We recently had the opportunity to sit down with the California based interior designer and Feng Shui practitioner Ariela Najman. Ariela has spent the last eight years building and developing her vibrant career as a Feng Suhi specialist and design enthusiast.
S: What is Feng Shui?
Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese art and science
developed over 6,000 years ago. “Feng”
meaning wind and “Shui” meaning water, this complex body of knowledge reveals
how to balance the energies of a space to assure the health and good fortune
for the people inhabiting it. In other terms, Feng Shui deals with the
interaction that we personally have with our environment from the macro to the
micro level. We are affected by Feng Shui everyday. Ever walked into a space
and just did not feel good? Something about it just did not feel right? Now,
ever remember walking into a space and just felt so good and inspired and
wanted to be there for a while? This is all Feng Shui. You were sensing the
effect that the space had on you.
S: Who is your ideal Feng Shui Client?
Anyone that puts the effort in to call or
inquire about Feng Shui is an ideal person to have as a client. I have dealt
with a variety of clients. Some knowing a lot about Feng Shui and having this
be a part of their lives and others never really learning about it but
intrigued and interested to see how it can shift their lives. Bottom line, if
you are open to receiving the gifts of this practice, it will have a deeper
effect on your life.
S: What is the most common misconception about Feng Shui?
Mainly that it is a religious or spiritual
belief. China has deep roots in in the Buddhist or Taoist religion so sometimes
the cultural traditions get mixed into some Feng Shui practices.
S: What are the benefits of practicing Feng Shui?
I think being aware of your surroundings is the
deepest benefit of learning and practicing Feng Shui. Some people think that it
is not worth getting into Feng Shui because they are not in a place that they
own or their home isn’t nice enough, etc. This is exactly the time when you
should look into it. You don’t have to have thousands of dollars to spare to
greatly shift your life. Making small changes in your space can ripple into
more powerful shifts in your life. I promise you this. Take one weekend to
completely clean out one area of your house (closet, storage, bedroom) and I guarantee
that you will feel lighter, brighter and more inspired. Maybe you might be able
to breath easier and this is just clearing away clutter! Imagine what you can
achieve as you get deeper into the wisdom of this practice.
S: How has Feng Shui changed your clients’ lives
When people come to me, it is usually because they are really ready for something to
change in their lives. I have had a lot of people come to me while going through
big breakups or divorces, troubles in their careers and finances, or
difficulties with their health. I’ve had wonderful success stories especially
from those willing to completely surrender to the process.
S: What tips can you give to our clients who want
to incorporate some Feng Shui practices into their home?
First and foremost, get rid of clutter. This is
such a crucial foundation to any form of Feng Shui. We cannot create shifts in
our space if our foundation is messy. Go through that dreaded closet and get
under the bed. Get rid of things that you haven’t used in a long time.
- Make sure to create a Yin (inactive) space for
your bedroom. Do you have fiery red walls, have more windows in your room than
you have wall space, have a mirror facing your bed and not really sure why you
have such trouble sleeping? All of these create a lot of activation in the
space that should be quiet, peaceful, soft and nurturing.
- Is it hard for your friends to find your home?
How is opportunity going to find you then? Make your space inviting. Make sure
your house numbers are visible from the street and create a defined entrance
with a place mat and some plants on either side of the door.