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How I Become Interested in Feng Shui

I am frequently asked how I became interested in Feng Shui. I certainly recall the trigger: it happened when I came upon a little article on Feng Shui in a woman’s home decorating magazine. It resonated to something familiar inside of me. I immediately called a friend of mine to inquire if she had ever heard of it. Indeed she had and, in fact, knew that classes on Feng Shui were beginning to be taught locally. Wow! I checked into it, signed up for my first class, and I was hooked! I was immediately captivated by this ancient system of living in harmony with our environment. It seemed so practical to me, and yet there was a powerful intuitive aspect to it as well.

I learned that Feng Shui evaluates the interaction of humans and their environments and views ourWomanSnow homes and workplaces as living entities in which we are either in harmony or in discord. Is there a room in your home in which you love to be? Now think if there is a room or area in your home you tend to avoid or ignore? What are the messages from those two spaces?

I learned that Feng Shui is more than furniture arrangement or decorating, although those are certainly important aspects of it. I was introduced to the concept of Chi, or energy, including predecessor energy. Understanding these concepts allows us to make informed choices when building, purchasing, remodeling or decorating. This information provides us with knowledge and an awareness of ways to intentionally enhance our relationship with the energies of our homes or offices. The ultimate goal is always to create spaces that nurture, protect and support our growth and journey through life. Feng Shui teaches us how to accomplish this goal! It is empowering!

As my studies continued, I learned about the Eight Stems of Traditional Chinese Medicine of which Feng Shui is one; the others include Astrology, Exercise, Food Energetics, Herbalism, Acupuncture, Meditation, and Massage.

36746077 - five elements, creation and destructive circlesI learned the concept of Yin and Yang and the Five Element Theory. Yin and Yang represents the belief that everything in the universe consists of two forces that are opposing but complementary. These dynamic forces keep the universe in balance at every level; it represents completeness. The Yin and Yang symbol illustrates how everything is connected and nothing exists by itself.

The Five Element Theory, according to Chinese philosophy, believes everything and everyone is influenced by five elements that make up all matter. These elements are Metal, Water, Wood, Fire, and Earth. They are thought of as modifiers because of their power to subtly alter the quality or nature of whatever or whomever they represent. This is a powerful theory to apply to pattern, color, and shape when making home decor and clothing choices.

And I learned Feng Shui is a Heaven, Earth and Human relationship. The Chinese believe there are 3 kinds of luck: Heaven Luck, your situation of birth; Human luck which relates to your choices and behaviors and Earth Luck, the condition of living and working in environments that support your physical and emotional health.

As my study of Feng Shui proceeded, a childhood memory returned. As a little girl, riding in the50635777 - colorful drawings: a country house and happy men back seat of my parents’ car, I recalled intently looking at the houses in the neighborhoods we drove through. I saw what I called “happy houses.” Happy houses looked well cared for. Their lawns and landscaping were attended to and there was usually a pot of flowers on the step by the front door. Sometimes the front doors were painted a bright color, different from the rest of the house. I would think how the people inside those houses must be nice; I felt like knocking on their front door to meet them.

And then there were the other houses; the “unhappy ones!” They were the ones that looked neglected: blinds drawn, grass unmowed and no cheerful flowers out front. Even at a young age, I was aware of “energy;” I just didn’t have the words. All I knew at that time was I didn’t want to knock on the front doors of those sad houses!

When I grew up and went to college, I initially majored in theatre. One of my classes was entitled Stagecraft and Scene Design. My childhood memories of how I felt about certain houses and how they made me feel resurfaced as I learned to create scenes to affect and support the period and mood of a particular play. To this day, I find it exciting to watch the curtain rise on a play in anticipation of what “energy” will be conveyed and how it will make me feel.

Ah, energy! No one was using that specific word as a stage set was being created, but implicit in the design was the intention of influencing the audience’s mood through scenery and lighting; think Chi, Yin/Yang and the Five Elements.

