Years ago, just after I became Certified as a Feng Shui Practitioner in New York and trying to get my business off the ground, I was employed by a hearing aid company called HearX. They have locations in many areas of the county and I was hired because I was a Registered Hearing Aid Consultant-in a former life :) I was only hired for the Front Desk position, however, as all HearX's on the East Coast require an Audiologist.
The business was located in Amityville, Long Island. Some of you may be familiar with the town. It was indicated to be the peaceful little town in "Jaws" but what really put Amityville on the "map" was the sensation of cold blooded murders as seen in "The Amityville Horror House." Not the best reputation in EITHER case. This particular part of Amityville was on a busy road and directly opposite it is a hospital where they also treat patients with mental issues.
I only worked with the Audiologist, another person also named Carol but the truth of the matter is, our location was not doing well. We got weekly sales reports of ALL the offices and "our" store never made the list. We eventually heard talk that they were thinking of closing that location---thereby leaving us jobless.
Carol had NO interest in Feng Shui. If I spoke of it she'd just shake her head-remember, this was in 1997. Most people had never even heard of it. But desperation can sometimes be an asset. I needed her permission to ‘change the Energy' of the office as it would affect her as well. Finally, she relented-in a sort of "Do what you Want" way. She reminded me that I could not use décor that was not already there; one of the unique aspects of HearX places around the states were that they were ALL Uniform. Same carpeting, same layout, same artwork. Their idea was that if people moved or for the sunbirds, they could go to any HearX and feel "at home."
It didn't give me much to work with. I spent a weekend there, a few hours each day. I brought some of my lovely plants from home and put them in the waiting room along with a pretty centerpiece for the table that was there that added COLORS. I rearranged the existing artwork to what I thought would be the most appropriate place for each picture, many of which had water scenes (good for the Element of Water) and added small touches here and there to address all the elements. I put a small and unnoticeable Bagua Mirror outside the front door to Intentionally "push" the Energy of the hospital AWAY from our area. I also hung some small bells on the front door (What the Black Sect method refers to as "Ringing in the Money." Boy, with the treat of closing, we REALLY needed to ring in the money.
I corrected the bathroom which was pure DRAIN energy and was finally allowed to keep the blinds open to let the "outside IN." And I did a space clearing. To me, the place felt fabulous--without spending a DIME.I got there early on Monday and anxiously awaited Carol's reaction-and she DID love it. "But how is that going to bring business?" she asked. I simply said "Change the Energy and it will Come." (I can still hear her laughing over that remark). But actually, business DID pick up, at first slowly and then more and more. All of a sudden we had actually made it into those weekly reports. And we no longer heard talk of closing our store.
At the end of six months, Carol and I made that business into the number ONE HearX in the Country for four consecutive weeks-a record! We both got big bonuses. That sometimes reminds me of what being a Feng Shui Consultant in New York seems to be all about: creating just ONE believer at a time!
*Carole Provenzale has been a Certified Feng Shui Consultant since 1997 and is the Founder of Feng Shui Long Island, New York City providing on site Feng Shui consultations for all of New York City (NYC) and Long Island and Distance Feng Shui Consultations by phone. For further information, please visit: http://www.FengShuiLI.com