Have you ever felt like you needed a reset? Like you’ve fallen into a funk or are kind of stuck? Maybe you feel not at ease in your home or you’re not getting the results you want out of your life.
After having my baby in September, I felt like I needed a reset with my business. It’s a new year and it’s time for me to start kicking the figurative ass that I thought I’d kick when I first started. Over the past year, I have become much more interested in energy and how to harness it for my good. (And yes, I used to be one of those people who straight up made fun of people who believed in this voo-doo, woo-woo crap.)
When working with an energy healer friend of mine, she made some recommendations for my home office that centered around principles in feng shui. I knew nothing about it so I went out to Amazon and stumbled upon a book.
If you’ve ever wondered about feng shui and whether it might work for your home, I highly suggest you check out this book: Move Your Stuff, Change Your Life: How to Use Feng Shui to Get Love, Money, Respect and Happiness by Karen Rauch Carter. It is easy to read and provides seriously easy to implement ideas.
This post isn’t meant to be a full dissertation on feng shui because the practice is extensive and personally, I have no desire to fully comprehend it. I just wanted to try a few simple ways to bring more intention to my home since this is where I work.
Basic Overview of Feng Shui
Feng shui is a Chinese term which provides us with ideas and principles to help us arrange the ‘stuff’ in our environments to yield positive results in our lives. And yes, this can help with ALL stuff. To spare you from getting too deep here, basically, everything in our three-dimensional world is next to other things. This spatial relationship is what feng shui is.
Ch’i (pronounced chee) is another word for energy. When we move things in our environment, we also move the energy of those items. By making intentional choices to shift the energy in our homes, we can better our life. In feng shui, the intentional placement of items in certain areas of our home is referred to as ‘cures’.
This book provides real life examples and simple illustrations to help you focus on specific areas and how to enhance them with cures to get what you want in that area.
Our life can be categorized into 9 specific areas. Each area is called a gua. The sum of all 9 guas put in a specific order is called a bagua. The picture to the right shows you the bagua. To determine how to overlay the bagua in your home, your front door is always on the side of the Career gua. I know this doesn’t probably make a ton of sense to you, so I’ll just say if you are interested in learning more, just buy the book!
In the book, the author shares a plan to follow for each gua. She gives you Power Tools, which are elements, colors and ideas that will pump up that area. There are Hazardous Materials for each gua. These are items, elements or colors that should be removed in that area if at all possible. Each gua is also associated with a body part and a number. The body parts is helpful if you’re experiencing pain in one of those areas. You can use cures in the gua associated with the location of your pain to address it.
Now a few things to remember: you don’t need to go and paint all your walls the power color for each gua. In fact, energy will work whether you see it or not. (You’ll see what I mean when I show you pictures of my enhancements.)
I chose to focus on the specific guas of Prosperity, Fame and Reputation, and Helpful People and Travel primarily because they have the most direct impact on my business. Here’s what it looked like for me…
This gua happens to be located in my home office. How appropriate! While this gua is certainly the one to boost if you need more money, Prosperity is about more than simply money. The universe is abundant which means I can have what I want without taking from you. So, on to the cures…
Power Tools: purple, green, red, gold, things that remind you of abundance, moving water, round-leaved plants, moving objects
Hazardous Materials: dirt and dust, broken items, reminders of bad times, trash cans, dead plants, fireplaces, toilets
Body Part: hip
What I Did
- Removed my trash can
- Added a fountain
- Added another plant
- Used purple construction paper and wrote
- Money finds me easily now and always. (The book is chock full of affirmations if you can’t come up with your own.)
- List of the top 8 things I’m thankful for (this gua is also associated with abundance so more comes our way when we focus on what we already have – 8 is the number associated with this gua)
- Used purple folders to store
- Pictures of things that remind me of prosperity
- Pictures of things that make me feel abundant
- Re-oriented my desk to what the book calls the ‘power position’
- I overlaid the bagua in my office itself, enhancing each gua within my office (it’s the bagua within a gua which it another way to use the principles)
- I overlaid the bagua on my desk itself to be more strategic about what is on my desk, i.e. I put a purple container on my desk and wrote myself a check for $1,000,000. Yep, a million bucks. Why dream small, right?!?
- I removed all books that weren’t inspiring to me as a business owner
- I diffuse lavender oil in my office…it’s purple, it’s calming and it’s another source of moving water
- And because pictures are worth a thousand words…check these out!
The power position of a desk faces the door with the chair for guests off the front left corner.
