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Feng Shui to Support Optimum Health

Feng Shui to Support Optimum Health

A key component of Feng Shui has to do with creating a home that supports optimum health. This has to do with home safety, having a home that is as toxin-free as possible, and creating restful spaces in our bedrooms.

Ensure your home is safe by choosing furniture that is “friendly” and won’t injure you in any way. Look for furniture with rounded edges, and move any furniture that you have stubbed your toe, bruised your shins or bumped your head on to a safer place or get rid of it all-together. Also, cover “unfriendly-looking” sharp corners and cover blade-like fans with friendlier covers with rounded edges. (found at

Feng Shui teaches us to check every aspect of safety, making sure there are no fire hazards, such as dish towels stored on oven handles and flammable items near stoves and heaters. Knives are stored in knife blocks or in drawers designed for them. Weapons are kept behind locked cabinets and sharp-edged decorative objects such sharp looking finials are replaced with those with rounded shapes and edges. Even if we can’t really injure ourselves on them because they are too high, Feng Shui deals with the reptilian brain. Anything that represents danger -no matter how subtle- is not going to crate the safe and secure feeling we should enjoy in our homes.

Green your home by using non-toxic materials for paint, window coverings, flooring and furniture whenever possible. (See my green home remodel series). Limit exposure to EMF’s (Electro Magnetic Fields) and make sure electronic equipment, including cell phones and computers, are kept three feet or more from your head while sleeping, and turn them off at night. I wear an EMF protector when when working on my computer and have a chip for my cell phone. I can tell a huge difference between my fatigue level when I am working on my computer for hours when I wear it, compared to when I don’t.

Sick building syndrome is something many people suffer from and is a serious threat to health. A World Health Organization report suggested up  to 30 percent of new and remodeled buildings worldwide may be subject to complaints related to poor indoor air quality. Among other things such as mold, outgassing due to volatile organic compounds (VOCs)  found in many home materials, combined with inadequate ventilation has wreaked havoc with the health of millions.  A baby lying on a new carpet is the equivalent of them smoking 10 cigarettes! If you purchase new carpets you should leave all the windows open for at least 48 hours before the people come back to stay and continue to keep the windows open for at least a week afterwards.

Create a Restful Bedroom. We spend most of our time at home in the bedroom. If it doesn’t support good sleep, our lives, and everyone else we come in contact with, are impacted.  Make sure the bedroom is a restful space (see my article on creating Yin and Yang spaces).

For bedrooms: make sure the paint color is restful, the bed is placed in the empowered position (where you see the door from the pillow but are not in direct alignment with any doorway), the head of the bed is not on a wall with water pipes, remove all large mirrors -which activate the energy in the room, and place restful, inspiring art work on the walls. (See Feng Shui for Bedrooms).

Feng Shui comes out of the Taoist philosophy that everything in the universe is alive and connected. It is the original green movement. If one thing is out of balance, it affects everything else it comes in contact with. This simple yet profound philosophy is at the heart of Feng Shui which brings this principle into our homes, understanding fully that balanced, healthy and safe homes promote balanced, healthier and happier people. Here is to creating a healthy home!

Erica Sofrina is an International Speaker, Teacher and Life Coach and the author of the book Small Changes, Dynamic Results! Feng Shui for the Western World. She is the founder of the West Coast Academy of Feng Shui which offers Feng Shui Practitioner Certification Programs and Seminars at her school in California  and in Home Study Modules for National and International students. Find out more about Erica Sofrina at

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Erica Sofrina is an Internationally recognized Speaker and Teacher and Author of the book Small Changes, Dynamic Results! Feng Shui for the Western World. She is also a life coach and motivational speaker and is the founder of the West Coast Academy of Feng Shui. She has run a successful business as a Professional Organizer, Interior Designer and Certified Feng Shui Consultant for over a decade and resides on the charming coastal town of Half Moon Bay in Northern California. Find out more at

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2:42AM PDT on Sep 3, 2013

Thank you :)

9:44AM PDT on Sep 1, 2013

Thank you for sharing

11:51AM PDT on Aug 29, 2013

Mary, you state, "...Evidence can be found to support nearly every thing. And evidence can be found to refute nearly every thing so evidence in its self is not proof. That leaves the scientific and athiest viewpoint just as 'faith based' as any spiritual viewpoint..."

The issue isn't "evidence". It's credible evidence. And science isn't "faith-based" - it's based on the best available credible evidence - and changes only when that evidence is overturned or supplanted by better evidence. Faith has no part in it, since faith is believing in something for which no credible evidence exists.

And atheism isn't about having faith in any way. It's about a lack of credible evidence in favor of belief in a supernatural divinity, et al. - a lack of faith. And since proponents have the burden of providing that credible evidence until it appears many of us will continue not to believe.

9:22AM PDT on Aug 29, 2013

continued: come on posts dealing with unseen energies just to trash the authors, then sombody has to step up and say, you don't know what they're talking about. You're trashing what you THINK they're talking about.
I have lots to do before winter.If you wish to have the last word, go ahead, but I'm done with this now. Blessings and peace.

