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Feng Shui is not an exact science, nor can it grant your every wish. What it can do is free up the energy to help things in your life run more smoothly and in a more positive direction. I’ve found from doing this work for over 20 years and with over 1,000 consultations, that when done properly, feng shui can truly help us to live a happier, healthier, and more successful life. The key words here are when done properly. In this article, I’m going to point out five important things to bear in mind when applying feng shui principles to your home.
1. You MUST have an accurate floor plan and accurate compass directions.
Feng Shui and acupuncture were developed at about the same time in ancient China. Many of the principles are the same. Just as the ancient Chinese knew that there were invisible lines of energy flowing through the human body that impacted health and well-being, they knew that there were invisible lines of energy flowing through the earth that influenced the land, and in turn, the buildings and the people who occupied them.
If you’ve ever had acupuncture, you know that the acupuncturist is very precise in the placement of the needles used to stimulate the meridian lines in the human body. The same precision needs to be used when applying the proper elements to the energy points in a building. The only way to do this is to make sure that you are using a to-scale floor plan and accurate compass directions. For exact steps on how to do this, please read chapter six of my book, Feng Shui that Makes Sense
2. The 5 Elements need to be Placed Properly
Once you’ve located the meridian points on your floor plan, you need to place the necessary elements as close to those points as possible. Like the needles that the acupuncturist uses to stimulate the meridian points in the human body, the elements are what feng shui uses to stimulate the energy points in a building. Each meridian point has elements that are positive, elements that are detrimental, and elements that are neutral. It is very important that you place the elements (water, wood, fire, earth, or metal) properly in each location. Again, chapter six in my book will help you to do this.
3. Take Action to Help Yourself
You know the expression “The Lord helps those who help themselves”? Well it is similar with feng shui. You can’t expect feng shui to magically grant your wishes while you sit back and do nothing. In addition to your feng shui efforts, it is very important to take the actions necessary to help improve your life. Go on job interviews, join clubs, exercise, etc. One thing that I have found is that when I am taking positive steps to reach goals that I have in my life, feng shui really helps to accelerate the process in much more dynamic and meaningful ways.
4. Remove Clutter, especially from the Meridian Points
We talk about clutter a lot in feng shui. The reason for this is that clutter can really bog down our lives energetically. If you are holding on to things you no longer want, love, need, or use, there is no room to bring in fresh new opportunities and experiences into your life. Be sure to purge what is no longer needed in your life to allow something better to come in, particularly on the meridian points of your home. It’s difficult to bring more wealth into your life if your houseplant (wood is the element for wealth on the southeast meridian point) sits on top of a pile of old magazines and newspapers. Click here
to read an article I wrote about removing clutter.
5. Space Clear Regularly
I can’t emphasize this enough. It is VERY important to space clear your home periodically to remove old, stagnant energy. Even if you have all your elements precisely placed on the proper meridian points, your feng shui efforts will be greatly hampered by old, stuck energy. This is why I conduct a space clearing at the end of every feng shui consultation. I also space clear my own home at least every three weeks to keep the energy clear and positive. For more information on how to do this, click here
I know that it would be nice if feng shui worked like a magic wand you could simply wave and have all your wishes come true. But one thing I know for sure is that the results that you achieve are in direct proportion to the energy you put into creating optimal feng shui in your home. These five steps are crucial to making that happen, and believe me, the results are well worth the effort!
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