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!

 

Prayer

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.

 

Affirmation

 

  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.

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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,

Namaste!

Kristina Hollinger

 

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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.

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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,

Namaste!

Kristina Hollinger

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Everyone Has A Book Inside Of Them

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The moment I found the courage to start writing a book, was the moment I heard Reid Tracy, the CEO of Hay House, say that we all have a book inside of us. “Everyone has a story to tell.” He was confident that anyone could make a positive impact on the world if they spoke up and shared their tale.

Something about Reid Tracy’s message awakened a deep longing in me to share my story. I found myself in the audience of the Chicago Writer’s Workshop. Despite the inspirational messages from Louise Hay and Doreen Virtue (more on them later), all I could think of was how much I needed to shake Reid’s hand.  There could not be more than 400 people here; it was a fairly intimate venue. I just had to tell him how grateful I was that he and his Hay House family followed their calling and found their voice to encourage everyday people like me to follow my calling and find my voice.

“The only thing that really matters when it comes to being a writer: getting out of your own way, and getting rid of the countless negative thoughts that tell you what a hopelessly uninteresting specimen of humanity you are.”*

Reid had been doing these Hay House Writer’s Workshops for a while. When I approached him, he might have thought I was going try to sneak my manuscript in his back pocket like so many others have before me. (I actually didn’t even have one at time, so you were in the clear, Reid). It caught him off guard when all I wanted to say to him was a sincere “thank you.”

I walked up to Reid nervously, but I knew I had to talk with him. This could be my only chance. “Thank you for helping a regular person like me to believe in myself,” I was actually saying it. “Thank you for supporting Wayne Dyer’s important life mission to help people tune into their higher self and fulfill their Dharma.”His eyes teared up at the mention of his best friend’s name, and he knew at that moment that Wayne was still very much alive in the hearts of so many. When I finished telling Reid how great of an impact he and Hay House had on the course of my life, I said with smile,  “…and that’s it.” Reid looked at me as if he was shocked that I didn’t pitch my book to him. After a slight hesitation, he gave me a huge hug. That hug meant the world to me. I didn’t even get a picture with him! All I have is this testimony. In this age of Twitter and Instagram it feels like without a picture it never really happened, but you believe me don’t you?

So what did that hug say to me? And what is the message for you, my fellow aspiring authors and light workers?

After Reid hugged me, I knew.  I knew that he truly believed in people and their ability to connect and inspire.  He followed his heart to encourage others, and just like one candle lights another, he lit a spark within me.

You can be someone else’s light too.  Speak your truth.  Stop keeping it to yourself and shine. The world needs your light. You could be the next Oprah (or meet her at the very least). We are all born with the capacity to fulfill our dreams and desires; you dreams are your Dharma And they were given uniquely to you. Like a rose, some of us will open up into full bloom.  Yet some will not.  It is up to you to grow to your fullest capacity.

Let’s look at Gabby Bernstein for example. She is is a well-known a professional motivational speaker, author, and life coach, and she has been featured on Oprah numerous times. But like all of us, Gabby did not start at the top. A NYC girl, started her journey to her greatness when she got involved in alcoholics anonymous (AA).  As a sponsor for other people who were also recovering addicts, she found her voice (and her hidden talent to speak up and inspire). This is where she discovered that the world needed her light, and she started teaching others that “the world needs your light.”

This is my wish for you too. Please know you have infinite possibilities to fulfill your life purpose. We all do. If it were not for the spiritual teachers in my life who followed their inner voice and spoke up to inspire others, I might not have ever started writing my book. It’s because of teachers like Dr. Wayne Dyer, Doreen Virtue, Louise Hay, and Reid Tracy that I have explored my passion for feng shui even deeper and started sharing out.

Learn to ignore the ego. The ego is the voice that “Edges God Out.”  The ego tells you that your idea has been done before, that you are not good enough, or that you are not capable. The ego tells you what you have to say is not important, but we all have something important to say if we come from our Higher Self and speak our truth. Don’t keep it to yourself. If it’s for the greater good, please raise your voice. We need more people like you right now, more than ever. So what is burning in your heart today? There is no time like the now to get started.

