The Chinese philosophy of Feng Shui, translated as “wind” and “water,” has been guiding people when it comes to aligning their home to be in harmony with the surrounding environment for thousands of years.
If you’re interested in channelling some positive energy read on.
What is Feng Shui?
Also known as Chinese geomancy, believers of Feng Shui argue that following its guiding principles can bring positive effects to your life and surroundings - like calm and control. It’s said to be a great way to put us in harmony with our environment.
At its core, Feng Shui is a way to help understand how life’s energy or ‘Chi’ moves in our surroundings and how our buildings, their interiors and external environment affects us.
There are many ways you can integrate some of the principles of Feng Shui into your living space and experts argue that if you do, it can have many positive effects on your life. Here are just some of them.
Clean up and clear out the clutter
Feng Shui advocates believe that spaces can hold the negative energy of people who have previously occupied it, meaning that spaces can be weighed down by a legacy of negative energy. The concept of “space clearing” can help to rid areas of the bad and invite in the positive energy provided by the universe.
There are various methods for doing this, but the most important thing is to focus on making the space your own and cleansed to receive and house positive energy.
Physical decluttering, also known as Spring cleaning, should accompany your energy cleanse, as holding onto unwanted or unused goods can indicate you’re holding onto the past. Keeping on top of clutter and general mess is also an important part of your routine if you want to ensure you maintain good flows of positive energy.
Make your entrance your own path to positivity
An inviting, welcoming and attractive front door is one of the fundamental ways the rules of Feng Shui instruct you to channel good quality energy into your home. Whether you have a unit or house, the same guidelines apply.
An auspicious colour and clear path to your front door makes way for positive energy to manifest, as does balance around the front door and entrance. Where you can, creating soft lines leading to your front door that mimic the shape of water are best, ideally with no obstructions like pot plants or bins blocking the path.
When deciding on the colour of your front door, you should also take the direction your door faces into consideration. A Feng Shui compass can aid your decision, with the corresponding colours to bring harmony being:
- East- or southeast-facing door: Choose a colour in harmony with the wood element
- South-facing door: Choose a colour in harmony with the fire element
- Southwest- or northeast-facing door: Choose a colour in harmony with the earth element
- West- or northwest-facing door: Choose a colour in harmony with the metal element
- North-facing door: Choose a colour in harmony with the water element
When working with a small space, some easy fixes include correcting “poison arrows”, or sharp/pointy objects directed toward the front door, by using a bagua mirror to absorb negative energy and by placing furniture in between the front door and the back door (or any door in the apartment) if they face each other directly.
Dedicate some time to decoration
One of the most important rooms for decoration considerations is the bedroom. The “Commanding Position” concept suggests you position your bed where you can clearly see the door but avoid aligning it directly with the door. This will give you a sense of security as you can see when others enter your room. To ensure and affirm equality in relationships, couples should also consider equal sized lamps and bedside tables when decorating.
For all the rooms in your home, you should try to incorporate five Feng Shui elements of water, wood, fire, earth and metal to create balance and comfort that will foster positive energy. These elements are connected to different streams of prosperity. For financial prosperity, for example, you would use elements of water and wood in the southeast area of your home, whereas for better health, the east of your home should be occupied by lush plants.
Plants can also purify the air by absorbing toxins and electrical pollutants. Having a fountain of water is strongly associated with wealth in the art of Feng Shui. Flowing water attracts cash flow, so by having an indoor fountain you can welcome wealth while also diffusing negative ions in the air.
Looking after your external space is also import in Feng Shui. If you have some outside space to decorate, adding trees and shrubs can protect you from busy, overwhelming energy coming from the street.
Don’t despair, repair
Having broken or objects in a state of disrepair are not only frustrating to the everyday homeowner but can also have a negative impact on the energy of your living space. Staying on top of small faults such as dripping taps, squeaky doors, broken lights and chipped paint can all impact the vitality and prosperity of your home.
By continually Investing time in the maintenance and upkeep of your home, you’ll not only be preserving and adding to your property’s market value, but also ensuring the positive chi flowing through it.
If you’re thinking of buying or selling in Erskineville or Alexandria please get in touch with us today.