Spring Cleansing with Feng Shui
An Introduction to Feng Shui
Feng Shui (pronounced fung shway) is the art of placing objects and arranging your living space in a way that harmony and balance flow through your environment.
Used primarily in architecture, landscaping and interior decorating, it's an ancient Chinese practice dating back over 7000 years and translated, means "wind-water".
It is believed that adjusting the energy of the home through Feng Shui or "chi" can promote health, prosperity, success and love.
"Chi" is the energy that connects people with their environment. When the "chi" in your environment is out of balance, it is believed it will affect your life.
Basic Principles of Feng Shui
Have you ever walked into a home or business and couldn't wait to get out? Or felt uneasy? Chances are you were in a place with "bad Fung Shui", especially if the place is cluttered.
Spring is a perfect time to take stock of your home's "chi" and do a Spring clean-up with the Feng Shui principles in mind.
One of the basic principles of Feng Shui says that all clutter must be cleared away When a space is filled with broken or useless items, your own energy and the space becomes overwhelmed.
Another principle takes the five elements into account: wood, earth, fire, water and metal.
The belief is that all the main power areas of your home, such as the kitchen, living room, bedroom and bathroom should have a balance of all the five elements. As you'll read in the five elements described below, too much of one element can throw the "chi" off and affect your moods.
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A handy reference guide to Feng Shui that you can refer to over and over again.
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Keep your good "chi" inside your home!
Add color, charm and luck to your garden with this beautiful gazing ball.
A beautiful wreath to hang on your front door encouraging congentiality and happiness to your home.
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A circle means harmony. Hanging a wreath on your door encourages congentiality and happiness to enter the home.
Closet represent private and personal matters. Keep closed to prevent your private affairs from becoming public knowledge.
If you can't include all five elements into a room, hang a picture that has all of them in it
Use fire colors (red, orange, gold) in any room that you want to inspire enthusiasm and creativity. (Perhaps in a home office).
If you want love in your life, plant a rose bush in your garden. Roses are symbolic of love and what you grow, you will attract
Birth, Growth, Strength, Flexibility
The Five Elements
WOOD represents birth, growth, strength and flexibility and when you don't have enough of this element practitioners believe you may feel depressed, stagnant and ambivilent.
On the other side, too much wood may make you feel stressed, overwhelmed, stubborn and rigid.
Wood elements can include furniture, ornamental trees, cotton or natural fibers and fabrics.
Balance, Stability, Strength, Organization
The Five Elements
EARTH represents balance, stability, physical strength and organization.
When you have too much earth you may feel bored, sluggish and if you don't have enough, disorganized and unfocused.
Earth elements include earth toned colors (green, beige,rust, brown), landscape art and square or rectangular furniture.
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The Five Elements
FIRE increases enthusiasm and passion.
When there's too little fire in a room, you may feel emotionally withdrawn or have low self esteem.
And when you have too much, you may feel moody, angry or easily irritated.
The fire element is represented in candles, shades of red, purple and pink.
The Five Elements
WATER represents emotions and intuition.
When there's not enough of it in your home, you may feel alone and stressed or perceived as unsympathetic and lacking compassion.
Too much and you might feel emotionally unbalanced.
Mirrors, gazing balls, small water fountains, black and blue colors and water in flower vases can add this element to a room.
Logical Thinking, Clarity
The Five Elements
METAL influences logical thinking and clarity.
You might have too much of it if you talk too much or are overly critical.
You may not have enough of it if you feel withdrawn, anti-social or unfocused.
Decorate in white, gray or silver colors and metal furniture or accessories to increase this element.
Other ways to increase more metal in your home is through round or oval frames and the kind of rocks and stones you'd find in a indoor stone fountain or zen garden.
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Beginner Guide to Chi
So, does this mean you have to run out and buy a silver coffee table or put mirrors all over your house? No, it doesn't. Feng Shui is achieved through the balance of all the elements. Anf if you look around your home right now, you will probably find numerous items that include the five elements. Balance is the key in all things in life.
Here are some decor ideas to start you off with good "chi":
- If your front door opens to a long hall that leads to another door, hang wind chimes over that door. For example, my front door opens and I can see right through to my patio door. Not good. Practitioners believe that the "chi" goes from one door out the other unless blocked.
- Add a fountain to your home. (water element).
- Instead of just having a single candle - arrange three candles in an attractive dish, nestled in small stones. (water & metal)
- Get rid of any dried flowers in your home. They are dead and you do not want your wealth to be dead. Replace them with silk or real flowers. (water element)
- Have live plants in as many rooms as possible. If their leaves look like round coins the better. (Signifies wealth).
- Never have your bed facing directly to the door. This is a bad Feng Shui arrangement known as "the coffin position".
- Unlucky energy is called "killing breath". Lucky energy lines travel in a curved, wandering pattern. (Another reason they stress not to have your furniture flat against the wall, leave about 2" between them). The unlucky lines that create killing breath are straight and sharp, pointed objects which are referred to as poison arrows. These often show up in corners of rooms. Add a large vase, a plant or a shelving unit in the corners to eliminate these poison arrows.
- Since water is associated with cash flow in Feng Shui, maybe more men will heed this advice. Always keep the toilet seat down. It is believed that wealth is flushed away when the seat is left up!!
- Add some mirrors - not only does it add a bit of the metal element to your home but also attracts light and opens up your space.
- As often as possible use all natural products in your home and on your body. A tiny drop of essential oil on a lightbulb will fill your home with wonderful smells. (Directions: Put a drop of essential oil on the tip of your finger and rub lightly on a cold lightbulb. Turn the light on and enjoy. DO NOT put more than a drop.).
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