Every season, it is common for a home to accumulate clutter due to our activities. By the end of summer, beach shoes that smell damp, straw sun-hats and gritty sand start to clutter up our interiors, while in our outdoor areas, withered blooms and a rusting barbecue is calling out for our attention. But as invigorating as a great clear-out might be, it is wider opportunities which excite feng shui, says Sue Holmes, a consultant. She also states that feng shui is an art that creates harmony in our living spaces. From a traditional Chinese perspective, it involves balancing yin and yang, which creates a balance between stillness and areas that move, dark and light, soft and hard.
Sue says a seasonal clear out needs to go further than just a few small irritations in order to get to the root of larger issues in the home. Clearing the clutter away from home and into storage facilities such as Blue Box Storage keeps the negative energy away from your home. Everything impacts on energy inside a room, which means a cumbersome and large fan could become an obstacle. But when it comes to making a dramatic difference to spaces in your home, this item could become a type of red herring.
Sue instead suggests that it is the factors that affect the flow of “chi” or “qi” which is an energy of the relationship between the home and a nearby road, alignment of the interior doors, or how the furniture is placed which really deserves more attention. Many people know about those spiky plants which give out negative energy known as “sha chi” or reasons why the toilet lids need to stay down. Yet they are not very likely going to be the more important considerations when it comes to feng shui of an individual’s home.
For Sue, improving feng shui in our environments that bring about a harmonious and comfy feeling is more “instinctive” than we may know. Think about the position of your bed in your room. You would never think about positioning the bed so your head is in the centre of your bedroom. It is more common to position your head against one of your walls. Positioning the bed between either a window or door is also not ideal, as chi flow across your bed is not very restful. It all involves creating a balance that is pleasant, beautiful and harmonious, to connect to subtle energies of a place that brings a room to life.
The Elements of Feng Shui
Five classical elements of Chinese culture include water, earth, metal, fire and wood that all need to balance. The consultants that specialise in feng shui work on invoking energies in locations that are significant which brings about positive changes when it comes to your prospects of happiness, wealth and health. It should not be taken literally. For example, water energy will mean something that flows, earth energy is associated with something that is nurturing, wood energy represents growth. It involves bringing about the very best potential of a building and using what you have while playing down negative points.
Addressing specific concerns or intentions using feng shui usually necessitates the assistance of a trained professional. Yet while some of the styles associated with feng shui, for example, “flying stars “will offer you with guidance that is detailed on ways to arrange living spaces, most consultants are in agreement that an approach that is more pragmatic can be as equally as powerful.
A Holistic Environment
For Anjie, feng shui is an approach that is truly holistic to living environments, which integrate ecological awareness and mindfulness that result in creating spaces which support and nourish their inhabitants. An upshot involves a set of suggestions that are practical like a fiery red bed that stimulates passion, a stone sculpture or large stones that will “earth” a person that is a bit self-centred, a mirror or fish-tank that supports a connected feeling with others.
Similar to Sue, Anjie thinks we all need to reassess how our homes are supporting us. Anjie who is a professional holistic interior-architect, states that she often encounters people looking to integrate eco-friendly or feng shui designs into a business or their homes, yet they prefer to wait until they have moved or until the space is clean. These, of course, are a more appropriate time to redecorate or renovate, yet many people do not know is that you should be incorporating Greenliving and feng shui all the time. It involves a lot more than just moving your furniture around. It is more about shifting the environment energetically and physically in order to support the life you want to live.