Feng Shui 101

Feng Shui in my way is about designing your dream life.
These feng shui basics and tips will help you to personalize your environment and make it feel fantastic while bringing your intentions to life!
Here we break down feng shui terms like the bagua, yin and yang, the five elements and other “technical” feng shui lingo so that you can understand and assimilate these big concepts into your life with grace and style.

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When I first started my own fascinating dive into the world of feng shui, I was far more interested in art and design and holistic living than I was interested in some sort of placebo-effect of superstition that I found lots of….everywhere.

I mean, I didn’t want to recommend things to clients that I didn’t wholly know to be true, because to suggest things that required such a big “leap of faith” was against my own ways of thinking about life in general.

So I researched, researched and resarched.

And I practiced, practiced, practiced.

I don’t need a controlled lab experiment to “scientifically” prove that something works if it’s worked for over a decade in hundreds of different homes… but the fact that scientists started to pay attention to environmental design was intriguing.

Then… an outpouring of data started to crop up.  Whether it’s the fascinating science of epigenetics (how our lifestyle affects our genetics) and the ways that our environment literally affects our cells (!) or the wild studies on clutter that link cluttered environments to increased cortisol, weight gain, stress and even depression… the science was compelling.   Plants can clean your air.  Your sleep quality does depend in part on environmental factors and bedroom design.  The colors we see are engineered to create influence…Art can help you to heal physically.  Nature can revitalize your mind.

Reading all this, even I want to feng shui my own home much more!!!

What I find about science isn’t that it’s “legitimizing” what I do because it’s been legitimate for thousands of years, but, rather, each awesome probe into the nature of the universe and how we interact with it shows me new ways to go deeper, to experiment more wildly and apply all this ancient wisdom with so much more power.

Today, let’s explore more ways that science is catching up with feng shui!  Continue Reading…

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Welcome to Spring!

Sunday March 20th is the Spring Equinox, and in many philosophies it’s like the true New Year’s Day of 2016.

The idea is that your wishes, dreams, purpose, mission and passion can truly spring into life when you bring them to the forefront of your life, planting these seeds of intention now that will grow all year.

Making dreams come to life in Spring Equinox time is gorgeous.

Add fire to your life. Light a few candles around the house today if you can. You can even grab a red pen to start writing those dreams and goals (we’re getting to that in a second)!

Get grounded. In Equinox we celebrate the Earth and re-connect to it’s power. Switch all your electronics off and spend some time outside if you can. If you still feel “spaced out” try hugging yourself by wrapping your arms around you and squeezing yourself tight. Self-love is super-grounding!

Write our your wishes. Choose well as these intentions are super-powered right now!

As you write out each dream, wish or need, feel it in your body. Where are you doubting things, and where do you feel the tension? Where are you forcing things and how do you feel the stress of it? How much do you feel you deserve stuff… and where do those emotions sit in your body?

If you come upon any stuck emotions as you write: shake out your hands, take a walk or stretch, and sit back down to write and write until you feel you’re truly open and ready to accept all the great stuff you’re putting on paper.

Literally, plant some seeds! If you have some seeds to plant, plant a few today. It’s a beautiful way to mirror your “seed planting” of dreams and goals in your life. You can also grab some new houseplants or water the ones you have!

Spring into action. Exercise gets the flow of greatness going both in life and in your brain itself, sparking more genius!

Create SPACE. Without lots of clear space around you, nothing new can arrive. It’s time to next-level your clutter clearing, dumping everything lingering as static and noise and doubt and fear and worry, making room so those deep and passionate dreams can come to life!

The Catalyst Camp Home & Life De-Clutter starts soon and the FREE feng shui de-cluttering video series starts now. For nearly an hour of space-clearing practical feng shui magic to make room to grow, you can start right HERE!

Enjoy the Equinox & have a gorgeous weekend!

xoxo Dana

 

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 creating genius creativity book

Welcome to Creating Genius!

I spent the last year creating this e-guide to balancing and unblocking life by pulling together the best of a decade of space-changing and life-shifting feng shui! It’s 50 days and 50 ways to use feng shui to shift your space and your routines to move from “stuck” to creatively inspired and alive.

Start Creating Genius right HERE!

