RENEWAL

 

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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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Judith Wendell  212-410-1832   917-903-9390  

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27 Day Valentine Challenge for Changing Your Life

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Whether you follow a lunar or solar calendar, we are well into the new year. Regardless how it is going so far, it can always be better!

So here is a gift you can give yourself this Valentine’s Day!

In my consultancy I find that most of us need to divest ourselves of ‘stuff’. We all have stuff around that we don’t like, want or need but it has found a permanent place in our environment. And btw, we barely notice it’s there. The problem is that while it is there, it is sucking up vital chi.
So the first thing to do pick a spot…any spot…like that bookshelf, your front closet, a desk drawer, your shoe rack…whatever, and take a hard, clear look. Do you love those shoes, will you reread that book, does that jacket really fit?

Here’s a favorite quote of mine by the 19th century designer William Morris,

“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful”.
I know that we are all very well aware that de-cluttering is ‘the thing’ and lots has been written about it. Although this is not my expertise, the quote by William Morris resonated with me long before I studied feng shui. So I am here to offer you a 27 Day Challenge. Your very own Valentine gift to you!
Here goes…for 27 days, commit to throwing out, giving away or donating 2 things a day. That’s it! Start a bag and every day, like brushing your teeth, put 2 things in the bag that will leave your office or home. Anything! paper, pens, clothes, plates, books, unwanted gifts, photos, electronics, etc. Maybe it is worn out, never worn, disliked, used up, out of date, collecting dust…whatever! Get rid of it!

There are only 3 Rules:

1. Throw 2 things out a day. Of course you can choose to go for more but I want this game to be easy.
2. Here is the catch, if you do miss a day you have to start from Day One!
3. Repeat tossing 2 things a day for 27 consecutive days.
27 is a powerful number for completion and manifestation.
Start when you know that you’ll be around for 27 days but start ASAP!
The pay off is S-P-A-C-E, not only on your bookshelf or in your closet but in your life…as in space to breathe. If you take on the 27 Day Challenge, write to me about your results and I will gift you with a free 1 hour phone consultation ($180 value) for an astrology/numerology reading or feng shui consultation. Yup, that’s both your ‘carrot’ and how much I want to support you. The pay off for me is seeing positive changes in your life.
I am doing this right besides you. I am up to day 12! We may all be starting on different days, but the commitment is the thing! Speaking of which, here is another one of my favorite quotes,

“Until one is committed there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiation or creation, there is one elementary truth…that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves. too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would otherwise never have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in ones’s favor all manner of incidents and meetings and material assistance which no man would have believed would have come his way.

Whatever you think you can do or believe you can do, begin it. Action has magic, grace, and power in it.”
W.H. Murray, Scottish Himalayan Expedition 1951
Here’s to changing the things we can for ourselves and our world! Keep me posted. I am looking forward to your free consultation.
Happy Valentines Day and if you haven’t done so already,
If you want a month by month reading we can arrange that too!
Blessings, Judith
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Year of the Fire ROOSTER 2017

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2017 Year of the Fire Rooster

2017 YEAR of the FIRE ROOSTER

For those of us less familiar with the Chinese Zodiac, it is made up of 12 animal signs and 5 elements, comprising a 60 year cycle. This is the year of the FIRE ROOSTER.
Ancient lore says, Buddha invited all of the animals in the world to join him for the New Year celebration, 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.

The Fire Element

This year’s ROOSTER is in the Fire element, which opposes the Rooster’s natural element – Metal. Thus, it may be a trying year and one with potential volatility, especially for the financial markets as the Metal Rooster is associated with gold or money. The markets may take off like wild fire at the start of the year but this is a fast burning fire which will burn out by August. On the other hand if you tend the fire carefully, it can shed light on the opportunities you are looking for.
Industries that will do well include energy, entertainment and finance. Others are transportation, communication, construction and high tech. The Rooster is known for being direct, forceful, and talkative, they can be enchanting or unbearable. They are deep thinkers, astute, organized and meticulous, in addition to being hard working and multi-talented. Yet they can be eccentric, tyrannical and flashy.
It is always fun to name a few famous Roosters. These include Daniel-Day Lewis, Cate Blanchette, Joan Collins, Beyonce Knowles, Jennifer Hudson, Diane Keaton, Steve Martin, Paris Hilton, Yoko Ono, Matthew McConaughey, Gwen Stefani, Renee Zellweger, Eleanor Roosevelt, Goldie Hawn, Roger Federer and Caroline Kennedy to name a few. Not a shrinking violet in the bunch!

How will Your Sign

in the Year of Fire ROOSTER?.

