Green is where the Heart Is for April 11th, 2018

By / Green Is Where The Heart Is / Tuesday, 10 April 2018 02:20

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” ~ Dalai Lama

By Mo Linquist
Contributing Writer

This week we are examining the area of our lives and the room considered HELPFUL PEOPLE or COMPASSION.  As you stand in the doorway of the room, turn your head to the right and point to the right hand corner of the room (for some, the entrance may be in this area.) 
The energy of this space revolves around those who support and assist you and the people to whom you give a helping hand.  You are not on this earth alone.  Some people are good about giving but not receiving.  Others receive but do not freely give.  A balanced life gives opportunity for both. We have heard, “It is better to give than to receive.”  If you never allow others to give to you, you may be selfishly robbing someone else of the gift of giving.  If you are a taker always, well, your friends already know it and eventually that one-way street may be closed for business.  Healthy people have healthy boundaries and healthy boundaries create balance. Compassion becomes real when felt from both sides. 
My favorite feng shui memory regarding this area of the bagua happened to us about 20 years ago. Bill and Joan were very good friends even though they were old enough to be our parents.  They frequented our coffeehouse daily during the 6 months of the year they lived in Ohio.  Bill always told a joke or pulled a cartoon out of his pocket.  Joan especially liked our lemon bars with her coffee.  Knowing I had begun studying feng shui, they asked me if I could come to their home and help them figure out where they might have put, ‘for safe keeping,’ the key to their security box. I was happy to do what I could to help them. 
Their home was like a museum of sorts.  They had disposable income and ‘invested’ in many emerging artists.  There were paintings and sculptures and pottery and all sorts of fun and interesting objects.  Their home told their story of COMPASSION.  Albeit fascinating, it offered no clue to the whereabouts of their missing key.  RegrettabIy, the mystery remained unsolved and that evening I mentioned my dismay to our daughter (did I mention she is very intuitive?) Without missing a beat she replied, “It’s in an envelope in a coffee can.”  We both laughed and forgot about it.  Joan and Bill traveled to their other home in Sedona, AZ.
Upon their returned to Ohio for the holidays, they invited Randy and I over to get caught up and share coffee and cookies.  This time there was a giant sculpture in the center of the family room, another purchase from a budding artist.  We were gathered around it like a hearth.  I remembered the missing key and asked about it. They both shook their heads and were ready to pay the extra money to get a new one.  As I turned my head to look at Bill sitting in his recliner, I saw another Arizona addition to the room. Above Bill’s head was a mobile suspended from the ceiling with SIX Kachina dolls bouncing slightly,  located in the HELPFUL PEOPLE area of the room. The fact that there were six dolls emphasized their purpose.  I suggested to Bill to ask these well placed beneficent helpers, reminding him that our inside information said the key was in an envelope in a coffee can. We laughed.
As we returned home that evening, the phone was ringing.  On the other end was Joan laughing hysterically.  She was putting away the unused teabags and noticed something inside the cupboard housing their coffee and tea.  An envelope was taped to the door.  You know what was in that envelope.  I don’t have to tell you.  These coffee loving people must have opened and closed that door a hundred times without seeing it.  The Kachinas did their job that night.  The answer was in front of them all along. You have helpful people around you.  Enlist their help.  Balance it by being helpful to others.  It’s how we create happy.  xo mo
Kure Beach resident Mo Linquist, Master FSIA, Red Ribbon Professional of IFSG and allied ASID is a recognized expert on Pyramid Feng Shui. She is the “ PersonPlace” design consultant specializing in soft goods such as fabrics, window treatments, reupholstery, blinds, shutters, feng shui and green healthy living products.  Her design studio is located in Carolina Beach Furniture, 1021 Lake Park Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC.   Linquist speaks nationally and holds regular workshops and accredited trainings on this ancient form of environmental psychology. Helping clients create home and office spaces designed specifically to support their individual goals and intentions, Linquist uses cutting-edge techniques integrating science, 30 years of interior design experience and Feng Shui to balance, harmonize and create new patterns for success. To learn more about her work or for a consultation, contact her at FaceBook at Mo Linquist Living Solutions or call 910-216-0366 local or 330-904-3636 mobile.


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