FENG SHUI YOUR WAY TO GOOD HEALTH give your home a makeover
BETTER HEALTH (AND WEALTH!) COULD BE A FEW FURNITURE MOVES AWAY. HERE’S HOW TO GIVE YOUR HOME A FENG SHUI MAKEOVER.
ands up if you’re a hoarder? If so, it might be good to have an early spring clean. According to the ancient principles of feng shui, hanging on to things you don’t need is bad for your home’s flow of energy. That energy, or qi (pronounced ‘chee’), is important for health and wellbeing.
“Feng shui is the relationship between a building and the people living in it,” says Liz Wiggins, a feng shui expert and founder of the Association of Feng Shui Consultants.
“It’s all about ensuring that the way a house is set up supports its occupants and, from a feng shui perspective, making sure that the energy is harmonised and can attract opportunities to improve your wealth, health and relationships.”
To some extent, the feng shui strategies that work in one house may not have the same effect in another, as each home has specific details. “Two homes can have identical floor plans and compass directions, but if they were built in different years, their ‘charts’, which are used to identify significant areas, will be different.”
Wiggins says this is why red can have opposite effects in different homes. “Red is the only colour that’s strong enough to affect a building’s energy, so if you use it and things go well, leave it. But if more bad opportunities than good are entering your life, get rid of it.”
If you don’t know your home’s feng shui chart, there are some simple strategies you can use to maximise the energy flow in five key areas. Here are the three top tips Wiggins suggests for each area in your home.
THE KITCHEN AND LIVING ROOM
1 When you’re cooking, rotate between hotplates or elements so you’re not using the same one every day. This may help you and your family generate income.
2 If your kitchen tap leaks, fix it – leaky taps suggest a gradual loss of income.
3 In your living room, place your largest sofa against a solid wall if you can, ideally so that it’s facing the entrance of the room. >
1 The energy coming in through your front door is the single most important factor that will determine how prosperous you and your family are. Ideally, make sure there’s nothing in direct alignment with your front door, such as a tree or power pole. But if there is, place a bagua mirror (a feng shui round mirror in an octagonal frame) above the door outside, so it reflects any negative energy or sha qi.
2 Place a beautiful picture on the wall opposite your front door to encourage energy into your home. Resist placing a mirror on that wall.
3 If you can see into another room as soon as you walk into the front door, such as a bathroom, laundry or bedroom, keep the doors to those rooms shut as much as possible or place a screen between your front door and those rooms.