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Rx for Living
December 2000

Feng Shui for
Children's Spaces

by Nancilee Wydra

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 remarkable similar.

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:

  1. 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 environment.
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

  1. I have pictures of loved ones in an outdoor setting with me.
  2. I carried natural air fresheners of lavender and clary sage to spray when I reached each hotel.
  3. 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.
  4. I carried two pillowcases, one satin, the other flannel.

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 questions, (www.EfengshuiUSA.com). She can be reached at 1-888-488-FSIA


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