Our home is a reflection of our inner subconsciousness and aspirations. The home is viewed as a single functional unit where all rooms of the house work together in Feng Shui. Much like our physical bodies which have separate parts, the rooms in our homes are like the organs in our body, inter-connected and interdependent but working together.
Feng shui is the art of establishing harmony in our home by promoting a better flow of chi. We can think of chi as similar to the flow of blood in our bodies bringing nutrients to our cells and organs. Chi has two energy components, yin – the female and yang – the male.
Our home is a reflection of our inner state of being. In many ways — how we live can speak stories of how we are on the inside in our hearts and minds. Our home can show us signs of our inner being reflected through our living environment. When I started to study Feng Shui, I began to realize that there are energies surrounding us.
Feng Shui is the concept of mindfulness and living awareness. The awareness of the idea that we are energy and therefore energy flows within and around us. We must take advantage of this flow to help us become aware of what we manifest externally to the world.
We don’t have to be Feng Shui experts to benefit from this art. In fact, implementing just a few changes in our homes can make an amazing difference in how we live and feel about ourselves.
Here are 8 ways we can use Feng Shui to help us live a better life inside and out.
1. Start by clearing the clutter.
The surge of the “Minimalism” movement have become strong in recent years. There are countless of blogs on the Internet devoted to spreading the benefits of living a minimalist life. The idea of living with the bare minimum. I agree with most of its concepts but more so on the idea of clearing the clutter in our home.
We don’t often realize how bombarded we are with too much “things”. Our home can become cluttered easily since we live in a consumer society. We exchange our energy in the form of money to acquire things. To be more aware, we must become conscious about the things we buy and that thing’s placement in our home.
In the TV show “Hoarders,” it features people who are in the extremes when it comes to clutter. Their homes become buried with too many things. The show is a reflection of how we attach emotions to ‘things’ that we cannot bare to get rid of them. In the Harry Potter series, the villain Voldemort split his souls and stored them into 7 things. This is such an allegory for the modern American life — are we really our things? Are we the owner of our things, or is it the things that own us?
We can start by clearing the clutter in our home. We must become vigilant and get rid of any ‘thing’ we no longer use. The minimalist principle states that the things you own should be at the bare minimum — only keep the things you need and use on a daily basis. Get rid of the rest because they clutter our home.
When we remove clutter in our homes, we clear away stagnant energies. In Feng Shui, the things in our home are representative of energies we exchanged to acquire them. We should avoid storing items underneath beds, over-stuffing closets with clothes we barely use, and also leaving clutter on the floor.
We must become more organized by ensuring we have a place for the things we acquire in our home. We must also prevent clutter by placing back things we use into their proper place of storage.
Do you know how to spot someone with money problems? Walk into their homes. If it is too cluttered, chances are they will have money problems.
In Feng Shui, a cluttered home stifles the flow of chi. A cluttered home has stagnant energies — which means no new energy can enter the home. Remember what happens to water when it stagnates? It becomes smelly and dirty. Feng shui principles embrace flow and rejuvenation of chi in our living spaces. Clear your home with clutter and watch your finances miraculously improve!
Free up all that energy by clearing your home of all clutter. Donate or trash items you no longer need or use. Don’t keep them around the house because energy will become stagnant. Clear, clear, clear away clutter!
2. Start with the front door.
Feng shui places the entry way of our homes with great importance. It signifies where the chi enters our home (almost similar to the mouth in our body). It lays the foundation for the rest of our home’s energy. It’s important that the entrance of our homes be open from the outside with nothing blocking the main entrance.
The front entrance of our homes should be properly maintained, painted, and free of debris and clutter. Often, having a garden with flowers or trees on the side of our homes will invite positive energy into our entry way. We most make sure our house entrance is easy to get to and the energy when you approach your entry way should be happy and joyful. Remember, we attract energies in our entry way — a great beautiful, clean path to the entryway of homes that is free and joyful will bring that positive energy into our homes.
3. Know the importance of the kitchen.
In Feng Shui, the kitchen is given great importance. The kitchen symbolizes nourishment and vitality, taking in what you need. The Kitchen nourishes the soul as well as the body and should be well-organized and flow smoothly to encourage the proper flow of chi. You should encourage feelings of warmth in the kitchen and bring it to life with fresh fruit and herbs. Explore colors and scents that are warm and inviting.
Our kitchen is where we gather to prepare food and to eat. The nourishment component is very important, therefore we must make sure that our kitchen is always clean, earthy, and inviting. Our food comes from the ground — the kitchen should celebrate that by being grateful for mother earth’s abundance.
It is always great to also invite more light into the kitchen by keeping it open to sunlight. The sun nourishes the earth — and inviting that light into the kitchen invites abundance.
