Part 4, Feng Shui To Be Successful Now

Feng Shui for success

Declutter, sit like a king or queen, lots of fresh air and be organized. That is all anyone needs from Feng Shui to succeed.

This is the 4th of a 5-part series related to Bagua Maps. If you would like to jump to another article in the series, the links are below.

Part 3 Recap

In the last 3 articles, we covered a general understanding of Bagua Maps and the 3 major Feng Shui Schools (Traditional, Black Hat (BTB), and New Age / Pyramid). 

The most complicated calculations are from the Traditional School, where aspects of birthday numbers, zodiac charts, surrounding natural and artificial structures, the seasons, and directions on a compass formulate Bagua Map equations. 

The Black Hat (BTB) studies follow a much simpler series of methods, one of which only measures the property using a compass, or superimposing an unchanging, prepared Bagua Map over blueprints. 

Both the Traditional and Black Hat schools “activate” or decorate the determined spaces with colors, objects, and arrange furniture according to its corresponding life aspect. 

New Age Feng Shui, in contrast, makes Bagua Maps optional. The practitioners do not necessarily measure their spaces or property using a compass. The practice relies almost entirely on intuition and feelings as what to decorate, how, and where. 

Within this 4th article in the Bagua Map series, you’ll discover how I Feng Shui my home and space.

The Science Of Feng Shui

The science of Feng Shui

In brief, the Feng Shui I apply does not adhere to any particular school or strict practice. 

The reason, I’ve found, is that the results are the same, no matter the practice, with or without a school. In the 5th and final article of this series, I go into detail about what I experienced and how it contributed to my current comprehension of Feng Shui.  

If you would like to skip ahead, you can do that here. (Coming Soon)

Where you are in life often determines how you do a thing. My early understanding of Feng Shui would fall into the “magical” and “mystical”, mostly because I was in a desperate place then, or so I thought. 

You could easily say I am one of many anecdotal stories where it would appear the miraculous happened because of a Feng Shui school. However, what is often overlooked are the other components that are the “miracle”.

Hard work, consistency, perseverance, and heartfelt intention.

Those are the components. Too often, many of us (myself included) overlook all that goes into making something happen. It was persistent action that resulted in the desired outcome, taking place over a long enough time. Plain, simple and repeatable.

Yes, Feng Shui radically improved my surroundings, but I still had to work within it.

Of course, there is no doubt the improved environment elevated my performance. Hindsight and experience have taught me that Feng Shui may have been the construct, but I was the architect.

Much of the specific, detailed (possibly ritualistic) practices, while meaningful then, no longer carry more power than any goal-orientated action.

There are, of course, practical aspects to Feng Shui that made those tasks easier. An organized work space, a peaceful and healthy environment helped.

However, the idea that “good luck” or “windfalls of fortune” happen because the home-entrance faces the South East is without repeatable, consistent proof. There are plenty of people whose homes have that auspicious entrance, and remain poor as can be.

What has been proven are the basic principles espoused by Feng Shui (decluttering, open spaces, and positioning furniture in the command position). Those studies yield the same results behaviorally, and thus life improves.

For me, this is quite liberating and, frankly, even more powerful.

This means that the heart of Feng Shui is relatable, usable, and not hidden by mystery. It’s something that can be largely measured and applied, regardless of belief.

It’s something we can all do.

My background includes earning a BA in the Social Sciences / Psychology. As I progressed through Feng Shui, I rediscovered those psychological aspects while harmonizing with my surroundings.

The findings from research in the field of Environment Psychology also support much of my current understanding.

As such, I no longer Feng Shui according to any school or philosophy. 

Instead, I apply its practical principles.

Feng Shui Principles Work

Feng Shui Principles are effective

While there have been anecdotal and ancient texts purporting that cardinal directions, magnetism, dragon symbols, and more bring about life-changing results, modern analysis and science are unable to replicate any of it.

However, while many studies have shown that belief can do extraordinary things, that too is something that falls into the very subjective.

Regardless, the heart of Feng Shui is about achieving harmony within an environment. This has been shown to have strong psychological effects on a person’s behavior.

While there are cultural differences as to what colors, symbols and the like may have on a people, generally, an open, free space with natural elements, like plants and fresh air, has been proven highly beneficial. 

Studies continue to demonstrate, that the better your environment, the better your overall performance. 

