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Sunday, July 24, 2005

Feng Shui for Power

Feng Shui for Power : HindustanTimes.com: "Feng Shui for Power

Mohan Deep

Mumbai, May 9, 2005

This will read like the advertisements that depend on the theory of `then and now`. The scrawny youth, unable to take on the local bully, transforms into a muscular man!

The dark and ugly duckling that has no takers in marriage or even for a job, transforms into a beautiful maiden and lands a glamorous job and soon finds her Prince Charming! Abe was a middle level engineering executive with a major builder who has spread his wings with townships, malls and complexes in six major cities in India and some other countries.

Abe would arrive half an hour before the office started and slog the entire day which would stretch into night when he will carry the work home. The laptop had virtually become `the other woman` for his wife, sharing their space in the bedroom.

"I am working round the clock but there is no appreciation, no recognition of my work. Two of my junior colleagues have been promoted over my head. It is simply humiliation in an organization that has grown with my sweat and blood! This change has occurred because the younger generation of the builder's family has moved in with their ideas. They are vulnerable to the office politics and could be easily influenced by these smooth talkers. One of these colleagues even organized girls for them! And I know for a fact that they are always plotting against me. I'm tired." Abe revealed to me.

Cleverly, colleagues would even increase his workload but steal the credit. He wouldn't get any recognition.

I saw the floor plan of his house and also some photographs of the interior. The placement of furniture was such that the elements clashed causing conflicts. I straightened that clash as I suggested changes that went in harmony with north, northwest and south not to talk of southeast and southwest. Fortunately for him, the door of his house opened in north so there was no clash between the different Feng Shui schools.

My Feng Shui paintings, placed in the sectors I suggested, were to change his personae and his life. They triggered the Helpful Friends & Patronage corner, enhanced the Fame and Recognition sector and augmented his Career and Opportunities corner.

He wrote to me 4 months later.

"Feng Shui brought miraculous changes in my career. Here I was thinking of leaving the organization as I felt humiliated, and after the Feng Shui things started happening. It was amazing. Things happened that first exposed the treachery of one of these two colleagues. He was spotted having drinks with an estate agent by the boss' son. This raised suspicions. They kept tabs and saw that he and the estate agent were taking brokerage even for the direct buyers! They had been doing it for long. Soon, the games played by the second were exposed. He was getting kickbacks from the suppliers of building material.

"As the result of this my stock went up. Bosses started appreciating my work. I got promotion that included big raise, bigger office, larger car and most important, a feeling of belonging. The years of work that I had put in were rewarded. Free from office politics, I am now answerable only to the big bosses. Your Phoenix, The Greedy Dragon of Ambition and the Peak together changed my life. Now, I want to keep these triumvirates in the sample flat of our new project!"

(Feng Shui Master Mohan Deep, one of the top Feng Shui consultants in the world, is based in Mumbai, India. For more information you may visit http://www.fengshuimiracle.com or write to him at md@mohandeep.com. You can also contact him on 91-22-56997992. His cell number is 9820199378.Fax: 91-22-26350503)"

Sam, Feng Shui Tips

Balance Your Life with Feng Shui

Balancing Your Life with Feng Shui: "Balancing Your Life with Feng Shui
by Mary Capone courtesy of Gaiam

Have you ever noticed how some homes make you feel relaxed, ready to lounge, while others make you want to run for the hills? Do you wonder why some businesses are financially prosperous while others of equal merit fail? It's a well known fact that environment affects our health. But did you know that relationships, even financial success could greatly depend on the arrangement of your furniture?

Feng Shui (pronounced Fung Shway) is a 5000-year-old Chinese art form designed to enhance the harmony between people and their environments. Originally used by Chinese emperors to maintain power and increase wealth, Feng Shui blends philosophy, astrology, and design.

Literally translated as wind and water, Feng Shui is based on the Taoist belief that our bodies and everything around us are comprised of a constant flowing energy called ch'i. We not only exchange this ch'i with the people around us, but the buildings we live in, the furniture we sit on, even our front doors.

