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FSIM Spring Quarterly News

March 2014

  FSIM Quarterly News

Greetings FSIM Members & Friends,

With the inward season of Winter winding down, most of us have been anxiously awaiting the longer days, sunshine and overall “buzz” of excitement that comes with the Spring season. Wood is the element of Spring, which is appropriate as it is traditionally a time of new beginnings, renewal, growth, and hope. Spring is especially exhilarating for those of us who practice Feng Shui as we anticipate the rejuvenation that comes from opening our windows to allow fresh breezes to flow through our spaces, de-cluttering projects as well as good ol’ Spring Cleaning.

What Spring projects or adventures are you planning? Wherever you are on your Feng Shui journey, we hope this newsletter connects you with something for your Spring renewal.

New and Renewing FSIM Members: We look forward to seeing you at the Members-Only Meeting on Tuesday April 8! Learn about aromatherapy and how Essential Oils can be used in conjunction with Feng Shui. (Read More Below)

We're happy to be a Feng Shui community resource. Please forward this issue to friends or colleagues with whom you'd like to share.

Cheers to Spring!


Next FSIM Meeting: Let’s Get Together

Members Only Meeting
Date: Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Location: The Marsh
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Meeting and Program
Speaker: Jodi Baglien
Topic: Aromatherapy, Essential Oils and Feng Shui

Members Only $0

Jodi BaglienJodi’s 25 years of experience has set her apart in the world of holistic wellness. She combines her expertise as a Certified Clinical Aromatherapist, Shiatsu Therapist, Wellness Educator, consultant, and business owner, with her passion for spiritual understanding, wholeness in living, and eastern healing traditions. Her life’s work is expressed through her hands on, integrative approach to teaching practical and accessible information. Jodi’s clients include: holistic minded health professionals of all types, people seeking natural healthy ways for self-care, and savvy businesses who wish to sell her essential oil line. She teaches them how to responsibly – safely – bring powerful essential oil therapies and well-being strategies into their work, their homes, and lives.

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Essential Oils - A Multi-Dimensional Healing Tool

By Jodi Baglien

I love the look on people's faces when that aha moment happens in a class ... when an idea opens in their minds and they now see something they thought they knew, but now - differently.

For me this happens when I introduce the concept that that there really is no other tool or substance that works like essential oils do in alternative therapies - impacting the physical body, emotions and the energetic bodies, simultaneously!

This key concept is instrumental in really listening to the language in which plants can speak to us.

The science of Aromatherapy can look at an oil and define it by chemical compounds. Each oil is a unique synergy of biochemical compounds that help define the physical therapeutic actions they offer. For instance, oils high in Esters are defined as cooling to inflamed skin or tissue - they ease pain, offer balancing and calming energy and also have lovely aromas like lavender, bergamot and geranium.

So let's say you twisted you ankle, and you want to support your healing process with aromatherapy. Let's grab the clueless oil, lavender. It's clueless, because when you don't know what to use - use lavender!

A cold compress with lavender added to the water for the pain and swelling applied to your ankle will feel great, and will help you feel more comfortable . But that's not all you are doing!

You are also inhaling aromatic molecules that carry energetic information by physical shape and frequency. These molecules bypass logical thought and go right to emotional center of the brain. They are balancing and calming frequencies - your brain "reads" this information and you notice how you just took a deep breath and relaxed, which is the first step to begin any healing process.

Energetically, Lavender is balancing to the chakras, meridians and acupoints in and around the body. You can see and feel the auric field change when you introduce lavender into your field. Physically – it has anti-inflammatory properties. Think about that energetically - it will soothe inflamed energies, emotions and tissue. Angry outbursts to clear? Spray Lavender!

When you include essential oils with your Feng Shui corrections, the more aware you are of the multi-dimensional nature of the oils - the more magical they become to you. The more you can explore them from this perspective, the more you can consider the yin or yang nature of the oils and so much more. Next time you pull out the oils - listen to it, it will have much to say. Join us for our talk and we will explore the yin and yang of essential oils, and how to "listen" to your oils!


Master Class with James Jay
Topic: Sri Pa Ho Feng Shui Protection Mandala

James Jay

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
The Marsh
15000 Minnetonka Boulevard, Hopkins, 55345

The ancient Tibetans manifested a beautiful way of crystallizing intention and harnessing the power of Feng Shui when they created the Sri Pa Ho or Astrological Protection Mandala. In his presentation, James Jay will discuss this ancient Tibetan Feng Shui Protection Mandala. He will explore the history, background, symbolic meaning and most importantly, instruct you on how to use it to protect you from all negative influences.

3 CEU credits for this event!

Click here to register for this event!

See more on James Jay: www.fengshuidesigns.com

Open to the Public
Members $72
Guests $90


Latest Blog Post: Feng Shui and the Sri Ha Po Tibetan Protection Mandala

by Hinda Abrahamson

Latest blogAs far back in history as there are records, talismans and amulets have been used in spiritual traditions to help focus thoughts that lead to intended results. A modern day example is imbuing everyday objects with intentions in the practice of Feng Shui. The ancient, holistic system of Feng Shui is based on the simple premise that we are affected by our surroundings, for better or worse. Evaluating the chi (life force energy) throughout your home or business helps to identify areas where energy may be blocked, stagnant, oppressive or too strong, all of which can adversely affect the over-all health and well being of the occupants. The influence of the year, direction the building faces, birthdate, as well as a building’s shape, room placement, decor, and energy imprint of previous occupants contribute, for better or worse, to its vital environmental chi.

One way to affect positive change is to create your own personal talismans by charging everyday objects with intentions and placing them strategically in your space. A common example is the use of round, faceted crystals, a frequently recommended Feng Shui “cure;” because of their refractive qualities, crystals keep positive energy moving while absorbing any negative energy. When items such as crystals, wind chimes, and mirrors are used as symbolic talismans, they multiply individual efforts by holding focus and intention.

Some objects come to us with an existing history of spiritual and ritual symbolism. One such talisman is the Mandala. Mandalas are used for focusing attention, as a spiritual teaching tool, for establishing a sacred space, and as an aid to meditation. The ancient Tibetans manifested a beautiful way of crystallizing intention and harnessing the power of Feng Shui when they created the “Sri Pa Ho” or Astrological Protection Mandala.

On April 22nd, the Feng Shui Institute of the Midwest, a community resource for the art and science of Feng Shui, invites you to a special evening event at The Marsh. FSIM is sponsoring James Jay and his master class on the Sri Pa Ho Tibetan Buddhist Mandala. He will explore the history, background, and symbolic meaning of this powerful Mandala and provide instruction on using it to reinforce good Feng Shui. He will also share its use as a beautiful protection from any negative influences. A native of California, James is considered to be among the world's foremost experts on Feng Shui. A veteran China travel expert, James and his wife, Helen, sponsor a variety of educational training programs in China on topics including Traditional & B.T.B. Feng Shui, Acupressure/Tui Na Massage, Cuisine of China, and Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine. Join FSIM and internationally known Feng Shui expert, James Jay, for a unique evening at The Marsh.

Date: April 22, 2014
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Space is limited.
To register click here

Submitted by Hinda Abrahamson
President, Feng Shui Institute of the Midwest


Member News & Announcements

Membership 2013
To those who renewed, thank you!

Welcome New Members
Barbara Bobrowitz
Nathalie Gray
Lenora Renneberg.

Welcome back returning member, Karen Larkin.

We look forward to cultivating Community, Knowledge, Growth and Support in 2014.

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