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An ongoing theme of my newsletters is being present to what is right in the world. That sounds rather philanthropic and is typical of a dragon. But the key aspect is that it starts with what is right in your world. After all, it is human to ask, ‘what’s in it for me?’ That, for the most part, is what drives us. Do you agree?
Your world is my world. I sincerely believe in the concept that we are all one. So, there is an ulterior motive in my asking clients to keep a gratitude journal.
I say and believe that abundance attracts abundance, positive energy attracts positive energy, and what you put into the world comes back to you strengthened. But, a gratitude journal isn’t about receiving. It’s about gifting--give without expectation. Love delights in giving attention rather than attracting attention.
Gratitude—So, how does this translate when it’s receiving generosity or love — be thankful or appreciative. Every day acknowledge how blessed you are. Even during those times when the only thing you can be thankful for is knowing the Lord won’t ask you to handle more than you can take. We’ve all had those days, haven’t we?
My original request was before going to bed to write down at least one expression of gratitude. This could be for something that someone else said or did, or something you said or did. You asked for a bit of clarification, so here it is.
· Each day keep your eyes and ears open for acts or words of kindness. If someone did or said something nice to you, acknowledge the positive energy. If possible, do or say something nice back.
· Pay it forward (see the movie by the same name). What is pay it forward? Do or say something nice to someone else—keep the ripple effect going. The more positive energy we put out—the more of it there is in the world.
· In the evening make a note of these events. What more pleasant way to drift off to sleep than thinking of the things for which we are thankful.
Following are some examples from a gratitude list I made for my husband several years ago. We’re celebrating 25 years of marriage. Remember - It’s never too soon to say these things; but there may come a time when it is too late.
I’m grateful that you provide a home that encourages faith and religious freedom.
I’m grateful for your patience and have learned from you.
I’m grateful that you love our family and want the best for us.
I’m grateful for your friendship, imagination, and humor.
I’m grateful that you value my independence and encourage my growth.
I’m grateful for you dear husband.
My husband keeps his list in the medicine cabinet and sees it every day. Think of what this could mean to him on a morning when it’s difficult to get up and out the door. Would a reminder of how much you’re appreciated help? Don’t we all need a boost from time to time? Create your list whether it’s for a family member, friend, mentor, or even yourself. Acknowledge what you like about yourself and others!
Some of you may feel that starting each sentence with “I’m grateful,” is a bit much. Feel free to find your own style. For me the more I said I was grateful, the more the wording and intention was present for me. This became a gift for me too. However, one of the attributes of a good teacher is for their students to grow beyond them. So… succeed and share.
Yes, share what you’re grateful for by sending me an eMail. We’ll start a web gratitude journal. As Mother Theresa said, “let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier.” And, as my Mother said, “leave a place better than you entered it.” Let’s change the world together! Be defined by your generosity. Be the one who says positive things about others. Be happy for others in their good fortune.
● The process of maximizing our experience of an environment
● An environment that feels safe and secure.
There are several environments: Mind, body, home, work, relationships, mode of transportation, and so on. When it comes to the mind, body, and relationships - there’s input and output; in other words, positive thoughts and actions attract positive reactions. When it comes to love, being in love, and having others share our experience of it, Feng Shui is definitely a tool for your toolbox.
There are many types of Feng Shui. What most people think of when discussing marriage is the “love” or “marriage” area. That’s Western (Black Sect) Feng Shui. Some of what we’ll cover below applies to Western Feng Shui, and some of it does not.
We’re focusing on classic Feng Shui, which goes beyond a love or marriage area. In this approach, all areas affect love and marriage. As an example, the NW of a church, reception hall, or your home affects the head male. The SW affects the head female. North affects communication, South affects the heart, and so on. Because all areas affect love, and if you are blending a family, certain directions (and the energies there) affect children.
Classic Feng Shui works holistically and is more thorough. If any area is out of balance, love and/or marriage can be undermined. If there’s separation or divorce energy, it needs to be managed. If there’s affair energy, that also needs to be managed.
People have asked me for years how to maximize their engagements, weddings, honeymoons, and homes. This article provides a few useful ideas. The top six tips are listed here. There’s more detail provided later.
As you’ll read below, there are several considerations during your preplanning phase. Timing (date selection) is the number one tip as it has a ripple effect. Events that start on a good energy day are more inclined to stand the test of time.
2 The Wedding Party
Honor people’s personal energies and make the experience a win/win for everyone.
