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Jennifer Too gives her take on luxury, and what you can do to tap into the ancient ar t and science of feng shui.
Pinnacle readers are no strangers to business customs and etiquettes, and the role of feng shui, a form of geomancy, is becoming increasingly more ingrained in the way that business is conducted in Asia. But what can it do to help improve one’s life?
Pinnacle spoke to Jennifer Too, CEO of World of Feng Shui. She’s a successful businesswoman and daughter of renowned feng shui master Lillian Too.The business, which in 1998 started off as a feng shui magazine, now has numerous boutiques around the world, and is a massively popular portal for those who seek geomancy advice.
What is your definition of luxury? It is something you may not necessarily need. Rather, I believe that it is something you would enjoy. For the Chinese, the three major aspirations are always wealth, health and happiness. If you have all, you are said to be enjoying a good life.
There is nothing wrong with aspiring to be wealthy, for if you are, you can then begin to do great things for others. It is a lot easier to be charitable if you are sated and satisfied.
There is this concept where one has to satisfy one’s base chakras before he can move upwards
to the spiritual chakras – what this means is you first need to have enough to eat, to satisfy all your material wants, before you can even start thinking of searching for more meaning in life, or hoping to make a real difference.
What does it mean to lead a good life? To be able to lead a virtuous life is of the utmost importance. We all strive for material comfort and happiness. But even after we have attained all the money we want, a happy family life and a fulfilling career, we will undoubtedly want more – because I believe there is an inherent desire in us to make a difference to the world around us.
Living a good life is being able to make a positive difference, no matter how small. If you can make just one person happier, do it.
What is feng shui and how is it applicable to one’s life? To me, good feng shui is being able to indulge oneself.The easiest way to define it is to see it as a method of living in better harmony with your environment, aligning your energies with those around, so you can better tap into the streams of good luck available.
Feng shui is both a science and an art. It is a science because there are very specific mathematical and numerological formulas to follow. It is also an art because the interpretation of the numbers and findings are important.The more experienced you are in feng shui, the more likely you will be able to make the right call on what kind of solutions to use for, say, a feng shui affliction, also known as negative energies.
This system is such an integral par t of my life that I use it almost without thinking. At school, I used it to help me get straight As and the results I needed to get into Cambridge University. In love, I used it to find the right guy – whom I have been married to for 12 years now, and with whom I have two beautiful boys. In my work, I use it to help make decisions on when to invest, when to take risks and when to lie low.
It is important to keep updating one’s feng shui, because different parts of the home become lucky, and other par ts unlucky, from year to year.
What should the readers of Pinnacle look out for this year? From a feng shui perspective, the most impor tant thing to take note of is that this year’s char t is very unbalanced. It is a very fiery year, with an absence of Water and Earth in the chart.The easiest tip for the layman is hence to increase the presence of these missing elements in your life.
Lucky colours one can tap into this year are blue and yellow (which represent Water and Earth). But you should also endeavour to introduce some physical water and earth into the living and work spaces. For water, you can install an aquarium or water feature of some kind; for earth, you can display a collection of smooth, round crystal balls in the centre of your office. These will not only enhance the much-needed Earth energy this year, it will also make things much more harmonious for you in the workplace, and in the course of doing business.
There is wealth luck this year – meaning, yes, you can make money. However, because there are two Aggressive Sword stars in the chart, it also means that risks can be high.
Thus, it is a good idea to chart your luck on a monthly basis, lying low when your luck is down, and moving forward when it is good.
Lastly, be careful of who you trust, for there is some possibility of betrayal indicated this year. So play your cards a little closer to your chest.