From Talisman to Tattoo - 'Sacred Realm' Exhibition in Santa Fe Shows How Diverse Cultures Seek Blessings and Good Fortune

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Feng Shui Expert Carol Olmstead of Feng Shui For Real Life worked with the Museum of International Folk Art to achieve balance and harmony in the gallery

Feng Shui expert Carol M. Olmstead of Feng Shui For Real Life consulted in the design of "Sacred Realm: Blessings and Good Fortune Across Asia," a major museum exhibition of ancient objects, opening on February 28, 2016, at the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The exhibit focuses on how people from various cultures and religions seek blessings and magical protection, and includes stations for making amulets and creating offerings, and a photo booth where visitors can share their own tattoos and meanings with the community.

Carol worked with Curator Felicia Katz-Harris and her team to incorporate contemporary Feng Shui principles into the design of an exhibit featuring old world objects to achieve perfect balance. Explanatory notes about Feng Shui appear throughout the gallery. Besides working with Olmstead on the practical Feng Shui arrangement of the space, the museum team also consulted a Balinese Hindu Brahmin, a Tibetan Rinpoche, a Tibetan Lama, Thai Buddhist monks and spiritual masters, an Islamic Cultural Center, scholars of Asian religion, and three rabbis in the selection of objects.

“How appropriate that 'Sacred Realm' is opening during the month of the New Year in Chinese culture,” says Olmstead, “especially since the exhibit reflects wide-ranging practices of belief that also represent the common human desire to attain balance and harmony, which also defines Feng Shui.” Olmstead adds, “It was exciting to contribute as the gallery transformed from an open space, to help select vivid wall colors like 'pomegranate' to match corresponding Feng Shui areas, and to see the 'practical magic' happen as the objects were placed to activate various aspects of Feng Shui principles.”

“Sacred Realm" shows how people choose and connect with higher powers to bring stability to their lives, and to attract love, fertility, prosperity, longevity, and safety. Says Olmstead, “Seems like the perfect timing for this Feng Shui-friendly exhibition. What more can anyone ask than entering a new year with blessings and good fortune?”

About Carol Olmstead and Feng Shui For Real Life: A Certified Feng Shui practitioner for 18 years, Carol Olmstead has taught thousands of clients, students, and readers internationally the simple secrets of using Feng Shui to rearrange spaces, shift energy, and transform their lives. She is the author of the award winning "Feng Shui Quick Guide For Home and Office – Secrets For Attracting Wealth, Harmony, and Love." Carol was certified by the Feng Shui Institute of America and awarded Red Ribbon Practitioner designation by the International Feng Shui Guild. You can read more about her real-world approach to Feng Shui at

Carol Olmstead is available for interviews, and will be at the opening of “Sacred Realm” from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. on February 28, 2016, at the Museum of International Folk Art on Museum Hill in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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