Learn how the art of feng shui can change the energy of your home and impact on your wellbeing.
Feng shui is the ancient Chinese art of balancing the flow of energy in space like the home and harmonizing everyone with their surrounding environment to encourage a more positive environment and lifestyle.
Feng means wind and shun means water. In Chinese culture both wind and water are associated with good health, thus good feng shui came to mean good luck and fortune, while bad feng shui means bad luck, or misfortune.
To make a few feng shui friendly changes in your home, consider the following elements.
Feng shui is all about energy, since light is one of the strongest manifestations of energy, your home lighting has a very dominant influence on the quality of your environment. According to experts, smart lighting along with good quality air, are two of the very basics of feng shui and should be one of your priorities for any space, be it at home or at work.
Natural lighting promotes a positive flow, so make sure to keep curtains and blinds open throughout the day and use lamps to keep dark spaces bright. Candles are great for creating a calm energy throughout your home. As good quality air is also important, open up windows to allow fresh air to flow throughout your home.
Colour is one of the easiest ways to shift the energy in your home in order to create good feng shui. Certain colours will enhance the energy of your home: green encourages wealth wile red promotes prosperity and balance. Consider painting your front door one of these colours or having either of these colours present at the front of your home. Yellow encourages a high-energy flow at the heart of your home so it’s the perfect colour for your kitchen.
One of the basic principles of feng shui is the principle of five elements, which are fire, wood, earth, metal an water. Each feng shui element is represented by a specific colour, and they year you were born depends on which element you are. By using the colours that best suit your element, you will bring more harmony into your home.
The kitchen is the centre of your home for good shui and it’s vital to create a good balance as all the five feng shui elements are present in one room – water (sink), metal (appliances), wood (cabinets), fire (oven) and earth (food). Ideally, you should keep your stove a few inches away from the wall and use each burner evenly on the stovetop evenly to create balance.
The main entrance of your home is the entry for all energy and a first point of contact into your home for all guests, so you want to make it feel welcoming and encourage a positive flow of energy to other parts of the home. At the front door, you should create an inviting entrance with a lamp or a vase of flowers on a side table and placing a colourful rug.
When arranging your lounge room furniture, place your couches and tables in a circle to create a warm and inviting environment for conversation. Add indoor plants and mirrors to keep the energy bouncing around all corners of the room. In the bedroom, the goal is to feel relaxed. Do this by keeping any clutter to a minimum.
How and where furniture is placed is vital for ensuring a good energy flow in your home. Arrange your bed in such a way that it is not aligned with the door, this is called the commanding position and is the ideal spot for your bed. In feng shui sharing the head of your bed with the toilet wall or under a window is not considered good luck.
Outside, when using the patio for outdoor dining or entertainment, having a square table will encourage stability whereas a rectangular table promotes lively discussion. A round table on the patio will foster a great community feel.
It’s important to make sure that everything in your home is in working order and running efficiently. Fix anything that is broken and dispose of anything that is beyond repair. Remove any unnecessary clutter you may have and keep only what you need and want. Don’t hoard and old items that don’t add value to your life or are no longer of significance to you.
Drains are thought of as the place where negative energy exits your home, so make sure yours are unclogged at all times.
Goldfish are thought to bring good luck into a home because their movements resemble the movement of healthy chi energy. Welcome a goldfish into your home, preferably in your living room rather than in your bedroom or bathroom.
The are many other certain animals that bring good luck, prosperity, wealth or many other kinds of good fortune. Keeping symbols or pictures of these animals around your house can be beneficial for the good energy’s they bring into our lives.
Cranes are present in numerous works of Chinese art for bringing longevity and good luck, Statues or symbols of dragons attract positive chi and wealth, Fu dogs guard homes from negative influences and golden elephants are thought to bring wealth into your home.
Houseplants will also bring luck and promote good energy, but only if they’re kept happy and healthy.