What is Feng Shui and How Does it Work?
Feng Shui is a Chinese philosophy, a millennial art that has been around for thousands of years. It can be translated as "wind-water" and it's used to improve the energy of spaces, to harmonize spaces. And it can be used to improve one's life, at any level, personal or professional, by affecting the flow of energy in the environment.
There are many different principles of Feng Shui, but the most important ones are called the Five Elements. These are metal, earth, water, fire, and wood. Each element has its color, shape, and material. For instance:
- Metal can be represented by silver, gold, or other metals. The colors are silver and gold.
- Earth can be symbolized by ceramics and pottery. The colors are yellow and brown.
- Water by water elements like fountains, glass, and mirrors. The colors are black and navy.
- Fire, candles, and electronics. The colors are red and orange.
- Wood by plants or wood furniture. Color green.
Feng Shui is the art of arranging things in a way that creates positive energy. The principles of Feng Shui can be applied to any space, and it's important because it can help us create a more peaceful environment for ourselves and potentialize our intentions for life. It also brings harmony to spaces by including natural and healthy elements, respecting each space's function or purpose. Some companies and individuals are integrating Feng Shui principles into their workspaces to help them feel more relaxed and focused.
There are some simple tricks to improve spaces according to Feng Shui and that's what we are going to explore in this article.
In Feng Shui, crystals are used for various purposes. Crystals are used to amplify the energy in a space and disperse stagnant energy, or chi.
When deciding what type of crystals to use, it is important to take into consideration the purpose of the crystal. For example, Rose Quartz is good for love and relationships so it can be placed in the bedroom, Black Tourmaline is very protective against negative energies and it can be placed in the entry or in a place where conflicts may occur. Crystals are very flexible and available in a great variety, so they can be placed anywhere. They also are a beautiful and natural decoration element.
Mirrors are used to reflect light and bring an abundance of it into space, for instance, having a mirror reflecting the dining table will duplicate the sense of abundance. Or, if the mirror is reflecting a gorgeous outside view, it's bringing those good energies to the inside. Plus, they can be great decorative pieces that will bring light into the room. Places to avoid mirrors, facing the entry door because the energy will bounce back, and in the bedroom. It's alright to have a mirror in the bedroom if it is inside the closet. If exposed the best is to cover it with a cloth during the night for a good rest.
Having home plants is a must to make any space balanced and with good energy, as long as they are taking good care. Plants bring vitality, some clean the air, and they look amazing in any home.
Water fountains are also a great way to bring nature into any space as they provide a relaxed feeling with the sounds of flowing water. They also offer a sense of tranquility as they create a natural atmosphere in any space. They also represent prosperity.
Getting the most out of natural light is super important, the use of natural light makes any space warmer and inviting. For spaces with a lack of natural light, chandeliers or other light systems are essential.
The spaces need to breathe and renew their energy, therefore opening windows daily is fundamental. Even if for just a few minutes each day, depending on the weather and temperature.