Do you ever find yourself feeling trapped, as if the energy in the room or your office is draining your spirit? It’s like each space carries its own weight, pulling you down instead of lifting you up. Have you noticed certain objects around your home or workplace that seem to exude negative energy, casting a shadow over your mood? It’s a heavy burden to bear, but there’s hope in understanding the source of these feelings. Consider the art of Feng Shui—a practice that not only identifies life’s blockages but also paves the way for the free flow of high-level energy, fostering an environment where success effortlessly blossoms.

Patricia Lohan is the creator of Powerhouse and Author of The Happy Home: A Guide To Creating A Happy, Healthy, Wealthy Life. Patricia Lohan helps women make their home magnetic to money, luck, and blessings. She shows you what they don’t teach in school, what lies between the lines, your top secret tool for success. She is a Feng Shui expert, a healer, and a passionate female entrepreneur who has shaped her dream life living in Bali with her husband. Patricia has a gift at making Feng Shui simple and easy to understand and implement.

She has helped thousands of people across the globe embrace Feng Shui and create lasting changes in their homes, lives, and businesses. Patricia has seen firsthand the power of the mind, surroundings, and inner healing, clearing and aligning everything so it works holistically. 

In this episode, Patricia shares a holistic approach to evaluating the nine key areas of your life. By doing so, you can create pathways for abundance and success to flourish with the help of Feng Shui. She emphasizes the importance of surrounding yourself with objects that evoke happy memories, serving as reminders and sources of energy to help you pursue your aims and goals.

What you will learn from this episode:

  • Find out how to gain clarity on your goals and genuinely feel positive about achieving them
  • Explore the nine essential aspects of life that you need to analyze and evaluate to uncover pathways for energy to thrive and flourish
  • Discover how to craft a vision board that reflects your future aspirations through tangible items around you that serve as daily reminders of your goals and desires

Be prepared for change and don’t resist it.

– Patricia Lohan

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Topics Covered:

03:05 – An interesting thing that’s going to happen especially for women as we approach a new cycle this year

06:57 – What women can do to tap into their alignment this year

08:45 – How is it possible that the fire cycle will last for 20 years and what industries will flourish in this fire cycle 

13:57 – Creating a vision and getting clarity of your goals in the nine areas of your life.

17:42 – Physical environment around you that needs attention for energy to flow and keep things moving

20:26 – How to make your home a vision board for what you want to accomplish

23:21 – Action steps for 2024 to get the energy flowing

24:38 – The good and bad things about the fire element that you should be wary about

Key Takeaways:

“This is going to be a time of deep transformation and change, which is very exciting. There’s going to be an opportunity for fame, for expansion, for collaboration and technology is going to change even more and even more rapidly than we’ve been experiencing.” – Patricia Lohan

“With this fire element, what’s really important is that the fire energy and people need to stay grounded.” – Patricia Lohan

“You’re an influencer in your life already. You don’t need to be on social media and have a million followers to be an influencer. Like showing up every day, feeling excited about life, being happy, being joyful, and actually just contributing the way that you are.” – Patricia Lohan

“If you’re looking at those nine areas and you’re seeing something that’s off, that’s not balanced, I would start with your home because it’s the easiest thing to change.” – Patricia Lohan

“That’s that idea of alignment, making sure that the art represents where you’re going.” – Patricia Lohan

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Full Episode Transcript:

Patricia Lohan 00:00 

We are moving into a cycle that is for women, for middle-aged women, for women stepping into their power. This is literally our time and we’re being supported because the previous cycle was earth element. This new cycle is all about the fire element. And the fire element has an energy of passion. It has an energy — it’s fast, it’s moving, it’s changing, and it’s going to have a really powerful effect on transformation.

Sarah E. Brown 00:38 

Hello everyone. Welcome to the KTS Success Factor Podcast for Women where we talk about challenges senior female leaders face in being happy and successful at work. I’m your host, Dr. Sarah E. Brown.

