If this isn’t the first time you’ve landed on one of my blog posts you’ve probably noticed the cornerstone of my healing ethos:
There is no ONE healing practice that works for all of the people, all of the time.
As I’ve said before, many times, healing is multi-faceted because we, as humans, are multi-faceted.
That’s why I offer an ever-increasing range of healing modalities — so I can tailor-make a healing plan that will work specifically for you, as you are, right now.
While a flexible path that considers multiple healing practices is undoubtedly the most certain route to improved mental, physical, and spiritual health, being faced with a huge range of healing options can be disconcerting at first. So I’m dedicating several posts to giving you an overview of your healing options so that you have the information you need to take the first step on your individual path to better health.
So far I’ve covered the ins and outs of the wonderful healing practices of Zhineng qigong, acupuncture and essential oils and this week I’m putting Feng Shui into the (strategically-placed!) spotlight…
Read on for a brief overview of Feng Shui as well as 5 simple-to-implement tips that’ll improve the energy in your home.
Feng Shui — an overview.
Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese practice based on a system of laws that you can arrange your physical environment in such a way as to balance the qi flow with the natural world, and in so doing, improve different areas of your life, such as your work, your family life, and of course, your health.
“Feng” means “wind” in Chinese and represents the breath. “Shui” means “water” and represents the essential part that water plays in our physical make up. When taken together they symbolize flow and movement and the connection between human life and the world around us.
How it works.
While the harmonizing effects of Feng Shui could be applied to many different aspects of life, it’s most commonly associated with the world of interior spaces and particularly décor. And, after spending so much time in our homes over the last year, it’s easy to see why. I don’t think any of us have ever been so aware of how the spaces around us affect our energy.
Feng Shui practitioners use the Bagua map to guide their work. The Bagua map is made up of the eight vital areas of life — children, wealth, fame, love, family, health, career and helpful people — and can be superimposed on your home’s floor plan to help you decipher which areas of your house or room relate to which areas of your life.
Then, by using the principles of Feng Shui, using specific colors, materials, shapes, numbers, and object placement, you can improve the flow of energy to the areas of your life you most need to work on. For example, it’s a good idea to avoid placing waste paper baskets or storing bills in the wealth area of your living room, as these objects represent scarcity. Rearrange this area to include items that will draw in an energy of abundance instead, such as valuable items or living plants.
While the theory of Feng Shui might be fairly easy to grasp, putting it into practice can be tricky, as you get to grips with interpreting the different areas of the Bagua map and how each color, material, shape, and element can influence the flow of qi.
However, if you’re interested in experiencing the healing power of Feng Shui for yourself, there are a few ideas you can implement right now that’ll give you an immediate energetic boost.
Clear your home’s entryway.
In Feng Shui, doors represent portals of energy so your front door is significant; it’s how energy enters your home. You can invite an abundance of positive energy into your home by clearing your entryway and making sure all of those stray shoes and scarves have a place.
Letting go of physical objects you no longer need cues your brain into releasing other, less tangible things you want to let go of, whether it’s the people in your life who make you unhappy or anxious thoughts that hold you back. So have a good clear out of anything you haven’t used in the last few months, like the jeans that don’t fit you anymore, or the broken vase you know you won’t get round to fixing.
Clean your windows.
In Feng Shui, windows are considered the eyes of a building. Giving yours a good polish will help you see the world more clearly, literally and figuratively. You’ll also maximize the sunlight coming into your home which instantly ups the feel-good energy.
Make your bed each morning.
By making your bed each morning you invite order into your day and ensure a calming, welcoming energy in the evening when you’re ready to sink back into the pillows.
Go green with plants.
Plants are abundant with vital living energy that reduces toxins in the air and energizes us. Boston Ferns are particularly good for cleansing the air and Jade plants (also known as money trees!) are famously recommended for the wealth area of your home.
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