Friday, September 9, 2011

Feng Shui for the Children in a Military Family

In the year of the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the United States, the loved ones of all victims are brought to mind, as well as the military and their families, for whom sacrifice is a way of life.
According to the National Military Family Association, “There are nearly 1.8 million children of active duty, National Guard, and Reserve parents. Deployments are not new to military families, but since 9/11 many parents have been deploying, sometimes on multiple tours, to combat zones for months or more than a year at a time. Service members also frequently go on Temporary Duty (TDY), which can range from a few days to six months. Separation has become a way of life for these families.”

Feng Shui’s healing and supportive impacts create an atmosphere of calm and positive feeling regardless of whether the living space represents a familiar place or an entirely new living environment. Enhance grounding for young people who initially may struggle with a sense of belonging by considering the Earth element by using colors such as tan, brown, green or yellow. To activate stability, such items as rocks, nature art, sand and crystals add a dash of interest and texture.

Cultivating a helpful relationships at school and within the community and household by using the bagua map which can be found at to find the right front corner of a room or house and using black, white or silver accents in that area to ignite supportive bonds and integrated experiences. Find the back middle of your space and add splashes of red to enhance reputation in the outer worlds of school and community, employing the critical fire element of Feng Shui practice. A lamp and items representing achievement, such as certificates and photos will further enhance positive flow in the areas of public profile and reputation.

Children of military families shoulder greater responsibilities, often sacrificing activities and study time to assist in the duties of running a household. They possess a unique life perspective of great breadth and depth. Creating a space for them that feels like their own while offering comfort, calm and stability can be accomplished through simple intention and the easy and accessible help of Feng Shui.


Anonymous said...

I agree the children of the military need special care in their enviroment. They need to know that there is somewhere special that they can call their own, special pillows made with photo transfers of their missing family member and special folders to keep those letters just for them all help with security also. I look forward to any further posts about Feng Shui and the Military.

Yvonne said...

Thanks so much for the feedback, I appreciate it! I don't have anyone close to me in the military, but I sense the need for more information to assist them. Thanks for the special pillows and folders, that is so nice. Please feel free to send any other topics in this area that you feel may benefit these children. I would like to continue this topic. Sending calming energy your way. Yvonne

Anne-Maree Huxley said...

Hi Yvonne,
I am the child of the defence and now a family member of a defence member in Australia. Last year when my partner was away for 9mths we made up a wall with photos of my partner, a map of Australia and Afghanistan so the kids could see the countries and how far away they were. We also sent a mascot over with him and he had to take photos of the mascot in different surroundings for the kids to see. We also did the special folder and made up a pillow for the kids and one for my Partner with us on his pillow slip so that he could sleep with us while away. I had a t-shirt made with a transfer of him on it and a special message he wrote for me. Routines are what get you through the seperation and getting out. I had my partners photos up in the fame area surrounded by butterflies, as I didn't have any blank space in the family sector - I don't know if this made any difference but the kids enjoyed it.