How to Expand into Your Best Self

How to Expand into Your Best Self


“If you have the ability to dream it, you have the capacity to fulfill it”

-Jack Canfield

Your dreams are not there to taunt you, they were given uniquely to YOU so that you could fulfill them. When you feel discontent, it’s because you are ready to EXPAND. True happiness comes from allowing ourselves to grow. When we reach for new heights and accomplish our goals, we feel fulfilled. So follow your heart and go for it! The only person holding you back is yourself. This post will teach you how to get out of your own way by changing your thoughts to attract more of what you want into your life.

Intention is the secret ingredient in feng shui.  When you make adjustments with intention, you are setting a purpose for what you are doing.  The adjustments that you make to your environment will be more effective, and your desires will manifest more quickly.  


How to Set Your Intention

Here are three suggestions on how to set your intention every time you feng shui a room. It is something you will want to do during the feng shui process, as well as after the room is completed.  It is also something that you should do during maintenance.  For example, after I applied feng shui to our bedroom, if I had cleaned out our closet or added a picture to the wall, I would set the intention for what I wanted.  The more intentional and purposeful you can make every change you make to your environment, the better the results will be!



After making any external movement to your environment, you may bless the shift with a prayer from any religion that you identify with.  Remember, feng shui is not a religion.  It honors all beliefs, even non-believers so to speak. If you are Christian, you can say the Hail Mary or a prayer to Jesus. If you are Buddhist, you may say a prayer to Him.




  1. Affirmations are in the NOW:  Even if you don’t have exactly what you want right now, say what you want as if you already have it.  For example, if you are looking to accumulate more money so that you no longer have to be stressed out about paying off your bills, you would say, “I am grateful that I always have enough to pay my bills.”  Or “The universe supports me financially in everything that I do.”
  2. Affirm with gratitude or a positive emotion: When you say what you want, say it with a grateful heart. In addition, always say what it is that you are wanting to attract.  Avoid using any negative words such as “no” or “do not.” For example, if you are hoping to heal your relationship with your partner or another family member you could say, “I am thankful for our lifelong friendship and joyous relationship.”  Or, “I find great joy in talking with my partner about my feelings.  We listen to each other and feel deep fulfillment in our relationship.”
  3. Imagine the affirmation is true.  What does it feel like?  As you say the affirmation, imagine how you would feel if this really became true?  How does your body feel knowing that all is well?  How does your head and heart feel now that this area of your life is healed?  Say it.  Mean it.  Feel it. Dr. Laura Berman has elaborate research on the study of quantum physics and how this particular step, “feeling as if,” is so vital to the process of attracting what you want into your life.  Our body’s cells respond at the molecular level when we visualize what we want and act as if.  The Universe matches our vibrational frequencies and delivers exactly what it is that we are giving out.  

Praying and Affirmation Combination

Gratitude attracts more abundance. Try praying in using a positive affirmation. Act as if God has already blessed you with your desires and it is on its way.   An example of this would be something like, “Dear God, I am so grateful for the abundance of money and friendships that you are sending my way (right now).”  Remember, The Universe, or God, says “yes” to all of your hearts desires, as long as it is for the greater good.  He wants you to be happy and experience all of the blessings the world has to offer you.


There are official mudras or affirmations that have been passed down from our ancestors to feng shui practitioners.  These mudras are sacred and are only to be passed from teacher to student or from consultant to client. These are powerful tools that are available to you if you decide that you want to take your feng shui journey a step further.  However, your personal prayers and affirmations are still very powerful and important, and you WILL experience accelerated results by setting your intention in your own unique way.

I hope you have found this post helpful. My book which is anticipated this Spring will also feature ways to set intentions for your classroom, as well as how to teach students to think positive and believe in themselves.

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Until next time,


Kristina Hollinger


How to Attract What You Want with Your Home Decor

I just couldn’t take it any more!  My feng shui journey with with elements started at my South Loop apartment in Chicago. It all began with the bland, white wall in which my husband and I stared at as we watched TV.  The wall was over 20 feet high, and I just could not seem to get the “right” pictures or wall decor to fit the space.  It felt very cold and plain.