9:12AM PDT on Aug 29, 2013

Oh Lindsey, I am so sorry, but if you want to stamp out irrational beliefs, then please start with what you just posted here. Scientific 'proof' changes ALL THE TIME, as it must to intergrate new evidence and the new technology that makes the unseen seeable and measurable.
Emotions do not evaporate. Look at the middle east, still warring over who knows what after generations. The conflicts between religions, or families, races, and political ideologies. Rationalities have nothing to do it much of it, but don't discount the power of emotion to drive people to sacrice or war.
The ideas you have expressed are old and I've encountered them before and moved on when I found them too limiting . This eventually led me to studying how consciousness it's self works, and I don't think science is going to get very far until it changes it's methods. But who knows, they might come up with something, they've already got feed back machines, brain scans and we know that various radio and light waves exist, unseen. Evidence can be found to support nearly every thing. And evidence can be found to refute nearly every thing so evidence in its self is not proof. That leaves the scientific and athiest viewpoint just as 'faith based' as any spiritual viewpoint.As I've said, the nature of reality is very elusive and science dosn't have a corner on the market as much as they like to think they do.I've read your profile, and I like you, but when you and the Les Rose's and Wes what's his name come on

9:42PM PDT on Aug 27, 2013

Luckily, Mary, scientific evidence remains long after any person, and their emotions, have died.

And I've no interest in what impresses you. I simply dislike irrational beliefs and prefer to see them challenged whenever they pop up.

9:11PM PDT on Aug 27, 2013

Lindsey,For some reason you felt it necessary to give me a lecture on the one point upon which we agreed.I hope you didn't think I would be impressed. But thankfully you are not in charge of other peoples perceptions. Erica is far more than an 'interior decorator' and has every right to call herself a practitioner of feng shui. The fact that you don't think it has any scientific evidence to back it doesn't mean there is none, you just haven't encountered it yet.If you're going to wait to make your choices only on what you think has been scientifically proven according to your standards, you're not going to have much choice.I mean really, of all of the things that people have experienced, how much of it has been proven? Then debunked, then new evidence is found and proven again. And how much of it will never be looked at?
And what are you going to do when it's scientifically proven that the methods you hold dear now will be shown to be just as illusionary as one who perceives a fairy in a plant? The only thing I hope to convince you of is the elusive nature of what we call 'reality'.
If you're not ready to entertain that possibility, then I will leave you to your limitations, but remember when you get bored enough, there's a whole Universe of Fairies out there just waiting to show you a good time. In the End, none of it really matters except how much you loved and spread the joy around along the way. Nobody's going to care what you proved.

4:11PM PDT on Aug 27, 2013


This author, like many others, charges for her classes and services, etc. (as per her website). And if I'm being offered anything for sale I expect not to be sold something based on faith rather than evidence - unless, of course, the seller is honest up front and bills the item as faith-based and without scientific evidence to back up its claims. Then I can make an informed choice on whether to spend my money on the thing.

And if one day the claims of many (and I'm not speaking of this author specifically, just many feng shui practitioners) that feng shui has a scientific basis is shown through standard replicable testing to be true, I'll happily change my mind on the subject and accept those findings. I'll accept anything if the evidence is good enough.

4:05PM PDT on Aug 27, 2013

Mary B, the point is that if someone perceives that plant as a fairy, then they need to adjust their worldview. Their perception of the fairy doesn't make the plant a fairy (just as someone who's insane and really believes he's Napoleon doesn't actually become Napoleon). And their response to it would therefore be unreasonable (unless they're merely, say, an artist who understands the plant is a plant but is translating that differently on canvas for the effect it creates - something which we all understand to be unreal and which the artist isn't claiming is tangible reality). I believe that it's impossible to make good decisions in life and try to maximize happiness if we aren't able to perceive things as they really are (and that doesn't mean we can't have a rich interior fantasy life, that we can't appreciate different artistic forms, etc. - it just means that we need to be able to differentiate between fantasy and reality). Good decisions are the result of good input into the brain (rather like a computer - feed it irrational data and the end result won't be accurate).

I have no problem with interior decorators charging any amount of money they wish for their services - so long as they promote themselves as interior decorators. I do have a problem with those who promote themselves (and charge large sums of money for their services) as a practitioner of something such as feng shui for which there is no credible evidence underlying its suppositions.

This author,

2:55PM PDT on Aug 27, 2013

Linsey, perception creates reality for the perceiver, who has an emotional response and takes action.The action is a real world thing. Are you saying that reality is an Absolute Condition, and only science can explain it? If you mean that a plant has an energy blueprint that exists to cause it to grow into whatever plant it is, then I would agree, but if a person perceived the plant as a fairy, it would still cause a response and action from the perciever. So, perhaps we're both right.What I don't accept is that science, made up of perceivers and machines with limits is the best definer of what is real. Ultimately, each individual perceiver decides what is real for them, and to hold Those like Erica responsible for setting up what you deem false perception is, in my perception, inapropriate. She is offering what she has concluded from years of personal experience. Why would you find that unacceptable? You don't know if there even is an Ultimate Reality any more than the rest of us do.

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