Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese art and Science based on the observation and study of energy flow (Chi). Its goal is to create harmony and balance within our environment by maximizing the potential Chi energy. We can do this by making small changes in our space to allow for better energy circulation. If you are looking to make some changes in your life, start with your living space. Here are a few basic principles of Feng Shui to get you started!
1. Clutter creates negative energy
The first step in practicing Feng Shui is to declutter your space. Clutter creates stagnant energy which can block the flow of good Chi energy. Get rid of anything that you no longer use, need or love. This includes old clothes, expired makeup, paperwork, etc. Once you’ve decluttered, give your space a good cleaning. A clean space will allow for better energy circulation.
2. Always have a clear path to the door
One of the most important principles of Feng Shui is to always have a clear path to the door. This allows for the free flow of positive Chi energy into your home or office. If your furniture is blocking the path to the door, rearrange it so that there is a clear walkway. You should also avoid putting your bed directly in line with the door because this can create feelings of insecurity and cause restlessness at night.
3. Use plants to create positive energy
Plants are known for their ability to purify air quality and create positive energy. They also symbolize new beginnings, growth and abundance so they are ideal for promoting good Chi energy in your space. Try placing a few plants around your home or office to promote harmony and balance.
4. Incorporate the 5 elements
In order to create balance in your space, it’s important to incorporate all 5 elements: water, wood, fire, earth and metal. Each element represents a different aspect of our lives including wealth, health, relationships and more. One way to incorporate all 5 elements is by adding a water fountain, candles, rocks or crystals, houseplants and metal sculptures or accents around your home or office. You can also use colors associated with each element to further promote balance: blue/black for water, green for wood, red for fire, brown/yellow for earth and white/gray for metal.
An important note is that you have to balance the elements. Always check the annual Feng Shui forecasts to help you decide which elements to boost and which ones to tame.
Follow these four basic ideas of Feng Shui to get you started!