Using Feng Shui to Create Harmony in the Home
We all know what it feels like to walk into a low energy room or environment, where it just energetically feels stagnant and dull. Likewise, we all know how it feels to walk into a space that is bright and welcoming. If you could choose one of the two rooms to spend your life in, which would you choose?
It’s an easy answer. And since we spend our lives in our homes, it makes sense that the more uplifting an environment we create, the more uplifting our lives will be as a result.
Feng Shui, the ancient Chinese art of placement, is the means to take you there.
Feng Shui (pronounced ‘Fung Shway’), literally means Wind and Water. It uses various systems and tools to energetically enhance the Qi (Chi, or energy) in your home.
Here are some basic ways to help shift the energy in each room of your home:
Whether lounging around reading a book, or hosting your son’s high school football team to watch the Cardinals win, the living room is that space where gatherings occur and relaxation happens. Keep it cozy yet uncluttered and welcoming. Keeping the couch against a wall adds a feeling of security, and place the furniture so that when the room is full of people, everyone is able to face each other to communicate.
Your headboard should be against the furthest wall from the door, with your feet facing towards the door to the room. This creates a sense of safety while you are deep in slumber at night. Also keep space on either side of the bed, as well as underneath, for the energy to move freely. Underbed storage bins are a no-no! TVs in the bedroom are discouraged as well - this should be a sacred space for you to unwind and recharge.
For many families, the kitchen is the heart of the home, and has the most activity. Keep it clean, and don’t allow dirty dishes to sit around festering with germs and grime. Even if there is a lot of coming and going in this area, keeping on top of cleaning the countertops and putting items in the dishwasher as soon as they are used will help keep the energy flowing freely.
Keep the mirrors clean - allowing yourself to look into a dirty mirror, in Feng Shui philosophy, means you are not seeing a clear vision of yourself. Other tips include ensuring the toilet paper rolls over the top of the roll so it’s easiest to grab. Remember, the art of Feng Shui is in creating good energy but also in making things as seamless as possible for yourself, saving you time and frustration.
And don’t forget the #1 rule as you start to make some changes to your home environment to create a better life for yourself: If you don’t love it, get rid of it. We should always be surrounding ourselves with only items that we love. Just because Aunt Ginny left you that hideous ceramic rabbit doesn’t mean you have to display it out of guilt. If it doesn’t resonate with you in a positive manner, make room for something new to take it’s place. Maybe replace it with a favorite framed picture of you and Aunt Ginny together instead.