Inner Space design is a term I coined over the years working with Feng Shui, in combination with modern techniques such as room analysis, colour psychology, design and art.
Feng Shui is the ancient Chinese art of arranging your space in a way that supports you. It is the translation of your personality into your interior and your surroundings.
When we look at our local magazine stand we see an abundance of interior design magazines in all sorts and formats. Our home obviously plays a center rol in our life as this is not only the place where we live but a reflection of who we are.
Once people start to realise just how much their home affects their well-being (or the lack thereof!), they often look into new ways of designing their own space.
Feng Shui is a ±3000 year old Chinese way of harmonising and energising a space. It is the art of balancing and harmonising different aspects of the space and create a beneficial environment in which we feel nurtured and truly at home.
Your house forms a pattern - your very personal pattern! This pattern is a reflection of who you are. You form the space - and, as Winston Churchill so shrewdly remarked - after a while the space will start to form you as it reflects your own pattern back to you.
However, as we move on in our lives we inevitably change. If your old patterns no longer work for you you may be ready for the next step in your life. And it is then a vital step to adjust your home accordingly. This way your house will support you in your transition and will nourish you in your new life.
The philosophy of Feng Shui is deeply rooted in Taoism in ancient China, but throughout the centuries it has not lost its validity. On the contrary, in this time of increasing stress and environmental pollution it’s important to create oases of peace and harmony in our own homes and workplaces.
After a Feng Shui consultation the house feels energezing and clear. You will feel much more in balance overall and this will have an effect on your life. For when you feel more in balance, opportunities will open up (as you will be able to see them!), you may radiate more harmony and therefore attract different sorts of people. You may even feel healthier and more at ease - just to name a few aspects that are likely to improve!
Since Feng Shui became popular in the West, new schools and styles have been developed. In my practice I use the traditional Feng Shui methods (compass and form school) and combine this knowledge with modern methods of room analysis, color psychology and contemporary art and design.
CLUTTER CLEARING and CREATING SPACE
"The best time to plan a book is while you're doing the dishes." Agatha Christie
We live in a time when the gap between rich and poor is widening. Most of us live in a plethora of which billions of people can only dream about. Our dilemma is that we dont often have too little but too much.
When I come into a home the first thing I notice is the overall energy: does this house drain or nurture? Is the energy vibrant or stagnant - or somewhere in between? Where are the spots that feel weak and dull? Where does clutter accumulate?
Physical clutter creates mental clutter and thus create blockages in all aspects of life. Some typical symptoms are:
- little energy
- depression (everything seems "gray", you feel indifferent)
- feeling stuck, not to come
- lack of mental clarity and inspiration
It is often difficult to determine which things add value to your life and which actually form a burden. The idea that we may need certain things someday generally keeps us from getting rid of them. The bad news: hiding them in cupboards, basements or gazebo’s doesn’t help either (sorry!)! Our subconscious knows that the clutter has just moved but still stays in our energetic field and therefore keeps draining us.
The good news: clearing your clutter has a liberating effect and is actually fun! Freeing yourself from unnecessary ballast will lead you to experiencing an inner freedom and a surplus of energy! Many of my clients have a history of illness, depression or chronic fatigue (CFS) and by the 'simple' clearing process they suddenly experienced a huge relief. They often report the sensation that their life begins to flow again and new experiences and insights suddenly come on their path. Everyone so far has mentioned the great amount of energy and joy that has been set free through this process.
If you have trouble letting go it is sometimes useful to have a reliable and professional person to support you during the process. Discretion and respect are of great importance since letting go of part of your history can be a very private and vulnerable process. It is quite normal during this process that intense emotions can come up. This can sometimes be confusing and it can help to have someone who accompanies you and offers support.
Clearing out clutter and getting organised is a highly individual process which can take one day of intense work for some and weeks or months of letting go step-by-step for others.
I offer different formats of clutter clearing sessions to meet all needs. From one-day ‘get-it’over-and-done-with’ sessions to one session a week over a period of the time, depending on your individual needs.
Of all the human senses of sight is the most prominent. About 83 % of all impressions our brains process come in via our eyes. (In comparison, only 11 % of all impressions will record through the ear and only 3.5% through our nose.) So it is not surprising that colours play such an important role in our living and working environment for they have a direct effect on our central nervous system and our moods!
In Feng Shui we work with the 5 Elements: Water, Wood, Fire, Earth and Metal. Together with the taijitu (the Yin and Yang symbol) and the 8 trigrams they form the essence of the classical Feng Shui philosophy (more about the 5 Elements see below!). Each Element is represented by a different color which in return has specific effects on us and on our home. Based on your personal birth Element and 5 Element profile you can chose those colours that will nourish you and avoid the colours that may weaken you.
If there is disharmony between the 5 Elements than a missing Element can be applied or an overwhelming Element diminished. Having a background in fine arts I am very meticulous when it comes to colours! I am happy to help you finding the right colour combination for every part of your house by making mood boards and help you choosing the right shades that match your furniture, the sector of the house and - of course! - you!
Please contact me for more information on +31 (0)6 24802689 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
THE 5 ELEMENTS
The 5 Elements theory (Wu-xing-shuo) describes the different movements of the universal life force Chi. You could see them as a refinement of the Yin and Yang forces. To describe, for example, upwards streaming, active Chi and distinguish it from a more irregular and downwards moving Chi, the Chinese called each form according to an 'Element'. Those Elements are: Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water.
For example, the Chi moves from bottom to top (for example in plants and trees) belongs to the Wood Element, while downward flowing like water and in irregular forms represent the Water Element. The Fire Element consists of quickly rising, pyramid - shaped, pointed energy while the energy EARTH is very quiet, slowly flowing on a more horizontal level. In contrast the METAL energy moves concentrically and is condensing.
The 5 Elements basically describe everything that exists, both in nature, in us and in man-made objects.
TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), including acupuncture theory, are largely based on this. Each Element is not only associated with our organ meridians, to certain foods and colours, etc. but also to the seasons (including the so-called 'Indian Summer' fifth season ), to certain times of the day and the night, and to the stage of life.
Each person has a personal birth Element and an individual composition of the 5 Elements. This personal profile is calculated based on the exact birth date, time and place of birth.
This profile is not changed in the course of time but of course we go through different stages in our lives so therefore we will feel one Element at a certain stage more than at another.
A personal 5 Element report contains about 40-45 pages of personal advise, knowledge about your birth Element, aspects that strengthen you and also those that weaken you, a self-test as well as mood boards and colour cards for each Element.