In my Stagecraft and Scene Design class, I learned the four principles of designing a theatre set: suggest the style and tone of the whole production; create mood and atmosphere; give clues as to the specific time and place of the action; and offer creative possibilities for the movement and grouping of the actors. Years later when learned the four principles of Feng Shui, I recognized a similarity to those theatre principles.

The first Feng Shui Principle declares Nature is the Model: This influence is achieved by positioning and designing our surroundings in harmony with principles of natural energy flow. When it’s in harmony, we feel relaxed and supported; when the natural energy flow feels disrupted or discordant, tension is created. The next time you go to a play, bring your awareness to your mood before the curtain opens and then notice the shift in mood as the curtain opens. What feeling(s) does the stage design evoke? Apply that observation to your home and office.

Second, Everything is Energy: learning how to understand those energies allows us to manipulate our environments to uplift and support our own energy. In set design, this offers creative possibilities for how the actors interact on stage which impacts our understanding of their message.

Your Space Reflects Your Life: Your choices of furniture, possessions, color, shape, design and arrangement create a mood and an atmosphere that is unique to you, your family, your beliefs and life-style. Clutter can be a telling message here.

Intention01aAnd the fourth and most important Feng Shui Principle states The Power of Feng Shui is in your Intention: Setting specific intentions supports the mindful creation of possibilities for how to proceed toward your goal(s). The process for setting these objectives can include a time frame for accomplishing your desires and, perhaps, where your goals may be best accomplished. Intentions change as life circumstances change.

The question of how I became interested in Feng Shui, started me on an unexpected journey back in time. I realized, in reflecting on both my childhood and my initial choice of study in college, I was already interested in Feng Shui on an intuitive level. I had no awareness I was waiting for the language of it to show up. And show up it did when I recognized something that felt very familiar in a little Feng Shui article so many years later!

Unplanned De-Cluttering

My unplanned de-cluttering began with an email. The Feng Shui Institute of the Midwest was organizing a fundraiser in memory of two spouses and one member who had passed from cancer. All members were invited to bring any Feng Shui books and related items no longer wanted to exchange for donations to cancer research.

Spring de-cluttering had not yet entered my mind and, if it had, my home office bookcase would not have been on the list! Interesting how quickly one’s attention can be focused where it had not before. I took a look at the bookcase housing my Feng Shui books and decided to dig in – one shelf at a time!

Because, like many of us, I’m not one who is able to casually discard an item – clothing, household goods, books, etc. I find the Feng Shui method of approaching clutter clearing tremendously helpful! First, review its function in your life, discerning if it continues to have a valid purpose: Does it still fit? Do you still use it? Does it continue to bring you pleasure? Books are tough! They are old friends! So, I sat on the floor with my old friends piled around me. As I picked up each one, lovingly looking at its cover before slowly flipping through the pages, memories flooded back of my excitement when I first began the study of Feng Shui! It was an incredibly rich time in my life – access to “new” ancient knowledge and the formation of new lifelong friendships!

Many of the books were filled with underlining and notes in the margins, as I was voraciously trying to absorb all I was learning at the time. And now, 20 years later, the time had come to bless and release. I don’t know how many Feng Shui books I have, but, suffice it to say, my bookcase remains mostly full after saying farewell to 38 of them!

TibetanAltar02aIt was fun to attend the fundraiser and see what each person had brought. There were lots of books and other wonderful Feng Shui related items! While tempting, I stayed true to my intention of not bringing anything home. Oh, except for one – a beautiful pop-up book of Tibetan Buddhist Altars! Thank you to the person who released it!

 If you keep something that you’re not using…then no one else can use it, either. Author unknown

After returning home, I spent the remainder of the day organizing that particular bookcase. IBookcase01 cleaned and re-arranged the remaining books.The next day, I purchased a new floor lamp which I placed next to the bookcase. Clearing out releases old energy and allows clarity to the area in question. In fact, my Feng Shui bookcase sits, intentionally, in the Knowledge, Wisdom and Self-Improvement area of my office. Clutter in this area of the Bagua can limit your ability to learn, make wise decisions, and improve yourself. That must have needed attention, thus the FSIM email!

