Feng Shui has been around for more than 5,000 years, ut many in the West have only discovered in the last two decades. Although there have been many jokes about the art of artfully rearranging your surroundings, few of us know what Feng Shui really is or whether it works at all. Here is a short primer on the philosophy behind Feng Shui and a few tips to incorporate it into your life.
The Idea Behind Feng Shui
Contrary to poular belief, Feng Shui isn't magic, nor is it a decorating fad or a passing trend. Feng Shui is the science of changing the energy flows in your environment into order to facilitate positive energy and release negative emery. That may sound like hocus-pocus, so let's put it in simpler terms. It has been proven that a cluttered, dirty environment causes mental blocks and lack of energy. Many of us have experienced in our own lives the feeling of lightness and mental clarity that we feel when we finally clear that cluttered desk or straighten out our closets.
Feng Shui uses the power of energy that is associated with the five elements of water, wood, metal, earth and fire - along with the placement of furnishings and accessories - to attract specific energies and improve the circulation of energy in our environment. In the same way that a blocked duct won't circulate air and cool or heat your home, the blockage of beneficial energy in a room will cause stagnation.
While Feng Shui is no one-size solution for whatever ails you and it's best to have a personalized consultation, there are some things that can increase the energy flow for anyone.
- Get rid of clutter. Do you really need that stack of magazines and junk mail or that pile of clothes you never wear?
- Create a sense of balance. Symmetry is important for balance in your life. A pair of lamps or end tables not only create a symmetrical look, the refine a sense of balance in your life.
- Make small repairs. Broken or chipped bric-a-brac, torn window screens or broken door handles not only make your home look shabby, they reflect in how you feel about your life on a subconscious level.
- Add natural elements to your home. Feng Shui is about balance and energy flow, so having the right mix of each element will favorably influence the balance in your life. Add water elements to certain rooms with small fountains or a fish tank. Plants clean the air and bring the wood element into play. Candles and incense allude to fire, and rocks, sand and color balance out the rest.