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In a real estate market like New York City’s, buyers and sellers need all the luck, positive energy, and blessings they can get.
Enter Judith Wendell – a Feng Shui expert and owner of Sacred Currents, a company that specializes in feng shui, space clearings, and creating vital and thriving environments.
Wendell started out with mostly small business owners and apartment dwellers, but she soon became popular among developers and commercial buildings.
Real Estate Weekly October 30, 2015
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In 2012, when the Baccarat Hotel & Residences was just beginning to be built on West 53rd Street, the developers, Starwood Capital, had her bless the site, which had formerly been a beloved public library and then became a subject of controversy, developers wanted to bring good chi and energy to the space.
“In many cultures, there is always a ritual for honoring the land that is being disrupted, or what has gone on there in the past,” Wendell told Broker’s Weekly. “It’s recognizing that we’re not just bulldozing – there’s a connection to the Earth.”
Recently, a developer in Long Island City sought Wendell’s services for a site his company was working on, fearing that there might have been an old cemetery in the area, possibly an original Dutch burial ground. Wendell performed a “clearing” ceremony on the site, which involves “dousing,” a way of seeking out energy.
“When there is an energy, I focus on that particular area, be it a home or a site, and try to drill down a bit what the disturbance is about, and even if I don’t know that, I’ll do more clearing there,” she said.
In addition to Starwood, Wendell has worked with the Howard Hughes Corporation on sites in Hawaii and in the South Seaport.
Feng Shui is the 5,000-year-old practice of balancing energy flow in a particular space – and for apartments and homes, that means placing objects in an arrangement that best promotes good energy flow through the space.
Harmony & Luck
“At the Baccarat, Ms. Wendell was hired to work with the architects and designers to ensure that chi, or cosmic energy, flows freely and brings good fortune to the residents, developers and investors alike. To ensure that the structure is being built in the most harmonious way possible from the ground up, she chose an auspicious date in late July to perform a ground-blessing ceremony.”
Blessings and so-called smudging or space clearing rituals, which include meditation, chanting and the burning of herbs to purify the space and help promote good psychic and spiritual energy, are a major focus of her work. But she also draws on the design courses she has taken and looks for ways to introduce the five elements of feng shui — water, wood, fire, earth and metal — into a room or building, to create a harmonious environment in subtle but effective ways.
“The real art of this,” Ms. Wendell said, “is how to meet with the best designers of the world and have their concepts also translate the principles of feng shui so the atmosphere is not just absolutely exquisite, but really emulates the idea of prosperity and success and health.”
New York Times. October 14, 2012. To Bricks and Mortar Add Harmony and Luck
Article from: Full Access NYC
By Denise Oliveira July 18, 2014
PREDECESSOR CHI: These tips come from Sacred Currents founder Judith Wendell. Wendell is a Feng Shui consultant who has also studied neurosensory development. She has been hired by individuals – including Law & Order SVU’s Mariska Hargitay – and businesses – such as the Baccarat Hotels and Residences in midtown – to ensure that chi is flowing to their advantage in their offices and homes.
Because salt is a substance that absorbs negative energy, a good cleansing practice is to put salt in small bowls in various corners of your space and leave them there for 21 days, Wendell advises. “This helps absorb some of the residual energy, or predecessor chi, from previous tenants,” she says. “It helps get rid of the energy you’d rather not live with.” Be sure to discard the salt after 21 days.
Another cleansing ritual is to burn sage in your new space. “I use some resins from a cathedral in England, but sage will do,” Wendell said. [Editor’s note: make sure you know what you’re doing before you start burning things in your apartment. There are plenty of resources online to guide you.
To lift the chi – or energy – in your new space, cut up small pieces of orange peel and sprinkle them all around the periphery, Wendell instructs. An alternative with similar results is to purchase natural orange essence and spray it throughout the space.
A good way to cleanse and refresh your new space is to engage in a flower ritual. Wendell recommends getting three bouquets and placing one in each ‘critical area’ of your apartment, which includes the kitchen, bedroom and living room. Move the vases around every day for three days, so that at the end, each bouquet has spent a day in each room. “It’s a way to bring life force and color into your space,” Wendell said. “This will refresh your environment.”
Even if you skip all of the above, Wendell encourages everyone to do this, at the very least, when you move in: Open all the windows, and let as much fresh air in as possible.