Clutter is a weight that has built on top of you so gradually, you don’t even realize anymore that it is holding you down. Mary Johanson, maryorganizes.com

I wasn’t done! That office project led to another interesting area of de-cluttering – my computer emails. During the time of my injury, my ability to be on my computer for any length of time was severely restricted for the better part of a year. As a result, emails accumulated – 16,400 of them! Talk about electronic clutter! So I decided to tackle the unseen clutter in my computer, which is located in the Family and Community area of my office. This area represents our family of origin: parents, ancestors and siblings. It also represents any group that comes together for a common cause: people with whom you work, your church, a book club, etc. Clutter here can cause problems with superiors, authority figures and parents, as well as within your family or community as a whole. While I’m not experiencing any difficulties in this realm of my life, as so often is the case in Feng Shui, attention to this area may have prevented any potential complications.

I am happy to report I brought those 16,400 emails down to zero! Part of this huge undertaking included unsubscribing to resources that provide instruction and support for spiritual enlightenment. In my ongoing quest for spiritual growth, I had been accumulating them for years. Again, I applied the Feng Shui process of reviewing whether these resources still have purpose in my life and discerning if they continue to provide meaningful information for my continuing personal growth and development. These questions speak to a seldom-identified subliminal reason for clutter: Identity. We often hold on to items that remind us of who we used to be. The important question, of course, is “Am I still that same person?”

 Self-reflection is the first step to decluttering because it’s not about the stuff. Author unknown

 Perhaps clearing the energy in my area of self-wisdom and adding additional light enabled me toDancer recognize and own the wisdom I have gained through the years. This recognition freed me to bless and unsubscribe from many of those sites, making space for other higher conscious information to show up! Now, when I look at my emails, I see four or five rather than thousands! A huge weight has been lifted! My Chi is significantly lighter! We never know what might show up to motivate a shift in our energy. A casual email invitation turned out to be a powerful motivator for unplanned de-cluttering!

From Earth to Metal

It’s that time again! The days are becoming shorter and the nights cooler. Based on the Five Element Theory, we’re experiencing the shift from Earth to Metal. This theory postulates these five elements make up all matter that influence everything and everyone: Water, Wood, Fire, Earth and Metal.

Chart2Water is considered the storehouse of vital essence. It is responsible for growth, development and reproduction and promotes introspection, persistence and motivation.Water is the winter element. The next element, Wood, reflects growth; it carries the seed of new life and is associated with spring. Fire symbolizes the warmth, brilliance and vitality of summer. Earth brings fullness, fertility, order and stability; it is the center from which we operate. When we are centered and grounded, we are better able to embrace inevitable change. Earth is an element of transmutation; it represents late summer – those last warm days before cool weather sets in. The Metal element represents the harvest of fall. It reflects a gathering of soul and spirit and brings decline and contraction with shorter days and colder nights.

And, of course, we see this in progress as we watch our gardens give one last eruption of beauty before dying back in preparation for the dormant rest period over the winter months. We transition from basking in the warm sun to basking in the exuberant fall colors – one last hurrah before the leaves fall.

43282971 - halloween pumpkin head jack lantern on wooden backgroundI typically resist this shift from Earth to Metal until I can no longer ignore the Halloween decorations and pumpkins that suddenly dominate the landscape! I release my hold on the Earth energy and allow myself to become a full-blown participant in the activities appropriate with the fall season. A burst of energy compels me to re-organize my closet. I put away summer clothes, shoes and bags while deciding what stays for another season and what gets recycled. I’m infused with the sense of order the Metal (autumnal energy) element brings. I organize my closet and my kitchen. I pull out the slow cooker; squash soup replaces tuna salad. Fall is officially here and its Metal energy insists on change and a sense of order I can no longer deny.

