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"It is so simple to move your cell phone away from your abdomen when you're pregnant. Why not do it? There's essentially no downside to being cautious and protecting your baby." Dr Hugh Taylor, Yale University
One focus of current research is wireless radiation, also referred to as microwave radiation or radio frequency radiation (RFR). Wireless radiation is emitted by the myriad of wireless devices we encounter every day. It was once thought to be relatively harmless. Decades ago, when exposure thresholds were established, the thermal or heating effects of human tissue were the main concern.
However, we now know that wireless radiation can cause non-thermal biological effects as well, including damage to cells and DNA, even at low levels. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) of the World Health Organization (WHO) recently classified wireless radiation as possibly carcinogenic to humans, and numerous animal studies have shown neurological effects, including behavioral disorders, that may lead to long-term health consequences. All of this suggests that taking certain precautions around wireless radiation is appropriate for our most vulnerable populations, including pregnant women.
To read the entire booklet, visit this link. It includes scientific studies, as well as tips on how to reduce your exposure (and even discusses smart meters, streaming videos and playing games on phones, and WiFi). To read previous blog posts on this topic, visit this link.
May you be exceedingly, generously, and joyfully blessed,(c) ~Diana Garber, The Feng Shui Results Lady(c)
The National Assn. for Children and Safe Technology (NACST) is taking action after two recently published studies indicate there is sufficient evidence demonstrating exposure to wireless radiation, also known as RF-EMF, causes cancer. Wireless routers and devices such as tablets, laptops, baby monitors, and cell phones all emit this type of radiation.
One study sited a 3-fold increase in brain cancer with 896 or more hours of lifetime cell phone use. This affects our use of technology, impacts schools, and affects our homes and children. To read the entire press release, follow this link.
3/15/2015 Here is an UPDATE. This study found weak cell phone signals can promote tumors.
3/17/2015 What if the government led the way in reducing RF exposure? France is doing just that!
2016 is energetically a “two” year. That means it has a strong influence on head females (Moms, Grandmothers, and we as baby boomers), OB/GYN, digestion, spleen, and female body parts. Hmmm...Zika virus come to mind?
How does it impact us? When we're balanced, 2016 can bring about love, loyalty, positive implications for motherhood, teamwork, and health. When we're not balanced, adverse effects can seek us out.
How can you maximize opportunities and minimize risks? From Wall Street (global), to Main Street (U.S.), to your kitchen table (your home, your family, and you) … join us for an informative discussion and obtain tips you can apply immediately. Don't delay -- reserve your seat today!
Date: Monday, March 21, 2016, 6-8:00 p.m. Eastern
Course Level: Beginner
Recommended tools: You may want to take notes.
Credit hours: None
Workshop Fee: Free but registration is required. Visit this link, or for more information write Karen Townsend at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Location: Quest Conference Center, 8405 Pulsar Place, Columbus, OH 43240
Note: Recording devices (video or audio) are not permitted. Pictures are encouraged.
Angel Skillman, Public Relations Director for Journeys of Wisdom, was curious and so she called Diana, Master Feng Shui Practitioner, to get the scoop on Feng Shui. It was an enlightening conversation as Feng Shui is much more than decorating (which is how most people think of it), placement of furniture, crystals, and mirrors.
To start with, Diana is known for her former work with JP Morgan. She started her employ with Bank One (purchased by JP Morgan) on 8/8/88 and eventually managed business continuity and disaster recovery for their information technology (at its peak was 65,000 workstations and 2,500 servers … and all employees and buildings associated with them). She worked at the command center during Y2K, the New York terrorist attack, as well as hurricanes and floods affecting the U.S. What does Feng Shui have to do with business continuity and disaster recovery? “Everything,” says Diana.
Here’s how the interview unfolded:
1. You’ve been doing Feng Shui for over 30 years, and I heard you reached a crisis point in your life due to your health problems. This resulted in you assessing how you wanted to be remembered, and if you survived -- what you wanted for the future. At the time you wrote a poem, almost a pledge, would you share it?
