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The basics of feng shui


The basics of feng shui

In the process of buying a home or decorating one, the term “feng shui” might be thrown around every now and then. The practice, which had a surge of popularity in the 90s, has really been around for over 3,000 years starting in China. Some may compare good feng shui to that of good luck, but it really is more than that. The practice of feng shui can be complicated if you really want to dive into it, but there are some basics to understanding it for those who may want to try it out in their home.

What Is It?

For all its complexity, feng shui has a lot to do with how to balance energies in a given space, be it indoors or outdoors. It is believed that the energy in a certain space can affect us in our lives, be it our home life, sex life or work life. So if you find yourself getting stressed out at work, it could just be how your office is laid out. Feng shui operates on a design level and a decoration level. The difference between the two is that the design is set when the building is being constructed. The décor part of it is all up to you. That can involve proper placement of furniture and colour choices. So, while not all houses may be built with good feng shui in mind, you can always correct that with your décor.

How to Get Started

If you are looking to create good energy in your current home, you first need to identify which areas are of a concern to you. You will know if your kitchen doesn’t feel right or if your bathroom just isn’t calming you down at the end of the day. To do this, you may want to create a “bagua” or feng shui energy map for your home. This map is segmented into eight areas of the home that correspond with different parts of your life, such as money or health. Use a compass and floor plan of your house to determine your bagua. By assessing these different areas of your home, you can then rearrange things or get rid of clutter that may be blocking the energy from flowing properly. Also bring in some clean air and light to revitalize the space. This can involve bringing in an air purifier and letting in some natural light.

Other Tips and Advice

Since feng shui is based a lot on nature and the living energy it contains, you might want to bring in some of those elements into your home. The five elements in feng shui are wood, fire, earth, metal and water. These elements will correspond with the areas of your bagua and the compass directions they match with. For instance, to promote good health you should place the element of wood in the eastern part of your home. This can be done with an actual piece of wood, an associating colour or even a scent. The main entryway is a good place to start for many homeowners, as it is the first place energy is introduced into your home. It is believed that if your front door is aligned with your back door, the energy will flow right out and not create good feng shui. Mirrors have a good place in feng shui as they help to redirect energy through a space. It is also important to have good, strong energy in the three main areas of your home: the kitchen, the bedroom and the bathroom. Don’t let all the principles of feng shui overwhelm you. It is best to start with good and clear intent without any stress weighing you down.


By: Meagan Dieroff

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