January 25, 2010 · 12:33 am
Some people seem to have all the luck, don’t they? We all know someone who is well connected and constantly has advance knowledge of the best opportunities before everyone else does. She’s the one who finds the latest designer clothing at bargain basement prices, discovers the new vacation spot before it is over-run with polyester-clad tourists, and gets her resume in to human resources before the job has even been posted. She’s always in the right place at the right time…almost as if a Guardian Angel was watching over her and protecting her interests.
Maneki Neko Lucky Cat
Practitioners of Feng Shui believe it is possible to create your own good fortune. Keeping open to possible beneficial opportunity is the driving force behind all Feng Shui practice. One of the most important Feng Shui power locations relates to “Travel & Helpful People”. This location is directly opposite the “Wealth & Abundance” area on the Feng Shui Bagua map and they have direct impact on one another. Someone with an abundance of mentors, contacts, and helpful people in their life usually has a lot of luck with money matters.
In the working world, the currency worth more than currency itself–well, almost!–is who you know. Think of cultivating a large network of active contacts as your personal gold mine. This applies as much to a rabbi and his temple as it does to a sales & marketing executive or a soccer mom in need of a carpool buddy. The more people you know, the wider your circle of opportunity.
Every time you make contact with the people in your data base, you are reconnecting with them on an energetic level. Taking the time to touch base, say hello, and exchange information may lead to an unexpected opportunity. You ever know where the next opportunity is going to come from. That’s why it’s a great idea to collect business cards from people you meet no matter if their business is seemingly unrelated to yours. Even your neighborhood drycleaner could come in handy by introducing you to your next boss or boyfriend.
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Filed under Career, Creativity & Future Projects, Feng Shui, Feng Shui Home, Feng Shui Office, Love & Relationship, Self Help
Tagged as creating good karma, creating luck, Feng Shui, good luck e cards, how to network, lucky people, networking
January 23, 2010 · 11:21 am
Pic from CNN
Taking the high road is GREAT FENG SHUI. Conan O’Brian did just that with his exit speech from NBC. And the universe rewarded his class act with a $33M golden parachute. Read the full text or watch the video of his final performance for The Tonight Show and you’ll get a wonderful sense of this man’s character. If you’re facing a similar situation, figure out a way to turn lemons into lemonade. And don’t be surprised if the universe rewards you, too.
January 22, 2010 · 2:30 pm
Photo courtesy of NASA Hubble Telescope.
Think positive. Think creativity, success, wealth. Think big. One of the most important principles of feng shui involves the act of thinking (specifically, thinking about setting our intentions). Setting intentions means to use our mind to think about what we would like to manifest in this lifetime. Whether that be achieving our career goals, falling in love and starting a family, building a business, owning property, leading a creative lifestyle…all of these future dreams must first be thought out, then articulated. That is how we set intentions for good feng shui.
MIND, BODY, SPIRIT
When we intend something, we’ve put our mind behind it. That’s the thinking part. A thought is just a thought if it is never spoken. Kind of like that tree falling in the woods with no witness…does it make a noise when it falls if there is no one there to hear it?
In order for an intention to become reality, it has to be put into motion. In order to manifest the intention, we need to activate it. Activating anything takes energy.
Taking action involves body. The action taken in setting intentions is to speak the intention out loud and then to write it down.
So, where does spirit enter the picture? Spirit is reflected in what our intentions are. By setting our intentions with the highest integrity, we set the intention for the highest good of all concerned, not just the highest good for ourselves. In fact, by considering everyone’s highest good and specifying that no harm come to anyone as a result of setting the best intention, one is acting very selfishly because having such high intentions will guarantee that the very best karma will be attracted to us.
We tend to set limits for ourselves, holding our imaginations in check. When setting intentions for good feng shui, try to keep your intentions broad and open-ended. For example, instead of stating “ I would like to get a new job that pays me $5,000 more per year”, you would be better off saying, “I am open to finding a new career opportunity that rewards me handsomely for my talents”. Because, guess what? The universe could think you’re worth more than a $5,000 raise. Think about that! And let us know your own success stories with thinking positively.
