Feng Shui to the Rescue Newsletter

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

May 2023
Stuff Happens
Stuff happens, and sometimes, it has nothing to do with Feng Shui. Yes, I know there's a cruder version of “stuff” in that actual saying, but I’ll stick with this. “Stuff” in this case is that I tripped, fell, and broke my arm. You don't need to ask whether it is on my dominant left side – of course, it is. Life is like that. My arm is in a sling, so typing has been a chore. Not to mention learning to eat with my wrong hand (think toddler learning to eat peas). That's why an issue of the newsletter almost didn't happen this month.
When I was in journalism school (no I won't tell you how many years ago that was) I was taught to think through my fingers on the typewriter keys (OK, maybe I'm giving away how many years ago). So, thinking on a keyboard comes more naturally to me then writing long hand. I adapted my Mac to voice control because I was determined to get out this issue, but I was surprised just how cumbersome this dictation feels. In the end, the newsletter ended up being a combination of some new work and mainly reboots. It was logical to write about health, and I was quite surprised to see it was a topic I had rarely visited. I included many questions about health and medical topics that I received from clients and readers in my last book, Feng Shui to the Rescue. But, it seems that otherwise, the topic has rarely appeared in my newsletter. Maybe that means you, my readers, have made enough Feng Shui changes that you're living safe and healthy lives. I hope so.
Stuff does happen no matter how Feng Shui-friendly you make your home. I was outside wearing good sneakers, but the sidewalk just reached up and grabbed me. And, bizarrely, a week after I broke my humerus, a friend tripped, fell, and broke the same bone on her dominant side. Crazy, or what? Since my accident I've refreshed the Feng Shui adjustments in my home to help with healing, and I wrote about these in the main article this month. I’m sharing these tips with you as prevention, and as a reminder to keep your eyes open for “stuff.”
There are no new flower photographs and no new Feng Shui Fixers in this issue, because those are decidedly two-handed activities. I'm bound and determined to be healed by the next issue.

Happy May, enjoy the flowers! Stay safe and walk steady!

