The basic definition of Feng Shui is “a system of laws considered to govern spatial arrangement and orientation in relation to the flow of energy, and whose favorable or unfavorable effects are taken into account when siting and designing buildings.” This may leave you saying “um” instead of “oh!”. To break it down simply, Feng Shui is a Chinese school of thought relating spaces like your home or office and elements like earth and fire to wellbeing in different areas of life. For example, placing a water element like a fountain or aquarium in the North portion of your home may help your career.
Feng Shui Basics
Feng Shui has been practiced for over 3,000 years. People dedicate their lives to studying the effects of Feng Shui. It would be impossible to explain every single detail in one blog. Instead, let’s go over the first few baby steps to bringing balance to a home, and possibly a life.
Declutter Your Home
The first step may be the hardest for pack rats, but it’s the most important. Simply getting rid of clutter can restore balance and serenity to a home. Don’t just throw everything away. If you don’t love it, let it go. If you can’t live without that porcelain cat figurine, best you keep it! The attachment to these knick knacks brings positive energy to your home. So if you love it, keep it. If you don’t absolutely LOVE it, toss it.
A very important part of Feng Shui is making sure there is a lot of natural lighting in the house. So draw back the curtains, open the blinds, and let that bright light in. It doesn’t take a Feng Shui expert to realize that a bright and sunny living room is more likely to put you in a great mood than a dark and dreary cave.
Feng Shui Air Quality
Bright light isn’t the only easy tip. Breathing fresh clean air is fantastic for the body and spirit. Restore balance to your home and open the windows for a while. If you live in a crowded city or the air quality just isn’t great, you can purify the air in your home. House plants like the Lady palm, English Ivy, and Bamboo Palm are great natural air purifiers. Of course, you could always buy an actual air purifier, but these plants balance your home more than just air quality. Placing plants in a certain corner can bring positive energy. Which brings us to the Bagua Map.
Bagua Map and Elements in Feng Shui
The Bagua map is key to classical Feng Shui. Use a compass to learn where the eight points of direction are, then use the map to find out which areas of your home represent what. For example the South corner of your home represents fame. Each corner means something else.
The five elements of Feng Shui are Earth, Water, Fire, Metal, and Wood. Incorporating these elements in with the decorations in your home is what basic Feng Shui is all about. Work these elements into your home and you will restore balance to your life.