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Shift the Energy In Your Home-Change Your Life

How do you change the energy around you and in you home? Did you know that when I learned how to manage the energy around me was when I realized and started to understand my abilities as a psychic medium and intuitive.

I was going through some major life challenges and didn’t know where to turn.  I had tried all the typical options, but nothing was working. As you know I’m pretty open minded, but during this time I felt so desperate and wanted to do anything to turn things around.  A friend of mine mentioned that I should look at the energy in my home.  

What does that mean?

I learned about an ancient Chinese philosophy call Feng Shui that seeks to find balance and harmony between elements.  It places emphasis on physical and mental health, success, and healthy relationships which is brought on through positive energy flow.  It is often referred to as the art of placement, it’s about “Chi” or energy.  It’s comprised of two words: “feng” meaning wind and “shui” meaning water.  They are the most basic elements required for human survival. Ancient cultures have given us so many insights that we can bring into practice to create balance and to thrive.  

Change the Energy in Your Space

The beauty of this practice I use and teach for Feng Shui is the ease of use.  While studying this topic I chose the method that made it simple to understand and implement. I have researched for years and put together information and methods so you can incorporate this into you life in the quickest and easiest way. 

When I began applying this to my life, I felt empowered as it gave me the knowledge that I was doing something to change and enhance my future.  What you think is what you create, and this was the beginning of that understanding for me to use in my life and teach others.   

What I love about the method I studied and created is you can use it multiple ways in your home, yard, office and so on.  You don’t have to be a decorator or have special training to get the most out of this.   I continue to use it and love the energy it brings to my life.

Start By Drawing a Map of Your Home

Start by drawing a map of your residence and making notes for each room.  Include the the room you dump things in that you don’t need or need to fix or even a project that you have meaning to do for a long time.  This can include storage space and a garage. 

You may even video your home and share it with a friend which may help you see what you are not seeing.  Sometimes we don’t see the clutter or areas as they are because we are so use, to seeing it.  It’s our normal and we don’t see it as an issue.

Feng Shui describes energy as water flowing through your environment.  Think of a river, the ocean, and stale water that has no movement and becomes dirty and undrinkable.  When you are near bodies of water how does it feel?  Calming, anxious, or just wanting to get away from it.  How does your space feel when you walk into your home and enter each room?

Where to Start

Cleanse your space with a Home Cleansing Kit. Then the first thing to do is to get rid of things that you don’t need or no longer serve your highest good.  By removing clutter you begin to change the energy.   Take out things you don’t love, or don’t bring you good memories or energy.   When you keep things that create a feeling of guilt or energy you don’t want in your life, you obviously want to remove those items.  These things lower our vibration, which impacts the energy in our home and life.

At first the language of this topic may feel awkward, but by breaking it down simply you can get the hang of it.  If you are an intuitive person, use your third eye to help you with the changes you may want to make.

The Bagua

I have created an easy Bagua for you to use.  You can place this map over your entire house, yard and then use it again to multiply in each room, and even a desk.  By using this map over and over to increase your intentions in your space. If you have a part of your home that’s missing a space, then you can figure out how to include it in your yard as well as in each room.  This is how you can become a little creative. 

The Bagua tells you what each space is related to energetically. Take the map you have drawn of your home and match it up to the Bagua.  If you have a lot of open space, you can still divide your home according to the bagua.  If your design is missing a space you will want to try to create a space outside your residence if you can, with perhaps a plant, bench a statue etc. to square off the missing area.  As you begin this journey, focus on what is the primary concern in your life and jump start that part of your life.  Then multiply that area of your life into each room so that you can support your intentions. Apply the simple Bagua map and as you walk into each room.  If you are missing a space you can add an intention with color, an element picture or the like, as you continue to multiply the intention you are adding to the value of what you are trying to manifest.  

Make it Easy

If money is limited and you don’t want to make major changes you can still implement the practice.  Again, where is the first thing you want to influence in your life and then start with that space.  How do you feel in that room? What kind of simple changes can you begin with?  Is it disorganized, bad lighting, smells dingy and so on?  These are simple things you can change without costing you money.  Remember, this also includes garages and basements. As you begin this journey, focus on what is the primary concern in your life and jump start that part of your life.  Then multiply that area of your life into each room so that you can support your intentions.

It can be as simple as removing items, moving items, organizing and cleaning up the area.  It’s just elbow grease as they say.  What I have found is most people have items in their home that they can move to another location.  It’s that simple.

