follow up from a consultation

November 17, 2008

the consultation a few days ago went well. it was a small, one bedroom apartment on the 2nd level of a walk up apartment complex in reno. the people who live there have a fabulous sense of taste, order, decor and an awareness of how energy moves through a space.

there is no clutter at all. it is very open. you can tell that the couple who lives there puts careful thought and consideration into the objects they own, in addition to how and where they place them.

there are two areas of their lives that the couple wants to work on and improve. one wants better energy and changes in the career area of his life, and the other wants to work on being more centered and grounded.

the central area of the bagua (chi) is where you make changes in order to feel more grounded, centered, and spiritually balanced. the center of their apartment was a little tricky to work with as it has a narrow hallway with a 90 degree turn in it leading to a bathroom. additionally, the other part of the center is on another side of a wall in the corner of their bedroom. there is a corner wall in the center that shoots poison arrows off of the corner into the center bagua area. there is also a mirror at the end of the hallway that reflects the bathroom. luckily no drains are being reflected. there is a large painting, created by one of the occupants with a very large fish and water motifs in it.

there is a long rectangular rug in the hallway, with some earth tones. in the center of their living room, there is a rug, with geometrical shapes and lines also in earth tones. the things that contribute to their sense of grounding are the colors they have chosen, brown, beige and other earth colored tones. the shapes, however, do not assist in a sense of grounding. they are very geometrical, angular and also create a sense of distance and disconnection.

i suggested that they remove the mirror from the center chi area and place it somewhere else for about 30-60 days. i also suggested removing the print of the fish, with it’s water element from the center. good alternatives for images to hang on the wall in the center bagua area would be an image of rock, earth or mountains, something that makes them feel centered and grounded. a yin and yang image or symbol would be good in that space as well.

it is a good practice to write down the action items that you intend to complete. additionally, it’s smart to keep a journal of what changes you make in a space, along with how things feel or shift after those changes. documenting observations about your day to day life following the adjustments you have made in your surrounding environment, is a great way to increase your ability to work with feng shui principles.

the area of life that the other person wanted to work on was their career. the entrance of their apartment is exactly in the center of the career area. as you walk into their apartment you are stepping mostly into the living room which extends both ahead of you and all the way to the right. slightly to your left as you enter the apartment is the end of the kitchen wall. when you open the front door you see into the kitchen on the left and into the living room on the right. the wall that divides the two rooms is just slightly to your left. the space in the living room is very open, and welcoming. the space to the left of the door could use a small amount of work (the knowledge, self-wisdom area of the bagua). it has no furniture or sense of a place to be. it is empty and needs some focal point or some item(s) that are welcoming and represent knowledge and self wisdom. one small piece of furniture or a very small eating nook table with two stools could do the trick. even a small table to place a plant or item on would be better than the current emptiness. currently, it has a few planted pots that they intend to put on a plant stand. having the plants on a plant stand instead of in a group bunched in the corner should also help it to feel like a more lived in and welcoming space.

on the floor inside the front door is a small rug, light brown or tan in color. substituting a black rug there would be a good improvement for the career area. since there was not a large entryway or much space to work with in changing the entryway, putting a small saying or quote above the front door which symbolizes the desired career changes is one option.

the place where there is normally a peephole to look out when someone rings the doorbell is an empty hole. they, wisely, have put tissue paper in there so that there isn’t a hole in their front door that anyone walking by can look into (larger than the size of a quarter). covering that tissue paper with a small image, plaque, or quotation that represents the desired changes in their career is important. symbolically, it’s fixes a hole that’s been temporarily covered up and is broken. asking their landlord to fix the peephole is also a good idea, or simply getting the appropriate hardware at a hardwood store and fixing it themselves.

a small fountain on the inside of the apartment, just to the right of the door as you enter, is another idea to consider. the water element helps tremendously with activating positive changes in the career area. just to the left of the door (the wall behind where the front door opens) they are considering hanging two wires or strings with pictures attached and going down the wall from the ceiling, the way that a ladder has rungs on it. choosing images with water elements in them or images that somehow represent what they want to achieve in their career is a good idea.

overall, they have a very good start with a great apartment that they can improve. the next steps are taking the time and effort to put specific energies in place and to focus those energies on the two areas they want to see results in most right now.

those were the main points of the consultation. in addition to looking at the bagua of the apartment as a whole, we also looked at the bagua for each room so that they can think about smaller changes that they can incorporate to achieve their current desires.


this afternoon i will be providing a feng shui consultation for someone who lives near downtown reno. in preparation for that consultation i have been sharing different things that they can do to prepare for the feng shui consultation. another great thing to do before someone does a feng shui consultation for you is to measure the spaces you are going to be working with.

if you have a blue print of the home, office, or building that you are getting a consultation for that is ideal. sometimes you can get the blueprint of the building from a county office, occasionally online. in the absence of a current blueprint, a tape measure is your best friend. with paper, pencil, ruler and a tape measure you can easily create a diagram that shows the layout of your home or office and each room within the building.

the bagua and the nine areas within it are used in many ways throughout a space. eventually, you will learn to look at the bauga of the plot of land, the whole building on the plot of land, as well as the bagua within each individual room.

