Friday, December 30, 2011

Wealth Through the Eyes of the Sages

During this difficult economic times I'm sure the thought of "being wealthy" has entered the minds of many. But what exactly is being wealthy? What did the philosophers over the ages have to say about wealth? Below are a view samplings of their viewpoints.

I am absolutely convinced that no wealth in the world can help humanity forward, even in the hands of the most devoted worker in this cause. The example of great and pure individuals is the only thing that can lead us to noble thoughts and deeds. Money only appeals to selfishness and irresistibly invites abuse. Can anyone imagine Moses, Jesus, or Gandhi armed with the money-bags of Carnegie? Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

We are taxed twice as much by our Idleness, three times as much by our Pride, and four times as much by our Folly, and from these Taxes the Commissioners cannot ease or deliver us by allowing an Abatement. However let us hearken [sic] to good Advice, and something may be done for us; God helps them that help themselves, as Poor Richard says, in his Almanack of 1733.

-- Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), The Way To Wealth

Your name or your person,

Which is dearer?

Your person or your goods,

Which is worth more?

Gain or loss,

Which is a greater bane?

-- Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

Without a rich heart wealth is an ugly beggar.

-- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), "On Wealth"

Most of the luxuries, and many of the so-called comforts of life, are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind. With respect to luxuries and comforts, the wisest have ever lived a more simple and meager life than the poor. The ancient philosophers, Chinese, Hindu [sic], Persian, and Greek, were a class than which none has been poorer in outward riches, none so rich in inward. We know not much about them. It is remarkable that we know so much of them as we do. The same is true of the more modern reformers and benefactors of their race. None can be an impartial or wise observer of human life but from the vantage ground of what we should call voluntary poverty.

-- Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), "Walden"

Very interesting take on what these great philosophers have to say about wealth. When you find yourself desiring MORE, perhaps read through these viewpoints one more time.


Mary Jane - Feng Shui Master & Yogi

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Sapere Aude~ Dare To Know: Sage Thinking

Dare To Know

The last great philosopher of the Enlightenment era, and one of the greatest philosophers of all time, Immanuel Kant urged people to "Dare to Know" - "Sapere Aude" that is, to start having an autonomous thinking instead of relying for knowledge on external sources.

Kant's theories on nature and human nature were original and thought provoking. He believed that we should not make our own concepts match the nature of objects but instead allow our own concepts to shape the experience of the object. This will then determine how we can acquire knowledge and experience the world around us.

Kant also maintained that the source of morality is Good Will, which stems from the universal moral law of "Doing the right thing" without expecting to derive pleasure or happiness from it. Duty is what makes a man good , and having Good Will makes a man take the right moral decisions. As Kant says: "so act as to treat humanity, whether in thine own person or in that of any other, in every case as an end withal, never as a means only."

May we all experience Good Will today and provide it.

Mary Jane Kasliner - Feng Shui Master & Yogi

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Four Exemplars of Noble Living

Confucius, the Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad were all born into ancient cultures in the midst of tumultuous changes. Each addressed fundamental existential problems within their societies, developing codes of ethics and behavior that broke with the past, and offering bold new visions of human life.

Confucius: China's primordial philosopher and sage, whose teaching integrally shaped the Chinese constructs of government, human relations, culture, and history. The Confucian thought formed the basis of Chinese education for 2,000 years. He founded the core precepts of "uncommon" humaneness, reciprocity, and the creative power of virtue.

The Buddha: A high-born prince who turned his back on a life of privilege to follow an unrelenting quest for the "supreme state of sublime peace." His teachings are about the nature of reality, the delusions of human perception, and the practical means for ending suffering.

Jesus of Nazareth: Is a beloved icon of Christianity, a revered prophet in Islam, and the dominant figure in Western culture for nearly two millennia. His archetypal dual role as both harbinger of God's kingdom and spiritual teacher, revealed a liberating alternative to humanity's oppressive inequities.

Muhammad: Al-Lah's "last" prophet and the central example of the faithful Muslim. His teachings brought Islam into being even as he struggled with the roles of both political and military leader of his community. Muhammad teaches oneness and inscrutability of the absolute.

Confucius, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad were visonary sages that play a monumental role in our world. Their teachings lead to liberation from the conditioned mind and freedom from suffering. Perhaps today we can all take time to move closer to spirit and evolve to a higher state of being.


