Did you know that Feng Shui is one of the "8 Branches of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)"? The ancient Chinese were masters of holistic thinking, with a natural understanding of how all aspects of life are interconnected to achieve optimum health and wellbeing. The other 7 'branches' of TCM are energy work (meditation & qi gong), movement (t'ai chi, moxibustion, cupping), diet (nutrition), Chinese Astrology (cosmology), bodywork (tuina massage/acupressure etc.), herbal medicine, and acupuncture.
Not many people want to add Chinese symbols into their home as they can look a bit out of place. I never ask a Feng Shui client to use many 'trinkets' at all - maybe a Buddha statue or a red paper charm here and there and a symbolic piece of Western (or Oriental) artwork, but otherwise Feng Shui is about unblocking energy in the environment, not adding 'stuff'.
“We are all like the bright moon, we still have our darker side.” Kahlil Gibran
With the full moon approaching on the 29th April, I thought it would be lovely to explore which plants only blossom at night and look particularly beautiful under a full moon. Years ago when I lived in Bristol, I had planted an area of my garden for evening delight, with fragrant white Nicotiana plants and night-scented stocks...
Do you moon bathe?
History is saturated with myths and legends about heroes & heroines overcoming odds, miracles being performed and wizards & witches performing alchemical magic. From David and Goliath to the legend of Arthur & Merlin, and both the Pagan and Christian Easter traditions, humankind instinctively reaches for the seemingly miraculous. Or at the very least, the chance to be re-born. Re-shaped. Resurrected.
Don't we always do the 'tourist thing' when our overseas friends come to stay?
Eco-warrior extraordinaire and looooong time friend Katja Wiese was speaking at the Lush Summit at Old Billingsgate a few weeks back, so I jumped at the chance to catch up with her.
We dined at Darwin's Brasserie in the Sky Garden, naturally... and had a beautiful dusk walk around Tower of London and over Tower Bridge.
I took some epic photos from the viewing platform of Sky Garden for my digital scrapbook and also to use as illustrations to point out some basic Feng Shui influences in our stately capital, The City of London.
What with it being Valentine's day and all, I thought I would share a lovely story about a Buddhist client of mine in Highgate, London.
She had commissioned me to help her organise her home office more effectively in terms of aligning desk to good direction to suit her horoscope and colours to balance the energy there and throughout the flat etc.
Each hour, day, month and year of the Western Gregorian calendar is represented in the Chinese Calendar by certain qualities - primarily one of the Five Elements of water, wood, fire, earth and metal and one of the 12 Chinese Zodiac animals.
This year it is the Earth Dog, otherwise known as the Yellow Dog.
At last, some stabilising Earth energy! The Dog is by nature aligned to the Earth element and this year he is accompanied by the Heaven energy of Yang Earth, so this means that the Earth energy is very strong and should be much more harmonious than 2017 and 2016.
How many people would move an entire pond to make sure their Feng Shui was the best it can be?
That's exactly what two lovely clients of mine did in Suffolk last weekend, and here are the work in progress pictures and a video of a beautiful natural water feature we installed.
According to my Feng Shui methodology, the existing pond was causing severe problems for the man of the property, and indeed the previous guy to live here had been gravely ill...
Understand how you relate to not just the people and loved ones in your life but also how your energy is in a constant relationship with key life areas of health, self, career, money, influence and family. Gaining insight into your 'health element' or 'career element' helps you make the right decisions at the right time.