Feng Shui 101 – How Does Feng Shui Work

It can be overwhelming trying to figure out where to start when it comes to cultivating good feng shui in your home.



Feng shui is an ancient 3,000-years old Chinese philosophy that seeks to find balance and harmony between elements. The goal of feng shui is to invite positive chi into your home so that your life feels both energised and balanced, and it's a relatively simple way to improve the vibes of your space.

Home is where the heart is, so it is essential to create balance in it to improve your family's wellbeing.

Thankfully, it doesn't need to be challenging. We've compiled a few ideas that will kickstart your journey to a happier and healthier home.


FENG SHUI FOR GOOD VIBES

Feng shui is less about having a perfectly-styled home, and more about creating a happy and healthy environment. Whether you're new to feng shui or an expert, here are a few essential steps to cultivate good feng shui in every room of your home.


Keep The House Clear Of Clutter

Clutter is often in the same sentence as feng shui, but we'd say that feng shui is less about decluttering and more about creating space. Let go of what's no longer necessary. When you let something go, you create space to invite new opportunity. And don't beat yourself up if this space gets filled up. Always be open to a fresh start. Find another or the same corner to clear and create space again.


Brighten Up Your Entry

Your house entrance represents how energy enters your home and your life. We say the front door is the "mouth of qi." Naturally, the main entrance is the first place to start when you want to create good feng shui in your home. Start with decluttering. As time passes, objects tend to accumulate at the front door. Next, sweep and clean up the area. Wipe down the door and shake out dirt from the doormat. Finally, make sure this space is well lit and bright.


Maximise Natural Light Windows symbolise the eyes of the adults in the home. To create good feng shui in your home, clean your windows regularly as sparkling clean windows tend to let more sunlight shine through. Sunlight naturally energises and vibrantly renders all the colours and objects we see. When we allow more natural light to shine in, our home will look more expansive, vibrant, and energetic. Clean windows metaphorically wake us up to see the world around us with more clarity, colour and precision. Use non-toxic cleaners whenever possible. One of our favourites is a simple solution of white vinegar, water, and a few drops of essential oil.

FENG SHUI FRIENDLY HOUSEPLANT

In the world of Geomancy, look for plants with full round leaves and rich dark leaves as they believed to be luckier and better. They are often the symbol of money and gold.


For the feng shui to work well, we must also know the type of plant we are getting.


Money Plant (Pachira Aquatica)

The Money Plant, also known as the Money Tree, is a popular indoor plant because they are known to be the bringer of good luck and prosperity. It is advisable to place the plant near the main door of your home. Aside from what it is commonly known for, it works as air-purifier to reduce toxins such as formaldehyde from the air which is an excellent choice for anyone with asthma, lung issues or calls a smoggy city home. It's also comforting to know that the money plant isn't toxic to cats or dogs.


Bamboo (Bambuseae)

The bamboo plant is often associated with pet-friendly and feng shui friendly houseplants. Do note the number of bamboo stalks planted as each numeric represents different aspects: 2 for love and marriage (double happiness), 3 for happiness, wealth and longevity, 5 for 5 elements for a balanced life, 6 for increasing opportunities for wealth, 7 for bestowing health, 8 for the blessing of wealth and abundance, 9 for good fortune and 10 for completeness and perfection in life. Growing of bamboo plant is effortless, doesn't require a lot of sunlight, and you can either plant in soil or cultivate in water which can be a perfect choice for bathroom and kitchen. Another plus point of having bamboo is its efficiency to detoxifying the air in your apartment or home. It releases up to 35 per cent more oxygen than regular trees making sure you have clean and fresh air always.


FENG SHUI CRYSTALS & STONES

In feng shui, crystals widely used for the specific energy, or the vibrations they bring to your home or office.


Rose Quartz – The Love Magnet

Rose quartz is the choice for love energy. Feng Shui practitioners advise using this crystal to enhance any love relationship. If you're seeking a life mate, this is your go-to crystal but if you need to mend a broken heart or a broken marriage, rose quartz is the love healing crystal. It's believed that rose quartz emits specific energy that attracts love.


Place rose quartz in the southwest sector of your home or the southwest corner of your bedroom to improve and maintain a happy marriage or invite a romantic love relationship into your life. Alternatively, you may opt to fill a tray, vase, apothecary jar or bowl with various raw, polished or shaped rose quartz crystals. Carrying a piece of rose quartz in your purse or use a rose quartz key fob for your keyring to attract love luck. To keep love energy close to you, choose either a rose quartz pendant or ring.


Hematite – Strong Ground, Clearing And Protective

Tumbled hematite often used in feng shui for grounding and centering energy, as well as for protection. Hematite is also an excellent stone for one's study or home office, as well as by the front door of your house. The best placement for a hematite carving or a stone is in the north (career) feng shui area of your home, and it fits the requirements of the water feng shui element of this area. If you want to bring a hematite carving into your home or office for good feng shui, choose an animal whose spirit you admire, combine it with the energy of hematite, and voila! You've just got yourself a good feng shui cure. If your child has trouble concentrating and tends to get overexcited, by placing several pieces of hematite will help ground and centre his or her energy. You can put them either in your child's room or in the west (children and creativity) feng shui area of your home. So, there you have it, all the info to ignite your appetite for hematite!


Citrine – Enhance Winfall And Accumulate Wealth

Called The Merchant's Stone for its properties of increase in the cashbox, sparkling yellow citrine not only assists in acquiring wealth but helps in maintaining it.


The bright yellow light emitted from citrine is being considered as one of the most robust energy. Thus this energy is tightly knitted with matters that are related to career, business luck, abundance, wealth and prosperity. It believed to bring wealth luck and also windfall luck that is suitable for sales line personnel and business owners. Besides this, they are also excellent stones used for self-healing purposes.


Natural Citrine does not hold or accumulate negative energy, but rather transmutes, dissipates, and grounds it, making it extremely protective for the environment. It works out problems on both the physical and subtle levels, transforming negative thoughts and feelings into positive ones. It is one of only two crystals on Earth that never needs to be cleared or cleansed. The other is Kyanite.


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