Feng Shui to the Rescue Newsletter

Helping you attract wealth, harmony, love,
and much more.

Autumn 2022

Finally, It's Fall!
After two and a half years without getting on a plane, in August I finally got up my nerve, put on my mask, and flew from NYC to the Pacific Northwest. We explored gorgeous Oregon for the first time and several new-to-us destinations in Washington. We then took the ferry into Canada to explore Victoria and Vancouver. Combined with our New England trip in July, my summer included 2 Portlands, 2 oceans, 2 ferries, and 2 countries. Talk about packing a lot into one summer!

One unexpected acquisition while we were in Seattle was a beautiful glass sculpture, an early gift to ourselves in honor of two milestone events upcoming in 2023. The sculpture is primarily blue with yellow highlights. The edges are banded in a vivid orange. If you've been a long-time reader, you know that I've often said I'm not fond of the color orange. I don't dislike it, but I'm rarely called to it. Well, this time was different. We looked at several sculptures in the artist's display cases and thought they were lovely, but it wasn't until we turned around to leave the gallery that we saw this one, just sitting on top of a cabinet. As I often tell my clients, when it's the right art for your space, you know it. Initially, I was surprised that I would be attracted to the color orange. But, as I write in my main article in this issue, "...people either love or hate orange. Some color therapists believe that if you don't like orange, it’s an indication that you need it for healing." Well, after this long, not-yet-over pandemic, I'm certainly ready for any healing energy I can get. And every time I look at this piece with light coming from above it, I feel uplifted.

What do you think about the color orange? Read the article and share your thoughts, and I'll use them in a followup article about color.

Since this newsletter is now seasonal rather than monthly, I can't cover every monthly topic. So, for this Autumn issue, here are links to my articles relating to the season:

Happy Leaf Peeping, Happy Halloween, and Happy Thanksgiving!

Carol M. Olmstead, FSIA
Feng Shui Master Practitioner
Autumn Leaves
In Celebration of the Color Orange
Orange is the color we associate with October and Halloween. In Feng Shui, it’s also known as the social color because it helps draw people together and encourages conversation. People either love or hate orange. Some color therapists believe that if you don't like orange, it’s an indication that you need it for healing. In fact, Feng Shui color therapy uses orange to help overcome abuse, shock, depression, and codependency. Surrounding yourself with the color orange can make you feel energized, creative, and motivated. One vibrant example of the boldness of orange is the project called “The Gates,” where artists Cristo and Jeanne-Claude weaved miles of orange fabric gates throughout New York’s Central Park. The gates were an especially expressive demonstration of how powerful the color orange can be. You may not need to produce such drama with your use of the color orange, but you can add the color to your home and workplace in both dramatic and modest ways.
Here are a few examples of how to use use the power of a serving of the color orange in your home and workplace:
  • Orange represents the Feng Shui Fire Element, so use it to power up a space located in the Fame, Reputation, or Love area of your home.
  • Choose orange, terracotta, or peach color paint for a room where you need to bring people together, like your family room.
  • Use orange in combination with other warm desert colors to stimulate collaboration in small offices and workplaces.
  • Add a touch of orange to your studio space when your creativity feels blocked.
  • Wear orange when you are meeting people for the first time; it will make you seem more approachable, especially if you are in a communications profession.
  • Surround yourself with the color orange if you are recovering from an accident, surgery, or a dental procedure.
  • If you are a family therapist or work with family groups, add orange accents to your office to symbolize joy in relationships.
  • Display orange flowers like gladiolus or begonias when you need to boost the energy in any commercial space, especially in a restaurant.
  • Toss orange pillows on the sofa or armchair, or hang artwork with orange accents to bring energy into a windowless office or dark room.
  • Avoid orange in a bedroom or any room where you need to avoid intense focus and concentration.

Of course, no article about the color orange would be complete without mentioning pumpkins. This year, a 2,554-pound pumpkin grown in upstate New York set a new U.S. heavy-weight record. Grown by the Great Pumpkin Farm in the Buffalo suburb of Clarence, Scott Andrusz's entry broke the previous national record of 2,528 pounds. That represents a whole lot of the color orange out there in the field and potentially one pretty scary jack-o-lantern. Click on the link below to see this behemoth!
What to Keep Out of Your Home
In Feng Shui, clutter represents postponed decisions and the inability to move forward. When you clear your clutter on a regular basis, you take advantage of the natural changes around you to make room for new energy to flow in to take its place. Sometimes with Feng Shui, what you avoid bringing into your home is as important as what you invite in.

