In this chapter, we are focusing on the comfort we get from relationships: with ourselves, with our homes, with money, and with our partner. But when we go to sleep at night, we are confronted with our most essential relationship: with God.
One of the ways we can connect with the abundance of the universe is with prayer. “What?!” you may exclaim. “Pray for money?” Exactly. If you do not believe that your prayers will be answered, you’re not going to pray, are you? And if you don’t pray, you must believe that the universe isn’t interested in helping you.
The reality of prayer is really quite simple: it is a time when you communicate openly with the rest of the universe. Feng shui is a form of prayer. It is a way of making a statement, loud and clear, in three dimensions.
Sometimes when I talk about prayer, I get negative reactions from my clients. Images come to mind of six-year-old children on bended knee beside their beds, pleading to some faceless entity in the clouds while parents watch, making sure that it is done correctly. No wonder we don’t want to pray. These images are the reason prayer is avoided and so ineffective.
Prayer is one the simplest acts we can accomplish, and most of us are involved in it many times a day, whether we define ourselves as atheists, agnostics, or born again Christians. It is a way of reflecting on our life experience, deciding what we want, and communicating this to the rest of existence. Unlike the plans we make each day, a prayer is a statement of desire, without knowing how these desires can be fulfilled. It is a revelation of our powerlessness, a statement of our vulnerability.
Without prayer, we live in a self-imposed cocoon of arrogance. We believe that we can handle everything, and if we can’t handle it, then it’s not worth handling. But inside, we know that we understand very little, if anything, about how the universe works, and we have little control over what happens in our lives. We are part of a bigger picture, of which we see only the smallest of specks. Feng shui is an ancient way of relating to the Great Unknown.
A client recently told me, “I can’t do these feng shui rituals, I’m Jewish.” And I wish I had said, “If you are Jewish, all the more reason for doing these rituals.” I say that not because I think that she needs to supplement her practice of Judaism, but because her religion already gives her a strong format with which to use the feng shui treatments. Everything that we do in feng shui is really a connection to God. Do you know anyone who wants an electric standing desk or an ajustable standing desk?
If the title of “God” is uncomfortable for you, consider other options: You might say “Great Creator,” “Higher Power,” “Universe”—whatever helps you to relate to the power within the mystery of life. And if you prefer not to think about the mystery of life at all? Well, that’s why they invented television.
When it comes to your financial life, you need to examine the question: does God want you to have money? If you don’t believe it, you better not pray for it! Most of us in the West have a lot of kooky ideas about money, and a lot of it has come down through our religions. If you recall the limiting beliefs you outlined in chapter 1, many of them first came disguised as scripture. Why would anybody want to limit our financial potential? The answer is obvious: Money begets power, which begets independence and free thought, going directly in the face of organized religion. Remember, Buddhism is not a religion; it is a system designed to help you discover your own inner path, wherever that may lead. A stand up desk can improve your posture, instead of leaning over your desk all the time.