Expert Feng Shui consultant, (both business and personal)
workshop facilitator, author, and musician
Marina Lighthouse is a dynamic force in the world of Feng Shui. A certified Feng Shui practitioner of the Black Sect Tantric Feng Shui School, and an International Feng Shui Guild Red Ribbon Member, she is also founder and owner of Harmony in Your Environment and www.LighthouseFengShui.com.
Marina is much in demand for consultation by individuals seeking to bring harmony to their relationships, health, family, and finances. Her expertise is sought by multinational, multi-million dollar companies, as well as smaller enterprises wishing to give their businesses a unique advantage in the marketplace. She also enjoys using her abilities in the interests of community service – even working with cities to develop or improve public parks and spaces. Consultations are confidential, and may be performed in person, or thanks to state of the art technology, from a remote location.
She received years-long training under His Holiness, Grandmaster Lin Yun Rinpoche, to whom she was introduced in 1991. This intensive schooling, coupled with her many years in the business allows her to bring a deep wisdom to the practical advice and solutions she offers her clients. Buildings, houses, situations, and people are all different. Key to Lighthouse’s success is her ability to offer uniquely tailored services to individuals.
An informative and entertaining presenter, Marina Lighthouse also provides workshops and teaches Feng Shui classes to real estate companies, women’s clubs, libraries, bookstores, corporations, community colleges, and universities.
She has written three eBooks including “Your Power Animal Within Chinese Astrology”, and has produced three CDs. One is “FENG SHUI TUNE UP”, a unique musical collaboration between His Holiness Grandmaster Lin Yun and herself. “The Heart Sutra” containing meditations and chanting and “KUAN YIN”, featuring mantras, meditation and rituals.
Whether you’re interested in creating a happy family life, improving prosperity and wealth, bringing helpful people into your sphere, maintaining good health, bringing blessings to your children, increasing knowledge and fame, bringing promotion and success to your work, or keeping relationships and marriages harmonious, get in touch. Marina Lighthouse will be your guide.
A New Attitude About an Ancient Art
It’s a Wonderful Life. Remember the movie? The old Frank Capra Christmas Classic? It’s about an Everyman who can’t catch a break (Jimmy Stewart in his most unforgettable role as George Bailey), beset with a host of everyday problems, who manages to overcome most of them with a change in attitude and a little help from above. The one thing, however, that drives old George off a bridge – the running gag, the underlying symbol for the theme of the movie – is an unglued knob at the bottom of the banister that comes loose in his hand every single time he attempts to use the stairs.
Granted, old George Bailey has an angel on his side in the movie and winds up realizing just how lucky he really is, but he could also use a good Feng Shui adjustment. All he has to do is ask.
But how does one balance a busy life? How does one ask? Ask who? Ask what? How does one ‘get lucky?’
Kids, relationship, health, money problems, lack of time, stress, a cluttered environment, hidden tension, and the front door sticks every time you try and close it. They all affect each other. There is blocked energy that needs to be freed. Everything is working against and not in harmony with each other. Sometimes, life gets so overwhelmingly out of control one doesn’t know where to begin.
Lighting the Way
If only George Bailey could’ve met Marina Lighthouse.
No one understands or empathizes with this type of problem more than a person who helps people find real-life daily solutions to that very question. Marina Lighthouse is an expert in the Art of Balanced Living, the Art of Placement — the ancient and revered Art of Feng Shui. But what is it, really, that she does? Is she some sort of New Age Interior Design Psychotherapist? What is gained or, more importantly, what needs to be lost as a person, a place, an environment comes into balance. What does that mean, anyhow?
What does where we live and how we live have to do with who we are and how balanced we feel? What elements cause and relieve stress in our lives? So what if the front door sticks or that knob on the banister falls off every time you grab it? How is the energy blocked? What energy? What can one do?
These are precisely the hard to answer but urgent questions asked everyday by people, corporations, architects, business leaders, politicians, entertainers and hundreds more that this Los Altos resident comes in contact with.
