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What can Feng Shui do for you? It can be life-changing

By Carole Hyder and Lisa Janusz

MANY PEOPLE THINK that Feng Shui is about moving furniture around, interior decorating, or buying things. But really, Feng Shui is very personal and customizable to you. You’ll definitely experience shifts—both within your space and within yourself—as you incorporate it in your life. That’s what’s so empowering about making even small changes; they can help you move forward in big ways. 

Feng Shui is a powerful modality to create change in your life. The more you practice it, the more it becomes a lifestyle. Whether you are new to it, or have been practicing it for years, there’s always something new to see with Feng Shui eyes. 


If you are new to Feng Shui, you might first be wondering what it is. Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese practice of arranging your living and working spaces for optimal flow and balance. It’s all about energy and how your environment not only affects, but also reflects, your life. 


By now, most people have at least heard of Feng Shui. Although how people finally get to Feng Shui can be all over the board, for us it was a very similar starting point. 


Carole Hyder: I heard someone speak about Feng Shui at a conference. At that moment, I realized that I had intuitively been doing Feng Shui since I was a little girl. I just didn’t have the context or structure for why. The speaker turned me on to His Holiness Professor Thomas Lin Yun.


Lisa Janusz: It was the same for me! I was working with someone who was going to hear someone speak about it at a bookstore. She thought I would be interested—and of course she was right. I was captivated. I immediately bought one book, then another, then another—I did a lot of reading initially. 


Feng Shui has definitely changed our lives for the better. When we’re asked about how it’s changed our life, the impact can be seen on how we live our life and make decisions. 


Carole: Feng Shui informs not only decisions about my home and office but also about my life. Understanding and applying the principles of yin and yang help reinforce inner balance when I may be struggling with some disparities. The Five Elements structure exemplifies the power of change and movement which helps me through my own inner upheaval. 


Lisa: I would say I live a Feng Shui lifestyle; it’s changed my entire outlook and approach to daily living. It goes back to that empowerment piece, where when things are challenging or in flux, I rely on what I’ve learned to take a fresh look at myself and my spaces. It also clarified a lot for me in terms of why certain spaces are at times uncomfortable. Looking with Feng Shui “eyes,” I understand what is happening and in some cases I can make changes with the tools I’ve acquired.


We’ve been doing it for so long that is really is second nature these days. But for newbies, it can be a lot of information to take in at once. When we speak in public, we’re often asked where to start. We usually point people in the direction of two main areas of their house: bedroom and front door. Those are highly influential spaces of your home. The bedroom is (hopefully) the room you spend the most time in and should be set up to support rest and intimacy. Taking a look at what is there—like clearing clutter (especially under the bed!) and fixing anything that’s broken are good starting points. Then, if it isn’t already, think about how you can make it your favorite room.


The home’s front door is the mouth of chi (energy). So it’s where energy enters your space and starts to flow (or not depending). You’ll want to make sure it’s welcoming and has curb appeal. You’ll also want to make sure you’re using it regularly (yes, even if you have an attached garage!). 


In addition to those two areas, another topic you’ll come across a lot is: clutter. That’s another place to start checking your space with “Feng Shui eyes.” In our world, everything holds energy, so clearing out “stuff” can impact your mental and physical health in a big way. It can reduce overwhelm, as well as open up new opportunities. 


There’s a lot of Feng Shui information out there, and because there are different schools of thought, it can get confusing. The best advice we have is to get started by shifting something (clear some clutter, move things around). That will often inspire your next action. There are free resources on the internet (including articles and some webinars on our site) that will get you moving in a good direction. 


But if you want a truly customized approach, do think about having a consultation by a certified professional. We recommend someone who has been through training to ensure you’re getting some of them more nuanced advantages of what Feng Shui can offer. 


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