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  • What is Feng Shui, Really? Part 2

    Posted on September 5th, 2011 Patricia No comments

    Ok, you don’t own your own business, so you’re not buying an office space. You live in an apartment, so you don’t have a garden. You’re not a millionaire, so you don’t have the money to renovate your house. Regardless, there are still ways the feng shui can improve your life.

    Quick, simple feng shui principles:

    If you haven’t used it recently or you don’t absolutely HAVE to have it, lose it.

    Did you ever throw away every single thing that reminded you of your boyfriend right after the two of you broke up, thinking that reminders of him lying around the house mean bad karma? Well, you’re on the right track. The clutter of useless junk is indicative of stagnancy, clinging to old patterns of behavior that no longer reflect who you are. This kind of bad energy node in your life will slow the movement of energy through your house/home/room/life. Throwing it away or giving it away will clear the way for good energy flow. If you are holding onto stuff that is specifically related to your personal relationships, and can’t figure out why you can’t seem to get a date, this could be why. Your chi could be getting sucked into this vacuum of the past.

    If it doesn’t feel right, or you’re not totally thrilled with it, move it, change it or lose it.

    Those of you who live with roommates may have a harder time of this, because the things that might bother us about a room may be someone else’s things, and you might touch off World War III by attempting to move it. But recognizing the things that irritate us is a primary step to eliminating bad energy.

    One common source of anxiety and discomfort in a room is one large, overbearing and outstanding piece of furniture. If all your furniture is of moderate stature except for a bookcase that seems to tower over everything else in the room like a threatening volcano … that’s a problem. Find a place for it where it seems to fit in better, or get rid of it. Remember that your instincts are the first source for feng shui direction.

    Keep it simple and true to its natural purpose.

    Any space that is consistent with its original purpose is more likely to create a feeling of harmony and rightness. Having your office and bedroom in the same room could be troublesome for both your work energy and your personal energy. Take for instance a country home with a state-of-the-art kitchen. Or how about a house of the Modernist design but whose occupant has decorated the interior with medieval tapestries? Disharmony!

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