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Grand Lake: Feng Shui – Change comes through simple adjustments

When standard Western medicine couldn’t help Wendy Erickson with frequent migraine headaches, she was surprised to find that with a little change around her home using Feng Shui, her headaches subsided.

Erickson, certified Feng Shui consultant and firm believer, will share her understanding of the concept at a presentation at the Grand Lake library. When her headaches “were not alleviated satisfactorily through Western medical methods” and her doctors suggested she consider using complementary Eastern medicines, she sought out an acupuncturist. She liked what it did for her, and expanded her learning of the field, learning about “Chi” and energy flow in Feng Shui.

“Chi” is energy, something which all objects possess, she said, and her main purpose as a Feng Shui consultant is to read the Chi in a client’s space in order to help them “create a more balanced living space” to support them.



“I believe (Feng Shui’s) growing popularity is due to the fact that the West has finally figured out what China has known for about 5,000 years,” she said. “It really works.”

She has a natural visual/spatial sense.



“So, I am fairly good judge of furniture placement and room layouts, and I am really good with color (or so my professional artist friends tell me),” she said. “Both are helpful when choosing how to make adjustments in a room that will assist in creating a space that does a better job of supporting a client’s health and future goals.”

At first, she thought it crazy that the clutter on her dining room table or the color scheme in her bedroom might be the culprits behind her headaches, “but the changes helped and my headaches (lessened).” Clutter, she’ll explain at the library, “is so significant,” calling it “an energetic blockage” that prevents people from achieving their goals. “You can pay a consultant to come and make all the adjustments you want, but

if you don’t get rid of the clutter in your life, you are not going to have any progress.”

Once she realized the substantial benefits of Feng Shui, she began to experiment with her friends and said they too had good results. “So, I felt I might be on to something worthwhile.” About a year ago, she decided she wanted to formalize her training and completed certification in Black Hat Feng Shui.

Erickson has been a teacher for 16 years and really enjoys creative projects.

“I am game for almost anything artistic,” she said. “I seem to be an out-of-the-box thinker.” She has been using Feng Shui in her own home and work spaces for almost a decade and with her extensive knowledge has helped friends and family recreate their spaces for the better.

“I just love seeing how powerful the results can be when you state your intentions and then get out of the way and let Feng Shui go to work,” she said. She first offered the library program in Hot Sulphur Springs (where mom Lynn Shirley is branch librarian) last summer and it attracted a big group.

“They loved it,” Shirley said. “As a matter of fact, I had people come here that will be going to the Grand Lake program to see her again.”


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