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There are five types of structures that we live and work in. All buildings fall into one of these categories. How is the type determined? Classic Feng Shui uses the ancient method of flying stars and overlays calculations from exact compass measurements of a building and date of construction. This creates the building’s precise energy blueprint. What’s revealed is an energy pattern that affects anyone occupying that space.
Wang Shan, Wang Shui is Chinese for good for mountain and good for water. Good for mountain means good for people. Good for water is good for abundance (example, money). Occupants are happy with their families and experience prosperity. Businesses have good people energy (employees and clients) and are affluent (don’t struggle for stature and wealth). This is the most desirable structure as you can imagine. It’s well worth the wait to find this building, or investment to build it.
Double Sitting means double earth. There’s double people energy, but lack of abundance. People living in these buildings get along, but struggle financially. They can experience career and financial problems. Businesses have happy employees, but may not be able to make payroll due to poor accounts receivables.
Double Facing means double water. Abundance is good, but at the expense of people. Occupants in these buildings have money to travel and enjoy material possessions, except no significant relationships to enjoy them with. Health issues can also surface. Youth in these buildings often are delinquent. Business is profitable, but employees don’t feel valued. Morale issues affect production. Know anyone who works in an environment like this?
Reverse means not good people or abundance. There’s always some sort of struggle; divorce, bankruptcy, foreclosure, business moving in and out, residences where people move every couple years.
Locked Building affects all the buildings above. These can become locked when they don’t have the elemental remedy to prevent it. Many Chinese refer to a locked house as an imprisoned house it restricts movement. People or abundance influences can become locked, or in rare cases both can lock at the same time. When a structure has abundance locked the flow of money to the occupants is restricted. This usually precedes a buyout or merger.
Occupants of a building that is locked on people will experience continuing health and relationship problems. It is very difficult to get pregnant in a house with a people lock. A business in a building with a people lock will have difficulty keeping employees and attracting new customers.
Timing is crucial. Classical Feng Shui uses the Chinese solar calendar (begins on 4th or 5th of February each year). All buildings experience annual (one year) locks and construction-cycle locks (20 years). Most families and businesses can survive an annual lock, but it’s difficult to survive a 20-year lock.
Millions of buildings locked or unlocked on Feb. 3, 2013, and will lock or unlock February 2014, each year. This explains why neighborhoods can start to pick up while others decline; or businesses that did poorly will start to experience success while others that have done well will start loosing clientele. This also explains money, health or relationship problems that occur in a cyclical pattern when you’re in the same building for years.
When you’re aware of the type of structure you’re in, and whether a lock is approaching, remedies can be implemented to ward off negative energy. Bad influences can be neutralized. We make choices based on the knowledge at hand, and there are influences that we can’t see or touch until they are upon us. Be proactive versus reactive. It’s a prudent approach to life and the economy. How can we help you to find a building that best suites your needs?
May you be exceedingly, generously, and joyfully blessed,© ~Diana
There are four generally-accepted approaches to determine sitting and facing directions:
■ The facing direction is determined by the facing direction of the building regardless of where an apartment or internal door faces (like into a hallway which makes the door face the building’s side wall). As an example, if the building faces East, everything in the building faces East.
■ The facing direction is determined by the main entrance of the building regardless of whether it faces a road or another building. As an example, the main entrance enters from the parking lot on the East side but the building itself looks South.
■ The facing direction of an apartment or room is where the door faces regardless of how the building is oriented. As an example, the apartment door faces North but the building faces East. In this approach, it’s believed that energy that enters from the stairs or elevator is brought into the apartment through the apartment door.
■ The facing direction of a building is determined by the side having the grandest view (most windows). In this approach, it’s believed the sunlight determines how energy enters.
Which is the correct? Well, let’s explore different types of buildings:
A traditional apartment building consists of five or fewer floors. Typically rental units are two or more to a floor and overlook a parking lot. In this case, the facing direction would likely be the facing direction of the building itself.
For multi-floor complexes such as high-rise buildings, determining the facing direction can be tricky. It’s likely that apartments and office suites have different facing directions than the building itself. To make this more complex, sometimes the building has a grand entrance or foyer with elevators facing a busy road that do not have the same facing direction as the building.