My guest today is Patricia Lohan. She is the creator of Powerhouse and author of the Happy Home: A Guide to Creating a Happy, Healthy, Wealthy Life. Patricia helps women make their home magnetic to money, luck, and blessings. She shows you what they don’t teach in school, what lies between the lines, your top secret tool for success. She is a Feng Shui expert, a healer, and a passionate female entrepreneur. She has a gift for making Feng Shui simple, easy to understand and easy to implement. And she is a repeat guest on this show. She was last here in July of 2021 when she talked with us about Feng Shui-ng our office. And she was talking about the impact that our physical environment has on us and our ability to move to the next level. And I remember the tips that she talked about making Feng Shui simple. And one of the things she emphasized, which I do all the time now, is when you walk into a room, whether or not it’s lifting your spirits or decreasing your spirits, pay attention to your environment and the impact that it’s having on you. And Patricia, I will tell you, every time I walk into my office now, I think about that. You had a lasting impact on that.

Patricia Lohan 02:31 

Oh, I’m very grateful to hear that.

Sarah E. Brown 02:33

So welcome back. When we last talked, you were splitting your time between Ireland and Bali. Are you still doing that?

Patricia Lohan 02:41

We’re splitting our time now between Ireland, Greece and Bali.

Sarah E. Brown 02:45

Very cool. So you are now, where?

Patricia Lohan 02:48

I’m currently in Ireland. We’ll be in Greece for the summers.

Sarah E. Brown 02:51

Well, welcome back. So there’s something going on this year that you want to share with us. So what’s going on this year and how does it impact Feng Shui and what do women around the world need to know about what’s going on?

Patricia Lohan 03:05

Well, I think that, just to kind of give a precursor in Feng Shui, you may have heard about the Chinese New Year and every year the cycle changes, like we’re currently in the, we’re in 2024, it’s the Chinese new year of the wood dragon. and it’s like this little change of energy from one year to the next. And my clients would find it would be changing the energies of their home, changing their remedies. We would kind of give them an updated report because as the energy changes, we need to move with that. It’s not like a set in stone, it’s just like the seasons. It’s a bit like the seasons change basically. Now we have like a one year season change from the Chinese New Year. And then Feng Shui is a very ancient practice.

It’s 5,000 years old and Chinese sages spent hundreds of years studying the movement of the stars, basically how the changing positions affect the energies on buildings. And they created a calendar. And this calendar runs on 180 year cycles. So there’s a giant like overarching cycle, and then there’s our one year cycle, but then that 180 year cycle is divided into nine. And that’s a 20 year cycle. So we are currently moving from cycle eight. So for the third or 4th of February, 2024, we’ll have moved from cycle eight into cycle nine. Now you’ll be like, why does this matter to me? Well, I’ll just talk a little bit about what cycle eight was, because cycle eight was all about the earth element, about real estate, and it was all about young males in power. And we can kind of look back and be like, right, well what were the big things that kind of like big companies that grew?

And like the first one that comes to mind is Facebook, Instagram, Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos, all these men whose businesses kind of got like massive, like it was young guys in power. Like it just exploded, which is amazing. Now we’re moving into cycle nine. And this means that, not that it doesn’t mean that young men aren’t going to do well in cycle nine. What it does mean though is that we’re going to see a much, much bigger influence on mature females in power. So this is why Sarah, I came to you and I was like, this is so important for us to all know and to recognize that we are moving into a cycle that is for women, for like middle aged women, for women stepping into their power. This is literally our time and we’re being supported because the previous cycle was about the earth element.

This new cycle is all about the fire element. And the fire element has an energy of passion, it has an energy, it’s fast, it’s moving, it’s changing, and it’s going to have a really powerful effect on transformation. So a lot of the words to answer your questions as I kind of start to go through this because I have a lot that I want to like kind of bring to people’s awareness. but this is going to be a time of deep transformation and change, which is very exciting. There’s going to be an opportunity for fame, for expansion, for collaboration and technology is going to change even more and even more rapidly than we’ve been experiencing. And it’s also going to be a time for deep spiritual transformation and soul discovery and getting, particularly, like everybody’s going to be affected by this, particularly women getting them into alignment, on their true path and basically kind of burning away that fire element, that Phoenix rising energy is going to like, burn away any of the ego that is kind of stopping you from truly being and embodying what you’re here to do on the planet right now.

