Former nurse and practicing reflexologist Judith Nourse shares the principles of Feng Shui
While leading a program on Feng Shui at Blue Ridge Community College a few years ago, Judith Nourse met a young woman who worked in a local deli. The woman’s manager had told her she could select days off, but the manager always failed to let the young woman choose her off days before posting the weekly schedule. Nourse, whose teachings always include self-empowerment, asked the woman to sketch her bedroom floorplan. “Her desk was against a wall with her back to the door. I said to her, ‘That is a position that is out of command.’”
At Nourse’s suggestion, the woman moved her desk to the middle of the room facing the door. Shortly after, her supervisor came to her before making the schedule for the next month and asked her what days she wanted off.
The woman questioned whether her Feng Shui adjustment at home had really influenced her standing at work, or was it coincidence? Nourse told her to turn the desk back to the wall to see what happens in the next couple of weeks–the woman decided to keep her desk where it was.
Nourse is aware that, to some, Feng Shui “sounds really crazy.” Yet, her client list is full of individuals and businesses that have achieved results. “It makes a lot of sense,” says Pace Beattie, owner of Southern Om Hot Yoga in Greenville. “Using someone who understands how energy flows through the space.” Nourse’s input on Southern Om’s studio design required redrawing plans and rerouting plumbing so the yoga room could face the front door. Despite the additional upfront costs, Pace says, “It was the right idea.”
Feng Shui consultations begin by Nourse asking her clients to write down their intentions and goals. Feng Shui is described as a language of symbols. “I will point out features that are symbolically related to your goals,” Nourse says. She then creates a “Bagua Map” of the person’s space. Each area of the map relates to a different aspect of life. “If I placed the Bagua Map over your home, the back left corner would relate to finances.”
Nourse completed training in Feng Shui consulting with the Western School of Feng Shui, followed by professional mentorships with Grandmaster Professor Lin-Yun and Katherine Metz. Since 1999, she has been sharing Feng Shui principles with individuals, couples, businesses, and even medical practitioners. Her seminars at colleges and organizations started in 2002.
Holistic medicine often fails to consider Feng Shui. “That’s why people don’t get well,” Nourse says, “even when they’re paying attention to their mind, body, taking nutritional supplements, and doing all the things they know to do. There’s something out of balance where they’re living or where they’re working.”
Feng Shui is used by people looking to enhance health, relationships—even finances. “The most profound positive effects that I’ve had on clients has been through my work with Feng Shui,” Nourse says. “It’s very satisfying to be able to help people.”
Judith Nourse’s Feng Shui Tips
1. Feng Shui teaches that the front door is the most significant “mouth of Ch’i” (energy) where much of the “Nourishing Ch’i” enters the home. There must be a clear, attractive path to it, perhaps with lights and a walkway with appealing plantings. Chimes, a wreath, a fountain, or a welcome mat all attract Nourishing Ch’i. Inside the front door, the view must be welcoming, as if you are welcoming an honored guest. A lovely rug, a table with a plant, a favorite painting or art piece, a special lamp—all are possibilities. Clutter always represents stagnation of Ch’i and is to be avoided both inside and outside the front door.
2. The Chinese word ba-gua means eight areas. The Bagua Map is a diagram of eight areas constellated around a center. Each area represents a different aspect of our lives. In Feng Shui, this diagram is of great importance—it is superimposed over floor plans, a single room, or even the top surface of a desk and reveals where the life force pools for the different parts of our lives.
3. Round, multifaceted, leaded glass crystal balls are the most commonly used cure in Feng Shui. They are hung to correct many imbalances in a floor plan, and should never be used as a window decoration. With clear intention and visualization, they will attract and direct Nourishing Ch’i to correct imbalances affecting your life and the lives of those you live with.
4. The Western Guide to Feng Shui by Terah Collins is an excellent book to help you understand the basics. Although it is not necessary, Nourse enjoys working with clients who have read it and have a basic understanding of this fascinating philosophy.
For more information, visit JudithNourseFengShui.com.