Feng shui, sometimes called Chinese geomancy, is an ancient Chinese practice that recognizes the presence of, and utilizes invisible energy forces to achieve balance between a human being and the environment. The words feng shui literally mean wind, and water respectively. According to feng shui, there is an invisible force called qi, that has an effect on the individual in relation to the earth and the universe. The practice aims to develop and maintain harmony and is associated with good health among other positive outcomes.
In this discussion, we will explore how you can use feng shui to transform your home into a healing place.
Rules of Feng Shui
Although the practice is pseudo-scientific, feng shui is an important component in design of buildings as well as furnishing and arranging the interiors. This is especially true in China and the rest of Asia; but has also gained popularity in other parts of the world.1)
Feng shui is about energy and its flow in the house. When energy flows uninterrupted, it promotes good physical and mental health. To achieve this positive flow of energy, there are certain rules of feng shui that need to be observed and practiced. These rules include the following:
Clutter keeps you in the past and is a sign of stagnation. Clutter can also cause you to feel drained and therefore low in energy. This can negatively impact your immune system. Clutter also provides space for dust to accumulate and for the growth of mold. This can lead to poor health and a feeling if stagnation.
For a healthy feng shui home, declutter your physical space by removing things that you no longer need or use. Decluttering should start right from the front door and continue throughout the rest of the house. Decluttering should also include removal of furniture that you no longer use. According to feng shui, less is more. This means that you should only keep the things that you use and free up space for uninterrupted flow of energy. For stuff that you still want to keep, put it away in drawers or other hidden storage space.
Besides the flow of invisible energy, decluttering allows for fresh air to flow. It also clears space so that you can keep surfaces clean. Decluttering also impacts the mind positively because there are fewer mental distractions.2)
Let in Sunlight
Light, especially natural sunlight brings energy into the house. Whenever possible, switch off artificial light and open the blinds to let in light. In less lit spaces, you can use mirrors to increase the natural light effect. It is also worth noting that sunlight helps improve your health because it stimulates production of vitamin D under the skin. Additionally, sunlight uplifts the mood which removes depressive feelings.3)
Plants are living organisms and therefore, when you bring them into the house, you increase life energy. Plants also help to improve air quality by purifying it. Remember that green plants take in carbon dioxide and through the process of photosynthesis, give out oxygen. For best results, feng shui recommends that you plant green plants with round leaves such as peace lily as opposed to those with sharp or pointed leaves. Also keep the plants clean, well fed, watered and free from dead leaves.4)
Keep Work Outside of Your Bedroom
If you work at home, separate your work space from your bedroom. The bedroom is a place for resting. You should, therefore, leave work and work equipment including laptops outside. You should arrange your bedroom in such a way that it provides a restful environment.
In a feng shui bedroom, the bed is placed with the headboard against a wall and never under a window. The bed should also be placed in such a way that you can see the door from the bed. The door should, however, not face the bed.
Additionally, keep televisions outside your bedroom. A television is distracting besides emitting electromagnetic radiation which drains your energy. And if you have any mirrors in the bedroom, put them where you cannot see your reflection in them from the bed.5)
Choose Colors Carefully
In choosing colors for a room, you need to find harmony for each room. The five elements of feng shui below are associated with different colors. Using light colors such as pale yellow, light blue, light gray or light green for the walls makes a room more relaxing than darker colors.
Gratitude is a show of appreciation for what you have, including your home. Feng shui considers the home a living thing that offers you shelter, provides you space to work, eat and rest. Regularly express your gratitude for, and to your home by saying thank you. This promotes continued flow of life energy or qi which improves and maintains a healthy living environment.
There are five elements of feng shui. These are earth, water, fire, wood and metal. Each of these elements is associated with a certain area of growth. The elements are also related to the environment within the home. The practice of feng shui aims to maintain balance between these five elements and thereby make the home a healing place.6)
Earth represents strength and stability and is associated with balance and grounding. You can incorporate the earth element with the colors light brown, sand and light-yellow; art pieces of landscapes, and rectangular or square shapes.
Water represents emotion, spirituality and inspiration. It is associated with the colors blue and black, as well as aquariums and fountains. The water element can be incorporated in the home by using blue, black and other dark colors, aquariums and fountains.
Fire represents leadership, enthusiasm and boldness. Fire incorporates candles and fireplaces. Fire is associated with the colors red, pink, orange, deep-yellow and purple colors. Too much of the fire element can lead to anger, irritability and aggression while lack or too little of it can lead to low self-esteem and emotional coldness.
Wood is associated with creativity, birth, growth and strength. It is represented by living plants such as trees and flowers, furniture, paper, and the colors green and brown. Lack of this element can lead to depression and lack of creativity while too much of it can cause stubbornness and inflexibility.
Metal is associated with mental clarity, logic and focus. In feng shui, the metal element is represented by metallic items such as picture frames, stones, rocks, and the colors white, light pastels and gray. Too much metal can lead to critical thoughts and chattiness while too little can lead to poor focus and overcautiousness.