Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Halleluiah or Bah Humbug?


Christmas can bring out the best (or the worst) in people
Feng Shui can help make it better!
This time of year, when the days are short and the nights are long, the sparkle and glow of holiday decorations play an important role in lifting our spirits.

But for some people, an over abundance of holiday décor may be too much of a good thing. The winter solstice marks the most ‘Yin’ or dark time of winter. By adding Christmas lights, a tree, and a ton of bright red and green decorations, we are intuitively trying to change the ambiance of our homes by adding ‘Yang’ or bright energy.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Booked on Feng Shui: Your books speak volumes

I subscribe to feng shui newsletters from many of North America's most well-respected feng shui experts.

I particularly enjoyed this post from author Carole Hyder  and share it with you with her kind permission. Enjoy!

Most everyone I know owns books. Some people have skads of them—so many, in fact, that they’re stored in boxes in the basement. There are some people who can’t let go of their college textbooks from 30 to 40 years ago. Others love their books so much they wouldn’t think of keeping them in boxes—so they’re stacked in various corners waiting for the right place to call home.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Feng Shui and Bathrooms

STOP flushing wealth
down the drain!

Let’s Talk Toilets!

According to the principles of Black Sect Tantric Buddhist (BTB) Feng Shui, toilets are not generally considered to be negative influences. In fact, toilets are recognized as an essential part of any structure and should be honoured for doing that all-important job of eliminating human waste. (After all, it has to go somewhere!)

So much emphasis is put on the toilet because it is the king of all energy drains in our home, representing 60% or more of waste water flow. (Another good reason to call it a ‘Throne!’) Rather that label the toilet as a bad thing, we look at its location in the home and apply some simple feng shui cures to ensure that waste, not wealth, goes down the drain.

A quick way to STOP your wealth chi from being flushed away...
no more yawning toilets!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Ispirational Message:

Monday, October 31, 2011

Origins of Feng Shui Trace Back to Grave Site Location

Enjoy this guest blog post from my colleague, Mia A Staysko, White Lotus Interiors, Okotoks, Alberta.

In many cultures around the world the idea that we may be surrounded by spirits is fore granted. People hold a wide range of beliefs about the meaning and purpose of these spirits and in many cultures there are specific spirits to pay attention to. Some are benign, some tricksters and some downright nasty!

Feng Shui was originally designed to locate the best grave sites for the ancestors of Chinese families.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Feng Shui for the Bedroom

10 Simple Steps to Better Rest

To ensure you get a good sleep, you need to consider the environment you have created in your bedroom.
A feng shui bedroom is one that has balanced energy and makes you feel safe. Here are some important things to consider:

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Go Online to Get on Track with Your Metaphysical Career

Internationally acclaimed Feng Shui expert,
David Daniel Kennedy, to share his secrets to success

CALGARY, ALBERTA, SEPTEMBER 20, 2011—People working in a variety of metaphysical careers are invited to attend an exciting two-day workshop featuring internationally acclaimed Feng Shui expert, David Daniel Kennedy.

Thriving in Your Metaphysical Career: Powerful strategies for success is being presented by Feng Shui Market. The event will be held in Calgary, Alberta on October 1 and 2, 2011 ... and you may attend in person or via streaming live broadcast!

David Daniel Kennedy, Berkeley, California, is one of North America’s best-known Feng Shui consultants and is an internationally recognized teacher and speaker. Kennedy has shared his insightful and entertaining approach to transformation in hundreds of consultations, lectures, workshops, and media appearances across North America. He has also authored several books and study courses, including the highly successful Feng Shui for Dummies, which has sold more than 300,000 copies in North America alone and has been translated into more than 15 languages around the world.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Cultivating a Generous and Prosperous Mindset

The following guest blog post is courtesy of Gwynne Warner, 10,000 Blessings Feng Shui.

"A largeness of generosity brings about bountiful good fortune and an absence of worries."
        HH Grandmaster Lin Yun
 
Do the following visualization upon waking and right before sleeping while feeling relaxed and happy.

