Just call me The Frugal Feng Shui

While strolling through the sale section at a local bookstore I stumbled upon “Feng Shui for  Dummies”.  I knew that Feng Shui dealt with energy in the home and that the placement of furniture might influence my life. I also knew that it is confusing and expensive.  Being unemployed and broke makes hiring a consultant who charges out the wazoo not an option for me. But a book that told me if the placement of my fridge was destroying my sex life was well worth ten dollars.  I got the book home, opened it up to just “flip through”.  It was as if a choir of heavenly angels bestowed upon me some mystical knowledge that helped me understand my living situation in a whole new light. The next thing I knew I had finished it and began to looking around my New York City apartment.  According to the book, the energy of my home was stuck.  Literally and symbolically stuck.

So with my newly found skills, I started the old furniture switch-a-roo, this time following the rules of Feng Shui. It cost me nothing and I had a blast doing it.  As the weeks passed, I moved around some pictures and  did a lot of emotional and physical de-cluttering, the first major step in Feng Shui.   My interest was peaked and a new passion ignited. I needed to know more.  After an exhaustive Internet search, I stumbled upon a high quality 9-week home study course that would teach me Feng Shui from the ground up and allow me to become my own Feng Shui Consultant.  I had to do it!

At first I thought, “Wow, what a great way to make some money!  I could become a certified consultant and charge people exuberant amounts of money to tell them where to place their furniture.”  But as the course study went on I began to realize how deep the Feng Shui rabbit hole goes. The placement of objects and furniture in my home is just the tip of the iceberg.  Feng Shui deals with the laws of Heaven and Earth and the Five Elements. For example, each one of is assigned an element to us based on our birth year. That makes me a WOOD element. I put my newly found education into motion. Along with painting a few walls, I began wearing clothes with green, brown and blue colors that would support my wood element. On days that I had auditions I would were bold reds, setting myself “on fire” to show that I meant business.  I know it may sound “corny” to call something forth from the universe but that is what Feng Shui does.  It’s clears a path to what we desire in life. (Later on I’ll discuss how Color Therapy is useful in your clothing and home as well as go more in depth about the Elements that are assigned to us at birth).

I believe in Feng Shui because it has changed my life. Within four months I booked the Broadway show Wicked, I moved into a new bigger and better apartment, I paid off all of my credit card debt and most importantly I felt happy and balanced in my life.  Feng Shui is not just for the rich who can afford to hire a fancy schmancy consultant but everyone who desires to live a healthy, happy, prosperous life abundant in riches.  In this blog I extend to you my knowledge of Feng Shui in a way that is easy to understand. I offer affordable projects that you can implement, day by day, in your home and wardrobe and will give examples on how environments reflect the current state of our lives.  Post questions, leave comments and check back in often as I add new posts with stories from my clients who have benefited from my help. The only way Feng Shui will work is for you to take a chance on it and believe that it will work.  It won’t change your life over night but daily changes will help move you towards a more balanced one.  I am here to offer you fun, fabulous and affordable Feng Shui tips and that is why you can call me The Frugal Feng Shui.

A return!

Hello fellow Feng Shui-ers.  After being away from blogging I am now returning.  I have learned so much since my last postings and want to share it all with you!  Stay tuned for up  coming news.

Open Sesame: The Home’s Entrance

The entrance of your home makes a statement about you. It is a preview of the rest of your home and an extension of the first impression established by the main entrance. Living in an apartment building in New York City, I have limited control of what happens outside my door but there are ways to create a welcoming atmosphere inside and outside of an apartment. For example, the entrance of our apartment is in the Fame section.  I make sure the area outside our door is as tidy as possible and I have placed a welcoming door mat (to welcome positive energy and keep my floors clean) and hung a wreath (to cheer up the ugly color the outside of the door is painted) with colors that support the fire element.

The area just inside of your home, also known as the foyer, is just as important because this area welcomes chi’ to flow into the rest of your home and fill it with positive energy. It is the passageway for golden opportunities. The main purpose of the home’s entrance is to facilitate the movement of chi’ through your living space. As favorable energy enters the home, it clears and rotates the negative aspects out of your life to allow positive ones to move in. If chi’ is obstructed or impaired at this point, its ability to energize every area of your life—health, wealth, relationships, etc.—will be limited. The goal is to have optimum energy circulating into every corner of your dwelling.

