Ganar dinero

4,junio 2008

“Quienes creen que el dinero lo hace todo,

terminan haciendo todo por dinero”

Voltaire

Casi todos queremos ganar más dinero, pero ¿sabemos para qué?

¡Vaya semanita! Mi hijo pequeño me ha contado que el dinero lo compra todo, el mayor no entiende que mi regalo de cumpleaños sea pagarle una fiesta con sus amigos (no viene envuelto), un cliente me confiesa desesperado que acaba de descubrir que su mujer está con él por interés aunque no la puede dejar porque es la madre de sus hijos, una clienta me explica que aunque su marido rico la maltrate psicologicamente no puede divorciarse porque no viviría igual de bien…, una escritora me cuenta que lo suyo es vocacional escribe para ganar dinero…

Entro directamente a las  estadísticas del blog, “Las ocho aspiraciones: riqueza y prosperidad” es el quinto artículo más visitado. ¿Por qué es tan importante el dinero? ¿Cómo afrontamos la consecución de dinero como un objetivo en nuestra vida o como una consecuencia por el desarrollo de nuestro objetivo?

Quizás nos venga bien analizar para que sirve el dinero y para que no sirve:

  • Con dinero podemos comprar una casa, pero no un hogar
  • Con dinero podemos comprar un reloj, pero no el tiempo
  • Con dinero podemos comprar una cama, pero no los sueños
  • Con dinero podemos comprar libros, pero no conocimiento
  • Con dinero podremos comprar una posición, pero no el respeto
  • Con dinero podremos comprar sexo, pero no amor
  • Puede que al tener dinero estemos rodeados, pero no obligatoriamente de amigos

¿Me ayudaríais a completar la lista?

Maru Canales

Autora del libro: “Feng Shui en la empresa”

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Feng Shui 2009

2,enero 2008

 

“No hay viento favorable para el que no sabe dónde va”

Séneca

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Parece que el 2009 comenzará en plena crisis. Siguiendo el ideograma chino que ilustra este concepto, compuesto por dos figuras: peligro y oportunidad, puede que la crisis sea necesaria para obligarnos a cuestionar viejos paradigmas, aquellos que ya no nos funcionan.

A veces, encerrados en las tradiciones encontramos sabios conocimientos como es el caso de hacer una lista de propósitos de año, al comenzar uno nuevo. Dedicar un poco de tiempo a pensar que queremos conseguir en los próximos meses es una de las mejores inversiones que podemos hacer estos días.

Para animarme a hacer mi lista de objetivos, estoy leyendo de nuevo “La brújula interior” de Alex Rovira, en donde, entre otras muchas cosas muy interesantes, me he encontrado esta:

“En un estudio de la Universidad de Harvard se preguntó sobre las metas que tenían en la vida los estudiantes. Sólo un 3% de los alumnos supo escribir lo qué querían hacer y cuales eran los objetivos que querían conseguir en sus vidas. Veinte años después, se les volvió a entrevistar de nuevo a todos ellos. Por sorprendente que parezca, aquel 3% de los alumnos que habían sabido contestar cuales eran sus metas valía económicamente más que el 97% restante. Y no solo eso, sino que estaban más sanos, alegres y satisfechos y tenían mejor disposición ante la vida que el resto de los alumnos entrevistados”

La crisis puede invitarnos a redescubrir lo esencial, a mirarnos a nosotros mismos, a viajar a nuestro interior, lo demás es solo turismo. En este sentido, hay una metáfora que a mí me gusta especialmente, cuando nos quedamos en la orilla las olas nos zarandean, cuanto más profundo entramos en el mar, menos nos perturban.