1) Imagine that someone -- perhaps a total stranger or maybe someone you know but least expect -- is giving you a check with a big sum written on it. Maybe it's money owed to you which you had written off. Perhaps it's money that's being offered to you for something or some service. Maybe an unexpected windfall. Whatever it is, it is very welcome, so picture yourself with hands extended receiving the money. Remember to smile and express your gratitude!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

The Feng Shui Bagua Mirror


Bagua mirror kits available here

Bagua (pronounced “bah-gwa) mirrors are one of best-known Feng Shui symbols of protection and are often referred to as the “aspirin” of Feng Shui.

A typical bagua mirror has a small circular mirror positioned in the centre of an octagonal shape. This shape is commonly referred to as a bagua, octagon, or Chinese lucky square. The “frame” of a bagua mirror should be made of wood and be about four to six inches across. They are considered to be most effective if they are green and red.

Want to buy a bagua mirror? Click here.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Use Feng Shui Strategies to Sell Your Home Now!

Are potential buyers not giving your home a second glance?

Change that 'For Sale" sign to read "SOLD!" by examining the energy  -- or chi -- of your home and making some simple feng shui adjustments.

Here are some quick tips:
  • Attract positive energy to the front door by adding the colour red
  • Trim back all vegetation and keep the lawn tidy
  • Hang a wind chime by the front door to liven the chi
  • Clear clutter outside, as well as inside
  • "Stage" the front door, just as you do inside
  • Leave the front porch light on 24/7 to attract energy night and day
  • Make sure the house number is easy to read (and locate)
  • Hire a Feng Shui Consultant to help you identify (and cure) negative external chi factors .
The most important thing to do, however, is to set your intention to sell! To learn more, contact Terri Perrin at 250.218.4952 or email.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Your Professional Feng Shui Consultation

Understanding external ch'i is very important!
Just as a medical professional would perform a physical exam before proceeding with prescribing a cure for what ails you, a feng shui consultant should conduct a thorough pre-appointment analysis before they arrive to conduct a feng shui consultation on your home. There are several important steps I walk my clients through before I first step through their front door!

My first question is: “What do you know about feng shui and why do you want a consultation?” I spend time helping my clients identify what areas of their lives they want to work on and, most importantly, I endeavor to get both partners in a relationship on board for the consultation. If there are children in the family who are old enough to be engaged in the process, I welcome them to participate as well. Why?  Because feng shui cures are more effective when done with honesty, openness and intention. Quite simply, feng shui is a family affair!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Honouring the Red Envelope Tradition

When paying for your Feng Shui consultation I request that my clients honour the age-old ritual of enclosing your payment in red envelopes.
Here’s why:

Those who practice and teach Black Sect Tantric Buddhist (BTB) Feng Shui respectfully follow the red envelope ritual as taught by Professor Lin Yun, founder of BTB Feng Shui. When your Feng Shui Consultant provides cures and guidance, he or she is sharing sacred knowledge, energy and divine wisdom beyond worldly scope with you. The red envelope ritual is believed to serve two purposes:

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Feng Shui for Every Body

If your gastrointestinal system is affected by specific foods, then it only makes sense to make different food choices. But did you know that just as a gluten-free diet may be the answer to your health woes, understanding the energy of your environment could also improve your health? Really!

The practice of feng shui recognizes that whatever is closest to you has the most affect on your mental and physical health. Consider that everything around you gives off energy vibrations. Whether this is negative or positive energy is often your choice.

Friday, July 8, 2011

A Historical Look at Leaded Crystal

Is it leaded crystal .... or plain glass?
Following is an excerpt from my new book: The Complete Guide to Feng Shui Crystals.

Think leaded crystal is something new? Think again! References to the use of lead oxide additives to make crystal-type products appear in records from the ancient city of Mesopotamia and date back to 500 BC.

Fast forward to the 1600s ... to George Ravenscroft, an English businessman in the glass making trade known for his work in developing clear leaded crystal glass (flint glass). He was the first to perfect the production of crystal glassware on an industrial scale.
 
What is the difference between leaded and non-leaded crystal?

Leaded crystal sparkles more because the addition of lead oxide increases the refractive index. Their clarity, combined with the multi-faceted design, makes them exceptionally brilliant.

Today, Swarovski is one of the world leaders in precision-cut crystal. The Austrian company, which has remained fully independent since 1895, employs 26,000 people and maintains a presence in more than 120 countries worldwide.

