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JUNK IN THE TRUNK

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What do you think of when you hear the term “junk in the trunk”? The phrase became popular with hip hoppers and rappers appreciatively referring to women with ample butts. (After watching the Olympics last summer, I think the term can also apply to some of our talented male athletes, too!) Our butts are behind us. Makes it somewhat hard to see what’s going on back there. What’s all this got to do with feng shui?

Just because I can’t see my butt doesn’t mean it isn’t getting bigger! It takes discipline and hard work to keep it in shape and that’s true of your feng shui, too. Practicing feng shui, we know that clutter drains us of chi (energy) and puts blocks us mentally from getting things done. Often we find a big “trunk” (drawer, bin, closet) and throw all the clutter and junk in there, close the lid, and forget about it. On the surface our desks and our living/ working space looks clutter-free so we get a temporary jolt of good feng shui. We’ve put the clutter problem behind us. Or have we?

Tossing all the clutter inside a storage unit of some kind does help a little bit. But eventually, we’re going to open that closet door or that drawer and see the jumbled mess contained within. That sinking feeling of “where do I begin to clear up this mess?” is a sign that your chi is being drained but the clutter. It’s much better to spend a few minutes each day putting away your stuff, organizing your desktop, and clearing the way for the next day than letting it pile up into a bigger problem to solve later on. If you’re trying to de-clutter an entire room or building, do it in smaller increments until you have the entire place under control so that you don’t feel overwhelmed by the task.

It takes time to get into the daily organizational habit. One spring-cleaning per year is a good start, but does not yield results unless you keep up with the maintenance. You wouldn’t expect to reshape your gluts with only one hard workout, would you?

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SURROUND YOURSELF WITH POSITIVE SYMBOLS

This poster gives off mixed messages even though everyone is smiling.

This poster gives off mixed messages even though everyone is smiling. “Stormy Weather” could refer to Wall Street today.

Want to shake up your chi (energy)? Why don’t you assess your work space and take inventory of any positive or negative symbols that might be dominating your environment while having an impact on your success. What we surround ourselves with directly influences our mood, our emotions, and our drive (or lack of ambition). That’s why those motivational posters with sayings such as “Believe & Succeed” are so popular in corporate culture. In fact, they are known as “Culture Builders” and “Attitude Enhancers” in the corporate art trade. One giant company that makes these products calls itself and its product “Successories“.

Motivational artwork can be classy or cliché. The point is, the posters offer positive reinforcement of our best intentions at the workplace.  You wouldn’t hang up a poster that said, “Give Up Now. You’re a Big Loser”. But you might have objects in your office that give off a similar negative vibe. For instance, I recently worked with a client who had a welcome mat at the front door to his executive office. It was a square jute rug with the words “Get Lost!” in bright, fun colors splashed across a black ground. While meant in jest, in feng shui terms he was saying something very negative to his employees, clients, and vendors. The intention was to lighten up, obviously, but the subliminal message on this entry rug was quite blatant and tells Opportunity to go away because it’s not welcome here. I laughed when he told me he bought the rug on deep discount (most people were repelled at point-of-sale by the message and literally “got lost”).

Another client had books on the shelf with titles like “Pain” or “The Tragic Story of…”. Still another had a Hollywood vintage poster that screamed out in giant text, “Boulevard of Broken Dreams”.  I’m sorry to tell you that for most of us, there is no neutral area in the feng shui bagua to place these emotionally-charged messages. Scout your own space and see if you can find similar book titles or negative imagery that mighty be sapping your career mojo. Go for uplifting messages and fine art that inspires.

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FURNITURE CAPITOL MEETS “THE CAPITOL”–Fab Hunger Games Chairs

I live in High Point, NC–the furniture capitol of the world where designers and buyers visit our showrooms twice annually from around the globe. I attend the High Point Furniture Market Weeks to see industry friends and trends. Imagine my surprise to recognize the seatbelt chair from The Phillips Collection in the popular hit movie “The Hunger Games“. Adorning the dining room of Panem’s Capitol where Katniss and Peeta got their first taste of luxury before the games began, the bright green modern chairs are a knockout. Made from seatbelt strapping, these chairs come in several styles and colors, too.

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VALENTINE’S GIFTS FOR GUYS

Do you have a guy that’s hard to buy for? I do. He’s got discriminating taste and everything he wants he usually has gotten for himself already. What to do? Well…luckily this week he decided to shave his beard for the first time in over 30 years (and yes, this is the first time I am seeing him cleanshaven). So when I saw this unique Reflect showerhead online I got excited. It’s Made in the USA from aluminum and costs $295 so make sure you give it to a guy that’s gonna be around awhile 🙂

Or imagine the fun we’d have together in this covered electric tricycle? Guys of all ages will want this! Check out the Icona website for more information. I’m afraid to ask the price but I can dream, can’t I?  Maybe a levitating lamp would go over big. Like this one by Angela Jansen.