¿Por donde empezar?, sin duda la técnica de Feng Shui es una guía magnifica para realizar este viaje. Os facilito mis propuestas y los enlaces correspondientes pulsando en cada titulo:

Maru Canales

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Dormitorios “soy solter@…”

6,noviembre 2007

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“Hay mucho de simbolismo en un ambiente. Por ejemplo, gente que dice desear pareja y se rodean de obras de arte y libros, que son un símbolo de soy soltero y así quiero permanecer”

Nancy Wesson

 

Entiendo que este comentario pueda herir sensibilidades, pero no por ser generalista deja de ser cierto en bastantes casos, como muestran las imágenes anteriores. La cantidad de libros y de arte marcan una diferencia, a la mayoría nos ponen muy nerviosos los niños en lugares donde hay objetos susceptibles de romperse, más aún cuando estos son de cierto valor. Asimismo, nos molesta su ruido cuando queremos leer…

Sin embargo, en esta otra imagen, aunque hay libros, yo no diría que se trata de la habitación de una persona soltera obligatoriamente

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El caso que se muestra en la siguiente fotografía, creo que ambas estaríamos de acuerdo en catalogarlo como el dormitorio de una mujer soltera “y así quiero permanecer”. Como bien dice Nancy, hay mucho de simbolismo en este espacio: tres cuadros que representan mujeres solas, los peluches… soltera.jpg

En este otro ejemplo, un solo cuadro vuelve a simbolizar la misma idea:

Si alguien tuviera un dormitorio así y no quisiera permanecer solter@, solo tendría que poner en práctica las recomendaciones que aparecen en el artículo sobre la aspiración del compromiso.

Maru Canales 

Autora del libro: “Feng Shui en la vida”

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Feng Shui: Our Power

5,septiembre 2007

In all the books that we can find on Feng Shui, we see that it is in the Northwest sector of a given area where the aspiration of “power” is represented.

no-1.jpgPersonally, however, I prefer to translate it as “the power of our abilities”, for two reasons: firstly, I think that this reflects the intrinsic connotation of the individual to which this aspiration refers much better and, secondly, it is more coherent with the philosophy of Feng Shui. 

I have found a Taoist principle related to this which, I believe, holds the key to this aspiration:

“Only with moderation can we be prepared to deal with events. Being prepared to deal with events is to have an increased reserve of virtue. With an increased reserve of virtue, there is nothing that cannot be overcome; when everything can be overcome, there is nobody who can know the limits of his strength.” 

As we commented in the column on success, which is man’s fortune that refers to the development of our own abilities, the most powerful of fortunes.  Needless to say, we can also take this aspiration to refer to power in terms of leadership and/or authority. In this case, we should think about the characteristics to be able to represent them.

The Northwest sector is also the place in which to represent our beliefs, our mentors or our spirituality, understanding these factors as a help in developing our abilities … The way to represent this aspiration in our surroundings is through metal objects, identified in white, grey, golden … or with images that mean the backing that we referred to earlier. For instance, this is the corner of the house in which the Buddhists place the Buddha or the Christians a Virgin.  

Since this column ends today where we have been analyzing the eight aspirations, in terms of Feng Shui, I would like to close with the idea of a search for balance as a key to achieving happiness, the ultimate aim of practicing this technique. All that surrounds us is energy, which is transformed into matter through the five elements: metal, water, wood, fire and earth. And harmony is based on the interrelationship of these five elements. In turn, these elements are organized under a dual order known as “yin and yang”, the opposing and the complimentary which, by supporting and opposing each other, generate movement, progress and, in the end, change, which is the only constant in the universe and is the direct cause of progress. 

Good feng shui! 

Maru Canales 

Translated articles

“El Poder”

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Feng Shui: Creativity

29,agosto 2007

creatividad.jpgCreativity is represented in the West sector of a given area, although it is directly responsible for innovation. In a sense, innovation may be taken to be one of the key factors in change and the change in progress.