Mary Jane - Feng Shui Master & Yogi

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Spiritual Power of Values

The universe comes to us as values. Values such as truth, wisdom, oneness, unity, peace, love and beauty are all expressions of spirit. If we move towards spirit then we can experience these directly. Values are higher forms of mental consciousness that can bring infinite results in no time.

In the "Life Divine," Sri Aurobindo defines "cosmic determinants," as forces, powers and truths intended by the Divine to spread throughout the universe in creation. For man it takes form as the spiritual aspects of Beingness, Oneness, Knowledge, Power, Love, Beauty, Creativity, Bliss, and several others. When we bring values into life, we are actually taking to one or more of these spiritual aspects. Each time we embrace values we take a step closer to spirit.

May your day be filled with truth, wisdom, peace, beauty and love.

Mary Jane Kasliner - Feng Shui Master & Yogi

Monday, December 19, 2011

Sage Advice From Epictetus

The ancient Greek philosopher Epictetus lived in the Roman world during the 1st century AD. He was born a slave yet taught philosophy in Rome until he was banished to Greece. Epictetus didn't write down his philosophy; however, one of his pupil's (Arrian) did.

Epictetus taught that all external events are beyond control and to worry about them is to invite pain and suffering into one's life. He preached that happiness is to be nurtured within oneself by practicing a calm and peaceful attitude. He also taught that human beings have the responsibility to care for one another.

His thoughts on education, patience and learning from our mistakes are simplistic yet very powerful. He believed a good education brings freedom, autonomy and happiness. Cultivating patience creates great things. And mistakes are a way of learning about ourselves.

Perhaps today we can all learn something new, have patience, and learn through our mistakes.

Mary Jane Kasliner - Feng Shui Master & Yogi

Monday, December 12, 2011

Rejoice in Life ~

Rejoice in Life

Below are some of the greatest life quotes from Gandhi, Mother Theresa, Winston Churchill, the Buddha, and others.

~When you were born you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice. ~Cherokee Expression

~It is never too late to become what you might have been. ~ George Eliot

~There are only two ways to live your life. One as though nothing is a miracle. The other as if everything is. ~ Albert Einstein

~There is no such thing in anyone's life as an unimportant day. ~Alexander Woollcott

~Don't ask yourself what the world needs;ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go out and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive. ~ Harold Whitman

~We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give. ~ Winston Churchill

~ Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. ~ Gandhi

~ Life is an opportunity. Benefit from it. ~ Mother Theresa

It's easy to get lost in the shuffle of life sometimes. Take time each day for reflection so you can rejoice in the gift called "Life."


Mary Jane Kasliner - Feng Shui Master & Yogi

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

The Power of Affirmations

The Power of Affirmations

The power of affirmations lies in their simplicity. whenever we are looking for changes we are looking to change karma. By simply repeating a statement, focusing on it and going with it, you are changing some of your belief systems and in turn, your karma.

Stage 1: The Purpose:

When writing your affirmation, think about your purpose. think about what you are trying to achieve from this life. If you don't know then spend some time in meditation and the answer will come to you. Do not confuse your affirmation writing with goals. They are two different things. Affirmations are specific statements and instill immediate change. Goals are hopes and plans for the future.

Stage 2: Choose the Area of Change:

At this point you know your purpose and thus the specific area of your life you want to change. For example, you might want to change your financial situation. the point here is that you have a definite area to focus on for change to take place.

Stage 3: Response:

Write your affirmations in the present tense as though it has already happened. Now read your affirmations and notice the reaction you get. It may be a good reaction or it can be a negative one. If the feeling is negative, then it is an area you need to work on. You need to neutralize your response by rewriting the affirmation in a way that is favorable to you. In effect you are turning a negative into a positive.

Stage 4: Repetition:

Read your affirmations at least once a day. .Make them a part of your daily life. You may begin to notice changes within 30 days. At that point the affirmation has become a permanent part of your memory.

Stage 5: Release:

At this point release your thoughts and feelings regarding your affirmations and let them go. Accept the validity of the new affirmation and just live by it. It is now your reality!

Stage 6: New Challenges:

Whenever you encounter new challenges in your life, let affirmations be your guide. Get into the habit of writing new affirmations that relate to what to what you are going through and watch how smoothly things turn out.


