Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Feng Shui Design: Art For Every Budget

 
Photo Credit & Feng Shui Design by: Elana Kilkenny

THE FENG SHUI OF ART:
Art is a wonderful way to add beauty, personality, and inspiration to your home. From a Feng Shui perspective, I always suggest that you buy art that you love and that makes you feel the way you desire to feel...which is not necessarily the same as what you are currently feeling.

For instance, maybe you are single and wanting to be in a relationship. Are you drawn to art that contains solitary figures or images? While you may be attracted to these pieces, it might be echoing back to you a sense of living a solitary life that you may no longer desire. Try adding some other art into the mix and consider taking down some art that may not be nourishing your dreams. In this instance, consider adding some art to your home that has duality, reflects how you want to feel in a relationship, or somehow signifies love to you.

If you are feeling overworked or stressed in your life, look for some art that is more calming, serene, and/or joyful. Do you find yourself vigilant in your life, feeling a need to be protective and avert getting hurt or possible danger? Having a collection of tribal war masks might not be the best choice for you. Are you prone to fiery spurts of anger or simmering rage? Art that depicts or symbolizes conflict whether in abstract or figurative form might just be fanning your flames rather than helping you get to a more peaceful place in your heart. You get the picture...

Our relationship to art is ultimately very personal, what one piece of art might mean to you, might mean something else to another person. Understanding your own relationship to the art you already own and to that which you are drawn to bringing into your home can be a very significant form of support and catalyst for creating the life that you desire.

ART FOR EVERY BUDGET:

Now that you are thinking about the art in your home, below are some tips and resources for Art For Every Budget that I use frequently with my Feng Shui Design clients:
  • Prints and Photography: are wonderful options for adding art to your home. While this option can run the gamut of pricing from reasonable to pricey there are some great options out there in all price categories. Many of the resources I have listed below also offer a limited selection of framing options that are often cheaper than having it framed at a frame store.

    Here are some resources I often use for my Feng Shui Design clients: 
  • Misc Options: Beautiful pieces of wrapping paper, fragments of wallpaper or fabric are a great and often cost-effective way to add art to your home. Another option is framing cards or postcards with a design you love. As these are generally smaller in size, think about hanging a bunch of different pieces that work together or adding them to collection of art that is on one of your walls.

    For Example: To add more meaning to our home I took a handmade sheet of wrapping paper that I used to make our wedding invitations and I had it matted and framed. It now hangs over our couch in our living room as it is a beautiful reminder of our love and commitment to one another.

    Here are some resources I often use for my Feng Shui Design clients:
  • Paintings: Paintings are one of my favorite ways to add depth, texture, beauty and soul to your home.While paintings can get expensive, there are plenty of options for every price range.

    Here are some resources that I often use for my Feng Shui Design clients:
     
  • Make Your Own: Last but not least, one of my favorite ways to bring art and new energy into you home is by making your own art. You don't have to have dreams of showing your art in a gallery or call yourself an artist to create your own art. Whether you love to draw, paint, make collages, etc. it's never too late to unleash the inner artist in you. It's one of the most soulful, fulfilling and budget-friendly ways you can bring art into your home.

    If you need a little help to get your artistic juices flowing, look for some local art classes that resonate with you in your area. My beloved journey into painting started with some amazing classes that I took with Rebecca Schweiger (one of my favorite artists and people) at her amazing The Art Studio NY .

    As always, I'd love to hear from you!

    Does you home's art currently reflect your dreams and, if not, what tip or resource are you going to utilize to create a home that inspires your desires?

    Who are some of your favorite artists or resources for art?

    Let us know in the comments below.

    As always, deep gratitude to you for reading and sharing so generously! Enjoy feathering your nest!

    Much love and blessings,
    Elana

Friday, May 9, 2014

What Season Of Life Are You In?

"Neighboring Beauty" Photo Credit: Elana Kilkenny

There are these tulips that are planted outside of the building that we live in, they came up hopefully but out of dozens of bulbs only four flowered. When we spoke to the master gardener who lives in the building next door she said it was because they were planted in the wrong season, that they had flowered once already last year and won't flower again. "Next time," she said "plant them in the autumn. If you plant them in the right season they will flourish for years to come."
I heard this and I found myself thinking about how many times we have all planted seeds for ideas in the "wrong" season only to find that they didn't come into fruition. This led me to remembering a theory I heard from master coach Tony Robbins that I often use with my Intuitive Counseling clients in sessions.

