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Do It Yourself Feng Shui – Career Area Improvements

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ATLANTA – Written by Mel

You may recall from my last feng shui post about career and family area enhancements that I discovered some problems that aren’t necessarily found in most feng shui books.  Well, I was at it again but this time the problems were primarily in the career area.

Just as a recap, for those of you not familiar with Feng Shui, there are 9 areas of importance in your home and they are as follows:

  • Prosperity area
  • Fame area
  • Relationship area
  • Family and ancestors area
  • Health area
  • Creativity area
  • Knowledge area
  • Career Area
  • Travel and helpful people area

Each of these areas are a part of a bagua and the bagua is a map that goes over your floor plan or layout of your home.  This map is used to assist you with improving the feng shui of each area.  Each area has its own set of colors and/or elements that you should or should not use in that particular area because hypothetically it can lead to either great success or major problems.  So, for instance, the “Family and Ancestor area” relies heavily on the element of wood.  If you have a fireplace in that area, this symbolically destroys the element of wood.  Since this area is related to family and ancestry, if you have fire elements in this area, you more than likely experience constant feuds with family members or a disconnect from your family or lineage altogether.

As you recall from that last post, I made some enhancements to the family area and I did get some better results.  However, the career enhancements still seemed stagnated even after adding the mirror and water feature.  Water is the element for this area so I thought I was doing a great deed by adding water elements to the area.  This area is my office area so naturally it is perfect for my career area; however, there is also a restroom located in this area.  What this symbolizes is chi rapidly going out as fast as it is coming in.  So, enhancing the area actually makes matters worse.  As author Karen Rauch Carter points out in an article about toilets in the prosperity corner, you must counterbalance the area.  In other words, if water enhances the area but there is a toilet in it, then you must think counter intuitively to improve the area.  In essence, fire elements will be counter-balance the area and thus stabilize the rapid loss of water in the area.

The same is true with a toilet in the career area.  When I added the water fountain hoping it would improve the area, it didn’t improve my career but made it even more stagnated.

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Another thing that I hadn’t paid attention to is the fact that I had books in the area.  This area of my home has built-in shelves so naturally I wanted to use this space as a place for all my career-related books thinking that it would help enhance the area; but, this turned out to be a bad idea — a seven year long bad idea.  In this area, a bad element is the earth element and since books are made of pulp which is an earthy element associated with trees, this wasn’t a good idea.  Even if most don’t consider this an “earthy” element like mud or clay, it still is an enhancement for the water element which needed to be counter-balanced in this area.  So, I removed all the books from this area and moved them to my family area which is always in need of more wood elements since unfortunately I have a stove in this area.

Another problem with books is that they create shars, or invisible poison arrow energy.  According to Feng Shui, shars can create loss of any kind and in my case, I was losing out on opportunities to grow my career and thus it remained stagnated.  Not only was the element wrong but I also had an enormous amount of shars pointing right at me.  I had a cesspool of negative energy brewing in my career area and I didn’t even know it!

The moral of the story is that you have to learn Feng Shui well and learn to look for problems beyond the examples listed in most Feng Shui books.    Remember, those are just generalized interpretations and your home may be very different from the general information included in the books.  The best option is to get a Feng Shui practitioner to evaluate the problem and make suggestions.  The next best thing to do is to become a sleuth like myself and investigate the problems yourself and then discover how to use elements, colors or arrangements to balance or counter-balance the area so that you can improve your livelihood.

Do you have any tried-and-true methods of feng shui that you used to improve the energy of your home that aren’t necessarily found in a feng shui book?  Share your experiences below in the comment section or join the group discussion on Facebook here.

 

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DIY Feng Shui – Cures for the Career and Family Area

ATLANTA – Written by Mel

Have you ever moved from one place to another and felt that even though your new place is an upgrade or an improvement from your last, the energy is just not right in your new place?  This could mean that you need to adjust the feng shui of your new home.

If you are new to feng shui, I’m going first to explain what it is to the best of my amateur ability.  From the countless books that I have read on the topic over the years, I gather that feng shui is a form of meditation for your home.

During meditation, you would quiet your thoughts in order to clear the clutter and align yourself with the universe.  Feng shui is similar but the only difference is that you remove the clutter from your home and add cures so that you can align it with the good Juju of the universe (you can align it with bad Juju if you are not careful).

There are nine areas of influence included in feng shui and they are as follows:

  • Prosperity area
  • Fame area
  • Relationship area
  • Family and ancestors area
  • Health area
  • Creativity area
  • Knowledge area
  • Career Area
  • Travel and helpful people area

For this post, I’m going to focus on the family and ancestors area and the career area because these were a couple of areas that I have been experiencing trouble recently.

