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Many groups invite speakers to inform, educate, and entertain. I enjoy bringing a multimedia, interactive presentation to social and professional groups. Topics can range from a general introduction to feng shui to specific areas of interest: Setting up a Bedroom for Rest and Romance; Don't Let the Kids Rule the Roost, What does Color Have to do With It? Contact me if you'd like to explore this further. (541) 488-1777.
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I can't help but look forward to the arrival of Spring. After a strange and unique Winter who does not look forward to that wonderful spring green and profusion of color?  I want to offer some tips you can use to nourish yourself and your family and allow your life to flow as smoothly as possible. No I am always available for specific questions. Just send me an e-mail at info@creative-visions.co.
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Ready for Spring?
Before you Plan Your Plants . . .


Shoe clutterBefore you trip off to the nursery, you can get a good head start on making this your best year by attacking any clutter inside your home. Clutter actually has an adverse affect on our physical health, our financial health, and our psychological health. It is the first step in creating a nourishing environment in which you can thrive.

Right now, seven intelligent and proactive people gather in my living room once a week to learn how not to be overwhelmed by all the extras we accumulate. Very few of us are immune to the wiles of the consumer culture whose marketing campaigns create false desires for items we don't really need. I include myself in that group. It is a constant, ongoing effort to keep things clean and clear. What's a body to do? For those who do not have the opportunity of joining a class of supportive and like minded folks, the next best thing is to get a really good book to help you get started. For the money, you can't beat Karen Kingston's Clear your Clutter with Feng Shui.

For many of us clutter is a symptom of something much deeper. So while Karen's book may help, the results might not last. This is true for anyone who finds himself continually collecting anything.  Try as they might, they just can't stop. If you want to understand why you might be caught in this cycle, I recommend Overcoming Compulsive Hoarding by Fugen Neziroglu and 3 others. This book can clarify why you hold onto things and can't let them go.

Professional organizers can certainly be of help with your clutter, but  be sure the person you hire understands the way you think. If not, you'll end up like me. For a good month after I had an organizer take care of my office in Hawaii, I had to call to or 3 times a day just to find out where she had put things. She had organized it according to her mental set, not mine!

Later this spring I will be teaching another class on clutter. The second class is going to be for those who have cleared their clutter, only to find themselves surrounded by it once again. Much like those who have dieted only to find the weight back on, this class will delve into changing the subconscious need to accumulate. Being a group, it will offer support as no other setting of which I am aware can give. Ask anyone who has taken my Clutter Clearing class to hear about the positive changes such efforts have made in their life.


Review your landscape


Use the principles of Feng Shui and the BaGua to lift your spirits and those of all who pass by or enter your home. You can begin with a sketch of your land how your house sits on it. Then, lay the BaGua over that sketch to understand the energetic areas in each sector. What portions of your life would you like to support and/or increase? Use the colors of that area when planting.

If an area of your life, or the life of your family, is overactive, you can use the 5 Element Theory to moderate or dominate the area in question (it's probably a good idea to check with me before you do this, so that you will not be caught by unintended consequences.). If you wish to achieve general balance, include flowers and/or foliage representing all the colors in the BaGua.

Know that no one detail is more important than any other. Consider how the interplay of shape, color, light and FS Gardenshadow work together to produce beauty pleasing to the eye and nourishing to the heart. Many of my clients wonder about the use and placement of fountains. A well designed garden might include a waterfall. Were you aware that in Japan there are Masters who design and tune the waterfalls? The noted scholar, Alan Watts, summed up the power of these designs calling them, "the art of our artlessness, the art of controlled accident."

Running water gathers energy. Some people have a beautiful fountain by their front door greeting all who arrive. Sadly if the water is flowing away from the home - the money follows! A fountain, or waterfall, needs to have the water flowing toward the house. A small amount can Waterfall gardentrickle toward the street, but the vast majority needs to flow toward the home. Any water feature should be operational at least 4 hours a day. Still water accumulates energy and can, too easily, become stagnant. This is not the objective! Case in point: a developer in Central Point had a wonderful waterfall in the front yard of a home he built. The water  sweetly flowed toward the street. I told my clients, who lived a few doors down, to watch and see if the house:  a) had trouble selling;  or b) repeatedly went up for sale. In the next 18 months, the house sold and was resold 3 times. This is hardly a desirable scenario.

I offer landscape design reviews at minimal cost.   Just as is the case with a home remodel, it costs less in time and money to do it right the first time. Let me know if I can help.
Sugeet / 45 Crocker St / Ashland, Oregon 97520 /