‘Gung Hey Fat Choy’
Wishing You the Blessings of
Health, Prosperity + Peace
Judith Wendell

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Judith Wendell 212-410-1832 917-903-9390

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The Metal Element – Next in the Series

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METAL the 5th Element in my series on the

At this midpoint in the year-end holiday season, I thought I would complete the year with a few footnotes and the last of my 5 part series on Environmental Health and the 5 Elements.  OK this is ‘an inconvenient truth’ and not light holiday reading but one of the greatest gifts we can give one another is how to keep healthy. So read on!
But first…metal bridges
  • I must share with you that I had the most extraordinary birthday in Florence, Italy.  Yes, it was a ‘significant’ birthday (ahem). It was my first trip there and OMG! I was in heaven.  Walking through history, feeling the chi, experiencing extraordinary art, beyond fabulous food and wine.  On my own, open and free to be spontaneous and drink it all in.  It was a gift for which I am humbly grateful.
  • Chinese New Year is January 28th.  If you want to prepare for the year of the Fire Rooster, please be in touch for a consultation.  If we have worked together in the past, you will need to update your salt cures, and other adjustments.  I will be doing my yearly outlook for each of the 12 Chinese signs next month.
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Continuing the discussion of the environmental challenges we face, this is the 5th in my series on the 5 Elements or Agents of Change and health.

In the last 4 newsletters I discussed the elements of WaterWoodFire  and Earth (catch up if you missed them).  Next up is Metal which is analogous with the fall season. Metal is the most consolidated element which in turn produces Water, the least consolidated element (and the winter season) and where we started the series.
Metal element represents the chi of ‘virtue’. To speak up for what is just, right and ethical is Metal in balance. Metal displays itself in excess as demonstrative, self-righteousness. While a very low amount of Metal chi appears in someone as shy, withdrawn or having a ‘choked’ quality. When Metal element is in balance energetically, one has the ability to complete things in a timely fashion allowing oneself to enjoy the fruits of their efforts. Balanced Metal also indicates that one has helpful people (benefactors) in their life and can manifest more when needed.

On a physical level, electronics of all kinds are related to the Metal element.  As the purpose of this series is to inform us about health and the elements let’s discuss Electromagnetic Frequencies or EMFs:

  • An appliance does not have to be turned on for an electrical field but magnetic fields are created only when the currents flows.
  • Research is not definitive, but there is evidence between EMF exposure from power lines and childhood leukemia + brain tumors.
  • Stay away from meter boxes which have very high and wide EMF fields.
  • Actually it is small electrical devices with transformers that are notorious offenders.  These include our chargers, clock radios, baby monitors, and air filters, to name a few.
  • Get a basic Gauss Meter.  Appliances with transformers have a 2-3′ range, so move them away from you…especially where you sleep!
  • Choose a bed with a wooden frame + natural fiber-filled mattress.  Iron and steel inbed frames, spring mattresses and radiators close to the bed, can all become magnetic and conduct EMFs.
Although Air is not considered one of the 5 Elements, in the Hindu system Metal is replaced by Air and air quality is a very important aspect of environmental health – so I thought I would discuss it here.  Sick Building Syndrome (SBS)is related to poor indoor air quality.  This is caused from heating, ventilation, air conditioning, out gassing, VOCs, and mold due to toxic products and hermetically sealed buildings – especially of the 60’s – ’90’s.

SBS Can Cause the Following Symptoms:

  • Headache, eye, nose, or throat irritation
  • Dry cough, dry or itchy skin
  • Dizziness, nausea, difficulty concentrating
  • Fatigue
  • Sensitivity to odors
  • Asthma
  • Changes in emotional well-being

 Common Indoor VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds):

  • Dry cleaning solvents, photocopiers, semiconductor cleaners, formaldehyde in office components, including wood + laminated furniture,shelving, wall coverings and carpet.
  • Most commercial paint companies like Benjamin Moore and Sherwin-Williams now produce low VOC paints and have more eco-friendly lines as well.
  • There is also a growing market of organic paints, sealants, stains, and preservatives for walls, floors, and furnishings that do not out gas, and allow the environment to breathe.
  • Household cleaning products and synthetic fabrics contribute to high levels of VOCs, and here too there is a growing market of natural alternatives.

Ions are essential to life:

  • An ion is a molecule that is positively or negatively charged. Sodium, potassium, calcium, and other ions play an important role in the cells of living organisms.  Inside homes and offices, negative ions are depleted by electronic equipment, static from synthetic fabrics and from dust in the air.
  • We recognize how good we feel at the sea.  One of the reasons is that sea air is charged with negative ions. When a thunderstorm approaches, many dogs will start digging a trench in the carpet.  They sense that the balance of ions is changing.  Before a thunderstorm, the negative ions lose charge, and an excess of positive ions is generated.
  • Here are a few things we can do for ourselves:
    • Opening a window.
    • Get an air ionizer that removes smoke, dust, and some allergens and generates negative ions.
    • Fill a spray bottle with spring water and a small amount of sea salt and to spray it daily into the atmosphere .  Include a few drops of essential oil, such as lavender for relaxation or peppermint for alertness.
    • Crack open a window!  Even an opening of just a ¼ – ½ an inch will create a natural flow of air and help clean the environment.
    • Get outside as much as possible.  Obviously opening a window is not an option in a skyscraper.
OK enough said!  
Now go out there and do all your can to provide yourself 
and others with a healthy and balanced environment.  
You will be making a difference for us all.
With Blessings for the Year Ahead,  Judith
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Judith Wendell  212-410-1832   917-903-9390  

