Health – Center Of It All

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In Feng Shui and in life, health is key.

The center area of the Feng Shui Bagua represents Health. It touches all other areas of the Bagua, just as the state of your health affects every area of your life, right? Your health affects your creativity, your children, your relationships, your reputation, your finances, your family, your ability to learn, to travel and most definitely affects your career.

There are many things in the center of your home/Bagua that may be affecting your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health on an energetic level. To learn where your center is, review my blog, Your Space Reflects Your Life – What Is Yours Saying?

The center of your home, as a reflection of your health, should feel safe and welcoming. It’s a bonus if you can actually sit in your center. Add the color Yellow (which is the Feng Shui Health color) or the element of Earth (anything square, earth tones or earthy material such as ceramics) to your center to give your health a boost.

If you have any of these situations in your Bagua center, they could be affecting your physical, mental, emotional or spiritual health:

  1. Clutter = Stuck energy and it drains you physically and mentally. It can cause fatigue and depression as well as weight issues or a sense of heaviness. For tips on clearing clutter, check out these blogs:
    Clear Clutter Once and For All!
    Clearing Clutter in “Disguise”
    Do You Need a Clutter Buster?

  2. Bathrooms = Health going down the drain or getting flushed away. We love our metaphors in Feng Shui! For more of the dirty details and what to do to alleviate the draining energy, check out my blog Down the Drain: How Toilets Affect your Life.

  3. Hallway = Energy picking up too much speed, feeling like you can’t catch your breath or slow down enough to relax. If your bedroom is at the end of a long hallway, this can cause digestive issues.
  4. Stairs = Up and down health.
  5. Stove, Fireplace or Furnace = Burn up your health.

As always, whenever you are doing an adjustment, your intention is the most important ingredient.

Remember, never make adjustments when you are tired, angry, lonely or hungry. You want to feel good when making changes to put good energy into your space!

There are many areas besides your center that can be affecting your health. If you are having serious health issues, I recommend consulting with a professional Feng Shui practitioner to help shift the energy and support your return to optimal health.

*Feng Shui can be confusing. Do you need help figuring out your Bagua? Do you want help determining what to do within your home to boost the power of your intentions for Health, Career, Finances and Relationships?

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WWS Certified Feng Shui Practitioner
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Clear Clutter Once and For All!

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Clear Clutter Once and For All using the KonMari Method of Tidying Up!

Clutter is not Feng Shui’s friend. I’ve written about this topic before in Do You Need a Clutter Buster? and Clearing Clutter in Disguise. There are great and useful tips in those blogs.

So why am I bringing it up again?

  1. Because despite my best efforts, I still have some clutter and I know you do too.

  2. I discovered an amazing decluttering method that actually works and had me clearing bags and bags of clutter from places in my home I didn’t think were cluttered!

  3. Clutter represents stuck energy in Feng Shui. It energetically drains you, lowers your vibration and can cause weight gain, fatigue, brain fog and many other issues.

  4. I want to help you allow the energy to FLOW in your space. And, with the clutter cleared, your Feng Shui adjustments will be much more effective! Essentially, doing this work will create a vacuum attracting everything you want right into your virtual vortex.

Marie Kondo, author of the Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, has spent a lifetime of trial and error figuring out the most effective method for decluttering your space. She had literally been obsessed with tidying (don’t you just love that word?) since she was a little girl.

How is the KonMari decluttering method different?

  1. Tidying (or decluttering) only needs to be done once. Marie’s clients have never had a relapse which is proof her system works. Having only done the first 2 parts of the system (clothes and books) I can already see how this works and more importantly FEEL the difference in my space.

  2. The KonMari Method shifts the way you look at and experience the things in your home, teaching you how to make decisions with your heart, not your head!