"The secret to life is threefold. It's to understand what season of life you're in, to understand what season the world is in, and to figure out how to take advantage of it." He goes on to say that it is important for each person to, "find the season they're in, which is different for everyone, and to take advantage of it. That's the secret to experiencing an extraordinary life."

We often push things to happen even though some part of us know that something feels off. Whether it's a difficult conversation you pursue with a friend even though you know they are going through a challenging time that might make them reactive rather than open to what you have to say. Or a business idea that you push while having the sense that it wasn't quite the right time for either you or in terms of the receptivity of those involved. There are countless iterations of this idea of planting in the "wrong" season.

What Season Of Life Are You In?

One way to find out what season of life you are in, is to take a cue from the animal world. According to Jamie Sams and David Carson's enlightening "Medicine Cards: The Discovery of Power Through the Ways of Animals," butterflies reflect back to us that we are always at a certain stage in our life activities. "The way to discern where you are in this cycle is to ask yourself:"


1)Is this the egg stage: Is it just a thought or idea?

2)Is this the larva stage: Do I need to make a decision?

3)Is this the cocoon stage: Am I developing and doing something to make my idea a reality?

4)Is this the birth stage: Am I sharing my completed idea

While this is a great way to tune into what stage you are in for your life as a whole or perhaps more specifically for the idea that you are cultivating, what do you do if you have already planted in the "wrong" season? I don't know anyone who hasn't had that experience in life.

Perhaps the tulips can help us out here. This past weekend one of the families in our building dug out the half sprung tulips from their beds. They prepared the soil for a different flower that we were told would grow this time of year. We did some research and decided we would order with the master gardener new tulip bulbs in the fall and plant them together in the "right season."

We went from feeling disappointed about the state of our garden and the extra work that we had to do, to feeling excited that we now have an opportunity to get to know the other families in our building and include our children in planting some brilliantly hued marigolds this spring.

I also realized that that by needing to educate ourselves in order to utilize our time and energy more effectively we have opened up a line of communication with this lovely gardener next door which has presented the opportunity for these two buildings to work together in harmony for the first time in years to make this block even more beautiful for those of us who live here and for all who walk by. It might take us another few seasons to bring our garden up to where we want it to be, but when we do, I imagine that our neighborhood relationships will be growing as well as the flowers.

Back to you. 

So are you thinking that perhaps you planted in the "wrong" season?  If so, first be kind to yourself. No one has impeccable timing all of the time.  If the word "wrong" brings up regret or shame for you, then let go of the word (want to go deeper with letting go of shame read Dr. Brené Brown's truly brilliant book "Daring Greatly") . Beating yourself up is not only an all-too-human waste of time, it also often leads to you missing out on the benefits in your situation.

It can obviously benefit you greatly to know what season you are in and to understand the confluence of how that relates to the season the world around you is in as it relates to what you want to plant. However, I truly believe that there is always something to be gleaned from all experiences.  

Just like we discovered in this chapter with our building's garden, there are always "hidden gifts" to planting seeds in the "wrong season".  Think about what you learned from your own equivalent experience and apply that newly gained wisdom to your present and future.  Then perhaps meditate on whether you are in an egg, larva, cocoon or birth stage in a life activity that is important to you. Once you know what stage you are in, your decisions about how to proceed will be clearer.

The difference between disappointment and opportunity is your perception of the situation, choosing to be loving to yourself in the process, and being creatively open to how you can grow and flourish in this season of your life...right here...right now.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Session Offerings and Workshops

 
"Grace" Photo Credit: Elana Kilkenny

Many of us are finding ourselves in a place of either transition or re-awakening to a deeper desire to live more joyfully, peacefully and abundantly. We all have the potential and ability to truly shift our lives into focus and resonance with our highest and most essential selves. If you feel that you or someone you know would benefit from on-on-one support and guidance, I am honored to be of service. Below is a description of the various sessions and workshops that I offer. I look forward to connecting with you soon!