There Are Some Important Things To Address

Bathrooms

 If you now notice that a bathroom is in your relationship corner and you feel challenged with relationships in your life, or it’s in your wealth corner as an example, then that’s your starting point.  Feng Shui’s theories that what you are lacking is going down the drain.  Yikes! I have some recommendations for you. Do not use colors of water or images of water. Energetically you are sending things going down the drain.  Use colors of mother earth, having a small plant or an artificial one.  You must balance the energy and do not use dried flowers anywhere this represents death but fake plants and flowers are fine. Keep the toilet lid down most of the time if possible and the door to the bathroom closed as well.  Keep a clean bathroom to keep the energy well managed.  

Doors

You want all doors to be working smoothly if they squeak, are hard to open and close as well as a fitted handle and lock if needed.  If you have items that effect the door from opening up completely, this means that doors will not open freely, and you may feel doors are closing on you instead of opening up easily.  Remove items behind doors, fix the squeaks and allow them to open easily.  If you come into your home from the garage or side of your residence, please be sure to include these doors especially.  If you don’t use your front door often be sure for it to look nice and presentable to the outside world.  It’s a reflection as how people see you. If you have pots with dead plants or just dirt, then either remove them or add life back to them.

The outside entry way should be inviting and a feeling that people would like to know who lives in that home.  Removing any decorations from past holidays and of course any outside lights that are broken or burnt out.  Sweeping or washing any dirt, spider webs and things that don’t look inviting, then out with it.  Imagine not taking a bath in months.  I certainly don’t want to hangout or approach you.

Mirrors

Mirrors are full of energy and very powerful. When they are directed at something such as your front door or stairs it can push the energy back outside.  As an example, if you are working on your wealth corner and you have a mirror at the front door it can cause all your wealth to flow back out of your wallet.  

Dana had her house for sale after we met and it had been on the market for a while, not getting any offers.  When I came to her home, she had this beautiful full-length mirror facing down the first landing of her staircase.  I mentioned that it may be a good idea to remove it, which she did.  A week later there was an offer.

There are always mirrors in a bathroom so this can represent multiplying water energy.  Just don’t add more, keep them clean and well lit.   Many of us don’t want to look in the mirror because of how we feel about ourselves, this is an example of the energy of the mirror.

Water features 

Water features are always lovely in any space of your home,  whether it be inside or outside.  They are little like the mirror, they are powerful as well.  Having a fountain that flows away from your dwelling isn’t a good idea.  It’s like the mirrors pushing energy out of your life. Make sure your fountains are well maintained and clean of course and I also recommend no water features in a bedroom or relationship corner.  Water is about emotions and having water can create emotional relationships.

Have Fun with It 

I know this is a lot of information to absorb.  However, take small steps and maybe one room or space.  I have also learned that when I’m clearing and cleaning an area, that sometimes I will feel tired or emotional.  This is not only a reminder of the energy that was in this space, but how it does affect our energy.

You will usually begin feeling changes quickly, not overnight but soon after you implement your cures.  If you feel as if the desired intention is slowing down, then it’s time to update what you originally did.  Like stagnant water we need to keep the energy flowing.  This doesn’t have to be a major change, just a few little improvements will suffice.

The most important thing is to not get overwhelmed or are afraid to do it wrong.  Just try to take small steps and then intuitively figure out how it feels.  We all have had that feeling when something feels like chaos or a feeling of serenity.  If you have or had teenagers, you know what I’m talking about.

Namasté

Deb Sheppard

Chakra Balancing for Our Wellbeing

If you haven’t heard of the word chakra before, this word or term or understanding has been around for thousands of years. It is a Sanskrit word, and the literal meaning is “wheel”.

There are seven main chakras that run along your spine. They start at the root, or base, of your spine and extend to the crown of your head. Each chakra has a different color, a different vibration. Each one spins differently and connects different parts of the body. Some believe you have at least 114 different chakras or energy centers in the body.

Our four life energies

Chakras play an essential role in our four life energies. Physical energy, mental energy, emotional energy and spiritual energy. These are all related and overlap to work with each other.

Our chakras can become stuck or blocked which means they have a lack of energy flow which can affect our four life energies. When we go along our life path there are things that create an imbalance in our chakras which cause us to get away from our true divine self. When they are balanced, our chakras can contribute to our immune system and enhance our bodies ability to heal itself. What creates an imbalance in our chakras could be toxic food elements, negative people, negative thoughts and actions, being hurt by others, and just generally going along our life path. So we must balance these regularly to keep our energy aligned.