This evolved during 18 major surgeries, and experiencing death twice. It’s part of my personal mission statement, and certainly a pledge. Thank you, Angel, for the compliment (that it sounds like a poem).
"If I live, I will … "
Live in possibility every moment
Be an agent of positive change
With God’s grace and support, create miracles
Do what's right (rather than what's convenient)
Be financially and emotionally free
Be wise (not righteous) and self expressed
Accept (not judge)
Be open to the contributions of others
Keep my "I love you"s in check
Be the light
2. Can you tell me a little more about how you discovered Feng Shui?
My start with Feng Shui was because I wanted to live. I had studied many alternative therapies, including naturopathy. You see, in addition to what we’ve covered, I had five pregnancies resulting in one living child (multiple full-term). For me, there had to be more than what traditional (and even alternative) medicine was providing. During the course of these tragedies, I lost my faith (temporarily) and was desperate for answers. It was when I started to implement Feng Shui that my life turned around. Feng Shui contributed to my life’s course change, and finding my way back from the darkness.
3. Life in the banking world must have been very different to the work you do now as a Feng Shui Consultant. Did you find the change difficult?
There are more similarities than most can imagine. When at the bank, I had to follow processes and procedures (which I helped to write). Especially that I worked with bank auditors and examiners, we had to test these to ensure they worked and modify them as circumstances changed (i.e., growth, risk factors).
Business continuity means you anticipate known factors and try to mitigate or avoid them. Disaster recovery means something has happened and you have to recover. By day, I would assess a situation according to approved policy. However, nights and weekends I would evaluate the situation from a Feng Shui perspective. It (traditional Feng Shui) is a look into the past, present, and future. I found confirmation of what was going on – which means we could have mitigated or avoided a crisis. Business continuity and Feng Shui are both proactive. Disaster recovery is reactive. It’s much less expense and demands much less effort to be proactive. We’re learning that lesson now (i.e., global warming, the economy).
The discipline of writing processes and procedures, as well as project management, was invaluable. That has certainly carried over to my Feng Shui consulting business. We have a manual of them: 1) To empower staff; 2) To provide consistency in what and how we do things.
Another thing that comes to mind are hours of work. I was on the Emergency Response Team, so was one of the first to be notified/dispatched when there was a crisis. It was common to work 70+ hours a week and be on conference calls at wee hours of the morning or through the night. Now as a business owner, it’s that and more especially that we work across time zones.
To the last part of your question – I had to do this (pursue Feng Shui), it was a calling and I haven’t looked back. I drafted a 10-year plan to leave the bank. It took courage to leave a steady pay check and benefits behind when I was just five years short of full retirement. This was a major decision that affected my family, and my husband understood. My Feng Shui business had grown to the point that I couldn’t be where and when I needed to be even with four weeks vacation. I truly feel that I’m still here on earth for this reason. To the best of my knowledge, all stage four (or worse) cancer patients that I’ve worked with have gone into remission and have quality of life (when they were told they would pass over). Now that’s confirmation!
4. Life has a way of presenting us with what we need. Do you think that is how it was with Feng Shui?
Interesting question. I’ve had many journeys, as most of us have, and all paths led to here. It is said that we’re here to fulfill our destiny. Feng Shui, according to many, doesn’t deal with destiny … but luck. Feng Shui is part of my destiny. Luck seems to have eluded me, and I still feel very blessed.
5. Gradually Feng Shui changed your life completely. In what way?
There are several ways. First, I’m here to share about it. Also, I have full-time career doing something that has a long-term effect. It helps many people in significant ways. Then there’s the cultural dynamic. It’s an honor to serve people of varying backgrounds and faiths … a reminder that we share one planet.
6. You now have an international Feng Shui Consulting Company. Can you tell me more about this and what type of clients you work with?
