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“Life Altering” is the word that I awoke to one morning during the training. and that beautifully describes what this experience has been for me. I have not yet implemented any changes in my home but I already feel inspired more positive and more connected.

Love

Marie

Marie Vickers,San Diego

 

Amanda is an inspiration a living and breathing expression  of the magic of Feng Shui. Her knowledge, passion and love of Feng Shui permeate the entire training. The certification covered all the aspects of Feng Shui giving me the knowledge and confidence to be ready to start my Feng Shui business today. So that I can share and inspire even more people with this fabulous art.

Thank you much love and light

Patricia Lohan,Ireland

 

Loved the training very comprehensive and clearly explained. The manual well put together and detailed covering pretty much everything. I enjoyed every moment of the training and surprisingly the opening rituals its really became important part of my day and helped me to concentrate on what was going on. It is an excellent training that really reflected the world of Feng Shui honoring individuals and their environments in which we live. Amanda thank you from my Soul

Lisa O Hara,Ireland

I did not appreciate how much emotion the Feng Shui would bring up watching how the different elements of the course brought about different emotions in myself and people around me at the training. Doing the course has really brought home to me how important our physical surroundings are to our emotional health and well being. One can not work on our inner problems without being supported by our physical surroundings specially in the home

Many thanks

Love and hugs

KenMahon,Ireland

 

This training has been so empowering and I have the tools to apply to my life and the lives of others. I highly recommend the whole experience. Your teaching and guidance was so giving so patient and the experience will stay with me forever

Love

Sarah

Sarah Niaoidhe,Ireland

 

Amanda has a lovely generous flowing energy that makes it easy to learn and the time went too fast. cant wait to get going on my space.

Sarah,Ireland

Thank you Amanda for this wonderful teaching and sharing of your knowledge. This time together has been more than I could have imagined it would be. Feeling so blessed to be part of the Feng Shui world thank you so much

Fionnuala O’Callaghan,Ireland

 

Amanda Collins has an amazing abundance of Feng Shui knowledge and desires a wealth of complicated information in and easy going way. The training was 110% and exceeded my expectations

Deirdre O’Hara,Ireland

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Jun
14

Feng Shui and Chinese Medicine

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Classical Feng Shui is an ancient art and science developed in China more than 4,000 years ago. It shares philosophical roots with

Feng Shui creates harmony by connecting the seen and the unseen. It is a tool to examine the cycles of the stars, sun and seasons, using these explorations to support the vital connection of body, mind and soul to its environment. Feng Shui can be applied to any microcosm or macrocosm of our lives.  A small space such as a bedroom or an entire city can be designed and built according to these principles.   Acupuncture. Both are complex bodies of knowledge dealing with the movement of energy; Feng Shui reveals how to balance the energies of any given space to assure the health and good fortune for the people inhabiting it.  Just as needles are used in Acupuncture to treat the energy patterns of the body to improve the flow of energy and therefore your health, classical Feng Shui uses items made of the Five Elements: Earth, Metal, Water, Wood, and Fire to balance the invisible energies in your environment. Bringing the elements into our space also helps us reconnect with the natural order of things.

“Feng” means “Wind” and “Shui” means “Water.” In its simplest form Feng Shui aids in choosing the best placement for a home. Picking the proper site will ensure happiness by alleviating  problems such as excessive drafts or floods.  The ideal site for a home is like an arm chair.  The back and sides of the chair protect us form the wind, though a breeze on a warm day can feel wonderful and cooling. However when wind is powerful it can blow an entire village down.  Being close to water has been historically essential for survival; we drink it, clean with it, and being far from it can make life difficult if not impossible.  However, when water is too strong, it can creates the destruction of floods and tsunamis.  Living in a space with easy access to water, yet protection from it, will make a home less susceptible to disasters and provide an easier more graceful life.

As we know in both Western science and Eastern philosophy, everything is made up of energy. The theory behind Chinese medicine is that a living human body is imbued with chi (energy) which is fundamental for its healthy functioning. Feng Shui is based on the same belief.

Chi is the animating life force that is everywhere; it permeates all people, our homes and  physical surroundings.  Feng Shui illuminates this hidden force of chi and how the environment can affect us, both positively, and negatively.

On average, we spend eighty percent of our time indoors. When we walk into an environment that has good Feng Shui, we feel embraced and at peace.  We feel connected with our self, our body, our surroundings and the people within that environment. We feel connected with the natural elements, supported in all that we do. We feel that no matter what is happening in the outside world, when we step inside our front door, everything is okay. We are home. We are safe. And we are free to feel our emotions. How a place feels will deeply affect people’s responses at both conscious and unconscious levels.

A home with good Feng Shui feels in balance.  Life flows more smoothly, easily and brings you more peace. It raises the vibration by balancing the energy. It serves you and is organized exactly in the best way for you and your family to thrive—not just how you think it should be set up and decorated, but in a way that makes you love how it feels and puts a smile on your face.  Feng Shui is only used for the highest good in all situations.