ELANA KILKENNY SESSIONS AND WORKSHOPS:
*Intuitive Counseling Sessions (90 Minutes)
My signature 90 minute sessions offer you greater personal insight and specific guidance to create and manifest your empowered vision for your life. You will receive guidance on how to pro-actively go back into your life to create sustainable change and experience more joy, peace, and abundance. Intuitive Counseling Sessions also assist you to build a stronger connection to your own intuition and creative possibility.

During this time where we often feel so rushed, the length of these sessions provide you with the time to dive deep into the breadth and depth of guidance. In addition to being informative, these sessions also provide an experience of energetic support to help you to shift your own energy into more alignment and balance. 

Intuitive Counseling Sessions are available In-Person in NYC. They are also available worldwide via Skype or Phone.

Schedule Now For $350 : Click Here

*Intuitive Counseling Sessions (60 Minutes)
Many of you have expressed interest in receiving support on a more consistent basis (weekly, monthly, etc.) to help you focus on specific areas of your life and/or business. In response to these requests I am happy to announce that I am now offering 60 minutes sessions to meet your needs.

These sessions offer you powerful psychic guidance and  practical tools to empower you and assist you in times of personal or professional challenge, transition, or growth. I will provide you with clear suggestions on what can best assist you to authentically move through pain, obstacles and confusion to a place of more clarity, joy and manifestation!

Intuitive Counseling Sessions are available In-Person in NYC. They are also available worldwide via Skype or Phone.

Schedule Now for $250 : Click Here

*NEW: 2-Pack Discounted Intuitive Counseling Session Series
I am happy to announce that I am now offering a Discounted 2-Pack: Intuitive Counseling Session Series**. The inspiration behind this offer is that I have received frequent feedback from clients that  they have benefited greatly from having follow-up Intuitive Counseling Sessions to help them integrate and expand our work together to create and support positive change in their lives.

After an Intuitive Counseling session, it is typical to get excited about implementing the guidance that came through. However, we can lose momentum as normal resistance, historical patterns, or plain old life interferes. As new growth can take some time to root, these 2-Pack Session Series support you to create sustained momentum, successfully navigate challenges and more deeply experience the benefits of creating the life you desire with more clarity, peace and joy!

As many of you have also communicated your wish to share with your friends, family and colleagues these transformative, proactive and uplifting Intuitive Counseling Sessions. Your 2-Pack Session Series can be used individually or shared with a friend or family member.

OPTIONS:
2-Pack Discounted Intuitive Counseling Session Series (60 Minutes): $450 (Savings of $50)
2-Pack Discounted Intuitive Counseling Session Series (90 Minutes): $600 (Savings of $100)
If you purchase three or more 2-Packs at the same time there is an additional discount off the entire package. 
**DETAILS:
*2-Pack Discounted Intuitive Counseling Session Series can be purchased through PayPal. If you don't currently have or want a free PayPal account you can pay for the session as a "guest" on PayPal.
*If you would like to purchase a 2-Pack Session Series, click here to email me.
*Once you have emailed me your preference of a 60 or 90 minute 2-Pack, I will email you a PayPal invoice to be paid upon receipt.
*Sessions in this pack are to be scheduled approximately 2 months apart from one another and must be completed within a year of purchase.
*The 2-Pack Session Series can be purchased for yourself or as a gift. If it is a gift please indicate the name of the person you wish to gift it to at the time of purchase.

*Couples Sessions (90 Minutes):
These sessions are beneficial for all relationships whether romantic, professional or familial. I will guide you together to attain more clarity, direction, and tools on how to connect more authentically, peacefully and joyfully to one another. Whether you need assistance with obstacles that you are currently or historically facing together or simply would like to enhance your relationship, couples sessions offer you both a supported and sacred space to guide you toward the most direct and rewarding path for you to fulfill your intentions successfully.

Intuitive Counseling Sessions are available In-Person in NYC. They are also available worldwide via Skype or Phone.

