Feng Shui Out of this World
I just landed back home after a six-month travel saga
around the world. Well, not all of it, but enough to
give me a feeling that we humans require much the same
things in life. If we could extract those choices
influenced by our culture and it’s notion of
aesthetics I think you would find that human beings are
Feng shui studies how humans respond to their
surroundings. Human beings are biologically designed to
spend life outdoors. Like all animals, there are certain
times when shelter is required. However all our intake
senses, enabling us to see, hear, smell, touch and
respond to thermal variety are how we receives
information about the world around us. Should we have no
sensorial apparatus, our experiences would be
non-existent. Human life can be defined as sensory
information filters. All human beings feel more alive
when their senses are active. Therefore if all the world’s
people were transported to Mars the first thing I
would bring into an unearthly, environment are variety
of sensorial input. For example, I would make sure that
there would be:
- DIVERSITY OF VISUAL MESSAGES a slide show of art
work with common human visual themes such subjects from
earth landscapes, to animals, to water scenes, to
humans. These slides would nurture aesthetic
sensibilities and provide visual diversity in an alien
- DIVERSITY OF SCENTS - I would have a diffuser
dispensing scents at various times of day. They would be
designed to trigger universal emotions.
- clary sage at high noon
- lemon for wakeful alertness
- lavender to calm and relax before bed
- DIVERSITY OF SOUNDS – Many years ago it was shown
that baby monkeys raised with artificial mothers thrived
best when an alarm clock was put inside their torso. I
would provide a heart beat in this alien environment
which would replicate the mammalian rhythm of a
heartbeat. Also II would provide a diversity of on-going
intermittent sounds with perhaps a Winchester clock that
plays a tune on the quarter hour and hook a few bells
around the "doors or other moveable items so that
when passing a touch would engage their sound. After all
in nature we enjoy random recurring sounds like birds,
animals scurrying and so forth
- DIVERSITY OF TEXTURES – Sleeping clothes would
have reversible liners of satin or velvet. Knobs would
either feel smooth or sandy, cool or warm. The clothing
would have personal thermostats so each could self –
regulate to their comfort level.
- DIVERSITY OF MOVEMENT - I would assume that drinking
water would be stored and I would use the opportunity to
have it circulate in clear tubes through the common
living area. Water universally connects us to a
comforting internal source.
To make every the most remote place feel comforting
to me on my journey, I employed the above techniques. I
wasn’t on Mars, but I made wherever feel comfortable
to me. Here’s what I did.
- I have pictures of loved ones in an outdoor setting
- I carried natural air fresheners of lavender and
clary sage to spray when I reached each hotel.
- I had a bell attached to a loop which I placed on
every bathroom door to create a consistency of sound.
Also I took a clock which chimed on the hour.
- I carried two pillowcases, one satin, the other
By carrying the basic sensorial experiences with me,
I never felt homesick or distraught at not having the
comforts of my own culture.
Whether you find yourself on Mars or simply a
transplanted San Diego-ite in Chicago, you can alter any
feeling of isolation or sense of alienation by carrying
your feng shui cures with you.
Nancilee Wydra is the
most published American author on feng shui. Her last
two books are "Feng Shui Goes to the Office"
March 2000 and "Feng Shui for Children's
Spaces," November 2000. She teaches nationwide
professional certification classes (www.windwater.com)
and has a free Website
with 100 answers to the most frequently asked feng shui
She can be reached at 1-888-488-FSIA
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