I’ve recently become fascinated with Feng Shui. This 5,000 year old science and art allows you to bring harmony, health, wealth and happiness into your life simply by creating a cohesive balance of ‘chi’ into your space. Chi is another word for energy.
Just like you would take a yoga class to restore the energies in your body, your work or living space require the same kind of energy balancing therapy. Here are some of the basic principals that I have learned through my research.
Your home is broken down into 9 quadrants. Each quadrant represents different elements in your life. See below:
Here are a few useful tips that will enable you to abide by Feng shui practices and achieve more harmony in your space.
Clear the clutter! Clutter creates obstruction in your life. By clearing out your physical space, you now have the ability to clear up your life. It’s amazing how this practice can energetically transform your life. See my article on clearing energy for supplemental details.
Clean your stove! According to the art of Feng Shui, the stove represents wealth and abundance as it’s normally the center of your home. The elements on your stove represent wealth and abundance. To double your wealth, simply place a shiny kettle that will mirror the elements. Make sure to use all of the elements on your stove. Also, if your stove is black, be sure to have a red kettle instead.
Clean the front door! The entry point of your home is essential in Feng Shui. Make sure that you wash your front door, and polish the brass. Apply a fresh coat of paint. Ensure that the entrance is never blocked or cluttered. This is the first point of contact for guests and you want to make a good impression, not to mention increasing the positive flow of chi coming through the door.
Get a water feature! A Water feature placed in the wealth & prosperity quadrant of your home or office allows the flow of wealth to come through, and bring in sound and activates the positive chi in your space. Be sure to avoid placing a water feature in your bedroom as this would create restlessness and disturbed sleep patterns.
Close the bathroom door! In Feng Shui, washrooms are considered as wet rooms, where water escapes in drains and depletes your wealth and prosperity. A leaky facet represents money loss. Keep the toilet lid closed at all times, especially when you need to flush. Keep your tub and sink drains blocked or covered. Lastly, fix all water leaks in your home. A clogged sink or drain represents blocked cash flow and or missed opportunities.
Tighten & lighten! Just like you would repair a leaking faucet, always make sure you replace your light bulbs when they burn out. Burnt out lights represent stale and stagnant chi in your home, and creates an in balance. Also, make sure that all of your doorknobs and fixtures are tightened in your space.
Soften the corners! The art of Feng Shui loves soft corners and round fixtures. These smooth corners allow the positive flow of chi in your space. Purchase round light fixtures and anything shiny and reflective like a crystal chandelier will bring an energetic boost to your living space. Have a square fixture? No sweat. Feng Shui offer a host of cures that allow you to remedy any space without having to replacing all of your furniture!
Remember to set the intention with every task you accomplish in your home. You have the ability to create a better life for yourself simply by balancing all of the elements in your living space. I saw results in my life almost immediately! Enjoy this process, and I’ll update you with additional tips as I gather more information.
Until then, be well and in good energy!