De-Mystifying Feng Shui
There was a day when it was a joy to walk into my house. The air was fresh and light, light poured through the house, and energy flowed without interruption. There was no tripping and bumping into things. No eyesores. No clutter. I felt the same way inside me. I was energetic and light. But now I feel like both me and my house are constipated. Shit keeps piling up. Meanwhile, money travels out of my pockets and my household like there are holes in each. I think I need to Feng Shui us both.
If you think Feng Shui is too mystical or frou-frou for you, think again. Regardless of how deep you get into Feng Shui and its history, the basic idea at the core is the effect of object placement in the home. Properly placed objects maintain balance, calm, and good fortune. Improperly placed items produce clutter, chaos, and misfortune.
Still not buying it? Well then… every night before bed, put your coffee cup high on a top shelf behind some other cups where you can barely reach it. Put a pile of shoes on the step leading out the door to your car. Then put a large tall obstacle in your main walkway through the living room. For two weeks live with these things placed this way. Every morning when your eyes are barely open it will be a struggle to get your coffee cup down for your simple delicious morning wake up treat. You will trip for a few days then become irritated by the act of carefully stepping around and over the pile of shoes which lays between you and the car on the way to work in the morning. And every time you walk through the house you will have to maneuver around the large obstacle that blocks not only your path but your line of vision.
How do you think all that inconvenience is going to affect your mood? Will it move you forward or slow you down? It’s going to make you grumpy and late, that’s how! Which will of course make you less creative and product at work and prevent you from accomplishing and earning your maximum potential. See how that works?
Keeping things out of the way, de-cluttered and organized is easy. Take it a step further now. If keeping things out of your way will keep away negativity, it might not be far fetched to think that creating situations that make you think and feel positive and pleasant would result in increased success and happiness. Think about what you like to see, smell, and hear. Sunlight has a positive affect on most people. I like the scent of eucalyptus and I enjoy water sounds. So it would be good for me to keep the blinds open, spritz some mint & eucalyptus room spray, and plug in that little waterfall I bought 3 years ago. The effects are subtle. You don’t even know it’s working except that you might be less edgy or even chipper.
Lastly, if you can now see how something like sun light can positively impact your life, you will be interested in some of the less obvious Feng Shui principles. Like maximizing that sunlight by arranging your bed in the correct direction to make proper use of sunlight through windows. Dig a little deeper into the ancient philosophies to find where the “money” area of your house is and where to hang crystals and wind chimes to keep your money and postive flowing energy flowing in the front door and through the house without escaping out the back door.
If you take a moment to find a book on the simplest tips and most basic aspects of Feng Shui you will find that wheter you are figuring where to hang the tv mount to avoid outside glare or design your front walk way to keep away evil spirits, there is a solid solution that transcends mysticism and really makes sense.
In this economy I think the first thing I am going to do is find the money area of my house and hang some windchimes and crystals to make sure the finances and good energy have no blockages and flow freely into our house. How about you?