Almost everyone in the western world longs for a more peaceful, tranquil day to day existence. Of course this is not all that easy to achieve given the hectic and demanding structure of our society. However Feng Shui (pronounced “Fung Shwey”) suggests that we can help to shield ourselves from undesirable energies in our homes, through the arrangement of your possessions and the systematic placement of furniture. The chief concept or belief is that an easy-flowing, unblocked stream of energy moving throughout your house will ultimately have a calming effect on the individuals who inhabit it. Badly placed furniture however, can have the opposite effect. Though the art of Feng Shui can seem complicated in its most detailed form, the basic principles can be understood and applied right away.
This post was brought to you by Keith Kinkade, a freelance writer, who specializes in home décor, self-help and spirituality. He recently gave a lecture at Falmouth University about the role of positive reinforcement in the family household.
Clear Away the Clutter
This is one of the guiding principles of Feng Shui. The only objects that should remain in your personal space are items that are useful, attractive or in some way significant to you. If you allow your personal space to become overrun with objects that are either broken or purposeless, the energy of the space and indeed your own energy will both become overwhelmed. As humans we often hide behind the false security of material possessions to which we hold no real value or connection. It's common sense that by freeing ourselves of these unnecessary burdens, we quite literally clear the air of unwanted and repressive energies.
Feng Shui Furniture Placement
As much as clearing away unnecessary clutter allows positive energy to flow through your home, having sharp-cornered furniture or angular objects can in fact restrict the flow of this energy. Therefore, when selecting new furniture for your home, always opt for furniture that has smooth edges, to allow energy to flow more freely. Likewise, think about how your already existing furniture may be restricting the flow of energy. You may find that you need to replace some of your old energy restricting furniture with some lovely rounded oak pieces from Top Furniture.
Of course it would be impossible to instill with any detail all of subtleties and specifics of Feng Shui in just a short article. But these basic principles should at least give you a good starting point. And should you wish to delve deeper and employ Feng Shui throughout your house, a fantastic resource can be found here.