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January 17 , 2008

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In this issue:
• Feng Shui Article:
   New Year Intentions
• What We Got for Christmas:
   The Intention Experiment by Lynne McTaggart
   You Can Heal Your Life (DVD) by Louise L. Hay
• Feng Shui Q+A:
   When Efforts Don't Seem to Work


New Year Intentions

by Stephanie Roberts

As you've probably noticed, I've been taking a bit of a break from writing feng shui newsletters the past few months. But it's been on my mind to get back to it, and mid-January seems like a good time for that. The holiday rush is over, and most of us have been able to at least start catching up on the stuff that's piled up on our desks. There's also a good chance that by now our well-intentioned New Year's Resolutions have been nudged aside by life or something like it. The good news is that Chinese New Year is coming up in a few weeks so this is an excellent time to refocus on the goals, ambitions, and intentions you had in mind on January 1.

Coincidentally, we are also going through a Mars retrograde period according to western astrology. Mars is all about action, so when that planet goes retrograde (appearing to move backwards from our vantage point here on Earth) it's a good time to take a break from pushing forward and to re-envision, revise, re-create our plans for the next couple of years. Mars will be going direct on January 31st, followed by the Chinese Solar New Year on Feb. 4, and the Chinese Lunar New Year on Feb. 6-7, 2008 (depending on your location).

Chinese New Year is a great time to finish up those clean-and-declutter tasks you meant to get to by then end of the year but haven't quite finished. You will find some useful suggestions on how to tackle that in the archives, in 01/18/06 issue of this newsletter, available here:

Perhaps doing a thorough house-cleaning (or office clean-up) is more than you have time for these days. In that case, at the very least try to do one small area or one targeted action related to your primary goal for 2008. For example:

If you intend to LOSE WEIGHT, you could clean out your refrigerator and freezer. Throw out everything past its use-by date, and get rid of temptations. Clean the shelves, and toss all those half-empty condiment jars and bottles you're not likely to use. Restock with healthy organic produce and groceries. If time allows, tackle your kitchen food cabinets or pantry as well. If the kitchen is already in good shape, consider going through your closet to get rid of any "fat" clothes you are sick of wearing. I understand you need to keep some things to clothe yourself in at the size you are now, but do get rid of at least one large garment as a symbolic gesture that you are on your way to down-sizing all of your clothing.

If you hope to get a NEW JOB, it would be a good idea to go through your files and get rid of all the non-essential stuff that's still lingering from your past and current positions. You have to keep some things for tax purposes, of course, and there may be other items and files of genuine value that you will want or need to hold on to for valid reasons. Why not ditch the rest? The more you can lighten up your job-related possessions from the past, the more room you create for new employment opportunities. Keeping that in mind, this is a good time to go through your business wardrobe as well. How will you dress for that new position you have in mind? Are there clothes still in your closet from your previous jobs, that you no longer wear? Make room for progress by getting rid of the old stuff, and start thinking about what wardrobe upgrades a step up the career ladder might encourage or require.

If your goal is to PAY DOWN YOUR DEBTS, a good first step would be to clean up your desk or whatever area you use for household accounting and bill-paying. Making this a pleasant environment will help you maintain a pleasant outlook on your financial situation. Think of your financial debt(s) as a promise -- to repay -- that has not yet been met. In addition to committing to a realistic spending/saving/repaying plan, take a moment to think about any other types of promises or agreements you might have made that you haven't fulfilled yet. Do you owe anyone a phone call, email, or small favor of some kind that you haven't gotten around to? Did you promise your spouse you would take the dog to the vet, refill the birdfeeder, or pick up the dry cleaning but haven't done it yet? Cleaning up these little, non-financial debts will help shift your energy toward closing out the money items in the I.O.U. column of your life as well.

Remember that feng shui is about what you do in your space, as well as how you arrange and accessorize it, and take a symbolic action to get your new year off to an auspicious start.

Wishing you all a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2008!


Chinese New Year Sites and Pages

If would like to learn more about Chinese New Year, and how it is celebrated, Wikipedia's page is a good place to start:
Chinese New Year - Wikipedia

Those who want to know what the Year of the Rat might hold in store will find Chinese Astrological forecasts here:
Chinese Astrology 2008

If you would find a daily Chinese Almanac useful this year, look here:
Chinese Online Almanac 2008

And, for 2008 Flying Stars information, go here:
Annual Flying Star Feng Shui 2008
(When you get to this page, click on the diagram for specific "star" advice)


What We Got for Christmas
Santa knows that my husband and I are both voracious readers, so by Christmas afternoon the living room floor was littered with torn wrapping paper and our coffee table was piled high with new books to read. Our favorite title so far (we're still reading our way through the pile) is The Intention Experiment: Using Your Thoughts to Change Your Life and the World by Lynne McTaggart. If you are curious about what cutting edge science has to say in support of the power of your mind to affect "reality," you'll find this as fascinating a read as we did. It builds on Lynne's previous research shared in The Field: The Quest for the Secret Force of the Universe, which I also highly recommend. In feng shui, we frequently say that "everything is connected," and quantum physicists and biologists are proving it.