We can now find on the market a documentary on quantum physics, made by a heterogeneous group of American researchers, called “What the bleep do we know?” The documentary explains to us that “the brain does not know the difference between what is seen and what is remembered”, because the same neuronal networks are activated for both functions. An incredible anecdote is told: evidently, the Caribbean natives could not see Christopher Columbus’ ships on the horizon. This was due to the fact that they had never seen a ship before. Only the tribe’s shaman was able to see them through his daily observation of the horizon, so that when he was aware of what he was seeing, he warned the others who, because of their trust in him and because more and more appeared, began to see the ships.

So creativity arises as a real challenge. According to the dictionary definition, creativity is the act of producing something from nothing or of establishing something for the first time. But however, if we take a look at the history of the great universal thinkers, we would realize that none were able to create anything of any value until after ten years of intense dedication to what they were doing. Neither Aristotle, Leonardo nor Einstein started their work from nothing: they all used knowledge developed previously by others, devoting many years of their lives to learning them, experimenting with them later by drawing the available data together, in unsuspected ways.

According to the coaching expert, Germán Nicolás, in his book “Rowing together”, where he deals with optimizing entrepreneurial management, creativity has four ingredients: skillfulness, perseverance, motivation and the presence of a creative context:

“It is within the creative context where the time available, a favorable climate and a physical space become important, opening up or blocking our capacity to think and innovate”

In terms of Feng Shui, it is the West sector that is responsible for representing the creative capacity through the metal element: but more importantly, it must reflect creativity. So that the best way to enhance this aspiration that we are concerned with today entails decorating this area in the most innovative, creative a manner as possible.

Nevertheless, this is the area in which our sons and daughters are also represented. Personally, in this area I like to put paintings or abstract sculptures open to various interpretations, depending on our state of mind or on whoever looks at them. 

Maru Canales 

Translated articles

“Creatividad”

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Feng Shui: Commitment

22,agosto 2007

Now we turn to the southwest sector that, according to Feng Shui, represents the aspiration of commitment, of marriage.

From my professional point of view, this is the most difficult aspiration to manage, not only for being the one that involves the most emotions and feelings, but also because, when all is said and done, every couple is an enigma but who knows the magic formula?

We shall now look at an example of the subjectivity surrounding this issue of a couple type relationship. In “The simple art of writing”, by Raymond Chandler, he includes a compilation of personal letters dedicated to his wife, then deceased.

“For thirty years, ten months and two days, she was the light of my life, my sole ambition. She was the music heard almost on the brink of sound. She was the beat of my heart. All else that I did was to kindle the fire in which she could warm her hands …”.

The journalist, Rosa Montero, wrote an article commenting on this book with,

“I am sure that it wasn’t all peaches and cream all the time. They must have got angry, argued, hurt one another. They may even have fallen in love with others, and there may well have been times of hating each other (…). Living together is like that. A long road riddled with accidents. And perhaps it is that very road that ends up by uniting people. It involves building a common past, from one life into two. It is remembering those tender moments but also, and perhaps more than anything, getting over the bad times (…). You can carry on loving if you insist on loving, if you decide to continue loving the other, if you persevere with it, despite everything …”

Personally, what most strikes me is the fact that there are two different views of the same love, the first, more romantic, as opposed to the pragmatism of the second. But I suppose that we all stamp our character, our experiences and, sad to say, our fears onto a love relationship.

I invite you to use the Feng Shui technique to venture one step further, just to improve, even though it might be only a little, in the aspiration that we are focussing on today. So let us try to express our wishes, that to which we aspire rather than what we have. Also, those who are fortunate enough to live in an extraordinary situation in this regard, I would invite them not to touch anything.

