22/12/2012 – The World did not end yesterday… or did it?

2012 has been a big year with lots of challenges from a Feng Shui perspective. The different elements according to Chinese astrology has not been in harmony this year and there has been a lot of change happening in the world. There are other theories, such as the Mayan calendar, setting 21 December 2012 as an important date in the history of the Earth. Some say we moved into a new galactic era yesterday. Others say the ascension of human kind sped up. Some were expecting the Earth to actually cease existing. Others again claim that yesterday was just another day.

You can believe what you want around all of that.

Me, personally, I hope the world did end yesterday. The world that I see around me has got to change. I know it, I can feel it, we are bigger than this. This is not how we want it to be. We don’t want kids to die of obesity in their teens because they have no real food to eat. We don’t want other kids to die of famine because they have no food at all to eat. We don’t want our oceans to be so polluted that species after species die. We don’t want the last of the tigers in the wild to be extinct. We don’t want war. I really don’t think that that’s what we want. And still, this is where we’ve been. Hopefully up until yesterday.

What if yesterday was the end of the world? What if 21 December 2012 was the day when we turned a corner? When we woke up to ourselves and what we’re doing? What would that be like? What if today was the day we started with a clean slate?

I’ve been thinking that what matters now is this: we’re still here! And in my opinion we have an obligation to live our lives to the fullest. That’s nothing new really, that was the case before 21/12/2012 as well. What if now something has magically changed though, and all of that which you didn’t believe you could have before, now you know you can? What would you do? What would you dream and hope for? What would you create?

I believe that’s why we are all here anyway. To live our dreams. To experience, explore and expand. To learn, to grow, to keep looking and to have fun. To live the life of our dreams. To have a life bigger, better and more fantastic than we dared dream of at one stage or another. To continue our journey, being curious. To grow, to expand and to do good for the world and everyone living in it, including plants and animals.

We have a chance to make a difference, in a good way. To make sure that the world is a better place because we were in it. To do something lovely for others, and to do something that matters to us.

Go out there, live your dream, be the best you that you can be. Think big, dream bigger and expect miracles to happen.

My dream is a world where we look after each other. Where we love, honour and respect other human beings, as well as the animals, the plants and the Earth. We have an opportunity now to chose differently. To look at yesterday as a line in the sand. A line that we will never go back across again. A line that defines new values on Earth, new ways of looking at things. A world where we care. A world where we work together to set things right. To grow and eat healthy food. To clean up our waters. To save endangered animals and plants and to make sure this magnificent planet we can call home keeps on living and breathing.

I hope the world ended yesterday. I hope the world where greed, anger and separation ruled is no more. Dead, disappeared, gone – never to be heard form again. And I hope that we are born again. With new values, with new ways of looking at ourselves and our planet and that we strive to find a way to live together in harmony with all that is.

With love,
Sara

 

I hope we drew a line in the sand yesterday…

 

 

Feng Shui Friday – Inside Out or Outside In?

When you want to reach a new goal in your life, or you want to create change, do something different, experience something new… Where do you start? What is the best way to bring about what you want?

Do you start with your own thoughts and actions and from that find a supportive environment to bring about what you desire? Or do you put yourself in a supportive environment first, and from that start developing new thoughts, actions and habits?

Does change occur from the Inside Out or from Outside and In?

The way I see it, Feng Shui is an outer representation of your internal world. What you think, how you feel and your beliefs are represented in your surroundings. The energetic vibration you have within you will resonate with objects and places in your surroundings and you will feel drawn to, and at home with, energies at the same level as those within you. So in some ways, where you live is an external representation of your internal world. Something is drawing you to this home at this moment.

This creates great opportunities to learn from your current home. If you are financially challenged where you live, how do you feel about money on the inside? What are your thoughts and associations with wealth? If you don’t feel supported at work, or in your relationships, did you know that your home can be a catalyst for change in those areas?

