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“It really is a cycle,” Lou says. “The environment and our core are reflections of one another. When we know our core, it’s much easier to understand our environment.” But it’s a chicken and egg thing, actually. Either one can work as a start.
Also a bodyworker, Lou says, “What feng shui and NLP do for the body’s environment is so similar to what a massage will do for the body, flushing the system of blockages. When I go through a person’s home or office, what I’m doing is very similar to when I first put my hands on a client.” In the process of combing through to find blockages in the environment, she will ask the client about particular objects. “Nine out of 10 times it is incongruent with who they want to be right now. They’ve gotten numb to it, and it sticks out just like a knot in a muscle. The energy is different.”
NLP recognizes that each of us has developed our own individual style of communicating and processing information which results in the patterning in our brain and the ways in which we express ourselves through language and body movement. Sometimes our set patterns do not support who we are at our essential core, but we can change that. Through the core work of NLP exercises, Bruce says, you can discover what you truly identify with and have a better understanding of yourself. At that point, you may find that your goals for your life have changed. It’s this clarity of sense of self that is essential to creating an environment that supports and nourishes who you are and what you value in life.
You don’t have to be trained in feng shui or have a personal consultant to implement the concepts of this ancient art, nor is an NLP practitioner required to help you find your core. Throughout their book, the Stewarts offer practical exercises for applying the principles of NLP and feng shui to begin the clearing process. “In feng shui, when the chi of an environment is balanced, it allows the movement of the occupant to be well supported, just like when circulation is pumping well and is unclogged,” Lou says. “With NLP, it’s the same thing — running through patterns in the mind, flushing out old phobias and patterns that are either negative or destructive.”
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“If you’re particularly visual and like arts and crafts, you feel more comfortable with that around,” Bruce says. “Someone who is very kinesthetic may not care how it looks but will want the chair to be comfortable.”
Once the path is cleared, you can use the principles of feng shui to further enhance harmony and positive flow in your life. But the process involves more than hanging a mirror or installing a water fountain. As with NLP, it has to do with our core self and our intention. “Where attention goes, the energy flows. That’s what it boils down to,” Lou says. “As we focus our intentions, then our conscious and subconscious mind can connect, and when they connect with our body and our emotions and our spiritual core, then the intention is strengthened significantly.” Think of it as a vinyl record with no grooves. “There’s no music,” she adds. “What our intentions do is they create that pathway on the record. So then we have the choice: Are we going to make it a smooth groove or a bumpy groove? Intention is our tool.”
Bodywork is the perfect complement for this process, helping to center, ground, and clear the body and mind. Clearing the clutter helps you excavate your true self and the person you want to become.