S. LEE WRIGHT
HOLISTIC INNER DESIGNS

Life can often feel overwhelming, but with these transformative 5 tips to Feng Shui your home, you can elevate your living space and transcend mediocrity. Luckily for you, the ancient practice of Feng Shui has done the hard work for you. It offers insights to help you painlessly (and almost effortlessly) change your space to change your life.

In today’s chaotic world, creating a safe, rejuvenating space at home is crucial. A harmonious home enhances these qualities, empowering you further to navigate life’s challenges. This Dragon year is slated to bring unpredictable changes into our global landscape, emphasizing the importance of being prepared. A harmonious home not only provides a sanctuary to retreat to but also equips you with the resilience needed to face life’s uncertainties.

Ready to bring harmony into your life? Here are the 5 tips to get you started.

What the Heck is Feng Shui?

Feng Shui your home with ancient toolkit

Before we begin, it’s a good idea to get a clear context first.

Feng Shui is an ancient practice of data collection about the patterns of what would make an environment safe, secure, and most likely to succeed. The definition of success has changed over the centuries, but the essence is to have a space in which there is less likelihood of harm, and more likelihood of staying healthy. It has shown that keeping things in balance with nature is one of the key elements of successfully staying healthy.

In other words, Feng Shui is the mindful arrangement of your space. Today, these tools have been modernized to meet the needs of the world. Most of us are living a privileged life and are lucky enough to have a place to call home. Though the subtleties of what we need to do to maintain a healthy balance resulting in the sense of harmony can still be challenging to achieve.

Nature’s Powerful Tool: The 5 Elements

Five elements are key to Feng Shui for your home

Mother nature is our greatest teacher, and it’s Feng Shui’s superpower. Feng Shui has identified five natural elements that need to be kept in balance to ensure there is harmony in the home and in the world at large. This is just as important today as it was when Feng Shui first began centuries ago, if not more so given our lack of balance in the overall environment.

These five elements include water, wood, fire, metal, and earth. In other schools or systems, there is air and/or ether, but in Feng Shui, these five are the ones to seek balance with to achieve a harmonious home.

With the intention to balance all five of these elements in your home for optimal harmony, here are some starter tips on what to do to enhance each element. However, be aware that you may need to decrease an element’s power, as well as increase it. Check this out for a deeper understanding of the five elements.

Water:

Black is the colour of water. In your home decor you can use mages of water or literal water features, plus wavy forms.
1 Feng Shui tip: use a postcard, or piece of art with a water scene on it.

Wood:

Green is the colour of wood, and you can use images of tall trees or grass. Also using rectangular forms in a vertical position will indicate upward growth of wood.

2 Feng Shui tip: use a plant that you love and can keep healthy.

Fire:

Red is the powerful colour of fire energy. You can use a literal fireplace, and/or electrical elements. Triangular forms represent fire.

3 Feng Shui tip: use a cluster of candles together.

Metal:

White is the metal colour. Decorative metal furnishings or accessories are ideal for adding this element into your home. Also, the use of circular forms represents metal.

4 Feng Shui tip: use a metal framed mirror.

Earth:

Gold or browns are the colour of earth. Hanging up images of nature or of the outdoors can work. Alternatively you can use the shape of a square to bring it into your home.

5 Feng Shui tip: use a square wooden table.

The Bagua: 9 Areas of your Life & Home

9 areas of your life reflected in feng shui of your home

The Bagua is one of the main tools used in the Black Sect Tantric form of Feng Shui. The Bagua is like a roadmap to understanding the nine areas of your life. These areas include Career- Path in Life, Spirituality & Education, Community & Ancestry, Wealth & Abundance, Fame and Reputation, Love & Nurturing, Creativity & Completion, Travel & Benefactor, Balance & Health.

Feng Shui’s foundational principle is that your home is a reflection of your inner self and therefore all nine areas of your life are represented in your home. It is through the review and analysis of these areas in your home that you can gain deeper insight into who you are, what you need to focus on, and what areas of your life need your attention.

Can you overlay the Bagua roadmap onto your home and see what areas are beckoning your attention? If you can’t understand it very easily, don’t despair! It’s a complex system, and you can seek help from a professional Feng Shui consultant to help you.

“Anyone can plot a course with a map or compass; but without a sense of who you are, you will never know if you’re already home.” – Shannon L. Alder

The Ultimate Goal: Balance or Harmony?

Balance is the equilibrium of your mind, body, and soul. Harmony is the enjoyment of this balance. Therefore, you need to seek and strive to find and maintain balance in order to reap the rewards of living in a harmonious rhythm.
5 Tips to Bring Balance to Achieve Harmony in Your Home:
Below are the 5 tips to bring harmony into your home: seeking this balance and working to maintain it. Trust in the process, and know that this is a journey and not just a destination.

1. A Welcoming Entry.

Make sure the entry to your home is open, clean, and presentable. It must have sufficient light to see well and furniture to help navigate coming home safely.

Feng Shui Fix:
If you have a stair in the main entry, use a mirror, plants, or artwork to pull the energy into the home rather than up the stairs.

2. Clutter Management

Organisation is key

Ensure that your stuff is under control. Too much of even a good thing is a bad thing. Clutter causes stagnation, and this can create blockages and unforeseen problems. Organize your stuff by ensuring everything is in its rightful place. A general rule is to put the same stuff all together.

Feng Shui Fix:
All doors must fully open to ensure opportunities flow into your life.

3. Power Position

Commanding position for the bed

The key pieces of furniture in your home include the bed, the dining table, the sofa, and a desk. These need to be arranged in such a way that you feel totally safe. This is often referred to as the commanding position which means that you can see the entry and have the safety of a wall behind you. It’s one of the most important of the 5 tips to help balance your home.

Feng Shui Fix:
If you are unable to put an important piece of furniture in this position, using a reflective surface, such as a mirror, to allow a view of the entry door can remedy this.

4. Nature’s Gifts

Plants balance a space

Mother Nature is full of gifts, and we need to be mindful of how we incorporate them into our home. The most useful include the ability to bring in the proper amount of natural light and air flow into your space. Remember, balance is essential, so too much is just as negative as too little, so find solutions to ensure you get just the right amount.

Feng Shui Fix:
If your space has limited natural light you can place a full length mirror near a window, placing plants in front of it therefore multiplying the sense of nature.

5. Set Your Intentions

Set your intention with the artwork you surround yourself with

Your home is a direct reflection of the things that matter to you, so remain conscious of the choices you make about what to surround yourself with. Ensure they are an authentic representation of your best self. Artwork and decor are especially relevant and can be changed to reflect who you are now. However, its secret power is that your intention can attract what you want to have more of into your life.

Feng Shui Fix:
If your space doesn’t feel luxurious enough to be a full reflection of you, then find one thing that does the trick. Place this object you love by your front door, empower it with feelings of richness, and it will attract more of the same into your home. Where your attention goes, energy will follow to expand it.

Happiness is Mental Harmony

If you focus on creating a home that allows you to renew, rejuvenate, and refresh this year. With this, you will be able to meet the Dragon’s energetic changes with more grace, strength, and creative resilience.

Your home is a reflection of your whole life. Now you have the tools to help you make sure it works for you instead of against you. Design a welcoming entry, remove anything that is not serving you, place the key pieces of furniture in powerful positions, bring in mother nature, and make sure your home is an authentic representation of you.

Feng Shui is an art and science with centuries of practice to help you find the right roadmap to your best next chapter. With these powerful 5 tips, you can discover how to create balance to attract the harmony in your home that you deserve and desire.

Harmony is pure love. Go out and create it.