Small vortex’s in our bodies

Think of chakras as a small vortex within your body lined up with the area of each chakra. They start at the base of your spine and go all the way up through the top of your head. You may have seen a picture of someone doing yoga. It will usually show a person will have their legs are crossed in meditation and you will see the chakra colors and zones going from the spine all the way to the top of the head.

That’s a great way to imagine what chakra’s look like in our bodies. I always say we have the soul, but we also have the body that carries us around this earth plane. Those chakras are vital in order to create the healthy life that we want. Whether it’s using your voice or trusting your gut or opening your heart or standing up for yourself, all these chakras are affecting the things that we do in our life. 

Out of alignment

People always ask the question how do you know something’s out of balance? There are several ways to look at it. I think it’s a constant thing that we always have to rebalance our chakras and our energy centers. I have had to address my root chakra lately, so I have been swimming to re-establish my connection to mother earth. It’s that connection that I want, to be on this earth plane and be able to experience life that way. Some people want to know what chakras to start with. I always recommend starting from the root and moving all the way up. If you know there’s one certain area, like your heart’s really closed, or you just don’t trust anybody.  By working on that particular area can also really help create the balance for you. 

We all want to be more intuitive and more aligned in our lives. In order to do this our first focus on balance. Our chakra system provides a way for people to balance themselves, to be able to feel spirit more, and to feel energy and to connect to our true selves versus walking around in a fog.

The techniques that I suggest or are very some very easy things that you can do to balance and wrap your head around the entire concept.   I really try to KISS-keep it simple sweetie, so that anyone can begin to use this as a way to understand. I will give you 5 things things you can do for each chakra to get in balance. Take your time and start at the root.

Root Chakra

The root chakra moves the slowest. It’s the color red and at the base of your spine. I remember years ago when I was in my early twenties, I was going through a lot of transitions and the I was really drawn to the color red. It makes sense now. but at the time I didn’t understand what chakras were. If you’ve gone through a lot of changes in your life in the last couple of years, the root chakra needs attention.

Pay attention if you have any injuries to your legs, for example if a knee is a problem, or your feet have issues. If you keep tripping or bumping your legs. These are all symptoms or signs that your root chakra is not as balanced as it could be. A feeling of insecurity, or lacking energy could also mean your root chakra needs attention. If you are receiving judgement from others, that judgement can also create an imbalance in our root chakra. Guilt and shame arise in this area. Our root chakra helps our strength that we need to support us when we go through really difficult times.  I always joke to go hug a tree but seriously-this is a great way to connect with the earth.

  • Yoga pose-Childs Pose
  • Food-Root vegetables, Spicy foods or red foods
  • Walk outdoors barefoot-connect with earth
  • Wear red clothing
  • Use a gemstone Mala for Meditation-Empower

Sacral Chakra

Our second chakra is the sacral chakra and that is the color orange. This is where our creativity is born. It is also tied to our emotions and working harmoniously with others. Most of the time we just don’t give attention to that part of our body. I find that this can be really imbalanced when there has been issues of sexual abuse. It is also characterized by someone who hasn’t felt good about their sensuality. Sometimes when people have fibromyalgia or issues with pregnancy or hormone levels, this can mean that the second chakra could be imbalanced. If there’s something that doesn’t feel healthy regarding that part of your body, the sacral chakra is something to really look at. If you have issues with addiction or over indulgence on balancing our sacral chakra can help. When in balance you will feel comfortable in your own skin.

  • Yoga pose-Butterfly pose
  • Foods to eat-Nuts, orange foods or liquids
  • Gardenia essential oils
  • Wear orange clothing
  • Genstone mala for meditation Release

Solar Plexus Chakra

The third chakra, which I always think is so important, is in charge of our gut feeling, or intuition. It’s the color yellow and resides in our solar plexus. This is a very important one to work on if you are struggling with trust. If you’re trying to be more intuitive, you’re working on connecting with your loved ones or spirit, many times we don’t trust. What will happen is we get this feeling, and we don’t trust it, and then we analyze it. For me, I’ve had to really learn to trust that what spirit wants me to receive, and it’s not for me to change. Sometimes people want to control an outcome, when we cannot always have control.

