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Why You Should Care About the Helpful People Area of Your Home

‘Helpful People’ sounds like an ancillary benefit to Feng Shui until you find yourself in need of some truly reliable and helpful people in your life.  To be honest, more people become curious about Feng Shui because of the allure that it will improve their finances or love life, than for the probability that it will allow them to ‘receive it forward‘.  In fact, the Helpful People/Travel/ Service area may be one of the most overlooked areas on the Feng Shui bagua.  We all need to be able to give and receive stellar service as we move through this thing called life, and when this area is in sync, things just have a habit of going your way.

So who are these “helpful people” anyway?  Let’s run through a few scenarios where helpful people are very appreciated.  You were just in a wreck, you call your insurance company and they jump through hoops to make sure that all of your needs are met.  Need a tow truck, car rental or doctor?  Chances are that your insurance agent is acting as a very helpful person in your life in that moment.  Here’s another example; let’s say that you walk out of your apartment and your car battery is dead.  One of your neighbors has jumper cables, and offers to give your car battery a jump with their’s.  They just did a “pay it forward” and they helped you out of a frustrating start to your day.  A helpful person could be the girl taking your order in the drive-thru window or it could be the contractor in charge of your home’s plumbing needs.  Regardless, it is always a good idea to tweak this area BEFORE it becomes a issue in your life.

“When this area is in sync, things just have a habit of going your way.”

Now that I have your attention, let me give you the 411 on this area.  If you mentally visualize an imaginary tic tac toe box around your home, it will then be divided into 9 evenly placed squares (the example below is not perfectly even, but at least it gives you a visual).  The Helpful People area is located in the bottom right hand corner in relation to your front door.  Using your mental bagua, go to each room, locate the helpful people area and do an inventory of your findings. Your home is an overlay of multiple helpful people areas, and they all matter!  Once your inventory is complete, you’ll want to analyze the data.  Did you find your daughter’s collection of headless Barbies or did you find a chaotic table full of un-filed papers, bills, receipts and other symbols of overwhelm? Whether you found your meditation pillow and yoga mat, or your son’s legos scattered like land mines all over the floor, it doesn’t take a Feng Shui license to know what you need to do in order to bring some balance back into your life.

Helpful People Bagua

The next step is to eliminate the most obvious problems first.  If your area is filled with clutter and broken items, clean it.  Don’t wait for your kids to call Hoarders, and embarrass you on national television!  Next, remember that this area revolves around being of service.  From a Feng Shui point of view, all areas can be enhanced by balancing the elements.  Helpful People is strengthened by the metal element.  The  colors that enhance this element are obviously metal tones like silver, bronze and gold, and metal items like bells or metal Tibetan Singing Bowls as well as white and light pastels.  The shape that represents the metal element is a circle, so adding round, metal items would really pack some punch.  Obviously, whatever you add, needs to be able to fit in with the decor that already exists within your home.  Placing a Feng Shui “cure” in your home just because the store clerk assured you it will bring good luck is not nearly as powerful as finding a way to allow the cures to be blend seamlessly into your surroundings.  It is much more desirable to have your friends walk into you home and feel great about it without knowing why, than for them to walk in and be confronted by all sorts of  kitschy Feng Shui Chinese items that have no relevance to your life or culture.

Feng Shui may have its roots in some of the more esoteric and secret aspects of Chinese culture and lore, but at its most basic level, it is a very common-sense way to add a little peace and happiness into your life.  Have fun with it, and whatever you do, don’t take yourself too seriously!








The Feng Shui Changes You Will See WHEN You Believe!

There are those who practice Feng Shui from a scientific perspective, however, I am not one of them.  For me, Feng Shui has always been faith-based.  That may sound strange since we usually associate ‘faith’ with religion.  Yet, in my life, Feng Shui shifted into a transformative process when I let go of the belief that I had to see it in order to believe it, and instead followed the philosophy that “you’ll see it when you believe it”. (Wayne W. Dyer)   I am a natural skeptic, and analytical to the core, but on the flip side, when I tap into my intuition, go with my gut and trust that I am doing what my creator intended, I interpret my world in a whole new way.

When I first discovered Feng Shui, some of the claims were so outlandish that I felt I needed to prove them to myself in order to believe them.  My house became my own personal guinea pig.  In order to benefit fully from this ancient system intricately woven into the fabric of life, I had to open myself up to trust and faith, two concepts that were not welcomed in my mid-20’s.  I was recently married and a new homeowner when I first discovered Feng Shui.  I came home from my first week-long Feng Shui intensive and started to put all that I had learned into practice.