And… As a special bonus when you get the e-guide– a bonus that thrills me!— I’m leading a private Creating Genius + Artist’s Way Group for all of you, to guide you online through twelve weeks of creative awesomeness this year!

Gather up your magic & make gorgeous dreams come true!

xoxo Dana

 

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You’re a genius. You have incredible talents, gifts and awesome energy to bring to every single day of your life… and I hope you’re enjoying every minute of it!

Every single cell in your body is a creative force of Nature.

We’re meant to be creating things every single day in joy and love and flow…

Being stuck sucks. Especially if it’s not clear that you are stuck, or why… or how to fix it!

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When creative flow is blocked it can show up as a block in so many ways— not just as Writer’s Block or a hard time making art itself.

Creative blocks often show themselves as—

  • a downspiral in love and passion
  • exhaustion…
  • way too much drama
  • money issues, debt and draining finances
  • lots of clutter and chaos
  • tons of problems piling up
  • a feeling like you’re pushing through days
  • mood swings… or generally feeling “meh.”

When you’re stuck, it’s tempting to talk about making change, trying to reason out why and how it happened…

I never got very far this way. Nothing changed. It actually made the problem grow.

Have you been there?

The solution I’ve seen work over and again, supported by big science?

Dr. BJ Fogg, Director of Stanford’s Persuasive Laboratory states it brilliantly:

“There’s just one way to change your behavior: radically change your environment”

Changing space changes life!

creating genius creativity book

Welcome to Creating Genius!

I spent the last year creating this e-guide to balancing and unblocking life by pulling together the best of a decade of space-changing and life-shifting feng shui! It’s 50 days and 50 ways to use feng shui to shift your space and your routines to move from “stuck” to creatively inspired and alive.

Start Creating Genius right HERE!

As a thank you for helping me make this guide (many of you have helped in important ways), and as a celebration of it’s arrival (!!!) the e-guide is ON SALE for just one week… so now’s a great time to get started.

And… As a special bonus when you get the e-guide– a bonus that thrills me!— I’m leading a private Creating Genius + Artist’s Way Group for all of you, to guide you online through twelve weeks of creative awesomeness this year!

Gather up your magic & make gorgeous dreams come true!

xoxo Dana

 

chinese lanterns

Chinese New Year is February 8th, and it’s a perfect time to revisit your New Year plans from January 1 and re-energize your wishes.  Since I truly believe we make our own luck, it’s a fun time to think about all the ingenious ways you can make more luck for yourself this year!

The Year Of The Fire Monkey starts February 8th, 2016.  While I don’t read the predictions because they are laden with supersition when they are computer generated  &  contain lots of “luck predictions” I prefer to avoid, I do love the themes of each Chinese New Year and the energy of the year this year is super active and playful and full of fire energy!

Here’s much more about the Chinese New Year along with some ways you can make the most of this time.

Continue Reading…

sacra luna crystals!

(@sacraluna on Instagram & Etsy…a crystal dream!)

Your space on the outside of you mirrors the inside of you. And vice versa.

It doesn’t mean that if you have a messy house your life will unravel, but it points to the fact that with a little housecleaning (literally) you can improve your days dramatically. Beyond housecleaning… if you super-amp-up your space with energy, you do the same for your life.

I’m a lover of the highest vibrations, glitter, sparkle, electricity and rainbows.  Without lots of positivity, I can get dull and tarnished pretty fast.  It’s become my personal responsibility to learn to replenish the confetti and stardust, because I realized that we all need to recharge our inspiration.

Here are some radical reasons to create an environment full of super-high vibrations and beauty according to Dr. Bruce Lipton.

  • Your environment is constantly helping to shape your cells.
  • The energy in your environment sends messages to your cells to set a bunch of incredible biological processes in action, either for your benefit or your detriment

He takes it to the next level by explaining that knowing this  (ie: reading this) doesn’t matter… You can know a million things.  You actually need to apply this theory to your space and life to be transformed.

This video is awesome:

There are many techniques to explore when you want to actually work on decluttering your subconscious mind and it’s negative programs…

But for our purposes…

The one daily technique to stay more fully present, and therefore, not at the effect of anything subconscious that can fly out and take over : add excitement everywhere.

Hang exciting art.

Showcase exciting collections.

Get the best music flowing.

