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Green is where the Heart Is for September 19, 2012

"Would the world not be a better place if we could, like many Tuscans, bequeath our children a piece of fertile land, a modest house, basic life skills, and a tightly knit community that gives us identity, self respect and pride?" ~Ferenc Mate

Contributing Writer

Sunday evening I returned to the beach from an invigorating weekend in Asheville hosted by the Vesica Institute where we studied the dragon energy surrounding that region.  
One of the things that struck me was the care and consideration the Vanderbilt family has passed down through the generations, influencing the lives of thousands, maybe millions of people. 
George Vanderbilt built a castle in America but more than that he seeded the economy of a whole town for generations to come. 
On the advise of William Olmsted he not only built a home on beautiful grounds, but he also started a dairy and other self-sustaining industries.  The actual time that George and his wife Edith spent entertaining guests at this turn of the century state-of-the-art retreat seems short lived but the legacy continues to thrive to this day. 
Their only daughter Cornelia and her descendants have continued to expand the experience for tourists where an operating farm, dairy, winery, hotel, spa and shopping area supplement the tour of the home. 
The choice of where to place a home according to landform feng shui is crucial and the Biltmore Estate hit the most auspicious placement spot on.  Protected by the mountains to the northeast (did I mention I climbed to the top of Mt. Mitchell?) and the mountains of the Mt. Pisgah National Forest, it is also cradled with the baby dragon energy of the Swannanoa Mountain Range.  
The fresh flowing water, the climate and the railroad bringing easy transportation to and from the area added to the success of this endeavor. 
However, it was the ‘spirit’ of the place that caught my attention. The Vanderbilts were extremely sensitive to the needs of the families that supported their estate. 
Care was taken to give gifts to the children of the workers at Christmastime and stories are told of the compassion of the family toward the employees.  
This is the true feng shui or  motivating factor that has continued to propel this venture to flourish.  It contains the secret to ‘how the space makes you feel.’
What I learned this weekend was the sense of our connection to our earth and the essence of the word, ‘indivisible’ as we are not separate from our planet.  Earth is a living, breathing, moving organism and we are connected to her in a way that nourishes and provides for all our needs.  Living in harmony with nature in the ‘sprit of love and compassion’ for others is the greatest legacy we can give to our children for generations to come.  xo mo
Kure Beach resident Mo Linquist, Red Ribbon Professional of IFSG and allied ASID is a recognized expert on Pyramid Feng Shui. She is the “ PersonPlace” design consultant specializing in soft goods such as fabrics, window treatments, reupholstery, blinds, shutters, feng shui and green healthy living products.  Her design studio is located in the Artful Living Group building 112 Cape Fear Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC. 
Linquist speaks nationally and holds regular workshops and accredited trainings on this ancient form of environmental psychology.
Helping clients create home and office spaces designed specifically to support their individual goals and intentions, Linquist uses cutting-edge techniques integrating science, 20 years of interior design experience and Feng Shui to balance, harmonize and create new patterns for success.
To learn more about her work or for a consultation, contact her at FaceBook at Mo Linquist Living Solutions or call 910-458-7822 office or 330-904-3636 cell.