September 2020 Newsletter

Moving. Feng Shui. Social Media. View this email in your browser
“Home Is Where the Heart Is”
September 2020 Newsletter As most of you know, we moved houses in mid August which physically took two weeks during the hottest weather! Tip to the wise: never try to move in the middle of summer in HOT Florida! Of course, we rarely have control over when a house sells, and we are so grateful that everything worked out so smoothly. It couldn’t have gone better. AND the bright side is that because it IS summer and work is slow, we got some great deals on furniture, closet build outs, and other new house needs.   During those two weeks of being without a home I got to thinking about how a home defines and secures us. It is such a comfort to walk into your own space, whether a room, or a whole house. “This is where I belong” is what you feel subconsciously. We breathe a sigh of relief walking in that door where we belong. And a home reflects your being. The colors, the shapes, the comfort level, the fabrics and patterns, the accessories, the art…..they all reflect you.   This is how feng shui works. In your home you can arrange things to support you. When you do not feel comfortable in your own home you generally have control over where to place things, what colors to use, what fabrics and surfaces to employ….and if you do not feel “right”, then the feng shui is “off” for you at that particular moment in time. This is when you need to look around and figure out what is not working for you. Perhaps it is the color of your new chair. Or the fabric and pattern of the new draperies. Maybe it is the lack of greenery, or the need to replace that worn out sofa the cat has shredded over the years.   When your home feels “off”, it is time to re-evaluate what is making it feel that way. Take a good look around. Try to rearrange some things and see if that makes a difference. Bring in something new or take out something old. And if this is not something that is easy for you to do, perhaps it is time to hire a professional to help you. Here are a couple of websites to help you but there are many more as well:
http://www.interioralignment.com/practitioner/

https://www.ifsguild.org/FengShui/directory-consultant/  

When I studied Interior Alignment with Denise Linn, she always said, “if it doesn’t feel good, it is not good feng shui.” Ditto my experience in studying with Nancilee Wydra of Feng Shui Institute of America. I loved finding feng shui because it took my profession of interior design into the realm of the Spirit/Soul. I could finally work with clients on that deep level I desired. Both Color and Feng Shui allowed me to change people’s lives on that deeper level which was so much more satisfying than just fluffing up a person’s décor.   At any rate, as I create a new home environment for my husband and myself, I will use this opportunity to address both of our desires and needs of our Souls. It’s a good thing to do every now and then for all of us. Revisit your home and make sure it is working for you because things change. We change. Our needs change. Our focus changes.   When I was growing up I was always moving my bedroom around which drove my Mother crazy. But even then I was so sensitive to the energy around me that I was compelled to do that. So take a look at your home and see what needs tweaking. Fall is a good time to do this as your focus turns from being outside to preparing for the winter months inside.  

“Your home is your heart’s work of art.”
William DeFoore   “Wooden Hearts” I’m Breaking up with Social Media.
Wait!  What????  by Carolynn Anctil
  (The following post is from a dear friend of mine from Canada and although we have never met in person, we have become friends through the blessings of the internet. However, we both are stepping back from using Social Media, for several reasons. Here is her latest post about a few reasons why. This is food for thought as many of us re-evaluate where we spend our time, and what practices these online platforms employ. Enjoy:)

  I’m Breaking up with Social Media.
Wait!  What????  

“Life’s like an hourglass glued to the table.”
Anna Nalick – Breathe

  I recently took an extended break from social media and all the “content creation” and posting that we small business owners are encouraged to engage in, if we want to achieve success in our chosen field. It had become a mountain of all-consuming busy work, posing as progress, that was keeping my to-do list full of endless tasks, with very little to show for it. The experience is akin to being caught in an undertow in the ocean. There’s a whole lot of paddling going on, but you’re literally going nowhere. 

In the space that was created by the small act of simply choosing to step away and quiet my mind, I experienced enormous relief. I had long known that social media, as a whole, had become a source of distraction for me and, at the risk of sounding dramatic, it has slowly been sucking the life out of me and my business. 
“You must learn one thing.
The world was made to be free in.
Give up all the other worlds
except the one to which you belong.
Sometimes it takes darkness and
the sweet confinement of your aloneness
to learn
anything or anyone that does not bring you alive
is too small for you.”
John O’Donohue
Since choosing to stop the constant scrolling, I’ve experienced more peace and my muse has tentatively begun showing up in my creative life again. I’ve had more satisfying days in the studio, recently, which only confirms what I already know:

  It’s where I need to focus my time and attention.
Everything else is merely distraction.

 
That’s not to say the events of the world are not important, it’s that I’ve been allowing the noise and turmoil to divert my attention away from what I’m here to do. Namely, to create an energetic oasis in the midst of that chaos, for those who need rest. That is my work.

It seems counter intuitive to step away, yet, if I take the time to examine it, I arrive at the simple truth that I don’t want to be a great Instagrammer. I want to be a great artist.  

