I’m letting you in on a secret. Although my mother was not the person who gave birth to me, I inherited my most valuable quality from her. She was the raven-haired, gorgeous model on the running board of a 1920’s Ford straight off the assembly line in Detroit. She was beautiful, and she loved everything beautiful—from hatpins and long gloves, to the beauty of her flawlessly typed page for the city administrator (typing 120 words per minute on a manual typewriter). She was enchanted and renewed by beauty in all its forms.
It is no wonder Pinterest has become our “beauty” diary, and that once clicked upon becomes addictive. It draws us into the experience of our aesthetic sensibility, and suddenly we feel more at home; we return to work coping more easily and functioning more competently. Why? Because we are creating a field of beauty, an inner space where beauty becomes not just a possible encounter, but a close friend. As subtle and imponderable as beauty is, science is showing us that the perception of beauty stimulates the immune system, protects us from depression, and encourages us to say what touches us—to risk being genuine.
For my mother, beauty was a stable point. She allowed the experience of beauty to come to her, and received it in all its intensity and truth. She listened to her feelings and sensations, and freed herself from the pressures, limitations, and opinions of her time. She found a value she could always trust, and found security even in the midst of the great depression. She knew that life was worth living – her greatest gift to me.
This is my wish for our time together – to create beautiful rooms that allow the occupant’s natural strength and adaptability to meet any difficulty with grace; to allow one person to feel at home and glad to exist. For this person, I wish that the world becomes a place of great interest, of continuing amazement, and of unlimited compassion and empathy.
It is here that we will all be unarmed and open.
With love and gratitude. . .
About Katherine Metz
Katherine Metz is a Feng Shui Practitioner, Teacher, Mentor, Bau-biologist and a Founding Director of the Feng Shui Guild. Blending other aspects of her background—a degree in Medical Sociology from the University of Michigan and design experience from owning an interior landscape business—with the Hawaiian and Chinese arts of healing and place, Katherine created The Art of Placement, where she went on to become a highly regarded practitioner, teacher, and lecturer. She has made a lasting mark in reaching out to the public and in her most recent endeavor serving as mentor to a select group of affiliates from around the world.
She has appeared on television and radio across the country. Her name appears in many Feng Shui books as authors acknowledge their teachers, and her writings continue to be used by students and practitioners around the world. In 1998 Katherine was keynote speaker for the 2nd Annual International Feng Shui Conference. She teaches and lectures, upon request, on the art and science of creating a healthy home and workplace.
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