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January 2023
Welcome to the Year of the Water Rabbit!
We look forward to welcoming the calmer energy of the Year of the Water Rabbit,
which begins January 22, 2023.

A big thank you to everyone who attended the recent FSIM Annual meeting. We've received a lot of great feedback on the evening, where we welcomed Carole Hyder and Susan Shehata as our presenters. Read more about the Year of the Water Rabbit in the article below, recapping Carole Hyder's presentation about what to expect during the year. We were also treated to another wonderful presentation from Susan Shehata sharing some ways to "Create Comfort and Safety in Your Space During Uncertain Times", also recapped below.

We also look forward to the additional meetings and gatherings still to come this year, and welcome you to join us:

  • Our next Community Circle event will take place on Friday, March 24: Spring Equinox (topic and location TBD).
  • For our next quarterly meeting we will welcome Becky Iott on Tuesday, April 11; she will discuss "The I Ching and the Bagua for Feng Shui".

Watch for registration information coming out soon!
Carole Hyder presented on “The Year of the Rabbit – 2023"
Recap by FSIM Board Member, Mary Conley

Lunar New Year is 1/22/23
Solar New Year is 2/4/23 

The Rabbit’s energy is Wood and this year it is combined with Yin Water, which influences it to have a softer energy. Yin Water is like the morning dew and the Rabbit is like a delicate flower. We are shifting out of the Tiger with Yang Water so there may be more volatility until 1/22/23 when the Lunar New Year occurs (sometimes animals don’t want to give up their position in the transition).

As a result of the Rabbit and Yin Water energy, 2023 will be a more peaceful year. There may be less tension, but some tension may go underground with it surfacing suddenly and unexpectedly.  

Descriptors for Year of the Rabbit-2023 
-Environmentally aware

Friends to the Rabbit
The Best Friend of the Rabbit is the Dog. The Pig and Sheep are friends as well, but the Dog runs interference with the Rabbit. All signs do well this year except the Rooster. 

2023 Flying Star
Carole created a Flying Star chart for 2023, which indicated the SE, E, NW and NE are NOT to be activated. It is recommended not to do work or spend time in these areas as they need to be quiet. 
Adjustments for the negative and positive directions:

Negative Directions: Weaken the area by adding an Element that depletes it
  • #3/Wood/SE direction: Add Fire/Red (color red in art, flowers, fabrics, etc.) to weaken Wood 
  • #2/Earth/E direction: Add Metal (6 coins or any metal object)
  • #7/Metal/NE direction: Add Water (vase w/bamboo and water, glass, water color, picture of water)
  • #5/Earth/NW direction: Add Metal (metal windchime for sound and movement or other metal object)

Positive Directions: Amplify the area by adding a supportive Element
  • #1/Water/SW direction: Add Metal
  • #6/Metal/W direction: Add Earth
  • #8/Earth/South direction: Add Fire
  • #4/Wood/Center: Add Water
  • #9/Fire/N: Add Wood

Note: Grand Duke is in the East in 2023. It always follows the animal for the year. Do not sit with your back to the Grand Duke or travel to the Grand Duke (East).  

Active Actions for 2023
-Carry a Dog (Best Friend) or the three harmonious animals, Dog, Pig and Sheep (Friends). 
-Bless your Home - (Bridge Home download or other blessing ceremonies)
-Meditate Daily
-Do one good deed a day – Act of Kindness
-Fu Dao – Place it upside down for good luck that has already arrived. Place facing outward on front door or office door. This is placed here for a short period of time.
In addition to the one year flying star cycle, there is a 20-year flying star cycle. Beginning in 2024, there will be a new 20-year cycle starting, which is a Period 9. We are currently in the last year of Period 8. Period 8 has the Mountain trigram, which is a male period (5 total lines with 2 yang lines) and is less flexible due to the mountain energy. Period 9/2024 is moving to yin/feminine (yin line in the middle) trigram, creating more collaboration with more women involvement. 