Feng Shui is designed to improved the flow of ch'i, creating harmony unique to our own personal energy by working with these five elements:

* fire
* earth
* metal
* water
* wood

Through the proper placement of art, furniture, mirrors and other simple cures, this art form can increase business, enliven your health and even change your luck.
How Do You Use Feng Shui?

Since its recent popularity, Feng Shui consultants are readily available to help arrange your home or office. When building or remodeling, choose an architect or designer that includes Feng Shui principles in their plans. However, you need not hire someone to start today. Improve your Feng Shui by using some of the simple techniques listed below.
Front Door

The main door to your house or business is a key point for traffic and flow of ch'i. Your door should be proportionate to the building and well maintained. A clean unobstructed entrance way is essential to invite people and their energies inside. Placing a wind chime at the entrance allows people to transition from the outside world into the tranquil world within.

Hallways are the roads by which ch'i enters your home or business. Spacious conditions will encourage life-giving energy to enter. If your front door opens into a hallway, make sure the hallway is well lit and uncluttered. Dark, cramped hallways impede ch'i circulation. In very dark hallways, keep a light burning at all times. You can enliven the ch'i with leafy green plants, mirrors, and brightly colored walls.
Living Room

The layout of your living room should invite relaxation. Place your sofa with the back to a wall, thereby offering people support and protection. Use soft lighting to encourage repose. Choose furnishings suitable to the room size and arrange it sparsely; cramped pathways funnel negative forces. In smaller living rooms, create more space by hanging a mirror which magnifies ch'i. Use window coverings over large windows to prevent too much ch'i from escaping. If your kitchen is attached to the living room, add a screen or divider to separate the room from busy kitchen activities.

The kitchen is the center of health and prosperity in the home. Stoves represent wealth and should be kept clean and in good working order to allow money to enter. Natural or bright lighting, clean windows, and fans can help encourage healthy ch'i movement. Kitchens that open to the front door can funnel negative energy and cause overindulgence. Use a screen or piece of furniture to form a barrier. If a bathroom opens directly into your kitchen, make sure the door remains closed to avoid germs and odors spreading into food preparation areas. Keep the kitchen clean and uncluttered. Eliminate garbage build-up that inhibits healthy flow. Avoid hanging knives or sharp utensils from kitchen cabinets; they can slice through the ch'i.

The bedroom greatly affects our health, marriage, and prosperity. Make sure the head of your bed is against the wall to provide support. Place your bed within sight but not directly aligned with the door. This allows you to see who is entering and provides security. Never place your bed under exposed beams. They carry the weight of the house and can cause headaches and loss of creative energy. If the beam can't be avoided, hang a small mirror or crystal from it to disperse energy. Keep the space under your bed clear, allowing ch'i to flow unobstructed. Remove large fans or lights directly overhead since they create the feeling that something is about to fall. Instead, use night stands with lamps on the side of the bed for lighting.
General Tips

* Healthy plants and flowers encourage ch'i
* Lights fill empty or asymmetrical areas with energy
* Mirrors can expand small areas, reflect nature, or correct protrusions or unwanted beams
* Aquariums and fountains can bring good fortune

Remember, Feng Shui's applications are limitless but with these simple ideas you can begin to explore the interrelationship between you and your environment and watch your energy soar."

Sam, Feng Shui Tips

Feng Shui Guidlines for Storage Spaces

Feng Shui Guidlines for Storage Spaces: "Feng Shui Guidlines for Storage Spaces
By Stephanie Roberts

Professional organizers and helpful-hint sources often recommend storage solutions such as shelves above doors and in corners, hooks on the backs of doors, and peg-board or tools and small appliances. They are masters at maximizing every square inch of a closet with bins, baskets, shelf dividers, and multiple hanging rods. What they don't realize is that, from a feng shui perspective, these techniques can cause as many problems as they solve.