 
“No matter how rich you may be, there are only so many sips in the straw…metaphorically speaking, we all want fries with that.”
Karin Bugge
I’m not entirely sure how things will look, going forward, but what I will no longer be doing is following someone else’s business plan. My immediate course of action is to get quiet and see what bubbles up for me.

My new relationship with social media is going to more closely resemble two friends meeting up for coffee, every once in a while, to share what’s new and catch up on events in our lives, rather than the daily check-ins everyone has come to expect. So, if you’re interested in staying in touch with me, I encourage you to stay subscribed to my newsletter. While I’ll continue to post new work and major announcements on my existing social media accounts, I’ll be focusing the bulk of my efforts on building community on my own platforms and, of course, art creation. 

 My plan is to be predictably unpredictable. So, strap yourself in. This could get interesting.   Warmly,

Carolynn
  www.carolynnanctildesign.com
  Color is a great way to infuse your space with the energy you and it need. This is why I created my complete line of color therapy sprays made from essential oils, crystals, flower essences and love. Go to my shop to find out which color is working for you at this moment in time: http://www.lifepotentials.net/shop/ “There is a way you can work with color to determine which color or colors are supporting you at any moment in time. The idea of color therapy is that our bodies use up colors as we move through challenges. It’s the same way our bodies use the fuel we ingest in the form of foods. As we move through life’s challenges and even just our daily lives, we deplete colors in our body’s energy centers, which are called chakras.”

Diantha Harris
p.14 Simply Color for Everyday Living
  This is the Table of Contents for Simply Color for Everyday Living, the latest book in the Simiply Color series. It was written by 25 professionals plus myself and covers all these ways to use color. Dr. Quaranto describes it as a “combination of self developement, feng shui,” and “tons of ideas.” The book is a great gift item, as well as a wonderful book for your own library and reference http://www.lifepotentials.net/media/books Happy Beginning of Fall. Until next month…..
Namaste….xo
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August 2020 Newsletter

Perseverance

Declutter. Persevere. Keep Moving Forward. Moving
Image by Nina Garman Pixabay

AUGUST 2020 Newsletter   This is moving month. After many wonderful years in our current home, we are downsizing for the final time into a graduated care community in this same town. I originally hated the idea of leaving our beautiful home and wonderful, unique neighborhood, but things have changed and we now have a wonderful buyer for our place and a brand new little cottage to move into! Life is good!  

Those of you who really know me know that my dear and wonderful Mom was a hoarder. It was so terribly hard for her to let go of things so moving her out of her big house into a retirement community was very, very difficult for her, and almost impossible for us, her daughters. I will spare you the details but now it is my turn to downsize for the last time and move into our final home. It is a hard reality but I am excited and ready to roll with this!  

As the daughter of a hoarder, I have the exact same tendencies. I tend to want to hang on to everything: to friendships, to favorite clothes, to favorite books, to photos and memorabilia, well, you get the picture. I have way too much of everything even though my home is neat and not piled with boxes, containers, and piles of clothing the way hoarders get.   It is amazing how much stuff one can pack away into cupboards and closets. We have given away at least 4 truck loads of stuff and more to come. For this old keeper of just about anything, it feels so good to be lightening up.

I was thinking about this the other day and wondering why, what is the difference this time? This time the purging feels so good and I look forward to it whereas in the past it has been heart wrenching to part with things.  

For one thing, I think it is our age. We’ve reached an age where we don’t need a lot of what we thought we did! We don’t use our professional tools any longer. We don’t need huge reference books because everything is online. We won’t be doing our own yard work any longer so all that can go. We don’t entertain the way we used to. We don’t have house guests like we used to. SO MUCH JOY in letting go!  

For another, I think on a more 5th dimensional level we are all letting go of things: old beliefs, old ways of doing things, old patterns, old systems…..there is a lot of letting go in the collective unconscious so I am totally inspired and in sync with what is going on globally. I feel so supported in this and hope you do too. Have you noticed yourself wanting to organize/clean out/declutter?  

Thanks to my Mom and her Mom, I had several very nice things. But life isn’t like it used to be so although they are lovely, I never used them. And we have some nice furniture that we are letting go of. It occurred to me to sell these things but then it didn’t feel right. I was getting a strong message to just let things go and release them into other hands, hands that would love and cherish what I could no longer use. THAT felt right.

  Fast forward to a recent Saturday when my husband took another truck load of stuff to Habitat. There was a line for drop off and while waiting, he opened up the back of the truck and there was a brass planter. The woman behind him, about our age, stepped up and asked if she could buy the planter. Oh, she said, I am from England and I love things like that. Bill replied, No M’am, you can’t buy it but I will give it to you. Then she spied another painted planter and asked if she could buy that. No he, replied, you can’t buy anything. My wife is very generous and she would love that you love her things so just take them. Then he showed her a collection of little things that I always thought I would use with my own grandchildren but it isn’t going to happen so I had sent them away to be treasured and used by other children. Imagine my delight that I now know what happened to those precious things! They ended up with this lady for HER grandchildren and I know she couldn’t have afforded to buy this herself for them. I was THRILLED by all this when he told me. THRILLED! It was much more fun and soul satisfying than keeping them locked away in a closet for years. I love the joy of giving!