For example a house that has been in multiple modern design magazines and photographs very well, may feel cold and austere, like a hospital or jail that does not support the owner in feeling relaxed or welcomed in their own home.

Chinese medicine has served its people well for thousands of years, succeeding in maintaining health, preventing and reducing illness in the Chinese and other adherents. Traditionally a Chinese doctor was paid to maintain their clients’ overall health and to prevent illness. It was expected that all clients of traditional Chinese doctors would incorporate all eight limbs of Chinese Medicine into their lives: Acupuncture, Herbology, Bodywork, Nutrition, I-Ching Astrology, Feng Shui, Exercise and Meditation. The principles governing all eight limbs are considered to be universal and have an intimate connection. These principles are based on the interactive nature of yin and yang, the dynamism of the five elements of water, wood, fire, earth and metal, and perceiving and accessing Qi (chi) quality and flow.

The Tao Te Ching also suggests using Feng Shui to maintain balance and well being in your life. Interestingly enough, Feng Shui is the only one of the eight limbs of Chinese Medicine that is not of the physical body but of the environment. The truth is that if we experience balancing in our physical body with acupuncture and herbs yet step into homes that are chaotic or messy, this will throw us back out of balance. Instead, having a home that is calm and peaceful will help us to rest, relax, and restore our vital energies.

When analyzing the energy blueprint of a home using Feng Shui principles we examine time and space. We read the building from the year it was built, to the direction and the exact degrees it sits and faces. We look at the surrounding areas such as the location of mountains and water, the proximity of freeways, graveyards, and so on. We then use calculations to arrive at a detailed analysis of the quality of Qi, yin/yang and the five elements. From this analysis we decide how to bring the building and residents back into harmony. In Chinese Medicine the analysis of the physical body involves checking the pulse, looking at the tongue reading the energy of the person. Again using the principles of Qi, yin/yang and the five elements.

The intention of Chinese Medicine and Feng Shui is the same, to bring good chi flow through the person’s home and body. Feng Shui teaches that your home is merely an outward reflection of what is happening on inside. It then uses the same principles of adjusting the quality and quantity of Chi, balancing yin and yang, and using the five elements to bring the person and home back into health and harmony.

The following are examples of how the home is an external manifestation of what is going on in the inside

•              Leaking faucets waste energy, and suggest abundance is flowing out of the home

•              Loose door handles suggest not having a firm grip on your health and life

•              Burnt out bulbs signal burning yourself out

•              Blocked drains reflect blocked emotions

•              Masks on all the walls usually mean someone is hiding something or who they

truly are

•              A cluttered home usually reflects being stuck in your life, and maybe having extra weight on your body, along with allergies and little energy.

When examining the home to bring it into balance, we look at what’s called the trigram map. These trigrams are associated with magnetic directions, the five elements and their corresponding colors, human personality types, body parts, related illnesses and numbers.

The Northwest Trigram is related to the main father/ husband in the home. It also has to do with the physical body parts of head and lungs, large intestines and the element of metal. If the person who lives in this house is experiencing breathing problems, we would immediately find out what is going on in this location of the home. Is there clutter? Is that direction or location of the building missing? Are there sharply pointed items in this location? Do the five elements need to be balanced here? All these things are blocking the chi flow or creating a negative energy and causing toxicity.

The Southwest location is related to the main woman of the home and the physical is reproductive organs and fertility. If a couple was trying to conceive and could not, we would again rebalance the energies, elements and creating a positive chi flow to this area. We can also do things according to the couple’s dates of birth, such as  put them in their best directions to sleep, eat and work. We would bring in elements, colors and symbolic items that will support fertility, and energy flow to start a family.

Both the body and buildings have meridian lines running through them. In Feng Shui we call them earth meridians and we use earth’s acupuncture to bring about balance in the environment. Again we would use the same remedies of five elements and three cycles of creative, reductive and destructive- to-creative energy flow in both temples. In Acupuncture practitioners burn moxa to get energy flowing, and in Feng Shui we use sage or palo santo.

In both Acupuncture and Feng Shui we view  energy flowing the same as we views the flow of water to promote a healthy flow in both home and body. A practitioner of Chinese Medicine might recommend a cleanse with herbs and certain foods to bring the body into balance, while in Feng Shui, the exact same suggestions are made to de-clutter the rooms, drawers, cupboards, and do a cleansing on the space.

Chinese medicine’s goal is to release Sha energy blockages in the human body because such blockages create disease; Feng Shui also releases Sha energy in the home to support sleep, digestion, and peace, qualities in the home environment that also promote health in the human body as well.

 

 

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How to Use the Luopan Compass

Luo means “a net that encompasses everything” and Pan means “utensil or plate.” This refers to the union between Heaven and Earth and specifically to the electro-magnetic field that holds all matter together. The Luopan has been developed for the past 2,000 years and every traditional Feng Shui master of note has added to it throughout this time.
Explaining the Parts of the Luopan

1. The Magnetic Arrow: The arrow points south

2. The Feather Dots: These are the two dots at the center of the dial; you can adjust them to align with the “T” end of the arrow.