Here are examples of things to keep out of your home:
  • Other People's Junk. Resist the temptation to accept cast-offs from friends and relatives unless it's something you truly love and need. Sometimes you accept other people's junk because of what I call a "poverty consciousness," which is the fear that you'll never have enough money to buy what you really want. You end up storing all that stuff in your closets, attic, and basement, creating negative chi. Feng Shui principles suggest operating instead from a "prosperity mentality" with the positive affirmation that you can afford to buy what you love.
  • Dried Flowers. Dried flowers carry negative energy because they are dead. Plus, they fade and collect dust. Instead of choosing dried arrangements, surround yourself with healthy living plants and flowers. If you can't give up your dried flower arrangements, make sure you dust them frequently and substitute a new arrangement with the change of each season.
  • Violent Images and Music. We live in a world of violent media images, and there's no reason to compound the problem by filling your home with artwork showing violent themes. Instead, cover your walls with upbeat images and your shelves with objects that make you feel happy. Similarly, music should create harmony rather than chaos in your home. Before you download music, make sure it uplifts, relaxes, or makes you feel comfortable.
  • Ashes from a Deceased Loved One. When you are grieving, it may be tempting to hold on to your loved one's ashes for comfort. But in Feng Shui, keeping them in your home represent trapped energy. Instead, chose a symbolic place to scatter or bury the ashes, and surround yourself with a few cherished mementos of your loved one, such as photos of them smiling and doing what they loved to do. I know this is going to be unpopular, but the same Feng Shui advice goes for ashes of your pets. They don't belong inside your home or workplace.
  • Gifts From Negative People. If you receive a gift from someone who is angry, hostile, or negative, every time you use it, you will feel that anger, especially if their gift was given out of obligation rather than love. Sell, donate, or recycle all gifts that come from negative people, no matter how expensive the item. When you allow these items into your home, you invite their negative energy to flow throughout your surroundings.
  • A Bed From an Unknown Source. Beds, mattresses, sleep sofas, and futons hold energy from the past experiences of the people who slept on them. So it's best to avoid bringing these into your home if you don't know who slept on them. If not, you'll be sleeping with all the problems and relationship issues of the former owner. Instead, invest in a new bed, mattress, and linens to bring fresh chi into your home and life.
  • People You Don't Like. After the long pandemic, we are starting to entertain again. But, don't feel obligated to invite everyone back into your home. If you don't get along with someone, don't invite them. This would seem obvious, but all too often we allow family members or work associates into our homes because we feel obligated. If you must entertain business associates you don't like, or if there is hostility whenever your family gets together, meet these people at a restaurant or some other neutral place. The event will have a time limit and their negative energy will not visit your home.
Ask the Feng Shui Maven
Q: A townhouse recently came on the market in our neighborhood that we are considering. It is a rare find in our part of the city because it’s both big and has huge outdoor space. A couple is divorcing and it’s priced below market for a quick sale. Everything about the house is fabulous - but something feels a bit off to me that I'm having trouble articulating. I think it is the placement of bathrooms and laundry at the back corners of the house. I suspect these rooms are in the wealth and relationship area Is this something that can be addressed with Feng Shui or is it fundamental/material and we should stay away? 
A: You raise a lot of legitimate Feng Shui concerns about this house. Ideally, I would recommend against a home with those two "watery" rooms in the Wealth and Love areas because that could with "extinguish" the fire needed for wealth, love, and passion in your life. You can correct for this with decoration that activates the Fire Element, using the colors red, orange, and deep purple, or triangular shapes, or fiery images. Even more of a concern, from the floor plan you sent, I can see that the house does have a “poison arrow” feel, with the energy flowing in a straight line through the house, as is typical in some row houses. This can be fixed by arranging furniture, adding art, or using rugs to break up the straight line. You could also add walls to break up the direct flow of energy from the front door and straight out the back. So while the placement of these rooms is not ideal, there are Feng Shui adjustments that could correct for this. Consider how much you really love the home. If you decide to pass on it, trust that the perfect home will eventually come your way.

