Does life just get ahead of you sometimes? Can the state of world affairs seem overwhelming? How can we balance our own personal well-being with our responsibility to the world around us? Where is our inner peace? These are big questions that I have been asking for some time. With the help of Feng Shui, heres an answer Ive found for myself.
An ancient Chinese system, Feng Shui asks us to see everything as energy. The fundamental Chi energy that makes up all things from humans to animals to plants to the chair youre sitting on imbues each person or thing with their own level of vitality.
The amount and quality of Chi energy we embody can vary. Just think of a drooping plant. Its condition of Chi is certainly different than a plant that is at its peak of glory. The task for us all is to regulate the quality and amount of Chi we encounter and possess.
This is the basic reason for doing Feng Shui in your home. Learning to identify and rectify inauspicious Ch’i in our spaces is important. When the objects around you and their relationships to one another produce a harmonious, revitalizing and auspicious level of Chi, you are supported, and life can be good.
Another basic Feng Shui principle explains that the Chi in all things is connected. This is where we can begin to appreciate that not only our outer world, but our inner life as well, holds a level of balance and harmony that affects our own lives as well as all others around us.
I call this internal part of life our Inner Feng Shui. As we seek balance on the outside, in our home, work space and other physical environments, so too do we seek balance on the inner planes. As there are principles, guidelines and standards for addressing the outer world using Feng Shui, so too are there very specific ways to address our Inner Feng Shui.
I Hold the Power of Peace
Through years of personal inquiry, I have sought to understand and maneuver this inner life and identify the personal empowerment techniques that best work for me. Study, trial and error and personal experience have led me to utilize and recommend a specific process that I have come to rely upon to reestablish my equilibrium when my Inner Feng Shui is disrupted.
This technique is highlighted in my book, I Hold the Power of Peace. Forty-eight pages provide a thorough description of this technique. You can get your own copy. The hard copy is $6.95 and the e-book only $1.99. Begin practicing Inner Feng Shui today.
Briefly, the technique focuses on these steps:
Inner Peace Step #1: Be Aware of Your Thoughts
Every thought we think is directing our lives. As with each piece of furniture in our home, each thought in our head is holding its own energy. How we resonate with this energy determines whether we are happy, sad, angry or peaceful.
Becoming aware of and choosing specific thoughts to fulfill our intentions is crucial to leading us to desired outcomes. Thoughts alone do not propel us to our desired result. They start the process of manifestation and are the essential first step.
The emotions our thoughts generate signal our resonance with their Chi. Should a thought create an adverse reaction, it is showing you that it is not supporting your personal energy. Emotions are a wonderful gauge. They provide an innate and immediate system for deciphering whether our thoughts are propelling us toward our hearts desire.
Inner Peace Step #2: Use Your Imagination
Once you recognize that a thought is not leading you in the direction you desire, replace it with a new one. I have developed a collection of what I call Feel Good Stories to draw upon when my disposition grows sour.
A Feel Good Story can be an actual recollection of something that has taken place or a scene that you devise for yourself. It should be a situation that makes you smile, lifts your heart or raises your spirits. Only a few seconds of recalling this story can shift your Chi dramatically for the better.
As a grandmother, my newest Feel Good Stories have me remembering times with my two-year-old grandson. Thinking of his joy in splashing in the pool with his grandfather or the utter excitement and anticipation as he literally danced from animal to animal at the zoo definitely make me feel good.
Can you conjure up your own Feel Good Story? Perhaps the face of a newborn baby or a puppy enjoying the sun on his face make you smile. Do any of the photos above create a positive reaction? If so, they can be your first Feel Good Story!
A favorite joke or family antidote can lighten a mood. Think of all of the You Tube videos and Facebook posts that go viral. Most are definitely Feel Good Stories. As long as it makes you feel good, you can imagine any story you want.
Inner Peace Step #3: Create a Feeling
We must now connect the thought and imagination to a feeling. This is where the essential energy work of Inner Feng Shui takes place and starts to create the energy of inner peace.
Each of our feelings is generating some level of Chi at all times. Recognizing our lesser feeling thoughts, shifting to a better feeling thought, then feeling the effect of this shift is what raises your Chi and improves your Inner Feng Shui.
Recollecting holding my sweet cat Isabel and envisioning her robust purr as she trusts me to care for and love her, I can literally feel a warm sensation emanating from my heart area. Now thats good Chi and good Inner Feng Shui!
You Can Hold the Power of Peace
Can you give these steps a try? None of us can be totally happy and calm all the time. Having a go-to process to bring us back to center, the place of personal peace, can help to significantly improve not only our individual lives but the lives of those around you.
When our personal Ch’i is flowing smoothly, it radiates out to enhance and enrich others. Our balanced Inner Feng Shui creates a peace that has the power to transform others’ energy and lives as well.
As I write in I Hold the Power of Peace:
Expand your personal practice of Feng Shui by trying these Inner Feng Shui methods. The power and potential of the inner peace you hold is valuable.
Please comment below about your experience of Inner Feng Shui and consciously creating inner peace for yourself. Your efforts will not go unnoticed. We can all build a happy, harmonious, peaceful world together.