As the year comes to an end, we often look for a fresh perspective for the new year. We are reminded of some simple adjustments in the basics of Feng Shui, by IFSG member Mary Shurtleff.
It should never be a difficult task to feng shui your home and make it feel good. Many times in the complexity of feng shui, the basics become forgotten. Do each these simple adjustments in each ba-gua sector or direction of your home and you will begin to notice a big shift in the mental well-being of those who live there.
Open your curtains daily to lighten things up. The light (fire) chi is needed to purge the home of negativity. It you believe there is any paranormal activity in your home, simply open the curtains and warm up the space. Paranormal and living negative energy, illness, fungus, and viruses prefer damp, moist space. It is difficult for it to exist in the light. For dark spaces in a home, use a mirror strategically placed to reflect a window or light; thus giving the illusion of more windows in the home.
If your windows or screens are in need of cleaning, do so immediately to brighten the home. A dirty window or screen blurs the eyes, which clouds the mind.
At least once a day, no matter the weather, open a window or door for a few minutes to allow fresh air to circulate. This fresh air will literally kick up the energy of the home and move any stale energy out of the home. Cobwebs live in stale energy. Look around your house, where do cobwebs gather? Those spaces need “wind” on them. Open the front and back door and “let it go.”
If someone in the home is or has been ill, air out their room for a few moments and spray the room with a mixture of 5 drops of frankincense and 10 drops orange oil in 8 ounces of water. You may also use the mixture to spray animals and people, avoiding the eye area. Use only pure therapeutic essential oils, no cheap perfumed oils.
Next bring the outside, inside. Display flowers or plants, either real or silk. The real ones are better. The real plants and flowers will absorb toxins and expel oxygen creating a healthier environment. If your plants die after being properly cared for, there may be an air circulation problem within the home. Open the windows and check for radon, excess formaldehyde, or gas in the home.
Adjust the design décor of your home to accommodate each season change. The seasons occur as one element of feng shui weakens and another strengthens. With each season, rotate the art on your walls to keep it fresh. After you look at the décor of your home for so long it becomes boring and tired, hence making you tired.
Designate a day every three months to change design themes. Make it a fun day of changing up your energy. In spring you may wish to add blooms and pastel colors. Use pictures of trees in blooms or lighter feeling themes. In the summer you may wish to add more bright colors and summer theme items such as flip flop wreath to your front door. In the fall, use the heavier colors of orange, brown, and yellow. Bring that harvest indoors. Celebrate the theme of Halloween and Thanksgiving to break up the shorter days. For the winter long wonderland, use whites and colors of the Christmas. Bring the scents of holly, pine, or cedar indoors. The smell of home baked cookies will always give the illusion of safety. Use warm fabrics to cuddle up with on a cold winters night. Be creative, have fun.
Never take your home for granted. It is your sanctuary and needs the same attention you give your body. Your home is a creation or extension of your mind. What does it say about you to anyone who walks in? Treat it with love and it will reward you with harmony.