start out by making a diagram of one room. choose a rectangular or square room with no protruding walls or closets that stick into the room changing the rectangular footprint of the room. after you have determined the length and width of the room draw that on the paper using inches or centimeters to represent the space. then divide the width of the room into 3 and draw lines that divide the room into the three according parts. next, divide the length of the room into 3 and draw lines for those areas. when you are done you will end up with nine rectangular parts within the whole. similar to a tic-tac-toe board within a square or rectangle. you will use this as the basis of what areas of the room correspond to what areas of the bagua and of your life.

having this diagram already made will be useful in your consultation. you can make a separate diagram for each of the rooms in your home or office, as well as an additional diagram that represents the entire apartment, home, office or building.

before i do a feng shui consultation it’s helpful to get people thinking about the purpose of the consultation. i like to suggest a few things that people should ponder before a visit.

pick the top one or two areas of your life, from the 9 bagua areas, that you would like to focus on for the next 30-90 days. whoever lives in the space should do this. if there are two people then you can each do it separately and then share your thoughts after you’ve spent some time thinking about what you would like to achieve.

KAN – Career/Life Path/Goals/Life Purpose

CHIEN – Travel/Mentors/Helpful People/Guardian Angel

TUI – Children/Creativity/Creative Energy/New Projects

KUN – Love/Marriage/Intimate Relationship/Romance

LI – Fame/Reputation/Recognition for work/Perception – How others perceive and understand you

SUN – Wealth/Luxury/Abundance

CHEN – Family/Social life/Ancestors/Household expenses/Daily Life/Physical Health

KEN – Wisdom/Self-Knowledge/Personal Growth/Education

CHI – Center/Grounding/Balance/Spiritual and Emotional Health


some additional thoughts to spend time with …


What emotions do certain objects or areas of your home bring out in you?

What symbolism do certain objects or areas of your home have for you?

How do you feel in different areas of your home?

What areas of life seem to be going well?

What areas of life do you seem to struggle with more?

Have you noticed any specific changes in the above areas of your life in conjunction/relation to different places you’ve lived in the past?

thinking about these things is the first step in making changes in your space and in your life. once you have a better awareness of what you’re trying to create, it becomes easier to do it.

feng shui bagua example

feng shui bagua example

monday, monday

November 10, 2008

new day. new week. glorious feeling.

i have a consultation set up for wednesday evening. it’s a lovely feeling when you are about to see a another place someone calls home and you’re about to help someone new. i’m looking very forward to helping them and seeing how the specific changes in their home impact their lives.

space clearning inside

November 3, 2008

so there’s space clearing in a building or a room, and then there is space clearing inside ourselves. today i went to the gym. few minutes on the treadmill, few minutes on a stair climber and a few more on an elliptical machine. a few ab exercises and then a moment or two of stretching. in the same way that we need to purge our belongings, exercise and activity help us to purge thoughts and emotions from our bodies.

i don’t particularly like gyms, actually i dislike them somewhat. at the same time i want to take better care of my body and give it the opportunity to release unwanted energy and an opportunity to purge. hopefully, going to the gym and getting regular exercise will become a routine that will improve my energy and help my body to accept and experience life freely.

as i clean out my home and my body i make room for the new.

sunday afternoon

November 2, 2008

just past 3 on a sunday afternoon, i can hear the dryer tumbling clothing. i can see the shadows of maple tree leaves dancing on a white cabinet door below the counter.

today i realized my house is very yin. not so yang.  and i happen to quite like it that way. it’s a very peaceful place to be. delightful is how i would describe my home. i can hear the slight trickle of water near my front door, from the tall fountain in the career (KAN) area of my home.

i’m not terribly motivated when I’m at home. i am very peaceful here. it’s a great place to relax. i also notice that when I pick stuff up, put it away, clean up, take out the trash, get rid of things i don’t want or need, then the whole place takes on new life.

when i’m a bit unmotivated, if i decide to throw out or get rid of 10 items, it starts something, it starts a small trickle of energy into me. suddenly things start getting done, things start getting cleaned up, and I feel like I have more energy and am happier.

there’s no question that you can tell how i’m feeling by my surroundings. the neater and cleaner it is, the more calm I become. when there is stuff strewn about everywhere, you can pretty much guess that there’s a jumble of stuff in me that i’m not quite sure what to do with.

today, i folded all the kitchen towels and rags in my laundry room. i adjusted a shelf in the laundry room so that all the paper towels would fit neatly in there. this morning i started out with a nice hike that really made my lungs work. when i came back home it was a bit messy, from my return from india. i’m still cleaning up, putting away, and processing everything from my trip to mumbai (bombay), goa and pune.

i found that when i was in india had a hard time moving my energy, attention and focus from the ugly things to the nice things. i found it so frustrating to see garbage everywhere, instead of being able to put my energy into seeing the great relationships that people have and the colorful life there, i kept being drawn to looking at things that depressed me.

i’ve learned that the places i see beauty most are the places with the fewest people. somehow the scenery of the land without bulidings and people is so much more magnificent to me. i also came to appreciate how much i love being an american. so many of us have no idea what an incredible place we live in. we live in a country where anything is possible and where so many people have achieved so many things. i appreciate the values in our society greatly.

i also hope that as time goes by, i can begin to see beauty in chaos. for now, order, organization and pragmatism are what make me feel most at peace and well with the world. on that note, i’ll go start a new load of laundry, then fold and neatly put away the belongings i’m so fortunate to own.