Several years ago I read a really great book written about how our homes are often a reflection of our subconscious, or hidden aspects of ourselves and our lives. The author of the book, House as Mirror of Self: Exploring the Deeper Meaning of Home, is Clare Cooper Marcus, an architect, NOT a feng shui practitioner!
This idea was also recognized by Carl Jung, Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, decades before. He felt that the unconscious seeks out outer manifestation and that the renovations and additions to his home were illuminating parts of his psyche.
In the practice of feng shui, this concept is a basic understanding when working with clients and their spaces. Our homes and how we experience them have a direct connection with our inner world.
Do you want to see what you may not ordinarily see about yourself, or your beliefs?
Then try this exercise.
*Warning: You must do the exercise BEFORE you read the second part of of this post! Read through the exercise and do it first. DO NOT CLICK on the next page until you are ready! Also, you may want to have a supportive friend help you with the second part. It may be more insightful and helpful to work with another.
- Get out of blank piece of paper and pen.
- Draw the outline of your home.
- Now draw in the positions of the rooms, walls, and doors. Don’t spend a lot of time on it. Don’t worry about the accuracy. If you happen to be an architect or interior designer, you may want to do this step with your non-dominant hand.
- If there is more than one floor, use separate pieces of paper to draw those as well.
When you are ready, click on this next page for help. Again, you may want to share with a friend to get more objective insight.