Sunday, June 29, 2008

Want to Increase Your Business? Dowse!

In my weekly newsletter last week I talked about the different layers of feng shui: Space, Time and Quantum. Another important component to an effective feng shui consultation is dowsing.

Dowsing is an art that dates back over 8,000 years and is most commonly associated with looking for water. If you've ever seen pictures of (or seen someone) walking across a piece of property with a forked tree branch they were probably dowsing (looking for) water. There are a number of bottled water companies that employ dowsers to look for natural springs as a water source for their products.

Dowsing was originally used in conjunction with feng shui to look for naturally occuring environment stress caused by fault lines in the earth which create cracks in our sidewalks, driveways and building foundations and create earthquakes, underground bodies of water like lakes or aquifers, underground caves and even different types of soil (like sand and clay) butting up against each other. These situations create what is known as Geopathic Stress (geo meaning Earth and pathic meaning Disease).

With the invention of electricity, cell phone and satellite technology we have additional stress in our homes and offices that are man-made. These types of stress are known as negative Hartmann lines (discovered by Dr. Ernst Hartmann in the early 1940s), negative Curry lines (discovered by Dr. Manfred Curry and Dr. Whitmann in the late 1940s-early 1950s) and interference lines.

Like the Earth, our bodies are made up of over 70% water, so just like the Earth our bodies react to these negative areas of energy, too. Each of these energies have their own way of affecting us depending on whether we're directly sitting in their line of fire or outside of it. If you're directly in their line of fire for 3 or more hours a day, over time this exposure can result in the breakdown of soft tissue in your body where the stress is "hitting" you which can result in problems including chronic fatigue syndrome, fybromyalgia, MS, cancer and dementia to name a few.

If you are not directly in the line of fire but the stress is strong enough then you'll experience this stress as on-going fatigue, feeling weak on a regular basis or being chronically sick. Studies have even shown that man-made environmental stress from interference lines alone increases the incidence of cancer by as much as 50% depending on how concentrated it is. People who are more sensitive to this negative energy will be the most affected.

Some buildings have offices or work stations that are particularly negative. When that's the case it's usually hard to keep that office occupied. The people who are hired and assigned to work in that office never seem to "work out." They quit after a short period of time, they're out sick more often than other employees leaving you to wonder if you hired the right guy or gal for the job or they come across as negative even though when you hired them you didn't see any signs that this kind of behavior. If you're a manager you may wonder why you can't seem to "fill this position" with the right person. More than likely it's not the person you're hiring but rather the office or work space you've assigned to them that's the problem.

Using dowsing, I block these stress lines both outside and inside building that are causing you grief so that everyone working in your business can feel their best and do their best work for the company. When your employees are happy turnover declines, they feel better, are more productive and they treat your clients better. Now your clients are happy and are more likely to buy from you.

Also, because environmental stress reduces the energy level in a building it can actually prevent your feng shui from working in a worst case scenario. In a best case scenario environmental stress limits the effectiveness of your feng shui activations because feng shui works with the energy that's already in your building. If the energy is low or negative then the positve energy generated from your feng shui activations is having to counter this negative energy being created by the environmental stress. When you block this stress with dowsing you actually lift the energy level and then the positive feng shui activations are enhanced by the new positive energy in the building. It's a total win-win.

There aren't too many Classical Feng Shui Experts who also dowse here in the U.S. but it was important to me to learn both pieces because of the measurable difference in results and feeling created when dowsing and classical feng shui are used together. Don't take my word for it. See what my clients have to say by checking out my testimonials.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

High Rises, Feng Shui and Dowsing

A lot of my e-zine subscribers are managers of high rise buildings. High rises present their own set of challenges when it comes to feng shui because feng shui works with the energy of the earth so the closer to ground level your living and work spaces are the better your feng shui will work.
The higher you are off the ground the further ch'i (pronounced chee and meaning "energy") has to travel to reach the space. This means the higher you go in a building the harder it is for ch'i to reach you and the longer it will take your feng shui activations to work.

If you live or work in a high rise building try to get space somewhere between the 1st and 5th floor of the building. This is where you'll experience the greatest benefits from feng shui. The effectiveness is reduced by the time you get to the 6th floor and by the 11th floor you may feel that you're not experiencing any change because it takes so much longer for the energy to rise up and circulate through the building. You will still benefit from feng shui, however it's likely that it will take 9 months or longer to notice changes taking place.

Now, interestingly enough, stress caused by fault lines, underground water, electric outlets and interference from cell phone and satellite towers actually increases the higher you go in a building. So if you live or work on the first floor you may barely notice these types of stress in your environment but someone on the second floor may be very affected by it because the energy of this stress doubles from one floor to the next. If you live or work above the first floor you'll definitely want to get your space (or building if you can) dowsed.

