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

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 By the time we notice a trend, its often outdated already, it can easily date your home to that period in time.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 But be careful they may date your home or renovations or worse they may it outdated already.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

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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Tags: conscious home, feng shui, interior design, vastu, wabi sabi, zen home


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Dowsing as a support to Feng Shui

I recently gave a presentation at the AFSC conference on the Gold Coast 2017 on Dowsing  as a support to Feng Shui, followed by workshops on the Gold Coast and in Sydney, but dowsing is more then a mere support, its amongst the the very ancient roots & foundations of Feng Shui itself.

More than 2000 years ago the writings of the veritable sage Confucius mentions dowsing, Emperor Kwang Sung 2200 BC was known to have dowsed & the prophecies of Hosea more than 1400 years ago talk of dowsing for water veins  he refers to as ‘divination’. Emperor Ta Yu, the founder of the Hsia dynasty also talks of dowsing. Dowsing was used to determine underground water and energy streams and dragon lines.

In the later periods the Feng Shui masters used and still do use today the Lou Pan, the indication of the trembling of the the Lou Pan needle is used to access earth energies and geopathic stress.

My point here is, dowsing is sometimes considered a new age or ancient western modality, it is not ! It clearly was and can be an integrated part of our present Feng Shui practice, I would go so far as to suggest or ask, that without implementing it into our Feng Shui work and consultations are we fully and authentically practicing Feng Shui?

Dowsing is an art that taps into our intuition into the divine feminine within all of us, it’s a diagnostic tool that tunes into unseen energies inherent or embedded in a home or the land under it or surrounding it, these unhealthy or troublesome energies may be man made or natural or even spirit energies.

The dowsing rod, pendulum or Lou Pan needle is not magic, no psychic ability is needed.

Dowsing & it’s tools are simply instruments which shows the reaction of the human nervous system & subconscious selves. Our rational mind may process 4 or 5 pieces of information at one time, our subconscious can process over 40,000 pieces of information at one time and is far more sensitive than any of our 5 senses, as experienced through our rational mind, dowsing taps into our ancient intuitive self, the gut feeling that kept us alive as a species a for millions of years before we developed our rational minds. So get dowsing for your clients and yourself, if you know how or learn how to if you don’t.

After many years of dowsing & much research, I now teach specific techniques to become professionally proficient & confident with dowsing, entraining both the left an right brain together so they work in harmony for significant & accurate results. If you would like to learn or step up and inot your dowsing skills please contact me, to register your interest. Anthony Ashworth  

*This article appeared in the AFSC Association of Feng Shui Consutants news letter Nov 2107  

ademdum Dowsing is also intricatly linked with Vastu 

 

 

Tags: dowsing, earth energies, feng shui, vastu, vastu shasta, zen home


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Vastu & Chess: The Game of Existence

Vastu & Chess: The game of existence

The game of Chess is an very ancient game with connections deeply rooted in the Vedic tradition of Vastu and the Vastu mandala grid of squares, most often simplified down to a 8 x 8 or 9x 9 squares held within a square grid of one over aching square. 

The chess board of eight x eight squares represent the meta-field of non-physical existence, as opposed to nine x nine squares which infers the physical field in which we are mostly conscious. So Chess is about what has created and is happening in the greater universe, its not a simple war game, about soldiers. Its deeper more mysterious the we we image. I think I and many of us have felt this when we play, its ancientness it’s so much more than a game.    

Originally before the pieces were ascribed as Kings & Queens, knights and bishops, the pieces were hierarchical Devas, angelic energetic creatrix beings, still present and accessible in parallel universes today and they represented and still do, the forces of light. The black pieces are the Asura's or some call demons, although they not evil demons as such.

 “Asuras (Sanskritअसुर) are mythological lord beings in Indian texts who compete for power with the more benevolent devas (also known as suras).[1] Asuras are described in Indian texts as powerful superhuman demigods or demons with good or bad qualities.” Wikipedia

It's most important to note both "sides" pieces black and white travel on both the black and white squares, suggesting dualists pathways of opposing energy for both sides angelic and demonic to travel upon. In the bible the devil was once an angel who took a differential path to that of the good angels, later demonified as fallen from grace, but no devil then no God.

From a Vedic perspective the universe defined itself by subtle separation in order to self experience, so there is no 'game' or no existence no consciousness at all, without both sides represented here by black & white.

Without the black, the darkness, we cannot perceive the light and without light the white, we can not perceive darkness. The universe (us) is simply unable not only to perceive, but to exist at all, without its counterpart, the two sides are the very same sides of the same coin.