Filed under Career, Feng Shui, Feng Shui Office, Self Help, Uncategorized
Tagged as attracting success, Feng Shui, mind body spirit, positive thinking, positive wishes for the new year, self empowerment, setting intentions, think big
January 17, 2010 · 2:24 pm
From time to time I like to do a feng shui analysis of photos I find online. Today’s LA Times has a featured “Home of the Week” of a modern mid-century home in Beverly Hills. The house is a long rectangle. The photo shown here is the media room. Does it have good feng shui? Yes. Here’s why:
*Because the location of the media room is to the left of the Mouth of Chi (entry door to home), looking at the location of the door I place the media room to be in the Career Area of the home. Since this home is and has been owned by people with entertainment careers, having a media room in this location enhances/strengthens that portion of their Career bagua.
*Because the Career sector of the bagua is activated by the color black, the sofa color is a good choice.
*Because the Career sector is activated by the element of water, the color black represents water and is doubly a good choice for the sofa. In addition, the huge windows represent water as well.
*The balance of yin-yang is good here: curvy couch, curvy track lighting, round ceramic tables, tiles with curvy lines….all of these curves offset the square and rectangular angles of the media center.
*Balance of elements is good: water (as mentioned above), metal(the track lights and accents), wood (the front of the cabinet), earth (the tiles and the ceramic tables), and a slight touch of fire (the red accent pillows on the couch). You don’t want too much fire here because you don’t want to dowse the influence of the water which is naturally located in the Career area.
What could be improved? I’d add a large round-leaved plant to bring in some green representing wealth, health, and breathing energy to this room. What would you do?
November 14, 2009 · 4:17 pm
Looking for a new job? What you do to prepare before you get the gig is just as crucial as how you perform once you get it. Here are my Top 10 Tips of Feng Shui Preparedness that can help give you the edge over your competition:
1) CLEAN SLATE
Be sure to clear out the clutter from home and car before you begin the interview process. Think of it as clearing the way for the new opportunity to easily find you.
2) WATER FEATURE
Water is one of the 5 essential elements of feng shui. So, drink up! Being dehydrated causes memory loss, headaches, confusion.
3) SET YOUR INTENTIONS
State of mind is very important. Just ask Shaq! The Lakers pre-visualize winning plays during meditation sessions before games. See yourself making eye contact, speaking confidently, and convincing the interviewer that you are the best person for the job.
4) KNOW THE FEELING
Next step? Let yourself feel what it feels like to land that position and bring home that paycheck. Revel in your success as if it has already happened.
5) EXTRA MOJO
Get yourself a silver box. Write 3 affirmations and put them into the box:
*The perfect job is mine in good time.
*I receive financial rewards for the excellent work that I do.
*I am an asset to the company that hires me.
Now place the box into the Travel & Helpful People Area of your home (the section immediately to the right as you enter your front door)>
6) ON FIRE
You see yourself winning, you feel like you’ve aced it, now light a candle in honor and gratitude for all of the opportunity and abundance in your life.
7) SLEEP ON IT
Get a good night’s sleep. Health is the foundation of wealth.
Remember to wear the powerful color red to activate and enliven your chi energy for the interview. Visible (necktie) or invisible (bra), red rocks your chi!
9) FRESH AIR
Breathe in, breathe out. Breathe in, breathe out. (Yoga breathing is calming).
10) JUST DO IT
You’re ready, you’re set. Now GO!
(Still nervous? Try the Calming Heart Sutra.)
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Tagged as attracting success, Feng Shui By Fishgirl, get a job, inspiration, Katy Allgeyer, personal development, preparing for interview
November 14, 2009 · 3:42 pm
Feng shui principles incorporate the belief that if we set our intentions, we will eventually manifest the goals that we set. Just how do we set intentions? First, we need to know what exactly it is that we want. If I were to ask you what you want from your work life, would you simply say “More money! Less work!” or would you say “I want a job that fullfills me” or perhaps “I want to make a difference and feel appreciated for the work I do!”. All of these are valid intentions.
