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Certified Feng Shui Expert Laura Cerrano is the CEO and founder of Feng Shui Manhattan (established in 1997). She provides bi-coastal remote and on-site consultations, seminars, workshops and classes in New York, California, New Jersey and Connecticut. In addition, Laura is a resident teacher at the Metropolitan Institute of Design in Syosset, NY.

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Certified NYC Feng Shui Expert Laura Cerrano has over 20-years of on-site and remote Feng Shui & Design consulting. Consultations, seminars and classes provided in New York City and Los Angeles California, along with National and International locations.

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How To Feng Shui the Kitchen Stove

Laura Cerrano

The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in your home and in the past used to be a place where family and even community gathered.

This tip is from Black Sect Esoteric Buddhism, developed by His Holiness, the late Grandmaster Professor Thomas Lin Yun. He transformed ancient Buddhism and Chinese philosophies to be adapted to the modern life and to address modern issues and challenges.

Take a look at your stove and keep these key questions in mind:

1. Is it working properly?

2. Is it clean?

3. Do you use it to cook or is it just there because it came with the house?

4. If you do cook, how often do you alternate the burners you use?

If you have answered no to having a clean stove, no to it properly working, no to not cooking and alternating the burners, you may want to rethink how you treat your stove. Why? In BSEB Feng Shui it's believed that all things, including inanimate objects and appliances, etc, have a spirit and tell a story. The stove is associated with wealth (even if it's not in the wealth life section).

When not properly working, it's said to represent lack and how that could be translated is different for each person. When not alternating the use of the burners, it's saying you could be subconsciously choosing to not allow possible new opportunities into your life. By not keeping the stove clean, it could say you do not honor wealth (however you wish to define wealth). And if you do not use the stove at all, it's saying wealth is not being ignited and promotes more stillness.

If anything, at least once a year, give your stove a good clearing and use it from time to time. Remember to alternate the burners and if you can't use all of them, then at least go back and forth between two of them.

How Selecting Artwork with Feng Shui Can Influence your Mind and Emotions

Laura Cerrano

"A study published in the June issue of the journal 'Brain and Cognition' looked at the research that neuroscientists have done while scanning the brains of people looking at paintings.

Viewing paintings triggered responses in brain regions associated with visual understanding and object recognition, as might be expected, but viewing artwork also was connected to activity associated with emotions, inner thoughts and learning. Other research tells us more about how art can change the way we see the world." - source from Business Insider, December 9th, 2014

Feng Shui teachers the importance of becoming a master observer in you home, which in term also translates to your everyday happenings in life. Your home is metaphor of your life and the artwork you choose to display (consciously or subconsciously) is telling a story, conveying a mood, an idea and stirring up emotions. 

Art is highly subjective and what inspires one person may be uninspiring to another. So this is why is vitally important to understand your intentions for why are you asking and taking action to change the environment of your home and life. 

Although art preferences vary from person to person, and home to home, there are still some basic rules to bear in mind when choosing art.

 

Quick Steps to Choosing Artwork: 

  • Select artwork that is appropriate in size for the wall, the room and the furnishings. Even this helps to create balance and harmony. 

 

  • To select the type of artwork, again become clearer with your intentions for why you are selecting artwork in the first place. Is it to represent a change in love? in career? in health? Based on that, you could then move to selecting certain colors, shapes, artists, themes and more to help narrow down your choices.

 

  • The act of choosing artwork and selecting the style and subject matter that peaks your interests is allowing you to get to know yourself. There is a deeper transformation surfacing then just hanging artwork. It helps to visually display your values and even moral code you hold for yourself in life.

I’m personally not a fan of store bought mass produced artwork, which I did start off with until I graduated to a much more personalized touch and collection. The artwork that currently resides inside my home consists of pieces created by family and friends, art purchased from local villages and towns from my travels and artwork that I personally created. Each piece has a story, a rich meaning and strong positive emotional connection.

When was the last time you truly observed the story being told inside your home?

How to Feng Shui Your Office in Four Easy Steps

Laura Cerrano

Americans on average spend 34.4 hours longer at work than their counterparts in the world's largest economies. With that statistic noted, it's worth making sure your work environment receives Feng Shui TLC. This also includes decluttering and organizing your cubicle, desk and/or file cabinets. It's important to Feng Shui both your home and work environment. 

1. Declutter.

2. Add 1-2 plants.

3. Add artwork of natural scenery, like landscape.

4. Sit in a commanding position so you can see the front door.