A few case study examples from my consultations.
Fictitious names have been used so that client confidentiality is maintained.
As you will see, small re-arrangements can have powerful outcomes. These are not the only changes made to the properties, but these particular ones are interesting.
Joe and Anna were trying for a baby, with no luck. As they were living with Joe’s parents, their bedroom doubled up as Joe’s office, which was spread over most of the bedroom. They slept badly all night, surrounded by office equipment and piles of paper. A tiny spare room next door was not suitable for office equipment and communications, but ideal as a potential nursery.
Remedy: Keep the ‘yang’ office to one section of the bedroom. At night, take out of the room any removable equipment and cover the remainder with a large, attractive ‘yin’ coloured cloth. Cover the television set which was reflecting the bed. Add some yin cushions and soft lighting. Unclutter the spare room, re-paint and decorate. Focus on this room as a possible nursery.
Robin and his dog kept breaking bones, and wife Madge moved out. They had a lovely house and a small cottage in the garden where Madge painted. Madge felt uncomfortable in the house, so she lived in the cottage. In the centre of their open-plan downstairs area was a fireplace, with ornamental, vicious-looking crossed swords on the wall above, plus other smaller decorative knives.
Remedy: Remove the swords and knives.
Outcome: No more broken bones. Madge moved back in and felt at peace.
Jane was trying to make her marriage work. She felt squashed by her strong-minded husband. Signs were that John was having an affair. The house layout indicated all strength to John and very little for Jane.
Remedy: Strengthen Jane’s energy in the house, reduce a little of John’s.
Outcome: Jane kicked John out of the house and is going for a divorce.
Sarah felt insecure in her new house and didn’t like coming home. Her house plans showed the centre of her house located just outside the previous front door, which was now permanently locked. A new front door was located elsewhere and the important Centre of the property didn’t exist.
Remedy: Re-open the old front door and energise around it with a hanging basket of flowers either side of the door, a light and a curved pathway towards it lined with shrubs in pots, and a bright, colourful, welcoming entrance hall.
Outcome: Contentment, peace of mind, a pleasure to return home.
Paula was almost buried under clutter. Many sessions later, she was free of it, but didn’t seem to be moving forward. She admitted that she had hidden files which she couldn’t bear to deal with. They related to her divorce and her parents’ deaths. After many tear-filled hours, she reduced the files to a few certificates and memorabilia.
Outcome: The next time I saw Paula, she was a different person, a bundle of energy, doing courses, travelling and getting involved in anything and everything.
Jenny and Paul’s house was stuffed with furniture and unopened removal boxes, with nowhere to put the contents. They were always ill with congestion problems – a clear sign of living in a congested house. Business was dead, their marriage was suffering, and disasters happened daily. After two clutter clearing sessions with them, things began to improve. They were amazed and enthusiastic, then did what I always warn clients not to do. They started tackling every room at once, emptying stuff into their entrance hall. The entrance is the ‘mouth of chi’ where healthy energy enters. Chi couldn’t get in, and if any did make it, it got stuck. Jenny became seriously ill, Paul had an affair, and the children failed at school. They called me in a panic. We emptied the hall, put everything back, and started over. They donated almost half their possessions to charity.
Outcome: Paul made amends, business and quality of life took an upward turn. No more congestive health issues.