Feng Shui, which means wind and water, is all about the mellifluous flow of energy. This ancient art of placement brings balance and harmony to a physical space. Feng represents the wind that carries the universal life force — also known as Chi — through space. Shui is the water that meanders underneath the earth, transporting Chi.
Unbalanced and stuck energy affects your life. Not to mention your pockets. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to regain stability, bring money into the house and increase your having-ness potential.
Home Sweet Home
Location. Location. Location. The first suggestion is to live in the right place, says Feng Shui Specialist Valentina Wittrock. Obviously living in a ramshackle neighborhood is not conducive to success. Additionally, living on a dead-end street speaks for itself.
Meanwhile size apparently does matter. “It might sound ironic, but living in a large space actually promotes more wealth. Even if you live in a nice neighborhood but in a small crammed apartment, you are restricting your potential,” adds Wittrock. Energy has to be able to dance.
If moving is not an option, consider finally fixing those broken things around the house, like that busted smoke detector in the hallway or the leaky faucet in the bathroom. (Drips denote a loss of wealth). The idea is to have things running smoothly.
Go With the Flow
Gently flowing water has always been related to money in Feng Shui. This is because it makes the land abundant and fertile. Ideally, we’d all live in a home with a view of the water — it’s considered a magnet for good luck, happiness and wealth. Alas, many of us don’t have that luxury. A puddle is as close as we get. That’s when artificial sources such as fountains, fish ponds and fish tanks come into play. “If you choose a fish tank, it should be large enough to contain nine fish — eight gold and one black. The gold attracts wealth, and the black provides protection. These are known as “silent affirmations” as the Chinese automatically think of money when they see the fish,” says Richard Webster, author of several books including Feng Shui for Beginners.
Do you know where your financial “power spot” is? Prosperity is associated 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 should be no big/heavy furniture, trash bins, or too much clutter. “Clutter is a sign of stagnant energy, and clutter in your money power spots can clog up your cash flow,” affirms Wittrock. Meanwhile, each room also has a wealth area. Increasing the lighting in this part of the room, or house can also encourage wealth. This can be accomplished with mirrors, crystals and chandeliers.
Handle the Green
How do you handle your money? Is your cashola neatly sorted in your wallet or clip or are there crumpled bills all over the place? Clean out your purse and start handling your money as though you truly value it.
Meanwhile, live generously. Money is a form of energy, and it needs to flow through your life, not just into it. Giving within your means makes space for even greater abundance — you’re telling the universe that you trust that you are taken care of. If you don’t yet have ample money to share, give of your time, energy and appreciation.
Check and Change That ‘Tude
Your attitude about wealth and prosperity is vital. You can do all the Feng Shui things in the world but without the proper perspective beliefs, it’s useless. Every thought you have about wealth from the past influences the present. It’s time to reprogram your mind and bolster your worthiness. First off, do you believe that money is evil? Or that having money means that someone will do without? These beliefs have got to go! Repeat: I am worthy to have money. Money is coming my way! Repeat these phrases or similar ones while you are waiting at the bank or while driving to have dinner. It takes about six weeks to remove negative thought patterns. Also, consider writing your thoughts about money and wealth in a journal. Review the journal after the week and reflect on the underlying theme about money and wealth.
Last but certainly not least, express gratitude. The more you notice and express appreciation for blessings received (no matter how small), the more good things will come your way, including money.