What Does Prosperity Mean To You?
By Jenny T. Liu, M.A.



One of the first things to understand about how to increase prosperity is that there are many different concepts of wealth to consider. A person’s concept of wealth depends on their level of satisfaction, and varies depending on their personal priorities and belief systems.

Some people are content and feel prosperous as long as they have enough food on the table and a protective roof over their head. Some feel wealthy only if they can buy fancy clothes all the time, while others base wealth on physical well-being and their health. As long as they are in good health, they feel wealthy.

Even among the group of people who feel wealthy if they have shelter and food, there are different levels of food and shelter that are acceptable! Some are fine with economic fast food and apartment living, while others need organic foods and a spacious home.

For some, knowing they are amassing wealth is necessary to their mental well-being. They only feel secure when they are making money, even if they have plenty or have more than they can use. Money becomes for them, a security blanket.

Ironically, this security blanket can also become a castle wall or fortress; it can lock them in to the point where they can’t go anywhere outside without feeling vulnerable to being kidnapped, robbed or asked to donate.

In many cultures, great, showy wealth is a status symbol, while in other cultures wealth is simply having a stable job, food and shelter. Self-cultivated and enlightened persons are aware that money is not the purpose of life.

You can’t take earthly wealth with you, no matter how much you have. True peace of mind, saving the environment and having enough money to contribute to humanity is lasting wealth that will carry on beyond your physical death. A simple life of contentment is true wealth.

Because everyone has a different karma, varied sets of skills and abilities, different types of knowledge, culture, tolerances, interests, genes and life cycles, the first step to wealth is to know who you are so you can cultivate your strengths and minimize your weaknesses. When you know who you are, you can set your sights on a path that will lead you to your ideal of wealth — whatever it may be.

Connection with the world, your clients in business, and connection with your innermost desires are imperative to becoming prosperous. Without connection, there can be no interaction of energies, and interaction of energies is what feeds and energizes us.

Because we are replenished by energy transference, it is necessary to be aware of the energy sources with which you surround yourself. This is the primary function of feng shui — to ensure your environment supports you in a positive manner and your personal energy is strong and supportive of your goals and dreams.

In the matter of wealth and business, your connection with potential and enduring customers is what will make the difference in your bottom line. Positive word of mouth and referrals are the highest praise any customer can give your business, making it your most valuable asset in attaining true wealth.

Positive word of mouth from your customers begins with good service, which includes a variety of aspects. First of all, your advertising must be strong and clear, reflecting the strength of your service. The customer will also want to feel that your business is competitive in the market and that you are on the cutting edge of process and trends.

You can easily connect your business to the customer’s needs on the internet with a newsletter, special events, offers and gifts. Participate in expos and exhibitions where potential customers can experience your service.

When they see your expertise and connect with a warm, sincere personality, they will feel confident about choosing your services over someone else’s. Provide a follow-up service when applicable, so the customer knows they will be taken care of during the process of procuring your business.

Just as important as making a connection with your customer, is connecting with yourself. Do what you love and love what you do. Love is the greatest investment you can make in anything you do and it is the root of success and true wealth in every aspect of life — your relationships, health, prosperity and general well-being. Positive attracts positive. The more you give, the more you receive.

People who are successful are usually doing something meaningful that they are passionate about and which contributes something to society. Doing something you are passionate about is what compatibility is all about.

When you care about something or possess the natural skills to perform a certain service, the work will be more engaging and energizing, than hard and monotonous. Your interest and focus will be heightened, thus your work will be powerful and attractive.

When your work is stressful, a burden, or a source of frustration, you will likely not do your job well, possibly harming others or creating negative karma that could bring negative events or money loss in your life.

Remember the work or field you choose to do creates karma for you. If you produce pollution in your factory, poisons in your products, induce violent behavior in your toys, this will karmically come back to collect from you — if not in this lifetime, then in the next.

The world is constantly learning until we get it right. Enlightened beings will find that wealth is not for keeping, it is for sharing, for we come with empty hands and leave with empty hands. Make your wealth in an efficient way with peace and smooth sailing.

When you get wealth and you understand the laws of nature, you will find it natural to share it with friends and family and with the world to encourage peace and cultivate humanity.

Jenny Liu holds a Bachelors’ 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, visit: Liu-FengShui.com or call her at (626) 272-4901


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