Archive for April, 2011

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.