Harmonious Environment: Beautify, Detoxify & Energize Your Life, Your Home & Your Planet
by Norma Lehmeier Hartie
Home & Garden
Best selling, award winning book Harmonious Environment: Beautify, Detoxify & Energize Your Life, Your Home & Your Planet shows you how to create a beautiful, non-toxic and natural home and workspace; a sanctuary that will support, invigorate and nourish you to enable you to flourish in all aspects of your life—while being kind to the environment.
Best selling, award winning book Harmonious Environment: Beautify, Detoxify & Energize Your Life, Your Home & Your Planet shows you how to create a beautiful, non-toxic and natural home and workspace; a sanctuary that will support, invigorate and nourish you to enable you to flourish in all aspects of your life—while being kind to the environment. There are hundreds of resources and information providing eco-friendly and safe construction and building materials and household goods.
You will learn how to make your home harmonious, combining the best principles of Feng Shui, the application of the Four Elements, color, Vastu, creative visualization, energy work and good design.
Suggests ways to create a beautiful, non-toxic, natural home and workspace; a sanctuary that will support, invigorate and nourish you to enable you to flourish in all aspects of your life—while being kind and respectful to the environment.
Introduces Harmonious Adjustments™, in which selected principles of
Feng Shui, the Four Elements, color, energy, Vastu and good design are illuminated.
Replacing the ‘bad stuff’ with safe and eco-friendly products
Organizing the rest
Bringing in the beautiful
Placing objects with the intent to manifest your dreams
Harmonious Environment: Beautify, Detoxify and Energize Your Life, Your Home and Your Planet shows you how to create a beautiful, non-toxic and natural home and workspace; a sanctuary that will support, invigorate and nourish you to enable you to flourish in all aspects of your life—while being kind to the environment.
I could have written a book for each chapter; however I have chosen instead to meld together the various topics in a single book, providing detailed facts, advice, data and wisdom about these subjects in a larger context within which to understand and apply the information.
I wrote this book as a solution to a pervasive problem; the apparent lack of time and vitality people have in our society and the frenzied energy with which we seem to be living our lives. Have you noticed that when someone asks: “how are you?” the response is most often: “I’m so busy!”
Most of us, while interested in learning how to be calmer and creating a home or office space to nurture such a life, simply do not have the time to read all the information about each subject that will help. This book provides simple and harmonious solutions based on research from hundreds of books and articles, attendance at innumerable classes and years of experience in helping people create harmonious environments.
You may wish to read through Harmonious Environment once, before applying changes. I strongly recommend that you apply the work in the order of the chapters, as they do build on one another. In other words, you begin by removing as many toxic products as possible; then clean, de-clutter, clear and organize the contents of your home or office. Next, you will begin to make eco-friendly purchases. Lastly, using the inspiration and guidance you attained in this book, you will learn how to place objects with the intent to manifest change in your life and visualize that transformation taking place.
Harmonious Environment also provides hundreds of resources for products and services and a plethora of tips, and is therefore a valuable reference book.
Creating Your Harmonious Environment
If you follow the suggestions in Harmonious Environment, don’t be surprised when people will walk into your home and say something like: “Your home feels so good,” or “It feels so peaceful here!” When you invite guests over, they will not want go home! You, too, will find yourself reluctant to leave your nest.
Harmonious Environment will help you create a home that people will love living in because it guides you in making your home look and feel better. Individuals (and lots of other animals) are attracted to and seek positive energy, albeit often unconsciously. Harmonious Environment assists in identifying and removing negative energies and replacing them with positive, vital and life-affirming energy.
We are interconnected with all of nature—we are, in fact, made up of all the same elements. The animal, plant and mineral kingdoms all originate from the same material and all contain life-force energy. You will learn how to harness good energy from the natural world by using flowers, plants, rocks and other items in your home and office. You will discover how to place these objects with intent and feeling to transform your life. Allow yourself to receive whatever you wish—from abundance, health, joy, recognition and love—when you work with energy and learn how to visualize what it is you want.
Harmonious Environment is filled with advice, but it is not meant to be read as rules and regulations. It is meant to encourage you to use your intuition to determine what is right for you.
Using your intuition—the knowing part of you—to decide what you want for yourself is explored in detail. It means that you will learn to trust yourself and that you will have the confidence to be proactive in getting what you want.
The book is divided into four parts. Part I explores how to get rid of the negative energies in your environment. This is the foundation to creating a harmonious environment. This section deals with how to create a healthy home or workspace that is also kind to the planet. It includes information on natural and organic food with recipes and natural body care products.
Part II is when the fun and creativity of your journey of creating a harmonious environment begins. The chapters teach you how to trust your intuition to allow you to create a beautiful home that vibrates with loving, positive energy. It is within this space of loving energy that you will discover how to manifest your dreams and aspirations.
Part III serves as the confidence booster for those who may still be shy about their undeveloped talents as a designer. The section also pulls together the entire book for a greater understanding of how all the principles in the book are interconnected.