Mary Jane Kasliner - Feng Shui Master & Yogi

Friday, December 2, 2011

Great Quotes to Refresh Your Day

Butchart Gardens ~ Victoria, BC

Photo by: Mary Jane Kasliner

Great Quotes to Refresh Your Day

Fate makes us family. choice makes us friends.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

He who is contented is rich.
- Lao Tzu

I love you, not for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you.
- Roy Croft

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.
- Helen Keller

A friend is someone who knows all about you and loves you just the same.
- Elbert Hubbard

The purpose of our lives is to be happy.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Each one has to find his peace from within.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Whoever is happy will make others happy, too.
- Anne Frank

Namaste~ Mary Jane Kasliner - Feng SHui Master & Yogi

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Timeless Philosophy of Socrates

Timeless Philosophy of Socrates

During Socrates lifetime he wrote nothing down yet his wisdom has formed the bedrock of western philosophy. Socrates was viewed as a great teacher with the innate ability to question his students in such a way that they were able to find the truth out for themselves. He had a way of leading others to reconsider their own limitations, a way for them to realize their own inadequacies.

Socrates was a big believer of independent thought. He questioned every orthodox belief and decided independently if it was worth pursuing. Socrates looked at issues from both perspectives; he did not allow himself to be tied down to one belief system.

So the question is...Can we think like Socrates? Can we be individual thinkers?

Mary Jane Kasliner ~ Feng Shui Master & Yogi

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Words of Wisdom

The Sage ` Tao Te Ching

Tao Te Ching

Honest people use no rhetoric;
Rhetoric is not honesty.
Enlightened people are not cultured;
Culture is not enlightenment.
Content people are not wealthy;
Wealth is not contentment.

So the sage does not serve himself;
The more he does for others, the more he is satisfied;
The more he gives, the more he receives.
Nature flourishes at the expense of no one;
So the sage benefits all men and contends with none.

May we all find the sage within ~


Mary Jane ~ Feng Shui Master & Yogi

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Make Peace Everyday

Make Peace Everyday

Does our spirit wish it had one more day to say "I forgive you." Sages explain: without the material, Spirit as pure spirit is more sensitive. In this state of ultimate surrender, there is no ego to buffer regret or hurt. There is utter defenselessness and only peace. So why not make peace everyday. We need peace here and now while we are alive. We need peace inside us, around us, and between us. We all need a peace that relaxes us, rejuvenates us, heals, stabilizes, strengthens us and charges us to spread the will of joy, love and laughter...

Make peace everyday~


Mary Jane Kasliner ~ Feng Shui Master & Yogi

Monday, November 21, 2011

Giving ` Tzedakah

Giving ~ Tzedakah

Tzedakah literally means righteousness in Hebrew. It refers to justice, kindness, and ethical behavior. Giving to those in need is an act of justice. All people have a legal right to food, clothing, and shelter that should be honored by more fortunate people.

Why not give to someone in need today. There are many ways to give; simply choose one that resonates with you.

Mary Jane Kasliner ~ Feng Shui Master & Yogi

Friday, November 18, 2011

The Lotus Flower

Photo: Mary Jane Kasliner
Butchart Gardens - Victoria, BC

In Buddhism the lotus flower is the symbol of being faithful. The lotus flower inspires people to continue striving through difficulties and show their best part to the outside world no matter what the circumstances may be. This is understood as being just like the lotus flower, bringing beauty and light from the murky darkness at the bottom of the pond.

The sacred lotus, Nelumbo nucifera, is an important spiritual symbol in Eastern religions. It represents purity, divine wisdom, and the individual's progress from the lowest to the highest state of consciousness.

The enchanting paradox of the lotus is that it grows in muddy waters, emerging unblemished by pollution.

Enjoy the lotus!

Mary Jane Kasliner, Feng Shui Master & Yogi

Thursday, November 17, 2011

5 Key Principles To a Good Life

Photo taken by: Mary Jane Kasliner
Wahkeena Falls Pacific Northwest

1. Relax:
This principle is not to be brushed over. It is the key to developing the right approach towards life and all the twists and turns that inevitably come your way. If you can stay relaxed you will have a chance to break the reactive pattern of automatic response to conditions, thus, meeting more of the moment with more of your being. It all begins will having this ease of being. To relax means to not be easily swayed by the pull of dualities. Neither buying excessively into the promises of gain nor fearing excessively the consequences of loss.
2. Witness: This is a big ask I know. No human being ever has or probably ever will be able to bear witness constantly to all that is taking place within their mind and body. That being said, the more you can do it the more awareness will illuminate the inner walls of your mind, thinking and emotions.

