Isn't it nice to take shortcuts?  The appeal of saving time, energy, and money is irresistible.  Who doesn't want results quickly?  From 30-minute meals, 20-minute abs, 5-minute face-lifts, to the 1-minute manicure, we live in a culture of instant gratification.

Although these capsule programs have their merits, they do not necessarily offer long-term results or the sustainable transformations we need and desire.  Without a doubt, the lasting things in life simply cannot be attained in a matter of minutes.  We are only cheating ourselves if we think that is possible.

Keep this idea of shortcuts in mind as we explore the law of cause and effect, which is at the core of effective feng shui.  Did you know that you could tell right now whether you have good or bad feng shui?  If you feel financially sound, enjoy a good relationship, and are in good health, you likely have good feng shui and caused this by aligning your energy with that of your home. By the same token, if you are broke, suffer in your marriage, or are in poor health, you probably have bad feng shui and have also caused this on some level.

Trees Bring Permanent Prosperity - Chi Art painting by Chi Jen LiuWhat you experience, you have created.  The effect is the result of a cause.  The effort you put into something determines what you get out of it.  We've all heard the adage, "You get what you pay for," likewise, you have to pay for what you want.

Let me share with you a very mind-opening book by Malcolm Gladwell called Outliers.  Mr. Gladwell researched what it was that made people like Bill Gates and J. Robert Oppenheimer so successful.  According to Mr. Gladwell, being successful comes down to the "10,000 - Hour Rule," which means practicing a specific task for 10,000 hours.  This is equal to doing something 8 hours a day, 5 days a week, for 4.8 years; or 1 hour a day, 7 days a week, for about 27 years.  To be successful at something, you must be persistent in your practice.

When your feng shui or environment supports your success, rather than goes against it, it can feel like a shortcut.  But like the 10,000-Hour Rule, the natural law of cause and effect requires persistence to create sustaining results.  It is unrealistic to expect that quick, one-time feng shui fixes will give you immediate long-lasting results.  Adjusting your feng shui should be a mindful, consistent practice for it to truly help you achieve lasting success.

Absorbing positive messages from your environment is a persistent, repetitive action that activates success in reaching your goals.  Nothing achieved using a shortcut can substitute for the infallible, lasting results of consistent effort, a supportive environment, and the reliability of accumulated experience.

The Chi Art, "Trees Bring Permanent Prosperity" (pictured above) depicts trees on the sides of a lush, flowing riverbed are grouped in three and four, which represents the numerology of permanent commitment and peace.  At the bottom of the painting are branches configured in diagrams that attract unexpected money.  At the center top, eight trees reach up to heaven to receive fantasy fortune.  The trees’ blessings are doubled in the water’s reflection.  This painting promotes wealth, peace, and nobility from generation to generation

Consistent practice of being in the presence of empowered messages instills the intentions in your mind and heart, bringing them to fruition.