For good feng shui, it's important to leave some of your storage space unused, for doors to open all the way, and to aim for visual simplicity. As you work toward achieving the organizer's dream of a place for everything and everything in its place, keep these guidelines in mind:

* Spaces that are completely full block the flow of "chi" (vital energy) into your home and your life. Full file drawers block the flow of new business; full bookcases block the flow of new information and knowledge; a full bedroom closet can block your ability to attract a new relationship, and so on. Wherever possible, keep 20-25% of your storage areas available for new ideas, relationships, and opportunities to flow your way.

* Storage units hung from the ceiling create oppressive energy that presses down on whatever is underneath them. Anything stored overhead can contribute to feelings of depression, anxiety, and overwhelm. A pot rack hanging over the stove is considered especially bad because it "weighs down" your finances.

* Shelves over a door, or on a wall beside your bed or desk have a similar oppressive effect, and can lead to headaches, poor sleep, lack of energy, or muddled thinking.

* A hook on the back of the bathroom door is fine if all you hang on it is a summer-weight robe and PJs. If the hook is piled with three terry robes and a few extra towels, so the door no longer opens all the way, that's a feng shui no-no. Never use hooks on the back of the main door to your home or on bedroom doors; it is essential that these doors open freely and completely, with nothing stored behind them. (That means removing anything stored on the floor behind the door as well.)

* Vinyl-coated wire shelves on the inside of a door can be a good way to keep lots of small items tidy; however, they should only be used on closet, cabinet, or pantry doors.

* Avoid under-bed storage if you can. If you must use this space, use it for extra bedding and for soft, seasonal clothing such as sweaters. Never store any kind of sharp objects, information (books, videos or DVDs, paperwork), or exercise equipment under the bed; you may have trouble sleeping or feel exhausted no matter how much rest you get.

* As much as possible, store things where they are accessible but out of sight. Peg board and open shelving create visual clutter, so limit these to the garage, workroom, or pantry where they won't affect the energy of the rest of the house.

* Be thoughtful about how much stuff you display in a room. Filling the den with knick-knack shelves so hubby can have his entire collection of sports memorabilia on display creates visual overwhelm. From a feng shui perspective, it's better to invest in closed storage such as drawers and cabinets and have only a few treasures on display at a time. Change the selection every three to six months, and with each rotation you'll rediscover old favorites. By displaying fewer items at a time, you'll actually enjoy and appreciate your collection more.

* Another common problem is family photos and snapshots scattered lavishly throughout every room and wall in the house. Select a dozen of the best ones, frame them attractively, and create a mini-gallery on one wall in one room or hallway. Store the rest or put them in albums. (Okay, okay, you can stick a few on the fridge, too!)

* Aesthetics are as important as functionality in feng shui. Keeping earrings and small jewelry in an ice-cube tray or egg carton works, but it's cheap-looking, cheap-feeling, and will drag your energy down every time you use it. It's okay to be budget-conscious, but appearance counts, too. A small plastic storage box is more attractive than an ice-cube tray and you can get one at your local discount, craft, or housewares store for less than three dollars. They even come in pretty colors so you can choose one to match your bedroom décor.

With these easy guidelines in mind, you can choose storage solutions that will keep your space tidy and create good feng shui in your home. For even better results, remember to get rid of clutter before you put things away. Why waste time and money finding clever storage solutions for stuff you can do without?

Copyright © 2003 Stephanie Roberts

About The Author

STEPHANIE ROBERTS is a feng shui consultant and writer in Maui, HI. She is the author of the popular "Fast Feng Shui" book series and the "Clutter Free Forever!" Home Coaching Program. For more tips and information, visit her websites at http://www.fastfengshui.com and http://www.clutterfreeforever.com.


Another great article by Stephanie!

