How do you know if you have a feng shui house?
Just take a look at the energy in your home. When you walk in do you feel vibrant, grounded and alive? Or does your house make you feel tired and drained?
Your home should be your sanctuary, a place you go to feel relaxed, calm and at ease. If your home has felt a little less peaceful lately, why not try a little Feng Shui?
Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese art form and philosophy of harmonizing your space in accordance with your environment. The words Feng Shui literally translate to “wind-water,” both elements in Chinese culture that bring you good luck. The more balanced your home is and the more in harmony with nature (like wind and water), the more good fortune you will have.
In Taoism, a religion and philosophy in which Feng Shui is based, nature, the world around us, and even humans and animals are filled with Chi, or life-force energy. We must learn to balance our energy so as to allow the Chi to move. The same goes for our homes.
Here are seven simple steps to make your house more Feng Shui:
No Clutter By the Door
In order for the Chi energy in your home to move freely, it needs a clear path. That is why doorways should be kept clutter-free. Doorways are considered the mouth of the chi energy, so the more clutter and junk we have by the door – especially the front door – the more stuck and stagnant the energy in your home.
Plants Give Life
Bringing live plants into your home is a great way to decorate your home, but did you know they are also great tool in Feng Shui? Live plants have been known to purify the air in your home and can counteract negative energy. Some plants to try include the bamboo, for good luck, the African violet, which symbolizes wealth, or the peace lily, which brings peace and harmony.
Think About Colors
Have you considered the colors you’re using in your home? In Feng Shui colors are known to have an affect your mood and energy. For example, if a room is red it can activate fiery energy like passion or anger. Use red for lively rooms like the dining room or workout rooms. Blue and green rooms are more calming energy and are best for bedrooms or bathrooms.
Rearrange Your Furniture
Feng Shui has many rules when it comes to the placement of furniture in your home. Each room has its own set of rules, but in general these tips apply to most rooms of the house: make sure that your furniture doesn’t block any doorways, this can be a symbol of blocked opportunities. Make sure any mirrors are not facing the door as this directs the energy outside the room. Do not place chairs with their backs facing the door, as this is not welcoming for you or your guests.
Add the Five Elements
Feng Shui uses the elements of nature to create an equal balance in your home. The five elements from nature are wood, fire, earth, metal, and water. You can add wood by adding woodwinds, tree branches, or raw wood shelves. Fire can be added with candles or a fireplace. Add some earth by adding crystals or stones to your mantelpiece. Metal can be added by using wind chimes, candleholders or vases. And the water element can be added with water fountains, floating candles in water, or water paintings.
Reposition Your Bed
Since the bed is the place where we spend most of our time, the placement of the bed in your home is very important in Feng Shui. According to Feng Shui principles, the bed should be placed in the “commanding position.” That means it should be positioned furthest away from the door or diagonally from the door, but not in line with the door. There should be a strong supportive wall behind the bed and a good headboard. This supports you and gives you power. Your bed should not be directly under a window as this lets the energy out of your room.
Clean Mirrors and Windows
Windows and mirrors have been known to collect energy, so it’s important to keep them clean and clear. The more dirt on your windows, the more stagnant the energy. If you regularly clean your windows and mirrors you will find that positive energy can sweep through your house with ease and clear direction.
What Feng Shui tips do you use to promote positive energy in your home? Tell us in the comments below!