Feng Shui is the ancient Chinese practice of creating harmonious surroundings that enhance the balance of yin and yang energies and the flow of life energy named Qi. Feng Shui has been around for thousands of years and is closely related to the wisdom of Tao. So what is it precisely that this ancient wisdom tries to achieve?
Feng Shui in a nutshell
Feng Shui focuses on positioning furniture, buildings and lay out of rooms in such a way that it achieves maximum harmony between the flow of Qi of the environment and that of the user.
This ultimate harmony is believed to bring good fortune in all aspects of life. Feng Shui is based on the idea that our homes are a reflection of our inner worlds. So your own energy and that of your home should be ideally aligned to fulfill your needs and to get where you want to go in life.
It is therefore important to realize which energy you bring in. Pay attention to how you arrange the rooms, the furniture, the decoration and surround yourself with beauty. Everything contains and radiates energy, even objects and with Feng shui you can guide that energy in a positive way and let it flow undisturbed through your home.
How to make this happen?
You could do this in the traditional but more intricate way with the aid of a special feng shui compass and astrology for example, but that would be better left to professionals. To make things less complicated we will focus on the western approach of Feng Shui (Black Hat Feng Shui) decoration for now.
The most important thing to start with is to declutter and clean your home. Clutter has a negative influence on Qi, so before you start make sure the rooms in your house look and feel tidy.
Step 2 is to find the center of your home. This is the Yin Yang point and this center is very important for directing the right energy into the spaces of your house.
Find the center of your home
You will need the floor plan of your house and a bagua map like the one you see in the photo below. Divide the floor plan of your house into 9 squares like the bagua. Make sure you exclude any extensions, because these should be mapped individually.
In the western version you place the lower side of the bagua map at your entrance. This should be the door the builder initially intended as your front door even when you use a different entrance more often. Your door should either fall into knowledge, career or travel.
Find the corresponding fields of the bagua map in your floor plan to get an idea which rooms hold which energy, and use this as a guide to improve a positive flow in the desired areas. In these areas you should use the colours mentioned in the bagua map and make sure you include a few objects that help that specific goal.
ABUNDANCE: Plants, sailing ships
FAME: Awards, animals
RELATIONSHIPS: Paired items (in two’s)
FAMILY: Plants, family photos
TRAVEL HELPFUL PEOPLE: Religious items travel souvenirs
SELF KNOWLEDGE: Books, computers
CAREER: Mirrors, fountains
HEALTH: Pottery, stone objects
CHILDREN, CREATIVITY: Artwork, Children’s photos
Feng Shui not only works with placement and specific objects to improve Qi. Colours are very important as well. And don’t be fooled to think you should apply soft and soothing shades only. It is a balance of Yin and Yang energies, so if your living room is grey you need colour accents to establish perfect harmony.
If you have ample space, you might want to consider reserving a room for your personal me-time. A place where you can unwind and relax and that helps both body and mind to calm down. If you simply don’t have that space, try a corner of the living room or your bedroom to accommodate those needs.
Basic rules for the living room
A sofa is best positioned against a solid wall and in a perfect world, against the wall farthest 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.
If you don’t have a wall to put the sofa against, put a console behind it, topped with tall lamps to create more security. And place a mirror directly opposite of our seating arrangement to make sure you can see behind you.
By all means avoid an awkward seating plan that is counter productive in terms of conversation. There are no set rules for distances but when there is 3 meters between the sofa and the next available chair or when it is too cramped to feel comfortable, it will have a negative effect because it becomes a less welcoming area. Something you will want to avoid.
Also arrange some small furniture to place books or drinks to create a more inviting atmosphere. The flow should be open. you don’t want to bump into furniture and all walkways to other areas should be clear. In terms of furniture shape, circular and oval are recommended for a coffee table for it allows the flow of energy to move around better. Which doesn’t mean you can’t have square or rectangular shapes. With Feng Shui it is all about balance so there should be equal parts of each. For a colour scheme refer to you bagua map and make sure you allow accent pieces in those colours if the walls are in a solid colour.
An example; if you want to increase wealth and abundance you might want to place four purple plants (orchids) in that designated area.
Rules for the bedroom
Bedrooms are the most Yin rooms of your home and places where you calm down and unwind.To create chi balance, you must first rid your bedroom of all clutter and work-related equipment. Dirt and dust create stagnant chi which can result in such things as illness, disharmony within your relationships. It should be a nourishing place to maintain healthy and loving relationships and soothing for your senses. Choose calming colours; blues are very good for the bedroom.
What not to do
-Never place the bed opposite the door (with your feet pointing towards the door) This is called the coffin position, needless to say where it gets is name from and why you should avoid it.
-Also do not position your bed in front of or underneath a window: Qi energy enters and leaves a room through the windows. If your bed is in this pathway, the Qi energy will flow over you as you sleep, causing a restless sleep.
-Avoid placing the mattress directly on the floor because you would be blocking the main pathway of Qi.
-Avoid mirrors or paintings opposite or over the bed as they are considered intrusions by third parties into the relationship.
-Never place your bed on a wall shared by the bathroom.
-Don’t hang pictures of water or sailing in your bedroom because water is very Yang and interferes with the Yin quality too much.
What to do
Place candles (always in pairs for the partner relationship) or fragrance sticks to help with a calming scent. Pink and red accents to improve passion and love and rose quartz ducks to aid relationships
Make it visually soothing and place furniture in such a way that energy can flow around undisturbed.
With this blog post we realize that we only briefly scratch the surface of Feng Shui for your home to create a more positive living environment. If you wish to know more about the ancient wisdom of Feng Shui decoration we advise you to contact a specialist or purchase a good book on the topic.
We hope we have given you an inspiring glimpse into this ancient art from China. Maybe it helps you improve certain areas of your life. We hope so. One thing is for sure: you will only ever find out if you try it first. Good luck!