For some time now, I had been having trouble getting in clients and making ends meet.  I am a freelance writer among the many other things that I do, but I had been in a slump lately, unable to come up with ideas or generate income from my work.

Most people tend to turn to the prosperity area when looking for ways to improve the feng shui of money in their lives.  However, most feng shui resources point out that if your family and ancestor area isn’t in order, then chances are, there won’t ever be anything left for you to have prosperity, no matter how much work you put into the prosperity area.  So naturally, I turned my attention to the family and ancestor area.

I gave this area a good cleaning first of all and got rid of things that could be considered clutter in this area.  I have plenty of wood and water elements in this area, so this wasn’t a problem at all.  One thing that I found in this area that had probably been giving me grief was a lighter that I had placed on a cabinet out of site many years ago, likely because I didn’t want my kids, who were little then, to touch it.  DUH! If you know anything about feng shui – and I suggest you learn more if you don’t – this is an ultimate no no in this area. I had always wondered why I had difficulty making ends meet and this element of fire was one major reason why.  So as you are cleaning and de-cluttering, look for elements in the area that do not belong and may be undermining your efforts.

This area is where my kitchen stove is so I can’t eliminate all elements of fire.  Instead, I stifled the fire element by buying stove covers for the burners.   Another thing that seemed to be creating chaos though in this area is my trashcan.  This is a must-have item for any kitchen, but I felt that it was adding to my financial problems.  So, I decided to get rid of my large trashcan and opt for one that was smaller that could be hidden inside of my cabinet when not in use.

After de-cluttering, cleaning and eliminating things that seemed to be interfering with good feng shui principles in this area, I decided to add a cure that feng shui experts call an auspicious cure.  These type of cures may not have a logical reasoning behind it, but placement does have beneficial energy.  So I placed a million-dollar bill on the counter.  No, I’m not a millionaire, but the energy of my home is improving.

Feng Shui cures for Family Area

After fixing the family and ancestor area, I turned my attention to the career area in hopes that I could get some good energy flowing there.  I did the same.  I cleaned up and de-cluttered.  I also removed things that were problems such as earth-toned items.  Then, I resorted to auspicious cures yet again.  I placed a large mirror in front of my desk since unfortunately, it is built into and facing a wall, and I also purchased a cute little water feature.

Feng Shui cures for the Family Area

You can believe what you want of course, but I have to say, within a few months of fixing these energy vampires in my home, things started to improve on the career and financial front.  I started attracting clients for my writing business, and certain debts began to be paid down or off.  I still have some time to wait to see if more changes will occur but it feels so good to be minimizing the aggravation caused by career and money issues.

What about you?  Do you have any tried-and-true methods of feng shui that you used to improve the energy of your home that aren’t necessarily found in a feng shui book?  Share your experiences below in the comment section and don’t forget to follow me on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram @movemetoATL.

DIY Feng Shui – New Year’s Resolution – Closet De-Cluttering

ATLANTA – Written by Mel

I just did some – New Year’s cleaning and it was rough. I cleaned and cleared out something I don’t normally clean and clear out: my closet.

I don’t clean closets because what’s the point. That’s where you store everything right; so, what’s the point of cleaning that? Wrong. From now on, I will never let my closet go unattended again.
I had shoes, clothes and all kinds of stuff in there that are no longer relevant to my life and so I decided to toss them or give them away as charity. I sorted all of my clothes – shirts on one side, pants and skirts on the other, outerwear in one area and shoes neatly stacked. Now my closet is so organized, I don’t have to spend 30 minutes just trying to figure out what to wear. Nor do I have to make impulse buys because I think I don’t have something that I already have – but it’s buried somewhere in my closet. I then took inventory of what needs to be replaced and what I need that I don’t have that can complete my wardrobe for this coming year. Whew, and did I mention that all of this took 4 hours.

This all brings me to an important point about clutter. I’m a Feng Shui advocate and I should know better than to have a messy closet but that’s just one of those places in my home that I hate to tackle when cleaning. I simply clean and de-clutter the rest of the house and toss unmentionables into the closet because, whose looking in there besides me anyway? Bad judgment. According to Feng shui, closets represent your inner peace, clear thinking, and your self-esteem and if they are in disarray then usually you are too. It can also be a huge source of stagnated energy in the home.

I was wondering why I couldn’t remember stuff and why I felt like my mind was racing all the time. Now that I have cleaned out that closet, I have had the most peaceful 24 hours that I have had in a long time. So, as you are preparing your New Year’s resolutions, make sure that de-cluttering your closets are a priority. And while you are at it, if you don’t know about this concept of Feng Shui that I keep mentioning, pick up a book or two about it or read an article online about it – it will do wonders for your home and office space next year and most importantly, it could change your life.