For more about Carole, go to: CaroleHyder.com
Creating Comfort and Safety in Your Space During Uncertain times - Susan Shehata 
Recap by FSIM Board Member, Mary Conley

Our home is a mirror of our life. As part of Feng Shui, we are all familiar with this statement. Within this mirror, our mindset, intention, or attitude has a significant impact on our home and our life. Such is the case of our attitude of resentment or gratitude, which is projected into our home and life. Resentment can be rooted in feeling that we have been wronged and keeps us stuck. We can feel bogged down with the upkeep and care of our homes or resent those we share the environment with. Whereas the mindset of Gratitude toward our space bypasses some other difficult feelings we may have and provides a more productive and open-hearted attitude. It is important to ask ourselves what stands in the way to feel gratitude for our home so that we can identify and deal with these different feelings and challenges we are having about our spaces.

Brain’s Role
Another component is the role of our brain in feeling safe and comfortable in our home. These feelings of safety and comfort are subjective feelings based on our internal state/perspective which is composed of our personal filters about ourselves, relationship with others, and the world around us. 

The brain is constantly processing our current situation, the dynamics of relationships of those living with us, the state of our home as well as constantly scanning our home or environment for threats. Scanning for threats is particularly prevalent If someone has experienced trauma. The brain reminds us of other times when we were threatened, whether it be certain dynamics of a space or another person, conversation, or other situations. This manifests in our space in various ways, such as conflicts, avoidance of using a room, inability to feel comfortable if things are out of place, indecisive or controlling behavior. We all experience sensory processing differently, depending on our perspective and external factors. It is important to keep this in mind so that we can better understand ourselves and our clients. Thus, when going into a space, we need to consider and take into account these aspects for determining what variances are needed to support people in their spaces. 

Also, the function of beauty and navigating shared spaces have a role in creating a safe and comfortable home. This involves having systems in place that aid in creating clarity, simplicity and ease. Systems provide order and security. We experience decision fatigue and overwhelm when the brain gets tired from constantly processing and deciding. When we have an established system we can rely on, we don’t have to work so hard. For example, when we are looking for a particular thing, we know where to find it. Below are the benefits of having systems in place. 

- We can relax and feel safer on a mental level because we know where to find things. 
- It helps to reduce conflict because everyone is on the same page. Everyone knows where an item is and where it goes when done with it. 
-It helps to identify when something is out of place. 
-With order in place, creates feeling of security.

Systems are particularly helpful for the following categories:
  • Paperwork
  • Books
  • Food
  • Clothing
  • Household supplies
  • Hobbies
  • Toys
  • Decor

Process, Capacity and Level of Use
Process: It is important to understand what process is involved, which will impact the physical organizational system. Think about how we or our clients move through space with particular things. Look at the process and create a system for how to use these objects.  
Capacity: When we have more than we can maintain, it creates stagnation. Consider how much space is available for items and the capacity/time to maintain it. Are they in sync? If not, evaluate what can be reduced. When these are aligned, it creates more comfort.
Use: Understand the level of use for belongings by designating into tiers of most active, least active and storage. Store things according to how much use they get. 

Function of Beauty
Beauty and order relax the nervous system and brings the body to homeostasis. When things are where you can find them and there is a place to put them away, we can look around and feel restful. We can see in our space the things that bring a smile to our face, such as a special object from a memorable trip or a picture of a loved one. We are not distracted by things out of order and clutter. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and is represented by whatever makes us smile and feel comfortable, which is very individualized. 

