You can improve the energy flow of any space using Feng Shui principles, and that includes the vehicles you drive.
Now that summertime travel is upon us, I thought it would be appropriate to address a space where we spend a lot of time – our motor vehicles. I have lived, and driven, in two of the most auto populated areas in the US: Los Angeles and Atlanta. I can honestly say that having good Feng Shui in and around my cars has kept me safe and (mostly) calm in both areas as I drive! Hopefully my suggestions will be helpful to you as well.
1. Keep it Clean! What applies to your home applies to your car. Empty water bottles or coffee cups, fast food bags, dried french fries, loose Cheerios on the floor, or papers strewn across the back seat does nothing to help you feel confident and in control of your driving (or your life). If you unexpectedly need to drive a friend, relative or co-worker somewhere, you won’t need to fumble around to clean a place off for them to sit, let alone have to apologize for the mess. I’ve been there, done that, and it is embarrassing!
In addition, keeping a messy car sends a signal to the Universe that you do not appreciate and respect what you have. You may collect more dings and dents, have more technical problems or even tend to drive more disrespectfully around others. You won’t have the tendency to feel envious of others if you keep your vehicle clean inside and out. This does not mean you cannot admire newer, sexier vehicles – just remember who you are driving home at the end of the day!
2. Have a positive reminder in view. This can be a guardian angel charm, a small item given to you by someone special, a written affirmation posted on the dashboard, a window decal or photo. I always get a kick out of the dash vase the newer VW bugs have. OK, it’s a bit too cutesy for most, but I love the idea! It’s about having something uplifting in a space where you spend a lot of time. I have clear window clings with the words JOY and GRATITUDE on the bottom of each side of my windshield. It is my reminder to be thankful for having a great vehicle to take me where I want and need to go. Our son’s car has one that says PROTECTION. Our daughter has a Guardian Angel medallion on her dash. It doesn’t need to be big – just a visual reminder to start your drive on a positive note.
3. Send out a Blessing before you drive. Yes, I believe in angels and especially my driving angels! I ask them to watch over me, my car, and everyone else I am around every time I get behind the wheel. I visualize a protective white light surrounding me and whatever vehicle I am driving. If I’m running late, which occurs much less now, I ask that I arrive at my destination safely and on time. I then take a deep breath, relax and trust the traffic will cooperate. I can honestly say that I find I do arrive in time or there were delays on the other end which kept me from being the late one. I drive in the faster moving lane, get mostly green lights, and avoid erratic drivers the majority of the time.
I don’t leave home without sending my blessing out! On long trips, I repeat my blessing every time I stop for food or fuel. I do the same for friends and family members that I know are driving home late or long distances.
4. Utilize the Fame/Reputation and Career areas of your vehicle.
The front license plate bracket is in the Fame/Reputation and the back bracket is in the Career guas of the Bagua. These are great locations to advertise your business contact information or something else that represents you! On the front of my minivan, I have the Yin/Yang symbol and my rear license bracket has a reference to Feng Shui. I have energized both of these brackets with the intention that they send out positive energy while I drive. The rear window and back of the vehicle work well too, so long as it doesn’t look cluttered or obstruct your view.
Be conscious about displaying anything that may irritate or cause another driver to be distracted around you, such as highly reflective finishes or derogatory stickers. If that is your intent, however, be prepared to attract drivers around you that are irritated or distracted.
5. Regular Maintenance = A Happier Car
My dad always told me that if I keep my car looking good and running well, I will keep it longer and enjoy it more, plus save money and headaches. How right he was! We currently own 4 vehicles and three of them have over 135k miles each. They all receive regular oil changes, and get the necessary repairs which have been minor given their use. Our mechanic shared with me that most people do not keep up with regular oil changes and check-ups, which cause most of the mechanical problems he sees. If something breaks, do what you can to repair it as soon as possible. As with your home, so with your vehicle – a grateful heart for what you have is always good Feng Shui!
6. Motorcycles need good Feng Shui too!
My husband is back riding a motorcycle after a 25 year hiatus while raising our kids. As with most bikers, I know there is no problem with keeping them clean and in good repair – I wish my car was babied as much as his bike is!
Because motorcycles can get easily lost in a blind spot, Wes also visualizes a protective white light around him every time he rides. His bike has the traditional Guardian Bell attached to the bottom of the bike chassis, to protect against road ‘gremlins’ (aka hazards). He also keeps a piece of Hematite, a wonderful grounding stone, in his front bike pouch to help him stay grounded and focused while riding. As with all Feng Shui enhancements, the intention behind them gives them energy and power. Medallions, crosses and the like can do the same thing.
To some, all of this may sound Hokey or too ritualistic, which is OK by me. I know I am calmer and more relaxed when I drive and worry less about others. I keep sending my blessings out to all the drivers around me and hope they will feel as calm and relaxed as I am.
Look for Part II of Feng Shui and Your Vehicle, where I will share my insights on car colors.
Safe Travels Everyone!