How often do you pay attention to the organization of your living space? Do you feel cramped, lifeless and without energy in your home? Maybe you need to feng shui your home. This ancient art and science was developed nearly 3,000 years ago in China.
It is based on a comprehensive knowledge that demonstrates how to balance energies in any space to promote health, healing and forward motion in one’s life. Feng means wind and shui means water. In the Chinese culture, wind and water are associated with good health.
Rooted in the Taoist vision and understanding of nature, feng shui supports the belief that the land is alive and filled with Chi, or energy. It acknowledges that everything around us has either a positive or negative influence.
For instance, a sad picture may make us feel sad while a happy picture can induce feelings of contentment and joy. Ultimately, we choose things for our home that we can relate to whether we know it or not, according to feng shui experts. Paying close attention to how we feel and connecting with what is around us helps us to balance energy and contributes to optimal mental and physical health.
A Bagua Map is used to locate key energy places in the home. The map is overlaid on the floor plan, and then the home can be a vision board for all good things we want to keep or bring into our lives.
Feng shui concepts include:
Safety: Many things in our home may make us feel unsafe, even though we may not realize it. Such things as heavy beams or overhead objects including huge light fixtures may pose a threat to our safety. Keeping beds and desks, couches and dining tables away from heavy beams is best.
Ceiling fans may give our subconscious a feeling of having spinning knives overhead. Using light colored fans with leaf shaped blades is less intrusive. Weapons or weapon-like objects such as guns or knives should be kept in locked cabinets. Sharp-edged furniture such as tables or chairs should be replaced with furniture with rounded edges.
Clutter: Clutter can pull you down and create anxiety. It is extremely beneficial to simplify your space by eliminating all clutter. This helps you feel more in control of your life and gives you space to move and breathe.
Nature: Reconnecting with nature is extremely restorative. Feng shui teaches that the more we can surround ourselves with objects and colors from nature the healthier we will be.
Create a Better Feng Shui in Your Bedroom
The bedroom is an excellent place to start injecting positive and relaxing elements. Your bedroom should be a place for rest, relaxation and rejuvenation. With a little creativity, you too can experience the healing powers of feng shui.
Divide your bedroom into 9 squares.
Draw a scale square of your bedroom and divide into 9 equal squares. Each square should be used for certain parts of your bedroom. Donate one square to each of the following: knowledge, career, helpful people, family and health, Tao or center, and creativity.
Place your belongings and objects within the appropriate square. Pictures of family in the family square, books in the knowledge square, craft supplies in the creativity square, and so on.
Use proper colors in the room to create better energy. Fire colors include red, orange, purple, pink, and yellow. These warm colors add passion and high energy. Add earth colors for nourishment and stability. Earth colors include light yellow and beige. Metal colors are grey and white.
Metal creates clarity and preciseness. Add water for freshness and ambiance. Water colors are blue and black. Wood colors are for health and vitality. Wood colors are green and brown.
Make your bed as comfortable as possible. Proper feng shui means you need to have a perfectly comfortable bed. A good mattress is the most important, and a great headboard is next. The headboard should be made of a natural material like wood, and be very stable. The bed needs to be a fair height off the ground with nothing under the bed. This will allow energy to flow freely around the bed.
Place furniture in the proper location; the bed location is the most important. The bed should not be in line with the door into your bedroom, bathroom, closet, or any other door in your room.
The bed should also not be directly under a beam, and it should have a solid wall behind it. Place nightstands on either side of bed to ground the energy. Do not put mirrors in line with the bed, but you should be able to see out of the door from the bed.
Use the bedroom for what it is intended for. Do not have any work-related items in the room, this will distract you from peacefulness. Do not have many electronics in the bedroom and avoid watching television from your bed.
Do not clutter up the room, and keep it open and organized so energy can freely flow. Keep things clean and dresser drawers closed, as well as closet doors. This also will help stimulate energy flow.
-The Alternative Daily