I had heard of feng shui before, so I decided to look into it before I selected a paint color for the walls.  As I conducted some “Google research”, I learned that our living room was in the wealth area of our apartment and it would be activated by the wood elements.  In addition, water represents money and nourishes the wood element.


This was my first experience with applying feng shui to a room, and I have not looked back since!  After applying the elements, the room simply came together!  I felt like I became the star of my very own home makeover show, and all I wanted to do was continue to apply feng shui to other areas of our apartment so that it felt more welcoming.  Each time I applied the appropriate elements to the specific gua, or area, of the home, I felt more and more at peace in my space.  Life at home was much more tranquil, and I even started to feel more energy at work.

So, did the elemental application to the wealth area work?  You bet it did!  My husband got a new job offer less than a year later. It was a significant raise and it gave us the opportunity to expand into the next chapter of our lives which included starting a family and moving into our first house!

I have since become a certified feng shui consultant, and now I am here to share how you too can transform your life with the decor you choose. You can remove the stumbling blocks of your life by consciously decorating your home, office, or classroom. There are three steps you can try today to apply elemental cures to your space and get the results you desire right now!

Three Steps to Improving Your Home with the Elements

You’ve cleared out your space and made room for the new.  Now, it is time to really activate the energy of the space.  Remember, there are nine areas of your life in which you can focus on.  For the next exercise, I would highly recommend starting with one gua, or area, to get you started.  Of course we all would like to focus on all nine areas, and ultimately that is the goal of feng shui, for all nine spaces to work in harmony. However, it is best to focus on on one room at a time.  

Step One:  Lay the bagua map (See image below) on the floor plan of your home.  The bottom of the map should be in line with the front door, so you would be entering into Knowledge, Career, or Helpful people sections.


Step Two: Identify the area you want to work on (one space at a time is recommended).  De-clutter and spend time in that space. After that, you can get started making adjustments and decorating according to the elements!  Use the shape, color, or actual element associated with that gua in order to activate the space and improve that area of your home and life!

Decor Suggestions to Represent Each Element:

  1. Earth:  Square or rectangular (horizontal) picture frames, yellow throw blanket or accent pillows, sand colored towels, sand or rocks in a square dish, a salt lamp, fresh flowers or fake flowers that look real
  2. Water: picture of the ocean, fish tank, water fountain, thunderstorm or ocean sounds, mirrors, purple drapes
  3. Fire: candles, fireplace, picture with reds or bright orange, Christmas Tree, triangular patterns, knives, weapons, fur, leather, feathers
  4. Wood: Rectangular frames (vertical), wooden sculptures or dishes, wood furniture, bamboo plant, money tree, bonsai tree
  5. Metal: Metal dishes, circular frames or clocks, metallic artwork, gray or white throw pillows or curtains

Step Three: Make changes with the intention in mind of what you want to create for yourself.  Seal this intention with a silent prayer or a mantra.  This is covered in greater detail in my next post!

There are endless possibilities when it comes to decorating with feng shui, and that is what makes it so much fun.  You will be shocked at how simple it is. It’s easy to over-think it and wonder if you are doing it right, but there is no need to worry.  Just give it a try and as you start to feel the difference, you will become more and more confident in making adjustments throughout your home.

With greatest sincerity, I want to thank you for taking the time to browse this post.  I have found feng shui to be uplifting and completely life changing, and I hope you can too. I am currently working on a book called “Teaching from the Heart with Feng Shui.” Not only does it cover the basics of feng shui, but it also gives suggestions on how to apply these principles to your classroom or office so that you can feel the ultimate flow from your personal to your professional life. If you are interested in how to apply the elements in your work space, please let me know.  I would love to answer any questions you may have, and I also appreciate any feedback since some of these posts will be published some day!

