Isn’t it nice to take shortcuts? The appeal of saving time, energy, and money is irresistible. Who doesn’t want results quickly? From 30-minute meals, 20-minute abs, 5-minute face-lifts, to the 1-minute manicure, we live in a culture of instant gratification.
Although these capsule programs have their merits, they do not necessarily offer long-term results or the sustainable transformations we need and desire. Without a doubt, the lasting things in life simply cannot be attained in a matter of minutes. We are only cheating ourselves if we think that’s possible.
Keep this idea of shortcuts in mind as we explore the law of cause and effect, which is at the core of effective feng shui. Did you know that you can tell right now if you have good or bad feng shui? If you feel financially sound, enjoy a good relationship, and are in good health, you likely have good feng shui and caused this by intuitively aligning your energy with that of your home.
By the same token, if you are broke, suffer in your marriage, or are in poor health, you likely have bad feng shui and have also caused this on some level.
The effect you experience is the result of a cause. The effort you put into something determines what you get out of it. We’ve all heard the adage, “You get what you pay for,” however, you also have to pay for what you want.
This brings to mind Malcolm Gladwell’s book, Outliers. Mr. Gladwell researched what it was that made people like Bill Gates and J. Robert Oppenheimer so successful. According to Gladwell, being successful comes down to the “10,000- Hour Rule,” which means practicing a specific task for 10,000 hours. This is equal to doing something 8 hours a day, 5 days a week, for 4.8 years; or 1 hour a day, 7 days a week, for about 27 years. In other words, to be successful at something, you must be persistent in your practice.
When your feng shui or environment supports your success rather than goes against it, it can feel like a shortcut. Being aligned with the earth’s energy, connected to nature’s wisdom, and surrounded by positive affirmations specific to your cause is like the effect of a living actualization meditation. But like the 10,000-Hour Rule, the natural law of cause and effect requires persistence to create sustaining results.
It is unrealistic to expect that quick, superficial, generic, one-time feng shui fixes will give you immediate long-lasting results. Adjusting your feng shui should be a mindful, consistent practice to truly help you achieve lasting success.
Different levels of feng shui adjustments create different results. The highest and most refined levels of feng shui adjustments engage your mind, body, and spirit and connect you to the dimensions of higher intelligence.
An example of high-level feng shui is Grand Master Chi Jen Liu’s Chi Art. His paintings contain special symbols, the theory of the five elements, oracles of the Yi-Jing, talismans, and mantras, all of which are visual messages. Your right brain is especially receptive to these visual messages and connects them to your subconscious mind. This not only allows you to emanate a new positive energy that attracts similar energies, it triggers a physical response to take action toward manifesting what you want into reality.
Let me share with you a Chi Art that promotes wealth, peace, and nobility from generation to generation. “Trees Bring Permanent Prosperity” portrays blooming spring trees on the left and bare winter trees on the right of a flowing river. The trees are grouped in three and four. The numbers 3 and 4 are associated to the wood element and represent a commitment to growth and collaboration for peace all year long.
At the bottom of the painting are tree branches reaching for the earth like roots to absorb nutrients, they also have diagrams encoded within them to attract prosperity. At the center top, eight trees reach up to heaven to receive fantasy fortune. Their blessings are doubled in the water’s reflection. As you meditate upon this Chi Art, visualize yourself as the trees growing towards the sun and drinking in the earth’s energy through your roots. As long as you are connected to heaven and earth, you will always enjoy abundance.
Being in any environment where you are constantly exposed to positive visual messages is a persistent, repetitive action that activates success in reaching your goals. Nothing can substitute for the infallible results of consistent effort, a supportive environment, and the reliability of accumulated experience.
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 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 info, please visit: Liu-FengShui.com or call (626) 272-4901.