  3. Marie’s method honors your possessions by caring for them and finding a permanent place for everything in you home to “live”

Breakdown of the KonMari Method

A) Tidying involves 2 actions:

1. Discarding
2. Deciding where to store the items you choose to keep

B) Clear clutter by category, not by place. I mentioned this briefly in my Do You Need a Clutter Buster blog. However, Marie’s book breaks this down for you by providing a specific order:

1. Clothes
2. Books
3. Papers
4. Miscellaneous
5. Mementos

C) Discarding
The KonMari Method introduces a twist to this time-worn decluttering tradition. Instead of focusing on what to throw away, you are focusing on decising what to keep.  And here’s the golden nuggest of advice to take from this book and blog, if you don’t read further:

1. Take everything in that category out whereever it may be in the house and put it all in one place to sort.

2. Decide by picking up, touching and holding every single item and feeling what energy this sparks for you. You ONLY keep the item if it “sparks joy!” This means that you don’t think about whether you wore it yesterday or have never worn it, how much it cost, who gave it to you and so on. The only standard you use in deciding whether to keep something is if you LOVE it.

I also like Marie’s method because she thanks the items being discarded for their service. Even if you never used something, it has fulfilled it’s role. It may have brought you joy when you purchased it or when you received it or it may have been useful in some way. Someone else will love this item or if it’s broken, it may be time for it’s retirement.

D) Storage
You’ve heard this before – A place for everything and everything in it’s place, right? The way Marie determines where things should go is unique because:

  1. All things of the same category are stored together. Take safey pins, for example. How many of these to you have all over the house? Pulling them all out and putting them in one spot helps you see how much you have (and need) of things. I personally discovered a stash of toilet paper I had totally forgotten about. Needless to say, I won’t need to buy that for a while!
  1. Placing things where you put them away, not where you use them. It takes only a moment to grab something from it’s storage space, yet not knowing where you put something can cost you literally hours of time searching for it.
  1. Marie likens your items not having a home to you not having an address. Your things feel lost and uncared for. They don’t wear as well, look as good and often will break.

Folding
Marie recommends folding clothes so that you are able to see all the edges in the drawer. Folding clothes helps you see stains and tears and shows you care for your clothes so they will last longer.

Fold each piece into a simple smooth rectangle by folding the sides in first, then in 1/2 or 1/3.  Folded clothes when standing on edge should fit the height of the drawer. See Marie’s book or You tube videos for further instructions on how to fold. Fold socks in half and then in thirds with toes inside. Rolling them stretches out the bands.

Arrange clothes in your closet (the ones that seem to like to hang better) so they rise to the right. This means the heavier, longer and darker color clothes will be on the left.

Seasonal suggestion
Marie recommends keeping all of your clothes out (once you clear those you don’t love, you will have room) and simply organizing them by weight.

One of the key Feng Shui principles is that everything is energy. Your possessions, like your home itself, need to be treated with care. Making sure you surround yourself only with things you love and making sure everything has a home shows appreciation, respect and love for your things and results in those things loving you back by lasting longer and looking better.

Want more details, buy Marie’s book here!  It’s a quick read and literally can change your life. #FindingYourFiji #FengShui #Clutter #Organizing #energy #drains

Kim Julen, Shift Master
WWS Certified Feng Shui Practitioner

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Feeling Stuck? Clean Your House!

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I have a confession. A few weeks ago my house was really dirty. I mean, like you could write your name in the dust on my dresser dirty. And the sand in my back entry hall filled a dust pan! Those of you who live in winter wonderlands know what I’m talking about, right? Somehow the sand they spread on the roads to keep cars from slipping just appears in the house, like magic, except not as much fun.

The dirt was getting to me. I was also feeling stuck, unmotivated and even a bit lethargic. So, I took a day off from working to clean.

I don’t really love cleaning. I know there are people who do love it. I love having a clean house, but scrubbing the floors, dusting, vacuuming and cleaning toilets is not my idea of a great way to spend my day off.

But I did it. And, I enjoyed it. Really, I did!!

