Incorporating Feng Shui in your home is not incredibly difficult and many believe that it will help to bring positivity into your life, settle your energy, get rid of bad energy and help you to become a more balanced individual.
Feng Shui began in traditional China many years ago and Feng Shui practitioners were revered as doctors of a kind and were well respected.
Since the 1970s, Feng Shui has become incredibly popular in the western world and is still used in many homes throughout the world.
If you are interested in trying out this ancient tradition, have a look at the following tips to help you to balance the energy in your home.
What is Feng Shui?
As long ago as 4000 BC, Chinese buildings and home were aligned in relation to the stars above.
Doors had to face towards a certain constellation in order to balance the energy in the building and layout of the interior of the building, graves and tombs were all influenced by Feng Shui. During the cultural revolution in China in the 1960s, Feng Shui was not so well followed. However, since those years, there has been an increase in the popularity of this ancient method of layout and design in both the eastern and the western worlds.
The aim of Feng Shui is to make sure that all built structures have good Qi (pronounced “chee”). Qi is a force of energy, either negative or positive, that is mobile.
How to place objects is usually determined with the use of a magnetic compass. The place where the building will be built, the direction it will be built in, the shape of the building, the layout of the interior and the way it is painted, designed and decorated both within and without are all influenced by Feng Shui.
Incorporating Feng Shui in your home
Although your home may not have been built with Feng Shui in mind, you can still adapt your design, colour choice, furniture and interior layout to follow the Feng Shui rules. The following simple steps will allow you to begin to achieve a flow of positive Qi through your home, hopefully improving your chances of a better, more successful and happy life.
- De-clutter your home
It is very important, in order for the Qi to flow freely through any space, that all clutter is removed. Messiness and disorder are not helpful to any situation and they are psychologically proven to aid depression and anxiety. A clutter-free home will make you feel positive and relaxed.
- Throw away anything that is not useful
Get rid of things that are no longer useful. If you have any furniture you don’t need, piece of sports equipment, clothes that you no longer wear, make up that is past its sell by date or a set of ugly coffee mugs still in their box in the cupboard, get rid of them.
Sell any valuable items to second hand stores or give helpful items away to charity. Both the extra money from anything you sell and the good you will have done donating items to the needy will already make you feel better about yourself!
- Throw away or fix anything that is broken
Make sure that everything in your home is in working order. Is your torch not turning on any more? Buy new batteries, and if they do not work, throw it away.
There is no point cluttering your life with items that do not lend anything constructive to it.
- Deal with issues before they pile up
Pay bills immediately as they arrive, deal with phone messages as your receive them and reply to letters or emails as they come in.
Having a pile of things to do that just grows and grows will sap at your energy and you will feel as if the task is too great and terrifying. Get it done as soon as you can to enjoy a renewed sense of accomplishment, clarity and positivity.
This also lends itself to the no clutter rule.
- Keep out drafts as they are thought to blow away your wealth.
- Keep plants in and outside of your home and make sure that they are watered and healthy.