Many of you know that I'm a feng shui believer. And for those of you who have NO CLUE about feng shui, I'll give you the one-second explanation: it's an Asian technique to "refocus" energy in your house and work space to make significant changes in your life.
I know...sounds a little "hokey pokey." At least that's what I thought before I became a huge believer by seeing the things feng shui have done for my life.
I've told the story in a couple of my seminar events in years past. About 15 years ago I had a lawsuit that tore my entire personal and professional life apart...down to losing absolutely everything I had.
Me and my 2nd husband (at the time) ended up moving into a rental house that was (and still is) owned by his mother. She allowed us to move in without paying her any rent until we got our sh** together.
Now I'll admit. All I focused on was my prosperity corner. I didn't care about anything else at that time. I followed the suggestions by first cleaning up the space. That corner happened to be the master bedroom closet which was a disorganized disaster. I thoroughly cleaned out and organized the space then added purple (construction paper) in that corner. (Purple is a very powerful prosperity color next to red and gold.)
I went to Michael's and bought a wooden treasure chest that I painted purple then glued a ton of jewels inside; the book suggests putting things in the prosperity corner that represent wealth and a treasure chest came to mind. (I still have that same treasure chest in my prosperity corner as we speak. It's now 18 years old...cute little thing.)
Next, I bought something called Abundance Oilby Young Living. (Available at Amazon.com.) I put this on a small Buddha that I put in my corner.
And that was it.
I didn't even put in a desk fountain (which I should have done to magnify the results much quicker) at this point.
During that time, my future was pretty bleak and hopeless.
Fast forward one year from that date...I had a successful multi-million-dollar company and was building a custom home with a pool from the ground up.
It happened so fast but yet "naturally gradual," if that makes sense. It wasn't like I bought a lotto ticket and was an overnight millionaire but the opportunities came and came and came some more! Before I knew it, I was back on top!
Now, here's what feng shui WON'T do for you. It won't make the money for you. It won't take any action for you. But it WILL allow opportunities to come through. It will give you ideas that you never had before. It'll send magic your way. It's up to you on how you follow through. It's up to you to put some type of action plan into place because it'll do nothing for you if you won't unglue your ass from the couch.
So...a couple of weeks ago I was starting to feel stuck with a couple of career/business decisions. Plus business seemed a little too slow for my liking. So, I amped up my prosperity corners.
At the office, I have a fountain that runs 24/7 in my prosperity corner. I put loads of the Abundance Oil in the fountain over the course of a couple days.
At home, I have my master bathroom in my prosperity corner (upstairs). And this sucks. The worst thing you could ever have in your property corner is a toilet. I don't exactly have a toilet but I have a bathtub. When I moved into my house, I painted the tub plug red and I keep it plugged all the time when the tub is not in use. This has helped keep the energy from being sucked down the tubes. Literally.
But I have 2 sinks that are next to the tub and I keep those open. This apparently was presenting a problem in my prosperity. Not only was business slow but my expenses were increasing for some reason.
So...I bought these rocks. That's right. Medium-sized pebble rocks of 2 colors: white/clear and purple. I put these rocks in each sink, sitting on the stopper in each one. And I added a feng shui mirror to sit on the side of the bathtub to push the energy to the ceiling instead of letting it fall to the bottom of the tub.
That's all I did.
Within 2 weeks my business has quadrupled with NO additional effort on my part.
And yes, this happened while we're all at a complete standstill with this Coronavirus shut-down.
So, when I tell you this stuff works...it means THIS STUFF WORKS even if it sounds "hokey pokey" or weird.
Trust me. When I first started with this, I felt weird. I felt stupid putting purple construction paper in my cleaned-out closet. I felt lame painting a treasure chest purple and gluing jewels all over it. But I gave it a chance. And it worked.
I recommend that you at least put a small fountain in your prosperity corner in your home and in your office. That corner is located to the far back left of where your front door is. So when standing at your front door, imagine where the far back left corner of your house is. That's your prosperity corner. And if you have 2 stories, you have 2 prosperity corners to contend with.