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Until Next Time,


Kristina Hollinger


How to Tap into the Unlimited Flow of Abundance with One Feng Shui Principle


Did you know that abundance is as vast as the ocean?  Imagine walking up to the sea with a bucket.  You could not possibly scoop up the entire ocean simply by using your bucket!  The ocean represents all the abundance that the universe has to offer you.  You could not possibly get “it all,” and yet the ocean represents how unlimited the resources and opportunities of the universe are to you.  Unfortunately, we live in a world where so many people see that things are lacking. Not enough time.  Not enough money.  Never enough.  You can shift this energy with ONE simple feng shui cure!

Once you try this one feng shui principle, you will see immediate results.  You will start to notice abundance flowing to you like a waterfall.  I want you to think of something that you really want.  Notice how you feel about asking for this.  Do you feel deserving?  Does your inner voice tell you “I couldn’t…”  or “It’s too much…”?  These responses are normal if you are thinking in your ego.  Let’s allow ourselves to think BIGGER for ourselves.  The more you have in your life, the more you are able to give back and help others.  So allow yourself to ask for the money, time, and other resources that you need.  It’s nothing to feel guilty about.

“The more you have…the more you are able to give back…”

So why does it seem like we can’t always get what we want? The right relationship or the dream home?  The truth is that you can, but you need to take baby steps to get there.  One of our major stumbling blocks is that we don’t feel deserving of everything.  Who are we to “have it all?”  We think if we ask for “too much,” it will take away from someone else.  You need to know that any abundance you attract will not take away from anyone else because there are infinite possibilities for us all. Back to the ocean analogy.  You could not possibly scoop up the entire ocean with your little bucket.  The point?  No request is too great for God! Ask for anything your heart calls for.

“Any abundance you attract will not take away from anyone else because there are infinite possibilities for us all.”

So, what is the feng shui cure that will help you attract abundance? Practice gratitude.  It is like a magnet.  Wayne Dyer said, “What you think expands. Monitor your inner dialogue, and match your thoughts to what you want and what you intend to create.” Like attracts like.  The more gratitude you have the more you will have to be grateful for.

“What you think expands…. Match your thoughts to what you want.”

As you go through your day, think of 9 things that you are grateful for.  Then, tonight, write all nine things down. It is so important that you write them down.  It solidifies all that you are grateful for, and it is a message to the universe that you appreciate all that you have been blessed with, and I assure you more will come flowing in.

Let us remember that the universe WANTS to provide us with all of our desires, granted they serve a higher good. We are born to fulfill our dharma and succeed.  Let’s allow our dreams to become reality with this one simple practice.

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Until next time,



Kristina Hollinger




How to “Let Go” and Manifest Your Dreams: A 2 Part New Moon Exercise


The new moon is a time to reflect inward and plant the seeds for that which you want to grow in your life, such as a new business or relationships. Recently I have struggled to find balance between actively manifesting my dreams and “letting go,” trusting that the universe is genius and everything is working out for my greatest good.  Since it’s the new moon, it got me thinking about the balance between yin and yang, which is essential if you want to feel peaceful and harmonious.  The new moon represents yin energy, whereas the full moon is yang. In feng shui, and life in general, we are constantly going back and forth between action and rest, trying to find the happy balance between the two.  This post is intended to give you inspiration to manifest your greatest desires and keep your energy (and sanity) at the same time.  In order to fulfill your dreams, you must first manifest and then surrender control.

Part One: Manifest

So, I know that when many people think of feng shui, they think of the physical placement of objects.  However, there is an internal aspect of feng shui that is just as powerful, if not more.  You see, feng shui will only really work when you set an intention behind the object placement.  Your thoughts and intentions are powerful.  When we think about what we really want, we are “manifesting” and attracting that which we desire.  This is considered a “yang” or active energy.

The truth is, we all have the ability to create the life we desire with the words we choose to think and speak and the energy we create. When we visualize and feel the joy that our fulfilled dreams give us, we ultimately tap into the universal flow of life which is always saying “yes!” to everything we are asking for. God, the universe, whatever you want to call it, wants us to be happy and fulfilled.  We are given dreams and desires that are unique to us because we are meant to follow our hearts and fulfill a dharma, or destiny, that only we can fulfill.

