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August 2023
Gather with us for the Fall Equinox
We are looking forward to an informal social gathering to celebrate the Fall Equinox at FSIM Board member Sonia Ellis's home. Bring your Feng Shui questions, a drum or other percussion instrument, if you have one, and your red envelopes/intentions to burn in the fire pit. We will provide beverages and snacks.
When: Friday, September 22, 2023
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Where: Sonia Ellis's home, St. Paul, MN
Fee: No fee for Members or Guests
FSIM Field Trip: Caring for Cats Shelter Tour
We are excited to have you join us for the Caring for Cats Shelter Tour. Their new building was laid out using Feng Shui principles (see article below). It promises to be a fun and informative tour of the facility.
Due to space constraints, there will be two separate tours, with a 10 person limit for each. For those who cannot make it live, we will do our best to record the tour; we will send the replay to all registrants (in person and recording only).
When: Saturday, October 7, 2023
Time: 11:00 - 11:45 am OR 11:45 - 12:30 pm
Where: Caring for Cats Shelter, North St. Paul, MN
Fee: In Person: $0 for FSIM Members; $27 for Guests and Newsletter subscribers.
Fee: Tour Recording Only: $0 for FSIM Members; $18 for Guests and Newsletter subscribers.
NOTE: During the tour you will come into contact with cats, so this is not appropriate for those with allergies; you will be required to sign a waiver before the tour.
Caring for Cats: A Place of Hope, Compassion and Well-Being
A priest, a rabbi and a cat walk into a bar. The priest orders a Virgin Bloody Mary on the rocks. The rabbi orders a Manischewitz Red Wine Slushy. The cat orders a bowl of milk with a dash of tuna, plus a sprig of catnip. As the bartender is mixing drinks, the cat requests a few chicken treats be added to the bowl---not turkey but chicken---and not white meat but dark meat. When the drinks come, the priest and the rabbi hold up their glasses for a toast. The cat looks at the specially prepared bowl with disdain and disgust---and walks out.
Those of us who love cats, know this scenario all too well. It’s what we love about them----they’re not afraid to speak their minds or change their minds.
Caring for Cats is a shelter in North St. Paul that caters to the every need and whim of cats and kittens----and has been doing so for 23 years. Their motto is that they “pre-spoil” the cats and kittens for prospective adopters. And every volunteer, board member and donor supports this behavior. Why? Because they love cats.
In 2020, Caring for Cats was the recipient of a large endowment enabling the organization to expand in unimaginable ways. A building was purchased and renovated, designed with the cats’ best interests in mind, of course.
The building was laid out with Feng Shui principles; dowsing revealed the placement of both positive and negative vortexes. Low VOC paint was used on the walls; LED lighting was installed throughout; and a sound system plays calming cat music (yes, there is such a thing).
The building has a special HVAC system to keep infections from spreading throughout the shelter. One of the two isolation rooms assures that contagious diseases are contained; the other gives cats a quiet time to heal and recover after a medical procedure.
You won’t see many cages at the shelter but rather rooms----9 to be specific. Cats are profiled according to whether they like other cats as companions or whether they prefer to be alone. Kittens are placed in the “Kitten Room” (which now has a 24/7 live-cam if you want to watch the action) or the Shy Room where there are other shy kitties or a Private Room where a cat will enjoy the quiet and privacy of being alone.
If a cat seems to have a behavior issue that the volunteers can’t resolve, an animal communicator is called in to “talk” to the kitty. Getting to the bottom of the feline’s issues can help a cat adjust plus the volunteers can then help resolve whatever issue the cat may be experiencing.
Since 2015, a team of Reiki healers work with the cats formally twice a month. Many of these healers are already volunteers at the shelter so are often doing healing work whenever they are with the cats, not just on the formal Reiki evenings. Nothing short of miracles has happened during these Reiki sessions.
Two years ago, Caring for Cats earned international recognition for their literacy program called Cat Tales: Kids Reading to Cats. Long-time volunteer Karen Brown put together a twice-a-month Sunday afternoon program where children who are struggling to learn how to read come to the shelter and read out loud to the cats. We are not sure who enjoys this the most----the kids, the cats, or their parents. Rest assured that reading skills have vastly increased due to this program.
Caring for Cats is an all-volunteer, no-kill shelter. Over 200 cats are adopted out each year, only after they’ve had complete medical care (vaccinations, spay or neuter procedures, dental work, etc.) and have been profiled (as mentioned above). The organization relies totally on donations.
You can visit the shelter by appointment where someone will be happy to give you a tour where you can see for yourself how all the cats are loved. Who knows, you may be lucky enough to have one of them ignore and disdain you while you’re there.
Donations are accepted on-line at www.caringforcatsmn.org. Sponsorships are available if you want to sponsor one of our felines. Check out our information on the website.
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:
Saturday, October 7: Fall Field Trip - Caring for Cats Shelter Tour (In-person)
Community Circle Events:
Friday, September 22: Fall Equinox social gathering; St. Paul
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.
Please also note that if you change membership levels, there may be additional steps that we'll need to take to make it happen.
If you ever have membership questions please contact us here - choose "Memberships" and complete the form with your question.
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/
Julie Ann Segal: Metro Interiors
Hello FSIM Friends,
Please join me on Thursday, August 24th, at 7:00 pm where I will be signing my new book at Magers and Quinn Booksellers, located in the heart of the popular Uptown neighborhood in Minneapolis. At this free event, I will be giving a 30 minute talk to inspire you to make the changes you desire! Registration is required here: https://tinyurl.com/3mzxtut6
I hope to see you there!
Warm Regards,
Julie Ann
Change Your Space to Change Your Life
Elevate your energy with feng shui one room at a time
This approachable guide to Feng Shui-centered interior design sits at the intersection of spirituality, energy work, aesthetics, and personal connection. It not only provides room-by-room guidance, but also focuses on the big picture―the interplay between goals, intentions, and mindful design choices. Change Your Space to Change Your Life provides the necessary tools and practical steps for discovering your true desires, reimagining your surroundings, and creating profound comfort. You can turn your home or workplace into a space that reflects your authentic self with Julie Ann Segal's advice, examples, and stories from more than thirty years of experience. After stripping away the mystery around Feng Shui, you can invoke positive change through design and build a better future.
Order your copy of Julie Ann's book:
Michelle Skally Doilney with Practical Environments, LLC
If you attended the July FSIM Quarterly lecture, you have a taste of using directed writing practice - please join me in Oct. for more fun! If you were not at the July class, please join this one for an introduction to directed writing practice and your sleeping space.
House, office, apartment, room. Tap your inner writer (Yes, everyone is a writer) and find practical comfort and function for your outer spaces. Please join Michelle to learn and use simple writing techniques to connect your self to your spaces. Through writing practice, with limited time and low to no budget, you can change your environment to support so many parts of your life: balanced health, better sleep, supportive relationships, career alignment, and more.
When: Wednesday, October 25, 2023
Time: evening, time TBD
Where: via Zoom
Fee: $18
Have a pen and paper ready for the meeting!
Please contact Michelle with questions or to register: michelle@practicalenvironments.com
Debbie Miller: 
It is an honor and privilege to announce my new collaborative book with Feng Shui Master and Law of Attraction Teacher Dame Marie Diamond and 48 globally conscious entrepreneurs from around the world who are making a big difference to communities worldwide. My contribution to this book is the true story of my journey into energy work, Feng Shui, and Dowsing and how it has changed my life as well as the lives of others.
I wrote this chapter from my heart and am excited to share it with you!
Here is a link to purchase the book on Amazon:
It is already a #1 Amazon Best Seller in many countries!
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
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.
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