Really the universe knows much more than we do. I think what happens as we navigate life, we make choices and we feel like we couldn’t trust a situation or an individual, in consequence, we stop trusting our gut. We give up our gut feeling and our ability trust. I tell the story about the first time I got married, I was walking down the aisle thinking, “I shouldn’t do this”. I didn’t trust my gut and of course it didn’t last but I blamed my partner versus recognizing that it was my fault because I did not trust my intuition. It took a while to rebuild that trust in me again. We use our gut for almost everything we do. If you really want to be more intuitive, trust the process of the universe, trust yourself.

  • Yoga pose-Sun Salutation or Plank Pose
  • Foods-Yellow foods, grains, spices ginger and turmeric
  • Laughter-watch comedy
  • Wear yellow
  • Meditation gemstone Mala-Cleanse

Heart Chakra

The color of the heart chakra is green and pink. When it is out of balance it can create emotional instability and inability to discover purpose and passion. We have a tendency to go logical with the heart. Have you been hurt by someone, and are you afraid of finding new love. Love and compassion for yourself, and your own personal journeys is essential to balance here. Understand what unconditional love means, but also, loving things. What is it that really helps your heart sing? You will actually get more things done when your heart has that joy.  When we achieve balance it brings peace, bliss and one can receive and give love wholeheartedly.

  • Yoga pose-Cobra or meditation with hands at the center of your chest
  • Green foods or warm soups and broth
  • Wear green
  • Essential oils Lavender or Jasmine
  • Gemstone meditation Mala Heart Healing

Throat Chakra

The throat chakra is our fifth chakra and is lighter blue in color. Are you using your voice and are you listening to others? How many people have had things with their thyroid, or sore throats, or have coughed a lot? All these things stem from our throat chakra. Do you want to be able to hear your guides, your loved ones. Then you will want to make sure that you take time to listen to when people talk. I feel if you are worried about your value, if people are not listening to you, or if you feel you’re not really being heard, this is the chakra balance. Be authentic and speak your truth. If you feel like you’ve been judged a lot in your life and not listened to, this is also why to work on this chakra. 

  • Yoga pose-cobra or camel
  • Foods-Blueberries or blackberries
  • Coconut water or herbal teas
  • Essential oil-frankincense
  • Meditation Mala-Expression

Third Eye Chakra

Perception, intuition, wisdom, creativity, and inspiration are all tied to the third eye chakra. It is the color indigo. It is located in the center of the forehead. My third eye is obviously very active. This is where I have that little movie that goes on in my head. Many don’t trust what they’re visually getting, and that’s where the third eye chakra really helps create that balance.

For me, it’s building another language where I’m able to download or see things to be able to explain, or be shown, from a loved one who was crossed over. If you are not balanced, if you don’t feel like your root chakra or your throat or your third chakra is an alignment, this can create some issues in receiving information in your third eye. All of the sudden you may get this idea and see it in your third eye your mind.

  • Yoga pose-child pose or downward facing dog
  • Purple or blue foods
  • Wear indigo
  • Chocolate
  • Gemstone meditation mala-Spiritual Connection

Crown Chakra

Last but not least is the crown chakra. That would be on top of your head. How many of you sometimes will feel those goosebumps that go down your body, back of your neck? That’s your crown chakra. It is the color purple. You really want to use that energy to help balance all your chakras. You want the root chakra and the crown chakra to all plug in together. It’s like a string of Christmas lights. Think of it like you’re plugging them all in and that they’re all working. That way you know if one is disconnected and as you know, there can be a light bulb out when it gets disconnected, it’s going to mess up your lights. If one of them is not connecting right, then it does create an imbalance.

How do we move forward? How do we create the life we want? One easy thing to do to help with balancing all chakras is just go take a shower and imagine those colors coming down your body. Balancing chakras can be very simplistic and then you can also work on each one in more detail. To help balance the crown chakra, fasting and detoxifying can help clear the mind to better gain that connection to the universe.

  • Fasting or Detoxing
  • Yoga-seated meditation poses
  • Lotus incense
  • Violet or purple foods
  • Mala for meditation-Energy balance

This gives you a like a little appetizer about the energy of chakras. I do have a Chakra Balancing kit that can help you balance all your chakras. Honestly, this is something that you’re always going to be working on and balancing. We have a body that we take care of that we nurture, feed and rest. We must also nurture our soul and chakras that are vital to what we want to create in this world and how we want to heal. Balancing and thus healing your chakras can lead to a more productive, fulfilled life. 

