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Practical Applications of Feng Shui in The Home
Chinese Characters for Feng Shui
Feng Shui is an ancient philosophy that works to harness the forces and energy (chi) of the nature and the earth itself. Working with these forces rather than against them can help us to achieve our full potential in life and will create a more positive and pleasant environment for us to live in.
Feng shui can be used balance the energies around you to improve your home and work environment as well as your health, moods, relationships and creativity, finance, family life and career.
There are many small and simple ways that you can use feng shui to bring these benefits into your life and family. Most use everyday objects that you may already have at home and just need to reposition.
Fountains add Yang Energy
A large percentage of the human body is made up of water and this water inside us reacts with any water we come into contact with or are close to in the environment. The qualities of this external water can have a positive or negative effect on the chi of the water within our bodies.
Fresh clean water such as that found in spas and springs will have a positive and healing effect on our bodies and in reverse dirty or polluted water can cause our water chi to become weak.
Water can be bought into your home by adding indoor water features such as fountains or aquariums. A simpler approach that can be used to anybody, no matter how little space or money you have is to place bowls of clean, fresh water on a table or other suitable surface. If you chose this approach it is important to change the water everyday so that it does not become stale and promote negative chi.
Using moving water such as a fountain will add more yang energy to a room and still water will attract yang energy. Water features are most effective when placed in the east or southeast of your home or room.
Aquariums make an excellent and beautiful feng shui addition to any home.
Coarsely Ground Salt
Like water sea salt connects to the salt found within our bodies and helps to improve stability and to purify our chi. Salt draws in chi from around it so is especially useful for removing negative or stale chi.
To utilise the positive energies of salt add some fine or coarsely ground sea salt in small bowls or other small uncovered containers and place them around your home. Sea salt can also be sprinkled on to floors last thing at night and then vacuumed up in the morning. Bowls of salt should be changed at least every two months to maintain the positive and cleansing effects and avoid a build up of stale chi.
For feng shui purposes salt is most affective if used in the north east or south west of your home.
Yucca Plant (yucca faxoniana)
As a living thing plants bring more chi into an environment and also help to reduce pollution. This can be especially important in modern buildings because they can be heavily insulated and build primarily from synthetic materials, both of which inhibit the natural flow of chi.
It is important to keep plants healthy and to remove any wilting or dad leaves and flowers as soon as possible so that their beneficial qualities can be maximised. Plant hangers, hanging and wall mountable pots are available to use of space is limited. All plants are suitable to be used so there is a huge variety to suit all tastes and settings.
Climbing plants and vines encourage chi to flow, low plants with a spread of leaves help settle chi and plants with leaves the point upwards encourage chi to flow up through your body. Plants that are loose and more floppy will bring relaxing yin chi to a room and pointed leaves such as those of the yucca plant create a yang chi.
Plants can be used to stop chi stagnating in the corners of rooms. Place plants with strong, pointed leaves in room corners to help speed up the flow of chi. Bushy plants placed in front of protruding corners with have the same effect.
When one cycle exists within an environment it will encourage any others to synchronise with it. Human beings are full of rhythms, for example out heartbeat and breathing and clocks bring stability to these rhythms and makes it easier for us to find our natural rhythm and pace in life. Clocks bring order and an increased ability to organise.
The best clocks to chose for feng shui means are those than are made with as many metal parts as possible. Clocks that tick and therefore display a audible rhythm as particularly affective.
Mirrors can be used to create an illusion of space and increase light so are ideal for small, narrow and dark spaces.
Mirrors reflect chi back out into a room and should not be hung opposite doors especially if the door leads outside because this will cause fresh chi that flows in to be reflected straight back out. Avoid placing mirrors opposite each other as well as this can cause chi to become trapped and bounce back and forth causing a frantic atmosphere.
The ringing of a bell helps to distribute chi and to send out your own chi into the environment. Bells can also be used to disperse stagnant energies. If a room has a dull or flat feeling take a hand bell and ring it while walking around the room. Pay careful attention to corners and alcoves or any similar areas where chi can become trapped and stagnate. The sound waves and movement of the bell get the chi energy flowing again and will allow fresh chi to also flow into the area. As you do this visualise your dreams and hopes for the future so these are carried out into the environment.
© 2012 Claire