Soon after we began our house painting that quickly morphed into a full-blown green home renovation, I did some reading both online and offline about Feng Shui. “Feng Shui” means literally “Wind and Water” — that’s what we experienced in June – wild winds and 25% more rain than average for month. I was looking for home decorating tips focused on color and placement but discovered that Feng Shui is so much more than that.
Feng Shui is a complex body of knowledge developed 3,000 -5,000 or more years ago in China. Feng Shui is used to balance the energies of a space with the aim of insuring health and good fortune for people inhabiting the space.
Think of how nature interacts … Simplicity, clean lines, fluidity and functionality…
Feng Shui is focused on the flow of energy currents called Chi flowing through our bodies and our environment. Hence, practicing Feng Shui is influencing interacting energies to produce positive effects and specific life improvements.
The Bagua map originating from the I Ching, or “Book of Changes”, which is an ancient divination tool for guiding people to make important life decisions, is used in Feng Shui to map the energies of spaces in your home, business or property.
The goal of modern Feng Shui is harmony through arrangement and placement. One need not believe in the existence of Qi in order to benefit from many of its principles such as but not limited to decluttering.
“The things surrounding you in your home serve as subliminal reminders of who you are. They will continue to direct you towards old patterns of behavior. Subconscious beliefs are generally so deep-seated that one is not aware of them.” ~ Denise Linn, Feng Shui for the Soul
In Feng Shui placing your possessions in the optimum places is done with the intention that they work for you. That means using Feng Shui means your home is working for you rather than you working for your home. When The Five Elements are balanced in your home you are also balanced.
“Nature nourishes the soul. Our homes will either separate us from nature or connect us to it. ” ~ Denise Linn, Feng Shui for the Soul
Each of The Five Elements is symbolized by one, two or three colors, including various hues and shades.
Wood – Green
Fire – Red
Water – Black or blue
Earth – Brown or Yellow
Metal – White, Gold, or Silver.
To use Feng Shui:
1. Examine your life and decide specifically how you want to improve what’s not working for you.
2. Adjust your environment to directly affect the life areas you want to improve. Select Feng Shui cures that work for you and your lifestyle and implement them.
Re: I Chingreadings. The Vizier writes at Han of Harmony and will help you to make the best choices and show you how to manage any situation well.
The perfect time to explore the space we live in has been during this home renovation. It’s also been the perfect time to declutter, repair, re-finish and/or replace many fixtures and other things. While packing up all our possessions and moving those boxes from room to room, I have been giving each item a very close look. I’m looking at them through new eyes — through the Feng Shui eyes, and considering how to use them to create harmony and balance when we reassemble our home.
Feng Shui a fascinating subject and I’m a lifelong learner focused on keeping my mind lively. I’m going to enroll in a Feng Shui course being offered this fall.
Do you have Feng Shui eyes? How did you decide where to place your possessions so they work well for you? Is where they are positioned now creating harmonious balance in your home?