The little things make a difference…
Although I have many feng shui success stories, I would like to share one in particular. I remember watching the movie “The Secret” in which feng shui expert Marie Diamond emphasized the importance of scrutinizing the artwork on your walls. What does it say? What message does it send? In the movie, Marie talks about a lonely art director who wanted love. When Marie visits his home, he has a myriad of paintings of single women turning their backs to him. No wonder that he was single! This made a lot of sense to me.
I decided to take inventory of the pictures and artwork I had on display. In particular, I had an old picture of my great grandmother hanging in my career/journey area—she looked very forlorn in the photo, eventually drowning herself after. Definitely not the journey I wanted!
I decided to make a conscious effort to select and/or create artwork that reflected the kind of life I wanted. At first, I just started making vision boards. I took a piece of foam board and attached pictures of things I wanted in my life. For instance, I cut pictures from magazines of places I wanted to travel, the kind of house I wanted, specific items I wished to own (like a car), and more.
As I became more clear and confident in my abilities, I began to create more personal and abstract collages. I aimed more for the feeling of what I wanted to achieve, rather than specifics. I began to trust the universe to bring me the best. Instead of posting a picture of the kind of house I wanted, I created a collage of images that represented abundance to me (ie. flowers, bright colors, etc.)
As Jessica discusses, my house became a living affirmation of the kind of life I wanted. My creativity exploded, many new opportunities started arising, and I gained absolute clarity about my future and life purpose.
I was astonished at the impact images can have on your beliefs and attitudes. I believe that taking special care in selecting the most appropriate and inspiring artwork is one of the most important things I have ever done. I am constantly reminded of my goals and purpose. And I love having a creative outlet. It is so much fun to continually update and create new artwork for my home. Keeping the artwork current and fresh seems to make the message more powerful.
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