What Is Feng Shui?
Do you ever feel things are a little out of balance? Especially if your house is a mess?
Maybe it’s time to bring Feng Shui into your house.
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Feng Shui is the Chinese art of knowing how to create balance by giving energy the proper space in your life. Energy needs a certain flow by moving ordinary items and aligning them so that your surroundings reflect harmony to you.
Using the concept of heaven and earth, Feng Shui takes what ís known as wind water and by using the life force (or qi), creates positive environments for homes or offices.
The Chi has six parts to it, all based on weather terminology and they are light versus darkness, warm versus coldness and rain versus wind.
Chi creates positive environments, many buildings and homes in China are built with Feng Shui as a focus and are happy, successful places to live in and work at.
The reason that Feng Shui works is found on the principle that we should be aware of how structures impact nature and that we should work to keep a harmonious relationship with nature. Understanding and using Feng Shui can help to create harmony in all areas of your life – your relationships, your work and even your health.
In places that are perfectly balanced and at one with nature, it pulls the good energy toward the living space. The Feng part of Feng Shui (known as the wind) can rid an environment of the positive energy, which you don’t want to happen. Holding on to the Shui (the water part) creates balance.
Good, positive energy or Chi can be created and turn a bad environment into a harmonious one. By using existing energy constructively, you can create an environment to cause the energy to work for you.
There are three parts to the Chi based on heaven, earth, and human Chi.
An example of earth Chi would be a river or a mountain. Those are natural Chi but Chi is created by humans by the homes or offices they build and by the layout of their environments. The goal of using Feng Shui in your life is to discover how the Chi (part of the Feng Shui) can benefit you.
Feng Shui Colors
Different colors can cause you to feel different emotions. Think about how you feel when you wear clothing in certain colors. Just like wearing certain colors in your clothes bring out varying emotions, so do the colors in your home. Some colors stir your passion while others create a feeling of serenity.
Bright colors can make you feel upbeat and give a sense of optimism for your day, whereas dark colors tap into a different energy. The colors used in your home have the ability not just to stir your emotions, but color can also be used to create the changes you want to see happen for your life.
When you walk into a room in your house, you can tell if the room feels calm or if it makes you feel stressed. Some rooms will make you feel happy while other rooms will make you feel depressed.
Why is that? Colors in Feng Shui are either in the Yin or the Yang category and bring up the different emotions you feel. For example, Yin colors promote health and calmness while Yang colors promote a sense of enthusiasm. They’re different energies.
While there are some people who believe that white or black are neutral and don’t really have any energy the true is – White stands for purity while black stands for achievement and power.
Use the color white in your home to radiate confidence. This color is best used in kitchens or for a bathroom. The color black can cause negative emotions if used as a wall color. Instead, use it in the decorations within the room such as the furniture or accent pieces.
Red is a color capable of stirring energy. It can have negative energy if used in rooms like the kitchen. Red is a warm color and symbolizes passion.
Blue is calming and should be used in rooms where you need a sense of calmness.
Yellow is a good color to use in Feng Shui for kitchens. It’s a color that signifies emotions of optimism and cheerfulness,
Green is a nature color – and just like green plants in nature, the color used in homes give the sign of growth. However, the negative side to this color is that it symbolizes jealousy – so don’t use it to paint the living room walls.
Brown is a color that represents constancy. It promotes a sense of elegance. Because it’s a natural color, blend it with accents that are bold.
How to Feng Shui your Bedroom
The way that your room is arranged and the way that it’s decorated can be either positive or negative.
If your bedroom is clutter it can disrupt the Chi. The bedroom should be one of the most clutter-free rooms in your home. Any item that reflects negativity or turmoil should be removed.
Any photos that make you feel like your stomach is in knots should be taken out. If you have any gift items in your bedroom that were given to you by someone who hurt you emotionally, take them out. Those are filled with much negative energy.
Don’t keep any job related items in your bedroom. If you keep a pile of books by your bedside that you intend to get around to reading someday, take them out. Free the room from any piles of paper clutter especially relating to bills.
Don’t keep items that you might need “someday” but never use. This only creates a block for energy. Don’t use your bedroom as a storage space for any items that you’re not using and don’t use decorations, colors or fabrics that are jarring.
Your bedroom should help you feel refreshed and to maximize your energy. This means
- No TV
- No clutter junk
- No exercise equipment
- Good air quality – consider using plants or an air purifier.
- No Mirrors
- Good Quality sheets
- Relaxing colors
- Uplifting art work
- Add flowers
- Add inspiring items
- Add a soft texture
Here’s a video that explains the process of how to Feng Shui your bedroom.
The bed should be moved away from the door if possible so energy doesn’t hit the bed. If that’s not possible, put up something that blocks the energy from hitting the bed. The use of tall plants or a large screen can do this.
Don’t sleep in a bedroom that doesn’t have curtains and don’t have mirrors that are aimed toward the bed because the Chi will be directed right back at the bed. You want a restful sleep and you want the Chi energy to work for you, not against you.
Use furniture in your bedroom that ís made of wood, especially the bed. You want to avoid metal because metal interacts negatively with the Chi energy.