by Vikki Anderson
Book Cases in Feng Shui
Many of us have large bookcases filled with hard and soft cover books that we have read many years ago or with the ones we hope to read in the future. Have you thought about donating your “read” books to your local library or your children’s school’s library? Once you have read a book (and sometimes you may read it twice, it becomes a dust collector and another bit of clutter.
Once your “must have” or “must keep” books are in your book case, try a little variety. Lay some down horizontally and others in the vertical position. This will balance the yin/yang energy in the room. Horizontal books bring in quiet and laid-back energies (yin), while vertical books bring in active and energetic energies (yang). Keep many of your children’s books in the horizontal position in their room or the energy may be too scattered to allow your child a good night’s sleep. You may also wish to put various colored book covers on your cherished items — these colors should be appropriate to the area of the gua in which the book case(s) are located.
If your book case is filled with old magazines, donate them to a nursing home or doctor’s office OR give them to friends who may not be able to afford a subscription to the magazines you currently order. An easy way of de-cluttering is to throw them out as soon as you’ve read them or just cut out the articles of interest and put them in a folder so you can read them in a doctor’s office or while waiting for your car to be serviced, etc.
Nowadays many of us have a Kindle so the need for piles of books is no longer a necessity when you may carry many thousands of books in your hand.
This is just another example of de-cluttering your home a step at a time to find the positive opportunities and voluntary simplicity that we all long to have in our lives. Happy Feng Shui.