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Is there a place to begin

A frequently asked question in the field of Feng Shui is “where do I begin”? Is there some magic place you should begin in your home or your office to energize your world. Are there any techniques involved or special tools? Is it expensive? How do you begin and what do you need to do?

If you’ve already made sure that energy can easily reach your front door by having the landscaping nicely pruned and placing either a wreath on your front door or three to five potted plants with red flowers (brunt orange or yellow will also work) near the front door, then you have already completed step one. You began in the best place to begin, at the entrance to your home. Plantings that are near your front door or surround your front walkway must be kept low for good energy to enter your home and to protect you from unwanted danger hiding behind the landscaping.

If you’ve also taken time to eliminate the clutter when you first enter your home so the energy can meander leisurely throughout the house then you are well ahead of the game. Uncluttering is extremely important because clutter gathers stagnant energy, is depressing, creates burdensome worry and extra work. Be scrupulous when observing your home upon entering. Watch for those piles of papers and magazines, collections of “stuff” and things that simply gather dust but are not functional or that you really do not love. An uncluttered home provides more peaceful surroundings and much less work.

I usually recommend these two places as the best for beginning to Feng Shui your home or office. However, for some people either of the above seems to be a daunting task and would not dream of tackling such large areas first. For those of you who would like to start on a smaller scale, the master bedroom is where to begin. It is a much smaller area and one that directly affects the way you sleep and feel upon awakening. In your bedroom you should take care to not have work related materials or computers. They continuously remind your unconscious mind about things that need to be done and do not allow you to sleep restfully. If you must have some of these things in your bedroom contain them or cover them at night as if putting them to sleep as well. Being out of sight will also make them “out of mind”. Treat a bedroom television the same way.

Next, make sure there is nothing under your bed. Yes, I said nothing. You need to allow energy to circulate completely around your body while resting. Anything stored under your bed will prevent this from happening causing restless, even annoying sleep patterns. Be sure to un-clutter underneath your bed as well as the entire room. Also painting your bedroom walls soft skin tone colors or pastel greens or blues creates a restful energy good for sleeping.

One thing you can add to your bedroom is a very healthy green plant. It will make your bedroom feel alive and bring fresh new energy into your room all day and all night. Be sure to place it in the east area of the room. If it becomes sickly or in anyway unhealthy replace it immediately.

It is more important that you begin to energize yourself and your surroundings than debating about where to begin. You can begin large or small, in the front or the side of the house, or in a particular area that simply does not “feel right”. Just begin so you can reap the rewards of feeling energized and more at peace.


© Pat Heydlauff, All Rights Reserved

Pat Heydlauff, president of Energy Design, uses Feng Shui design principles to eliminate chaos and stress at home and within oneself. More than a Feng Shui expert, Pat is a consultant and speaker who helps remove clutter and negativity while encouraging personal growth, improved relationships and prosperity. Her new book, “Feng Shui: So Easy a Child Can Do It,” shows how to achieve a better tomorrow. For information on her consulting, speaking and artwork,  call: 561-408-2708.

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