The way a room makes us feel can have an impact on how we show up in the world. The room we spend time in prior to, say, a business meeting or a social event can uplift you or bring you down. It is important to note that we can create environments that bring us comfort and enhance our lives. It matters not the size of your living or workspace, whether you have an abundance of expensive possessions, or live modestly. Since we’re all unique as people, what we find supportive might be different for each of us.
Imagine that you spend a good portion of your time in a drab space, with no life and a closed-in feeling with piles of clutter, and no sunlight. The walls are stark white with nicks. The furniture is stained and broken, and the carpet is worn out. What do you feel when you think about this type of room? Are you feeling depressed, confused, uncomfortable, distracted, or out of balance?
Now imagine what a beautiful room is for you. Here is an example: A living room that is open and full of life. In this room are large windows with colorful draped fabric panels and blinds to control the sunlight as you wish. In this space is a balanced arrangement of comfortable furniture aligning the room with fun wooden storage pieces to store only items that you use and love. A soft, textured carpet is under your feet and beautiful artwork graces the walls. Green, healthy plants and a few accessories adorn the room. Now, what are you feeling? Do you feel joyful, peaceful, and energized with physical and mental clarity?
As a Feng Shui consultant, clients often ask me what it means, exactly, to have “good energy” in a home, and how I create it. The way I define energy, in simple terms, is how your space feels. If you have clutter, haven’t paid attention to the design or your furniture arrangement, it may not feel right to you. Even if you have beautiful things—attractive furniture, or sophisticated design—it still may not resonate with you; something might be “off.” The energy follows you out of your space and into your relationships. It impacts how you react in life, whether with your kids, coworkers, or the grocery clerk.
In reality, energy is neither good nor bad. It’s what we associate with the way we feel. Most of us want to feel uplifted and supported. These feelings help us move through life more positively, therefore creating positive experiences. For example, living in homes and working in offices where we set up our space with intention enables us to feel comfortable, positive, energized, and motivated. Therefore, we can change our space to change our lives, illustrating the basic Feng Shui principle that our space reflects our lives.
Here are a few projects I have worked on that really amplify the different energies discussed in my excerpt. How do they make you feel? Which one would you prefer? Contact me and let me know what you think of these different spaces, and how you liked the excerpt of my book! I’m also available for consultations if you would like to shift the energy of your space.