3. Affection: Forgive, be kind, be thoughtful, be nice, be good, be sensitive, be loving, be compassionate. All in all, it’s the practice. It is easy to do all of the above when things are going your way, but, can you do all of the above when things are not? We can put up our best when all is good, but, can you do the same when you don’t get what you want? When someone insults you? When your ego takes a hit? Will you be able to side with affection under duress or will the subconscious, hidden, egotistical nature take control? That is the real test of adhering to this principle of affection and be warned it is not easy.

4. Honesty: Absolute honesty I should say. In word, deed and behavior. You will have fun with this one. Just give it a try and you will be amazed by how much you learn about yourself. How hard the mind works to manipulate perception and procure security, without any consideration to what is true.
5. Courage: By courage here, I also mean self-confidence and self-belief. Courage is important on two fronts. First, the path to enlightenment is ultimately walked alone. Without courage you will not get very far, as at the first sign of danger you will balk. Second, to live a good life means to live according to your passion and if you lack courage you are going to play it safe always and never take the necessary chances to follow your heart.

Here's to a good life!

Mary Jane Kasliner ~ Feng Shui Master & Yogi

*Master of Meditation Techniques information~

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Photo taken by: Mary Jane Kasliner
Pacific Northwest ~ August 2011

Patience ~ Confucius

"Do not be desirous of having things done quickly. Do not look at small advantages. Desire to have things done quickly prevents their being done thoroughly. Looking at small advantages prevents great affairs from being accomplished."

This is a wonderful quote from Confucius. All too often today we feel rushed to meet deadlines or to simply check more items off our list. The reality is when we rush we fight against the natural rhythm of life and timing for things to be completed. When we force the issue we only experience anxiety, fear and indecision. Patience has immediate results and those results can be seen with peace of mind, confidence, and ease in making decisions.

When we allow the necessary time to complete a task great things can be the result. So try moving towards your true self and let go of trying to finish things quickly.

Have a patient filled day!

Mary Jane Kasliner ~ Feng Shui Master & Certified Yoga Teacher

Tuesday, November 15, 2011


Spreading random acts of kindness is a way to bring peace into the world. Enjoy the top 10 "kindness quotes" and start your day on a positive note!

1. “A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.” ~ William Arthur Ward

2. “Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.” ~Princess Diana

3. “Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.” ~Franklin D. Roosevelt

4. “Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.” ~Lao Tzu

5. “Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” ~Mark Twain

6. “My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.” ~Dalai Lama

7. “What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness?” ~Jean-Jacques Rousseau

8. “Kindness is in our power, even when fondness is not.” ~Samuel Johnson

9. “Real generosity is doing something nice for someone who will never find out.” ~Frank A. Clark

10. “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” ~Leo Buscaglia

Enjoy your day!

Mary Jane Kasliner ~ Yoga Teacher & Feng Shui Master

Monday, November 14, 2011

Personality ~ Wisdom From the Sages

Personality ~ Wisdom From the Sages

The word "personality" comes from the root "persona," a Greek word meaning "mask" and the process of playing role in theater. These masks create different personalities. An individual soul wears a particular mask according to its predispositions (son, daughter, husband, wife, etc.). We create attachments for ourselves and a completely new personality. In doing so we forget our true nature and create pain, troubles and perplexities in external life which are actually the faces of ignorance. In this state we become helpless and lose self-confidence. and fell powerless.

All this suffering is simply because we forget our true nature and begin to identify ourselves with objects of the world. When we lead with the spirit with drop the mask of "personality" and find a peaceful mind, self control and confidence. The inner dweller leads and is at peace.

Let's find our Inner Dweller today and let "it" take the lead.

Mary Jane Kasliner - Yoga Teacher & Feng Shui Master

Thursday, November 10, 2011

True Consciousness

Our True nature is not limited. It is like a vast ocean. When we touch supreme consciousness through meditation, then we are boundless, we are everywhere, we are eternal.

