Build a Feng Shui Intention Box to Increase Your Fame and Reputation

Intention Box

by Anezka Drazil, Feng Shui consultant

An Intention Box is simply a holding place for your intentions. For instance, if you desire more wealth, you would create an Abundance intention box. If you desire a romantic relationship, a Love intention box.

In this economy, with job loss and job insecurity everywhere, I thought it would be nice to offer a way to help you stand out from the sea of applicants by creating a Fame & Reputation Intention Box. One of my feng shui teachers, Grand Master Thomas Lin-Yun, says that all Feng Shui cures are more powerful when they are created by your own hands with the power of your heart.

If you would like to take this cure a step farther and make it even more powerful, choose an auspicious date from the Chinese almanac.

Gather all your items the days before the date. Another powerful time would be to create your box on a new moon day.

Step 1: Analyze. The first step here is to do a little self analysis. How do you want to be seen? Where do you want to get noticed? What attributes within you will support this? For example, do you need more self confidence, more trust in your ability to make good decisions or the ability to take more risks? Write down all your insights, as this process not only helps you get more clear, but can bring some big aha! moments as well.

Step 2: Gather. Now gather the materials. Pick the items that have strong meaning for you: things that you love and hold power . Pick colors that are in alignment with the fame and reputation such as red, or orange, or hot pink. Think of this as a fire box to ignite your visibility.

Step 3: Prepare and Clear. Once you've completed Steps 1 and 2, prepare a space with a large work surface. Before you begin, take the smudge stick, and light the end, blowing it out so that it smokes. Use the stick like a wand and wave it over and all around the objects you have laid out on your work table. This will clear them and prepare them for your personal intentions. If you do not want the smoke in your home you can do this part outside. If you do not like sage you can choose a type of incense that appeals to you, and if you are sensitive to all smoke items, you can set your items in a bowl of salt overnight or in the sun for 24 hours.

Now that everything is clean, cleared, and prepared, close your eyes and take a deep breath. See the goal that you have set for yourself. See your intentions. See them going into these items and into this box. Once you feel grounded and ready, open your eyes and begin.

Step 4: Put It All Together. First paint the box (inside and out) with the color or colors you have chosen. You may need to do a few coats to cover up any writing on the box. The writing can also be covered up later by gluing beads, written words, pictures, or really anything. Just use your imagination. As you paint, be mindful of your reputation and visibility, and paint it into your box. You will have to let the box dry in between coats.

Now that the box is painted and dried, you can begin to design the box by placing objects where they feel drawn to be. Arrange and re-arrange them as many times as you want. It is a process, so have fun with it. You will eventually want to cut your photograph into a shape you like and design the inside cover of the lid starting with your picture in the center. Later you will glue it there, but before you do, design how you want it to look. You may want to glue other pictures down first and then glue your photo over it, or glue feathers down first and so on.

A good idea is to print out your intention as a statement and glue that somewhere in your box. Once you know where you want things to belong, begin to glue the items into and onto your box, being mindful of your goal throughout the process. We also recommend you put something on the inside bottom of your box that is fireproof, because you will be setting a tea light candle here to light later. You could use glass, ceramic tiles, sand, rocks, and so on. Or, once the box is finished you could find a clear piece of glass or a small tea light candle holder to set in the box, if you don't want to glue something permanently.

Be patient; this is one of the more lengthy Feng Shui remedies. It may take a few days or even a week or more to collect and prepare everything, and that's OK. Take solace in the fact that it is beginning to work its magic from the moment you start the process.

Step 5: Activate It. All done? Great! Now that you have completed your Intention Box, set it in the Fame and Reputation area of your bedroom, study or office space (from the entrance door, this would be the back middle of your room or home). For 9 or 27 consecutive days set a tea light candle on the fire-safe bottom of your box and light it while focusing or meditating on your intention. See this light as a symbol of your personal light shining out into the world yielding positive results for your career and manifesting the end result you seek. (As a safety precaution, please do not leave the candle unattended.)


  • Cigar box or other wooden box (you can ask at liquor or tobacco stores for used cigar boxes)
  • A picture of you. It needs to be a happy, current picture. (If you don't have one, take one!)
  • Paints: Acrylic, or extra house paints you have around the house.
  • Creative stuff: Beads, rocks, feathers, tokens, coins, pictures that are symbolic of how you want to be seen, like a tree signifying wisdom, or a large sun meaning powerful energy, or a warrior meaning courage and strength. Pick items that speak to you personally and connect to your fame and reputation intention. Look through magazines, old cards, keepsakes and so on. Sometimes we are not even sure what we want. Find out. If any of the items are dirty, or dusty, clean them.
  • Paint brushes
  • Hot glue gun (these can be found at most craft type stores or borrow one from a friend or relative)
  • Newspaper/tape to cover work surface
  • Smudge stick
  • Tea light candles

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