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Pakistan’s Floods, China’s Landslides, Moscow’s Fires: What’s the Feng Shui?

As I turned the page of the Wall Street Journal, there were three articles on current natural disasters:  Pakistan’s floods, China’s mudslides and Russia’s fire.   So many natural disasters at one given time…I wondered if there was a feng shui message. The question when something so devastating as these is usually:  “Why did this happen? …

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Are You An Environmentalist?

Last week, good friends of ours invited my husband and me to a talk featuring actor, Ed Begley, Jr. and architect, Matthew Coates at the Seattle Town Hall.  It was titled “Leading the Way toward a sustainable future.” Mr. Begley is a successful actor and an environmentalist.  You can visit his website here.  He easily …

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Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs – To Use or Not To Use

Compact fluorescent light bulbs or CFL’s, are now being promoted as an easy way to conserve energy.  Compared to the regular incandescent light bulb using CFL’s can save up to $30.00 over it’s lifetime.  It sure sounds good.  So, in the beginning I went out and bought many CFL’s in different shapes and wattage.  It …

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In Form School Feng Shui, does the Energy of a Home Always Remain Constant?

Form School feng shui principles state, Form Defines Energy. Simply put, if the form changes then the energy changes. Let’s say you have lived in the same house for many years without remodeling, and the basic form of the house remains the same.  The energy within your home, is more or less the same.  But, …

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What To Do When You Must Let Go Of Sentimental Items

In Feng Shui, space is energy, therefore, clearing the clutter is an important step in creating new energy. Letting go of sentimental items is always very difficult to do. But sometimes circumstances do not allow us to keep them.  My 96 year old uncle in Honolulu was just hospitalized for several weeks due to pneumonia.  …

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How Can We Learn From the Na’vi in the Movie Avatar Who Follow Feng Shui Principles.

James Cameron’s epic movie Avatar was a real treat to the senses.  But what really resonated with me was the Na’vi on Pandora. The Na’vi live in harmony with nature which is true Feng Shui!  How they live and how they respect their environment was really inspiring. They talk about their spiritual connection “Eywa” which …

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What To Consider When Selecting Exterior Lighting

In feng shui, the exterior of your home reflects your image you present to the world. On a clear, sunny day it is easy to see the colors, shapes and landscaping of your home.  However, the exterior of a home looks very different depending on the time of day and season.  Here in the Northwest, …

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Interior Design Ideas for Placing Pictures and Art on Walls

We all have art that has meaning to our lives; from family photos to souvenirs from our travels.  They are reminders of who we are, where we have been, and what we love.  If poorly positioned, sometimes those meaningful images get lost on the walls of our home.  Just by improving the placement through simple …

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Tips to Freshen up your Home for the New Year

Bring in the New Year with new found energy with these inexpensive tips: 1.  In your entry way, pick up the dead leaves and sweep out the cobwebs 2.  Polish or replace your house numbers 3.  Replace your worn doormat 4.  Make sure your exterior lights are working 5.  Change your cabinet handles 6.  Freshen …

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