There I was, newly married and living in the city. I had a new teaching job and a new workout regimen that kept me busy. My husband and I had finally emerged from the credit card debt that accumulated from planning a downtown wedding. So I guess things were starting to look up. Maybe it was the post-wedding blues (supposedly that’s “a thing”), but I still felt like something was missing and longed for something more. From the outside things seemed to be going pretty good, so what was wrong?
As I looked around our Chicago South Loop apartment, I had an uneasy feeling. The walls were all stark white and hadn’t been painted since we moved in three years ago. In my spare time, I decided I would start to spruce up the place, make it a little more welcoming and comfortable. That’s when I discovered feng shui.
To my surprise, the months following my feng shui enhancements were a total whirlwind, in a good way! My husband and I found out we were expecting our first baby, and he had gotten an exciting advancement in his career. Things started to look up, and I started to feel less uneasy and more fulfilled in my day-to-day life. More importantly, that new-calm was transferred to my second home, which was my classroom. When you create a flow of consistency between your personal and professional life, you can breath easier. Life just feels lighter!
This knowledge was all too good to keep to myself, so I decided to earn a Feng Shui Consultant Certification through the Feng Shui School of Chicago with Laurie Pawlie. I became a Red Ribbon Professional Member of the International Feng Shui Guild in 2016. Although I knew I wanted to help others heal their lives with feng shui, in my heart I wanted to do something more. So, I started a book… Here is a preview. I want to know, would you keep reading?
Why feng shui?
Why do I suggest feng shui? Feng shui is a tangible way that you can minimize your problems or frustrations. When something in your life feels uneasy, you can address it head-on in a physical way instead of stewing over it in your mind. Feng shui allows you to visually see your environment change, and it gives you hope for your future. I’ve seen it work in my own life and in my clients’ lives.
“Exterior movement creates interior shifts.” Once you start removing the layers of unnecessary objects or things that no longer make you feel good, you start to feel better instantly. You start to remove blocks and see things more clearly.
Although there are not necessarily three steps to feng shui a room, I have broken it down for you. I am a “list person,” and I love to check the boxes as I complete tasks. So, for my fellow list people, these three feng shui steps are for you: declutter, enhance the using the elements, and seal it with intention.
How do you feng shui?
Here is a brief overview of how feng shui works. Feng shui literally is translated as wind and water. The “wind” is the invisible force of energy that you are always feeling. Every space you enter has a different vibe. Think of a place where you have felt the most relaxed. Perhaps you were on the beach listening to the waves crash against to coast, or you have been to a spa where you smell the aroma of the massage oils and lotions. We can create positive feelings with an invisible force. By shifting our inner thoughts and our intention, we can manifest the life we desire.
The “water” represents the physical aspect of feng shui. We can see water, just as you can see how a room appears. The way the room is arranged will create the feeling too. This is the tangible aspect of feng shui that really makes it easy for practical realists to see major life changes. This is the outer aspect of feng shui which focuses on how you place the furniture and what types of colors, patterns, and other decor work well in a particular space. The idea is that you can create the feelings you desire simply by adjusting your environment.
Professor Lin Yun’s definition of feng shui is as follows:
Feng Shui is the method that people naturally use to choose and locate, build and construct, or adapt and change their working and living environments for maximum health, wealth, and well-being according to the knowledge then available.”
When I heard Professor’s definition I was relieved! Considering before I earned my certification I had been a “Master of the ‘feng shui’ Google search.” The more I learned about feng shui from professional instructors, the more I realized that I had some misunderstandings about it. As you learn about feng shui, you may do some things that are not necessarily accurate, but that is OK! According to this definition, you are going to do the best you can with the knowledge you have. As you learn more about the topic, you will be able to make adjustments that serve you better and better as time goes on.
What you need to know to get started!
What you really need to know to get started is that you have the power to change nine areas of your life with the help of feng shui. Using a tool called the bagua map, you will be able to see which area of your home, office, or classroom connects to specific areas of your life. The nine areas are: wealth, reputation, relationships, children & creativity, health, family, knowledge, career, and helpful people & travel. Ideally, a feng shui home will have good flowing energy in all nine areas, but it takes time. I would recommed focusing on one gua at a time.
Just as life is ever-changing, so must your feng shui practice continue to evolve. Once you declutter a space and decorate, you will need to check in on that area of your home from time to time to keep it healthy. The knowledge of feng shui is a very powerful tool that you can use as situations arise in your life. Using the bagua map, you can address any area of life and see results almost immediately!
So, let’s stop there… would you keep reading? I am happy to give you more details on the three steps to start feng shui on your own! I have a free two-page guide that makes it super simple. You can find me on Facebook or at KristinaHollinger.com Or check out the video below that outlines the three steps! Thank you for allowing me to join you on the start of your feng shui journey!
Until next time,