That being said, here is what I continue to do, and what has proven very successful.

Declutter And Organize

In every room, I make sure items are organized, taken out to be used, and then stored accordingly afterwards.

Useful, daily items are readily available but generally out of sight.

For example, a pair of earbuds are put in a night desk when not used. The objective is to keep a room minimalistic, clean, and free of too many visible objects.

Items that I have not interacted with the last 2 years, I usually donate to a charity.

The room is then organized so that I know where everything is. This includes a designated closet or area to store items I do not use often, but are not ready to part with.

I do this for the entire room, including each space (drawers, closet, bins, etc)

Sit Like A King or Queen

Feng Shui refers to this as the “command position”.

Basically, it’s about being able to see a person entering the room before they see you, or at minimum, simultaneously. Kings and Queens are arranged in a room so that no one can sneak up and assassinate them. Psychologically, there is a subconscious comfort in knowing what may happen before it does, even if it’s an illusion. 

I arrange my furniture so that my back is usually to a wall, and my line of sight has the room’s entrance.

Decorate With Purpose

I find each room carries a purpose and is decorated accordingly.

The bedroom is for sleeping, dreaming, resting, meditating, and making love. The bathroom is for the elimination of waste, showering, shaving, and getting dressed. The hallway is for movement between rooms. The living room is for interacting, socializing, watching movies, and listening to music.

You get the idea.

Those rooms are decorated based on their intent.

My bedroom, for example, has soft, gentle colors because it relaxes me. The office, in contrast, has colors that energize and invigorate me, including symbols for goals and encouragement.

Natural Light And Fresh Air

As much as possible, I try to get natural light into every room during the day, including fresh air with open windows.

When evening arrives, I slowly transition to artificial lighting, reducing the brightness down to when I go to sleep. 

The next day, I start the process again.

This has greatly helped regulate my sleep patterns.

Diligent Maintenance

I’ve learned that my home is a part of me. As I keep my body healthy, it’s equally as important to keep my home healthy. 

Every week, I clean each room myself and continue to declutter as necessary.

I do my best to never accumulate more than I have room for, and should I get a new…whatever…I look to donate something else I haven’t used in several years. 

As I do this diligently, keeping my home in order and healthy doesn’t take very long. I can usually get through everything in about an hour or less.

Occasional Activation

I rarely do any stand-out activations.

No longer do I seek directional space to “activate” money, health, relationships, etc. If there is anything I wish to accomplish, I intend it, create a simple action plan, meditate on what I desire, and then go do it until I get there.

Should I need encouragement, then I usually arrange the corresponding room where it is most applicable.

For example. If it’s love, then I adorn the bedroom with something that constantly reminds me I have love. Should it be success in business or job, then I put up something in my office (workspace) that says I am already successful. If it’s health, then in the kitchen I do the same. 

Having done this as long as I have, I personally find little need to create reminders or perform activations. As long as what I desire is heart-felt, and I remain consistent toward reaching that desired outcome, I know it will happen.

However, while keeping my home as a place of encouragement, peace, rejuvenation and growth, the journey to what I desire does become that much easier.

Especially For Those Over 40, The Simple Way Is Best

The simple way is best.

When you reach the milestone of turning 40, many (myself included), tend to look back on life. We’ve accumulated a lot of experience and wisdom over the years. This often results in getting past the minutia or extravagance of a thing and directly determining its supposed value. Feng Shui is no different.

Unless you just enjoy the art and dedication to a particular practice as a form of discipline, a straightforward methodology works best. It’s also the easiest.

The benefits of Feng Shui are a balanced, nurturing environment. 

People over 40 usually take a pragmatic approach, prioritizing practicality and direct outcomes over unnecessary showmanship. This is a mindset that understands the importance of time and resources.

Decluttering, seating with a direct view of the entrance, plenty of good lighting and fresh air is the most effective, results-driven way to gain benefits from Feng Shui. Environmental Psychology reinforces this.

Easy enough.

Feng Shui School Or Your Own

That, in summary, is all I do.

It’s a part of my lifestyle now and not something I think twice about. Understandably, arriving at a personal truth isn’t something that one necessarily gets to right away. You may come to the same conclusions as I have, something similar, or go down a completely different path. 

In my opinion, all of it is good, so long as you feel your life is improving to your satisfaction.

Until the 5th and final article, cheers!

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