By Madeleine Glick, 22-Mar-2013 01:38:00
It’s time for spring-cleaning. Although it may be cold and dreary outside, spring is just around the corner. We are going to begin at the entrance to your home. Walk through your home or apartment beginning right outside your front door. Many people accumulate clutter on their walkway outside their home. Recent Feng Shui clients had several potted plants on their front walkway. Left over from the previous summer, the plants all had dry, dead leaves and stems. Dead plants outside your front door are not going to attract positive energy into your life. Remember that your front door is the conduit for all the positive energy in the universe to enter into your home and into your life. We don’t want to block this energy flow in any way.
Here are some solutions:
1) First of all, throw away the dead plants and reduce the number of pots. Two is sufficient for an average walkway. Replace the dead plants with evergreens.
2) Protect your home from outside negative influences with a BaGua mirror
3) If possible, hang a wind chime right in front of the door. The ringing of the chime attracts beneficial ch'i (energy) into your home and your career sector.
4) Repair broken stones or steps so that your path is smooth. Now, you are ready to enter your front door, foyer, or hallway. Shoes, bikes, umbrellas, coats, etc… are common sources of clutter in this area. Many foyers are dark and narrow, and insufficient lighting can negatively impact the energy in your home.
Once you remove or reorganize the clutter, brighten up your entrance with lighting, Feng Shui Crystals , and mirrors. A crystal ball is a simple solution for a foyer because it enables both light and positive energy to circulate in your home. The Chinese often hang plaques to attract good fortune into their home. Cindy, a feng shui client, asked me to evaluate her architect’s blueprints for an expanded, remodeled apartment. I expected a spacious foyer; however, on the contrary, the foyer was narrow and included space on both sides for custom-made shoe racks. When I explained to Cindy that the shoes were better off in the closet, she revised the plans with the architect. Speaking of closets, the first comment from my feng shui clients is often: “Don’t open that closet door.” It’s very easy to just throw everything in your closet, especially if you are lucky enough to have a lot of them. My bedroom closet used to be full of clothing, much of it not worn in years. More recently, my local thrift shop has been the recipient of some great clothes. A good rule with clothing is – If you haven’t worn in three years, it’s time to get rid of it.
Now it is time for you to walk through the rest of your home. Keep in mind that your home is a reflection of your self and what you manifest into your life. If all your clutter collects in your career area (the front entrance) and you can’t find a new job, then it’s time to clean up. This concept applies to all the other areas of the Bagua as well. (Refer to the Bagua map for more details.) After you clean, spray Energy Clearing as you walk through the rooms to literally clear the air and lift your spirits. Hopefully, you’ll approach spring-cleaning this year with a positive attitude. If cleaning the entire house is too overwhelming, try my favorite feng shui cure for clutter: Throw away or give away nine things that you no longer use or need. Don’t forget to add your feng shui cures. A new job or a bonus might be just around the corner.
By Madeleine Glick, 28-Jan-2013 20:11:00
FENG SHUI COLORS
Color is an important element in both traditional interior design and feng shui. In New York City almost everyone has white walls. If you live in Spain or another country, you may be accustomed to more color in your interior. Actually, white has different connotations in Western and Eastern cultures. In Western culture, white represents purity and cleanliness. Brides wear white wedding gowns, babies wear white at christenings, and most Americans love to paint their walls white or off-white. However, in China, white is associated with death; therefore, white flowers at a wedding, or in your home, are not considered lucky or auspicious. Brides traditionally wear red dresses – the most auspicious color - in China. Cultural differences can also extend to personal differences.
In a good Feng Shui consultation, the consultant individualizes color recommendations to the individual – taking into account their astrology (which includes an analysis of their five elements.) Color recommendations should create a mood appropriate to the function of the room,and enhance or balance the person or people who inhabit that space. Naturally, in Feng Shui we want to enhance a client’s ch'i and luck with our color choices. The two most important methods of categorizing feng shui colors are: The areas of the BaGua and the five element colors. For the sake of brevity, we will discuss one color at a time. When I first started handing out my feng shui brochures, I received many phone calls. I should not have not been surprised, because I had recently added a beautiful cascading green water fountain with a plant to the “Family/New Beginnings” section of my apartment. (For more information on the BaGua go to Design Tips.) The fountain had a complementary combination of elements – both water and wood - in an appropriate section of the BaGua. The colors for this area of the BaGua are green or blue. The corresponding element is the wood element, which also relates to plants or the color green. When we see the first hint of a daffodil or grass in early spring, we are filled with optimism, hope, rejuvenation, and a sense of growth. Plants, including bamboo, are one way to increase this element. You can also wear green clothing or jade jewelry, such as our Long Life Jade & Pearl Jewelry or Marriage Charm Bracelet© . You can even think green in your aromatherapy selections. Spray Sacred Scents Relaxation , which incorporates green tea and cucumber, or use pine or eucalyptus fragrances in your space.