Swarovski crystal spheres:

• Are considered to be the finest quality leaded crystal made today;
• Are optically very pure because they contain a minimum of 32 per cent lead;
• Are faceted (cut) with tremendous precision to create beautiful prisms;
• Come in an array of colors or clear dazzling beauty;
• Are prized throughout the world because of their brilliance and exceptional quality.

Want to know more about leaded crystal spheres as feng shui cures?
Check out The Complete Guide to Feng Shui Crystals, now available on Amazon.ca.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Think Positive ... BE Prosperous!

Use feng shui to get that promotion!

I decided on the name Fine Art of Intention™ for my feng shui consulting business because, when practicing this ancient art, intention is everything! Well, not quite everything but at least 70 per cent of it!

When you implement feng shui to cause an energy shift it is not enough to simply paint a wall red, hang a crystal and expect a dramatic change in your life. You have to do the work. And you have to ask the Universe for what you want. According to the principles of BTB Feng Shui hen making changes to alter the energy of your environment, only 30 per cent of the feng shui results will come from the physical adjustment, enhancement or cure. The remaining 70 per cent comes from setting your intentions.

A New View on Feng Shui Consultations

David D. Kennedy - Author, teacher and feng shui expert
I recently had the privilege of experiencing David Daniel Kennedy's two-day workshop on 'Mastering the Feng Shui Consultation.' The event was held June 25/26, 2011 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and I was one of five people who 'attended' via live web-cast. Thank you to Maureen Johnson at Feng Shui Market & Publishing for setting up this event and linking us live via the Internet! This is the second workshop I have taken with David and I am proud to have him as one of my teachers.

David Daniel Kennedy is one of America’s best-known experts in Black Sect Tantric Buddhist (BTB) Feng Shui, the ancient art of balance and harmony. He is also an internationally recognized teacher and speaker, and has shared his unique and entertaining approach to transformation in hundreds of lectures and workshops across the United States, and in his popular Feng Shui books, audios, and video programs. (He is best-known for his best-selling book 'Feng Shui for Dummies.')

David is a great teacher and I simply can not begin to explain how his leadership and expertise will help me transform my own feng shui consultation process, as well as how I present information in workshops. If you ever have an opportunity to hear him speak .... take it! 

As a result of this advanced teaching I received, I will be redesigning all of my consultation materials in the coming weeks and look forward to sharing my new-found knowledge with new (and existing) clients this fall.

Thank you for giving me a new (and much better) view on feng shui consultations, David!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Let's Talk Trash ... and Feng Shui

I am honored to present this guest blog post from my colleague, Mia A Staysko, of White Lotus Interiors, Calgary, AB, Canada. This informative article on trash appeared in the May 29, 2011 issue of her e-newsletter: White Lotus Letter.

A client asked Mia: How do we mitigate the effects of where our garbage/recycling bins/bathroom are located? Would it be that if the kitchen garbage is in your Wealth area, you might just be throwing money away?

Mia replied:
There are certain necessary functions which must occur in any home. Waste, both biological and man made are a necessary by-product of both our bodies and our lifestyles. We want both types to be flowing properly in order to have a clean home and body. However, when we begin to look at things from a symbolic and self-reflective standpoint, it is natural to wonder how best to deal with areas which we know to be useful but which do not necessarily have positive connotations. So lets talk about garbage.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Crystal Clear Energy at Work

Photo by Lisa Graham, Seadance Photography
HOW DO CRYSTALS WORK?
Crystals add new energy vibrations to a space and redirect energy in a more beneficial direction. In doing so, they protect you from chaotic and negative ch’i.
Because of their prismatic shape, cut and quality, leaded crystal spheres are a powerful tool for expanding possibilities, removing blocks and brightening any situation. When used as a cure, a crystal can disperse destructive, rushing or stagnant ch’i. When used as an enhancement, a crystal will expand and uplift beneficial ch’i.
Although other leaded crystal ornaments may be used as Feng Shui enhancements, multi-faceted leaded crystal spheres are considered to be the most effective and auspicious.
To visualize a crystal refracts energy, think of a rotating disco ball and how the energy in a room changes when a strobe light is directed at it.
Still having difficulty imagining how a crystal can absorb and emit energy?
Think of the power of a magnet. A magnet attracts and holds small bits of metal when it is positioned above them. Leaded crystals attract and hold energy in a similar fashion. And, just as the metal filings can be released when you give the magnet a firm shake, a crystal can be cleared of energy residue. It is that simple!

