I really enjoyed giving this Energy Dynamics teleseminar. You can Listen Again Here.
To Recap: Colors, shapes, people and activities have unique qualities. Feng Shui categorizes those qualities as to how they move. People have specific qualities that are enhanced or drained by colors or shapes or people. This is the entire basis of Feng Shui: the flow and movement and interface of energy.
The 5 categories are ones we all understand because we understand these basics of nature by its action:
Water: flows, seeks the deepest level, can be reflective, etc.
Tree: sprouts forth with vigorous energy, uplifts and is prolific in creating (leaves, seeds, etc.)
Fire: expands, is brilliant, burns away the dross, is clarifying, but needs fuel to burn
Earth: is stable, grounding, and the source of nourishment
Metal: is dense, cutting, will hold people accountable, like money, the sword and the scalple bring duty, honor and conditional support
Colors, shapes and many other attributes of life are filed into these categories and the results are uncanny. At first it might seem unlikely, but when you begin to look at life as to how energy flows, you’ll begin to understand the essence of life: everything is energy, it’s all interconnected, there are not co-incidences and everything is always moving.
If you listen to the free recording, you’ll begin to get an idea of how to be the master of your own life by using colors, shapes and energy to positively make a difference in all your relationships and life. You can Listen Again Here.
Here is one question that came up that explains a little about how to use different colors, shapes or energy to get to where you want to be. Also, check out Alicia’s beautiful website
Q: Is This a Bad Idea?
Thanks very much for giving this Teleseminar. I enjoyed it very much and am looking forward to your upcoming webinars in August.
One quick question: my husband (7,6,6) and I are both metal, with myself having both earth and fire as well (6,2,9).
Intuitively, I decorated our current home with a lot of earth colours to support us, and it has been great, and we have been happy here for 20 years. Next year we want to build a home, but I am so tired of the earth colours that I want to decorate in light water colours reflective of where it will be built (beside a lake).
All the floors will be hardwood or slate, however, and I had originally thought of going with a grey stained floor, looking like driftwood. Would we be better off, happier, with more “earth” coloured, orangey flooring?
This is a picture of what I have in mind for our new home:
|From Tuvalu Home, Coastal Living Design Store, Laguna Beach, CA|
A: Great Question!
Thank you SO much for being part of the Teleseminar. I am so glad you enjoyed it!
Great question! The great thing about Feng Shui is that we look can balancing our spaces and our energy using color and shape and energy interchangeably. So we don’t have to stay with only color, we can use the colors we love and make sure that the spaces have other components of the elements that support us within the rooms.
As regards the floors, you are right: grey based, (barn-washed floors) would add more metal energy into your space.
Here’s the thing with Feng Shui, balance is key. If this is going to be your primary residence, and if you and your husband are going to spend a lot of time off there together, all that Metal energy might cause you to over do it in the conditional support arena (I did this, so you do this) or becoming too rigid and accountable, harsh or going out and socializing to excess. These are possibilities with an abundance of Metal energy, not certainties. It’s important that you begin to notice trends and patterns and the sooner you do, the easier it is to make adjustments. We can’t separate one piece of the puzzle from the rest in Feng Shui, it’s all connected, but we can make different adjustments that influence all the others.
So, that said, take into consideration the amount of time you’ll spend there and THEN:
Choose the floor you love. If you LOVE, (and I do) absolutely LOVE the grey-ish barn-washed flooring, go for it, and adjust the excess metal energy with the blues and greens (of a compatible undertone) and more Earth energy than you might normally using other components of Earth element: a bit of yellow, low comfortable shapes, ones that are square and rectangle (with a slight radius curve so as to not produce sharp edges) in the décor.
Your idea to bring in the greens and blues that would relate more to the lake scenery is a good one. Those greens and blues are actually Tree energy and will take the edge off the excess Metal, introduced by the grey of the wood. Try to select complex greens and blues that don’t have so much grey but mowarmer undertones to them if you can.
I would recommend that you also continue to support your energy with a little bit of reds, lots of light, laughter, music, photos of people, perhaps subtle animal print, leather or faux fur or ultrasuede. Books and written word, are also is Fire energy and will support your Earth energy. All that Metal energy can be draining to you if it’s too much or for too long. Being near the waterwill also take the edge off the strict and stringent Metal energy; make sure your views are beautiful and if you can, get out to the water for some extra, special healing.
Your elements: 7,6,6, and 6,2,9 would be well supported by Earth element. In relationship, your energy is very supportive of your husband, you create him to be more of who is naturally is. His nature (6) would help you be more accountable, accurate in your expression of details and help you take your beautiful self out to the world. An excess of Metal energy might drain you unless you stay balanced and take care of yourself. You would need more Fire energy around you in order to be sure that his energy doesn’t deplete you over time…say if he retires and both of you are home and around each other a lot more than when you are working.
Also, the photo you sent is beautiful…the flooring here looks warm, yes, it looks orange based, but this is a digital representation of a printed image…those two processes will not allow the truth of the color to be seen. Once you get the real floor, or a true sample from the dye-lot, or if you are having the wood stained yourself, you’ll have an idea of the undertones of the wool.
A few notes about the bedroom shown here: The door and the bed are not in the optimal position…the door is not visible from the bed. Also, more than one door to a bedroom often results in one or both partners leaving the relationship. Our bodies literally absorb the metaphors of our spaces. Too many easy exits = easy exits. Beware of beams overhead, as they are cutting energy and can influence ill health. However, the post and lintel construction of the beams behind the bed add a bit of sacred geometry energy to the room.
A bit about Floors It’s also an important consideration in Feng Shui that the floors feel ‘heavier’ than the rest of the room in order to ‘ground’ us and mimic the way nature behaves. After all, we are a component of nature and we naturally understand the sensation of feeling ‘grounded’ or not. For instance, light flooring reminds our bodies of sand and we might feel not so secure knowing that sand moves away from our feet as we walk, whereas we expect a more solid experience from earth. In the same way, sleek, highly polished floors remind our bodies of water and make us tense up, thinking we’ll slip, slide and fall.
When designing, it’s good to know the results of our designs so we can use that information to create the desired effect.
To wrap up: Choose the floor that you love, you can’t go wrong if it is a deeper color than the rest of the room. Use other manifestations of the element EARTH to support your Metal energy, but remember, it’s all about balance. So the amount of time you’ll spend, the balance of the colors, the shapes, the energy and the environment all become factors. You can get the floor you love and the support you need by interchanging color and shape.
Also, be sure to check the property and the footprint of the home with the Bagua to make sure you aren’t missing some vital energy to make your new home a nourishing and wonderful place for a long time to come.