Make things delicious!

Shelves, stacks, bookcases, crates: all can help you showcase what you love. Seeing it all shine every day makes for really present and powerful inspiration that reshapes your life every day.

You’ll show up so much more readily every day.  And if what Dr. Bruce Lipton is saying is true (and it’s been studied, and it’s pretty astonishing)  that means your entire biology – ever single cell- can benefit from the redesign of your space!

xoxo Dana

 

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feng shui 101And, if you want to dive in to your own personalized feng shui in a modern, practical way, Say hello to Feng Shui 101.  Its the guide I made for you to create your own personalized feng shui at home, in the office, wherever you may be… in 8 weeks.  It’s not filled with strict rules or what you “must” do.  Its filled with information, questions, exercises and even videos and classes to help you confidently create amazing spaces with killer feng shui and live with more flow.   Learn more about the 8-week feng shui adventure & grab your copy to get started right HERE…  And, as always, please let me know what happens!

step into growth

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Insecurity.  It’s something we’re shamed for having if we’ve grown up being told that we could be perfect.  It’s confusing.  If you like to follow your instincts, it’s the kind of threat feeling that tells you to run, but when you do run, you sabotage the good things in your life.

Vulnerability, opening your heart, living your truth… All such big concepts that can land on your life with a feeling of fear that isn’t easy to understand.

I once had a healer “open my heart” and I had panic attacks all night because I wasn’t used to the rush of energy moving through my body.

In all this discomfort and sometimes true panic, Brene Brown and Deepak Chopra and scientists and pop culture all swear that your vulnerable state is where your genius resides.

I wonder if you, like me, have made your life smaller than it needs to be because of your insecurities. I wonder if you’ve struggled to know what this magical vulnerability really feels like? I wonder if you’ve been able to find your way forward even in the face of what feels so wobbly in the service of living your dreams? Continue Reading…

soul family

While there’s an undeniable power in the families we are all born in, full of karma and connection, the walls don’t stop at your family tree.   My whole life I grew up with cousins who weren’t “real” cousins, aunts that weren’t my “aunt” in a geanological sense… and then there are so many friends that are family.

Some have called it a Soul Family.

I love this idea:

“When you look back at your life, you will see there are many people who have had an impact on it. All of these people are your soul mates, and whether they know it or not on the personality level, they love you dearly for you are all working together towards one singular goal, and that is the goal of love.

“When we meet someone and an instant friendship or attraction occurs, does that mean that this is a soul mate and that we have been together in past lives?”

What it means is that there is compatibility in vibration, and this generally means that there is a connection of sorts. Whether that soul be from your Soul Family, Group, Clan, or Nation, there is a connection, a similarity of goal, purpose, experience, and therefore vibration.”

Celebrating a much larger sphere of influence- your Soul Family- is where it’s at.

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We collect together our Soul Family.  Even though we’re all connected, those who share our common missions have a high prority to find us, to create and synergize and grow together.  It’s part of why it’s so important to keep your vibes high and your life happy, so you’ll find them, they’ll find you… and you’ll achieve your mission together.

Soul Families have missions.  They aren’t just meant to ride off into the sunset.  They’re meant to make life happen together, collectively.

Two more concepts that are beautiful and true:

Relationship

Soul family connections are the most loving, supportive, nurturing and compassionate on earth. The connection is hugely powerful and undeniable. You two will be drawn together by forces stronger than any earthly conditions (i.e. gender, age, marital status). You may express the connection in a romantic coupling, or by becoming the very best of friends. This person will always feel like family.

Duration

Soul family relationships have the greatest longevity. Of any relationship, this is the one that will last a lifetime (and beyond). The connection provides such amazing love and support, that no other relationship can surpass.

(*whole article HERE)

The more I miss the now-transcended core of my birth family, the more I’m reminded of the Soul Family around me that continues to expand.  Sometimes I feel my mom and dad and aunts and grandma pull strings in the universe to bring me more gifts of people I can’t imagine living without.  People who make me feel the ground under my feet, a head full of stars… and even people who believe in unicorns.

Stay in more light spaces and stick close to your passions. 

Move away from people who shrink your space and make you question yourself (*they squash your vibe and pull you off track) 

Make time for and bring your best to the people you love. 

