Hello, dear friends!
I hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving and were able to spend it with those whom you love most.
I don't know about you all, but the lead-up to Thanksgiving had me thinking a lot about the idea of abundance: what it means to have it and what it means to lack it. This happened to be a perfect meditation for the season because October was designated wealth month on my feng shui resolutions chart. I love when there's that kind of overlap between seasonality and the areas of focus I set out for myself at the beginning of the year.
Wealth. What a big subject to conquer. It can drive us, motivate us, divide us, scare us, or even kill us. The idea of wealth or basically "money" is, for some people, their entire reason for waking up in the morning full of life and vigor, while for other people, it may be what keeps them up at night biting their fingernails, fearful about the future. Money is a tricky tricky subject and everyone has their own individual philosophy on it, so what I propose to do here is spend a little time doing my own musing on the subject from the perspective of feng shui. If some of that resonates with you and adds value to your life, then that is just wonderful. If it doesn't, feel free to discard my musings and go about your life. I take no offense.
Wealth is an important concept in feng shui. If you read the typical advice from feng shui practitioners, they'll have you do all kinds of things around your house to summon in the capricious wealth gods: from cleaning out the junk in your closets, to bringing in plants with round leaves, there's no shortage of random ass tips out there from voodoo feng shui types to "ensure" that money flows properly through your home and through your wallet. In fact, many feng shui "experts" will have you purchase some of their trusty trinkets if you want to ward off the evil spirits that do savage things like eat babies for breakfast, gobble up your savings account, and rob you of all that is rich and beautiful in life.
I hate this. Legitimately. Hate. This. These so-called experts are mostly crooks, and you know as well as I do that no one person on Earth can spare you from experiencing the highs and lows of life. That includes the highs and lows of your bank account, too.
As one friend so aptly put it last night after Thanksgiving dinner, money is made up. It's a human construct. Sometimes you have it; sometimes you don't. In this vein, I tend to think of money like water. Sometimes it flows in; sometimes it doesn't; sometimes it's pooled up in a well of abundance and you get to luxuriously bathe in a big warm reservoir of it while rubbing the oil of fresh rose petals you've mysteriously found in it all over yourself, and sometimes you're on the bottom side of a hairball-clogged drain waiting for even the slightest drop of it to rain down upon your bone-dry tongue because you've just traversed the Mojave desert and are about to die of thirst but the universe will just not cooperate at all and so you clench your fist at the sky and curse the gods before collapsing to the ground. Speaking hypothetically about this of course. I heard about this kind of thing once from a friend (ahem).
I guess I'll throw in a few more phrases here about money that I don't find even the slightest bit trite and hope you don't either because there's truth here, damn it.
Money is fickle. Money is the grease to your wheels. While it shouldn't be your raison d'etre, it's the lubricant to doing the things you actually want to do in your life. Money fuels passion and purpose.
I could go on, but you get the idea.
Like so much else in life, there's a duality to money. It matters so much, and yet it doesn't matter at all. No wonder people go crazy over it.
So as a holistic designer and feng shui practitioner, how do I approach the subject of money with clients?
Well, I'm gonna propose something totally different from traditional feng shui knowledge, which is this: a feng shui expert can't do shit to make sure money flows into your life. In fact, a feng shui expert can't do shit to make sure anything flows into your life. And anyone who says that he or she can is full of it. What I believe I can do, however, as a holistic designer and holistic lifestyle advocate, is make design suggestions for your home that best suit you and your particular life conditions. By doing so, it may make you genuinely feel better, improving your own outlook on your life, which results in a positive energy resonance flowing out to the people and things around you. This, in turn, will bring good things your way, some of which could include financial reward.
But this is really up to you and how you want to live your life.
What I can say about money is the less I think about it, the more it falls into my lap. The more I obsess over it, the more it eludes me. The more I focus on my purpose, which is to be of service to people in the ways I can (through holistic design, etc.), the more the universe seems to just provide for me, and there's no reason to shake my fist at the gods.
My hope is that my holistic design and lifestyle work would bring you to a state of peace, and from that state of peace, that you would have the wonderful experience of money just finding its way to you. And it will.
But you've gotta do the work. By work, I don't mean aggressively chasing that dolla dolla. I mean the hard inner work of trying to cultivate balance and ease in your life.
Remember that when we pay attention to the nine bagua areas of our lives, we create balance and harmony in our environment. We're more in tune with ourselves; we know our priorities; we act with conviction; and we take care of the people and things around us. This, of course, creates a strong resonance in our surroundings that in turn, comes back to us. Through the process of resonant synchronicity or entrainment, we all feed off of each other's energy. Just one person's positive resonance, if the person's strong enough, can drastically change an environment.
Good luck, friends, with keeping money in perspective.