Definition of Prosperity

Sally Painter
Ingot bowl filled with ingots.

If you were to ask the average person what she believes is the definition of prosperity, the typical response would be monetary wealth.

Definition of Prosperity

That typical above response is because most people equate money with prosperity, but the truth of what prosperity is more than money, especially when it comes to feng shui. Most dictionaries define prosperity as the state of having good fortune. This certainly encompasses more than just the accumulation of money. With good fortune comes abundance and this is a truer meaning of what it means to be prosperous.

Abundance Defined

Abundance isn't just about being rich. In fact, being abundant can mean good fortune in any area of your life. You have an abundance of whatever you possess. If you're a creative person, then to be a prosperous artist means you have an abundance of talent so your wellspring of creativity never dries up. Whenever you're generous with your abundance, it will attract even greater abundance and creates an undeniable cycle.

True abundance energy can fill all areas of your life. This includes:

  • Happiness
  • Health
  • Career
  • Relationships
  • Home and Family
  • Wisdom

Cycle of Prosperity

In feng shui, the cycle of chi energy is essential to a balanced world. Chi is in everything and it governs the five elements.

  • Water
  • Wood
  • Fire
  • Metal
  • Earth

It's during the process of the element cycles, that chi energy transforms, creating abundance within each of the elements.

Using Feng Shui to Attract Prosperity

You can use feng shui to bring prosperity and enhance each area of your life. You'll want to conduct or have a feng shui practitioner conduct an analysis of your home. This will help you to understand your best personal directions. This will help you identify which areas of the home are the best places for you to sleep, eat and work.

The importance of this assessment is to give you every opportunity to take advantage of the chi energies that can help you achieve abundance and prosperity. Depending on the depth of the feng shui analysis, you can discover which areas are best for each member of your family.

Different Forms of Prosperity

Not all forms of prosperity are about abundance. Prosperity can mean an ideal opportunity falling into your lap or the chance to see a once-in-a-lifetime ballet performance or museum exhibit. The definition of prosperity can differ from one person to another. What you value may hold no value to another person. For example, perhaps you view prosperity as having a mansion and servants, but someone else wouldn't be comfortable with that kind of lifestyle and views personal prosperity as a paid mortgage, enough money in the bank to pay bills and a family that's happy and healthy.

Feng Shui and Prosperity

Feng shui can enhance the chi energy that attracts the opportunities that can bring you greater prosperity, but in and of itself, feng shui doesn't create prosperity. Many people mistakenly believe that if they place a three-legged frog (a wealth and prosperity symbol) in appropriate areas in their homes, then they will suddenly as though by magic receive financial gains. The symbol is just that, a symbol. Unless it's made of the element you're attempting to activate in your wealth sector, the symbol itself cannot activate an element. It's merely a reminder of what the symbol represents, like any symbolic meaning. The five elements of feng shui, however reside in various sectors of your home and if you don't activate them, no amount of feng shui symbols will ever bring prosperity to you.

Being Wise in Your Choices

The most important advice you can derive from feng shui and prosperity is to learn how to work with the elements within your home and decide what you view as being prosperous.

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Definition of Prosperity