It isn’t hard to see how some principles of Feng Shui really work in the home. For example, Feng Shui recommends keeping your home free of clutter, and it’s easy to see that if you clear out the clutter, you’re bound to feel more clear-headed. Feng Shui recommends positioning your desk so that you sit with your back against the wall, facing out toward the room; it makes sense that you’ll feel more secure.
Feng Shui also says that there are some things you can do to bring more wealth into your life, in part by attending to the wealth area in your home. In these trying financial times, many people would do anything to bring in more money; we can’t promise you’ll get rich quick with Feng Shui, but we think it’s worth the investment to see if you can attract wealth and money by using the principles of Feng Shui – in addition, of course, to continuing to search for work or doing what you can to keep your job.
First, locate the wealth area of your home, or of the room you’re decorating. This is the south-east area of the home, or, using the ba-gua map, it’s the area that is to the top left of the map. Place the map over the floor plan of the room or house to determine where the wealth area of the home is.
One color we associate with wealth is green, so start with using a light, or bright, green accent in that corner. You may have a favorite painting with predominantly green tones, or a pretty jade vase. If you want to use a plant to bring in the green, a money tree is a good option, as it will represent money and lively growth at the same time. Another good option is a jade plant; because jade plants grow slowly, and are associated with the precious stone, a jade plant will represent slow-growing wealth.
If you do choose to keep a plant – anywhere in the home – make sure you can dedicate the time and energy necessary to keep it thriving. A plant in your wealth area with vibrant green leaves, a plant that is healthy and robust, will represent the healthy, robust life of your finances; likewise, a plant with browning leaves, dry soil, and dusty leaves will represent allowing your finances to wither.
Not everyone has a green thumb; instead of hosting a living plant, you can use fresh water in the wealth area. If, instead of a plant, you want to try your hand at goldfish, they are an excellent representation of money for your wealth area. Again, make sure you take good care of the fish, so that they stay healthy, with their water changed frequently.
Much of Feng Shui is based on metaphor; the idea of money flowing freely is symbolized by flowing water. If you can’t maintain a flowing fountain, a picture of a waterfall or river will serve in place of the real thing.
Not up for taking care of any living thing? You can also use anything with the color of gold, or even gold itself. The idea here is that wealth attracts wealth: use luxe-look wall paper in the wealth area, or hang a picture of something beautiful you associate with the luxurious, wealthy life.
The options for working with Feng Shui to bring wealth into your life range from small, simple efforts to larger investments, such as installing a flowing fountain. Of course, you still have to keep your job, or do everything you can to get the résumés circulating. Using Feng Shui is a way to take an additional proactive step so that you’ll feel you’re really doing everything you can to bring wealth into your home and into your life.