The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, March 22, 2002


Carlisle resident shares new skill ­ Feng Shui

Mary Roberts, a Carlisle resident for almost seven years, is offering Feng Shui ("fung shway") classes through the Carlisle recreation program this spring. I spoke with her to find out how she became involved in Feng Shui. "Feng Shui means wind and water," Roberts explained. "It began 3,000 years ago in agricultural regions of China and was used traditionally to find house sites and gravesites." It is used today to make living and working spaces more warm, inviting, and productive.

How she began

Roberts became interested in Feng Shui two years ago when a friend, a Feng Shui consultant, visited her house. "It opened my eyes and changed my life," she said. She researched Feng Shui, spending six months learning the principles. "I felt energized, like a blockage was lifted from me, and that anything was possible," Roberts said of her studies. Though there are many Feng Shui schools throughout the U.S., Roberts decided to study at the Western School of Feng Shui in San Diego. She did her first section of coursework at a Feng Shui center in Atlanta and finished her schooling at the school in San Diego, receiving a diploma in Essentials of Feng Shui. "It was a lot of work. They trained me very well," she said.

Supportive family

Roberts, who is a small, warm and energetic woman, gave me a tour of some of the areas of her house that have particular significance to her. Her music studio, painted in soft shades, was an inviting place in which she gives private piano lessons. "This angle in the wall, if I had known about Feng Shui when we built the house, I wouldn't have allowed it," she said, pointing to a wall that stuck out a foot into the room. "But I placed the plant to soften it and I have these to hang in the corner," she continued, holding up some fabric stars. I asked her how her family has helped her in her new career. "My husband was very interested," she answered, saying that he listened carefully when she explained the principles of Feng Shui to him. She has two teenage children, and uses Feng Shui to encourage their success in areas they are interested in, such as sports.

Plans for the future

Roberts has five speaking engagements in the next six weeks, including the two classes for the Carlisle recreation program. She is also consulting for several real estate companies. "Houses that have had Feng Shui feel fabulous," she explained. "They are energetically balanced." She would like to continue to help people find balance and harmony in their residences and increase productivity and profitability in their workplaces. "All my work is confidential," Roberts reminded me. "It is part of the Feng Shui principle."

Roberts is interested in working on methods to support children's well being and enhance their learning environment. "I became a Feng Shui consultant because I want to help people the way I was helped." Information on Roberts's Feng Shui classes is available in the Carlisle Recreation Spring Program brochure.

What is Feng Shui?
Mary Roberts will be teaching two Feng Shui courses for the recreation program. (Photo by Cynthia Sorn

Feng Shui is the ancient Chinese art of harmonious placement and balance within a space. The words translate to wind and water. By offering a method of arranging furniture and objects to help people realize their goals, Feng Shui can lead people to their highest potential. The tradition also embraces the notion of a life force, a vital energy, called Chi'. In our homes, we want Chi' to meander because this creates serenity.

In a Feng Shui consultation, a trained specialist examines the Chi' energy, both in the physical space and within the person. Recommendations are then made to create a harmonious balance of the Chi' energy. This can involve eliminating clutter, moving furniture and objects, as well as using enhancements such as lighting, color, mirrors, plants, water or crystals.

The bagua, a grid with eight sections representing eight areas of our personal lives, can be an important Feng Shui tool. It is placed over the floor plan of a house to determine which spaces in the home correspond to the eight bagua areas: career knowledge, health and family, wealth, reputation, relationship, creativity and helpful people. Following the principle that our homes are a reflection of our inner lives, the Feng Shui practitioner can look at an area of life that may not be going well and evaluate the corresponding bagua area to see how our possessions affect us.

2002 The Carlisle Mosquito