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The Basics of Feng Shui

by emily

in Lifestyle, Variety

Feng shui sounds a bit out-there for many people but some of its principles can make sense. The problem is that they can be complicated and difficult to grasp. We have taken a few of the essential points to give you an idea of what it is and how you can easily apply it in your own home.

Your home is a whole

One of the most important aspects of feng shui to grasp is that the home is understood as a whole system, rather than a collection of separate parts. This gives you a good place to start. In other words, each part of your house is part of a whole and therefore connected to every other part.

You therefore can’t try to create good chi in only the main rooms but leave other nooks and crannies like your garage, basement or storage areas.

What parts of your house do you not feel great about? Remember to tackle those areas as rigorously as the rest of the house.


Clear your clutter

Clutter creates negative energy or rather negative “chi”. You need to therefore clear your clutter. Tackle small sections at a time, play some music in the background and maybe get a family member or two to help. It’s not just clearing out the mess though. It’s also sorting out what needs to be sorted (like returning something that’s not yours) or getting rid of things you don’t need or that might have negative associations with it for you.

Check your chi

Another important principle in feng shui is checking the energy flow in your home. This isn’t as obscure and confusing as it sounds. You can imagine Chi, or energy, as a water-like substance. If a body of water was to flow into your house beginning at the front door, what path would it make? Would it flow smoothly or would it be blocked or hindered by objects?

Ideally, the chi should flow smoothly through all areas of your space without stagnation. Position your furniture in such a way that allows for a smooth flow to all areas of your home. For example, don’t have couches or dining room furniture facing your doorway head on, because it blocks the flow to the space behind it. More examples could be a mirror facing the main door, or even stairs facing the main door where the chi would runs through the room without circulating throughout the rest of your home.

If this still all sounds a bit New Agey for you, perhaps you can at least agree that your physical environment can have some kind of impact on you. You would feel different in a home that is dirty and cluttered than one that is neat and orderly. Why not give these simple feng shui principles a try with an open mind? You might find yourself pleasantly surprised.

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