I am noticing a new syndrome which I call Feng Shui overwhelm.¬† I guess it is not really new.¬† I had it.
When I first discovered Feng Shui I read every book I could find on the subject and tried every suggestion.¬† This included moving furniture, buying new furniture, painting the walls, hanging new art, doing strange rituals and freaking out if there was something I could not change.
My friend Mike has noticed this syndrome in his line of work. He is a reliable, creative and competent handyman.¬† He tells me this is the busiest time of year for nurseries, hardware and paint stores.¬† And because of this he knows he will soon be inundated with calls from homeowners wanting to hire him.
A large percentage of his jobs will not be new, rather he will be fixing or completing the jobs done by ‚Äúdo it yourselfers.‚ÄĚ¬† And often it is not that the home repairs were shoddy.¬† Mike says that the homeowner gets tired, overwhelmed and just can‚Äôt find the time to do just one more thing.
As a novice Feng Shui-er I felt the same.¬† I thought I tried everything.¬† Although I saw so many parts of Feng Shui, I did not see the whole picture ‚Äď meaning, I did not know what my needs were and I really did not know what Feng Shui could do. ¬†I did not know how to prioritize the areas or issues that were of concern. I was as fixated about the state of my garage as I was of the dining room. I was freaked out that the laundry room was in my romance sector‚Ä¶ sound familiar? I really did not know where to start so I tried everything.¬† I was overwhelmed.
One truth about Feng Shui is:¬† to delve deep into Feng Shui is to delve into your inner self.¬† And this can be overwhelming. What is it in your life that is not working for you- is it financial, relationships, a lack of movement, comfort or creativity?¬† Is it all of these?¬† Certainly a practitioner does not need to hear this from you to do an analysis of the energy patterns in your house.¬† But believe me, we will know.
Just like hiring a professional handyman to help around the house, hiring a professional Feng Shui consultant is a wonderful thing.¬† There are definitely good Feng Shui actions that you can do without the advice of a professional. Do them. And when you have dealt with the clutter and the obvious repairs needed around the house you may be ready for the next step.
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