by Andrew Pacholyk, MS, L.Ac.
“Allow things in your life which make your heart sing, feed your soul or nourish you on a daily basis.”
(THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT STATEMENT, WHICH SHOULD BE APPLIED TO LIFE, IN GENERAL!!)
In Feng Shui, the middle left side of a room, as determined if you are standing at the room’s entrance looking in, is known as the health and family area. Enhancing the positive Qi energy in this area contributes to positive physical health and emotional relationships. If you’re excited about what Feng Shui might be able to do in your life, here’s a outline for you:
CLUTTER = DEBT/DEFICIENCY
1. Thoroughly clean and de-clutter every part of your environment. Yes, everything. Unfortunately, “there are no hiding places in Feng Shui.” That means you don’t get any junk drawers, let alone any junk rooms. Decluttering is important – maybe even potent enough to overcome your resistence.
2. Hanging faceted crystals are one of the most popular and widely used Feng Shui cures. Hung in the windows, doorways and passageways of your environment they are masters at slowing down negative energy. Crystals have been known for centuries for their power to energize and have been used as a healing tool for 1000′s of years. They are the ultimate symbol of the earth element.
3. Metal is the element and White is the color of Fall. Utilize metal (minerals, hematite, lodestone, magnatite) or white stones (quartz, ulexite, albite, opal, howlite…) in a healing grid. Make the grid anywhere you need to bring positive energy and light.
4. Fixing maintenance problems. Leaky roof, stuck or hard-to-open doors, anything broken or not working, and especially any leaking faucets or toilets, since water represents wealth and cash flow.
5. Yard and garden work. Prepare your garden for the following season. Make sure the landscaping is attractive, inviting, orderly and well-kept. Remove any dead or dying plants/leaves immediately. You don’t want any “dead” energy anywhere in your vibrant living space. Don’t let any plant material overgrow the walkways or obscure the front door.
6. Make the front door absolutely inviting. Think of it as a beautiful still-life painting. Add color, harmony, contrast. Energy enters through the front door, and you want to entice all the Qi that you can. Anything that catches the eye because of its beauty attracts beneficial Qi. Red doors are great for attracting Qi, if that works with the decor of your house. Black is good, too.
7. Make sure your lobby, foyer or front entry is inviting.It should also create a welcome transition from the hectic pace of the outside world to your own “sacred space” of tranquility.
8. Round dining room tables symbolize heavenly blessings, and should have an even number of chairs around them (even numbers being a sign of good luck). And never have only one chair, as that’s a clear-cut symbol of loneliness. In fact, if you’re single and you want to stimulate the energy of relationships and marriage area, place pairs of objects in this area — two candlesticks or two photos, for example.
9. Stairways that face the front door imply that energy is flowing right out the door every time you enter. Surround yourself with beautiful pictures depicting nature or the open seas or birds in flight, all of which will encourage the good flow of energy.
10. Also remove those things you don’t use, in the case of more functional items like kitchen utensils or garden tools. This is an evolutionary process, rather than something you can do overnight. You have lots of things in your house and office that may not qualify as “clutter,” but neither do they make your heart sing, feed your soul or nourish you on a daily basis.
11. The goal of Feng Shui is to create a thoroughly nurturing environment for you and your family. It can never adequately do that if you’re surrounded by things with bad memories attached, or that don’t vitalize you. In Feng Shui we learn that the things in our environment either nurture us or deplete our energy. There is no middle ground.
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