3. The Number Representation: Although, not visible in the diagram to the left, many compasses have a ring with a dot pattern that represents the trigram’s numeric representation, e.g., South has 9 dots.

4. Cross Hair Alignments: The Red Cross hairs (in the photo above) designate the facing and sitting directions depending on which direction you face while holding the compass.
5. The Eight Trigrams: Various rings in the compass show the element, symbol and direction.

6. Western Alphabet Designations (A-X): These are used to specify the sitting and facing directions, within 15 degrees, in order to determine the gender of the sitting and facing numbers.

7. Compass Degrees: The outer most dial (very thin outside ring in the figure to the left) represents the Western compass degrees.

 How to Obtain an Accurate Compass Reading

1. Establish the sitting and facing directions of the building.

2. Remove all jewelry and any metal (i.e., belt buckles, etc.) that could affect the magnetic reading.

3. Stand outside facing the building at least 10 feet back from it; away from electrical power sources and cars or any other large metal objects.

4. Standing straight, with your body parallel to the building’s exterior wall, hold your compass at waist level.

5. Align the feather dots in the center of the compass with the feather of the arrow.

6. The vertical cross hairs (red strings) indicate the facing and sitting directions of the building and will have a corresponding western alphabet designation (A-X). Since you’ve already established the sitting and facing side of the building imagine your compass IS THE BUILDING so no matter which side of the building you are standing at to take the reading the vertical cross hairs will correspond to alphabetic direction that the building sits and faces.
7. Take several compass readings from different parts of the property until you are sure of an accurate one.

Take care of your luopan—it’s your best friend. Keep it out of extreme temperatures; do not leave it in a car. Keep it away from electrical sources. Store it in a horizontal position. Although it has not been scientifically proven, it has been noted that a woman’s menstrual cycle may affect a compass reading. Therefore, you may want to take a few extra readings to confirm that you are getting a consisting reading.

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 Clutter has a way of keeping us stuck in the past and not supporting us as we move forward in life. We hold onto things that provide us with a false sense of security instead of trusting that things will come to us as we need them. In fact, the less attached we are to things, the happier we are.

You will discover that after letting go of items you do not need, use or love, you open up to new possibilities. You will feel lighter, have more energy, and become aware of how all these items actually weighed you down.

Still, you may be concerned that if you let go of things, you will forget the occasion or the people who gave them to you. The truth is these memories will be forever in your heart.

One practice I invite you to do is to create an album or scrap book to hold photos of such items. You can date the photos and write a little note with the story behind the items. Then, instead of having an entire garage or house over packed with things you do not need, instead you will have a lovely little book to enjoy. After a time, you may even let go of the book. Such a process will unfold step by step.

Just because someone gave you something, you do not need to keep it. Perhaps the item was a gift or an inheritance. If you do not need, use or love the item, it becomes clutter. So pass it on and remember: What is the highest good for one is always for the highest good for another.

If you are keeping things “just in case,” that attitude may represent a feeling of lack in your life. Trust that everything comes to you exactly as you need it and stay light-filled instead of clutter-filled.

If you have items that are not serving you, let go, and see how everything will flow better in your life. You will have more time to spend with your loved ones instead of spending hours looking for things. You will feel more peaceful when your home looks and feels simpler, with less stuff.

When you think about clutter, think also about your wallet, for this is the place where abundance flows in. There needs to be space there as well as in your car’s glove compartment and the boot; these spaces relate to how you journey through life. Your computer desktop and email inbox are one of the forms of communication in the world. Check to see if your phone has contacts that you no longer need?

Other simple ways to keep clutter to a minimum involve checking in with yourself while shopping. Before buying, ask “Do I really need or love this?” Then, every time something new comes in the door, let something old go out.

Schedule time to clear the clutter as it will not clear itself. You can make the time fun by having friends over to help, by playing music and being certain that you are not angry while clearing. In that case, you may let go of things you did not mean to!

Prepare and organize by having bags or boxes ready—one each for recycling, charity, trash, and gifts for others, wherever you feel is the best place for these items to go.

Be truly honest with yourself as you clear. What are the reasons that you are keeping any item? Do you keep this just in case? Because you are going to fix it someday? Because you spent a lot of money on it? Because it was a gift? Because you inherited it? Because it is left over from a previous relationship? In fact, these are good reasons to let go of the items!

 Please remember: “Rome was not built in a day.” Clutter does not have to be cleared all at once.


But when you do clear, let these questions become your special mantras.

Do I need, use or love it?

Am I keeping this for my highest good?

 

 

 

 

 

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START A NEW CAREER YOU WILL LOVE!!!!

