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The Feng Shui of—

Autumn & Earth Energy

Michele Lewis, CFSP
September-October 2019 • Vol 3, No 106

The signs of autumn are all around us—leaves are gorgeous warm colors, and the days are shorter and nights are cooler. But there is a very important transitional period between summer and fall that we feel in our bodies but that we are not necessarily consciously aware of.

This brief cycle occurs with each change of the seasons, but is most felt in the shift from summer to autumn, as the fire of summer must create the earth element, which in turn produces the metal energy of autumn. Nature can be a real tease during this time. We can have some relatively cool days and chilly nights, and all of a sudden it seems like it’s summer again—it’s incredibly warm out, but the leaves are falling! This is the experience of the earth element; a state of flux that is all the while wooing us to begin turning inward.

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2019-08-26T11:36:38-07:00Feng Shui|

Feng Shui—


Michele Lewis, CFSP
July-August 2019 • Vol 3, No 105

After all the crazy weather we had in May and June, I’m ready to go somewhere WARM!! Planning a vacation this summer? Here are some tips to help you attract good qi wherever you go and however you choose to get there!

A road trip—whether by car or RV—can be a fabulous way to see and experience new places and new people. Start your trip right with the obvious. Make sure that your vehicle is in good working order; an unexpected repair on the road can cut into your travel time as well as your pocketbook. Give your vehicle a good interior cleaning before you go to bring good vibes into your car as well as helping to clear obstacles to having a good trip. If traveling by RV or camper, it’s likely that it has been sitting closed up all winter. Clear that old, stagnant energy that has gathered by airing it out thoroughly—you want to clear all musty, old odors. You may need to burn a smudge or incense to clear negative qi that may linger. Your vehicle is your “home away from home” while traveling, so a thorough cleansing is worth the effort!

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2019-06-26T08:54:12-07:00Feng Shui|

The Feng Shui of—


Michele Lewis, CFSP
May-June 2019 • Vol 3, No 104

I know all of you out there have been doing a great job cleaning and decluttering this spring! Now that you’ve finished some basic tidying up, you can clean at a deeper level through the use of efficacious methods for space clearing. Space clearing is cleansing at an energetic level, removing accumulations of negative yin qi. Negative qi is both seen and unseen, and can be felt through our own sensitivity. It gathers in buildings and spaces, clings to walls, ceilings, and furniture and tends to “hide” behind objects, in closets, corners and dark spaces. This extreme yin energy also will sink and accumulate on the floor.

There are many types of negative yin qi. Emotional energy, such as anger and hostility, as well as sadness and fear, can all be felt in a home. Behavior patterns that are spiritually or emotionally unhealthy and those that cause illness and even death, including suicide, carry this energy. Smoking, alcohol and drug abuse—as well as all other addictions—carry a type of negative energy that accumulates over time in a home or building. In many cases, the occupant is unaware that there has been a gradual build-up of negative energy. Negative yin qi can enter a building or space through other people, animals, or through forces we may not be aware of.

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2019-04-28T11:19:42-07:00Feng Shui|

Feng Shui—2019:

Year of the Earth Pig

Michele Lewis
January–February 2019 • Vol 3, No 102

A very Happy New Year to you, and welcome to a new beginning that is promising to be anything but “boaring”! The Year of the Earth Pig — also known as the boar in Chinese astrology — commences on February 5, 2019, and marks the initiation of a cycle with much potential for healing and spirituality for those who desire to immerse themselves in the good qi of this year.

The Year of the Pig is the culmination of the 12-year rotation of the Chinese zodiac, bringing an opportunity to ponder and review the accomplishments and defeats of the last 11 years to prepare for the new zodiac rotation in 2020. It is a year of reflection and renewal and can bring a relief from past burdens and a welcome lightness to our hearts and minds. It is important though, to always be alert to those energies that would steal our qi, whether an individual or
an idea that is not beneficial in the long run.

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2018-12-27T10:08:57-07:00Feng Shui|

Winter—A Time for Rest

Ensuring You Get a Good Night’s ZZZZZs!

Michele Lewis
November-December 2018 • Vol 3, No 101

It is so beautiful to witness nature going deep into her rest. We too, should be “resting” by slowing down and getting more sleep, beginning in the fall and especially in the winter cycles of nature. This initiates the process of building our energetic reserves as well as strengthening our immune system. Many people needlessly suffer because of a lack of sufficient, rejuvenating sleep. It is not just the number of hours. The quality of sleep — how deeply we go and the time cycle in which we get our sleep—are important determining factors in how we feel when the alarm goes off each morning.