The element representing this aspiration of commitment is, not by chance, the earth, which, among other things, is associated with the number two. In the business world, this aspiration is translated into partners and clients. The most common way of expressing it is by a decorative element involving a two-fold nature or a couple which, in a way, would suggest that these attributes are important to us. Examples of this are a sculpture of a couple, to independent sculptures, a painting with a couple, a couple of paintings …

A brief anecdote to round this off: in the southwest sector of the Emperor’s chambers, this aspiration was expressed by numerous two-fold objects as a way of representing the highest possible number of concubines required of him because of his rank … 

Maru Canales

Translated articles 

“El Compromiso”

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Feng Shui: Fame and Social Recognition

15,agosto 2007

“You will achieve a good reputation by making an effort to be what you want to be like” 

Traditionally, in psychology, social recognition represents the subject’s perception of esteem coming from others. Most of us like to deny the importance of how others see us.

sur-1.jpgBut however, either directly or indirectly, how others appreciate us certainly does affect us, both personally and professionally. At a given point in time, we all move out of a need for recognition. For this reason, it is vital to attempt to make the people around us feel acknowledged because it is a source of motivation and satisfaction, so that when an individual makes progress, the same happens to us all.

On this issue, Teresa Amabile, Professor in Marketing at Harvard, has researched into the impact of people’s immediate surroundings and, although she applies it to the work environment, it is logical to consider that it affects us in all areas of life: “the context predisposes individuals to liberate or block off the emotional dimension that sets the difference at work”.

To illustrate this, by keeping the office untidy, it would be difficult to be highly organized in going about our work. But it would be even more difficult to convince our bosses that we are the ideal person for promotion, bearing in mind that higher positions call for a greater capacity to organize.

A similar thing applies at a personal level: if we want to show that we are romantic, our chances of success would be infinitely greater if we took our partner to a good restaurant, for a candlelit meal, with flowers and violins. On the other hand, romantic proposals at a McDonald’s are prone to a lower success rate.

sur2.jpgEvidently, there is information in the publicity adverts that we tune into at a conscious level, while other details are aimed at our subconscious. According to Feng Shui, our surroundings work in the same way, perhaps subconsciously, as other people make up their own concept of us through what they see, not only in terms of the area as a whole, but also of the situation in a specific area corresponding to the South sector. So, as well as looking after the general image of our house or work place, we should pay special attention to looking after is South area because it is what we represent here that determines how we project ourselves to others.

The element expressing fame and social recognition is fire, which is associated with the sun, i.e., light, heat, all its colors from bright yellow, orange, reds through to pinks … The simplest item to use here would be a lamp, switched on. As with other aspirations, to choose the object that represents us in terms of Feng Shui, we must first think about how we want to be seen and, as Socrates put it, make an effort to be what you want to be like! 

Maru Canales 

Translated articles

“Fama y reconocimiento social”

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Practicando Feng Shui, 2

12,agosto 2007

Para prácticar la técnica Feng Shui, por ejemplo en la representación de nuestras aspiraciones en el espacio, deberíamos tener en cuenta aspectos de la decoración que nos influyen. En este sentido, hemos publicado los siguientes artículos:

Asimismo, hemos podido ver algunos ejemplos prácticos:

Maru Canales

Artículos Feng Shui

Relación de artículos publicados en este blog

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Feng Shui: Prosperity and Wealth

8,agosto 2007

“Trusting in oneself is the secret of success” 

According to Chinese philosophy, a person’s luck is divided into three: divine fortune (some are born lucky), surrounding fortune (on which Feng Shui acts directly) and a person’s luck, our abilities. This must be the most important of the three and, I am sure, the one with the greatest influence on our lives, without developing our capacities, it will be hard to access the other types of luck.

se-2.jpgNow we have come to the southeast sector, one that, I am certain, is one of the most hoped for because it is here where the aspiration of wealth, success and prosperity is expressed. Paradoxically, it is the element of wood through which prosperity is expressed. In its yang form, as the Chinese would say, or in its living expression, it is an element that can grow, which also suggests to us the idea of growing.

In this regard, I would like to comment on the keys to success or good fortune put forward by Trías de Bes and Alex Rovira in their book, “Good luck”. “If you are not lucky now, perhaps it is because the circumstances are as they always were. For good luck to come your way, it is appropriate to create new circumstances: for this reason, good luck only depends on you”.