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And the World Will Live As One

Peace: And the world will live as one
“You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.
I hope someday you’ll join us. And the world will live as one.”
John Lennon

Peace: And The World Will Live As One


Wishing You, Your Family, Friends & Our World,
PEACE for this Season and the Year Ahead.
OM Shanti, Judith
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The Earth Element – Next in the Series

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The Earth the 4th Element in my series on the

5 Elements or Agents of Change

 

I hope the early the fall season has been a good time for you.  During the past week in New York the temperatures went from 82 degrees to 39, within days.  As nature starts her contraction towards winter, we too are in transition.  This is a particularly important time to pay attention to our well being by maintaining a healthy balance in our lives.
The balance of the 5 Elements in our body and on the planet is integral to health. Of all the subjects I teach, I enjoy discussing the power of the 5 Elements most. They are the design currency of feng shui.  Color, shape, material all represent the elements.
I also enjoy teaching space clearing and ritual. Working directly with unseen ‘chi’ in an environment is the shamanic aspect of feng shui.  I will be teaching Shamanic Feng Shui, February 12-19, 2017 in Nicaragua.  Please see if this week of beauty, relaxation and discovery resonates with you.
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Continuing the discussion of the environmental challenges we face, this is the 4th in my series on the 5 Elements or Agents of Change and health.
In the last 3 newsletters I discussed the elements of Water Wood, and Fire (catch up if you missed them).  Next up is Earth which is analogous with what the Chinese consider the ‘mid-season’, or the time between summer and fall (and between winter and spring too) on the bagua – the feng shui template.
The Earth element represents the chi of credibility and trust.  Yin Earth is the marriage and partnership sector of the bagua and addresses receptivity.  Yang Earth is the area of the bagua representing knowledge, skillfulness and self-cultivation.

Earth Element & Environmental Concerns at Home:

Granite is an Earth element commonly used for kitchens and bathrooms – perfect for its durability, non-porosity and range of colors.
  • Cellars and basements sunk into soil over granite can become traps for radon gas, which is heavier than air. Radon can also be introduced into houses by wells drilled into granite.
  • Since radon is the #2 cause of lung cancer in the U.S., respiratory ailments are the most likely signs of radon-related distress.
  • If you have it, a professional should be hired to seal floors, walls, and ducts, create ventilation to draw radon away from the dwelling, and put protective radon-impermeable material on ground floors .
  • Radon concentration in bathrooms can be 40 times higher than in living rooms.
Another common Earth element in the home is quartz sand or silica -the raw material for commercial glass. Glass is seen in different ways for feng shui purposes.  Clear glass certainly has a watery appearance.  Colored glass can hold the energy of a particular element.  However glass is composed of earth.
  • New glass extraction and manufacturing can disfigure the environment, consume vast amounts of energy and contribute to combustion pollution
  • Recycled glass products are developing new industries and cleaning up our planet.  One such product for the kitchen is recycled glass counter tops.   It’s VOC free and it is an approved product for LEED certification.
There is so much more to add on the subject of bringing our Earth (element) back into balance.  The best place to start is in our own homes.  Using non-toxic products, reading labels, recycling, buying from companies that are aligned with your principles, all make a difference.   Especially if we are all doing it!
Next, I will complete the series of 5 Elements with Metal.  
Enjoy the Fall Foliage wherever you are!  
Judith 
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Diwali the “Festival of Lights”

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Diwali the “festival of lights” is an ancient Hindu festival celebrated in Autumn.

Starting on the new moon Diwali heralds the dawn of a New Year as per the Indian Hindu calendar. This year it starts on the 30th of October and lasts for a 5 days.

Before Diwali night, people clean, renovate, and decorate their homes and offices. On Diwali night, people dress up in new clothes or their best outfit, light lamps and candles inside and outside their home, participate in family puja (prayers) typically to Lakshmi – the goddess of fertility and prosperity. After puja, fireworks follow, then a family feast including mithai (sweets), and an exchange of gifts between family members and close friends

The festival spiritually signifies the Victory of Good over Evil.
I am all for that…with blessings whatever your tradition, Judith

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Gratitude & Blessings for Everyone

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Gratitude & Blessings for All
Cornucopia

For those of us celebrating Rosh Hashanah & for those of us who are not, may this new season and new year be a cornucopia of blessings for you. May our gratitude and good deeds create a better world for us all.

