This is the last of my three-part series on Feng Shui tips, just in time for the Chinese New Year on Feb. 7.
Earlier, I wrote about ridding your home of negative energy (Jan. 29) and de-cluttering your house (Feb. 1).
To make our home or office an ideal place where we can draw all the positive energies everywhere and maximize our potentials, to ensure the best for ourselves, we have to create an atmosphere that would invite good Feng-Shui.
After cleaning your house and office, do a double check. Have you removed all the non-essentials? Look again. There may still be some old equipment, clothing, papers and other stuffs that we have stored somewhere which we do not intend to use anymore but are forced to keep because of plain laziness to do some really serious house-cleaning.
Actually, the real problem is not the garbage we collect day in and day out. It’s the fact that this garbage constricts our space. And when we don’t have enough space, we have little room to grow and little room to receive more blessings. So having less space means we’re making dwarves of ourselves instead of the giants that we really are!
This is really quite practical. Okay, go to your closet. Is it filled with old, ragged looking, smelly clothes? Do you want to have a closet full of nice and new clothes? Of course, you do. But in case you don’t have many of those nice and new clothes, it could be because you’re clinging to your old clothes still hanging in your closet. Your old clothes are preventing you from getting things you want and thus stunting your growth. Get rid of those old clothes! Put some more space in your closet, so that when you buy new clothes, you will have a space to hang them.
And — here’s the best part — when you put space in your home, you will attract not only new and nice clothes but all the other good things you want – more wealth, the best of health, and the best of relationships.
Okay, here are specific things you can do to invite good fortune.
1. Want more business opportunities? Clear off the front of your desk. Keep the area in front of your desk open and clear. Are you committing a feng shui sin and facing the wall at your desk? Turn it around and put your desk in an executive position so that you are not facing an obstacle or block. A wall in front of you stunts your growth.
2. Do you want more wealth? Clear out the mess and clutter by the front door. Sweep the sidewalks and clear out the southeast corner of your living room and the garden too. Keep your wallet orderly.
Be respectful of your money and don’t just wad it up and ram it in your purse or wallet. The money rolls in when it gets attracted by money magnets such as a red wallet and three emperor coins tied with a red thread. Buy a new wallet for yourself. It’s a good habit for every New Year to change your wallets.
3. Is there something you don’t want, like bills, for instance? Change your attitude regarding bills. You must treasure your bills. When you have a lot of things to be paid, it means you have the capacity to pay for these. Live within your means but do not abhor bills to be paid.
4. Do you feel pressured and stressed? Clear your closets and drawers and be ruthless. Those hidden messes create pressure and stress. Get rid of “obligation” articles and furniture. Stuff you feel guilty about getting rid of creates an environment of guilt — who can grow in that? And watch those “collectibles.” Really, do you need 242 ceramic clowns?
5. Looking for love? Stop hogging the bed and sleep on the correct side (women on the right, men on the left as you are in the bed).
Clear out a space in the closet for your new love and have two nightstand tables and matching lamps in anticipation.
6. The main thrust and goal of making your living spaces more auspicious is by obtaining balance and harmony, thereby creating good Feng Shui. Good Feng Shui is not cluttering up your homes and offices with too much enhancers, cures and remedies. Installing too much is like showing mistrust. Too much Feng Shui cures can work against you and attract the very things you dread because overdoing anything creates imbalance. Practice prudence even in enhancing your space.
Create empty spaces for chi to circulate better.
Kung hei fat choi, everyone!