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OPEN WIDE

 

Mouth of Ch'i

Mouth of Ch'i

Mouth of Ch’i

 

What a colorful name for something we Americans usually call “the front door”. But if ch’i flows like a river, and we think of rivers having a mouth that opens to the sea, then wouldn’t it make sense that the point where the river of life enters our personal energetic space be known to Feng Shui practitioners as the Mouth of Ch’i? Don’t worry: you can still refer to it as your front door (unless of course, you are trying to impress your realtor).

Consider, too, that the Mouth is where all nourishment comes into the body. It takes in whatever we feed it, good or bad for us. The obvious implication is that the Mouth is essential and affects the ch’i of the entire building. That’s an important job, and so it has to be dealt with respect. After all, it is also usually the very first impression that is presented to the outside world hinting at who the occupants are residing within that space.

Each room also has its Mouth, but for now, we can think of those more as valves that control the flow of ch’i within the heart/home space. Let’s take a look at the front door in more detail.

What Is Your Mouth Saying About You?

 

Mouths are also the means for communicating. What is your mouth saying to the world about you? Perhaps, in homage to your favorite M.A.C. lipstick, you’ve painted your Mouth of Ch’i a brilliant red color that is attracting a lot of attention to your home. This can be a very positive thing if more attention and opportunity is what you want or need to bring in. However, if you’ve designated your home to be your private retreat from the world, painting your front door red would stir things up and defeat your intentions.

Maybe you have a front door with peeling paint. The doorbell hasn’t worked in years. There used to be a welcome mat, but now there is just a dirty scrap of leftover carpet flanked by two large potted plants….ooops! sorry–the pots are filled with dirt and there seems to be some dried up sticks pointing upward that must have been lovely plants at some point. Well, it was easy for me to make that mistake since the lighting is so dim. Hmmm…the impression I am getting is that this Mouth of Ch’i hasn’t been to the dentist in awhile.

You may have a front door that is set back from the main structure of the building’s face. Or you may have a privacy screen protecting your front door from being easily viewed from the street. Your Mouth of Ch’i could be made entirely of glass. Or metal. Or wood. Each of these possibilities requires a unique assessment that takes into account the entire Feng Shui picture of the space being evaluated.

By now you get my point that the physical appearance of your entryway is vital to your home’s health and says a lot about you and what you will attract into your life. In fact, there is a reason why so many of us neglect our front doors. It is because here in America, often our garages are attached to our houses which makes it more convenient to enter the home through a different door. Depending on your situation, this could be a back door or side door. The main Mouth of Ch’i has been relegated for infrequent use by company, door-to-door salesmen, and the occasional fire drill.

As you might imagine, all of these factors play a vital role in making a correct analysis of a client’s Feng Shui. Sometimes the practitioner may even suggest deliberately using the back door instead of the front, or vice versa, if the client’s particular situation would be served best with this solution. There are sometimes cases where multiple entrances create a double bagua scenario which can be effectively used to enhance power points if activated properly. Feng Shui is many layered and it is best to have an expert opinion to accurately guide you through the complexity of your individual needs.

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FOSSIL FENG SHUI

John Strauss Furniture Design

One of the great things about living in High Point, NC is being able to attend the furniture industry’s big biannual market week. Topping my list of unusual –and beautiful– things I saw this week was this table by John Strauss Furniture Design out of Canton, Ohio. All of John’s furniture is made in the USA of sustainable materials and finishes in factories owned and operated by Amish craftspeople.

The table you see here showcases a slab of 50 million year old fossil limestone! Ancient fossils have a vibration similar to crystals. The energy of the ages is embedded in the stone.Feng Shui By Fishgirl just loves ancient fish…and this table has a balance of elements: wood, water (the glass), metal, earth (the fossil). Incorporating not only nature but history and beauty into your space is very positive feng shui.

 

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RONALD McDONALD BELIEVES IN FENG SHUII

It’s been a year or two now since the first McDonald’s California McDonald’s to incorporate feng shui opened. I am not sure if it is the first ever feng shui makeover for McDonald’s because I recall being shown a McD’s that had received the benefit of a feng shui master when I took a trip I made to Hong Kong in March of 2008. Since I was not the consultant hired for the job, I also have no data to report on whether or not the feng shui renovations have improved the bottom line of these particular restaurants in addition to the obvious improvement to the ambiance. What is known is that although the chain has added some healthy choices to their menu, overall the caloric intake and the fried and fatty content of their most popular fare are still very unhealthy if eaten on a regular basis.

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