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Best Home Reno advice

June 1, 2018

Best DIY Home Reno advice. 

I was asked today what is one essential & wise piece of advice that I could suggest to potential DIY home renovators. 

The best first step when renovating is to get an overview of your dream, by creating a master floor plan design. Drawn up by a good & experienced professional planner, such as a Building Designer or Architect. (someone like me for instance) & very early in the renovating process. You don’t have to employ them for the entire service they may offer, just ask for planning advice! The bird's-eye perspective of a floor proposed plan can make all the difference to the feel, light, usability, energy efficiency practicality & overall vibe of a home. It helps prevents the home renovator from making big mistakes. Once a master plan is in place. Jobs and small projects can be picked off, one job at a time and without compromising the overall vision.

I am often called in to give advice to clients in their homes and from a design and Vastu-Feng Shui perspective. Sadly I have often had to say. “If only you had called me in before you started”. For instance, having spent a lot of money renovating the existing bathroom or kitchen, its impossible to now justify moving it. Although moving it may have completely lifted the entire home, dramatically by potentially provided much needed Northern natural light, a great view to the garden or being able to add in that re-sale favorite, an ensuite.

This DIY tip is just a little snippet of the sort of practical information, along with soulful & wellbeing information, in our upcoming book. Currently being written by Linda Moon & myself.

Creating Sanctuary: Easily create your Zen & conscious home for wellbeing & success. (working title only) 

#creatingsanctuary #conscioushome #zenhome #sancturay #creatingsanctuary

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Portals and Space Clearing with Mystic

March 15, 2018

"A lot of people talk a good game when it comes to space clearing but here is how proper, magical space-clearing is really done."

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This is a reblog from Mystic Medusa blog https://mysticmedusa.com/2012/07/ghost-busting-with-artemis-absinthe/

As some of you know, I got Anthony Ashworth in to do some ghost-busting the other day. And it was brilliant.  He is mostly working in the Southern Hemisphere but he’s networked to the hilt (he had an amazing Elder wand carved as a Snake and with a rose quartz crystal in the mouth, it was made for him by England’s Chief Druid at the time) so you can email him to get reccies for space-clearings, ghost-busting etc where-ever it is you live. I like him as he has an insanely brill knowledge of esoterica, Shamanic stuff and myth but he is also an avid listener…And he is Aries! NOT at all like the peeps we bitched about in Bad Guru Syndrome.

So some random thoughts re the process…this is just if you’re interested in space cleansing, ghosts and so on. I get that it may be insanely dull for some peeps.

* I smudge and spray Space Cleansing spray around whenever i clean (a lot – Mars in Virgo, right?!) and my house is Feng Shuied to the hilt + i got the Ley Lines done. So I almost thought he might walk in and say nothing needed to be done. Like when you fantasize that a trainer is somehow going to excuse you from lunges lol. But now he came in with what looked like half of Hogwarts and laid it out on my desk. Some scary looking instruments were, he said, just in case. Happily we didn’t need the full on ‘fuq off demon’ expulsion kit.

* Runes are rad. I don’t think about them very often but I SHOULD because of my German-Nordic heritage. It is good to get with your DNA-Racial type myths-Pagan traditions. And Runes are simple to use. eg; I am now getting the Algizrune carved into the table I do most of my writing on. It is for Protection (from Love Zombies?) and Opportunity, amongst other things. So this is like a simple but effective way to magic up your everyday life. Not everyone wants to go around carving Runes into furniture, I get it, you can have a little wooden plaque or something if you want.

* The actual clearing is full ON. I guarantee your neighbors will hate your guts by the end of it. There is an ultra-loud Ganesh bell, loads and loads of Sage, a drum that sounds satisfyingly primordial + loads of melodic but carrying chanting of ancient Mantras. Before it, whilst Anthony is setting up the mandala (like the one above but I was too absorbed to get a pic of my actual one soz – it had the Runes done in salt- you have to have a cleansing shower with this stunning natural magic gunk: rosemary, frankincense, sea salt and a few other things I forget. You come out looking and feeling sensational – the bath, less so.