Carol Olmstead
Feng Shui Master Practitioner
Feng Shui Tip for May
Maintaining Good Health with Feng Shui 
Feng Shui can come to the rescue by helping create a feeling of safety, security, and sanctuary at home. This can help you reduce stress and maintain good health. Here are some things you can do in your home and workplace to boost your health:
  • Connect to nature. Treat yourself to fresh flowers and healthy living plants with rounded, bushy leaves. Avoid plants with thorns or spikes, since they will add to the sharpness of the energy you already feel. Add the scent of lavender to your environment for its calming effect, especially in your bedroom to help you sleep. Display amethyst stones to promote calmness, to reduce anger and irritability, and to encourage tranquility.
  • Create order. A cluttered environment is a chaotic one, and that chaos keeps you from being able to renew, restore, slow down, and let go because you're too busy dealing with all that "stuff" around you. An uncluttered environment helps chi flow smoothly, so you'll feel less anxious, less pressured, and generally in a better mood. Here's my Feng Shui "permission slip": get rid of everything you don't like, don't need, and don't use anymore, no matter how much you paid for it. Keep and display only what you love.
  • Refresh your colors. When you're already full of fire from the conflict around you in a troubled world, try removing some of the red and hot orange accessories. Instead, surround yourself with the color blue for relaxation and green for renewal. Make sure your colors and patterns aren't in conflict with each other. If a pattern is jarring to your eye, it's going to make you feel stressed and cranky without realizing what's causing the problem. Switch to solids in your accessories instead of stripes, plaids, or huge bold patterns.
  • Lighten up. Make sure the lighting in your home isn't too harsh. Look for full-spectrum lighting that mimics natural daylight, and choose bulbs with warmer tones. Light is considered to be upbeat yang energy, so bring in all the light you can to balance dark yin energy from the violence and chaos. Also bring in all the natural sunlight you can by cleaning your windows and opening the window treatments.
  • Change the view. If there's anything in your home that "drives you nuts," it raises your anxiety level because it continues to occupy your mind even when you're not home. This includes projects that never get finished, wall cracks that need repairing, stained furniture, and any repairs you've been postponing. Follow my Rule of 3Rs: Remove, Repair, or Replace these items - right now. Also, if you have an unattractive view from any one of your windows, hang window treatments to block it to help you change your point of view.
  • Add uplifting images. This is the perfect time to take a good look at everything you have on the wall, and to remove images that are dark, violent, or dangerous looking. No matter how much you paid for it, if your artwork doesn’t feel soothing and calming it can negatively affect your stress level and your health. One good choice to reduce stress is an image of mountains to represent the Earth Element attributes of strength and grounding. Choose images that have smooth mountains rather than jagged peaks. Hang mountain images in the center of your home and on the walls of your stairways to help ground what is considered a “hole” in your home.
  • Display black tourmaline. This stone is thought to help mitigate the negative effects of EMFs, which are the electromagnetic fields created by your cell phone, TV, WiFi, and all the other electronic devices in your surroundings. Try placing two pieces of black tourmaline near your bed to reduce the EMFs in your bedroom and to help you get a good night's sleep, and near your computer in your workspace to deflect EMFs.
7 Easy-to-Ignore Clutter Categories
While closets and cabinets quickly come to mind when you think of the words “clutter-clearing,” other areas are easy to forget. Writing for Real Simple, Katie Holdefehr suggests you pay attention to these seven clutter categories almost no one remembers to declutter. Well, no one remembers except Feng Shui practitioners, that is! Of course, I've added my Feng Shui spin to these great recommendations:
1.   CDs, DVDs, 8-Track Tapes, and Records. Depending upon what decade you grew up in, you may have a collection of CDs or vinyl records lying around. If you no longer own the required player – or haven't dusted it off in years – it's time to move out these collections. Unless you can immediately sell these, the Feng Shui recommendation is to donate or recycle them because they continue to be clutter as you wait for them to sell.
2.   Books. This one is big for many of my clients. Books are such personal belongings that even the mere mention of decluttering a book collection elicits an emotional response. But typically, I find my clients hold onto a large number of books they will never open again. Do old college textbooks, how-to manuals, novels you will never reread (like that copy of Les Misérables you promise to finish) fill your shelves? If so, take a critical look and sort out anything you know you'll never read again. Donate books that are still relevant and in readable condition to libraries or schools, and recycle outdated printed materials, like an old phone book you haven’t thought about in years.
3.   Candles. If you are gifted luxury candles on every birthday and switch out scents with the seasons, you may have more candles than you know what to do with. Sort through your collection to keep any candles with ample wax remaining, then remove the wax from the rest, and recycle the glass jars. Again, it's better to donate these jars and containers instead of storing them “just in case” you might need them later.
4.   Liquor Cabinet. Since many liquors are shelf-stable, it's easy for your liquor cabinets to escape decluttering. First, look for any bottles that may have gone bad. In general, cream liqueurs last less than two years, and opened vermouth lasts up to a couple of months. For shelf-stable distilled liquors like vodka, rum, or tequila, evaluate what you actually drink. If there are bottles you haven't touched in many years, consider gifting them.
5.   Jewelry Box. Many of us didn't wear much jewelry during the pandemic. Now that we're out and about again, some pieces just don't feel right or are out of style. Sort through your collection to find pieces you no longer wear, and donate or sell those in good condition. Make sure heirlooms you'd like to pass down are properly stored, protected and insured.
6.   Old Tech Devices. Maybe in the same cabinet as those dust-collecting DVDs, you'll find old flip phones, a VCR, or an old, klutzy laptop that you can't boot up. Part of the problem with tossing out these antiquated tech devices is knowing what to do with them. Check out Apple, Best Buy, and sites like GreenDisk about recycling options, and search for non-profit sites that reuse old cell phones.
7.   Travel-Sized Toiletries and Cosmetic Samples. If you're a long-time reader, you know my recommendation for this category: Don't bring these samples home from your trips, and don’t request them, even if they are free with other cosmetic purchases. If you already have a collection under the bathroom sink, decide which ones you will actually use, then recycle or donate the rest to a local nonprofit that you know has a use for them.
Ask the Feng Shui Maven

These questions are a few of the many I answered in the "Health & Medical Issues" section of Chapter 7 of my book, Feng Shui to the Rescue.