Collect and grow that Soul Family of your own.   It’s the true definition of success, power and every other concept attributed to a life of greatness.  It’s real love.  It’s unbreakable. It’s something- and so many someones-  to celebrate every single day!

xoxo Dana

 

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feng shui 101And, if you want to dive in to your own personalized feng shui in a modern, practical way, Say hello to Feng Shui 101.  Its the guide I made for you to create your own personalized feng shui at home, in the office, wherever you may be… in 8 weeks.  It’s not filled with strict rules or what you “must” do.  Its filled with information, questions, exercises and even videos and classes to help you confidently create amazing spaces with killer feng shui and live with more flow.   Learn more about the 8-week feng shui adventure & grab your copy to get started right HERE…  And, as always, please let me know what happens!

how feng shui works

Your home can help you to become all you want to be.

I’m pretty sure by now you’ve heard of vision boards and vision maps and all kinds of ways to imagine the future in pictures and then bring it to life once you stick the words and images on a board.

It’s fun, it’s useful and arguably it’s powerful. There are more than a few stories of the peson who created a vision board, put it away in the garage and found it years later, only to realize it all came true!

Not everyone can manifest seamlessly and easily from where they’re at in life. If you’re in chaos and confusion it can be really difficult to trust your instincts and make things happen. If you’re not very present because you’re lost in problems, you might have a very hard time being and feeling effective in every day.

The next level of this vision board idea, though, is to jump steps beyond the board and create your entire environment as a vision board of your life!

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That’s what feng shui does, in my way… you create a life that’s a vision board of all that you aspire to be.

Imagine: You wake up and everything you see is messaging a bigger and better everything you want.  From the art on your walls in the bedroom to the specific color of your sheets, the aromatherapy in the air picked with intention to lift your spirits, the food in your refrigerator… the lights in the living room… the office that makes you inspired to work… even the best coffee cup…

Imagine it’s all designed to keep you focused, lifted, spacious, abundant and excited?!

Pretty powerful, right?

That’s just the very start of feng shui in a great big way.

Before all these dream-making switches that layer your home in your wishes can actually take hold in your life, though, you have to have clear space.

Your vision board won’t “work” if you store it in a dirty trash can simply because as you stuff it in the trash you’ll know that you’re instantly devaluing your dreams. You’re saying you don’t believe… or, at the very least, you don’t really care.

In the exact same way, your feng shui won’t work if you are adding things to a mess of clutter, junk & dirt at home.

You’ll see far more counter-intention than you’ll see intention.

You’ll be adding your dreams to a pile of confusion.

If you’ve been spinning your wheels to make a change, let go of even more stuff than you think is possible.

It’s a simple super-charger.

Let go of expectations.  Let go of must-haves.  Let go of things you might need one day.  Let go of bad memories, bad habits and things you’ve outgrown…

I used to say I wanted to change over and over again, but until I got up the courage to let go of a part of a lifetime of bad ideas and junk and confusion and disorganization, I never changed one bit, despite all my passionate and self-sacrificing efforts.

Sound familiar?

Don’t spin your wheels.

Dare to let things go.

All the space you create isn’t just novel and it doesn’t just feel and look good.  All that space you create makes you an effective, present, awesomely productive creative being.  All that space you make makes your manifestation actually work better.  All that space you clear makes much more opportunity come to life!

Make the space!  Turn your mind to glitter and your energy to irresistable rainbows!

Your home is the most powerful next-level vision board to make your dreams come true.

Clear it out.

Energize it with your wishes.

Live your dreams.

xoxo Dana

PS: The Catalyst Camp home & life de-clutter is open right now…for just a few more days!  It’s 8-weeks of creating all kinds of manifesting magic, and you can start right HERE!

 

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feng shui 101And, if you want to dive in to your own personalized feng shui in a modern, practical way, Say hello to Feng Shui 101.  Its the guide I made for you to create your own personalized feng shui at home, in the office, wherever you may be… in 8 weeks.  It’s not filled with strict rules or what you “must” do.  Its filled with information, questions, exercises and even videos and classes to help you confidently create amazing spaces with killer feng shui and live with more flow.   Learn more about the 8-week feng shui adventure & grab your copy to get started right HERE…  And, as always, please let me know what happens!