As the pressures of modern life increase our stress levels, more people are looking for ways to promote health and positive energy in their homes and in their work environment. Many people have heard the words Feng Shui – but here, we will explain how this ancient art can help you to achieve this aim for your home.

What is Feng Shui?

Different forms of Feng Shui have been used in the Chinese culture since 4000 BC. The words Feng Shui translate to “wind-water” and the concept is based on creating positive energy flows which are called “Qi or Ch’i”. Qi is achieved by aligning the building, furniture, doors or windows and decorations with the help of a compass, the stars, or a body of water.

Almost all of China’s important buildings were built considering the ancient art of Feng Shui. In recent years, the Western World has become more interested in this pseudoscience, with people discovering that these traditions really work: offering us a better place to live, work, and enjoy life.

Balance in Feng Shui

The basic element of Feng Shui is the balance between the Yin and the Yang. These are naturally opposed dependants which flow in a continually changing motion to create a perfect equilibrium. By employing the principals of Feng Shui in your home or workplace, you can ensure that the energy flows in a positive fluid manner which promotes good mental and physical health.

Light

Natural light helps to create positive energy flows. Try to allow as much natural light as possible to enter your home.

The five elements of Feng Shui.

Feng Shui contemplates the existence of five elements: fire, water, earth, metal, and wood. They are represented by different colours, and each element also corresponds to different phenomena in the natural world and in the human body.

  • Fire is represented by red, purple, pink, orange and strong yellow.
  • Water relates to the colours blue and black, as well as North, winter and cold.
  • Earth is represented by pale yellow, brown and sandy colours
  • Metal is shown by grey and white
  • Wood relates to brown and green

The way you use these colours in your home will determine the flow of energy and influence your well-being. The combination of colours in your home is very important to create a peaceful, positive atmosphere where you can relax and grow.

 

Declutter

There is no better way to promote the flow of positive energy in your home than to get rid of everything that can harbour negative energy. Liberate yourself from things that belong to the past or bring back bad memories. Allowing your space to contain things that are unnecessary only blocks the flow of positive energy.

Positioning furniture

Each piece of furniture should be located to maximize the flow of energy. It is not easy to understand this process, so the assistance of a professional in this field is strongly advised. They may make use of a Luopan, which is a type of compass which assists in the correct alienation of furniture and other features to ensure the maximum flow of positive energy,

Green

Incorporating plants and flowers into your home is very important. Plants are living entities that not only embellish your environment, creating a sensation of beauty and peace but also enhance the flow of positive energy in your home.

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A sacred space

The doctrine of Feng Shui encourages creating a space for meditation and the contemplation of greater things. Creating a peaceful space where you can think, meditate, pray or contemplate will assist you in achieving a positive life in harmony with the natural flow of the energy of the planet.

Johanna Cider is a freelance writer from New Zealand with experience writing about home living, travel and lifestyle topics. She has contributed to various business and hospitality sites such as Strata. Discover more of her work here.

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