An interest in God, meta-physics, and religion dominated Tessa's life for half a century. A decade ago she walked away to become an atheist.
Feng Shui - magical method.
While many different people from many walks of life carry lucky charms, it is Feng Shui which brings it to high art. Feng Shui is the arrangement of space in such a way that it makes people lucky, happy, wealthy, and healthy.This is not so outrageous. The Golden Rule which every interior designer and architect learns at college is that well-arranged space arrangement has a very positive effect on human beings. There’s a very definite reason why people like Bill Gates, Donald Trump, and Richard Branson had their homes and/or offices built according to Feng Shui principles for decorating or interior design.
When it comes to the promotion of luck, then the Chinese are masters of it. In both Feng Shui and astrology, believe that there is a cycle of sixty years and each year has a different type of life energy, and it is this life energy that determines the quality of the year. They believe that items arranged in a particular pattern, certain colours, and made of jade will bring auspicious happenings.
Science says that lucky charms do work!
In 2010, a study at the University of Cologne using 28 students found that lucky charms had a very definite effect on the outcomes of events. They simply did much better when they had a lucky charm in their possession. Sometimes, it might have been a particular performance like saying certain words or doing a ritual dance.
Another study conducted by Stuart Vyse at Connecticut University found that just telling someone that a ball was lucky (in a game of golf) made them perform better.
Yet another academic who believes that magical charms have a definite positive effect on those who use them is a psychologist at University of Koln in Germany by the name of Lysann Damisch. She believes that the actual belief that the item will make them luckier increases confidence, and the confidences makes them work better. She says it is a placebo effect.
Psychologist Lysann Damisch of the University of Koln, Germany, is among those who believe that lucky charms may indeed be effective, and she has an idea about why. She suspects that the activation of superstitious thinking directly prior to a task may boost a person’s confidence in his or her ability to succeed—what’s known as self-efficacy—which in turn boosts expectations and persistence, thus improving performance. She decided to test this idea in a series of experiments.
Jade is a major industry in China.
Lucky Charms, Good Qi, and the energy of Jade
The Chinese believe that everything is filled with life force or life energy. Another word for this is Chi. Chi has a cycle of sixty years and each year, during those sixty years, there is a different type of chi coming from the earth. They have named these years according to animlas, of which there are twelve different animals. In turn, each of these elements can be one of five elements. So a year might be a metal rabbit, a fire dragon, or a water snake.
Sometimes the earth brings forth good chi and everybody is happy. Other times, the earth spews forth 'unlucky energy.' The Chinese always use lucky charms to counter any unfortunate influence, but in bad years, like the year of the water snake, they will double up on the lucky charms.
While shape does not affect how the lucky charms work, size and the particular element or mineral it is made of, will. The best mineral is Jade and, of course, the larger, the better. Jade, it is believed, contains very good life energy and counters any negative life energy in the vicinity. They also believe that jade has a certain porosity that allows life energy to pass through it and be cleansed as it passes through. So if there is bad energy (or difficult energy) in the area, a jade ornament (or lucky charm) in the area will absorb that energy, transform it, and scatter good energy around that area.
Not only are homes arranged in the Feng Shui method filled with 'items of power' in certain spacial arrangements, but there is always the obligatory jade ornament. Of course, those who take their lucky charm seriously will have carry some jade item on their person.
Magical talisman or placebo effect?
So do lucky charms really work?
The answer is that either one believes that lucky charms do not work and it's simply the increased confidence that brings about the better performance. Or one believes that somehow, as Chinese Feng Shui and astrology explains, certain materials have some sort of sentient or life quality and that it interacts with the life force that infiltrates everything.
Jade is a huge industry in China because of the belief in lucky charms
So who believes in lucky charms?
Would you believe Bill Gates, Donald Trump, Wade Boggs, and Richard Branson, all of whom have had their homes 'made safe' through the use of Feng Shui.
Naturally these people were already wealthy before they had their homes and offices built according to Fung Shui principles. That said, there can be something extremely calming about applying principles of Feng Shui to any home or office. When people live and work in areas that are pleasing to the eye and to the emotions, their work is much better.
Chi plays a very important part in China. Chi is life energy and there is a sixty year cycle before it repeats itself.The Chinese believe that whatever type of chi (the life force) pertains to the year, that life energy (chi) will infiltrate the child born in that year. So children born in the year of the horse, for example, will have the type of energy (chi) that was on the earth in that year.
Lucky charms, the Chinese believe, are also affected by that energy. Jade, in particular, they believe, is very sensitive to chi. So Jade ornaments and lucky charms are highly valued. Each year, a particular jade animal will be bought so that the the jade will absorb the chi and bring prosperity and well being to the person or family.
© 2015 Tessa Schlesinger
Maurice Glaude from Mobile, AL on August 01, 2015:
I believe in lucky charms.