It was a good weekend. I went to two Tee Ball games, did a great Feng Shui consultation, went to a baby shower in Truckee, got to see LIVE at the Silver Legacy, saw the new Star Trek movie, did laundry, and watched most of Benjamin Buttons before falling asleep.

I didn’t think that I’d done much this weekend until I just wrote it all out … concert, out to movies, feng shui consultation, housework, and more! I guess I did get a few things accomplished and I did many fun things too!

The consultation was great. We focused on the wealth (Hsun) and the travel (Chien) areas of the home and of each room in the home. We did a little bit with the fame and repuation (Li) areas as well. We moved some candles into the Li Bagua area of the home. We moved some clutter and a rocking chair (tippy … not stable & secure) out of the wealth (Hsun) Bagua of the master bedroom, which also happens to be in the wealth (Hsun) sector of the whole home. We moved a very beautiful and valuable light into the wealth corner instead. And, there’s now room on the wall for a beautiful framed image of something that represents wealth and luxury to the inhabitants.

We moved some items that were meaningful souvenirs from Mexico to their travel Bagua of the home. We also moved a couple images of the Virgin Mary and an angel to the travel / mentors / helpful people (Chien) Bagua area. We took a nice wine refrigerator and moved it into the wealth corner of their dinning room, along with some expensive pottery that they can use as a piggy bank in that area. We talked about having one of their children put a quarter into a piggy bank as a daily routine to represent saving and create a positive habit.

There were many other changes as well. It was great to work with people who wanted to make a change and have already implemented additional Feng Shui cures since our consultation on Saturday morning!

Another great Feng Shui Consultation in Reno and more great things to look forward to! I can’t wait to hear about all the great things that happen as a result of their changes and efforts.


a quick note

May 7, 2009

Thanks to those who took the Feng Shui Bagua poll ! From the handful of replies I got back it’s clear that people are interested in how Feng Shui can help with money, career, love and health.

I will be putting up posts on those subjects along with updates of how our Feng Shui and Money workshop in Reno is progressing.

And oh, I wanted to share a page of the book we’re working from as well. Check out page 30 and page 31 of Feng Shui and Money by Eric Shaffert.

Here’s a closer look at page 31 with a bagua map and a little introduction to the prosperity journals we have begun using.

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!)

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?

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?

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.


March 30, 2009

Mirrors can be powerful Feng Shui tools. Mirrors can double the effect of whatever they are reflecting in them. If you place a pile of rotting garbage in front of a mirror, you are essentially doubling the effect of the negative energy of the rotting garbage. Likewise if you put a beautiful vase of fresh flowers where it’s image is reflected in a mirror, that will double it’s effect of fresh positive cleansing energy.

In Feng Shui Symbols, a User’s Handbook, by Christine Bradler and Joachim Alfred Scheiner this is some of what they have to say about mirrors:

“An old Chinese saying states: ‘A mirror makes illusions visible.’ We know of so called magical mirrors in which mystical symbols appear on the back if the mirror is held and looked at from a certain angle. Buddhist monks use magical mirrors to show believers in what form they will return to this world after their present life is over. Some cultures believe that mirrors are a symbol of marital happiness and good luck.”

There is an article by Terah Kathryn Collins on mirrors, in which she explains, “mirrors appear to enlarge and brighten a room, they tend to encourage activity. This is great in the active areas of the home such as the living room, exercise room, home office, and kitchen. The bigger the mirror, the better! But mirrors can over-stimulate rooms meant to be serene and relaxing, such as dining rooms and bedrooms.”

Many Feng Shui books suggest removing all mirrors from a bedroom if you are having trouble sleeping, as energy can bounce off a mirror and become more yang. On the other hand, some books suggest that as a cure, if you cannot avoid having the head of your bed on the same wall as the entrance of the bedroom, that you hang a mirror in such a way that when you are lying in your bed, you can see somone who would enter with the help of the mirror.