Join Amanda Collins for the Feng Shui Master Certification in Ireland her homeland for 6 days going deep into the knowledge of Feng Shui.
Training held at the Amber Spring Hotel Gorey, Co. Wexford, Ireland

The training will be held May 19th-24th 2014 from 9am-5pm

Price 599 €

To sign up please contact Amanda Collins

amandacollins.me@gmail.com

Ireland number: (053) 942-8174

What you gain from attending the Feng Shui Master Training

You will receive all the information to get your own Feng Shui business started as well as all the materials needed

You will be part of the International Feng Shui School alumni/ family where we have monthly classes, on-line support with all the previous graduates sharing there knowledge and experience.

 

You will receive a free listing on the International Feng Shui School web site.

 

All the resources from how to start your business from A- Z from Web designers, business coaches, how to register your domain name.

 

This class will be fun, empowering, you will meeting over amazing people and create some life long friendships

 

You will receive certificate of completion from the International Feng Shui School, on completion of the training you will have a level of confidence to go out in the world and help improve peoples lives why earning a fantastic living. During the training you will have hands on training together we will go an Feng Shui a house bringing all the knowledge that you have learnt to take out in the world to start your business right away.

 

Amanda will be teaching you everything she has learnt over the past decade from leading Feng Shui Master from all over the world, numerous trainings and running a successful business Feng Shui consulting for fortune 500 companies to thousands of residential clients

During the training Amanda will share with you how she found feng shui and knew it was her life’s purpose and then turned it into a career that earns me and my family a rewarding income. It is her true passion and honor to inspire, educate and support you to be the best Feng Shui consultant you can be and to go out in the world improve people’s lives by creating supportive environments.

How this will benefit your life

  1. This Feng Shui course will help you become the master of your own life.
  2. Improve health, family, love, creativity and prosperity in your life and the lives of others
  3. Being a Feng Shui Consultant is one of the most rewarding and personally fulfilling professions – really making a difference to people’s lives.
  4. Being conscious of your environment, making sure your home is a reflection of what you would like to manifest in your life.
  5. This Feng Shui training will be one of the best investments you will ever make – not just of financial benefit but an investment in you – knowledge you will have and use for life.
  6. The classical Feng Shui methods in this training have their basis in natural science and these ancient systems that have worked for over 6000 years.
  7. You will develop confidence, intuition and understanding to enhance your own life as well as the lives of others.
  8. You will learn all the necessary skills for success in the growing market for feng shui consultants
  9. How to pick the perfect home for yourself or a client whether buying or renting a house or an apartment
  10. 10. On-going support when working with large or complex projects.
  11. You will learn how to run a successful business.
  12. Know how to build or remodel a house with amazing Feng Shui.

 

Who should consider doing this Feng Shui Training?

  1. If you always wanted to learn about feng shui even just to enhance your own life.
  2.  People who want to become a professional Feng Shui Consultants earning up to 150 -500 Euro per hour and you will be ready to consult with clients from day one
  3. Students who have received training at other Feng Shui schools and who now wish to learn advanced techniques.
  4. Enhance your current profession as an interior designer, architects, landscape designer’s, real estate professionals, home stagers, professional organizers, light worker, acupuncturists and practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine and life Coaches.
  5. You do not need to have any prior Feng Shui knowledge to take this training.

 

Training outline:

Day One

  1. Classical Feng Shui
  2. History of Feng Shui
  3. The different schools of Feng Shui
  4. Making sense of Feng Shui in the western world
  5. East West Theory
  6. Yin/Yang
  7. The Nine Flying Stars
  8. Five Elements

Day Two

  1. Introduction to the Lo Pan Compass
  2. The External Environment, including streets, other buildings, neighbors, land and property shapes and location
  3. The Eight Trigrams
  4. The Internal Environment
  5. The External Environment
  6. The Luo Shu
  7. Furniture alignment
  8. How to calculate your own personal best directions
  9. Case study

Day Three

  1. Yin/Yang Patterns
  2. Spring Establishment
  3. Construction Cycle Chart
  4. Bldg Construction Year Charts
  5. Floating the Sitting & Facing #’s
  6. Form Feng Shui
  7. Case study

Day Four

  1. Architecture and Floor plans
  2. Landscaping with Feng Shui
  3. How to create a Healthy and natural Home
  4. How to find create attract your soul mate using feng Shui
  5. Understanding Electro Magnetic Fields
  6. Case study

Day Five

  1. Color Theory
  2. Office and cubicle Feng Shui
  3. Artwork and Feng Shui
  4. Nursery feng Shui
  5. Feng Shui for fertility
  6. Clutter Clearing
  7. Space Clearing
  8. Home Blessings
Day 6
Doing a Feng Shui Consultation together
Using Feng Shui Secrets to Sell your Real Estate Listings Fast
Living a greener and healthier life
How to create an altar
How to conduct a business and residential consultation
How to create you’re Feng Shui Business, your professionalism, ethics, confidentially, peer and community support
How to market your feng shui business, how to write bids, pricing, advertising packets, how to have your clients for life.
Grounding and protecting yourself before a consultation
Practicing feng shui professionally

 

If you feel a desire and calling to learn about Feng Shui and help people it can be the most rewarding and fun career, there are so many amazing opportunities from Feng Shui for large corporations to residential clients, doing celebrities homes, writing a books, doing a feng shui TV show, making a line of DVD’s or CD’s teaching, feng shui product development, an online store, a retail store even franchising.

