Feng Shui as Interior Design can be both expensive and overwhelming if you endeavor to redecorate your whole space. General charms and simple rearrangement of the area are both aesthetically pleasing and easy ways to begin the journey to balancing the Chi of your home or office.
There are many rules in Feng Shui in regard to location and direction of the home in general and of rooms and items within the home. For example, a front door which faces a church, cemetery, railroad, bridge, or other “busy” types of locations will disrupt the flow of a relaxing Chi (energy) within the home. Unfortunately, most of us don’t have the luxury of choosing how our spaces are arranged. A more simple approach is to add positive Chi using items which one can actually control. Some of these concepts are actually common sense, and much easier to remember and arrange.
ROOM WITH A VIEW
It is easy to understand why clutter would produce negative Chi, so this is a good place to begin. Obviously a clear pathway between rooms is essential for a relaxing atmosphere, but clearing clutter is not all about cleaning up messes. A space should feel relaxing and welcoming, and there are many ways to achieve this. Furniture should be kept to a minimum, although a good solid piece, such a piano, reflects stability. In a living room, furniture should be arranged so that the flow of traffic goes around it, not through it. For good Chi in the bedroom, your bed should not align directly with the door or be up against a window. The best place is generally diagonally opposite the door, with the head of the bed up against a wall. Water represents life, so a fountain or an aquarium will add positive Chi. Lighting should be a balance between natural and artificial – not too bright, and not too dark. Floor or table lamps can brighten up a dark corner, and proper window coverings can dull the glare of a window which brings in direct sunlight. Candles add yang to yin. Colors also have an effect on the emotion in a room. This I will address more in depth in my next few articles.
Plants can can help generate positive Chi or balance the flow. Shrubs can shield the home, Hanging vines and creepers will balance the negative energy of fences or walls. Planters and window boxes will improve the view out a window, and a large plant will slow Chi in a busy location. Brightly colored flowers in the living area ward off bad luck and add yang colors to a yin room, and a plant is beneficial in hiding sharp corners of a room.
GOLDFISH, FROGS, AND MONEY
Goldfish are said to be good luck in finances. Their color and movement stimulates Chi. Frogs are also a symbol of wealth and may be combined with the water/life symbol. There are various views about the direction the frog should face, but the most popular one I have found says that one should face the front door from a diagonal angle across the room, or may be placed just inside the door facing inside. The traditional 3 legged frog holds a Chinese coin in it’s mouth. You can also place I-ching coins in a box under the bed (traditionally 9 of them), in the entryway, or in the Abundance sector of the house.
SIGHT AND SOUND
Wind chimes are a general cure that is often used anywhere the Chi is unbalanced because their interaction with the wind represents movement. Placing one between your home and a noisy neighbor’s, for example, is said to make for a more peaceful relationship. A chime on the front porch represent protection. Metal chimes have clearer sound and more energy, and the hollowness of Bamboo holds a Guardian aspect. Bamboo flutes are also considered a good cure. Crystals and mirrors reflect light and therefore bring more light to a space. Hang a crystal in a window in the portion of the house which needs positive reinforcement. A mirror outside the door of a small bathroom will encourage the flow of Chi into the room, since the outward flow of water carries energy away, but since the reflection of light is active, the mirror in a bedroom should be covered at night to encourage a relaxing sleep.
As with anything, the key to using general Feng Shui cures or charms is not to overuse them. They lose their effectiveness over time, and should be changed out from time to time and their uses alternated according to the needs of Chi at the time. But their ease of use and inexpensive nature make them valuable in conjunction with arrangement of the home to encourage positive Chi in your home.
Feng Shui Chic, by Sharon Stasney
Feng Shui; How to create harmony and balance in your living and working environment, Belinda Henwood