What is feng shui?
Put simply, feng shui is the art and science of creating harmony and balance in a space.
What is the theory of “chi,” or the universal energy?
“Chi” is the life force or the flow of energy that runs through everything.
What are your philosophies on what you do and how feng shui works?
Honestly, my job is to help people find happiness. Feng shui is an amazing tool to help shift one’s life; it can reveal blocks, untapped passions, and unhealthy patterns so that it can set a person in the right direction. Skeptics may say, “How can changing up the interior or exterior or a space really make that much of an impact?” But it does! Our subconscious minds and our energy fields are highly susceptible to what surrounds us every day, so if we change the space, we change the patterns we experience. I just say, “Don’t knock it until you try it.” To know and understand feng shui is to experience it.
Is it the intention or belief that propels feng shui to happen?
You do not have to believe in feng shui for it to “work.” At all. It is the energy of the space that is affecting a person, and it will affect someone either positively or negatively, whether they understand what is happening or not.
What is your motto?
“Your space reflects your life…so do something about it!”
How can feng shui transform your home?
In every way. It can help you love your home, and if you love your home, that is going to have a very positive impact on your life. It can help you feel calmer, more creative, more energetic, more passionate—whatever you need, it can help! Colors, textures, materials, the balance of soft and hard, light and dark, artwork—It all plays a role.
Can you elaborate on the importance of removing certain material items from our homes?
Oh, the toxins. Modern “conveniences” have caused modern problems that can affect our physical health, our mental state, and our energy level. Materials that off-gas can be problematic, as well as spaces that don’t get enough fresh air and natural light. If you need a general rule, natural materials—especially those that are used with eco-friendly ideals—are best.
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Interview and photograph by Angela Karen.