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Hidden Vibrations Affect the Feng Shui of Homes & Offices

 Decorative objects and photographs you display around your house or office can create startling effects on the way you feel and the luck you attract. So at the application level, practising feng shui should take account of hidden messages that get created in the home or office. These come from photographs selected for display, art hung on feature walls, souvenirs placed on sideboards and sculptures placed on coffee or boardroom tables. Lillian Too puts the spotlight on the unnoticed symbolic messages that are present in homes and offices and advises how to use them to suppress bad luck and enhance good fortune.
I would be the first to support the use of feng shui formulas to create the bigger picture of good feng shui – but formulas are best applied during the planning and construction stages or when undertaking renovations.
On a day-to-day basis, good feng shui can also be created when we live in a state of awareness to the vibrations of all the things we bring into the house or office – things we may have purchased on impulse, or gifts given to us for birthdays or anniversaries.
In the course of daily life, most of us take photographs that we select to display in all corners of our homes. We make changes to our furniture arrangements, bring in new art pieces, pick up knick-knacks during our travels and add to our collection of things we amass because they please us at some subliminal level. Usually we do things without giving any attention to the effect they have on the energy of our homes or the workspace of our offices. If you want your space to bring luck and balance to your life, it pays to direct some awareness to the hidden vibrations of everything you place around you.

Balancing Work & Living Space

There is plenty of symbolic significance to everything we surround ourselves with, and the design theme of homes should ideally balance our workspace.
Your surroundings should always symbolise qualities and attributes that you desire in life and which make you happy. They should calm you, bring a smile to your face and soothe whatever may be troubling you, instead of doing the opposite. Good feng shui is about being pleased with life, feeling strong, experiencing good health and having an attitude that is positive and welcoming. Good feng shui is also about balancing the energies that affect and stimulate you.
For instance, if yours is a hectic work life or if your office space is cluttered with files and cramped with too many tables, then your home space should bring you at least a measure of restfulness that can soothe the turmoil and stress of your work life. Those who work in cramped offices should thus opt for a more spacious arrangement in their homes. Paintings associated with peacefulness can also do much to create a resteful haven that sublimally balances the intense yang energy of work life. To some, good calligraphy or minimalist decor can also bring out the inner stillness they desire. For such people, decorative objects that create jarring contrast can cause hidden turmoil and this is seldom beneficial.
On the other hand, if yours is a job of boring familiarity that neither challenges nor excites you, then what you need is a home environment designed to stimualte your senses – one that brings out your inner creativity and inspires you to think beyond conventional work life.
Here, the creative use of colours, paintings, photographs and other decorative objects that relate directly to your interests and passions will stimulate your creative juices. This sets the stage for you to attract powerful new opportunities into your life. And when opportunities do come, your inner consciousness will be able to recognize them.
So how do you get the creative juices flowing? And how can you attract new avenues for success? Well, sometimes just painting one wall a bright colour can act as a powerful  stimulus to jazz up career luck, bringing greater growth opportunities into your life. Hanging inspiring affirmations or placing some well known auspicious symbol in a place where it continually catches your eye would work as well.

Family & Ancestral Photos

There is also a great deal of metaphorical symbolism in the choice and display of family and ancestral photographs. How and where they are hung can also be extremely significant to the dynamics of a family’s wellbeing.
Family pictures reveal who the “boss” of the household is, and whether the mood of the household is happy and calm, or restless and hostile. Family pictures generate the mood of the home in a way that is quite powerful. Pictures that get hung on prominent walls should reflect a happy, successful and harmonious family, with due prominence given to the patriarch and matriarch looking their best and exuding authority and an air of success. Ancestral pictures are best left on secondary walls if you do not want them to exert too great an influence on your life. The effect of aging energy is also rarely beneficial for the new generation.

Art & Decorative Objects
Every decorative object and piece of art that is displayed in the house or office exudes some kind of energy that can be positive or negative; each can either evoke an air of optimism or emit a sombre kind of mood that does nothing to add to the luck of the family. It is the same in the office. At work, art hung on office corridors can be intimidating or inspiring. Pictures of company founders can often be more inhibiting than helpful.
Hanging paintings of wild animals such as fierce-looking tigers is really asking for trouble, in the same way that displaying paintings of sad or lined faces is harmful. Paintings of still life which make objects look dead rather than alive exude excessive yin energies, while abstract art that feature jagged edges create hidden poison arrows that send out fierce energy into the surrounding environment.
It is the same with decorative objects. I once brought home a pair of masai warriors from South Africa and placed them on my coffee table. One held a spear and the other a bow and arrows. I thought they would stand for courage, but after about three months of their presence, I realised they exuded a fighting energy within the home that manifested as aggressive attitudes on the part of everyone living in the house. 
A friend of mine hung a nude painting of a woman above her bed, bringing into her master bedroom the chi energy of another woman’s sexuality. Three months on, she discovered her husband had succumbed to the charms of a particularly aggressive female colleague at the office. Later, she discovered he had not responded to her overtures until she had inadvertently hung the painting in the bedroom. When she removed the painting, her husband quickly came to his senses. That was a close call!
It should be obvious by now that a great deal of feng shui in our living and work interiors revolve around the effect of objects and images we surround ourselves with. Much of the impact, negative or positive, is symbolic. Sometimes their meaning is clear and definate. Other times the meaning can be quite subtle. To practice feng shui for your interiors therefore, it is beneficial to live in a state of awareness and to be conscious of the symbolic meanings of all the objects and images we surround ourselves with.

 The following article is taken from the "Feng Shui World (March/April 2008)". To subscribe, please click here.