Sam, Feng Shui Tips

Feng Shui Money Tips

Feng Shui Money Tips: "Feng Shui Money Tips
By Stephanie Roberts

Do you know where your financial "power spots" are? The contemporary methods of feng shui associate prosperity issues with the back left corner of any space. Stand at your front door facing into the house; your wealth area is at the back of the house on the left-hand side. There's also a wealth area within each room: facing in from the doorway, it's the corner area in the back of the room on the left-hand side. Where are the wealth areas within your office, living room, kitchen, and bedroom? Now that you've identified your money power spots, here are some quick and easy ways to apply feng shui to these spaces:

1. Clear out any clutter from these important areas. Clutter is a sign of stagnant energy, and clutter in your money power spots can clog up your cash flow. Getting rid of clutter is one of the most powerful ways to shift the energy of your power spots into high gear.

2. Fix things that are broken. Anything that doesn't work as it should is a sign of something wrong in the area of your life that corresponds to that part of your space. Examine each of your money power spots to look for anything that needs repair. It's time to do something about that loose doorknob, non-working light switch, stuck file drawer, or clock that doesn't keep correct time, to name just a few possible examples. Remove items like these from your power spots or fix them so they work properly.

3. Enhance your power spots with symbols of prosperity, such as a bowl of coins (add your loose change to it every day), a "lucky bamboo" plant, or anything that symbolizes success and prosperity to you. There are lots of Chinese luck symbols available, but you don't have to use them unless you want to. A picture of your dream house, or a model of that luxury car you long for, is an effective money symbol because it has personal meaning for you.

4. Accent your money areas with the colors green and purple. Green symbolizes vitality and growth, and purple is the color of wealth. Place a bowl of green and purple grapes (real or artificial) in the wealth area of your kitchen, to symbolize abundance filling your home. If you use real grapes, it's okay to eat them, just add more from time to time so the grapes remain fresh and the bowl is always more than half full.

5. Pay attention to how you handle money every day. Do you keep paper money neatly sorted in your wallet or money clip, or is it jammed in there any old way, or crumpled up at the bottom of your pocket? Clean the clutter out of your purse and wallet, and start handling your money as though you value it.

6. If you neglect your money, it will neglect you, so be sure to balance your checkbook regularly and pay your bills on time. Put your checkbook in an attractive cover (choose green, purple, red, blue, or black) and keep it in the wealth area of your desk - that's the rear left corner again -- or in the wealth area of your office.

7. Live generously. Money is a form of energy, and it needs to flow through your life, not just into it. Hoarding and scrimping work against more coming in, while giving generously within your means makes space for even greater abundance. If you don't yet have ample money to share, give as generously as you can of your time, energy, compassion, and appreciation.

8. Take a few moments every evening to think about all the good things that happened to you today and to express your gratitude for what you have received. Small things count, too, so it's okay if there's little of the spectacular on your list most of the time. It's not what happened that's important; it's getting in the habit of focusing on the positive side of things every day that matters. The more you notice, appreciate, and express gratitude for blessings received, no matter how small, the more good things will come your way, including money.

A true experience of prosperity is determined not by how much money you have, but by how well you notice and enjoy what is already present in your life. The formal name for the wealth area is "fortunate blessings" - as you de-clutter, repair, and accessorize your money power spots keep this broader meaning in mind. When you celebrate being rich in friends and family, or rich with laughter, or the richness of your spiritual life, or even being rich in air and sunshine if nothing else seems to be going well for you today, material blessings will come to you more readily as well.

© 2005 Stephanie Roberts. All rights reserved.

Stephanie Roberts is the author of the popular Fast Feng Shui book series, available at Amazon. com. Subscibe to the Fast Feng Shui Newsletter and receive FR(EE) Feng Shui advice in every issue. Visit Fast Feng Shui.com for details."

Getting You Way With Feng Shui

Article Search Engine: GoArticles.com: "Usng Feng Shui to Harness the Power of Your Intention by Vicky White

Master Lin Yun, founder of Black Hat Tibetan Feng Shui, has
stated that making Feng Shui enhancements without
intention, is only 10% effective. However, add intention
and you'll get a 120% improvement!

