“Let there be spaces in your togetherness.”
Kahlil Gibran, Lebanese Poet, 1883 – 1931
For a strong foundation root chakra, it is so important that we humans have the security and safety of a home. To strengthen and balance it further, it helps if the home is well organised and well run. It is vital that the energy in each of the rooms of our house is appropriate for its use. For example, it makes sense if your bedroom has relaxing chi energy whilst your kitchen has good flowing energy to enhance productivity when cooking.
FENG SHUI means ‘wind’ and ‘water’ and it examines how the arrangement of your environment and placement of things affects the energy flow. Your surroundings affect your mental and physical health, your relationships and success. All objects, living and inanimate, contain energy, referred to as ‘chi’ or ‘qi’. Chi constantly gently flows through your environment, rather than running straight through it. Unfavourable feng shui which becomes stuck or blocked has a negative effect on you and your home, causing physical and mental ill-health. In order to balance the chi, objects are placed to slow, redirect or accelerate it.
Negative chi, such as synthetic fibers and artificial light, can cause exhaustion. Stagnant or slow moving chi in damp corners or cluttered rooms cause health problems and slows down the direction of your life. Whilst fast flowing chi, moving in a straight line down corridors for example, can de-stabilise your flow. It seems logical that de-cluttering and spring cleaning your home will revitalise energy, then using colour, plants, ornaments and textures will enhance your home further. Here are some basic tips for good feng shui.
Chi is created from the balance of yin and yang, when balanced chi is plentiful and in harmony. Yin is more passive energy and yang is active energy. The balance is constantly changing. Working on the basis that opposites attract, then this is a great way to change your mood and that of the room. If you are feeling low and lacking in motivation, use active yang energy to stimulate you. Equally, if you understand that there are times of day, month and year in which you feel more or less energetic, you may consider reserving certain projects for then. Here are some examples to keep you balanced. Look to compartmentalise your home into distinct areas of activity, having a mixture of rooms for stimulation, inspiration and relaxation. When you want to change your emotion you can go to that room.
This is a visual summary of the ideal positions for the rooms in your house. Enjoy and have fun.
LOUNGE: The ideal position for the lounge is in the WEST and SOUTH WEST, where you are taking in the relaxing yin energy of the descending sun. This is good for nurturing good relationships and maintaining family harmony. In order to prevent chi energy from becoming negatively stagnant, keep furnishings to a minimum and avoid clutter.
CYCLAMEN is perfect for lounges. This low, rounded leaf plant provides comfort and stability to a room. Choose red flowers if your room does not have a fireplace to add fire energy, pink for romance or white for stability.
BEDROOM: The ideal position for the bedroom is in the WEST and NORTH WEST, where the chi energy is more peaceful. The bedroom should be used for only two reasons; sleep and romance. It should be calm and relaxing enough to send you into a deep, full night’s sleep, being the most YIN of all your rooms. Use soft, cotton, bed linen to create a harmonious flow. Fully carpet the room to slow down energy. Off-white or cream colours create peace and tranquillity. Ensure your head is protected from moving chi energy with a soft headboard.
Use YLANG-YLANG essential oil which has a delicate, fruity smell and helps combat stress. It is also considered to be an aphrodisiac.
STUDY: NORTH and NORTH-WEST is the most peaceful position of your home. The most productive position is with your desk facing the room, with your back against a wall, looking to the east or south-east. The yin energy of natural wood is perfect for your desk. Natural light is essential for stimulation and blinds are better than curtains to maintain energy. Grey colours are settled and mature, so start this as your colour scheme. Pair it with warm yellow, which is stimulating.
PEACE LILY (Spathiphyllum wallisii) is proven to be a toxin remover by research undertaken by NASA and Dr Wolverton, so is perfect as an indoor air purifier.
RELAXATION ROOM: The ideal position is NORTH AND NORTH EAST, as the chi energy is at its most peaceful for emotional healing, meditation or introspection. Paint the walls an off-white colour, as white is too stark for the north. Cornflower blue, bubblegum pink and mint green is the perfect combination as accent colours. Blue is for communication, pink for an expression of love and green for healing; choose the main colour based on your need. Oval, long thin rectangles and thin wavy lines are more yin shapes;
ROSE GERANIUM has a rose aroma, which is used as an immune booster and to help nerve pain in convalescence. Use when healing.
HOBBY ROOM: The energy in the NORTH EAST and EAST is extremely invigorating, so this is the ideal position for this type of room. Strong, vibrant colours such as cobalt blue, tiger orange and amethyst purple are more yang and extremely stimulating. Balance this with sky blue walls to prevent overdrive. Use abstract art to maintain chi. Wooden floors are better and slates or blinds provide yang energy. Glass, metal, dark wood materials are more yang. Crystals, candles, wind chimes and salt lamps are all good for enhancing chi.
FERNS are perfect for this room, as they are upward growing providing strength, yet free and outward flowing for creativity. Place these about the room to increase vitality and freshness.
BATHROOM: The ideal position is EAST AND SOUTH EAST to greet the stimulating morning sun. The key rule to remember is to get rid of moist, stagnant chi daily by opening windows and blinds to allow sunlight to warm the room. Colours are personal, but most bathrooms are white, so this is a good start for yang energy. Eastern bathrooms benefit from using yellows and greens, representing nature’s energy, vitality and activity. Blue for the south, orange for the west and red or pink for the north.
PINE NEEDLE essential oil smells of a fresh forest and is perfect for the bathroom. It works as a decongestant and to help relieve daily stress.
KITCHEN: The ideal position for the kitchen is the uplifting SOUTH and SOUTH EAST, where the energy of the sun is at its most yang, even during the winter months. This is a good place for a motivating start to your day. Chi energy in the kitchen needs to be flowing and yang for efficiency, yet slow and yin enough for comfort. The kitchen should be bright, clean and dry, with worktops as clutter-free as possible. Choose white or cream as your base for a bright, clean kitchen. Greens and blues are perfect colours to calm a little of the energy, with yellow accents to maintain a balance.
SUNFLOWERS are said to mean good luck and ever lasting happiness. They symbolise positivity and strength.
DINING ROOM The SOUTH and SOUTH-WEST is the most energetic part of the house and is good for entertaining. Maintain a balance of yang around the room for stimulation, but yin in the centre to relax your guests as they eat. Calm energy with whites and creams on the walls, then add in strong colours to create vibrancy, such as warm reds, oranges and blues. Mirrors and pieces of art are good for stimulation. Blinds work best and use lots of low-level lighting, such as lamps. To slow down the chi, relaxing the mood, introduce yin energy by using soft chairs, neutral coloured tables covers, cloth napkins and rounded flowers.
MANDARIN essential oil has a sweet, orange smell and increases appetite and improves digestion; ideal for dining rooms
My book SUCCESSFUL LIFE BALANCE has more detail on colour schemes and the use of plants and essential oils to help balance mood. £10
I also have some beautiful room sprays and reed diffusers made with essential oils and non-toxic Augeo oil for every refreshing your home.