Can I Benefit from Using Feng Shui Principles?
Can I Benefit from Using Feng Shui Principles?
The short answer is yes! Feng Shui has been used for thousands of years by Chinese citizens and is now taking over the West as people seek to find more balance and energy in spaces they frequent the most like their house and workspaces. As we hurry about our daily lives, remembering to maintain feng shui principles in your house can de-stress you after a long day at the office.
Your home is alive. The flow of energy throughout your house, according to feng shui principles, can determine what fortune is bestowed upon you.
So, let’s start to talk about what feng shui is and discuss some beginner tips for turning your house into an energetic yet calming space.
What is Feng Shui, Anyways?
Feng Shui, pronounced “fung shway”, is commonly known as a way to help direct and concentrate energy within one’s house through placement and consideration of furniture and objects like pictures and books. Chinese culture uses this as one of its main practices that focuses on “qi” or the energy that connects everything together.
Literally, “feng” translates to wind while “shui” translates to water. Both wind and water elements signify good health and fortune. Feng Shui is rooted in Taoist principles that balance the duality of yin and yang, or feminine and masculine energy. Unlike the duality of good vs. evil, Taoism seeks to balance the yin and yang energies instead of choosing a “better one”.
Below you’ll find some easy tips to getting started with feng shui.
Getting Started with Feng Shui Principles
It can seem overwhelming to start applying feng shui principles to your household. Here are a few ways to start applying basic feng shui rules now.
Clear Pathways for Feng Shui
One big tip for beginners is to clear spaces throughout your house that block the flow of energy. Walk from your front door throughout your house. Is there a piece of furniture that prevents easy access to your bedroom or laundry room? Try moving it to a different location or getting rid of unnecessary furniture.
Think of water flowing in through your front door. Would the water be able to flow into your bedroom from the front door without moving around objects?
Clean and Organize Your Entryway and Windows
Another tip for feng shui beginners is to clear and clean the entryway into your house. Remove any clutter items (like storing jackets and shoes into a closet), then clean the front door and sweep the entryway and do your best to clean your doormat if you have one. Make the entrance to your house bright and clean to help good energy flow into your home.
Light provides natural energy to a space and to people’s well-being. Be sure to keep your windows clean and pull back the curtains to allow energy from light to fill your space. See our blog article on all-natural house cleaners using essential oils.
Use an Energy Map and Compass for Direction
As you become more familiar with these basic tips, you can then think about bringing in some feng shui tools. The Bagua, or energy map, is commonly used to discover which spaces in your house are best suited for furniture and other objects. For example, if you use the Bagua to discover which area of your bedroom is prone to love, you could put pictures of your family or loved ones there. Or, if there is a space in your living room best suited for wisdom, try putting your collection of books and educational materials there.
Directional placement is important in feng shui. You can use a magnetic compass in conjunction with your Bagua map to point you in the proper direction from the entryway of a room. To get a more comprehensive, deeper read of your Bagua map, you can purchase a special feng shui compass, also called a luo pan.
The Benefits of Feng Shui Decorating
According to the Taoist vision, feng shui promotes good energy and good fortune. This means that when the energy in your house is aligned and maintained, you will be inviting good fortune into your household and objects.
Do you feel like you are a clutter bug? Or is there that one chair in your room that holds all of your clean clothes for a week? You may benefit from the habits you’ll develop employing feng shui. When you allow yourself to accept the idea that there is a life force or energy in everything, from people to your living space, you begin to honor this understanding by keeping your house tidy.
Just like riding a bicycle, feng shui comes with practice. By increasing the intentionality of the placement of things in your house, you’ll begin to feel a sense of calm, cleanliness, and energy that was not present before.
That’s it! Let me know if you have tried feng shui before and if these tips helped to clarify the energy in your home.
XO - Serena