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Green is where the Heart Is for August 21, 2013

“Though a tree grows so high, the falling leaves return to the root.”
~Malay proverb

By MO LINQUIST
Contributing Writer

Recently I had the wonderful opportunity to travel to northern California and visit family not seen in years. 
During our stay in Santa Cruz we also met new friends with whom I hope to remain forever connected honoring the ‘silver and gold make new friends but keep the old’ theory. 
The third dynamic experience of the trip was the powerful connection to nature, which surrounded us like arms cradling our beings. 
Our first stay was in the middle of a forest of redwood trees. 
The man who owned the home we stayed in had built a tree house entirely from the lumbar of one felled tree.  When the tree was struck by lightning and landed on the forest floor, he proceeded to use the wood to create a small sanctuary that one can visit to rest, to heal, to become energized.  Standing on the deck of this tree house was like being in another world. 
The cathedral of trees circled above our heads as the protective feeling of wood energy encased us.  The morning fog fed these thirsty giants as their ability to retain a great amount of water protects them from the threat of forest fires.  These trees are survivors. 
It is no wonder to me that so many humans want to emulate nature inside their homes.  Bringing wood energy into your home encourages an unbridled energy that helps to motivate to get up and get going.  Wood is the energy of spring as the sleepy seeds wake up and push through the earth to reach towards the sun.
As photosynthesis occurs carbohydrates are synthesized from carbon dioxide and water as light is used an energy source.  Often this process releases oxygen as a byproduct, a good reason why living plants are especially good feng shui in our spaces.  They convert our expelled carbon dioxide to fresh oxygen, which we need to survive.  Without plants maintaining this equilibrium for us, our survival would be minimized. Humans are creatures of great creativity.  Let us be fancy with our hand held devices and intelligent technology.  Let us explore the vastness of the universe and the depths of the oceans.  But let us humbly remember that we are but a piece of this extraordinary creation called earth and respect for our planet and the life it produces is the ethical legacy we should be leaving with our descendants. 
Before our society provided pharmaceuticals and dependency on man made cures, humans survived knowing the ways of nature and how a tree can ease our maladies.  I became acquainted with the healing powers of the Palo santos tree when I leaned against one in the Galapagos Islands and called the energy up through the earth and into my being.  The sharp pain in my abdomen that had attacked me 13 times that morning left me, never to return.  I didn’t do anything weird or supernatural.  What I did was connect to nature in a way to say, “I know you are on my side.  I know you can help me.”   This may seem ridiculous or unbelievable to some but to me this connection to nature is how we were meant to live, in collaboration with our world, not in competition.  It is in going back our roots that we will find ourselves proceeding farther into the unknown.  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 www.personplace.com FaceBook at Mo Linquist Living Solutions or call 910-458-7822 office or 330-904-3636 cell.