|Written on 8/26/2008 by Evelyn Lim. Evelyn is a certified NLP practitioner and life coach. She wants to be rich, not monetarily, but in life, love, health, etc. Visit her popular blog at Attraction Mind Map.||Photo Credit: ldcross|
Many people today have heard of Feng Shui, but most do not totally know exactly what this means. Feng Shui is the ancient Asian art of the placement of objects and furniture in your home or office, to benefit your life. Feng Shui can be used for love, harmonious family, encourage a pregnancy, career success as well as to attract greater prosperity.
Feng Shui is a technique that is gentle and subtle. But its effects can be quite profound. If you have a home that gives you a great sense of comfort, you may have already unknowingly applied some Feng Shui tips. If not, get ready to move that couch – and perhaps do a little painting!
Here are a handful of ways you can change the feel of your home:
- Clear out the clutter to free excess energy
Karen Kingston, an expert in this field, discusses the importance of clearing out clutter in her book Sacred Space. Clutter affects us on a subtle, psychic level. It can be the reason for depression or even a “stalled” feeling in your life. Clearing out clutter can improve your prosperity and other areas of your life.
- Bless your space to set an intention
Kingston also states you should bless any space you inhabit (live or work in). You can say a prayer or a blessing, offer flowers, light a candle – anything that feels the most comfortable to you.
- Use the Bagua to locate the wealth corner
The Bagua is used by Feng Shui masters to divide any home and/or room into sections to show what parts of the room represent what parts of your life. When you walk into your home, the farthest left corner is the “wealth” corner. As you walk into EVERY room, the farthest left corner is also the “wealth” corner for every room.
- Enhance the wealth corner
To improve your prosperity, you must enhance your wealth corner. Adding gold coins or green jade can be classic symbols of prosperity. Or a healthy plant that you tend to, as the plant will represent the growth of your wealth.
- Add color to the rooms
Think of colors that mean wealth to you such as gold, green and burgundy. Adding touches of these such as a velvet pillow or even new shades for the room. Color can have a great impact.
- Use symbols that say “wealth” to you
It is not just the classic symbols that are important; it is what symbols are meaningful to you. If you have a picture of a sailboat – and to you this is the ideal image of prosperity, then add this to your wealth corner. Use symbols that resonate for you emotionally for best affect. If you are lacking in ideas, then by all means fall back on the classic symbols like paintings of goldfish, running horses and Chinese calligraphy of the prosperity word.
- Create more light
A home that is dark with not enough windows is definitely going to convey a more eerie and dense feel. Hence, you should either install a window or find ways to allow more light to come in. Allow a continuous flow of air and brighten up the room. Your mood also gets a natural uplift. Positive energy is needed to attract the vibes of wealth and luck.
Even if you have doubts as to whether this form of ancient art really works, there is really no harm in incorporating Feng Shui elements into your life. On the other hand, if you have a home office, then I would recommend considering them seriously. Most of what is required will not cost you an arm and leg. In fact, a lot of its teachings can be construed as common sense, because they serve to improve the flow of Qi or energy in your home.
Feng Shui experts agree that making changes to your space can be exciting as people start to see results, but that making too many changes can be overwhelming. Try making one or two changes and then wait several weeks. See if you like the results and then consider adding other changes one or two at a time. If you implement changes all at once, you are not able to track which one has been most effective in attracting prosperity.