* Artemesia Absinthe!  This stuff is something else. It’s absinthe made with mugwort & wormwood the most powerful magic herb of all…aka Herb of Artemis. You can only put a couple of drops on your tongue, it is amazingly bitter and said to help you access other dimensions. Genius substance. You can make it yourself. I am seriously considering doing this but fear that with the excuse of it being SO enchanted and good for you, it would too easy to develop a hefty Blue Devil Hoochie Juice habit. You steep mugwort in vodka, i think. It also has the effect – as does all Mugwort no matter how you do it – of cutting unhealthy ties. It is like Anti Love Zombie Venom but all the more powerful for being with alcohol. Alcohol is Arabic for “The Spirits” f.y.i.

* Anthony the Aries Ghost Buster said there were NO ghosts in the house. So i’m like “well w.t.f has been waking me up in the middle of the night?”  He said it can be emfs or even your own electrical energy going haywire. This makes sense as i have Aqua Rising and a very prominent Uranus – i get those sleep startles, clairaudience & electric shocks non-stop. But then he discovered the portal in the backyard. I have a side courtyard thing but a tiny backyard, so dark and annoying that when i moved here last Aug, i basically decided to ignore it. I am not going to go into long-winded explanation re this, it felt right. Even though it’s my main $$ & Romance sector. I know, right, der?

And so when AA could not open the door to get out there, I was doing a rad job of talking him into totes ignoring it all. He was insistent, saying “it is part of your property, you have to confront this…” like a shrink with a snake wand. So THAT is where there was a Portal. Portals are neutral. Anything can come through them. (Sydney Residents: There is apparently a massive one on Cleveland St lol)  There could technically be more with the Large Hadron Particle Collider doing its things. BUT the point is that you discourage crap entities from coming through by making the area where it is awesome.

And i had let this little area be all dank and unloved. It is not just the Portal, it’s also that it is a double 8 in Flying Star Feng Shui so it needs to be a gorgeous area. So my new OBSESSION is to beautify this area so I instantly (swathed in a haze of Sage smoke – I think the neighbors think I am a massive pothead now) texted the Celtic Leo and said you HAVE to help me with this. He is good value. He is painting me a giant Red Ankh to go on the wall, weeding and researching whether a plant i call Dunny Creeper but which has a more spiritual name will work there.

* AA is genius at helping you work out your Power Animals/Totems/Guides etc. He doesn’t prescribe. He just sort of asks interesting questions and the answers present themselves. Amazing. And he thinks you should always have a representation of it – at least one- in your house. For power and as a ready symbol so you can all upon it and/or feel strengthened gazing at the pic. Plus it’s more magic. In your house. So I am getting the awesome Raven pic below. It’s a superb pic because the Artist actually gets that Ravens in the underworld are always silver. That is how they show up.

* Ganesh – the Elephant God said to be the Remover of Obstacles – is brilliant to have as a statue guarding your entrance. Inside if you think he is going to be nicked. Ganesh, says AA, is like a Christ figure. I am NOT going to attempt a retelling of the myth here but he is said to guard the Divine Feminine…Interesting, yes?

Okay, so there was loads more but it was fascinating and yah, the house feels completely diff. Unfortunately, it also bought up a whole lot of flu-like symptoms (a ghost cleansing crisis?) but the clearing aspect of it works a treat. And the ideas to magic up one’s house are just amazing. He does form school Feng Shui, not Flying Star (my fave) but if you have already had Flying Star Feng Shui done, he just works around that.  I realize this reads like an ad and it is actually not – I paid and it’s not that cheap lol! So time-consuming, exhausting and loud but totes worth it i.m.o.

So I dunno, what do you think?  And would it be legal for me to make Artemis Absinthe and sell it through the site as Anti Love Zombie Venom?

Thoughts?

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Vastu does it work ?

February 9, 2018

Do people living in a Vastu home find it works?  

Architecture is guesswork, Architects are not taught to design with the occupant’s life aspirations and overall well being, in mind. They do not generally have knowledge of the basic constructs and forces that underlie the very fabric of the universe. They simply are not taught this at university.

