1. Clear Out Your Clutter. Dispose of everything you do not love in your house. Remember that cleaning clutter is a time-and-energy-consuming process that will end up allowing you to feel your load has been lightened. This step is an essential one in creating harmonious house energy. (Feng Shui)
2. Have Good Quality Air and Good Quality Light in your house. These two elements are essential for good energy (called Chi) in your home. Open the windows often, introduce air-purifying plants or use an air purifier. Allow as much natural light as possible into your home, and consider using full-spectrum lights or as close to natural light as possible. (Feng Shui)
Plants will do the best job by bringing fresh energy from nature (if you take good care of them, of course!); be sure to choose a plant that not only looks pretty, but also purifies the air (most office spaces have high indoor pollution levels).
Air Cleaning Plants: Garden Mum, Spider Plant, Dracaena (Toxic to Cats & Dogs), Weeping Fig, Peace Lily,
Boston Fern, Snake Plant, Bamboo Palm, Aloe Vera,
3. Define the Baqua, literally means “8 areas.” (Baqua is a energy and metaphoric matrix for any space). Or the Feng Shui energy map of your house. There are 2 main Feng Shui methods – The Classical refers to the compass reading of your front door. The Western or the BTB grid does not take into consideration the compass reading of the front door. Once you define the Baqua, you will know which areas of your home are connected to specific areas of your life. For example, in traditional Feng Shui, the Southeast Feng Shui area of your home is connected to the flow of money energy in your life.
4. Getting the basics of 5 Feng Shui Elements in order to create balance and vibrant energy in all areas of your home. (View diagram below) For example, if you are working on attracting more prosperity, you will introduce the elements of Wood and Water into the Southeast area of your house. If your need to improve your health, you will place lush wood element items, such as plants or pieces of wood furniture into the East area.
5. Your Birth Element – Create a home to nourish and support your energy. For example, if you’re Birth Element is Fire, introduce the expressions of the Fire element, such as colors (red, orange, purple, magenta, pink, yellow), triangular shapes, etc. You will need a strong Wood element in your home as well, because Wood feeds the Fire element. (Feng Shui)
6. Find Out Your Kua Number and Your Lucky Directions so that you can be energized by good energy from your best or lucky Feng Shui directions. Adjust the position of your bed, your desk, the seating in your dining area, etc
7. Always Be Mindful of the energy in your home and how its energy influences your well-being. Make a habit of paying close attention to the so-called Feng Shui “trinity” that is deeply connected to your health – your bedroom, your bathroom and your kitchen. Nothing is static in the world of energy, so be wise and keep your home healthy and happy.
* Remember: Nothing in Feng Shui is “necessary”, if you do not like something, you do not have to follow and actually better not! There is always more than one solution; and many of alternative Feng Shui solutions are options that can consider for your home. Good Feng Shui in any room is made of good energy, so if something does not feel or look right to you, be assured that it cannot have good Feng Shui. Trust your senses, this is always good feng shui.
Feng Shui Mirrors
There are 2 reasonsThere are 2 reasons a mirror behind the kitchen stove is recommended by some Feng Shui consultants.
1. If the cook has his or her back to the kitchen door (or the main flow of traffic/most activity in case of an open kitchen). A mirror placed behind the kitchen stove can then be helpful to see what’s happening behind one’s back and leave them feeling more secure. You do not need a mirror behind your stove for good Feng Shui in your kitchen if you do not cook with your back to the door, and then there is no need for it. This same principle lies behind the Feng Shui suggestion of placing a mirror to reflect the dining room. (Be sure to keep the mirror or you may create bad Feng Shui.)
2. As mirrors reflect, thus double, everything in sight, placing a mirror to reflect the stove burners is believed (in traditional Chinese Feng Shui schools) to double one’s wealth and abundance.
A Harmonious Family Life
Big families can be more complex. Each member will have his/ her own energy that needs to be nurtured and supported in the home. Family member may clash with the needs of the other. Personal birth elements of each family member applied can help create the harmonious home desired. Feng Shui can get really complex and you can dive deeper using your Birth Element.
To bring more harmony into your family life, consider implementing some basic Feng Shui tips that are guaranteed to shift the energy in your home, balance and harmonize it.
