(Long Island, N.Y.) When I visited a friend’s apartment on the upper west side recently, I couldn’t help but feel a breath of fresh air when I walked around her place. I had been there many times before and quite frankly, it was always just a disorganized mess. But this time, something was drastically different.
“Wow, what on earth did you do to this place. It looks amazing,” I said.
“Feng Shui,” she proudly answered and began to tell me how much this healing art has helped restore peace in her hectic life.
I was immediately intrigued. I sure could use some harmony. Fortunately, you don’t have to venture to The Big Apple to benefit from this ancient art. I recently asked Carole Provenzale of Feng Shui Long Island to help enlighten me.
Long Island Exchange: How do you describe Feng Shui?
Provenzale: I think of Feng Shui as a healing art that seeks to create a balance and harmony in your life. We work with the premise that the Energy in your surroundings have a deep and profound impact on every area of your life so I consider Feng Shui also transformational. I address every area of your life such as financial, careers, relationships, health and many more issues to assist my clients to create a life they had not thought possible.
It really is such a fascinating topic, how did you become drawn to it?
I worked in a Wholistic Health Center for several years and I saw that clients were undergoing amazing healing through alternative methods such as acupuncture, Chinese medicine and Amma Therapy. These methods are all connected to the energy in your body so it made perfect sense to me that your surrounding would also have an impact on your well being. I was fortunate enough to have learned of the very first Certification class for Feng Shui by a licensed, accredited school being held here on Long Island and I am a graduate of that class taken in 1996.
What are some of the misconceptions of Feng Shui?
Since I believe the changes in your life occur because of Energy, it is not simply the changes you are making in your surroundings, it is the Intention behind them. In making changes, it is important to stay clear and focused on what you’d like to create.
I also believe quality Feng Shui consultations should be available to anyone and keep my prices low so that clients who couldn’t normally afford a consultation will be able to benefit as well. As mentioned above, Blessings are very powerful and an integral part of any consultation.
One thing I’ve always wondered about: can it be kid-friendly? I have two preschoolers and their toys have taken over the house. Can Feng Shui help?
I believe Feng Shui helps children a great deal. There are principles we achieve in children’s rooms including the use of color and placement (and organizational tips and advice) that have an effect on their behavior. Children can become calmer and more centered as well as allowing them to see their accomplishments to show them all they have achieved and encourage them to reach for their dreams in life.
So can you tell me a little about the process? How would I begin?
Feng Shui is a matter of perspective as we all look at things a different way while keeping many principles in mind. I suggest looking for a consultant that has been trained in a variety of methods as well as one that has been practicing Feng Shui for a long time. It is also wise to choose someone who is Certified. Most importantly, since some personal information is discussed so a practitioner can truly assist you, find someone you are comfortable with.
All consultations are done differently by each consultant. My consultations typically last about three hours and I do an “interview” with my client to find out what areas of their lives they are seeking to change and what they would like to achieve from a consultation. I also teach them how to use the Bagua so they can then take their new knowledge of Feng Shui to another place, such as their office. I do an exterior of the home or business as well as every room inside and use Transcendental Blessings, an Interior Space Clearing and an Exterior Blessing. I believe very much in the Blessings as I have seen things change for some clients almost overnight. For others it is a process that will take longer. Follow ups are essential so I speak to my clients to find out what changes they are experiencing.
What kind of results can I expect?
No practitioner should make any promises with regard to outcomes as each individual is different. I can only tell my clients what I have seen and experienced during the years and open up the possibilities of what may occur.
Ok, Now I’m VERY intrigued. I’d love to hear what some of your clients have experienced. Can you share a couple of testimonials?
- My name is Dr. David R. LaRocco, D.C., and I am a chiropractor who practices in Mamaroneck NY and when I began setting up my space to care for people, I had put the intention forth to find someone who was a master in Feng Shui. I was given the name of Carole. Was I glad the universe sent her to me. She is truly a visionary that can see beyond your moment needs and help your office and living space attract the energy you desire to grow your business or balance your home energy. You can be certain if you apply what she teaches you you will attract the energy you desire. She is loving, present, certain, inspirational and enthusiastic about what she does. Look no further you have found the right person. Lifetime Wellness for you, Holistic chiropractic, 701 Munro Avenue, Mamaroneck NY
- Hello Carole, I wanted to take a few minutes to thank you so very much for assisting me with my home needs as well as my real estate business. I have been reading up on feng shui for many years, as you know. The first time that I spoke to you I learned more in three hours that I’ve learned with the books I’ve read. Listening to your suggestions and advise have improved my life very much. I was amazed how quickly things changed for the best. I was very anxious to get started with your suggestions, and very excited that in a matter of two weeks things changed for the better. (even though you asked me to slow down, I couldn’t). Your a wonderful person and a friend that I will always cherish. I would recommend you to anyone, because I believe in you and I know that your suggestions and advise is true. I love that I can email you or call you at anytime for advice and that you will answer any questions that I may have. Always, Joanne Santos, Prudential Ragette Realtors