Balancing Elements


Tom and I both grew up in Palos Verdes. We are back, staying with Tom’s parents as we were evacuated from our house in Mount Hermon in the Santa Cruz Mountains. 


It’s scary to leave your home not knowing if you’ll see it again, having to choose what to take and what to leave behind. 


In the Santa Cruz Mountains we have a lot earth and wood, some water and some metal. Right now we are heavy in wood, fire obviously, and earth. Wood produces fire, fire feeds earth and eventually, earth creates metal. 


In Palos Verdes, we have a better distribution of all the elements. It’s by the ocean, so lots of yang water, earth, some wood and some metal. Physical fire is weaker here, but Palos Verdes is in the south, which, in Feng Shui, is the direction of fire.


Though we love living in the forest, we are mindful that, with this imbalance, comes a cost. We are happy for the reprieve from the fires and smoke, and know that when the earth is out of balance, so goes nature. 

The Phoenix, Nepenthe and Feng Shui


Ok, so this is an interpretive Phoenix carved of wood at Nepenthe, Big Sur, one of my favorite spots on the planet. Nepenthe is a drug derived from a plant during Greek times to produce forgetfulness (lots of us would like this drug at the moment). The Phoenix represents coming back after great catastrophe.


What does this have to do with Feng Shui, you ask? Classic Feng Shui uses animal forms to represent the land forms in nature; mountains, water, the sun, soil and minerals, trees. Traditionally, the Phoenix is associated with fire and rebirth. 


We are in the midst of one of the most challenging years in memory, to say the least. Feng Shui masters the world over had predicted something huge, catastrophic, and far reaching/worldwide. Here we are, learning to really live in our spaces, learning to live with others in these spaces more often than ever before. 


Pay attention to how you feel in different parts of your homes, Now that you have more time to do so, observe. You may have angst in some areas and peace in other areas. In Floyd, we have dark, cold and dusty everywhere, except for the secret room, more on that next week. 

There will be changes, there will be loss, then there will be rebirth. Hopefully, we will learn some valuable lessons about ourselves and the space we occupy and how to care for ourselves, others, and these spaces. Stay tuned and good health. 

Take a walk on the wild side


The Japanese have a word for it-Shinrin-Yoku or Forrest bathing. The Japanese believe it is important to make an effort to regularly connect with nature. Feng Shui loves a balanced being, and this is a perfect way to balance the body and soul. Get your nature on! 

The scientifically-proven benefits of Shinrin-yoku include:

-Boosted immune system functioning, with an increase in the count of the body’s Natural Killer (NK) cells.
-Reduced blood pressure
-Reduced stress
-Improved mood
-Increased ability to focus, even in children with ADHD
-Accelerated recovery from surgery or illness
-Increased energy level
-Improved sleep

Just as impressive are the results that we are experiencing as we make
this part of our regular practice:
-Deeper and clearer intuition
-Increased flow of energy
-Increased capacity to communicate with the land and its species
-Increased flow of eros/life force
-Deepening of friendships
-Overall increase in sense of happiness

Fibonacci Sequence


In mathematics, the Fibonacci numbers are the numbers in the following integer sequence, called the Fibonacci sequence, and characterized by the fact that every number after the first two is the sum of the two preceding ones:[1][2](via Wikipedia)

We see this in nature, in a snail’s shell, the rows of petals in flowers. And in everyday life. It is about the ratio of one layer to the next in a very simple yet aesthetically pleasing increase.

In nature

In Feng Shui, the Fibonacci Sequence is often observed, is favorable in a space, but is usually not identified as such.

Fibonacci Ceiling

I use the Fibonacci Sequence in my logo and on the back of my business card. These shapes are auspicious in Feng Shui as they are organic and natural yet orderly. Fibonacci images are suitable in any area of design but are very suspicious in the Northeast area of your space and the Western area of your space as a general rule.

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