Finding ways to work with what you have is something we, as Feng Shui professionals, strive to provide. Floor plans can be so permanent – it’s not always easy to re-build or re-configure a space using construction. Additionally, staying in a space you do not own or do not expect to stay long – it might feel like Feng Shui won’t help – but it absolutely can and will. Enjoy two client stories from Angela Davis – featuring Feng Shui solutions for those challenging spaces!
The U-Shaped House – how changing the disconnected space changed my clients’ lives and relationship
One of my clients in sunny Florida had a very unusual but popular shaped home for her sub-division; a U-shaped house.
It was beautifully laid out accommodating an office and master suite to the left of the entrance. The entrance itself was grand and included a sitting room and views out to the back yard of a patio laid with pavers, lush greenery and exquisitely wrapped around an undulating pool. The right wing of the home was expanded backward onto the lot and included the rest of the houses’ offerings: a living room, kitchen, laundry, guest bedrooms/bathrooms, and garage. It was a magnificent home – the space flowed beautifully and felt open.
Yet my client felt separated from her husband, who spent most his time in a guest room converted to a TV room. Her business was no longer satisfying her life-path, and money was “going in one door and out the other.” Although the home was easy to access in the gated community, the house’s footprint was smaller at the curb of her cul-de-sac lot than the expanded back portion of the property overlooking a pond.
So where to begin? The obvious money issues revolved around being able to see in one door and out the other was an easy fix. Getting her home office aligned with the action of completing projects – a snap. Pulling her relationships woes into actionable tasks to bring her husband and her closer – easy-peasy. Laying the bagua map over the house’s footprint in the Black Hat Sect style; simply a challenge. But a challenge that was resolved by using the age old method of laying a bagua over a house on a room by room basis. We focused on the wood element areas for prosperity and daily cash as well as the earth element areas of relationships/love and skills/knowledge. We also looked at the areas opposite on the bagua map providing ample support to the areas that could support and feedback chi to our primary targets.
The results were phenomenal! She is now happier in her life with a stronger relationship with her husband, a change in careers that she finds fulfilling and nourishing to her soul, not to mention the flow of money that has resulted from her career change.
Feng Shui may seem very straight-forward when we look at the tools at our disposal, but with a creative and intuitive eye we have access to a world of knowledge that serves our client’s needs to their best and highest and greatest good.
A Rehabilitation Room – fixes for a short term situation – building client healing, energy, and vitality
A client called me with an usual request, she was being released from the hospital and wanted her private rehabilitation room to be Feng Shui’ed. She had spent one night in the room and that was long enough. It was sterile and cold with pea-soup-green walls, florescent lighting, a large open space with nothing in it, and thin walls that let in the suffering of those around her; she felt lost, alone, wiped out, and overwhelmed.
We set a budget and learned the lengths we could go to alter the room’s appearance; no painting, no changing the lights, but otherwise we were free to decorate.
- I brought in up energy with a light fixture cover that mimicked beautiful and graceful flying kites.
- More up energy was added with lush columns in the form of artificial greenery ‘repotted’ from the original thatch pot to a sturdy, square, earthenware pottery in rich gold, umber, and rust.
- An “up” light was placed behind the tree to provide movement, warmth, and comfort.
- As her business must go on while in recovery, the large open space that made her feel so isolated was transformed to host business meetings in the Helpful People gua. With the addition of round rugs, small profile yet comfy club chairs, and a round, metal table made meetings wheelchair accessible as well as functional for her board members.
- To keep her privacy, a room divider was placed alongside her bed along with plants to help her heal and grow toward a future of recovery.
- Over-sized art work set the tone for her continual improvement and included images of a mandala for meditation and healing as well as one of her favorite blossoms, the pinks and reds of cherry blossoms in full bloom.
- Mirrors were positioned behind the artwork and facing outward with the intention of soothing those around her, sending healing, hope and light, and requesting quiet solitude for recovery for herself and those around her.
- Finally, a beautiful wind chime was purchased for her door to welcome good chi, healing, love and light.
Even in short term situations whether rehabilitation, hospital, hotel, or even office or apartment, you CAN and should use Feng Shui to make a huge difference in your life!
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