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Since we spend a good deal of time inhabiting the space we call “home”, it makes sense to want this space to be as comfortable as possible. Some people take that desire to a whole new level and have the desire to create a space that is more than just comfortable – but is also conducive to harmony, peace and good fortune by using an ancient art called Feng Shui.
Feng Shui was developed over 3,000 years ago in China. The literal translation of the words is wind (feng) and water (shui). These two elements are associated with good health. Therefore, good feng shui is associated with good fortune.
Bad feng shui, on the other hand, is associated with misfortune and bad luck.
This art may seem complex in all that it encompasses; however, at its core, Feng Shui simply deals with how to balance the energies (Chi) of any given space to assure the health and good fortune for people inhabiting it.
Feng Shui is easy to incorporate into your home, no matter where you live. You could have a sprawling parcel of Denver real estate or live in a high-rise in New York City and still reap the benefits that Feng Shui can bring to your home. Here are some tips to bring balance to the energy in the space you call home. By starting here, you lay a solid foundation upon which you can bring in more complex layers of the art.
According to feng shui, a space has memories and contains the energy of all who have been there as well as the events that occurred in the space. To add good energy into an environment, you need to clear out negative energy that may be taking away your good fortune! Whether you have recently moved into a new home or are incorporating feng shui into a home you have lived in for some time, look online for instructions and perform a space clearing.
De-clutter! When it comes to de-luttering for good feng shui, think in these terms: get rid of anything you do not love. Don’t hold on to items simply because they were given to you. Clear every room. If something must be held onto, put it in the garage or storage until you can find a useful place for it in your home.
Bring the outside in for good Chi. One of the easiest feng shui practices is to bring plants into the home. Plants – particularly wooded plants such as bamboo – are not only healthy; but they are integral in the art of feng shui as an avenue for clearing negative energy and offering good energy in return. In feng shui, wood represents creativity, birth, regeneration, the direction east, and spring. Avoid pointed plants and bonsai trees as these represent stunted growth.
In addition to using plants in your feng shui home, also let natural light and air into the home each and every day by opening curtains and windows.
Once you have laid the foundation by ridding the home of negative energy through cleansing and de-cluttering and have added nature’s elements of air and plants, you will want to get acquainted with the five elements of feng shui and also with the Ba-gua – the energy map of your home. Creating good energy in your home takes time, but the powerful results of feng shui cannot be denied and makes all effort worth it!