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Feng Shui (pronounced, "fung shway") literally means "wind and water." Water represents the physical, manifest world while wind represents the inner world of energy that interacts with the outer. External Feng Shui is about arranging our environment, our homes, and our businesses to open to the energy (Chi) of Prosperity and Success. Internal Feng Shui is about exploring our inner worlds of mind/body/spirit and opening these worlds to the Chi of Health and Happiness. In many Feng Shui resources, the emphasis is on external Feng Shui only. External Feng Shui techniques are effective; however, they are not the whole picture. For example, many businesses use flowing water by the front door in the form of a fountain to influence the energy to enhance career and business success. But if, upon entering the business, the person who greets you is out of balance and projecting negative energy, then the effect is cancelled out. This article explores techniques to develop both internal and external Chi and attract good energy into your life.
EXTERNAL FENG SHUI
Basic approaches to developing good Chi in Feng Shui include physically rearranging furniture, colors, and objects in your home or office to promote good energy circulation and using Feng Shui Cures (placement of certain objects like statuary, handing crystals, colors) where physical change is not possible.
Arranging your home, office, business for good circulation of Energy. In arranging a room, nine areas are noted to be of special significance. The center table, also known as a Baqua Map, illustrates the relationship of areas in a room (or home). Imagine dividing your room (home, office) into the following nine areas, then place objects that reinforce the attributes of each area
WHERE TO BEGIN?
Now, stand in the main doorway and survey each of the nine Life Areas as illustrated in the Baqua Map. Look for "flow-less" areas, dead, empty areas or cluttered areas. Take one section at a time and simply observe. The following are questions you may wish to ask yourself during this process. Follow the map clockwise from the entrance and answer the following questions.
East: Health and Family—Wood
West: Children and Creativity—Metal
Northwest: Helping People
First, remove blocks to energy (Chi) by cleaning and de-cluttering. "Clean Sweep" all the tired, unused, and negative reminders of the past.
(Specific applications of Feng Shui cures such as hanging a crystal to reflect energy in dark spaces, or placing a mirror on your door to reflect unwanted energy from the road back out to the road are discussed in detail in Energy SourceBook: The Fundamentals of Personal Energy).
Be careful not to re-clutter. As you are working in each area, reinforce your beliefs in the positive aspects of each area using internal Feng Shui.
INTERNAL FENG SHUI
The meditation technique is quite easy. Simply sit, close your eyes and feel the air of your breath moving in and out of your nose. Focus on the breath. Relax with the breath. Feel the breath flowing in and out, like you would feel the breeze on your cheek. Now gently ask yourself a question, and allow the answer to come into your mind. All the while, keep your breath in the foreground, and allow the answers to gently float up in the background. Don't attach yourself to the answers. You are just uncovering your internal clutter. Simply observe them at this point. After completing the five minutes, write down a simple affirmation you can use while you physically re-arrange that portion of your room. Affirming your desires while doing something physical is a very potent process to attract Chi into your life.
I have listed nine separate questions below, each followed by an example affirmation, for each Baqua meditation. Do not try to do these all at the same time. One question for each meditation. One meditation and affirmation for each Baqua area.
Career Meditation: What do I believe about my work?
Knowledge Meditation: How does knowledge affect my life?
Health & Family Meditation: What is healthy and loving in my life?
Wealth Meditation: How do I feel about wealth and money?
Fame Meditation: What do I feel about fame and success?
Relationship Meditation: What is important to me in relationships?
Creativity Meditation: Where am I the most creative in my life?
Helping People Meditation: How do I help others?
Center Meditation: For this meditation, simply feel your breath, allowing all thoughts to come and go, returning again and again to your breath.
Try this form of internal Feng Shui and experience the results for yourself. Detailed information about mindfulness meditation, belief paradigms, and affirmations is available in Energy SourceBook: The Fundamentals of Personal Energy.
Our lives are Feng Shui, wind and water. From the unseen beliefs and thoughts we hold within us, to the visible reflections of these thoughts we see in our environment. The outer reflects the inner and it is important to work on both aspects of ourselves. If you decorate the wealth area of your home by placing coins and money there, but every time you look at the money you feel inside that you don't deserve to be rich, then you are re-directing the positive external energy into a negative internal energy. But, if you are ill, and decorate the Wood area of your home with beautiful, healthy green plants, and each time you view the plant you see yourself as growing more and more healthy, then your internal and external energies are in alignment, and you will see miracles in your life. Enjoy your path of Feng Shui.
To your Best Energy!