But Vastu does. Architects and building designers are taught how to put a building together how to assemble its parts and use materials. They are taught the design process and with a disproportional emphasis on what a building looks like, not how it supports the core needs of its occupants. Vastu on the other hand, in conjunction with good Architectural and building knowledge provides comprehensive time tested formula and templates that enable, homes, & buildings to be designed with these underlying principles that have been proven to work over 10s of thousands of years. Creating living building that are in sympathy with the very forces that created the universe and our world in the first place, building based on Vastu principle have a higher vibratory resonance and a more suitable vibration for people to thrive in, to enable them to more easily achieve there goals of happiness and success in many areas of there live from, beautiful relationships, to connected healthy family and success in business and career and life generally.  

But do the people who live in Vastu designed homes, find that it works?

A widely published research sociologist wanted to find out and quantify this, so he sent a comprehensive survey measuring quality of life to several hundred people worldwide that live in Vastu dwellings. The survey’s results are powerful; they lend a great deal of credence to the claims that living in these homes would create an influence of good health, happiness, family harmony, and growth toward enlightenment.

90% reported improved quality of life

85% reported less stress and better health

80% reported improved mental health

88% reported their children were happier

92% reported greater overall success

All attributed to living in Vastu.

*Vastu is a form of ancient Indian Feng Shui

Anthony Ashworth Zen home ~ Conscious home: Vastu design

Research as published by the Transcendental Meditation Organisation. 2107

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Common interior design mistakes and how to avoid or fix them.

November 16, 2017

Common interior design mistakes and how to avoid or fix them.

One very common interior design mistake is to follow, strong interior design tends from the TV shows, magazines or social media. What I mean by strong is, quite individuated to a time, or a theme or specific look. By the time we notice a trend, its often outdated already, it can easily date your home to that period in time.

 

For example the current already & passed in my opinion trend of “timber look” ceramic tiles, this will date your home or renovation to this precise time of around 2015-2016. It was a new and relatively innovative product not extensively seen before, so specific to that time. Another current trend which I happen to quite admire, is the Biophilic inspired trend, using Nature as inspiration.

 

I applaud these principles of bringing nature into our homes to nuture our souls. However the current trend refers to natural patterns of plants, flowers shells, feather etc. But it may, depending on the individual strength of a particular design or pattern, date quickly.

Certainly the associated trend of tribal-influenced Biophilic design where feathers and printed tribal artefacts etc , are featured will. Again I personally really like tribal-inspired patterns and prints. But be careful they may date your home or renovations or worse they may it outdated already.  

 

 

One way to notice if a trend is collapsing and a past already is if the materials are already heavily discounted or on sale, via the big discount houses. They are trying to clear of stock that is not moving for a reason.

 

All this is easily fixed, choose finishes you like not "what is on trend" and more toward neutrals with less specific patterns or colours finishes and materials. That being said if you wait 15 or 20 years, it may become retro enough to be on trend again.

Be an individual. Not part of the heard.

 

Real natural materials tend not to date so easily useless they have not been used much before, natural materials and natural colours are considered to be the best Vastu Feng Shui materials, having the best subtle vibration, but they also have different qualities too, so need to be selected with discernment as well.  

 

Anthony Ashworth Zen Home- Conscious Home

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:CREATING A WELCOMING HOME: ADVICE FROM HOME AND INTERIORS PROFESSIONALS

November 16, 2017

Creating a Welcoming Home (the Temples and Markets way).

On first impressions:
“First impressions count and are all important in the feeling of a welcome home and not just for your guests, but importantly for you to feel fully welcomed. Create a beautiful, inspirational entry that reminds & inspired you of what life you really want to live. Then critically, use it!

