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Real Life, Real Feng Shui

Thu Dec 22 2016 | Author: Carol Olmstead
These days, it seems like there are as many approaches to Feng Shui as there are to interior design or architecture. And that makes me think about why I call my Feng Shui approach Feng Shui For Real Life. The “real life” part is the most important, because when I started practicing almost 19 years ago it was clear I wanted to help clients work Feng Shui into their real lives, rather than the other way around.

Bathrooms are one good example. Feng Shui-wise, there’s no ideal place in a house for a bathroom because this room is associated with waste. Indoor plumbing hadn’t been invented when Feng Shui was developed, so the ancients didn’t have any problem figuring out where to locate their bathrooms - outside. I’m not about to give up my indoor bathrooms, and I haven’t yet worked with a client who is ready to part with theirs, so the contemporary Feng Shui approach is to decorate the bathroom in a way that balances any negative aspects related its location in the home. That’s real life.

When I started to study Feng Shui and learned that you divide a house into nine areas of the bagua that relate to critical aspects of life like wealth, love, health, for some reason I became fixated on trash cans. Where in the world are you supposed to put the trash? You wouldn’t want to keep trash in the Wealth Area or the Love Area, and the Health Area was definitely out. When I finally got around to asking my teacher this burning question, his answer was simple: “Choose a trash can that is as small as you can live with, and empty it frequently.” Simple, rational, real life.

My client Katie had a Feng Shui challenge that is a good example of how important “for real life” can be. When I arrived at her house, the first thing she told me was that her husband wanted to eat all their meals in front of the TV, and she was tired of that. She took me into the family room where their mega-size TV was located, and the first thing I noticed was the coffee table. I had never seen anything like it before. It was cantilevered so it could be pulled up from its coffee table position into eating table height. Yikes, talk about enabling! Her husband never had to leave the sofa.

Katie wasn’t opposed to eating some meals in the family room. As far as she was concerned, beer, munchies, and football belonged in the family room, but there were some meals, on some nights, that she wanted to eat at a table with her husband. The real life Feng Shui solution was to replace that coffee table. Are they still eating some meals in the family room? Yes, and that’s OK with Katie, because they are also having most meals around the kitchen table - and she’s working on getting her husband into the dining room on a non-holiday night.

Real life, real Feng Shui means finding a solution to a problem that fits with the way you want to live in your home or work in your office. It’s making Feng Shui work for you.

How are you working Feng Shui into your real life? Email me with your thoughts.

Posted in: Basics | Tags: feng shui, real life, family room, dining room, TV

Feng Shui Money Bags Hoax E-mail

Sat Jul 02 2011 | Author: Carol Olmstead
Did you receive that "Feng Shui money bags” hoax e-mail? The one that says “this month has 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays, and 5 Sundays, and this happens only once every 823 years and that this is Chinese Feng Shui.” The message urges that if you forward the e-mail to your friends in order for money to arrive on your doorstep within four days. The Facebook version asks you to copy the post to your status in order for the money to arrive, and that those who don’t read and don’t copy will be without money.

Fear not, becasue it's not Feng Shui, it isn’t even that unusual, and forwarding the e-mail won’t make you wealthy. Try not to feel intimated by this e-mail hoax, and don’t feel you need to forward the e-mail to anyone. You'd be amazed at the number of people who have forwarded that e-mail to me asking if it is legit. I tell everyone who asks that this is not Feng Shui, just another e-mail hoax, if for no other reason than the ancient Feng Shui masters never used chain letters to bring luck. Here's the explanation of why it's not true.

First, the premise of this e-mail is untrue because the occurrence of 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays and 5 Sundays in one month occurs much more often than once every 823 years. In fact, it happened in 2005, 1994, 1988, 1983, and will happen again in 2016, 2022, and in years beyond.

Second, while there is a “money bag” symbol in ancient Chinese Feng Shui, it certainly doesn’t involve forwarding e-mail. In the Chinese culture, the Happiness Buddha carries the “money bag” sack over his shoulder and goes around handing out gifts. That’s why you often see the statues or images of the Happiness Buddha in Asian restaurants and businesses.

