When decorating a home some people like to get the advice of an expert in feng shui to help them. After all, the Chinese, known for their respect for tradition, have been using feng shui for 4,000 years and it seems to be working for them.
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Is there a way for you to implement some of the lessons into your daily life? Let’s have a look at some things you can do in your house according to the rules of this ancient philosophy.
1. It Starts Upon Entry
In Chinese thought, opportunity starts at the door, and it’s more likely to come in if you’ve made it look welcoming. This means that you should put out some flowers and a doormat and not forget to paint the entryway. By doing so, you’re not just letting guests know how hospitable you are, but also chi and luck.
2. Replace Or Fix Everything
Houses are supposed to always look they’re very best according to the principles of feng shui and you should always fix things that are broken or rotted through, and if that’s not possible, replace them altogether. Our surroundings are a mirror of our inner lives and should be beautiful and well maintained so our spirits can become that way, as well.
3. Tidy Up
As our homes reflect our mind and soul, you should always tidy up and leave no clutter lying around. A chaotic living space leads to a chaotic and unhappy state of mind. The key of feng shui is that we are one with our living space and should take care of it in the same way we take care of our mind and body.
4. Sight Lines
You also need to make sure that the places you spend the most time in, such as your couch or desk chair, are always in sight of the doorway or window without being directly in their path. This way you get a clear view without being in plain sight, which soothes our animal fight-or-flight instincts and makes us feel safe.
5. Peaceful Placement
Your most often used pieces of furniture should never be under anything that moves. It makes your subconscious feel uncomfortable, as it can give you an idea of being vulnerable. If you can’t directly see what’s happening right above you, yet you know something is happening because of a shadow it casts or a noise that it makes, you’ll become unsettled.
For example, are you truly comfortable having a ceiling fan whirling directly over you, or do you find yourself seeing it out of the corner of your eye.
6. Free Of Hazards
Another important step is to make your house hazard-proof as you would with a baby; so no sharp protuberances or awkwardly placed side tables. You should have clear and easy paths to walk on and never need to worry about stubbing your toes or grazing your shins; doing this will make you feel safer and calmer in your own house.
7. The House Is One
One of the guiding principles in feng shui is that the house is one. Many people have the tendency to perfect where they spend the most time (that one corner in the living room, the bedroom, etc.) and neglect the rest.
According to ancient Chinese wisdom, the house is, like you, one and it should be treated that way. This means that you can’t have unused rooms, or rooms that are not treated with the same care as others. Everything has a function and needs to be shown attention and love.
8. Surround Yourself With Objects You Love
Your possessions reflect who you are to a certain extent, so why hang on to ones that no longer mean anything to you. Throw away that old junk and let the new you shine through all the clearer.
By having nothing but loveable objects around you, you’ll feel better and more empowered and that, in the end, is what feng shui is all about: A better, cleaner life.