1. Place a Feng Shui fountain in the East area of your home; this will help bring benevolent Chi (energy inside your body) to your family. Keep the water full and clean at all times. You can place some – (rose quartz,amethyst, jade, citrine, smoky quartz, ammonite, tiger’s eye, pyrite, and hematite) tumbled stones are best as they create a more potent energy.
2. Have many happy images of your family throughout the house, especially in living room, your kitchen, and the East Baqua area of your house.
3. Regularly keep your bedroom, as well your children’s bedroom free of clutter and pleasant to be in day or night.
4. Balance your environment according to the theory of 5 elements (wood, fire, earth, metal and water) taking into consideration the birth element of each family member.
5. Lower the EMF levels (Electromagnetic Field) in your home, limit the use of harsh and dangerous chemicals.
Feng Shui Fountain
Fountains Fountains bring the energy of water, and water is an ancient Feng Shui symbol of abundance and prosperity. Fountains are among the most popular Feng Shui cures and come in all shapes, sizes, and materials. A working fountain also will diffuse healthy negative ions into the air. Using crystals and stones, as well as Essential Oils with your fountain will double the energy for the cure.
Best areas for your fountain are: East for Health & Family, Southeast for Wealth & Money, and North for Career & Path in life. These locations are determined by the Baqua, or the Feng Shui energy map of your space, as well as the interplay of the 5 elements.
Two things to keep in mind when locating your fountain:
1. It is not a good idea to place a water feature in the South because this area needs a strong Fire element energy. Bringing the water energy to the fire energy will conflict.
2. Do not place your water feature in your bedroom, no matter what area of your house your bedroom is located in. This will bring the energy of worry and sorrow to this room.
Concept of Numbers
The concept of numbers in Feng Shui is a highly charged one. Feng Shui of number 4 seems to be the one taking most of the hits, all based on the misunderstanding of a cultural interpretation. The number 4 sounds like “death” in both Feng Shui and the Chinese culture. In this culture we have 4 seasons and 4 directions that we do not consider bad. Some areas believe the number 4 has grounding and strong energy. (ground and protect) Each culture has slightly different interpretations of the meaning of numbers.
The traditional way in Feng Shui is to encircle the number 4 with the color red. This Feng Shui color of fire element with protect you from misfortune attract good luck. To believe that specific house numbers can bring you trouble is just not intelligent. The study of the ancient numerology will help you to see similarities and more about the energy of any specific number or even combination of numbers.
Understand the meaning of numbers 0 to 9. Then, add the numbers of your home address to reach a single digit number for its energy meaning. Be mindful to not mis-interpret the meaning of numbers. Try to sense the energy behind the words.
So here is a very basic meaning of the energy of numbers:
0 – void, nothingness, potential
1 – unobstructed flow of energy, new beginnings
2 – balance, choice, cooperation
3 – creativity, family, self-expression
4 – stability, grounding, security
5 – change, resourcefulness, adventure
6 – calm, patience
7 – contemplation, self-evaluation, solitude
8 – infinity, abundance, success in business
9 – highest number, accomplishment, attainment.
Feng Shui Crystals
The word crystal comes from the Greek word krystallos, meaning frozen light. Use crystals to create energy or vibrations in your home or office for healing, protection and decoration.
The rose quartz crystal – used to attract love and romance or heal a broken heart. Feng Shui-wise, the rose quartz crystal emanates specific frequencies that promote heart healing.
Place two rose quartz hearts in the southwest area of your home to promote happy energy in a love relationship. Or place a bowl of rose quartz in bedroom as a love cure.
Tip #2:When a child has trouble concentrating or tends to get overexcited, place several pieces of hematite in the child’s bedroom or in the West (Children & Creativity) area of your home. This helps to ground and center his or her energy. Tumbled hematite is used for grounding, centering as well as protection.
A good use of the black tourmaline, obsidian (naturally occurring volcanic glass formed as an extrusive igneous rock) and hematite is the front door (either outside or inside) in a visually pleasing way, for their protective qualities.
Blue kyanite and citrine are the two crystals that never need cleansing as they do not absorb negative energy. You can use blue kyanite (in jewelry or displays with clear quartz crystals) to strengthen the healing energy and for protection and relaxation/stress relief. Citrine (use with fiery colored stones, carnelian, red agate, jasper or tiger’s eye) to strengthen their energy is one of the classical cures to attract wealth.