Once again, change arises in an aspiration as a form of progress and, in this case, of success. One of the aspects that most enthuses me about Feng Shui technique is its application as the ideal vehicle to start a positive dynamic of change. Not in vain, the first book of Feng Shui on record is the “I Ching”, literally translated as “Change”. As commented in the analysis of professional career aspirations, the greater the aversion to change, the less opportunities arise.

So the way to enhance prosperity and success in a given area is by reflecting wealth in the décor, in other words, the southeast corner of the dining room or office. This is the area where we put the most valuable objects, the best painting in the house, the best sculpture, the best vase … Let me give you my personal turn on this aspiration: I not only use the element particular to this area: wood. I also add the element that feeds it: water. Following this train of thought, if I want to hang a painting there, I look for one with a field (wood) and a river (water), a vase with flowers … 

Maru Canales 

Translated articles

“Exito y prosperidad”

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Feng Shui in the Law of Attraction

3,agosto 2007

“The Secret” is the title of a documentary that has aroused a revolution in society: “the secret gives you access to achieving all that you wish”. The secret is enclosed in the “Law of Attraction”, it works like a magnet, as we attract what we think:

 “All that we are arises with our thoughts”, Buddha

So we can understand just how important it is to direct our thoughts towards what we really feel, towards what we want to achieve, because that is what will happen. 

We should avoid thinking about what we do not want, because we will also attract just that. Most of our thoughts arise in response to what we are observing. This is why, if our current situation is not what we would like, it is hard for us get ourselves out of it. 

Bearing in mind that a positive thought is a thousand times more powerful than its opposite, it is worth while attempting to do the following: 

  • Express gratitude 

When we give thanks to the universe for all the good things around us, our thoughts are positive and so too are our feelings

  • Through the five senses 

Something that we have looked at quite often in this blog is the need for our surroundings to provide a support for our thoughts and feelings: by contemplating beauty (of an office, of a painting, a flower …), by enjoying a pleasant smell, by listening to music that sets us in an agreeable state of mind

  • Visualize 

A highly powerful formula is to attempt to visualize ourselves in the situation that we aspire to: signing a contract, marrying someone we love, passing an exam … This technique can be helped along by photographs or by writing, echoing what we set out to improve in each area of our lives

  • Practicing Feng Shui 

Once we have decided what our aspirations are, we echo them in our surroundings through representative objects so that each time that we contemplate them, our thoughts can be directed at our wishes. In the article Introduction to Feng Shui”, you can see how to echo each aspiration

Once we have formulated our wishes, we need to trust that we will get the response and we will have to be ready to accept it!

Maru Canales

“Translated articles”

Feng Shui en “El Secreto”

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Feng Shui: Health

31,julio 2007

“There is no good fortune if there is no health” 

The aspiration of health is represented in the East sector of a given area, this possibly being the most important of the eight aspirations as it is the only one that has a direct effect on the others, especially when health is absent.

All traditional Chinese practices, from acupuncture to physical exercise, massage and, of course, Feng Shui itself, focus on nourishing energy (the “chi”), both in the external as regards our surroundings and in the internal, through meditation and breathing exercises, for example. These techniques are based on the belief that all things in the universe, the tangible and the intangible, the living or the inanimate, have the awareness of energy. So that each room of a house, in exactly the same way as each cell in the human organism, has its own intrinsic energy and it is by keeping this energy in good condition that we manage to keep in good health.

spa.jpgBut there are more recent studies, conducted by the Wayne State University School of Medicine (U.S.A.), that show how the area in which we live and work has a direct effect on our health. So by achieving a good arrangement in the area concerned, we can reduce levels of stress, of cholesterol and even cut down the risk of cardiovascular accidents. This study has been led by Professor Bengt Arnetz, renowned worldwide for his work on how hospitals should be designed in order to encourage curing the sick.

