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|It's the Little Things, Feng Shui in Small Doses
by Leslie Jacobson, MA, MS in Ed., Certified Feng Shui Consultant
Feng Shui Consultants of Boca Raton
|Many people think that in order to improve their Feng Shui they need
to do big things. Move all their furniture around. Buy new furniture.
Buy a new house. Make drastic and expensive changes. Major
changes and expensive purchases are rarely necessary or
recommended. While your Feng Shui consultant is ready, willing, and
able to help you make major changes like finding a new home,
renovating, or purchasing all new furniture, it is probably not
necessary to make major changes like that in order to improve your
So how do you improve the energy in your home, office, and life so
that new opportunities will come your way? It's all in the little things,
the small changes, and the less expensive additions.
Small changes can be as minor as moving an item an inch to the left
or right. For example, poison arrows are a major Feng Shui problem.
Often your Feng Shui consultant will find that there are items with
pointy ends pointing in your direction while you sleep, eat, or work. If
you look around your bedroom, you might find that there is
something large, like a piece of square edged furniture, or something
small, like a pen, that is directly pointing at you while you sleep. This
item is sending negative energy at you while you sleep. This could
lead to sleep or health problems. Or maybe you've got something in
one room that would better fit your needs in another room or area.
You might have the perfect item to symbolize your career sitting in
your marriage and relationship area. Moving that one item might help
improve your career and keep your work from interfering in your
You can also use small things as ways of trying out more expensive
changes. You might have an item in your home that you are
considering removing permanently because of Feng Shui
consequences, like a TV or mirror in your bedroom that are disturbing
your sleep. Sheets or towels can be used to temporarily cover these
items during the night. If the cover is effective, then you can consider
a more permanent solution. Another way to use small things to test
out big changes is with color. Maybe you've been thinking of painting
your bedroom pink to increase your romantic energy. Before
spending the money and going through the hassle of painting, try
out the color in smaller doses to see if you like it. Sheets in the
desired color can help you discover if the color works for you. You
might find that you have trouble sleeping with the new color.
Replacing your sheets is much less of a hassle than re-painting your
bedroom after discovering that the new color was a dud. And if you
love the color and its affect on your love life, then you can decide
whether or not you want to go even further and paint your walls.
Colors can be added to living rooms in small doses as well by using
pillows of the Feng Shui related color on your couch.
Another inexpensive way to add a big dose of improved energy into a
space is by adding a small Feng Shui cure item. There are many small
items that you can buy, but sometimes the symbolism behind these
items can confuse. Here are some common small Feng Shui cure
items, what they symbolize, and how to use them:
Elephants - increase good luck, protection, or use for fertility. For
good luck place along the wall opposite the door of your living room.
They can also be used as guardians of front door or your child's
bedroom door. For fertility, place your elephant in your bedroom and
rub to bring more children into your family.
Buddhas - are used to create a relaxing environment anywhere.
There are specific Buddhas that represent wealth, or other types of
luck. Place Buddhas throughout in the home or office for good luck,
harmony, and positive energy.
Hanging Faceted Crystals - block negative energy and increase
positive energy. They can be hung in front of a window to reflect
sunlight into the room, or by a doorway, or to block negative energy,
or in the kitchen to protect the cook and the diners, or in the office
behind you to protect you from a window or door.
Chinese Coins - are a great symbol of wealth, prosperity, and
security. These coins attract wealth and prosperous energy to you. A
key tool in many Feng Shui cures. Imperial Chinese Coins are round
with a square hole in the center. They are the most common ones,
but other Chinese coins are also very auspicious. There are Bagua
shaped coins and the Ancient key style coins. Put 3 Imperial Chinese
Coins tied together with a red ribbon (best way to use them) or one
alone in your wallet, purse, or safe deposit box for extra money luck.
You will also often find Chinese coins as a part of a hanging cure or
Feng Shui jewelry.
3 Immortals - are 3 separate figurines that are always used as a
set. The Three Immortals or Kitchen G-ds - Fuk, Luk and Suk
represent wealth, happiness (or power) and long life (the three
principal desires of people.) Fuk is the G-d of Wealth and happiness.
Fuk carries a baby to symbolize security in old age, and wears a
merchant’s robe. Luk is the G-d of nobility, affluence, happiness, and
power. Luk wears the winged hat of a high official. Suk is the G-d of
health and longevity, and holds a walking stick. Suk has many
symbols of longevity including his bald head, wooden staff and a
peach in his right hand. The Three Immortals can be used anywhere,
but are especially auspicious when placed high in the kitchen, dining
room, living room or main entrance to the home. In an office, they
can be placed behind you to give support and good luck.
Fu Dogs - or Keiloon are part lion, part dragon, and part deer. They
come in a pair and are always used together. The male's left foot is
raised and rests upon the world - protecting worldly possessions and
success. The female's right foot is raised and rests upon the belly of
the baby Fu - protecting the home and family. They are always placed
with their raised foot on the inside so that world and family stay safe.
Their job is to sense the intentions of those who approach them, and
allow only those with good will and kind thoughts to be able to
function within their territory (your home or office.) Placed at the
front door, mouths facing the door, the Keiloon are the sentinels that
neutralize any harmful element entering the home. They improve the
health of everyone in your home. If the Feng Shui positioning of a
house is unfavorable, the Keiloon will dilute any adverse energies
circulating around the house. It is recommended to place the pair
high at the main door of your home or office to work as guards. They
can also be used on desks to protect you while you work. On a desk,
they would face away from the chair and towards the entry to the
office or room.
Bagua Mirrors - are a traditional, and powerful, cure for protecting
your home from external threats. The Bagua Mirrors are eight-sided
and decorated with Chinese trigram symbols, both traditional forms
of Feng Shui protection. In the center they have a concave mirror
that deflects negative energy coming towards your home. When
properly hung outside your home (always facing away from your
property) the Bagua Mirror will deflect many forms of negative energy
including buildings and objects pointing at your home as well as bad
You have many options when it comes to making small Feng Shui
improvements in your home. Whether you decide to move existing
items into a more productive area, test out future large changes by
using small scale versions, try some well placed (small) symbolic
items, or do a little bit of all of the above, you’re sure to hit upon
something that will make a big (and positive) change in your life! So
now that your major Feng Shui fears have been eased, there is
nothing standing in the way between you and your Feng Shui dreams
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