Part IV lists hundreds of resources to help make your dreams of living in a harmonious environment come alive!
To summarize, you will be guided to create your own harmonious environment by doing the following:
• Replacing the “bad stuff” with safe and eco-friendly products
• Organizing the rest
• Honoring Mother Nature
• Bringing in the beautiful
• Placing objects with the intent to manifest your dreams
I refer to the process of making your environment harmonious as applying Harmonious Adjustments™. Harmonious Adjustments™ is unique in that it combines what I consider the best principles of Feng Shui, the application of the Four Elements based on your birth date, color, Vastu, energy work, creative visualization and good design. In addition, Harmonious Adjustments™ are made only after a space is clean and organized, negative energy is gone and the environment is as free from toxins as possible.
Fearless Reviews, by P.Miller
“You can get a glimpse of this handbook’s ambition from its run-on categorization on the back cover: ‘Decorating/Interior Design/Self Improvement/Reference/Spirituality.’ So where it gets shelved at your local Barnes & Noble is anybody’s guess. Author Norma Hartie has put together this well-designed, highly informative volume to introduce the world to her applied philosophy of “Harmonious Adjustments™,” intended to do everything from clearing negative energy in public spaces to populating your garden with the 50 best plants for controlling pollution. Three major sections cover the topic areas of “Banish the Ugly from Your Life,” “Bring in the Beautiful to Create a Harmonious Environment and Self,” and “Putting the Pieces Together.”
The learning curve is sometimes a little steep, as you have to pick up an understanding of the Bagua Map of Feng Shui if you want to know exactly what you’re doing in your home revitalization projects. But one can also hop and skip through the book just to pick up interesting recipes, scattered decorating tips, and useful references to healthy home product suppliers. Clearly written, cleanly organized, and enthusiastically presented, this is an unusual and eclectic addition to anyone’s home improvement library.”
ForeWord Magazine, Robin Farrell Edmunds
“Have you ever entered an indoor or outdoor space (like a beautiful park) and suddenly felt peace and joy? You were entering a space filled with positive life-force energy,” the author writes.
According to Hartie, that’s the ultimate goal for readers of her debut work. It’s a handbook for those wanting to achieve a healthier, happier lifestyle in harmony and balance with nature.
She’s the creator of the practice known as Harmonious Adjustments, which combines the following: principles of Feng Shui (interpreting a particular space), a central belief in various life energies (yin and yang), the four elements (earth, fire, water, air) based on birth dates, color schemes, and good design. Hartie, a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and the Parsons School of Design, has also been a chef and floral designer, and cites her twenty-plus years of research and life experiences.
Using first-person narrative, she takes the reader through the book’s four parts, the first enticingly entitled, “Banish the Ugly from Your Life.” Hartie goes beyond the normal cleaning and organizing tips found in other how-to books: she delves into the history of unsafe products. For example, eight European countries banned lead in interior paint in 1909; it took nearly sixty years before the United States followed suit.
The author takes numerous products (from air fresheners to toilet bowl cleaners) to task for their smorgasbord of unpronounceable toxic ingredients, offering instead a list of eco-friendly alternatives. In the chapter “Eating for a Harmonious Body,” she shares fifteen pages of favorite recipes.
The book’s second section highlights earth-based spirituality (“about following your own intuition”) and the Medicine Wheel, used by Native Americans to deepen the understanding of self. The four temperaments types are explained here: for example, earth people (the color green) are patient.
Hartie describes how it’s helpful to use the Bagua Map (the sacred octagon used in Feng Shui, which contains nine Guas representing such life areas as career, love, and health) to enhance the different rooms of a person’s home. These are perhaps the most fun and easily read chapters.
She talks about chi, the life force energy or breath of life within everything, and how it needs to flow through one’s home unencumbered. According to her philosophy, adding elements of air (wind chimes), water (birdbath), fire (outdoor lighting), and earth (plants) enhance the life force.
Part three describes putting these pieces together; part four is a forty-five-page list of resources, including websites. Seven pages are reserved for note taking.
“Harmonious Adjustments” provide principles to help individuals get started on their creative journeys. As Hartie notes, the practice “is based on the belief that if it feels and looks good, it is good.”
The Midwest Book Review
“Design consultant, gardener, and chef Norma Lehmeier Hartie presents Harmonious Environment, a guide to transforming one's home into a life-affirming sanctuary, by harnessing the principles of Feng Shui, applying the Four Elements based on one's birth date, color, Vastu, energy work, and other factors. From practical tips for eliminating clutter to replacing harmful products with eco-friendly ones, a how-to guide for dowsing one's house, embracing the spirituality of honoring mother earth, tips for flower arranging, and much more. Tips, tricks, and techniques for promoting metaphysical harmony abound in this compassionate guide, which also provides numerous references to where assorted toxin-free and "green" products can be obtained. Recommended reading for anyone seeking to revitalize their living space.”