HARMONY GARDENS NEWSLETTER
Volume 1 ~ Issue 4 March 18, 2009

GARDEN TIPS FROM THE EXPERT
Spring is in the air. Watch the watering. Besides being in a drought, it isn’t good for plants if you water when the surface of the soil is wet.

Now is the time to divide crowded perennials such as Lily of the Nile, Japanese Iris and Serbian Bellflower. Dig each clump & cut sections with a sharp knife. Plant immediately..

Contents:
  • GARDEN TIPS FROM THE EXPERT
  • ITS THE ECONOMY OR IS IT?
  • ABOUT THE AUTHOR

ITS THE ECONOMY, OR IS IT?

I have been contacted by many people who are concerned and nervous about the economy and their personal finances for help with their Feng Shui. Fear and nervousness are in the air. If you are worried about your finances or future, here are some reminders and advice.
While I can’t give specific Feng Shui advice to help your situation (see why below in Feng Shui Advice) I can offer several suggestions that are very powerful.

1. It isn’t the economy. The fear that is created about your life lives in your head. There may be a change in your situation but minute to minute, you are protected and safe. Get in touch with that feeling of safety and security and project it forward into the future instead of the fear and negative scenario.

2. Compare to the downside. Most people compare themselves to those that are doing better and feel woeful. Even the poorest of us is doing better than most of the world. Be grateful. Make gratitude lists each day until it becomes natural for you to feel the good you have.

3. View every change as an opportunity. The best changes in my life have been the result of chaos which spurred me to try new things. In 1994 I lost my house and 50% of what was in it to the Northridge earthquake. What seemed like a disaster set my feet on a new and unimagined path as I pursued the understanding through Feng Shui and spirituality. During the darkest hours I kept affirming that there would be good that would come from this difficulty.

4. Troubles are only temporary. Actually all in life is just temporary. Our suffering is born from the desire to hold onto the “good” and the wish to avoid the “bad” in life. Everything passes and what we get to keep are the lessons that we learn along the way.

5. Look for the open doors. They point you in the right direction. Some part of our lives is fated and when a door keeps opening for you, it is likely that is the correct direction for you to take. Life doesn’t have to be so hard.

6. Be Aware. Stay in the present and listen to your self talk. When it is negative chatter, counter it with positive.

7. Start your day visualizing what you want to accomplish, how you want to feel and all the good outcomes awaiting you.

8. Dream big and see yourself in those dreams. Visualize your future the way you want it not limited by what you think you can achieve. This was one of the most important lessons I had to learn personally.

9. Do good deeds. This is the most important of the suggestions. How can you help others? Good deeds don’t have to be an earth shaking sacrifice for you. It can be as small as looking someone in the eye and smiling. That smile could be the best part of another’s day.

FENG SHUI ADVICE

When I am at a party and someone finds out that I am a Feng Shui expert and consultant, I am often asked to diagnosis the Feng Shui. As much as I would like to help, there are rules and traditions in Feng Shui that keep me from taking it casually.
Feng Shui is an ancient and sacred art. There is a very personal relationship that develops between a consultant and the client. It works best when the client is sincere in asking and wants the advice and the expert is qualified to find the exact perfect solutions for the client. The right solution might involve a personal exercise for the client, a meditation, changes to the arrangement of the house, a house blessing to clear the energy or a combination of these different methods.

THE RED ENVELOPE TRADITION

As a show a sincerity, the client usually presents the consultant with anywhere from nine (the most usual) to 108 brand new red envelopes that have some denomination of money in them. The tradition of the red envelope is a sign of respect for the thousands of years of knowledge that has been handed from master to student. This tradition links the client into the entire store of wisdom held in the tradition and actually begins the process of wish fulfillment. The master honors the red envelope tradition by blessing the envelopes and sleeping on them and then blessing them again in the morning. It is a wonderful tradition!

 

Lily of the Nile or Agapanthus needs to be divided every 5-6 years especially when it looks like this.

As pretty as it usuallly is, this is what Japanese Iris looks like when it needs to be divided.

As pretty and full as this Serbian Bellflower is, the plant's health will be better if it is divided when it reaches this stage.

Feng Shui is an ancient art that originated in China

The Red Envelope is a wonderful Chinese tradition

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Shelley Sparks is a Feng Shui Expert, Licensed Landscape Architect and Humble Gardener. Through the practices of Feng Shui and Landscape Design she creates Harmony, Healing, Prosperity and Beneficial Qualities to her client's home, business and garden environments. She believes that as we bring our environments into balance we live happier healthier more abundant lives, benefit all that we relate to and help heal the earth.

She has been licensed as a Landscape Architect for more than 25 years and has designed award winning residential landscapes. She is a disciple of His Holiness Master Lin Yun Rinpoche, Grand Master of Black Sect Tantric Buddhist Sect of Feng Shui and has been studying Feng Shui for more than sixteen years. She teaches Garden as a Healing Space and Feng Shui and Feng Shui in the Garden for U.C.L.A. and other venues throughout the United States. She analyzes Feng Shui for people's homes, businesses and gardens.

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