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While I am not a qualified Feng Shui Master, and certainly don’t profess to be, I did do a clinical 5-year study on where the subtle self-sabotage in my clients’ minds was appearing in their environments at home and in their workspaces.
This sabotage is easy to spot once you are aware of the Taoist Bagua areas within any space, and the correlations to the deeper principles of the I Ching. I was also able to correlate these Bagua areas and influences to the dynamics of the basic astrology chart. The information on this page may help you to understand more of this subtle process.
If you would like to study an authentic translation of the ancient Taoist I Ching, I suggest the following books, all by Taoist Master Alfred Huang.
- The Complete I Ching (10th Anniversary Edition): The Definitive Translation;
- Understanding the I Ching: Restoring a Brilliant, Ancient Culture;
- and if you’re really keen:
The Numerology of the I Ching: A Sourcebook of Symbols, Structures, and Traditional Wisdom
Also, Thomas Cleary’s translations of ancient Taoist texts are authentic and unembellished.
The Bodhimind Program includes:
- Bodhimind Yogacara Astrology Sessions (defining your highest life purpose)
- StrategyTransits Sessions (flowing with your opportunities)
- Exceptional Purpose Online Course (new course begins 2019)
- Bodhimind Flower Essence Therapy (support & overcoming subtle self-sabotage)
- Bodhimind Reiki Courses (in-person only, in Brisbane Qld Australia)
- RedgateSpace WebDesign (your website should reflect your Exceptional Purpose)
- RedgateSpace: Work/Home
We implemented the changes and one week later we had three serious offers on the same day! The house was sold a week after that. It was so simple and effective. And the changes were not expensive.”
Since 1993, I have been clinically studying the effects of the Taoist Bagua (the octagonal map of our major areas of life-experience) on space and mind-orientation, by comparing this to my clients’ astrological birth maps.
This has shown that your personal needs, use, and experience of any space can be harmonised and enhanced through astrological awareness of your own personal birth map (the map of your many layers of mind).
I have initiated RedgateSpace to assist in bringing harmony, peace, and inspiration to your environments (both physical and cyber) in which you spend your life. Your home and work spaces should reflect your essential values and support you in achieving your highest aspirations.
I don’t need to be physically present in your spaces to work with you on the subtle sabotage that you may be harbouring in your home or office. We can do this via Skype on your tablet or phone, and with a rough house/room plan. I’ll have your birth chart to guide me once we’ve done at least a BigView session together.
The psychological impact of your spaces is defined by the subtle inner stirrings you feel from your immediate environment. Moods, Decisions, and your Higher Purpose, can all be sabotaged by your own havens of home and office.
Chaos, Colour-Imbalances, Complex Shapes, Uncomfortable Materials, Flow-Blocks, Old Stuff, Dangerous Objects, Melancholic Memorabilia, Darkness, Inefficiency, Clutter, all contribute to a deficiency of life-force and creative flow in your being. Depressing surroundings will not allow your Spirit to soar!
By integrating Taoist Bagua principles with the knowledge of your personal astrological imprints, we can correct these influences, bringing you into harmony with the Present : supported, not challenged, by your surroundings.
I have focused my research particularly on healing
through the purposeful orientation of furniture,
through symbolism of artwork and cultural influences,
and through specific colouring in rooms
This street (below) in Venice just has to make you smile. The vibrancy of the happy colours has made a huge difference to what could have been a dull grey street. Plus the addition of the flowers and greenery uplifts the mood and provides a balancing, and living, contrast with the buildings.
Now, let’s remove most
of the colour
from that streetscape.
How would you now feel
walking down that street?
What would be your
of that neighbourhood?
While you may not want to paint your own house in the bright colours of the original photograph, that vibrant street would have left a lasting impression on you, especially as a tourist.
This dull contrast, immediately above, while neat enough, is not so inspiring, and may not hold your attention for very long with little contrast to the otherwise elegant grey. And you can see how important the green of the plants and the colourful flowers can be to any space!
But it’s not only the artistic design of a place that can affect you. If you live or work in a disorganised room full of clutter (and this includes the clutter on your desk), it can indicate a lack of self-respect and a feeling of powerlessness. This is a subtle sabotage trick of the ego.
