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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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:
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:
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:
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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