When I've recommended that students use this technique, they've been shocked at how magical that it works.
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I had a conversation last week with one of my students who is a nurse. We were both talking about how flabberghasted we are over our entire world shutting down...for a flu.
Especially since she told me something that I kind of suspected all along.
She said, "Covid has been around for years." She didn't say when she thought Covid came into the picture. I should have asked.
Many medical professionals who have been around the block have said the same thing. And it's what I've suspected all along. Covid (Coronavirus) is nothing new.
Then I started thinking about it today.
I thought of a time back in June 2016 when I had gotten sicker than I had ever been in my entire life.
I was at the tail-end of my MFA program in Palm Springs. It would be my last full semester before my "thesis" semester (in the fall) then onto graduation (in December). Having been in the program long enough, I knew that Thursdays were "dark" so I could leave Palm Springs on Wednesday after my last workshop (ending at 4pm) and drive back to LA since my daughter had a play that I did NOT want to miss. So, I went back home for her play knowing that I had to be back by 1:30pm on Friday for my next mandatory workshop.
So, the play was cute. It was outside, hot as hell, and I had to stand the entire time...feeling like I was going to pass out at any given second. I found myself leaning against the building to stabilize my body. All of a sudden, I noticed this Asian guy getting really close to me. And he came out of nowhere! Please note that I was standing toward the back near the completely empty basketball courts so I had no idea where this dude manifested from. There was no need for his sudden imposition of my personal space, as there was plenty of space behind and to the left of me. But he was uncomfortably in my space bubble so...I turned around to mad dog him when -- I kid you not -- he sneezed ON my face. Yes, sneezed right in my f****** face!
After more than a few curse words (yes, during the elementary school play, no less...thankfully the music was pretty loud and nobody heard), I stomped off to the otherside of the courtyard to escape the lewd and rude Asian guy.
(Think I'm being racist? I don't give a sh**. This is a REAL story of something that REALLY happened to me and, yes, it just so happened to be an Asian guy who sneezed in my freaking face during my daughter's grade school play. And yes, I do feel like he did it on purpose because of how close he chose to get to me. And, for the record, NO, I do NOT believe that all Asian people are like this...quite the contrary. The vast majority have been very nice and respectful to me so, please DO NOT take this the wrong way.)
So, I had one more overnight I could pull off before I had to start driving back to school the next day. I left late Friday morning for my 2-hour drive back to Palm Springs.
Dead in the middle of my trip, I could feel my body quickly going from "just okay" to "deathly ill." I vaguely remember stopping at a 7-11 near my final stop in Palm Springs, grabbing any and every type of over-the-counter medicine because I knew I was going down for the count.
I barely made it to my hotel which was right down the street.
The next several days were miserable. I couldn't get out of bed. I couldn't breathe. My temperature was sky high. Because I was so sick, I was actually asked to NOT participate in the workshops because everybody else was afraid of getting sick. This would be the sickest I was in my entire adult life.
Now, I'm not saying I had Covid-19. Maybe I had another version. (Perhaps Covid-16?) Maybe it was a different strand or the "beginner" strand compared to what's ravaging the world right now. Maybe it was the version on a kid bike with training wheels compared to what we have now which would be the version on a souped up Harley-Davidson. I don't know.
But what bothers me is how malicious the intent was behind the Asian guy who PURPOSELY got up on me and sneezed in my face. Even the two women standing near me were completely repulsed by his actions to the point where they dispersed like cockroaches the moment he sneezed on me.
Was this the beginning of this? Was this a milder version of what we now know as Covid-19? I don't know. But the facts do bother me: (1) this guy intentionally invaded my space ON PURPOSE, (2) sneezed on my face ON PURPOSE, and (3) I was on death's door within 48 hours, quicker than any other illness in my life and sicker than any other time before (and since). I literally thought I was going to die.
Even worse, it took me a solid 3 weeks just to feel "normal" again. (And this was mostly because of a liquid supplement called Cold & Flu Shot by HerbDoc.com.)
