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Spirit of Feng Shui Summer Newsletter

June 20, 2013

Happy Summer Solstice, June 20, when we experience the longest day of LIGHT. In Feng Shui this is the season of LI representing FAME, visibility and reputation. The element is FIRE. Li – Fame, is less about being famous – it represents our willingness to be seen for our talents, skills and who we are. It’s exhibiting a good reputation which helps you to attract clients and generates a thriving business.

The Feng Shui color for Li is RED, an energizing color. A client had a bathroom in the Li area of his business. It’s not optimum to have a bathroom in the Li position as the flushing water "puts out fire" diminishing visibility and reputation. When my client painted the interior bathroom walls a vibrant red, his business expanded! The Li – Fame area of your business or home is the central area farthest from the front door.

While we can use the color red to stimulate the Li area through paint, candles, artwork and other ways to simulate the fire element, the concept is to bring "vitality and active life force" to the area. For me, one of the best remedies to introduce vitality are through the use of flowers. Flowers are vibrantly alive, often fragrant, colorful and always beautiful. Lining the pathway to your front door with colorful flowers is a good way to assist positive energy flow into your home. For businesses, having a large bouquet of flowers at the reception desk creates a good first impression and produces a sense of well being for clients.

All flowers receive their vitality from the Sun – fire – and therefore can be used to enhance Li in your life – and it does not necessarily need to be the color red. Here is a list of flowers and the associated meaning. Orchid – beauty, nobility, abundance. Peony – love, romance, peace. Narcissus – flowering of one’s career, talent and abilities, good fortune. Chrysanthemum – attract good luck. Hydrangea – gratitude and enlightenment. Lotus – purity, perfection. Lavender – devotion, virtue. Red rose – love, pink rose – friendship. Azalea – abundance. Pink carnation – gratitude. Gardenia – joy. Hibiscus – delicate beauty. Jasmine – grace and elegance. Sunflower – adoration and joy.

In the Hawaiian tradition, the LEI (a string of flowers or leaves, shells, seeds) is a symbol of Aloha. A proverb states "e lei no au i ko aloha" meaning" I will cherish your love as a beautiful adornment." Lei’s were worn by ancient Hawaiians both to beautify themselves and to distinguish themselves from others (enhancing Li!). Today, lei’s are used during all aspects of life from birth, graduation, marriage, death, and to mark social and important events. The placing of a lei over the head and shoulders of the recipient is a way to show honor and respect. A wonderful expression of LI – recognition and visibility.

Suggestions to enhance LI:

1. Line the pathway to your house with bright flowers or have colorful flowers by the front door to enhance visibility.

2. Place a beautiful bouquet of flowers in the reception area (for businesses) or in a prominent place upon entering your home to create beauty and vitality.

3. Consider marking special occasions of clients, family, friends by presenting them with a floral lei.

4. Choose an arrangement of flowers from the above list to enhance a specific area of your life: orchids for abundance, gardenia for joy, chrysanthemums for good luck. (Whenever possible, after flowers become spent, return them to the earth rather than throwing them in the trash. It’s a gentle expression of reverence).

5. Reflect on the following quotations to appreciate our unique relationship to flowers: "14 million years ago, one morning just after sunrise, the first flower ever to appear on the planet opens up to receive the rays of the sun…..seeing beauty in a flower could awaken humans, however briefly, to the beauty that is an essential part of our own innermost being, their true nature." Eckhart Tolle, "A New Earth"

"As in a garden, when we "water the flowers" of loving kindness and compassion in each other, we also take energy away from the weeds of anger, jealousy and misperception…….Your heart is like a flower, let your heart be open like a flower. The Kingdom is here and now." Thich Nhat Hanh

Wishing you a wonderful blossoming in this warm season of LI.

Terumi Leinow

Certified Feng Shui and Energy Clearing Consultant


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