At one point I tracked clients by the countries they were in. Then it seemed easier to track continents. Again, it’s a reminder that we share one planet. Allow me to provide an example. I’m still on the United States’ Geological Service’s list for earthquakes above a certain rector scale. When something happens on one side of the planet, there is a reaction on the other. To make the point more personal, when you breathe or exhale, that affects others. I believe that when an office or home incorporates Feng Shui, the rest of the building or community benefits.
I work with all economic and social factions; anything from a housewife or stay-at-home Dad to boards of directors, to developers. No stone should be unturned; thus my goal is to change the world one business, one home, one person at a time. Every individual makes a difference, and affects the environment and those in it. Speaking of environments, there’s the environment of the mind, body, spirit, home, work, neighborhood, social network, school, the weather, and so on…that’s why I say Feng Shui affects everything.
7. When you do a consultation what is the first thing you do?
Interview the client. If a practitioner doesn’t understand the client’s circumstances and what their goals are, they are missing a wonderful opportunity. The consult (or more specifically the analysis) is a confirmation of what the client is experiencing. Many clients ask if their spouse called and asked me to say things, or if I interviewed a neighbor before the meeting. When it’s confirmed the client is experiencing what the energy says is there, then the analysis leads to a specific action plan. Being able to influence our surrounds produces hope. How many of us feel hopeless in today’s dichotomy? Well, there’s something we can do and it starts with a single step. Instead of being a victim of our circumstances, we can choose our reaction to it. My health background, as an example, affirms this – I could easily be in a different place.
8. Are there any requests for a consultancy that you least like dealing with?
A couple things come to mind. One is when a client is hoping for a rubber stamp (unconditional acceptance) for what they’ve done. The other is when the conversation of religion surfaces.
Let’s discuss the first example. Many times a client says they know a lot about Feng Shui and they’ve designed their project around that. It’s challenging to honor the fact they’ve researched Feng Shui, and yet I suggest a different approach that may not have the same conclusion they’ve reached. Just like in high school or college, book knowledge goes so far. It doesn’t necessarily prepare you for life and its circumstances. Book knowledge is a foundation to build upon but is not a substitute for years of experience.
The second example, people’s faith, is even more complicated. Traditional Feng Shui is based on science. I try to explain to people (who ask whether Feng Shui conflicts with their faith), that Feng Shui helps to create balance. When people struggle less, they have more time to practice their faith from a place of gratitude rather than scarcity. The point is to value all people of all faiths, or at least those who are open to exploration.
9. Can you give an example of a recent piece of work?
The client owns their success because they followed the advice they were given. They put it into action. When I think of a piece of work, it’s a collaboration. I ask clients for feedback rather than interpret it for them. After all, their experience is the ultimate measure. Our website has many testimonies and letters of reference on it. Clients are confidential until they chose to share their story, and we’re very blessed when they’re willing to do so. Three of them were featured in January’s Columbus Monthly. Several are also on our YouTube channel. As far as a recent piece of work, I’m working on a project now in Columbus. It’s a well-known business, affiliated at an international level, on a premier intersection in Columbus. A press release is forthcoming so you’ll hear about it soon.
As you know, I was hired by The Ohio State University in 2005 to look at a building they were moving a new venture into (an integrative wellness center). When I explained the energy of the building, they asked me to join their faculty (realizing that people’s living environment affected their health). A conservative institution like OSU being willing to embrace Feng Shui was significant. OSU is ranked 56th of the top 100 national universities in the United States by the U.S. News and World Report. To that point (and for the most part), universities place Feng Shui in the adult education arena, not as a course or medical offering. My application had to endure their credentialing process, and ultimately be approved by the Dean of the College.
I mention this because, as you’ve seen, I focus on case studies. Feng Shui needs to migrate from an esoteric art form to a legitimate methodology. I was excited to see the Italian conference focusing on science and case studies, and wished I could have attended.
