5 Feng Shui Tips for Your Home
Feng shui is deeply rooted in Chinese history. A long-standing tradition that sprouted from an agricultural society, it was used to identify areas where families could prosper. It follows the same principles today to bring about harmony, happiness, and success to homes, business, and cities.
What is Feng Shui?
Feng Shui is the Chinese practice of creating balance and harmony in a space to optimise the flow of energy and help you live peacefully. To achieve harmony with Feng Shui, you must bring the five naturally-occurring elements to your home - water, metal, fire, wood, earth - and strike a balance between all of them.
One of Feng Shui’s most important tools is the bagua/pakua which is the feng shui energy map . It helps with the application of the elements to areas in your home that reflect the aspects in your life you wish to focus on: wealth, career relationships, health, or travel. The image below shows a map of the areas in your home and which aspects of your life they represent.
IMAGE: The Bagua (source: Architecture Ideas)
For instance, if you’ve been meaning to work on your career, you can incorporate water elements in the entry point (north) of your home, such as a water artwork, water fountain, aquarium, mirror, or a play of dark colours.
The goal is to achieve balance - the Yin and Yang
To achieve a harmonious energy at home, be proactive about sustaining the Yin/Yang balance. Yin is the passive energy that allows for relaxation, while Yang is the active energy that supports productivity and socialisation. While one cannot exist without the other, the overall balance is achieved by having Yin in some rooms and Yang in others. Yin would be great for bedrooms and bathrooms, while Yang would be needed in the kitchen, front door, and dining room.
In the end, the interplay of the five elements and forces is what nurtures a well-balanced home, and creates an environment that invites positive energy in. In Chinese culture positive energy is called ‘qi’, pronounced ‘chee’.
Tips to create good Feng Shui at home
1. Keep the path to your front door clean and clear.
In Feng Shui, the front door is known to be the mouth of qi - the point at which energy can enter and flow from. Clearing the path to your front door facilitates a warm welcome of the positive energy to your home. Look around your porch to check for trees and other obstructions that can block the entrance of qi.
IMAGE: The Emperor’s clear and inviting pathway
2. Learn the command position
The command position allows you to take control of your life and be prepared for what comes at you. By placing your furniture diagonally from your door, a position where you can see who or what enters, you are in a literal position of power. This applies to your bed, sofa, and home office desk. The command position enables you to sit back and relax - you’re prepared come what may.
3. Clear the clutter in all the rooms to let the energy flow.
Feng Shui is all about keeping the balance between elements in the house. If your home houses things that throw the energy off balance, it can block the flow of qi. Piles of clutter can signify unorganised thoughts that can weigh you down. Cultivating a clear space allows the mind to wander freely. This also allows you to maximise natural light by removing things that get in its way.
4. Slow down the flow of energy.
Once all the clutter is removed, your next challenge is to slow down the flow of energy. Keep the positive energy inside the house - retain it.
Begin with the pathways in your home. As there are rarely straight lines in nature, the ideal setup is where the two doors aren’t directly facing each other. Such is especially true for your front door and back door. You wouldn’t want the good vibes to escape as soon as they enter!
IMAGE: The artworks slow down entry into the Emperor
Placing artwork, rugs, plants, or items to look at to make people pause before going on can all slow down the flow of energy.
5. Choose your home placement wisely.
Placing your home near messy areas is believed to invite negative qi. Avoid living in front of cemeteries, near rubbish dump sites and power stations. Similarly, steer clear of living at the very top or ‘end’ of a T-intersection, as this can send a lot of energy directly into your home.
Your home is a reflection of who you are and the type of energy you want to invite. Once you get a feel of what’s right for you, you’ll know when something goes astray. You’ll know exactly which elements to add or remove.