In chess we participate in this symbolic and metaphorical reference to the teaching of the Vedas, where the eternal struggle between theses two opposites, that are one and eternally linked (and actually aspects of the one. Or are the one, differentiated )

Both are required for life & consciousness itself, to exist, at all. There is no way to see the one without the other it must as a given, contrast against itself a counterpart.

So when you may next see a game or play chess played or play yourself, remember it is more than even an archetypal battle, rather the chess board is a universal metaphor of the creatrix matrix showing us symbolically how the universe and the core forces if of the universe & existence are being played out. You get to be in the mind of God in some sense symbolically. Check Mate. By Anthony Ashworth Vastu Feng shui man  

Tags: chess, feng shui, vastu, vastu shastra


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Space Clearing the ghosts of energies past

Space Clearing the ghosts of energies past. by Anthony Ashworth 

This article was origainlly published in Issue Magazine.

 

I had a sickening feeling in my gut, like when you are confronted with the smell of something really spoiled & rotten, your nose tells you to be aware, be careful, something’s toxic, something’s off.

I gagged then burped & coughed “this place feels awful” I said to myself. But there was no physical "off" smell, nothing was rotten or off, or was there?

This was a clients apartment they had rented out, bad tenants with bad vibes, it felt shabby & unkempt yes, but the worst of it was the feeling the place had, just pure bad, sad feeling in the air &coming out of the very walls. You would think I would have gotten used to this by now, I had been clearing & cleansing other peoples homes for many years. Oh well just another day of Space Clearing.

My client had gotten me in to Space Clear both their home & an investment apartment they were having a lot of trouble with, the latest tenants were again bad tenants, as were the ones before them & before them yet again, drug addicts & this time worse with mental health issues to boot, I had at that point no idea of any of this history, but I could feel it in my bones, the house was whispering to me, telling me all its stories of sadness, grieve, anger & sickness that were trapped in the walls, the floors the entire fabric of the building, all the ills of the human condition, all the unrealised dreams & the lost love. I could feel tears welling up as I burped & gagged yet again. My client who was hovering by the open door said “can you fix this?”

Whilst this place was a lot worse than your average home needing a Space Clearing, I could clear it, I would help to reset the energy of this poor little apartment to be light, clear supportive of whoever next lived here.

Ok I said, lets sort this out, where’s my house doctors bag,( its literlly a large  old doctors leather bag)

And I grabbed my big shamanic frame drum & I began to tell the house with sound & song, precious herbs & smoke that it was loved after all, the very indwelling living spirit of the home seemed to begin to smile & the etheric smell began to dissipate & abate.

The happy ending to this dark tale is that within a few days of clearing it and investing the place with positive energy vibes & love, my client rang me to announce with great glee that he had rented the apartment out to a charming young executive who had asked for a long lease & much to his complete consternation, if it was alright if she repainted the entire unit, at her cost!

Space Clearing which is markedly different to Feng Shui may be an ancient tradition, but frankly it is needed more thn even  in our modern times.  Even or especially in your normal suburban homes or places of businesses.

Sadly just leaving the television on, brings in negative energies from the outside world, let alone all the inadvertent negativity we create ourselves in our home. Sickness, sadness worry or the simple act of an unfulfilled dream or unrealised aspiration, a single sad thought or worse, spoken words of anger or despair can create a small but cumulative pocket of down-ness of darkness, all of which over time builds up embeds itself in the home & creates a less than ideal environment in which to live & thrive

The more hardcore & mystical aspect of Space Clearing is Ghost oe entity busting.

Some homes & some people do experience non helpful spirits, ghosts or entities, these energies may not be malevolent as such, perhaps just disruptive of sleep, often creating fear in the family, which makes it worse, often time it is children who are more aware & experience this as night terrors.

These types of problems are often associated with the home being on a spirit line, ley line or song lines or the junction of two of theses lines, which tend to work as spirit highways the junctions being spots to hop off, others reside in places that may have been meaningful to them in life. People often get scared because spirits can project onto them another person, one whom the ghost wants to tell something, not the person now living their. So for instance they might say “come with me to the other side” which is quite scary stuff, but this statement is being addressed to an ex-wife, not you. They simply just see you as that other persona they want to see.

Sometimes theses troubled homes require clearing & healing with dowsing & earth acupuncture as well as Space Clearing.

Whist this article has focused somewhat on the negative effects of not Space Clearing, the big plus in Space Clearing is what it brings forth in your life, bucket loads of positive energy & a much greater likelihood of your dreams & desires and aspirations being manifest, right now.

If you would like to have your home Space Cleared I’d love to be of service, I also run on request one or two day DYI Space Clearing workshops 6 or more people require . Anthony Ashworth is a Sydney based professional Space Clearer & Feng Shui Man & dowser working throughout Australia. 

Tags: dowsing, entities, feng shui, ghosts, space clearing, vastu


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