QUESTION OF THE WEEK: I’ve heard you say to “have things that you love around you.” I basically understand this, but wondered if you could expand on this concept a little more?

I developed my own basic rules for improving environmental energy after years of assessing home, offices and other spaces, and understood that the small things, such as where to place a fountain or what color to paint a room, had minimal impact if the foundational energy was mis-aligned. Having things you love around you is the second of my “basic rules” — the first being to minimize clutter.

For anything to last, it must have a good foundation, and having things that you love around you creates a strong energetic base in the environment. Paying attention to this basic rule will make a big difference in the energetic atmosphere that you are exposed to in every moment.

When I visit homes, I often see items on display that I am curious about. When I ask the occupant to tell me about them, sometimes the response is, “Oh, my mother-in-law gave us those, but I really don’t like them,” or, in one case, referring to an ethnic warrior mask on the wall, “I don’t know. It was here when I moved in, so I kept it. It kind of spooks me out, though.”


In his book, “Power vs. Force,” renowned kinesiologist Dr. David Hawkins states, “Everything in your environment has a measurable vibratory frequency, and energy that either supports you or weakens you.” Relating that to feng shui, a figurine of your favorite animal given to you by your best friend whom you really love, would energetically support you, while an odd-looking clock that is not your style, and was given to you by a person who constantly bickers with you, would not.

Remove what doesn’t support you

Specifically look at the items surrounding you, and remove anything that you absolutely do not love, leaving only those items that energetically support you. Items hold the energy of the time and space they were brought into your life. Keep this in mind when making a decision as to whether or not to keep something.

For instance, if you still have items acquired during a time of loneliness, that negative energy is being “beamed” into your environment, affecting everyone present. If you still have an item that represents the “old you,” clear it out, unless you love the memory it holds.


Alice Inoue is the founder and Chief Happiness Officer at Happiness U, which helps you live a more purposeful and ease-filled life.