Finally, remember that color is light and energy. To experience the seven colors of the rainbow, hang a Feng Shui Crystal in your window on a sunny day. Positive energy and a rainbow of colors will fill your room and enhance your space. Feng Shui crystals are the most versatile Feng Shui cure because they are appropriate everywhere and can be used to accent specific areas of the BaGua or help with general energy flow.
By Madeleine Glick, 14-Jun-2012 13:06:00
Take this quick quiz to discover which essential oils and fragrances you need in your life right now! Are you looking for more harmony, a better job, an improved love life? This quiz can help you choose the right scent.
1. Are you surrounded by clutter?
2. Do you need to feel more energized?
3. Are you sad or depressed?
4. Do you have difficulty sleeping at night?
5. Does your living or work space feel uncomfortable?
6. Were there recently a lot of arguments, or is there currently tension in your home or office?
7. Do you feel anxious or depressed?
8. Could your love life use a boost?
9. Could your sex life use more sparkle?
10. Is your (lack of) income always a problem?
11. Do you spend more than you earn?
12. Would you like to get promoted at work?
If you answered yes to questions 1,2,4 or 5, try these scents from mjgdesigns.com: Energy Clearing Spray, or the following essential oils bergamot, lemon, orange, rosemary. peppermint.
If you answered yes to questions 8 or 9, try these aromatherapy scents from mjgdesigns.com: Love Oil, Asian Aphrodisia, Aphrodisia, Violet Incense, and Sensuality Incense, or the following essential oils: rose, jasmine, ylang ylang, vanilla, geranium.
If you answered yes to questions 10, 11 or 12, try these aromatherapy scents from mjgdesigns.com: Business Success Spray, Prosperity Spray, Money Oil, or the following essential oils: patchouli, cinnamon, ginger.
Please note that undiluted essential oils are not recommended. They may cause allergic reactions and photosensitivity in certain individuals. Always dilute with a carrier oil and try small amounts for the first time.
Let me know what type of aromatherapy products you would like to see in our product line. We will be introducing a love lip balm soon. Click here for our full line of Feng Shui Fragrances.
By Madeleine Glick, 16-Apr-2012 18:04:00
MJG DESIGNS uses the BaGua as the primary tool to evaluate your space. The BaGua is an octagon-shaped symbol with the trigrams (lines) from the I Ching, The Book of Changes, and the yin/yang symbol in the center. Placement of crystals, Chinese coins, and other Feng Shui cures is determined by the BaGua.
Think of the BaGua as a map of your life. When placed over your home or office, each area of your space corresponds to an area of your life. The BaGua is overlaid seamlessly over your entire home or office. The front of your home or office falls either in the knowledge, career, or helpful people areas. Always line up your front door with this area of the BaGua.
Your MARRIAGE/RELATIONSHIP/PARTNERSHIP Area is always in the far right corner of your home or office. Here are some ways to energize, transform, and attract new relationships: Fresh flowers - Especially pink ones (the color pink is most closely associated with this area of the BaGua.) Hang a pink crystal in the right hand corner of your home and your bedroom to harmonize the ch'i in your relationship. Feng Shui crystals can also be used in offices. Mirrors - Round mirrors are best in a bedroom and/or over your bed to create a harmonious relationship. Wedding Photos - Place them in the relationship area of your home and in the relationship area of your bedroom. Aromatherapy Fragrances - To spice up your love life, spray Aphrodisia , from Sacred Scents™ in your bedroom and on your body, use Asian Aphrodisia ,or use our Love Oil. For wedding ceremonies, gifts, or as a feng shui cure, wear our Marriage Charm Bracelet© & Earrings© - Wear daily to attract a mate or strengthen your marriage.
Design Tips for the FAME/REPUTATION Section:. The most powerful cures for this section of the BaGua are red! Red, a very auspicious color in Chinese culture, is also the color of the fire element. To give a boost to your reputation at work, hang a red crystal from the ceiling of your home or office in the far center portion of the space. The right Feng Shui cure can help you get that job promotion, greater recognition at work, or a raise! Other cures include: red flowers and red candles. A floral designer keeps a fresh bouquet of red roses in her reputation area to ensure a steady stream of work.
Design Tips for the FAMILY/NEW BEGINNINGS Section: The Family/New Beginnings section of the BaGua is located in the center left area of your home or office floor plan. Placing family photos and green plants in this area will bring more harmony into your family life, because these objects represent growth. A Feng Shui crystal is a fun way to accent this area. When starting a new business venture, a new job, or if you want to make a fresh start in your life, run a table top water fountain here.
