Catherine Dean is a lifelong resident of Rochester, New York. She has her Bachelor’s Degree in Women’s Studies from SUNY Brockport, which she earned in 2010. In 2014, she became a Certified Professional Stager through CSP International Training Academy. In 2016, Catherine became a Certified Feng Shui Practitioner through Certified Feng Shui Professional Training with James and Helen Jay and added their Feng Shui Staging instruction to her program. She is currently advancing her Feng Shui knowledge with the Wind & Water School of Feng Shui with Carole Hyder and Lisa Janusz. James and Helen Jay were students of Grand Master Professor Lin Yun, who brought Black Sect Tantric Buddhism (BTB Feng Shui) to the United States in the 1980s. To learn more about James and Helen Jay, click here http://fengshuidesigns.com/ and Carole Hyder at windwatercenter.com.
Catherine has long been keenly aware of the effect that energy has on a room whether it is a conference hall, a restaurant or one’s own home. Many people can feel the energy of a space once they’ve entered it, yet some may not recognize that what they’re reacting to is the energy of that space. Have you ever entered a shop, an office or a house and felt like you just had to get out of there? Have you ever approached a building and thought “I don’t even want to go in there?” Have you ever approached an open house and decided to just drive by? Or, have you gone to visit a friend and were so comfortable there you didn’t want to leave? These are all reactions to a space’s energy. Catherine wants to help you achieve a welcoming, nurturing space for your home or office so that the space you occupy for your life or work is supportive of your health, wealth, family and relationships.
Feng Shui is an ancient art and science dating back over 5,000 years. It is used to balance and harmonize one’s environment in order to enhance good health, wealth, one’s reputation and career. It is also useful to reinforce positive relationships with your spouse/partner and family. Feng Shui is used to dispel bad luck and attract good luck. Feng Shui brings harmonious energy to one’s surroundings, which enables positive Qi (pronounced “chee”) flow, setting the stage for you to enjoy peace, balance and abundance.
There are many different types of Feng Shui and my practice is based on Black Sect Tantric Buddhism, called BTB Feng Shui. Grand Master Lin Yun (1932-2010) described BTB Feng Shui as operating on two levels: sying and yi. Sying refers to external elements such as energy, or Qi, of land, or the shape of a structure, or the position of doors and furniture. All of this can have an effect on an environment’s energy flow, which thereby determines one’s luck. While traditional Feng Shui schools place an emphasis on sying, Grand Master Lin Yun added an extra element – the yi – which loosely means a “wish” to the practice of Feng Shui. He saw yi as a blessing of sorts, because this adds the intention of the client, along with the Feng Shui consultant, to the Feng Shui adjustment. One’s intention is the added element, which Grand Master Lin Yun saw as a vital but intangible process that reinforces the sying of a space. BTB Feng Shui evolved from the teachings of Buddhism from India through Tibet and ultimately into China, eventually making its way to the West, allowing it to be relevant in today’s modern world full of technology and its consequential detriments including electromagnetic waves and radon. As in all Feng Shui practices, the ultimate goal is to pursue and create harmony and comfort in our homes or businesses, in order to live a healthy life full of peace, balance and abundance.
Although Feng Shui is an ancient practice with roots in Eastern religious beliefs, it is a useful tool for people of all faiths. You do not have to embrace Buddhism or Taoism to find benefits from Feng Shui. BTB Feng Shui is respectful of all different faith traditions and encourages one’s own belief system to be used in its practice if that is preferred, even if that tradition is one of non-belief in any particular faith. This is important to understand because Feng Shui is not a religion.