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Tracy Briggs, Published January 09 2013

Great Indoors: Using feng shui to bring balance, joy to your home

Is feng shui the secret to a happier home life? The ancient Chinese might say so and some modern day Midwesterners too. What is feng shui? According to About.com:

“Feng shui is an ancient art and science developed over 3,000 years ago in China. It is a complex body of knowledge that reveals how to balance the energies of any given space to assure health and good fortune for people inhabiting it.”

There are many ways to use feng shui to tackle problems or challenges within a home.

I heard about feng shui expert Tracy Green of Fargo and invited her into my home to give it a whirl. In the video, you’ll see me interview her, but she spent a good part of our time interviewing me about my family life and challenges we faced. Almost immediately she asked me if I have trouble making decisions. I had to think about it for a while (just kidding) but the answer was a definitive “yes.” She says it’s not uncommon for people living in split level homes or bi-level homes to be indecisive since we’re faced with a decision about where to go immediately upon entering the home.

She also diagnosed that based upon the placement of my daughter’s bedrooms, they have more power in the home than they should (well, I could have told her that a long time ago).

Short of moving, what are the solutions to my problems and others? According to Feng Shui experts like Green and others, there are a few simple things you can do:

• Clean out the clutter. Clutter blocks energy. Have you ever noticed how much lighter you and your house feel after putting your junk out on the curb during clean up week? Green says think about your desk at work, when it’s crowded with stuff, it’s hard to focus on anything.

• Live with good quality air and light. Open the windows, have air purifying plants. Think about using full spectrum light.

• Crystal placement within the home. Crystals are used to help the energy or vibration within the home. Different kinds of crystals do different things ranging from helping you concentrate to helping you find love or wealth.

Green is a Realtor who says clients have used her feng shui expertise to help them decide between two homes. She says it’s not “Woo Woo” stuff. It’s based on real science and she’s seen first hand how postive feng shui within the home has changed lives.