Q: I feel like my life has been stuck since I moved into this basement studio apartment. There are some windows, but it's much darker in here than I thought it would be. I think that's keeping me from moving forward in my job and relationships. Any ideas?
A: Below-ground homes can be a Feng Shui challenge because of the yin (dark) energy. First, try to bring in as much light as you can by strategically placing mirrors across from the windows. Paint the ceiling white if it isn't already, and use floor lighting aimed up at it. Choose artwork with images that are upward, light, and airy. You can also add tall plants in the corners of the space to symbolically "raise the ceiling" and to symbolize personal growth. Add several living plants, choosing those that survive in low light (see link below). Or, you can use silk because it is considered a living fabric. You can also display a vase of fresh flowers, which you change at least weekly, to activate the yang (active) energy in the space to counterbalance the darkness.

Click here to read my article "Feng Shui Friendly Houseplants."
Carl's Collections
Cathy and Carl were having sleepless nights. The obvious issue in their bedroom was the mirrored closet doors that covered most of the wall across from their bed. A bedroom should be reserved for rest and romance only, but mirrors activate the room's energy, making it hard to settle down and disturbing peaceful sleep. But the real issue behind Cathy's stress was her frustration with Carl's extensive collection of music memorabilia that was overwhelming the house. Most of it was stored in their shared home office, compounding the problem for Cathy. During our consultation, Carl resisted even talking about reducing his collection, and was skeptical about Feng Shui.

Here's what Cathy wrote:
Thank you for your suggestion to hang a curtain in front of the mirrored closet doors and close it at night. It worked so well that not only are we sleeping better, but Carl starting asking what else we could do to make changes in our lives. That was just the breakthrough that I needed! I reminded him what you said about sorting through his collections. We have been clearing out stacks of his accumulated music and other assorted stuff in our home office. I have been trying to get him to do this forever, but before the initial success of our first Feng Shui change, he wouldn't consider doing anything. Now, he is following your advice and working on reducing his collections a few hours every day. I am beginning to see daylight where I used to see only clutter. Thanks for helping me accomplish this miracle!

Enhance Your Space!
The Feng Shui Fixer series includes one-of-a-kind creations that are designed as simple, beautiful, and real-world Feng Shui "cures" and adjustments. These art pieces can be placed in a specific bagua area of a home or workplace to fix a Feng Shui issue, or to attract wealth, harmony, love, and so much more. Hang them on the wall, in a closet, near the washer, or on the back of your computer monitor to block any negative energy. You can display one or a collection of them on a table-top easel. Place them anywhere you need to activate a Feng Shui Element.

Each unique Feng Shui Fixer starts with an imported vintage silk kimono textile. Then, it is embellished with embroidery floss, silk ribbon, vintage or new glass beads, natural stones, or charms. There are florals, geometrics, abstracts, and freestyle! Every Feng Shui Fixer comes ready to hang in a natural wood, hand-stained, or flexible frame. Each design includes a small mirror on the back that symbolically pushes away any negative issues and attracts positive energy.
  • Use one Feng Shui Fixer to correct a problem.
  • Group several to enhance the energy in a specific bagua area.
  • Give a Feng Shui Fixer as a gift to family, friends, or yourself!

SPECIAL OFFER: Feng Shui Fixers work best in groups of three because they can be arranged in the triangle shape that represents wealth, abundance, and power. Choose any three Feng Shui Fixers and receive a 20% discount on your total order.

Click here to send your three choices to Carol to receive this special discount!

This month's Feng Shui Fixer, "Finally It's Fall," is a tribute to my favorite season. It's the perfect "cure" when you need to feel grounded, safe, and secure. This Fixer is especially effective in the center of your home, in your laundry room, in a bathroom, and in your Grounding area.

Title: "Finally, It's Fall"
Target Issue: Grounding, Harmony, Security
Feng Shui Element: Earth, Wood
Materials: Silk ribbon, cotton embroidery floss, and Perle cotton floss on imported vintage kimono silk textile
Size: 6" round
Framing: Hand-stained bamboo frame, ready to hang or display
Price: $65
Click below to see in detail and to order.
Feng Shui Quick Guide for Home and Office: Secrets for Attracting Wealth, Harmony, and Love
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Virtual Consulting
When you have Feng Shui questions about your home, office, business, or workspace that go beyond the basics you can find on my website, and you need to speak to a Feng Shui expert, this virtual consulting option is for you! I will customize advice for the way you want to live in your home or work in your workspace.

We'll schedule a Zoom, FaceTime, or phone call to answer your questions and help you rearrange your space, shift your energy, and transform your life.