You can probably tell how excited I was over this even days later as I write it down.   So what’s my point? (My husband always says I am too long winded and don’t get to the point fast enough but I do love a tale!) My point is to share this experience with you so you might be inspired to pass things along that you no longer use. The general wisdom is if you haven’t used something in the last year and can’t foresee a need for it in the near future, out it goes. I guarantee you, you will make someone’s day!   Further, the more we can do this on the physical level, the faster it will duplicate in the collective unconscious bringing the 5th dimension into our reality faster. Bring it on you guys!     Perseverance “If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run, then walk. If you can’t walk, then crawl, but do whatever you have to do to move forward.” Martin Luther King, Jr.


For moving forward I would suggest using the blue color spray. The color of water, movement, change. For the challenge of change that could be affecting you negatively, orange is your friend. Find these and all the rainbow colors in my shop!



Photo of Great White Heron by Ken Klancnik

Ken is going to contribute a nature photo for the newsletter for your enjoyment. Can you see the green around the eyes?
This is the Table of Contents for Simply Color for Everyday Living, the latest book in the Simiply Color series. It was written by 25 professionals plus myself and covers all these ways to use color. Dr. Quaranto describes it as a “combination of self developement, feng shui,” and “tons of ideas.” The book is a great gift item, as well as a wonderful book for your own library and reference http://www.lifepotentials.net/media/books

Happy August! Enjoy the last days of summer! Until next month…..
Namaste….xo Copyright © *2020, Life Potentials All rights reserved.


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How to Overcome Adversity

paint fanColor and Wellbeing March 2016

March is Color Therapy Month. It is the month in which we “color people” celebrate the wonders and powers of color. There are classes, radio broadcasts, luminary presentations, color ambassador events, and more. (For a full presentation take a look at www.aurahouse.com)

I myself am doing two radio interviews, and a live event as well as launching the long awaited Simply Color Online Course. I will also be creating a few interviews with some of the wonderful contributing authors for Simply Color for Everyday Living, my latest book, which included articles by 25 professionals as well as myself.

So there is a lot going on in the world of color this month. I hope you can avail yourself of some of the events for you will be guided to connect with some of the leading authorities in the field of color therapeutics.

Read on to see a few examples of how color can enhance your life…..

WELLBEING
The year was 1985. It was a low point in my life. I had been in the field of Interior Design for 5 years, had just won Best of Show for a showhouse room I had done for charity, our kids were well on their way towards their futures, yet my life seemed so pointless. No longer needed by our children in the way I had become used to, and doing a job that to me had become stale, I wondered where to turn next.

Then a miracle happened. I attended a seminar on color given by Carlton Wagner of the Wagner Color Research Center out in California. Back in 1985 there were not many books on healing, consciousness, or even how to use color beyond color theory. Then Mr. Wagner arrived in Chicago with his color boards and my life changed in an afternoon. He regaled us with how colors can impact one’s life and what the psychology of color could do for our clients. He had spent a career studying how color affects people and was now out in the world revealing his findings.

I was like a kid in a candy store. I got so excited that afternoon that I purchased his video (remember it was 1985!) and continued to study with him until his untimely death a few years later. But I had found color as a healing tool and was learning to use it to support my clients and their needs. It was a heady time and my life opened up.

In the early years of the 1990’s I discovered feng shui and then Aura Soma, a two color healing system from England. I studied both of them and studied energy systems such as Reiki and Healing Touch. I felt at the time as if I were all over the place but it all came down to learning about energy and how to use it for healing and transformation.
I studied various other fields such as Aura Soma, Reiki, Healing Touch and Feng Shui and learned all about energy, what it does, how to direct it, how to feel and read it etc.
Everything is energy, and color is certainly energy. Learning about each color and how it can change things for people was so exciting…and still is to me. I find color to be a gentle yet effective tool and one reason I love using it and recommending it is that it is readily available, inexpensive and highly effective.

If you want to learn how to harness this power for yourself, there is a great chart in Simply Color for Everyday Living along with so many articles on how to use color in simple everyday ways: cooking, gardening, painting a room, the arts, healing….it is a wonderful, wonderful resource. You don’t have to read it cover to cover either. Just find a chapter that appeals and read bits and pieces that resonate for you.

Here are just a few things color can help with:
• Speaking in business or other public appearances
• Being able to speak your truth
• Memory
• Making decisions
• Supporting a relationship
• Creating and maintaining boundaries
• Grounding, manifesting and increasing energy
• Peace, meditation and calming down
• Moving and transitions of all kinds
• Creating a sense of community
• Overcoming fear, addictions, or a troubled past
And much, much more.

Color is everywhere in our lives. Learning how to relate to and use it is a powerful way to take control of your life and enhance it. Enjoy the miracle and power of color and have fun in March, Color Therapy Month 2016!