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.

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