It was orientation week at the university my son will be attending in the fall. I believe everyone could feel the anxiety and excitement of the young students who are approaching their new chapter in life. Oh, how wonderful to be young with that honest sense of hope and potential before you! I couldn’t help but feel happy for what the future will bring him and all those attending.
As for my life, things will change, as we will be empty nesters. Some are concerned for the feeling of loss, but now that I have found one of my passions, feng shui, I look forward to the change. It has become a part of who I am, where I go and what I do. It gives me a different perspective on how I see my life unfolding, not only on the physical level, but on the emotional, mental and qi level. So, putting on my feng shui hat, here is my take on the university.
In feng shui, the location and siting of the institute plays an important aspect. Located in central Boston, the environment for learning is excellent. With a combination of what the city has to offer and the total number of students living in the vicinity, the dynamics of the area has proven to be most stimulating and encouraging. Also, the overall qi feeling of the university ambiance plays an important role. So part of my barometer for assessment came from speaking to the students roaming on campus. From their body language, expressions, and tone of voice, there was an undertone of confidence. There was no doubt in my mind these students were very content. And by further evaluation of building placement and form, I found the school’s overall feng shui was good for learning. But most important for me was that the school was a good fit for this particular son. It works for him. Feng shui is trying to find the right energy of a place for a particular people. My mind is at ease.
Now, what really brought my feng shui juices going happened to be the dorm room that I stayed in. Now, please remember that in the overall feng shui assessment, the dorm rooms are a minor issue compared to the overall school environment, however, there is always room for improvement.
The university was very accommodating and housed the parents during the orientation. We were assigned the upper classmen dorm rooms that included suites. Lucky me got a single ensuite room with a kitchenette . From any student perspective, this is pure luxury! But, right now we are focusing on the feng shui perspective of the college dorm room. From my assessment, it could be more conducive to learning…and truthfully, I had real difficulty sleeping.
Above I have drawn the dorm room. Let us look at the Before drawing, the head of the bed is directly against the window. As I haven’t drawn any elevations, you can’t tell the size of this window, but it was from floor to ceiling. It brought in a ton of light which was wonderful, but the draft from the window was not welcomed. Also, there was quite a bit of furniture for a rather small room. If I had a choice, I may have removed some chairs, as most of the socializing doesn’t have to be in the room. There are plenty of places to go on campus. But, even an extra folding chair or two by the small dining table would suffice for me.
The After drawing is how I would arrange the furniture from a Form School Feng Shui perspective. First, the main purpose of the room is to study and sleep. Eating and socializing is secondary, so the placement of the bed and desk should take priority. The head of the bed should be against a solid wall, so moving the bed perpendicular to the wall will allow for sound sleep. Next, moving the desk with a solid wall behind the chair and a view out the window keeps one grounded. This view promotes mental agility and expansion. The two sitting chairs now face each other, which encourages conversation. The small dining table can also accommodate another chair if necessary when a friend is visiting.
The dorm room now has good flow of qi energy. The use of space has improved, allowing the person to feel relaxed enabling him/her to focus on their purpose of being in school. Study hard and experience as much as you can students!