How to Get Started with Feng Shui - Feng Shui Basics
From Rodika Tchi,
Master the 7 Basic Steps of Feng Shui
Getting started with feng shui can be easy when you start with the feng shui basics and gradually move on to the more complex feng shui levels. To help you get started, here are some helpful feng shui steps for beginners:
Clear Out your Clutter, get rid of everything you do not love. Clutter Clearing is a time and energy consuming process that will feel like therapy, but it will help you "lighten up the load", so to speak. Do not skip this step, as it is an essential one in creating a harmonious, clear energy in your space.
Have Good Quality Air and Good Quality Light in your space - these two crucial elements are very important for good Chi, or energy.
Open the windows often, introduce air-purifying plants or use an air-purifier. Allow as much natural light as possible into your space, and consider using full-spectrum lights.
Define the Ba-Gua of your space by using the feng shui compass. You will find out which areas of your space are connected to specific areas of your life by looking at your Ba-Gua. For example, Southeast area is connected to the flow of abundance in your life.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the following statement true? “Honey, put the sofa near the window, facing out… it’s better Feng Shui…”
Implementing a Feng Shui remedy doesn’t always involve furniture rearrangement. Often, a home or room has windows, closets, doors, etc. that limit furniture placement remedies. For this reason, the Traditional Compass Method relies on remedying the “energy” of a space using elements vs. furniture placement.
How to reduce Sha-and-awe wen it comes to décor?
Sha is negative energy. Room décor impacts sha. Garishness should be avoided. For example, rooms with dark blue or red ceilings (representing water or fire) often make people feel depressed or agitated. In addition, bagua (8-sided) mirrors, wind chimes, bamboo flutes, and crystals may clash with certain decors and can appear tacky. The best Feng Shui remedies are discreet and subtle, and blend in with existing décor to make people feel light and refreshed.
The good housekeeping seal of Feng Shui: can you say clutter?
Too much clutter may make an individual feel disorganized and scattered. To clear one’s mind, it is best to reduce clutter. If necessary, consider hiring a Professional Organizer. In Feng Shui, the best results are obtained when the energy (chi) of a space is optimized using the 5 elements.
Myths and Misconceptions: What’s the real deal re: Feng Shui?
Let’s put it this way: there are more misconceptions involving Feng Shui than you could shake a bamboo stick at, but here’s a sampling:
A Zen-like décor doesn’t mean a space is remedied. The remedies are the elements.
Gardening and landscape can have a great impact on the Feng Shui of a building. These concepts can help with infertility, poor finances, romance, etc. However, like interior decoration, a pretty space is not necessarily “Feng Shui optimized.”
Space clearing, in and of itself, is not a Feng Shui remedy. However, it can complement and enhance Feng Shui remedies to bring about faster results.
Aromatherapy, color therapy, life coaching, positive affirmations, Buddhist mantras, meditation, etc. are all beneficial but are not considered part of a Feng Shui Assessment.
House construction ergonomics may make living in one location easier for the occupants. However, this is not considered a Feng Shui remedy.
Wardrobe and hairstyle consulting may make an individual more attractive and enhance his or her self-esteem, however these are not considered part of a Feng Shui Assessment.
Astrology can often work i a person’s favor. However, Astrology and Feng Shui are two separate schools of thought. Sometimes, Astrology can be part of a Feng Shui Assessment. Especially if it relates to the romantic reading or appropriate remedying elements.
As for the following list of superstitions, best to consult Master Linda Clark as to whether they have any meaning for you: wind chimes, bagua mirrors (at entryways and in kitchens), TV in bedrooms, Chinese gold coins, bamboo flutes, hanging crystals, toilets (number and placement), painting the front door red, live bamboo plants, Chinese calligraphy, animal figurines, addresses with the numbers 4 or 13…
Study the Five Elements Feng Shui Theory to help you balance all the feng shui five elements in your home, as well as strengthen specific elements in specific areas. For example, if you are working on attracting more Abundance, you will introduce the feng shui element of Wood, as well as the Water element into the Southeast area of your space.
Find out your Feng Shui Birth Element and create your environment to support your own personal feng shui element. For example, if your own element is Fire, you would introduce the expressions of Fire, as well as Wood element, as Wood feeds the Fire in the feng shui relationship of the five elements.
Find your Kua Number and position yourself so that you benefit throughout the day from your best directions. Adjust the position of your bed, your home office, dining, etc. For example, if your Kua number is 1, you would do your best to face one of the following directions: Southeast, East, South, and North.
Always be mindful of the state of your home and how the energy in your home influences your well-being. Make a habit of paying close attention to the so-called "triangle" that is deeply connected to your health - your bedroom, your bathroom and your kitchen.
Nothing is static in the world of energy, be wise and keep your house happy.