Feng Shui in the Home
Here are some tips & guidance on what you can do to create positive energy flow in your home to improve relaxation and family communications.
FENG SHUI is the ancient CHINESE ART of improving every aspect of your life, using the principles of HARMONY & ENERGY FLOW (CHI or Qi) coming from the heavens and earth. It can be traced back over five thousand years & has been slowly modified over time to fit changes in circumstances. To get the best from our lives we need BALANCE & HARMONY & FENG SHUI provides us with the rules or levels to achieve this balance in every aspect of our lives – but we need to follow the guidelines for this to happen!
Put simply, FENG SHUI depends on the principle that the POSITIVE ENERGY (CHI) needs to move freely round to bring this harmony, but can be blocked or diverted by physical objects that get in its way. Many general rules seem like common sense (or ‘non-sense’ as some might argue), principles but in CHINA the FENG SHUI principles are so strong that before buildings are erected a FENG SHUI expert is commissioned to help draw up plans to ensure that things such as doors and windows are in exactly the right alignment before the building process can take place. It is also not uncommon for entire buildings to be demolished because the angle of the building and its main entrance are out of line with the FENG SHUI principles.
APPLYING FENG SHUI IN THE HOME
Each area of your home has an impact on your personal progress and emotional state.
Living areas – these exist for relaxation of family, social interactions with guests and informal behaviour. FENG SHUI takes into consideration some of the following factors – colour schemes – furniture placement – number of electrical items – lighting – objects such as ornaments – plants – mirrors etc. Each of these items can prevent the flow of the CHI and allow NEGATIVE ENERGY to overpower the inhabitants of the room & affect their moods and emotions. Consider how you feel emotionally when comparing a neat & tidy uncluttered room with a messy overcrowded one – this is what FENG SHUI is all about!
THE DRAGONS GATE
This is the name given to the main entrance to your home or business as this is the entry point for the CHI that will affect everything inside. It is essential that the pathway leading up to the entrance is clean and tidy, and that the door is also in good repair. This will allow the good CHI to smoothly enter the house and begin to bring the peace and harmony we seek at home. The entrance hall should be bright and welcoming, and therefore POSITIVE CHI will be felt. Consider your feelings on first entering a building or friend’s house – do you feel at ease or on edge? Happy or uneasy? – this is the effect that CHI can have!
Where the front and back doors are in line, it is important that a block is in place to prevent the POSITIVE CHI from rushing straight out of the door – maybe if a middle door is in place it could be shut while one of the main doors is open. A wind chime placed by the front door will help break up the flow of CHI & slow it down, allowing it to move more freely around the rest of the house.
LIVING ROOMS or LOUNGES
These rooms are seen as YANG rooms and have high levels of energy. This is the room where moods and emotions are sensed more highly, so furniture must be well spaced out to allow free flow of the energy. The room should have calming colours & bright light, preferably natural light from the window. Plants are welcome in this room, but avoid those with sharp spikes, such as cacti as these can cut the energy force.
Bedrooms are YIN rooms where low energy levels are preferred, so care should be taken to place the bed away from direct contact with the walls or shelves and it is important never to place a mirror directly opposite the bed. Again, colours are important here and should be restful and reflect a calming mood for restful sleep.
Kitchens contain two opposing elements – the cooker, or hob belongs to the FIRE element and the taps and sink belong to the WATER elements, so conflict is easily stirred up in the kitchen. Knives and sharp objects should be kept in the drawers out of sight and it is important to keep chaos to a minimum.
FENG SHUI is revered world-wide & is a practice worth following in all walks of your life!