is Feng Shui? Feng Shui, an ancient Chinese philosophy, translates into
"Wind, Water". It is a systematic approach for increasing positive
energy, or chi, and decreasing negative energy in your life. Chi is all around
way we conduct ourselves and arrange our spaces is indicative of the type of
chi we are inviting into our lives. When we allow dirty dishes to accumulate in
the sink, the lawn to overgrow, and work to pile up, we are restricting the
flow of positive chi. Depending on the
location in our space of the clutter and decay, we are adversely affecting our
life in any one of the 8 areas of life,
as depicted by the I-Ching tool, the Bagua. The Bagua is a map of these facets
of life that overlays your environment to determine which area of your living
space is affecting different areas of your life.
easy to incorporate some Feng Shui into your life, but its always best to
consult your professional. There are several levels of Feng Shui mastery, and a
trained Feng Shui professional has what it takes to invigorate your home,
attract love and increase wealth. Definitely well worth the investment!
are representative of, and invoke a variety of feelings and emotions. In our
every day life, we may not pay much attention the significance of passing by a
sunny yellow home, or the vivid red of our shirt, but it is important to note
the subtle subconscious and energetic effect that color plays on our psyche.
is classified into either Yin, which are cooler colors associated with
the elements of metals and water, or Yang -- warmer colors associated with Fire
and Wood. Each color also has specific energetic properties that it is
associated with. Its important to take note of these influences as the color
will create an atmosphere you may not even be aware of.
Blue (Yin) - calming blue invokes peace, healing and
relaxation. Blue creates both trust and a sense of exploration and adventure.
It is important to note that navy blue reflects intellect and wisdom.
Brown (Yang) - An Earthy color, Brown represents
being grounded and hard working. (this applies to rich browns,
beiges and tan
shades are different)
Green (Yin) -
harmony, balance, healing and health; physical, emotional and spiritual.
Gold (Yang) - God
Mauve (Yang) - Mauve promotes World Consciousness by
mixing Earthy brown and powerful red.
Orange (Yang) - Concentration, organization, and
creativity, Orange also promotes motivation.
Pink (Yin) : love in its many forms. Richer hues bring a
more passionate feeling, while softer pinks invoke a gentle love.
Purple (Yin) -
Spirituality and spiritual awareness and is excellent for emotional
healing. In Feng Shui, Purple invokes royalty.
Red (Yang) - A color of confidence, red is also the color
of luck, money, joy, and protection. It attracts recognition and respect; and
is symbolic of good fortune.
Silver (Yin) -
trustworthy and the romantic.
White (Yang) -
Purity. Poise, grace and confidence. White combined with Gold generates
a sense of Godlike influence, and paired with Silver enhances trustworthiness
Yellow (Yang) -
Cheery yellow invites warmth, communication, vitality,
friendliness, and motion.
can use this color guide on its own, or for enhanced Feng Shui, consider using
it with a Bagua map, to enhance the effectiveness of the color placement by
placing it in a location that is designated for the same purpose the color is
pinched for cash? Are the bills piling up and the income not quite stretching
the dollar? Perhaps you just want to increase your overall sense of wealth, and
enjoy new things? There are many things you can do to increase personal
prosperity and wealth using simple Feng Shui strategies.
first thing to realize is that you have a prosperity area in your home. Using
the Bagua map, the prosperity area of the house is You can also incorporate these principles
into your workspace or another area that you affiliate with personal wealth.
The key area of focus should be on the prosperity area.
are some great ways to take care of a space to invite wealth, and there are
some things you want to avoid.
Clutter. You will see this theme
repeated. Clutter is the antithesis of anything positive, and that definitely
includes wealth. Clutter slows and blocks the flow of positive chi, and this
Broken Objects. Broken Objects
create a feeling of poverty and that energy will be invited into your space,
thwarting wealth. If its broken, let it go and welcome something new into your
Waste Space. Trash cans, toilets,
and kitty litter boxes are all places of waste. Our areas of disposal are
connected to our wealth. Therefore, its important to keep these items
clean, neat, attractive and smelling fresh to avoid wasting money!
Leaks. Water is the element of
wealth, and so when you have water leaks, you are creating a leaky bank account
too. Leaky toilets are especially bad, given that the toilet is an area of
waste. Tighten faucets and fix leaks to
see the money roll in.
on Display? Avoid displaying pictures of yourself from a time
when you were financially struggling, and avoid art that denotes poverty or
decay. Speaking of decay, be careful of wilting flowers and dry lawns as this
decay slows down affirming chi Replace wilted flowers with bright potted
plants, hang pictures of you on an expensive vacation or images of abundance.
