“Environment is everything” often said by the late Scott Dinmore, founder of Live your Legends, and I whole-heartily agree. We marinade within our environments from the beginning to the end of our lives- literally from the womb to the tomb. He was mostly referring to social environment and encouraging hanging out with those that are supportive in order to be successful. I have found that it is the total environment or ecosystem, that either drags us down or supports us to be all that we can become.

Brene Brown, author, speaker, and researcher, states that it is our genetics that loads the gun, but it is the environment that pulls the trigger.   The power of environment is integral in many fields and is often referred to as the number one rule in real estate: position yourself in the best location or environment in order to thrive.

“Total environment” is a broader perspective that conventional design is moving toward slowly. As a holistic, Feng Shui interior designer and lifestyle coach, it is something I have been cultivating for decades through my practice. I aim at helping my clients awaken to the power of place and its importance in creating supportive ecosystems or environments that move us beyond surviving to thriving.

My question to you is: can you imagine what our world would look like if everyone got to thrive? It is this exciting idea that I would like to share with you as well as how you can begin to create your personal thriving environment to be happier, healthier and more fulfilled.

What generates and cultivates our highest human potential in our environment has at least 3 layers: 1) the internal condition: our attitudes, beliefs and actions, along with 2) the external factors and features in the built environment and 3) the social and global environments.

Judith Heerwagen, a researcher that studies environments, says we are living in a”gray world: a world that allows us to survive, but not to thrive. Her studies would have us consider not only the physical needs of surviving, but our social, psychological and spiritual needs. The cost of not creating environments that allow us to thrive can be linked to depression and too many of the stress-related diseases. Her checklist for a thriving, productive environment includes the need of dynamic and diffuse daylight, the ability to have frequent spontaneous and repeated contact with nature and the use of local and natural materials along with many other requirements. To read more on the Psychological Value of Space goes here. 

One of the easiest and most beneficial ways that I have found in helping my clients to create their own thriving ecosystem is through a visualization I call: Finding your Ideal Place of Beauty. This is a space that lives within you that reveals your perfect ecosystem and richness of an inner landscape of a place that restores and renews you. It is important that you follow what you love because its high vibration allows you to raise your energy to make a positive impact with both your inner and external environment.

I started out by saying that environment is everything.   I believe it is one of the most important building blocks in determining if we achieve our highest potential.   I believe that as more of us awaken to the power of our environment, it will be one of our greatest tools in creating a world where everyone gets to thrive.


To learn more about creating thriving environments, listen to Katherine Allen on Entanglement Radio.


About the Author:


Katherine Allen, author, speaker, designer and lifestyle coach is the founder of Harmonious Living Environments. Her website is and she invites you to sign-up on the website for her bi-weekly blog to find out more about how you can create spaces that unlock your potential. In her book, Emily’s Room-Creating Spaces that Unlock your Potential, she provides the reader with a 7 step “Light’s On” design toolkit to assist people in creating thriving environments. For more information about this simple Children’s book, written for all ages visit here.  Find Katherine on Facebook. 

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