Feng Shui For Beginners

Feng shui, translated literally, means “wind and water.” It is a Chinese art, one that is rapidly overtaking the United States. It deals with the placement of life objects in ways that promote health and happiness in the human spirit.Feng shui’s purpose is to bring nature back into life, make people more compatible with the world around them, and teach them to use this world to further themselves in their health and goals. This practice believe in the life force of a body, or “chi.” It believes that the force of all things can be manipulated by the position of wind and water. Ancient Chinese people used these elements to achieve what they wanted in life. This means preventing bad fortune, creating a good impression on the job, achieving love and marriage, feeling safe and protected, getting pregnant, finding better health and uniting family. While the application of feng shui typically involves changing the layout of your living and workspace, few of us have the luxury of remodeling our homes or offices purely for this purpose.Even if you’re stuck with what you have, our beginner’s guide to feng shui will help you to maximize the energy of your particular space – be it a kitchen and your living room, thus tend to spend quite a bit of time there, but your bedroom, bathrooms and your closets are neglected.In feng shui, the house is viewed as a whole being in which one part is intricately connected to the other.

To create good feng shui in your home – no matter you know the main feng shui principles or not – first identify the areas that need most attention and define the steps necessary to improve these areas.Instead, they choose to focus on areas that are already quite well-done, such as the main entry or the living room. Do not make this mistake. Look at your house as a whole system and understand that one neglected area will sooner or later spread the negative energy throughout your whole house.Define a feng shui plan for your house, or a list of priorities to bring the current state of your home closer to the state of a desired home.Once you have clearly identified your priorities, explore these easy feng shui.

Main Door Feng Shui Challenges.
Is your main door aligned with the back door? Do you have a staircase facing the main door? The front door is very important in feng shui, as this is how Chi, or Universal energy, enters the house.

Improve Energy Flow.   
Feng shui maintains that energy should move easily through the home or office, entering through the front door, moving in curves and exiting through back doors or windows. Sharp angles and dark corners can slow down energy flow, so “remedy” a sharp table corner by placing a tablecloth over it or a plant in front of it, and spruce up a dark corner with a lamp or wind chime.
The flow of chi can be slowed down by using objects such as wooden screens, water fountains or plants to block its path. Conversely, remove excess objects and create open spaces in order to speed up energy flow.

Get Rid of Clutter
According to feng shui principles, clutter in the home or office blocks chi and causes it to stagnate. This can leave you weighed down and stuck in the past, making it difficult for you to move forward and make decisions. In contrast, an orderly home or office facilitates change and makes space for new opportunities. To kick start this change, commit to a rigorous spring cleaning: give away old clothes you never wear and donate books you don’t read to charity. In your office, clean your desk of clutter: file away important documents and throw out old papers, books and stationery.

Clean and Maintain
Feng shui takes this a step further and attaches symbolic meanings to problem areas: a door that is difficult to open makes it difficult to progress in life, dirty windows cloud judgment, poor ventilation breeds fatigue and apathy, and burnt-out lightbulbs contribute to a lack of vision and initiative. In contrast, a well-ventilated home or office that is clean, well-lit and in good working order encourages vitality, clarity, and creativity. So crank out your duster, oil that creaky door, and watch your life improve.

Activate Your Power Spots
In feng shui, different areas of the home or office, known as “power spots,” are symbolic of various areas of your life. These power spots can be activated using objects or colors (see specifics below) that represent the five feng shui elements. Typically, major life areas are represented by the following rooms.

Personal relationships: Bedroom, living room
1. Career: Front door, anywhere you work or study in at home, or your office or cubicle
2. Money : Office or home office, kitchen, and anywhere you work on finances in the home
3. Health: Bedroom, kitchen, and dining room
4. Family: Living room, dining room

Five Elements
As with power spots in the home and office, the five feng shui elements of water, wood, fire, metal, and earth are used in conjunction with the eight compass points to affect different areas of your life.

Purpose  : Career success, high energy, passion
Placement: South, northeast and southwest
Colors : Red, orange, purple, strong yellow

Purpose  : Stability, nourishment, and protection in relationships
Placement: Northeast and southwest; center of your home or office
Colors : Light yellow, beige

Purpose  : Mental clarity and precision of thought
Placement: North
Colors : Gray, white

Purpose  : Mental calm, revitalization, abundance
Placement: North, east, southeast
Colors : Blue, black

Purpose  : Health, vitality, growth, abundance
Placement: South, east, and southeast
Colors : Brown, green

Choose Meaningful Objects
Once you’ve located the power spots in your home or office and decided which elements you’d like to focus on to affect a particular area of your life, choose an object that symbolically represents that element and place it in the relevant power spot.Choose something simple, bearing in mind the principle of minimal clutter, and be sure to choose items that have strong symbolic meaning for you so that its personal effect is enhanced. The objects you choose are limited only by your imagination: use a water fountain or fish tank to represent water, a bamboo screen or plant to represent wood, and a silver ornament or steel bookcase to represent metal.

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