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Because you spend more than 80 percent of your time indoors, your home must be supportive and nurturing. When you enter your home, you should feel your spirits rise, for your home is the outward expression of your inner life. Your home should reflect the life you want to live.

Do you want to attract love?

Then dress the home as if you are already in a loving relationship.

1. De-clutter

The first step in Feng Shui is always to make your home clutter-free. To attract love, you should get rid of anything from past relationships—gifts, photos, love letters, anything with an old love’s energy on it. Otherwise you are holding on to that person. Let him or her go to free up your life for love.

2. Clear Out

Create an open space in your closet for a future partner’s things. Add eight empty hangers to say “I am welcoming you into my life. I have space and time for you.” Make room in your drawers, too, creating equal space for your belongings and your partner’s. Give unwanted items to someone who needs them, or to a charity, or to a recycling center, always honoring the earth as you decide where such things to go. Avoid giving clothing to friends, so you will be free of seeing your castaways and keeping that energy in your field.

3. Pair Up

Arrange bedroom items such as nightstands and lamps in pairs. Display artwork that suggests romance and intimacy. Anything that does not serve the bedroom’s function of offering rest and romance should be removed; this includes photos of friends and family.

4. Like with Like

Within those pairs, organize items of similar size; if one lamp on a nightstand is much larger than another, this will create an imbalance in the relationship. Whatever you do on one side of a pair, do the same on the other, even with nightlights and plants.

5. Give Electronics the Boot

Your bedroom is the key to creating a sacred home that welcomes the love of your life. Televisions or exercise paraphernalia do not belong there, and electronic equipment should be placed in your office. Such items in the bedroom make relationships appear to be about hard work, not about rest and romance.

6. Color Matters

Earth tones are soothing and grounding for attracting relationships. Then you might add small accents in the red spectrum, such as pinks, maroon, or berry. Try to create a room that is neither too feminine or too masculine. Find a nice balance so both persons will feel welcomed and honored in the space.

7. Bed Position

Assure yourself that you are supported in life and love. Your bed should be positioned so there is enough space to walk on either side. You should not sleep in line with the door but should see the door from your bed. It is best not to sleep under a window or have the bathroom on the other side of the headboard.

8. Size Matters

The size of your mattress is important! If you are single with a single mattress, you will stay single, while a King size mattress doesn’t encourage romance either. Queen size is perfect for love. It is best not to sleep on a mattress from a previous relationship; if you must, give it a clearing with some sage. Remove clutter from under the bed so energy can flow freely.

9. Remember the Rose Quartz

Rose quartz is the gem for love, compassion, healing and romance. Place two pieces on your nightstand; carry the gem in your purse or car. As jewelry, allow your gem to rest on your heart.

The southwest corner of your home is the area for love. Place two pieces of rose quartz or two peonies—the flowers for love and romance—in that area of your home

10. Start with Yourself

Treat yourself lovingly every day and do not wait for someone else to. Use your best bedding of satin or silk and wear your best underwear and nightgowns. Light your candles; buy yourself flowers. To attract love, you need to be, first of all, completely loving with yourself. Be in that vibration of love in order to receive it.

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Boost your vision board with the power of Feng Shui.

The Vision Board is an amazing tool to help align you with your deepest wishes and to inspire love to manifest in your life. You can create this powerful tool from images, words and the concepts of Feng Shui to join the power of Feng Shui with the Law of attraction into one dynamic board. Before you begin, sit quietly to meditate and envision your goals and dreams. Be truly compassionate, loving and authentic with yourself during the process of creating this sacred board. Even the process itself will bring clarity about your intentions and your self-knowledge.

What you’ll need

  • Cork board/poster board
  • Scissors
  • Magazines from travel, business, real estate, yoga
  • Glue/sticky tape
  • Computer and printer

Creating a vision board based on the Feng Shui principles

In Feng Shui, your home is divided into nine sectors called the Bagua Map. This map is an energy blueprint of your home and can be layered over your vision board to add more power to it. The map will boost the energy of each goal as you are directly relating it to the relevant life area. The areas of the Bagua begin at the top center section and move clockwise from there.

Creating your Bagua map

Top middle: Fame, recognition and how you share your light with the world

Upper right corner: Love/marriage, all relationships in your life

Mid right: Children, creativity, inner child and fertility

Lower right: Helpful people, travel, synchronicity

Lower middle: Career, life’s journey following your bliss

Lower left: Knowledge/self-cultivation, personal growth, meditative area, peace

Middle left hand: Family and community, deepening connection

Center: Health, unity and self-love

Upper Left corner: Wealth/prosperity and abundance

As you come out of your meditation, you are ready to create your board. Go through your magazines and tear out images that resonate with you. Your vision board might change as you are making it, so don’t become overly attached to certain images. Trust the divine process and know that what you attract is exactly what your soul needs for it evolution.

