By Jenny Liu
Voice of the Millennium



 Feng shui is about seeing the big picture, of looking beyond the present, of creating a sustainable environment for the future. An environment that provides for us today and tomorrow.

Feng shui offers guidance through nature. Nature never takes more than it can give. Nature does not discriminate. Nature thrives on change and is constantly evolving.

Based on the laws of nature, feng shui does not discriminate and can apply to all of us, because natural forces affect us all regardless of our nationality, gender or age. When it rains, we all get wet, when the earth quakes, we all move, when the sun does not shine, we are all in darkness. The power of nature reminds us we are all human, we are one species sharing one Earth.

How wonderful if we could enjoy our differences as a thing of beauty, of variety, as another wonderful flavor in life. Why should we let differences get in the way of our progress? No matter what color or religion, we are all brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers, daughters and sons. It may be human nature to fear the unknown, to feel uncomfortable with what we do not understand. Or perhaps, we are afraid to learn something new, because it may change our way of thinking, change who we are. Should we fear change so much?

Let us look to nature which is never fearful of change. Winter awakes to spring. Spring blossoms into summer. Summer brings harvest to autumn and autumn brings rest to winter. It is this ongoing cycle of change that makes our world so beautiful and full of wonder. Day shall never know night — one is completely opposite from the other — yet they know exactly when to give way to the other. There is no dispute as to which is right or wrong, who is better or worse. As the sun sets, the moon will rise and as the moon sets, the sun will rise. They are in perfect balance.

We cannot deny that we react in certain ways to our environment according to the laws of nature. Feng shui lets us understand these patterns so we can create an environment that promotes family cooperation, personal happiness and business productivity and success. Having all these levels of energy harmonized with the laws of nature is like focusing a picture. Everything becomes clear. You understand who you are, you know what your purpose in life is, and you realize how to deal with problems. Feng shui is about “synchronicity,” meaning that everything around you works together to stimulate you with positive energy and allowing you to live at your fullest potential.

When an environment has good feng shui, we create an aura of confidence that naturally promotes good judgment and harmony. When we cannot adjust our environment’s feng shui, then we must adjust our own energy through positive thinking. Like attracts like. Positive energy attracts positive outcomes and vice versa. Our attitude and perspective can make a great impact on whether we are successful or constantly feeling stuck. Do we see a cup as half full or empty? Sometimes, failure is success in disguise, giving us a new opportunity to try something new or to start afresh. If we can see mistakes as lessons in life, then we are not doing wrong, only constantly learning and improving ourselves.

Feng shui is about mutual benefit and support. Applying feng shui to our environment means creating a place that promotes us. In our homes or workplace, each of us is vital to the well-being of the whole. We all need to create environments that make us individually strong so we can do our best to contribute to the whole.

Let us all appreciate each other’s solo voices, but realize that it is when our voices come together in a chorus, all in tune with each other, that we are most powerful. Please let us remember that we are all important in our contributions. The voices of those on stage are only as loud as there is the audience to hear it. The audience is just as important as the musician. No matter how beautiful and meaningful a song, without those to hear and be touched by it, it is as good as silence.

Let us create for the common good of all. Let us beget creation through creation, and peace through peace. Time has healed and will continue to heal the wounds of the past, and it is now time to move forward and begin anew.

Jenny Liu holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Design from UC Berkeley and a Masters Degree in Architecture from UCLA. She is an expert in the 8,000 year old Chinese philosophy of Feng Shui who also shares her knowledge through seminars, workshops, periodicals and the internet. Awarded for her Master’s Thesis on Feng Shui, Ms. Liu is a fourth-generation practitioner with her own consulting firm. For more information, see her website at Liu-FengShui.com. Join us for feng shui tea time. Enjoy enlightening and uplifting conversation in a casual setting at the home of father and daughter feng shui masters. Sat., Jan. 31 “How to Refresh Your Feng Shui for 2004” (including Nine Star Chart.) and Sat., Feb. 28 “Feng Shui Chi Art: Grand Master Liu’s New Energy Paintings.” All your questions about feng shui and life are welcome and answered. A fine selection of teas and desserts will be served. 2 hours. $20 per person. (626) 862-1788 for reservations.

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