Sarah E. Brown 06:43

Okay, so what do I do about it? I mean, if this is really my time and if transformation is the name of the game, what should I think about? What should I do? Should I change my spiritual time? What general guidance would you give?

Patricia Lohan 06:57

I love it. So, the first thing I would say is that this is going to be happening irrelevant to whether you do something or not. So the first level is having awareness, like this is we’re going to see more women in power. Like, I just saw a lady at the first MEP in New Zealand doing the haka in parliament. I’m like, oh, things are changing, so we’re going to start seeing more and more. And we’ve already seen it. So it’s not like the 4th of February happened and then everything, we’ve already started seeing it because within this 20 year cycle, there’s kind of like a maturing and it’s going to, we’ve been moving in, so we’ve keep seeing it. And so in terms of preparation for it, I would say the very first thing is actually getting clarity about where you’re going, about what we want to create, and kind of being like, well, why am I here?

Start asking the deeper questions. Why am I here? What am I here to do? How am I here to shine? And what parts of me allow this transformation of the feelings to come up and to get yourself clear of any of those mental blocks. For example, you asked about your spiritual time, should you change it? Maybe this is a huge time of spiritual transformation. Maybe it’s about going, okay, what are my spiritual practices? Do you have spiritual practices because this is the time for us to be tapping into our alignment. And if you have a spiritual practice, is it actually raising my vibration? Am I feeling happier, healthier, better when I get up from my meditation practice, from my yoga practice? Like, am I just like going, oh, I don’t need to do that. No. Like this is the time that we need to be doing that. You need to be sitting down and literally connecting with sources to guide you to get yourself into alignment. That would be my first thing.

Sarah E. Brown 08:42

Is it really going to last for 20 years?

Patricia Lohan 08:45

It will.The cycle will continue for 20 years. Say this just from an annual perspective, when we see annual changes in Feng Shui, like a backstory, one of our very first business clients, the Chinese New Year starts around the third or 4th of February every year. And I went to do a consultation with her about six months into the year. And she basically was kinda like at her wits end, she’s like, what the hell is going on with our business? Blah, blah, blah. And then we did the analysis like I do with my clients and I was like, okay, right, well have you had financial difficulties this year? And she was like, yeah, how did you know? And I was like, well, on the 3rd of February your… I didn’t even say the third. I said, oh, well your building has gone into a money lock, so like a freeze for this cycle, like for this one year.

And she’s like, I’ll tell you the date, she actually turned around and told me the 3rd of February I lost my biggest client and everything has just been so stagnant and stale since then. And I was like, oh, okay. And that was such a very confirming thing for me, for her to actually feed back to me on that date. Things changed for her. And I was like, well, it’s literally in alignment. Of course your building went into a money lock on that day and obviously I could help her to shift it and to support her and change things around. But from a 20-year perspective, things are going to change. And this is also, it’s not just about like there’s going to be industries that are going to be most tapped in. So obviously fire transformation, it’s about making sure that you are up to speed with the technology or getting more up to speed with the technology, making sure that you are, how do I describe it?

That you are really moving with the change. So like some of the industries that will thrive in this period, such as metaphysics, energy healings, like even Feng Shui, we’ve just started our Feng Shui certification this year. And I was just saying to them, I’m like, oh my God, we’re right on time. Like this is the time and people are going to be needing more help. With this fire element, what’s really important is that the fire energy and people need to stay grounded. And that’s why I started with having a good practice, having a very good meditation, like personal spiritual practice because fire also is a very immense energy. So it can create aggression, it can lead to changes in relationships. So it’s about making sure that you are in this clear alignment with where am I going?

