Monthly Archives: December 2010

Feng Shui Life Assessment Inventory for the New Year




Many of us make resolutions for the new year with the hope and intention that things in our lives will somehow improve. In order to help you identify what is, and is not working in your life, I have developed a questionnaire that I call The Life Assessment Inventory. This questionnaire will help you narrow down and prioritize what you feel needs to be improved most in your life. Once you have identified these areas, you can use the energy of feng shui to help you make improvements and reach your goals.

    In feng shui, different areas of life (known as Life Aspiration Areas) correspond to areas in the home based on the compass directions. Each area has an element (water, wood, fire, earth and metal) associated with it. Much like acupuncture for a building, placing the elements in their proper locations can help bring more energy to various aspects of your life.

    First, rate the answers to each question, then look to see what Life Aspiration Area, compass direction, and elements need to be added or removed in order to bring more positive energy into your life.

Life Assessment Inventory

Rate each question with a number value using the following scale:

Very Dissatisfied   1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8    9    10   Very Satisfied

  1. Do you feel respected by the people in your personal life?
  2. Do you feel respected by the people in your professional life?
  3. Are you satisfied with your romantic life?
  4. If you have children, do you have a good relationship with them?
  5. Do you have time and space for creative activities?
  6. Are you able to travel as much as you would like?
  7. Is your social life as active as you wish?
  8. Do you have people you can count on when you need them?
  9. Do you find your current occupation emotionally satisfying?
  10. Do you feel that your life has meaning and purpose?
  11. Do you take time to learn new things?
  12. Do you nurture yourself spiritually as much as you would like?
  13. Do you take time out for rest and relaxation? 
  14. How are your relationships with your childhood family members?
  15. If you’ve created a family of your own as an adult, would you say that it’s a happy household?
  16. How do you feel about your current financial situation?
  17. Is your standard of living at a level that is satisfying to you?
  18. Do you have a steady income?
  19. Do you enjoy good health?
  20. Does everyone living in your home enjoy good health?

Now, go back and circle all the numbers that have a value of five or lower. These numbers indicate which Life Aspiration Areas you need to energize the most. If several questions received a value of five or lower, choose the area with the lowest score and focus on that one first.

Below, I’ve indicated which questions relate to each Life Aspiration Area, what area of the home these qualities area associated with, and a suggestion of what to add in each location to improve the energy in the corresponding part of your life.

Questions                    Life Aspiration Area/Direction

1, 2                                  Fame and Reputation /South 

                                         Turn on a light in the south for at least 3

                                          hours per day. Avoid water in this area.

 3                                       Love & Partnership/Southwest

                                Add items made of rock or stone in the

                                southwest. Minimize  live plants there.

                                           Items grouped in “pairs” are good to add in the southwest.

 4, 5                                    Creation/West

                                  Add things made of metal in the west.

                                              Wind chimes, metal picture frames, metal

                                   furniture are good here. Avoid burning

                                                things like candles and fireplaces here if    possible.

 6, 7, 8                                    Synchronicity/Northwest

                                      For a better social life or more travel,   

                                                   place metal items in the northwest.  The

                                                    same suggestions for the creation/west

                                                     section apply to this area as the main

                                                      element for both areas is metal.

 9, 10                                           Career/North

                                          Add a tabletop fountain in the north. The

                                                        fountain should be flowing 24/7

                                                         (unless you go out of town for more than

                                                         24 hours.) Filtered water is best for the 

                                                         fountain to avoid excessive mineral   deposits.

                                                         Try to minimize rock and stone

                                                          in the north if possible.

 11, 12, 13                                     Knowledge/Northeast

                                           Add items made of ceramic,  rock or stone. Try to

                                                           avoid placing a lot of large live plants

                                                            in the northeast.

14, 15                                               Family/East

                                            Add healthy, growing plants and try to

                                                           avoid items made of metal.

 16, 17, 18                                      Wealth & Prosperity/Southeast

                                             Add healthy plants and try to avoid metal  in the 


 19, 20                                               Health/Center

                                               Add items made of rock or stone in the

                                                           center of the home. Amethyst is a stone

                                                            associated with health and healing, and is a good

                                                           choice for this area. Avoid placing

                                                            live plants here and keep the area free of 


This is just a brief introduction to how the Life Aspiration Areas, the compass directions, and the five elements work together to energize your home and your life.  As with all things in life, you can’t just sit back and wait for feng shui to do it all for you. You must put forth the effort it will take to create positive change and get the results you are looking for. However, feng shui can certainly give your efforts an energetic boost. Give it a try. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain!

   If you’d like to learn more about this, or any other aspect of feng shui, take one of my excellent classes, or contact me for feng shui consultation for your home or business.

Copyright protected c. 2011 Cathleen McCandless


End of the Year Feng Shui Assessment


The end of the year is a time of reflection. We think about the year that has passed and the time that lies ahead. In feng shui, we are always striving to make our environments and in turn, our lives, more optimal. My motto has long been, “Anything less than excellent is not acceptable.” With the year quickly coming to a close, it is a good time to reevaluate what changes you would like to make in your home in order to bring more positive energy into your life.  To help you do this, take a moment and explore each area of your home or office, then spend some time carefully and honestly answering the following:

1. Write down three words that describe this room (pretty, cluttered, spacious, small, etc.)

2. Write down three words that describe how you feel when you are there (happy, overwhelmed, upbeat, productive, tired, etc.).  If it feels good, it’s good Feng Shui.  If it doesn’t, it is time to roll up your sleeves and make some changes. This simple exercise should help you recognize how your environment makes you feel and what can be done to improve any areas that are “less than excellent”.  Not only will your space feel better, but most importantly, you will too!

3. Make a list of anything in this room that you don’t like, want, need or use (and get rid of those things).

4. Write a list of three qualities or items in the room that you DO like (it is always best to focus on the positive while eliminating the negative).

5. Is there anything in this room that you would change?  If so, what would it be?

6. Do your spirits rise or fall when you are here?  If they fall, what can you do to create a more positive feeling? (Paint, add plants, change artwork, clear clutter, etc.)

7. If you are evaluating your house, write down a list of the rooms in order of the ones that bother you the most.  The room at the top of the list should be the one that you feel needs to be attended to first.  Then spend time concentrating just on that room.  Don’t move down the list until the room or area before it has been taken care of.  Focusing your efforts will help you feel less overwhelmed and more productive.

8. Remember that what you choose to surround yourself with has a direct effect on your thoughts, emotions, physical well-being and more. When you are happy with your surroundings those feelings will transfer to how you feel about your life.  As your relationship to your physical space improves, you will find your attitudes and thoughts improve as well. When that happens you are well on your way to manifest excellence in  your life.

9. Once you make the changes you want to make in your surroundings be careful not to add items that create any negative or associations. It is VERY important to only live with what you love!

10. Finally, as you go through each section of your home or workspace, remember that Feng Shui is all about creating a space that feels as good as it looks, and that is a great way to start off a new year!

© Cathleen McCandless 2010 All rights reserved.