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Feng Shui Simplified

An easy way to understand Feng Shui and how to Feng Shui your living space.

Are you intrigued by the idea of Feng Shui but don’t actually know what it is and how to achieve it? Then this article is for you.

The elements of Feng Shui are very cumbersome and one can spend a great deal of time trying to perfect every aspect to a T. There are even specific Feng Shui concepts for specific areas of concern such as career and health. In this article, you will get a simplified guide to Feng Shui the place that should bring you the most comfort–your home.

Let’s first start by defining the term:

feng shui

ˈfəNG ˈSHwē,-SHwā/

noun

noun: feng shui; noun: fengshui

(in Chinese thought) a system of laws considered to govern spatial arrangement and orientation in relation to the flow of energy (qi), and whose favorable or unfavorable effects are taken into account when siting and designing buildings.

You may wonder why the ancient Chinese thought is becoming so mainstream in Western culture even through it’s complexities–the premise is simple; energy. People want to be surrounded by good energy. Good Feng Shui energy, called Sheng Chi, is the bright, refreshing, uplifting Feng Shui energy that is beneficial to your health and well-being.

Sheng translated from Chinese means Upward Moving Energy. According to the ancient Chinese art of Feng Shui, it is based on the idea that your living space reflects your life, Feng Shui energy called chi, and that you can use this chi to bring luck, wealth, and opportunity into your home.

To start transforming your home through Feng Shui, we will begin with your home’s front door. The front door is known as the mouth of chi, it’s where the chi aka energy, travels from. Your front door should be up-kept and inviting. For convenience a lot of people use their garage doors to enter their homes; however, make sure to use your front door at least once a week to promote the travel of chi energy throughout your house. Experts say placing red articles on or around the front door such as red-flowering plants or red accents on the door, as red attracts energy, fortune, and luck.

When a house has good energy circulating throughout, the people who occupy the home will experience higher levels of well-being. If the energy in your main entry is blocked, has stagnant or low energy the house will not have enough energy, so to speak, to support the quality of your own personal energy.

Once inside it’s imperative to clear the space of the home, space clearing is clearing out all possible lingering negative energy that may be in your home or office. It’s done very simply; in Feng Shui space clearing is done by smudging which is the burning of herbs such as sage, essential oils, and candle or frankincense and myrrh. These materials can be found at health food stores, online or crystal shops. The smoke is used to clear the home. Once alone, you would start by lighting the burning object and moving around the home counter clockwise in all areas of the home. This is done ritualistically; I’ve conducted this by reciting a prayer while clearing the home.

The cardinal rule to Feng Shui is clearing clutter. If you’re a neat freak or OCD this step will be the easiest and most typical part for you. Clearing your place of clutter transforms the energy in your home. In Feng Shui, “a cluttered house equals a cluttered mind”. Even worse, clutter literally sucks up the energy in a space.  If there’s clutter somewhere in your home — even tucked away in an attic — then it’s also cluttering your head, as well as the rest of your life. The home should always have natural light coming in from windows during the day and an open door or window at times to let fresh air in.

The bedroom is one of the most important rooms in the home, according to Feng Shui, because it’s where we seek restoration, balance, and peace. It’s also the place of dreams. In Feng Shui, the items you place between your mattresses have an energetic association with your intentions. Use sensual fabrics and fluffy pillows to promote relaxation and don’t store things under your bed –shoes, suitcases, books, pictures, and files are too energizing for restful slumber. Promote falling asleep faster and wake restful with Nest Bedding

Your bed should be in the commanding position, this is when your focal point is in the direction of the door while not in line with the door while lying in bed, the head of your bed should be on a wall. This is to not startle you if someone was to enter the room, you are assuming the commanding position. If your room does not allow this position the use of a mirror which allows you to see the door also works.

Additionally, family photos don’t belong in the bedroom as this is an intimate place made for sleep and sex and should be reserved for you and your partner. If any photos are to be in this room it should be of you and your partner solely. Pictures of family and friends in the bedroom may remind you of obligations, which don’t promote the mind or body to rest. All photos of friends and relatives can be in other areas of the home such as the living room.

It’s good to have a living object in your home, plants clear the air and in Feng Shui living plants have their own chi and draws chi to them. Some experts say you can have a very realist looking plant for chi or money tree purposes but I doubt that. Instead, if you’re not good with plants, opt for plants that need minimal care and are good indoor such as the Areca Palm, Rubber plant, Peace Lilly and Dracaena. The money tree cures is to attract the energy of wealth and prosperity, hence why I disagree with having silk plants. Placement of your money tree is also important; the best places for plants are in the kitchen (between hot and cold appliances to create balance), in the dining room (to draw abundance), and in the family room (to promote health, life, and connection).

Feng Shui also has application in color, where each color brings the desired Feng Shui energies to your home in order to create harmony and balance. For instance, the color Blue Feng Shui-wise, blue is excellent for use in the following Feng Shui Bagua areas of your home: East (Health), Southeast (Money), and North (Career).

My living room has an orange accent wall, prior to writing this article I had no idea I was displaying two Feng Shui practices, the first being the color orange which Orange: being called the “social” color, as it creates the necessary Feng Shui energy to promote lively conversations and good times in your house. Additionally, it’s the focal point once I open the door, the color is inviting and the chi passes that area first.

There is so much more I can get into yet this was the simplified version to get you started in Feng Shui without being overwhelmed, if this topic interest you I encourage you to do some self-research. One thing to keep in mind in relation to Feng Shui is to do what is most comfortable for you; it’s your home and, therefore, it’s your rules in how you want to run it.

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