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RENEWAL

‘Tis the season of renewal in world cultures and religions.  Easter just past, a festival and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus, described in the New Testament.  The Jewish people are in the midst of celebrating the 7 day holiday of Passover as a commemoration of their liberation by God from slavery in Egypt and their freedom as a nation under the leadership of Moses.

woman and Buddha statueA lesser know holiday to us in the West is Songkran celebrated mid-April in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, parts of northeast India, parts of Vietnam and Xishuangbanna, China.  The word “Songkran” comes from Sanskrit, meaning transformation or change. The term was borrowed from Makar Sankranti, the name of
a Hindu harvest festival celebrated in India in January to mark the arrival of spring.

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The celebration is rich with symbolic traditions

Mornings begin with merit-making. Visiting local temples and offering food to the Buddhist monks is commonly
 practiced. On this specific occasion, performing water pouring on Buddha statues is considered an iconic ritual for this holiday. It represents purification and the washing away of one’s sins and bad luck.  As a festival of
unity, people who have moved away usually return home to their loved ones and elders. To show respect, younger people often practice water pouring over the palms of elders’ hands. Paying reverence to ancestors is also an important part of Songkran tradition.  

water festivalIn modern life however, the holiday is really known for its water festival which is mostly celebrated by young people. Major streets are closed to traffic, and are used as arenas for water fights. Celebrants, young and old, participate in this tradition by splashing water on each other. Although I have not been there for the celebration (yet) I do know it is not for the faint of heart!

Then (right in my backyard), The New York Times reported that yesterday was “Easter Monday” in Poland, and residents of Little Poland in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, are celebrating Smigus-dyngus(pronounced SHMEE-goose DING-goose), also known as Wet Monday.

Easter water celebrationThe spring celebration, held the day after Easter, includes a tradition of young men dousing water on women as part of a courting ritual. Today, the ritual has evolved to include squirt-gun battles and water fights among friends and family in Little Poland. (Women, these days, fling water as well.) New York hosts the largest population of people of Polish ancestry in the United States.” Clearly water is the element of purification and life!

May this time of renewal be a rebirth for you and our planet. 

Blessings,
Judith

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Feng Shui and Nature’s Scent at the Red Flower Botique, October 15, 2015

red-flower-new-yorkJudith Wendell of Sacred Currents
at the globally inspired

Red Flower Boutique

Learn how Feng Shui and nature’s scent can bring
energy, support and fruition to you everyday
in order to get the most out of life.

New York City in Manhattan
October 15, 2015 at 6:30 – 8:30pm

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Red Flower13 Prince Street; New York, NY 10012

Enjoy Conversation over drinks horderves and special discounts!

Sacred Currents Newsletter September 9, 2015: What are You REFLECTING?

What Are You Reflecting?At the beginning of the summer, I listed 9 reasons to use a mirror. If you missed that newsletter, check it out here. Even though mirrors are consider the ‘aspirin’ of Feng Shui, I thought I would bookend the season by offering 9 reasons NOT to use a mirror. In other words, a good thing is only good when it is.

View PDF: http://sacredcurrents.com/pdf/What-Are-You-REFLECTING.pdf

Mirror ‘No-Nos’:

  1. If you are a poor sleeper, don’t have a mirror in your bedroom as it activates your chi.
  2. Always make sure a mirror is reflecting something you want in your home (not the construction site, cemetery, or nasty neighbor across the street).
  3. Never use an antiqued, distressed, broken or smoky mirror, as it obscures your chi, and diminishes your vitality.
  4. When placing a mirror, make sure it is not cutting off the tallest or shortest person in the household at either the head or neck. It is never good to loose your head for any reason.
  5. If you want a calm, meditative place to slow down, do not have a mirror as it activities the environment and your chi.
  6. Make sure you don’t reflect ‘sha’ chi  or what is referred to as knife edge chi. This may be coming from anything angled or sharp (from the inside or out), such as the corner of a building or the reflection of oncoming traffic. This reflection could be potentially harmful by creating accident chi or diminishing your well-being in some way.
  7. Do not have a mirror across from a bathroom as this will bring the chi of the bathroom further out into the room.
  8. Do not use mirrored tiles. This includes little sunbursts with mirrors, or heavily beveled mirrors, as they too weaken you by ‘cutting up’ your chi into little pieces.
  9. Make sure a mirror is not reflecting clutter, garbage or a messy desk, as it will multiple these things in your life!

May you reflect what is clear and true, as we transition through September into Fall. Judith

fyi, transitional times like back to school/work, change of season, holidays (blessings for a Healthy and Happy New Year for those that celebrate Rosh Hashanah), new beginnings and closures, are all propitious times for updating your environment with a Feng Shui consultation and/or a Clearing/Blessing Ritual. Please give me a call at one of the #s below and I will offer you the best options to enhance this time for you

Create the Life You Want. New York Open Center.

