Five Feng Shui Tips to Enhance Healing at Home by Maureen K. Calamia|

As we come out of the quarantine, I thought it’d be nice to learn a couple of simple tricks we can make in our environment to facilitate more complete healing… both mind & body. I LOVE Feng Shui because it just makes sense, at least to me. AND… it’s super easy, plus inexpensive, to try to see if it works for you. Calleen

What does health (body-mind-spirit) and feng shui have in common? Feng shui asserts that our homes are a reflection of our lives; what is working and what is not working. Looking at our homes from a feng shui perspective is that powerful. When we are ill, we usually turn to the medical profession to be (…)

What does health (body-mind-spirit) and feng shui have in common? Feng shui asserts that our homes are a reflection of our lives; what is working and what is not working. Looking at our homes from a feng shui perspective is that powerful.

When we are ill, we usually turn to the medical profession to be “cured.” By whatever means you approach it, either traditional or alternative therapies, there are many other influences that have a significant impact on our health that should be explored in addition to medical treatment.

Our homes have a profound subliminal and unconscious effect on us.

One such influence is our home environments. Our homes have a powerful impact on how we feel and behave. But when we are in any place (or life situation, for that matter) for a great length of time we become numb to it. It does not matter that we are numb we become; negative influences will still wreaking havoc on our physical, mental and emotional bodies.

Consider this scenario: You walk into a room where the lighting is very dim and there is a strong pet odor. You would immediately feel uncomfortable in this space. However, if this is where you lived you would not notice those environmental triggers to such an extent. You would become used to the energy of that space.   

In Places of the Soul: Architecture and Environmental Design as Healing Art architect Christopher Day says, “Most of the time we do not notice our surroundings and then they can work on us with no conscious resistance on our part.” If our homes have poor feng shui – lacking balance and harmony – they will contribute to stress and impact our immune system.   

What is inside is expressed on the outside.

The influence goes the other way as well. One teaching of Feng Shui is that what is inside of us is expressed in our surroundings. Our homes mirror our well being, or lack of it. For example, if you lack clarity, energy, or motivation, your home probably has very low chi (life force energy), which may be expressed as lots of clutter or other issues relating to stagnation. Psychotherapy is a great step toward healing, but if we return to an imbalanced home we will revert to a pattern of imbalance. We need to resolve the issues within the home environment in addition to therapy in order to truly heal.

Here are some tips so that you can create a better healing space:

1.Conquer the clutter – Clutter is probably the biggest offender on health. Clutter contributes to stagnation in the flow of energy in our homes – therefore making us feel drained. At the same time, clutter impacts our immune systems by making us feel overwhelmed. This leads to great imbalance.

If you read this article you will know that I had a major clutter challenge in the center of my home. It was filled with my daughter’s clutter. https://www.luminous-spaces.com/imperfect-feng-shui-home/ I knew that this clutter was contributing to a sense of stagnation in the house and was frustrated after repeated attempts to get her to clear it up. But shortly after I wrote the piece my daughter, completely unprompted by me, de-cluttered and organized this space!

Lots of clutter (paper clutter is the worst!) contributes to the accumulation of dust and mold, which has an obvious impact on the quality of air. Poor air quality contributes to issues with allergies and asthma. In addition, if we have to step over piles of stuff just to get to the front door or to our bed that certainly isn’t going to make us feel positive.

What is considered clutter? It is often as simple as too many objects in a small space. It can be piles of items that we do not need. It can be stuff that we need but is unorganized and messy. It can be projects that are left in a state of being unfinished. It can be furnishings or items from a family or friend that we do not love but feel guilt about getting rid of it.

Some clutter clearing experts define clutter with a simple phrase, as “things you do not need, use or love.” For some de-cluttering tips if the culprit is someone else in your home, check this article. https://www.luminous-spaces.com/making-peace-someone-elses-clutter/

2. Remove “poison arrows” – Poison arrows are anything that is sharp (like a knife edge) or something that represents very low, negative energy, such as a cemetery next door. Poison arrows can overwhelm us on a subconscious level and therefore, impact our immune systems.

Psychology research has shown that we have an aversion to sharp things – obviously a deeply-embedded notion for protection. We prefer curves and rounded edges and shapes so that we can more fully relax.

