There are times when we all feel the need to do a little soul searching. Whether that is done through meditation or prayer, tai chi or yoga, or simply reading.
In Feng Shui, the ideal place to do this would be in the Knowledge & Self Cultivation area of the Bagua. Knowledge & Self Cultivation is sometimes called the "Still Mountain". This area is found in the front left area of your space.
To start, we always feel more relaxed, centered, and grounded when in nature. A quiet corner in the garden, or an unused area of your home with houseplants would be a great place to purpose your meditation area.
Artwork or Statues that inspire or illuminate you would be appropriate, particularly if they feel spiritual to you. If there is a goal involved, or an outcome that you would like to achieve, a symbol or image of this would be good to add as well.
Have a comfortable chair or cushion, blanket or pillow, to provide comfort and invite you into the space. Candles, books, incense, or even soft music are all accessories to enhance your Spiritual space. Make it your own, and keep it clear of clutter.
Your home is your safe place. Your home is also a reflection of you.
Does your home represent these things to you? Do you feel protected and safe in your home?
Windows and doors are the mouth of "chi" to enter your home. Windows can also be a wonderful natural source of light, which can be very uplifting. However, when evening comes, those once bright uplifting windows can feel dark and menacing. Close the blinds and / or curtains to feel protected and safe.
Doors with windows can be very beautiful, but again, they can also lead you to feel over-exposed. Same solution, blinds or curtains can offer protection and privacy.
If you don't feel safe and protected in your home, you may feel vulnerable and anxious outside of your home.
Bedroom placement is another key area when it comes to feeling safe in your home. If your bedroom is near the front of your house, close to the front door, you may feel watched or exposed. An ideal bedroom placement is at the back of the home. If you are unable to move your bedroom, consider adding heavy drapes to block out the outside world.
Seat placement is important with overall security. You do not want to sit with your back to the entrance of a room. Try to arrange your furniture so that you can see the entrance, and thus avoid being startled from behind. If you are unable to do so, mirrors and reflected items can be placed to give you a view from behind.
Try to look around your space, see if you feel safe and protected, or anxious and on-edge. Simple Feng Shui solutions can help create a secure environment for you to prosper.
The life force energy, chi, is a part of everything, and everyone.
Feng Shui focuses on the flow of chi in our environments, and the effect this has upon our inner selves. Other disciplines also focus on chi, such as martial arts, acupuncture, tai chi, and yoga. When the chi flows freely throughout our bodies, we feel best.
Skeptics of chi will doubt the legitimacy of this concept, however, that does not make it false. While chi cannot be seen, it can certainly be felt.
One of my favorite, and easiest demonstrations of feeling chi involves a square or rectangular table. Sit where the corner faces you, next, sit at the flat side of the table. One is noticeably more uncomfortable. In Feng Shui, we call that "sha chi".
Bathrooms are famous for being labeled "bad Feng Shui", although there really is no bad Feng Shui. The reason bathrooms get a bad wrap is because of all of the negative energy that is "flushed" down. Notice that after a toilet is flushed, the room feels empty. This is specially true in public restrooms, the room doesn't feel fresh, rather stale. This is an example of an absence of chi.
People have noticed the benefits of acupuncture. They will feel better after a session due to the flow of chi in their bodies. The acupuncturist uses needles to release areas in the body that are stagnant or blocked.
Yoga is another great activity for managing chi flow internally. The postures and poses encourage good energy flow throughout the body.
Feng Shui teaches us that the outer world reflects the inner world. A cluttered space often reflects a cluttered mind. Open up your space, open up your possibilities.
Different items, colors, and shapes can represent different elements. The five elements consist of Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, and Wood.
Let's briefly review ways these elements can be interpreted through symbolism:
Maybe it's our society, maybe not - but, people are always looking for the "quick fix". Feng Shui is truly the reflection of our outer world to our inner world. Meaning, if our outer world is cluttered and blocked, our inner world may be stuck or stationary.
The quick fix is and always will be to De-Clutter!
Now, this seems daunting to most. I always recommend, start small. Clean out a drawer, clean out a cabinet. See how much better that one action feels, and tackle another. This does not have to be done in one day, even one month!
But, there will always be the people that still want the "quick fix". They want to know what they can buy to increase their finances, or attract love.
Here are some traditional Feng Shui traditional buys. I will first caution though, these items will not miraculously change your life. However, if you have a strong intention when you place them in your space, you will empower them to work for you. The power is always the intention!
I've laid this out to follow the Bagua - so you can choose an item that relates to that life area:
A "cure" or "remedy" does not have to be purchased. If you feel a certain affinity for an item, with intention, place it in your space. For example, if you have a family hand me down that brings you great comfort, this could be a cure in your Helpful People area, representing that family member supporting you and watching over you.
The true "magic" behind any space is you!
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