Feng Shui is an ancient tradition dating back thousands of years. Throughout the centuries, it has been used to promote and enhance positive vibrations. It is believed that proper placement of elements within the home or office helps facilitate the flow of chi. The positive flow of this life-force energy attracts prosperity, good fortune and abundance while repelling negative energies that can bring ill health and misfortune.
Although Feng Shui is a complex practice that takes many years to master, there are simple principles anyone can use right away to promote positivity in the home or workplace. Here are 12 quick tips to bring a bit of Feng Shui into your home and office space.
Choose the areas where you spend the majority of your time and organize and de-clutter them. This is the fastest, most profound way to put Feng Shui to good use. Clutter blocks the flow of chi and creates stress. Remove clutter and focus on making your space more functional.
In addition to clearing clutter, ensure that your furnishings and other items have enough distance between them. Don’t overcrowd a room with too much furniture because that will also block the flow of energy. Open up your space whenever possible.
Place potted plants in the home and workspace; they help cleanse the air and draw soothing, natural energy indoors. They also help eliminate the toxins and pollution given off by electronics.
Fix broken items in the home or office. Feng Shui is all about a person’s space being a reflection of the person. When you fix broken items; it is equivalent to not allowing yourself to be broken. Replace or repair even simple things like small appliances or broken handles. It will help ease anxiety and facilitate feelings of wholeness.
Never block doorways in any area, especially the front entryway. Doorways facilitate the flow of positive energies into each room. Clearing them is a simple way to help energy flow more freely.
Use mirrors to reflect energies and help them travel more freely throughout a space. Proper placement of mirrors makes any space appear larger and more open. This tip is especially useful in smaller rooms, or in places where you need to see what is going on behind you.
When working in your office or sitting in your living space, you want to arrange your seating so that you always have sight of the door, preferably by facing it directly, or if not use a mirror.
Make good use of color in the right areas. Earth tones in soothing shades of green, yellow and brown are welcoming and bring a sense of harmonious balance. Use these colors in the center, or heart of the home to create a warm, inviting atmosphere.
Blue is the color of the ocean and represents the element of water. Soothing shades of blue, or a water feature, in the East and Southeast corners of the home or office will relieve stress and increase productivity.
Red is a vibrant, rich color that attracts wealth and good fortune when used sparingly. Too much can increase aggression, but just a little punch of red in auspicious places can be very helpful. Red accents like an elephant statue for example, can help attract prosperity.
Crystals and stones are a great way to amplify and draw specific energies into an area. Use a protective stone around entryways to block negative energies from coming in. You can also wear stones in jewelry or place loose ones in different locations. Every stone has unique properties that provide different benefits. Crystals inside a clean, bright window are a great way to enhance mood and motivation.
Candles and incense are another great way to bring positive energies into your home. Like stones, different oils provide different properties. Lavender is an oil most are familiar with, that invokes relaxation and calm. Sandalwood is a cleansing oil commonly used in incense. As the smoke and fragrance are released, the smoke carries away negative energies while the Sandalwood welcomes peace and harmony.
Feng Shui has been around for centuries because it works. Use the tips above to bring the life-changing benefits of this ancient practice into your space.