Tables often represent nourishment — it is important that our dining tables be cleaned at all times and free of clutter.
4. The place of purity and rejuvenation.
The bathroom is an important focus in Feng Shui. It is considered the place of rejuvenation and of letting things go. In order to release negative energy, your bathroom should be a room that is soothing, relaxing, and light. I often prefer bathrooms to be white, airy, and free.
When we take baths or use our restroom — we cleanse ourselves and rejuvenate our body and mind. A bathroom is a place for water. Water plays a great significance in Feng Shui — it is the bringer and cleanser of energy. Having mirrors in the bathroom is a great way to keep the flow of chi around.
Having candles and music when taking baths will also help rejuvenate our bodies and mind. If we must look for inspiration, our bathrooms should mimic a great spa. A free flow and relaxing state, quiet, serene, and also care free.
5. Attract abundance.
There is a great secret in Feng Shui to attract wealth and abundance and have been used by many emperors and successful business men. Of course, this secret will attract wealth only if our living space has a free-flowing chi (see #1 clearing clutter). The secret is using water.
You can encourage abundance and wealth into our home or office by having the presence of water. Flowing water is best, as it symbolizes a stream of abundance and opportunities. That is why many Asian palaces are built on surrounding waterfalls. The sound of water flowing is a great therapeutic feeling.
Many ancient palaces have lakes filled with fishes. A koi fish has been known as a bringer of great fortunes. Having an aquarium, fountain, or water features in our offices or living rooms will create a flow of abundance.
6. Enhance positive energy.
In our living area — we can enhance positive energy flow by placing our furniture in a way that encourages easy communication and getting together. We can make sure our living rooms invite this positive energy by placing them in around placement.
Feng Shui practitioners often recommend avoiding sharp corners or furniture with sharp edges. For chi, when the energy flow hits a sharp edge it bounces sharply and can become a blunt energy that could act as a negative force in our home. We can compensate for this by placing plants or other round furniture to soften the flow of chi.
Placing plants or flowers will encourage health in our living rooms. We can place plants around corners of our homes to soften the edges and create a more nourishing flow of chi in our living rooms.
We should also remember to light dark corners in our living room and throughout our homes. Our home should invite more natural light, by ensuring our windows let in the sun. If that is not possible, we can also add extra soft lights to enhance the environment. A well-lit home invites clarity and ‘freeness’.
7. Love, rest, and rejuvenation.
In Feng Shui, the bedroom is the place where we rest after a long day. We enter our dream state and reconnect with the universe. It is important that our bedroom should have a calming and relaxing energy. It is the energy of earthiness and airiness. It is important we free our bedroom from energies that are flowing too fast.
In that sense, we should keep away mirrors in our bedrooms. Mirrors often amplify chi. We should also ensure that our bedroom is well lit during the day and dark at night. Our bodies natural state is to relax and sleep in the darkness. Having a great heavy curtain that blocks light will help keep us rejuvenated and help us enter the dream state quickly.
We should not put a TV in our bedroom. This will only mess with our natural state of rest and prohibits us from a restful rejuvenation. Leave the TV in the living room. Have books instead — they are great for relaxing at night and induce a slower, restful energy (depending on the books you read of course).
Our bedroom is also the place where we make love. If you are single and have a big queen-size bed — make sure you don’t sleep in the middle of the bed. If you would like to attract a mate, sleep on the side of the bed as if you’re preparing for your future lover to sleep on his or her side. When we prepare our living environment for a place for someone to be in it, we invite that energy into our life to materialize!
8. Curate your living space.
It is always important that we become cognizant about what our space says about who we are. If you are a person that is sad all the time, look at your home and examine what you have projected into reality. Does the painting on your home show a person crying? Perhaps it’s time you take out that painting and replace it with a happy one.
We must realize that we subconsciously project and re-affirm our current state of being in our living environment. If you want to become more abundant, invite the Feng Shui principles of abundance and free-flowing chi into your home. If you wonder why you are always arguing with your family, look at the way your living room is arranged. Does it convey warmth and are the energies flowing smoothly or do they become jagged and sharp? If so, make the necessary corrections and watch it become reflected into your life in a positive and beautiful way.
Feng Shui is a great art of managing our living environment by becoming more aware. Many people may dismiss this art but try it on yourself first. Feng Shui has existed for thousands of years — and know this, the Chinese art of acupuncture poses that there is electricity in our bodies that can be manipulated and fixed by sticking needles on the surface of our skins. It is only a couple of hundred years that this art was affirmed, there is indeed electricity flowing through our body.
Feng Shui poses that we are made of energy and energy flows through us and around us — and it is more apparent in our living environments like our home. I hope that you take this message and learn from it.
Here is a quick and dirty guide to Feng Shui layouts and room-by-room design.