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Enhancing the home or office to promote personal growth and success

The most important factor in your personal growth and success is to know clearly what your goals are. You can then start to attune your home or work environment to support your goals. As your desires are unique and personal it is difficult to give specific tips that work for everyone.

A feng shui book might suggest a three-legged frog statuette in the west to bring in money or two wooden mandarin ducks in your relationship area to keep your marriage alive. Unless these things have a real meaning for you and promote a positive attitude or action, we think they sound too much like magic charms!

However, that's not to say that you can't use pictures, objects and decoration to inspire you and your colleagues, but you do need to be able to relate to them and/or use them in a scientific way.

A few ideas

  • Have visual representations of your goals or desires and make time to consciously connect to them every day
  • Name and dedicate rooms to represent their use and the qualities you want to engender in them. How you programme yourself to think about a space determines what is possible there
  • Choose art and pictures that match the purpose of the room
  • If you have space, designate a room or area as a "sanctuary" - somewhere people can take a break and reconnect to their creativity and drive.
  • Make sure you include natural things - plants and flowers are obvious examples. We quite simply function better with a link to organic things than in totally synthetic interiors
  • Consciously make changes in your interior environment when you want to take on new challenges

Colour

It is a fact that colours each give rise to noticeable mental and physiological responses in our bodies' systems. There are nerve fibres from the retina direct to pineal and pituitary glands, and it seems that these non-visual connections are a way that light and colour may automatically influence the release of hormones and other organic substances.

It has been shown, for example, that green, violet and, especially, blue light can engender a release of muscular tension, a slowing of heartbeat and a slight lowering of body temperature. Red and, to a degree, orange and yellow tend to have the opposite effect.

As this subject is complex we intend to develop a section to outline some of the basic ideas rather than generalise too much.