You have probably heard about Feng Shui. It is an ancient Chinese system of balancing one’s physical environment as a means to promote inner harmony and a general sense of wellbeing. It is based on the idea that everything and everyone has a basic energy to its character, and that by arranging items in the right way you can live in a more peaceful and fruitful way. But what if you want to give your home a Feng Shui makeover quickly and with minimal fuss? Where would you begin?
One of the most important early steps is that you declutter your home of anything that doesn’t absolutely have to be there. The more minimally you approach this, the better the results are going to be. In terms of Feng Shui, you can think of clutter as causing the energy in your home to become stagnant. You might know this intuitively from how it can feel to walk into a messy room when you are trying to achieve something. Many people can’t work well at a messy desk. By decluttering, you open up the space – and the chi – to allow energy to flow freely.
How Do You Feel? That’s Your Energy
One of the main ways in which you can work out what the energy in your home is like is by determining how you feel when you are in it. If you feel basically happy and content, then that means that the energy is good, and you are probably doing things right in terms of your Feng Shui. If not, then you might need to change a few things around to work it out. At all times, you should check in with how you feel to make sure that you are moving in the right direction with regard to your home’s layout.
Common Feng Shui Problems
There are numerous problems in our homes that are very common blockages to proper flowing energy, and you need to try and be aware of these so that you can avoid and remedy them where possible. For instance, you should never have a mirror facing your front door, as it is believed that the good energy will just be reflected back out again. Similarly, don’t have a mirror facing your bed. You should also avoid your bed from touching the wall, and instead allow the air to circulate. You should also avoid having a television in your bedroom, if possible.
To get started with Feng Shui in your home, there are some simple changes you can make first of all. Traditionally, you use a compass from your front door to work out what needs to go where. Then you use a Bagua map to determine which part of your house corresponds to different needs – such as wealth and prosperity, reputation, love, health and family, earth and centre, and so on. If you are finding it difficult to get right, you might also find it helpful to call in a professional Feng Shui master to help you out.
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