One reason I love to communicate with you all via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) is because I get to learn new tips and tricks from YOU, my friends!
For instance, my new friend Rita Mehta wrote me about how Feng Shui can help with balance and healing (and can even help with cancer patients). A little background on Rita: she is an adjunct professor at Kean University, in Union, NJ who loves teaching community mental health and holistic health. Her students love when she teaches Feng Shui. Also, her father was diagnosed a few years ago with colorectal cancer. He did chemo, had radiation, and the family Feng Shui their home – today, Rita’s father is cancer free! I was immediately intrigued and wanted to learn more (given the fact that my mom, Litsa, is currently battling a stage four glioblastoma. Here is what she recommended for my mom (in addition to all doctor prescribed medications):
- yellow bedding – yellow represents healing. Make sure the headboard is firmly against a wall to represent stability. Add some plants – bamboo potted plants represent strength and flexibility.
- crystals – used for energy adjustment. Hang a round multi-faceted crystal ball from the ceiling over ones bed. These crystals are used to disperse negative chi = life force = prana.
- wind chimes – powerful way to attract clear energy. Brass or metal is ideal; sound is important. Listen for a clear, harmonious sound that you are attracted to.
- essential oils (for brain cancer) – arborvitae, clove, frankincense, and thyme. I recommend starting with frankincense. It will also help on a personal level from feeling separated to unified.
Before reading Rita’s other suggestions on how Feng Shui can bring balance to your life, let me say, THANK YOU RITA! I cannot tell you how appreciative I am of these tips. I love learning new tips and tricks, especially when it comes to potential alternative methods of helping cure my mom!!
Read Rita’s message below and prepare to be inspired:
“Feng Shui examines the relationship between the environment and human life. The literal translation feng = wind and shui = water. Wind and water exist in nature and they are natural elements that flow, move, and circulate everywhere on Earth. Wind and water are the carriers of chi = life force. Using Feng Shui, the goal is to attract and magnify chi’s beneficial flow.
There are many schools of Feng Shui such as Compass School, Landscape, Flying Star, etc… What I teach my students in Holistic Health at Kean University, Union, NJ is one form of Feng Shui based on subtle energy aspects (BTB). Feng Shui is over 5,000 years old. Intention and visualization are key. I invite you to keep an open mind.
Today, we will cover a brief overview. In class, students learn to reverse negative patterns and strengthen positive patterns to improve different areas of life such as health, family, relationships, career, etc… Students are surprised to learn how simple energy shifts performed at home change their lives.
It does not matter whether you live in an apartment, condo, house, rent or own. What happens when you invite a Feng Shui practitioner into your home? They will ask you for a floor plan and a personal biography. They will analyze your floor plan and hand sketched drawings. They will give you recommendations based upon the bagua = eight sided. The three most important areas we look at are your stove, your bed, and your desk. It is vital that the stove, bed, and desk are in good working condition. Clutter is critical. Energy moves through the front door. The goal is for chi to flow. Imagine the mouth of a river flowing down the stream. When you have too many objects or clutter, it will flow and disrupt the flow. Think of a river dam to a creek, clutter will slow down energy or may block energy from flowing to certain areas of your life.
What affects you most is what is closest to you. Your personal chi, your bedroom, your home, your yard, your neighborhood, your community, your country, etc… This is how I teach my Community Mental Health Class at Kean University. Mental Health does not exist in a vacuum. We are quick to blame mental illness on an individual level. It is not an individual problem. You exist in a family whether it’s your family of origin, college dorm, friends then it’s the block or neighborhood, your town, your county, your state, your country all impact your mental health.
Your front door is the mouth of the chi. This is how energy enters your home. It represents the way life comes to us in terms of possibilities. This subtle energy influences your opportunities in life and the amount of income generated. For example, if you live in a house and your front door is hidden from plain view, then you will struggle hard to receive opportunities the same way the chi is struggling to find the door. The foyer or the entrance into your space signifies the transition from your social persona to private life. The foyer allows you to transition especially if it is uncluttered and welcoming. Make sure the door opens to the largest part of the room, well lit, no clutter, and is colorful. It should represent who you are through books, artwork, etc…).
