When making an appointment with a client I try to have a conversation and find out their concerns and goals regarding their home/work space and some history of the building. Through that, I get a pretty good sense of the person. I also try to get the building’s construction period, floorplan and birthdates.
I then take a ‘look’ around the area using aerial map and street views on the computer, and check for any notable features as well as the direction and quality of traffic flow. If electro-smog is a concern, I look up the location of mobile phone antennas.
I use an online compass program and the magnetic declination (magnetic variation from due north of the location) to determine the building’s exact compass orientation, and then construct its energy map. I work out each inhabitant’s compatibility and best rooms and directions based on their guardian energy. After getting a sense of the positive potential and potential issues of the building, I usually leave it sit in my mind and ‘brew’.
I centre and clear my mind before turning up at the building, and set the intention to help the client achieve the best outcome possible within the constraints of the site.
I try to arrive a little early and drive a few times around the block and approach the site from different directions to get a sense of the general feel of the area, the presence of plants and birds, and any negative or positive features. I continue to observe the surroundings when getting out of the car and look out for any cutting features that may be affecting the building. I note the path to the entrance door. Its visibility and clarity of approach as well as the outlook from the entrance door.
After meeting the client we usually take a tour around the building, at which time I ask lots of questions, I find out what works/ does not work for them, observe and look out for anything that draws my attention.
Then I take some time alone to take an actual compass reading. I also check for the presence of negative Earth energies where the beds are and for electrosmog if required. I then verify or construct the energy chart, work out its interplay with the building, and how this may affect the residents where they spend time. I determine how to bring in the building’s most radiant energy and how to use its healthy potential, and ensure we are not activating any negatives.
I then give the client an overview of this and we tour through the building, addressing the details of each room, including to usage, furniture placement, colours and decor. There can be a lot of discussion as there are always different ways of addressing an issue or improving a situation, and whatever we come up with has to be right for the client.
If appropriate, I like to roll up my sleeves, and we can end up moving some smaller pieces of furniture or even beds around, as the best way to fine-tune a room is to do rather than just on paper. In essence, we drill down from the macro to the micro of doable Feng Shui suggestions, such as from the usage of a room to the colour of the glass vase in the cabinet.
Feng Shui contains lots of principles and details, all layered over each other. I consider it my greatest skill to know which principles are important and that should not be compromised and which one we can get away with - as anything in life a building always contains a mix of positive and negative. In essence, we can get a very good building if we can let in the healthy radiant Yang and avoid negative bedrooms.
There can be a lot of information in a consultation. However, after nearly two decades of consulting, I have come to trust that there comes a point when things fall into place. When the client and I know how Feng Shui improvements can be integrated with their ideas, constraints of design and budget.
This is generally the point to leave it, summarise the recommendations or write up a detailed report if required. I leave the client with that but make myself available to answer questions that come up after they had time to let all this information sink in.
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