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Spirit of Feng Shui Winter News

December 20, 2014

From my friend Terumi….

Happy Winter Solstice, December 21, the official start of winter. In Feng Shui this is the KAN season related to Career and the water element. Letʻs consider how vital water is now only to career but also to all aspects of life.


California has been in extreme drought. Past winters yielded little rain and snow. This negatively affected careers in agriculture and other industries. We therefore enthusiastically welcomed the recent heavy rains and appreciate how much our planet is dependent on water.

For the entire month of November, I was privileged to housesit for dear friends in their beautiful home and hillside garden in Kailua, Oahu. I was 10 minutes away from Kailua/Lanikai beaches listed in the 10 most beautiful beaches worldwide! While 50% of the United States were recording freezing temperatures and snow, I was often the only one swimming at 8 a.m. in the 75 degrees Pacific ocean. There is no denying the incredible healing benefits of swimming in ocean sea water. Is it because over 60% of our bodies are made up of water and the rocking/swaying in the saltwater waves somehow restores balance to the body? And balance is what we strive for in all lifeʻs aspect including career.


In Feng Shui the street symbolizes the river. You come and go from the street. Everything enters through the front door of your home or business: opportunities, success, vital life force "chi" energy. Therefore the relationship between the street and your front door is critical for career and other life successes. While in Hawaiʻi I received an SOS email from a client/friend whose business and health had declined since her recent move to a new location. I instantly wondered what the relationship was between the street and her front door. Sure enough, on my return, I discovered that her front door was totally invisible from the street. The symbolic water-street energy was flowing completely past, creating limitations in her life. The good news is that Feng Shui has cures and remedies for even such extreme situations. We were able to implement various creative solutions to enhance the energy flow of the street to her front door.

Ensure the area from the street to your front door is obstruction free, and welcoming. Attractive plantings, colorful flowers, lights can assist in moving the chi from the street to the entrance. For businesses, the reception area creates first impressions so be sure that this area reflects vitality and a successful inviting presence. Water features are excellent additions in reception areas.


Marin county towns distribute sandbags to help residents prevent flooding. During this holiday season it is easy to overindulge both in activities and in excess alcohol/sweets foods that produce an acidic vulnerable environment in the body.

To help balance your body, introduce alkaline assisting foods such as white daikon radish. Slice and keep some in a jar with umeboshi (Japanese sour plums) and snack on them. Or dissolve a heaping teaspoon of miso or umeboshi plum in warm water and drink. At night, relax in an epsom salt and/or sea salt infused bath. Add drops of your favorite essential oils such as lavender or other calming oils.


Hannukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Yalda – cultures worldwide celebrate the "light" as one of the ways to bring balance into this time of shorter days and longer nights.

Create the time during this KAN season to bring more light into your life. Sit around a cosy fireplace, light candles, sing seasonal songs that lighten your spirit, take a lunch hour break by going for a walk. Engage in light enhancing celebrations.


Stuck in holiday traffic? Consider how the water in you body is affected if you choose to stew and be upset in your car or while waiting at the airport. Or, transform this waiting time to express Love and Appreciation for all the blessings in your life. Remember Masaru Emotoʻs (RIP) groundbreaking work where he found that when we express Love and Appreciation, it forms the most beautiful of crystal structures in water. When we had 70 mph howling winds and rains in Woodacre last week, I spent the night reciting love and appreciation for the rains, water, winds, earth and more. (Unlike many other areas we had no power outage).

In this KAN season, I send Love and Appreciation to each of you for who you are and for the unique gifts you offer to the universe making this a better place world.

I wish you and your family many fortunate blessings of the season.

Terumi Leinow

Certified Feng Shui and Energy Clearing Consultant

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