The Quest for a Balanced Home by Patsy Moore
reproduced with kind permission of Natural Child World Magazine

The Quest for a Balanced Home

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She remembers feeling that something was not quite right about the space, but she couldn't put her finger on it. "I didn't think I would ever feel at home there," explained homebuyer Susan Stallworth, so she proceeded to walk away. What was wrong with the home? Why couldn't Susan pinpoint the cause for her discomfort?


LISTEN TO YOUR INTUITION

"We all want a safe place," said Peter Lung, a feng shui master and owner of the World of Feng Shui USA. "And to get that, we should listen to our intuition as Susan did." Lung goes further to ask, "If you stand at the road looking at the place and you are not comfortable, how will you be comfortable in the home?" According to Lung, the design of your home, apartment or workplace can impact your life in both big


and small ways, whether it is doubling clutter reflected by a mirror's placement, or increasing the positive energy indoors by opening your entryway.

Homebuyers should look for more basic shaped homes such as square or rectangle. "L" shaped homes, for example, are not preferred because they are missing a section. Lung explains that depending on where the missing section lies, that could affect different areas of your life. If a section is missing in the north part of the home, it might negatively impact your career or job search, if missing in another area, it might affect your family or health.

Casinos, such as the Bellagio Hotel and Casino, place water or fountains around their property, and Lung suggests > >



homeowners do the same and run water around their home, stating "You need water for cash flow." In addition, if you can see the back door or window from the front door, Lung advises placing plants in front of them to block the flow of "chi", or those currents of energy that run through the universe, from leaving your home. While you cannot see them, they are always there and always changing, much like the winds and water currents for a sailor at sea. The quest is to balance the yin and the yang to improve your well-being.


WHAT IS FENG SHUI?

Feng shui is one of the eight tenets of Chinese medicine, which include food, acupuncture, exercise, massage, and herbal medicine. Manu Butterworth, founder of the Golden Gate Feng Shui School in Berkeley, California says, "Feng shui looks at how the building relates to the environment – what is the relational quality of the building to the land? Is it in harmony?" Feng shui masters have known for centuries ….. that by allowing energy to flow freely in our homes, we create balance and our lives become more harmonious.

According to Butterworth, all buildings have a resonance, and because of that, he recommends learning the history of a place before you move in. If prior residents moved quickly, you might question why and reconsider your lease. Butterworth's holistic approach assists his vision to reconnect clients with a place of home – a place where you are comfortable cooking a meal or visiting with friends. One question to ask, is how easy is it to get to the front door? If the front door is hidden behind bushes and gates, the home may be more reclusive,

and residents may find that friends don't come over as often as before.


A TOOL FOR BALANCE AND HARMONY

Both Lung and Butterworth see feng shui as a tool to make your home or workplace more productive and comfortable, to bring harmony and balance to your life. It has to work with your life, and should not be used to instill fear, says Butterworth. Instead it should improve the quality of life so you feel at home every time you walk in the front door.

Butterworth's tips for families are to look at their children and their bedrooms. What's going on in that room that may be contributing to poor sleep for the child? He recommends that parents turn electronics off at night, or at least turn them down to help balance the room for better sleep. For adult bedrooms, Butterworth asks if it feels comfortable. Masculine styles with sharp edges and hard textures look good, but may not be comfortable. A bedroom that is softer and more nurturing is cozier, leading to the comfort that improves sleep.

Butterworth and Lung agree that feng shui can improve all aspects of your life by working with your life, your personality, and your relationship to your home to reach harmony in your life. Butterworth said, "It's being true to yourself, being authentic. It should feel right for you." To find out how to improve your mood with feng shui and color therapy visit www.ncwmagazine.com



Feng Shui - The Quest for a Balanced Home