Because we are also going to see the people who are not doing those practices. First of all, they’re going to need our help. And second of all, they’re also going to be, there could be an increase in like, family law, divorce lawyers, family therapists, because this is a dynamic time of change. And we haven’t seen anything like this before. The last time, it was 180 years ago. A 180 years ago, Queen Victoria was in power. In China there was a female leader in power, I can’t remember her name, but there was also a female leader in power in China. So we’re like, wow, okay, look at this, this is a time where we can come more into our power and that’s going to ruffle people’s feathers. So we need to be able to stand in our power and also be clear with where we’re going.

And I think that also just in terms of like your business doesn’t necessarily need to be associated with fire elements. And your work isn’t necessarily associated with fire elements, but it is important to make sure that you kind of connect with keeping it online. we’re also going to see the modern age is going to be in technology, but it is about tapping in and it’s this dance between staying grounded and growing and getting, being online. So it’s about being able to be part of it, but not of it, and getting into nature, harmonizing what nature as well.

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Sarah E. Brown 13:30

Okay, So you talked about being aware of the time. That’s one thing. And you talked about my words, not yours, staying current, growing while staying grounded at the same time. And you talked about being really clear about why you’re on the planet. What’s your purpose here? Do you have any tips and tricks on getting really clear about your purpose and why you’re here and what you want to create?

Patricia Lohan 13:57

I think for me… I love this. I actually, first of all, like for an exercise like getting clear on what you’d like to create, it’s really important to follow what feels good. your body doesn’t lie. If you’re doing something that excites you, do you feel good when you’re doing it? Does it feel good? I think the next thing for me when it comes to creating a vision and getting clarity about what it is that you want to create is about setting, like, I really like writing a list of what I don’t want. I don’t want this, this, this, this, this, this, this. And you’re like, well, what’s the opposite? Because the tricky question is asking people what they want. And when we go to the depths of that, it’s like, what are the things that are going to actually light me up?

For me my fuel is getting an email from a client saying, oh my, I just feel so happy, I’m not on pain relief anymore. My husband just got a new job, I’m feeling really good. My son who was a bit stuck is doing great now. I get those a lot like all the time. So it’s like fuel. It’s like, okay, well I’ve been gifted this opportunity to share this wisdom of Feng Shui and I’m just going to keep going, so how can I keep doing it? Now if you are complaining, struggling, stuck, and I think this is the thing, it’s about getting the clarity part is looking like, well what’s going on in your life right now? Like, looking at the bigger picture. From a Feng Shui perspective, I love looking at the nine areas like health, the career, the family, and your fame and reputation, your finances, your, let me see what other ones do I have, spirituality and connection.

I’m kind of doing it. I actually had that on my website, a quiz, the nine areas quiz, which is really useful to kind of go, okay, well this is good, this is good, this is good, these are pretty good. Okay, these other ones need some attention. And if we’re getting low marks on those, it’s like, right, I need to look at this and see what part of me inside of me is stopping me or I’m not allowing myself to flourish in this part of my life. Because it is about, like, I think for me, the purpose part can be tricky for some people. Because I think we could just show up and be good loving, kind people. We don’t necessarily need to have a job description attached to it. Like, or a, I’m going to change the world. It’s like if you’re an influencer in your life already. You don’t need to be on social media and have a million followers to be an influencer. Like showing up every day, feeling excited about life, being happy, being joyful, and actually just contributing the way that you are. Whether it’s cleaning the floors or standing on stages. Like, does it matter as long as you’re doing it with your heart and this is the thing, this is that alignment with your heart and knowing that you’re contributing the way that you can, the best you can with your heart.

Sarah E. Brown 16:40

Okay. And was it seven areas or nine areas?

Patricia Lohan 16:44

Nine areas. Okay. And you can get the quiz on my website and there’s actually like literally a 40 page report that you’ll get out, like kind of giving you some things you can do around your home. Because in Feng Shui we have three levels. So we’ve got this 20-year, we’re talking about the 20-year cycle we’re in right now. But you’ve got your own personal will. We’ve got our environment, which impacts us, which is what I work with people with Feng Shui and then they’re on their own under this kind of destiny as well.

Sarah E. Brown 17:12

Okay. And just give us that URL for your website where?