Fame and Reputation Life Area

Fame Life Area: S direction (Entrance Hallway)

The Fame and Reputation area affects fame, acclaim and public attention. This life area of your home deals with the actions, behaviors and energy you exude that shapes the way your peers, neighbors and community see you.  Everyone has a reputation of some kind, what are people saying about you?  The energy of the fame area is considered best for your family room.  (Who in New York City has a family room?  I consider myself lucky enough to have an eat in kitchen!) When looking at the floor plan of my apartment with the Bagua placed on top, the fame area covers one and a half rooms: the front entrance and half of the kitchen.

The direction of the Fame and Recognition is to the South (S). The element that corresponds to this area is fire.  Fire chi’ is upward, burning, hot energy and is moving, bright, and fiery.  Of the five elements, fire energy represents maximum expansiveness and activity, the peak of energetic intensity. Enhancing this area creates more expansion in your life and transforms your reputation getting you seen in the best light possible.

Remembering the first step to boosting an area’s chi’ is to clean and declutter, from here on out you can cure every area with an “A.C.E.”  (Art, Color, Element.)

  • ART: Hanging inspirational art is a fast and affective way to boost the energy of this, or any, area. When choosing art for the fame area, look for pieces with the following:  Fire (the element), sunshine, sunflowers, animals, magazines, radios (if you’d like to be heard by the masses), and people you admire or things you aspire to be are good starting points.  (For example, there are a few famous actors whose careers I admire. I am wrapping their pictures with red ribbon and placing them in a red envelope in my fame area.  This is so I am seen as an actor with a successful career like theirs.)
  • COLOR:  Add color.  Fire has a few colors, the most common is red.  Red is the most active of all colors and is used many ways in Feng Shui. This color represents power, protection, and energy activity.   The other colors of fire are burgundy, orange, yellow, gold, and black.  (Yes, black.  Just think of the color something turns when it has been on fire.)
  • ELEMENT:  Since you can’t set the room on fire and continue to live there, Feng Shui has “symbolic elements”.  Think of fire in animal representations (leather, feathers, fur, wool, bone) and shapes (triangular, conical and pyramidal).

Be creative and have fun when enhancing this area. Don’t be afraid.  Being creative is fun, easy and cheap because you can use things from around the house to create cures you love. Decorate this area with diplomas, prizes, trophies, awards, motivational “fame” quotes (not from the movie, or hang a favorite picture of you in a red frame . As I have written “Feng Shui is instinctual” so trust your gut as you “A.C.E” this section of your home.

Jenny and Josh’s Apartment

A few days after we changed Jenny and Josh’s apartment around she sent me this email.  I have also included some before and after pics of the changes we did to their living room (wealth area).  Send me before and after pictures of the changes you have done to your apartment and your observations on the flow of chi’ so I can post them too!

Jenny writes:

Since reading your blog, I have been inspired to redo some things around my apartment.  Thank you for coming over and helping me. The new changes to my wealth area are amazing.  I love that we moved the rug from my bedroom to the living room.  I feel like it really lightens the room up. I’m so glad we moved the bookshelf away from the sofa too.  I no longer feel so closed in when I am watching TV and the tree we put in its place lifts the energy drastically.  It makes the couch feel bigger and just helps make the room feel more open.  I’ve realized since we made these changes on Sunday, the relationship area in my living room and my bedroom are my junk corners.  Seeing a cleaner relationship area in my living room makes me feel better and excited to clean out the relationship area in my bedroom.  Overall, my living room feels open, brighter and even more “homey” then before! I’m looking forward to finishing my bedroom.

Thanks again for all your help. I really appreciate it!

 

Love You,

Jenny

Before

After

Alternate view

What’s up doc?

It has been a week since my last blog and I am sure you are all itching to learn more about the next life area, but during that time I had the opportunity to help my sister with a few new feng shui fixes in her apartment. Focusing primarily on clearing out the relationship corner in her bedroom, which was cluttered with junk that she had placed there “in the mean time” (You know those places, we all have them, it is the place you put things before you actually put them away.  Right now my kitchen table is the “in the mean time” of my home), and the wealth area (Since that is what we have been focusing on.)

The main living area of her apartment is the wealth area. Many people think that their apartment has only one way to set up the furniture.  In many cases this may be true, but I challenge you to think outside the box and mix it up.  Have you tried all the possible arrangements of furniture or did you just push everything against the walls and make the TV the focal point of the room?  In Jen’s case, her sofa only fits one way in her living room. (I originally helped her in the arrangement of furniture so I know this to be true.) But this doesn’t stop me form placing the TV in the corner and adding a chair to the smaller side of her sectional to create a cozy space for entertaining and watching movies.   Moving a round a few book cases, lamps and pictures and switching out the rug were our options for changing up the flow of chi’ in the room.

