Q&A Sunday: Feng Shui for a Rented Room

My question to you is, since I rent a room, I don't have the luxury of my own house. However, I still want to receive the benefits. How can you suggest that I use the bagua map in such a way? I have read that feng shui doesn't have to be visible to work. Therefore, I don't want to have to break the bank to gain the benefits. Is there away around that? 

Nesma R.

Dear Nesma,

Thank you so much for your question. I think this is a good one that comes up a lot. I want to start with a quote from one of my most beloved teachers, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche.

“You may live in a dirt hut with no floor and only one window, but if you regard that space as sacred, if you care for it with your heart and mind, then it will be a palace.”

I challenge you to think about that, because the feeling I’m getting from your question is that there is a sense of poverty mentality, that you don’t have luxury and, although you don’t have luxury and don’t want to “break the bank”, you still want something. With this in mind, you are already approaching feng shui with the idea of black, of poverty mentality, and there isn’t an easy way around that. If you walk into a situation already thinking that you don’t have luxury and can’t afford it, you start off with an imbalance. I might ask you to consider finding gratitude and thankfulness for everything that you have, even if you’re only renting. That space can still be a luxurious palace.

You also asked about the bagua map. Mindful Design School has a bagua map handout that you can download for free, so that’s included here. And yes, it is true that feng shui doesn’t have to be visible to work. For feng shui to work, or for any benefit in your life, it’s not about how much things cost. It’s about how you value things and about having an abundance mentality. I encourage you to download the bagua material, since it’s free and it sounds like you may not be ready to hire someone. I would challenge you to take a look at the Abundance area here, in more than just a monetary sense of wealth. Abundance is also related to poverty mentality, self-worth issues, and a feeling of having enough. If you can work with this area of the bagua map, I think there is a lot of possible growth and self-reflection. This area of the bagua map is called Xun in Chinese and is related to wealth; abundance; self worth; the color purple, which is associated with royalty; and yin wood, symbolized by a big, strong tree. Trees don’t need much - just water and sunlight. A tree needs what the earth offers in abundance, and it doesn’t worry about breaking the bank in order to improve its life; it just accepts what’s given, is abundant and gives as much as it receives.

I recommend that you look at the Abundance area and use this as a mirror for yourself. How do you feel like you lack abundance, and how can you then change your mentality to work with abundance? You will make as much money as you feel comfortable with, and you’ll attract as much abundance as you’re comfortable with. One thing I want to leave you with is: the more you give without expecting anything in return, the more you will receive. The more you offer and give out to the world and open yourself up, the more you can receive. So download that bagua map, work with the Abundance area and see what arises for you.

by Anjie Cho

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