WATER, WOOD, FIRE, EARTH AND METAL
Feng Shui is an ancient and complex art that takes years of study to fully comprehend. Energy exists all around us and can affect us positively and negatively. In simple terms, Feng Shui helps the natural energy of the universe, known as chi, flow freely and unobstructed in your home, and thereby in your life.
Feng Shui philosophy states that chi is the life force of nature and is composed of two forces: yin, the female and yang, the male. Ultimate perfection is the blending of these two energies in harmony. Now this may sound a little loony, but if you are feeling out of whack, try adding the five elements of Feng Shui to your home and see if this makes you feel more balanced and relaxed.
The five elements are:
These natural elements help you connect with nature by bringing the outside indoors. They can be added using color and shapes as well as physical pieces.
Take a good look at each room in your home and pay particular attention to areas you don’t like or where you don’t feel comfortable. Bringing a balance of all five elements to each living space may bring vitality to neglected corners and help you feel more comforted by your surroundings. Each element has its own individual properties.
The gentle sound of water is soothing and a great stress reliever. Water represents abundance, wealth, career and fluidity. It inspires release and renewal and helps with clarity and letting things go.
There are some beautiful and inexpensive table fountains on the market, many of which combine several elements. Just make sure that the motor is quiet or this will irritate rather than relax.
In the bedroom, use a pretty glass bowl filled with water, to which you can add pebbles and flowers or petals. You can also add floating candles. Still water is better for your rest area as it has calmer energy.
ITEMS: Mirrors, crystal, glass, fountains, aquariums
COLORS: Black or dark blues
SHAPE: Flowing lines, sinuous, curvy shapes
Wood is vital and strong yet flexible. It represents upward growth and expansion, while remaining grounded by the roots.
Green purifying plants will not only improve your air quality but can also soften harsh corner areas where energy can stagnate. Bamboo is said to bring extra luck. I love bamboo wind chimes for their gentle, hollow sound.
ITEMS: All living plants and trees, all things botanical even in prints or paintings
COLOR: Green or greenish blue
SHAPE: Tall and vertical
Fire is warm, dynamic and transformative. It dances in your hearth. It represents passion and enthusiasm and fun. There is a reason we burn with desire!
Candles will bring fire into any space. I am a total wick-a-holic! I love candles in all shapes and sizes so I have to make sure I don’t overdo the fire element. I have restricted myself to the battery operated type in some areas to avoid burning down the house.
Pets introduce the warmth and social nature of fire into your home. As they move around, they stir up stagnant air and keep chi flowing freely.
ITEMS: Candles, good lighting, animal prints, pets, leather, wool
COLOR: Fiery hues, red, orange
SHAPE: Triangles, star shapes
Mother earth is tactile, grounded and nurturing. Earth represents stability, security and permanence, as well sensuality and practicality. Earth elements bring strength to your surroundings and are an antidote for our modern, artificial way of life.
Choose earth-toned fabrics, thick rugs and terracotta pots for your plants.
ITEMS: Soil, ceramics, terracotta, pottery, brick, stones, images of landscapes
COLOR: Yellow, brown, earth tones
SHAPE: Square or rectangle, flat surfaces and horizontal lines
A cutting edge, that’s metal. Decisive, logical and organizing, it helps put plans and projects into action. If it had a career, it would be in business.
Make sure you have metal in your office space to stimulate mental strength and focus. I have a collection of message stones with meditative words on them such as inspiration, joy and abundance, representing the things I want to attract into my life.
ITEMS: Gold, silver, copper, brass, rocks, stones, picture frames, candle holders
COLOR: White, grey, silver, pastels
SHAPE: Circle, oval, rounded edges