Our health and spirit heal best in a night sleep cycle. In Chinese Medicine, the hours of 11:00 pm to 1:00 am benefit the gall bladder, 1:00 am to 3:00 am is when the liver cleanses, 3:00 am to 5:00 am is associated with the lungs, and 5:00 am to 7:00 am benefits the large intestine. The earlier you can go to bed during these long winter nights, the more highly beneficial it is. Nature is going to sleep earlier and rising later, and you should too! When you are awake and active, especially during gall bladder and liver time cycles, your body cannot detoxify and replenish.

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2018-11-08T10:58:58-07:00Feng Shui|

Feng Shui—The Joys of Fall

with a Qigong Lung-Clearing Exercise

Michele Lewis
September-October 2018 • Vol 3, No 100

As the warm days of late summer pass into autumn, nature is making her perennial transition from the yang months of spring and summer to the yin months of fall and winter. This change will be intuitively felt even before the Autumnal Equinox on September 22nd, as nature begins her transitions deep in the earth long before we see those changes visibly manifest. All of these shifts become more apparent with the increase in yin energy. Each passing day has less and less light, as the hours of light continue to get shorter. We feel this in our bodies and emotions; the organ associated with fall is the lungs and the feelings are sadness and grief. If our bodies or environments are not balanced, we will feel these emotions on a greater scale.

So what can you do? From a Feng Shui perspective, the area of the bagua that aligns with fall and the organ of the lungs is the NW sector of children and creativity. As the yin months progress, it is time for us to move more inward and do something to nurture our inner child and ourselves. The I Ching trigram is tui, it’s feeling being joyful and pleasurable. This is the time to do things that will bring you inner joy and boost your sense of creativity. Try taking classes where you are making or building things with your hands, cooking, painting, sculpture, or anything that makes you feel true happiness inside.

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2018-11-08T10:53:09-07:00Feng Shui|

2018 Lunar New Year— Year of the Earth Dog

Unconditional Love & Loyalty to All Living Things

Michele Lewis, CFSP
January-February 2018 • Vol 3, No 96

A very Happy Lunar New Year and welcome to the year of the Earth Dog! On February 16, 2018, we welcome a new beginning and a year of great opportunity. The dog is considered an auspicious sign in Chinese astrology. One of the most likeable signs, dogs are loyal and valiant, clever and intelligent, and always straightforward. Charismatic and attractive, they are also protective and take their assumed responsibilities most seriously.

And, of course, every sign has its weaknesses: sensitive and prone to cantankerous moods, stubborn and emotional, the dog will look for trouble around every corner. They also have a nose to discern who is friend and foe; if you’re a foe, watch out—as a dog threatened will defend his family, home turf, and causes with a passion and will bite if they feel threatened.

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2018-03-23T07:53:58-07:00Feng Shui|

The Feng Shui of Thanksgiving

Send Ripples of Good Qi Out Into the World

Michele Lewis, CFSP
November-December 2017 • Vol 3, No 95

Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings. —William Arthur Ward These words remind me of how powerful our thoughts and feelings are and how they affect our view of others, our environment, and ourselves. In Feng Shui, our personal and world views have an enormous impact on the energy that we create internally and externally for our homes and ourselves.

We can follow all the Feng shui “rules” regarding placement and use of space, but still not achieve the desired effect. There can be multiple energetic causes for problems in an environment, but attitude can have a profound effect on the efficaciousness of whatever we may do to change the energetics in a particular space or aspect of our lives.

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2018-03-16T14:06:53-07:00Feng Shui|

The Feng Shui of Fall’s Sights, Sounds & Scents

Making Your Home an Indoor Shelter of Good Energy

Michele Lewis, CFSP
September–October 2017 • Vol 3, No 94

As summer’s fiery qi makes its perennial transition to the earth energy of late summer and then to the metal qi of autumn, we are compelled by nature to go increasingly inward. The yang, active energy of summer, at its highest peak on summer solstice, has been gradually decreasing to make way for greater yin energy.

We experience this transition as the days still remain warm, but temperatures are much cooler at night, as the sun is setting much earlier and now rising later. All the fullness and abundance of nature we experienced in spring and summer has reached its peak as harvest time nears; the branches and vines are full and heavy, but will increase no more.

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2018-03-16T14:06:54-07:00Feng Shui|

Cut Flowers & Live Plants

Adding Vibrant Live Energy to Your Home

Michele Lewis, CFSP
July-August 2017 • Vol 3, No 93

Summer is in full bloom and what better way to be surrounded by good qi than bringing your garden into your home with fresh flowers, which bring color, beauty and fragrance into your home. Both flowers and live plants are carriers of rejuvenating yang energy.

Any room is enhanced with fresh flowers, although there are differing feng shui opinions as to their appropriateness in the bedroom. This is because the bedroom—as a place of rest—should be slightly yin to induce and enhance sleep. Personally, I can’t think of a nicer way to doze off and travel to the realms of sleep than being bathed in the fragrance of fresh roses!

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2018-03-19T13:33:05-07:00Feng Shui|