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Positive Energy comes in many ways
Have you ever wondered which corner of your home corresponds with financial prosperity or how you kick off a project? And once you’ve found that corner, are you curious about what you place in that integral location to foster positive energy in those areas of your life? And other than moving furniture or adding objects in your home, have you ever wondered how else you can balance your personal energy? Applied properly, Feng Shui can improve the quality of your life. It does this by balancing your personal and environmental energy. This allows you to experience more success at work, improved relationships, focus and clarity as well as better health
The principle of Feng Shui is that the world and our lives are guided by energy. Feng Shui can free up this energy and allow things in our lives to flow more smoothly. Rosalie Prinzivalli, MBA, BTB MFS, BTB Feng Shui™ Masters instructor and Program Director, and Judith Wendell, BS, BTB MFS, founder of Sacred Currents Feng Shui Integrative Design, will be at the Open Center’s Open House on September 6, 2015 at 9:00pm to talk about Feng Shui and personal chi, and offer a free preview of their one-day intensive on October 12, 2015 where you will learn about Feng Shui’s extraordinary analytical tools, potent Feng Shui adjustments, simple, powerful space-clearing methods and more. Be among the first to experience Rosalie & Judith’s approach to Feng Shui living. Register for the October 12 intensive on-site and receive an additional early-bird discount.
How to Use the Five Elements as Potent Feng Shui Adjustments
Sept 15, 2011 6:30p Wine + Nibbles served Lecture starts 7:00pm
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Five Element theory is basic to the understanding of Feng Shui. The qualities of the Five Elements and their interactions inform many Feng Shui adjustments.
What are the Five Elements and how to they relate to the Bagua or Feng Shui Map.
The Generating or Producing Cycle of the Elements.
The Overcoming or Diminishing cycle of the Elements.
The individual qualities for each element and how they relate to us both personally (inner chi) and to the environment (outer chi.)
Examples in Design.
The Five Elements in Feng Shui are Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water. They also describe the colors, shapes, and textures which characteristics that represents specific aspects of life.
BALANCING THE INNER AND OUTER: FENG SHUI FOR HEALTH
New York City in Manhattan
New York Open Center
with Judith Wendell
June 14, 2010 6 – 7:45 pm
Balancing Feng Shui involves far more than the judicious placement of physical objects. It is above all concerned with the optimal circulation and balancing of chi, the life energy that flows through us and permeates the universe. When Feng Shui focuses on adjusting our dwellings and workplaces it does so to create environments that foster the positive flow of chi to boost our health and vitality, harmonize our emotions and center our minds. In this class we will explore some of the core principles of Feng Shui, based on many of the same principles as traditional Chinese medicine, and look at how to use these principles to balance our energy both internally (in the organs in our body) and externally, in our homes and work spaces. Other topics covered will include: how to position objects and furnishings to maximize chi flow; the use of color and design to relieve stress; what Feng Shui can do to help us lessen our financial worries and stress; simple exercises that can greatly enhance our personal chi; and more.
A Weekly Course
(3 sessions) Mondays, June 14-28, 6-7:45pm
Members: $60 / Nonmembers: $90
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Monday, June 14, 6-7:45pm
Judith teaches many feng shui courses at the New York Open Center. Her instructions help explain how the environments where they live and work affect their life situations. Judith helps them to understand energy and improve their spaces. You can view her practitioner page at: https://www.opencenter.org/about/our-partners/practitioner-directory-2/985/judith-wendell/
Feng Shui for Executives
Business isn’t growing fast enough? It’s possible your corporate space needs feng shui. Executives can benefit from the ancient Chinese art of rearranging the elements of water, wood, fire, earth and metal in a room in order to promote health, happiness and prosperity. This works by allowing chi (energy or life force) to flow freely. “In a conference room, you want to be in a commanding position with the best view of the door, seated in a high-backed chair, at a round or oval table so that it will foster harmony among colleagues,” says feng shui consultant Judith Wendell, founder of design firm Sacred Currents. Even an employee’s office may need an overhaul. “Clutter can block energy and hinder productivity,” she warns. “On a deck, new work should be on the middle left side, completed tasks on the middle right.”
IN New York, 2/07: Ideas for Busy Executives in today’s Competitive Marketplace
New York Times. Feng Shui and Vegan Fare Battle a Neighborhood Curse.
A neighborhood curse cured. Candle 79 hired Ms. Wendell to go where no contractor had gone before and fix what seemed to be ailing the two-story town house.
If you noticed them at all, you would think they were part of the restaurant’s new design: two small octagons outside, each with a mirror at its center. The point? To protect the restaurant from the building across the street, whose sharp edges, according ot Judith Wendell, a feng shui consultant, “create a knife-like effect on the restaurant’s energy, cutting into it – so we’re reflecting it back.”
“We use feng shui in the Third Avenue location,” Mr. Potenza said, “and after being in business there for nine years and going strong, we think it’s an element that has added to its overall success.”
“They will then literally anoint the space,” she aid, “sealing the doors, putting it down drains and toilets and touching the center part of each burner on the stove.”
I still another ceremony,shw will use rice to “feed the negative spirits so they are sated and o longer need to occupy the space,” Ms. Wendell said. “One of the things that prevented me from coming in a first was the yin, or what I call predecessor chi.” (Chi is the Chinese word for energy).
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