Mirrors are simply a tool you can use to influence how energy flows in and out of a space. Another thing to remember about mirrors is that they can hold energy and not release it. So, it’s not a good idea to buy one used. If you have a mirror that you love and just can’t live without from an antique store or a yard sale, you have a couple of options. You can keep the frame and have the mirror part replaced, or if all else fails, you can place the mirror in direct sunlight for a day or two. You can also lay it flat and sprinkle salt or rock salt (which happens to be easier to clean up) to absorb some of the past owners energy out of the mirror.

Your best bet when using mirrors with your Feng Shui is to use new mirrors and to use mirrors sparingly in a home. Use them as needed either for a specific Feng Shui cure, or use them to double the effect of something you find very beautiful.

follow up from a consultation

November 17, 2008

the consultation a few days ago went well. it was a small, one bedroom apartment on the 2nd level of a walk up apartment complex in reno. the people who live there have a fabulous sense of taste, order, decor and an awareness of how energy moves through a space.

there is no clutter at all. it is very open. you can tell that the couple who lives there puts careful thought and consideration into the objects they own, in addition to how and where they place them.

there are two areas of their lives that the couple wants to work on and improve. one wants better energy and changes in the career area of his life, and the other wants to work on being more centered and grounded.

the central area of the bagua (chi) is where you make changes in order to feel more grounded, centered, and spiritually balanced. the center of their apartment was a little tricky to work with as it has a narrow hallway with a 90 degree turn in it leading to a bathroom. additionally, the other part of the center is on another side of a wall in the corner of their bedroom. there is a corner wall in the center that shoots poison arrows off of the corner into the center bagua area. there is also a mirror at the end of the hallway that reflects the bathroom. luckily no drains are being reflected. there is a large painting, created by one of the occupants with a very large fish and water motifs in it.

there is a long rectangular rug in the hallway, with some earth tones. in the center of their living room, there is a rug, with geometrical shapes and lines also in earth tones. the things that contribute to their sense of grounding are the colors they have chosen, brown, beige and other earth colored tones. the shapes, however, do not assist in a sense of grounding. they are very geometrical, angular and also create a sense of distance and disconnection.

i suggested that they remove the mirror from the center chi area and place it somewhere else for about 30-60 days. i also suggested removing the print of the fish, with it’s water element from the center. good alternatives for images to hang on the wall in the center bagua area would be an image of rock, earth or mountains, something that makes them feel centered and grounded. a yin and yang image or symbol would be good in that space as well.

it is a good practice to write down the action items that you intend to complete. additionally, it’s smart to keep a journal of what changes you make in a space, along with how things feel or shift after those changes. documenting observations about your day to day life following the adjustments you have made in your surrounding environment, is a great way to increase your ability to work with feng shui principles.

the area of life that the other person wanted to work on was their career. the entrance of their apartment is exactly in the center of the career area. as you walk into their apartment you are stepping mostly into the living room which extends both ahead of you and all the way to the right. slightly to your left as you enter the apartment is the end of the kitchen wall. when you open the front door you see into the kitchen on the left and into the living room on the right. the wall that divides the two rooms is just slightly to your left. the space in the living room is very open, and welcoming. the space to the left of the door could use a small amount of work (the knowledge, self-wisdom area of the bagua). it has no furniture or sense of a place to be. it is empty and needs some focal point or some item(s) that are welcoming and represent knowledge and self wisdom. one small piece of furniture or a very small eating nook table with two stools could do the trick. even a small table to place a plant or item on would be better than the current emptiness. currently, it has a few planted pots that they intend to put on a plant stand. having the plants on a plant stand instead of in a group bunched in the corner should also help it to feel like a more lived in and welcoming space.

on the floor inside the front door is a small rug, light brown or tan in color. substituting a black rug there would be a good improvement for the career area. since there was not a large entryway or much space to work with in changing the entryway, putting a small saying or quote above the front door which symbolizes the desired career changes is one option.

