Feng Shui For The Soul - Year Of The Ox
January 2009 will be filled with plenty of festivity as we celebrate the New Year of the OX, and the Inauguration of president-elect, Barack Obama.
The Presidential Inauguration will be held on January 20, 2009, and January 26, 2009 is the official Year of the Ox.
2009 is the year to be the change we want to see; the year to celebrate and nurture our souls.
Gwen enjoyed "Feng Shui for the soul" from Divine Performing Arts at the
California Center for the Arts in Escondido. 5,000 Years of Civilization in
One Magical Evening! To reserve your ticket, go to
and RSVP your seat. The event will be at the San Diego Civic Theatre.
I would like to share with you a story, told by my mentor, Michael, who happens to be my husband of 35 years:
There was a rich merchant who had four wives. He loved the 4th wife the most and adorned her with rich robes and treated her to delicacies. He took great care of her and gave her nothing but the best.
He also loved the 3rd wife very much. He was very proud of her and always wanted to show off her to his friends. However, the merchant was always in great fear that she might run away with some other men.
He too, loved his 2nd wife. She was a very considerate person, always patient and in fact was the merchant's confidante. Whenever the merchant faced some problems, he always turned to his 2nd wife and she would always help him out and help him through difficult times.
Now, the merchant's 1st wife is a very loyal partner and has made great contributions in maintaining his wealth and business as well as taking care of the household. However, the merchant did not love the first wife, and although she loved him deeply, he hardly took notice of her.
One day, the merchant fell ill. Before long, he knew that he was going to die soon. He thought of his luxurious life and told himself, "Now I have four wives with me. But when I die, I'll be alone. How lonely I'll be!"
Thus, he asked the 4th wife, "I loved you most, endowed you with the finest clothing and showered great care over you. Now that I'm dying, will you follow me and keep me company?" "No way!" replied the 4th wife and she walked away without another word.
The answer cut like a sharp knife right into the merchant's heart. The sad merchant then asked the 3rd wife, "I have loved you so much for all my life. Now that I'm dying, will you follow me and keep me company?" "No!" replied the 3rd wife. "Life is so good over here! I'm going to remarry when you die!" The merchant's heart sank and turned cold.
He then asked the 2nd wife, "I always turned to you for help and you've always helped me out. Now I need your help again. When I die, will you follow me and keep me company?" "I'm sorry, I can't help you out this time!" replied the 2nd wife. "At the very most, I can only send you to your grave." The answer came like a bolt of thunder and the merchant was devastated.
Then a voice called out: "I'll leave with you. I'll follow you no matter where you go." The merchant looked up and there was his first wife. She was so skinny, almost like she suffered from malnutrition. Greatly grieved, the merchant said, "I should have taken much better care of you while I could have!"
The moral of this story is we all have four wives in our lives:
1. The 4th wife is our body. No matter how much time and effort we lavish in making it look good, it'll leave us when we die.
2. The 3rd wife is our possessions, status and wealth. When we die, they all go to others.
3. The 2nd wife is our family and friends. No matter how close they had been there for us when we're alive, the furthest they can stay by us is up to the grave.
4. The 1st wife is in fact our soul, often neglected in our pursuit of material, wealth and sensual pleasure.
So, my friends, letís make 2009 the year we nurture our souls, and our well being to bring us health, wealth, and happiness. Email us for our next upcoming class. May the New Year, 2009, deliver everything you wish for.
Peace & Blessings. Gwen & Michael Coronado
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