21st century lifestyle creating overwhelm, stress, fear, sadness or paralysis? Feeling stuck, sad, unseen, unwell or broken? FengShui is centuries old with wisdom as applicable today as it was 18,000 years ago. The ancient and indigenous Tibetan Bon Buddhist canon includes indigenous Tibetan FengShui (Sa-Ched), elegantly influencing other FengShui disciplines and contributions from, for example, the Chinese (BTB, Land Form, & Classical) Hawaiian, Indonesian, Vietnamese, and Indian (Vashtu) cultures.
While bei grateful to Marie Kondo for re-kindling the American psyche around tidying up based on her connection to the Japanese Shinto lineage of the 6th century, we must remember that the origins of the FengShui lineage pre-date this by many thousands of years. FengShui is an unbroken lineage and continues to offer practices with a unique set of timeless intentions and motivations and as such, quite distinct results! Certainly, taking that first de-cluttering step is also quite essential for effective FengShui results but it only offers a beginning and a more complete remedy is required.
It is apparent that the challenges of the 21st century will require a different consciousness lineage to HEAL the 21st century challenges. Expecting the same consciousness that created our cultural burnout, stress, & challenges to also find meaningful solutions is folly.
As such, we can no longer continue to ignore the role environment plays in all aspects of our everyday lives. We spend untold hours sleeping in our beds or sitting at our desks, for example, and these environments hold the intensity of our personal and environmental energy every single day. If we are consciously working with positive intention, or perhaps we are in a negative trajectory, and in either case, we will experience vastly different results. Our environments co-create every single aspect of an integrated life whether we are aware of it or not and "Everything is Energy" is a famous quote from a scientist, in fact, Albert Einstein!!
Part of my current mission is to raise the cultural awareness of the power of FengShui in the west. Helping clients realize that if they engage FengShui in their environments, learn to align with their higher self, practice listening from within, then they can embody the guru of their own life. The FengShui Bagua "map" for home & office includes all major life areas including reputation, career/life-path journey, wisdom, relationships, health, helpful people, abundance, children, and family.
We all have experienced the impermanence of life's ups and downs and those transient tests are merely ripened karma truly designed to offer each one of us a chance to grow personally, and professionally. Personally, over the years, I have found conventional wisdom lacking on so many levels. FengShui addresses everything from transforming careers, maintaining a better balance between work and family, engaging in personal care without guilt, healthy relationships, abundance and happiness. My curiosity was born into ancient wisdom traditions that offered greater depth and time-tested wisdom, and how re-framing with compassion and positivity all of the challenges we face, creates shifts and a window what is possible.
Growing up in northern New Jersey I was always a naturalist, an environmentalist, I loved hiking and spending time at the ocean, and connecting with nature. My story and my world was shattered at a very young age, when my oldest sister was diagnosed with breast and then ovarian cancer, which took her life after a long battle, and then we received the inhumane news that my second to oldest sister was also diagnosed with ovarian cancer. In the early 1990's, options were draconian, invasive and didn't often make common sense. Prevailing wisdom included (& still does today) introducing my sisters to poisonous chemo which compromised their immune systems, the very same immune systems they need to fight the cancer cells. As a family, we supported my sisters every effort to overcome the ravages of cancer including trying just about anything to save their lives.
So much sadness, disbelief, and unanswered questions about my sisters passing. Why was this happening to my family? What was genetic testing? What was a cancer cluster? Was the ground water toxic? Was I going to also get cancer? A big hurdle was overcoming the cultural frame of reference that fed on the negative emotions and at that time, there was very little information at all on the mind and body connection.
Grateful doesn't really cover what I experienced having a daily Tibetan Buddhist meditation practice and with all of the practical tools for transforming the negative emotions, I also learned that for centuries Tibetans had wisely connected the mind and body. Seeking a more positive mind to also be healthy physically and emotionally, I invited this wisdom tradition fully into my life to make sense of events that made no sense. The spiritual practices of Tibetan Buddhism also helped me to cope with immense loss and grief.
So when I stumbled upon FengShui, also in NYC it was exciting and new and encouraged healing what I did have control over, my immediate environment. While living in the West Village in NYC I was beyond fortunate to discover and enroll in the country's only 3 - year professional FengShui Masters Program created by Taiwanese BTB FengShui Grandmaster Lin Yun.
After graduating from the program in 1999 I was so impressed with FengShui that I knew I wanted to share it's practicalities and secrets with others. When I was next invited to teach the RealEstate Feng Shui courses @BTB Masters Online my dream began to take form . Creating the Canyon Ranch FengShui sessions helped my work reach a whole new audience and SPACE AS MEDICINE was created to help guests transition successfully at home after their stay. The International Feng Shui Guild (IFSG) awarded the Red Ribbon Professional distinction to me and a Yoga Alliance Yoga Teacher RYT certification helped me to support my clients with yoga therapy.
FengShui continues today as it has for thousands of years to offer a time-tested way of auditing ourselves and our environments, and create the spaciousness to mitigate much of life's obstacles.
Fast forward to today to a not perfect but happy and flourishing life with many blessings including four amazing children, a happy marriage for almost two decades, and a full and healthy FengShui practice that benefits numerous coast-to-coast clients.
WHY DOES FengShui MATTER?
We simply cannot expect the same consciousness that created our modern problems to solve them. Feng Shui's ancient lineage is timeless and offers a nonconventional, time-tested perspective, as wise today, as it was thousands of years ago.
So, where would YOU like to begin?
Meet Michele Duffy
Feng Shui Expert @Mandala FengShui SPACE AS MEDICINE
BTB M.F.S. (Master of Feng Shui)