Try infusing meditation in your daily routine. Begin with five minutes in the morning by sitting quietly and focusing on the eternal breath. Just allow the breath to roll in and roll out like the waves of the ocean. As the thoughts float in just allow the breath to guide them back out. With each breath sink deeper into self and uncover the true state of "self." Here you will begin to sense the vastness of our nature, the peace that resides within.

Mary Jane
Feng Shui Master & Yogi

Monday, November 7, 2011

Conquer Self ~ Buddha

Conquer Self ~ Buddha

"It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles.
Then the victory is yours.

It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell."

never an easy task to quiet the mind of negative chatter. When we can begin to master that aspect, then self can be conquered.

Have a peaceful day!

Mary Jane
Feng Shui Master & Yogi

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Discover Your True Passion

Discover Your True Passion

So many people go through life wondering what their soul's mission is. Here is a simple meditation to help move you in the right direction.

  • Find a quiet place where you will not be disturbed.
  • Focus on the breath and let go of everything else.
  • Now call to mind the following questions and tell the universe you are ready for answers.
1.What is it you like to do for its own sake without any any concerns of reward or compliment?

2. If you won the lottery how would you like to spend the rest of your life?

3. If you were informed you were to die shortly, what would you regret most not spending your time doing?

4. No matter where you are on earth, what do you see yourself doing regardless of location?

5. What activity do you find yourself coming back to in life?

6. What activity can you not seeing yourself do without?

Without a doubt what you love to do may not be easy to actually move it into action, but when you commit to doing it you will no longer work another day in your life.


Mary Jane Kasliner ~ Feng Shui Master & Yoga Teacher

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Spiritual Path

When we seek to understand the Universe and become one with it you are on the spiritual path. The Universe listens to every word and thought you have and grants your desires. So to truly begin your spiritual path simply state the words "I'm ready." The Universe will then start showing you signs (coincidences) to indicate it has heard you and responding to the call.

Number sequences is a common way the universe speaks to us. Other ways are through signs, sounds or smells. When you ask a question look, listen and feel for the response from the universe. You will know and understand the response. It will make sense to you. Be open-minded and attentive and look out for patterns of certain things that are emerging in your life.

Begin today with a meditation and ask the Universe whatever you need to guide you on right path.

Mary Jane Kasliner ~ Yogi & Feng Shui Master

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Presence - The Stillness Within

We are all creating our lives, moment to moment in this world. We can choose the moments and how to spend them; in peace and stillness or chaos. Research has determined that we are generally only using 7% of our time to create in the present moment, the rest of the time is spent in the past or wondering about the future.

When we are in the past we are constantly recreating the past experience. When we are in the future we are projecting ourselves into hoping for an experience. Cultivating the presence is the key to living a full and peaceful life. It is the only place we can grow productively and move beyond repetitive experiences.

It is in the here and now that you create your life, for you, your loved ones and the world at large. We spend way too much time getting ahead of ourselves or referring to the past that there is very little time for the NOW.

Today, make the change and listen to the NOW that dwells within.

Mary Jane Kasliner

Thursday, October 20, 2011


Nan-in, a Japanese master during the Meiji era (1868-1912), received a university professor who came to inquire about Zen.

Nan-in served tea. He poured his visitor's cup full, and then kept on pouring.

The professor watched the overflow until he no longer could restrain himself. "It is overfull. No more will go in!"

"Like this cup," Nan-in said, "you are full of your own opinions and speculations. How can I show you Zen unless you first empty your cup?"


Something to ponder...How full we all are of our own opinions...

Mary Jane

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The Earth's Wisdom

The Earth's Wisdom

Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books."
~John Lubbock

Sol Duc Falls ~ Olympic National Park 8/11

What a beautiful and profound quotation. The ancient sages learned from their surrounding environment. The mountains, rivers, lakes, valleys, trees, rocks, soil, the moon and sun, stars and planets. All man needs can be obtained from mother earth and father sky. The question remains...How much time are you willing to take out of your busy schedule to spend some time with mother earth and all of her blessings? The answers you seek are waiting for you to discover. Begin with your surrounding environment. Listen to that voice within and I am sure you will discover exactly what is is you are looking for.

Namaste~ Mary Jane Kasliner ~ Feng Shui Master & Certified Yoga Teacher

Monday, October 17, 2011

Dwell in Possibility

Dwell in Possibility

Emily Dickinson's poem "I Dwell in Possibility" is a beautiful way to let us all be guided in life; to love, laugh, and enjoy all that life has to offer.

