Though showing up in the U.S. mainstream only twenty years ago, feng shui (fung sch'way), the Chinese art and science of how to site, construct, and design a home, traces its beginnings back at least 3,000, and some say, as much as 5,000 years ago
In olden times feng shui knowledge provided such common sense guidelines as: don't build your grass roof shack on a windy mountain top or too close to a river that may overflow its banks. It was also considered poor feng shui to position your stove opposite the front door, as a gust of wind coming in will flicker the flame and your rice won't cook properly. From these basics evolved profound principles of how to create a harmonious living environment. Principles that apply to any home built in any era or anywhere on planet earth.
In essence, Feng Shui philosophy contends: if the home is in harmonious surroundings and arranged in an harmonious manner, the inhabitants of that home will reflect that harmony and live more harmonious lives.
It seems simplistic to suggest that buying a new couch could change someone’s life. How does SoulSpace really work?
SoulSpace begins with exploring and understanding the choices, thoughts and intention behind all the things we have in our lives. The items that make up the interior design of our space are more than objects. They are placeholders for our emotional connections.
Things are never just things. The objects that we surround ourselves with are more than desks, chairs, accessories, pictures, plants, photos and electronic equipment. They are tools for doing things. They are cues for living. They are imbued with emotional layers and embedded metaphors that, if viewed from the right angle, can show you truths that show you where you have come from, where you are now, and where you are going.
Change happens. Sometimes it happens to us, visited upon our lives by an external source, and sometimes it happens within us, as a new dream or an impulse that expands our outlook. Sometimes the change is something we wanted, like a new job. Sometimes it is something we thought that we didn’t want, like a divorce.
Sometimes we even get so stuck in a pattern and an unconscious habit that we forget that change is always on its way.
Change is inevitable. We must be open to it, even as it seeks us. And as the interior design of our souls shift, the interior design of our homes must shift along with it to support, nurture and sustain us as we become more aligned with our soul’s calling, message and expression.
Your home has become a trash can. The trash is clutter. Clutter is anything that no longer supports you. Anything can be clutter--clothes, electronics, books, people, and activities are clutter if they no longer suit you. When there is clutter in your home, the effect of the disorder is chaos. It affects your peace of mind, health and relationships.