Marina Lighthouse believes people, places and even the things around us have energy and are connected in ways that are both seen and unseen. One influences the other and all react in ways that can be known if only one would pay close attention. She thinks a balanced life is a well-adjusted life and that luck, prosperity, success and happiness can be prepared for and encouraged – that an open mind, an open heart and open channels to creativity and prosperity do much to manifest the same.
Through her very successful Los Altos business Harmony in Your Environment, Lighthouse helps corporations and small businesses, entrepreneurs and just plain folks identify and clear a path for the energy in their lives.
Look and Listen
“The very first thing I do when someone calls me for a Feng Shui consultation is I arrive and observe, then listen deeply. I listen a lot. The client is talking. The environment is talking. Feng Shui is all about observing, noticing, feeling. There are blatant energies, subtle energies. Sometimes, living and working, we lose a perspective on those. I observe subtleties, notice patterns. For example, a person will bump their shins repeatedly, then adjust and start to walk around a sharp coffee table. They may avoid that coffee table for years, instead of just moving it. Moving the coffee table does more than create space, it eliminates the compensating-tension a person doesn’t even know they’re holding and expending every time they encounter that table. It takes energy to avoid it 100 times a day. Suddenly, there’s more energy.”
According to Lighthouse, good Feng Shui is 90% about showing up and listening. “By the way, just to be clear,” says Lighthouse. “Feng Shui is not about providing unsolicited advice to people about their relationships, homes, lives or businesses. It’s about listening, looking, intuiting, observing, talking, connecting, and then, if need be, correcting.”
“I walked recently into a woman’s house and listened to her complain about her unrelieved kidney problems. Even her dog had developed kidney problems she said. I listened and looked. I noticed an aquarium that was filthy and unattended. In the back yard was fetid, stagnant water from a backed up drain. I noticed a pattern. We talked. I mostly listened. After a while I made a few suggestions. Today her back yard is dry and tended, the aquarium is clean, her kidney problems are gone, and oddly, so are her dog’s. She’s feeling less blocked, less stagnant. Her kidneys filter better. She’s happier. Chi was blocked. Energy flows easier now. It was all connected.”
Sometimes, a Feng Shui adjustment to a person’s environment takes the form of a ‘cure’ or response. There is something one can do to change or redirect energy. “It’s usually impossible to change the architecture of a house to open up the free-flowing of energy,” says Lighthouse. “However, a transcendental cure could take the form of an object that wards off, or reflects bad Chi. The same lady whose kidney problems cleared up, lived in a house where three busy streets intersected right outside her house. In fact, they all converged at her front door. Too much busy, hectic energy was directed at the house. An eight-sided Chinese Mirror, Ba-gua, was hung above the front door, deflecting the energy back outside.” Other Feng Shui responses or cures could take the form of windchimes, a Bamboo Flute, hanging crystals, and other items found at Chinese specialty shops.
East Meets West
Marina Lighthouse is an intriguing blend of Western sensibility and Eastern mysticism. An artist by nature, a musician and healer by craft, a composer and singer, successful businesswoman and spiritual seeker, she simply believes “That we are all here to help each other any way we can.”
Lighthouse was taught at an early age about Chinese history and philosophy by her father, Ben Marinovich. Lighthouse says, “I guess I was trained for this from an early age. My average morning breakfast table conversation before school included the interpreting of last night’s dreams and on certain days of the week reading coffee grounds.”
Studying the I Ching extensively, she also immersed herself in Christian, Buddhist and Taoist theology. She was introduced to Feng Shui in 1991, and later met His Holiness Grandmaster Lin Yun Rinpoche while he was performing a blessing ceremony for the City of Santa Cruz in California. She began studying directly under the renowned spiritual leader of the Tantric Buddhist Black Sect Feng Shui in 1995, and became a certified practitioner in 1996. They collaborated in 2000 on a project to weave the precepts and theories of Feng Shui into a musical context. The resulting CD, “Feng Shui Tune Up” was heralded as the first of its kind in the field.
Although she is based in the San Francisco area, during her regular travels to Taipei, the world-renowned H.H. Grandmaster Lin Yun often referred politicians, business owners, entertainers and writers to her for readings.