Check out the Chakra Balancing podcast on Spirited Straight Talk, I include a special Heart chakra meditation.

Namasté

Deb Sheppard

Is Your House Haunted? Of Course it is!

Is your house haunted?

Of course, it is!

Often, I am asked “where do my loved one’s hangout?  Are they with me?”  

Do you sometimes feel someone is behind you, do you find your things moved or are your electronics doing things without any one touching them? Have you seen something out of the corner of your eye such as a dark streak and when you try to focus on it, it’s no longer is in sight?

They can be anywhere and everywhere!  Who you ask?  Those no longer living in a human suit!  I believe they are just in a different dimension, which I can’t explain scientifically, but this is how I describe my experiences.  

If you are feeling the spirits in your home or office, or anywhere, it doesn’t have to be someone you knew.  I will be asked “Who has been turning on my TV at night” or “who is closing doors and turning on the lights? “I believe that it doesn’t have to be your loved one or someone you know.  

I have done thousands of sessions and I connect to your loved ones which are not people I would personally know. They show up sometimes days before a session and they like to show signs in my home to advertise they are around waiting for the appointment.  It can be quite interesting.  I have experienced so many electronic things happening and once even had an entire shelf of vases thrown out in the middle of the night.  A loved one was announcing themselves prior to a reading the next day. 

Sometimes people like to think that a haunted space may be occupied by someone who may be “stuck” but that is not my belief and that’s not generally my experience.  I think people in human suits can be more “stuck” than those who have crossed over! They like to be around to see what is happening in our lives and maybe they want to hangout since they are getting attention from us.  

I think energies can present themselves to us and we will feel them, our hair may stand up.  We will feel other energy too. Think of how you may feel at the ocean, mountains or in a vacant old building.  Each of these different spaces provides a different reaction.  Since everything is energy, it can take a shape that can makes us each feel the energy and we will interpret it differently.  

I’ve have done energy clearings at homes, business clearings and land clearings.   The owners have called and said they felt something was wrong or someone needed to move on to the other side.  My belief is we can attract energy or energies into our spaces by accident.  It’s not that someone is trying to hurt you, attach to your body or some other notion. What I have found is we may open up to something that is mirroring what is happening in our own lives.  Similar to the law of attraction.

A few years ago, I had a client contact me because their house was on the market for over a year with no offers or interest.  The price range in this neighborhood was expensive so taking a longer period of time to sell wasn’t unusual, but this home was not getting any feedback whatsoever.  The home was well designed, beautifully laid out with great views, so why was there no action on it?  

The homeowner was already living in their new home a few blocks away, but they were trying to sell this home and move on in their lives.  They hired me to come and help them change the energy in the home to see if it would help. When I arrived at the home with a few students we all walked in and felt a heaviness.  The homeowner didn’t feel it as this was what she felt the entire time living in the home.  To her it was normal.

As we walked around, we could feel that there a lot of illness.  She confirmed this and shared that her daughter had a botched surgery which led to many more to correct the first one.  Her sister had a brain tumor and had lived there while the homeowner had taken care of her and the owner herself had fallen down a flight of stairs and almost broke her back.

We all took a big breath!  It made perfect sense after hearing what had taken place in the home. The heaviness was from how they felt in the home.  We used some of my techniques to help move the energy and relieve the heaviness we felt in the home.  Some great ways to change the energy yourself.  

  • Have a party in your house or a celebration
  • Take a hot bath with your significant other
  • Celebrate the home so it feels loved
  • Bring joy and talk about happy experiences in the home
  • Bless your home with sage
  • Play great happy music
  • Get rid of things in your home that you don’t love or bring you joy
  • Bring in plants and flowers
  • Open up windows
  • Sit in a room you normally don’t sit in and honor that room

These are just some easy suggestion to create an intention of clearing energy.  Everything come down to intention and if your intention is to bring positive energy you can do it.

For this particular client, she followed some of my suggestions and a week later I received a call that the buyers who had looked at the house a year before came back and bought the home!  Isn’t that amazing?  

If you are open to feeling the energy and you want to feel your loved ones more often then, welcome them and try to feel the little sign’s they are trying to give you.  It can be very subtle. They will show signs by showing up as orbs in your pictures, or by messing with your electronics and having coins appear to you. They may move objects, or it may just be that subtle feeling we get when we are quiet.  

As I’ve always said, we are “Forever Connected”. Even though they are on the other side they are forever by our side.

Deb Sheppard