On a recent visit to The Container Store (yup Feng Shui consultants need to organize their stuff too), one of the employees struck up a pleasant conversation. I’ve changed her name to Linda for storytelling purposes. I encourage you to read the post to the end to find out the importance of cultivating your personal knowledge today.
Me: You really do a great job at packing (as she adeptly bags several items with astonishing ability)
Linda: You should see my deep freezer (I kid you not, these were her EXACT words)
Me: I’m envious. Everything in my home has a place, although my fridge is always a bit messy but I’m ok with it (acceptance is key)
Linda: We all have one spot, don’t we? For me it’s my shoes.
Me: Is that so? (Feng Shui ears perking up) And where do you keep your shoes?
Linda: In my closet
Me: And where is your closet?
Linda: In my bedroom (eyeing me suspiciously)
Me: I’m only asking because I’m a Feng Shui Consultant. Can you draw me a quick sketch of where that closet is in your room? (one of my fave things to do – sprinkle Feng Shui nuggets to unsuspecting yet willing bystanders….)
Linda: I would love to!
She proceeds to sketch her bedroom on the back of a receipt and hands it to me. I take a quick glance first at the line behind me – good, no grumbling customers waiting to pay – then glance at her sketch. I see where her aforementioned troubled shoes are living.
Me: In your work and/or personal life, is there something that you need to work on, study for or get more training? Is there something that you want to get more knowledge about in your life?
Linda: She brightens up. Yes absolutely! I’ve been wanting to take sketching classes for years. Interior design sketching, like what I just did for you but I just can’t seem to get myself to look for a class. It’s been really bugging me. For years.
Bingo. The floorplan gives it all away again.
I tell her about an interiors sketching summer class at the local art school. She is brimming with excitement and decides to register (and clean out her shoe closet) that evening. Why am I telling this story? Because often, we don’t take the time to consider how we can improve our personal and professional situations by looking at where we need to get more training/knowledge/introspection.
On the Feng Shui Bagua, there is a section that is dedicated to “Knowledge or Spirituality/Self Reflection.” It’s located at the bottom left corner of the Feng Shui Bagua or compass. Follow the directions to find your Knowledge section in your space. Don’t be scared off by the words “Spirituality” or “Self Reflection.” This just means how well you know yourself and how much time you take to develop personal and professional skills.
Once you find the area, see what is physically going on. Many clients will surprisingly find that this is the area they dump alot of their “junk” and wonder why they can’t seem to focus or advance on projects. Or they have a leak that they put off fixing and it so happens that they are having a challenging time studying for an exam. Or it’s a dark corner that never gets looked at and they feel stuck and unmotivated. Do any of these scenarios resonate with you? If so, it’s time to clean out those cobwebs, get out of the dark and shine a light very brightly in your Knowledge area. And I mean literally. If that area is dark, get a lamp!
I admit, it’s a very un-Western way to achieve goals – “encouraging and allowing” as opposed to “doing.” But you’ll see that examining your Knowledge area along with energizing your “Helpful People” area of your space will have an enormous impact on moving toward your goals. So go on, be a Know-it-All for once. You never know what surprises it will bring!