Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing


Living things add vitality and a vibrancy that is difficult to duplicate with substitutes. Generally, the further one moves away from the origin of something, the lower it’s vitality.  For example, a live plant is exponentially more vibrant than it’s silk counterpart.  Hand-made art is more “alive”  than machine made.  Organic cheddar cheese is more nutritious than processed American cheese.  Fresh food is healthier than canned or frozen.

Here are a few ways to enhance chi in your office, home and body:


  •  Replace silk and dried flowers with live plants.  There are several varieties that need very little care.
  • Use natural materials in remodeling and new construction projects.  For example include natural stone, wood, and natural fibers like wool, silk, cotton, linen and hemp.
  • Replace current light with full-spectrum substitutes.  Full-spectrum lighting emits a more natural looking light.
  • Substitute beeswax candles for paraffin.
  • Clean your space with natural, healthier choices like white vinegar, baking soda, hydrogen peroxide and tea tree oil.  As a bonus, you’ll save money.  Check out these non-toxic cleaning tips.
  • Add natural scents to your home with pure essential oils.
  • Stock your kitchen with fresh, free-range and organic foods.
  • Regularly take in a live performance of music, stage and comedy.
  • Open windows regularly.

Consider the numerous ways you can invite “living” chi into your space and benefit from its life enhancing qualities.


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4 responses to "Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing"
  1. Karen Swim 14/09/2011 20:24 pm Reply

    Great tips Catherine and I agree – there is nothing like the real thing!

    • Catherine 14/09/2011 21:53 pm Reply

      Thanks Karen!

  2. Dave Linabury 15/09/2011 09:06 am Reply

    It’s as real as your perception of it allows it to be. I got in an argument with another artist years ago who told me that my digital illustrations were, “good but not *real* art.” I asked how they were not real art and he said, “Cause that’s just a bunch of electrons floating in space.” I replied that so was his oil painting and so was he. All of this is just a perception map we’ve created. His head exploded.

    But, to your point, yes, silk flowers are the devil and must go ;^)

  3. Catherine 15/09/2011 10:17 am Reply

    Haha, I agree about silk plants. I find it strange someone wouldn’t find digital illustrations art. And in my world everything is just electrons floating in space! Thanks for commenting.

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