Q: We have a couple of pairs of crutches and canes that have served us at various times when we’ve had torn ligaments and the like. I realized that I might be storing them in the Health/Wellbeing sections of the bagua in my house. Short of getting rid of them, is there a cure for keeping old medical equipment in your home? My husband doesn’t want to get rid of them because of the replacement cost if we ever need them again.
A: The Feng Shui symbolism of keeping these mobility aids in the house is that you expect to need them in the future. Therefore, the recommendation is to move these out of your home, because keeping them sends a negative message. Donate them to a nonprofit, sending them on the way with the affirmation that you’ll continue to be healthy, won’t need them anymore, and that you’ll be taken care of in the future. If all else fails and your husband won’t let them out of the house, wrap them in red cloth or red paper and store them out of sight in a closet.
Q: Is it possible to Feng Shui a hospital room? I’m scheduled for surgery and want to know if there is anything I can do to make the environment conducive to healing?
A: First, use the bagua map to locate the Health and Grounding areas of your home. Then, remove clutter, dead or sickly plants, and anything that doesn’t look healthy or whole from that area. Display lots of bushy plants with rounded leaves, and other green and wooden objects, along with images of healthy growing things, like meadows or forests, in this area. For the Grounding area, add some rocks or ceramic objects and images of mountains to give you a solid base. In your hospital room, surround yourself with sweet-smelling flowers and plants, and avoid sharp plants like cactus or stunted plants like bonsai. Display photos of your family and friends who support you. Bring upbeat reading material—no murder mysteries or horror stories, please. Play soft, pleasant music on your mobile device so you don’t have to deal with unpleasant hospital noises and conversations. If you can, bring your own nightgowns or PJs rather than wearing those institutional ones. I’m sending positive chi your way for a speedy return to good health.
Q: My question concerns a friend who is getting injured a lot and can’t do her regular exercising. The injuries don’t happen while she’s working out, but when she’s just walking or doing normal things during the day. When I asked what she has in her Health area, she said that her apartment was pretty bare and needed help figuring out where to make changes. My first thought is to put a couple of living plants there, but I defer to your awesome knowledge!
A: Of course, the first thing your friend can do is consult a medical practitioner. Then, from a Feng Shui perspective, you can help her use the bagua to locate the Health area, plus pay attention to the Helpful People and Grounding areas as well. Next, help her clear the clutter and remove anything that’s broken, malfunctioning, or cracked. She should avoid storing in these areas the crutches or other medical devices that she needed when she was injured. She can add plants or images of lush, growing plants with rounded leaves in these areas, and obviously no cactus, other spiky plants, or bonsai with their stunted growth. She can add Earth to the Grounding area in the form of images of mountains or earthy things, like pottery, clay, and terra cotta objects.
Attracting the Big 3
I've been practicing Feng Shui for almost 25 years, and one thing remains constant: the top three issues people ask me about are attracting Wealth, Harmony, and Love. Here's a reboot of three of my favorite Success Stories about the "Big 3."

Attracting Wealth
I have collected many success stories from clients and students who follow one of my favorite Feng Shui tips: "At the beginning of the year, buy a new red wallet to help attract wealth." This is a symbolic step to attract new sources of wealth. Jesse had been experiencing financial difficulties when I gave her that tip.
Here is what Jesse wrote:
At the beginning of the year, I was worried about my business and my finances. You suggested I buy a new red wallet and "hide" a $50 bill in it that I didn't plan to spend as a way to attract more money. That immediately made a difference, and I signed two new clients that month. I just finished a project for one of those clients and they recommended me to someone else. I met with them yesterday and they hired me immediately. Since I got my new red wallet I've felt more confident regarding my finances and feel I have plenty of money and can buy exactly what I need. What a difference the red wallet made!

