Feng Shui for Us Newsletter

The Simplicity of the Law of Attraction

The movie "The Secret" popularized the law of attraction, a universal concept that is found in all the major religions and philosphies of the world -- that we are co-creators of our realities and that the Universe responds to our requests.

Feng Shui is a very effective way to express our goals and desires to the Universe. By placing small items in strategic places we use the home as a sort of "three dimensional prayer." Another tool we use is the "Wealth Poster," a collage of the material goods you would like to attract to your life. To learn more about the Wealth Poster, you can click here BUT before you get started with your list of requests, consider the following:

I recently listed to an audio-book, based on the law of attraction that focuses on creating wealth, the author asks: "Why can't you have that Rolls Royce? Why can't you have that mansion? Why can't you own your own jet plane?"

My question to you today, though, is "Should you?"

Should you want to have a Rolls Royce? Should you have a mansion? Should you own a jet plane? Would this really make you happy? Are these true desires of your soul or have you been sold on a particular life style that makes you eternally unsatisfied?

Not long ago I came upon a website of folks who believe thousands of years ago extraterrestrials came to our planet with the purpose of enslaving our population. One of their major ways of doing this, the site claims, was to teach humans to have expensive tastes and to create the illusion of limited resources, so that they would all want what only a few could have.

I don't recall ever seeing an extraterrestrial (though some folks have made me wonder) but I know I have seen endless messages in our culture that promote lifestyles that, within our current economic system, are only available to a few. I have experienced at some point and seen many others experience feelings of inadequacy or believe that they are missing important things in life because of lack of material goods.

Psychology Professor Tim Kasser has found through research that there is a definite connection between material wealth and happiness -- up to a certain level, but after the basic human needs are met, further increases in wealth showed no relationship with increased happiness, furthermore, materialism undermines human well-being. To learn more check out his book "The High Price of Materialism" http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/026261197X

Most people find happiness in strengthening connections with others, community participation, and the care of nature.

What Really Matters

I subscribe to an online environmentalist newsletter sent by the Center for a New American Dream. Their motto is "More of What Matters." http://www.newdream.org/about/

Their mission statement is to "help Americans consume responsibly to protect the environment, enhance quality of life, and promote social justice."

They affirm: "...we help people live the dream, but in a way that ensures a livable planet for current and future generations. Our message isn’t about deprivation. It’s about getting more of what really matters—more time, more nature, more fairness, and more fun."

We want more, a life rich with those relationships, connections, activities AND the material goods that we need or that we truly appreciate.

This is very much in line with the movement of Voluntary Simplicity, check out this link to learn how voluntary simplicity is different from frugality:

What really matters to you? Have you thought about this? Are your desires truly yours or are they someone else's desires or expectations?

Have you identified your values? What is most important to you?

If you find your desires, dreams and expectations don't match your values, then most likely the first were implanted in you by media or the influence of people around you, or they are a compensation for unaddressed insecurities.

Once you have determined what your values and true dreams are, use your home and office, and the objects in them as tools to help you manifest more of what matters to you in your own lives. Here's than link to the Wealth Poster again, click here.

7 ¶ “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you.
8 For it is always he who asks that receives, he who seeks that finds, and he who knocks that has the door opened to him." Mt 7:7

Love, Gratitude and Blessings,

Monica P. Castaneda


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