Feng Shui Principles
Feng shui teaches us how to attain harmony with our environment. Chinese words for "feng shui" mean "wind" and "water." Since our breath is air, we are mostly water. Feng shui is as vital as wind and water to life.
Feng shui is rooted in Taoism and Buddhism. But it combines elements from every culture since time immemorial. Our surroundings have a great impact on our health and well-being. These days we can all feel the difference between an apartment in Manhattan and a quiet cabin in the forest.
To create a calming, mindful home, follow these five feng shui dos and don'ts:
1. Position your bed, desk, and stove in a command position.
Feng shui's "commanding position" is one of the most effective principles, and it basically means that certain objects should face the entry door.
It is believed that the main entryway into your home and life is the "mouth of chi," which is the portal through which energy enters. It's better if you can see the door from where you're cooking (or sleeping in bed, or sitting at a desk in your office), rather than being directly in front of it. When facing a door, it is best to stand diagonally across from it.
You can find methods to accommodate this, such as placing a mirror where you can see the door from your reflection while you cook at the stove (or sleep in bed, or work at your desk).
2. Make sure your entryway is well-lit.
You present yourself to the world through your entry and front door. Keep the area clean and organized so the world can get a good first impression of you
You don't have to keep the entry completely empty; rather, keep what you need there. During the winter, you would hang your scarf, hat, and coat.
A well-lit entry should also have bright bulbs on a dimmer (get some bright bulbs!) and the door number should be clean, straight, and easily visible. You should have clear signage to attract opportunities!
To attract good energy, I also recommend putting down a nice black rectangular welcome mat. If you're doing it, you might as well.
3. Make your front door active.
This can be a very auspicious area in your home.
Activate its lucky energy on an auspicious day such as your birthday or a new moon. At 11 a.m. a.m. a.m., write a list of what you need to do and make nine wishes for yourself on red paper, using a newly purchased black pen.
Once you have read the list out loud with respect, you should mindfully sign it. Attach the red envelope to the sheet. Place your intentions and aspirations on the inside of your home, just above your front door.
You now invoke the energy of these wishes every time you step through your front door, so that they may manifest in your life. (This can also be used for your bedroom door if you live with roommates!)
4. Organize your bedroom.
As we spend many hours sleeping in our beds, the feng shui of our bedrooms is extremely important.
You should also make sure that you leave space on both sides of the bed after the bed is in a commanding position and you've chosen a calming color. By doing so, you've made space for your partner (or future partner). I promise, nobody likes sleeping against the wall! This also allows for a nightstand on either side of the bed. There is no need for the nightstands to match; however, it is better if they are the same size.
Ideally, there should be at least two feet of space on either side of the bed, with the headboard against the wall. Yes, a headboard is needed! Stability and harmony are created by a solid headboard without bars or holes.
Lastly, thank your bed every morning for supporting you every night by making it. Adding a little order and peace to your day is a wonderful way to start the day. As you drift off to sleep at night, that energy can resonate throughout the day.
5. Pay attention to the color you choose.
Choose colors carefully.
Feng shui uses color to relate to the five elements of earth, metal, water, wood, and fire. Throughout nature, the five elements work together to create balance. Therefore, if you need a bit more of that elemental energy in your space, you can add that color with paint, accessories, or even clothing.
- Using more earth elements will make you feel calmer, more stable, and more grounded. These colors are earthy. It's a great idea to ground your relationship with an earthy color like the one on your headboard.
- By including metal elements (gray, white, off-white, and metallic tones), your vision board will gain more clarity and precision. If you frame your vision board with a silver metal frame, you are more likely to achieve your goals.
- A black accent invokes the element of water when you want more flow or wisdom in your spaces. Study in a dark blue or black chair.
- The element of wood can help to kick-start new beginnings, and teal pillows on your sofa can add color and energy to your party when you entertain.
- Last but not least, fire energy is magnetic and can illuminate you when you need more passion or recognition. I enjoy using fresh red flowers to attract the energy of fire.
1. Block doors.
A door is a vital part of feng shui since it is a portal for energy. See if any of your doors cannot open 90 degrees or more because of clutter or furniture surrounding them.
The inability to open doors means the positive energy coming into your life is being compressed and your full potential is not being realized. Furthermore, it can affect how you experience your life path (literally and metaphorically), leaving you feeling cramped and pinched rather than expansive and spacious.
2. Leave out broken objects.
You can become frustrated and stressed if you have broken objects at home. You may be prevented from receiving a visit from someone or something amazing by a broken doorbell you keep meaning to fix. Plants that are dead or dying are also against feng shui.
3.Don't overstuff your closets.
We all have those "I'll fit into them someday" jeans from high school, but letting go of clothing that we don't need gives our brains a cue to also let go of other unnecessary things (like harmful people or excessive stress).
4.Don't overlook anything.
There may be parts of your life that are stagnant and ignored if you have areas or objects in your home that collect dust. Donate that object if you no longer need it. Maybe you should take a look inside a room you haven't entered yet.
Moving things around can stir up some good energy.
5.Do not let your windows become too dirty.
Windows are regarded as the eyes of a home's inhabitants in feng shui. Our perceptions can be clouded when we can't see clearly through dirty windows. Invest some time in regular cleaning of your windows and watch how much joy and light you will receive.
6.Don't hang your artwork too low.
I've noticed that when people are sad or have low energy, their artwork, photographs, and mirrors are hung low. Low artwork can deplete your energy. (Note: Even a bed that is very low to the ground can depress you).
In addition, make sure the frames are fastened in two places to avoid crookedness.
7.Store things under your bed.
There are many of us who could use extra storage, but under the bed is not the right place! According to feng shui, you should have the air flowing all around you when you sleep, so having objects under the bed-especially sharp, dangerous items-is a big no-no.
You should also watch out for shoes, books, or anything that has an extremely active energy. You may be holding on to mementos of a past relationship if you have them stored there. It is best to store something soft under the bed, such as extra linens and pillows.