I begin my garden clean up to assist it in preparation for the coming transition to the Water element of Jimmieswinter. I change out my pots, replacing those plants that succumbed to the changes in temperature with plants that enjoy the cooler nights. I add pumpkins and gourds. While I I know, of course, this natural evolution will happen with or without me, those outdoor pots are a visible statement that I am no longer in resistance.

What other inevitable changes in our life do we resist? How long do we put off succumbing to them? And when we finally do, how do we acknowledge and celebrate the fact that we have actually moved forward? Each season brings the opportunity to look inward at what change or changes are waiting to be acknowledged. We can use the Earth energy of the changing seasons as a gently reminder to look at where and what we might be resisting in our lives and then use the elemental energy of the season to support us in making the transition. There is a rhythm to everything in life; there is a time for growth, and a time for rest. Being in the flow acknowledges these life cycles. And we are reminded of the truth of the Feng Shui Principle: nature is our model.

From Gallop to Graze

horseMy transition from gallop to graze began several months ago! It turns out, the free-spirited, high-energy year of the Yang Wood Horse took me for a ride! I thought I was ready for the 2014 Horse’s sprint! After all, sprinting through life has been my M.O. or modus operandi. I have always been an eager learner, open to new ideas and ways of thinking. And I have always been a sprinter. One would think, then, that the Year of the Horse would support my sprinting energy. What happened was quite the opposite! Joining energetic forces with the Horse energy wore me down, forcing me to take a good look at how I have run my energy all my life. That high energy, so valued and rewarded by our culture, turns out, really doesn’t support good health or mindfulness.  Of course, I have been aware of this for years; however, I believed I was sprinting with mindfulness, appreciating the moment, stopping to smell the roses. But, wait a minute……maybe not so much as I thought.

I frequently use the analogy that life’s lessons are like peeling an onion. Each layer of learningOnion02
peels away to reveal a new level of awareness. At certain times throughout our lives, if we are paying attention, we are made aware of another layer waiting to be peeled back. When my energy aligned with the Horse energy, I lost the race, or won, depending on which perspective you take. I was unexpectedly forced to peel away the layer of belief that said, “sprinting works for me.”

I began to notice I had less stamina to do the things I did on an everyday basis. My vitality for certain activities, ways of doing, and thinking would quickly burn out. I was being challenged and it was distressing! The familiar way I ran my energy was no longer working! I was getting less Orb02done in a day and feeling more tired. Ignoring these changes, I galloped toward new learning and signed up for a series of classes on expanding consciousness.  Of course, once they began, I questioned why I had committed to weekly classes, with assignments, when I was feeling so “un-energetic!” And then, the irony of it began to reveal itself: I was taking these classes on expanding consciousness, while being challenged to expand my own consciousness! Of course, the timing was perfect! These classes showed up just in time to support me in a transition I wasn’t even yet aware of!

The Sheep/Goat officially grazed in February 4, finding me continuing to evaluate my Ram01
engagement in life, based on what my body is telling me. I have always felt a deep connection to the earth and to my body. The Horse energy challenged me to listen to and respect that connection on a level deeper than I had before – another layer of the onion!  How perfect that my personal transition coincides with the transition from gallop to graze.

Although far from easygoing, this Sheep year bodes for a gentler and more stable time. This Yin Wood Sheep year is considered a symbol of optimism and flexibility for compromise and progress. And I plan to graze on that!

 

 

 

 

 

Seen and Unseen Energies

As a Feng Shui Practitioner, my practice is based on the premise that seen, as well as unseen, energies affect our environments. This concept, while ancient, continues to appear new to our culture. As science attempts to determine how best to prove the existence of these unseen energies and their impact on us, and the world around us, controversy persists. And no more so than the dispute over the work and claims of Dr. Masaru Emoto.

portraitDr. Emoto believed that human consciousness could affect the molecular structure of water and that water could take on the “resonance” of the energy directed at it. His experiments included exposing water to positive speech or thoughts resulting in “beautiful” crystals when frozen. When exposed to negative intention, the water would yield “ugly” frozen crystal formations. Dr. Emoto also felt that polluted water could be restored through prayer and positive visualization.

