The ancient chinese practice of Feng Shui is a practice that keeps positive energy flowing throughout your space. Whether it be at work or home, by moving furniture around, one can find the best harmony of energies for your space. Consider it as a deep tissue massage to your space—easing the stress out of the tight and uncomfortable spots that cause you pain. Practitioners of the art, like Designer Sharon Baldoni can be thought of as the masseuse.
“Everything is energy,” says Baldoni who has spent years working with clients who have benefited greatly from her design implementations. “And most of it is invisible, but we still feel the effects of it.”
Think of the UV rays from the sun hitting our skin on a cloudy day. We can’t see them, but we can still get a sunburn because around 80-percent of the sun’s harmful UV rays still pass through clouds. We can’t see energy, but we feel its effects.
“It’s what’s under the surface that’s much more powerful to address than everything you see on the surface,” says Baldoni as she alludes to the iceberg that sunk the Titanic. “It was everything below the surface that destroyed the ship.”
So what’s below the surface in your home or in your workspace? How can you tell if you’re blocking the energy of wealth from flowing effectively, or if your current design is creating tension and stress?
Baldoni gives us some simple tips based upon her long time studies.
Ancient Feng Shui divides a space into 9 sections which are career, knowledge, family, wealth, reputation, marriage, creativity, helpful people, and health. Each one of these sectors have a color, shape, and an element. The elements are fire, earth, metal, water and air.
If there is water in a fire ruled or earth ruled area, it will create a tense or muddy energy. The colors also have to coincide and harmonize with each sector or as well. There are many layers to feng shui that are taken into consideration, which is why so many have practitioners come in and ensure all is set correctly.
The Mouth of Chi – Your Front Door
As you walk into a space the energy goes from the front door to the rest of the environment according to the entry. The front door is the static point where the chi enters. The chi we bring in needs to flow in and around all of the nine sectors. And if there’s a window directly opposite of the door. The money will go in and right out the windows.
And what exactly is Chi? It’s the energy that Baldoni is speaking of. The energy she redirects and realigns through the practice of Feng Shui.
Baldoni recounts a story in which simply placing a divider between the door and the windows directly opposite of it saved a client’s financial woes within weeks. It’s a bizarre kind of medicine that many feel skeptical about, however for Baldoni, the proof is in the pudding—like when her clients tell her stories about the timing of their successes coming right after a redesign of their space.
Baldoni also recommends to never have a couch’s back facing the front door because it creates a closed off energy that blocks harmonizing flow.
Baldoni takes her Feng Shui design a step further by also implementing her knowledge of biogeometry which is the study of the earth’s grid lines.
“There are grid lines all over the earth,” Baldoni explains. “And some of these lines are extraordinarily detrimental to the physical body. So, what I’ll do in biogeometry is I’ll map a location based on a floorplan and I’ll find where those grid lines are and make sure that my clients aren’t sleeping on the grid-lines because that can cause disruption in sleep and lead to all kinds of other health problems.”
Biogeometry has been used in many ancient city grids and it’s even been said to be used in modern day city design. Many locals will say that biogeometry is the very reason the popular street Abbott Kinney in Venice, California is lined diagonally the way it is.
A strong understanding and mapping of these grid lines according to floor-plans and architectural design is said to make a large difference in physical health.
“So what you see on the surface is often times reflective of what’s underneath but it’s important to understand that these gridlines really can’t be detected, but can be measured and mapped,” says Baldoni. “And those are the things that I find to be the most powerful in the use of bio-geometry.”
Baldoni’s son, Justin Baldoni, entrepreneur and co-star of CW’s hit show Jane The Virgin, recently opened an office for his production company, Wayfarer, and wouldn’t rent a place without his mother looking at the floor plan and designing the space, shown below.