Apart from our surroundings, there is another series of internal factors affecting our health and which, in terms of Feng Shui, we can identify as the other aspirations that we deal with in this column every Sunday: When our economic situation is looking good, things go well at work, in the family and with friends it is much easier for us to keep up a positive attitude and, therefore, we usually have less health problems. When all is said and done, we are talking about the psychosomatic part that seems to have a direct effect on curing or improving certain illnesses.

The East sector is represented in terms of Feng Shui by the element of wood. So that the best way to enhance our health is by plants and flowers that must be natural and must be kept in good condition. It is taken for granted that artificial plants build up dust, which is why they are not good. At the office, plants stand for good health and the growth of the business. In the bedroom, Feng Shui coincides with our custom not to use natural plants. Here they can be substituted by decorative objects such as paintings or materials representing wood (trees, forests, flowers, wood, the colour green …).

Maru Canales

Translated articles

“Salud”

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Practicando Feng Shui, 1

25,julio 2007

“Lo oí y lo olvidé. Lo ví y lo entendí. Lo hice y lo aprendí.”

Confucio

Existe una parte de la técnica de Feng Shui que es fácilmente aplicable. Como señalábamos en el artículo Introducción al Feng Shui, hemos de dividir el plano de la casa, despacho o salón en nueve sectores, como en el gráfico siguiente:

La localización de cada sector se realiza con la ayuda de una brújula. Una vez que tenemos hecha la división sabemos con que espacio contamos y podemos empezar a pensar como representar las ocho aspiraciones que nos propone la técnica de Feng Shui. Para ello, podemos leer en los siguientes accesos directos como hacer en cada aspiración concreta:

Para aquellos que les gustaría tener una guía más directa y personal en la en práctica de esta técnica, os facilito otras propuestas y los enlaces correspondientes, a los que se accede pulsando encima de cada titulo:

Maru Canales

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Feng Shui: Professional Career

17,julio 2007

Practicing Feng Shui can help you to prosper in your professional career, providing you with opportunities for promotion and attracting mentors who will increase your possibilities 

Each sector in a given area has a series of meanings, in terms of Feng Shui, that help us to enhance and represent our aspirations in specific aspects. Now we are going to analyze the North sector, and we are going to do so looking at the house as a whole, at the living room and/or the office.  

norte-1.jpgThe North is known as the sector representing our Professional Career, and it is here where have to reflect on our aspirations in this regard. Firstly, we have to take into account the fact that where we rest in our home, it is better not to enhance such active aspirations as this, so that if the north sector coincides with our bedroom, it is better to apply Feng Shui in the north corner of the living room and/or our place of work. 

The first step to take is to think about the attributes of our aspiration, in other words, how we want our professional career to be, analyze our strengths and weaknesses, decide on where we want to get to and what we are willing to give in exchange … Logically, this analysis is highly personally because we all have different aspirations in this area, depending on a host of factors, including the point where we are in our career. Once we are clear about the attributes, we can start to think about the way in which they can be represented through a decorative object that reflects them, such as a piece of sculpture, a painting …

A few days ago, while I was thinking about writing this column, I asked a headhunter friend of mine what it was that they most valued in a person’s Professional Career, and he told me, “lots of flight time and a degree of experience in emergency landings. The more aversion there is to risk, the less opportunities arise”. Thinking in terms of Feng Shui, I thought it interesting how the element used to represent Professional Career is water, because I see many parallelisms between opportunities, movement, progress and water. So we can conclude just what objects should be placed in the North:

  • A painting of the sea, of a lake, of a river …
  • A waterbody or aquarium
  • Colours: blue and black 

We can understand here that by attributing the image of a lake to our Career, we are ascribing it aspects such as calm, stability; whereas in the image of a river flowing down, we represent progress, objectives … everything is valid and only depends on what our aspirations are. 

