FSIM Fall Quarterly News
September 7, 2013
Greetings FSIM Members & Friends,
As we move into the Metal energy of fall, the fiery
productive energy of summer eases. Energy turns inward, and the Earth
cleans house. Leaves turn to warm yellows and reds before dropping;
the vibrant green of summer becomes muted sage and brown. Our awareness
turns inward as well. It is a time to let what is no longer needed
drop away. We mirror the season’s course by de-cluttering our outer and
our inner life, all in preparation for the meditative Water energy that
So enjoy! Clean the garage, clear the garden, organize the basement, and take some deep breaths along the way.
We hope that this newsletter and the FSIM fall events help you along this path.
Next FSIM Meeting: Beautiful Fall Field Trip to the Paths of Peace Labyrinths
Presenter: Lisa Moriarty
Location: Paths of Peace Labyrinths
Date: Saturday, October 5, 2013
9:30am – 9:45am Sign–in /
Networking / Socializing
10:00am – 11:00am Tour and explanation of Labyrinths
by Lisa Moriarty.
After tour, walk the labyrinths on your own.
12:30pm Plan to stay for lunch in Stillwater, Location TBA
Open to the Public
Register for the Field Trip Now!
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FSIM MEMBERS: Join us for a tour of the renovated French Meadow restaurant with Feng Shui practitioner, Andrew Hong
French Meadow Bakery & Cafe – Feng Shui Project.
Join Andrew Hong,
FSIM Vice President Emeritus on Saturday, October 26 for a tour of the
newly renovated French Meadow Cafe. Andrew will explain his application
of Feng Shui principles and Five Element Theory to a business and the
challenges that may ensue when working with architects, builders and
designers. This is a rare treat for members.
Date: Saturday, October 26, 2013
Location: 2610 Lyndale Ave. South, Minneapolis 55408
Time: 11:30 am to 1:30 pm
Open to the Public
Please plan to stay for lunch at French Meadow afterward.
Pre-registration required for event and lunch by Oct 23, 2013!
Labyrinths – An Ancient Spiritual Practice, Combining Peaceful Meandering and Meditative Therapy
By Lisa Moriarty
One element people sometimes forget to focus on is their own personal
chi. Aside from meditation, one of the best ways to connect with self
and achieve a sense of calmness is to walk a labyrinth. If you have
never done so, a visit to Paths of Peace in Stillwater, MN offers a
variety of opportunities to explore.
What is a Labyrinth?
A labyrinth is a single or unicursal path used for personal,
psychological and spiritual transformation. These ancient symbols, over
4,000 years old, are becoming increasingly popular as a spiritual and
are often circular in form. The circle represents wholeness, unity,
completion, and eternity. It both draws energy into the center and
radiates the energy back out in all directions. The circle can be a
powerful healing force in life that can help you feel more centered and
we are centered, we experience clarity about our inner light; we are in
alignment with our own divine nature and clear on the physical,
emotional and spiritual level. By using a circle in a symbolic way, we
can become more centered and grounded in our lives. Today, people walk
labyrinths for quiet, calm and centering, to seek knowledge and wisdom
or to mark a turning point or transition in life.
Walking a Labyrinth
- Labyrinths are one continuous path with no tricks or dead ends
- You enter and follow the path to the center,
- Pause in the center for reflection, meditation or simple silence,
- Return by the same path,
- More than one person can walk at a time, passing or meeting gently, without interrupting another’s journey.
outdoors, labyrinthine paths impart movement to landscapes, allowing
chi to flow smoothly while guiding your feet and allowing your focus to
be fully in the present to experience all the sensations.
the 1980’s there has been a considerable revival of interest in
labyrinths, for their artistic, historic and spiritual aspects.
Labyrinths are being built in a variety of places, employing both
traditional and contemporary designs and materials. Many thousands have
been constructed worldwide during the last 20 years in schools,
hospitals, parks, and gardens, with many reporting that they find
labyrinth walking to be a healing experience for both body and soul.
These peaceful paths invite us to attend to the needs of our souls,
invite us to walk towards a peaceful mind and community.
their ageless forms and complex, swirling pathways that always lead
eventually to the goal, labyrinths invite both playful interaction and
soulful contemplation; surely it is this charm that so appeals to modern
visitors. The lure of the labyrinth has ensnared humankind for
thousands of years, and this fascination shows every sign of continuing
well into the future.
To locate labyrinths in Minnesota, and around the world search the Worldwide Labyrinth Locator. To learn more about labyrinths visit the Labyrinth Society and Paths of Peace.
French Meadow Bakery and Cafe – Feng Shui Design Project
Latest FSIM Blog Post
Guest post by FSIM Member Andrew Hong
are differences in applying Feng Shui principals to commercial and
residential properties. A main difference is choosing the type and
intensity of the five Elements to be introduced. Because a business
attracts all kinds of people from all walks of life, all five Elements
need to be present. Additionally, we still need to work with the
owner’s Self-Element as well as the area within the building the Element
is located, i.e. South is fire, etc. For residences, we
match totally the Elements of the property with the Elements of the
My work on the French Meadow project started with using the birth dates
of the property - which was built in 1955, and now in 2013 - is
being remodeled. We used the Lu Pan (South facing) and Pak Qua to
determine the good and bad locations. We then applied Elements to
counter or complement the energy. Like every Feng Shui consultation not
everything we suggest is accepted or implemented. I encountered numerous
challenges with architects, builders and designers.
Here are a list of my recommendations and the actions taken:
recommended a much bigger front door designed with the Feng Shui
dimensions. It was too expensive to knock down part of the wall, so
instead, we introduced cast iron to enhance the presence of the existing
large neon sign on top of the building would have attracted traffic
driving along Lyndale Avenue, but the City of Minneapolis rejected this
- I recommended removing the link fence and installing a wood fence. Construction of the wood fence is in progress.
- I recommended removing some of the old trees and planting Ginko trees along the parking lot. That change is in progress.
five Elements have been introduced to the interior of the new
restaurant: birch trees for wood, blue tiles for water, metallic tiles
for metal, lights and crystals for fire, etc.
it is South facing, I recommended a waterfall wall in front of the
entrance. It would have been a stunning to welcome customers.
Unfortunately, this was rejected by the city as well as by the owner as
being too costly ($30,000).
Nord meeting room is located between the existing French Meadow
building and the bar next door. It resembles the bottom of a rice bowl,
surrounded by the two buildings as it is. I introduced gold and water in
the bowl, to bring wealth and prosperity. I fought hard to get this
Nord meeting room going. It has been an expensive undertaking.
- I recommended a row of fountains be installed along the line of the outside seating. That installation is in progress.
- The front of the older part of French Meadow facing Lyndale Avenue will have three Masks to ward off evil spirits.
Shui is an ongoing practice. It changes with time and seasons. It is of
utmost importance that we keep monitoring the progress of the
business. Since opening in July 2013, French Meadow’s business has
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Member News & Announcements
sympathies are with Virgina Skruppy and her family for the loss of her
son Andrew Fox. Andrew leaves two children Grace 11 and Sam 8.
board is delighted to welcome two new members, Melissa Smith as
Communication Coordinator and Sandy Forseth as Membership Coordinator.
Melissa is a recently certified practitioner from the James Jay’s
School, Feng Shui Designs.
She is eager to contribute to the community with her experience in the
coordination of blogs and newsletters. Sandy Forseth is certified by
Wind & Water School of Feng Shui (Ox class). By day, she is a
Certified Child Life Specialist. In her free time, she enjoys her 3
adult daughters, walking the dog, traveling, playing hockey, bicycling,
sewing & new adventures.
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