Systems need to be set up for who is primarily using the objects so their personal preference for determining where things go is considered. Also, how we use the space and when it is used is factored into the system. Space is a reflection of the relationship.
Tips for setting up comfortable, safe and secure space:
-Designate an area for a relaxation spot or calm corner with items that support relaxing (reading, knitting, coloring, creative activities, etc). When the brain deregulates with stress, we can go to this calm space and the body starts to relax. The brain feels safe knowing we can retreat to this spot. 
-Time track to determine how long it takes to maintain or do certain tasks. This gives us information about our space so we can evaluate if our capacity to maintain the space and belongings is aligned with us. 
-Experiment with systems - as needs change over time, reassess if the systems are still working for us. 
-Assign homes for items.
-Create project lists if visual cues are needed.

Overall, when creating a safe and comfortable space, take a wholistic approach. Many things are intangible that affect us and our space, such as trauma, flight/avoidance, freezing or overwhelm. Understanding these aspects helps us to better understand ourselves and our relationship to our space. With awareness we can work through these feelings. As a result, we can then better determine what supports us in feeling safe and comfortable in our space.  

For more about Susan, go to: SusanShehata.com
Save the Dates - 2023
2023 FSIM Quarterly Meetings
(Free to members, open to the public).

FSIM looks forward to celebrating Year of the Water Rabbit with the following exciting upcoming programs:

Tuesday, April 11: Becky Iott: The I Ching and the Bagua for Feng Shui" (via Zoom)

Tuesday, July 11: Michelle Skally Doilney: Writing With Your Space" (via Zoom)

Saturday, October 7: Fall Field Trip - Caring for Cats Shelter Tour (In-person)

Community Circle Events:
Friday, March 24: Spring Equinox (topic and location TBD)

Friday, June (date to be determined): Summer Solstice (topic and location TBD)

Friday, September 22: Fall Equinox (topic and location TBD)

NOTE: Meeting locations and dates are subject to change - check for up-to-date information when you register for an event.
Become an FSIM Member!

If you are not already an FSIM Practitioner or Friend member, go to: fsim.org/Membershipinformation and register as a member today; your membership will allow you to register for the annual meeting at the member rate ($0) and receive the gift package at no additional cost.

Your membership will cover all FSIM events for one year (additional special events could be subject to charge). Even if you aren't a Practitioner, the Friend Membership is a great deal, as the $72 fee covers the annual meeting and each of the quarterly meetings for one year (from the date of your membership); you would otherwise pay $81 to pay separately for each meeting.

Note: The FSIM Friend membership level is open to all; the FSIM Practitioner membership level has eligibility requirements. See the FSIM Membership page for further information on membership levels and fees.
Become an FSIM Member Today!
Member Classes/Workshops/Services
Feng Shui Lifestyle with Carole Hyder is in its tenth year as a membership program. It consists of two emails per month with Feng Shui suggestions, historical background and auspicious and challenging dates for the month. A private Facebook group is the perfect forum for asking questions, studying blueprints, and examining the details behind Feng Shui adjustments. A monthly or annual option available. For more details and to sign up, go to https://www.carolehyder.com/feng-shui-lifestyle-with-carole-hyder/


Chinese New Year Retreat
Join Carole Hyder and Lisa Janusz for a Chinese New Year Retreat on Saturday, January 21 via Zoom. If you are interested, reach out to Carole to register: Carole@CaroleHyder.com.
Diana DiCristina: Wind Water Harmony

In 2023, The Year of the Rabbit, the dog is the six harmony “secret friend” to the rabbit; carry a personal dog gemstone charm during the year of the rabbit to help avert misfortune, bring blessings and attract wealth. Personal dog gemstone charms are available again this year from Diana DiCristina, Wind Water Harmony; call or text Diana today at 612-242-2428 to place your order today  click here for more information.
Debbie Miller: Energetic Adjustments

Energetic Adjustments is a great resource to find Feng Shui adjustments for yourself and your clients. Many of the items are handmade and include an organza gift bag. Free shipping on everything! For more information, contact Debbie Miller: DomicleDesign@gmail.com
Are you looking for a Feng Shui Professional?
Check out FSIM's Practitioner Directory to find a practitioner to help you with your Feng Shui needs!
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