10. Do you think the application of Feng Shui is becoming more necessary?
Yes, we have to get back to basics. What’s going on in the environment affects all of us. It’s our reaction to it that determines our future. The saying goes, ‘we did not inherit the Earth from our forefathers, we are borrowing it from our children.’ When I did grand rounds at OSU (educational form for physicians and residents), it was an audience to be reckoned with. I explained it this way … “If you take the human cell and place it into a nurturing environment, it survives and thrives. If you take the human cell and place it into a hostile environment, it struggles and sometimes dies. That’s Feng Shui!”.
We are, or should be, at a place and time where we want to co-create our health and environment. It is no longer a case of, ‘here it is, deal with it,’ but ‘what can I do?’ We are all responsible and accountable. The “they” mentality is what got us here. There is no they, there is only us. Feng Shui deals with the environment. As I mentioned, environments include the mind, body, and space.
11. How do you think the principles of Feng Shui could help alleviate the current International crisis?
Global warming? The economy? Politics? War? I can think of many … and it all goes back to one planet. We are ALL responsible and accountable. I would like to think the principles of Feng Shui bond us, yet even the Feng Shui industry struggles with this. There’s so much healing that needs to be done, there’s a place for anyone who wants to help. A first step, in my opinion, is to focus on our similarities not our differences. If there’s one thing I’ve learned, the more I know … the more there is to learn.
I hope, as a result of this exchange, that people think about continuity versus recovery. How can we alleviate crisis (whatever your interpretation – pain, struggle)? Identify risks, create a plan of action, work the plan, and rework the plan as circumstances change (called daily life).
12. Do you think there are an increasing number of people who are turning to ‘Alternative’ remedies such as Feng Shui?
Trends and statistics show this to be true. We’re more educated. We have unprecedented access to information.
13. What is your animal sign?
My stem and branch (according to my year) is water dragon. 2012 is the water dragon, so one would think that’s a great thing. 2012 has its opportunities and risks for all signs. It’s knowing where to be conservative and where to shine that makes the difference. At the talk on Sunday, I’ll give an overview but for people who want more specifics for them individually, I’ll conduct strategy sessions at my booth but the slots go fast.
14. What is your element?
According to traditional Feng Shui, I’m Zhen (hard wood). 2012 is hard metal, which chops wood, so there are risks to plan for.
15. How do you see your work with Feng Shui in the future?
I plan to change the world one business, one home, one person at a time. Governments are a good example. They run as a business and are made up of people. The future is unfolding, and this is an exciting time to be alive! Thank you for this opportunity, Angel.
The 2013 Universal Life Expo was held at Veteran’s Memorial in Columbus, Ohio, on October 12 and 13. We had a fun time and enjoyed seeing everyone. Thanks to all those who stopped by to say “Hello” and give us hugs!
The personal 2014 Strategy Sessions were a great success! We apologize that we sold out of appointments so quickly. We do, however, offer Strategy Sessions via telephone if you missed out! What are Strategy Sessions you ask? It's actually two-fold and covers Feng Shui and Chinese astrology. A Strategy Session with Master Garber reveals how 2014's energy will impact you utilizing the M & M approach. You learn if opportunities are surfacing, and have time to plan for & Maximize them. You will also learn what personal risks might be lurking and how to Minimize them. Please call the office at 866-689-6891 and schedule your session with Master Diana Garber. Strategy Sessions are $26 for 15 minutes and include information about your Chinese astrology and Feng Shui. How will 2014 impact you? Discover the risks and the opportunities that are in your path, and how to best prepare for the coming year.
If you missed Diana speak on Sunday about 2014, a Soft Wood Year and the Wood Horse, you can order the DVD from our website. It is our October special and will be on sale for $18 until the end of the month. The DVD explains the energy of 2014 globally, politically, and how Feng Shui will impact businesses and homes. Order yours today (while it is still on sale).
