Every culture throughout time has generated a set of guidelines for living harmoniously with nature so that individuals may thrive. Feng Shui is the ancient Chinese system for such guidelines. Many of its principles are timeless and universal, offering both wisdom and common sense for understanding the relationship between people and the spaces they occupy.
Amy Mims, director of The New England School of Feng Shui (updated: Ned Farrell, a CT Feng Shui consultant, was the presenter), shows how to create environments that feel wonderful and provide support for achieving your goals.
Excerpts from handout given by Mr. Farrell:
Feng shui knows how our environment affects us, and how we in turn can make our surroundings work to our greatest advantage.
No formula for an exact balance to your immediate surroundings exists, though with a little effort you will find the proper range. You’re looking for a feeling, not a formula.
a) Be mindful of what you see as you approach the house or front entrance.
- If the mailbox is at the street, paint it the same color as the front door.
Get a brand new doormat.
Cut back or deforest any shrubs or trees blocking the front entranceway.
Ensure that the house number or signage is clearly visible.
b) Go through each room of the house or business, including garage, basement and attic.
- Get rid of clutter.
Ask yourself “Why do I have this?”
“When was the last time I have used this?”
“Do I love this?”
c) In the kitchen,
- Remove everything from countertops and clean them well – put back only what you use every day.
Put out of sight all knives, even those in wooden holders.
d) Throughout the house or building,
- Remove anything unnecessary from the corners or rooms. Leave free of objects or use upward lighting.
All doors should work well.
Remove everything stored behind every door.
And when in doubt, use your gut feeling as your best judgment. Your own emotions and feelings speak volumes to you.