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Feng Shui: It's a Science!

April ReneeFeng Shui — you’ve heard the term. As defined (in Chinese thought) it is a system of laws considered to govern spatial arrangement and orientation to the flow of energy (qi) and whose favorable or unfavorable effects are taken into account when siting and designing buildings.

In other words, it’s not just a design feature for your home. It’s a real scientific system consisting of complicated Binary systems of mathematics.

A home with good Feng Shui feels in balance. One feels more connected with oneself, one’s body and one’s surroundings.

By balancing the energy in your home or workplace, it raises the vibration for positive, balanced energy. You should always remember that your home is merely a reflection of what is happening in your life. When you feel connected with the elements in your balanced space, you will notice the natural elements supported in all that you do.

So, let’s break this down a little bit:

First, there is the Scientific aspect of Feng Shui. This is a Classical practice which is mathematical, calculating energy based on time and space.

The Intentional aspect is about what the home or business and artwork within says to you.

Lastly, the Energetic aspect involves a few things —

• A warm and peaceful feeling among the home or business
• Location of the dwelling
• Is the area quiet and safe?
• Shape and size of the structure and rooms (also take into account the direction of the structure’s face).
• Average temperature
• Lighting
• ALL FIVE senses must be engaged.

Don’t think it works? Be aware of your LUCK —

Heaven Luck — is also known as astrology or our natal chart. We’ve all experienced times when we felt like we were going against a river. And then there are other times when everything goes your way. It’s in these items when we feel like we have little, if any, control of our life and destiny — for good or bad.
Earth Luck — is the Feng Shui aspect of our success. Have you ever lived in a house that just seemed cursed? Perhaps as soon as you moved in everything seemed to go wrong. The energy flow in our home and land we live will have a direct impact on our own energy flow. This will in effect impact all areas of your life — from finances to love to health.
Human Luck — is the aspect in which we feel like our life is in our hands. We are in control. We have free will. Our fate is in our hands — at least 33% of it! The more we make conscious choices, intentions, thoughts, the more we will be in control of our Human Luck. Have you ever come across someone who just seemed to live life in default? They just took what life handed them. This is a case of not using their 33% of Human Luck.


As Feng Shui has become more accepted in the western world, there has been a tremendous amount of information and mis-information that has been released regarding this most ancient of arts —

Feng Shui has been practiced in the east for millennia, and while it may seem exotic and mysterious to westerners, it is really based on the most basic of premises; the fact that energy is all around us, every minute, and that it has a physical impact on our environment.

Consider that while scientists called these energies, collectively “qi”, in the west we know them better by names such as gravitational and magnetic fields, or as electromagnetic energy. We acknowledge that they exist, and we don’t hesitate to use them when it comes to technological advancements, but we tend to downplay the impact that these sorts of energies have on every aspect of our lives, at least we did until the introduction of quantum physics to the realm of scientific thought.

With the advent of quantum physics, the idea of all things being connected, of there being underlying forces that impact the physical world began to be accepted, and as the understanding of how these forces play out not just in everyday life, but on time and space as well, the parallels between quantum physics and traditional Feng Shui became more apparent.

The art of Feng Shui is quite literally, the ability to detect and correct the imbalances in the flow of these ancient energies through observation and repeatable calculations and the implementation of time-honored methodologies. Trained Feng Shui practitioners and masters go through intensive training to learn how to recognize imbalances and what to do about them when they detect them.

It’s time to give this age old technique a try in your home or office. I promise you will notice the benefits — if you pay attention ...

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What Does GRIT Mean to You?

April ReneeIn a classroom full of brains, a professor wrote the word ‘GRIT’ on the white-board, “What is GRIT?” he continued as he turned to face several pair of eyes peering back at him. “What does it mean to you?”

You can imagine, with an open-ended question such as this, the answers that came forth were mixed in opinion and definition. Especially as our minds were gearing up for a math problem.

The thing is – the question didn’t have anything to do with GRIT! This was a statistics class after all … but it didn’t have anything to do with mathematics either. The professor was merely trying to get a reaction from the students. It was apparently that simple.

This got me to thinking though – why was a statistics professor concerned with the notion of GRIT? How was he about to incorporate this into a lesson that would hold any significance to the world of statistics? Not that I really knew anything about statistics anyway, but still … this was not what I was expecting on the first day of class.

No textbook had yet been assigned and there was no previous, dare I use the word, ‘mindset’ to describe the predisposed notion of what was to happen in the classroom on that first day.

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The rest of the brains in the class were having a hard time getting a grip on the question too. We were wondering where the math problems were.

So, I got down to the root of the definition in my own mind’s eye in knowing that I was writing for this blog. “Grit,” I said “is all about hard work.” Some students in the class thought about gritting one’s teeth, or sand, or otherwise they thought of the famous movie True Grit. The point is the opinions were mixed but not in the notion of different purposes.

As the hours of the lesson progressed, we gathered in groups and discussed our opinions of the questions at hand. We also discussed what the heck we thought the professor was up to in terms of presenting this question to us.

Take note here that we were now learning of the required materials for the class – The Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell.

Again, what would this story book have to do with math ? Or GRIT for that matter?

So, I came home to sit with the text in front of me and I think I’ve found the meaning – success depends on a lot of things … and the correlation is that success requires GRIT.

I discuss this here because I know what it takes to run a homestead. I’ve been in your shoes, most of you anyway, literally, I might have even worn them … I shop at thrift stores sometimes to save money.

There is more to my point here – the lesson plan is going to have something to do with statistics … it should be apparent to any of us in the class by now – and after the second lesson after that … but so anyway – What is GRIT? This got me to thinking too …. why is this website called What is the purpose of the definition? Methinks the definition that fits here best goes as follows: firmness of character; indomitable spirit; pluck!

Ha! These are all great words to describe the complexity of the one word at hand – the words mean something. They mean that you read this website because you’re looking for ideas on how to become a better person at what you do – whether it be a garden or running a ranch. Furthermore, you read my blog because – well, I don’t know why you would read this blog, because it’s here perhaps? Because I’m a new contributing author … because the topic piques your interest?

I’m here to tell you something, folks – I’m here to tell you lots of things and sometimes while it may not seem the topic has anything to do with what you’re dealing with at the homestead … I guarantee there is an underlying metaphor in which you can find depth.

For now – I suggest the required reading materials for this class. Words mean something, but statistics mean something too. Perhaps we can all benefit from this curriculum.