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The Feng Shui of Fixing Broken Things

Thu Mar 26 2015 | Author: Carol Olmstead
The question of whether to repair or to remove an object comes up often in my consultations: “If I break something and then fix it, is it still good Feng Shui?” a client will ask. My answer is usually another question: “If you fix the object, will you see a treasure that’s been restored or something that’s flawed?” If it’s the former, keep it and display it with pride, but if you only see what’s wrong with an object, it’s time to let it go.

Taking the time and money to restore a ripped vintage shawl is positive Feng Shui, but keeping those broken clay pots in the back of your house (and you thought I didn’t notice them, didn’t you?) is negative. If you an possessions that you love that have aged (shall we say “gracefully”) and you make the repairs, well that’s very good Feng Shui.

When I conduct a Feng Shui analysis of a home or office, the first thing I do is look for the three major conditions of negative chi that are especially detrimental:
1. Things You Don’t Like
2. Things That Are Broken
3. Things That Are Cluttered

Once I identify these negative conditions, I recommend ways to correct them following my Rule of 3Rs: Replace, Repair, or Remove all items creating negative chi as soon as possible.

Here’s where the Japanese practice of wabi-sabi works in coordination with Feng Shui rather than at cross-purposes.

Wabi-sabi is the ancient art of appreciating the simplicity and serenity in things that are imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete. Wabi-sabi has incorrectly been called the new Feng Shui. Instead, while Feng Shui is a design system for helping you attract wealth, harmony, and love, and a whole lot more, wabi-sabi is primarily a design philosophy that asks you to set aside the need for perfection and instead focus on things as they truly are. It’s a meditation on the beauty and simplicity of natural objects and how they change with time. Sounds like good Feng Shui to me.

Wabi-sabi is the blending of the Japanese word wabi, which means humble, and sabi, which suggests beauty over the natural course of time. For example, you can see wabi-sabi in the weathered metal gate from an antique store you include in your garden design. In my own case, I have mixed Feng Shui design and wabi-sabi in the three wooden door surrounds that came from the front door of a 100-year-old Vermont farmhouse that I repurposed as a wall decoration.

Take a look at the pottery in the photo I chose for this article, which shows the art of kintsukori, or restoring things with gold. I think it says it all about whether a repair can be good Feng Shui.

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Posted in: Clutter & Organizing | Tags: feng shui, clutter, repair, wabi-sab, vintage, kintsukori

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