Monthly Archives: December 2009

What is a New Consciousness Entrepreneur?

It’s time for change.  Did you know that the twentieth century was the most violent century in recorded history?  And financial crises, violence, and health scares remain daily news.  Fear, greed, judgment and tunnel vision are epidemic.  There is good news though!

Whenever the scales tip so far to one side, inevitably a correction follows.  We are that correction. 

We’re moving out of old paradigms of the way we do business and into alignment with Spiritual principles.  The Green/Sustainability movement evidences a paradigm shift which puts the benefit of the whole over the good of a few. We are waking up to the truth that putting the interests of the whole first, before private interests, benefits everyone. Entrepreneurs are bringing more consciousness to their businesses to reflect who they really are. Conscious-centered business models are being sought by those of us who want our business model to be aligned with the principals we live by.

For me, no longer can I separate how I behave “out there in the world” with my inner life.  My livelihood can’t be focused on getting my next commission check.  I now see and affirm my connection with the world.   Whatever I put “out there” – in the form of energy will affect the whole.   Each of us really does have the power to change the world.  I am reminded of a quote I saw on a greeting card which was something to this effect:

If you think you’re too small to make a difference, you’ve never been in bed with a mosquito.

Maggie Ostara, founder of the New Consciousness Entrepreneurs Network succinctly writes:

“Now is the time. It is up to us to create new forms – new ways of doing business, new institutions, new ways of building, new ways of relating to each other and to the earth. The old forms and ways are dropping away. It’s time for our courage, our creativity, and our commitment to come forth.

And it all begins with a New Consciousness – One based on heart coherence, connection, cooperation and collaboration rather than competition and coercion – on a recognition that we are all in this together. We have the opportunity to respond differently than the ways in which large civilizations have in the past when faced with challenges the magnitude of which we are faced with today.” http://www.ncenetwork.com

Each shift in consciousness creates a shift in the energy put out into the world.  We all have a contribution no one else can make and now is the time to make a positive impact on the world.  Whether you are a business owner or work for a business, your individual contribution of consciousness and kindness will effect a change.

Five Simple Feng Shui Fixes

If you’re familiar with Feng Shui, it may seem that there are a lot of “no-no’s.”  If you found that your home has several Feng Shui issues, rest assured, there are always ways to mitigate a problem. Feng Shui is really quite flexible, and every situation is different because every home is different.  And if you find that you’ve got a Feng Shui issue but you’re not experiencing difficulty in your life, then don’t worry about creating a fix.  (If it’s not broke, don’t fix it!)

Here are five common Feng Shui Rules and suggestions for remedying the problem.

Rule 1 – A stairway shouldn’t face the front door.

This is a common problem and can drain your finances because energy can rush out the front door.  The solution? Simply don’t keep the front door open very much – use another door more often if possible.  You can place a mirror on the wall in the stairway facing upstairs to help slow the energy.  Also, place an entry rug with warm colors in it by the front door to help gather energy.

Rule 2 – The front door shouldn’t be in alignment with the back door.  This can be harmful to finances. If this is true in your home, simply don’t keep both doors open at the same time.  Also, you may put a buffer between the doors with furniture or by hanging drapes or a shade on the back door.

Rule 3 – Don’t position your bed in front of the bedroom door.

This is referred to as the “corpse position” and sounds scary doesn’t it? This rule is derived from the way corpses were carried out of a room in ancient times – feet first, towards the door.  Truth is, when the bed is in front of any door and the door is open, the rushing energy will hit you as you’re in bed and can cause sleep disturbances.  If this is unavoidable due to the size of the room, simply keep the door closed when you’re in bed to solve the problem.

Rule 4 – Don’t sit with your back to the door. 

Besides being conditioned in our reptilian brain to ensure safety from enemies it’s best to place your desk against a wall so that you sit facing outwards. Sitting with a wall behind you supports you and enables to relax.  However, because of computer wiring and the shape of a room, it’s not always possible to sit with your back to the wall.  If this is true for you, simply affix a small mirror to your computer screen so you can see who is coming in the room.

Rule 5 – Don’t sit or sleep under exposed beams in the ceiling. 

Exposed beams can cause an uneven distribution of energy which can hinder relaxation.  If you’ve got beams in the ceiling, but don’t have trouble sleeping, then don’t worry about trying to solve this problem.  If you feel uncomfortable or unable to relax, you can drape material over the beams or you can paint them the same color as the ceiling to lessen the energy movement.

Simple Feng Shui

The term “Feng Shui” may sound exotic or difficult to understand. It’s really a very practical study, but many think people dismiss it as another new-age gimmick or “wu-wu”  because of the way its been marketed here in the U.S. 

Originally from Asia, Feng Shui is simply the study of energy flow and balance.  Whether you realize it or not, you’re constantly experiencing the effects of energy.  Just like gravity, you can’t see it but you can feel it.  Every “thing” – i.e. trees, flowers, furniture, colors, and shapes emanates its own unique energy.  The arrangement of these forms in your environment creates energy that translates into positive or negative feelings in your body.  Balancing energy in your environment allows you to feel comfortable and relaxed. Unbalanced energy creates imbalances in your life and discomfort in your body.  That’s the essence of Feng Shui.

