every bit for the three days of hiking on and along the beach. Sadly, we probably saw more dead sea lions than people over the three days of hiking.

The balance of yin and yang energy over the three days was terrific. The first day was a hot sunny day that resulted in a good deal of sunburn. The second day was rainy, misty and foggy. We were drenched and dripping most of the day hiking, and yet it was beautiful and a wonderful change from the previously hot sunny day. The third day was sunny and blue skies again.

It was great to get outside. You have a new perspective on the Feng Shui in your home when you return from spending several days outside.

another day

August 4, 2009

I am feeling a bit sad and disappointed with myself for slacking off on my blog posts. So much has happened over the last few months, I am not even sure where to begin.

I now live in a new home. I made many changes where I was living before and boy did the universe deliver. You know the old saying “Be careful what you ask for” … because you just might get it!

We completed the first go round of the Feng Shui and Money course. I am very blessed to have met such great people and to have gained more insight in life. I have seen great changes for them and for me. Life has handed me my next lesson, too. It said … “So you want to try to control your world with Feng Shui … well try to feng shui this…!” and it proceeded to hand me a bunch of stuff that I couldn’t feng shui my way out of. Feng Shui is a great tool to look inside ourselves, it’s not a way to CONTROL life. And so, here I am, living one day at a time and dealing with life’s little lessons bit by bit.

It’s so important to remember that we don’t control the “how” of what things happen. We control very little. And if I ever figure out how to be ok with that … well, I’ll be truly delighted!

Tonight at 7:00 PM there is a raw food and vegetarian pot luck along with a showing of a Conscious Prosperity DVD at the Vajra Temple and Lounge in Reno. I’m not sure if I can make it. It sounds great and so I wanted to let the rest of you know about it!