I dwell in Possibility --
A fairer House than Prose --
More numerous of Windows --
Superior -- for Doors --

Of Chambers as the Cedars --
Impregnable of Eye --
And for an Everlasting Roof
The Gambrels of the Sky --
Of Visitors -- the fairest --
For Occupation -- This --
The spreading wide of narrow Hands
To gather Paradise --

Thursday, October 13, 2011



It becomes easy to look into the scripture with our own eyes, understand the meaning for ourselves, to analyse just what we want, and to understand the truth for ourselves. This is what has to be done. At the same time we must pay all reverence to the ancient sages for their work. They were great, these ancients, but we want to be greater. They did great work in the past, but we must do greater work than they.

In ancient India there were hundreds of Rishis. We (mankind) are millions and have the potential to do great things for this world. Whatever we believe, that we will be. If we believe ourselves to be sages, sages we will be. There is nothing to obstruct us. For if there is one common doctrine that runs through man, is that all glory, power, and purity are within the soul already.

All admit the truth that the power is there - potential or manifest it is there - and the sooner we believe that, the better for mankind. All power is within us; we can do anything and everything. Believe in that, do not believe that one is weak. We can do anything and everything without even the guidance of any one. All power is there. Stand up and express the divinity within you!


Mary Jane ~ Yogi & Feng Shui master

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Peace of Heart

Peace of Heart

When you look out to Siwash Rock in Vancouver, BC it brings peace immediately to your heart. When you silence the mind and open the heart there is a sense of divine influence that takes over.

Silence of mind and heart filled the ancient sages and saints with the wisdom of God. Peace is the secret of long life and good health...

May you have a peaceful mind and heart today.

Mary Jane ~ Yogi & Feng Shui Master

Monday, October 3, 2011

Respect and Honor all Life

Respect and Honor All Life

In order to honor all life you must honor your own life first. How do you honor your life?

Do you take time to meditate?

Do you take time to practice yoga or another form of moving meditation?

Do you choose the right foods to nourish your body?

Do you get enough sleep?

Do you laugh?
Do you know how to relax?

Do you spend time with people you love?

Do you love what you do and do what you love?

The road map to contentment, happiness, peace and happiness begins with self love. How we treat ourselves is how we treat others. So be gentle to self and the rest will unfold on its own. By respecting self you respect others. This is the formula for a peaceful world.

Mary Jane Kasliner - Feng Shui Master & Yogi

Monday, September 26, 2011

Patience ~ Confucius

Patience ~ Confucius

Do not be desirous of having things done quickly. Do not look at small advantages. Desire to have things done quickly prevents their being done thoroughly. Looking at small advantages prevents great affairs from being accomplished.

This is a wonderful quote from Confucius. All too often today we feel rushed to meet deadlines or to simply check more items off our list. The reality is when we rush we fight against the natural rhythm of life and timing for things to be completed. When we force the issue we only experience anxiety, fear and indecision. Patience has immediate results and those results can be seen with peace of mind, confidence, and ease in making decisions.
Pacific Northwest

When we allow the necessary time to complete a task great things can be the result. So try moving towards your true self and let go of trying to finish things quickly.

Have a patient filled day!

Mary Jane Kasliner ~ Feng Shui Master & Certified Yoga Teacher

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Yoga ~ An Ancient Practice

Yoga ~ An Ancient Practice

To the ancients, yoga is a complete system, of which the postures are a small aspect of the practice. Yoga, referred to as the whole, is spiritual in nature according to the sages.

In modern times, the position of the postures has been elevated to move to the forefront. Because of this many people think of yoga as being a physical practice only. In other words, the Whole and the Part have reversed position. Remember, the actual concept behind yoga is that the asanas or postures are only Part of the process or practice. The greater essence or purpose of yoga is to prepare the body (through the postures) to sit in meditation and connect to true self. This is why it is so important to meditate at the end of your yoga postures and then build upon that routine of meditation until it becomes a daily practice.

Hurricane Ridge - Washington State

Connecting to true self or spirit is the goal behind your yogic journey. Don't minimize that aspect of your practice as it is the branch and root to this ancient discipline.

May you build on your practice, seek inner knowledge, and grow beyond your imagination.

