Every shape in our lives has meaning and influences our lives in some way. The parcel of land your home is one of the simplest examples of this connection between shapes and our lives. For example, the shape of your land shows whether your life will be stable or changing. Each shape has particular benefits and drawbacks associated with it’s represented element. Let’s look at the three most common land shapes and what they mean for the inhabitants.
LAND SHAPES: SQUARE (EARTH)
Earth is a predominantly a stable Feng Shui element. Earth doesn’t change or move much (in comparison to other elements). The great thing about Earth is that it can be depended and counted on. Earth also doesn’t need any support. Its needs are simple in the world of elements.
However, if you want something to change, Earth is the last thing that could help you. Earth is stubborn and set in its ways. Therefore it requires a long time and effort for any change to occur.
MEANING FOR INHABITANTS
Those living here will have stable lives*. People living, or working here will experience little to no change over the years. If they’re poor, they’ll stay poor, if rich, they’ll stay rich. Life will remain the same. The good thing is that the inhabitant’s life can’t get worse while living there. On the flipside, if life is already bad, it won’t better either.
*Noteworthy: The exact details of their life depend on the property’s address, the day of the week the inhabitants were born, and the colors they’ve used in their home. These are more advanced topics for future books.
LAND SHAPES: RECTANGLE (WOOD)
Wood starts its life cycle as part of a living organism. It moves, breathes, and grows over time. Therefore we see wood as a stable while somewhat flexible Feng Shui element, which changes and evolves over time.
So the great thing about wood is that, when we nurture and provide the right environmental for wood, it can flourish. But, without constant nourishment from outside sources, it becomes sick. It’ll weaken, and eventually die.
Most properties are some variation of a rectangle. They may be long and narrow or short and wide. No matter how wide or narrow the rectangle is, each one is seen as the same.
MEANING FOR INHABITANTS
Anyone living on a property like this will have a relatively stable life. But it will require constant effort to maintain this stability. Without their continual input and effort, their lives will deteriorate. Similar to how a tree needs multiple inputs to retain its vigor.
Change is certainly possible for the people living here but it takes time, and progress is slow. These people don’t like to change too much too quickly. Because it’s wood, they’ll need a lot of favorable factors in their lives to see improvement. It won’t be easy.
LAND SHAPES: TRIANGLE (FIRE)
You’ll see triangle land shapes on corners or intersections. This symbolizes fire. Fire is a Feng Shui element which has unique qualities but needs regular fuel to maintain itself. The product or results seen from a fire depend solely on the fuel provided.
MEANING FOR INHABITANTS
The good thing about this shape is that it can make the inhabitant successful and prosperous. But, this can only happen if they own a business or have a job that requires a highly specialized skill or their unique knowledge.
It’s the owner’s ability and personal value that fuels the fire and which can make them prosperous. But because they’re the fuel, their success cannot be passed down to the next generation or achieved without them. Any person who follows them will have to be unique in their way.
Finally, if a company is on this property, it will be best for them to conduct specialized work, with uniquely skilled employees who are experts or specialists in their field.
Every space is different according to Feng Shui expert advisor, Aur. But even so, there are some great tips to enhance your efforts in ANY workspace, either at home or in an office. Here are the top 3 Feng Shui office tips to help you get the best from your efforts.
FENG SHUI OFFICE TIPS #1. FILING SYSTEM
One of the simplest Feng Shui fixes in any work area is the filing system. Any un-kept files or work kept directly behind where you sit to work represents unfinished tasks. If you don’t file things away carefully, you’ll continuously have new work coming in before being able to finish previous responsibilities. By filing things away properly, you’ll be able to complete each task, without becoming overburdened.
FENG SHUI OFFICE TIPS #2. THE 4 AREAS OF A DESK
Just like a structure or area of land, a desk can also be broken down into different particular areas. Each of these areas influences our behavior differently. We usually determine a Feng Shui area of influence from the front road. However, a desk is different.