While I don't know what's really going on in the world these days, I do know that there are some pretty crappy people out there. At best, this guy is just a space invader who doesn't know the customary "space bubble" us Americans like to have. At worst (and I do believe this to be the case), this guy is a terrorist trying to hurt people...at an elementary school (sneezing all over children and parents), at your local pizza parlor (sneezing all over the salad bar), at your local grocery store (sneezing all over the vegetables and fruits), and doing these things ON PURPOSE because he's a terrorist with the intent on hurting Americans.
And that really sucks. Doesn't it? Absolutely!
I'm not one who looks to hate groups of people or anybody for that matter. But I am very observant and I do know the difference between an "oops, so sorry" incident versus something that is malicious in intent. And this guy...he was malicious. Who knows how many people he infected at that school? Who even knows if he had a child who attended that school?! Or if he was just there -- as a terrorist -- to infect people. After all, he did seem odd. He had nobody else with him. And after the play was over, he didn't seem to have a child go up to him. He just...disappeared.
Maybe he really was a terrorist. And I didn't think anything of it...
Until realizing that I was a victim of terrorism and I was possibly part of one of the early Covid illnesses...before Covid got ridiculously deadly. I was part of the "experimental" batch of infected people.
What is the whole intent on people doing this? Or countries like China wanting to bring us down like this? I don't know...especially since they heavily depend on us to economically survive. Why they want to demolish us makes no sense to me.
Now, some may argue that the Chinese don't like Trump. Fine. But...how does that explain the Asian guy sneezing on me in June of 2016...and purposely infecting me before Trump was elected later that year?
Perhaps I'm making too much of this. Who knows?! Maybe it really was just happenstance that this guy drifted into my space bubble within inches from my neck and sneezed on me. Maybe it really was an accident. I don't know. But I do know that I had never been so deathly ill in my life.
I know things are getting scary out there. And things didn't even start getting heavy duty yet when it comes to the politics within all this. (That's going to happen this fall.)
What do we focus on during these uncertain times?
I'll tell you what to focus on: YOU and YOUR FAMILY.
And that's it. That's all you can and should do!
Your best bet is to stop watching the news, stop getting sucked in to what's going on in the world, and just focus on YOU and YOUR FAMILY.
So...what are you going to do? The sands of change are quickly shifting beneath our feet...again. And if you thought we all had to make a lot of adjustments after the crash of 2008, that was just a dress rehearsal for what I believe is about to come in the months and years ahead of us.
You will likely have to re-invent yourself. You may have to change jobs, professions, or careers. The job or business you have now (or had in the recent past) may not be sustainable in the months to come.
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Many of you know that I don't see my brother very often nor do I talk to him all that much.
But last week, out of the blue, I decided to call him to see how he and his kids are doing in light of the whole world coming to a screeching halt.
And I found out something shocking.
He told me that he had all of the symptoms of the Coronavirus starting in late December and moving through January. This was long before COVID-19 was a "thing." Long before it was anything other than a flu or some other "bug." And even if he did go to the doctor (which he didn't), they would have told him nothing and to go home to rest. Just like for any other kind of flu.
He said it was the shittiest flu he ever had. He said it lingered and it took him almost 4 weeks to kick it with plenty of rest and self care. Both his adult children got it an they barely exuded any symptoms at all. I guess kids can be more durable than adults at times.
The important thing is that he survived. And that's a blessing.
Now, I get how serious the Coronavirus is. I get it.
But I want to snap you back into reality for just one moment. So, shut off the news and listen to me. Just for a minute, okay?
In the 2018/2019 flu season (which was the one before this one), the CDC estimated that the burden of illness during the last flu season included an estimated 35.5 million people getting sick with influenza, 16.5 million people going to a health care provider for their illness, 490,600 hospitalizations, and 34,200 deaths.
In the 2017/2018 flu season, surprisingly, was estimated to have 45 million influenza illnesses, 21 million influenza-associated medical visits, 810,000 influenza-related hospitalizations, and 61,000 influenza-associated deaths, much higher than the 2018/2019 season.
In the 2016/2017 flu season, there was an estimated 29 million influenza illnesses, 14 million influenza-associated medical visits, 500,000 influenza-related hospitalizations, and 38,000 influenza-associated deaths.