Many of us now drive directly into our dark smelly garage, if so then into a bland hallway, so try going back out through the garage door and in through your now beautiful & inspirational entry! The ancient Chinese referred to this as the ‘Shining golden entryway’.”
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Why Vastu and Feng Shui are influencing the Australian property industry

November 16, 2017

  • Think you might build or renovate? Consider the practices of Vastu and Feng Shui to guide you on direction, aspect and location for success
     
     
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When it comes to home constructions or renovations, practicality and function are important, however, increasingly in Australia, cultural influences from Vastu and Feng Shui are playing a lead role.
By
Lakshmi Singh

12 SEP 2016 - 12:18 PM  UPDATED 12 SEP 2016 - 12:48 PM

 

In 2012, demographer Bernard Salt predicted that by “osmosis”, the Australian property industry could reflect cultural preferences of home buyers – and these predictions are coming true. Vastu and Feng Shui are increasingly being incorporated into property development as buyers and developers alike are seeking harmony in their homes.

At their heart, both Vastu and Feng Shui are all about ensuring your living spaces encourage health, coherence and prosperity.

Vastu is an ancient “Indian poetic art and science of crafting an energetically balanced home for and of the soul,” says Anthony Ashworth, a Sydney-based Vastu consultant. Earth, Air, Fire, Water and the Vastu mandala (the indwelling spirit of the home itself) are important elements to consider in Vastu, he says.

What makes a Vastu-compliant home? Location, direction and orientation of rooms play a significant role and if unbalanced, can impact family life, as Anne Clark, lifestyle health consultant and author discovered.

“We used to live in a property in Kuranda where we were in a valley, down low, and we had several disasters, flooding and even sickness. In our current property at Cooroy, we are up high and have prospered more as a result. No disasters,” she says.

Feng Shui – composed of the invisible chi (energy) in the sky and the visible chi in the land around us is about the interaction and influence of this energy in both indoor and outdoor living spaces, says

Kony Kang, accredited Feng Shui consultant with the Association of Feng Shui Consultants.

[When designing the home], ensure the master bedroom can be placed in the southwest, and the northeast is open.

Kang’s advice starts with selecting the right location at both the macro level (state or suburb) and the micro level (the street). A compatibility test between the direction the front door is facing and the place or time of birth of the owner can also impact suitability, he says.

Aspects such as the orientation of the kitchen, the presence of windows overlooking certain features and even the time period in which you want to live in the home may all have an impact on whether the energy in the house is optimal for you, says Kang.

“Location and landform might be ok, but we need to see whether it is good for you to live in this property at this time,” he says.

If you have the opportunity to start building a house from empty land, Ashworth’s advice is to consider a site that allows plenty of space and access to light from the north and east.

“[When designing the home], ensure the master bedroom can be placed in the southwest, and the northeast is open,” he says.

Vastu principles can also be applied based on a family’s life stage and for a young family, abundance and relationships could be very important. To invite abundance – both in terms of physical health and wealth, Ashworth advises against placing toilets in the north and northeast but establishing a water feature, pictures of nature and elements with the colour green in these directions.

To invite abundance – both in terms of physical health and wealth, Ashworth advises against placing toilets in the north and northeast.

For older couples, spiritual concerns might be more of interest and Ashworth recommends energising the north and northeast by setting up a meditation spot here or keeping a clean bowl of water with clear quartz stone in it.

All is not lost if you’ve bought your property already as the practices can be applied during renovations to improve the aspect of your home.

Chen plans to employ a Feng Shui consultant to advise him about renovating to make space for an extra bathroom as well as suggestions on placement of furniture throughout the house.

Similarly, Clarke placed a water fountain and highlighted their front entrance with crystals to abide by Vastu principles.

“Ultimately, I’m grateful for the peace it brings,” she says.

Love the story? Follow the author here: Twitter @singh_lakshmi 

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Zen Home- How your home can help you recover from work stress

November 16, 2017

 

How your home can help you recover from work stress February 15, 2015

Linda moon : with interview inclusions by Anthony ashworth 

 

Peace: Stress and pollution make it more important than ever that we find respite from the modern world in our homes.

These tips will help transform your home into a haven that rejuvenates you after a stressful day.

Peace: Stress and pollution make it more important than ever that we find respite from the modern world in our homes.

Modern homes are generally far too masculine and have a lot of fire/yang energy that creates stress and anxiety," says Anthony Ashworth, a consultant in Zen-inspired interior design and feng shui.

