In the Nine Steps to Feng Shui® System, we place cures that are inversely proportional in size to the magnitude of the deficiency in the life area. In other words, while you can afford to place a sizable cure for a life area that is already strong, the cure for a life area with which you struggle needs to be exceptionally small. I like to compare this to working out: while you can place large loads on muscles that are already strong, you should keep the loads light for muscles that are weak.
For especially challenged life areas, we use the Chinese principle of "very little," making only slight, minor changes in the space, that feed a message to the deeper mind (often mislabeled as the "unconscious mind"). In fact, the main function of a life area cure is to give a target –a goal– to your deeper mind. The deeper mind is the workhorse of energy and computing resources that life has given you as a gift for not just surviving, but actually thriving.
When you set a goal for your life by the use of your conscious –or aware- mind, it is the deeper mind that does the bulk of work to get you there. However, all goals you feed to your deeper mind need to be in alignment with the self image that your deeper mind recognizes. You cannot sustain in the long term, results that are inconsistent with your own self-image.
People who disregard the principle of "very little," and apply big Feng Shui life area cures, risk eliciting a reaction of the "saboteur." The saboteur is a self-protective mechanism that tries to keep us safe by not engaging in any activity or behavior that disagrees with what the deeper mind believes that we can handle, in other words, the self image. As the name indicates, the saboteur is a misguided self-sabotage mechanism.
If you have been struggling with a particular life area for a long time, it means that your self image is not great in that life area. This is why our Nine Steps to Feng Shui® System is organized in a hierarchical and synergistic order. Thus, we feed a new self image for the deeper mind during step number 6 of the process (using the right symbols), and only apply cures for the life areas during step number 8.