Guest Blog by Valerie Delong

Valerie is the owner of Feng Shui Concepts, she is a Certified Feng Shui
Practitioner, a student of the Nine Harmonies School of Feng Shui under Carol Bridges.  She has studied under Master Lin Yun, founder of the BTB school of feng shui, as well as other experts in the field of feng shui.You can find Val at

Feng shui is a “wholistic” practice, meaning that it takes one’s whole life into consideration when determining what is in or out of balance.  Someone can’t be in balance in one area of their life and out of balance in another; the opposite is true.  If there is one area – success, for example – that is not going well, it throws everything else out of balance.  Another area of that person’s life is going to be compromised in some way, because it’s all connected. 
Feng shui teaches that life is a cycle and that cycle flows well when every aspect of someone’s life is in balance.  If you are doing well in your career but your family life is a mess, your career will be adversely affected in some way.  I’m sure everyone has had a day that began with some family issue and your whole day was affected by it.  The business world used to have an unwritten code that you must leave your personal lives at home while you’re at work.  They have since found that this doesn’t work; people can’t leave their lives behind.  Now there is a new code that talks about “work-life balance” and deals with the inclusion of one’s personal life….how does one bring their life to work and make it work in a productive way?

Avoidance isn’t the answer.  We can’t just stuff our “stuff” into closets (or the back of our minds) and hope to get on with our lives.  Stuff will always be part of our consciousness, no matter how far we put it out of sight or mind.  Family problems pushed to the back of the mind still affect our emotional balance, just as a storage locker full of stuff that’s ten miles down the road still tweaks our consciousness when we think of it.  These things must be brought out into the open and dealt with; it’s called “clearing”, whether it’s in physical spaces or in the mind.