The house we lived in was on three acres and the previous owners had added on a partial sunroom to the back of the house.  With my newly-learned knowledge about Feng Shui, I discovered that this was not ideal.  I also discovered that the shape of the three acres was not complete and that the place of its incompletion was in what is considered the money section of the bagua.  Little by little, I discovered tiny flaws, but luckily, I also knew that most Feng Shui issues can be adjusted.  How? Well, over the years, I have come to view Feng Shui as a mathematical equation. When the equation is incomplete, you have to add or subtract something from it.  In Feng Shui, the elements of water, wood, fire, earth, and metal are the variables that are used to balance the Feng Shui equation.

In the end, no amount of Feng Shui could save my marriage, but what a blessing that was!  The changes that have occurred as a result of that process have made me into a person that I really love.  As I created balance in my home, the people in the house who were not in alignment with those changes had to either adjust and shift up or stay the same and shift out.  That is what happened, and that is why from one perspective, it might appear that Feng Shui did not “work” for me, but in reality, it did.

The art of Feng Shui is one that typically brings subtle changes, along with a new awareness of the things that we value and believe.  It is not a quick fix by any means.  It is a life-long process that shifts you toward your authentic self.  While it is rarely going to create sweeping dramatic changes, it can put you on a path that you never saw possible for yourself.  It can bring awareness to the source of your greatest challenges in your career, your health, your finances and your relationships.  Awareness in itself can be somewhat unsettling because once you know something, you can not Un-Know it, no matter how hard you try.   You can ignore it, but you can’t stop knowing it.  However, if you view the process of Feng Shui as a way that the God of your understanding has chosen to communicate with you, then you might be able to see it as a way to increase your faith in your Self and in a Higher Power.

Discovering the Yoga of Your Home with Logynn B. Northrhip

I’ve been discovering everything I can about Feng Shui, and helping others do the same for over 14 years, and I’ve been discovering the joys and challenges of doing and teaching yoga for over 7 years. The thing that strikes me about both of these ancient, and thoroughly modern day practices is how well they go together.

The Merrium-Webster dictionary defines yoga as “a Hindu philosophy that teaches a person to experience inner peace by controlling the body and mind.”  When you get right down to it, Yoga is like Feng Shui for your Body; and Feng Shui is like Yoga for your Home. The difference is that the inner peace we seek through yoga, through the active participation of the body through movement and breath, is applied to the home by controlling, or supporting our surroundings based on the placement of rooms, the elements of the bagua, the 9 life areas, etc.  The common result of both Yoga and Feng Shui is inner peace, and Feng Shui, just like yoga, is always evolving for the individual.  There is always another level for us to shift out of and into.  Feng Shui and Yoga also share another thing in common.  They don’t ever end, because they are essentially a lifestyle choice.

Through the physical action of asana, we learn to quiet the mind and allow a sense of peace to pervade every area of our body.  We say in yoga that we learn to practice this peace on and off our mat.  How we handle the stress of driving in bumper to bumper traffic or a busy schedule with no gaps or breaks can become our”yoga” of the day.  It all begins with the breath and with awareness.

The way that we can apply this same principle to our homes is simple, but requires a re-envisioning of a typical flowing yoga sequence. We begin with a moment of silence and a connection to the breath and our intention process.  During a flow practice, we typically move the body gently at first to stoke the inner fire with twists, with breath-connected movement and action that resembles a wave.   In our homes, we start at the front door.  How does the house breath?  Does it take a “breath” that fills the home evenly?  Or does it take a breath like a smoker with asthma?

In yoga, we learn about our body’s chakras or energy centers.  According to Wikipedia, “Chakras are part of the subtle body, not the physical body, and as such are the meeting points of the subtle (non-physical) energy channels, called nadiis. Nadiis are channels in the subtle body through which the life force (prana), or vital energy moves.”  With this in mind, it is good to point out that Feng Shui is also a subtle energy system, and it thrives on chi as its vital energy.  Chi is a life force energy that meanders throughout nature, and when we build homes, it filters in and around our homes as well.

Using Feng Shui, our ultimate goal is to create a sense of balance in all areas of our lives.  We want our careers to be balanced with our health, our family and all our personal relationships.  We want adequate financial abundance to balance with our creativity and passions, and we want our sense of well-being to balance with the flame of our reputation.   Understanding and discovering the yoga of your home is a way of combining Feng Shui principles with yogic wisdom to create a common ground that unites these two ancient practices and philosophies, and gives us endless opportunities to evolve and manifest the life of our dreams!

