by Jane Noble
Mar. 30, 2016
An Englishman’s home is his castle, so the saying goes. Everyone’s home deserves be a sanctuary. Whether you live in a mansion or a modest apartment, applying the principles of Feng Shui to your living space can bring harmony and balance to your life.
The ancient practice of Feng Shui attests that all objects possess an energy called chi, and that you can improve chi to bring more luck, wealth and opportunity into your home. Rejuvenating your life can be as simple as a few additions and a little furniture rearranging.
Incoming chi needs to flow freely up to your front door. Your front door is the entrance to your home and should feel welcoming and inviting. Make sure nothing is blocking the energy such as garbage bins outside or a cluster of shoes on the inside.
Keep your front door clean and well looked after. Place a red flowering plant or some red accent colors on or around the door to attract greater good fortune.
The first thing that you see as you open the door sets the tone for the whole house. Choose a beautiful plant or piece of art or furniture as this focal point.
Small water features or wall fountains provide the tranquil and relaxing sound of flowing water, and placed near the entrance to your home are said to attract wealth and success. It is worth spending a little more on a good fountain that has a quiet motor. Choose a subtle water melody that is gentle and unobtrusive.
Fractured, damaged, shattered, not working - even the words sound depressing. Doors that squeak, drawers that stick and drains that clog represent negative forces in your home. Apply the Triple R Rule - Replace, Repair or Remove any items that create negative chi.
Bring the outside in and decorate with lush, green plants with rounded leaves that soften your space. The bigger the plants, the better. Plants can purify the air we breathe by absorbing toxins and electrical pollutants. Avoid plants with sharp thorns or prickly needles. Be sure to lavish your plants with TLC and keep them healthy, as dying plants will produce sha-chi or negative energy.
Use plants to disguise harsh angles or dark corners in a room and redirect energy so it doesn’t get stuck.
If chi enters through your front door and flows through your home and out of a window or back door too quickly, you cannot benefit from the nurturing and supportive qualities of the good energy. Ideally you want chi to stroll in a meandering pattern through your space. To stop chi rushing like an arrow in a straight line, place a piece of furniture, or plant, or decorative object in its path to reroute it and make it linger longer.
There are five basic elements of Feng Shui – wood, earth, fire, metal and water. In order to achieve balance, try and incorporate all five elements into your home using articles made from these elements or the colors that represent them.
The bedroom is where we relax, reenergize and dream. If you are not waking refreshed in the morning, you may need to change the position of your bed. Place your bed against a solid wall rather than a window. Make sure it is not in alignment with the doorway. Leave enough space around the bed for energy to flow freely.
Don’t store things under the bed as they can have an energetic connection with your desires and intentions.
Electronic items do not promote restful sleep and detract from romance. If they must stay in the bedroom, nullify their negative energy with plants such as orchids that release oxygen at night.
Commit to clearing out your closets, your basement, your garage, the space under your bed. Then take a deep breath and enjoy the new tranquility that this brings into your life.