Everyday Feng Shui for the Home

Everyday Feng Shui for the Home

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  1. Historically, the 4000-year-old Chinese art of feng shui was used to position buildings — spiritually significant structures like tombs and temples, but also personal dwellings — in what was considered a “positive” orientation in balance with the vital lifeforce qi (sometimes ch’i).

    Depending on the particular method being used, (many different approaches to feng shui developed across Asia), a positive location for a structure was determined by reference to local geographic features such as bodies of water, celestial bodies, or sometimes by use of a compass. In fact, one school of thought typically utilized a compass to help orient a structure.

    Orienting a structure within the environment involved consideration of how it would interact not just with its surroundings, but within the local air currents, slope of the land, vegetation, and even soil quality–according to the flow of qi. And just as feng shui applies to structures within the landscape, so too does it apply to the flow of energy within a dwelling or home.

    According to the feng shui philosophy, the placing of objects within a dwelling can greatly encourage the flow of qi, or greatly inhibit it.

    Based on the perspective that our homes reflect the vibrational imprints of past events — perhaps even before you became a resident — which leave patterns of impeded or stagnant energy flow, objects need to be arranged so as not to further block qi. A stagnant flow of energy is thought to effect the way we think and feel about our home and can ultimately effect our moods, our behavior, and our productivity.

    With the current surge in popularity of this ancient art, feng shui “experts” are now being employed to design buildings, create work spaces, and work in cooperation with interior decorators to arrange homes according to the feng shui philosophy. But a simple understanding of the trouble spots typically found within the home can go a long way to allowing you to improve the flow of energy in your home yourself.  Here are three common areas to consider:

    Concentrated Clutter

    To the subconscious mind, clutter triggers impressions of stagnation; energy stuck such that day-to-day life itself doesn’t seem to move. Emotionally, concentrations of clutter can represent things we subconsciously resist and places we don’t want to direct our attention. Simply put, when we see clutter — piles of laundry, stacks of papers or unread mail, empty boxes — our minds equate it with chaos and dead energy. Thus, it seems only appropriate to continue to contribute to this “dead zone.” Getting rid of concentrated clutter can be a good start to improving the flow of qi in your home.

    Dead-End Corners

    The corners of our rooms are places where many of us typically stack the unwanted; those things we want to keep out of the way. Thus, energy becomes congested and dead-ended there. Clear your dead-end corners and place corner shelves with plants, or even hang wind chimes there instead. If qi can freely flow in and out of the corners of your rooms, it can greatly improve the way the entire rooms feels, and how you feel in it.

    Congested Closets

    Closets are among the greatest sources of dead energy in our homes. Typically full of things we don’t need — and often, don’t actually want –closets become the black holes of stagnant qi. And to make things worse, everything we store and use from these stagnant spaces carries with them the mindset of stagnant energy. Pick a day to clean and organize them, one by one. Adopt the attitude that if you don’t use it or truly need it, get rid of it. And once you clean out your congested closets, place an herbal sachet or bottle of scented oil inside to remind you not to allow them to become congested and disorganized again. Once you feel the free flow of energy and how differently you feel when you open the closet doors, you’ll be hesitant to let that happen again.

    Once you’ve made these changes to your home, stop and consider what other areas could use some attention. Apply what you’ve learned from these three examples and see if you can locate other spaces where the energy in your home has become dead-ended. And then take the time to free it up! You’ll be surprised at what great improvements you can make all on your own and how differently you’ll feel after doing so.












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