Feng Shui, which literally translates to “wind and water,” is an ancient Chinese practice that blends ancient wisdom with cultural tradition. This technique deals with a set of laws used to arrange a space in relation to the flow of energy. Its positive and negative effects are considered when designing and siting buildings. Feng Shui can be used to provide instructions for positioning homes as well as it can be used to design room layouts in a way that guarantees to improve the quality of the owners’ lives.
According to Chinese culture…
Feng Shui in the family home can help create harmonious relationships between husband and wife. It is thought to attract good health, abundance and prosperity, and helps build good reputation. In Chinese culture, Feng Shui is thought to help husbands and wives raise loving and good children, who will in the future bring honour to their family.
Feng Shui in business is used to create opportunities of growth, raising the business profile, attracting customers, and increasing profits. Good business Feng Shui is thought to keep employees loyal and create smooth working relationships.
Bad Feng Shui is thought to bring illness, accidents, disaster and financial loss. A bad Feng Shui may be the cause of careers fading, opportunities slipping away and reputations collapsing. Most importantly, bad Feng Shui could be the cause of deep unhappiness, and can even result in tragic consequences in a family’s well being.
Now, here’s four different ways to apply Feng Shui to your home
Placing a fishbowl in the northern part of your house or room is thought to improve your career. Fishes such as koi fish or goldfish have generally been associated with abundance and wealth in Feng Shui, so when choosing which fish to place it is best to use one of these breeds. However, be careful not to go overboard and placing a very large tank, as too much water can make your prospects sink.
The objective of Feng Shui is to allow the flow of good energy in a home, however clutter will prevent this positive energy flow by eliminating space from the home. Therefore, it is necessary to clean overloaded closets, cabinets and bookshelves.
Pure air flow is important for Feng Shui, therefore, placing plants in your home and keeping them healthy will help filter the air and attract positive energy. However, you must be careful to not choose the wrong plants, as some, such as the cactus, are thought to attract bad Feng Shui. Some of the most popular plants that are often used as symbols of luck are the Lucky Bamboo, Ficus, English Ivy, Peace Lily and the Boston Fern.
- Keep your bathroom doors closed!
In Feng Shui, water is often associated with wealth, therefore by keeping bathroom doors open, it is thought that it helps drain your money away. Therefore, Feng Shui recommends keeping bathroom doors, and even the toilet lid down. Putting plants inside your bathroom is also thought to slow down the flow of wealth draining away, as they soak in water.
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