Feng Shui - Creating Balance in Life and at Home
Wednesday Jan 11th, 2023
Happy Chinese New Year - January 22, 2023!!!
This date is based on the Chinese lunar calendar between Jan 21 - Feb 20, and is celebrated by millions around the world. Also known as the Spring Festival, celebrations traditionally last for 16 days, starting from Chinese New Year's Eve to the lantern festival. In 2023, that is from January 21st to February 5th.
Which brings me to the other day,
when a friend came over to the house for a visit. Off hand, she suggested we remove the dried plants and slightly cracked lamp from the room because of feng shui principles. I've known about this decorating philosophy for a long time, but as with best intentions, let it slip away. Here's a little refresher.
Also known as Chinese Geomancy, it has been practiced since around 3000-4000 BC. I won't go into the details as there's a lot to it, including astronomy. Feng shui is based on the observation of heavenly time and earthly space. Feng shui literally means wind and water.
1. (in Chinese thought) a system of laws considered to govern spatial arrangement and orientation in relation to the flow of energy (qi), and whose favorable or unfavorable effects are taken into account when siting and designing buildings.
What to do/not to do in your home
Setting aside the very important principles of mapping your home for energy & commanding position (very important but beyond my skill set), you want to harness energy forces and establish harmony between an individual and their environment.
Kitchen: Keep your stove clean & grease free. It brings good fortune and attracts abundance. Keep the table clean to make family & guests feel welcome.
Living room: Healthy plants are welcome to attract lots of positive energy. Rubber plants, ivy, lily, orchids are all good choices.
Bedrooms: Don't place your bed facing a door or backing a window. A proper solid headboard is preferred. Use soothing colours on the walls. Avoid mirrors, plants, and pictures with water. Keep good airflow during the day - open windows if possible. Keep door closed at night to keep good energy in. Leave electronics outside the bedroom. For children's bedrooms, don't use bright colours because of the high energy.
Bathrooms: Fix leaky taps. Keep bathroom doors closed.
Basement: It's the foundation of your house - keep it tidy and bright.
The House: Any broken furniture should be repaired or tossed as it represents lack, or something else in your life being broken. Replace burnt light bulbs right away. Keep the house clean. De-clutter the entrance way. Remove negative symbolism. Remove your shoes before you enter the household so that negative forces stay outside.
If you want to get serious about it
If you are indeed wanting to have your home life follow the flow of nature and environment consult with an expert. In the past we have hired Master Paul Ng whose reputation is internationally renowned. He is based in Richmond Hill Ontario.
Find that harmony within your home and fill it with positive energy forces. Good luck.