What is Feng Shui?
My home is my castle and the more comfortable it is, the happier, more peaceful, and more successful my life will be – this is a common belief of many people. Undoubtedly, the peacefulness of a home depends primarily on its residents. However, according to the ancient Chinese Feng Shui doctrine, a favorable home atmosphere depends on the harmony of a person and the surrounding space. If this harmony exists, then all spheres of your life including relationships, health, and business, will be permanently prosperous. If something fails, you can refer to the master Feng Shui, who individually corrects the energy flows in your house to restore the harmony. But when there is no opportunity to consult the Master, you can follow some simple feng shui tips.
“What is Feng Shui?” It is the doctrine about the impact of mysterious forces of the Earth on human life, well-being, and luck. Now we are going to discover the golden mean that will help you obtain happiness, or at least help you organize to achieve your space’s most harmonious state.
Feng Shui compass
To start with, you will need a compass. In Chinese feng shui practice, a compass is a must-have tool. By measuring cardinal directions, you can determine the quality of the energy in each room of your house or office. Feng shui experts use a special feng shui compass named Loupan. It is convenient and accurate but if you don’t have one, you can take a common compass for this purpose.
There is one common mistake beginners make – they start measuring cardinal directions inside the building. First, such measurements are not accurate even if you take a special feng shui compass. The thing is, there are a large number of sources of electromagnetic interference inside the house, such as household appliances, computers, etc. They can distort measurement results. Second, we are interested in the quality of the Qi energy entering the house. It is Qi that determines the feng shui of the house. And Qi comes in from outside.
Feng Shui Bagua map
All the previously mentioned steps should be taken in order to define Bagua, the fundamental concept of feng shui. Bangua is an octagon comprised of eight trigrams, which are directions or side points to different aspects of your life, which, according to the rules of feng shui, need to be harmonized. In other words, this is the feng shui map where each Bagua trigram stands for a certain life aspect:
The north – a career and work success zone;
The northwest – a zone of assistants and patrons;
The west – a zone of children and creativity;
The southwest – a zone of love and marriage;
The south – a zone of glory;
The southeast – a zone of wealth;
The east – a family zone;
The northeast – a zone of wisdom and knowledge;
The center stands for health well being.
Next, you will need to draw the locations of your rooms, including kitchen, bathrooms, and halls. You can draw this sketch of your house/office/apartment and adjust it to a feng shui map in agreement with your cardinal directions. Now you know which room or area is best for what!
How to feng shui your rooms
There are certain rules and recommendations to create favorable feng shui aura in the rooms. By following these simple feng shui tips, you will be able create a warm and healing atmosphere in any area of your house:
Feng shui bedroom
Since a person spends about one-third of the time in the bedroom, it is crucial to make it a comfortable place. A feng shui bedroom should be square- or rectangular-shaped. Avoid round, triangle, and trapezoidal shapes. In the rooms of these shapes, Qi energy is unbalanced. In a feng shui bedroom, bed placement does matter. A bed should be placed away from the door so that you could see it when you are in a bed. The best feng shui bedroom is the one where the headboard stands against a strong supporting wall.
Feng shui kitchen
Feng shui basics if your kitchen should be thoroughly considered. For example, a feng shui kitchen should not be located opposite the entrance door. According to Feng Shui doctrine, this makes the wealth flow off the house. The ideal kitchen should be on a par with a dining room and should not have heavy or bulky items high overhead. Do not use mirror tiles in the kitchen in order not to fragment your reflection. When choosing a color palette, do not opt for red and shades of red; it would be better to decide on pastel and cold colors such as white, green, light beige, light yellow, blue, light brown, etc.
Feng shui dining room
A dining room is associated with family dinners and a large table. If you want to make a feng shui dining room with a welcoming aura and peaceful atmosphere, think of a round or oval table. From the point of view of Feng Shui doctrine, the table should not be glass, but if you want to have something glassy think of a large mirror. According to Feng Shui, mirror reflection duplicates the number of guests, thus symbolizes family’s prosperity. Say no to a bulky chandelier and yes to a live fire such as candles or a fireplace. Unlike the feng shui kitchen, colors of a feng shui dining room can be bright and warm.
Feng shui decorating and layout is not limited to the house or apartment only. The latest trend is to use feng shui in shops and offices. For example, Alex Star is a known feng shui expert in Brooklyn. In his article “Using Feng Shui in Offices and Stores” for the New York Times he shared his experience of learning the feng shui philosophy and applying it in practice in the role of the feng shui consultant. He normally gives feng shui guidance to office and store owners. However, you don’t need to search for expert services to help you feng shui your home; you can do it by yourself by following the aforementioned feng shui tips. Let the aura in your house be harmonized and full of Qi energy!