All sessions include:
  • Review of photos or videos of your space.
  • Consultation by Zoom, phone, or FaceTime.
  • Personalized Feng Shui advice and guidance.
  • Follow-up coaching check-in so you stay on track.

If you're working in a hybrid situation where some days you work from home (WFH) and some days you work at your workplace, I created this package for you. We'll work on both of your office locations.
  • 45-minute consultation including analysis of floor plans

It's your choice—ask about any room, any situation, any clutter-clearing problem, or any issue that needs Feng Shui help.
  • 1-hour consultation including analysis of a floor plan

Perfect for any room in your home, condo, or apartment.
  • 30-minute consultation

Ideal for the room where you work, either at home or at the workplace.
  • 30-minute

Great for when you want to rev up your relationship, find a new love, move forward after a divorce or breakup, or improve your self-esteem.
  • 30-minute consultation

Virtual consulting services are effective and will transform your life!

Email Carol for current fees and to schedule.
"Feng Shui for the New Hybrid Workplace"

The new way of working is here to stay. Employees are continuing to work at home, returning to the workplace, or experiencing a combination of both. This hybrid experience is different for each member of the team. The good news is that a few real-world Feng Shui tips can help you achieve balance between your personal and work lives.

For more than 23 years, I have inspired diverse groups ranging from 5 to 500 with my in-person workshops. Now, I'm offering customized versions of the same presentations via Zoom. I have taught thousands of clients, readers, and students the simple secrets of using Feng Shui to improve their lives and careers, and now I can teach them to you and your group virtually. The "Feng Shui for the New Hybrid Workplace" webinar is specially designed to meet the needs of the new hybrid workforce.

This 1-hour webinar will show each employee how to make Feng Shui “go to work” for them. They will learn how to rearrange their space, shift their energy, and achieve calm in this rapidly-changing world. In this fun and informative session, I share simple and often low-cost tips for using Feng Shui to transform both a home and workplace office. There will be plenty of time for questions.

I will customize the webinar for your group, but a typical session includes:
  • Overview
  • Group Icebreaker
  • Five Power Principles
  • Transformation Tools
  • Top 10 Tips
  • Resources
  • Q&A

All my webinars include customized training that I create to meet the specific needs of your organization, office, or group. I also offer this and other training on a one-to-one basis for individuals. Check out some examples on my website.

People are talking about Carol's Feng Shui Webinars for the New Workplace!
Thank you so much for hosting such a great presentation today. We’ve received really positive feedback from everyone, and I’m so happy to know there are small steps I can take to really feel more comfortable and positive every day.
– EG, Operations Manager, Washington, DC
Thank you again for the webinar yesterday. We got great feedback and tons of excitement around it. We hope to have you back sometime soon.
– AJH, Senior Manager, New York, NY

Feng Shui for Your Office
Take a look at the video I did for the "Interview with the Experts" series for Interior Motions, a custom office design firm in California. I share tips for bringing Feng Shui into any office. I also talk about the Five Power Principles of Feng Shui, how any office can implement these principles to increase productivity, and what you should avoid doing when arranging an office. And of course, I talk about avoiding clutter in the workplace.

Grow Your Business with Feng Shui
My 90-minute, self-paced video course includes tips for activating the Career/Work bagua area, along with simple changes you make at home to advance your career or business. You'll learn six amazing tips to help you create a space that supports you and your business. Watch as I use Feng Shui principles to conduct a hands-on transformation of a client's workplace and create a dynamic home office that opens the door to success.

People Are Talking About Carol's Classes: 

Carol, you're a rock star! I loved listening to the podcast of your interview with "Law of Attraction Talk Radio with Jewels," so I took your class. You continue to be an inspiration to me and have forever changed the way I arrange each home I've lived in since I first heard you speak in 2012. Keep up the good work! 

I took your class and watched several of your videos. Excellent! You have an absolute warm and welcoming approach. No wonder you are so successful. 
This video class is nothing short of a delicious treat for your career. I loved it! Great practical pieces of advice. Well-taught in a fun, inspiring way. 

Carol M. Olmstead, FSIA, is certified by the Feng Shui Institute of America and earned Red Ribbon Professional Status from the International Feng Shui Guild.

Articles in the Feng Shui To The Rescue Newsletter are copyrighted, but can be shared with credit to Carol M. Olmstead as author and link to www.FengShuiForRealLife.com.
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