We’d all like to think that we were bringing positivity and good luck into our homes and by making some adjustments to the way we arrange our home, we can increase the good energy, according to the principles of feng shui. This ancient Chinese art concerns the chi or energy that flows all around us and is taken into consideration when siting furniture or designing buildings. Here are some simple steps to improve your flow of chi:
#1 The Approach
Before even entering your home, you walk through your garden or yard. Starting here means clear thinking and a fresh positive flow of energy leading up to your front door. It can be as simple as clearing clutter from a pathway, disposing of anything lying around that serves no purpose, weeding and creating a clear path to your front door. Or you be more adventurous and add a water feature, groups of plants or a garden sculpture to represent creativity, relationships and life journeys.
#2 The Front Door
As the gateway into and the exit out of your home, any rusty squeaky hinges are considered bad luck and can affect the chi entering your house. It is thought that the sound is like crying so quickly oil those hinges, and any others in the house, to improve those positive vibes. Front doors are also known as the mouth of chi and the luckiest color for your door to be depends on which way it faces. East facing doors should be earthy colors, south facing are better painted red, west is best in white or gray and north facing doors are better black or blue.
Space clearing is an important aspect of feng shui. Items retain energy so it’s good to have a clear out and burn away some of that stagnant energy to make room for more positive thoughts and free flowing chi. Decluttering also has a great mood lifting effect, giving you more space to breathe and fill that space with new, fresh chi.
#4 Rearrange Furniture
The principles of feng shui involve having open and clear paths for chi to flow. If you have your couch with its back to the door then you might want to consider moving it to a more optimal and commanding position, looking into the room and toward the door. There should always be a clear route around the house with no furniture having to be stepped around. Your bed is another crucial piece of furniture that should be in a commanding position. Ideally, you should be facing the door but not in line with it.
#5 Bathroom Bliss
Water plays a vital part in the elements of feng shui and represents wealth. The bathroom is viewed as the place where water leaves the home and as such this could happen to our wealth too. As we don’t want this happening to our money, the best advice is to always keep the bathroom door closed and the toilet seat cover down when not in use.
#6 Water, Water, Everywhere!
You want good chi and wealth? Then you need to bring water into your home. An aquarium or an indoor water fountain will provide this and also make an attractive, peaceful addition to your home. Near the front door is an ideal position, inside or just outside, with the water flowing towards the center of your house. This represents wealth literally pouring into your family home.
#7 Let There be Light
Light is the strongest image of energy and as such plays a big role in feng shui practice. Don’t have anything too heavy hanging at your windows, sheers are great as they let in lots of natural light. Dark corners harbour negative chi so throw your drapes open and let the sun pour in. Cleaning your windows also represents opening up and seeing the world as well as allowing the light in.
#8 Bring the Outside in
House plants are said to improve the air quality inside your home and also soften the energy. Plants are great healers too with the color green being naturally therapeutic. Lucky Bamboo is perfect for feng shui in the home, its lack of flowering and longevity symbolic of honesty and humility. Potted orchids are not only beautiful but release oxygen at night so are perfect bedroom plants. Golden Pothos is also recommended as it’s great for dead space such as above cabinets where stagnant energy sits. It’s also very hardy which is perfect for those without green thumbs!
#9 Get Fixing
Broken items in the home collect negative energy so to rid your space of this unwanted chi, either get mending or dispose of such things. Broken things are deemed as clutter so they either need to go or need to be repurposed. Broken things symbolize being broken yourself as this is definitely not the kind of positivity that feng shui aims to attract.
Other items that you may wish to avoid in areas where you keep money or in an office include open trash cans, melancholy or aggressive pictures, laundry, unpaid bills or paper shredders.
#10 Electricity – it’s Shocking!
Electricity in the bedroom needs to be considered if you want to practice good feng shui in this important room of rest. Whether you have difficulty sleeping or not, active energy from televisions, alarm clocks and fans all act to disrupt calm quiet energy that’s needed for peaceful rest. Try a battery-operated alarm clock if you can and maybe cover the TV with some material at night to block out the electrical disruption. The same goes for charging devices like cell phones and tablets – try to charge them away from the sleeping area if possible.