Feng Shui is the ancient Chinese practice of harmonizing yourself with your surroundings to promote better health, rest and relaxation. According to the practice, we are in a constant energy exchange with everything around us. Therefore, whether you are in a temporary space or back in your own residence, it is important to create a Feng Shui home that has happy energy.
The more you understand about the anatomy of your space, the more you can establish a healthy and nourishing environment in your home. This will benefit your relationships, career and your overall happiness.
If you are just getting started with Feng Shui, there are some simple tips that can help you with house basics. First, get rid of the clutter. Decluttering is a cathartic process that will help you to feel lighter and more at peace. It is an essential step in creating good Feng Shui energy.
Good Feng Shui energy, or Chi, is established with air and light in your home. By opening the blinds and windows often, your space will open up. Adding air-purifying plants or an air purifier can also help. Natural light is best for energy, but add the necessary lighting needed to brighten your space.
The Feng Shui energy map of your house, also called the bagua, connects specific areas of your home to your life. For example, the southwest area of your home is connected to love and marriage, while the southeast is connected to the flow of money energy in your life.
In order to create balance and vibrant energy in your home, become familiar with the five Feng Shui elements: wood, fire, earth, metal and water. If you are working on attracting more prosperity, you would introduce wood and water in the southeast area of your house. If you need to improve your health, you would place wood element items in the east area.
Find out your Feng Shui birth element to support your energy in your home. If your element is fire, you could introduce the fire element colors and triangular shapes into your space. You would also need a strong wood element in your home because wood feeds fire.
Once you figure out your Kua number and lucky directions, you can reposition your bed, your desk and seating so that good energy will flow toward you. If facing southeast is your best direction, position your furniture first then decorate around those pieces. Don’t hang the TV before you know where your bed should go!
Your bedroom, bathroom and kitchen, also known as the Feng Shui trinity, are related to your health and wellbeing. Be mindful of these spaces and the flow of energy between them. Keep your spaces clean and inviting. Keep bathroom doors closed and all other interior doors open during the day.
After mastering the basic steps, you can explore the deeper levels of Feng Shui and learn how to enhance your experience in your home.