Chinese Feng Shui is the art of placing objects and even buildings in such a manner as to allow the free flow of chi or Qi energy throughout your home. Many Feng Shui practitioners believe this art can transform all areas of your life for the better. Feng means “wind” and shui “water.
Developed more than 3,000 years ago in China, the art of Feng Shui is actually a science too. The Chinese culture believes both wind and water are necessary to bring good health and also good fortune to those that practice it. Feng means “wind” and shui “water, so the name brings together these two elements which are the foundation for this Taoist practice.
The culture holds a vision of the earth and land being alive and filled with life force energy or chi. The idea is to live in harmony with nature and allow the free flowing of the life force energy, chi, to create harmony and balance throughout our home.
Feng shui incorporates many factors, not just the positioning of furniture. Feng shui colors include green for creating a sense of new beginnings or renewal and to bring fresh energy into an area of your home.
Mirrors are often strategically placed to allow good energy into a space, and they can also be used to move the energy in a “dead” space or area.
Feng shui can be applied to all areas of your life, your home – living room, bedroom, home office, kitchen and bathrooms or your work office place or even your garden.
The Bagua, or energy map is a great place to analyze the energy of an area in order to see what is required.
Feng Shui Tips for Beginners
The very first thing you need to do to bring about a change in your home or space is to de-clutter.
A cluttered space is not harmonious to the energy flow. So begin by removing all clutter, keep only things that you absolutely love and can’t live without.
Seriously, you probably have things stashed away that have not seen the light of day for years. It’s time to get them out and sort through them. Donate unwanted goods to charity so someone else can benefit from them.
I love doing an annual clear-out of closets, anything I haven’t worn in the past year gets given to charity stores. Those outfits we are trying to “slim down” into before they will fit. Forget it! Give them away, if and when you lose weight treat yourself to some new clothes.
For now, these things are just blocking the flow of energy in your home. It’s amazing how lighter we feel when we have had a good clear out.
“Stuff” holds us back in life. It clutters your environment and mentally depresses up so let it go!
How to Create Your Energy map or Bagua
Natural light, the feeling of airiness is also important in Feng shui. Don’t cover up windows, allow as much natural light into your space as possible. Good quality air flow is also important for bringing in good energy.
Feng shui plants play an important part in this practice, plants help purify the air and provide good energy. Positioning of your plants is important. They must also be kept healthy and in pleasing pots and containers.
Good feng shui plants are those that are vibrant, lush and of course healthy. This type of plant is often referred to as a feng shui money plant. Trees also come into this category so if you are planning a feng shui garden then certainly add some big leafy, vibrant money plants such as Jade tree or bonsai trees.
Bad feng shui plants are generally things like cacti. A cactus has spiky thorns and are not considered harmonious. And dried out dying plants bring bad feng shui into the home.
Natural, rock crystal trees or feng shui money trees, also called gem trees are a great option for placing in appropriate areas of your home. Not only do they look pretty (and not need the care and attention of real plants) but they bring great energy based on the type of crystals used.
You can get amethyst gem trees, pearl and even coral gem trees. Each crystal stone has a meaning, citrine is used to attract money and wealth so a citrine crystal tree would bring good fortune.
The 5 Elements of Feng Shui
There are five Feng Shui elements, these are wood, metal, fire, earth and water.
Each element has a Feng shui color that is related to that specific element.
Wood is tied to prosperity and abundance, the color is brown or green.
The area of your home or space that is associated with this element is the southeast area.
To strengthen this “money” area you can use lush green plants, add in a water feature and it’s even better. Other items can be used with the colors blue, green or brown which represent the wood and water elements.
Passion, enthusiasm, intensity.
Fire is represented with rich reds, yellows, purple, pinks and yellow.
The trick is create harmony, too much fire elements will create nervousness, agitated and the feeling of being drained of energy.
Water elements control (and extinguish) fires.
Sand or earth colors, light browns and light yellow.
Metal is linked to the colors white and a light grey.
These brass metal tortoises are considered good luck and denote a long life. They should be placed in the north bagua of your home. Excellent for concentration especially when doing exams.
Water is represented by blues and black.
Chinese feng shui is a complex study of the five elements and what they mean and represent, alone and together.
You can begin by clearing your home of clutter, reposition your furniture according to the energy map. Use crystals to help create positive energy in areas of your home. Position mirrors with care.
Feng shui decorating can be fun and also bring harmony and peace into your living space. You can bring in more love, prosperity and abundance when you practice the art of feng shui.