In learning about the Asian culture through my trainings to be a Feng Shui Master, I have come to embrace several rituals and traditions used to greet the New Year – whether it is the Western New Year we are about to celebrate or the Chinese New Year, which arrives at different times each year during January or February. I actually incorporate both New Years’ celebrations into my life due to the complexity of some of the traditions.
Have you had a great year? Whether you have, or not, would you like to know how to make the next year better?
Feng Shui is all about energy. In fact, everything in the world is energy! When we change one item in our home, it changes the energy of the home. When we change one of our thoughts, it changes the cellular memory in our brain, which in turn changes the outlook we have on life. Hence the statement, “Change your thinking, change your life!” Doing one act with focused attention and with clarity of intention is all that is needed. This change in energy has a ripple affect to everything else. Science is proving this principle everyday.
To keep it simple, think of the things you would like to be different this year. Let’s create a clean slate to manifest them. We want to get rid of the old in order to attract and make room for the new.
Here are just a few tips to do TODAY before you welcome in the New Year. These are quick ideas; so if you don’t have the time, money or wherewithal to do one, go on to the next.
- Clean the entrance to your home. Sweep TOWARD the house to sweep in the “GOOD LUCK” waiting right outside for you. Continue sweeping from the front door into the house to bring all the “GOOD LUCK” all the way into your home.
- Make repairs and do maintenance work to anything needing it.
- Change old, burned out light bulbs for a bright, well-lite future.
- Clean the refrigerator to bring in “GOOD HEALTH” for the coming year. Get rid of the leftovers. You don’t want to ingest the energy from the old year.
- Clean the bathroom to symbolic of doing an internal cleanse to your body in order to revitalize the “GOOD HEALTH” you have.
- Put clean sheets on the bed for a good night’s sleep.
- Pay your bills in order to be debt-free. If you can’t pay all of them off, be sure to pay at least one of them in full. It might be your rent, a utility bill or small credit card debt. Doing any of these shows the Universe you have the INTENTION to be debt-free. Work toward achieving this during the year.
- Clear your desk to create a fresh start filled with lots of creative ideas for the New Year.
- Do a special blessing to thank your home for giving you the comfort and shelter it has provided.
To continue with your focus to have a great New Year, only do those activities on New Year’s Day that you want to do during the coming year. If you want to do more biking or skiing, try to do that activity on New Year’s Day. Don’t want to be doing housework, get it done before midnight to have a clean house for the New Year, but not always be cleaning during the year.
These are just a few of the many rituals I’ve gleaned from my Feng Shui studies. And don’t worry if you are not able to do all of these by the end of December 31. We have the Chinese New Year starting on February 19, 2015. You have another opportunity to start a “new year” with a clean slate by doing some of these by February 18!
Here’s to you and YOUR FABULOUS NEW YEAR!