I had the pleasure and privilege of hearing Dr. Emoto when he was in the Twin Cities a number of years ago. Sadly, he passed away this month.  Dr. Emoto’s work spoke to the Feng Shui premise that “everything is energy and we are all affected by it” His hypothesis: “Water molecules are affected by our thoughts, words, and feelings.”

According to H.H. Mitchell, Journal of Biological Chemistry 158, the brain and heart are composed of 73% water, and the lungs are about 83% water. The skin contains 64% water, and even the bones are watery: 31%. Water helps digest our food so it can provide us with energy, it helps to transport waste out of the body, and it is important in controlling body temperature. When we consider up to 60% of the human adult body is water, Dr. Emoto’s implications are profound.

Dr. Emoto’s book, The Hidden Messages in Water, contains stunning photos of water crystals taken after the water samples had been exposed to a variety of stimuli including a printed or spoken word, music or a picture. His photos show the effects of water crystals after exposure to the words love, thank you and I hate you.emoto3

If this is true, how might thoughts and words be affecting our body? And can we, in fact, alter the water we drink with our words and thoughts?

Dr. Emoto’s claims may be controversial, but not to those of us who believe that a positive thought has a positive affect on our bodies and how we live our lives on a daily basis. It stands to reason, then, that a negative thought has a negative effect. Many in the scientific community debunk Dr. Emoto’s findings because they feel his studies were, well, not sufficiently scientific.

“It is a scientifically proven fact that all scientifically proven facts have originated from original and thereby unproven theories.” Silvia Hartmann

“I think that the thing I most want you to remember is that research is a ceremony. And so is life. Everything that we do shares in the ongoing creation of our universe.” Shawn Wilson

 Dr. Emoto’s research is the perfect example of ceremony performed in love and gratitude. It is reported that his last word was “Arigato,” which means “Thank you” in Japanese. Arigato, Dr. Emoto!

 

 

Sacred

KuanThere is a compelling exhibition entitled “Sacred” at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. While the word sacred is most commonly associated with religious belief, it also refers to that which is worthy of or regarded with reverence, awe or respect. Much of what is on display in this exhibit will be immediately recognized as sacred by most of us: the magnificent Guanyin statue or the complex Yamantaka Mandala. However, there are surprises!

During the last 17 years of my studying and practicing the art and science of Feng Shui, the term sacred has evolved for me personally. I now identify many more objects, acts and circumstances as sacred than I did prior to my understanding of Feng Shui. While Feng Shui is not a religion, it does invoke a sense of reverence for the world around us; a reverence I associate with sacred. A prime example is the shift in how I view our homes; I’ve always loved houses, but now I consider them to be sacred spaces. Our home is the one place on our planet we’ve chosen to provide us with shelter and safety; it is our sanctuary. And while we obviously don’t feel the same sense of sacredness in our homes as we do when we visit a temple or a church, most of us consider, or desire, our homes to be a safe haven, a place of safety, support and sustenance. A sanctuary. Our homes are privy to our dreams, hopes, ambitions, fears, sorrows and joys. We often say, “If those walls could talk.” And actually they do. Feng Shui practitioners question new and potential homeowners regarding predecessor energy. Because space holds energy, its affects have a positive or negative influence on the people who live there. As such, space clearing is often an integral part of a Feng Shui consultation, as are house blessings. We bless our homes and, in so doing, imbue them with reverence.

Your sacred space is where you can find yourself again and again. – Joseph Campbell

Altar3Items can also be infused with reverence or a sense of the sacred. Some of my Feng Shui clients have created shrines in their homes. While those shrines may hold religious objects, such as a rosary or a cross, they may also consist of pictures of relatives who were a positive influence, or simple things such as a shell, a rock or a crystal that hold significance for its owner. These items are what I refer to as personal sacred! Imagine my surprise and delight to see ordinary items on display in this provocative exhibit: objects that challenge what is universally accepted as sacred! Unremarkable things, many of us would consider throw away: a set of Christmas tree lights, a tea pot, child’s book, a VHS tape, a golf trophy!  There they were, familiar, everyday items, prompting and challenging the viewer to see the world with different eyes; to remain open and have respect for the ordinary around us that may mean nothing – or may mean everything!