Amanda Collins

Add inspirational words specific to your goals. Words are very powerful; they turn ideas into action. The words should be written in the present tense and be positive. Have fun while creating your board. If specific pictures call to your imagination, search the Internet for the perfect image. When you feel deeply connected to your vision, your soul and your purpose, choose your favorite images and lay them on the board aligned with the your Bagua map. Eliminate any images that do not excite you. Add a beautiful, radiant picture of yourself to the center. As you create, feel your entire being open and align with your intentions.

Hang your vision board where you’ll see it everyday and allow the messages to go deeply into your subconscious. The wall across from your bed would be powerful placing as you’ll see your vision every morning and each night. Keep the board private from those entering your home, as you are planting seeds and until the roots are strong, it’s best to keep these tender shoots close to the heart and let the magic begin!

Amanda Collins will be teaching the Feng Shui Master Certification in Ireland in May 2014. internationalfengshuischool.com

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Feb
11

Feng Shui for Valentines and love

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Because you spend more than eighty percent of your time indoors, your home must be supportive and nurturing. When you enter your home, you should feel your spirits rise, for your home is the outward expression of your inner life. Your home should reflect the life you want to live.

Do you want to attract love?

Then dress the home as if you are already in a loving relationship.

The first step in Feng Shui is always to make your home clutter free. To attract love, you should get rid of anything from past relationships— gifts, photos, love letters, anything with an old love’s energy on it. Otherwise you are holding on to that person. Let him or her go to free up your life for love.

Create an open space in your closet for a future partner’s things.  Add eight empty hangers to say “I am welcoming you into my life. I have space and time for you.” Make room in your drawers, too, creating equal space for your belongings and your partner’s.  Give unwanted items to someone who needs them, or to a charity, or to a recycling center, always honoring the earth as you decide where such things to go. Avoid giving clothing to friends, so you will be free of seeing your castaways and keeping that energy in your field.

Arrange bedroom items such as nightstands and lamps in pairs. Display artwork there that suggest romance and intimacy. Anything that does not serve the bedroom’s function of offering rest and romance should be removed; this includes photos of friends and family.

Within those pairs, organize items of similar size; if one lamp on a nightstand is much larger than another, this will create an imbalance in the relationship. Whatever you do on one side of a pair, do the same on the other, even with nightlights and plants.

Your bedroom is the key to creating a sacred home that welcomes the love of your life. Televisions or exercise paraphernalia do not belong there, and electronic equipment should be placed in the office. Such items in the bedroom make relationships appear to be about hard work, not about rest and romance.

Color matters too. Earth tones are soothing and grounding for attracting relationships. Then you might add small accents in the red spectrum, such as pinks, maroon, or berry. Try to create a room that is neither too feminine or too masculine. Find a nice balance so both persons will feel welcomed and honored in the space.

Assure yourself that you are supported in life and love. Your be should be positioned so there is enough space to walk on either side. You should not sleep in line with the door but should see the door from your bed. It is best not to sleep under a window or have the bathroom on the other side of the headboard.

The size of your mattress is important! If you are single with a single mattress, you will stay single, while a King size mattress doesn’t encourage romance either. Queen size is perfect for love. It is best not to sleep on mattress from a previous relationship, but if you must, give it a clearing with some sage. Remove clutter from under the bed so energy can flow freely.

Rose quartz is the gem for love, compassion, healing and romance. Place two pieces on your nightstand; carry the gem in your purse or car. As jewelry, allow your gem to rest on your heart.

The southwest corner of your home is the area for love. Place two pieces of rose quartz or two peonies—the flowers for love and romance—in that area of your home


Treat yourself lovingly every day and do not wait for someone else to. Use your best bedding of satin or silk and wear your best underwear and nightgowns. Light your candles; buy yourself flowers. To attract love, you need to be, first of all, completely loving with yourself. Be in that vibration of love in order to receive it.

These simple changes say that you are ready, that you invite the love of your life into your life.

Amanda Collins

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Home truly is where the heart is. That’s why it’s so important that your home is nurturing, supportive, safe and makes you feel like you’re getting a great big hug when you walk in the door. No matter what’s going on in the world outside, once you step inside you should be completely relaxed and able to connect body, mind and spirit. When you implement changes in your home, you will notice that your life is also transformed instantly, dramatically and permanently.