As a Buddhist, and as a vegan (for the last 40+ years), I also do not recommend leather, feather-fillings for cushions and doonas, or animal skins of any kind, in your spaces (especially not for walking on!). Apart from the fact that dead things are discouraged in classical Feng Shui —
begins at home!
SPOT THE SABOTAGE
An Example of Subtle-Sabotage in a Home Environment
I like to study interior design books for inspiration—the heavy coffee table volumes you can find in libraries. And I have a habit of scrutinising every image for subtle-sabotage in the rooms. This is actually quite a fruitful exercise, because no matter how artfully—and expensively—the rooms have been designed, there is frequently a glaring object, or painting, that screams of ‘subtle’ sabotage.
A Recent Case I Discovered:
A large open-plan livingroom with open dining area attached, and a mezzanine hallway balcony above. Three major areas of every-day living, centred around a huge, striking painting by Victor Rodriguez (in full view from all these areas) of an unsolved Rubik’s Cube (of many colours!) that had been tossed violently into a glass of water (artful water splashing up in the air).
Think about it: despite this being a colourful, well-executed, and artful object, what does that painting actually represent? (I’ll solve the riddle—not the Cube—for you at the bottom of this page.)
Here’s an easy one!
… Imagine coming home
to this front door!
Here’s an easy one!
… Imagine coming home
to this front door!
Tao & Mind
The ancient Taoist Principles (employed in Feng Shui) are a perfect complement to Astrology as they both involve your subconscious mind. Astrology not only reveals your higher purpose and any subtly sabotaging factors, but also uncovers the causes of both for deeper clarity.
With skill in the psychological attributes of symbolism and mind, you can actually see these hidden concepts and beliefs in 3-D in your own living and work environments. Any sabotaging concepts can be altered with purposeful guidance through subtly altering your home or office in accord with what is found in your (or your business’s) astrology map.
China and the Tao
Taoist Philosophy applies these same phenomenal principles through a deep respect for the elements that make up our being (earth, water, wood, fire, and metal), in accord with the teachings found within the I Ching (pron. yee jing). And just as your diet needs to be altered for various seasons, some aspects of your home environment can also be adjusted when you live in a seasonal clime.
These teachings help to bring you back to a state of inner balance within your external environment. Each one of us is composed of a different ratio of these elements. And again, it is the science of Astrology that can so quickly identify these elemental imbalances in your constitution as well as from transiting astrological influences.
Feng Shui is but one expression of the genius of the ancient Chinese philosophy of the Tao [pron. dow to rhyme with British ‘cow’], a philosophy which is at the heart of Traditional Chinese Medicine (including Acupuncture).
The Tao is concerned with the flow, changes, and balance of all things, and this especially concerns yourself within your own environments. And this also extends to what foods you eat within particular locales and seasons.
For example, people living in Scotland do not traditionally eat papaya and juicy raw fruits (which, of course, do not grow naturally in the environment of Scotland) as these take heat from the body for digestion. Instead, the Scottish are famous for their consumption of warming foods such as oats.
The Balinese, by contrast, do not eat oats in Bali’s hot, humid environment. They eat cooling foods such as fruits and lightly cooked vegetables and rice with some fish. Though, they do quickly fry foods first in hot oil which helps to destroy the health-depleting microscopic parasites that can thrive within foods grown in warm humid climates.
However, being a committed Buddhist and Reiki Teacher has also given me an extra technique, almost lost in antiquity, that I can apply in spaces to heal and uplift.
This technique involves providing written sacred Buddhist mantras (for which I have received empowerments from Tibetan Rinpoches) and/or authentic Reiki Symbols (if you feel comfortable with this orientation) which can be hidden in certain areas of your house to bless, uplift, and protect.
These are not superstitious ‘magic spells’; but as perfect archetypes, they become invitations to your own higher consciousness, and to powerfully compassionate Beings in Spirit, to bring healing to your life. Hanging and placing sacred objects in your home, objects to which you feel spiritually connected and which uplift you, will bring a similar result.
