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 

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Practicando Feng Shui, 3

26,agosto 2007

Además de la técnica y las consideraciones a tener en cuenta en la decoración, hay otros aspectos psicológicos que pueden influirnos a la hora de practicar Feng Shui. Sobre ello hemos hablado en numerosos artículos:

Asimismo, hemos hablado de algunas técnicas para superarlos:

Hemos oído algunos testimonios de personas que han alcanzado el éxito:

También hemos visto algunos ejemplos:

Maru Canales

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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

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“El Compromiso”


Decorando con Arte

19,agosto 2007

Aparte del papel meramente decorativo, el Arte en nuestro entorno nos influye y de alguna manera proyecta una imagen sobre nosotros. Sobre ello hemos hablado en los siguientes artículos:

Cuando queremos decorar basándonos en la técnica de Feng Shui, no se me ocurre nada mejor que utilizar el Arte  para proyectar nuestras aspiraciones, personales y profesionales. Hemos podido ver ejemplos en los artículos sobre las aspiraciones:

Según la técnica de Feng Shui, debemos de tener en cuenta que es importante que utlicemos aquellos objetos que personalmente más nos agraden:

Con el fin de poder localizar las Obras de Arte a las que se ha hecho referencia o con las que me han permitido ilustrar muchos de los artículos de este blog, he creado una página titulada Arte

 Maru Canales

Autora del libro “Feng Shui en la empresa”

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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 

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“Fama y reconocimiento social”


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

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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 

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“Exito y prosperidad”


La física cuántica

5,agosto 2007

“Es cierto que la técnica de Feng Shui aún no ha sido probada a través de ningún método científico conocido. Pero, creo que el Feng Shui es una ciencia del futuro porque sus principios básicos tienen que ver con la Física Cuántica y la Relatividad”

Master Joseph Yu

¿¡Y tú, qué sabes!? es el título de un documental realizado por científicos norteamericanos sobre la física cuántica. En él nos enseñan el sinfín de posibilidades que existen: ¿hasta donde estamos dispuestos a llegar…?

He encontrado algunos videos en español sobre la primera película:

El experimento de las dos ranuras o como se comporta la materia…

Si tenemos miedo a lo desconocido, ¿cómo podremos conocer cosas nuevas?

Después del éxito de la primera película, decidieron realizar una segunda: ¿¡Y tú qué sabes!? Dentro de la madriguera. Se trata de una versión extendida en la que han incluido más temas, nuevas entrevistas y nuevos conceptos sobre la física cuántica y sus posibilidades:

  • Para ver la escena sobre el poder de la palabra, pulsar aquí

  • Para ver escenas de ¿¡Y tú, qué sabes!? II, pulsar aquí
  • Para acceder al artículo “Aprende a practicar Feng Shui”, pulsar aquí

Maru Canales

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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

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Feng Shui en “El Secreto”


Decoración con plantas

1,agosto 2007

Por todos es sabido los numerosos beneficios que la natuleza aporta a nuestro bienestar, mejorando nuestra capacidad creativa, la efectividad en el trabajo, el buen ambiente laboral, nuestra salud…

Es curioso comprobar como la cultura occidental, a través de la “investigación científica” llega a las mismas conclusiones que la cultura oriental, a través de una técnica milenaria como el Feng Shui…


Desde aquí podrás acceder directamente a todos los artículos que hemos publicado, haciéndonos eco de estudios occidentales, relacionados con el uso de las plantas en la decoración:


Teniendo en cuenta lo que la cultura oriental, a través del Feng Shui, nos propone al respecto, hemos podido ver que la utilización de la naturaleza en la decoración influye en las siguientes áreas:

Asimismo, podemos ver algunos ejemplos en la arquitectura:

Maru Canales

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