As I may have mentioned when I was first introduced to Western Feng Shui or Black Hat Sect Feng Shui back in 1996 I was a full on skeptic.
So, when Erin (Western Feng Shui consultant and later teacher) first came to my two bed flat I did not believe that positive change would come about – even though the recommendations seemed logical!
I even remember Erin advising me to remove the ivy from my rear garden wall and guaranteeing that my relationship would take off as a result. In the back of mind I thought this was a bold and rather foolish statement.
Whilst tearing down the ivy I remember thinking to myself that I’d ‘lost the plot’ and what a foolish way to spend a weekend.
However, something did shift that weekend and my partner knocked on my door on Monday evening with a bunch of flowers in hand. It proved to be the turning point in our relationship. It was events like these that soon replaced skepticism with joy and belief that Feng Shui actually does work!
So, belief is not necessarily a prerequisite when starting out. It’s always good to test out ideas and see if they make a difference before whole heartedly believing in them. We are, after all, intelligent individuals who like to experience proof!
However, one cannot ignore the fact that Western Feng Shui or Black Hat Sect Feng Shui teaches us that our homes are extensions of ourselves. What’s happening in our home simply reflects our inner energy field or inner state.
For example, moving water in the home traditionally represents money so pay careful attention to leaky lumbing which can indicate a financial loss. Equally, overflowing drains can indicate an overload of emotional issues.
If we are so deeply interconnected with our homes then we have the power to make our Feng Shui cures or hanges even more effective by using personal empowerments or the power of intention.
Feng Shui power of intention is what Master Lin Yun, founder of the Black Hat Sect Feng Shui or Western Feng Shui movement, advocates. He has stated that by using the power of intention you can enhance your cures and placement by up to 120%.
By this I mean being totally aware of every change that you make in the home and setting clear goals and bjectives of what you’d like the outcome to be. This is the power of intention!
Don’t forget that where intention goes, energy follows! We are not just talking about your conscious intention here we are also talking about your subconscious intention. So, as you Feng Shui your home make sure that all changes andcures are implemented with positive and strong intent (Feng Shui power of intention).
When you focus mind, body and soul on the changes you are making you are setting yourself up for success!
So, how do you go about becoming clear about your intention? Traditionally, Black Hat Sect Feng Shui or Western Feng Shui encourages the following ritual which you are welcome to try.
Firstly, once you’ve implemented a change in the home you’ll want to clear it of all negative energy. To do this, you can use what’s called the ‘dispersing mudra’. A mudra is a hand position used traditionally by monks, clergymen
and Popes as a way of calling in or invoking energy.
The dispersing mudra is achieved by extending your index and pinky fingers outwards, curling your middle and ring fingers inwards towards your palm and holding them in place by your thumb. Then, flick your middle and ring fingers outwards so that you dispel the negative energy surrounding the object or cure you’ve implemented.
Repeat this action three or nine times whilst chanting the mantra ‘om mani padme hum’ again three or nine times.
The mantra ‘om mani padme hum’ is my favorite mantra and means ‘jewel in the heart of the lotus’. It refers to our Buddha nature or greatest potential for good which arises from the lotus, a symbol of compassion. This mantra is particularly effective for dispelling negativity and bringing about peace and harmony.
So far then, you’ll have used the mudra associated with the power of the body plus the mantra associated with the power of speech to energize your Feng Shui cures.
Lastly, all you need to do is visualize a desired outcome whilst using the mantra and the mudra at the same time. You’ll then be using the power of the mind plus speech plus body to fully balance the energy.
I appreciate that chanting in Sanskrit may seem rather odd, especially if you are a beginner. However, if this seems too ‘left of field’ then at least try visualizing your desired outcome.
For example, are you trying to bring a new relationship into your life? What would this chap look like? Are you trying to create a lively setting for social gatherings? Who would you invite? What would you eat and drink?
In short, make sure you set time aside for clarifying your intent. Once you are clear about what you are trying to achieve you can then let go and create the right environment for success!