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May 9, 2012 at 8:43 AMComments: 0 Faves: 1

It's Not Just Superstition. Feng Shui Improves Mood, Focus - Even Relationships! Top 10 Feng Shui Tips

By Erin Froehlich More Blogs by This AuthorFrom the The Well Mind Blog Series

We covered the origins of Feng Shui and how it works.

Now, we're ready for application!

Dream interpreters say that when we dream of our home, the house of our dreams is symbolic of our mind. Each room has different connotations relating to the different facets of our lives. Feng Shui is quite similar.

In Feng Shui clutter, bad smells, bad lighting, disorganization, functional problems (drawers that are hard to open, doors that are hard to close) cramped arrangements and even decorating that is negative in tone repels not only us and our guests from a room, but the positive energy there. 

Room Symbolism

Is there a room or rooms you tend to neglect or avoid in your home? You may find there are troubles in your life corresponding to the room’s symbolic connotations:

  • Front Door:  Your front door is symbolic of your ability to take in energy and experiences.
  • Living Room: The living room is symbolic of your social life.
  • Bedroom: The bedroom is symbolic of your romantic life and of your ability to recharge.
  • Kitchen:  Considered the heart of the home, the kitchen is where we literally “bring home the bacon” and so it is symbolic of both our material wealth and of our nourishment.
  • Bathroom: The bathroom is symbolic of our ability to cleanse ourselves of the elements that aren’t useful in our lives.
  • Garage, Basements and Storage Areas:  These areas are symbolic of our ability to benefit from the things we have collected throughout our lives – be they physical things or experiences.

Working on You – The Feng Shui Way

It’s typical that people will take good care of a portion of their homes while they neglect or even totally give up on areas they feel will take too much work to make “livable.” Have you been neglecting some of the rooms mentioned above? Are you ready for a change?

Feng Shui beginners don’t need to run out and load up on crystals, bamboo and mirrors. By simply cleaning, organizing, making repairs, arranging furniture for easy movement through the room and decorating in an uplifting way, you are working to promote and enhance the positive energy!

Top 10 Feng Shui Tips

  1. De-Clutter. Take time to clean floors and surfaces. Put things where they belong. Take care of bad smell sources and consider getting rid of stuff. If no one in your home:  1.) loves it or 2.) needs it, get rid of it!

  1. Make Your Entrance. When you drive or walk up to your home, is it inviting? If you were a stranger, would you want to meet the people in that home? If you were visiting for the first time, would you have an easy time identifying the house number? Making your entry into your appealing is step number one. Step number two to making your entrance – remove any barriers or obstacles to doorways in your home – especially your front door. You should be able to open and close each door easily. Your bed’s headboard should not be directly facing a door. Lastly, take off your shoes before you enter the home. It’s symbolic of leaving your troubles behind.
  2. Consider Lighting. In Feng Shui, light is very important. Good lighting energizes. To improve lighting replace all burnt out light bulbs and stick to one source at a time – natural or artificial light. (Natural is best when you can get it!)
  3. Never Rest in a Vulnerable Position. No matter which space you are in, you should be able to see the doorway – preferably ALL doorways. If you can’t, consider placing a mirror or mirrors so that you can.
  4. Make Necessary Repairs. Broken things, doors that squeak and drawers that stick may all seem like small things, but they add up to more daily frustrations than you need in your home! If repairs must be made, see that they are made.
  5. Keep Pathways at Least 3 Feet Wide. Squeezing through a room bumping your knees and ankles is a big energy drain. Let both the chi and the people in your home flow effortlessly through by keeping pathways at least 3 feet wide.
  6. Pull Eyes to the Pretty. Think about the things in your home that you love. Now, think about making those things the most prominent things in the room they belong! Help guide the eye to the most attractive things in the rooms by covering the “ugly” up - closing drawers, closet doors, shower curtains, toilet seat covers ect.
  7. Don’t Forget the Kitchen! As the heart of your home, it’s important to keep your kitchen in Feng Shui balance.  A few tips – cook at least once a day and when you’re  cooking, use all the burners on your stove - more fire, more energy! Many Feng Shui experts also say that you should never have your knives out on show, even in a block, and especially not near your stove.
  8. Clean Your Air. Though you can’t see it, the air in your home is a key factor in the health of your family! Protect your air by avoiding toxic cleaners and aerosol sprays. Purify your air with an air purifier or do it the natural way – lots of air-purifying plants.
  9. Follow the “Three Secrets Reinforcement” for Added Benefit. With every Feng Shui remedy you try, you can enhance your efforts with the Three Secrets Reinforcement by incorporating 1.actions 2.thoughts and 3.words.  As you clean or repair or redecorate, speak your intention (Could be as simple as “Goodbye, clutter!” or as specific as “I’m DONE with money trouble. I’m letting some light in here!”) and imagine that change taking shape.

It’s difficult to quantify, but just by making the decision to work on your social life, your love life, or your ability to cleanse ect… and physically working toward that intention, you are drawing upon the power your mind, belief and ritual all at once.  That’s the power of Feng Shui.

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