1. I’m guessing most of my readers have some idea, but can you go ahead and explain what Feng Shui is?
Feng Shui is the art of arranging your home and office to support you in living a healthy, happy, successful life. It originated in China 3,000 years ago and gives you guidelines to set-up your furniture, decorate with color and positive symbolism and bring nature indoors in order to create a gentle flow of life-force energy in your home.
2. You studied with Grand Master Choa Kok Sui, best known for his work with Pranic Healing. What was that experience like and how did it prepare you for your work with Feng Shui?
I was very lucky to meet Grand Master Choa Kok Sui in 1995 after taking a Pranic Healing class in Los Angeles. Pranic Healing (www.pranichealing.com) is a no-touch healing system that works with life force energy or “prana” to heal the physical and emotional bodies. I studied advanced healing, meditation and manifestation along with Pranic Feng Shui with Master Choa for many years. He always encouraged his students to “experiment” with feng shui solutions and corrections to see if they worked and not just follow blindly. When I had the opportunity to write “Feng Shui Your Life,” I asked Master Choa for his blessing and he gave me specific instructions for what I could include in the book. I’m extremely grateful for his priceless teachings.
3. Unlike most books on Feng Shui, your book “Feng Shui Your Life” doesn’t just talk about how you arrange and decorate your home, it also discusses what you call “Inner Feng Shui”. Can describe what that’s about for my readers?
“Feng Shui Your Life” is about creating positive energy in your mind, body, spirit, relationships, work and all aspects of your life which includes your environment. When you feng shui your inner life and outer life, transformation happens on a larger scale. In Chapter Two, I write about meditation, asking for guidance, synchronicity, positive thinking, good karma, tithing and sending pink light. It was my favorite chapter to write! I believe that Feng Shui can be a lifestyle, a new way of looking at the world where you make positive choices in the way you think, emote and act.
4. It seems like you can’t escape it, you’ve got to clear away clutter. When consulting is this one of the most difficult undertakings for your clients?
Clutter is the number one problem I see in most people’s homes and it’s the first ingredient for good feng shui. Chapter Three is dedicated to clearing clutter and space clearing which you need to do before all else. Clutter massively brings your energy down, creates overwhelm and obstacles, and stops you from focusing on the things that are most important to you. Clutter is your past. You must clear it to open new opportunities for your present and future life. People’s lives change when they overcome their clutter. They feel liberated and amazing things can occur.
The Bagua is a feng shui map with nine different energy centers that correspond to specific areas of your life including Health, Wealth, Love, Career, Family, Creativity, Fame, Knowledge and Helpful People. It is a great way to be purposeful and intentional in the way you decorate your space. You can overlay the Bagua on the structure of your home and there are specific colors, symbols and natural energy to boost each area of your life. Chapters Five and Six give instructions to how to overlay the Bagua and what items to place and not to place in each energy center. You can overlay the Bagua on individual rooms as well
6. And if I recall you can also apply the bagua to your office desk at work?
Yes, in Chapter Ten, which is about the office, there is an illustration and instructions on how to place the Bagua on your desk. It’s important to use your intention and place what I call “environmental anchors” in specific areas to boost that area of your career or business.
7. In your book, you offer a Feng Shui plant guide and in it you say that the snake plant is a house plant to avoid. I found this to be a bummer because I’ve always really like the snake plant. What makes a plant good or bad for Feng Shui in the home or office?
Pointed or spiky plants are not considered good feng shui because they have sharp energy, which creates disharmony. Plants with rounded leaves create harmony, give oxygen and represent new growth from a feng shui perspective.In general, use plants that a baby could sit next to and not get hurt. The larger the leaf surface, the more energy it gives off.
8. The foreword for “Feng Shui Your Life” was written by Mary Steenburgen. I don’t want to pry, but was she nice, she always seemed liked she’d be nice, please tell me she was nice.
Mary Steenburgen is absolutely lovely as is her husband Ted Danson. They were gracious to let us photograph some rooms in their home and of course, Mary wrote a beautiful foreword. She is spiritual, kind and generous.
9. What advice would give someone who picks up your book “Feng Shui Your Life” with the intention of working their way through it?
My book “Feng Shui Your Life” can be used in many ways. You can read it all the way through to get a feel and then go back to work on specific rooms or on specific goals you wish to manifest. Each section has a “Take Action Now” sidebar to get you started right away. It’s a book you can use again and again for every new home you move to. I suggest reading Chapters One and Two to get a basic understanding of what Feng Shui is and how it can affect your entire life. Of course, if you have a clutter issue, Chapter Three is a must. There are chapters on the Bagua and on every single room in your home and office. Chapter Eleven is full of tips like “Health Musts,” “Love Musts,” “Wealth Musts” and a new section on Feng Shui for the Body. It’s a great gift for yourself or to give for the holidays, a birthday or a house-warming. Enjoy!
10. Parting shot! Ask us here at The Magical Buffet any one question.
How do you incorporate Feng Shui into your everyday at the Magical Buffet?
I don’t really….yet. I have to say, your book really inspired me. I want to start using some of what I learned in our apartment, our office, and my work space for The Buffet!
Jayme Barrett is a certified feng shui consultant specializing in energy techniques for personal fulfillment, prosperity, and integrated health. For over 15 years, she has studied Eastern and Western healing traditions, life coaching, and spiritual practices from teachers around the world. Her inspiring and transformational work with individuals, businesses, and corporations has made her a sought-after speaker on feng shui and life enhancement. Jayme consults on residential and commercial properties and lives in Los Angeles, CA.
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