A desk has four areas of influence. Man, Woman, Girl, and Boy. Each area has a particular impact on your work and interaction with objects on the desk.
The adult areas are at the back of your desk and have the highest importance. Don’t put your inbox or to-do list in this area. If you do, when you’re processing one task, another, more important task will usually interrupt you. You’ll have a hard time getting any work finished.
The front child areas are where the most movement occurs. Anything you place on your desk in these sectors will come and go quickly from your desk. It’s better to keep work that needs to be done in either of these areas to help you complete tasks quickly.
When thinking about where to place your computer on a table, consider how you will use the computer. Do you use it mostly for emails and communication? Then putting it in the Boy area would be best. Whereas if you use your computer for something that requires a high level of detail, the woman area would be better suited. Each area of the desk will have its strengths and weaknesses. The best area depends on the work.
FENG SHUI OFFICE TIPS #3. THE DESK’S DIRECTION
The direction, in which a person sits, can show you how aware they are of everything in their business or office. They might know what everyone else is doing in the business. Or they may only be aware of their responsibilities. It depends on the way their desk is facing. Both are useful depending on the person’s job.
Take a blogger for example. There’s probably no need for them to know what everyone else is doing in the company. But, if you’re in HR, it’s your responsibility to be aware of everything in the company. Having this added awareness enables you to prepare for changes and direct your staff accordingly.
FACING TOWARDS THE ROAD
When someone faces towards the road, they’ll be aware of everything happening in their business or work environment. Whoever sits here will have an awareness of things to come and be able to plan ahead
This is great if they need to know every detail of what’s happening in the business. But be warned. If a naturally detail oriented manager sits here, they’ll become meticulous once facing their desk to the road. Others may feel they micromanage too much.
If the person working here doesn’t need to know what others are doing, they may become too involved with others when their desk is facing the road.
FACING PARALLEL TO THE ROAD
Anyone with the road on their left or right will know some, but not all things happening in their work environment. This position is useful if you don’t want to be overburdened by every little detail of everything in the company, while still wanting to stay informed about things happening around you.
FACING AWAY FROM THE ROAD
This direction is great when you don’t need to know everything going on around you. It will allow you to focus solely on your work. People with their backs to the road will be unaware things happening outside of their responsibilities. The problem is that they won’t have any foresight of future projects or tasks. People facing this way have a hard time planning their work in advance.
Where is your desk facing? Was it accurate for your workspace? Let’s talk about it.
Let’s take a moment to first discuss the jade elephant in the room. You’ve probably heard of Traditional Chinese Feng Shui. These days it’s almost commonplace in any discussions of interior decoration and home design.
It’s not even hard to find an expert who can offer in-home consultations. These visits usually include the use of tools like the Bagua wheel (common in Feng Shui) to maximize the universal “Chi” energy flowing through your home. Harnessing this power is said to harmonize you with the universe, which improves your luck, and prosperity.
Let’s get straight to the point by making it clear that Aur’s Feng Shui is not that. At all.
If you have studied Chinese Feng Shui in the past or are a Chinese Feng Shui enthusiast, we’d kindly ask you to regard Aur’s Feng Shui as a separate area of study. If you mix the two, it would likely provide detrimental conflict and confusion.
Let’s provide an example. It’s common in modern or Traditional Chinese Feng Shui to say that having water in a house is good. It’s meant to balance the five elements and increase prosperity. However, Aur’s Feng Shui sees this differently. Her style considers any water which isn’t naturally present as lacking the qualities to maintain fresh life. In contrast to common belief, she teaches that placing a water feature within a house would instead make people sick, emotional, and argumentative. Here’s why.
Water collects, carries, and allows the breeding of, bacteria and germs. When exposed to heat or sunlight, the water will gradually evaporate and take these impurities into the air. When there’s a water feature in the house, these bacterium and germs are dispersed throughout all the rooms. The people living there will inevitably inhale these pollutants which in turn affects their immune system. As a result, they’ll become predisposed to more frequent illness. Additionally, the constant (however in-perceivable) stress will make them moody. Which often leads to arguments with others.