Maru Canales

Translated articles

“La Carrera Profesional”

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Feng Shui: New Projects

30,junio 2007

“The future is for those who believe in the beauty of dreams” 

ne.jpgI fail to remember who originally said that, but I recently heard a client of mine repeat it in a talk. In any case, I think it is the perfect heading for the issue we are dealing with today: new projects, in other words, our dreams.  

The aspiration for new projects is represented in the Northeast sector of an area. It may be represented in any room in the house or the office, but depending on the nature of our projects, it will be more appropriate to reflect it in more or less private rooms. In this way, if we wish to activate a personal project, we can do so in the bedroom, or if we want to activate a professional project, we can do it in the office.  

Logically, the most important thing to decide which project to activate, in terms of Feng Shui, is to analyze just what our objectives are, what we are setting out to achieve, what we are willing to invest and what we are going to achieve in return. Although it is ideal to have the ultimate goal more or less clear, it is also appropriate to understand the fact that, in order to attain it, a series of actions will be needed. As Punset says in his book, The journey to happiness, “pleasure, well-being and happiness lie in the searching process and not so much in achieving the desired end”.  

In the final count, each and every one of us has to decide personally if he/she wants to activate the intermediate projects aimed at achieving the object, and/or only the ultimate goal.  

A few days ago, I was talking about this aspiration to a client who owns a small business, and I asked him how far he wanted to go, where and how he would like to see himself professionally in 10 years` time. We began to comment on how important relationships and knowing a lot of people is for the success of his business. We analyzed the possibilities and the steps to take, then we realized that we needed to carry out a series of actions aimed at achieving our ultimate goal. These actions entailed joining a trade association, manage the media, attend a certain type of event … In the end, when we decided to activate the Northeast corner of his office in terms of Feng Shui, he was fully aware of just what his ultimate aim was and which actions to be taken in order to achieve it.  

globo-1.jpgBehind these actions, be they in the sphere of business or at a personal level, there is the underlying idea that the way of activating new projects is through an object of some kind that reminds us what our objective is. The element particular to the Northeast zone is earth. To round off with a practical example, in the Northeast corner of my office I have put a globe, which I spin round every morning to remind me of what my objectives are. Finally, just to add that this aspiration is highly recommendable for students. 

Maru Canales  

Translated articles

“Nuevos Proyectos”

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Introduction to Feng Shui

14,junio 2007

lou-pan-8.jpgFeng Shui provides a method for living in a harmonious relationship with nature. Applying it can improve your fortune in many areas of your life, including family relations, professional career and your job

lou-pan-8.jpglou-pan-8.jpglou-pan-8.jpglou-pan-8.jpglou-pan-8.jpglou-pan-8.jpgLiterally, “Feng Shui” means “wind and water”. The origin of the technique and the name lies in ancient China, an eminently agricultural society where it was thought that the best place to build was sheltered from the winds and near water, an element that makes the land fertile.

Nowadays, we take Feng Shui to be the search for balance between people and their environment, both in common (towns, parks, companies …) and in private areas (the home, the office …).

Whoever believes that their personal or working lives can be improved are likely to practice Feng Shui. To begin with, we should take three factors into account:

  •  No style of decoration is better than any other. The key lies in balance and in finding ourselves at ease in the environment that we have created
  • Move away from view any object that does not appeal to us or that we feel a certain rejection for
  • Tidy up and clear away any useless things. We need to make way for good fortune

There are different ways of focusing the practice of Feng Shui: static analysis, dynamic analysis and temporal analysis. It is the drawing together of these three aspects which creates a complete study of Feng Shui. In view of the complexity of these types of analysis, in the next articles we shall deal with the static part which although it is easily understood, is none the  less effective. The aim of these articles is to provide the reader with a guide for putting it into practice, with helpful advice based on professional research and experience.

Over the next eight weeks, we are going to be looking at the keys to how we can attain the aspirations that anyone can have in their lives in terms of:

In order to determine the eight aspirations, the first thing we need is a ground floor plan of the house, of the living room or office and a compass. Then divide the plan up into nine equal sectors and, with the help of a compass, determine where the four points of the compass lie.

