7 SIMPLE FENG SHUI TIPS TO USHER IN PROSPERITY AND ABUNDANCE
To the skeptics, it’s hocus-pocus. To the legions of devotees, it’s almost a religion – a faith they rely on to get through life. Yeah, we’re talking about feng shui (“geomancy” in English).
Whatever your take on feng shui is, let respect rule. You don’t believe it, fine. Your friends swear by it, fine too. Feng shui has worked for them, so be a good friend – be happy for them. Meanwhile, why not look into some of the common feng shui practices so that you can strike up meaningful conversations with fellow feng shui followers?
Basically, feng shui is about maximising the positive energy (good vibes, harmony, peace, prosperity, etc.) and minimising the negative (stress, angst, misunderstandings, losses, etc.)
In this article, we’ll zoom in on feng shui for the home since that’s one of the most important places in our lives. Here are seven simple tips anyone can start with to get the chi (positive energy) flowing.
Start at the beginning – the entrance
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Open the door and let the chi enter your home, and your life. To ensure the chi flows in freely, make sure your entrance is uncluttered. Remove all obstacles that will obstruct the chi. This includes keeping the area clean and bright. Then, you’ll be beckoning and welcoming the chi to “come on in and stay”.
Clear the paths
There are physical paths that we regularly take in our home, no matter how small it is. From the entrance, we tend to stroll to the bedroom, followed by the toilet. Next on would be the living room and kitchen. We may seem to walk mindlessly, but there are routes that we take subconsciously.
Like an uncluttered entrance, we need to make sure there is nothing that impedes the path so that the chi can move smoothly too. This ensures you don’t stub your toe or trip over like a silly goon.
The power position
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We move now to the various rooms – bedroom, kitchen, living and dining room, etc. – where you need to establish your power position. In feng shui, it’s called the “commanding position” and a key principle. It determines how you position yourself in life.
To apply this principle to your rooms, know where to place the furniture pieces that you utilise the most – your bed, stove, sofa and table. Place these furniture pieces where you can see the door without looking at it directly. This is your “commanding position”. It symbolises that you are in command of your life and are ready to receive the chi and the best opportunities for you out there.
More space, more chi
It’s not about whether your home is big or small; it’s about maximising the space you have. This includes the space in your drawers, closets, fridge and kitchen.
How can you make your home – and life – more spacious? By de-cluttering regularly. Let go of things you don’t need any more so that you can invite fresh opportunities in. Crowded, jaded spaces mean stagnant energy, which represents stagnation in your life. For a constant flow of fresh energy and new opportunities, de-cluttering is your game.
Another way of creating space is to keep your home bright and cheery. Dark colours naturally shrink the space, so go for light, cheery wall paint to “expand” the space and allow more natural light to flow in.
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Living plants symbolise life energy in feng shui, so having some indoor plants connect us to nature and bring life into our home. Plants also clean the air and increase oxygen levels, while soothing our eyes. If you’re new to plants, try some easy to grow plants like the Golden Pothos (aka money plant).
Windows to the world
Just like the eyes are the lamp to our soul, in feng shui, the windows represent the eyes to the world. To keep a clear vision of the world, keep your windows clean and clear. Crumple up some old newspaper, spray some water on the window and wipe clear any grime-now you have a clear view of the world!
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Mirrors are must-haves feng shui items for the home as they reflect abundance and wealth while brightening the area and expanding the space. But you must know where to place your mirror to avoid chasing away your abundance or disturbing the chi flow. Places to avoid for mirrors include walls facing doors (especially the front door), the staircase, and bed. No mirrors above the bed too.
Top places for mirrors include your dining room to (“double” the food on the table, hence attracting more abundance) and the wall perpendicular to your front door.
Think of your home as a living, breathing organism that shelters, protects, nourishes and rejuvenates us. Home is the epicentre where life’s highs and lows are experienced. So, let a little feng shui bring out the full potential of your home.
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