Tibetan Bön & Buddhism
Two other influences that have helped to reshape the classical art of Feng Shui, creating new branches over the centuries, have been the principles of the ancient practices of the indigenous Tibetan Bön religion and also Buddhist philosophy. These brought a decidedly grounded spiritual and ritualistic emphasis to Feng Shui practice, and further developed the esoteric component.
Feng Shui as it has become popularised in West has inevitably been watered down by “quick path” techniques, as has hatha yoga practice, Tai Chi, and various other ancient systems of health and wellbeing. Even the acupuncture taught in Western colleges is missing the vital, subtle nuances of the life-long study and apprenticeships it once demanded in ancient China.
Taoism as a philosophy is as natural as breathing, but its study requires dedication, time, and humility. In this regard, I am in no way proclaiming myself to be a Feng Shui master.
The subconscious mind will always draw you to the familiar, while that level of consciousness has no judgement as to whether an object or artwork may have a subtly sabotaging or inspiring effect on your efforts and goals (from the higher executive brain). Only an obvious, open threat in the present moment will stir the subconscious.
A powerful sabotaging effect can occur as the subconscious mind relates to your outer reality purely through symbols, much like your experiences in the dream state while sleeping. Being aware of your own symbolism can be an enlightening experience!
The Art of Placement does not stop at buildings and rooms, but can also be incorporated, quite significantly, into the mindful placement of objects on your desk and kitchen bench, as well as into the designs of your business cards and of course, your cyberhome—your website.
Every space you visually encounter has a Bag map that corresponds to your deepest conceptions about outer reality.
Psychological and even spiritual healing modalities you employ may be subtly sabotaged by the spaces in which you live and work. If you have objects reflecting your difficult past-life experiences (from this and other lifetimes) placed in areas of a room or house related to their stories, you may suffer psychological or even health setbacks.
Trad or Modern — Eastern or Western?
There is much more to Feng Shui than hanging faceted crystal spheres and windchimes, and the placement of Fu dogs; and you don’t have to encorporate Chinese charms and gadgets into your spaces.
Feng Shui is a system of principles based on the yin-yang processes described in Taoism, and can be utilised to replace the negative influences of your inappropriate personal symbolism.
Often this may be a simple process of moving an object to another corner of the room or to another room in the house.
At times, new objects or colours are suggested. Yogacara Astrology can specifically indicate the symbolic objects, colours and the textures / elements that support and harmonise with your spiritual / practical needs. And inappropriate old pieces may have to go!
I don’t use the Lo-Pan (Feng Shui compass) in my assessments (as do some highly qualified Feng Shui experts from other Feng Shui traditions), as I’m working more on a spiritual-psychological rather than a phenomenal level, and also in close conjunction with the Western astrological map.
I am, though, greatly inspired by the philosophy and methods of Black Sect Feng Shui, utilising the ancient psychological tradition of the 8-directions of the Feng Shui Bagua from Taoist & Tibetan Bön sources, and which includes Tantric Buddhist practices.
Of course, I also pay considerable attention to directions of sun and light access, seasonal changes, and other phenomenal attributes.
Colours, shapes, and the geometrical relationships between the objects in your home, office, or work-space, can have a profound effect on your inner experiences of life.
One Warning Regarding Some
Traditional Feng Shui Systems
DO NOT allow anyone to tell you that you will have 9 years of bad luck or ill health! You are ultimately in control of your mind at all times, and you are in control of your own life. No one has the right to program your brain in that way!
The RedgateSpace service
is offered only in conjunction with
personal or business astrology consultations,
as part of my Bodhimind Program
Consultations may be conducted for any location via phone or internet call,
with house/room plans/photos being emailed to me in advance,
and you can give me a live online iPad etc tour of your space.
Astrology is needed for correct diagnosis of your personal issues
involved in the space (and also for your business map when needed).
. . . THE RUBIK’S CUBE PAINTING :
From my description, above, did you get that it was a symbol of failure?
Not only failure, but the frustration that comes with it.
Viewing the painting daily would ‘wire’ the brain
to affirm that one cannot solve problems
— life is ‘too hard’. And THAT becomes the reality!
You can view the room images on pages 51 and 52-53 of
Interiors: Texture and Harmony / Textura y Armonía,
© 2012 Fernando de Haro and Omar Fuentes,
a book on elegantly modern interior design.