Feng Shui (pronounced “fung shway”), is an ancient Chinese art based on the idea that your living space reflects your life. Feng shui strives to achieve balance in both. Feng shui holds that all objects possess an energy called chi, and that you can use this chi to bring luck, wealth, and opportunity into your home.
Try these 9 tips to get the energy flowing!
1. The front door- Energy flows through the front door. An open and inviting pathway allows positive energy to flow into your home, whereas energy can stagnate if the entryway is closed off. Want opportunity to come knocking? Place a red-flowering plant outside or put some red accent colors on or around your front door. Red attracts energy, fortune, and luck. Better yet, just paint the front door red.
2. Get rid of the clutter- A cluttered house equals a cluttered mind. Clutter literally sucks up the energy in a space. You may think you’re hiding your clutter, but the closet has as much of an effect on energy flow as anything else. If there’s clutter somewhere in your home — even tucked away in an attic — then it’s also cluttering your head, as well as the rest of your body.
3. Create balance- Make sure you have something representing the five elements — wood, earth, metal, fire, and water in every room. The goal is to stay grounded, centered, and balanced in your life and your environment. Place a wooden bowl filled with stone pebbles alongside a candle and a vase of flowers. Or try to incorporate colors that symbolize the five elements:
Black = water
Green = wood
Red = fire
Yellow, tan, and brown = earth
White = metal
4. Mirror mirror, on the wall
Mirrors reflect energy, so position them in places where you want to increase energy flow. Also, make sure that mirrors reflect something beautiful. You don’t want mirrors to reflect anything low energy or negative, like kitchen trash cans. Finally, think twice before adding mirrors to your bedroom decor. They can energize the room, which, though it may be great for hot sex, is not so great for getting enough sleep.
5. Create a flow
You can’t benefit from the positive energies that flow through your front door if they zip right out the back door. If you open the front door and there’s a direct line to the back door or a window, that’s runaway chi. You want chi to run in a meandering pattern so it can deposit good energy throughout your home. You can stop runaway chi by placing furniture or some other decorative object in or near the questionable path and by using rugs to impede energy flow. Hanging a room separator or a faceted crystal near one of the doors will help, too.
6. Make your bedroom a sacred place
The bedroom is one of the most important rooms in the home, according to feng shui, because it’s where we seek restoration, balance, and peace. It’s also the place of dreams. In feng shui, the items you place between your mattresses have an energetic association with your intentions. Use sensual fabrics and fluffy pillows to promote relaxation and don’t store things under your bed — shoes, suitcases, books, pictures, and files are too energizing for restful slumber.
7. Where do the family photos go?
Family pictures definitely don’t belong in the bedroom. It’s the most intimate room in the house and should be reserved for you and your partner. Pictures of children, relatives, and friends may cause you to think about your obligations — and that doesn’t allow the mind (or body) to rest. So keep only pictures of you and your spouse or partner in the bedroom, and put other pictures in the dining or family rooms.
8. Bring in some green!
Live plants have their own chi and will draw chi to them. The best places for plants are in the kitchen, between hot and cold appliances to create balance, in the dining room, and in the family room-to promote health, life, and connection.
9. Lighten up
Bright lights increase energy. Hallways represent the meridians; the brighter the light the better, the more clean and clear your meridians are the better chi will flow through your home.