3 The Wedding Experience
Communication equals satisfaction. Create a plan; enroll others to help, then work the plan.
4 The Honeymoon
Select a location that supports both of you (based on tip number two). When you do this, pleasure and relaxation are enhanced.
5 Your Home
A Feng Shui consultation of your home is a gift that keeps on giving. The analysis produces an action plan which then can be addressed with your gift registry (remedies that may be needed). Ask for the right start to support your relationship, health, and success in life. We have hundreds of client testimonies that support this.
Similar to Feng Shui, life is a journey not a destination. You’re starting a life together. Remember to close each day by reflecting on what you’re grateful for. Even when there’s a breakdown, it leads to a breakthrough.
For preplanning, keep these additional tips in mind:
● It is said that anything worth doing is worth doing well. Regarding a date analysis, some people advise just on “wedding” dates. Some advise based on your Western-astrology birth date. Here again, our analysis is more complex and thorough. We consider dozens of factors so you can schedule with confidence (engagement, applying for your marriage license, travel dates for guests, when to have the wedding, time to start the ceremony, when to sign contracts, when to make deposits on services, when to have the reception, travel dates for the honeymoon, moving dates, etc.).
● Your ring’s design can be influenced with Feng Shui. One example is if you are an earth person and your partner is fire; earth is yellow, tan, brown, and square; fire is red, pink, purple, and triangle. You might select a ring with a square diamond in the center and triangle diamonds (or red gems) on the side.
● An eco-friendly approach could be rings with recycled or labor-free metals or gems. It’s always a good idea to have your rings cleansed before wearing them. Cleansing (or clearing) jewelry goes beyond freeing them of dirt. It’s a process of ridding them of energies. A ring that someone else tried on or wore has their energy. If the stone cutter (or person who sized the ring) was upset, that energy is in the ring.
● Ensure the location of the engagement party has good energy. If it doesn’t, there’s usually something that can be done.
● Location-site analyses for the wedding ceremony and reception hall are very important. Even when there’s strong negative energy, there’s typically a simple solution (and temporary since you don’t own the site). Keep in mind that good Feng Shui should be felt not seen. There should not be obvious trinkets or statues around. For more insight on location analyses see my blog All Buildings Fall Into One of These Categories
● Consider having the ceremony and reception at eco-friendly sites (earth and animal friendly). Use eco-friendly materials and decorations. At one wedding, instead of throwing rice we used grass and flower seeds. At another wedding instead of purchasing flowers, guests brought flowers to match the color scheme. Their originality was amazing (added to guests’ forethought and fun) and some were even home grown.
● Establish and follow a budget. Avoid shock and remorse that can diminish the after glow. Local vendors are an eco-friendly approach because they not only cost less, it’s better for the environment.
● Regarding photography, go digital. Upload the pictures to a website where people can purchase the ones that mean the most to them. It makes a difference when people are buying it themselves (versus an open pocket book). You can always choose to ‘gift’ them a picture or two.
● Explore an organic menu with your caterer. Again, that usually means locally-grown food which helps local farmers.
● The cake, like your rings, can be Feng Shui’d according to you and your partner’s energies.
Let’s explore the wedding party in more detail:
● The bride and groom each have their own energy based on birth date, time of birth, and location of birth. We want to honor your energies in everything we do (invitations, wedding colors, wedding attire, site selections, standing positions during the ceremony, food choices, gifts, music, seating selections, location of honeymoon, and we already mentioned rings and the cake).
● The bride and groom’s energy also determines their compatibility. Sometimes we choose partners with similar likes, and sometimes we choose partners that require more work. It doesn't mean it won’t work, it just requires more work. Feng Shui helps to smooth rough edges. In one case, dates were particularly challenging. Their elements were opposite so what was good for her wasn't good for him. The scope of the analysis (because of the complexity) required a search for each day over a two-year span, and then only produced five dates to work with. It was well worth the research!
● Also, when it comes to communication -- strengths and weaknesses are identified with our Friends and Lovers Profile Report. Then we can choose to acknowledge strengths and develop our weaknesses. This is key component for a long-term relationship.
● The bride and groom’s energy determine their individual sleeping directions. If they are opposite, a compromise process begins. Their energy also relates to their choice of home and whether they are undermined or supported.
● The bride and/or groom’s attire is a factor. An eco-friendly approach might be a pre-owned or inherited garment. In this case, a cleansing is in order.