We can use positive affirmations to attract what we want in life. You can say these to yourself repeatedly and/or write them down and place them somewhere safe. Now, there are some “rules” when it comes to saying an affirmation.  Here is what I have come to learn:

  1. Make affirmations in the present tense: If you want a new house you would say, “I am grateful for my new, beautiful home that is big enough to entrain and grow into and that I can easily afford.”  This affirms that you have what you want already.  If you said something like, “I can’t wait to have the perfect home…” it places what you want in the future, and there it will remain.
  2. Use gratitude: When you say affirmations, say them with a grateful and joyful heart.  Trust that you are being heard and BELIEVE that it IS already set in motion.
  3. Visualize and feel like it is real: Athletes, CEOs and many other successful people have used visualization techniques to achieve their goals and fulfill their dreams.  When you set your intention, imagine it as if it already has happened.  Using the example of a new home, visualize walking into your front door.  Feel the joy as you see your friends and family gathering in your new home.  Then, as you go about your day, act as if it’s already on its way.

Part Two: Surrender

While the action of saying or writing affirmations is “yang” energy,  letting go is “yin” energy, and it is just as important.  This is the part where I tend to struggle. Many times we want to control the outcome.  If we affirmed that we would get a new house, the how is not up to us.  If we are too specific and affirm that we will get the house on 35 Cherry Tree Lane, we might miss other opportunities that would have been better suited for us in the long run.  We only have the ability to see what is happening in our life right now, but remember that Devine source has the power to see all aspects of our lives and into our future.  God, or the universe, knows what is ultimately best for us.  So, once we do the affirming, we need to let go and TRUST that the BEST possible outcome is coming our way.  Although I have not perfected the ability to let go of control, here are some tips that have helped me:

  1. Say “thank you” for so-called disappointments and failures: When something does not work out exactly how we had hoped–we lose a bid on a new house or don’t get a job we wanted– try being grateful.  Mayo Angelou once said that if someone leaves you or if something does not work out say,”Thank you.  Something better is waiting for me.”  Try thinking of something that worked out for you in your life. I bet if you really think about it, you could see how some of the seeming disappointments you experienced beforehand actually led you to that ideal and perfect new situation or outcome.  Even though we think we know exactly what we want, sometimes there is something better planned for us.
  2. Quiet your mind and be present: If you can find a guided meditation or take a few minutes to concentrate on your breathe, it will bring you into the present moment. Sometimes we forget to do the simplest thing, and that is to just take some deep breathes.  Try it right now.  Take three deep breathes: Fill up your lungs and belly as you inhale through your nose, and concentrate as you exhale through your mouth… How do you feel?  Surrendering to the present moment and realizing that all is well right now in this exact moment, helps us to connect with the positive universal flow of abundance.  When we are present, not worried about the future or regretting the past, we are more open to all the abundance that the present moment has to offer. If we live fully present in each moment, we can trust and know that each choice we make in the present moment will lead us one step closer to that which we desire.
  3. Say “thank you”- Funny enough, an attitude of gratitude fits into the yin & yang section, so I suppose it is the connecting link.  In gratitude you will find balance and inner peace.  There are SO many things to be grateful for.  Even if you are having the worst day, try being thankful for the simple things we usually take for granted: clean water, a warm shower, electricity, a cup of coffee, someone who gave you a smile…  The more you are grateful, the happier you will feel.


I recently saw a quote that pretty much sums everything up.  “The happiest people don’t have the best of everything, but they make the best of everything they have.” It’s completely natural and healthy to want to better your life: excel in your career, improve your home, find the perfect mate, or fulfill a lifelong dream.  So please, go ahead and attract the best into your life by affirming it is already so!  But don’t burn yourself out or beat yourself up when it doesn’t happen exactly as you planned. Remember to be grateful for what you already have today.  Life is full of abundance and opportunities, and you have EVERYTHING you need right now.

Until next time, namaste!

Kristina Hollinger