A sword hanging from the mantle is an easy fix (remove the sword). However, there are poison arrows that are less obvious in our homes. Anything that creates a sharp 90-degree angle, pointed toward a place where we spend at least four hours a day, is a poison arrow and will create unease. For instance, in my master bedroom I have two walls that create a 90-degree angle. The angle is pointed directly at my bed. In fact, it points directly at my husband’s knees which were acting up. Once I remedied this “arrow” my husband insisted that his knee joints felt better. 

These arrows can also contribute to insomnia and will make it hard to recuperate from illness.

To remedy most poison arrows, we can either remove them or soften their edge. A wall as I mentioned above can be remedied either by placing a plant at the base or hanging a multi-faceted clear quartz crystal from the ceiling a few inches from the angle.

3. Move yourself into “command position” – Being in command is an important consideration for health. When you are not in command you are then vulnerable to attack. Research in restaurant environments shows that people prefer sitting in spaces where they have a full view of the room, can easily see the door.  

The two most important spaces for being in command are the bed and desk. Move these furnishings so that (1) you can easily see the door into the room; (2) you have a solid wall at your back; and (3) you are not directly in line with the door into the room (it’s best to be on a diagonal from it).

When I started my feng shui training, I was working in an office for an international nonprofit organization. I worked in cubicle and had my back to the door all day long and had a few situations where I was startled. Once I learned about command position, I placed a mirror so that I could have an easy view to the open doorway behind me and it made all the difference!

This positioning (or a well-positioned mirror) will give you the best opportunity to fully rest in bed and be most productive and creative at work!

4. Check EMFs – Nearly ninety percent of adults have at least one piece of electronic equipment in their bedroom, including a television, cable box, modem, laptop, ipad, iphone, printer, etc. For some, the bedroom doubles as their home office, too. These devices often emit strong electromagnetic fields (EMFs) which seriously weaken and damage the immune system.

It is best that we remove any electronics that we can. Whatever we cannot (or will not) remove, should be plugged into a power strip and turned off at night, to eliminate EMFs while we sleep. Digital alarm clocks have very high EMFs. Place a clock at least three feet from your bed.

Also, we need to check the wall on the other side of our headboards. If there is a circuit box or refrigerator, we should definitely move the bed! Those items create a tremendous, continuous influx of EMFs while sleeping.

A client that was complaining of insomnia had nearly every form of electronics possible not only in his bedroom, but next to or on his bed! Once I explained the effects of the EMFs, he made some major changes in his technology habits and greatly improved his sleep.

5. Create a calm center – According to the feng shui Bagua (a map that is overlaid onto a home that connects our spaces with nine life aspirations), the center of the home is the area associated with Health. It is important that the centers of our homes are calm and harmonious. If there is a closet there, we can de-clutter and organize to allow the chi to flow better here.

If there is a bathroom in the center, be sure that the Earth Element (one of the Five Chinese Elements) is represented well here to avoid an erosion of Health. Some suggestions to enhance the Earth Element are the colors of beige/brown, stone and ceramic tile, and square shapes.

In my home, the stairs are in the center. Stairs can potentially be very unbalancing if we are not mindful of safety. Before my feng shui training, I placed items on each step to remind myself (or family) to bring them up. After I understood the importance of stability and creating a calm space, I used a wood crate which I placed next to the stairs, to place all the items to be put back in their proper place. For more on the center of the home, check my post here: https://www.luminous-spaces.com/feng-shui-center-home/

With these tips we can improve the health of our homes and create a place for greater restoration to health and well being!

Article Source – ThriveGlobal.com

12 Signs Your Child Is An Empath?

Raising Empathic Children

Empathic children have nervous systems that react more quickly and strongly to external stimuli including stress.

In The Empath’s Survival Guide I emphasize that empath children feel too much but don’t know how to manage the sensory overload. They see more, hear more, smell more, intuit more, and experience emotions more. For instance, they may not like strong food smells in the kitchen, perfumes, harsh bright lights (particularly fluorescent bulbs), or loud talking. They prefer soft (not scratchy) clothes, beauty, nature, and having one or a few close friends rather than many acquaintances.

Their sensitivities can get assaulted by our coarse world, and this affects their behavior. Since most empathic children can’t articulate the cause of their upset, enlightened parents can help them identify triggers and offer the solutions I’ll present below to relieve their distress.

As parents, you need to know what overstimulates your empathic children and avoid those activities.

