You know a thriving and luscious garden with lots of healthy vibrant flowers and fruits, is the best indication that your home is enjoying good feng shui. I urge you to invest some time and effort in your garden this spring. You will find that working in the garden is very nurturing for the inner spirit as well.
Keep things well trimmed and don’t let things get wild and out of hand; water well and be sure it is fertilized. Stay away from plants like cacti, bonsai or any plant that have thorns as these create poison arrows and should be avoided. Plants that I like are the jade plant, bamboo, money plants, pine trees and various fruit trees like orange, peach and lime. Keep the five-element theory in mind as you design your plantings…and it would be wonderful if you can create the symbolic “green dragon” on the left side of your garden as you are looking out from the house.
A quick reminder: be sure to throw away any damaged pots, containers or diseased plants. Keep water features clean. Broken furniture and rotting plants or puddles attract yin energy that can cause illness in the family. While your feng shui inside the house may be perfect, if you neglect your garden and outside areas, your home and family will not enjoy good feng shui.
To your happiness!
6 Easy Ways To Welcome The Spring!
Spring is the season of rejuvenation and new beginnings! Here are some easy things you can do to activate the powerful growth energy of springtime.
1. Create Gold Under Your Feet
Place a red packet of 8 coins under a mat just outside the front door. This will attract good fortune to enter your home.
2. Get Yourself a Pet
The best time of the year to add a pet to the family is during the spring months. Dogs bring yang energy into the house and are associated with abundance…especially golden colored dogs. Cats signify protection…especially white cats that symbolically represent the white tiger.
3. Clear Your Clutter
The area surrounding your front door is an area that must absolutely be clear of clutter both inside and outside. Allow a free flow of energy into your home…and keep the chi moving slowing once it has entered your home.
4. Clean Your Fish Tank
If you have a fish tank in your living or dining area or office be sure to give it a thorough cleaning every few days. Merely doing this will attract major new opportunities into your life…perhaps even a new job offer or you may be introduced to a powerful mentor. If the pump is not working properly get it repaired, if fish look sick, change them and if plants inside your aquarium are overgrown remove and replace with fresh new plants. Cleaning the fish tank removes all obstacles…but a dirty tank attracts yin chi and life will stagnate!
5. Empower Yourself With Tree Energy
Did you know that trees radiate powerful wood and growth energy? If you are feeling frustrated with your job, unappreciated at home or stressed out by exams here’s a wonderful solution! Take a walk outside in your garden or a nearby park and soak up the energy of the trees. Choose a special tree that you like…one that is strong and healthy. Generally older trees with thicker trunks and branches will impart more powerful energy. Once you have chosen your tree just sit under it for a while and when you are ready place the palms of your hands on the trunk of the tree and close your eyes. When you become attuned to the tree and it’s mighty vibrations you will feel a surge of energy. Soak in the energy and visualize it dissolving all the tension in your body. It may take a little while to “tune into the tree” but I think you’ll be happily surprised by how this simple ritual really works!
6. Create A Symbolic Green Dragon
The Taoists believe that when there are healthy green plants on the left side of the garden, and if these grow in a way that resembles the undulating body of the celestial green dragon, the asset wealth of those living there will increase. So create a symbolic green dragon (on the left side of your garden from the inside looking out) and choose plants that resemble the dragon’s head and tail. In between, use plants of varying heights to simulate the undulating body of the dragon…larger leaves for the head of the dragon and perhaps a ginger plant for the tail.
Have Fun! Enjoy the springtime!
Maintaining the Flow
As Chinese living in Asia or Southeast Asia, we often take Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for granted…like certain foods we eat, acupuncture treatments, reflexology, the use of medicinal herbs and so on. We’re familiar with them because this is what we’ve grown up with…and often we don’t even think of them as “medicine.” But for many Westerners these practices are still relatively new and may even seem a bit foreign.
And even being familiar with the practice of Chinese medicine, many of us tend to overlook the significant role that “qi” or “chi” plays within the human body and just how sensible and natural certain treatments are.
Chi is vitally important – because good health (both physical, mental) is an expression of balanced chi and disease and illness occur when you inner chi becomes unbalanced.
Traditional Chinese Medicine dates back as far as 500-300 BC and original references are found in Huang Di Nei Jing or “The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Medicine” which explains the theories of TCM taken from conversation between the Yellow Emperor Huan Di and his trusted personal physician, Shi Po. Much is based on Taoist principles – the relationship of man to nature and how our way of life and relationship with our environment affect our health.
The unimpeded movement and flow of chi as energy coursing through our bodies is essential for good health…and when imbalances occur in the form of blockages, they can usually be treated with specific kinds of traditional Chinese medicine. For example, in the therapeutic treatment of acupuncture, needles are used to change the strength and speed of chi in certain body channels and to remove blockages, while specific foods can replace or strengthen weakened chi as do special medicinal herbs.
So it always comes back to balance and the unobstructed flow of chi within our bodies. We must be constantly aware of the energy within – our inner chi – this vital life force that has been given to us. No one else is going to guard and watch over it for you…and there is no one better to do it than you.
To your good health!
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.
This is a excellent water feature suitable for the NORTH, EAST and SOUTHEAST areas of your garden. Make sure the water is clean at all times, even if this means replacing it every day. The wealth energy of this water feature increases, as more and more birds come to your birdbath.
If you are having difficulty making a decision, and there are a lot of complications and extenuating circumstances surrounding something important in your life, try breaking it down into bite-size pieces that are easier to analyze and understand. When the parts are studied separately it makes things much clearer, much faster!