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Feng Shui Power Principle #5 -- Continuity & Connectedness
In Feng Shui, we believe that "You are what you see." For example, if you surround yourself with artwork that is bleak and expresses isolation, you will attract the kinds of things and experiences that make you feel isolated and lonely. If you hold on to furniture that is shabby and worn, your life will feel impoverished. If you allow your faucets to drip and your toilets to run, your wealth will drain away.
However, if your artwork consists of images that express prosperity and joy, your life will be prosperous and joyous. If your furniture is up to date, clean, and comfortable, you will feel abundant. If your plumbing works, you will feel like your wealth is not drying up.
These contrasts show the difference between a prosperity consciousness and a poverty mentality. That is, the more you surround yourself with symbols of what you want to attract into your life -- especially wealth, harmony, and love -- the more of those goal you will achieve.
Poet Maya Angelou said that we must be careful about the words we speak because "the words will hang on the walls." While Angelou was writing about what we do in the figurative sense, Feng Shui believes that it is true of what we hang on our walls in the literal sense. That is why it is so important to surround yourself with uplifting images throughout your home. In Feng Shui, we believe that artwork that is depressing or shows images that are violent or unhappy will make you feel the same way. But artwork that is inspiring and reflects harmony and happiness will make you upbeat and receptive to good things coming into your life. This is the kind of continuity and connectedness that Feng Shui seeks to achieve.
You can further reinforce connectedness by adding symbols of the natural world to your interior environment, such as flowers, plants, rocks, water, nature sounds, artwork of nature scenes, and aromas, textures, and colors. When you bring the natural world inside, you bring peace and harmony to your life. The easiest way to bring the continuity of the natural world inside is by selecting uplifting artwork that shows beautiful scenery. As an added benefit, when you bring the natural world inside, you bring in peace, harmony, and calmness to your life. Landscapes are especially useful in activating positive energy; just be sure to avoid any images of swamps, dead trees, or decaying cities since they represent stagnant energy. Similarly, despite the fact that water represents flow and movement in Feng Shui, an image of the raging ocean could make you feel unsettled.
To see how your current artwork might be affecting the continuity and connectedness in your life, walk through your home and take a look at what is hanging on your walls from the perspective of your new Feng Shui eyes. Consider whether each piece reflects what you want to attract into your life. If any piece is sending the wrong message, it is time to replace it, no matter how valuable it is. The following are some ideas for choosing the right artwork, and hanging it in the correct Feng Shui bagua area, to achieve various goals.
• If you want to power-up your career and attract more wealth, place water images in your Career/Work area.
• If you want to enhance friendships, hang images of happy people and joyous occasions in your Family/Community area.
• If you want to travel, hang international scenes or pictures of maps and globes in your Helpful People/Compassion area.
• If you want to attract or enhance love, hang images with pairs of objects like birds that mate for life or loving couples in your Love/Romance area.
When you surround yourself with items that relate to specific goals you want to achieve, or objects or colors you love, you shift the energy of your home or office in a way that matches your own style. For example, personal symbols or icons related to your goals or personality traits can be powerful Feng Shui enhancers. The icons and objects you choose should represent a positive, clear image of what you want to bring into each aspect of your life, since using objects or colors you love will attract what you love into your life. A so-called traditional Feng Shui object that you don’t find attractive will not be fix anything for you.
You are what you see. The most effective way to make adjustments is to choose objects that are symbols of your hopes and dreams in a particular area of your life. Feng Shui adjustments work best when the objects you choose to place in your home or office become visual reminders of what you want to attract into your life. Choose objects and colors that you love, so you can shift the energy of your home or office in a way that matches your own style. For example, if you want to enhance your relationship with your spouse, instead of buying pair of Chinese fu dogs for your bedroom, hang a romantic picture of a place you have visited together, or a scene with a couple holding hands. It will be far more effective if you select everyday objects that you like and that match your home décor, in the shapes and colors that correspond to the bagua areas, instead of purchasing an object just because it has the words Feng Shui attached to it.
The most effective way to make adjustments is to chose an object as a symbol based on how it inspires, encourages, or empowers you in that area of your life, rather than for what they are supposed to do for you. Then, put these objects in your home in the appropriate bagua areas as a visual reminder of the positive steps you are taking toward making improvements in that area of your life.
Continuity and Connectedness is the fifth of the five Power Principles of Feng Shui --
Power Principle #1 -- Chi
Power Principle #2 -- The Five Elements
Power Principle #3 -- The Bagua
Power Principle #4 -- Yin and Yang
Power Principle #5 -- Continuity and Connectedness