"Think of your home as more like a bowl than a box; as a place of ease and rest, and being, not doing."

Minimise sharp edges, hard finishes and angular furniture, including glass tables and granite surfaces, which amplify stress, he says. Soften windows with curtains and choose furniture with rounded edges and softer materials.

Calm the senses
Bring the aromas of the forest indoors with a potpourri of bark and leaves, or essential oils. "Promote a deep, restful mood with frankincense," suggests aromatherapist Catherine Cervasio, who recommends rosemary for clarity and lemon to pep up energy.

Avoid artificial lighting that's too harsh, bright or dark, and maximise natural light in your main living space.

Ashworth recommends earthy colours for calm: soft whites, natural browns and greens. Urban noise, the television and the hum of fluorescent lighting and appliances can be stress-inducing. "Ensure all appliances are as quiet as you can afford," Ashworth advises. Mask unpleasant sounds with an indoor fountain or music that mimics nature. Nurture connection
Studies show that hard furniture, or heavy furniture that doesn't move or is lined side by side against walls, can hinder social interaction. Encourage companionship with comfy, movable furniture configured in circles or semi-circles. Open-plan kitchens enable communication while cooking, the modern version of gathering at the hearth.

Warm indoor temperatures foster social interaction, according to research published in Psychological Science. Declutter
Clutter saps our mental resources, leading to potential for greater stress. Peter Walsh, author of Does This Clutter Make My Butt Look Fat?, also believes it can make us overweight. He blames clutter and obesity on loss of personal control and a culture that encourages instant gratification and the consumption of more than we need.

Walsh has a simple decluttering recipe: go through every room methodically, and ditch anything you haven't used in the past year or don't love with a passion. List everything you need for the house and don't buy anything else. Don't let stuff rule you: do you really want piles of old newspapers on the kitchen table? Think natural
In alpine areas, beds made of stone pine are said to improve sleep quality.

A study by Austria's Human Research Institute reported that sleeping in a stone pine bed could reduce heart rate and induce a more restful sleep, greater sense of wellbeing and higher extroversion. Flavonoids in the pine's essential oils are thought to be responsible. Natural materials link us to nature, says Ashworth. Choose wood, stone, bamboo and paper rather than plastic, and pieces that age gracefully. "It's all about how your home feels rather than how it looks," he says. "More than 90 per cent of everything we find in the home is manufactured," says Nicole Bijlsma, author of Healthy Home, Healthy Family. She warns that many chemicals found in the home are unregulated and toxic to human health. Bijlsma's strategy is "less is best".

Avoid pesticides, chemical cleaners, plastics and artificial fragrances. Open windows to air the house, and use damp microfibre cloths for cleaning. Set the scene
Those without a pleasant outlook needn't lament: pictures of nature also elicit calm, according to studies by Roger Ulrich, an architecture professor at Sweden's Chalmers University of Technology. Hide a brick wall with displays of leafy branches, indoor plants or a nature-themed screen.And keep washing or paperwork out of view – it can cause stress.

Give peace a chance


Ashworth recommends dedicating a small space as a "peace" zone to retreat to when life overwhelms you.

Reflect tranquility with an inspirational painting, spiritual emblem, candle or positive affirmations. It's a reminder that home is where our inner harmony resides.

Blind Walks A simple way of exploring our surroundings in a different way is to do so blindfolded, being led around by a partner. Try it for a few minutes and then swap over. Try it again, but this time attempt to sense what is in front of you, as though the space around you was an organ of perception.

It can be very interesting to explore attitudes to personal space in a group, particularly how people feel when their space is ignored, infringed or disrupted. By examining and understanding our perception of space, we can learn how to manipulate it. As a solo exercise, try and observe yourself in different situations, from stillness to movement, and how you relate to the space around you. We can learn to feel that the space around us is a medium, or an organ of communication through which we can send ripples or waves. T’ai Chi is a very good BodyMind exercise in this respect, as its slow, graceful movements are useful in enhancing the feeling of being immersed in a fluid-like space.

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