by Vikki Anderson
Can you believe or teach Feng Shui without all the hocus pocus? Must one be metaphysical or spiritual to believe in this Chinese tradition? The answer is no.
You can just believe that you want to change the energy in your home or office and start putting some of the cures into effect. This can be anything from clearing out your clutter which may include but is not limited to:
Cleaning out the kitchen cabinets
Cleaning out those junk drawers
Clearing out the attic or basement of unwanted items that you no longer need, want or use will push out negative energy from your space and replace it with free flowing positive energy to bring in positive opportunities.
Organizing your closets – again, get rid of clothes you wish you fit into and treat yourself to new clothes when you finally do lose the weight you want to. A good charity or church would be happy to take your items, especially in this economy.
Place books in the bookcase and CDs/DVDs in their rightful places – what a concept! This is an especially good idea for teens.
Keep each room neat and clean so that you can feel positive energy and receive positive opportunities. Also, if you had to leave at a moment’s notice, you would not feel guilty about the state of your home.
Keep bathroom door closed to keep finances in check. Water going down the toilet (men, keep the lid on the toilet closed or you are losing $$) and money does go down the drain. Repair leaks and don’t run water unnecessarily.
Put 60 mm round crystals on ceiling fans to keep the energy in your home/office from having your money or health be cut up.
Put 60 mm round crystals in your bathroom, attic, basement, garage and anywhere else you need all the colors of the rainbow and more positive energy. (The trick is that each room should have all the colors of the bagua, so an aurora borealis crystal projects rainbow prisms onto walls, etc., and allows your home to be protected with all of the colors.) Crystals in the attic, basement and garage gives the dark, unused or low energy areas a boost.
No kitchen knives on the kitchen counter (no butcher blocks with knives). Store knives in the cabinet or drawer. This cuts up partnerships, health, wealth, etc.
Do you like all of your kitchen or bathroom towels? If not, you now have new rags so get new towels. You can also ask for these items for birthday or Christmas gifts.
Are you happy with your furniture? Is it too big or too small for your space? The proper size adjusts the energy around you, so be careful in selecting furniture to fit your space.
When was the last time you painted the interior/exterior of your house? Consult a bagua for the appropriate colors to each room in your house; if you can’t repaint, use these colors as accent colors by adding new drapes, curtains, afghans, pillows, etc.
Is the front door in good repair? Is the color pleasing? Can people find your front door easily? Red or black are the best colors for a front door to invite good energy and prosperity into your space.
Have your address posted at least three times so people (and opportunities) can find you easily. This also includes the # on the mailbox.
Do you have live plants in your home? Artificial plants have no positive energy and many times looks cheap. There purpose seems to be to collect dust! The only exception is that if the plant looks so real that people have to touch it to be sure that it is artificial or real, then that’s acceptable.
Put a deity such as Quan Yin or Buddha or protection symbols such as, Temple Fu Dogs or Terracotta Soldiers to protect your front entrance. They should be outside of your door or looking at your front door from inside your home.
Buy bamboo shoots! These can be purchased in many dollar stores so you don’t have to spend a lot of money. Get these in 3, 5, 7 or 9 bunch arrangements and keep in the wealth corner (far left position or your space or home) or front entrance.
Partnership area needs items in twos: two flowers, two crystals, two pyramids, two birds, two angels, a picture of a man and a woman. If you want a partnership, do not have individual pictures or items in your partnership area.
Be sure to have two chairs or two end tables in your bedroom if you want to invite in a partner. Notice how many things you have in the partnership area or bedroom that are geared towards one person.
Do you really want a partner? Some people say they do, but after talking to them, they are too busy for a romantic significant other – so be sure you want one before you make the effort.
Keep a bird bath outside of your front door to bring prosperity into your home. Water represents money in Feng Shui.
If you have a large tree blocking the front entrance, it should be cut down; other suggestions are to put chimes, windsocks or a bagua mirror on it to help the energy flow into your home.
Place chimes all around your home inside and out. This breaks up any negative energy which may be in your space or yard.
Keep the proper shapes and/or colors in the appropriate sections of the bagua. It’s fundamental, however, you would be surprised at how many people just don’t get it!
Fountains are wonderful inside of your home or out. Water brings in prosperity and abundance in all things. The closer to the front door, the better.
Putting pools in your wealth corner (far left side of the yard or in that general area) for continued financial success or new financial opportunities or ventures.
Get rid of STUFF you no longer want, need or like. Clutter makes one depressed, ill and keeps opportunities at bay.
Vikki Anderson is a BTB Advanced Certified Feng Shui consultant and is available to help you with your home, work or yard space. Vikki is also available to help with realtor staging, interior design and general home enhancements. 570-215-4223.