If These Walls Could Talk
We have all heard the term “If these walls could talk.” If these walls could talk they would tell you the story! That, in essence, is what the phrase means. Actually, they are. My Feng Shui practice Narrative Space is based on the premise that your home or business or any physical space has an energetic narrative that can be interpreted and edited through Feng Shui. The subject of Art and Alchemy is a theme that is near and dear to my heart so much so that I started a series of Art & Alchemy interviews. In my estimation, Art is one of the most powerful alchemical tools in Feng Shui and yet one of the least discussed. It is “Narrative Space.”
What is the story?
What’s your story?
Look around I say, it’s all there. The writing is on the wall so to speak. When it comes to art, I am being totally literal. People say “Oh it’s just a picture or a painting or a photograph…” You think?
What is glaringly obvious to me about what a physical space is communicating and manifesting via the narrative is not so much to most people. Not everyone sees life through the same lens so maybe in some small way I can bring clarity and light to this subject. Universal consciousness aside, not everyone is paying attention to the signs or knows how to interpret them. Feng Shui is a physical language and while I may be fluent in it most people are not. I genuinely believe we all understand visual cues on a subconscious level but that doesn’t mean it’s reaching the conscious or mundane level. Feng Shui is a physical language which helps interpret those signs. I recognize that most people don’t understand Feng Shui and hopefully this piece will inspire greater understanding and appreciation.
I’m focusing on Art here because even if you don’t know anything else about of Feng Shui, you can look at an image and understand it on a gut level. You can see what it’s communicating and ascertain whether it is positive or negative. Think of art in terms of the narrative or story and then decide if that is what you want your story to be. Some people like dark imagery because they think it’s cool or profound. My goal is to help people create a positive setting and narrative, so I don’t recommend such art.
I’m here to help those who genuinely want to be happy and to create a positive setting and foundation for their lives. If you are familiar with Carl Jung and the concept of Universal Consciousness and Symbolism, my words may strike a chord. If you are a fan of Joseph Campbell and connect with The Power of Myth, you may also be able to relate.
Art provides your space with visual cues that create a narrative. The walls are literally telling your story. What do you want that story to be? If you curate the art from a Feng Shui perspective there are specific areas of a space that pertain to specific areas of life like your health, or career or love life etc… It helps to know what area of life you are placing a piece of art in because context is important. The Bagua is an energetic map that represents 9 different life sectors called gua’s. Prosperity, Fame, Love, Family, Health, Children/Creativity, Skills /Knowledge, Career and finally Travel/Helpful People are all included. The Bagua is one of the most important tools in Feng Shui for curating a space and interpreting the narrative.
If you place romantic art in your Skills and Knowledge area, you may not be making the best use of the art. It could be better placed in your love area. That said, at least it is positive imagery and you can still benefit from having Skills and Knowledge in the love department. It’s nice if you can curate for maximum benefits though. That’s where a consultant like myself can really help.
When I was looking to have greater success in my career, I thought about what kind of imagery would help. Water is the element associated with the career gua and it also represents abundance in Feng Shui. With this in mind, I painted a waterfall and placed it over my desk in my career gua. Suddenly I had more Feng Shui gigs than ever and my cash “flow” increased significantly. You can call this an anecdotal example but it’s a true story and the art supported my intentions and served me in a positive way.
Think about art as a way of foreshadowing your story. You can play a conscious role in how your story plays out. It’s very empowering! It not only works from an energetic perspective, but from a psychological one. Visual cues feed into your conscious and subconscious mind. Your mind will process the information and work diligently to manifest and realize the story being told. That said, be careful what the story you keep telling yourself is because it serves as a mantra that will ultimately manifest itself. Please, for the love of god avoid art with apocalyptic or depressing imagery!
I once worked for a business that sold art. Some of the art was positive and beautiful and some of it dark and depressing. A series of pieces in particular depicted the 911 tragedy of the Twin Towers. I lived in New York during 911 and know first-hand the impact that it had on business and the lives of New Yorker’s. It was one of the darkest chapters of my life. I couldn’t understand why these pieces where so prominently featured in the showroom. One of these pieces was placed in the Career gua of the business and I specifically told the owner what it represented and how it wasn’t good for business particularly in the “career area.”
Please understand that this painting wasn’t the only bad Feng Shui for the business but it served as a very powerful alchemy that depicted a less than positive outcome. There was also a picture of a dead whale carcass decomposing which was not only disgusting but utterly depressing. Another image depicted a capsized ship so you get the idea. While there where some positive images as well, the story being told did not have a happy ending… The way the art was curated was disastrous from a Feng Shui perspective. I told the owner what it represented symbolically and how it wasn’t good for business but my words fell on deaf ears.
Please understand that this painting wasn’t the only bad Feng Shui for the business but it served as a very powerful alchemy that depicted a less than positive outcome. The business had a number of other Feng Shui issues; most notably the bathrooms where located in the prosperity gua. This represents money going down the drain. Fortunately, there are cures for this and it is not an uncommon problem. I tried to offset the energetic loss with a Feng Shui cure of crystals hung above the toilets, however the owner eventually took them down. Crystals are a Feng Fhui cure that can help remedy an energetic loss, but they alone cannot compensate for every ill. They were a small edit in a space that needed a big rewrite.
When I discovered the crystals had been removed, I also decided to leave. Very shortly after this, the business quickly and dramatically imploded. I’m talking about 2 weeks. I know because I gave my 2 weeks and in that time the business went into utter financial ruin. I learned a lot from that experience. My advice was not taken and my attempts to help where dismissed and even rejected. I made my exit just in time to save myself and receive the money I was owed. Others were not so lucky.
I learned a lot from that experience. I got to see how powerfully the imagery and narrative of a space can become its own self-fulfilling prophecy. The impact and power of art on the narrative of a space and the people who inhabit it is an area of Feng Shui I am particularly focused on. Art in all its glorious forms has what I like to call “magical properties.” These properties can be used for good or ill and I have highlighted examples of both here.
When you are choosing art, you will be drawn to certain pieces and when that happens take stock of how that piece makes you feel and whether that is a feeling you want to bathe in every day. You may be drawn to darker pieces because there is something present in them that you relate to. We can all relate to pain and suffering but that doesn’t mean we need to live with it. You have the choice and the opportunity to tell your story with visually inspiring and triumphant imagery. They say happiness is a choice so choose wisely.