The ideal entranceway is inviting. What happens if the entranceway has contrary doors that open to the small of a room? This causes the chi to constrict. Householders may suffer from neck, shoulder, spine, and back problems because the chi is being squeezed. Head-related ailments such as headaches are common with this type of entranceway. If you invite a Feng Shui practitioner, they may recommend reversing the door by switching the hinges to the other side of the door and its frame.
This will allow it to open to the largest part of the foyer. You want to invite chi into your home. You want it to linger. What is the first room I will see when I enter your home? Chi- enhancing rooms include: living room, den, study, foyer. Chi will be uplifted and positive. To enhance this area, you may add Feng Shui transcendental cures or adjustments such as crystals, wind chimes, fish tanks, plants, and special mantras. Some rooms that deplete chi when first entering home and seeing it immediately are the kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, office, and game room. When entering your home, if the kitchen is the first room you see, you may be prone to stomach ulcers, digestive problems, obesity, and eating disorders.
Kitchen represents fire energy which can elicit anger and rage. It may cause disharmony and fighting amongst family members. If you are able to see the stove at first glimpse upon entering your home, you need to be careful regarding blood disorders and heart disease.
If you see a bedroom upon entry, it may contribute to depression, lethargy, and melancholy. A view of the bathroom upon entering the home may result in weakening of the bladder, kidneys, bowels. This in turn will affect finances, wealth, and other abundance issues.
For those of you who have a home office and that is the first room you encounter then your work chi will be stimulated. If you are a workaholic, it will be hard for you to separate your home life from your business. This may trigger stress-related illnesses.
Often if occupants enter through the basement, you may encounter a game room or card-playing room first. Your life may be filled with ups and downs in business and relationships. Occupants may suffer from high blood pressure and high blood sugar levels.
Does this mean you are doomed if the above rooms are first seen upon entering your space? No, there are specific “cures” or recommendations a practitioner will give you.
Think of the stove as generating energy for the home. It gives you nourishment. Your ability to get food comes as a result of you working outside in the world. The stove represents your public life, your career, and your ability to manifest your desires. As a result, the condition of the stove may enhance or reduce the chi of the home. The stove is important for all issues regarding health, finances, and wealth. Is it in the commanding position? A Feng Shui practitioner will examine the orientation and location of the stove and give specific cures or remedies. It is critical to keep your stove clean. According to Feng Shui, a dirty stove will result in depression and tiredness thus making it harder for you to earn money. Old food particles contain stale energy. You do not want to mix it with the chi of the new food you cook.
Your bed shelters, comforts, and gives you deep rest. It is energetically connected to you. You spend 1/3 of your life in your bed. Is there clutter in your bedroom? What is under your bed? Keep it clean and clear especially if you are not sleeping well. Do you have a headboard? It represents stability. Is it solid? What is it made of? Ideally, wood. You want your bed to be in the commanding position. Your bed contributes to your personal chi.
If there is illness, you want to remove the clutter and do an energetic cleaning of the space using essential oils, sage, special chants, etc… Live, healthy plants rising upward and flowers are a natural chi magnifier. Plants symbolize growth and are very healing. Be mindful of electromagnetic objects especially around your head. Avoid charging your cell phone in the bedroom. Aromatherapy will enhance the chi of a room. Lavender, cedarwood, frankincense, orange will help you sleep more soundly and deeply.
How does your desk position impact you? Is your career smooth, easy, and progressing? Are you struggling in your career with setbacks and problems? If you have a home office, try to keep the desk as far from the door as possible. This will allow you to see as much of the room as possible. Make sure the desk just like your bed and stove are not in the direct path of the door. What happens next? When a Feng Shui practitioner gives you specific cure, the red envelope mystical practice is invoked. It symbolizes honor and respect to your teacher. These envelopes are regarded as sacred. After a special meditation and blessing your intentions, it is placed under the pillow.”