Want to know more? Visit Amazon.ca to purchase a copy of this book.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Three Plants that 'Grow' Fresh Air

The practice of Feng Shui is focused on making our environments healthy and nourishing. As a Certified Feng Shui Practitioner, one of the first things I recommend to my clients is to remove all dried flowers from their living (or working) space. It is better to have the energy of  healthy, living plants to foster more positive ch'i. Turns out, however, that some plants have extra-special air cleaning properties! As a matter of fact, the Areca Palm, Money Plants and Mother-in-Law's Tongue can help you breathe easier!

Watch this video of Kamal Meattle as he explains how these three common house plants that can improve air quality in our homes and offices.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Now on Amazon.ca!

I am pleased to report that my book, The Complete Guide to Feng Shui Crystals is now available on Amazon.ca!

Dawn Hankins, who was one of my teachers in the Feng Shui Certification Program at Mount Royal University, has also written a feng shui book and has recently posted  it on Amazon, too. Check out The Forces Behind Feng Shui: A Companion to Energize Your Life at Amazon.ca.

You can help us raise the profiles of both of these books by logging on to Amazon.ca, checking out our book pages, and click 'LIKE'.

If you have read either of our books and you enjoyed it, it would awesome if you could say a few kind words about it in a review.

And, of course, it REALLY helps if you order books, too! :)

Friday, May 27, 2011

Be a Feng Shui Fashionista!

Here is some great insight on how colour affects our moods ... from Portland, Oregon-based guest blogger and Feng Shui expert Gwynne Warner 10,000 Blessings Feng Shui:

Gwynne says: Color has an extraordinary effect on our energy and emotions. Intentionally choosing the color of what you wear can be an easy way to attract auspicious chi and adjust or balance your own personal energy.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Seven Steps to Set Powererful Intentions

Here’s a feng shui method to supercharge your intentions:

STEP ONE: Use a new red pen, not a computer, typewriter, smart phone or tablet to write down your goals.  The colour red is recommended because it is considered to be a powerful energy enhancer. As you write, visualize the positive outcome that you desire. Do not cloud your thoughts with the ‘what if’ challenges of change. Think ‘what next?’ Think – and write – positive!

Once done, place the sheet of paper in a red envelope or a silver box. Can’t find a silver box? Make an envelope out of tin foil.

STEP TWO: Now you need to learn about the BTB Feng Shui Bagua map. To apply the bagua (pronounced bah-gwa) over your entire home, a single room or even an office cubicle simply divide the floor plan into nine equal-sized squares. These nine areas are called 'guas' and they represent different aspects of your life, as defined by their names, listed below.
STEP THREE: Picture yourself standing at your front door (or the main entrance to a room) and look to the TOP LEFT HAND SQUARE and, working across, write in the following names in each square EXACTLY as listed below:


Prosperity & Wealth                 Fame & Reputation            Love & Relationships


Family                                     Health                              Children & Creativity


Skills & Knowledge                   Career & Life Path             Helpful People & Travel
___________________________________________________________________________
(This line is the 'wall' that holds the front door/main entrance & align the words as above.)


Note: The bagua map is always positioned so that the Career gua is on the wall that holds the main entrance to space. (Note that the actual entrance can be in any of the bottom three sections.)

STEP FOUR: If you used a red envelope, put it underneath or beside a plant (to multiply its strength) and place it in the Fame, Career, Knowledge or Helpful People area of the bagua map. (Choose whatever area you want to work on the most.)

If you used a silver box, place it in the Helpful People sector. The colour for this sector is grey/silver and the Natural Element is metal. That’s why a silver box is used.

STEP FIVE: Leave the envelope (or box) untouched for nine weeks.

STEP SIX: Forget about the envelope or box and focus your attention on your intention. Visualize the result happening step by step, including the beginning, middle and end. Invoke the five senses to make it real. Don't focus on all the difficult challenges to achieve your goal, then that’s what you manifest – more challenges.

