In many traditional Feng Shui books, you will read that bathrooms are negative places that should be closed off and ignored. My belief is that we should feel wonderful about every room in our home, and make them inspiring places to be.
Plug the Drains and Keep the Toilet Lid Closed Bathrooms have many drains and openings where the chi (important vital energy) can escape. Keep the toilet lid closed and close the drains when you get out of the tub. Plastic drain covers will also effectively stop chi escape.
Create Ambiance Install a dimmer switch to crank up the light when you are getting ready for the day and dim when you want to nurture yourself. Play soothing music, light candles, use bath salts and herbal soaks to treat yourself to a spa night regularly.
Add the Earth Element Bathrooms have a lot of water, both running water and mirrors which represent water. Considering the five elements – in the controlling cycle, earth is stronger than water and will control it when it is excessive. Add the earth element by including golds, yellows and taupes to the wall color, or in towels, rugs, pictures and bathroom accessories. Don’t . . . → Read More: Eight Steps to Feng Shui Your Bathroom
As human beings, we are emotionally impacted by scent. In fact, our sense of smell is considered the only sense that evokes a purely emotional response. Research indicates that smells are not filtered through the part of the brain that ruminates or analyzes, but rather thru the part that responds and operates without conscious thought. It is reported that our responses to smell take place within 10 seconds after exposure – with no thought process involved. We react and then think.
The basis of Feng Shui is that everything is comprised of energy or chi. Contact we have with the physical world is through our senses. Our olfactory sense is the oldest of the five senses. Smell, emotion and memory are all linked in the limbic systems of our bodies. Certain smells affect how we feel emotionally and can also affect our level of energy both positively and negatively.
Although we experience chi through aromas, both pleasant and unpleasant, smell is the sense that is most often overlooked. From a Feng Shui perspective, we can use scent to evoke certain emotions and set certain atmospheres in a room. Response to smell is very emotional and personal, and therefore it . . . → Read More: Making Scents of Feng Shui
Editor’s Note: While this article is geared to staging a home for sale, each idea that resonates with you can be incorporated into your space to enjoy and lovingly embrace.
Create a Tranquil Space that speaks to buyers desire to retreat, relax and yes inspire, “Love, Marriage and Relationship” gua.
If you take the time to invest in the essentials to evoke a sense of “Peace, Love, and Grooviness” Buyers will respond to the energy of your intentions. Most people desire to be in a healthy, unconditional relationship. Those that are in relationship’s often yearn for ways to keep the fire burning, while those that aren’t may dream of what the ideal relationships looks like. Too often we are too busy to pay attention to our surroundings to realize how those surroundings mirror our current life situations.
Individuals, who are happy in their relationships, generally make wise life choices. Let’s create an environment the will move buyers forward in their future investment.
Emotions Sell. You touch the ♥. You fill the need. You sign the Deed. 1,2,3. I’ll show you the way.
1. Create a space that inspires Rest and Relaxation.
2. Accentuate the square footage of the room . . . → Read More: The Master Bedroom: Creating a Tranquil Space
As I sit here staring into the beautiful liquid brown eyes of my dog, Marni, I feel completely surrounded and embraced with love. Those eyes simply resonate with devotion, kindness and trust.
Have you ever wondered if your pets understand you? What they think, or even if they think? I have. I believe that our pets have a deep and profound connection to us; that they are able to sense our mood, our feelings and even our thoughts. My hairy girls certainly understand it when I’m talking to them!
Several years ago I bought a book by Penelope Smith called, Animal Talk, in it she shares 8 powerful tips to help you connect to the energy, the spirit of your pet.
I was re-reading them today and realized that these 8 steps are universal, they can help us connect to our pets and they can also help us connect to our energy and the energy around us. So I’m going to share them with you! (The following excerpt is adapted from Animal Talk by Penelope Smith)
Step 1 – Be humble and receptive.
Step 2 – Believe in your own intuitive ability to give and receive telepathic communication. Don’t . . . → Read More: Feng Shui, Our Pets and Energy, Making a Connection
I’ll admit it-I’m a cat-aholic. I love cats. Some of my friends would say I’m obsessed. Some would even say I’m over the edge with my cats. I don’t care. I love cats.
Cats are natural Feng Shui practitioners. Really.
