Sometimes, when you just focus on one particular aspect of your feng shui, you may miss out on something that is equally important. Well this actually happens a lot, which is why I continually remind my students and readers about the importance of balance – and particularly with regard to the yin and yang aspects and the 5 elements.
Feng shui is about keeping the five elements of water, wood, fire, earth and metal nicely balanced with no element being either too strong or too weak – or missing altogether. The presence of water, bright lights and plants in the home for example is what keeps the 5 elements in good balance.
Think now for a minute about your own home, office space or apartment – the positioning and style of your furnishings, the color of the walls, where your plants are located, your artwork and décor. As long as the five elements are present, and you have taken yin and yang into account, the auspicious energy of the home or office environment will be secure. It is this that helps to maintain financial stability for the family and for good fortune to continually manifest.
And naturally we must maintain our inner balance as well! Be sure to read my Living In Sync article this week about rejuvenating your chi!
Wishing you much luck and success always,
Rejuvenate Your Chi!
Go to Sleep Before the Rat Hour
Everyone wants to look younger and more beautiful these days! All you have to do is look at the cosmetic counters filled with anti-aging creams and lotions…and the myriad of other products on the market today associated with the secrets of keeping a youthful and vibrant appearance.
But did you know that our cells are naturally rejuvenated between the hours of 11pm and 1am each night…and if you’re not sleeping during these crucial hours then you’re missing out on the rejuvenating process for that night?
Maybe there’s more to the old expression of “getting your beauty sleep” than we realize. According to Ayurvedic doctors, if you’re a “night owl” and regularly go to bed after 1am every night, there is a real danger your cells may not be rejuvenating quickly enough, leading to premature aging. Exactly what everyone is trying to avoid!
If you want to stay youthful and strong…make sure you go to bed before the hour of the RAT! And what’s even better is you will automatically begin to rise earlier each day…allowing you to watch sunrise and experience one of the most beautiful times of the day. The Chinese believe that every time your body absorbs the chi of sunrise it becomes that much stronger.
Positioning Your Bed
The ideal position for your bed is aligned to a wall diagonally opposite the door. You should position your bed such that your head is pointed toward your best direction (your success direction) according to your kua number.
For those of you that don’t know your kua number or best directions you can get this information immediately by going to www.wofs.com and entering the data required in the kua number calculator section. This will also reveal your four good and four bad directions.
Then make sure that your head is pointed toward your success direction, but if this is not possible then try at least to have it point towards one of your other good directions.
So, be sure your bed is positioned correctly, get to bed by 11 pm and don’t miss out on your beauty sleep!
All the Best,
Empowering Your Mala Beads
Buddhist mala beads are usually comprised of 108 beads that are strung together and used for chanting mantras, much like a rosary is used. So if you are asked to chant a certain mantra, it means that you chant it 108 times.
The selection of mala beads is a very personal experience – they can be made of any kind of precious or semi-precious stones. It’s nice if you have one made of semi-precious stones since it is like offering jewels to the Buddha each time you recite your mantras. Once you decide on a mala be sure to empower it with a blessing mantra such as the following:
MANTRA TO BLESS YOUR MALA BEADS
OM RUCHIRA MANI PRAVARTAYA HUM
(Repeat 7 times and then blow over your mala beads)
It is also auspicious to attach the dorje and bell to your mala, or blessing threads given to you by high lamas as well as any one of the eight auspicious objects – the mystic knot, the vase, the double fish, the banner of victory, the wheel, the lotus, the parasol and the right turning conch shell.
Mala beads are sacred items. Always keep your mala in a pouch or wear it on your wrist and carry it with you wherever you go – especially if you are travelling. You may also perform periodic energy cleansing by using a metal/crystal singing bowl or, by dipping your mala beads in the sun-water and drying them quickly.
Chanting mantras is one of the most powerful ways to purify negative karma that brings misfortune so this is a very effective way to stay protected. Remember however that without recitations of mantras that empower it, your mala is just a string of beads, and it is your motivation that makes your mala unique to you.
If you are looking for a mala with special significance and beauty, I invite you to visit our collection of gorgeously designed mala beads at www.wofs.com and go to the dharma shop!
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.
Need some cash? Place a small amount of sea salt or rock salt inside your wallet. This will attract cash luck. Sea salt is a great cleanser, but it also has the capacity to attract wealth. Sew several grains of sea salt into a small pouch in your wallet and watch what happens. You will not only attract cash into your wallet, but this also ensures that too much money doesn’t leave your wallet as well!
Meditation is an exercise in mental clarity. You can meditate any time – while sitting, walking or eating to name a few. When you think about something seriously you are doing contemplative and analytical meditation. The more you meditate, the easier it becomes for your higher self to emerge.