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A Feng Shui Focus – The Top 5 Contributors to Foreclosure

Here’s an absolute truth about Foreclosed homes; most of them are not Feng-Schwayically sound.  What does this mean?  I’ve looked at a lot of houses over the years, and while poor Feng Shui design is not always why a home goes to foreclosure, when you know what to look for, foreclosed homes host a higher number of the ‘usual suspects’ that tend to drain money out of a home, than homes that do not have them.  Because a home can have as many “prosperity” areas as it does separate rooms, there are many places to look for these financial energy drains.

Without exception, every foreclosed house that I have ever “inspected” has more than its share of financial energy drains.  In the photo below, there is something about the dead trees & overgrown grass that add to the desolation of this foreclosure, but there is something more significant that could be a cause.  The one thing that every house requires is a Mouth of Chi.  Look closely.  Do you see one? Well, there is a mouth of chi, but it is very much hidden, and not in one of the usual three areas in the front of the house.  It is located on the far left, about halfway in the middle of the house.  When chi has to work this hard to enter the house, its going to be weaker than usual.

1. A hidden or blocked mouth of chi is one of the top 5 contributors to possible foreclosures.


2. Unfortunate placement of a door, the stove, or both!  In the example below, the kitchen is in the back of the house, along with the back door.  This particular door has a piece of wood covering the doggy door, but it is the placement of the stove in line with the door that is a bigger problem.  As we know, the stove represents our abundance, and our potential to increase it.  Placing it in this type of location is like placing a stack of cash in front of a large vacuum.  It just gets sucked out!

Stove aligned with back door

3.  Missing areas that never get used is the third in the top five contributor list.  When you have a house that is not a perfectly square, which includes most houses, you are bound to find what we call in Feng Shui a missing area.  Basically, the space that is considered missing, is not underneath the roofline of the house, and almost looks as if it were a piece cut out of the whole.  What you do with your missing area, is what truly matters.  If you incorporate it into a beautiful garden design or create a relaxing sitting area with it, then that missing area becomes a part of the whole, and feels complete, regardless of the home’s design.

4. The back left of the house (in relation to your front door) represents the main area that corresponds to your finances.  If that happens to be where your master bathroom is placed, then you will have to use a combination of the proper elements, Water, Wood, Fire, Earth and Metal, in order to balance out the overwhelming water and draining energy that is present in this room.

5. If the shape of your lot is incomplete in the area that corresponds to wealth and accumulation, then you will need to use the Method of Minor Additions to balance it.  This method changes with the house, and can be as creative or as dull a correction as you would like to use.

The bottom line here is that one or two of the above listed characteristics is more of a nuisance that can easily be overcome by using Feng Shui knowledge of color, elements and other placement techniques to create wholeness and balanced.  When a house has all of these and a few that aren’t listed, there is a high probability that money goes out faster than it comes in, and the probability of foreclosure is likely.

Ideally, all future homes would be built based on principles of Feng Shui that align specific rooms with the life areas that match them.  For example, build so that the children’s rooms are located in the part of the home’s bagua that relates to Children/Creativity.  Let the master bedroom be located in the Relationship area of the house, etc.  A home that doesn’t need a Feng Shui correction would be so amazing.  The homeowners would have balance in between their work and the relationships, good health, enough money, happy and creative children and great friends and family all around them.

When you consider that your home is most likely your biggest investment, it makes sense to use all available resources to protect it from foreclosure.  Just imagine how much the property values might increase if none of the homes in your neighborhood looked like the ones posted above!  For every imbalance that is created when Feng Shui wisdom is ignored, there is a corresponding and highly effective solution that you can implement to correct it.

You’ve probably been to someone’s house that just made you feel really relaxed and happy.  You can’t really figure out what it is about their house, but you feel good when you are there.   It may have been really fancy, or it may have been small and cozy.  Either way, it was inviting, and the time you spent there was enjoyable.  That is really what Feng Shui is all about.  It isn’t some arbitrary way of forcing you to see the world or all the rooms in your house.   It’s about enjoying the spaces where you spend your time, living a full and happy life and never settling for less than you want or deserve.

If you would like to learn more about learning all the Feng Shui secrets that will make your home and your life more balanced, contact Logynn at fungschwaygirl@yahoo.com.  Plans are in the works for a Practitioners Course in Austin in 2014!