I find the idea of arranging your surroundings to impede or enhance your success in life a fascinating concept. This wasn’t always the case, though. When growing up: my Traditional Chinese Parents would forbid us to move our furniture in a certain way “Because it wasn’t good Feng Shui”. Having had a heavy scientific background, I considered it “just superstition”. And since Mom has that loud, Cantonese Mother Voice, it seemed like more of a hassle than anything because I would be nagged and nagged until I changed my ways. Or, I would do things my way and when I went out, the parents would rearrange things their way. During one instance of this, a mirror was broken. They didn’t seem too concerned with the 7 years of bad luck to follow, though. I suppose that since they don’t subscribe to the western way of thinking, then this didn’t apply to them. I’m guessing it’s a similar effect with everything else, kind of like a self-fulfilling prophecy.
So, with respect to Feng Shui, it’s just like the author said: it’ll “work” if you’re able to make it into something meaningful for you. For example, Cheryl talked about using some of the ancient Feng Shui wisdom. She followed the guidelines but because the nature of the arrangement just didn’t fit in with her modern-day home, it ended up draining her energy trying to maintain the space – after all, Feng Shui is based on what worked for ancient Chinese people. So, she changed it and the energy shifted from something that was an annoyance to something that lifted her spirits.
Energy is something I don’t fully understand, but find intriguing none-the-less. After all the science I did in my younger years, I ended up formally studying holistic medicine, which has allowed me to explore this unseen world. Admittedly, I still encounter peers from the previous group, who’ll roll their eyes at anything “holistic”, but others are awesomely open to this idea. After all, we’ve all experienced shifts in energy with each other. There are undeniably people who just drag you down and depress your mood and there are other people who you meet in a tired state and leave feeling vibrant and uplifted. This is energy. You can enter a full stadium and take in the excitement in the air. You can enter a school examination room and immediately feel the nervousness of all the students. This is all energy.
And that might be easy to picture because humans are living, breathing things – so energy exists. But with furniture, you may be skeptical. Yet, your environment can absolutely have an impact on the way you feel. If you can envision visiting a spa: it might have relaxing music playing in the background, clean, fluffy towels, a fragrance of fresh lavender in the air, maybe some “nature” in the form of water elements and some beautiful river stones. And yet, if the office where you sign in has a messy desk piled up with stacks of papers, half a cup of coffee with stains on the table, a discarded coaster to the side and pens scattered everywhere, what is the likelihood that this conveys that same relaxation as the rest of the spa?
So, I’m excited by this book. My primary intention will be to cultivate more loving relationship. I’ve started with clearing off my bed to symbolically “make room for someone else”. I’m introducing more “relationship” colours like reds, pinks and whites and (cries) maybe not using so much calming blue. Reds are very Yang and will be more likely to ignite love and romance.
My home office is located in the “Love, marriage and relationships” part of the house, which the author said probably wasn’t the best idea. It’s not hopeless though, it’ll just be a good idea to decorate in pairs and with the same colour scheme as I talked about earlier to enhance its energy. I’m wondering though: I will be seeing clients in that room, so it would make sense to display my diplomas there. However, because it shows the accomplishments of one person (as opposed to coupledom), will it amplify singledom? Perhaps I can anchor them to the “Career and Life Purpose” side of the wall. Hmm, the things we consider in Feng Shui . This will be fun.
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