STEP SEVEN: After nine weeks, retrieve your intention list from its box or envelope and review it. You may not always receive exactly what you asked for … but you can expect things to have changed. If nothing has happened you have to ask: ‘Did I really do the work?’
Terri Perrin is a certified feng shui practitioner, author and motivational speaker based on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Contact her at: terri.perrin@faoifengshui.com

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Feng Shui & Your Pets

Enjoy this guest blog post from International Feng Shui expert and author of the book Wind & Water ~ Your Personal Feng Shui Journey, Carole E. Hyder.

The Feng Shui of your home can help your pets and in return, your pets can help your Feng Shui. The good Feng Shui you provide your pets will assure them of a safe place to sleep, as well as a clean and quiet spot to eat. Since pets know how to read energy, you can also provide them a balanced environment by your keeping clutter under control.

Likewise, your pets can benefit the Feng Shui of your space by their presence, where they hang out, where you feed them, and where they sleep.  Depending on the kind of pet, they might be able to bring about specific results.

1.  In Feng Shui, the flow of water is synonymous with the flow of money.  Having an aquarium in which the fish maintain a continuous movement can be a symbolic reminder of money coming into your life.

2.  A pair of birds can be your metaphor for drawing in a partner.

3.  A gerbil running on their track may provide you the impetus to get on your own fast-track in your career.

4.  A puppy will definitely get you out of your rut if your life feels bland.

5.  Even a cat that seems to sleep all day can remind you to get centered and slow down.

Monday, May 9, 2011

2011 'Business of the Year' Award Winner!

(Left) Carolyn West Price Touhey, SmartBiz Strategy, presents Terri Perrin with award. PHOTO BY Seadance Photography
Thursday, May 5, 2011, Fine Art of Intention Feng Shui was presented with the Comox Valley Home-Based Business Association's 'Business of the Year' Award.

"The CVHBBA Business of the Year Award is designed to acknowledge an HBBA member who has demonstrated exemplary effort in their business or in their industry, leadership in this Association and involvement in our community," said the 2010 award recipient and award presenter, Carolyn West-Price Touhey, SmartBiz Strategy.

"In the two years since launching Fine Art of Intention Feng Shui Terri Perrin has delivered interactive and inspirational workshops to audiences from Campbell River to Victoria, BC and in Calgary, Alberta," added West-Price Touhey. "A freelance writer, as well as certified feng shui pracitioner, she was been well published in the local and national media and is effectively using Internet-based communications to market her products and services.

"This year, Terri took her writing to a different level," adds West-Price Touhey. "In January 2011, Terri published her first feng shui book, The Complete Guide to Feng Shui Crystals. She worked with a network of International resources to deliver an accurate and informative manuscript. She also chose to work with another CVHBBA member, photographer Lisa Graham, Seadance Photography and graphic designer Lenore Lowe, Imago Creative, to create a first-class ‘made in the Comox Valley’ product that is now selling in North America.
 
"Terri makes it all look so simple and easy, despite her very full plate, and she does it all with such grace," concluded West-Price Touhey. "Her creativity, professionalism, and sincere desire to make a difference are evident in all she does, and it was truly my pleasure to present Terri Perrin the 2011 CVHBBA Business of the Year award."

Saturday, April 30, 2011

How Heavy is this Water?

I found this story interesting and wanted to share it. Stress can affect us in many ways. Often, it is all in our perspective. Consider this:

A lecturer was explaining stress management to an audience. Raising a glass of water, he asked, “How heavy is this glass of water?”

Answers ranged from 20 g to 500 g.

The lecturer replied, “The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long you try to hold it.

“If I hold it for a minute, that’s not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my right arm. If I hold it for a day, you’ll have to call an ambulance. In each case, it’s the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.

“And that’s the way it is with internal stress. The longer we carry our burdens the heavier they become. Before long we won’t be able to carry on.

“As with the glass of water, you have to put it down. Then you can rest. When we’re refreshed, we can carry on without the pain associated with those burdens.

“So, before you return home tonight, put the burden of work down. Don’t carry it home. You can pick it up tomorrow, if you wish."

Did you know that the clutter in your home and/or office can be causing you major stress? Check this blog post for information on clearing clutter. Read this article on basic feng shui principles.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Praise for Complete Guide to Feng Shui Crystals

LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS BOOK
Several feng shui practitioners in the Unites States and Canada have ordered The Complete Guide to Feng Shui Crystals. Here's what one reader had to say about it:

"I thoroughly enjoyed reading your book! Information-packed. Beautifully arranged. Wonderful images. Fantastic charts for convenient referencing. Awesome!