Feng Shui is about understanding your environment which starts with the geography. Buildings are man’s impact to Mother Earth, so they may or may not determine the facing direction. Start by observing your surroundings and the source of chi (or energy). Let me explain:
■ A building may have a parking lot at the entrance, but the drive comes off a side road. However the building has a busy road on another side. The busy road determines the source of yang (active) energy. This is its facing direction.
■ A house may be on a secluded street and face the road, but a busy golf course at its rear has most of the activity. The golf course is its facing direction.
■ A high-rise overlooks a busy street and the back of the building is on the ocean. Oceans are always in motion so it becomes the yang area and facing direction.
If it’s still unclear, you can usually determine the facing direction of an apartment building by walking around it. Locate the side with windows and the most exposed view. Which direction would you generally face when you are sitting inside the apartment? Normally the living room has the best view.
Determining the correct facing direction (and thus the sitting direction) is crucial to an accurate reading of the building, and understanding energy patterns inside it. Call us today with any questions at (866) 689-6891.
I’m looking out the window and see people in their yards … enjoying the sunny day, assessing cleanup from the winter, and thinking about plantings for the rest of the year. As trees and plants awaken, and birds and bees return, it feels like rebirth.
We can take cues from Mother Nature, and also Feng Shui. If you are going to design/plant a garden or change your landscape, do it right the first time. Ensure the design supports you and those around you, instead of deplete your energy (or even cause problems).
Something to think about is the larger the investment, the more advice you should seek. What I mean by that is a large investment warrants expertise (consult); whereas a small investment doesn’t require a consult. Start by asking your adviser what they would do for a double-sitting structure. Especially if you are planning a water feature, the adviser needs to know where it should go as well as where it shouldn’t go. Water can bring prosperity and abundance, and it can drain it.
For the do-it-yourself person, we have a tool to assist you and a workshop you won’t want to miss. Thinking about a green (and Earth-friendly) lifestyle? Here are some tips. In addition to Spring, there are lots of things to celebrate. Check out the monthly energy and this month's tips.
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As you know, Diana Garber has reinvented herself and her career many times. Part of it was to survive (more about that in her upcoming book – announcement forthcoming) but most of it was to thrive.
Before earning her place as one of America’s foremost Feng Shui masters, Garber lived a disciplined corporate life while simultaneously pursuing Feng Shui. As Vice President of a fortune 100 company, she oversaw 65,000 workstations and 2,500 servers. She’s worked command centers for the NY terrorist attack, Hurricanes Lili & Isidore, the Ft. Worth tornado, and more.
So why did Garber leap from corporate America into (her own) business, and how did she do it? Instead of searching for possibilities, she manifested them. Questions the host, Melin Isa, may ask include:
Well, Diana ... you called it months ago. Then during my personal strategy session there were things that I liked hearing, and there were things I found as interesting side notes. One of the global Feng Shui impacts you mentioned for the first of March was an escalation that could lead to war. Here we are -- Urkraine and Russia, and the rest of us.
If people cared enough to listen more about energy and its possible implications, couldn't we make different choices? Couldn't they see the puddle ahead and decide to walk around it? Has anyone asked for your input at the state or Federal level? Why don't more people get it?
You can count that I'll be back each year for your personal strategy sessions!
Dr. Marie Collart and I had known of each other for years, but last year we came together when she had me do an analysis of her home. At that time the dog she rescued from Hurricane Katrina was fatally suffering from hepatitis. We're happy to report that not only are doggies doing well, Marie is now engaged after 26 years on her own. Of course Feng Shui is one tool in her toolbox, and don't you just love it when it all comes together? Read her testimonial. God, I love my job!
I'm attending Marie's retirement party from The Breathing Association (they had results too), where she has served for 32 years. On the invitation is a quote she wrote and I just have to share. "Continue to RISK more than others think is safe, CARE more than others think is wise, DREAM more than others think is practical, and EXPECT more than others think is possible." Isn't that fabulous?
So join me in wishing Marie a wonderful next chapter, not only with her partner but with her adventures.
May you be exceedingly, generously, and joyfully blessed,© ~Diana
● 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.
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