Schedule Now for $400: Click Here 

*Feng Shui Design Consultations: For Home and Business
These consultations offer an intuitive, transformational and aesthetic approach to assist you in the creation of a home or business environment designed to beautifully uplift your space to fully support your personal and professional dreams.

I will provide you with an intuitive reading of your home/office and help you to shift the energy of your space via specific suggestions around placement, decor, and alignment of your space to your present and future goals and dreams.While classically trained in Feng Shui, my unique approach is anything but traditional as it synthesizes a combination of psychic information, Feng Shui techniques, and interior design sensibility.

Feng Shui Design Consultations are offered in-person in NYC, CT, NJ. They are also available worldwide via Skype and Phone. In-person consultations are also available in other locations nationwide, travel fees apply.  Pricing is project based.

Schedule Now and For More Details : Click Here

*Space Clearings and Blessings  
Is it time for you to shift the energy of your home or office to support and inspire you more fully? Whether you are moving into a new space either physically or emotionally in your life, experiencing a heaviness or blockage in your environment, or simply feel like your space could use some freshening up; a Space Clearing and Blessing is not only a powerful way to revitalize your space but also to help re-align your own energy.

As you are as unique as your environment, our time together will incorporate intuitive guidance of what specifically needs to be cleared in your space and will often include specific suggestions on how to shift your environment beyond our time together to further enhance your experience there. While it is important  to shift that which might be challenging you in your environment, it is also vital to incorporate the Blessing energy of what type of energy and experiences you do want to experience both in your space and in your life. The Blessing component of our time together will bring the process full circle from that which you want to clear to that which you want to embrace.

Pricing is project-based.

Schedule Now and For More Details : Click Here

*Host a Workshop...
I am thrilled to offer private Intuitive Workshops in the comfort and convenience of your own home or business.  These workshops are all psychically guided and can be customized on a specific theme that you feel would benefit you and your friends, family, and/or colleagues. 

Recent workshops were held in private client's homes in NYC and the Tri-State area, at Rosie Restaurant in New Canaan, CT. and at the Equinox Gym in Greenwich, CT. As a gift of gratitude, if you host a workshop you receive your spot as a gift. Pricing is project-based as each workshop is customized for you and your group.

Create Your Customized Workshop Now : Click Here

*Inspiration and Resources
For more inspiration and resources designed to add more joy, empowerment and love to your life connect with me on:
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*Book a Session or Workshop
Sessions for my services are available In-Person in NYC and worldwide via Skype or Phone.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Beauty Within The Frost...


"Beauty Within The Frost" Photo Credit: Elana Kilkenny
It was a late autumn day all the trees lay barren, a reflection of their current wintry state, alone amidst the fallen landscape stood a tree aglow in vibrant fiery lushness. Radiant, bejeweled with orange leaves and a perfect undercoat of yellow. Harried New Yorkers stopped dead in their tracks spellbound by their rare beauty. Strangers unfolded stream of consciousness utterings to one another..."Wow", "Well isn't that just magical" and "Miraculous." The New York City perpetual ticking clock stopped for a moment and we all paused spellbound to drink in the beauty.

We are now in the heart of winter, I pass by this tree every day as I bring my daughter to school. Its branches are now bare like their companions. But burned into my memory is an overlay of its autumnal incandescent glow. On certain days I could swear I see the halo of burnt sienna leaves adorning its limbs. And I am reminded that there is always beauty within the frost.

As we rush, as we bundle up, as we dream of spring wildflowers in bloom and a whisper of a spring jacket...we are beckoned to remember that change is inevitable and yet so much remains innate. The beauty that resides in you, in each of us, is immutable. It may radiate more in certain seasons of our lives, it may deepen with the bloom of requited desire and fluid moments of grace but even in the days of our winter's darkness the aura of our heart's luminosity is always present.

So today as you roll out of bed, engage in the world, dance with your muse...breathe in beyond your resistance, beyond your slushy winter boots, beyond your old stories that fool you into believing that your finest days are behind you and touch that which the frost protects...that which is your radiant self.

For more of my February Newsletter dedicated to the subject of love click here to read more...

