To thyself be true

Dear reader, 

A new year started and many people make new years resolutions. I think I never did. Probably because I'm a rather stubborn person who pretty much does what she wants on any given date, be it the 1st of January or the 18th of June.

And maybe because the winter time - according to the 5 Elements - is the time of deep sleep and recuperation, of inward looking, silence, resting and letting the chips fall as they may. Its the utmost Yin time of the year where nature is sleeping. There is very little activity - and for a good reason.

We live in a Yang enough world in which we always have to do things, achieve, be the best, push ourselves. And although this is necessary at times - and these impulses come quite naturally during spring and summer time - winter is the time to rest and let go. So you won't hear any 'Go get'em Tiger!' slogans from me at this time of the year! :) 

However - one big thing has changed over the past few weeks: I decided to change the name of 'the thing I'm doing'. For the lack of a better word I have used the term Feng Shui over the past 12 years  but always felt that the term isn't exactly accurate. 

So - tadaaaa! - from now on 'the thing I do' is officially called 'Inner Space Design'! 

In fact, Inner Space Design is a term I coined many years ago but never used it officially to describe my business. To my knowledge, there is no SEO so far with that term and I was afraid that I would disappear in the unfathomable underworlds of Google forever if I would use this term instead of Feng Shui. 

Yet this term feels so much more accurate to describe my work. While I still use many tools from the classical Feng Shui (those aspects that make sense to me and my clients) I also incorporate a more analytical and holistic point of view. 

Being a student of classical homeopathy for the past three years I am deeply drawn to the intrinsic nature of people. A home is always a reflection of its owner, her or his 'third skin'. As a homeopath I want to see WHY a situation is as it is. Why is it that a person feels he or she does not have enough money? Why does a person live in a unhappy marriage? Do you seriously think that placing a couple of love ducks in a specific corner will solve the problem of a troubled partnership? Or a three-legged frog will solve all your money problems? This may make you feel good for a moment and may give you hope (and there is nothing wrong with that!) but to me this is more like taking a pain killer which will work temporarily but wont resolve the actual cause of the pain. (I like the analogy of the red warning light in a car - unscrewing it may make you think the car is alright, but it won't be!)

There is always a connection, a red thread that is woven into our personal history. And when one learns to listen and observe, in kindness and respect for the other person, if one really wants to help the other person to connect important dots in their life and see the red thread, a lot of healing can happen. 

So what exactly is Inner Space Design? 

As a space is always a reflection of those who live in it, it tells me many things. Every house develops its own relationship with its owners. Our own energy is deeply ingrained into the energetic fabric of our home. our home breathes our energy! (It may also still breathe the energy of its former owners which can lead to problems sometimes - but that's another story that I am happy to write another blog about one day) 

If our home doesn't work for us for some reason and we can't put our finger on it it is a bit like feeling unwell but we may not know exactly why. We may be constantly tired or we not sleep well. Many things could be the reason for this but one thing is for sure: popping a pill that makes us feel better for a few hours will not solve the real problem!

Similarly we may try to alter the energy of our space by buying the latest trends in kitchen design, that cool sofa that looked great on Pinterest or the new colour that ELLE Decor promised us was Le denier cri. And while there is nothing wrong with all these things, they won't make you happy unless they  truly  resonate with that core essence of YOU! 

So who are you? What does your soul desire? What makes your heart jump or melt? Maybe its the early morning sun playing with the shadows of the leaved on the tree outside your bedroom window? The early morning birds that make you so deeply happy when you wake up and tell you 'this is a beautiful day!' Maybe there is a painting you have been feeling deeply drawn to but you thought was too expensive to buy.  Maybe there is a very sensual person hiding inside which never got enough space to flourish? Or maybe you are living that side but feel that it is time to do some deep inner work? 

Whatever it is - our home will reflect it - either as an energy that is already there or a lack thereof. Or maybe its an old part of you you want to let go of and that needs to leave your home too? 

I hope that my new approach speaks to you. I have implemented quite a few aspects of it in my course program and am in the midst of developing a whole new program which will be called 'My Soul DNA' . 

But for now I will finish this lengthy blog and thank you for your interest!

My very best wishes for you, 

Lioba