As you can see, the understanding of these two forms of “Feng Shui” (literally meaning Water & Air) wisdom varies widely. However, the two do share a common history. Long before the formation of China, a natural science emerged from the deserts of ancient Mesopotamia. Around the time when our early ancestors had started to attempt to channel and control their environment around their fixed settlements. Long before electricity and plumbing, they were forced to learn how to harness their natural surroundings to provide themselves and their families with survival, comfort, good health, and a means of income.
It was during this time of ancient ingenuity and early scientific exploration when they began first to discover the existence of subtle repeating patterns, and connections between their natural surroundings and their daily lives. With time and experimentation, our ancestors slowly learned how to harness the flow of nature itself. With it, they created vast cities and shared their secrets to vitality, happiness and wealth with others. As their wisdom deepened, they found other dimensions and levels of nature, allowing them to do amazing things. Soon they were able to predict future events and know every detail about the life, or characteristic, of any human, plant, and animal on earth.
This wisdom also spread as it deepened, soon reaching ancient Babylon, Egypt, and other surrounding areas. It inspired new sciences and art forms such as the creation of calendars, the design of magnificent architectural structures, and the creation of complex alphabets and numerical systems. Our ancestor’s understanding of nature’s patterns and cycles was the spark which ignited everything which followed after that.
Quick note: Our seven days of the week were initially named after various planetary bodies due to their reoccurring patterns and influences on this planet. Sunday was the day of the Sun; Monday was the day of the Moon, and so on. However, the names and meanings of every day changed with each new dominant religion and culture, finally leaving us with mostly Scandinavian influenced weekday names. In future books we’ll discuss how these planetary alignments for each day of the week allow us to know anyone’s personality, with guaranteed accuracy. But that’s for later.
Unfortunately, the natural science fragmented categorically over time as it spread geographically. The direction and purity depending each time on the culture, religion and particular teachers in each region. Those in the Mediterranean became more focused and specialized in alphabetical and numerical systems. This branch created the origins of what is now known as numerology. Whereas trade routes to the East helped shape the first concept of “Feng Shui” in the East.
However like most ancient wisdom, the perceived importance of our connection with nature was slowly replaced by the human species’ inherent greed and its quest for power. With the creation of empires, civilizations were destroyed, along with their wisdom. Similar to the loss of Native American and Aborigine cultures in recent history. Centuries long conflicts between nations also diverted people’s attention from classical education such as nature, and philosophy. They instead started favoring technological advancement, political development, and military strategy.
A few branches of the fundamental holistic knowledge did survive over a longer period. Chinese Feng Shui is an example of this. It became widely accepted to the point of becoming ingrained into Chinese culture and remained at the forefront of daily life throughout the early development of the country. Tragedy struck roughly 2,000 years ago when the then rulers and governments ordered mass book burning and the executions of most scholars. The extent of which resulted in the survival of only a handful of monks and royal advisers with the rudimentary knowledge of the past.
Feng Shui did, and has remained a significant aspect of daily life for much of China, but it lost most of its first knowledge and lineage in this devastating event. It was sadly not the only time book burning, and executions happened in China either, the most recent was just in the last century.
The fragmentation and significant done to the original Feng Shui is a major reason why Aur’s Feng Shui differs from what is known as Traditional Chinese Feng Shui. Aur doesn’t follow the Chinese lineage Feng Shui, which has little connection to the ancient wisdom. Instead, she uses a direct lineage from where it all started; the original Mesopotamian natural science.
THEN AND NOW
Nature stayed largely the same throughout the last 10,000+ years. In contrast, our daily lives have drastically changed. Even if we look at how life was just a hundred years ago. So it’s simply unproductive to use the same advice as we would back then. We need to adapt everything to the time we in which we live.
