Stay Grounded with These Feng Shui Tips
Feng shui is an ancient Chinese art; it helps us in creating a space that allows chi or qi – the energy of the universe – to flow naturally. One way to do this is by filling your home with a healthy balance of the five Feng shui elements: wood, fire, earth, metal, and water. By using these Chinese elements you can create a soulful place that literally radiates harmonious and highly beneficial energy.
For over 3500 years Chinese people have practised Feng shui; it means wind and water in English. Natural elements are an extremely important part of Feng shui, ancient practice teaches us to incorporate these elements into our home for spiritual, physical and emotional stability.
In Feng shui, the Yin Yang theory is one of the main theories of all ancient Chinese schools of thought and is represented by the Tai Chi symbol. According to this theory, everything in our universe is made up of two opposing, but deeply connected forces – the Yin (feminine) and the Yang (masculine). The Tai Chi symbol reminds us to balance the opposite forces in our lives and stay grounded and centred. The places we live and work consists of earthly materials such as wood, clay, brick and stone. The foods we eat that nourish our bodies come from the earth. For these reasons, earth is the base, and considered the most stable of the five elements in Feng shui.
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When we want to get centred in our lives, the best thing we can do is get out into nature. No matter how we feel, our energy field often comes back into balance by just spending 10 minutes in a beautiful natural setting.
When we can’t be in nature, wherever we are we can do a grounding exercise to connect us to the earth. It will restore your equilibrium and give you the perspective you need to move forward in whatever it is that you might be wrestling with in your life.
Earth’s energy draws us down and in — like the energy of the soil — to hold things in place and make them more solid. The earth nurtures us and provides a sense of peacefulness and stillness.
Whenever we are feeling scattered in our lives, we can also bring the earth element into our homes. This is a part of the “five elements” practice that comes out of Chinese medicine and is at the heart of Feng shui.
How to add the earth element into your home
To bring Feng shui earth element into your home, add squares and cubes, long flat horizontal surfaces and heavier objects. Look for colours, like yellows, gold, browns, beige and other earth tones. Earth materials include tile, stucco, terra-cotta, stones, rock, sand, brick and ceramic.
According to Feng shui you need to add dense heavy objects to your home that is low to the ground. Use heavy furniture for stronger earth vibration. Cushy fabrics such as velvets, chenille and corduroy in earthy colours as well as earth-toned area rugs and carpeting are great objects to have in the home.
Low ceilings will hold the energy in and give the room a calmer feel as opposed to vaulted high ceilings that will lift the energy up and energize it. We can visually lower the ceiling with fixtures and objects hung around the room at the same level (8-10 feet up), creating a line between heaven and earth. This will bring the Feng shui energy back down into the space and not send it up as in a Cathedral or a home with Cathedral ceilings.
Bedrooms, living rooms, dining rooms, family rooms and bathrooms all would benefit from having the calming influence of the Feng shui earth elements. Add colours and objects in earth tones and materials along with more muted lighting. Our earthy spaces should feel like we want to curl up by a fire with a blanket, a hot cup of tea and just relax.
The earth is at the centre of the Bagua which is the map used in certain schools of Feng shui to chart the energy centres of the home. The centre of our home should feel solid, yet be open and uncluttered enough to allow the energy to flow easily around it.
I would like you all to spend some time this week to connect deeply to the earth. Walk barefoot on her, go for a hike, admire her beauty, lie on your back and meditate on all the bounties that she so graciously brings to us each day. Express your thankfulness for how generously she provides for all of her children.