Close your eyes and go back in time. What did you always think you might do when you grew up? Ask yourself, did your world revolve around reading books or did you spend a lot of time at the video arcade? Did you enjoy being outdoors or were you at your best sitting at a table with your coloring books? Were you the ringleader of your group of friends or were you the shy one? The answers to these questions might give you clues as to what activities in the workplace you are most suited to. Set your intentions to find a new dream job in 2010!
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Tagged as attracting success, business, dreams, Feng Shui By Fishgirl, finding a dream job, finding yourself, Katy Allgeyer, setting intentions
October 16, 2009 · 3:23 pm
Choosing holiday gifts to co-workers, vendors, clients, and employers shouldn’t become another burden to add to your stressful workload. Creating good chi (energy) through proper use of feng shui techniques is beneficial anytime and any place. During the holidays, when carolers incite us to “be of good cheer”, being of good chi is even better! Why not spread the good chi around? Here’s a list of holiday gifts that fill the niche of being cool things to receive, and, good for the recipient’s feng shui. (And because you are giving with good intentions, your own feng shui will also benefit.)
RED CANDLES The color red activates and stimulates. Red candles are available in abundance during the holiday season and can be found at Target or even Trader Joe’s at prices that won’t break your bank. Accompany a large red candle with a beautiful candle holder and a hand written note advising your recipient to light it in their Wealth, Fame, or Relationship areas of their bagua for good feng shui results. Those areas can be found at the upper left, middle, and right hand sides of any space you’re facing toward.
INCENSE Readily available at retailers everywhere, you might find a more sophisticated selection at yoga center gift shops. Look for classic scents such as jasmine, ginger, green tea, and patchouli. This gift will lift your hipness quotient quite a bit, too.
MOBILES Lightweight paper mobiles can be found in museum gift shops. A butterfly mobile is a good example that works for kids and grownups rooms. In Chinatown, one can find cocktail parasol mobiles at just about any shop. Mobiles function as art and as feng shui tools to add movement, stimulating good chi and opportunity, and creativity.
MONEY Wherever it’s appropriate, money is a definite chi booster. If it’s placed in a Red Pocket (a Chinese feng shui red envelope that you can find at any shop in Chinatown), it doubles the good fortune of both giver and receiver. The bright red envelopes with golden characters and artwork embossed on them make receiving that end-of-year bonus all the more fun.
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July 21, 2009 · 8:53 am
The clock is ticking. Your deadline looms ever closer. Pressure is mounting. Yet, you can’t seem to concentrate on the task at hand. Juggling multiple projects is your forte, so why the confusion and lack of concentration? Although it may very well be a classic case of spring fever and the advent of summer that’s got your mind wandering from the daily grind, you probably need look no further than your immediate environment for solutions to get you back up to speed at work.
Clutter on your desktop is the likely culprit. Faced with a pile of clutter in our work area, we consciously feel that hopeless sense of “where do I begin?”. Until the clutter is cleared away, we will not be able to work at optimum levels of energy and enthusiasm. In short, the outward confusion directly impacts our inner confusion. To borrow a phrase that Cher said to Nicolas Cage in “Moonstruck”, “ Snap out of it!”.
1) Survey your surroundings at the end of the day. Put away all loose paperwork and equipment. Keep your files updated and ready to access.
2) Organize the tools of your trade. Have a good supply of all the items you need to work on your project before you begin, so you don’t lose precious time running out to an office supply store when your creative juices are flowing. Put every tool in its place when your work day is done.
3) Set goals and create a “to do” list that you can refer to throughout the day. Check off tasks as they are completed. Add new tasks as they come up. It’s a simple solution to keeping you focused on what needs to get done.
4) Schedule breaks to deal with colleagues (or kids if you work at home) all at once, rather than letting them interrupt your work flow whenever they choose. You’ll be able to focus more sharply on your project when you know you have uninterrupted chunks of time.
5) Respect yourself. Without clutter and confusion, there is clarity. The job gets done and you get to go home on time.
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