I occasionally get emails from people who tell me that they’ve done everything I suggested, put their cures in place (or enhancers) but things still aren’t going well for them. Nothing seems to be moving forward… and they tell me they just feel “stuck”.
This always triggers the “clutter” alarm in my brain. It’s really the first rule of feng shui. Your rooms (especially the ones that you use most frequently) should be uncluttered, clean and always be free of “messy” stuff. You know what I am referring to. Take a few minutes to pick up the magazines; a sweater or the empty glasses…get rid of the clutter.
I also like my living room to be well lit, with an easy energy flow …so you can almost feel the flow and walk around without too much furniture to block the way. When furniture is arranged in this manner so that it is conducive to a winding, slow pathway for people to walk, the chi in the room will also move in such a way.
One time several years ago a good friend contacted me because she was having trouble in her business. They were losing bids they should have easily won and sales had plummeted. I stopped by the office and to my dismay the front office area was lined with old boxes filled with trash from a storage area they had cleaned out a few months back. They had delayed calling someone to remove all the clutter and rubbish. We immediately took care of the trash and sales returned!
Now this is a very simple concept…but one that many of us forget about. We’re too busy, the kids just mess it up anyway, I can’t get them to hang up their jackets…the excuses are many. But that’s all they are. If you’re feeling stuck, you haven’t received the promotion you deserve, you find yourself getting the flu more often…remember the first basic rule of feng shui. Check for clutter in your entryway and the rooms most frequently used in your home.
Have a wonderful week!
8 Feng Shui Guidelines for Artwork & Photographs
Many people ask me about what kind of art they should hang and where to hang it. I want to remind all of your that hanging art in your living room is a way to attract good fortune if done properly. Here are a few key guidelines with regard to choosing and hanging artwork in your home.
- Don’t display pictures of fierce aggressive animals or abstract art that appears too threatening.
- Don’t hang “dark” artwork. Anything that is dark or suggests darkness is too yin in nature and suggest death – no good for your walls.
- Hang something on the wall that makes you happy!
- Always place art that suggests something lucky – for example a picture of a harvesting scene is lucky, people at a picnic outside in the sunshine or some type of picture of togetherness is always lucky.
- Hang a picture of your family looking happy and healthy.
- Create a “photograph corner” showing pictures of the family together at happy occasions. When you have pictures showing the family together they will not split and in effect this gives protection because it creates the energy of togetherness. Misunderstandings will be less.
- Don’t hang faded and small pictures – have them big…like a really big family portrait. Hang it in a central location with everyone smiling. Make sure the photo is really sharp and clear – really crystal clear so they do not appear to be “fading”. When a picture is faded it means they could fade away.
- Remember the first rule of feng shui is that your room should be uncluttered and allow the energy to flow. This applies to your artwork and walls as well. Arrange your photos and artwork so that they can be seen and enjoyed by everyone. Keep it open and airy and free-flowing.
Replenish & Empower Your Precious Spiritual Chi
Your energy and inner chi…your life force should flow like a meandering river of light through the chakras of your body. When it becomes blocked or is forced to stop, the cause for illness and depression is created.
Your spiritual chi is therefore very precious and it needs to constantly be fed and replenished to empower it. When we tap into this higher energy within us we begin to create more and more of it. Make it a daily habit to tune inward, so your spiritual chi communicates with your mind at a conscious level.
Feed your spirit by tapping into the beauty around you…expose yourself to the creative beauty of art, music and others sounds and smells. At this time of year there is a multitude of such sensory delights available to all of us.
Make a conscious effort to avoid environments that are not spiritually healthy…and avoid gloomy pessimistic people who feed on your chi and leave you drained each time you meet them. Instead seek out the people who bring out the best in you and help to nurture your spirit and open spiritual pathways for you.
Shopping all day in crowded malls or shopping centers will drain you of energy and leave you feeling exhausted so at night be sure to sleep with a glass of water mixed with rock salt next to your bed (sea salt is another form of rock salt). This will cleanse your aura of all the negative vibrations picked up during the day.
Use Sea Salt To Remove Negative Energy
Place a small amount of rock salt into a bowl and dip both of your hands into it…rub your hands vigorously together until you feel your palms tingle with the power of the sea salt crystals. Shake off any remaining salt and then place the palms of your hands together about one inch above your head and slowly bring your hands down your body as if stroking it…all the way down from the top of your head to your feet. Imagine and feel that you are brushing away all the negative vibrations …do it three times for the left and right sides, three times for the front and three times for the back.
Now shake your hands a few times and fling off all the negativities. Wash your hands in salt and then soap to cleanse your hands symbolically. This is a wonderful practice…do this for a week and see how you feel!
Tap into your spiritual chi, nurture and feed your spirit and cleanse yourself of any negative energy at the end of the day.
Grand Master Lillian Too is undoubtedly the world’s most prolific and popular writer and advocate on living with good feng shui! She has written over 100 books that have been translated into 31 different languages, and over 10 million copies of her books have been sold worldwide.
After graduating with an MBA from Harvard Business School, Lillian went on to pursue a highly successful business career in banking and finance in the 1980’s in Hong Kong. Her business acumen, drive and abundant energy soon led her from the finance world to the world of luxury department stores and boutiques where, through a leveraged buy out, she became Chairman and shareholder of The Dragon Seed Group.
All the while she was guided and taught by her feng shui masters in Hong Kong and China – and she attributes much of her monumental and quick rise to success in Hong Kong directly to them.
Lillian soon decided to retire from active corporate life and return to Malaysia to raise her beautiful daughter, Jennifer, and spend more time with her family. It was at this time she began to devote her energy to writing and furthering her study of feng shui.
She published her first book in Malaysia in 1995 that quickly became a best seller and the rest is history. Today she is Chairman of Wofs.Com, a feng shui franchise and merchandising company run by her daughter, Jennifer Too.
She trains feng shui students and future consultants at her Certified Consulting Institute in Malaysia and is much loved by her readers, associates and students for the way she teaches practical feng shui in a user-friendly way, using ordinary situations and circumstances that interest people and affect their everyday lives.
In November 2009, at the International Feng Shui Convention in Singapore, the well-deserved title of GRAND MASTER OF FENG SHUI was conferred upon Lillian Too. Immediately following this accolade, in early January 2010, she received the prestigious Brand Laureate Personality of The Year Award presented by the Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia! There seems to be no stopping her popularity and these days!
Lillian believes everyone should know her secrets and learn how to adapt feng shui to modern life… and she warmly welcomes you into her Mandala.
You can learn more about Lillian by visiting her website at www.lillian-too.com.
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How to Create A Beautiful Wealth Bowl
Create a wealth bowl and place it on your coffee table in the living room or family room. Get a really beautiful bowl…you can use cloisonné, ceramic, crystal…anything that you love that is really gorgeous. Now fill it with lots of goodies to represent wealth. Fill it with fake gold ingots, diamonds, jewels and some coins and bills as well. If you can turn it or spin it easily it’s even better!
Special Wealth Ritual: When friends come over ask them to throw a coin inside your wealth bowl! It’s very symbolic because it means whoever comes into your house is actually adding to your wealth. Over time you will find that your wealth is slowly growing this way. It’s a lovely ritual and one that I’ve introduced with great success to many of my friends and students. Create your wealth bowl today!
Forget About Getting Even
It’s happened to all of us. We’ve been hurt, cheated on or deceived. Once we’ve “licked our wounds” the first inclination is usually to get even with the one who has caused us pain. If you have these thoughts, remember that getting even wastes your bravery and energy. If your driving force is motivated by thoughts of revenge, you will not succeed and you will only cause yourself more pain. Forget getting even.
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