Attracting Harmony
Mirrors are sometimes called the "aspirin" of Feng Shui, but like aspirin, mirrors should be used sparingly and only as needed. When a mirror reflects something that is not appealing, it can symbolically double it. One of the issues my client Leslie faced was feeling overwhelmed by the household chores that were distracting her from spending time with her family.
Here is what Leslie wrote:
I was walking around the house thinking about the Feng Shui fixes you recommended and not concentrating on any one area. I noticed that when the bathroom door was closed, the mirror on the front of it reflected my laundry hamper and ironing board. Well, no wonder I felt like I always felt overwhelmed by piles of laundry to wash and iron. I immediately moved the mirror, and I have to tell you that it worked. I still have laundry, but now I bring it into the family room and everyone helps me fold it at night, and it has become a time when the kids can talk about what happened at school.

Attracting Love
When I walked into Laura's L-shaped home it was obvious that the Love/Relationship area was missing. Divorced for many years, Laura was more than ready for a new relationship but it wasn't happening for her. I explained how the missing area related to the love that was missing in her life. Then I helped her mark the missing corner of her house with a pair of red ceramic flowerpots that she had been storing in the basement, and suggested she plant red geraniums in them. Some time later, I received a positive e-mail from Laura.
Here is what Laura wrote:
What an eye-opener when you said I was missing the Love/Relationship area of my house. I couldn't stop telling people about it, and how it was the perfect metaphor for what was going on in my life. I moved the red planters to help anchor the love area and bring love back. Almost immediately after that I met Mike. Really, I couldn't believe it. Mike is such a wonderful man and I already know that he is the "one." Thank you for this eye-opening explanation of the missing area in my house.
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 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! Each framed design includes a small mirror on the back that symbolically pushes away any negative issues and attracts positive energy.
Feng Shui Fixer of the Month:
"Reaching for the Sun"

Need to feel grounded, balanced, or secure? This is the Feng Shui Fixer for you! This simple but powerful design is all about the Earth Element colors - yellow for the sun, and brown and terracotta for the earth. Display it in the room in the center of your home to activate your Earth Element energy for grounding, or anyplace where you need a sunny lift.

Title: "Reaching for the Sun"
Target Issue: Grounding, Security, Harmony
Feng Shui Element: Earth
Materials: Cotton floss, silk ribbon, and glass beads on imported vintage kimono silk textile
Size: 6" round, framed and ready to hang

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Feng Shui Quick Guide for Home and Office: Secrets for Attracting Wealth, Harmony, and Love
Own the award-winning Feng Shui book that is practical and easy to understand. The book includes easy-to-follow basics plus tips and secrets to make the practical magic of Feng Shui work for you. Sprinkled among the tips are success stories from real people who followed them with big results. The book includes a tip-a-day calendar so you can make small Feng Shui changes each day.
When you have Feng Shui questions about your home, office, or business that go beyond the basics, 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 space. We'll schedule a Zoom 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.
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  • Follow-up coaching check-in so you stay on track.

Ideal for the room where you work, either at home or at the workplace.

It's your choice—ask about any room, any situation, any clutter-clearing problem, or any issue that needs Feng Shui help.

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"Finding Work-Life Balance with Feng Shui
The new way of working is here to stay. Employees are continuing to work at home, returning to the workplace part time, 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 almost 25 years, I have inspired diverse groups ranging from 5 to 500 with my in-person workshops. Now, I'm offering customized versions of these 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 Workplace" series of webinars is specially designed to meet the needs of the new hybrid workforce.
All my webinars include customized training that I create to meet the specific needs of your organization, office, or group. Your webinar will be customized to show each team member 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, and a typical session includes:
  • Group Icebreaker
  • 5 Power Principles
  • 8 Transformation Tools
  • 10 Top Tips
  • Unlimited Resources
  • Q&A

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
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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 grow 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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