Feng Shui is an eastern concept of balance and is one of the Five Arts of Chinese Metaphysics.
This concept can manifest itself in mental attitude, physical space, and emotional well being. Feng Shui is also the belief that what is happening internally can manifest itself externally.
We will provide you with an overview of how Feng Shui works, and how you can use this energy to better design your space.
A Closer Look at Feng Shui
Feng Shui has been practiced for hundreds of years. To fully understand what Feng Shui is, you need to understand what it is definitely not.
Feng Shui is not an interior design gimmick bent on getting you to spend as much money as possible for a minimal living space. Feng Shui is also not pseudo-mystical. Feng Shui is the interaction of humans with their environment.
Feng Shui can influence how you position objects in your surrounding to be in harmony with natural energy. By being in harmony with your surroundings you become closer to being grounded.
Being grounded is definitely being present in reality, but it is also having an understanding of how your reality interacts with the reality of others.
How you place items around you determines how you use those them and can ultimately affect your quality of life.
General Feng Shui In the Domestic Space
Everything has energy. Plants, animals, food – even the space you occupy has energy to a certain degree.
Feng Shui divides the large environment into manageable units like humans, their property, living rooms, and bedrooms. By dividing up energy and space one can then focus on how Feng Shui applies to each specific space.
Applying Feng Shui usually begins with a process of decluttering. By decluttering your space, you remove items that take up an unnecessary amount of space and thus an unnecessary amount of energy.
The concept of downsizing is closely linked to the principle of Feng Shui. It makes sense that the more your space feels balanced and rid of unnecessary items, the more you take enjoyment in that space.
Feng Shui In the Bedroom
You can use concepts of Feng Shui to make your bedroom more suitable for rest and peace.
The bedroom should be a place that is restful, peaceful, and healing. It is not an entertainment space or a workspace. You spend almost 9 hours, if you are getting a good night’s sleep, in this space, so it is important that this space promotes true restfulness.
One of the first things you want to do to achieve Feng Shui in the bedroom is correctly position where your bed is facing. Beds in the center of the room can promote balance, however, beds facing directly to the door are considered bad form. When you place your bed on the wall of the door it is easier to feel alarmed or threatened because you can’t really see the door. When you place your bed directly facing the door it is considered a bad omen.
Using a headboard is also a quick way to feel a certain level of balance if you just have a box spring. If you can’t afford a headboard, try coupling up the items you have in your room such as 2 pillows, 2 night stands, and 2 lamps. Coupling up items in the bedroom can help the bedroom achieve balance
You do not want an excess of technology in the bedroom. Phones, TVs, and game consoles drain good energy and give off certain levels of their own energy. The blue light from a TV can actually negatively impact your ability to go to sleep when viewing at night.
When you remove technology from the bedroom you allow it to be a place of rest – as opposed to a place of entertainment.
You also want to stay away from having an excess of mirrors in your bedroom. Mirrors provide a certain level of vainness, and for some, a large distraction in the bedroom. Mirrors can cause you to focus on your flaws and reflect the bedroom in sometimes awkward ways.
Removing a mirror from a bedroom can help the room feel more balanced and welcoming.
Lastly, you should remove clutter form under your bed. Clutter under the bed can create unnecessary stress when you have to clean it. If you have a bed that sits higher it is also easily visible. Excess clutter can also lead to the collection of dust mites and offer a hiding place for bugs.
Feng Shui Is A Way to Achieve Balance in Your Spaces
The purpose of Feng Shui is to achieve balance between the personal self and the environment.
This is done by first accepting that everything has energy. By understanding the energy that exists in space – you can rearrange that energy physically.
Having external harmony in physical items can also help one have internal harmony.