Written by Laura Morris.
You often see promises of instant wealth associated with the practice of Feng Shui. Many of us think of this ancient art as superstitious and filled with get-rich-quick tips. I have to admit that before I began studying Feng Shui I thought it was all about increasing cold hard cash for businesses. But I have learned through study and practice that the fortune and riches one reaps from Feng Shui are blessings and strong chi.
Having said that, many people still want to know how they can change their fortunes so they can be more financially prosperous. A couple of years back it was reported that a man in Australia won over $1 million in a home lottery after he glued a gold coin to his front step. Headlines read
Feng Shui triggers jackpot win. He had actually won two prior lotteries over the course of a year and after placing the coin. It created a bit of a stir in the Feng Shui community and was picked up by quite a few media outlets.
Was it Feng Shui at work? Well, yes and no. While not a traditional Feng Shui cure, the gluing of the gold coin was that individual's symbolic way of inviting in more wealth but it was only a small part in a series of predetermined occurrences and self-made opportunities. Many unknown factors could have contributed to his win. Simply put, it was a perfect storm of destiny, timing and opportunity that resulted in his good fortune.
An individual's fortune is divided into five areas (factors of fate): Destiny, Luck, Karma, Feng Shui and Self-Improvement. You can group them into three types of fortune: Destiny, Karma and Motivation. An individual can impact Karma and Motivation; but Destiny (luck) is predetermined by the cosmos. The positive quality of each of these will determine how much good fortune an individual will reap throughout his or her life.
Destiny and Luck is the luck you were born with. Your birth date and birth order, where you were born, who your parents are: these are all factors that were determined by the cosmos and are beyond our control. Unfortunately, or maybe fortunately, you cannot do anything to change this luck but you can make changes to the other types of fortune.
Karma is linked to the actions you take in your life. What kind of person do you want to be? How do you treat others? Your fortune is influenced by the actions you take to improve not only your situation but those of others. By doing charitable works and selfless deeds you can create a more positive existence (for this life and the next).
Feng Shui and self-improvement is the good fortune you can bring about by working hard, educating yourself and being motivated to make positive changes. Thoughtful motivations and intentions should be in place before undertaking Feng Shui to improve your physical space. This is where you take stock of your life and decide to make a change. Am I in the right job? Am I surrounded by the right people? Often this is challenging and unpleasant but, as they say, if it were easy everyone would do it. Feng Shui is placed in this group because you are improving your surroundings and quality of life (and your chi). However, Feng Shui can only be successful if you have taken the other elements above into account.
There is no substitute for hard work.
So can people change their fortunes? Yes - by focusing on the things they can control. Perhaps you can't change your birth destiny, but by working on improving your quality of life and by pushing yourself to become a better person, you can alter the path of your life. Opportunities and challenges will present themselves along your journey; how you use those opportunities and tackle those challenges will determine your fortune.
Many blessings and Namaste.
Note: The purpose of this article is for reference and as guide. I hope you find these Feng Shui articles informative and useful. These writings are meant to inspire you to delve deeper into Feng Shui as a practice. For more detailed Feng Shui exploration in your life I encourage you to seek out a qualified Feng Shui consultant.
Laura Morris is a certified Feng Shui consultant www.morrisfengshui.com.