Friday, April 24, 2009

Feng Shui Friday: Creativity

Octagon graphic, Bartett Designs
Every week I take a break from romance/erotic fiction writing and explore simple tricks to bring positive energy to YOUR writing...and life!

This week we'll continue our introduction to the nine main zones of a house as defined by Feng Shui...

This week: The Children/Creativity Area (left hand wall)

Flip the above octagon so the Career line lies against the wall where your front door sits. Continuing clockwise around the octagon from last week's Relationship area discussion, if you're facing the front door, the Children's area falls along the left wall of the house (or room). Energies here influence children...AND creativity! (Makes sense when you think of it...many things we create, be it a story, piece of clothing or art, etc. are thought of as our "babies!")

If you have bouts of writer's block, projects that go awry, or get creativity "burnout," this is an area of your home or room that you'll want to scrutinize for potential problems.

If you've been following the series thus far, you can guess what things negatively impact relationship chi-blocking (chi=natural, life giving energy):
*Poor/no lighting
*Lack of vital purposing (dead or incorrectly apportioned space)

Children's Area Fixer-Uppers:

1. Clean it up. If this area is cluttered or dusty, you can experience barriers to creativity or issues with children's behavior. So keep this spot top shape.Dust, get rid of clutter, etc.

2. Light it up.
Bright lighting is especially vital here to illuminate the path to spark creative purpose--and to spark a child's intellect, interest, and own creativity. Replace burned out light bulbs immediately.

3. Dress it up.
The children's area favors the purity of white, and Metal is the natural element of this area. Plants are nice here, along with displays of your creativity or your children's art. Kid's photos work nicely here as well.

4. Fix it up. Keep things in good working order here to both aid your children's behavior as well as your own creativity. Fire is an undesirable element in this zone, as it can result in increased bickering or contrariness in children or keep projects from running smoothly. Relocate candles, and if you have a fireplace or kitchen (stove) in this area balance the fire element with either green plants or water. Avoid a lot of red here as well.

This is my children "zone," and is a definite work in progress. This niche used to be a catchall for mail, my purse, and junk, but was cleared to become purposed as the children's space since most of this wall consists of closets (Not shown). You'll note the green ivy vine hung here in lieu of a live plant, and a fragrance diffuser in the wide bowl. The scent cure going at all times here is a flirty, fun tropical fragrance to enhance creative flow. My daughter's library books are kept on a table with metal legs, sitting just below frame. A "yu" bowl sits there as well, an item I'll probably talk about later. Due to limited space here I'm still deciding how to incorporate artwork, photos, or my creative items. Meanwhile, since this wall contains a closet I do my best to keep it as clutter free as possible (always a challenge, isn't it?).

Of course, anything you do or keep as is to enhance this area should be done with intent! Picture happy, well adjusted children, and free flowing creativity.

Romance writer duties call!! I hope you've enjoyed Feng Shui Friday. Have a creativity tip or dilemma to share? Please post in the comments! Until next time, may you find the magic within that sparks creativity and brings joy to your children!


Anita Davison said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog, Lisa. And now I have read your article, what's the Feng Shui for the child who piles all her personal possessions, teddies, clothes etc. into the bed with her allwithin touching reach and sleeps in the middle of this big, untidy heap.

Sweet? Yeah possibly, but she's 25!

Helen Ginger said...

You do a really good job of planning out your home. I appreciate the pictures you show each week.

Lisa Logan said...

LOL Anita! My daughter does the same (she's 5, though). If she tucks her bed into a corner this allows for neat display of items that won't then fall off. A round snack tray can hold necessaries in reach, then be easily cleared inthe morning. (I do this when I'm on the couch.) As for clothes, etc and so on...well, the only feng shui fix for THAT is a desire to bring fresh, positive energy into ones' life...and the willingness to make that happen by clearing CLUTTER!!

Good luck with that. :)

Lisa Logan said...

Thanks, Helen! I'm happy to see you here leaving great comments regarding this series...hope it can inspire some people!