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The Feng Shui of Cul-de-Sac Streets

Posted by on Sep 28, 2017 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

by Karen Abler Carrasco

When seeking to balance extreme or unique man-made features and spaces, I like to compare things to Nature’s workings when I can, to figure out what might be actually happening to the Ch’i in those situations.  Cul-de-sacs, those circular “dead end” street patterns in housing tracts, remind me of little lagoons off of the main stream of a river. These lagoons feel safe, and relaxed, and eventually kind of sluggish, as stream debris that floats on in does not circulate back out very easily. Eventually, these pond-like off-shoots can get a bit mucky and smelly, unless a good storm flushes them out. If they have a fresh creek flowing in to them from the shore, they can also get flushed out gradually.  

Here we have our natural model for the traditional the feng shui suggestions for balancing the ch’i of homes on cul-de-sac streets. While these street designs are safer for pedestrians and children playing in the street, the houses themselves can feel stagnant over time. Their front yards become neglected or cluttered, and the fortunes of their residents become cut off from fresh opportunities and growth. 

Using feng shui to remedy this, we attempt to mimic the flushing of natural lagoons with fresh water flow by bringing fresh “stream” movement to these front yards with the placement of a strong water feature there, or some other form of fresh, enlivened ch’i, such as lighting, bright color, movement and sound.

We also need to take a look at the effect of car traffic that flows in and out of these circular streets. In the US, where cars drive on the right, the entering car flow will be from right to left, so each home will experience ch’i flow across its front yard going from right to left, (when facing the house from the street.)  In order to capture some of this fresh moving ch’i, and slow it down to meander onto the property, objects of interest or height on the left side of the yard can “grab” some of this ch’i before it flows off the property. This captured ch’i can then be funneled up and into the home via a welcoming “people” pathway to a brightly colored front door or an attractive porch.

Where more privacy is desired out front, a beautifully designed privacy screen or tall fence with lighted gate will provide this, and then more ch’i enhancers will be needed inside the fence to generate fresh ch’i from Nature. Water or wind chime sounds, garden sculptures, bird feeders and baths, colorful flowering plants, meandering paths, comfortable seating, etc. will restore harmonious energy to the private space.  Also, whenever we choose to create privacy with fencing, usually in front yards to buffer traffic and to screen the “stranger” energy from the space, it is important to make the exterior side of the fence as lovely as possible, with space for street-side plantings and special details on the fence and gate, including street address numbers. This insures that the property is still viewed as approachable and welcoming, and friendly ch’i will grace the property and its owners. 

Good feng shui accomplished brings fortunate blessings to all.

 

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Posted by on Aug 29, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Become an Essential Feng Shui Practitioner

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Balance and Blessings

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Remember, Reclaim, Restore

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A Living Partnership

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Cherishing the Sacred Essence

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The Heartbeat of Creation

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Thoughts and Words

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Blessings Held

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Inner Pull

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Inherent Joy

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Flight Wings of Kindness- By Alumna Laura Staley

Posted by on May 1, 2016 in Alumni Speak, Inspiration | Comments Off on Flight Wings of Kindness- By Alumna Laura Staley

Flight Wings of Kindness

Strengthening Our Connections to One Another
by Alumna Laura Staley

I board a plane for a flight to Los Angeles from Columbus, with a stop in Las Vegas. I take the middle seat next to a man sitting by the window, and a young college-aged woman takes the aisle seat. I look up and notice in the aisle a man and woman who seem distressed. “I really must sit with my wife,” the man says, looking concerned and glancing around at all the passengers. He repeats this request two more times. The woman sitting next to me unbuckles, gets up, and moves to a seat in the back of the plane. I get up and move too, quickly finding an aisle seat on the other side, a row behind them.

The man looks at me with utter relief. “Thank you so much, Miss.” The fact that he addresses me as “Miss” fills my heart with such joy that I hardly process his gratitude, because it’s been years since anyone has referred to me as “Miss.” It was no big deal to move; I’m traveling alone.

During the four-hour flight, I glance over several times and notice that the man keeps his arm around his wife the entire flight. They cuddle while watching a movie on a phone he holds in his right hand. My heart fills with warmth as I witness this loving interaction. I feel happy that the young woman and I moved so they could have this experience.

Once I’m off the plane in Las Vegas, I make a beeline for the terminal where the gate for the flight to Los Angeles is located. I’m focused and intentional, hardly noticing anything except the signs guiding me to Terminal C. Arriving with plenty of time to spare, I see a Jamba Juice with no line. I place an order and hear a man’s voice behind me. “May we please pay for your drink, Miss?” I turn around to see this couple glowing at me. I’m almost speechless, with tears in my eyes.

“That is so sweet and yes, you may. That is so kind of you!”

“We want to thank you so much for giving up your seat so we could sit together. We recently got married, and this was our first plane ride together.”

“Oh, congratulations! That’s so wonderful!”

We hug each other and chat some more. We exchange business cards and the man takes mine and says to his wife, “She’s a feng shui consultant!” He knows how I help people! My fruit smoothie shows up on the counter and I thank them again, take it, and make my way to the black vinyl and stainless steel chairs at the gate. I’m so moved I almost cry. I think about how he called me “Miss” twice and it thrills me. I also have two revelations about my life in relation to the many kind strangers I have encountered: I love people, and I’m never alone in the world!

I remember Wayne Dyer talking about looking for opportunities every day to help someone, a practice he offered as a way to begin to reach beyond the ordinary and into the extraordinariness of life. It heartens me to think every day about the subtle flow of generous giving and gracious receiving happening between many people in the small moments of human interaction.

Scientists now know that giving, receiving, or even witnessing an act of kindness strengthens the immune system and increases serotonin, a neurotransmitter that regulates mood in the brain. This is great news for all of us. It can create a ripple effect, as people feel better after such interactions and choose to pay it forward. In this larger context, acts of kindness can be a path to wellness for the community. We don’t need to wait for natural disasters or human tragedies to connect with others with presence, kindness, and awareness. There’s positive energy and majesty in gentleness and simple acts of human compassion, and everyone benefits.

Here are some ideas of caring ways to strengthen your connections to others:

  • Open a door for someone.
  • Place coins by a parking meter.
  • Pick up trash in your neighborhood.
  • Ask if you can help a person who seems to be struggling with his or her groceries.
  • Allow someone to open a door for you, especially if your hands are full.
  • When people compliment you, thank them.
  • Ask a parent with young children if you can help, or offer words of compassion and kindness, especially if she or he seems to be having a difficult time. Parenting young children can be a really challenging job.
  • Roll a neighbor’s trash bin to the place it is kept on non-trash days.
  • Be kind and patient with all the people who support the flow of your life, including clerks, cashiers, and colleagues.
  • If you are in a bad mood, consider performing an act of kindness, because it has an excellent chance of shifting your mood in a positive direction.

 

 

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Juicy Living with Lilou and Terah

Posted by on Mar 22, 2016 in Media, Terah | Comments Off on Juicy Living with Lilou and Terah

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Posted by on Sep 12, 2017 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

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