Until next time,

Namaste!

Kristina Hollinger

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The Facebook “Like” That Changed My Life

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If you would have told me a year ago I would be a mother, teacher, AND a feng shui consultant, I would not have believed you.  One simple Facebook “like” changed the course of my life forever. While in the North Carolina on a family vacation over the 4th of July weekend, I came across Wayne Dyer’s page.  After liking his page, I was guided to multiple tools that inspired me, centered me, and completely changed the course of my path! Wayne introduced me to Hay House radio and all of his amazing friends there. Sadly, he passed away suddenly about a month after “liking” his page.  Thereafter, his best friend Reid Tracy, the CEO of Hay House, honored Wayne’s life by selling all of his books on Amazon Kindle for a major discount.  Months after Wayne’s passing, I was surrounded by his message, “Don’t die with your music still in you.” Because of him, I decided to follow my dharma, my heart, my life purpose. I’m here to share with you the three tools that saved me.  Maybe you can use all three, maybe only one will speak to you today.   As the one year anniversary of Wayne’s death approaches, I feel so compelled to honor his voice and share with you three things that might help you live your purpose NOW.

1. Doreen Virtue’s Angel Numbers, Tarot Cards, and Beyond… 

I really credit my life-altering decision to go into feng shui professionally to the angels. Everyone, you and I included, has the ability to communicate with angels and get Spiritual guidance. The best part is, they are alway positive and send their messages lovingly. After “liking” Wayne’s page, he shared Doreen Virtue’s Angel Numbers app on his page.  Some of you know Doreen Virtue PhD. as “The Angel Lady,” but I had never heard of her until downloading this application.  I absolutely fell in love with her positive approach.  She basically gives positive, motivating affirmations (that the angels send to you through numbers you see throughout the day).  You can use this application all day to help you reach your greatest potential and feel fulfilled.  I then downloaded some of her tarot cards.  Communicating with angels was never anything that I thought I could do, but she makes it so easy.  They are our spiritual guides, and she has provided tools that give you accurate guidance and answers. The beyond part was the Angels of Abundance course that I signed up with Doreen and her son Grant.  It was such a healing four part course that changed the way I look at money and allowing more abundance into my life!

2. Numerology

I have always been interested in numerology, and I truly think EVERYONE should know their personal numbers.  They show you why you are here on this Earth.  What is your purpose?  What is your soul’s longing?  Some of us are here to learn how to be loving and supportive mothers or fathers.  Some of us are here to help animals or help the environment.  There are many, many lessons that we are here to learn, and your numbers give you guidance and help you understand some of the heartache and karmic problems that you may have faced. We all want these kinds of answers.  I found Hay House author Michelle Buchanan through Wayne’s page, and it has been most helpful!  But please let me know any other recommendations you have!

3. Feng Shui

Well, if you didn’t know by now, I was guided to make a career of feng shui (the practice of designing your environment to get results you want in your life).  After “liking” Wayne’s page, I was introduced to his Morning Manifestation Meditation app.  That’s right, I started to meditate daily.  This opened my heart and mind to my true calling and desire to help others in a new way.  Everyday I learned more and more about what made me happy, and I learned that I have the ability to help others feel self-empowered.  You have a voice too!  We all have a voice, but we just need to courage and strength to use it.  Feng shui has helped me a live a more balanced and harmonious life.  It has been the greatest gift.

As always, if you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear from you.  I welcome you to visit my Facebook Page!  Thanks to Wayne, I am now sharing my light with the world, and I hope you will too.  “Don’t die with your music still in you.” 

Until Next time,

Namaste!

Kristina Hollinger

 

 

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

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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,

Namaste!

 

Kristina Hollinger

 

 

 

How to Get What you Really Want

 

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Kristina Hollinger

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