I grew up with feng shui and, naturally as a kid, assumed everyone else did, too. It wasn’t until I was in my 20s that I discovered, much to my surprise, that it was an Eastern thing. It was eventually bought over to the States and became very popular in 1990s. While I have always gotten great results from practicing it, not everyone did. Why?

  • Why does it only work for some people?
  • Why do some people experience such huge success with it?
  • And how can everyone benefit from it?

As I pondered these questions, I had an “A-HA!” moment.

Many people view feng shui as a whole system by itself. One with its own rules and principles. There can be a lot of “woo-woo” to it depending on which school system you follow. At the end of the day, feng shui is view as creating spaces…

  • Creating spaces based upon the concept of nature
  • Creating spaces that flow
  • Creating spaces that nourish us

Many people who practice feng shui aspire to create spaces to attract something greater and better than what they currently have today.

It can be merged with other forms and practices such as:

  • Interior design
  • Architecture
  • Professional Organizing
  • Sacred Geometry

I view feng shui not as a whole system by itself, but as a part of something bigger.

If you are aspiring for a better career, an opportunity to earn more money, or have that special intimate relationship, feng shui is just the foundation you may need. It is the laying of the concrete before building the house. So, what else goes into the house?

  • Walls
  • Windows
  • Doors
  • Individual Rooms
  • Pipes
  • …and so forth

The walls represent our belief system. As kids, we were taught everything from A to Z. Some lessons were meant to protect us such as “look both ways before crossing the street.” Others limited us as adults. We might have been told “You can’t do that” or “You can’t do that and make money.” Whatever we were taught, whatever we learned, whatever piece of information penetrated our brain, it became a part of us, who we are today. Our beliefs are the walls, inside and out. They can make a room smaller and more cramped just as our beliefs can make us feel small and insignificant. The walls can make a room more spacious, giving a feeling of growth and expansion. Tearing down our beliefs and rebuilding upon a solid foundation allows us to grow and to have more rich and rewarding lives.

The windows represent our vision in life. What is it we want? Where do we see ourselves five years from now? Ten years? Twenty? When we gain clarity and focus on what is in front of us, the baby steps to getting there become clear. When we have stepped off our true path, when we can’t separate our dreams from someone else’s, clarity fades. Our focus and vision get muddled. Instead of the baby steps toward our dreams, we are left with baby steps going in a circle.

The doors represent our voice. There is a door that leads to every part of the home or a door that leads to every part of ourselves. (We will cover this in more detail in a little bit.) The front door is the main door to the home. It represents how we speak, what we speak, and how much we are willing to share. When we speak from the heart, when we speak our truth, we naturally draw people in who resonate with us.

The individual rooms represent the individual parts of ourselves. We might be a self-disciplined runner, but a total mess when it comes to finances. We might be a wine connoisseur, but love reading trashy books. All the rooms in the house represent who we are. This is an important concept to understand because I don’t think a lot of people realize the ramifications of it. Why? We are the sum of all the rooms that are presentable and all the rooms that are hidden and tucked away. When we bury our shadow selves, our dreams and our visions only represent a part of who we are. Happiness is elusive when we are not complete.

Pipes are very important in a home. They represent health. Our health is the most important aspect of our lives, yet it is also the most neglected. When we have good health, we can accomplish anything. When we have not so good health, accomplishing any task takes effort. There are many ways to improve our health. Here are some examples:

  • Walking
  • Exercising
  • Nutrition
  • Meditation
  • Bodywork
  • Acupuncture

Feng Shui is the foundation. The walls are our beliefs. The windows are our visions. The doors are our voice. The rooms are each a different part of us. The pipes are our health.

Feng shui is only one piece of the puzzle. When it is used in conjunction with removing negative self-beliefs, speaking our truth, seeing the grand picture, accepting all of oneself, and practicing self-care, we create a home that balances our inner strengths with our outer aspirations. This is what I call Feng Shui Living.




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