the place where there is normally a peephole to look out when someone rings the doorbell is an empty hole. they, wisely, have put tissue paper in there so that there isn’t a hole in their front door that anyone walking by can look into (larger than the size of a quarter). covering that tissue paper with a small image, plaque, or quotation that represents the desired changes in their career is important. symbolically, it’s fixes a hole that’s been temporarily covered up and is broken. asking their landlord to fix the peephole is also a good idea, or simply getting the appropriate hardware at a hardwood store and fixing it themselves.

a small fountain on the inside of the apartment, just to the right of the door as you enter, is another idea to consider. the water element helps tremendously with activating positive changes in the career area. just to the left of the door (the wall behind where the front door opens) they are considering hanging two wires or strings with pictures attached and going down the wall from the ceiling, the way that a ladder has rungs on it. choosing images with water elements in them or images that somehow represent what they want to achieve in their career is a good idea.

overall, they have a very good start with a great apartment that they can improve. the next steps are taking the time and effort to put specific energies in place and to focus those energies on the two areas they want to see results in most right now.

those were the main points of the consultation. in addition to looking at the bagua of the apartment as a whole, we also looked at the bagua for each room so that they can think about smaller changes that they can incorporate to achieve their current desires.

this afternoon i will be providing a feng shui consultation for someone who lives near downtown reno. in preparation for that consultation i have been sharing different things that they can do to prepare for the feng shui consultation. another great thing to do before someone does a feng shui consultation for you is to measure the spaces you are going to be working with.

if you have a blue print of the home, office, or building that you are getting a consultation for that is ideal. sometimes you can get the blueprint of the building from a county office, occasionally online. in the absence of a current blueprint, a tape measure is your best friend. with paper, pencil, ruler and a tape measure you can easily create a diagram that shows the layout of your home or office and each room within the building.

the bagua and the nine areas within it are used in many ways throughout a space. eventually, you will learn to look at the bauga of the plot of land, the whole building on the plot of land, as well as the bagua within each individual room.

start out by making a diagram of one room. choose a rectangular or square room with no protruding walls or closets that stick into the room changing the rectangular footprint of the room. after you have determined the length and width of the room draw that on the paper using inches or centimeters to represent the space. then divide the width of the room into 3 and draw lines that divide the room into the three according parts. next, divide the length of the room into 3 and draw lines for those areas. when you are done you will end up with nine rectangular parts within the whole. similar to a tic-tac-toe board within a square or rectangle. you will use this as the basis of what areas of the room correspond to what areas of the bagua and of your life.

having this diagram already made will be useful in your consultation. you can make a separate diagram for each of the rooms in your home or office, as well as an additional diagram that represents the entire apartment, home, office or building.

before i do a feng shui consultation it’s helpful to get people thinking about the purpose of the consultation. i like to suggest a few things that people should ponder before a visit.

pick the top one or two areas of your life, from the 9 bagua areas, that you would like to focus on for the next 30-90 days. whoever lives in the space should do this. if there are two people then you can each do it separately and then share your thoughts after you’ve spent some time thinking about what you would like to achieve.

KAN – Career/Life Path/Goals/Life Purpose

CHIEN – Travel/Mentors/Helpful People/Guardian Angel

TUI – Children/Creativity/Creative Energy/New Projects

KUN – Love/Marriage/Intimate Relationship/Romance

LI – Fame/Reputation/Recognition for work/Perception – How others perceive and understand you

SUN – Wealth/Luxury/Abundance

CHEN – Family/Social life/Ancestors/Household expenses/Daily Life/Physical Health

KEN – Wisdom/Self-Knowledge/Personal Growth/Education

CHI – Center/Grounding/Balance/Spiritual and Emotional Health


some additional thoughts to spend time with …


What emotions do certain objects or areas of your home bring out in you?

What symbolism do certain objects or areas of your home have for you?

How do you feel in different areas of your home?

What areas of life seem to be going well?

What areas of life do you seem to struggle with more?

Have you noticed any specific changes in the above areas of your life in conjunction/relation to different places you’ve lived in the past?

thinking about these things is the first step in making changes in your space and in your life. once you have a better awareness of what you’re trying to create, it becomes easier to do it.

feng shui bagua example

feng shui bagua example