Patricia Lohan 17:17

So it is Okay. And that’s the quiz. Yeah.

Sarah E. Brown 17:20

And that’ll be in the show notes as well. So after we establish awareness and we get clear about what we’re doing by looking at the nine areas, is there anything in our environment, because you really drilled into us the impact that our environment has on us, is there anything in the environment that we should pay attention to?

Patricia Lohan 17:42

There’s a lot. And I would start staying with people like with your physical environment, it’s impacting you, anyways, all the time. So if you’re looking at those nine areas and you’re seeing something that’s off, that’s not balanced, I would start with your home because it’s the easiest thing to change. does your home, like for example, if from a health perspective you’re like, I’m not doing like, I want to get more vibrancy, more health, feel better in my body whatever it is in terms of a health perspective, then it’s like, go open your cupboards and look in your cupboards. Is this food like clean food? Is it healthy food? Is it in days? Is it that my food cupboards are completely overwhelmed? Is my fridge just totally busy and do I have too much in this space?

Like, I’m not sure about you, but in Ireland we have much smaller cupboards and pantries than we have in the US and in Canada. Like I’ve been in the pantries and I’m like, whoa, like are we waiting for a party? There’s so much food here, we do not need this. And it’s just like, there’s just too much stuff. So I would be definitely doing a bit of an analysis of the food part. Okay, I want to get healthy and fit what’s in this house that represents that. Like, do I have exercise equipment? Do I have things, put them in a place, get it organized, get yourself organized. In terms of books, I’m a big fan of reading. I love it. Like basically two things in life I cannot do without like herbal tea and books. I’m just happy with those two things.

And I think the thing is, but what I see with people who are big into reading is they have a lot of books, like a lot and they’re holding onto them. As if it’s like a trophy or something. Look at all the books I’ve read. The thing is that it creates stagnancy and this is a time of change. And any place in your home where there’s stagnancy, in the case of one client of mine, a bookcase that had the same books on it for 32 years, like of course there’s no flow. And that part, like if you do the quiz, you’ll see the nine areas, one of your areas has represented that area of your life. And you’re like, oh, I wonder why I haven’t found my soulmate. I wonder why my finances are feeling stuck. And my salary hasn’t changed in five years.

I literally had a podcaster interview me recently and she was like, I just haven’t moved my income plate. It’s not changed in five years. And I was like, okay. And I’m like, look around your office, tell me where are you? It’s in her north area. I was like, okay, what’s there? And she just went, oh, it’s like all those boxes have been there since I moved in, haven’t been moved in the five years. I was like, get rid of them. we want movement, we want flow. So I would be doing a little bit of a move around your house and think, does this align with how I want to feel every day? Does this align with where I’m going? Like the artwork, I don’t know if we covered that one before, Sarah,

Sarah E. Brown 20:25

We didn’t.

Patricia Lohan 20:26

Oh my God. Like I am a big fan of making your home a vision board for your future. And to keep you kind of focused on what is how you want to feel. So I’ll give you an example of some of the art. Just in my own office. I have a beautiful painting of these flowers that are just like in full bloom. And I’m like, that’s how I want to feel every day. I want to feel like a flower, just a full bloom shining brightly. This is me. Yeah. I have a picture on one side that says adventure because that is I live in three different countries and I also travel a lot and I’m like, yes, I’ve got a picture from… Actually some of these pictures are from clients and friends and my dad and stuff. Every piece of art, everything in my office represents something that I appreciate or someone that I love dearly and has a deeper meaning.

Like you see a scooter with two people kissing. I see a gift from my dad, I see the love from my dad. I see an amazing holiday in Italy together, our last family holiday together? I see something totally different. You walk in, you go, oh that’s a cute picture of a scooter and a couple. But I’m like, no, no, no, no, no. Like there’s more. And that’s the thing, it’s like every piece of art in your home is telling a story and it’s either of your past or your future of what you want to create or you don’t want to create. And interestingly enough, that picture, I bought it with my dad and I was single at the time and I was like, I really would like to bring a piece of art that reminds me of a couple, like a couple together. And what’s so interesting is, there’s the couple kissing, I was like, I want that in my house. And there behind you is a picture of my dad, me and my husband.