Always cleanse your crystals when you first receive them and regularly thereafter. This action will reset their vibration to be receptive to the new home and the new owner. Treat your crystals respectful and in a loving manner. When purchased ask if they have been radiated (diminishes their power) Cleanse crystals by submerging them in pure water (with or without salt) to smudging (with white sage, sweatgrass and cedar). Smudging is done by lighting the tip of a smudge stick with a candle light and waving it gently in the air till the tip begins to smolder. Then guide the smoke to specific parts of your house or parts of your body. Process is done in a container to be safe. Be sure to place your crystals in good energy areas, such as your dining, living room or main entry table, your bookshelves and, of course, your altar.
Feng Shui Home Center
Feng Shui and Vastu Shastra
Both are ancient and sacred bodies of knowledge revealing the connection between humans and the dwellings they inhabit. In both the focus is on the human’s well-being, which can only be achieved when we are in harmony with nature and the Universal flow of energy.
Both agree on the utmost importance of the center of a dwelling.
Feng Shui considers the center to be called the heart of the home from which all Baqua energies originate. This area should be kept clean and happy with fresh energy.
Vastu shastra is considered to be the originator of the concept of open courtyards or center of a dwelling, Their purpose is to receive the highest quality of energy.
Use of Color in Your Home
Color is one of the strongest expressions of energy. Color is a powerful tool in creating the mood and the energy you desire. In Feng Shui, color is considered an excellent cure and is used according to the five elements theory.
1. A water element in your North facing study, consider adding blue, the color of the water element of the North.
2. Add coral red in the South bathroom for the fire element of the South or spring green accents in an East
facing living room for the wood element of the East.
Colors are also chosen in Feng Shui according to the birth elements of people who live in the house.
The color correspondence for various directions is chosen according to the ruling planet of the specific direction, not its element.
1. Painting a room in the Southeast of your home you would choose the silver white color of the ruling planet of the
Southeast direction, which is Venus.
2. If you are a Gemini, green colors will be best for your energy, and if you are an Aquarius then pink and blue will
be your best choices.
Feng Shui Tips for Colors in Your Home
Yellow – Sunny, Nourishing, Happy (Fire or Earth Element)
Red – Passion, Courage, Romance (Fire element)
Green – Growth, Health, Vibrancy (Wood Element)
White – Innocence, Freshness, New Beginnings (Metal Element)
Blue – Calm, Tranquility, Peace (Water Element)
Gray – Clear, Detached, Neutral (Metal Element)
Purple – Royal, Mysterious, Noble (Fire Element)
Pink – Gentle, Soothing, Loving (Fire Element)
Black – Unknown, Infinite, Absorbing (Water Element)
Brown – Strength, Grounding, Stability (Wood Element)
Front Door & foyer/The Main Entry
The front/main door will not be directly aligned with another door or a big window or facing the closet doors, the bathroom door or a wall within less than a couple feet from it.
The front door should always open inwards, and not outwards. A front door opening outwards is pushing away good energy.
Never have stairs facing the front door with less than a couple feet distance from each other. In general, no matter what the distance between the staircase and the front door, this is considered poor Feng Shui and is best to avoid.
Ideally, your front door leads to a nice entryway that can promote a smooth flow of energy and serve as a grounding transition between the outer and inner world.
Most importantly the front door/main entry must be a welcoming space of beauty. A half-moon table or an upholstered bench in the entry are just examples of good energy in the entry way. Also enough wall space to create grounding and stable energy with wall color or focal point art of a collection of personal photos. A smart Feng Shui house floor plan will allow space for good energy to come in, relax a bit and then graciously flow throughout the whole house.
Feng Shui/Vastu Shastra: Direction for the Front Door
Both believe that through the main door the dwelling absorbs most of its Chi, or Universal energy nourishment.
In Feng Shui the front door should be South. The color red is often used for the main door, as red is the color of the South fire element.
In vastu shastra, North and East are considered to be the best directions. According to vastu shastra consultants, in order to find the best location for the front door, divide the house into nine parts and place the door in the fourth section of the house.
No obstructions in front of the door
No direct doors alignment
No rusty hardware, peeling off paint, etc
No wall facing the front door upon entry
No bathroom over the front door
A door on the same, or higher level than the street level, etc.
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