Design Tips for the CAREER Section: The majority of my feng shui clients whether they are looking for a new job, a promotion or new business contacts, request career changes as one of their primary goals. Money is a concern of many people these days. When someone says to me "Where is my wealth corner?", my response is: Changing your career area in your home or office, will enhance your wealth. The end result of energizing your career is likely to be a new job offer or a promotion. The career area of the bagua is always in the front center of your home or office. If your front door is in the center then it is in the career area. The diagram above illustrates the placement of the career gua. The career gua is associated with the water element and the color black in Chinese Five Element Theory so many of the recommended feng shui cures include water. Appropriate cures to enhance your career, include: Feng Shui Crystals, mirrors, an indoor water fountain, a fish tank, and black design elements. Don't forget - a metal windchime placed over your kitchen stove activates your career as well. You can also hang one right inside your front door, such as the Yin Yang chime. Read our Testimonials for some examples of recent client's feng shui career cures.
Design Tips for the BENEFACTORS Area: Everyone wants more helpful people in their personal and professional life. The right contacts can make the difference between finding a job instantly and searching the help wanted ads for months. The Benefactor/Travel area can have other effects on your life as well. It is located in the front right area of your office or home. Barbara, a Feng Shui client, had an office that hadn't been cleaned in months. Her front door was in the Benefactor area. After I left her office, she straightened up and placed a mirror in the Benefactor area. The following week I received a call from Barbara. She was elated as she told me about winning a Free trip to California after buying a raffle ticket at a luncheon. She excitedly said : " I've never won anything in my life before." The ch'i was activated in Barbara's Benefactor/Travel area. Fortunately she also got a large order from a customer and was happy with the effect on her business as well. Feng Shui cures for the Benefactor area include: mirrors, pictures,feng shui crystals, plants and any other enhancement you can think of. The color most closely associated with this area of the BaGua is grey. Use this color in design elements or paint the walls grey.
Design Tips for the WEALTH Area : For many of my clients, their first question is: Where’s my wealth corner? This section of the bagua is always in the far left corner of your home or office. Many of the cures that we apply to your home are also appropriate in your office. First of all, be open to receiving whatever comes your way. One of the primary qualities of this area is receptivity. The flow of water from a tabletop fountain, or a fish tank, can produce a flow of money into your life. My neighborhood nail salon has two fish tanks filled with beautifully colored fish. A Chinese wind chime and fish tank are placed in the wealth corner of the store. The other fish tank protects the entrance. The steady stream of customers, in and out of the store, indicates that the fish tanks enhance and even help create a positive energy flow within the salon. Crystals, mirrors, bamboo and green plants, Chinese coins and a classic Feng Shui cure - the Chan chu or Money Frog are appropriate cures. Hang a crystal from the ceiling, like Joe (one of our clients). He landed a better paying job right after he placed a crystal in his wealth corner. Many MJG DESIGNS clients have already used some basic feng shui cures and are looking for new ideas. Aromatherapy products like Sacred Scents Money Oil , or Prosperity Spray will energize your wealth corner when used daily. Wearing a Wealth Bracelet or Chinese Coin Pendant are new ways to use Feng Shui Cures in your daily life. Wear your Feng Shui Jewelry as a good luck charm whenever you are seeing an important client. The best colors for your wealth corner are purple and red. A recent client said her daughter plans to paint her bedroom purple since that is the color of the wealth corner and she wants to make more money. Include these colors in your design choices and accents. Finally, don’t forget about your Career and Benefactor areas. Remember that everything in your home and in your life is interconnected.
Design Tips for the CHILDREN/COMPLETION AREA: This section of the BaGua is found in the right center of your floor plan. You can apply the BaGua to your home or office. In my home, this is my living room. In your case, this area may be a bedroom or some other room. The Children’s section of the BaGua is especially appropriate at this time of year, since it is about completion and the future. How many projects, both business and personal, have you started this year and not finished? If this sounds familiar to you, then you should take a look at this area of your home or office. Clear out any clutter and organize whatever needs to be organized. Free the energy in your space and in your life. Our children are often our hope for the future, but even if you don’t have children you can use this area to help activate your New Year’s resolutions. The color associated with this section if white. Use white or metal design elements. Hang a Feng Shui Crystal here to activate and harmonize whatever energy you want to attract into your life for the New Year.
Design Tips For the KNOWLEDGE/SELF-CULTIVATION Area: This section of the BaGua might very well be where your front door is located since it is on the left side when you enter your home or office (refer to diagram above for exact location on BaGua). Although the Knowledge area seems less exciting than your Wealth or Fame area, it is naturally important since your career and everything you do in life is influenced by the knowledge you have acquired. If you have children in school or are applying to college, then you definitely need enhancements here. One mother placed a Feng Shui crystal over a desk in the Knowledge area to ensure that her son got into the college of his choice. The Knowledge area of the BaGua is associated with the Earth element, which is characterized by a solidness and stillness and the colors black, blue and green. It is appropriate to have bookcases, papers, files and anything else that enhances your knowledge in this section of your home or office. If this area is in disarray, you may not be handling things in your life very well. Clutter in any area of the BaGua can cause blockages or problems with the corresponding area of your work or home life.
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