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Your Home Is a Living Organism!

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Your Home Is a Living Organism!

By Erica Sofrina, Founder of the Academy of Feng Shui, author of the book Small Changes, Dynamic Results! Feng Shui for the Western World.

At the foundation of Feng Shui is the belief that everything in our home is alive and talking to us. This may seem like a stretch to many, but stop and think about it; when the first thing you encounter when you enter your home is the unrelenting pile of clutter, how does it make you feel? My sense is – not so great about yourself. And who needs that?

If the living room walls are filled with large severe-looking but expensive oil paintings of your husband’s dead relatives (like one of my clients) – your space is reflecting your inner psychology, which might be that you are afraid to be  honest with your husband and don’t value your own needs to be comfortable in your own home.

Or, if your hallway is filled with pictures that your photographer friend gave you of  depressing subjects, and you don’t have the nerve to tell him you dislike them, what is your space saying?  Could be that you are more concerned with pleasing others than allowing yourself to have a living space that you love.

Feng Shui teaches that every object  in our homes and gardens has a consciousness which is called energy or chi.  It is interacting with us and we are interacting with it on subtle, and not-so-subtle levels.

As we study Feng Shui we learn to see our homes with a new pair of eyes. That being said, we can glean a great deal about where we are by observing our homes.

The client that found the nerve to tell her friend she loved his photography but couldn’t display it in her home because the depressing subject matter affected her moods, empowered herself and took part of her life back. Which, consequently, had a positive ripple affect on many other parts of her life.

The woman who saw by what was displayed in her living space that she was afraid to have an honest discussion with her husband about his dead relative pictures, spoke up and  found her backbone, which created a better sense of equality in her relationship and a happier marriage.

There are invaluable messages embedded in our space that can change our lives for the better. Feng Shui teaches us to look at our space in  new way which allows for many powerful ‘ah hah’ moments.

Our homes  have a huge impact on our moods because of the amount of time we spend there. Subtle changes can therefore produce big changes in our general sense of well-being, or lack there of.

It’s quite simple really; when we feel better about our living space,  we become happier people. Happier people attract others who want to spend time with them, who will often bring opportunities along as well.

A home that lifts your spirits and reflects your true tastes, loves and desires, makes you happy. In doing so it is amplifying the happiness quotient in your life.  Consequently, a home that always drags you down because of the accumulation of all of the little things that bug you, will support keeping you in a more depressive and unhappy place.

According to the Law of Attraction, Like Attracts Like. If you are experiencing attracting the things you don’t like, the good news is that you have the power to change your experience  by creating a living space that inspires you. This rapidly works on your energy field and positive changes start showing up in your life.

It is not magic, or woo woo, or about hanging mysterious crystals and wind chimes around in secret places. You will unfortunately encounter many books that try to make it mysterious, but the skinny on Feng Shui is that is is simple. By working on your home to make it a more pleasing place for you and/or your family to be, you are changing your energy. You simply feel better, hence are more enjoyable to be around and you start to experience  a domino effect of positive things happening in your life.

I have written numerous articles for Care2 about how to work with every aspect of your home to create a home sanctuary that supports, uplifts and nurtures your soul and spirit. In this article I thought I would organize them for those of you who would like to start on your Feng Shui journey but are feeling overwhelmed as to how to begin.

I have listed them based on the most important rooms and/or issues to start with.

I hope you will join me on a transformational Feng Shui journey to bring your home to a place that you love being in!

Please  document your progress and share with us!

Next: How to Start Your Feng Shui Journey

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Erica Sofrina

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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7:57AM PDT on Jun 26, 2013


6:55AM PDT on Apr 14, 2013


8:45AM PDT on Apr 12, 2013

Good article as always,thanks

2:29PM PDT on Apr 11, 2013

My husband is a pack rat, how do I get him to change... It makes it difficult to keep all areas clutter free. I need a week off work to tackle just the garage and even then he'd put half if not more of it back :(

10:56AM PDT on Sep 12, 2011


9:22AM PDT on Aug 29, 2011

I am not sure if my home is a feng or a shui... but I know when it feels right. When you walk in and feel the warmth and love , I know for me it is great and I feel gratitude for the walls I have the rooms I enjoy and the garden that is abundant in color...
Is this Feng shui? I think it is bliss....

10:09AM PDT on Aug 23, 2011

Thank you

3:10PM PDT on Aug 22, 2011


"According to the Law of Attraction, Like Attracts Like" ... this is all about Universal Gravitation, as postulated by Newton, Einstein, Joie, and others.

The home as a living organism certainly gravitates too!

11:57AM PDT on Aug 22, 2011

Obviously, if people have problems, there are issues where the person is stuck in indecision or ambivalence or not seeing.

9:48AM PDT on Aug 22, 2011


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Thank you for info!

I'm doing this to that home that I'm envisioning in my head :O) TYFS


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