Category Archives: Feng Shui
Feng shui (pronounced: fung shway) has made my life happy, healthy and wealthy! I had never even heard of it before I attended a free class about it entitled, “Feng Shui”, on June 18, 2003 at the Gilda’s Club of Seattle. That summer our family had flown from Connecticut to Seattle, Washington so my husband, Ian, could undergoing a series of two bone marrow transplants to treat his lymphoma cancer. We lived in a Marriott hotel for over seven months. Needless to say, the educational lectures offered at Gilda’s Club of Seattle, like this feng shui class, as well as all the other free activities that they provided; yoga, Tai Chi, pilates and the wellness groups were life savers for me and my children as we faced the struggles of cancer within our family.
“Feng Shui” was hosted by Kate Austin, a Certified Feng Shui Practitioner. She gave a very informative talk about the basics of feng shui. Overall feng shui is an energy management system. The idea is that you want to organize the energy in every room and make the energy in your home support you.
One of the ideas Kate gave was to cover the mirrors and televisions in the bed rooms at night. Mirrors and televisions give off a lot of energy and by covering them it slows the energy down. I did this in the hotel room and found I slept much better. I also noticed that the kids went to sleep much faster!
The book Move Your Stuff, Change Your Life : How to Use Feng Shui to Get Love, Money, Respect and Happinessby Karen Rauch Carter was recommended by Kate. I immediately ordered one from Amazon – you can buy yours by clicking the link above or by clicking the picture of the book at the end of my blog. I have found this book to be the most fun, easy to read book about feng shui on the market. I can’t tell you how many of these books I have given to my friends and family. If all you do with feng shui is buy this book, I guarantee your life will improve in every area that you put focus on.
Kate also recommended the East West Bookshop to buy feng shui cures, which are items that help enhance the energy in each area of your home. As I drove there, I didn’t have the address, but I knew the book store was on Roosevelt. I asked my angels for help with the cross street – 85th popped into my head… I went there and it turned out to be a tile shop, hmmm. I asked my angels again, and this time I heard 65th street. I drove there and sure enough this time they were right.
I went there specifically to find some purple amethyst, for the prosperity section, and a cure for the health section. I immediately found a beautiful piece of purple amethyst but then spent an hour looking for something either square, earth tone in color or something with a sun and a moon on it. These characteristics are all good cures for the health section of your home. Plants are really good for the health area, but due to Ian’s illness we couldn’t have live plants in his presence. I finally asked the clerk if she had any ideas for the items I was looking for. She said, “You should try the tile shop on 85th street.” Oh my goodness, I was just there!
I purchased my amethyst and drove to the tile shop. I walked in and immediately found two terracotta tiles (earth tone colors and made of earth products) and one had a yellow moon and the other had a yellow sun (the sun, moon and the color yellow are all perfect for the health section)! It seems as though the angels were pointing me in the right direction after all.
The other ironic event that occurred – or it was just the feng shui working fabulously – was that once I returned to the hotel and placed the purple amethyst in the prosperity section I went to get the mail and there was a $500 check – totally unexpected! Gotta LOVE feng shui.