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Happy Mother’s Day to all! Why everyone? Because in one
way or another you have parented, nurtured, mentored, or supported another.
From a Feng Shui perspective, SW represents head females (Mom and Grandmothers)
as well as motherhood. Look at your yard, house, and bedroom. What’s going on
in the SW? If there is clutter, clear it out. Use symbols (i.e., art) that
represent couples, family, and happy occasions. Treat the SW like the queen you
deserve to be! For guys, we’ll discuss NW (head male) in June’s newsletter.
Of course there is more to Feng Shui than symbols, art,
and clutter. What is the energy in the SW of your yard, house, and bedroom?
Does it support you? Does it support motherhood, love, and loyalty? One of our gift suggestions in this busy Mom’s guide includes a Feng Shui consult … a gift that keeps on giving in a significant way. Clients report improvement in all aspects of their lives … from remission to marriage to conception.
Another must have for this busy Mom’s guide is a color
analysis. Whereas Feng Shui looks at your energy
and suggests colors to protect it, Skin Perfect’s color analysis deals with what
I call ‘packaging’ (how we look). It goes beyond eye, hair, and skin tone
and addresses what really helps us look our best. I’m Bright Spring, and knowing that
color palette has saved me LOTS of money. I now know precisely what colors to wear
(clothing, nails, and lips). Even more, it gave me the courage to stop dying my
hair. Toxin free ... whoopee!
It all comes full circle. Jaclyn Peresetskey, owner of
Skin Perfect Image Wellness Spa, and I have had many discussions about how Skin Perfect's philosophy blends well with Feng Shui (flow out/flow in). Skin Perfect helps me with my image, and I’m helping them with Feng Shui (home, Spa ... and the NEW Studio which just opened on Bethel Road). We’ll be publishing before-and-after pictures (which are fabulous, darling) so stay tuned, but meanwhile visit Skin Perfect to see how they can help you do
more with what God gave you, and you'll experience it in a Feng Shui way.
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May you be exceedingly, generously, and joyfully blessed,© Diana
FENG SHUI FOR HEALING & COMFORT
Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC)
is pleased to collaborate with Diana Garber of Intuitive Concepts to offer Feng Shui for Healing & Comfort
workshops for RMHC residents. These begin September 13, 2016, and will be held
bimonthly on the second Tuesday from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. at 711 E. Livingston
Avenue, Columbus, Ohio.
During workshops, families will hear
about energy medicine (in this case the practice of Feng Shui) and how one’s
environment (such as living space) can challenge or enhance health, balance,
and comfort. Participants will learn about color studies; but Diana will go
beyond the use of color for wardrobe trends or for rooms – she will customize
workshops to address each patient’s energy colors
(personal colors that can boost each person’s well-being). Diana will provide
many tips for patients that can be applied immediately, as well as suggestions
for their return home.
Diana was recommended to us by one
of our donors (via physician referral and the donor’s family experienced
healing). As a Feng Shui Master, she is an expert in her field and is the only
Feng Shui practitioner to speak at a medical convention. Diana was the first Feng
Practitioner Member at the Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine; and has
consulted with several medical institutions (including The Ohio State
University Medical Center), physicians, and patients.
Residents, we hope you’ll join us for these informative
workshops. For more information about Diana Garber, please visit
IntuitiveConcepts.com. For questions about workshops, please contact RHMC
Family Activities Manager, Abigail Brummé.
Any information presented within these workshops is not meant to
diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. Please consult your physician.
case study on earth acupuncture is an ideal way to learn about the earth’s
energy- impact on us and our health. This client was referred by a physician
because they were experiencing ambiguous health and mental issues which included
fatigue, lack of motivation, indecision, upset, illicit activities in the
neighborhood, and neighborhood tragedies. The physician was addressing defined
symptoms at his office such as seizures and headaches. This is a good example of the patient goes to the physician, whereas I go to the patient. It's an integrative, holistic, collaborative approach to healing.
The patient and family were considering a
remodel so Feng Shui sounded like just the ticket. Little did I know what
was about to unfold.
think this was extracted from a mystery/horror novel or an attempt at creative
writing, but this is an authentic case that includes murder, suicide, and even
entities. You’ll see photos and precise drawings while we maintain
confidentiality for the occupants and location of the site.
study is being co-presented by Diana Garber and David Moore:
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.
As we enter the rest of the holiday season, we’re in for some interesting energy. Unfortunately leading into it, I wasn’t surprised to see the questionable behavior on the news regarding black Friday (people fighting). The second week of December is one that will try our patience and grace. Get prepared because this energy will hang around in one form or another until the middle of July.
Keep on giving & growing! I’ve provided some ideas for giving below, and they are gifts that will uplift and empower. Regarding growing, I started laying seeds in last month's newsletter because change is here whether we want it or not. If we’re proactive, the experience can be manageable if not enjoyable. If we’re not proactive, the experience can be uncomfortable if not painful. Do you prefer weights tied to your back or a warm blanket snuggling it? It’s like that. Manage your energy consciously or unconsciously it manages you.©
Think about who you are and patterns you’ve created to deal with situations or people. Are you surviving or thriving? When we’re in survival mode, we tend to see things more negatively because we’re in defense mode. When we’re in thrive mode, we’re dwelling in positivity and in offense mode. Make sense? Utilize the next six months to break habits and manifest breakthroughs.
I even see patterns with pets. When they need food or attention, they are verbal about it. When they are content, they’re quiet. They’ve created a pattern but when that pattern no longer works, they’ll create a new one. Well, we (as humans) have a choice to create a new pattern because of new knowledge rather than to just survive. How lucky are we?
Are you setting yourself up for success? Are your relationships healthy and happy ones? We have several workshops scheduled to help you. What’s the saying what we resist persists. Manage your environment consciously or it unconsciously manages you.© (2nd mention is intentional)
Weather is going to be tricky so prepare then go with the flow. Yes, I mentioned that last month and it bares repeating. Thanksgiving was somewhat pleasant, but the next couple holidays likely won’t be so consider this when making travel plans. If travel is unavoidable, have supplies with you, anticipate delays, and demonstrate grace when obstacles arise.
How can you keep on giving in a way that is particularly meaningful? Be prepared and help those around you be prepared. There are several ways to do that:
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And remember, what you put into the world comes back to you, so in giving you are also receiving. Happy holidays!
May you be exceedingly, generously, and joyfully blessed,© ~Diana
This Month’s Feng Shui Energy