Also worthy of note is the documentary film about Louise L. Hay, You Can Heal Your Life. This well-produced DVD includes interviews with Louise (now in her 80s, and sparkling with vitality) as well as other luminaries of personal growth, health, and spirituality, including Dr. Wayne Dyer, Cheryl Richardson, Christiane Northrup, and Esther and Jerry Hicks, to name a few. The "expanded edition" includes a second disk featuring longer interviews with each of the guests, and ours came packaged with a beautiful, full-color edition of Louise's ground-breaking book. We loved everything about this 2-disk set, and are sure to watch it again and again. Although we have studied and lived these principles for quite a few years now, it's always good to be re-inspired by new points of view and interpretations.


Need help coping with clutter?

My Clutter-Free Forever! Home Coaching Program always becomes our top-seller this time of year. If you've been meaning to do something about your disorganized mess, why not start now? We introduced an ebook version of the program last year, Clutter-Clearing from the Inside Out, for those interested in a less-structured approach to the material. Details on both products are at:

"I have realized, this week, as a direct result of reading your material, that one can allow clutter to become a lifestyle. It can have a devastating effect on one's self-esteem…. I have experienced clutter as something that is out of my control, something that victimizes me. Perhaps that is why it was so difficult for me to get a handle on it. The notion that I create and allow the clutter has sunk into my subconscious, and has given me a completely new perspective on the problem."
~ Maureen Harmonay, Sterling, MA


Feng Shui Q+A

[Q+A Policy: I welcome questions by email, and am happy to clarify the basic principles of contemporary feng shui. Please note, however, that I do not review floor plans, comment on photos, or provide personalized advice based on kua numbers or compass directions. Q+A is not a substitute for a consultation or for learning the basics on your own.]

My family and I (I am married with four-year old twins) recently moved to a new city. After two incredibly miserable months here, I began reading books on being more happy, thinking if I changed my outlook, it would positively affect everything else. I also learned -- shortly after I became aware of the acute unhappiness in our home -- that the previous owners were on the brink of divorce, and I started reading up on feng shui. I am in the process of working through your book, Fast Feng Shui for Prosperity. I have also followed Karen Kingston's method for space clearing.

Before we lived in the house, our money situation had an ebb and flow cycle to it. Whenever resources got low, something always managed to show up. Here, however, money seems to be sucked up before we even have time to think about it.

I make daily, positive affirmations to the point of having a tennis match in my mind between "There is abundance in my life" to "What are we going to do?" I feel I have invested so much in improving our lives, and wonder what am I doing energetically to block the results I should be seeing from my efforts?

I'm sorry to hear you are finding your new home so challenging. The "tennis match" in your mind is part of the reason the improvements you are seeking are so slow to materialize. "There is abundance in my life" gets you headed in a good direction, but when your mind switches to "what are we going to do?" you step on the brakes.

It can be very difficult to remain positive when your financial situation is scary, but that's what you need to do. You mentioned that, "before we lived in the house … whenever resources got low, something always managed to show up." Draw on these past experiences. The most important thing is to spend as many minutes a day as possible in a positive feeling state. Remember how good it felt when "something managed to show up" in the past, so you can feel that again now and recreate that outcome.

I don't mean that you have to visualize all day long; just stay alert to your mood and thoughts. When you notice that worry has crept back in, make a conscious choice to think about something more positive. Maybe that's thinking about how much joy your twins bring you. Whatever puts a smile on your face. If you have not yet done so, I highly recommend the Abraham-Hicks material on the Law of Attraction. They are particularly strong switching your own vibration from feeling worried and anxious to "anything better."

I expect that feng shui would have helped to make some kind of improvement in your home. However, the more you focus on the downside of your experience, the more difficult it is for the feng shui changes you make to have a positive effect. Remember that YOU -- your thoughts, your energy, your feelings -- are a huge influence in the energy of your space.

I suggest that you sit down with a pad of paper and make a list of absolutely anything and everything that you like and appreciate about this house you are in right now. That might be as basic as feeling appreciation for having a roof over your family's head (rather than living out of your car, for example). Or maybe there's a nook in the kitchen where you enjoy having coffee in the morning. Ask your children and husband to add what they like about the house. Give yourself a week to make as long a list as you can, and keep adding new things -- no matter how trivial they sound -- as you think of them.

When your list is done, read your list aloud to your house (this is the kind of silly activity your kids will probably enjoy helping with -- let them shout and get noisy with it if they want to; have fun, laugh and giggle together). Then thank the house for supporting you and your family, for whatever time you live there, in peace and plenty and happiness.

And keep up the feng shui. Reread the Prosperity book; keep in mind the importance of locating a few key focal points in your home and make sure that what you see there is positive and pleasing.


Wishing you the best,

Hilo, HI  
Fast Feng  


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