For the best possible results using Feng Shui in your home, you also need to support these changes within you. This might mean you need to look at your beliefs around relationships and communication if you want to create a change in those areas, as well as making Feng Shui adjustments in corresponding sections of your home. It’s a little bit “chicken and egg-syndrome”. What comes first? The internal shift, or the external? I believe that it works both ways, and one can be a catalyst for the other. If you feel stuck in one area, create outer change to support yourself in moving forward. If you’re doing great and aligning your thoughts and actions, but not getting the results you want or expect, align your home with your goals and see your results increase.

So there is no one answer to the question I asked, it works both ways. I find this very reassuring. When I am stuck in a thought pattern that doesn’t serve me and what I want to create, I can bring about outer change in the corresponding areas of my home and without fail, I will experience a change in thoughts too. When I do things differently, my internal dialogue and the energetic vibration of my home will change. It’s all connected. After all, everything is energy vibrating a different frequencies. Make sure yours is resonating in sync with your dreams and goals.

Happy Feng Shui Friday!
Sara

 

 

 

Feng Shui Friday – “Good” and “Bad” energies

Everything around us is made up of energy resonating at different frequencies. Your heart has a different vibration from your lungs. A tree has a different vibration from a rock. The ocean has a different vibration from a pond. One room in your home will have a different vibration from another.

Personally I don’t like using the terminology “good” and “bad” when it comes to energies. I know a lot of people do. I am a firm believer that when it comes to energy it just is. It doesn’t have a “good” or “bad” intention. It just is. However I do believe that there are energies that do good and energies that have the potential to do harm. The energies where you spend time can be either supportive or unsupportive of you and what you want to achieve in that space.

If an energy around you is resonating at the same frequency as say your kidneys, this energy has the potential to affect your kidneys. If the vibration is out of balance, guess what happens to your kidneys? And guess what happens the more time you spend in that energy field? This is one of the basic principles behind geomancy and many studies conducted on how the energies from within the earth affects the human body.

There is also more and more research being done on microwaves and radio waves and the effect these frequencies have on the human body. That’s a whole separate blog on its own!

Back to the subtle energies within your home.

When I do my Feng Shui consultations I often find that people sleep in a perfect home office or work out of a great bedroom. We tend to use the rooms in our homes as they are labelled on the floor plan, or according to size. The master bedroom has to be the biggest one, right? Sometimes I come across someone who is sleeping in the best bedroom from a Feng Shui perspective even if it doesn’t make sense from a floor plan point of view. Always when I ask them they will tell me: “It just feels better sleeping in here” or “I could never sleep in the master bedroom”, or words to that effect. These people are connected to the energies around them, often without even realising it.

Some people are more susceptive to the subtle energies around us than others. Take myself and my husband for example. He sleeps well wherever we are, whereas I will toss and turn or be woken up by the tiniest sound if I’m in an unbalanced bedroom. So there are definitely personal differences to take into consideration as well. Some people will be more affected by the energy around them than others.

Working with Feng Shui my job is to make sure all areas of a building are resonating in harmony. I do that by recommending what room to use for which purposes and also any smaller adjustments that will bring balance to that room. Creating balance can be as easy as using a specific colour or ornament, moving furniture or changing the way the room is used.

If you feel that a room in your home is “off” in some way, try using it for another purpose. Swap your office and bedroom around and see what happens. Move your couch, use a new colour scheme, add some fresh flowers. Small changes like that can have a dramatic effect.

If you are worried or suspect that your home is having a negative impact on you, or if you can feel that this is the case, get a professional in to help you. Don’t wait or think that “things will get better”. You can save yourself much headache and problems down the track by addressing the issue now.

I recommend using a qualified Feng Shui consultant as your first point of call. Check their credentials, ask what schools they are trained in and where they got their qualifications. Question them around geomancy and if this is something they are familiar with. Are they trained in modern Feng Shui, will they measure EMFs (electro magnetic fields) during the consultation?

You can find a list of qualified consultants via the different self-regulating Feng Shui associations found all over the world. In Australia we have the Association of Feng Shui Consultants and International Feng Shui Association – Australia Chapter who lists Feng Shui consultants with proper education and credentials to help you. I’m a member of the AFSC and in the process of applying for membership in the IFSA as well.

Let me know if I can help you find a consultant in your area or if you have any questions on where to start creating balance in your home.

Happy Feng Shui Friday!
Sara

 

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