Meet Caroline Waddington, Internationally Certified Feng Shui Consultant, Re-design Specialist from Western Australia, and owner of Feng Shui 2 Go consulting – from Tanya Jahnke, Director of the IFSG Virtual Chapter
Q: Hi Caroline, please share how you came to find Feng Shui? We love to hear about your Feng Shui journey–since there are many paths to our passion.
A: As a life-long disciple of anything so-called alternative; I came across Compass School Feng Shui back in the 90’s. To be quite honest, I didn’t know at the time there were different schools of Feng Shui so when I came across Terah Kathryn Collins, and Karen Carter, their styles resonated with me and I was converted. Each practitioner has their personal favourite and style that fits for them and Western and Black Sect Buddhist Feng Shui does it for me.
Q: What is your favorite Feng Shui success story?
A: My favourite success story relates to a client who I shall name “Dee.” I was contracted to consult on a backyard renovation as a birthday gift. However when I arrived I had to inform my client that we needed to improve the flow at the entrance which was very cluttered before I even looked at the backyard. We started moving and clearing the entrance and corridor until it felt better. I explained to her the relevance of the mouth of chi and her numbers revealed a bit more about her personality, particularly about her tendency to not speak up for herself. Interesting analogy! After the consultation, Dee sent me numerous photos of her space as she decluttered the rest of her home. The person who gifted the consultation had known Dee for over 12 years and in that time, had never known her to have an ordered home. These are the events that followed. Working in a furniture store for 11 years, Dee felt undervalued and underpaid but felt stuck. She was also, in her own words, ‘25 kilograms overweight.’ Within a week of our consultation, she had been made redundant and received a substantial payout which enabled her to enroll and pay for an MBA course. That next weekend, the furniture chain that she had worked for made headlines as being corrupt and in receivership. Now, 6 months down the track she has not only lost 30 kilos, but is now training for the Rottnest channel swim next year. She employed a personal trainer and has become somewhat of a ‘gym junkie.’ Dee gained employment in a rival furniture store in administration and is generously remunerated. Dee still posts photos of her using a row machine, or at the gym and it gives me the biggest smile. The person who hired me is still amazed at her complete transformation. Who would have thought?
Q: Who has been the biggest inspiration or influence on your Feng Shui career?
A: I’ve had many influences; however my biggest one would have to be my first teacher Karen Carter. Studying with Karen really opened me up to ‘walking my talk” in terms of spiritual growth coupled with right action, and as I’ve already mentioned, the Black Sect Buddhist style of Feng Shui really resonated with me. I love her modern take on Feng Shui, incorporating bau-biology (a subject I have always been passionate about), decluttering as well as the traditional teachings.
Q: What are your 3 best qualities?
A: I asked one of my closest friends to answer this question. So, Margaret said I am genuinely caring; resilient and a passionate researcher of topics that interest me.
Q: What inspires you?
A: Being alongside clients during their process of change is incredibly inspiring, and seeing their progress and movement sustains me. For example, I ran into one of my first clients not long ago who wasn’t very demonstrative at the time however three years on, she vocalised how my visit had changed her life. That touched my heart deeply.
Q: What three dinner guests would you invite to share a meal with you (living or dead)?
A: Albert Einstein, Wilbur Wilberforce and Florence Scovel Shinn.
Q: Please share one completely wild/wacky/unknown fact about yourself.
A: I used to be a mystery shopper. After going for a test drive in a new Holden Barina, I felt so guilty for wasting the salesman’s time with no intention of buying the car that I quit straight after.
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