Color: Incorporate wealth colors
into your prosperity area. Purples, Greens, and reds are great wealth
attracting colors, particularly when they are vivid and bold - you want wealth
beyond paint: You don't have to
paint your space to get color. Add purple flowers, red jewels (jewels =
wealth!) accents, and bright plants to give your space the color it needs. Make
your space accessories luxurious to give it an extra Feng Shui boost -
expensive looks in your prosperity area is a great way to attract more money.
water. Fountains, fishbowls and aquariums are an easy
and effective way to bring money to you. The important thing to remember is to
keep the water fresh, the fountain, tank or bowl clean, avoid loud pumps, and
please keep the fish alive! Fish aquariums are especially helpful because
goldfish are believed to be symbols of prosperity!
a money tree. Jade plants,
nicknamed money trees, not for their
thick, coin-like leaves, are believed to attract wealth. Place one in your
prosperity area for an increase in money. Citrus fruit trees are also a great
money attracting tool (and a great way to keep fresh limes on hand!). Some
people also swear by having an olive tree. Any food-producing plant should
increase your feeling of abundance.
Symbols. Symbols are anything that triggers a subconscious
awareness. If you are working to increase prosperity to buy a new car, add a
symbol of the new car into your prosperity area. Depictions, literal or
symbolic, of what you would do with the money, fancy fabrics and lush décor are
all great ways to invite wealth. Remember that its all about looks, not the
price of the item!
Add money. What better way to
attract money than, well, money? Some people opt for an attractive clear bowl
full of foreign coins, some might display funny money in a humorous or
secretive way. You can also fill out bank deposit slips to your self and keep
it somewhere in your prosperity area. Make sure that you keep it secure!
drag your feet going to work. You enter your small cluttered workspace, see the
files that have been on your desk for months and groan. Another lifeless day in
the cubicle. When you're chained to a workspace for 8 hours a day and expected
to be productive and positive, it can take a real toll on your psyche.
Fortunately, you can apply some easy Feng Shui to invigorate your tiny
quarters, and invite good chi in. Before long, you just might find yourself
moving on to bigger and better things!
& Declutter. Cardinal rules of
Feng Shui apply to your workspace! In such a tiny space, anything you are not
using is clutter. Clean drawer space, remove scraps and trash, decrease your
inordinate amount of nonfunctioning pens, fill your stapler and toss out the
box, and remove files that are irrelevent or outdated. Trash it, Shred it or
turn it over to your boss (yes, the boss with the roomy office!). Once you've
thuroughly removed the clutter, clean, using energizing scents like essential
lemon oil. Clean your work surface, use an air compression cleaner on your
keyboard, replace filthy old mouse-pads, wipe your computer screen and vacuum
your chair and carpet, if you can.
Rearrange. If you are able, reposition your chair and computer
so that you are able to clearly see the entrance to your cubicle. Keeping your
back to the entryway invites negative chi, and creates anxiety. If its
impossible to rearrange the space, hang or place a small mirror so that you
have a clear view of the entrance. This
will give you plenty of warning next time your boss sneaks up on you, and will
reflect any negative chi that tries to creep into your space. If you have
accumulated files that you can't get rid of, organize them and store them
neatly. If they must sit on your desk, place them flush against the wall,
neatly in a work tray or other file sorter - don't be shy about asking for
organization tools! You can always tell your boss that it will make you more
it personal. A couple of beautiful plants, flowering or
otherwise, are great ways to brighten the space, add lively color and breathing
life to what seems like a drone existence.
Place them on opposite ends of your table, or if you can, add a large
potted plant near the entrance of your cubicle to invite positive chi in. One
or two pictures of you enjoying life - whether with family, or on vacation,
will add to the prosperity and family of your work environments - two things we
often don't feel connected to while we are parked in the cube.
Add water. Moving water, like a
table-top waterfall, is a relaxing and tranquil sound, adds humidity to
commonly dry office climates (which helps ward off winter colds) and invites
prosperity into your life. Adding a waterfall is ideal, but if you are unable
to add a live one, a good sized picture of a water fall will invoke feelings of
wealth also. Before you know it, you might have your own office - and then, you
can add as many waterfalls as you like!
In This Issue
Feng Shui Tips
- Keep your Space Clean. Cleanliness is friendliness. Having dirty
floors, windows, and surface areas slows the flow of positive energy and traps
negative energies in your space. The dirt is unsightly and though you may not
consciously mind it, it affects your subconscious view of your space and your
life. You'll feel less stressed seeing a
clean space, so go on and grab your broom!
- Remove Clutter! On its own, clutter can give you feelings of fatigue anxiety
and stress, for it is stagnated low chi. At a deeper level, it mirrors our
mental clutter, and can often be clutter that adversely impacts the very things
we are trying to attract into our lives - stacks of bills in our wealth area
might be draining our resources! Clearing clutter, visible and out of sight
(that means closets, storage spaces & under beds!), will increase your
sense of well-being and sharpen your mental acuity. It will give you a great
clean slate for you to Feng Shui your space.
- Select Items with Care. When designing
your Feng Shui home, you do not have to rid yourself of all your possessions in
favor of furnishings you wouldn't otherwise select. Feng Shui is about balance.
Some of your items may be creating an imbalance, in which case you would want
to select a more suitable replacement - but ultimately, the selection is yours.
Go for clean, new, and fresh items. Avoid desperation buying. Its better to sit
on the floor for a few months than grab a dirty, decaying couch that will bring
you and the energy of the home down. Items you select should suit your
personality, style and the energy of the home.