Thanks to all that participated in our drawing. We would like to congratulate our winner, Belenda B. She won a free Astrology Report from our website. Belenda has her choice of reports but you can order one too! Learn more about Astro-Carto-Graphy, Opportunities, Friends/Lovers, Child Star, or Spiritual Path reports.
Don’t delay! Feng Shui today!
In these challenging economic times, businesses and homeowners are looking for lean and mean solutions. As an example, the demand for quality versus quantity is why we’re more judicious about driving. Where once we would hop in the car and explore along the way, today’s gas prices incent us to be more focused … making each trip productive. While the cliché ‘thinking outside the box’ is similar to the definition of insanity (doing the same thing and expecting different results), it certainly applies today. One way to minimize effort and maximize result is risk management; in our case, combining it with proven classic Feng Shui principles. Thinking outside the box is exactly what we do.
I have over a decade of corporate disaster recovery and business continuity experience having been formally trained to assess risk (CBCP - MBA equivalent). Layer this with three decades of classic Feng Shui experience and you have a holistic approach to environmental management. Last but not least is a keen insight, what some call a strong intuition.
What is risk management? Think of it this way: If A and B are present, then C is likely. Take precautions against C, and the rewards are a more effective use of time, effort, and money. Have you ever had to recover from a fire, natural disaster, or family crisis? It’s devastating. Instead, you can choose versus react. Rather than respond to an incident, you can enjoy your life, perhaps even do more with less.
Intuitive Concepts analyzes the energy of the land, the building, and you in the space. This total assessment diagnoses what A and B are. There’s no guess work, no generic remedies. Think about your employees being more productive and collaborative; patients being more engaged in their healing better experience; and healthier and happier family members. All these, in and of themselves, produce a sizeable return on investment. Our clients report as much as a 500% increase in sales volume, clientele, or income!
Another aspect where we go above and beyond is with our clients. We get to know your needs (must have) and wants (discretionary). Then using project management, we help you define smart (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and timely) goals and objectives. Where do you want to be a year or five years from now? What steps will help you achieve that--mainly opportunities and challenges in your environment (mind, body, work, home, etc.)? And, how do we measure your success?
Do you agree with Forrest Gump? Is life like a box of chocolates … you never know what you’re going to get? Or, like Alice in Wonderland when she asks the Cheshire cat which road to take, he asks where she wants to end up. Not sure, how will she know it’s the right place? I equate these scenarios to value and, yes, even realism (even though the characters are fictitious).
We’ve covered quality versus quantity, but now I’d like to finish with affordability. This is a relative conversation; in other words what is a bargain to one is an intimidating expense to another. Clients time and again wish they would have hired us sooner. Some try to do the work themselves. Some hire other practitioners. Ultimately the path of least resistance is to do it right the first time. You can’t hide from risk. You can look it in the face and decide on a course of action, knowing you have a risk manager as a mentor. Create the future rather than respond to events placed in your path. Choose your legacy. Will you allow us to help you? Affordability -- you can’t afford not to!
While quality and affordability are sometimes in the eye of the beholder (and affected by the bank account), consider this grocery illustration. Four people have the same amount to spend on groceries for a week. Joe and Jane buy according to sales and what sounds yummy (quantity). Jack and Judy focus on ingredients for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for each day. Joe and Jane end up with five bags of groceries; whereas, Jack and Judy have three. Each day Joe and Jane open cupboards and the refrigerator wondering what to eat, and what they can make with what they have. Jack and Judy make lunches and dinners according to plan. Would you agree that Jack and Judy are more apt to have healthier and balanced meals? Isn’t it more likely they also have more time to enjoy their time together?
That’s what Intuitive Concepts provides—a prioritized plan of action specific to the energy you live or work in. That’s why clients report profound results. How are you going to find the time to do it free if you can’t find the time to do it right the first time? Unknown
You can’t afford not to hire us if you want to do it right the first time!
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