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FSIM Winter Quarterly News

December 2013

  FSIM Quarterly News

Greetings FSIM Members & Friends,

Approaching Winter – the season of the Water element – we begin to contract. Winter teaches us that the only way to fully enjoy the powers of the season is to surrender to it and learn from what it has to offer us. In winter, nature seems to be at rest, and in this rest replenishes itself. The legendary Yellow Emperor, states in his ancient text, The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine that “In winter all is hidden. Winter is the season of retirement into depth, because of the cold outside. At this time you must not disturb or disperse the yang (Fire, active) energy so that you can allow the yin reserves to be re-established within you.” In keeping with Feng Shui principles, it is in our best interest to remain balanced during this quiet, reflective time of year by:

  • Allowing ourselves to rest and restore
  • Turn inward and listen to ourselves and our bodies
  • Reflect on the year behind us and plan for the year ahead

For FSIM Practitioners and Friends, this marks the end of this year's annual membership. Know that your membership is truly valued. We look forward to your renewal for 2014, and to offering more opportunities to connect and enrich the Feng Shui community. The deadline for renewal is December 31, 2013.

Renew Now.

For those who aren't members, but considering it, we invite you to join at this time, before the Annual Meeting in January. The registration form is available online. Membership has many benefits.


2014 Annual Meeting

Annual Meeting
Date: Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Location: The Marsh
Time: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Networking/Socializing, Hors d’oeuvres & Shopping
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Meeting and Program
Speaker: Barbara Bobrowitz
Topic: Feng Shui, Shamanism and the Evolution of Consciousness

Members $18
Guests $36

Barbara Bobrowitz, M.EdBarbara Bobrowitz, M.Ed, is a certified Feng Shui professional consultant, teacher, mentor and speaker based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. SHE SPECIALIZES IN

  • private residential and commercial feng shui consultations;
  • blessing and clearing ceremonies for both homes and businesses;
  • classes, workshops, and speaking engagements;
  • mentoring professional feng shui consultants.

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Feng Shui, Shamanism and the Evolution of Consciousness

By Barbara Bobrowitz

*How are you connected to ancient and modern shamans?

*What is the relationship between Feng Shui and Shamanism?

*Where are you and your Feng Shui clients in the evolving cosmic consciousness?

January 14, 2014, we’ll take a journey through time & space with Barbara Bobrowitz, touching on 50,000 plus years of Feng Shui’s growth from some of its earliest roots in the East, showing its relationship with other earth-based traditions in the West. Together, we’ll view the evolution of consciousness from a 50,000 foot height to see where we are standing now.

She will guide you through the Andes in Peru and Ecuador, Mayan sites in Guatemala and Mexico, to China, Ireland, Ohio and beyond to witness reflections of Feng Shui in shamanic practices around the world.

During Barbara’s many experiences with indigenous healers, she felt their intimate connection to the vibration of the universe. She saw how each uses culturally specific tools emerging from the land where they live to help people shift their energy; live in harmony with Nature, and walk in beauty on this earth...conscious of every possible moment and movement.

Her conclusion: Feng Shui practitioners and indigenous healers’ techniques and tools are different but the goals and underlying concepts are the same. These concepts exemplify “human development of consciousness in world cultures and societies as replicated in any individual.”

Finally, Barbara will share how awareness of the evolutionary process can impact our work with Feng Shui and move ourselves and our clients into greater consciousness.

Barbara Bobrowitz, B.A., MEd., CFSP, is one of Minnesota’s’ pioneers in Feng Shui and a charter member of the International Feng Shui Guild. She is a life-long seeker. A world traveler with an intense curiosity about world cultures and spirituality, Barbara lived in Guatemala as a Rockefeller Fellow for Foreign Language Teachers and has interpreted for Peruvian, Ecuadoran, and Paraguayan shamans. She is a teacher of Feng Shui, meditation, intuitive development, and Spanish. Her joy comes from empowering clients with multiple pathways for achieving inner and outer transformation.

To contact Barbara, go to: www.EnergeticAlignments.com EnergeticAlignments@gmail.com

Consider visiting the Science Museum of Minnesota’s Maya exhibit using your feng shui eyes. You’ll be amazed. It closes on January 5, 2014.


FSIM MEMBERS: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 – Members Only Quarterly Meeting

The Marsh

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
7:00-9:00pm Meeting and Program
The Marsh
15000 Minnetonka Boulevard, Hopkins, 55345

Guest Speaker: Jodi Baglein
Jodi’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.


Latest Blog Post: Fall into Yourself

November/December: Rainy, cloudy, misty. Pulling in. Snowflakes. Changes. Gardens gone, bare trees. Lack of exercise. Feeling a little depressed?

Fall season represents the metal element. It is a color change along with an energetic change. We reconnect with Nature and Mother Earth as the sun and fire diminishes. We watch the flowers and plants fade and return to Mother Earth who transforms substances into the metal element. Our energy follows a similar pattern as we slow down and change our focus. Metal conducts and transmits energy. In the constructive cycle of elements, Metal releases Water. Humans do they same when we stay inside more and reconnect with our selves. We are like Metal as it sheds water when we get in touch with our inner selves including emotions (represented by water). Understanding emotions and our inner desires allows for transformation and growth inside.

The colors for metal are white or grayThe colors for metal are white or gray. These colors also represent communication and talking with each other. It is so intriguing that these colors are represented in the Children and Creativity and Travel and Helpful People areas of the bagua! During this holiday season, the colors of gray and white (and gold) can be used to offset the red and green colors representing wood and fire, used for holiday decor. Using these colors may temper our irritations with each other as we intermingle with family for the holidays. The color white is supportive for creativity in the children and creativity area of the bagua. It represents clear beginnings and endings. Gray is a cool yin color and represents the focused, protective, polished metal element which is represented in the travel area of the bagua. Shades of gray reflect all the possibilities within us!

If you are feeling a little depressed with the seasonal changes this year, consider getting in touch with the Metal element. Engage with the colors of white and gray. Bring in some new decor with the element of Metal itself; the colors, rounds shapes, or just reconnecting to Mother Earth. Fall into Yourself with some yoga or meditation, maybe just silence. It is a special time of slowness, letting go, energy transformation, reflections, and new possibilities. Embrace it!

Happy Metal Chi!

Kathy Connors


Member News & Announcements

Member News: It's time to renew!
Membership Renewal for January 2014 – December 2014: Renewal for Practitioner Members and Friends of FSIM is now available online!

The deadline for renewal is December 31, 2013

A reminder to Practitioner Members that Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are due, and their submission is required with the online renewal application.

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Email Sandy Forseth with any questions.

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