Empty walls devoid of art –or any decoration– are depressing, aren’t they?
The only thing less uplifting than bare walls is ugly walls that have
stains and peeling paint where the art should be. Feng shui is about creating
harmonious, peaceful, and inspiring spaces that improve one’s quality of life
at home and at work. If your work environment is depressing, chances
are your workers are going to be depressed and not as creative and productive
as they should be.
Art need not be expensive to be effective at lifting ch’i (energy). To paraphrase
Mae West, art just needs to be good looking and well hung. If your budget does
not allow you to buy Andy Warhol originals–or even limited edition prints–you
might consider purchasing original art from some local fine artists instead. Attend
local art fairs and small galleries to get a feel for what is available. Another
inexpensive alternative is framed poster art.
For the work place, art also needs to send the appropriate message. Thought
should be given as to what the corporate message actually is. Paintings of
naked ladies in the classical style could work beautifully as part of a wellness spa’s
decor but may not be right for a labor union office, for example. Art in the work
place can simply be used to beautify a space, or, it can motivate workers.
Several poster companies even specialize in motivational sayings designed to promote leadership qualities for managers. Health care professionals tend to have
their walls plastered with care related images.
Many professional offices prefer to hang diplomas, awards, and credentials in their office spaces. To enhance feng shui, these items should ideally be located in the
“Fame & Reputation” area of the office. But these can be depressing, too, if they are
poorly framed and displayed, and if they are the only wall art in the room. It’s
important to have a balance with art for art’s sake. Maps, mirrors, tools of your trade and other common objects…all of these can be artfully hung on a wall to create
an uplifting ambiance. Use your imagination!
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Extremely high ceiling (I'd put some art over the fireplace).
Too much chi (energy) can be overwhelming if it takes the form of an empty space with nothing to rest the eyes on. It’s a wonderful feeling to be out in the wide open spaces of nature, but not so comforting if you don’t have a snug cozy home to retreat to. We are originally cave dwellers, after all! Jump here to the comments section of Apartment Therapy to see what I advised someone to do about her too-high ceilings today. I’m too tired to repost my comments as my significant other is unexpectedly in the hospital the past couple of days.
Portrait of Me (c) Katy Allgeyer
This is my self portrait that I painted about 5 years ago. I think of it as a template that represents what I feel my life purpose is and what I wanted to attract to myself that had yet to happen. Many of the words that I used buried in the paint describe positive traits, feelings, places I’ve been or want to travel to, talents, things I believe in…you get the drill. Creating a self portrait out of words that resonate and have meaning for you can be a powerful self-discovery journey as well as a wonderful feng shui boost. Not only can you choose words and images that already make up who you are, but, you can also use words to bring in what you want to create and attract to your life. Words are symbols and hold a certain vibration energy. You don’t have to be a painter to create a self portrait of words. You don’t even have to put the words into a recognizable form or face. Instead, you can arrange the words on a large poster board. Collect magazines and then just cut out the words and phrases that make up “you”. You can also use picture images of opportunities you wish to manifest. Do not include negative words, negative images. For example, even if pain has been a part of your life, you don’t want to focus on it in your Portrait/Vision Board. You’d want to use words like “healthy” and “pain-free” and “joyful” instead. Remember, you’re very consciously selecting the words that represent exactly who you are and what you want to create in your life.Here’s how to get started–jump to Christine Kane’s blog for excellent instructions on how to make your own Vision Board. I can report that several of the symbolic words I imbedded into my painting did come into being in my life. Like what? I have two art studios now in different states. I am in a healthy loving relationship. And I only allow people in my life who have my highest good in mind. What does your life template look like?
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Idea: Recycle unused neckties into a beautiful quilt.
How to: Select your ties, open up the back center seams, press them flat, merrow finish the edges, arrange them on a piece of cloth of your choice (I used velvet), baste them in place (necessary because most ties are cut on the bias which makes the grain shift when sewing them down later), sew them down permanently (I used machine but some traditionalists might want to hand sew). Back the quilt with another fabric (I used a chenille throw), finish edges.
Quilts are works of art and represent loving hands at home—always great energy and that’s good feng shui!
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Do you know what the most powerful words in any languageare after “I love you”? Here’s a hint: just like the words “I love you”,they are not said often enough but they carry a very powerful punch when they are said with real sincerity. The answer is “Thank you”.
Sending thank you notes should be a part of both your professional strategy and your personal agenda. An attitude of gratitude is a mind set that opens doors, creates opportunities and attracts them to you. The thank you note reminds the recipient who you are as it makes them feel good about something they did for you. This positive reinforcement puts you ahead of your competition since most people don’t make the extra effort. By making a habit of automatically sending thank you notes, you are putting your name out there over and over again–people will remember you. Creating goodwill towards yourself often leads to opportunities.
As a feng shui practitioner, I recommend that you be in a constant state of gratitude in order to attract the right clientele to you and get the word out about your service. However, the thank you note applies to all careers and social situations. No matter what position you are in — boss or busboy — it’s always a good idea to send thank you notes. In business, most employers are seeking applicants who are detail oriented, have great people skills, and are excellent communicators. Sending out thank you notes at appropriate moments proves that you have all those qualities. It’s also the first step in building your network of relationships with people you are sure to meet further up or down that business ladder. In one-to-one client relationships, thank you notes create abundant good will. Yours is the service the client will be happy to refer others to.
Thank you notes need not be fancy or long. Many people stress over what to say. A simple “Thank you for your time and consideration.” is enough. You might add that it was a pleasure to meet them if the situation calls for it. Keep it short and to the point. But always keep it handwritten. A well done thank you note should convey that you are sincere. Handwritten notes make an impression and tell your recipient that this is personal and heartfelt.
Recently, I met an entrepreneur in Los Angeles who’s building her own internet based business selling health insurance from her web site. Most of her client leads are sent to her directly from the insurance companies she represents. But occasionally, someone she knows will send her a referral. When that happens, she sends out a personal thank you note to them but takes it a step further by enclosing a gift card good for one free coffee drink. Her handwritten message?: “Thanks a latte!”
Timeliness is key. It only takes a minute to write a simple thank you if you do it as the same day that the transaction deserving one is completed. Human nature says the longer you put it off, the less likely it is to get done. Make saying thank you an integral part of your strategy for career success. Plan ahead so you are always prepared to send out a thank you note. Keeping a supply of postage stamps and elegant note cards available at all times will give you the edge and allow you to write your thank you note–and mail it!– immediately. Avoid using humorous greeting cards that could be offensive to your business contacts. Plain quality stationary works for all occasions. You might also use personalized letterhead or printed note cards with blank interiors.