"I personally want to thank you for shedding light on the issue of lead. My niece had lead poisoning, which almost killed her, having had acquired it as a child. She is now a beautiful 25-year old. But her suffering through all of that makes anything with lead in it a concern. I'm quite pleased, as you can imagine, that leaded-crystals are safe. She is using them for Feng Shui purposes in her own home."

Peace, light, and many blessings! Renate Bell

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Feng Shui for Feeling Frisky

www.seadance.ca
Simple ways to boost your libido by changing your décor ... and your mindset 

Can the state of your bedroom influence your libido? You bet it can! Your goal in decorating your master bedroom should be to create a space that is restful and romantic and there are many ways that feng shui can help to achieve that goal.

But what about raw sexuality … not just romance? Can feng shui really help you feel frisky? For suggestions “beyond the basics” I posted a Facebook question to my colleagues in the International Feng Shui Guild (IFSG). It turned out to be one of our most lively discussion ever!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Get on Board With Social Media

Feng Shui Connections Canada
How to put your Feng Shui energy into cyberspace promotions

Websites. Blogs. Facebook. Twitter. Skype. Yikes!
So much social media … so little time!

I am pleased to have been invited to be the guest speaker at the Feng Shui Connections Canada meeting in Calgary on April 12, 2011. I will be giving a presentation on using social media to promote Feng Shui.  This will be followed by what I expect to be a lively and interactive discussion on social networking where attendees will be invited to share their Internet challenges and triumphs with the group.
My 45-minute presentation will walk through my experience in coming up with the concept for my book – The Complete Guide to Feng Shui Crystals – and how I used the Internet to  connect and interact with some of North America’s most well-respected Feng Shui experts during the research and writing process.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

How to clutter clear inherited artwork

Welcome guest blogger, Karen Kingston, feng shui expert and author of two best-selling books: Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui and Creating Sacred Space with Feng Shui. My father recently passed away and my family is left with several paintings that we are not sure what to do with. Karen's client's dilemma and her advice really resonated with me ... so, with her kind permission, I now share it with you. Thank you, Karen!
 
Inherited artOne of Karen's readers wrote:

For the last nine years, I have searched for answers to a problem and have not found much useful advice. I am reading your book, ‘Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui', which gives me some hope, even though, so far, it doesn’t directly speak to my situation.

My parents were artists, locally but not especially commercially admired. They were also hoarders. Their basement was filled with items in various stages of completion, from single papers with one brush stroke to completed, mounted and framed pieces. Upstairs, walls were nearly covered with their paintings, and horizontal surfaces held sculpture. Nine years ago, I inherited all of it....

Saturday, March 19, 2011

YES ... Feng Shui CAN help you increase business!


For home, business and garden Feng shui consultations on Vancouver Island, British Columbia contact: Terri Perrin terri.perrin@faoifenghsui.com

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Spring Time Weight Loss with Feng Shui

I welcome Spring with a guest blog post from my colleague, Karen Rauch Carter, feng shui expert and author of the best-selling book: Move Your Stuff, Change Your Life.

Here are Karen's quick feng shui tips for weight loss and the general waking up of the body for spring and the activities that go with it:

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Fun Feng Shui

In 2011, the months of January, July and October each have 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays and 5 Sundays.
This happens only once every 823 years!
This makes 2011 a 'money bags year.

There is an email going around that says if you forward this to your friends you will receive money in 4 days. Don't know if that is true or not ... but I encourage you to share this information with your friends anyway! (Just for fun!)

Monday, March 7, 2011

Get a Head Start on Spring Gardening


Feng shui workshop will offer insight into how to create peaceful outdoor spaces

Despite the snow and cold we have experienced in the past few weeks, many spring flowers are staring to bloom and Comox Valley gardeners are eager to get growing! While it may be too early in the season to put out your bedding plants, now is a good time to think about what you can do to turn your outdoor living space into a peaceful oasis. Applying the most basic principles of feng shui can help you create garden spaces with positive and balanced energy.