Doing so calms them and wards off exhaustion, tantrums, and anxiety. Common triggers include excessive busy-ness such as over-scheduling their day without breaks, multi-tasking, no alone time, and violent television programs or newscasts, especially at night. Following exposure to any of these factors, children might find it harder to fall asleep and require more downtime before bed to unwind.

(Sensitive children may take longer to calm down at night than other children since their systems are slower to transition from stimulation to quiet). Also, empathic children can feel and absorb other people’s emotional discomfort, especially from parents and close friends. Because they are “super-responders” their hurts cut deep and their joys are extra-joyous.

Empathic children don’t have the same mechanisms as non-empath children to screen out the light, noise, and the chaos of crowds, for example at large sports events. Cheering, clapping, and booing can feel jarring, even painful, to them. Nor do they respond well to loud music, honking, hammering or power tools. These sounds agitate them as opposed to the peaceful effect of birds chirping, water elements, or gentle wind chimes. Empathic children may cry more and cope by retreating into solitude to self-regulate sensory overload.

Typically, society or schools don’t give these exceptional children much understanding. Conventional physicians and teachers often label them as “shy,” “antisocial” or “fussy,” or they’re diagnosed with social phobia, an anxiety disorder, or depression. In addition, they may be quieter, thoughtful, deep, and gentle rather than highly verbal or assertive–which others can perceive as withdrawn. Because of these misconceptions, your role is critical in supporting their sensitivities, intuition, creativity, wisdom, and in teaching them tools to cope with the world.

As an empathic child, I received no support from my physician-parents about my sensitivities–not because they didn’t love me, but because they didn’t know what an empath was and was never taught how to understand my special needs. They wanted me to be happy, but they didn’t think encouraging my sensitivities would lead me there. They called me “overly sensitive” and said that I needed a “thicker skin.” These “helpful” comments made me believe there was something wrong with me. Because I felt misunderstood and invisible as an empathic child, I have become especially passionate about educating parents about raising their empathic children.

Knowing that your child is an empath is the first step toward bringing out the best in him or her. Then you can support your son’s and daughter’s sensitivities as an expression of their excellence, compassion, and depth.

To determine if your child is an empath, take the following assessment.

Is Your Child an Empath?

  1. Does he or she feel things deeply?
  2. Does he or she get over-stimulated by people, crowds, noise, or stress?
  3. Does he or she have strong reactions to sad or frightening scenes in books or movies?
  4. Does he or she want to escape and hide from family gatherings because there’s too much going on?
  5. Does he or she feel “different” than other kids or complain about not fitting in?
  6. Is he or she a good listener and compassionate with others?
  7. Does he or she surprise you with intuitive comments about others or yourself?
  8. Does he or she have a strong connection to nature, plants, animals, or stuffed animals?
  9. Does he or she require a lot of time alone rather than playing with other kids?
  10. Does he or she take on a friend’s stress or upset?
  11. Does he or she take on your own or other people’s emotions or stress—and act out when you’re angry, upset or depressed?
  12. Does he or she have one best friend or a few good friends rather than a large social network?

Here’s how to score this assessment.

9-12 yesses indicate this child has extremely strong empathic traits.

6-9 yesses indicates strong empathic traits.

4-8 yesses indicate moderate empathic traits.

1-3 yesses indicate some empathic traits.

Zero yesses indicate that the child is not operating primarily as an empath.

Empath children are precious beings. No matter where your child is on this spectrum, he or she would benefit from being taught to honor his or her specific sensitivities.


Article Source – TheMindsJournal.com

Adapted from The Empath’s Survival Guide: Life Strategies for Sensitive People by Judith Orloff MD.
Excerpt from Dr. Judith Orloff’s The Empath’s Survival Guide: Life Strategies for Sensitive People (Sounds True, 2017)



Holding Space for Ourselves and Others

Too, I think holding space is simply allowing others to go through and experience whatever they need to, safely… without any guidance or suggestions, but rather just support. Allowing the moment to be whatever they need it to be, or you need it to be, without stipulation or expectation. In other words, just being present and accepting what is… at that particular moment in time. It’s crucial to healing. It’s also a spectacular gift to give someone. Calleen

What Type of Empath Are You? Based On Your Zodiac Sign

Types of Empaths And Zodiac Signs

Zodiac Signs have actually a very good story to tell for each of us revealing the magical potential behind our physical talents. Although just the zodiac sign cannot tell the whole truth – we need to see the bigger picture, the whole natal chart – it’s a very good start.