● The wedding-party’s attire is another consideration. If (based on their individual energies) most of the party is fire (as an example), we may want to downplay the color red.
● When it comes to gifts for the wedding party, you can select gifts that compliment their personal energy; or you can simplify it even more … give them environmental donations (trees planted in their name, stars named after them, etc.).
Regarding the wedding experience:
● A wedding or reception location that has an excess of electro-magnetic frequencies (EMF) or geopathic stress can agitate people. Tempers flaring or people seeking excess during your special day are not pleasant experiences. Minimize these effects to be present to the joy and harmony this day reflects.
● If you plan to have an outside reception, flow and set up can be enhanced.
On the topic of the honeymoon, you know by now that timing, location, fun and relaxation are a dynamite combination. In one case, we helped a couple overt a typhoon!
As was mentioned, your home can undermine your relationship, health, and success; or improve them. Instead of items that go on a shelf for use once in a while, your gifts could manifest a better future. Now that’s a great gift and our services keep on giving!
There’s nothing like being grateful for your blessings:
● News You Can Use November 2012
● Blog ~ Gratitude
If, at this point, you’re thinking there’s too much to deal with … Feng Shui actually simplifies the process. It is our job to figure out details and present you with a plan of action. We hear, time and time again, this saved clients time, effort, and money. Do it right the first time and everyone benefits.
Our theme this month is energy management for the New Year. While being present to what’s important during the holiday season (faith, family, gratitude, and love), it’s time to wind down 2014 and transition to and gear up for 2015.
How does one get ready for something that doesn’t exist yet? Some say it’s predicting the future and for some that creates discomfort. I believe, instead, it is identifying trends and taking preemptive measures. Guess that comes from years doing disaster recovery and business continuity. Think of it this way -- do you watch the weather and decide what to wear that day? Do you change your investments based on market reactions? If gas prices are increasing, do you hurry to fill up your gas tank or order fuel for your home? Those examples are what this is – look at what is possible and suggest ways to be proactive.
What are the trends for 2015? Glad you asked! I spoke about this in October and the video is free for you to watch. Unfortunately, after speaking that day I went home to news about another school shooting (discussed in the video). My intention is to empower you and your future so I hope these insights and tips are help. From Wall Street to Main Street, to your kitchen table … the video covers the gamut including weather. The point is knowledge is power when it is shared, and I’d rather you have information (to make educated decisions) than not have the information.
Let us hear from you! What do you think about the video? What questions do you have? Did you apply any of the tips, and what are you noticing?
Merry Christmas! Gun Tso Sun Tan'Gung Haw Sun! Sheng Dan Kuai Le! Prejeme Vam Vesele Vanoce a stastny Novy Rok! Vrolijk Kerstfeest en een Gelukkig Nieuwjaar! or Zalig Kerstfeast! Joyeux Noel! Rehus-Beal-Ledeats! Fröhliche Weihnachten! Kala Christouyenna! Shub Naya Baras! Nollaig Shona Dhuit! Buone Feste Natalizie! Shinnen omedeto. Kurisumasu Omedeto! Sung Tan Chuk Ha! Maligayang Pasko!
Happy holidays, peace and joy to one and all!
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May you be exceedingly, generously, and joyfully blessed,©
Your Intuitive Concepts Family
During the holiday season we reflect on blessings, faith, family, and the future. The earth isn’t renewable, and future generations depend on us to take appropriate actions today. Here are a few tips on how to be creative as well as earth-friendly:
A client recent said: “I didn’t think my life would return to normal. I haven’t been able to concentrate or achieve my goals. Thanks to Diana’s help with Feng Shui, I’m doing better than I’ve done in years. I didn’t think it was possible to be here so quickly (6 months).”
During December there are observances for Human Rights, Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention, Preventive Health, Safe Toys and Gifts, Stress-free and Family Holidays, and much more. Clients attest to positive Feng Shui influences toward all these objectives. We can help you too!
Our theme this month is gratitude for a year of awakening, development, and success. I am grateful for YOU! Please be aware of this month’s energy which is a four month in a three year (wood on wood). This can cause conflict so be patient, count your blessings, and remember what this Christmas season is all about. The energy through mid-December is particularly volatile so be aware of your surrounds and allow yourself extra time.