For example; There was a time in the past when having water on a property would be good advice. Back when it flowed naturally in and out of a person’s home or village. Back then, living near a water source meant that people would be able to maintain good health and have an abundance of food. It’s for this reason that water is considered a good thing to have in our homes, according to Traditional Chinese Feng Shui. At one point in history, it was indeed useful advice.
But times have changed and so have our homes. Houses aren’t built the same way as in the past, we pump and force water into our homes.. Having a body of water on our property is no longer essential to the survival of our families. In fact, it’s detrimental to our health, such as in the case of a swimming pool or water feature.
Another significant change is the way we use to design and build structures. Long before air-conditioning and glass windows, homes were designed to stay cool using the natural flow of wind. Houses were designed to allow sunlight into every corner of the house which killed bacteria and kept people healthy. Every element of design had a reason and used nature to improve people’s lives. This isn’t true today. Most homes today are designed primarily for their look, and often don’t make the greatest use of air flow or sunlight. Instead, we use electricity to provide lighting and air conditioners or fans for airflow. We have tried to replace nature with technology. We have gained present moment comforts but have lost a lot in the process.
We want to end by saying this. When talking to anyone about Feng Shui, be it Chinese or otherwise, make sure to test the concepts presented according to today’s modern life. It won’t be useful to follow advice or principles that haven’t been adapted to modern life. It can even be detrimental, such as the water example in the beginning. It’s like telling a child it’s safe to walk down the middle of a busy road. Because before cars, they all did.
Our new book (soon to be released) titled“Your Home Reveals Everything” aims to share knowledge thought to be lost so many years ago. It has advice and theory applicable to today’s society and lifestyle. Everything in the up and coming book can be used to understand and improve your life in some way, with quantifiable results.
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Here in Thailand, there are lots of people who believe in the power of magical items and amulets. In fact, most Thai people wear a special necklace with a Buddha figurine or another holy sculpture on a key ring, believing that it will protect them. Or help them make more money. Or have power over others.
Today we’re going to share a very special little collection of these amulets with you. Aur’s brother has been collecting these amulets and magical tokens for over 20 years and believes 100% that they have absolutely changed his life. In this words, before he owned this particular collection he had only 20 cents in this bank account. Now he owns two restaurants, his own house, a loving wife, and feels fulfilled.
Although he said that he wouldn’t sell these for any price because (he feels they have given him everything he ever wanted in life), he did conservatively value the collection at around $50,000 USD. An even greater relative sum in a nation where it would take the average person four years to earn that amount of money.
We asked him to tell us briefly about each of the many sculptures he keeps with him at all times on a key ring. Fortunately for us he approved and was nice enough to share a little background on each item.
Hanuman is a Hindu deity who embodies great courage , power and selfless service. This statue is said to help in negotiations and with fighting. With this amulet you’re said to be able to always have the confidence and influence over others and come out on top in negotiations. The little carved statue is over 200 years old and is the first item on the key ring.
Owl sculpture. 300+ years old.
This sculpture helps with a person’s sense of direction and ensures they’ll always find their way home. no matter where they are. I could definitely see the value in that as a traveler.
Elephant token – Over 300 years old.
It’s main purpose is to protect you from wild animals. It’s said that whoever has this with them will be safe from wild animals whilst in the jungle.
Rabbit. 300+ years old.
The rabbit, just like Western culture, is seen as a good luck symbol. I guess similar to how some like to carry around a rabbit’s foot on their key ring.
A little odd to have on a key ring but this little token is made from black coral and is said to help you make money. There are inscriptions down the side of it and inside is a small sheet of gold.
The love birds are made from ivory. They are said to help you get anything you want from another person. It’s especially difficult to find this one. In the past when they wanted to make one, they would have to put it into a coffin with a dead body. If and only if nine crows then came to the coffin would the sculpture be acknowledged as real.
The goat is also more than 100 years old. It’s used to help the user sell more products. This must be working as the owner’s restaurants to attract customers from all over.
8. Medicine ball
This herbal medicine ball was first chewed and then spat out by a monk. It’s seen as one of the most powerful items on the key chain and apparently helps to ward off illnesses.