Mary Jane Kalsiner ~ RYT, EYT

Monday, September 19, 2011

The Earth's wisdom

The Earth's Wisdom

Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books."
~John Lubbock

Butchart Gardens ~ British Columbia ~ 8/2011

What a beautiful and profound quotation. The ancient sages learned from their surrounding environment. The mountains, rivers, lakes, valleys, trees, rocks, soil, the moon and sun, stars and planets. All man needs can be obtained from mother earth and father sky. The question remains...How much time are you willing to take out of your busy schedule to spend some time with mother earth and all of her blessings? The answers you seek are waiting for you to discover. Begin with your surrounding environment. Listen to that voice within and I am sure you will discover exactly what is is you are looking for.

Namaste~ Mary Jane Kasliner ~ Feng Shui Master & Certified Yoga Teacher

Friday, September 16, 2011

Finding Peace in Nature

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.” ~John Muir

Have you ever experience a sense of profound peace and spiritual renewal in nature? Chances are you have. Recently, my husband and I set out for the Pacific Northwest to take in the sites that this country embodies. The experience was one of a life-time and will be permanently etched in my mind and spirit.
I truly understand now how the ancient sages developed their wisdom. Spending the greater part of their life not only surrounded by nature but being a part of it, living it, breathing it and listening to it. Today, man is consumed with "the noise" or technology that demands his attention. Albeit technology makes for comfort and convenience, it also detracts from the simple things in life. It is in the simplicity that wisdom is found. Why not take some time out in your day and simplify, get outside and "be" with nature, look, listen, feel, smell and touch it. I'm sure you will find your day to be more peaceful.

Mary Jane - Professional Feng Shui Consultant & Registered Yoga Teacher

Thursday, September 15, 2011

What is Enlightenment?

Pacific Northwest ~ Recent Trip

What is the state of Cosmic Consciousness? The ultimate awareness is referred to as enlightenment, nirvana, samadhi, self-realization, rapture, ascension and unity consciousness. It is the goal of life for every human being to reach this state of awareness. It is brought about when the illusionary perception of separateness comes together into the Universal Self.

Our true nature is not limited but rather a vast sea, as we are everywhere. How can we achieve this state? The easiest way is to follow those before us who have paved the way. The sages, the saints, and ascended masters of all times found this path. Following the guidance and words of a previous teacher or guru. The enlightened master sees the grand achievement and encourages others to find this treasure.

Take time everyday to follow one word of wisdom from an ascended master and we shall all reach that state of consciousness.

Namaste -
Mary Jane -

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

In Honor of 911


I have been away in the Pacific Northwest for most of the month of August. What a spiritual place and divine land tompography. Upon returning I presented a 3 day seminar on Earth Energy, Land Clearing Ceremonies & Space Clearing at my Feng Shui School - Teaching Tortoise School of Feng Shui.
Please enjoy the photos on my BSA Facebook page:!/BSAfengshui

All Pacific Northwest photos are on my personal Facebook page. So if you are a member of facebook you may friend me and enjoy the scenery...

"You must give to nature more than you take. Obey it and the earth will provide you in glorious abundance." ~ Alan Chadwick

Mary Jane ~ ~

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Quotes from Aristotle

Quotes of Wisdom~

"All men by nature desire to know." Aristotle

"It is not once nor twice but times without number that the same ideas make their appearance in the world." Aristotle

"There is something marvelous in all natural things." Aristotle

"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. "

Enjoy these quotes. Wisdom of the sages will return in 10 days. Off to the Pacific Northwest.

Mary Jane

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

The Seven Rays

The Seven Rays

The seven rays or chakras govern the endocrine system and align to the seven major glands of the body. The higher man ascends on the ladder of evolution, the more these energy centers expand. The centers, usually described as wheels, rotate and can draw the radiations of perfection from the divine.

The lower 6 chakras are influenced on this physical plane. The root chakra can be overly influenced by objects and desires. The naval by passions including anger. The solar plexus by greed and fear. You can feel really stuck in life when this chakra is negatively impacted. The heart can be influenced by negativity. One becomes lethargic and not able to put the heart into anything. The throat can be negatively influenced causing one to be concerned only with power. The 3rd eye out of alignment moves towards intellectual arrogance. The crown is mostly underdeveloped. By turning to "I AM" presence this chakra begins to vibrate and enlightenment is reached.

