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Our guide to Feng Shui
When people refer to Feng Shui, they are generally referring to the impact that the environment has on a person. This theory can be exercised on a wide range of levels - but essentially it is all about understanding the space around you, and how that space affects you as a human being.
The most obvious place to start implementing Feng Shui is in the home, since that's where we spend the majority of our time - but many of the principles will apply to the workplace too.
Chi, or energy, is a word that will appear time and time again when discussing Feng Shui. Feng Shui literally translates as "wind-water", and since Chi is invisible it is often associated with the "Feng" part of Feng Shui.
The Chinese believe in good Chi and bad Chi, and its presence in the environment - and any house hunter that has claimed that a property just doesn't have the right "feel" will know what they mean!
The Five Elements
The Five Elements are a deeper understanding of Yin and Yang, and it is believed that they represent all aspects of an individual's life from health to wealth. These elements are all part of a continuous cycle: water, which gives birth to wood, which erupts into fire, which transforms into earth, which turns into metal, which reverts back to water.
Understanding which of these elements represents an aspect of a person's life enables Feng Shui consultants to focus on the relevant aspect of their home.
The Pakua, or Bagua, is essentially a compass that denotes eight areas of the home. Each area represents a part in your life and, by concentrating in this section of your home, you should be able to improve the corresponding area of your life. The following list denotes which areas reflect which parts of your life:
South West: Relationships
North West: Mentors/Friends/Travel
North East: Study/Contemplation
South East: Wealth/Blessings
If you are planning on concentrating on one particular area, it is essential that you pay some attention to the opposite sector too - after all, Feng Shui is all about balance!
**In the home
The essentials of Feng Shui are really common sense by Western standards. By Feng Shui principles a home must have a positive flow of Chi - by today's understanding that simply means plenty of fresh air. A cluttered house can stop the positive flow of Chi - or you could say that a cluttered house means a cluttered mind. Bad Chi can be created by dust and dirt, so ensure that your property is always sparkling. You get the picture...
However, if you have made all of these basic changes to your home, and still think that there are areas of your life that could do with a helping hand, then read on.
In the bedroom
We can spend up to a third of our lives in our bedroom, yet it is a room that is often overlooked. Ultimately it needs to be a room that you find relaxing - somewhere that you will emerge from feeling well rested and ready for the day ahead.
The position of your bedroom is something to consider, for example a bedroom over a garage isn't ideal due to the "empty" space below. In reality, however, this isn't likely to be something that you can change - so what should you do?
The bed itself is the most important object in the room when it comes to Feng Shui. Firstly ensure that there is no clutter underneath it, so that the Chi can circulate freely around you. Secondly, ensure that it is stable - a stable bed should result in a stable relationship. And, if it is an improved relationship that you are after, ensure that there are no mirrors reflecting you while you are sleeping, as this can invite a third person into the relationship.
Finally, ensure that the first thing that you see when you wake is a picture or object that you find inspiring - waking up to positive thoughts should set you in good stead for the rest of the day.
In the kitchen
Many people believe that the kitchen is the heart of the home - and Feng Shui experts are no exception. As a result, a Feng Shui friendly kitchen must not have a through draft - if you can see the back door through the kitchen from the front door, for example. If this is the case, then install a mirror above the hob so that the cook can see any bad Chi coming.
The biggest problem in a modern kitchen, however, is the conflict between fire and water. While fire is encouraged, use a gas hob whenever possible, it shouldn't be located either next to, or opposite, water. If your stove is situated near the sink, then place a wooden object (such as a chopping board) in between them in order to realign the Chi.
Lastly, make sure that your fridge and cupboards are well stocked. Having a full larder represents abundance and generosity - and even wealth!
In the hall
The hallway of a home has a job, and that is to direct visitors where to go next. Therefore, if the first thing that they see when they walk in the door is a mirror they could get slightly confused - and it will reflect the Chi straight back out from where it came. Instead, hang an inspiring piece of artwork that will invite any guests into your home.
Do hang a mirror, however, if the first thing that you see as you walk in is a cloakroom, as this represents the act of flushing money away. If this is the case in your home, ensure that the door is shut at all times.
If you can see the back door as you enter the house, you risk the Chi disappearing straight out. Place plants and wind chimes in strategic places in an attempt to slow this fast-moving Chi down.
In the bathroom
Make sure that everything in this room is absolutely spotless. Also ensure that no taps are dripping, as this encourages you to waste money. In order to stop opportunities being flushed away, you could place some pebbles on top of the toilet, as such proximity of the element of Earth will realign that of Water.
You are more likely to see loss of money if your bathroom is located in the South Eastern area of your home. If this is the case, always leave plugs in the sink and bath when you aren't using them, and try hanging a full-length mirror on the outside of the door. Worst still is a bathroom that is situated in the centre of your house - mirrors are again the answer here, with one on both sides of the door, but even this is not ideal.
Also avoid bathroom cabinets that have two mirrored doors - the division in your reflection will not show you the whole picture, and could lead to obstacles in your life.
In the home office
As an area where we need to concentrate and create, it is more important than ever that this room is tidy and clutter-free. Hang a painting or photograph that you find inspiring in front of you, and ensure that your back is against the wall, as this solid presence will provide you with necessary support. Similarly, don't sit in between two windows, as this direct flow of Chi will result in all your ideas going straight out one of them!
Remove any shelves that are located above your desk - especially if they are laden with books and papers. Such mess located directly above your head will leave you feeling burdened, and therefore less likely to concentrate.
If your home office shares a space with another area, a dining area for example, try investing in a screen or room divider - a divided room should result in a divided minds.
And finally...Good Feng Shui will allow people to feel comfortable in that room, without realising that it has been specifically designed. Therefore, banish all clutter and ensure that there is no dust present.
Whatever specific Feng Shui practices you introduce will depend on what area of your life you want to improve, but it is important to do your research. A wind chime placed in the wrong position, for example, could have the opposite effect that you are after. If in doubt, have a professional consultation.
Ultimately, the art of Feng Shui is about making you feel as happy as possible in your own home - and if you are happy at home it makes sense that other areas of your life will follow suit.
With thanks to BuyAssociation.