Remember, being an empath is the first step. Practicing on our ability to ‘sense’ the energies can bring us to the second step. What’s the next step? Becoming a Discharger, the other half of the whole picture. A discharger is one who can affect the energy and emotional states of those who surround them.

1. Aries: Fauna Empath

Aries is the force of Spring. The energy in them runs in a very peculiar way, as when the Sun enters their Zodiac Sign, all species urge to win the battle against Winter. This brings all Aries close to animals who somehow can connect with them better than other signs. Aries may want to hunt or go fishing but that’s just another way for them to become one with the Circle of Life.

2. Taurus: Physically Receptive Empath

When the Sun enters Taurus things become real and everything is materialized. Hence, Taurus feelings become so strong that can actually be manifested. Taurus is this type of empaths who actually mirrors emotions into their own bodies. These ‘psychosomatic’ symptoms are extremely common to them. Many of their health issues are just another actual form of empathy.

3. Gemini: Telepathic Empath

Gemini is an extremely sensitive individual who can actually attune to voices and vibes from all around them. This makes them telepathic empaths who can easily enhance this ability to both receive and send messages to anyone they like. The key is to feel free and doesn’t try to judge what you are thinking. Let the thoughts travel free. Telepathy is a rare gift and a powerful weapon. Use it wisely.

4. Cancer: Chameleon Empath

Cancer is the most sensitive individual and the purest type of Empath. We could title Cancer as the “Pure Empath” or “True Empath” as you guys have a natural ability to feel the ripple any emotion causes. It comes naturally to you. Moreover, these changes you. Have you noticed how different you react when you change rooms where other people are? You mirror everyone’s thoughts and emotions in your psyche and these changes you like the waters follow the tides.

5. Leo: Psychometric Empath

It is amazing how much you can feel when you touch something which belongs to someone else. The key is to let yourself free and let the emotions fill you. Any item has a story and you can actually tell it. This is exactly why when you wear or hold something which is not yours, it gradually affects your mood. Have you noticed it? This is a psychometric ability is unique among the types of empaths.

6. Virgo: Flora Empath

Amongst all types of Empaths, you are the one who can literally affect or be affected by flowers, plants, and trees around you. It is no secret that all astrologers advise Virgo to plant healing herbs in their houses. Lavender, Mint, and Rosemary are Virgo’s best friends and generally, all Botanics are somehow close to your psyche. When you learn to attune with the forces of Trees you can become unstoppable.

7. Libra: Emotionally Receptive Empath

Have you ever wondered why Libra is genuinely indecisive? Libra can actually feel emotions of nearby people which ultimately affects their judgment. Their mood swings are caused by this amazing ability. When they learn to tell the difference between the emotions which belong to them and the ones which do not, they can become extremely powerful.

8. Scorpio: Medium Empath

You already knew that don’t you. From all the types of Empaths, it’s you who can naturally sense the spirits and other invisible entities around you. It’s no wonder why Scorpio is considered the best conjurer. Moreover, you can affect them by becoming a beacon of light for them. Furthermore, you are able to get valuable information from the spirits. The key to this amazing ability is to feel safe and secure.

9. Sagittarius: Enlightened Empath

Always looking for what is the meaning behind life, Sagittarius has an amazing ability to empathically sense the truth inside of us. Don’t lie to Sagittarius. They value honesty and straight-forwardness. Moreover, they can instantly turn their backs to one who has betrayed their trust long before the truth comes out. They are able to travel the World to get taught by teachers who speak of the truth of the World.

10. Capricorn: Geomantic Empath

We are parts of Earth and as their children, some of us, have an amazing ability to ‘sense’ what’s troubling mother nature. Moreover, Capricorn has a unique skill, to sense the geomantic waves which flow underneath. Thus, Geomantic Empaths can instinctively sense what’s wrong or right with a place, instantly liking it or not. Their ability, if developed properly, can give amazing and fruitful results. Capricorns can act as natural feng shui detectors, sensing the energies around their place of living and of course work!

11. Aquarius: Gaia Empath

Aquarius is born to connect with everything and everyone around them. Thus making them instantly very powerful empaths. For what is worth, Aquarius should be named the Gaia Empath. Why? Because they can sense if Gaia – our Mother Earth – is full of energy or sick. Aquarius not only can feel emotions of nearby people, but they can sense feelings of whole regions if not continents. Furthermore, this Cyber-empath skill is a unique ability they can grow further into deliberately scanning countries and regions for feelings.

