I want my home to *talk* to me (if that is possible). I am extremely taken by the process of how to make my home more peaceful and more harmonious.
So my question/questions to you is how do I get my Feng Shui? Is this a personal thing or is it just in the home it's self?
I found a beautiful piece of art that was of the Feng Shui line at Homesense...is there such a thing as actual Feng Shui pictures?
Thanks so much,
Awesome questions, Nicole! Here's the deal...
We don't necessarily 'get Feng Shui,' rather we practice Feng Shui. Feng Shui is the Art Of Placement. It works with the energy in our personal environment. Acupuncture works with the energy (chi) our the bodies. However, as I will explain, practicing Feng Shui can affect the body as part of the results.
A lot of people are under the impression that there is a 'Feng Shui Style.' They think that in order to practice Feng Shui, they must have objects in their home such as long scrolls with painted flowers and animals and Chinese characters that they can't decipher. Or little statuettes of a laughing Buddha with a sack of money. Or crystals and windchimes hanging all around. Most 'Feng Shui items,' like the ones you saw at Homesense, are typically Asian in style. If you like those items, great, use them! But what to do if your tastes run in a different direction?
As I stated on Saturday's post, "There is no rule that states you have to be Asian to practice Feng Shui. Feng Shui is a system of encouraging and controlling the flow of energy in our surroundings. Energy is universal, just as gravity is universal. Sir Isaac Newton, an Englishman, discovered the Laws of Gravity, but you don't have to be English to fall down."
That holds true for styles of decor as well. If an Asian motif is not your thing, simply substitute it with items that represent your intentions, but that are in keeping with your style. Let me show you...
Here's a group of traditional Chinese Feng Shui items that represent Love Energy.
And here are items that also represent Love Energy, but are in Western traditional and contemporary styles.
Gustav Klimpt's painting The Kiss
A unity candle
Wall decals from Blik
See, there are many different ways to enhance your home with representations of Love Energy, but what you think and how you feel about it is most important.
Why does that matter? Consider this...
Dr. Masaru Emoto*, a Japanese scientist, invented a way to photograph water crystals at the moment they reached freezing temperatures. He used water samples from around the world and photographed them, both before and after they had been influenced by words of intention and prayer. He and his team used with both positive and negative words. They even experimented with influencing the water by playing music.
The results were astounding.
The water samples that were given positive, loving influences transformed into beautiful, clear complex crystals. Click here to see.
The negatively influenced water formed sickly, asymmetrical crystals that were dull and sometimes darker in color.
What does that have to do with decorating your home? Remember, our bodies are made of 70% water. Your positive thoughts can change the water in your body, therefore affecting you directly. In other words, consciously surrounding yourself with positive influences and items that you love can have a profound effect on your well-being.
So as you notice items around your home that bring to mind positive thoughts, it creates a positive effect on you personally. When you see a photo in a frame in your living room that makes you think, "Oh, I love that! Just thinking of that vacation make me feel great," it starts a chain reaction of well-being.
Conversely, when you see items such as clutter, unfinished projects, photos of people you don't like, any artwork depicting sadness, loneliness or ruin, or any objects that make you think bad thoughts...it negatively affects your well-being.
Let's say, for the sake of argument, that you don't like Asian style. Let's image that looking at Chinese characters makes you frustrated because you can't read them and silky fabrics are too fussy for your lifestyle. If that were the case, having those items in your home would work against you, even if they are considered a classic Feng Shui cure, simply because they would create for you a bad feeling.
When your home truly represent your style, your essence, and your intentions, it will make your heart sing and bring you joy. That joy will resound throughout your entire being and will bring even more joy. And joy is the highest vibration. It's the level where manifestation thrives. Click here to read a past post about Joy.
By the way, this is why we give thanks before eating. Because the gratitude raises the energy and vibration of the food. Dr. Emoto found that Love and Gratitude created the most positive crystals.
So I suggest you use Feng Shui as a template that you then infuse with your own style. Sorta like if you were to make an simple A-line skirt, you would use a pattern that provides the skirt's structure, but you'd adjust the pattern to your dimensions and then you'd choose a fabric, trim, buttons etc that please your individual style.
The Bagua Map is Feng Shui's template, or pattern, if you will. Superimpose it over your floorplan, stretching the edges to fit your home's dimensions. Then add items, according to the Bagua, that please you aesthetically.
If the art work you found at Homesense turns you on, it's a great Feng Shui cure...providing you place it in the corresponding energy area of your home. For example, if it's an item that represents wealth & abundance, place it in the Wealth Area.
Here's a link to the Feng Shui section of my website to help you find the areas on the Bagua Map. Also check out the information on the Five Elements. As I describe on the site, working with the Five Elements is like planting sun-loving plant in the sunny spots and shade-loving plants in the shady spots. To do otherwise will kill the plants, therefore wasting your efforts, time and money.
If you need individualized Feng Shui advice, I'm just a click away. Visit my site, www.space-lift.com to see if there is a consultation type that fits your needs. I'm also happy to create one that fits your 'dimensions.'
Once you get the hang of this, your home will indeed talk to you...and compliment you like a supportive friend.
More more information on Dr. Emoto, visit http://www.hado.net/
*From Dr. Emoto's wiki page: In 2003, James Randi publicly offered Emoto one million dollars if his results can be reproduced in a double-blind study. In 2006, Emoto published a paper together with Dean Radin and others in the peer-reviewed Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing (of which Radin was co-editor-in-chief. They describe that in a double blind test, approximately 2000 people in Tokyo could increase the aesthetic appeal of water stored in a room in California, compared to water in another room, solely through their positive intentions.