The Solar Year begins February 4, 2014 ; and with it the transition from the slow moving Water Snake to the wood Horse representing freedom, movement, love and success

The Wood Horse year represents a time of triumph, spontaneous adventure, academic achievement,  business success and romance. It is an excellent year for travel. Horse year is about freedom, movement, returning to nature, and enjoying life. Energy is high and all your work will be rewarded. Its important to act fast in a Horse year. Make the decisions that you have been holding off on. If you are not feeling 100% confident about decision, then don’t do it. Overspending is easy in a Horse year so be mindful with that. The Horse year, it’s easy to make decisions to fast, make sure to take sometime to reflect before making decisions.

Horse have reins for a reason…if you feel the need to gently pull on the reins to slow down please know that you have the choice and power to do so. Take some time out in nature and slow down when needed and before its needed, don’t wait to fall off the horse before doing so.

The horse year is considered a fortunate year. The Magical Horse has supernatural powers, think of unicorns, Pegasus. The Chinese horse has its presence on the ground and is a helper to man, being of service. How do you plan to be of service this year of the horse? How would you like to give back?

The horse supports humans with his strength and also carries human development, progress and migrations as well as supporting thousands of years of trade and growth. It represents wealth. If you had horses you were wealthy. Every culture used horses or ponies.

The horse was also a sign of power. The horse is a powerful, strong animal but on the other hand is delicate and vulnerable. They are so deeply intuitive. As you walk up to a horse they are not thinking what you look like, how much money you have….they are feeling into your energy. They can sense kindness, authenticity, peace, strength and confidence. This is a year for you to really step into your most authentic self….as last year was about shedding your skins and this year stepping into the very best YOU!!!

Some Suggestions to Implement for 2014

Create a Vision Board Collage for the year 2014. Start with images that express what you want to “manifest” during the year. Consider the areas of love, joy, vibrant health and empowerment, then create a collage that makes your heart sing every time you look at it. Keep it somewhere that you’ll see each day and that’s private just for you.

Clear the clutter from your home. One of the most important things you can do for your finances is simply to clean up clutter! Throwing out junk and getting rid of things like excess paper, empty boxes and broken items can go a long way toward energizing your home for prosperity. This includes your car, your purse, your garage, your computer’s inbox and even your desk top.

Create an altar to reconnect with the deeper parts of ourselves.

Clear out the old and welcome in the new energies. Cleanse the energy in your home by burning sage, ringing bells, singing and opening windows and doors. Start at the front door and work clockwise around your home, getting into all the corners, nooks and crannies with either the sage or bells.

Express your gratitude for your home. The energy you give to it is the energy you will receive from it. The more you notice, appreciate and express gratitude for blessings received (no matter how small), the more good things will come your way, including money. Start a gratitude journal to track your daily thanks.

Clean your Front Door. The front door is where all good energy enters your home; a clean door attracts prosperity while a dirty or faded door repels it.

Replace burned out light bulbs. If your rooms are dark so is your financial future. Replace burned out bulbs and brighten your possibilities to attract wealth.

Clean your Windows. Windows are the eyes of your home; dirty windows cloud vision but clean windows represent a clear view of the opportunities. Windows are truly your view to the world so also repair all cracks and broken panes.

Remove Dead Plants. Dead plants symbolize dead energy. Replace them with healthy, living plants to grow wealth in your life.

Repair broken mirrors. If you look at a broken mirror you can’t see things smoothly or clearly. Remove or replace it to reflect a smooth road to prosperity.

Tighten loose door knobs and handles. If your handles are loose you cannot get a grip on your money. Tighten them and wealth will be within your grasp.

Add artwork. Being surrounded by artwork you love and things that inspire you will enter your subconscious all day. Art is also an excellent way to help create the symbols and images needed to help attract positive energy.

 Classical Feng Shui Suggestions for each direction of the home for 2014

 Southeast #3 Wood

Remedy: Fire

Avoid: water

Very strong peach blossom,

Good for sales, promotion, writers, entertainment industry and creativity

Write Wealth affirmation in this area

Place item related with wealth and abundance

Gem: Amethyst

 

South #8 Earth

Remedy: Fire

Avoid: Water

Promotion and Celebration, Money and Fame, Joy

Write affirmation for name, fame and how you share your light in the world

Gem: Citrine or red coral

 

Southwest # 1 Water

Remedy: Metal 30lbs

Avoid: Red or fire

Romance and Wealth

Be careful that family relationships stay harmonious

Place something to symbolize supporting love and relationships here

Gem: Rose quartz

East # 2 Earth

Remedy: Metal 30lbs

And a metal bowl filled with water and salt

Avoid: Fire or red

(e.g., colors maroon, purple,

No construction or groundbreaking

Can be area for arguments

Add Buddha something peaceful

Keep area quiet

Write family affirmation here

Place family album or photos here

Gem: Jade

Center #4 Wood

Romance, Business Success,

academic achievement, Great for deepening your spiritual practice

Remedy: Nothing needed

Avoid: red or fire

Add Quan Yin for compassion and love

Write a affirmation on health and well being

Make sure there is no clutter

Great area for fresh flowers

Gem: Amber

West #6 Metal

Remedy: Water fountain

Avoid: Metal

Creativity, Wealth and Power

Beneficial for new people that work in the financial industry

Be aware of injuries from metal objects

This is a great area for creativity

Write creativity affirmation

Place something that you have written, painted or created in this area

Gem: Citrine

Northeast # 7 Metal

Remedy: Water

Wealth and Promotions

Strong love energy here

Stay away from gossiping or scandalous situations

Great area for knowledge

Write affirmation on what you would like to learn for 2014

Gem: Red Coral

 

North # 9 Fire

Remedy: Salt water remedy

Great area to spend time if you are single

Romance, Marriage, Expanding Social Circles, Career Advancements.