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Create the Life You Want: Feng Shui Tools for Abundant Living

Create the Life You Want
New York City in Manhattan

New York Open Center
April 26, 2015 10am – 6pm
Rosalie Prinzivalli, MBA and Judith Wendell, BS, BTB, MFS

Applied properly, Feng Shui can improve the quality of your life.  Learn to create by balancing your personal and environmental energy, allowing you to experience more success at work, improved relationships, greater focus and clarity and better health. During this one-day intensive, you will develop an understanding of Feng Shui as you:

  • What Discover and begin to apply Feng Shui’s extraordinary analytical tools;
  • Learn potent Feng Shui adjustments and techniques to manifest your intentions;
  • Apply simple, powerful space-clearing methods to release unwanted energies;
  • Evaluate design elements such as doors, halls, bed and desk placement;
  • Examine sample floor plans to illustrate challenging design areas.
Judith Wendell, BS, BTB, MFS,
a Feng Shui expert, is a consultant to residential, corporate, and retail businesses.

She’s been featured in The New York Times, CNN’s “Int’l Business,” NBC’s “The Today Show,” “The Real Housewives of New York,” Fox News, and other periodicals.
Judith holds a 3-year accredited degree in BTB Feng Shui.

Note: This course is a prerequisite for the BTB Feng Shui Masters Program: A Professional Certification Training.  It may be taken as a standalone workshop.  Approved for NCCAOM PDA points

A ONE-DAY INTENSIVE

New York City in Manhattan
New York Open Center

http://www.opencenter.org/events/create-the-life-you-want-feng-shui-tools-for-abundant-living/

Sacred Currents Newsletter March 29, 2015: Find Out What is Missing This Spring

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Finding What’s Missing This Spring

View PDF: http://sacredcurrents.com/pdf/2015-03-29-Finding-Whats-Missing-this-Spring.pdf

As we anticipate this time of new beginnings, warm weather and light, many of us still feel that some aspect of our lives is incomplete this Spring, or another way of putting it is that ‘something is missing’. The ultimate truth is that we are all complete and infinite beings. Yet day to day we forget this truth and often feel that we’re lacking in some way. May be it is a life partner, a particular opportunity, our finances or health are not where they should be. Many factors contribute to every condition but where we live (and work) is certainly one of them. As you may already know, when applying the bagua or feng shui template to an environment (be that a building or an individual room),there is often what’s referred to as a ‘missing’ area.
On a floor plan this looks like an indentation in the whole shape or perhaps one side is shorter than the other. In an apartment the closet or bedroom of one unit usually creates a ‘missing area’ in another unit. One school of thought says, that if you’re under the roof of a building that is ‘complete’ (a whole shape) that your unit doesn’t have anything missing. But as we are subject to what is closest to us, if our own environment is ‘incomplete’, it is probably having an influence on our life.
This is due to the fact that when ‘chi’ or energy is not able to nourish an an area of the bagua, sooner or later this may reflect in the corresponding area of your life. With architecture getting more innovative the floor plans of newer buildings may be puzzled together, creating even more ‘missing’ areas. The good news is that all of the situations mentioned here have the potential of creating ‘projections’ or extended areas in your environment, which offer a boon to your feng shui. In addition feng shui adjustments can be designed to amend ‘missing’ sectors.

Sacred Currents Newsletter February 13, 2015: All You Need Is Love

all-you-need-is-loveAll You Need Is Love
was sung by the Beatles on the first live global television link in 1967.
It was written in response to a request that they come up with a song who’s message could be understood by everyone.
When asked whether songs like ‘Give Peace a Chance’ and ‘Power to the People’ were propaganda songs, John Lennon answered, “Sure. So was ‘All You Need Is Love.’ I’m a revolutionary artist. My art is dedicated to change.”

LOVE

Let’s Change the World With LOVE
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Sacred Currents Newsletter February 2015: Chinese New Year 4712

For those of us less familiar with the Chinese Zodiac, it is made up of 12 animal signs and Five Elements, comprising a 60 year cycle. This is the year of the Wood Ram – also known as the Sheep or Goat. Ancient lore says, Buddha invited all of the animals in the world to join him for the New Year celebrations, but only 12 animals bothered to turn up. As a great reward, Buddha named a year after each one of them and they run in the order that the animals arrived to celebrate with Buddha, starting with the Rat and ending with the last guest, the Pig.

View PDF: http://sacredcurrents.com/pdf/e-news-February-2015.pdf

The Five Elements are Water, Wood, Fire, Earth and Metal.

Feng Shui Newsleter February, 2015Although this year has Wood and Earth as it stem and branch (elements that are oppositional), because of their positioning we can look forward to more stability in the economy and government. There is also hope that the environment will be given greater consideration during this Chinese New Year. As the Ram is a Good Samaritan, highly creative, and intelligent, this year should bring more peace to the world. In fact, the Chinese word for ‘ram’ has links to the word ‘luck. So the very sound of ‘ram’ implies auspiciousness.