Have you ever stood in front of a shop mirror, and been confused as to how to pick the best glasses for your face shape? Some will somehow look great, whereas others make you look washed out. And how do you know what others will feel when they see you? Aur gave use the three most important tips in a lesson about physiognomy.
Firstly, what is Physiognomy? Its is a discipline of natural science which studies the connection between a person’s physical appearance, and both their life and personality. Physiognomy has been around for thousands of years . It explains what people’s subconscious internal intuitions about others already knows. Then uses this to improve interactions with everyone in our lives. For example, this why the male pharaohs of Egypt used eye-liner and make up. They knew how to use physiognomy to control and influence their people.
Glasses are another way we are able to change the way others see us. When you pick the right glasses for your face shape, they’re able to fix flaws or complement our strengths. Whereas the wrong pair of glasses for our face shape can unknowingly sabotage our professional and personal relationships.
There are three main facial features we look at when using eye glasses. These are the eyebrows, cheeks and temples. Each of these features refer to a different area of your life, and affect the way others see you. Let’s see how to pick the right glasses for your face shape and features.
Eyebrows show an individual’s sense of responsibility for their own lives, and others. Those with thick eyebrows naturally take feel more responsible for those around them. They are usually serious about what they do. When the eyebrows are too thick though, this becomes out of balance and they aren’t able to manage themselves. Whereas if they are too thin, others won’t naturally trust them.
The rims of a pair of glasses can either accentuate or negate the eyebrows. If a person has naturally thick eyebrows, they shouldn’t get glasses with a thick rim as this will make them too serious with others and feel overly pressured in their work or duties. The best glasses for people with thick eyebrows are frame-less styles, which do not over accentuate their own eyebrows.
The opposite is true for those with thin and fair eyebrows. People with naturally thin won’t be easily trusted or be seen as responsible by others. Glasses with a more pronounced upper frame are better for those with thin eyebrows to make them looking more responsible and trustworthy. The goal is always balance. It is better not to have either too much or too little.
Cheeks and the best glasses
A person’s cheeks shows if they are confident or lack confidence. But not the whole cheek illustrates this. Only the front area, at the top, under the eyes and directly besides the nose. Those who have more “meaty high cheeks” will be naturally confident. But also stubborn and uncompromising. Flat or “hollow” cheekbones are in contrast, signs of a lack of confidence. The shape of the glasses is what is important here. Again the goal is balance.
If someone has flat cheeks at the front but wants to look confident, they should wear glasses where the bottom rim frames the top of the cheek. This is where is the eye socket meets the upper cheekbone. See the picture on the left as an example.The shadow and shape of the eye glasses will give the appearance of a more defined cheek, and the wearer will intuitively look more confident.
Someone with very thick cheeks, who is also naturally very confident should wear glasses which somewhat reduce the appearance of their cheeks. Too much confidence can make you look unapproachable and stubborn. Rounded and longer styles of glasses would be more suitable (See the picture on the right). This will help to them more approachable and open to others. If someone has a quite balanced cheek structure, thinner glasses are better as they do not obstruct or alter the appearance of their prime features.
Glasses to fix the temple area
Your temples are located on either side of your eyes, in front of the ears and around the hairline. The temples are usually where the legs of the glasses will sit. They are located in an area of the face which represents a person’s 30s-40s, which is the level of their eyes. If that area of a person’s skull or face concaves (dents in) it means that during this time in their lives they won’t have power or influence and that they’ll face problems.
The right pair of glasses can fix the negative influences this has. When you wear a pair of glasses which are wide enough to fill in the natural indentation, it will help solve the problems associated with those years. But if your facial shape is already parallel with no indentation. Be sure to find glasses which to not convex or concave this area. It’s important to find glasses the same width as your face, to maintain balance.
We hope that you have enjoyed our tips on how to pick eye glasses. If you would like to see the full video we took with Aur whilst discussing this topic, please go to: https://youtu.be/EQMDoON9juo
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