A Little Feng Shui

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A Little Feng Shui

by Alessandra Bogner

When people find out that I’m a Feng Shui consultant, they immediately want to know what they can do to improve the energy of their home.

Traditional Feng Shui requires an in-depth analysis that incorporates the element of time, space and movement. While nothing can replace this type of guidance, it may not be accessible to everyone, nor is it the only thing we can do to make a significant change in our lives right now. Here are some tips you can implement quickly and easily to make your home more positive and energize everyone living there.

Let’s start at the beginning – the entry of your home, where the vital energy called Qi comes into your home. First, check your door.  Does it open easily? If not, fix that right now! The door should be unobstructed and open all the way without squeaks or hesitation. Make sure that if there are any chips or cracks in the door that it’s repaired or repainted. Make sure the doorknob turns easily and doesn’t stick or jiggle. A lot of people have piles of coats and other things that obstruct the entrance. Get rid of any clutter and create an open path for prosperity and happiness to enter. Add a welcome mat to the front of your door to make your home more inviting and cheery.

Next, take a look at your living room. Is the furniture placed in a way that is conducive to conversation and comfort? I find that the placement of living room furniture is often only concerned with the best vantage point for watching TV. You should consider the fact that easy and open communication within a family is vital to healthy relationships. Create a space that invites conversation and interaction. Place chairs to face each other and don’t make the TV the focus of the room. Add some new pillows to couches to make the room more vibrant and snug. If you have kids, place some board games or objects in the room that will encourage more interaction and discussion.

When I went to study Feng Shui in Singapore, I went during the Chinese New Year. The Chinese people taught me that act of celebrating and symbols of happiness are a key component to raising the energy level of your home. The Chinese adorn their homes with orange trees to symbolize and attract sweetness for their family in the New Year. Take the time to decorate your home with symbols of the season, even if you live in a small apartment. No doubt, these little additions create a spirited environment that will have a positive effect on you and your guests.

No matter what you do, it’s important to have a strong understanding about what you wish to achieve and to make changes with intention. If it’s better relationships you want, then you need to create an environment that is welcoming and invites communication.  Remember that your environment can support or hinder your desires. Take a step back and analyze your space and see what it really says about you and then make the changes you wish to see in yourself.