In the presence of these common objects, this exhibit becomes experiential; we are encouraged to consider our own beliefs about what we deem sacred. We are invited to consider how nostalgia and personal association can change our perceptions. Perhaps sacred meaning comes from within and is indeed, like beauty, in the eye – and the heart – of the beholder.

Everything for me is sacred, beginning with the earth, but also going to things made by man.    Paul Coelho

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shoes Off!

Years ago, few people were expected to take their shoes off when visiting someone’s home. In fact, I think it would have probably been viewed as unclean and disrespectful. It also never occurred to anyone to take off their shoes when entering their own home. It wasn’t until I moved to Minnesota and experienced winter, that I learned the ritual of carrying shoes to put on after removing boots during the winter months. But that was as far as it went.

06MultiShoeI don’t recall exactly when it began: my ritual of deliberately removing my shoes year round when visiting friends and family. “No need to take off your shoes” some would say; others were a bit curious and asked why. I would give a mundane response such as “Oh, I don’t want to track in dirt.” I was aware there was something much more to it I was yet unable to express.

05DoorThen I began traveling to sacred sites around the world where taking one’s shoes off was expected before entering as a sign of respect. That felt familiar. Years later, I began my Feng Shui studies and a concept, new to me, was introduced: our homes as sacred places where entryways are recognized as energetic transitions from the outside world. Taking one’s shoes off acknowledges that transition into the sacred space we call home. I finally had the answer to why the ritual of removing my shoes had become as important to me when I entered one’s home, including my own, as when I entered a sacred temple.

As sacred spaces, our homes are expected to support our health as well as our psyche. Information is increasingly coming to light about the adverse effects of certain building products and materials on one’s health. It is believed 20% of our health issues are related to genetics while 80% are related to life style choices and our environment.

So what, if anything, does this have to do with the subject of whether or not to walk into homes with our shoes on? Actually, quite a bit, as it turns out! I learned an important environmental issue of concern is related to the amount of salt, petroleum (from filling our gas tanks) and pesticides tracked into our homes on the bottom of our shoes. And lawn chemicals, which require sunlight to break down, remain chemically active when carried into our homes on our shoes, out of direct sunlight. And if that doesn’t make you a believer in removing your shoes, a 2008 study conducted by the University of Arizona looked into the question of our shoes as carriers of bacteria. In their study, a pair of new shoes was given to each participant. After the shoes were worn for 2 weeks, researchers examined them for bacteria. They found that the outside of each shoe was covered by an average of 421,000 units of bacteria, including E Coli. In fact, the E Coli bacteria were found on 96% of the shoes! This information is from an excellent blog by Annabel Grey who addresses the subject of why you should take your shoes off at the door.

Feng Shui supports effective change on both a mundane and an energetic level. From a mundane perspective, it would appear removing shoes upon entering helps keep your home, and subsequently you and your family, healthier. At the same time, removing shoes energetically acknowledges respect for the sacredness of the home you have created for you and your family.

Enhancing the Feng Shui of our homes is a life-style choice and an ongoing process. Adjustments are made as our lives change. We re-decorate, re-model, change paint color, and replace furniture and appliances when they no longer function or otherwise serve our needs. We make sure our homes are clean, that everything is working as it should and that clutter is kept to a minimum. Any attention we give our home, by choice or need, supports the intention of taking care of our very own sacred space. And as we do, we are taking care of ourselves and everyone who lives there. “Shoes off” fits right in.03Cottage

Chi, Intention and Water Molecules

As a Feng Shui Practitioner, I learned about and continue to practice the power of intention and the effects of seen and unseen energy (Chi) in our environments. These concepts, while ancient, continue to appear new to our culture. As science attempts to determine how best to “prove” the existence of these kinds of energies and their impact on us and the world around us, controversy abounds. And no more so than the dispute over the work and claims of Dr. Masaru Emoto.

