Feng Shui is the ancient Chinese practice of creating harmonious surroundings that enhance and balance the flow of energies. Its principles are often applied within the home to make it more comfortable and bring you prosperity in life. So how can you easily apply this ancient knowledge in your own home?
Feng Shui in a nutshell
Everything contains and radiates energy, even objects. With Feng Shui you can guide that energy in a positive way and let it flow undisturbed through your home. Feng Shui is based on the idea that our homes are a reflection of our inner worlds. So your own energy and the energy of your home should be ideally aligned to fulfil your needs and to get where you want to go in life. It focuses on positioning furniture, buildings and the lay out of rooms in such a way that it achieves maximum harmony between the flow energy and the user. Each room serves its own purpose and has a different set of rules to optimize energy flow.
The living room
Your living room is where you spend most of your time, so you want to make sure it’s a place where you can sit back and relax.
– Declutter and clean your home. Clutter has a negative influence on energy levels, so before you start make sure the rooms in your house look and feel tidy.
– A sofa is best positioned against a solid wall and ideally against the wall furthest from the entry so you’ll have a clear view of the door. Leave a bit of breathing room between the sofa and the wall.
– Create an inviting atmosphere by arranging some small furniture to place books or drinks, but make sure to keep walkways between areas clear so you can move around freely without bumping into things.
– Feng Shui not only works with furniture placement, but colours are very important as well. If your living room is grey, add colour accents to establish perfect harmony.
Your bedroom is the most soothing room in your home and the place where you can calm down. It should be a nourishing place to maintain healthy and loving relationships and soothing for your senses.
– Choose calming colours; blue is a very good colour for the bedroom.
– Never place the bed opposite to the door (with your feet pointing to the door). This is called the coffin position; needless to say where it gets is name from and why you should avoid it.
– Do not position your bed in front or underneath a window, because energy enters and leaves a room through the windows. If your bed is in this pathway, the energy will flow over you as you sleep, causing restless sleep.
– Avoid mirrors or paintings opposite or over the bed as they are considered intrusive, like you’re bringing a third party into your relationship with your partner.
– Place candles (always in pairs) or fragrance sticks to help with a calming scent.
According to Feng Shui the bathroom is a room that should be closed off, the extensive amount of water in this room flushes energy away.
– To make sure energy isn’t escaping, keep the toilet lid closed and close the drains after taking a bath.
– Hang a crystal from the ceiling. This will help keep energy flowing upwards instead of down the drains.
– Add some earth elements to the bathroom to balance the five elements (water, earth, metal, wood, fire), which are very important to Feng Shui.
Even though Feng Shui is often regarded as a woolly topic, many experience benefits after applying the principles mentioned above. Your home is the place that allows you to relax and thrive in life. Making these simple adjustments will help you to feel even better in your surroundings and be your best you.