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Homeward Bound

Posted: May 4th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: SoulSpace, TempleHome, Xorin Balbes, Xorin8, XorinBalbes | No Comments »

I’m baaack…

It’s been way too long.  I apologize for taking such a long break from blogging.  I’ve been going non-stop on great projects with some amazing new clients. I’m also working on my book, diving into the strategy and design for the TempleHome online home + self improvement community and guiding a select group of people through the SoulSpace process. All this while preparing for a test shoot with the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) so they could see how I interact with clients as we move closer to (hopefully) getting a television deal.

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Space – The Final Frontier

Posted: January 18th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: SoulSpace, TempleHome, Xorin Balbes, Xorin8, XorinBalbes | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

Space - The Final Frontier

Here’s an idea:

Instead of keeping torn, dirty or broken down furniture and walking past it each day, get rid of it and let the empty space inspire you with possibility. One thing that all of us are challenged with is creating the space to “just be”.  We fill our days, our lives, our homes, our every waking moment with stuff, be it physical or mental. There is a part of us that’s afraid to create space in our homes and in our minds and have it “just be” there, without feeling the need to fill it up. But there is a way to get into that state of be-ing.

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Out With the Old, In With the New

Posted: January 15th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: SoulSpace, TempleHome, Xorin Balbes, Xorin8, XorinBalbes | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Now that 2010 has finally taken hold I’m able to look back at the transition between the two years and say good-bye to one of the most challenging periods of my lifetime. Challenging from the perspective of what’s happening in the world at large and more specifically what’s happening to the friends and family in my life.

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The Message in the Massage

Posted: December 20th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: SoulSpace, TempleHome, Xorin Balbes, Xorin8, XorinBalbes | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

I’ve just returned from another trip to Maui where we’ve begun working on our recently acquired property that will soon become the SoulSpace Retreat Center .

While I was away I treated myself to a massage that triggered a powerful response within me. It reawakened me to the fundamental importance of the connection we each have between ourselves, our possessions and the space that surround us. During the massage I started feeling all the tight and blocked places in my body (especially in my legs) that were preventing me from fully connecting.

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The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow

Posted: November 17th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: SoulSpace, TempleHome, Xorin Balbes, Xorin8, XorinBalbes | 1 Comment »

Annie

When I got back from Maui on the evening of Sunday, November 8, I noticed that my Annie, the one constant love of my life over the past 15 years, was slower then she had been. I could tell something was wrong. I woke up on Monday morning to find her unable to get up to go out for her morning walk. She was deeply tired.

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Maui Wowi

Posted: November 13th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: SoulSpace, TempleHome, Xorin Balbes, XorinBalbes | 1 Comment »

Last week was a whirlwind of activity for me and I’m excited to share my experiences with all of you.

It actually started 2 months ago. At that time Jason and I went to Maui to look at an amazing property; a 14,000 sq. ft. original Hawaiian plantation estate on almost 6 acres. It sits up the hill from a town called Paia and has ocean views around the entire property. When we arrived is was so clear to me that we would do whatever it took to buy it.

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One Man’s Trash

Posted: November 6th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: SoulSpace, TempleHome, Xorin Balbes, Xorin8, XorinBalbes | 1 Comment »

Once you ASSESS where you’re currently at in your life and realize how your outlook is manifest in your space the next phase in the SoulSpace process is

EXTRACTION

In this phase you identify all the possession you have that you’re ready to let go of. It’s interesting to consider that your things fall into two different categories. One category is stuff you’re holding onto that you no longer want or need and that has no emotional connection attached to it. The other involves stuff that still has unresolved emotions attached to it or belief systems that you’re ready to let go of.

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Esquire Design House Wins Four Prestigious Awards from the Custom Audio Video Installation Industry

Posted: November 1st, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Doheny, DSI Entertainment Systems, Esquire House, home theater, lighting control systems, SoulSpace, systems integration, TempleHome, Xorin Balbes, Xorin8, XorinBalbes | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

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Clever implementation of home automation, home theater, and hidden televisions gets prominent recognition

Adding to its list of notable design industry recognition, the Doheny Esquire House recently won 3 prestigious awards at the 2009 CEDIA EXPO Convention.  DSI Entertainment Systems was on hand to receive the awards for:

Best Large Home Theater (Bronze)

Best Integrated Home (Silver)

Best Hidden Installation (Bronze)

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Coming Out of the Closet

Posted: October 26th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: SoulSpace, TempleHome, Xorin Balbes, Xorin8, XorinBalbes | 1 Comment »

Coming Out of the Closet

As I’ve explained before, SoulSpace is a 7 step process I developed that offers insight on how to create a home that soothes, renews and transforms.  Today, I thought I’d delve further into the first phase, which is called

ASSESSMENT

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The Truth Shall Set You Free

Posted: October 14th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: SoulSpace, TempleHome, Xorin Balbes, Xorin8, XorinBalbes | No Comments »

Like it says in the title “the truth shall set you free”.

How many times have we heard those words? And when we do, how often do we really believe the message?

To get to the answer I thought we might discuss… clutter.  Stick with me and I promise it will all make sense.

As I’ve said before; when we hold on to things in our space that no longer serve us they just take up room and remind us of a time gone by that still holds unfinished business or a consciousness that doesn’t serve us. If we want this to change, our relationship with those things has to change as well.

This same process should also be done in our minds. When we hold on to communication, lies and manipulation it’s very difficult to stay in the moment. If those things maintain their grasp there’s always a tug of war going on within our minds and hearts that keeps us anchored to the past. This, in turn, robs us of the beauty and peace of the present moment.

Cleaning up the clutter in our minds is just like the

EXTRACTION

phase of the SoulSpace process.

For my personal journey I’m continuing to explore the mind and heart to see the places in the past and in my current life that I’m holding on to. I’m striving to move beyond any hesitation at sharing my truth for fear that I might lose something or someone if I’m completely honest.

Sharing the truth needs to happen in all areas; at work, in relationships, with ourselves — anywhere and everywhere. Standing in our truth takes a lot of courage because it means we have to confront the fear of loss. But if we don’t do it then we’ve already lost.

At our core we all desire to be open, honest and loving within and without but this can only happen when our actions match up with our ideas. If our truth is shared and we lose anything in the process maybe it was time for that thing to move on to create a space for something or someone else to move in.

One thing I’m beginning to trust at a deeper level is that the truth will always move me to where I need to be. But the truth is not only shared with other people in other situations. Sometimes the most difficult person to tell the truth to is the one who looks back in the mirror.

Take a moment. Take 10 moments.

Close your eyes. Allow the clutter to pass through your mind. Access the revelation of the one place and the one thing in which the light of truth will set you free. And breathe.

Yours in the pursuit of truth,

XB