I first noticed their involvement in my practice years ago when I realized that 95% of my clients had a cat, or two, or three. It became a matter of course to look for the kitty when I got there. Some of the cats would have a look of recognition when I walked in, like they’d been waiting for me.
What most people don’t realize is that cats practice a highly evolved form of Feng Shui. They have a natural affinity for the flow of ch’i. They can usually find where it is the strongest in a space and then they go sit in it–like in the middle of a group of people, or on top of the book you’re trying to read, or in the middle of a hallway. I am fascinated that they can pick up where the energy is most focused and intense. Since Feng Shui is based on the flow of ch’i, it is necessary . . . → Read More: Feline Feng Shui: The Wave of the Future
Creating an Outdoor Oasis of Beauty and Balance
As spring invites us to get outdoors again and spruce up our yards, why not consider going beyond the usual habits of gardening, and instead work with your landscape in alignment with the wisdom of Feng Shui?
With the summer months our yards can become an extension of our living space, and the garden allows us to feel connected to nature. Since the effective application of Feng Shui techniques do wonders for shifting the energy of interior spaces, it makes sense that the same principals apply to your yard and garden. A well designed Feng Shui garden landscape appeals to all the senses, delights visitors, and provides a calm and restorative environment to fully enjoy the summer season.
Landscaping that is energized with the flow of chi will bring life to your home, and attract an abundance of birds, butterflies and a feeling of well being. By incorporating representations of the elements, you can make your garden a retreat oasis in alignment with the wisdom of Feng Shui.
*Remove clutter, weeds, dead plants, objects to trip on such as tools and hoses, and other strewn debris in order to clear the . . . → Read More: Feng Shui for your Landscaping
With Feng Shui it is all about placement however some elements are so powerful they will help improve the energy almost anywhere you use them. Plants are a force that expresses vitality and pure life essence in your space, not to mention that they purify the air that you breathe.
Everywhere there are plants there are people who have interpreted their meaning in the human life. From China we get these special plants that can help enrich our lives in particular ways.
1. One of the first plants that most people think in Feng Shui gardens is Bamboo. It represents fidelity, wisdom, flexibility, cooperation and wisdom. It can be used anywhere these qualities are desired or anywhere the there is a special need to lift the ch’i as the way the bamboo grows is particularly good for that.
2. Another ubiquitous symbol of Chinese gardens is the Pine Tree. It represents resilience, longevity, integrity, and dignity. It can be placed wherever you need to remember the big picture. It is always welcome near the front door where it will remind you daily of the stellar attributes that you can acquire.
3. Few flowers are more beloved than the Lotus. . . . → Read More: Nine Essential Plants for your Feng Shui Garden
The object most touched in the house is the doorknob. While the door separates one space from another, it’s the doorknob that allows us to enter. The doorknob is the tool we use to change our location so it represents a tool of change. Because the doorknob gets so much use and is touched by so many there can be a lot of lingering energy on a single doorknob. If you are going through a time of difficult change, a time when you wish you could change, or a time where you wish the changes could be finished so you could be comfortable again here are some tips.
Doorknobs as tools of change The doorknob on the door leading outside probably gets the most use. You touch it when you’re happy, you touch it when you’re sad, you touch it when you’re angry or disgusted or disappointed. And so does everyone else in the house. Mix a half a cup of water with a half a cup of vinegar and a half a teaspoon of sea salt and stir until the water is cloudy. Then take a rag and clean the doorknob. This will remove any negative energy that . . . → Read More: Feng Shui and Doorknobs
May you have warm words on a cool evening, a full moon on a dark night, and a smooth road all the way to your door. –Irish Toast
The front door is called the “mouth of chi” in Feng Shui because it’s where all good energy, or chi, enters you home, even if you come in through the garage or the back porch. The front door typically faces the street, and this symbolizes a river gently flowing into a home. Rivers are associated with prosperity and the front door is the conduit for bringing that prosperity into your house. Therefore when you use your front door every day, even if only to pick up the newspaper, get the mail, or let in some sunshine, you create an opportunity for wealth to enter your life.
The front door sets the tone for the rest of your home, so keep the area around the door clean, well lit, and make sure you have a house number that can be easily seen from the street.
I’m often asked if it’s necessary to paint your front door red to attract wealth. The color red represents the Fire Element and prosperity, which is why . . . → Read More: Feng Shui for Your Front Door