You may want to (re)view the video about 2015’s energy, which the trends I spoke of have pretty much played out. 2015 goes through February 2016 (from a Feng Shui perspective), and if you're watching the news ... it's going out with a bang. I’m working on a video for 2016 and will post it soon. If you subscribe to my channel on YouTube, you'll know as soon as it's up. You can use the link above for that.
2016 is a two year which significantly impacts head females. The saying goes, when Momma ain’t happy … no one is happy – so stay tuned.
Trying to be environmentally friendly, here is my Christmas card to you. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
May you be exceedingly, generously, and joyfully blessed© this holiday season, always, and all ways,
Feng Shui Master
Isn’t this a glorious time of the year? Trees are bursting with color, giving thanks for life as they prepare to hibernate. All the colors remind me of how blessed we are, and how diverse existence is -- people, animals, the land, buildings … everything that being on Mother Earth affords us. And all those things are affected by Feng Shui since Feng Shui is about environments (home, work, travel, mind, body, spirit, etc.). Keep this in mind … manage your energy consciously, or unconsciously it manages you©.
Take this time to thank those who are in your life. Even if the relationship isn’t the best, it is a lesson. Every person you encounter is a brush stroke in your life. My philosophy -- life is a canvas, color me up!
How are you approaching Thanksgiving decorations? Here are some ideas:
In last month’s newsletter, I mentioned a new look for the website. It’s now live so please check it out and let me know your thoughts.
Place a 2016 personal strategy session on your holiday wish list. It’s going to be an interesting year, and you can be proactive to make it the best it can be.
May you be exceedingly, generously, and joyfully blessed,© ~Diana
Like many, I can't help but reflect on the events (and more importantly THE event) of 2011. I thought about attaching a picture, but it is burned in our memory. As one of many who served during the NY terrorist attack, the memory is still alive. My part seems small. I served in the command center for Bank One. Some of us moved to my home because it was so stressful, people wanted 'inside' updates, and we had to work through several nights.They didn't know I was an active Feng Shui consultant, so this was a perfect place to be.
The day began because one of my staff's parents was visiting NY and we were checking weather and events out of curiosity. Then the attack happened. For reasons I can't explain publicly, I dropped to my knees. For her, I was distraught; but more so because of a conversation I had with someone who managed the earlier bombing. I haven't written about it before for many reasons. Let me just express my extreme gratitude and love. Love to those who lost their life. Love to their family members. Love to emergency responders. Love to those of us who helped remotely. Love to those who felt the suffering and pain. Love! God bless one and all!
This is one of many reasons that I approach Feng Shui as a risk management tool. There are buildings that are higher risk than others. Depending on one's personal energy, they can be more vulnerable. Again, depending on one's personal energy - some are attracted to substantial companies. I'm not going to make this into a sales pitch. Sales is not my strength. What I want to leave you with ... is risk management. Manage your environment consciously, or unconsciously it manages you.(c) Love, Diana
Parents Day is celebrated on the fourth Sunday of July, earmarking an expression of gratitude and sense of thankfulness from every child to his/her parents. Parents are responsible for bringing us into the world, and for nurturing us throughout our lives. They teach us positive qualities and make us better human beings. They support us right from the time we are born to the time we leave this world. Parents Day presents the perfect opportunity to thank them for everything that they do and have done for us.
Parent's Day was formulated in 1994 by U.S. President Bill Clinton. He realized there was a Mother's Day and Father's Day every year. However, there still existed a void. There was no day which commemorated the efforts of parents together. President Clinton signed into law a resolution.
The fourth day of July then became our day to celebrate parents collaboratively. According to the Congressional Resolution, Parents' Day is established for "recognizing, uplifting, and supporting the role of parents in the rearing of children." The establishment of Parents' Day was the result of a bipartisan, multiracial, and interfaith coalition of religious, civic, and elected leaders who recognized the need for promotion of responsible parenting in society and uplifting ideal parental role models, especially for our nation's children.
Since its inception, Parents Day celebrations are encouraged worldwide. Parents are a source of hope, help, stability, and love for their children. They teach children important values like courage, integrity, compassion, self-reliance, reverence, and respect for others. Parenthood is a privilege which brings along with itself a lot of responsibilities. All the responsibilities are magnificently met by our parents and so it lies on our part to realize their hard work and give them a token of love. Utilize this day to express gratefulness and appreciation!
For ideas to celebrate and honor your parents, visit our Busy Dad’s Guide, Busy Mom’s Guide, or this parent's day website. These gifts that keep on giving.
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This Month’s Feng Shui Energy