Greetings FSIM Members & Friends,
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
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.
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
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
Bobrowitz, M.Ed, is a certified Feng Shui professional consultant,
teacher, mentor and speaker based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. SHE
- 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.
happy to be a Feng Shui community resource. Please forward this issue
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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?
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
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.
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
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.”
Barbara will share how awareness of the evolutionary process can impact
our work with Feng Shui and move ourselves and our clients into greater
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
To contact Barbara, go to: www.EnergeticAlignments.com
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
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
7:00-9:00pm Meeting and Program
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,
Latest Blog Post: Fall into Yourself
Rainy, cloudy, misty. Pulling in. Snowflakes. Changes. Gardens gone,
bare trees. Lack of exercise. Feeling a little depressed?
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.
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!
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!
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
reminder to Practitioner Members that Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
are due, and their submission is required with the online renewal
Email Sandy Forseth with any questions.
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