This is my word of the year: Bold. When I think of what I need to be to bring about what I want, this is it.
Here’s my fountain, a box filled with reminders of what I’m thankful for and on this bulletin board is a picture of me jumping off a cliff. The people there that day called me Purple Girl because of my swimsuit. If that’s not a physical embodiment of prosperity, I don’t know what is.
This is the other word I believe I need to remember when building these businesses. I’ll never succeed trying to be something I’m not.
I hung a plain whiteboard here in the Creativity gua of my office because white is the power color for that gua. Each day, I write something new to inspire me to approach my work creatively. (Also, my kids love to color on it and that’s cool with me.)
This is located in the Relationship gua of my office. It has pictures of me and my hubby, along with a box filled with cards, notes and tokens that remind me of our love. Also, the books there are only those associated with strengthening our relationship.
Fame and Reputation
This gua isn’t about becoming ‘famous’ necessarily. For me, my businesses are pretty wrapped around what I’m known for, how I’m perceived and whether my reputation is good or bad.
This gua is located in the main living room of our home. This was a fun one because so much of what I had chosen for decor in this room lent itself perfectly to what I want to be known for.
Power Tools: fire, lights, red, triangular shapes, wood, green, television, rectangular or columnar shaped objects, items that represent fire, stained glass, animals and things made from animals, plants, pictures of memorabilia of celebrities or people you admire, recognition items, personal wish list, “up” stuff, real mountains
Hazardous Materials: water, black, things that symbolize what you are not about
Body Part: eye
What I Did
- My home is actually good for the enhancement of this gua; my house number is 820. Add up 8 and 2, you get 10 which leaves you with a 1.
- I already have a TV, a fireplace, white columns on either side of my mantle and my walls are green; I was off to a good start
- I had absolutely ZERO red in this room though, so here’s how I addressed that…
That pretty red box contains cards and thank you notes from people over the past year that specifically thanked me for being what I WANT to be known for.
This writing was already on my wall. I’m an Undem. That’s it.
Red construction paper taped to the back: I help people make choices to escape their cages. I represent freedom.
Red construction paper taped to the back: I’m not MEASURED against anyone else and I always strive to GROW.
This clock was already here but I wrote this on a piece of red construction paper and taped it to the bottom: I’m dependable, reliable and punctual.
This little pyramid thingy was the only thing I actually bought to boost this area.
Helpful People and Travel
Oddly, this gua is located in a corner of my bedroom. Focusing on shifting the energy here allows us to ask for help from other people. From contractors to networking events, boosting this gua can help you attract the right kind of help.
Because my job is so dependent on others, I decided this would be the third gua I focused effort on.
Power Tools: silver containers, gray, symbols of helpful beings, religious objects, bells, water, hands, symbols of favorite places
Hazardous Materials: junk, drains, dirt and dust, broken items, trash cans, toilets, reminders of broke and bad times
Body Part: head
What I Did
I’ll just use pictures with captions to summarize the cures for this space.
This has globes on it and it states “Let Your Dreams Take You Places.” This ties into my desire to travel for fun and through my career, which is grounded in big, big dreams.
Hanging here is a silver purse. In it, I wrote 5 different types of people I need help from, including marketing for my business, architects for our eventual home remodel, etc.
Books: religious books and travel related; Picture of my husband who is my partner in everything; Silver container containing specifics of what I need in my business written in red
Other General Enhancements
Skills and Knowledge: the author shared that if alcohol was stored here, to move it. Well, it was and so I did.
Creativity and Children: this happens to be in our bedroom, but this wall captures a bit of playful energy without being too childlike. The canvas states “Enjoy the little things”. 3 is the number associated with this gua and so I put a collage of 3 pics of my 3 kids that states “View the world through the eyes of a child.”
This whole experience of moving my stuff around to be more intentional about what I want was so damn much fun. The energy of my office is simply outstanding! I bought a purple journal where I write down the prosperous things that are happening since I enhanced this space. New people, new connections and more opportunities seem to be presenting themselves to me on a continual basis.
I always loved my living room space but now that I have a sacred space to store those little notes of affirmation that I know are helping to shift the energy of my reputation is so much fun.
I know this can all seem a little hokey, but the mere act of buying the book, applying enhancements and adding intention behind them creates shifts.
Energy can be shifted for your good. Use it to your advantage! Tell me what you think! Have you used feng shui or other energy clearing/shifting practices? What changes did you see!
Here’s to a freakin’ fantastic 2015!