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HSUN GUA (WEALTH SECTOR) FROM THE INSIDE
OUT by Stephanie Roberts
gua, commonly called the "wealth" area of the ba
gua, is more accurately named "fortunate blessings." Just as true
abundance is about more than just financial wealth, the energy of hsun
gua encompasses all of the good things that enrich our lives: friends,
family, experiences and things, as well as money.
Grab your Prosperity Journal, or a pad of paper and a pen, and check
out what you find in all the hsun gua corners of your home. In
addition to the usual sha chi suspects (dirt, clutter, and untidiness,
as well as secret arrows and anything worn or shabby) what else is going
on in hsun gua? What catches your eye in these areas?
Be alert for imagery (artwork, photos, symbols) that implies scarcity,
poverty, or difficulty in any way. For example, a ship under full sail
on calm seas is a positive image, but if caught in a storm or involved
in a naval battle it's not the kind of symbol you want to have in this
Removing inappropriate objects and imagery from hsun gua makes
space for feng shui cures and wealth symbols. But what else might you
consider a "fortunate blessing?" Your family and friends, your health,
a job you love? Of all the people, things, and experiences that have
already filled your life, what do you feel especially grateful for?
Place something in hsun gua (a photograph or memento) as an expression
of your gratitude and a reminder that prosperity in its broadest sense
implies satisfaction with all areas of your life, not just money.
On the outer level, hsun gua is about the blessings that we receive;
on the inner level, it's about how open we are to receiving those blessings.
Most of us, when we are in need of money, assume that we are ready to
receive it--preferably in vast quantities, and the sooner the better!
The problem is that our focus remains on what we lack, so that's what
we attract: more lack, more wanting, more feeling anxious about money.
When you feel anxious about money you feed the state of not having enough
with your mental and emotional energy.
Lack and want are constricting emotions that get in the way of your
ability to receive. Our awareness of not having enough is strongest
when we envy what others have. It is impossible to feel envy if you
are content with what you have, so envy is a sign that you are experiencing
lack--even if you appear to be prospering. Envy makes us acutely aware
of what we don't have, and it pushes our prosperity further away.
Here's a good way to turn the negative energy of envy around to work
in your favor: any time you feel envious, take a deep breath and say
to yourself, "Whatever good happens to others can also happen to me."
Imagine that you have what you envy: see yourself driving your new Mercedes,
or owning your own home, or wearing designer clothes, or writing checks
to pay all your bills in full knowing you have plenty of money in the
Hold this mental image for as long as it takes for you to feel "I have"
instead of "I want." This means you have to let go of wanting it, and
pretend that you already have it. Do this a dozen times a day if you
need to, and soon you won't feel as envious anymore. Someone drives
by in a shiny new Mercedes and it lifts your heart instead of sinking
it, because you are confident that you'll be driving a new Mercedes
of your own someday.
This is what opening to receive feels like. You know what you want,
and you feel good because you trust that it will come to you. No matter
how dire your present circumstances may be, you know that the future
will be better. The more you can feel good about anything having to
do with money--even if it's just for a few seconds at a time--the more
you flex your receiving "muscles" and start allowing good things to
come your way.
(Most questions will have been edited for clarity
and length, and any identifying details have been changed. Please note
that due to the high volume of email I receive, it is no longer possible
for me to respond to every question personally. I still welcome your
questions, and if I cannot provide a personal response I will try to
address your issue in a future Q+A column.)
Q: We recently built a new home and I'm not sure how to apply the ba gua to the second floor, which is smaller than the ground floor of the house. When applying the ba gua to the 2nd floor, do I lay the bagua just over that area, or does it go over the entire outline of the home?
A: The ba gua for the second floor only applies
to that space. If the second floor does not have the same "footprint"
as the ground floor, then the ba gua will be different. Keep in mind
that, when looking at the second floor, the "entry" is wherever you
enter that level of the home at the top of the stairs. Therefore, the
entry location to the second floor may be very different from the entry
to the main floor.
The second floor ba gua, in my opinion, is not very important. Usually,
this floor is divided into bedrooms for various family members, whereas
the ground floor usually contains the kitchen, dining room, family and
living rooms: spaces shared by the entire family. For second floor (or
other non-main-floor) spaces, I very often ignore the ba gua for the
entire floor, and just concentrate on ba gua and layout of each individual
Each person's bedroom is their private space, and to a greater or lesser
extent is outside yourfeng shui jurisdiction. As a parent, you do have
some influence over your children's spaces, but the older the child
the greater freedom he or she should have in feng shui-ing (or not)
their own bedroom.
A more important factor to keep in mind is that the master bedroom should
be in a "commanding position" relative to the entire house and the front
door -- ideally this is in the back half of the house, above the main
floor. If the master bedroom is in the front of the house and the children's
bedrooms are at the back, or if the master bedroom is on the ground
floor and the children are upstairs, the children are "in command" of
the family and the natural order of family life is upset. In either
of these cases, a photograph of the parents (or parent, in a single-parent
home) placed in the command position of each child's bedroom helps to
restore authority where it belongs.
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