How To Spread Positive Vibes Around Your Home With Feng Shui
The art of Feng Shui has been practised by Chinese people for thousands of years. The Chinese believed that humankind and nature are connected by a flow of universal energy called Ch’i (pronounced Chee). This energy emanates throughout your home and is a direct reflection of the energy that emits from objects and furniture placed within your home. This can be influenced by the colour of the walls, the shapes of the rooms or the positioning of furniture.
Ch’i energy is made up of two qualities namely feng and shui. Feng energy is active, dynamic, yang energy while shui energy is passive, receptive, yin energy. The harmonising of these two forces has become known as Feng Shui. Feng Shui encompasses the belief that a harmonious homes equates to a harmonious lifestyle.
Living in an urban city creates a highly charged yang energy that need to be balanced with a certain amount of yin energy. This can be encouraged using soft furnishings, comfy cushions and soft earth colours. This harmonisation creates a positive ch’i flow around your home.
There are five elements that work together with yin and yang energy. These include wood, fire, earth, metal and water.
The philosophy is based on the belief that wood burns to create fire, fire then turns to ash which creates earth, metal is created within earth which creates water and allows trees to grow.
In this fast-paced day and age, Feng Shui may be a simple answer to making your home a calm place to unwind. Try out these easy tips and embrace good vibes.
The hallways, stairways, and entranceways are the arteries and veins that run through your home. The entrance to your home should always be clear and uncluttered.
Tip: Place a vase of flowers to encourage positive, earthy energy when entering the house.
An ideal entranceway is well lit, colourful, clutter-free, welcoming and reflects the individuals who live there
A combination of these variables will help keep the energy flowing and the ch’i abundant.
The kitchen is considered to be one of the most creative areas of the home. In traditional Feng Shui, one should never have opposing energies such as water and fire together. The oven represents fire and taps embody water. There is not much you can do to avoid having these forces together in a kitchen. However if the oven and sink are close together then place a wood element either above or between them to harmonise the energies.
Tip: A small plant on a shelf or wooden spoon hung on the wall will harmonise these energies.
Tip: A white quartz can also be hung on a window to reflect bright light.
Tip: White is considered to be the most ideal colour for the kitchen as it symbolises purity and promotes good health.
Tip: Try not store cutlery in stagnant areas such as a corner cupboard or at the bottom of a cupboard.
Tip: Knives and forks should be near the entrance, doorway or window for positive energy to flow.
Tip: Ovens should face the strongest source of natural light or if this is not possible, hang a mirror directly opposite to maximise natural light.
The sooner you create the right ambience in the kitchen, the heart of the home, the sooner your own heart will be harmonised.
Bathrooms and toilets are generally large sources of trouble in Feng Shui. Good energy can easily be flushed away if you are not vigilant.
Tip: Always keep the toilet seat down and close the door.
Tip: As this is very much a water area you need to harmonise this room with wood and metal cures. This can be in the form of stainless steel towel bars and bathroom fittings.
The bedroom is auspicious for intimate relationships and personal energy, which is restored during a good night sleep. The position of your bed may affect your sleep patterns and intimacy.
Tip: Try ensure that your bed doesn't point straight toward the doorway. Many people are superstitious about having the bed face the doorway because secret arrows of negative energy can swoop through the door and blaze their way across the bed, leading to a broken relationship and broken sleep.
Tip: Avoid hanging lights directly above the bed. This highly focused yang energy will beam down directly on whichever part of your body the light is above.
It is also recommended you don't sleep on top of an empty space such as garage, storeroom, or empty basement. This is because there will be stagnant ch’i underneath you.
The Study or Office
The best place to have an office or study is in the northwest area of your home. This sector encourages good contacts, interaction and lucky breaks.
Tip: Strategically place some metal and earth elements around work or study. Metal elements can include stainless steel accessories, wind chimes and landscape paintings. Earth elements can be a bowl of stones or shells or fresh flowers.
Tip: Place a small plant in south east to enhance your prospects.
Tip Put a white quartz crystal on southwest corner to improve business relationships.
Tip: Your desk should face the door. You back shouldn't be toward it.
The Dining Room
Tip: The dining room should have soft colours and lighting.
Tip: The ideal shape for a dining table is an octagon. This may not be practical for most people and a good alternative is to have a round table which also symbolises creativity and completion. If you already have a square or rectangular table use circular place mates and round bowls.
Tip: A mirror on the wall will reflect the abundance of food and will also reflect the abundance you will have in our life.
The Living Room
A living area is exactly what it says it is. It lives and breathes a message of who you are and the essence of your personality. First impressions last a long time and you want people to feel comfortable and relaxed in your home.
Tip: Sofas and couches should face a window or doorway. If you this is not possible than hang a mirror so you can see the door when you are seated.
Tip: Keep the centre of the living room empty so people can move through the space without disrupting the energy flow.
Tip: Choose warm and welcoming colours, such as soft pastels
Tip: Place a white quartz in the south sector of the living room to enhance people’s appreciation of and respect for your personal style and taste.
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