Another reason you want to dowse your space is that this environmental stress reduces the effectiveness of your feng shui activations. The combination of slowing ch'i and increased environmental stress the higher up you go makes activating your feng shui pointless without dowsing first.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Sedona Vortexes

A friend of mine is moving to Sedona, AZ soon and I'm creating a feng shui plan for her home. Creating a feng shui plan for homes in Sedona is not like creating plans for homes in other parts of the U.S. because Sedona has a unique energetic characteristic -- it contains a number of positive vortexes of energy. When your home contains one or more positive vortexes or you are in an area like Sedona that's filled with them throughout the city then the feng shui rules change. If you're working with a feng shui consultant who isn't a dowser they won't know how to find these vortexes much less what they are and the feng shui plan you receive won't accurately reflect strategies to enhance that energy in your home or office.

Normally, places like bathrooms, laundry rooms and kitchens are seen as rooms that will "flush" the energy. If your Time feng shui analysis shows that there is negative energy in those rooms then that's beneficial because the drains in those rooms will "drain" about half of the negative energy for you without you even having to place a feng shui cure.

On the flip side of that, if your Time feng shui analysis shows positive energy in those rooms then that will hinder your ability to tap into that positive energy because 1/2 of it is being flushed or drained away. Even if you put a feng shui activation in your bathroom, laundry or kitchen you'll only increase the positive energy there by about 20 percent. Bummer.

But, if your bathroom, laundry room, or kitchen happen to have a positive vortex then you don't have to worry about the Time feng shui for that room at all because the uplifting energy of the vortex (depending upon how strong it is) will create positive energy naturally. When that is the case you could even set up your office in those rooms and do well. Who knew?

The positive energy created by the vortexes in and around Sedona, AZ create a positive energy field for everyone who lives there. The closer you live to one of these vortexes the stronger the energy will be for you. The caveat to living in a place like this is to know what kind of vortex you live closest to and set up your feng shui to balance out that energy so that you're life doesn't become too passive/introspective (yin) or too outgoing/aggressive (yang).

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Rising Cost of Happy Meals

Yesterday, I took my kids to McDonald's for a "treat" - a hamburger Happy Meal. Now, the last time I bought a happy meal it was $2.79 at the restaurant and this was just 2 weeks ago. The price has now gone up to $3.69 - almost 33% in less than 14 days! I'm not sure if their costs have gone up 33% with the price increase in oil. My guess is that the petroleum used in the plastic toy prizes is the culprit! I wonder if they'd give me a discount if we skipped the toy prize...

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Northwest Disaster Star for June

One of the schools of feng shui, called Flying Stars, deals with energy that changes monthly, yearly and every 20 years. This energy, called Stars, comes in 9 different forms: 4 bad and 5 good and they each carry their own special influences. The 4 negative Stars are Disaster, Conflict, Illness and Robbery. The 5 positive Stars are Wealth, Relationships, Career, Power and Fame.

During the month of June the Disaster Star "flies" into the Northwest. Now, in Space feng shui the Northwest represents Helpful People (like mentors, your boss, clients, friends, and other people you turn to for guidance or assistance). It also represents Travel. The Disaster Star in this area means that it will be more difficult to get people to help you and you could even find that contracts or partnerships that you thought were "locked-in" come undone or become very challenging. Additionally, traveling could be a major headache for you this month with problems ranging from delays to cancelled trips or even your car breaking down on a trip you are on.

On the plus side you can remedy the negative energy every month and activate the positive energy even further by applying the Flying Star activations and cures to your home and office. Just subscribe to Time Feng Shui for 2008 at and each month I'll tell you exactly what you need to do. It costs less than 2 lattes at Starbucks AND you'll have something to show for it when you're done.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Center Yourself

Everyone is so busy in their lives and with work that it's easy to get overwhelmed by circumstances and people that surround you every day. From where we stand it looks like everything and everyone is separate, distinct and operating in their own little world. But Feng Shui Masters will tell you that we're all one in the same. Although it appears that we are different because of the way we look and act we are actually all made up of the same Universal energy we're just expressing it differently.

That's why it's important for you to make time to do something that brings you back to this Universal center each day. Because of the work I do as a Feng Shui Expert and dowser it probably wouldn't surprise you to know that I meditate every day. It took me years to find the right form of meditation but it was worth it because it's made such a difference in my life. Finding the right "centering" exercise for you will bring you the same results, too. Whether you choose to do yoga, tai chi, qi gong, meditate, sing, exercise or read something that lifts your spirits take time to do this for yourself every day.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Summer with the Kids

My kids finished school for the year last week. While they'll be spending part of their summer in camp they'll also spend their fair share of time at home with me, which means lots of time for them to get on each others nerves. Whenever I approach a potentially challenging situation I always look at what I can do from the Human Luck side of things as well as the Earth Luck side and summer with the kids is no exception.

Obviously, finding activities to keep them busy is a must. We'll be swimming, going to the movies, doing crafts and take trips to the zoo. Those are Human Luck activities. Additionally, I'm being extra vigilant about what the Children/Creativity area of my home looks like by making sure that there is minimal clutter, spending time doing our crafts in the Children area of our home, which happens to be their play room, and making sure that area of our yard is set up for them as well. All of these things are good Earth Luck, or feng shui, strategies for keeping all of us sane this summer.

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