Is anybody seeing where I'm going with all this?
With the Coronavirus, there are over 300,000 confirmed U.S. cases (and many more, like my brother, that went "unconfirmed") and, so far, around 8,500 deaths. Of course, this isn't something to sneeze at, as each life is significant and valuable. But...am I missing something here? By the way, I should mention, that the flu season officially ends next month to start the 2020/2021 flu season thereafter.
I asked a panicked student a couple of weeks ago why he was becoming unglued about this whole Coronavirus thing and he said this:
"Because there isn't a cure!"
I see. No cure!
Of course! That's the reason for panic! Right?
Well, wait just a dog-gone minute! There's no freaking cure for the regular flu either.
You see, a few years back I was sicker than a dog and had an important speaking event coming up. I knew I had the flu and I needed to kick it fast. So, I went to the doctor who told me I had the flu. And guess what he told me next? "There's nothing I can give you so go home, drink plenty of fluids, get plenty of rest." And that's it. I dragged myself to the doctor's office, wasting the physical energy that I didn't have, for nothing...
Just to find out...
THERE'S NO CURE FOR THE REGULAR FLU, FOLKS! AND THERE NEVER HAS BEEN ONE EITHER!
So, we stop the entire country. We're all sitting at home as if we're on house arrest. And if you live in California, you'd definitely feel like you're on house arrest because we, in Los Angeles County, have been threatened on a daily basis that if we go to work, we may get arrested if it's not a mandatory operation. And yes, people have already gotten arrested for keeping their businesses open. Yep, you read that right. And while I get that safety is a priority, why make people criminals for trying to make a living, for crying out loud?
I've never seen our entire country stop over a flu. Yes, it is serious. I'm not denying its seriousness. But let's not let the real perspective of reality blindside you. Or any of us for that matter. After all, the average amount of deaths every year for the past 3 flu seasons was over 44,000. While that's a lot of people, the flu is just a thing that we all got used to. We all know about flu season. We brace for it every year. And if we're smart, we try to boost our immune systems in preparation for it...or not. Or we just bulldoze through it because we don't have a choice in the matter. It's all part of just...living.
So, the reason I'm telling you this is to put things into perspective because maybe your mind has run a bit rampant with all the bad press and media swirling around COVID-19. And while it is serious, so is every other flu, bug, and virus that hits us in any given flu season. And so is every loss of life. But it doesn't mean we all just...stop living and hide under the covers at home. That won't stop the viruses in the world. It just stops us from enjoying life which is what life is for. To enjoy it. Not to limit it.
I just think that if I were one who was prone to an illness or a flu because of pre-existing conditions or age...or whatever, I wouldn't want nor expect the entire world to just stop so I wouldn't get sick. I'd realize that if it's my time to go...if it's time for God to take me...so it'll be. In fact, it's the contract we signed when we were born. None of us get to live forever.
One of The Lost Chapters of Napoleon Hill's Think and Grow Rich was Chapter 16 when he talked about being VERY CAREFUL in what you let into your mind. This means fiercely protecting the information you let in to your head, whether it's delivered to you by friends, family, nay-sayers and haters, the media, etc. And when you let tainted information into your brain, it's much like taking a crystal clear lake and dumping a fire hose into it...then turning on the hose that has nothing but raw sewage coming out of it. Pretty soon, the lake will go from clean and clear to a toxic cesspool...too toxic to be any good to anyone.
If this is an analogy of your brain and what happens when that sewage fire hose is hooked up to, say, your ear and somebody turns it onto full blast, what enters your head makes what's between your ears so toxic...that's it becomes no good to anyone, including (and especially) to yourself.
So, maybe you should shut off the news and start digging deep within yourself. Take walks, get some fresh air, meditate, stay in the present instead of worrying about the future, and let the Universe tell you what your next move will be. You'll be inspired before you know it.
Remember, this too shall pass. And before you know it, life will move forward again at a hectic break-neck pace like before. And you'll only wish you took some extra time for yourself during this rare period of time.
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