What is Feng Shui?
Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese practice that literally means wind and water. It is a set of principles that help align one’s living space with who they are and what they want to achieve in life. It works by balancing the flow of chi, which is the energy life force that runs through everything, connecting us to the earth, the universe and other beings. The goals of Feng Shui are to arrange living spaces to create balance with the natural world, invite positive chi into the home so that life feels both energized and balanced and to establish harmony between an individual and their environment.
How Do You Use Feng Shui?
Feng Shui balances out the yin and yang energies in your space. A map called a bagua is used to identify certain life areas in your home so you can balance out the energy effectively. This map is superimposed onto a floor plan of your home, over an aerial view of your property or onto the floorplan of your business. Each of these areas represent a different part of your life, are represented by one of the 5 elements and has either a yin or yang energy in the space.
The life areas are:
You’ll notice that there are only 8 areas listed but that there are 9 squares in the bagua. The center of the bagua represents you and your overall health and wellness. That area is connected to all the other areas. That’s because when you’re not healthy it affects every other area of your life and each of the other areas can also impact your overall health.
Besides the areas in the bagua, Feng Shui also works to balance the 5 elements. The 5 elements are
Each gua is represented by one of the 5 elements and Feng Shui works to balance each of the elements along with each of your life areas.
The Wealth area of the bagua is represented by the wood element. To improve your wealth, you’ll want to enhance the wood element by adding plants, the colour green and items that represent upward growth, such as tall pillars or vases. You’ll also want to add in some water and earth elements to support the growth of the wood element and you’ll want to decrease the fire and metal elements as they destroy or reduce the wood element.
Before you even begin to move things around and add elements to your home, the first step is to declutter your space. Clutter has been proven to increase stress levels. So, my number one tip to get you started on your Feng Shui journey is to do some serious decluttering first.
Why Use Feng Shui?
Want to change your life? Start by changing your environment. Research has shown that our environments play a huge role in how we feel and how we perform. If you create balance in your home, it can reflect how you react to outside experiences. Feng Shui can quickly shift the energy in your space, allowing more positive energy to come into your home. That positive energy brings new, positive opportunities to you. Even if you’re skeptical about Feng Shui, it never hurts to move some furniture and clear out the cobwebs.