Third, you can create wealth by paying attention to the Wealth Area in your home, which is the area in the upper left hand corner. That means instead of forwarding the money bags e-mail, try removing the clutter from this area of your home, then placing objects here that make you feel wealthy, abundance, and prosperous. That's the Feng Shui way to attract wealth.

Want more tips to attract wealth? Here is my top ten list of quick Feng Shui changes to attract wealth --

1. Clean Your Windows. Windows are the eyes of your home and when they are dirty your vision is cloudy: clean them and you will clearly see opportunities.

2. Replace Burned Out Light Bulbs. If your rooms are dark, your financial future will be equally dim, so install bright bulbs for a bright outlook.

3. Tighten Knobs and Door Handles. If your handles are loose, symbolically you can't get a grip on your money, so tighten them and wealth will be within your grasp.

4. Replace Dead Plants. Dead plants represent dead energy, so replace them with healthy living plants to symbolize expanding and growing wealth and prosperity.

5. Keep Toilet Lids Down. Water represents abundance, so keep the toilet lids down or you will symbolically flush away your wealth.

6. Clear Out Under Your Bed. Under-bed clutter means lost sleep, so remove storage from under your bed and you will wake up to new possibilities.

7. Clean Your Mirrors. If your mirrors are dirty you can't see yourself clearly, so clean them to reflect positively on your ability to attract wealth.

8. Clean Your Front Door. Positive energy enters through the front door, and an unattractive door repels abundance, so clean your door to invite prosperity to visit.

9. Remove Objects from Behind Doors. Blocked doors represent blocked opportunities, so remove anything that keeps doors from opening completely and you will expand your options.

10. Fix Drips and Leaks. Leaking water represents leaking wealth, so fix your leaks and you will keep money from draining out of your life.

Posted in: Wealth, Basics | Tags: clutter, clutter-clearing, feng shui, Feng Shui For Real Life, money bags, prosperity, wealth

365 Feng Shui Tips

Tue Dec 04 2012 | Author: Carol Olmstead
My new e-book 365 Feng Shui Secrets, includes a calendar of 365 simple Feng Shui tips that you can use one day at a time to change your life.

Want to earn more money? Yearning to rev up your love life? Looking to create family harmony? Need to control clutter before it controls you? Or do you just need a good night's sleep? The simple Feng Shui tips in this e-book can bring all of this and more.

Feng Shui is the art and science of arranging your interior surroundings in balance and harmony with the natural world around you. When your surroundings are balanced, good things naturally flow into your life. Through my company, Feng Shui For Real Life, I have been practicing Feng Shui for 15 years, and have taught thousands of clients, students, and readers the simple secrets of Feng Shui. Now, I share them with you in "365 Feng Shui Secrets." The e-book includes Feng Shui basics to get you started and a tip-a-day calendar to help you make Feng Shui changes seasonally.

For example, you will learn how to do the “Feng Shui Fling” at the beginning of the year (January 1), discover why you shouldn’t keep shoes near your front door (March 16), find out how to get a good night’s sleep (August 20), and read what gifts to give and avoid giving for the holidays (December 6). The tips cover all of the seasons, holidays, and celebrations of your life. The tips in this e-book also cover people and pets; love, marriage, parenting, divorce, remarriage, and blended families; your home, your office, and your car; your bedrooms, bathrooms, and every room in your house; your clothes and your closets. I have included tips to help strengthen your relationships with your spouse and your children, your friends and your family, and even some advice if your loved ones are deployed overseas. Liberally sprinkled through the calendar of tips are success stories from my clients to illustrate how everyday people used these Feng Shui tips to improve their lives.

You can start the calendar on any date and work through 12 months of daily advice. As you move through a full year of the Feng Shui tips and techniques, you will be amazed by the improvements in all aspects of your life.

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Posted in: Basics | Tags: feng shui, feng shui book, feng shui tips, feng shui secrets, feng shui calendar

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