The origins of Feng Shui are rooted in China and a particular vision of the world. Basically, imagine that it is the art of managing the energies of the environment to configure a healthy, energizing and healing space.
The Chinese worldview that sustains it is based on the belief in an energy ( Chi ) that is related to the elements of a place. Thus, for a correct Feng Shui , the land where the house has been built is observed, taking into account the cardinal points.
Then, you enter the home and check the distribution of all the elements. Also the predominant colors . Finally, to follow a certain order, the Chinese calendar is consulted.
Feng Shui will help us to reform our home.
Concentrate and disperse are the basic actions:
Let's start with some practical applications. Feng Shui aims to model the energy of the environment to properly concentrate it, after purifying it or selecting the best current. Stay with the idea that Chi (energy) must be concentrated in order to act. If it disperses it is of no use to us.
But we can't just concentrate energy. You have to refine and select : there is a good Chi and a bad one. To select the positive it is best to surround yourself with undulating, rounded shapes. Look out your window, go outside your house. What forms predominate?
Bad Chi flows through pointed, straight, squared shapes. The lines are like darts of evil Chi , which only hits, hurts.
We could take into account a third option, which is the one that contemplates a space where the Chi does not arrive properly. The entrance is our door to the world
Purify the environment
This serves two functions: to disperse the evil Chi created by personal encounters or existential potholes and to become aware of everything that makes up your home.
Attention! This is a simple ritual that disperses negative Chi . Balancing and concentrating Chi at home involves other steps, which we will take after this simple ritual.
You only need hot water and orange peels. Take the skins of 3 oranges and cut them into small pieces. Put them in hot water and go throughout the house spreading droplets of that water.
Once you're done, get rid of the water and eat the pulp from the peels, as a final ritual meal. As you pass through the different rooms, visualize the water droplets absorbing any negative influences.
The exterior of the home
And remember that wavy lines are always going to be beneficial, so run away from straight lines as much as possible.
First of all, locate the cardinal points, as we will be guided by them to perform some beneficial actions. There are apps that work like compasses and it is the best option, so that you do not miss a single point.
Starting from the north, we have the water element, so it is best to include a source here.
- Northeast, the earth element, which you can tune into stone elements, even a statue.
- This, the largest wood, a good area for trees, both ornamental and fruit trees.
- Southeast, the small wood, where the plants and pots would go.
- South, which represents and tunes with fire, so the lights, especially reddish ones, and the bird sculptures go well.
- Southwest, earth element, intended for elements similar to the northeast.
- West, the small metal, perfect for garden bells.
- Northwest, or the greater metal, perfect to continue with decoration of metallic bells or, better, a metallic or stone sculpture.
Although plants and trees can be chosen according to their symbolism, it is best to adapt to the species of the place, so that we ensure their survival and flowering. Both plants and pots help with their rounded shapes.
Balance the outside with flowers and plants
The entrance doors, selectors of the Chi
This implies that the entrance to the home has to be taken care of so that one feels that he is welcome. Finding rounded shapes in ornaments, figures, photo molds and the like, makes the Chi flow freely. A decoration that rekindles your mood, the inclusion of family photos and the use of colors, such as salmon or yellow.
As far as possible, personalize the hall, give it life, illuminate it, remember that it is your business card, for guests, and welcome, for those at home. If you want, on the outside, hang a set of harmonious wind chimes.
The use of large mirrors in front of the door is not recommended. Purifying from the moment you enter the house brings peace and balance
The living room, the center of the house
Look for a centerpiece, which will mean by a low table , a beautiful rug, bright decoration, flowers or the like. The more elements converge, the better.
Around him, the family seats, personal, beautiful, in bright colors . Surround the center with them, or create angles that allow for fluid, face-to-face communication.
There is still the space behind them, which you can personalize and bring to life with bookshelves, softly shaped decorations, flowers and plants, books and family photos.
Windows are very important as they let in sunlight. The more natural lighting the better. Complement the natural light with essences that recall the countryside and flowers.
Balanced living room
Rest and privacy, the bedroom tuned
Attention, then, to walls and openings. The walls should prevail in the bedroom and the openings (windows and doors) be well controlled. Why? Because they are powerful conduits of Chi . They move the dynamic power of Yang throughout the house, however, we do not want such a mobilizing force to remain in the bedroom.
