On this episode of Rhodes to Success, I interview Cathi Hargaden, who is an internationally acclaimed expert in the ancient art of Feng Shui. Cathi has over twenty years experience in consulting and teaching Feng Shui and has worked with more than one thousand clients around the world. She is the host of the Feng Shui Mastery podcast and has helped clients increase revenue, reduce stress, resolve conflicts, and build health. During this episode, we discuss the five elements, the importance of balance, how to Feng Shui your office for wealth and success, and the importance of color.
Main Questions Asked:
- What is Feng Shui, and what does it mean?
- What is the tangible application of fire in our environment?
- Is there an assessment or quiz people can take to figure out their elements?
- How can we Feng Shui our offices to make us wealthy and successful?
- What are your thoughts on the color of the walls?
Key Lessons Learned:
What is Feng Shui?
- Feng Shui is a 4,000-year-old Chinese spiritual philosophy for Taoism that has been a secret form of knowledge not available to the masses.
- It is all about what to change in your life and when to change it.
- This has to do predominantly with your environment and involves the understanding of movement, change, and the five elements.
- Feng Shui is symbolic. Through the use of color, aroma, or shape changes can be brought.
The Five Elements
- Fire: Dynamic and taking action.
- Water: Deep and emotional.
- Wood: Austere and rigid or adaptable.
- Metal: Discipline and clarity.
- Earth: Still and calm.
- Each element has extremes to them, which are Yin and Yang.
- Yin and Yang are opposites such as male/female, up/down, and black/white.
- This is an element needed for those in the area of entrepreneurship and business.
- One way to bring this element in to an environment is by using images of action.
- This is epitomized by ceramic pots, which are about receptivity.
- If you have so much going on inside of you, then how is it possible for anything new to come into your life?
- This element can be represented through the use of plants or in images such as a picture of a tree.
- Water is synonymous with money and wealth.
- The flow can be brought into a room with fish tanks or fountains.
- We have an overuse in the west, as it has a lot to do with the mind and intellect.
- Our heads are activated but don’t know when to shut off.
- Your environment can mean the difference between aspiration and failure.
- Feng Shui is all about balance, so if people have too much action (fire), then they will burn out.
- Having too much earth means that people will be fixed and not able to move forward.
How to Feng Shui Your Office
- If you are the director off the company, then you need to sit diagonally opposite of where the door is. This is called the power point of the room.
- Ensure you have a wall behind you (not a window). On the wall, have a picture that is strong and has a supporting energy.
- On the wall in front of you add an inspirational picture that feeds subliminal images of why you are doing what you do (ex. nature, people, or a vacation destination). It can also be a feeling of harmony or health.
Choosing A Wall Color
- There needs to be a sense of space and neutrality, but you also have the ability to put color on the wall in the form of pictures.
- The colors in the Google logo are of the elements: Yellow- earth, Blue- water, Red – fire, Green – wood.
- Red and orange of fire get people going; yellow calms people; blue helps people move and flow.
The music in today’s episode was written by The Danger Os and produced by Nick Palmer. Check them out at https://www.facebook.com/thedangerosmakemusic
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