Monday, July 15, 2019

56. Do You Know Where the Money Spot Is in Your Home?

In ancient China just before a new emperor was to ascend to power, there were two important activities that needed to be accomplished. Because an emperor is typically thought of as the son of heaven – as well as the master of all the land and its people – a huge vase would be made in his honor to represent his superior status. This was the first activity. Second, after the vase was installed on the altar constructed for the throne ceremony, the emperor was obligated to pray to heaven on its northwest side.

Why northwest? Master Lee, a famous Feng Shui expert, has stated that the northwest is yang energy – based, of course, on the traditional Feng Shui theories. Yang corresponds to the Sun – the bright side, masculine, a lord, man of the family, and the source of all power. That's why the emperor was required to worship in that particular direction; so that he would engage his power as well as receive protection.

In the layout of a house, northwest represents master, husband and father. Aside from an individual’s status, northwest also aligns with money, or good fortune.

There's a very popular Cantonese restaurant in Hong Kong which has been open for decades. Every day all the seats are taken, the tables full of customers. Of course, the quality of the food and service is the key to the restaurant’s success. But the owner also has a secret based on Feng Shui. When he was designing the floor plan, he made sure to set aside a small space in the northwest corner. It's a separate room just for the money – a cash register, the company safe and it’s where the accountant crunches the numbers.

With this knowledge from Master Lee, we can assume that the northwest spot is the main wealth area in a home as well. Be sure to place your safe in that area of your home. If you don’t happen to own a safe, perhaps assign a receptacle (maybe a wooden box or even a cookie tin) where you can keep your cash, financial documents, or any other valuable items – including jewelry. This will help to raise the energy around wealth creation and help you to lead a stable life. That would be called a blessing.

If you're the domestic person in a relationship and your partner is the money maker, a safe or box placed in the northwest spot of your home could mean that your bread winner will always give you enough money to spend as you desire. But, if your northwest spot includes a door or a large window, you will want to keep them closed at all times so that your money doesn’t fly out.

Feng Shui and its energy theories depend in part on how much you adhere to their instruction. Whether you choose to believe in its philosophies, or not, work hard and spend your money thoughtfully. This is good advice under any circumstance.

Monday, July 8, 2019

55. Blessings from Feng Shui

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In the western world, religious traditions can include a blessing for one’s home and family. For Catholics this could involve inviting your parish priest over to ensure that your house is protected from evil – what could very well be thought of as the devil. Most likely, Father will sprinkle holy water throughout the rooms while invoking the power of a benevolent God. Native traditionalists might burn a smudge stick (called smudging) often made from the sage plant. The sacred smoke is thought to cleanse all negative energies from a dwelling.

These rituals help to bring about peace of mind and create a sense of protection for the inhabitants. In Asia, the Chinese have a similar tradition -- inviting a Feng Shui master to examine their living space or place of business. They advise where and how to place furniture for harmony and to protect from negative energies. They might also advise how to increase prosperity, which would could enable the occupants to eventually become, if they’re super lucky, crazy rich Asians.

There are a few key things a Feng Shui master is responsible for: choosing the best day on the lunar calendar for moving into a new place -- 
because in the lunar calendar every day has an opportunity for best, or less than best, outcomes. If you pick the wrong day there is no guarantee that you will obtain the best result. This is why picking a lucky day is so important for those in the Chinese community who follow these traditions. This is especially prevalent when it comes to making choices about a wedding.

Back to moving. Once you have found the best day for moving, or even the perfect time of day if you are super detail oriented, then a worship ritual is required that involves the four corners of a space. At the same time boil water so that it steams the room. Turn on a small electric fan and let the air blow around the space.

Is this getting interesting now? In the Chinese tradition, blowing air (or wind) and boiling water correlates to performing successfully in business. And that translates into making a lot of money. This is why these rituals are so important to many Chinese when moving into a new space.  

A variation comes from Buddhists. Some like to set up a tablet honoring the god of land (or earth) just outside the front door. They believe this god will guard the door, stop any evil spirits from entering the house and protect the family from negative energies.

As I’ve mentioned previously, every house and office space has its own energy – both positive and negative. It is the work of the Feng Shui master to minimize the negative and enhance the positive. These energies are not based on the inhabitant’s personal Chinese zodiac signs, But, rather the energies that come with the space itself.

The activities prescribed by Feng Shui masters for their Asian clients are similar in concept to those of the western world. The words are slightly different. In the west it’s called a blessing; a ritual to bring about positive energies in a place so that the inhabitants can live and work comfortably with good health and prosperity.

Of course, if you have extra money, the Chinese tradition might include a celebration where guests are served a roast suckling pig -- a delicacy that augurs good luck.

Stay tuned.

Monday, July 1, 2019

54. Get the Fung Shui Master. QUICK!

No matter the reason, many people like to invite a Feng Shui master to check out their new home or office space before moving in. This can be especially important for the success of a business. It’s important to make sure the place you are moving into has good energies; or, if there are dark energies, to uncover and compensate for them so they can be neutralized of their negative effects.

Let’s revisit my officemates Shirley and Rita from my previous blog. The afternoon was sunny and warm as preparations were underway for a presentation to our bosses, Don and Russ. Shirley was at the copy machine running off documents for the meeting. Rita and I were making sure all our materials were in proper order.

I was engaging Rita in conversation when all of sudden Shirley screamed out loud and jumped back from the copy machine. She stared down at the floor and asked if we saw it. Saw what? Rita and I didn't know what Shirley was talking about. We hadn’t seen anything.
She told us a round furry ball jumped up onto the copy machine. It moved along the top to the edge, hopped down to the floor, moved along the edge of the wall and then disappeared through it. She was absolutely certain of what she had just witnessed. She was bewildered and couldn’t understand why these strange occurrences in the office only happened to her.

I told my Feng Shui master friend Danny about this odd incident and he showed a lot of interest. He came over to the office and took out his Feng Shui compass to check a few things. This tool is actually a functioning compass, but it sits on a wooden plate shaped like a red square with a variety of Chinese characters on it. Before using a Feng Shui compass it has to undergo a secret ceremony which imparts it with special powers.

Danny stopped at the corner by the front door and wall. He asked me to come over and showed me some curious readings on the compass. Since it sits atop a square of wood, when put up against a wall it should be stable with the needle pointing north. The compass in Danny’s hand had a needle that was moving back and forth erratically -- like a motor running nonstop. This was the very first time I saw how abnormal energy can register on a Feng Shui compass.

Afterward, Danny chatted with Shirley for at least an hour. They kept their conversation to themselves and since I was only there for a two-month contract Shirley never confided in me what Danny had told her. Nevertheless, the compass indicated that something was definitely awry in that office space.

The message here is that inviting a Feng Shui master to check out the energies in a new home or office space could be a really good idea. In past blogs we've talked about how your Chinese zodiac sign can affect the different energies in a living space. Yet every space has its own Feng Shui and it might be necessary to dig deeper into the energies of certain problem areas. Preferably with the help of a professional who can explain the circumstance and how to fix it.

We’ll talk more about this in my next blog.

Keywords: Feng Shui, Feng Shui Master, Feng Shui Compass