Let's see how to balance our rest zone. First, by placing the head of the bed against a wall. Second, ensuring that no door is aligned with the bed. As a third point, do not place a large mirror that reflects the bed and sleepers.
As a final detail, ensure that the ceiling above the bed is smooth, without visible beams, straight, without slopes (especially without slopes over the headboard), and without large ventilation or lighting elements.
This last detail can be simply dimmed: that the lights do not go in lamps, but recessed in the ceiling, that they are not bulky. Regarding the fan, if it cannot move, let it be a small model, the same color, or similar, as the ceiling.
What kind of lights are the best? Those that do not go on the ceiling, but on bedside tables, for example. Experts recommend different types of light, so let's create different atmospheres. Let the light be warm tones.
Also the colors of the walls, and the different elements, should be combined and slightly contrast between them. The soft and warm go well, fleeing from the cold or shrill extremes. Bet on salmon, lemon, soft violet and the like.
Windows play a very important role with respect to furniture
The kitchen, another important center of life and communication
The best place in the house to locate the kitchen is the west. If possible, something should be placed in the center, such as a table, to balance the room. As we recommend regarding the living room.
The 2 elements that prevail in the kitchen are water and fire. Their relationship is one of mutual annulment and destruction. If the kitchen is still to be furnished, do not put together appliances that work or transmit water with those that work with fire or heat.
When the kitchen is received ready and it turns out that, for example, the oven and the dishwasher are very close, a solution would be to add wood between them. The wood element helps regulate the dire relationships between water and fire. Add decorative elements to this material.
Another way to reconcile opposites is through color. Look to paint walls and furniture green or yellow, or ocher colors that convey an earth element, when you don't choose white.
Regarding the door, which transmits Chi powerfully, it is better that it always be next to the one that cooks. Receiving the energy that passes from the front or from the back ends up hurting. And it goes, in a negative way, to food.
The dining room that harmonizes and cheers
The elements that should prevail are metal and wood. Its placement calls for proximity to the kitchen, but distance from the front door.
We can create a center that will have the family table as a relevant object. The shape of the table is of prime importance and circular is often recommended. In this way, everyone is comfortably positioned with respect to those close to them, no one feels faced with another diner and communication becomes more fluid.
In addition, the round shape is a good transmitter of favorable Chi and corresponds to the metal element, symbolizing brotherhood.
Take care of the seats, so that they are equal, personal and comfortable. Also the decoration, which will speak of the residents and their family life. Play with warm colors, which stimulate the appetite and festive openness, and pastel colors, which convey the calm of the meeting and the absence of haste.
Do not place any guest facing a door or with their back to it. However, if you can't stop, provide him with a high-back chair.
If the use of large mirrors to reflect the residents was not recommended in the bedroom, and the entrance, here it is allowed, so as to multiply the friendly presence of the guests and the gift of food.
A bright and lively dining room
The bathroom, a difficult room
Today such a construction is not conceived. Therefore, European experts recommend not worrying and acting at other levels. How?
The element that prevails is water. But, many times, in a disastrous way: in the form of humidity, coldness. And of the illumination, of the fire element, three quarters the same: scarce, cold. The first solution, for both cases, would consist of daily ventilation and warm artificial lighting.
Next, the colors. Choose the light ones, but with warmth, blue, green, red, orange, pink and the like. if possible, without any prime, but in harmonic combination. And, if you can, accompanied by the placement of a plant (if it is natural, much better).
To balance elements, it brings wood and fire, both together. You can achieve this by decorating, in the form of small objects, photos of landscapes, natural plants, candles, lamps and decorative boats where shells and stones are mixed.
As a final recommendation, look for a relaxed, functional and attractive environment that conveys the essence of what it should be, with harmonious elements, away from visual overload or large empty spaces.
Combine elements. We have only given some practical recommendations, but it will be easy for you to get started in their relationships. Just think about how it happens in the physical world: water and fire are destroyed, wood and fire give heat, water and earth are life support, and so we could continue until we know and analyze in depth all the good and bad relationships between the elements.
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