12. Pisces: Astral Empath

Amongst all types of Empaths, these guys have the unique ability to sense what is going on in different planes. Moreover, Pisces can easily sense (and later, if developed properly interact with) the ‘Astral Plane’. Why is that important? Because they can actually feel emotions before even others realize they have. In the Astral Plane, things exist prior to our Material Plane. Sensing the Astral Plane can help Pisces avoid toxic people.

Article Source – TheMindsJournal.com

Why some people can see human aura but others can’t By: Jaime Licauco

There are two types of skeptics when it comes to the study of psychic and paranormal phenomena.

The first type will always deny the existence of such phenomena, because he has made up his mind that those things are impossible and refuses to take a look at the voluminous work of serious scientists and researchers who have systematically studied these in an objective and unbiased manner. Their motto is: ‘’I have made up my mind; don’t bother me with facts!’’

The second type of skeptics are those who initially refuse to believe such phenomena, but are willing to at least take a look at available research findings by reliable and respectable researchers.

To the latter belongs such serious researchers as American psychologist Dr. Lawrence LeShan, who wrote the thought-provoking book, “The Medium, The Mystic and the Physicist (Toward a General Theory of the Paranormal)” originally published in 1974 and revised in 2003, which has since become a classic in parapsychology.

LeShan wondered why so many stories of psychic experiences (like telepathy, clairvoyance, precognition, etc.) continue to be told from ancient times to the present if there was no truth to them. Surely, all those millions of people who have either experienced or witnessed such phenomena could not all be hallucinating or merely imagining things.

Sensitives and psychics

He studied and investigated sensitives and psychics, specially the well-known clairvoyant Eileen Garrett, who was only too willing to be tested by scientific researchers because she herself wondered why she had those extraordinary psychic abilities. No one has ever accused her of being a fraud or doing trickery.

He also studied the work of mystics and discovered they were saying the same things that quantum physicists have been saying also. For example, both are saying that the world we live in is not what it seems to be.

He realized that sensitives, psychics and mystics were reacting to the world “as if it were constructed or worked differently than what we normally believe it to be. At those moments, they use a different metaphysical structure of the world than our ordinary everyday metaphysical structure.’’ LeShan calls this the “Clairvoyant Reality.’’

On the other hand, what he calls “Sensory Reality’’ is our usual and ordinary, everyday way of knowing. Clairvoyant Reality is “information gained other than through normal senses.” Events that are normal in the Clairvoyant Reality are considered “paranormal” in the world of Sensory Reality because they cannot be explained rationally or logically.

This distinction of seeing the world from two different perspectives is similar to what the Yaqui Indian shaman, Don Juan Matus, explained to anthropologist Carlos Castañeda in the latter’s series of books, beginning with “The Teachings of Don Juan.”

Human aura

According to Don Juan, there are two ways of “looking.” When you merely look at a person in the ordinary way, you see him as everyone else does. But when you really look at a person from another perspective, you see him as “fibers of light.”

“Men look different when you see. The little smoke will help you to see men as fibers of light—like white cobwebs. Very fine threads that circulate from the head to the navel. Thus a man looks like an egg of circulating fibers. And his arms and legs are like luminous bristles, bursting and all in directions,” says Don Juan.

Castañeda then asks Don Juan, “Is that the way everyone looks?” And Don Juan replies, “Everyone. Besides, every man is in touch with everything else, not through his hands, though, but through a bunch of long fibers that shoot out from the center of his abdomen. So, as you many see someday, a man is a luminous egg whether he is a beggar or a king and there is no way to change anything.’’

Don Juan is, of course, talking here about the human aura which can be seen by sensitive psychics and clairvoyants but usually hidden or invisible to ordinary sight.

I have on many occasions in the past experienced both ways of seeing the world, although I cannot always do so deliberately or voluntarily. It just comes when needed. And often in an altered state of consciousness.

There are undeniable similarities in how mystics, psychics and quantum physicists see the world outside. They all agree that this world is essentially our own mental creation. Nothing outside is real or certain. Everything is a probability. That’s why the great Albert Einstein, to his dying day, could not accept the findings of quantum physics, saying, “God does not play dice with the universe.”

Article Source – Lifestyle.inquirer.net