Feng Shui (pronounced Fung Shway) is all about well-being.
‘Feng Shui is the practice of analyzing and influencing the interaction between people, buildings and the environment in order to enhance quality of life. Originating in Ancient china, its basis is chi, which is vital energy present in everything’ Definition by the Feng Shui society
Chi can be defined as the subtle flow of energy linking all things in the universe. Acupuncture and Reiki therapies use chi.
How can Feng Shui help me to heal?
By understanding the flow of energy in your home, it is possible to create a calm environment that supports your healing. We want the chi to flow gently through your home in a meandering fashion, so put very simply Feng Shui seeks to correct chi that is stagnating or moving too fast. There are several steps to this, but the most important one that should be done first is dealing with your clutter.
Clutter can be defined as anything that is not:
1. Genuinely useful
2. Genuinely loved or cherished
In addition things that are broken, unfinished or out place count as clutter. Physical clutter in the home creates blockages to the chi flow which reflect blockages in your own life and therefore significantly affect your wellbeing.
Clutter clearing tips:
1. Decide that clutter clearing is important and make time for it
2. Start small (choose one drawer, one cupboard or a small room)
3. Get a friend to help you (very helpful with clothes)
4. Don’t ask ‘might this come in useful someday’
5. Try and get into the habit of putting things in the charity bags that come through your letter box.
6. Take old books to the local library (or Macmillan Centre)
7. Take old magazines to the doctors or hospital on your next appointment
8. Adopt a policy of something in, something out (particularly helpful with clothes)
9. Remember that every item you get rid of can release energy, being clear of clutter is the best way to start a new lease of life.
10. Sometimes you can make money from your clutter by having a car boot sale, or selling things on eBay. (Just don’t spend the money on more clutter!)
It can be scary when you first start to declutter, so if this is the case, start small and see how you feel. Just clearing out your sock drawer can make you feel so much better, it becomes easier the more you do it. The aim is to create a calm home that doesn’t require too much of your energy to clean and maintain it. If this all seems overwhelming, start with your bedroom. The ideal bedroom for healing just has a bed in it with a few much loved items on display. It is easy to clean, and is free from lots of electrical equipment, anything related to work or household paperwork or chores. This promotes deep sleep where your body can repair itself every night.
‘Clear your clutter with Feng Shui’ by Karen Kingston