Judith Wendell / Sacred Currents

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Shamanic Feng Shui in Nicaragua

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Shamanic Feng Shui Workshop in Nicaragua:

Using the Wisdom of the Ancients
to Support the Life You Want

 

(Check Back for Upcoming Dates)

 

I am thrilled to be sharing this workshop with you! I’ve created it with my friend and colleague, Ligia Elizondo with the intention of opening a new door for those wishing to learn the principles of Shamanic Feng Shui in an unexpected setting: a protected Nicaraguan cloud forest and a private islet on Lake Nicaragua.

judith-wendell-on-patioThe workshop stems from a fortuitous event. I met Ligia in New York, where she asked me to help her reorganize her apartment according to feng shui principles and perform a space clearing/blessing ritual there. Ligia was so pleased with the results that a personal rapport was established, eventually leading to our good friendship.

Ligia ElizondoLigia invited me to visit Nicaragua last May to learn about her native culture and meet her family and friends. I fell in love with Lake Nicaragua and the rain forest, which gave rise to the idea of organizing a workshop for those interested in Feng Shui and Ritual, who also cherish traveling to undiscovered sites.
But here’s a preview…

 

During the first half of this extraordinary week February 12-19, 2017, is at El Bajo.

El Bajo is a 1,727 acres private cloud forest reserve and wildlife sanctuary, located in a coffee producing area half an hour away from the capital city of Managua. The dew that veils this particular area, mostly at sunrise and sunset, nourishes a microclimate of lush vegetation usually found at much higher altitudes.

The feng shui workshop will take place at the reserve where 20 individual tepees have been designed and installed to provide unique and luxuriant lodging. The classes will be held in a natural setting, surrounded by the elements of earth, water, wood and air.

For the second half of our retreat we will move to La Gloria Islet on Lake Nicaragua.

 

Lake Nicaragua is the largest lake in Central America. One of its natural wonders is the “Isletas de Granada”, a group of 365 islets of volcanic origin formed when the volcano Mombacho blew its cone thousands of years ago. They are one of the most beautiful aquatic spots, and best kept secrets, on the continent. It is well known that the ancient tribes understood the sacredness and grace of Lake Nicaragua, creating worshiping altars at the many islands used as ceremonial sites.

 

At both locales, mornings will include yoga, all our meals will be exquisitely prepared vegetarian cuisine and there will be time to simply ‘be’.
After checking out our Site, call (212-410-1832) or write to to get all your questions answered. Ligia and I are so looking forward to sharing our knowledge and experience with you in beautiful Nicaragua this winter.

 

With my very best, Judith

 

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feng shui newsletter 2016-09-22

Fire Up the End of Summer

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The End of Summer

I hope your summer has been a good one. I have spoken with a few friends who have had to face difficult challenges this summer. It reminds me to remember life’s transient nature and be ever more grateful for all the good I experience.

To that point, I am honored to have had another opportunity to go to Hood River, OR and work with Jacqueline Alexander of ‘Know Your Fruit’, as her Puff Factory gets built. On this occasion we place large double terminated quartz crystals in the foundation of the factory to enhance the freeze dried fruit that will be produced there.
From there, I traveled to the Bay Area where I lived many years ago, to visit dear friends. Janet (who I know for 40 years!) and I drove up to the Russian River, a natural wonderland of redwood trees, great food, and wine.
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Continuing the discussion the environmental challenges we face this is the 3rd in my series on the 5 Elements or Agents of Change and health.

feng shui newsletter 2016-09-02In the last 2 newsletters I discussed Water (catch up if you missed it) and Wood, so next up is Fire, which is analogous with summer on the bagua. Although summer is winding down, this information is useful all year long!

Fire & Environmental Concerns at Home:

  • A well-designed fireplace will decrease the smoke in a room and increase its heating efficiency. Vent-free portable gas fireplaces are becoming popular while many traditional fireplaces are inefficient and potentially dangerous.
  • Old or poorly constructed fireplaces allow smoke and gases to enter the house. If not well ventilated, benzopyrene and carbon dioxide are sent into the air.
  • A vast number of studies links benzopyrene and cancers.
  • Under floor heating, the use of solar power and efficient insulation are some of the many solutions to effectively balancing and converting heat and the Fire element in our environment.
  • Traditional wax candles are made from paraffin, a petrochemical product and often have lead wicks while dyes and synthetic fragrances increase soot.
  • Soy wax candles, preferably in recycled glass containers are the best for the environment. Soybeans are a renewable resource grown in the USA. Trimmed cotton wicks help to keep smoke to a minimum.
Fortunately we still have many days until we need to stoke the fireplace.
Enjoy a Healthy and Happy End of Summer (always too short)! Judith
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