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Feng Shui for Success & Abundance

There are many ways to attract success and abundance. Hard work, goal-setting and visualization are three of the popular means. What if I tell you that you can improve your life, even beckon success and prosperity just by moving your couch or re-painting your wall? Yes, it is possible, if done right, through a practice called Feng Shui.

What is Feng Shui?

Feng Shui, pronounced as "fuhng-shwey" or "feng-shwee," is the Chinese art or practice of arranging buildings, objects and space in an environment to create harmony and balance that brings about peace and abundance. Feng Shui can achieve harmony through simple ways like arranging furniture or adding accessories in the home, office or any given space.

Feng Shui originated from China but, over the years, has spread throughout the world, including the Western cultures. Its roots in the Taoist's belief in "chi," the life force that inhabits everything. Chi contains the forces of yin and yang. These forces are opposing but complementary, inseparable forces. When these two elements are balanced, positive chi flow delivers good health, great relationships, success, and abundance.

How does Feng Shui work?

Feng Shui means wind (Feng) and water (Shui). These two are the original elements of creation. The wind stands for the breath that gives us life and the water, which is necessary for life to develop. Therefore, ancient Feng Shui masters believed that the wind and water could carry energies leading to fortune or misfortune.  

Needless to say, fortune is definitely the one we are vying for. Let us then learn more about this ancient but powerful practice. Feng Shui has three essential principles:

The Commanding Position

The commanding position is where you tend to spend most of your time in a room. Ideally, when you are in this dominant spot, you should see the door but are not in line with it. In other words, you are diagonal to the door.

For example, the best site for your bed in your bedroom is in the commanding position. Doing so can help foster a sense of security, balance, and stability, primarily if you rest and rejuvenate your energies at night.  

Other key pieces that need to be placed in the commanding position are the stove in the kitchen and your desk in the office. In practical terms, you will certainly feel safer if you can always see the door from your desk when you are working (or from the stove when you are cooking) rather than being surprised when someone barges in.

The Bagua Map

In Chinese, the word Bagua means eight areas. The Bagua map, which can be in the shape of an octagon or a square, is an energy map that can be overlaid on the floor plan of your space.

The eight areas correspond to the different facets of your life: wealth, fame, partnership/love/marriage, family/health, children/creativity, knowledge, career, and helpful people/travel. Imagine a nine-square grid (like a tic-tac-toe board) where the eight areas surround one middle area. The middle of all the areas is the ninth area representing you and your well-being.

How do you use the Bagua map?

When you superimpose the map on top of the floor plan of your home or office, you can clearly identify the areas that might need adjustments or "cure." You can then correct energy imbalances to ensure a good flow of chi.

Start by aligning the bottom part of the Bagua map on the same axis as the door. The bottom line of the energy map rests on the wall where the door is located. Bagua map can apply this to the entire house, office, or individual rooms. You can use it for a whole town or city as long as the grid remains equal to the space you are reading.

Improve the flow of chi in the different areas by incorporating these Feng Shui suggestions. Use the shape, colour and object related to the element in the corresponding areas: (Click on the image below to receive your downloadable copy).

The Five Elements

The five elements consist of water, wood, fire, earth and metal. We have seen these elements in the Feng Shui suggestions for the different areas of the Bagua map above. The practise of Feng Shui aims to balance these five elements in your home or office with each of your life areas in the Bagua map. 

These five elements represent the relationship of the different phases in your life that work together to create a complete system. Since all materials can be classified under these elements, mixing, combining, replacing, and removing can improve the flow of chi in a space.

Which area in your life do you want to focus on? Then, as shown above, fortify your energy by incorporating the suggested colour, shape, and element in the corresponding room based on the Bagua map.

One of the world's top transformational leaders and Feng Shui master, Marie Diamond, says that our fortune and happiness come from three very different sources. She also calls them the three levels of the Law of Attraction:

  • Heavenly luck is one-third of your luck that stems from destiny rooted in you since birth. It is also called karma, and it involves your soul, your religious beliefs and spiritual practices. This part of your luck is the hardest to change.
  • Human luck is the second third of your luck that comes from your experiences in your day-to-day life. It consists of your thoughts, feelings and actions. It is the easiest to influence, and you can do so by personal learning and clearing any negative beliefs. Click here and take action to upgrade the software of your mind.
  • Earth luck is the last third of your luck which stems from Feng Shui. By making simple changes around you, you can influence your environment. Marie Diamond adds that you can get better results in all your endeavours by opening the flow of energy in your spaces.