Maru Canales 

Traslated articles

“Introducción al Feng Shui”

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Feng Shui y sexo . 1

1,abril 2007

“Quien se enfrenta al sexo sabe que está ante algo que sólo sucede con toda su intensidad cuando se pierde el control. Cuando estamos en la cama con alguien, estamos dando permiso para que esa persona comulgue no solamente con nuestro cuerpo sino con toda nuestra personalidad. Son las fuerzas puras de la vida que se comunican, independientemente de nosotros y, entonces no podemos esconder quién somos.

Paulo Coelho, “Brida”

Cuando leí la historia de Anita Delgado, la española de la que se enamoró el maharajá de Kapurthala, me llamo la atención lo que él había dispuesto que era importante para que ella aprendiese a ser una buena esposa: protocolo, montar a caballo… y el arte de amar a través del Kama Sutra (Pasión India, de Javier Moro). 

El maharajá era un experto en estas cuestiones, no en vano tenía un harem numeroso. Y como dice Coelho el sexo es una fuerza de la que no podemos escapar. Sin embargo, me llama la atención que cuando hago un proyecto de feng shui en casas familiares, en las que me suelo enfrentar a problemas en las relaciones, nadie pregunta acerca de las relaciones sexuales. Entiendo que será más una cuestión de vergüenza que de falta de interés, por ello he pensado reflejar aquí como podemos utilizar el feng shui para favorecer nuestras relaciones sexuales.

He elaborado una teoría al respecto, que llamo la teoría de las tres “ces”:

  • Crear,

Los hindúes, sitúan la sexualidad en el Chakra Sacro: se localiza en el ombligo y se relaciona con la sexualidad y la creatividad

  • Creer,

Como decimos popularmente “todo lo relacionado con la sexualidad está en la cabeza”  

  • Crecer,

Según la ciencia las personas alegres, positivas y llenas de vida son aquellas que disfrutan de la vida, de una buena comida, un buen vino o el sexo… 

Es decir, toda aquella teoría, filosofía, cultura, religión, moralidad… que pretende castrar la sexualidad de alguien está “castrando” su creatividad, pensamiento y evolución! Por ello, las imágenes que reflejen o nos recuerden estas restricciones no son propicias en los dormitorios.

Como comentamos en el artículo sobre la aspiración de la creatividad necesitamos crear un contexto en donde cobra importancia: el tiempo disponible, un clima propicio y el espacio físico, facilitándonos o bloqueando nuestra capacidad de pensamiento e innovación. Aquí esta la clave, debemos asegurarnos que la decoración de nuestro dormitorio nos ayuda a relajarnos, a perder el control… a través de los colores, los materiales… En este sentido es importante analizar cada objeto decorativo (fotos, cuadros, esculturas, muebles, televisión…), pensar en qué nos inspiran y que emoción nos despiertan… Así, todo aquello que nos ayude a relajarnos podrá quedarse y lo que nos irrite tendrá que salir…

“Quien toca esta fuerza, aunque sea sin saberlo, está unido a ella para el resto de su vida. Puede ser su señor o su esclavo, puede trasformarla en una fuerza mágica, o utilizarla el resto de su vida sin darse cuenta de su inmenso poder.

Esta fuerza está en todo lo que nos rodea, está en el mundo visible de los hombres y en el mundo invisible de los místicos.

Puede ser masacrada, humillada, escondida o hasta incluso negada. Puede pasar años durmiendo, olvidada en un rincón cualquiera, puede ser tratada por la raza humana de casi todas las maneras, menos una: en el momento en que alguien conoce esta fuerza, nunca más en toda su vida podrá olvidarla. Esta es la fuerza del sexo.” 

 Paulo Coelho, “Brida”

Maru Canales

Autora del libro “Feng Shui en la vida”

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