Take time making decisions

No construction or groundbreaking

 

This area will support career

Write affirmation on career

Gem: Black Obsidian

 

Northwest #5 Earth

Remedy: Metal 50lbs and Moving Metal, a statue of Kwan Yin

Avoid: Fire/ red color

No construction or groundbreaking, avoid too much activity here.

This is the least auspicious area this year

This is the travel and helpful people area

Add pictures of places you would like to travel

Write affirmation on all the helpful people in your life

Gem: Turquoise

  Important Reminders for 2014:

Do something loving and nurturing for YOU!—Daily! Self massage, yoga, walk in nature, eat healthy, connect with the people you love!

Create a Vision Board and place somewhere that you see daily that is private for you.

Write an affirmation in each of the sections of your home; write in present tense and all positive.

Cleanse and protect your energy daily using visualizing white light all around you or the violet flame.

Cleanse the Energy in your home with sage, bells, singing, opening the windows and doors

Share unconditional love

Smile

Connect with nature

Learn to forgive

Trust your intuition.

Take care of your body

Release negative emotions

Learn from others and past experiences

Have some quiet time each day

Do what you love

Be of Service

reduce your attachment to possessions.

focus only on the present.

Think positive thoughts.

Visualize daily.

Choose your friends wisely.

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Jeanne-Marie is the owner of Voila Montessori; inspiring families to design baby and children focused environments, guiding them to create peaceful and harmonious homes that encourage independence and confidence for their children with easy and simple solutions.

She can be contact at info@voilamontesori.com or visit www.voilamontessori.com for more information.

Got children?

So you’re expecting a child? Or you might already be living with one (or 2, 3, 4…) at home. Here are a few tips from Jeanne-Marie owner of Voila Montessori, on how to easily create a peaceful, harmonious environment for the whole family.

Let us consider the four areas needed for any child:

~ The sleeping area; contrary to common knowledge does not always need to include a crib.  A simple floor bed will often suffice, it is actually highly recommended on many levels. This area will need minimal changes over time, once it is properly set-up.

~ The feeding area; in the best case scenario the child’s first food is the mother’s milk, therefore this area should be set-up for the caregiver to be as comfortable as possible and free of any distractions. This is true whether breastfeeding or bottle-feeding. As the child’s needs changes and curiosity of solid foods increases the feeding relationships changes. A weaning table and chair are ideal otherwise a chair that will evolve with the child such as a Tripp Trapp is ideal. Meals from the very beginning are a bonding and social relationship, it is important to model proper cultural etiquette and be fully engaged with children.

~ The physical care area; it is important that this area first be set-up for the caregiver to be comfortable and organized, having everything at arms reach. Consider the orientation of the changing table so that you are facing your child. Looking at them straight on and not sideways, as many table would have us do. When physically caring for a child you are giving them a lot of information about their body image and body scheme so be sure it is well balanced. This area evolves as the child becomes aware of its bodily functions and becomes sensitive to toilet independence.

~ The movement area; this will be the area with the most changes as the child’s developmental needs evolve and both his/her gross and fine motor coordination develops. At the beginning a comfortable thin matt or a folded up blanket will do the trick, this is best if placed up against a wall with a horizontal mirror placed along side. The mirror will give the child information about his/her body scheme and capabilities as well as encourage movement. Have you ever noticed how much pleasure babies have in seeing themselves in a mirror? As the child begins to get into a stable sitting position on its own it is a good idea to place a low bar in front of the mirror, this will encourage pulling up to a standing position, from there they will cruise back and forth on the bar before letting go. As the child starts exploring his/her mobility by crawling and then walking the entire home becomes the movement area! Be ready to give them lots of opportunity for safe exploration.

An important thing to remember as in Feng Shui, the child’s home should be simple and free of clutter; less is more in a child’s home. Prefer natural made toys or objects for them to explore giving them a lot more sensorial information then plastic.

“To assist the child we must provide him with an environment which will enable him to develop freely.” Maria Montessori.

Jeanne-Marie is the owner of Voila Montessori; inspiriting families to design baby and children focused environments, guiding them to create peaceful and harmonious homes that encourage independence and confidence for their children with easy and simple solutions.

She can be contact at info@voilamontesori.com or visit www.voilamontessori.com for more information.

 

 

 

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