If you listen to successful people talk about what makes
them successful, one of the elements is being clear about
what they want. And it's not just a vague idea, like to be
happy, or to be wealthy. Their goals are SMART goals, they
are: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and
Timely. So, what's the outcome you are going for? How
will you know when you reach it?

Everything around you affects you. Whether it's a pile
of clutter, a relationship that is dragging you down, or a
broken doorbell - everything is part of what you are
creating, whether you are conscious of it or not.

Learning about Feng Shui will give you a heightened
awareness of how you interrelate with everything in your
environment. That's quite a responsibility. So, the
question becomes - do you want to go through your life
hoping things work out, or do you want to design a
fulfilling and passionate life for yourself? Do you want
to be the cause or the effect?

Applying Feng Shui with intention will set your life on an
altered course. You're making a commitment - it's
powerful. I've seen clients begin Coaching, or Feng Shui,
feeling stuck in an aspect of their lives, and within one
week had several options magically open up to them. They
unleashed a series of opportunities and opened up a pipeline
to possibility. It's also about focus. What you focus on
expands, and when you move from focusing on feeling stuck,
to a wider view of focusing on outcomes, the Universe steps
in to support you.

And why not go for some BHAGs? they are Big, Hairy,
Audacious Goals. Live your life as a daring adventure.
You have the opportunity to create whatever you choose for
Your life, so think big!

The clearer you are about what you're choosing to create,
the greater the chance of having what you want, and the
more effective the Feng Shui. Clearing clutter, or placing
enhancements with intention is extremely powerful. It's
the difference between making a 10% improvement or making a
120% improvement.

Maximizing the Power of Your Enhancements

Use these tools to create an environment of success that
will support powerful outcomes for yourself. Make your
self a priority and design the life of your dreams.

1. Get clear and very specific about your desired outcome,
and write this down.

2. Remove the clutter and clean the area.

3. Choose an enhancement - something that represents the
change you would like to create, and place it in the
appropriate area of your home or room.

For a visual representation of the Bagua Map and how to
find where different aspects of your life are represented
in your home go to:

4. Visualize or imagine your outcome as if it’s already
happened - how does it feel?

5. Speak your desired outcome out loud, in the present
tense. Always add, 'this or something better, for the
Highest Good now occurs'. An example is: “I now have 2 new
clients who are a perfect fit for me. This or something
better, for the Highest Good now occurs”.

6. Start taking action towards your outcome.

Sometimes your Higher Power, sees a much bigger picture
than you do, so don't place any limitations on what you
might receive.

Feng Shui will move you towards the next step in designing
your life.

© 2003, Vicky White. All rights reserved. May be
duplicated with attribution and copyright notice intact.

About the Author

Vicky White is a Certified Feng Shui Consultant and Life
Coach who works with clients both locally and
internationally. Get your FREE 7-part e-course “Your Secret
Weapon: Powerful Feng Shui Tips To Give Your Business The
Competitive Edge” at http://www.LifeDesignStrategies.com/ "

Best wishes,

Sam, Feng Shui Tips

Feng Shui for Optimum Health

Article Search Engine: GoArticles.com: "Home Decor: Use Feng Shui for Optimum Health by Mary M. Alward

Feng means wind. Shui means water. For centuries, the Chinese have used the power of Feng Shui in their homes to promote well being and optimum health. Wind and water react to the changing of the moon, the motion of the earth and changing temperatures. Today, Feng Shui is used for modern living and has been adapted to promote good chi (energy.)

Because of limited living space, we sometimes are unable to avoid negative chi. However by moving furniture and experimenting, it’s possible to get the most positive flow of wind and water in our environment. Let’s take a look at some things that will cause chi to flow more positively throughout your home.

