Normally, people think of Feng Shui, which in literal terms means wind-water, as a means of rearranging a space. While this is true, it is also used to describe personality and a way of life.
I don’t pretend to be an expert at Feng Shui, but I’m fascinated with its principles. Feng Shui can be traditionally symbolic at times, and draw from mathematics or formulations much like western horoscope. Feng Shui also holds true to simple things that help make our lives run smoothly, so that we may welcome abundance into our homes. Feng Shui instills the principles of 5 elements, earth, fire, metal, water, and wood.
These 5 elements represent elements of our persona. The sixth element, wind, is about cleansing, and to me represents the spirit. All these elements here on earth are elements we need to survive. The wind or air element (spirit or breath of life) helps everything flow better. When all of these elements are used well and in balance, they work harmoniously together, whether it be in the physical or abstract realms.
I’ve learned how clearing the house sometimes goes beyond getting rid of bad energy. In the simplest of terms, it’s about getting rid of clutter, old patterns, and ways things operate. In doing so, questions emerge like, “Why do I walk around this chair, instead of moving it so that I can walk more easily?” or “How do I tackle this pile of paperwork, so that I don’t feel so overwhelmed?”
When we take time to look around our space, and feel about the space from different perspectives, we begin to realize blockages. I call this “spatial awareness”, and this leads to more awareness beyond the tools that help us function. When life finds inflexibility, a flexible and self-sustaining space helps to connect the body to the mind.
When my parents died, I tackled their house and had to learn to let go. 800 bags and boxes later, I realized how many things were not needed, used, or even remembered, and all because of the clutter that erased things from their usefulness and pleasure. The old saying, “a cluttered house is a cluttered mind.”, rings true. My mom had terrible ADHD. I couldn’t help but wonder, that if I helped her to clear out that house sooner would she not have a huge weight lifted off her shoulders and a clearer head. But now I understand that this lesson is here for me, and I know that my mom is helping me from above.
It was after I tackled my parent’s house that I reflection on, my monumental and emotional triumph, and I also recognized that clearing my parent’s home made it so much easier to let go of stuff in my own home. The easiest way to tackle monumental jobs is to take baby steps, for small things in their accumulation combine to become big things. A grain of sand is just sand, but together with other sand, it can become a beautiful beach.
A lot of people sell their unwanted things, but I say that if it’s hanging in your space until you find the time for a garage sale, or set up an eBay account, let it go. How many of us have time for a full-time job and a part-time job? Look into “paying-it-forward” to someone that would appreciate your unwanted items, and how the abundance you will receive will come in other ways. What I realized recently is that being efficient relates to letting go of the things that clutter our house and our minds. This applies to action throughout the day, so when you build a list keep it small and consider breaks, adequate time, and balance. Make sure your list is realistic and well planned.
I know that when I work in my office and before I begin the day, I need everything to be in its place. I neaten my piles before I leave my office, and set an intention for the next day. I check my e-mails before I start the day, and reassess my list of things-to-do. I always did this, before I understood Feng Shui, but it didn’t mean that I never felt overwhelmed or that I neglected my ritual sometimes. Tending to a space is a good tool, but we also have to look at other things and other spaces in order to transform workflow into life-flow. Abundance isn’t just about monetary things, it’s also about well-being, time, happiness, love, and wellness. All of these things allow your free spirit to sore.
At times it can be quite overwhelming to achieve a smooth life-flow, and balance it with health and home. Just because you organize your space and your lists, doesn’t mean you leave enough time in the day to fulfill expectations. Time management is just as important. You need to leave time on the list to rest, ponder, play, eat, and socialize.
Being in the creative field, sometimes leads to creative blocks, just like writer’s block. This holds true to any action or thought. So, taking time for the self can invite more harmony into your life, by providing more efficiency in your actions and ideas.
In the creative world, you can’t just make a list of things to do: you also have to be thoughtful about the process, and leave yourself enough time for inspiration. I call this thoughtful action, and it works beyond the creative job. Taking time to think things through, makes for efficiency when you have to bring a task to completion. We have to leave time to clear our head in order to find clarity of action. We need time to be creative in our lives. The mind is the hardest space to clear, and that is why it starts with space and time, and this leaves you with time to create.
FENG SHUI FORMULA
I would like to simplify meanings for the 6 elements: grounding (earth), growth (wood), intuition (water), action (metal), passion (fire), and spirit (wind). If we balance all of these aspects of ourselves, we will find more fluidity or flow. Everything we do becomes much easier and much more kinetic, and it becomes much easier to push the kinetic “wheel of life”. When we simplify, we find love or spirit in everything we do, no matter if it’s a creative project, work, family, or even a mundane task. We find love in the mundane, when we find love in the flow of balance in our lives. In order to achieve this, we must rid ourselves of all those things that block our free spirit, and then this grounding and action allows our intuition and passion to help with self-growth. Our free spirit is allowed to co-create.