Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Feng Shui This

Feng shui literally translates as "wind-water." In ancient times it was known as "Kan-Yu," which means "The Law of Heaven and Earth," and is an old Chinese belief that the environment in which you live can influence your life. Thousands of years ago the shamans of the Orient believed the elements, water, rain, wind, fog and sun were the energy of heaven and earth and today Feng Shui schools teach the practice of placement and arrangement of space to achieve harmony with the environment.

Every day I receive a Feng Shui Tip from Astrology.Com. Each one is a delightful little message on how to make a small difference in your immediate world with simple actions and deeds. Today's tip was about an ancient tradition of burning old shoes during the holiday season to prevent misfortunes and attract luck in the coming year, like spring cleaning only before the New Year begins. Now I don't like the smell of burning rubber -- and I'm pretty sure it's illegal to have a shoe burning in this town -- but I did manage to gather up the shoes and clothes I had and would never wear again (all in exceptional condition I might add, when I wear things out they go in the garbage), boxed them up and took them to the Goodwill, where hopefully they will brighten someone else's life. The idea of the Feng Shui tip was also to get rid of your old things to make room for new positive energies coming in the next year. What a wonderful way to welcome new light but also share it with someone else!

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