Oct 28, 2011
Fab Fridays: Feng Shui Expert Alex Stark, Part II
Simplifying Fabulous! with Feng Shui Expert Alex StarkABOUT ALEX STARK is an internationally recognized consultant, advisor, and teacher on issues of creativity, efficiency, and design. A graduate of the Yale University School of Architecture, he is a practitioner of feng shui and European Geomancy. Alex is married and has one daughter. He currently resides in Berkeley, California. I've worked with Alex many times for clients and in my personal life. He really changes lives! See his full bio, here. He gave us such incredible answers that we just had to break it down into two posts! See part one here! Robin Baron: How have you designed your own home so that it’s in line with your practices? Alex Stark: My homes always reflect feng shui principles. I do this by reviewing the feng shui of our home at least once a year. However, because feng shui is very much about human psychology, I also ask a colleague to analyze our home as well. Every person has “blind spots” about who they are or what they want in life, so I always ask for a second opinion because there are issues that I may be unaware of that require correction. For example, my wife and I are constantly on the move so it is important that our home provide calm and relaxation in order to balance this. We are often reminded by colleagues that our home tends to be too active, and that we need to reduce the amount of energy entering and leaving the space to that our lives can slow down and we can rest and recuperate.
Although feng shui frowns on objects associated with graveyards, I consider this item to be a symbol of my ancestors, and therefore sacred. Like Native Americans, I strongly feel that being reverent to our forefathers, and respectful of their burials, is a vital way to ensure that their legacy continues into the future. This object, although small in size, feels huge in power and will continue to energize and inspire my daughter and her children for many generations to come. Of course, it has to be kept in a very sacred and secure place in our home, and cannot be part of any bedroom or living room. That would be terrible feng shui!