Listen here to learn how I found the joy.

Cleaning your home is a great way to shake things up and get back in the flow. Your home, whether it’s an apartment, a condo, a dorm room or a mansion, is meant to support you. The better care you take of your home, the better your home can take care of you!

While I cleaned my home, I felt gratitude for these things:

  • Sand ~ helps us keep traction on the roads
  • Peace Lily ~ fragrant blooming flowers and greenery
  • Kitchen table ~ a place for community
  • Stove ~ cooks my food (tied to wealth & health)
  • Refrigerator ~ keeps everything cold and fresh
  • Toilet ~ indoor plumbing when it’s below zero outside
  • Toilet Brush ~ so I don’t have to stick my hand in the toilet!

Cleaning your home, top to bottom, really well, is a way of thanking your home for supporting you. Cleaning naturally involves moving things around which shifts the energy in your space. It’s like removing the cog in a wheel that’s been stuck which suddenly allows you to get rolling and move forward again!

Kim Julen is the owner of Finding Your Fiji LLC and a Wind & Water School Certified Feng Shui Practitioner and a Certified Angel Card Reader.

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Feng Shui for LOVE

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Whether you are in a committed relationship or still searching for The One,” Feng Shui paves the way for more harmonious relationships. Feng Shui helps you recognize how your space reflects your life and encourages you to create a new relationship with your space. In the relationship arena, Feng Shui can help:

  • Bring balance, equality and harmony
  • Get the sparks flying again
  • Attract your soul mate
  • Reduce/eliminate arguments
  • Improve relationships with family, friends and coworkers
  • Deepen your relationship with yourself or creator

There are two main areas in your home we look at to improve relationships. One area is the partnership corner. (If you’re new to Feng Shui, click here to read my blog on Feng Shui’s mental map, the Bagua, to learn how your space reflects your life.) The other area is your bedroom, no matter where it’s located in your home.  In this article, I’m focusing primarily on your bedroom. Ideally, this should be your favorite room in the house, an oasis that is both romantic and peaceful.

Let’s first talk about the things to AVOID in your bedroom:

    1. Clutter ~ As in every area of your home or office, clutter represents stuck energy. It’s also distracting. So, if you’re trying to get your partner in the right mood, removing clutter from the bedroom will help them feel less overwhelmed and more relaxed.
    2. Dirt ~ This can represent staleness in your relationship. To keep your Partnership fresh and new feeling, keep your bedroom dusted and clean. You will sleep better too!
    3. Dead Things ~ One client I worked with had pictures of dead relatives decorating a corner of her bedroom! Sometimes we place things in spaces without really think about the metaphorical message we are sending. You want things that are alive and thriving in your bedroom and Partnership area of your home. Remove any dried flowers from your bedroom (and home) as well.
    4. Pictures of your kids and other people ~ Even if the relatives are living, we do not want them invading our bedroom, right? And kids certainly are important in our life, but again, we do not need them coming between us and our partner. The bedroom is your personal partnership space.
    5. Toys and stuffed animals ~ We want to be an adult in our relationships so childish things do not belong in the bedroom. If they are keepsakes or mementos that you love, they can be placed in another area of the home – perhaps in the Creativity and Children area.

Next, let’s talk about the things you DO WANT in your bedroom. What can you do to get the love lava flowing again or to attract your soul mate?