 To experience the effects of Feng Shui for yourself, you can try any of these…

  • Look at either side of your desk, whichever is the most cluttered. Now, move the stuff away.  Feel different?  If there is too much clutter in a space, you can feel constricted because energy flow is constricted.
  • Move your chair to the center of the room and sit down.  Now, move it against the wall and do the same.  Do you feel differently sitting with your back against the wall?  If you sit in the center of a room you will likely feel vulnerable and exposed.  A wall behind you allows you to relax and allows energy to flow towards you.
  • Remove a piece of artwork from a wall, or conversely, hang one.  Can you feel the difference?  The colors and design in the art create energy.  When you remove the art, you remove energy.

The study of Feng Shui explains how and why the placement of objects creates balance, energy, and flow.  The universal principles of Yin and Yang and the five elemental energies classified as wood, water, metal, earth, and fire which are derived from Yin and Yang are the essence of Feng Shui.   Feng Shui provides us with a blueprint for quantifying energy and an explanation of why certain spaces affect us they way they do.  Feng Shui principles can explain why a friend’s house doesn’t feel comfortable or why you may need to select a certain table in a restaurant.

All the other Feng Shui enhancements you may have heard about like fountains, wind chimes, and lucky statues are simply icing on the cake.  They are fun and easy to implement.  The real study of Feng Shui however is concerned with landforms, structural forms, energy flow, and balance.   Feng Shui provides an explanation of  how the intangible to becomes tangible.  Energy is constantly flowing around us and it is the harnessing of this energy using Feng Shui principles that is the power of Feng Shui.

Remembering Yourself

May today there be peace within. May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith in yourself and others. May you use the gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you.  May you be content with yourself just the way you are. Let this knowledge settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. It is there for each and every one of us.

Feng Shui 101- Does the Home You’re Buying Have Good Feng Shui?

Take note of the following features when selecting a home.  Of course, no home is perfect, so don’t worry if not all of these conditions are met. 

Interior Features

Interior features like rounded corners on walls, organic shapes, an open floor plan, and lots of natural light contribute to good Feng Shui.  In Feng Shui, energy (qi) flow is vital.  If you’ve ever gone into an attic with no ventilation odds are you didn’t feel like staying long because of the stale air.  It’s important to your well-being to have healthy, flowing energy in your home.  An open floor plan allows for circulation of qi.  Rounded corners allows qi to flow easier than sharp angles.  And abundant natural light alleviates qi from stagnating.  Too much or too little natural light in the home causes discomfort because instinctively people feel that the home is not balanced.

Location

Neighborhoods with well-maintained homes, meandering street traffic, and varied topography are desirable because they indicate good energy in the area.   Look for a home that’s situated on the lot in the form of an armchair. It’s best to have the front yard open and without obstructions so you can receive qi; and a hill, fence or trees in back of the house to gather qi;  and support on the left and right side of the house – usually in the form of neighboring homes.

Street Traffic

Streets that are straight carrying fast traffic are not good for residential areas.  In short, people don’t like to live on highways.  Feng Shui principles explain why.  Too much noise and rushing qi outside create an imbalance inside and negate relaxation.  Winding streets are best because qi moves slowly and accumulates in front of the home, then gently flows into the home.   When the street traffic is too fast qi rushes by and can’t enter your home and the chaotic qi from the street beats against the home.

Proportion

Proportion is also important in Feng Shui. A hill behind your home is a desirable feature, but if it’s only six feet from the back door it’s not. Instead of gathering qi, the hill can make you feel claustrophobic and can constrict your opportunities in life. A home should also be well-situated on a symmetrical lot.  When a home is too close to the street or when it is situated on an unevenly shaped lot the balance of qi will be uneven and can affect relaxation as well as prosperity.

Floor Plan

Fundamentally, the goal of Feng Shui is balancing yin and yang energies. Yang corresponds to movement and light.  Yin corresponds to the opposite – quietness and dark.  Correctly balancing yin and yang creates comfort.  Quiet rooms, like bedrooms, should be located in the quieter, yin areas of a home.  Most of the time, the quieter area is the back of the house.   Active areas like the kitchen and family room should be together.  Does it feel odd to you when a bedroom is located next to the kitchen?  Or when a bedroom is adjacent to a garage?  This is because of the nature of the rooms – the kitchen and garage are active areas and the bedroom is quiet area.  When the floor plan seems awkward or impractical it’s because rooms aren’t arranged according to their function.

Avoid these Features

Features in opposition to Feng Shui principles include stairways facing the front door, low ceilings, irregularly shaped rooms, rooms over garages, and spiral staircases.  These features tend to cause negative circulation of qi.  Of course, remember that no home is perfect and all homes have some negative Feng Shui aspects.  Trust the feeling you get when you’re inside  the home.  If you feel at ease and comfortable, you’re most likely experiencing good Feng Shui.