I often receive emails from subscribers who are worried about money. I have even had them say…Lillian you could never understand my situation… because you don’t have the same financial worries…you are so successful and all. Those of you who are personally acquainted with me or have attended my classes or extravaganzas know that I was not born with a silver spoon in my mouth! Everything that I now possess and the things that my family and I enjoy were gained through hard work, the practice feng shui done with good intention and a positive frame of mind.
Sure there have been lean and tough times…but here’s the thing. If you live in fear about money and your finances you will react from a place of fear. It’s important to understand this. Anything that you focus on expands… so if your thinking is of a positive and upbeat nature you can expect similar results. Be sure to read today’s article on the danger of scarcity thinking -what I want you to take away is that this type of thinking can become a habit.
Most successful and prosperous people don’t stop when faced with obstacles and defeat. They do not give up. You must not either! Please take time and read a few of the biographies of some famous people – you will find that most suffered defeat many times before reaching fame and fortune. You can too!
P.S. Be sure to register for my upcoming Spiritual Extravaganza in Singapore on 2nd of August and in KL on the 9th of August. You’ll gain lots of insight into how the mind works…and how to stay on top!
Re-Decorating For Success
Keeping things in balance…it’s not easy these days. We all live very fast lives in this world of instant gratification and satisfaction. We wonder why we get sick more often; we are not as successful as we would like to be and have problems in the office and at home. There never seems to be enough time in the day to get everything done…let alone have a minute for personal development and relaxation.
In feng shui we recognize the importance of the harmony of yin and yang energies. We Chinese believe that all things in the universe are either female YIN or male YANG…the dark, quiet yin and the bright and boisterous yang – and we know that one without the other cannot exist. We cannot have the warmth of summer without the coldness of winter…or the darkness of night without the bright morning light. But they must be in balance.
When this balance is present everything works in your favor…so it’s important to create such a balance in your home and in your personal life. Think about your living room or bedroom for a moment in this context. Is the room too yin…is it dark and without sunlight or artificial light? What colours have you used? Have you decorated with shades of gray and blue? Is it cramped and uncomfortable? Are you suffering from a spate of bad luck…or have you been ill?
- Repaint the walls using bright yang colours such as yellows or pinks. White walls are also very yang in nature.
- Bring in the light…get rid of dark drapes and replace with curtains that are airy and allow plenty of sunshine in. Keep the room well lit and leave one light on at all times.
- Open the windows!
- For your bed linens choose duvets and sheets with soft colours that compliment other furnishings. In your living room add brightly coloured pillows or throws to increase yang energy.
- Keep the radio or television on – bring in movement with windchimes and people…children and laughter…all symbolizing life force energy.
On the other hand, some rooms are too yang…and this imbalance can also result in illness, poor health, and exhaustion. When music is played all day (and it’s too loud) or your furnishings and walls are brightly coloured or the sunlight is harsh… you may need to introduce some yin energy to counteract.
Create More Yin Energy:
- Change the colour scheme to be softer and not so vibrant.
- Add heavier drapes if the sun is too strong.
- Observe periods of silence…turn off the radio and TV for awhile
So here’s the thing. There’s no real right and wrong way to do this. It’s personal and it’s a very subtle exercise. You’re going to have to experiment so that you never have too much yang or too much yin. You can have music and life in the room but just not all the time. Sometimes you need peace and quiet…but not all the time. If you cannot repaint your living room and the walls are grey and yin in nature…add splashes of yang colour with brightly coloured cushions or wall art. Even a vase of fresh bright and beautiful flowers in the living room adds great yang energy.
It sounds routine but this is one thing that is often overlooked. Just remember that good feng shui practice always includes a yin-yang analysis of the rooms of your home…as well as the surrounding landscape and yard. When there is balance between yin and yang there is prosperity, good health, well-being and happiness.
Annual Afflictions Always Take Precedence: Always keep the annual feng shui afflictions in mind. This year, the center areas of the home or office are highly afflictive and problematic with the hostile 3 star’s presence causing a great deal of aggravation and suffering. In this case we want to keep this area very quiet (yin) -no tinkling wind chimes etc, yet we also want to make sure to keep this sector very well lit with bright lights and lots of red colour (the fire element) like red cushions, decorations etc to exhaust the power of the wood star number.
Until next time,
The Danger of Scarcity Thinking
What do I mean by “scarcity thinking”? It means worrying each time you take out money to buy something…especially something to please yourself. It’s like you’ve been programmed to react to everything from a place of fear about lack of money and why you don’t deserve a particular item that you may want or need. You’re very frugal and worried about everything…perhaps even the amount of food you eat.
The danger in scarcity thinking is that it can become a habit and even your “norm”. You must be aware of this because before long you may forget about prosperity altogether and even give up on your dreams. I’m not suggesting that you run out and buy anything and everything you want…because we all need to be careful about our finances especially in times of uncertainty.
But here’s the thing. You can change the way you think. This is a very doable thing. You don’t have to live in fear about money and react from a place of fear in matters of finance. You can change all this, your life and lifestyle and reverse your scarcity thinking if you have the deep desire, determination and discipline to do so. When you train your mind change will happen and you will change. With proper training and practice, when you begin to visualize a life of prosperity and your ability to succeed, your inner power will take over and set the energies of the universe in motion for you.
There are particular techniques, visualizations and forms of meditations that I have personally used throughout my life that have brought me great success and many blessings both of a spiritual and material nature. You’ve probably read some of them in my books or heard me speak about a few of these ideas at my annual Spiritual Feng Shui Extravaganza.
Believe me, I have seen positive change manifest time and time again with all types of people from all walks of life with many different obstacles and problems…some of them very difficult. The first step is for you to believe and accept that this can happen to you and you deserve to live a prosperous and happy life. Then you must formulate a positive attitude and maintain it no matter what circumstances you face today. Look forward and not backwards…you can’t travel back in time but you can look ahead to tomorrow with a different mindset attitude.
We become what we think about most of the time. Unfortunately if you continue to think with a scarcity mindset then that is where you will remain. Listen to your “self talk” and catch yourself every time you revert to fear based comments.
One of the things I love most about my business and practice of feng shui is that it allows me to share my experience and knowledge with you so that you can effect change in your life…incredible change that really will transform and bring you great happiness. And isn’t that what we are all really after…true peace and happiness?
Remember…everything you need is already within you…the best time to access it is NOW!
All the best,
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.
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