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The Dance of Trust and Discernment

Posted by on Jan 24, 2016 in Clutter, Inspiration, Your Life | Comments Off on The Dance of Trust and Discernment

Trust, and our evolving relationship with it is an experience we all share. 


Enjoy this article from alum Laura Staley, from her January 2016 Blog Piece!
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Living true to ourselves seems to require deep self-reflection and periods of utter confusion: Who am I? Why am I here? What the heck just happened and what do I do now? Who am I in this moment? Swirling in a sea of change can create a storm of confusion and ambivalence. What anchors us to meaning, to purpose? Where can we find that when life turns completely upside down?

Trust is my word for 2016, and already life has presented experiences that have challenged and supported my experience of trust—what I think it means, and how it lives and breathes in my life as an actual experience. I’ve had the chance to reflect on what this word means and how it runs around in my life, anchors me to truth, or comes with me in my coat pocket. I have found, however, that trust on its own is not enough; I also need to bring discernment to the situations I face and the thoughts I have. As I continue to cultivate the capacity to discern, an empowering dance unfolds between trust and discernment.

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Letting Go of What you Love

Posted by on Jan 1, 2016 in Ch'i, Clutter, Eliminating Clutter, Inner Feng Shui, Terah, Your Life | 1 comment

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By Terah Kathryn Collins

For over 20 years, I’ve encouraged people to live with what they love and surround themselves with things that make their hearts sing. So what happens when the time comes to let go of things we love? I’ve been immersed in such a time for the last couple of months as Brian and I prepared to sell – and quickly sold – our home of more than a dozen years. Even when I took a break to visit Karen Abler Carrasco I was sorting things in my head…. and my heart…. It can be quite jolting to say goodbye to so many beloved belongings. Here are a few ways we made it as easy on ourselves as possible:

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EFS Tips: Closets, Drawers, and Cabinets

Posted by on Nov 11, 2015 in Clutter, Eliminating Clutter, Essential Feng Shui Tips, Inner Feng Shui | Comments Off on EFS Tips: Closets, Drawers, and Cabinets

Closets, Drawers, and CabinetsClosets, Drawers, and Cabinets

Inner Feng Shui

Each item in our closets, drawers, and cabinets has a tale to tell about why it’s still in our possession. Contemplate what each item is “saying” to you. Is it scolding you for gaining weight or being clumsy? Is it broken, torn, or something you never liked? Listen and learn from the things that “bring you down,” and once you’ve heard what they have to say, let them go. Now’s your chance to open up those closets, drawers, and cabinets, step fully into the present, your place of power, and let go of anything that doesn’t have nice things to say. In so doing, your self-respect will soar.

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EFS Tips: Closets, Drawers, and Cabinets

Posted by on Nov 4, 2015 in Clutter, Eliminating Clutter, Essential Feng Shui Tips, Feng Shui Definition | Comments Off on EFS Tips: Closets, Drawers, and Cabinets

Closets, Drawers, and CabinetsFeng Shui Definitions: Closets, drawers, and cabinets

Closets, drawers, and cabinets are often the clutter hideaways and stagnant backwaters of a home.  They can negatively affecting the flow of Ch’i throughout. The house may look orderly until you open a closet or drawer- then all clutter breaks loose! There’s no place to hide in Feng Shui!  The organization and pleasing arrangement of closets, drawers, and cabinets is as important as the organization and arrangement of your living room.

Please don’t be overwhelmed. Take it one spot at a time. Keep the items only if your answers are positive! If not, let them go, knowing the Ch’i in your entire home—and your life—will benefit (see decluttering guidelines).

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Hello October – A Shui Checklist

Posted by on Oct 17, 2015 in Alumni Speak, Ch'i, Clutter, Eliminating Clutter, Essential Feng Shui Tips | Comments Off on Hello October – A Shui Checklist

by Amanda Gibby Peters, Graduate and Practitioner

october is always a happy month. fall takes the spotlight, standing + delivering the magical abundance of this season’s holiday glitterati. so, before we nestle into our nooks for the sheer delight of it all, how about a few shui tips + tricks to mobilize these good vibes + keep the marvel of it all uninterrupted?


replace burned out bulbs + stock up on light bulbs for the long nights ahead. when lights are left burned out, we lose our own spark. and, honey, that spark matters. light is majorly symbolic of life force — which fuels our ability to connect with others, keeps our courage simmering, and encourages us to live with an open heart. so, step into the light + brighten up your space. illuminated rooms + homes draw real power. how’s that for easy magic?


it’s the time of year where we can quickly feel weighed down from the additional pressures of seasonal gatherings + shopping + daily upkeep. at that same crossroads, we often find ourselves in the attic hauling out boxes of seasonal decor. so, let’s power shui. revisit the attic’s contents while you’re up there + release what you can. a few mindful edits – do i want this? do i need this? – will have good cheer swirling around in a snap. trust me, this one endeavor knows how to shift the holiday frenzy into a season that is more at your leisure + less on your back.


house maintenance is never fun, but these pesky chores can become serious scene stealers if left unattended. so, clean the gutters of debris + dead leaves. leftover foliage represents dead energy sitting on a house — and metaphorically, that is two thumbs down. it’s an afternoon well-spent to clear this space, making sure everything is aligned properly and water can flow easily. oh, did you hear that? your house is exhaling at the thought of hollow gutters. and a happy house equals a better life for you.


you know all those photos on your phone + Instagram? how about a quick rearrangement of familiar framed photos with a few of your latest snapshots? your sweet family + friends’ faces on display will tell the story of good times, and that fresh vitality will get happy-gather-round-vibes bouncing in your home. plus, it gives company + guests a glance at your adventures + celebrations throughout the year. talk about delicious conversation!


while fall is undressing everything outside, it’s all a go-go for feathering our nests inside. look for textures and colors that suggest cozy embraces + comfy gatherings. and while you’re at it, rotate the couch cushions. doing this once a year adds life to your linens + furniture, keeping you from feeling stretched thin and saggy.

BONUS : as fall starts ushering us indoors, take a quick inventory of your wall space. are they empty or filled to the brim? maybe a few walls would LOVE a new layer of paint, or even a cheeky splash of color. whatever is happening at eye level represents RIGHT NOW. so, if the walls are empty, this might suggest a fear of commitment. do you feel a resistance about moving forward in life? hang something that speaks to the life you want. and if the walls are suffocating, you might benefit from a few clear breaths. take everything down, and leave the walls bare for a week. only hang back what you LOVE. in shui, a little here + a little there always adds up to a life you LOVE.


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Photo credits: Amanda Gibby Peters,

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Community Love: Wealth and Prosperity!

Posted by on Apr 20, 2015 in Bagua, Clutter, Essential Stories, Testimonials | Comments Off on Community Love: Wealth and Prosperity!

Love from our friend Casey:

Hey Terah & Liv: 

First of all, thank you for the webinar it was great! Your joke about the refrigerator-looking at it, wondering what was in it, then having to eat everything in it- made me laugh a lot!  I love the new word “ESSENTIAL-IZING,” it’s so much more empowering then “downsizing,” and makes me want to start doing things that I have definitely been putting off…LOL! 

Going forward I will definitely be taking pictures, and am bummed I didn’t think of it before I recently tackled my kitchen counters-but mine is a funny story even without pictures, so here goes:

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