FENG SHUI FUNDAMENTALS with T. Raphael Simons
Peace In Your Home
Now that Summer is past and we are well on our way to Winter and spending more time indoors, we most naturally want our home environment to be peaceful. Inner peace is a core state that is spontaneously arrived at by cultivating the attitude of equanimity. Equanimity is subjectively experienced as a fluidic harmony of the emotions. It requires balancing out our different interests and activities as well as maintaining correct balance in our personal relationships.
This balance and harmony also extends to the way we relate to our environment as our inner life and outer environment are like two sides of a coin. When your home is chaotic you cannot expect to be at peace. Your environment always reflects your inner life.
It is amazing how much of a person's life can be read from the condition of their home. In fact, reading the condition of the home is an essential part of a Feng Shui consultation. Based on what such a reading reveals, effective solutions can be made. Feng Shui teaches us that when your home environment is adjusted correctly, your life will take a turn for the better provided you also work on yourself to improve your inner condition. When doing Feng Shui for yourself, therefore, pay attention to your inner emotional condition as you go along.
When teaching seminars in Feng Shui, I have my students define their complaints in life because Feng Shui is meant to clear up old problems and open the way to new opportunities. Sometimes just moving your furniture around will get things rolling in life. Often, after a thorough cleaning of the house, you may notice that new opportunities just seem to pop up.
One of the surest signs of anxiety, conflict and confusion in life is a home that is cluttered and jammed with too much furniture. You need to breathe and move around freely to feel at peace. When clearing up clutter, pay attention to resolving your emotional issues. It is often difficult for people to discard old and useless things because of unconscious attachments around unresolved issues. Holding on to old resentments is often a cause for clutter.
Sometimes it is difficult to tolerate loved ones. But a home that reflects and embraces the needs of all who live there is a lot more peaceful than one that doesn't.
© T. Raphael Simons, 2005.