Since the practice of Feng Shui has been around for 3,000 – 5,000 years and has brought prosperity and good luck to many, I felt this was the perfect place to look for business guidance for 2010. Of course, prosperity in Feng Shui is associated with much more than wealth, it also encompasses good health, positive relationships with others, auspicious opportunities, meaningful spiritual life, and more. Feng Shui translates back to two elements – wind and water. Without realizing it, you may have blocked the flow of chi (life giving energy that flows through our bodies) by the unfortunate positioning of an object.
Feng Shui does recommends creating balance and harmony through the use of the 5 elements (water, wood, fire, earth, and metal) in every room. If you are new to Feng Shui, here is a Feng Shui Cheat Sheet blog that explains all the basics. Many individuals are initially attracted to Feng Shui focused on increasing their business or financial wealth but are pleasantly surprised what the simple re-arrangement of furniture can achieve and the simplifying of certain cluttered areas can achieve. A Feng Shui practitioner will use a Baqua Map and place it over the blue print of your home to identify which areas of your home require action to create your desired life changes.
According to Feng Shui, a harmonious life is built upon of the following three principles:
1. The First Principle ~ This principle believes that everything in the world, including your home and all of its contents, are alive with chi (energy). Possessions in your home that hold negative associations will foster negativity and keep unfortunate circumstances in place, while the complete opposite is true with positive associations; a positive object will attract good fortune to your home. The goal here is to surround yourself with objects that enrich your life in some way and that uplift your spirits every time you see theme.
2. The Second Principle ~ The second principle supports the idea that we are all connected to people, places, and things, and the stronger our connection to all of these, the more prosperous our life will be. This principle encourages you to try and heal old wounds, create meaningful relationships with others, and to create a supportive environment. Any items that cause you physical or emotional distress should be removed from your environment in order to lift your mood. Furniture should be arranged so you enjoy optimal views and display personal objects that keep your spirits lifted.
3. The Third Principle ~ This principle believes that everything is constantly changing and that you should embrace change as your ally. By making positive changes in your living space (through simplification and organization) you will be able to realize your goals. By letting go of all the excess items in our lives, which tend to cause stagnant chi, you open up yourself for positive changes to occur.
The sooner we all realize how connected we truly are, the better off we all will be. By looking to the past for guidance, Feng Shui has given me such positive guidance that has really improved my life. If we all implemented the Three Feng Shui Principles mentioned above, positive changes will only follow. If you walk into your home every night and the lack of lighting bothers you, please go out and pick up a bright decorative lamp and remedy the situation. If a person has wronged you and angry thoughts fill your mind continually, forgive them for yourself and move on. Forgiveness is not a sign of weakness, it takes much strength to forgive someone (who may not deserve it). By having a home that is clean, de-cluttered, and organized, your life will become easier and you will be able to find everything more quickly without getting annoyed. My goals (business and personal) for 2010 are to try to implement all the Feng Shui principles to enhance my life and my families.
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