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Feng Shui & Autumn

As many of you know, feng shui is about respecting a naturally occurring order to life: fire burns wood and turns it to ash, ash becomes earth, the soil of the earth produces metal, metal collects water in the form of condensation, water brings life to wood, and wood feeds fire. This is know as the creative cycle:

This cycle can also be represented by the changing seasons: summer into fall, fall to winter, winter into spring, and back to summer again. In the northern hemisphere we are experiencing autumn and it is a passing, like all seasons, from one creative phase to another.  Because this beautiful season never seems to last very long it should be appreciated for all its remarkable change. I always feel a charge when autumn approaches, as do most people. There is a coolness to the air, the leaves are falling, the days shorter, and the sights and smells of an imagined harvest seem to propagate from every house I walk past: orange and white pumpkins commingling with multicolored potted chrysanthemums on front steps, wreaths of berries and gherkins adorn front doors, piles of red and brown leaves smelling like wet earth sit in great piles along curbs waiting for removal. We invariably prepare for winter like all animals, and within that comes another important aspect of autumn: accepting change and letting go of things no longer needed. With each leaf raking, each removal of dead flowers we are preparing to enter a quiet time for appreciation and anticipation. Fall is an excellent time to declutter and let go of things that we no longer need so that we have room to accept new opportunities, new people, new jobs, wealth, etc into our lives.  I have always loved the Native American saying “Be thankful for blessings already on their way,” because to me it encapsulates the essence of fall and letting go. Regardless if your summer was one filled with joy or with sadness, fall is an opportunity to reflect, appreciate, release and prepare for blessings already on their way.

Feng Shui: The Command Position

When you sit at your desk, do you face a wall or into the room? Do you feel protected or exposed? Can you concentrate or do you feel distracted? If you aren’t feeling secure or strong, chances are you are facing a wall when you sit, with your back to the room. A quick fix: flip your desk around, so that the wall is now behind you and you are facing into the room. You should feel an immediate change. Why? In feng shui you are now in a command position. You can see everything going on in front of you and nothing can “sneak up” behind you. In business this is a good thing: you are aware of all your business proceedings and you will see if anyone tries to “backstab” you. Sit facing out and as far into the room as possible, so you can see everything that is going on. If you are unable to move your desk or you sit in a cubicle, then hang a small mirror in front of you, so that you can see everything behind you. If you are aware and feel protected then your work will reflect this.

Feng Shui

As many of my friends know, I use feng shui as much as possible in my interior design.  Even if you don’t know how  feng shui works,  it still helps your home to look and feel better. Why? Because the principles of feng shui – good flow – are the same principles that many interior decorators use.

For example, many of you have heard about not putting your bed in the “death position”, which means putting your bed directly opposite the door to your bedroom. In feng shui, this isn’t an auspicious bed position for several reasons. One reason is literal: in ancient times, this is how bodies were laid to rest. Another reason is because it is thought that your spirit will leave you through the door while you sleep.

But you can think of it another way: stand in your doorway with your bed immediately facing you. Does it feel imposing? Restricting? Probably. That’s because you are not being drawn into the room. The bed “stops” you. Move it even a foot or two off-center from the door and notice the change. Does the room seem larger? More airy? More inviting? This is feng shui. Try it. Let me know what you think!