At the change of any season, be it Autumn or Spring, there is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the past few months and see where you’ve been and what direction you want to take things. Often, when I feel confused or unclear in my life, I clean my house which disperses all the negative or unnecessary energy floating around both within and without me and gives me a fresh start, a clean slate. I have always been quite interested in feng shui and how this practice can affect your life, so I thought I would share with you what I have found and what I am doing to feng shui my world. I am about to go away for a few weeks and am cleaning and refreshing my home so that when I get back I will be ready for a new start.

feng shui/ˈfəNG ˈSHwē/

Noun: (in Chinese thought) A system of laws considered to govern spatial arrangement and orientation in relation to the flow of energy (qi), and whose effects are taken into account when siting and designing buildings.

Feng Shui, which literally means wind and water, sees the world as completely alive with its own chi (energy) or personality that is directly affected by such details as the arrangement of furnishings, the location of doors and windows, and the choice of colors and materials. Balancing the chi is the key to good Feng Shui. When in balance, there is a harmonious interaction of yin and yang energies (light/dark, hot/cold, male/female, etc.), and harmony and good fortune prevail.

1. The first step is clutter clearing. Apparently clutter is very bad feng shui as it prevents the flow of chi (energy). Clutter can be defined as the things or possessions that you either don’t use any more or do not love. These can be possessions that we believe may one day be useful, broken items that one day we intend to repair, spares that we accumulate for a potential breakdown, unfinished projects and unwanted gifts. In Feng Shui it is said that “nothing new comes into your life until you make room for it.” That means you need to start clearing out the old stuff you are holding on to in order to make room for new things to flow into your life. It is great to un-clutter your home to the sound of your favourite soundtrack, something that makes you feel good, happy, and excited. Get rid of the old, to make space for the new, clean and tidy and refresh your space. According to chinese philosophy there are 3 types of clutter which you need to clear:

  1. Physical clutter – obviously the things within your living space.
  2. Vibrational clutter – this is unpaid bills, pending “to do” lists, unanswered emails, phone call etc, and things that have been borrowed and need to be returned.
  3. Internal clutter – this is your physical and mental health. Take time to exercise, drink plenty of water and change any negative thoughts and feelings into positive ones.

2. The second step is creating a harmonious division between different areas.

The bau gua in feng shui is the foundation for the entire decorating art. Octagon-shaped, the bau gua tells the user which section corresponds to each life area. These distinct life areas include:

  • Love/Marriage: Found on the far right hand corner of the ba gua.
  • Career: Found at the door.
  • Helpful Friends and Benefactors: Found in the near right-hand corner.
  • Creativity: Found on the right hand side of the room.
  • Fame: Directly opposite the door.
  • Wealth: Found on the far left-hand corner.
  • Family: Found on the left-hand side of the room.
  • Self Actualization: Found in the near left-hand corner.

I live in a little studio flat which is basically a rectangle shape facing north. So how do I apply this?

The ba gua divides any space into these nine areas. Each area corresponds to a different aspect of your life (see diagram). Whatever is going on energetically-good or bad-in that part of your space will affect the related aspect of your life.

When re-oragnising, decorating and placing items around your home, be conscious of where and what you place corresponding to each area identified by the ba gua. For example, my fame area is just above my bed, so there I place goals, ideas and dreams that are related to my career and things that I want to have happen in my life. In the relationships/marriage area I have a built-in wardrobe with a mirror which goes all the way down the left hand side of the room, also encompassing children/creativity and helpful people/travel, so what I will do is rearrange the entire wardrobe and make sure I keep it clean and tidy from now on, as well as add special little momento’s that have meaning to me for each aspect of my life. Career is situated where I see the gorgeous sunrise from my window and is where I keep plants and crystals and to me that’s a pretty positive sign as the window signifies all that is coming into my life. Knowledge/spirituality and family/past are both placed in my bathroom which is interesting since this is where a lot of water flows. I feel like a plant would be very beneficial in this area to balance the chi (energy) out, so I will need to investigate into what plant would be ideal. Finally wealth is in my kitchen, which I think is the area that will require the most work, since I obviously want to maintain my wealth rather than see it “wash down the drain”. I’m not sure yet what I will do to create a better chi in that area but I will think of something. Perhaps a water fountain will be suitable in that area.

Image: 1: my own, 2, 3.

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