It is always fun to name a few famous Rams. These include: Jane Austen, Anne Bancroft, George Burns, Catherine Deneuve, Robert De Niro, John Denver, George Harrison, Mick Jagger, Sir Laurence Olivier, John Wayne, Bruce Willis.

Unfortunately President Obama is an Ox which is the sign most opposed to the Ram, so he will not have an easier time this year.

Prior to the Lunar New Year, it is a good idea for all of us to ‘clear house’ both physically and metaphorically. In other words clean up outstanding debts, issues and generally complete things before the lunar New Year. All signs will do well to perform the ‘Golden Cicada Sheds Its Shell’ ritual, along with ‘Welcoming in the Wealth God’ and ‘Changing the Chi of the Environment.’

Flying Star Feng Shui

According to Flying Star Feng Shui, for every environment the North is where wealth (the 8 star) is residing in 2015. This area will be enhanced with activity, a water element or something moving like a kinetic sculpture. The Southwest, the West and Northeast are sources of negativity, so try to stay away from renovations in these sectors. In addition, a ‘Salt Cure’ will help to mitigate any ill effects from the 5 Yellow Star in the West, which can be the cause of instability and illness there.

Each zodiac animal has its own qualities that are consistent year to year, yet every sign will be influenced by the Ram’s energy this year.

Please note that fortunes can be mitigated or enhanced with Feng Shui, rituals, meditations and transcendental adjustments and that each person has their own karma to consider. A personal, in depth reading will reveal more specifics for each month.

Remember that even the luckiest signs (the Rabbit, Horse, Pig and Tiger this year), have their cautions and the unluckiest (the Rat and Ox) have their bright spots.

A 3-dimensional Horse, Rabbit and Pig (the luck animals for the year depending on your year of birth – see here) can be acquired through Sacred Currents.

Sacred Currents Newsletter January 2015: My Trip to Asia

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My trip to SE Asia

Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam – last month, was all I could have hoped for. It had beauty and adventure; thrills for the senses and meditative times toreflect. In my feng shui practice I have learned that beyond all the charts, formulas and adjustments, it’s connecting with the ‘chi’ of people and their environment that makes me effective. During my travels, it was connecting to the chi of the land, food, history and people that gave life to my experiences.

View PDF: http://sacredcurrents.com/pdf/e-news-January-2015.pdf

These are a few of my lasting impressions and lessons learned…

Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia (which happens to be the largest religious monument in the world), began as a Hindu temple to the god Vishnu and later became dedicated to Buddhism. Evidence of this is in its breathtaking carvings. The Khmer (referring to both the people and language of Cambodia) style of Buddhism practiced today by over 90% of the population, blends elements of Theravada Buddhism, Hinduism, animism and ancestor-spirit worship.

This may explain the gentleness of the Cambodian people, which is notable in the face of their recent history of war and genocide. Actually 60% of the present population is under the age of 16. A fact I find amazing and is directly opposite to our aging population.

Luang Phabang, Laos is a UNESCO World Heritage city with a whopping 34 Buddhist temples and monasteries – quiet a lot for its relativity small size. It is no wonder that the very air feels peaceful here. Every dawn, hundreds of monks from the various monasteries walk through the streets collecting alms. I had the privilege of being a part of this intimate daily ritual.

Everyone in here greets each other with their palms together and respectfully says, “Sabaidee”. It is a beautiful sound and means everything from good morning to good evening. In days gone by, the cooks of Luang Prabang were hired by the kings. Its rich culinary history of using the freshest ingredients favored with the most delicate herbs, made each meal heaven on earth.

Hoi An, Vietnam also a World Heritage site was remarkably untouched by the wars that destroyed much of the country. From the 15th to the 19th century it was a trading port between China, India, Japan and Europe and beautifully preserved. At night the town comes alive with bright colored silk lanterns strung everywhere. Old women and young girls sell lotus shaped paper lanterns with candles for making wishes. Seeing hundreds of these flowing down the river is magical.

Our wonderful local guides added so much to every experience. I so appreciated how proud they all were to be the first in their family to get a higher education, earn a living away from the farm and provide a better life for their children. Speaking of the future, I am aware that my enjoyment has added to the pollution of the planet. The Carbon Fund is my ‘go to’ organization for offsetting the carbon footprint created from daily living, travel, special events, etc. The future of our planet and all the beautiful things on it depend on us preserving it. So as a reminder to us all – “reduce what you can – offset what you can’t.”

Chinese Lunar New Year is February 19th, 2015. I will be back in touch soon with my yearly notes on all of the zodiac animals. Until then, I recommend that you plan an adventure for yourself this year and may it be a healthy and loving one.