By Erica Sofrina, Author of Small Changes, Dynamic Results! Feng Shui for the Western World and Founder of the Academy of Feng Shui
One of the teachings of Feng Shui has to do with charting the energy centers of our home and enhancing the areas that correspond to the key areas of our lives.
The “Fame and Reputation” area has to do with being your authentic self in the world and receiving the recognition that comes from this. It is not about self-aggrandization, but being able to receive genuine appreciation and recognition for your gifts, talents, and contributions — whether from friends, family, work, your community, or the world.
In Feng Shui, Fame and Reputation is connected to the Fire element. This area of the home can be enhanced by using objects and colors that are more fiery. Fame and Reputation is about what we are known for, our impeccability or lack there of. Fire, like reputation, spreads quickly. This area encourages us to be known for kind, generous acts. It is about the awards and accomplishments we are proud of. It encourages us to become clear about who we truly are and what gifts we offer to the world.
Work With Enhancing This Area of Your Home When You:
1. Are not being recognized at work for your contributions or have been passed up for a promotion.
2. Would like more recognition at home.
3. Are fearful of being seen (for who you really are).
4. Have low self-esteem and/or difficulty receiving praise and recognition.
5. Want to establish a good reputation in your community.
6. Would like to be well-known for something you do.
If you are working with any of the challenges listed above, Feng Shui teaches that if you work with the corresponding Fame and Reputation area of your home, you can also activate this part of your life. It teaches that we are energetically connected to our home, and by shifting the chi there we shift the chi in our life experience as well.
This part of Feng Shui comes out of the teaching of the Bagua. (Read more: Where is Energy in your Home?) We can locate these energy centers by overlaying what is called a Bagua map onto the floor plan of our living space. (See page 3 for instructions and your free color Bagua Map.)
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