Should You Use the Laughing Buddha in Your Home Feng Shui Decor?

Feng shui tips for the use of Laughing Buddha

There are few feng shui cures as popular — and as universal in their application — as the Laughing Buddha. Used as a cure for good luck, abundance, happiness, success and good health, any feng shui bagua area of your home can benefit from the energy of the Laughing Buddha. You can find the Laughing Buddha in a variety of feng shui products — from statues and bells to keychains and jewelry.

If you want to use a statue of the Laughing Buddha in your home, where and how would you place it? What materials should you go for – metal, resin or wood? Does it matter?

Yes, every detail matters if you want to create good feng shui in your home. But first, have you asked yourself why is the Laughing Buddha laughing? Aren’t Buddhas suppose to be serene and peacefully looking within? Apparently, not all.

The Laughing Buddha feng shui cure is based on the story of a Buddhist monk who lived in the 10th century China. He was a bit too eccentric for a monk, but his heart was loving and open, and in time he came to be loved by many.

He is considered a reincarnation of Gautama Buddha (the historical Buddha); and added the often missing energy of light heartedness, joy and laughter to everyday life. Also called the Happy, the Hotei, or the Traveling Buddha, the Laughing Buddha is often depicted with gold ingots, a Wu Lou (Chinese gourd), a sack of treasures or surrounded by children. And, a big belly!

The most common feng shui use of the Laughing Buddha in your good feng shui home decorating is as a cure for wealth and good luck. The symbol of Laughing Buddha is considered to bring auspicious energy, wealth and joyful blessings anywhere it is placed, so now you know why you can see at least one Laughing Buddha in many Chinese restaurants and shops.

If you want to use a Laughing Buddha statue as a feng shui cure for your home, first decide on best materials and colours for your decor. You can find feng shui statues in a variety of materials, from resin to metal, a variety of crystals and even porcelain, and the Laughing Buddha statues and figurines are no exception. Would a white colour Laughing Buddha look best in your home? Maybe a golden one?

Choose a Laughing Buddha statue that helps you attract and strengthen the feng shui energy you need. Do you want to attract more wealth energy? Then look for a statue of Laughing Buddha with gold ingots and place it in the Money area of your home. Is your focus on vibrant health? Choose a Laughing Buddha with a Wu Lou in his hand and place the statue in your Health feng shui bagua area.

Treat your Laughing Buddha with respect, never place the statue on the floor. One of the best feng shui locations for a Laughing Buddha is close to the front  door, so that you can see it as you come home. It is not a good idea to display your Buddha in the bathroom or in the bedroom. As Laughing Buddha is considered to be a patron of children, it can be good feng shui to have a small statue in your children’s room (if they like it, of course); or in the study.

If you really love the energy of the Laughing Buddha and are looking to buy a statue for your home, go for a bigger size statue, of at least 2-3 feet. This way, you can rub the Laughing Buddha’s belly for luck, as is the custom with this specific Buddha. The big Buddha belly that can hold deep laughter, as well as stomach all your troubles and sorrows, and transmute them into happiness.

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rodika tchi

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