Here are a few fixes and cures we implemented in her living room (Wealth Area):

  • Switch up the rug: Previously she had a dingy rectangular rug that was brown and green with some dark red in it.  The rug made the energy of the room feel heavy and dark.  Moving a circular rug from her bedroom that was a golden color with a hint of green and terra cotta in it brightened up room immediately. This circular rug in the wealth area symbolizes a coin and the colors support the wood element. Circular rugs, tables and mirrors are also believed to create more conversation in a room.
  • Add a plant: The addition of a plant (to symbolize growth and abundance) in the eastern corner (Family Area) helps lift the energy.  Adding a plant to any room is the fastest and easiest way to life the energy.
  • Add a water feature: Jenny already has a water fountain in the wealth area (symbolizing the flow of money into the house). By repositioning it in the northern corner of the room (Career) we call forth more cash flow from job

After  successfully lifting the chi’ in the wealth area and are welcoming in the gifts of abundance and prosperity into our lives, we are moving counter clock wise on our “tic-tac-toe” board (aka the Bagua) to the next area of our homes which is the Fame/ Recognition Life Area.

No Tuition Intuition

Riding on the subway, I sometimes have the urge to call Tony before I get home.  Good thing I do because we are out of milk and eggs.  Had I not called we’d be missing out on our late night snack and breakfast tomorrow morning.  (And no one wants to be around either one of us with no breakfast.) I have always had a strong intuitive sense, my mother, the  “witchy women” she was, passed the gift on to me.  (It is just a matter of listening to it or not.) Intuition, when listened to, can guide us in making strong choices.Have you ever entered a room or a friend’s apartment and felt “off kilter” even though you couldn’t put your finger on what was wrong?  (This happens to me quite often.  I actually love when I go into a home and notice how positive the flow of chi’ is.) Chi’ is drawn to pleasing, harmonious environments and repelled by discordant ones.

Feng shui operates on the subconscious and intuitive level as well as a logical and physical one.  (The physical being rearranging furniture or fixing a window that doesn’t work properly.) Paying attention to your feelings and responses whenever entering a space will help you develop your instincts on energies and vibrations that are present. Listen to your heart; trusting your impressions and allowing them to guide you as you apply feng shui will keep you on the right track.  After a while you will be able to sense that you have done the right thing because it feels right.  I believe that after moving something around, you need live with it for a while.  Give the change a week to see if you like how the energy is flowing.  At the end of the week if you don’t like what you have done, change it.

Movin’ Right Along

Bathroom door exterior

I have previously written, it takes at least two days to get anything done in New York City. The first is prep and purchase day and the second is project day.  Since purchasing my “one-a-week” supplies needed to feng shui my bathroom I have reorganized the clutter beneath my sink (week 1) and hung a wind chime in my bathroom window (week 2).  In the third week, finishing touches are being implemented to the wealth area for the best possible flow of energy.

Adding color to any area is a great way to boost the energy and give the room a fresh start. Painting the bathroom and getting rid of any old or half full products is part of my final touch-ups. Confronting clutter puts us all on edge because it forces us to deal with our baggage, literally.  Your spouse/partner/roommate, or whom ever you live with, may  be defensive to this, at first.   Asking Tony which products we could toss to de-clutter the shower is a touchy subject.  Immediately I’m accusing him of being a hoarder. “ Why do you always want to get rid of my things?”,  he says.   (I assure you it is not just his things I want to throw out.  It just sometimes sounds that way.) I feel the same way when he confronts me about my clutter. I avoid old mail and the roll away drawers in our closet that are over flowing with craft goodies (which I will be dealing with soon. Ugh!) Remain calm and remind the other person (and yourself) that it is for the greater good.  Getting rid of half used bottles and empty containers clears the space making room for chi’ to flow freely through the area.

Here are the cures I have implemented in my bathroom, the Wealth Area of my home:

  • Adding color.  (The element for the wealth area is wood.  I have chosen a shade of green called “Tate Olive” that is similar to the color of moneyI like this shade of green so much that it has been in my past three apartments.)
  • A wind chime added to the window of the bathroom stops the flow of water, or energy from escaping the house.
  • A faceted crystal hangs above the sink drain to slow the energy from being “sucked down the drain”.
  • A plant has been added to help soak up the moisture in the air and prevent the growth of mold and mildew.
  • The shower curtain is kept close.
  • The toilet seat lid is down.
  • Mirrors reflect one another so that the reflection of space is infinite.
  • A full-length mirror hangs on the bathroom door and the door is kept closed.

The Wealth Area of my home has been reenergized and it is time to move onto the next section.  (Hopefully you have added a few cures of your own to help from “flushing your money down the drain.”) Stay tuned to find out what riches the universe has to offer us!

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