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In Rendezvous with G-d, twentysomething blogger and journalist Monica Rozenfeld explores what it means as a young Jewish woman in New York City to have a relationship with G-d.

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July 7th, 2010

Can you Feng Shui your life?

 
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In ancient Greece, luck was believed to be a lottery, only awarded to a certain number of people by the gods. In Chinese tradition, however, luck is believed to be governed by our own power. Creating space for luck to enter and travel is how we receive our lot of luck. That is, at least, what my new Feng Shui book says. In Chinese culture, Feng Shui is not looked at as a superstition or religion, but as a science and an art.

When one is ill or has bad luck in life, a Feng Shui  master may enter the home, cleanse the space of bad energy, reorganize furniture, bring in plants and remove items, and it is claimed that the person’s health and luck will change. This is often, in Judaism and Catholicism, something we leave up to prayer. By reorganizing the space where we live, can we also reorganize our life?

I’ve been paying a lot of attention to home décor, style magazines and these reality home makeover shows lately, and am often left in awe at the sight of some of these homes. It is no secret that certain colors, scents, etc. give off a different emotion, energy and vibe. I remember an experiment that proved areas filled with litter and graffiti correlated to more crime, and when those same areas were cleaned up, the crime went down simultaneously. I’m now going to work on an experiment of my own.

Did you know, for example, that there are ways to bring elements into your home that will bring you wealth, romance, children, fame and recognition according to the Chinese? Did you know having the sharp edges of furniture pointed at your bed or seats are considered “poison arrows” and should be positioned otherwise? Or that mirrors reflecting your bed equates to bad health and bad relationships? Or that a fountain or aquarium in your office will bring you wealth? These are just a few of hundreds of techniques the Chinese use to bring luck into their homes.

I find it fascinating, where as Judaism relies heavily on the things we cannot see and feel to bring us luck in life, the Chinese use tangible and worldly resources at our fingertips to bring G-d’s dosage of luck closer to us. We often in religion ignore the “superficial” believing beautiful is not what is most important. But can the beautiful in our exterior life create beautiful in our interior lives? I think all religions have much to learn from Eastern traditions, and especially the Chinese.

Have you redecorated your home or work space in order to bring new energy and luck into your life? Did it make a difference? Let me know what you’ve done with your space as I start to decorate my new apartment in the coming months.

 
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  • Theresa

    A friend of mine is deep into Frank loyd wright style of decor, but couldn’t figure out why she didn’t like ehr home. I asked her if she’d let me have $300 and I coudl fix her problem. I bought a large collection of different size glass globes and positioned them around her home. It was jsut enough soft roundedness to offset all that angular stuff. It is all about balance.

  • ruth housman

    I always feel that to remove the exterior “junque” as in accumulated Stuff in my house, my office, where I am, removes the cobwebs in my head. I think when we clear a space for ourselves, we are doing this for our inner and outer space, and many of us feel the relief of lightening up.

    I love the metaphoric connects that the Chinese point to for luck, as in nothing “pointy” facing your bed, etc. I think there are many signs and symbols in our environment that we don’t catch, unless our attention is directed to these things.

    The Jews too, have their totems, as in those who sell red thread as lucky, as “Miriam’s red thread”. Or Kabala water, that has been blessed. Or those who send people to pray at The Wall in Jerusalem.

    I love the diversity.

    And yes, I am about to majorly feng shui my life as we are going to unload the stuff of many years from the basement and garage of our Victorian which we just might eventually sell.

  • Mimi

    How you decorate your home is how your you want your life. We are the writers of our lives. I do believe that cleaning and reorganizing brings a different energy in our environment as well as in our lives. It’s the same with music, how different music (classic, rap, hard rock, etc…) impacts our lives (how we feel) differently. So, when we want a better life or a happier life, we have to challenge and win over our own negativity or weaknesses. Of course, this is changing the core of our lives, which is more long lasting, not just the surface.

  • Tom Gibbons

    You know, I can’t comment on the Feng Shui element of this idea, but I do have to say that when I clean my room I feel a lot more centered inside. Prayer and confession serve the same functions for me in terms of tidying up the inside, even if I can’t always name what needs tidying. I do have the say that I’ve long thought the Eastern traditions do have a lot to teach in terms of spiritual well-being in ways that really compliment the western traditions. Great article again!

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