I had the pleasure of hearing Dr. Emoto, who was recently in the Twin Cities, speak a few years ago. There is great interest in his hypothesis: “Molecules of water are affected by our thoughts, words, and feelings.” This hypothesis speaks directly to the Feng Shui principle that “Everything is energy and we are all affected by it”

According to H.H. Mitchell, Journal of Biological Chemistry 158, the brain and heart are composed of 73% water, and the lungs are about 83% water. The skin contains 64% water, and even the bones are watery: 31%. Water helps digest our food so it can provide us with energy, it helps to transport waste out of the body, and it is important in controlling body temperature.

hiddenbWhen we consider 60-70% of the human adult body is water, Dr. Emoto’s implications are profound. I was intrigued and inspired and immediately purchased his book, The Hidden Messages in Water.

Dr. Emoto’s book contains stunning photos of water crystals taken after the water samples had been exposed to a variety of stimuli including a printed or spoken word, music or a picture.

This photo the effects of a water crystal after exposure to the words Love or GratitudeLoveGratitudea

Another photo of a water crystal following exposure to the words hate or kill.

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If this is true, how might thoughts and words be affecting our body? And can we, in fact, alter the water we drink with our words and thoughts? Dr. Emoto’s claims may be controversial, but not to those of us who believe that a positive thought has a positive affect on how we live our lives on a daily basis. Likewise, a negative thought has a negative effect. And therein lies the controversy. Many in the scientific community debunk Dr. Emoto’s findings because they feel his studies were, well, not sufficiently scientific.

 “It is a scientifically proven fact that all scientifically proven facts have originated from original and thereby unproven theories.”Silvia Hartmann

 While the debate continues, my personal observations of the effects of positive versus negative thinking and/or words in my life and how my body feels in response serve as “proof enough” to me. But I am open to others’ viewpoints and in reviewing the subject of Dr. Emoto’s work I came across several commentaries I’d like to share with you.

This first review takes a very gentle loving approach, explaining Emoto’s research experiments and purpose are based on the premise that everyone should be treated with love and gratitude.

The second claims to be an open minded critical analysis of Dr. Emoto and his work is entitled Is Masaru Emoto For Real? The author reviews Dr. Emoto’s procedures and results for scientific validity. His conclusion: My findings have grounded my opinion of Dr. Emoto’s work in a concrete of scientific rigor and skepticism. I think that means he remains doubtful and uncertain of the conclusions of Dr. Emoto’s work.

I found the many responses that follow Setchfield’s essay to be more revealing and informative than the article itself. People have lots to say on the topic, as you can imagine! The comments, including some shared videos, provide fascinating and powerful insights on current notions about the controversial issues of “Chi,” alternative healing and the power of thoughts and their affects on matter. Diverse opinions challenge me to fine-tune and further define my own opinions, feelings and belief system. I invite you to read those remarks. I believe they furnish another tool for gaining insight as we navigate this journey we call life.

You might also consider reading this independent critique of Dr. Masaru Emoto’s research.  Among other things, it says, “Fringe topics are often scary because so little is known about them. However, if scientists hadn’t explored fringe topics then the Wright brothers may not have found a machine that could actually carry a human in flight. And there are those scientists who dealt with forces that can’t be seen by the naked eye. They include Marie Curie who received a Nobel Prize in Physics for furthering research on radiation started by Henri Becquerel (she coined the term radioactivity) and therewith discovered the elements radium and polonium which garnered her another Nobel Prize in Chemistry.”

Most enjoyable, in my opinion, is to actually read The Hidden Messages in Water for yourself. Dr. Emoto’s message is at the very least inspiring and thought provoking.  I would love to hear your perspective.

 “I think that the thing I most want you to remember is that research is a ceremony. And so is life. Everything that we do shares in the ongoing creation of our universe.” Shawn Wilson 

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