  1. Two equal size/weight night stands ~ This symbolizes equality in the relationship and is particularly important if you currently do not have a partner. What does it say if one partner has a large dresser on their side and the other a small nightstand? Or if one partner has no nightstand at all? Will they have much say in the relationship? Matching lamps will bring additional balance and harmony to your love connection.
  2. Art symbolizing what you want in your relationship ~ Look at the art on your bedroom walls. Is it romantic? Or do you have pictures of a frozen lake? Is it peaceful and copacetic or showing conflict? Are there single people or animals depicted in the paintings? That single cowboy picture not only shows a desert, but the guy is alone, right? That leads me to the next tip…
  3. Pairs of things ~ Pairs represent partnership and intentionally placing pairs of things in your bedroom will help balance your relationship.
  4. A current picture of the two of you, if you’re in a partnership, should be placed in your bedroom and will help solidify your bond. Sometimes I recommend a wedding picture be placed here too, to help you remember how you felt when you fell in love.
  5. Vibrant, living things ~ To really promote a healthy sex life, place 9 lush plants in the bedroom. Then, make sure you keep them alive!
  6. Add Pink and Fire ~ The partnership color is pink and adding a dash of it here or there intentionally will boost your budding or rekindling relationship. Adding the element of fire, which is all about passion, will further heat things up. You can use the color red to represent fire or physical fire (like candles) or triangle shapes. We don’t like fireplaces in bedrooms, because it’s too much energy to allow you to sleep well. However, the Partnership area of your main level is a perfect place for a fireplace.

Making changes in your Partnership area and bedroom with intention means taking time to really think about what you want to cultivate in your relationships.

Your bedroom is a key Feng Shui area. It can affect not only your relationships, but also your sleep, your health, and your mind. To bring more harmony into your relationships, your home and your life, I offer Feng Shui Bedroom consults via Skype as well as complete Life Shift Home Consultations and Booming Business Consultations. For more information check out my website at http://www.findingyourfiji.com/FENGSHUI

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Define Your Work Space – Feng Shui tips for Home Offices

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I often work with clients who are self-employed and run their businesses out of their homes, like I do. This can present a number of Feng Shui and life challenges. In smaller homes where there isn’t an extra room to use for an office, you may not have a defined work space. Or, if you do have an office, that space may be cluttered or used for multiple purposes. Work may also spill into other areas of the home or you find yourself doing work in the family room or at the kitchen table.

Another issue with businesses based in the home is a lack of separation between home and work time so you may find that you are working all the time and/or your family is disrupting your work. This can lead to a feeling of not being taken seriously either by your family or your clients.

Having a defined work space is important because: 

  1. Your work can be contained
  2. Your family will know when you are working
  3. It helps you focus and adopt a business mindset when you are in that space
  4. It sends the Universe a message that you are serious about this business
  5. You can virtually “close the door” on your work to enjoy your home life

You can create a defined space using walls or doors of course. However, you can also use screens or something comparable to create your defined office space. This space should be as far from the bedroom as possible so that you are able to relax and not be thinking about work while you are trying to sleep. Hint – the closer your office is to the front door, the more easily business can find you!

If your office is in a spare room, it should not double as a guest room or play room. Having a multi-purpose space confuses the energy (chi) because it doesn’t know what opportunities to send here. Also, having a bed in the space where you are meant to be working can reduce productivity effectively lulling you to sleep.

Why do I need a desk?

Do you know any executives who do not have a desk? If you are serious about building a viable and successful business, you’d be wise to compare your office to that of a top level executive. You will be taken more seriously by both family and clients and be sending the message to the Universe that your work is important which energetically grows your business.

Set your “executive” office up for success with:

  • A good sized desk
  • A high back chair (in Feng Shui this is about backing for decisions & support)
  • Desk facing the door with a supporting wall behind (about seeing what’s coming)
  • Art that is professional rather than “homey”
  • No beds or childish things
  • Minimal to no clutter
  • Neatly organized books
  • Only a few pictures of family

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My Secret for Speeding up the Law of Attraction

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Finding Your Fiji is all about creating and living your dream life. Anyone can do this – anytime, anywhere, under any circumstance. Creating the reality you want to experience is so much fun and I love sharing my “secrets” about how you can do this yourself. These are not just concepts. These are strategies, actions and rituals that have worked for me and other people I know. The source of my knowledge is expansive: books, workshops, CDs, live events and interactions with others who have created their dream lives. I am continually learning and putting more of the pieces of the dream life puzzle together. Learning helps me grow and if you are not growing, you are dying.