Each level has a 33.3% influence on the results of your life. When you pray and pray earnestly every day, you bind your heavenly luck and get the 33.3% of the result you want to get.  

Then, you go about and find ways to improve yourself. Perhaps, you take classes to be better at your craft, read books or listen to podcasts to get the boost you need to keep moving forward. Your actions and hard work will get you another 33.3% of your result. Now, you have 66.6%.

You wonder, what else is missing? You are doing everything you can. Most of the time, people are unaware of closing the remaining 33.3%. They pray some more, and they work hard some more. They ask themselves, "What am I missing?"

This is where Feng Shui comes in. With some simple tweaks to your surroundings, you can create a more positive energy flow. This is your earth luck at work.

What can we do to harness our earth luck? Here are five general tips to increase success and abundance in our home and office spaces:

  1. Keep your space clear of clutter. The chi energy will not flow smoothly if there appears to be chaos in your possessions. Negative chi might linger in messy shelves, congested wardrobes, and piles of unorganized items in the corners of your office or home. Start sorting and reducing this unwanted clutter to free up the trapped energy and let positive chi flow. 
  2. Make sure that the door and windows are always clean and inviting. The life force, chi, can enter and exit through these openings. Dusty doors and clouded windows might attract negative energy. Clean them regularly to ensure positive energy flow within your home or office.
  3.  Use mirrors as décor properly. Because mirrors have reflective energy, be mindful of where you put them. In Feng Shui, a mirror duplicates what is reflected, so make sure that you place them before what you want to be doubled. You may want to put up mirrors in places where you would like an increased energy flow, such as in the bathroom or living room.
  4.  Keep the doors of your bathroom closed and the toilet lids down. In Feng Shui, water is related to wealth. So by keeping the washroom doors closed, you lock in the water or your wealth inside. You could also place plants since they naturally soak up water, therefore, retaining your wealth within your space. 
  5. In the office or at home, the placement of your desk is an essential indicator of good business deals and continuous streams of income. As was discussed above, you should situate it in the commanding position where you have a clear sight of the door. This is called the wealth position. Refrain from putting it directly in front of a wall or window, or you may be putting it in what is called the poverty position. In figurative and literal language, it would feel like you are consistently hitting the wall.

Feng Shui practices have brought countless positive impacts. From the time it influenced the world, even famous personalities have tried it and given their testimonies on its extraordinary value:

  • Steven Spielberg, producer, screenwriter and currently one of the most commercially successful directors in America, had his home built to accommodate the arrangement suggestions of Feng Shui
  • Vishen Lakhiani, CEO of Mindvalley, attests that after only 9 weeks since applying Feng Shui in his office, he has gained 20% more profit in his company.
  • Oprah Winfrey, American host, producer, actress, author, and philanthropist, asserts that people will find their calling by employing simple Feng Shui approaches.
  • Rhonda Byrne, the best-selling author of The Secret, affirms applying Feng Shui practices in her film and television production companies.
  • Tommy Hilfiger, American fashion designer and founder of the Tommy Hilfiger Corporation, integrates Feng Shui concepts in all his showroom floor plans and designs.
  • Madonna, the famous American singer and songwriter, has always believed in spiritual and natural methods of augmenting her status, including applying Feng Shui principles in her multi-million dollar mansion.
  • Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, admits to being a big fan of this ancient Chinese belief that re-arranging home and office furniture in specified ways can result in good vibes. 

Feng Shui is based on the same principles as Quantum Physics. Everything in the universe is connected and made up of energy at the subatomic level. Although scientists cannot show perceptible proofs of chi, they are beginning to accept what mystics have long been telling us about through quantum theories.

It may be challenging to grasp the notion that invisible energy constantly flows around us. Yet, at the subatomic level, even if we cannot see it or touch it, we know that it is there since it directly affects our lives by changing, moving and pushing us forward or backwards.  

We know a positive vibe or energy is within our midst when we are dazed with motivation, in very high spirits, and highly inspired to take action. So why not amplify it by making a few easy changes in your space? Because, whether or not you believe in Feng Shui, the changes you make will have tremendous and positive effects on your life.

What changes have you made in your home using feng shui?

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