Spend some time each day to meditate on the chakras. Wearing chakra beads helps to keep these chakras in alignment.

Mary Jane

Monday, August 15, 2011

Be Impeccable With Your Word

Be Impeccable With Your Word~

In the book The Four Agreements, Don Miguel Ruiz emphasizes the importance of being impeccable with your word. Your word is the power that you have to create a life of joy or a life of hell. It all depends how you choose your word. The Gospel of John in the Bible, speaking of the creation of the universe, says, "In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word is God." It is through the word that we get to express our creative power and manifest everything in our life.

The word is very powerful in that it can produce unbelievable beauty in your life or through its misuse create a living hell. Your word according to Ruiz is pure magic. This is not as easy as it may appear, as we are programmed to be less than impeccable with our words. Think about how many times during the day you have self talk going on inside your head. Have you ever stopped to listen to what you are saying? Begin to pay attention to the words in your mind, as this is what is creating your reality. If you want to change your reality, then change your words - become impeccable with your word.

Have a wonderful day manifesting the good things into your life.

Mary Jane

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Secret Knowledge

Secret Knowledge:

Distinguish between those who understand and those who agree.
He who understands the Teaching will not tarry in applying it to life;
He who agrees will nod and extol the Teaching as remarkable wisdom,
but will not apply this wisdom to his life.
There are many who have agreed, but they are like a withered forest,
fruitless and without shade. Only decay awaits them.
Those who understand are few, but like a sponge they absorb the precious knowledge and are ready to cleanse the horrors of the world with the precious liquid.


What have you learned today?


Friday, August 5, 2011



Wordsworth, an English poet expressed his love for nature in his works. In his famous poem " Nightingale! thou Surely Art," he writes about the sounds of nature - the singing bird and how these elements of nature becomes therapy for all. By immersing yourself in the present moment, and shutting out all other distractions, you can allow a bird singing to relax you and connect directly to your soul.

I'm sure if you think about the most pleasant times in your life it had something to do with being in nature whether it was a day at the beach, a walk through the park on an autumn day or simply swinging on a swing looking at the blue sky above.

To explore nature like so many artists and poets have, try the following:

  • Sit under a tree and simply take note of your surroundings. Then close your eyes and listen to the ambient sounds that surround you.
  • Walk barefoot upon the grass or the sand. Let the earth sink deep into your soul.
  • Plan an extended time in nature on your next vacation and take a journal with you to record what you see, feel and hear.
These are just a few things you can do to reunite with nature.

Mary Jane

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Longevity Wisdom

Luigi Cornaro
, a Venetian nobleman, was one of the most celebrated centenarians, who lived from 1464 to 1566 AD. Luigi is famous for his longevity wisdom about the art of living well related to calorie restriction, expressed in his discourses written when he was in his eighties and nineties.

The wisdom of Luigi Cornaro has been an inspiration for more than five centuries. His longevity wisdom on anti-aging living is simple and down-to-earth:

• Avoid overeating.

• Avoid environmental stress, such as extreme heat and cold (environmental toxins in contemporary society).

• Avoid extreme fatigue, and interruption of sleep.

These are simple things we all can do to move towards a healthy a long life.


Mary Jane

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

The Power of Humility

The Power of Humility

Many have the wrong idea about humility. They think that being humble means we need to submit to others. In actuality humility is about letting go of arrogance and pride and when we do that we become the peacemakers of the world. We begin to walk in the power of divine source rather than our own power. This is very liberating. Humility is about being comfortable with who we are and with the divine. When we are humble it becomes easy to put others first. This is what makes us strong and capable of doing anything. When you are humble you can diffuse anger. When you are humble you can handle unfair treatment. When you are humble the less you have to prove.

Mary Jane

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Wisdom of the Sages ~ Health Quotations

Wisdom of the Sages ~ Health Quotations

"One cannot tell when he is going to be healed, so do not try to set an exact time limit. Faith, not time, will determine when the cure will be effected." Yogananda

"Every situation, properly perceived, becomes an opportunity to heal." ~ A Course in Miracles

"Man is a creature composed of countless millions of cells; a microbe is composed of only one, yet throughout the ages the two have been in ceaseless conflict." ~ A. B. Christie

"If your teeth are clenched and your fists are clenched, your lifespan is probably clenched." ~ Adabella Radici

Namaste~ Mary Jane

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