Shift the hierarchical mindset that insists some things merit better care than others and level the playing field. Instead of hierarchically classifying your possessions, simply give a good home to everything you love and need, and honor the rest by letting it go. This, more than anything, strengthens the continuum of love and harmony in your life.
Feng Shui Definitions
Overhead beams are a popular structural feature in Western architecture and are considered to add character. They can also add a sense of heaviness and danger over your head, especially when you sit or sleep directly under them. The bigger, darker, and lower they are, the more you want to lighten them up in some way.
- Paint or refinish beams to match the ceiling color. Or, paint them white or a light pastel color.
- Literally lighten up beams by running strings of tiny white lights along them. Or, place up-lighting directly beneath beams to lift them from below.
- Symbolically break the beam’s heaviness by hanging two objects at angles that suggest a drawbridge partially open (/ \). You can use two bamboo flutes, hung with the mouthpieces down to symbolize the Ch’i flowing up to lift the beam. Or, hang things that imply a lifting and lightening of the beam, such as feathers and ribbons. Appropriate subject matter such as vines and birds can also be painted on beams to artistically lighten their presence.
- Hang beautiful handwoven textiles, prayer flags, floral swags, banners, mobiles, or any other lightweight items from the beam.
- When applicable, soften the hard line of a beam by rounding its sharp edges. Or add curves at each end of the beam to simulate an arch.
- Canopy your bed when there’s a beam over it and you cannot move the bed to another location.
Life is so much more enjoyable when you focus on the blessings rather than the challenges. Every moment can be like improvisational theatre where you take great pleasure in observing or participating in each unique scene. People, places, things, and the spontaneous arrangement of words, patterns, colors, sounds, tastes, scents, and feelings portray Creation in constant motion. No two seconds are exactly alike. You can sit back and watch or jump in, whatever suits you in the moment.
River Eden Seeds of Transformation
Opportunities to dance with life are everywhere.
Nature is a feast of beauty pouring her magic into every moment of my life.
I open my heart with every breath I take, every move I make, and every person I meet.
I fully receive the joy inherent in every moment.
I embrace the fullness of my true nature.
I receive loving help from the unseen world.
My heart and mind, anima and animus, beloved and lover, are integrated within me.
My inner beloved is a constant presence within me, always reflected in the people and things that open me to the joys of life.
My inner beloved rides in on the pathways I’ve opened in my heart.
My inner beloved is one with me, transforming the archetypal union between heaven and earth into an intimate love affair.
Inner Feng Shui
This inner work is about the draining and cleansing forces in your life. Sit quietly for a few minutes and ask if you are being environmentally, emotionally, mentally or spiritually drained in some way. If you are, it’s time to lift this downward pull on your vitality. Don’t let anything drain your Ch’i! Cleanse yourself of anyone or anything that is pulling you down, and close the drains, literally and figuratively!
When heaven and earth become lovers within you, you see the world through their eyes – opportunities to dance with life are everywhere. People become welcome playmates and nature a feast of beauty pouring her magic into every moment. A feeling of openheartedness waltzes into every breath you take, every move you make, and every person you meet. Pleasure, once an occasional outer encounter, now flows steadily within you. Your ‘temple of miracles’ has opened to fully receive the joy inherent in every moment.
Our friend E.P. asks:
I have a small balcony that falls within my Fame & Reputation area as well as in my Wealth & Prosperity area. Straight across from the balcony is another building’s corner, so fire cuts the wood element. I have to do something-the missing space and the chaotic emptiness is very annoying-it’s almost like anything can be dropped of a cliff. I’ve placed a plastic net on the metal border, and big ceramic pots without plants to bring the fire down. I’m thinking of hanging a beige fabric to cover the empty space and the corner across (and it won’t look dangerous) and two plants- preferably bamboo for better relationships- inside the fabric.
Could you please help me? I want to feel supported/covered/protected in that area.
Thanks E.P. for the question.
Yes, your idea to cover the balcony railing with cloth will give you the feeling of safety and inclusion that you’re hoping for. Can you hang your plants from the ceiling? or ask your upstairs neighbor if you can hang a plant or two from their railing? That would also soften your space tremendously.
You seem like a Feng Shui natural! All your suggestions so far have been right on.
Please send an after picture so that we can see how luscious your space is?!