It’s that time of year again: Treasure Mapping time! This is when you can make use of the powerful first new moon of the astrological year to set your feng shui intentions for your life. For 2012 the Aries new moon falls on March 22 next week. Tracy Abbott was my guest blogger and gave us detailed instructions on how to prepare for ==and make== a personal treasure map. Start at this post from year’s past and continue to part 2 at end.
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I just discovered this wonderful post on the Malavika Blog. She gives 5 terrific tips on setting intentions for your day. I couldn’t have done a better job–go see:
It’s that time of year again: Treasure Mapping time! This is when you can make use of the powerful first new moon of the astrological year to set your feng shui intentions for your life. Tracy Abbott was my guest blogger and gave us detailed instructions on how to prepare for ==and make== a personal treasure map. Start at this post from last April and continue to part 2 at end.
Here’s a picture of my Personal Feng Shui Treasure Map for 2010. I’m a painter and a writer as well as a feng shui consultant so for me it seemed natural to simply paint the words of my intentions in the correct colors to correspond to the bagua map. I didn’t need magazine visuals. I didn’t need a lot of time (I completed the project within one hour although I have been thinking about my intentions for days now).
The words resonate powerfully for me and I like the way my manifestation board looks. I have it hanging in the Love & Relationship area of my home which corresponds to the Wisdom & Knowledge area of my studio. So, if you’re strapped for time today but you still want to take advantage of Tracy Cook’s astrological timing for creating your Personal Feng Shui Treasure Map, take inspiration from me—you don’t even need to paint them like I did. You can simply take the time to write them down on a large piece of paper using magic markers to activate the colors that correspond to the bagua.
Wealth= Red, Purple, Green or Gold metallic
Love & Relationship= Red, Pink, White
Family & Health= Blues/Greens
Tai Chi Center= Golden yellows
Creativity & Children= grey and black and all the colors
Wisdom & Knowledge= greens blues
Travel & helpful people= deep blues/greys/black
I sincerely hope that sharing my own Personal Feng Shui Treasure Map has helped you to realize that you CAN create your own map and there is no such thing as “perfect” or “should be done this way”. Use your own available time, energy, and ideas to create a vision of health, prosperity, and love for your life! Send me your pics of your maps if you’d like to share with our readers. Good luck!
I’ve got some exciting news! Noted Los Angeles astrologer and writer Tracy Cook will be sharing her method of creating a Personal Feng Shui Treasure Map with us. A treasure map is a road map of personally selected intentions/hopes/goals that you would like to attract into your life.
You may know these treasure maps under a different name: Vision Boards, Intention Boards, Manifestation Maps, Dream/Wish Board (see some more examples of Treasure Maps and Manifestation Boards here)…what’s different–AND BETTER!!!– about Tracy’s method is that she sets up the board in accordance with feng shui bagua areas. And, Tracy also uses astrology to figure out the optimum time to create your board.
The idea is to take advantage of the first four days of the lunar cycle of the first astrology sign (Aries). This year you will begin assembling your Personal Feng Shui Treasure Map on April 14th at 8:28AM. Ideally, you should complete your “work of art” (for that is essentially what you are doing, creating a collage on a board that is both visually and energetically attractive) within the first four days of the new moon cycle April 14-18th.
If you need more time, try to finish it before April 28th to take advantage of the full potency of the astrological timing. (There will be Mercury retrograde beginning April 18th so it’s optimum to try to complete your project before then).
WHAT PREPARATION SHOULD YOU DO NOW?
1] DREAM BIG! Start thinking about what you want to manifest and attract to you. What personal treasures do you want to uncover this year? Will you focus on love? Career? Money? Spirituality? Health? Creativity? Fame? Travel? All of the above? Spend some time in deep thought to discover what is important to you so that you can find the visual representation of those visions to use on your poster board.
2] SPRING CLEANING NOW! You must align your space with feng shui. Begin by cleaning and clearing your space in the next 3 weeks. More info on why this is important here at Tracy’s website. Get rid of anything broken, unused, unloved. Make space for new opportunities to find you.
3] BEGIN COLLECTING MAGAZINES with photos that you can cut out pictures and words that will represent your dreams, visions, and goals—the “treasure” you want to map out!—so you’ll have a great supply of visuals to work with come April.
4] GATHER YOUR SUPPLIES– a poster board, glue sticks, scissors, magic markers, art supplies if you plan to draw your own visuals…See Tracy’s website post regarding Treasure Maps for more info and then check back with Feng Shui By Fishgirl for Tracy’s instructional post “Personal Feng Shui Treasure Map Part II: Making Your Map” in early April.
PART II OF THIS ARTICLE IS NOW READY! CLICK HERE
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.
1) I will surround myself in my home space only with things I like or love.
2) I will cultivate relationships only with people that I like or love.
3) I will repair items and friendships that are worth saving and discard ones that aren’t.
4) I will be conscious of expressing myself in a positive way.
5) I will remove clutter from my space and my mind.
6) I will examine my space and rearrange things for a better energy flow.
7) I will be more conscious of sustainable practices so that I leave a smaller footprint on the earth’s surface.
8) I will keep up my gratitude journal and teach others how to create one.
9) I will not save the smudge stick, incense, and candles for special occasions.
10) I will eat more chocolate.
What will you do to improve your life in 2010?
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!
Feng shui lucky number 9 is in triplicate today! Use the day to set intentions for new wishes/dreams, setting goals for future projects, getting organized for success. Launching intentions on 9-9-09 should give you an extra boost of Qi (chi = energy).
What makes 9 so special?
There are 9 parts to the feng shui bagua map. Multiples of 9 are used for sacred things like mala beads (prayer strands will have 27 or 108 beads in them for reciting repetitive mantras, 9’s are also used for “red envelopes” to seal feng shui Qi energy after feng shui wisdom is offered). The Chinese grocery store “99 Ranch” used 99 for ‘double luck’. When selecting fish for a lucky fishtank, 8 black and one gold = 9, or, 8 gold and one black.
Remember when we were kids and we used to play pretend? Sometimes we pretended what we wanted to be when we grew up. For every policeman and soldier out there today is a kid who loved to play with waterpistols in the backyard. A lot of nurses and paramedics once were aces at “playing doctor”. Many firemen were little boys who dreamed of becoming firemen when they got big enough. Dream jobs—wouldn’t it be great if we could all be working our dream jobs? Why can’t we?!
If you’re stuck in that proverbial rut at a job you hate with a boss you like even less, well, chances are you have lost touch with your long-ago childhood dream. Or, having realized the dream, you found it was not exactly what you thought it would be (long hours, impossible deadlines, and low pay just aren’t in the realm of a child’s imagination!).
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 fulfills 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. Yes, I know the economy is in the toilet and you might feel lucky to have any job at all. Sometimes we need motivation to follow our dreams and hitting rock bottom can be a real opportunity to just GO FOR IT!