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Watch My New Video On: "Intuition, Signs & Expectations" for Happiness Series


"It was sign." "I thought I followed the signs but why did I end up where I did?" "What do these signs in my life actually mean?" These are snapshots of conversations I have had over the years with my Intuitive Counseling clients and have overheard a myriad of times in passing.

As it is often more powerful to illuminate a broad topic with a specific example and then go broader, Tania Van Pelt and I made for you a video for her illuminating website Happiness Series where we discuss "Intuition, Signs & Expectations" using some specific examples. One of the clearest takeaways from this discussion was that expectations and signs don't "mix well" at all.  In fact, expectations often get in the way of the natural momentum and direction that the signs of our life are trying to take us in.

Whether you are a believer in synchronicities, signs and its ilk or not, you will garner wisdom from this video as we speak about a type of experience that is common to all of us in one way or another. We often go in a direction in our lives feeling that we are somehow being led on a path only to find out that the process and the outcome is very different than we anticipated...and then what?

Watch the video below and enjoy! Share the wisdom and love, please share this video with all those you feel would benefit! I would love to hear from you about your own experiences with intuition, signs and expectations so please leave a comment below on the blog or underneath the video on YouTube!

"If we miss the moment, we miss the clues. In the present, when we allow ourselves to fully live there, we are restored, made wiser, made deeper and happier." Marianne Williamson (via: www.oprah.com)


Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Create The Life You Desire: New Year's Workshop on January 19th


"Walking Toward Grace" Photo Credit: Elana Kilkenny
Every moment is an opportunity to begin again...
This is my invitation to you...
~Dance beyond the unrequited realm of New Year's resolutions to the fertile ground of real sustainable change.

~Learn to create from a place of clear desire, grounded intention, and passionate action.

~Enter this year with renewed inspiration, guidance and authentic momentum to create a year that surpasses your dreams.

In this workshop I offer you a sacred space to...
*Explore with love, support & intuitive guidance what your heart's deepest desires are...
*Gain clarity on what action steps you will take... 

*Feel deeply inspired to go out into your world and create your dream 2014

DATE:
Sunday: January 19th, 2014 
TIME:
10am-1pm
LOCATION:
My serene home near Columbia University (exact location will be sent to you when you register) 
RSVP REQUIRED:
In order to provide you with a more one-on-one experience, this workshop will be limited to a small group size. Therefore, you must RSVP and purchase you ticket by 1/14 to ensure you seat (see "TICKET" section below for more information).

TICKETS:

Ticket
: $127  
(Paid RSVP required by Thursday, 1/16 to ensure your spot)

It is always a leap of faith to forge new ground in your life. Follow your heart and dive into the life you have been dreaming of...

RESERVE YOUR SPOT NOW!

To purchase your ticket and/or for questions: email me at elanakilkenny@yahoo.com

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Watch My Video on "How to Feel More Connected."


Is the velocity of life feeling too fast for you? Like a train speeding toward a destination, there is so much to get accomplished within a small window of time. While this time of year can be particularly busy, if you were to take a moment to pause and take stock you might realize that the pace of your life in general is such that it can contribute to a sense of disconnection. Disconnection from yourself, loved ones, your children, spiritual connection, etc.

The uplifting news is that alongside all the ways in which you may feel disconnected that there are just as many anecdotes available to you right now that will assist you to feel a deeper sense of connection. Over the course of many sessions with my Intuitive Counseling and Feng Shui clients and my own experience, I have distilled a number of practices that can assist you to feel more connected. This in turn can create a ripple effect in your life of opening up your heart and life to even more joy, peace, and possibilities. In conjunction with the inspiring wellness website Happiness Series, I created a video that offers you two very effective and accessible ways to feel a deeper sense of connection in your life.

I would love to hear from you on which tip resonates with you the most. Do you have any suggestions on how you create more connection in your life?  Leave them in the comments area below and share the love!

Watch...Enjoy...Share...Comment...Put Into Action...

P.S. For more inspirational and empowering videos in my series with Happiness Series, please click here.

"We forget we're mostly water til the rain falls and every atom in our body starts to go home." 
Albert Huffstickler (via Arianna Huffington from "Thrive")

Blessings and love,
Elana