Why Feng Shui? A little Eastern Inspiration
Put simply, Good Feng Shui is a positive flow of energy in the spaces you spend the most time in. The idea is to carefully arrange your space in order to improve your life. Been on a few bad dates? Looking for your dream job? A Feng Shui practitioner would take a look at those areas on their Bagua (Feng Shui Map) and make improvements to better facilitate the flow.
This may sound far-fetched to some, but you don’t need to be a spiritual person to know how a cluttered space can affect your life.
Taking the time to make purposeful decisions about the space you occupy is an empowering practice, and the core principles of Feng Shui are universal. Ever tried to get ready for work with a messy closet, or relax while there’s a pile of dirty dishes in the sink? A happy home is one where you and your space exist harmoniously.
Feng Shui doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact, Feng Shui simplifies your life so you can focus on being your best self.
A Feng Shui friendly home and workspace is a natural fit for people like Gwyneth Paltrow, Sting, Bill Gates, Richard Branson, Johnny Depp and Stephen Spielberg just to name a few. Oprah Winfrey has spoken openly about the importance of aligning your environment with your desires.
“Maybe you live in too much chaos, with clutter in every corner. Or maybe obstacles (clutter, furniture, or geographical features) literally block the chi and opportunities from coming your way,” says Winfrey. “Employing Feng Shui tips can help you get out of your own way to find what it is you are really meant to do.”
But it isn’t just celebrities who embrace the practice. The most powerful corporations in the world utilize the benefits of Feng Shui.
Look no further than Coca-Cola, a household name that has built and maintained its legacy for over 100 years. The powerhouse company has hired a Feng Shui consultant in the past to increase positive energy and prosperity in the office. Nike has also used Feng Shui tips to give them a kick in the right direction. Even the smarties at The Wall Street Journal know a good idea when they see one.
By now, you may be wondering how to make Feng Shui work for you. Here are a few simple ways to get started with Feng Shui.
Identify the Eight Areas
You can identify the eight energy fields in your home or office using our Beginner’s guide to Feng Shui.
Clutter represents trapped or stale energy in Feng Shui, and even modern medical science can back up this claim. Studies have shown that a messy space can trigger anxiety and depression, so clear off that coffee table and get organized. Clutter can also mean old forgotten items or unfinished projects, so try to let go of the non-essentials where possible.
The right images can give you a daily reminder of your goals. Whether you choose to decorate your home with these symbols or wear them on your body, they can be a beautiful way to have fun with Feng Shui.
Here are a few popular symbols:
As a sacred and positive symbol, Elephants bring luck to any area they are placed in. Include an elephant in your relationship area to attract a loyal partner, or keep your current lover faithful. Couples who are looking to conceive may adorn their family area with Elephants - a popular fertility symbol. Elephants placed in the right location can be a symbol of breaking through obstacles in your life.
A tree with multiple outstretched branches is an optimistic image that can increase prosperity, so trees would be best utilized in the career or wealth area in your home and work space. You can also attract abundance into your life with citrine crystals, so a citrine tree is both beautiful and effective.
When faced with a seemingly impossible bad Feng Shui situation, an owl can help deflect negative energy from your home or workspace. If traffic runs toward your space in a 90-degree angle, this can have what’s known as a “poison arrow” effect on your energy flow. Placing an owl outside your space, or keeping a talisman close by, is a great fix- they’re known to be excellent defenders.
You may have seen one of these on the counter at your favorite Chinese restaurant. Ever wonder why?
Prosperity Toads, or Money Frogs as they are sometimes known, are usually depicted with a coin in their mouth and represent material wealth. Legend tells of a prosperity toad that appears in front of select people’s homes on the full moon as a positive omen. Place your prosperity toad at the entrance of your home facing inward as an homage. It also makes a natural match for your career or wealth area, but be sure to keep your friend on a table or elevated spot. Money Frogs don’t like hanging out on the floor!
A dragon is a powerful and lively character that represents masculine energy. Decorate with dragon imagery when you want to revitalize a certain aspect of your life, but use caution. Dragons support you and your goals, but they can be intense. Having a dragon in the bedroom, for example, is not a good match if you want to get some quality sleep.
Pair a dragon with a Phoenix to balance out its male energy, and be mindful of how many dragons you keep in the house- they’re said to cause mischief in groups of 3.
The above symbols are just a few of the symbols that can be found and incorporated by Feng Shui.
The positive benefits of Feng Shui are yours to enjoy. Many feel intimidated by Feng Shui and don’t know where to begin, but it can be a very simple practice. There are certainly complicated aspects to Feng Shui, but you don’t need to make major changes to your space overnight. Start small and simple with good intentions, and the rest will follow.