Hello lovelies! I am back with another edition of Feng Shui Friday (albeit a day late). In this series I will be trying out small, easy tweaks to my home each week based on the principles of Feng Shui. This week I tackled a small project in the “Prosperity” corner of my home (see the first post to determine where the prosperity area of your home is), which happens to be located in my kitchen. As a stay-at-home Mama/freelance writer, goodness knows money is not spilling out of my ears! Of course, the prosperity area not only governs material wealth, but also feelings of prosperity and abundance – which are so important, because we all know it takes more than money in the bank to feel that you are living an abundant life. At first, when I took a look around this corner of my home, all looked well. But remember, Feng Shui looks not just at the objects themselves, but also at their symbolic meaning. For instance, knives stored under the bed would be seen to be “cutting” a relationship apart.
Hubba-wha!?? Knives, you say? Remembering this tidbit from my Feng Shui books sent alarm bells ringing in my head. I rushed back into the kitchen and opened the drawer beneath my counter (which is in the furthermost corner of my prosperity corner) and lo and behold, there was our entire collection of kitchen knives! And jumbled in a dangerous-looking pile of sharp points and blades, to boot! They have been sitting in this state since I lost our knife block during a move. I decided this must be terrible Feng Shui – it’s been cutting my finances to pieces, right?? Well, who knows. But I figured now that I put these little bits of information together, I could no longer ignore the symbolism. It would make me feel better to take action.
I removed every last knife from that drawer and placed them neatly in another spot (I still need to get a new knife block!). For good measure, I gave the corner a thorough cleaning and moved a small potted plant and a special heart that was a gift onto a little cake stand. Green plants are always helpful in Feng Shui, and their green color and growth is especially beneficial for enhancing wealth and feelings of prosperity. I did this just a few days before leaving for vacation. And guess what? In the past two weeks I have received two new exciting requests for work! Of course I am by no means trying to downplay the hard work it takes to pave the way for good things to come, and even if all this did was make me more open to bringing prosperity into my life, that is enough for me.
If you want to try enhancing your own prosperity area, first use the bagua map to find the corresponding zone in your house (or in a specific room if you wish). Check the area closely for anything that could be subconsciously effecting your relationship with money and feelings of abundance: sharp knives, dead plants, and anything broken, dirty, or in disrepair that is stored in this area should be fixed or moved. Next, bring in a few Feng Shui “cures” – a fresh green plant, mirror, beautiful artwork, or a crystal are all great choices. And that’s it!
If you try enhancing your own prosperity corner, I would love to hear about it! xo Laura