Sarah E. Brown 22:09


Patricia Lohan 22:11

So I haven’t got a frame for it yet, but, just in terms of like that idea of like what are the things that inspire you? The second picture behind is a picture of the ramp up into as you arrive at Necker Island. And I was lucky enough to visit Necker Island and spend time at Richard Branson. And that just reminds me, inspires me of our time together. It inspires me by him, it inspires me Necker Island. It’s just like everything, there’s like a lot. It’s loaded, people come, that’s a nice picture of the sea and a bit more. And I think this is the thing, it’s like in our homes we can really make a big difference and we can either attract things to us or we can be really recreating the same life. and that’s that idea of alignment making sure that the art represents where you’re going.

Sarah E. Brown 22:58

Okay. So the gist of it is to look at your surroundings and is everything in your surroundings supporting your vision of who you are becoming?

Patricia Lohan 23:09

Yeah. A hundred percent.

Sarah E. Brown 23:11

Great. So do you have any tips for 2024 things that we should put on our to-do list for 2024?

Patricia Lohan 23:21

The first thing I would say to you is like doing a spring clean. Like it is the time now for a spring clean. It’s the time to like freshen up. We’ve got a floor cleaner coming on Saturday, and the window cleaner coming on Monday. It’s like when we’re entering into this new cycle, it’s like we really start to embrace it. And the second thing I would say as I’ve already discussed is, do a clear house, like go to, and specifically go to the stagnant areas where nothing has been moved or changed in a significant time. And clear those out. Because you want to get a hit of movement this year, let’s go tackle them. And then the third thing I would say is start to connect with your home. Like start to appreciate it. Like literally start to be like, God, I’m so lucky to have a home. Like, how can I take care of it? How can I take care of this environment because it’s taking care of you. So if there’s leaks or things not working, I would certainly go and check those because again, linked to those nine areas each, if there’s something not working in that area, it’s going to reflect back into your life.

Sarah E. Brown 24:24

Got it. So Patricia, all good tips for us. Is there something I should have asked you that I didn’t to help us understand what’s about to happen and how we can take maximum advantage of it?

Patricia Lohan 24:38

I suppose one of the big things about this is just kind of recognizing that with the fire element and this change in the fire element is that essentially the fire is connected to every element, okay? And it’s connected to everything. So it’s a big time for collaboration. It’s actually a really big time for collaboration. And that’s one of the things like, this fire element is really going to, and this 20-year cycle is going to honor people who are doing what they’re passionate about, who are the fire element has a lot of strength, assertiveness, but it’s also a purification. So currently I’m just finishing a three day water fast I’m really big into, like, cleansing my body. It’s like we want to cleanse our home, cleanse our body, cleanse our mind because the fire element is going to support that, but it’s going to also support us to flourish with that.

The other thing to be aware of though is that there’s a massive part of self-care, like looking after yourself during this period because a flip side of fire, as I talked and touched on a tiny bit, is that there’s aggression and burnout and there can be jealousy and competitiveness. Like it’s that fire. So it is something to be kind of mindful of. And if you’re not looking after yourself, it’s going to be, and that’s why I was like, get into your meditation practice, ground yourself, like spend time in nature. and then basically the one thing about fire element for the 20 years is that there’s going to be constant change. Like if you sit and look at a fire, you’ll never see it again. It’s constantly changing. So letting go of all beliefs and all patterns is going to be really important in this slide. And giving yourself permission to just accept the impermanence. And I think that’s one of the reasons why this is such a spiritual period that we’re moving into like alchemy and transformation because fire burns, it destroys but it also creates, so it has like these flip sides. So be prepared for change and don’t resist it. Allow it, like allow the change.

Sarah E. Brown 26:42

Great. Patricia, thank you so much for being with us today.

Patricia Lohan 26:47

You’re so welcome. It was a pleasure.

Sarah E. Brown 26:50

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