Why do I do what I do?

Why do I do what I do? Naja Li explains

Why do I do what I do? When I was at the David Hockney exhibition I asked myself why, if you had all this talent, would you do this? And now it occurs to me that people ask the same of me. So I thought would write about why I do what I do.

Because let’s face it, it’s not obvious. For example in publishing books on Feng Shui, composed almost entirely of things I ‘hear’, I torpedoed my chances of ever being taken seriously by the very serious Feng Shui community. And there’s big money in Feng Shui too! I could have had a nice career selling $1500 consultations, teaching Feng Shui to real estate agents and selling all manner of thank-your-lucky-stars products. Hell, I could even have re-packaged JP Sears for the Feng Shui market. (I love JP Sears, he’s Just Perfect, don’t you think?).

But that’s not all, for previous to this I torpedoed a promising career as a health practitioner. OK, I’ll admit I was never going to make serious money at this because I just never will be popular enough to do what needs to be done to have a thriving practice. That said, I did achieve a reasonable level of competence and I am actually quite good at talking to people (I’m Irish, don’t you know?). If you haven’t already read the story of how I switched from budding acupuncturist to writer, then read it here. You won’t be disappointed!

But first, what do I actually do?

What do I do?

Well, in the first instance, I make myself available to hear. I live my life in such a way that I connect with the non-material world. This has included the non-material aspect of people, alive and dead, although as time passes this is less and less the case. How it comes about that I hear the non-material aspect of the world is perhaps something I will write about in the future. But for now, take it from me that it just happens.

So basically I’m a witch. You know, the kind they used to burn and the sort of person that the media and popular culture despise for their tendency to take advantage of the gullible. In the general run of what’s socially acceptable and what can be brought up at dinner without someone snorting, choking or storming out, it’s right at the bottom of a very long list.

I guess in saying what I do, people will also wonder if I know stuff about them. And yes, whilst this is a possibility, it actually doesn’t work this way. I am only successful in what I do because I mind my own business. If people want to tell me stuff that’s fine, but I don’t go looking for trouble. At this point I would like to say that I am not available to help you speak to dead relatives, pick winning lotto numbers or find your lost cat. There are lots and lots of very nice people offering such services and I am not one of them.

Why do I do what I do?

I haven’t really got an answer for this. I don’t want to be trite and say ‘because I can’, because obviously I could choose to do any number of things. I guess I do this because I consciously chose the spiritual path and what has happened to me since is a logical outcome of that decision. The reason I write about what happens along this path is because my experience is extraordinary and I can’t keep it to myself. It just became impossible to function around other people and not say how I saw things. I also think that we are all enriched by embracing our stories and I wish that some day stories will count for more.

You might be interested to know how it happens that I connect with such ‘authorities’. The answer to this is that I get tapped on the shoulder by a non-material aspect when I am focusing on a particular area of interest. In general it is just areas of interest, such as Feng Shui and Chinese Medicine, that I have studied for several years.

However the exception to this is the field of flower essences, an area of which I had no prior knowledge and, frankly, no interest in either. The reason that I now write about them is that I got told about how flower essences are gateways to a particular spiritual path (Li). You can read more about that here.

To guide or not to guide?

From time to time I come across people on Instagram who claim to have specific ‘guides’. Usually these guides are well known dead luminaries who are clearly cool with their acolytes tagging them to boost their profiles. And whilst I don’t doubt the credibility of these claims, because I have encountered my fair share of dead luminaries myself, I don’t buy into this model of people having specific ‘guides’. That’s because I think the truth is actually a lot scarier than this. For it is my experience that ‘out there’ there exists a universal consciousness that can be tapped into anywhere, anytime and by which means you can connect with anyone, anywhere, anytime. In fact I think there’s real scope for JP Sears to tap into this universal consciousness and interview anyone, anywhere, anytime for his youtube channel.

I am sure there are lots of books out there that explain this better then I do and I apologise wholeheartedly to readers for having zero interest in them. And it is entirely possible that I would be far more interesting if I could quote at length from such publications. Which brings me, strangely enough, to relevance.

Hashtag relevance

Relevance is something with which Feng Shui struggles. As you may have guessed, even if you hadn’t read this, I’m not a big fan of modern Feng Shui. But I feel morally obliged to tell you that even when I have finished my next book, which is already an absolute ripper, I will never be able to use the relevance hashtag to market it (don’t worry, it’s free anyway). And this is why:

Feng Shui offers neither a path to wealth nor a path of peace. Feng Shui is mere knowledge of the ways and means by which we travel to be as one with light.

This is the reason that I won’t be starting a cult or a quasi religion or even have lots of fans. Because basically Feng Shui doesn’t offer anything beyond perspective. Feng Shui doesn’t change anything – it can’t even get you reborn in a better place. This is because Feng Shui just describes the process. Whether or not you want to use this knowledge to tap into opportunities that are freely available is up to you. I think you’ll be missing out if you don’t, but then I may be just a little bit biased.

Wishing you Health and Happiness,


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