* Never allow shoes or boots to sit outside the door of your home. Keep the area clean and de-cluttered. The chi can bring sickness into your home if the area is dirty or has a lot of clutter in it.
* Have a water source, such as a fountain or fish tank in your home. Chi will search for water in which to stay. If there is none, it will vanish in the wind.
* There should be no mirrors in your bedroom. The importance of mirror placement is crucial in your home.
* Keep television sets out of the bedroom. The will effect positive chi.
* Place a water fountain in your home and face it toward the center of the house to attract the desires of your life.
* Add a fish tank to the room in your house where you and your family spend the most time. Water gives the chi a place to stay and will bring good fortune into your home if placed correctly.
* Never allow children to sleep on the floor. Chi should be able to flow freely under beds and throughout the room to keep children healthy.
* Be certain not to place refrigerators, sinks or washing machines directly across the room from your stove. Fire and water are not compatible and this will cause negative chi in your kitchen, which leads to arguments and disagreements that will not be resolved.
* Children should never sleep on bunk beds. The child on the bottom bunk will not receive fresh chi and this could affect his health. If bunk beds are a must because of space limitations, hang a crystal sphere or a wind chime with six metal chimes in his room. This will break up the stagnant chi around his bed.
* When young children are doing homework or writing, it’s imperative that they have a solid wall at their back. This gives support and your child will study for longer periods of time without fidgeting or taking a break.
* All beds should have a solid wall behind them. This allows for a deep, relaxing sleep because you will be supported during the night.
* If you’re experiencing a lot of pressure at work, get rid of all marble items in your home. Wooden décor doesn’t add pressure, as wood is a living thing. Marble blocks positive chi.
* If you have ceilings with exposed beams, make sure beds and tables are not directly under them. Beams cause the chi in your home to be under pressure and this will be absorbed by you and your family members.
* Do not include a lot of red in your home decor. Red represents fire, which can bring obstacles, pressure and unrest into your home.
* Open windows each day to allow fresh chi to flow through your home. This will bring fresh positivity into your environment and help you achieve optimum health.

Follow these guidelines when changing the décor in your home to achieve the best possible flow of Feng Shui for optimum health.

About the Author

Mary Alward is a contributing write for Online Discount Mart. Please include an active link to our website if you'd like to reprint this article."

Great feng shui tips!

All the best,

Sam, Feng Shui Tips

Wind Chimes Soothe The Soul

Article Search Engine: GoArticles.com: "Wind Chimes Soothe The Soul by Lee Dobbins

They can be pretty to look at and soothing to hear, but did you know that that wind chimes also have healing effects? Just listening to the tones of the chimes can help calm your mind and release stress. Calming your mind, the tones of the chimes help to release all that stored up stress. This soothing effect helps open our spiritual awareness and has been used by many cultures for centuries.

As a Feng Shui cure, your wind chimes could help you gain luck and prosper. Metal wind chimes are recommended for the North, West and Northwest, Wood for the East, South and Southeast. For good luck, it is recommended to use chimes with 4, 6, 7, 8 or 18 rods. If it’s bad energy to want to keep away, then go for a chime with 5 rods. For outside the house, bamboo chimes are best.

You can hang wind chimes anywhere and on any type of hook - hooks sold for bird feeders work pretty good. Just make sure whatever hook you choose can support the weight of your chime. Make sure you do not hang it too close to any structure as you want it to be free to flow in the wind. Or you can use a fancy hanger to add more interest. When hanging your chime, remember to pick a spot that is protected from strong gusts of wind to avoid damage to your chime.

Some Ways To Enjoy Your Wind Chime:

Hang it near your hammock and take a soothing nap to the melodic tones of your chime.
Plant some flowers while listening to the music of your wind chime.
Bring dinner outside and have a romantic supper while listening to your chime.
Set your chimes up in your bedroom window so that you can hear them when the breeze wafts through on a hot summers evening.
Put some chimes in your office and to help release the stress of the workday.
Hang your wind chime by your door so that you can hear it first thing upon arriving home.

About the Author

Find out more about soothing wind chimes at http://www.wonderful-wind-chimes.com"

Do heed warnings when using wind chimes, used incorrectly they will do more bad than good. However used correctly wind chimes are a great assett to your home and garden.

Sam, Feng Shui Tips