Throughout history, humans have craved abundance and prosperity
and are continuously looking for ways of increasing them. Abundance
and prosperity can be a subjective issue but in our culture, they
have come to be synonymous with money. Abundance to most of us also
includes good health, happy and fulfilling relationships and possibly
a career we enjoy.
In Spanish, there is a phrase that embodies abundance - Salud,
dinero, alegria y tiempo para ensenarlos - or something like
that. Roughly it means-health, wealth, happiness and the time to
enjoy them. This is what Feng Shui is about. Increasing prosperity
traditionally has been the primary reason people have studied and
applied Feng Shui.
Professor Lin Yun brought Feng Shui with a western twist to America
in the 1980's. This school teaches that our homes are a "map"
reflecting our consciousness and all of its nooks and crannies that
may hold the secrets of our lives. It is a "floor plan"
so to speak, for our financial success or failure, our health and
wellness, our loving relationships, etc., etc. This school's perspective
focuses not only on the practical part of Feng Shui but incorporates
the very important spiritual aspects as well. The thoughts of wealth
and abundance are both generosity and open mindedness - a positive
thing - used for good purposes.
The wealth and prosperity area of your home and office is located
in the rear left section of the structure. Removing clutter and
ensuring pathways are clear, as well as enhancing these living and
working spaces are positive ways to increase the flow of "ch'i"
Ch'i (pronounced chee) is the word for energy or breath. Everything
is animated by energy. Chi is the spark of life. It is essential
to maintain physical, environmental and emotional balance. Feng
Shui teaches us that the single most important consideration in
any environment is how the chi is inhibited or enhanced. Chi is
the energy that animates, connects and moves everything through
life cycles. In Feng Shui we manipulate surroundings, so that the
flow of environmental chi enhances and adjusts the human chi.
Chi can also be enhanced by repositioning furniture and possessions,
with the use of light, live plants and animals and by using color.
For instance, the colors red, purple and blue are important for
attracting abundance and prosperity. Red represents fame in Feng
Shui or "to be known". Blue represents enlightenment or
"to know oneself". Purple is the most mystical color of
all representing all that balances the inner and the outer being.
Wealth has always been associated with the color purple. Purple,
violet, amethyst and gold correspond to the highest energy vortex
or the crown chakra of the body.
Auspicious opportunities are created by lively circulation of chi.
Other methods of enhancing the wealth and prosperity area of your
working or living environment is by using items that call in chi,
such as flags and wind chimes. Placing valuable collections or possessions
and by using water features such as fountains and waterfalls are
also a positive way of symbolizing the flow of money and prosperity.
Feng Shui is yet another valuable tool we can use for understanding
ourselves. It is a hands on practice that when properly applied
can reveal and remove obstacles that stand in our way of achieving
harmony and happiness. Feng Shui opens us up to a world of knowing
our environment and ourselves in a more balanced way and thus creating
abundance and prosperity naturally.
Marlene LaVonne/Romancing the Ch'i has a background in counseling
psychology, interior design and real estate, and she has studied
and applied Feng Shui in England, Spain and California. She is both
a teacher and practitioner of Feng Shui and can be reached at (503)222-5377,
or by email: email@example.com.