Feng Shui for beginners

21 September 2018

While most people have heard of Feng Shui, few understand what it actually is. Feng Shui is the ancient Chinese art of placement, which facilitates the flow of energy within your home, helping to enhance your personal energies and create a positive atmosphere in which to live.

Feng Shui aims to replicate the perfect balance of nature in our artificial surroundings, and is widely used in architecture, landscaping and interior design. The principles of Feng Shui rely on nature’s five elements – water, fire, earth, wood and metal.

Feng Shui influences ‘Chi’ – the life energy that we hold within ourselves and what surrounds us. For example, water influences the clearing of the mind, body and spirit, and helps bring a sense of tranquillity. Colours like greys and dark blues, and objects such as aquariums and mirrors can bring a sense of calm to a room.

Even if you don’t believe in the spiritual aspect of Feng Shui, many of the principles make a lot of sense and may help improve the look, feel and flow of your home.

5 Quick Fix Feng Shui Tips

If you’re looking for some fast and easy improvements to your home environment, the following list of practical Feng Shui tips are a great place to start. And best of all, most of them are free or inexpensive to implement!

1. Place a fountain or water feature near your front door

The flowing energy of water symbolises money, which is supposed to help more cash and connections with key people flow into your life. And who doesn’t want a healthier bank balance? If you don’t want to spend a lot of money, Bunnings have some fantastic water features at great prices!

2. Clear the entryway to your home

Let the Chi (energy) flow right into your home by getting rid of any obstacles blocking the entry. Things like overgrown plants or vines, old newspapers, bikes and toys blocking your front path are said to limit the amount of energy entering your home. So clear the way and let the positive vibes flow in!

3. Make your home a hub for learning

Place books where you can easily see them, when you enter your front door. This is supposed to stimulate learning for the whole family. And every little bit helps, right?

4. Hang wind chimes to attract helpful people

The soothing sound of metal wind chimes hung in the right-front area of your home, office or bedroom encourages more people to help you, and also inspires the people already in your life to help you more.

5. Position your bed to feel safe and loved

Place your bed in the ‘Commanding Position’ of your bedroom. This is the spot furthest from the door, but where you can still see the doorway and anyone approaching while you’re lying in bed. Positioning your bed here is said to allow you to be stronger, calmer and in control.

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