The Law of Attraction is the senior law, above any other universal law including the Law of Gravity. To make the Law of Attraction work for you, you need to continually focus on feeling good – every month, every week, every day, every hour and every moment. Feeling good should be your number one goal at all times.

How do you tell if you are feeling good? It’s easy! You have a wonderful built in guidance system. It’s your emotions. You have a range of negative emotions – emotions that don’t feel good when you encounter them: worry, fear, anger, anxiety, sadness, irritation, impatience and doubt, to name a few. You also have a range of positive emotions, which feel good when they arise: anticipation, joy, happiness, excitement, peace, wonder, appreciation, gratitude and bliss. How often do you experience bliss? If you experience bliss on a daily basis, I would be willing to bet that you are living a good chunk of your dream life already.

How you feel is your Law of Attraction barometer. If you are feeling good, you know the things you most want in life are speeding towards you. If you are feeling bad, you must accept that the things you want are being placed in a universal escrow. They will remain there until you start feeling good on a consistent basis. Then they will flow to you, like a virtual river of abundance.  

So, how does this work on a daily basis? All day long, it’s your job to focus on things that make you feel good or if you are feeling bad, on things that make you feel a little bit better and a little bit better until you are feeling good again. Use anything that works for you. For me, nature is my go to good feeling source. I find joy in looking at the beautiful trees or basking in the sunshine (now that our Minnesota summer has finally arrived), a pretty little bird that lands on my deck, flowers at the garden center, the scent of Lilac bushes, the feel of a warm breeze on my skin, a colorful sunset or even an expected sighting of a beaver in the water on an evening walk.

When I meet or see people in passing, I focus on finding something I like about them…maybe they have eyes that are a unique color or I like the purse they are carrying or the shoes they have on or they have a great smile. When I see something I like and it’s appropriate to share, I tell the person directly. This not only makes them feel good, it creates a connection between us.  I also find this practice helps impress this person into my memory and that they, in turn, often remember me.

Focusing on feeling good is something you can, and should do individually on a daily basis. This practice alone will help raise your vibration. The higher your vibration or your energy, the faster you will attract the things you want into your life.

When people are connected in one room – physically together and sharing the same space – their energies or vibrations meld together and create another, more powerful and higher vibration. And, if the individuals in the group are all focused on feeling good and raising their energetic vibrations, it works like a nitro boost for the individuals, allowing them to attract the things they want at a faster pace.

In 2011, I attended three Tony Robbins’ events: Unleash the Power Within in March in Florida, Business Mastery in June in Fiji and Date with Destiny in Palm Springs in December. Saying that all of these events were high energy is an understatement. Tony has a real gift for raising the energy levels and vibrations of his attendees and for keeping that energy up for days at a time.

I took time out of my busy schedule to attend these events for a week or two at a time. Many people said they couldn’t afford to take that much time away from their business, especially those that are self- employed. Yet, my business boomed and I increased my sales by over $100,000 that year!

I learned some things that were helpful in my business and in my life. Honestly, though, I didn’t implement half of the things that I learned. I’m convinced it was more about getting that regular infusion of good positive, vibration-raising energy at regular intervals that year which gave my business that big boost.

Not everyone works for themselves or has the flexibility to travel to events like this for weeks at a time. Maybe money is an issue since you haven’t yet attracted the million dollar income you’ve been telling the universe you want. So…how can you raise your vibration to start attracting what you want in your life?

Participating in high energy, high vibration group activities on a regular basis will propel you to your dream life like a rocket. Energy Circles, a unique group meditation and energy exchanging experience created by Earth Mentor, David Nelson, is one tool I’m using to increase my energetic vibration. They are so powerful that I’ve teamed up with David to offer Energy Circles on a regular basis around the Twin Cities metro area.