Gardens represent an attempt to recreate the perfection of nature and the unity of human beings. It is an art form where we can use colours, textures and natural elements to create spaces that can nourish our bodies and souls. I like to think of my garden as a blank canvas… bare earth that is not a lifeless void but an energetic space brimming with potential.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Feng Shui and Trees




As a relative newcomer to Vancouver Island, and the owner of a brand new home on a barren lot, I was thrilled to discover that everything from apples to zinnias grow here. I felt like an artist poised in front of a blank canvas!

When designing my landscaping I paid particular attention to my backyard because, according to the principles of Feng Shui, it represents the future. In Feng Shui, trees are considered to be ‘the lungs of the world’ because they take in carbon dioxide and return it to the atmosphere as oxygen. They also play an integral role in stabilizing the soil and keeping the water table balanced. Trees (and some plants) also hold special meaning and do more than enhance the landscape!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

More Feng Shui for Love & Romance


Crystals of the Bagua Photos by Seadance Photography



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Front Door







Want to improve your chance at romance? You can use Feng Shui to improve relationships. First, you need to locate the Love & Relationship area of your home according to the Black Sect Tantric Buddhist (BTB) Feng Shui Bagua Map.


To find your  Love Area: Stand at your front door and imagine your home divided into nine equal-sized squares. The nine areas (or ‘guas’) combine to form the Bagua. The square located at the far right-hand corner from your front door is the Love & Relationship gua. (See graphic above.)

Consider enhancements to this gua to achieve good relationships and inner harmony. Use red, white or pink as accents and place items in pairs. You should also clear the clutter in this gua and repair (or remove) anything that is broken.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Gung Hay Fat Choi!

Illustration by On Task
Happy Chinese New Year to You!
I am pleased to present the following guest blog post from my colleague, Mia Staysko, White Lotus Interiors. This information on the Chinese New Year and 2011 Year of the Metal Rabbit is reprinted (with permission) from Mia's White Lotus Letter

Feb 2, 2011 is the beginning of the Chinese year of the Metal Rabbit. The Metal Tiger of 2010 is drawing to a close, but not without reminding us of his presence this past year. That last flick of the tail may have some of you feeling a little turbulent over the last few weeks.

To see what the rabbit has in store for us, it helps to visualize the characteristics of the rabbit himself. Generally content and peaceable, she is a somewhat unassuming creature. She is gentle, sensitive, has refined tastes and is somewhat solitary. For many this gentleness will be a welcome respite from the turbulent tiger of 2010. However, in each of the last five years the element of the zodiac animals have been in a destructive phase resulting in a string of less than optimal luck. This year will see that cycle continue as the Rabbit is naturally a wood element sign and the metal of this year is in direct opposition. Though the year should be generally gentle, do not expect it to be without struggle. Peaceful negotiation will work better this year than force.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Feng Shui for Love & Romance

Photo by Seadance Photography
Special Valentine's Event...
for Ladies only! 
Wednesday, February 9th
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Winds of Change Events Room
357B - 5th Street, Courtenay, BC



Whether you are looking for a new romantic partner or hoping to ignite sparks with a current flame, this two-hour workshop promises to be informative and fun!

Terri Perrin, Feng Shui Practitioner, will introduce you to Feng Shui 'do's and don't' for the master bedroom and teach you how to set positive intentions to foster great relationships.

Lisa Graham, Seadance Photography, will dive into the romance of boudoir and underwater portraits.

The evening will wrap up with an historic look at the connection between chocolates and romance... and offer a tantalizing chocolate taste testing!

Each guest will receive a gift bag filled with coupons and information from the presenters, as well as several romance-related Comox Valley businesses including:
  • Colour FX Make-up
  • Grace Cosmetics
  • Secret Drawers Lingerie
  • The Romance Shop
  • Oh! Spa
PLUS! There will be a door prize draw for a $40 bouquet of flowers, courtesy of Comox Valley Flower Mart.


TICKETS at Winds of Change or call 250.218.4952
  • $20 per person in advance. $25 at the door.
  • Seating is limited to the first 25.... so sign up now!
  • Feng Shui books, crystals and products will be available for purchase.
  • Cash or cheques only.
Terri Perrin is a BTB Feng Shui practitioner and author based in Comox, BC, Canada. Contact her at 250.218.4952 or visit www.faoiFengshui.com for more information.