The modern version of Feng Shui takes its roots from a disciplined and traditional approach based on the overlay of time and space. Charts from this traditional form designate good and bad areas or directions, healthy and unhealthy positions, life and death options, without taking into consideration the gray areas.
In hindsight, had I initially been introduced to this form of Feng Shui, I would not have followed the path. Instead, I met His Holiness Professor Thomas Lin Yun who understood the importance of involving the occupant’s preferences and who is responsible for evolving traditional Feng Shui “rules” to coincide with those preferences.
As a result, Feng Shui consultants may reference those charts, but always there’s a conversation about the client’s inclinations. When suggesting a particular action or adjustment to take in their space, we now ask a variety of questions. How does that feel to you? Would you like that? Does that make sense to you? My experience has been that without a frequency match (felt-sense, emotions, preferences), Feng Shui doesn’t synchronize with the client, so a Feng Shui adjustment simply wouldn’t work.
Almost 26 years ago, my husband and I purchased a home from a friend. We had both been in the home many times prior to that and knew it required modernizing — the kitchen, the plumbing, a new roof. Plus, from a traditional Feng Shui perspective, it was facing the wrong direction for both of us; there was a substantial missing piece in the Wealth area (which had played out in our friend’s life while she lived there); and there was a missing piece in Helpful People. Any traditional Feng Shui consultant would have advised us to keep looking.
However, we loved the home, not only because of the location but because our friend had imbued the home with a beautiful energy we could both feel. We pushed through negotiations with her ex-husband, unknown mortgages and countless hiccups along the way. Again, the realtor kept asking us if we wanted to look at another piece of property. We kept coming back to the same answer: we loved the house.
We’ve lived in the house since 1994 and have not regretted it once. There have been issues, of course, as with any house — and there was our infamous “10-Year Plan” during which we tackled major projects one-by-one. In the end, it has given us nothing but joy and safety. This was a decision that defied the principles of a traditional school of Feng Shui but supported those of modern perspective. The charts said one thing; our hearts said another.
What we discovered with our home was that when the vibrations of a space entrain with its occupants, it then elevates the frequency of the person(s) so they can achieve their dreams.
A more recent Feng Shui decision I made in my space involved my office. I have taken over the smallest bedroom because it has a large walk-in closet. The rest of the office, however, is small so I am always aware of keeping my desk and credenza clear. On one wall I have two floor-to-ceiling bookcases that have glass inserts in the doors. Over the years, I tried covering the doors on the outside to diminish the “chaos” from the bookshelves and to eliminate the glare off the surface of the glass. However, nothing worked well — the covering didn’t adhere well; my sweet cat found a way to claw off the lower part; I didn’t like the color. On and on.
I even arranged my books according to the 5 Chinese Element colors — all red books together, all yellow together, set up in the constructive cycle, etc., in an attempt to give the view into the bookcases some sense of design aesthetic. Books in that particular area of my office are “good” Feng Shui. According to Feng Shui, I should have liked this arrangement. Yet, it still felt chaotic to me.
Finding a way to calm the chaos fell in the same category as buying this house — one roadblock after another. I worked to find a covering that I liked, attempted shelf paper, got wallpaper that turned out to not be peel and stick, found an adherent, removed that adherent, found another adherent and got it in place perfectly, until finally it felt the way I wanted.
The exuberance and satisfaction of a “job well done” still washes over me when I walk in and see those bookcase doors. They exude a quiet beauty, absorbing distractions and lessening the chaos. The perfect Feng Shui for me.