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Feng Shui Your Place To Harmony!



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Do you feel that the energy in your home isn’t positive? Your office isn’t the right place to progress your work… Chances are their Yin-Yang components are out of balance. Ask yourself, do you feel that your bedroom is a peaceful sanctuary, your favorite spot of retreat and an irresistible love nest… If not, then you need to change your bedroom’s Feng Shui. The same goes for any other place in your home. There are simple ways to add the attributes of Yin and Yang to your home. A simple rearrangement of furniture and a little tweak in the color theme will transform your dull gloomy house into a harmonized balanced paradise.

 

Yin-Yang is the foundation of the Ancient Practice of Feng Shui (pronounced Fung-shway) which means “wind and water”. Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese art of space arrangement, objects placement and decoration. In Feng Shui practice, everything is categorized into Yin or Yang. It has to do with the recognition that the universe is made up of opposite forces of energy, balanced like the polar sides of a magnet, and innately attracted to each other.

 

The concept of Yin refers to the feminine principle, which is passive, dark and yielding while Yang refers to the male principle, which is bright, active and extroverted. Your home needs balanced Feng Shui energy to support your well-being, and it is important to understand the application of the Yin-Yang theory on practical levels…

 

Yin and Yang: Your Key to a Balanced Home

In design history, Yin qualities were incorporated in the Victorian era, Louis IV, Louis VI and the Baroque period.

In physical environments, Yin objects are reflected in circular shapes, dark muted color shades, upholstered furniture of soft chenille, velvet and corduroy fabric, carpeting, area rugs and small detailed prints.

-In building materials, brick and stucco are considered Yin materials.

-In architecture, the Bauhaus period in Germany (1919-1933) was the beginning of the utilization of Yang components: Slick glass, mirrors, metals, plastics, high vast ceilings, bright angular spaces, bold stripes, and geometric patterns, hard angular furniture with no detailing, hard wooden floors, cement and tiles… All reflect the materials and features of the Yang design.

Feng Shui your Home

Feng Shui suggests that we are ancient creatures who naturally seek balance. If our living spaces are not balanced, our lives will be as well out of balance. By learning to work with the Yin-Yang components in our homes, we will be able to create supportive spaces that will automatically re-create the harmony our lives are missing.

To balance your home, first you want to determine the use of space, and then incorporate the Yin-Yang qualities appropriate for this space. Passive spaces should incorporate more Yin features and active spaces more Yang features. The key, however, is to make sure you always have both features, not an over abundance of either.

Yin-Yang energies cannot exist in isolation; they define each other, as each is the condition for the other’s existence. Therefore, a good Feng Shui home must have a harmonious rhythm of both energies.

Yin is the stillness and mystery of the night. Yang is the fiery essence of the mid-day sun.

 

Yin Energy in Your Home:

Yin energy exists in calm colors, soft music, soothing water sounds and relaxing art images. Yin energy should be existent in any place that supports rest, relaxation and rejuvenation such as; bedrooms, dining rooms, and bathrooms. These rooms need comfy furniture, muted colors and lighting, plush fabrics and more detailed patterns and accessories to absorb the warm energy. It is crucial to get rid of all the dominant Yang elements, like TV, exercise equipment, or office items. Having a bright, ultra-modern bedroom with high ceilings and slick fabrics will not serve the occupants and eventually will lead to sleeping disorders.  While the Yin energy needs to be the predominant energy in these rooms (think relaxation, cocooning, sensuality, sleep); you also need a slight presence of Yang (think red candles, a light accent color to breach the deep colors, etc…)

 

When your space needs Yin energy!

If you want to create a more relaxed and focused spaces, add:
-Curves and flowing shapes.
-Dark colors.
-Upholstered furniture.
-Shades on the windows.
-Rugs on the floor.

 

Yang Energy in Your Home:

The most vibrant and active spaces in any home are considered Yang: i.e. children’s playroom, kitchen, gym, office, laundry room, family room (depending on the use), hallway and garage. These spaces should incorporate more Yang components with more angular shaped furniture and less detailed accessories. When you use modern Yang qualities, choose furniture with more rounded edges. Sharp-edged furniture is considered weapon-like in Feng Shui.  Choose vibrant colors, lively music, and a variety of Feng Shui decor items to create an active quality of energy (family photos, books, games…etc.) Our homes always need to be ‘people friendly’ no matter what décor you prefer. Even though Yin is not the dominant element here, but try to introduce deep colors, relaxed and comfortable seating, as well as some images with soothing Yin energy to achieve the needed amount of balance.

 

When you space needs Yang energy!

If you want to create a space full of energy and excitement, add:
-Straight lines and angular shapes.
-Light and bright colors.
-Furniture made from wood, glass or stone.
-Track lighting and bright lights.
-Wood blinds.
-Floors made from wood, marble or tile.
-Rooms with few pieces of furniture.

In Feng Shui, having a balance of both Yin and Yang in your home and office will create the positive energy you need to attract wealth, harmony, and love into your life.

 

* Feng Shui and Colors

In Feng Shui, each color brings a different quality of energy. Mastering Feng Shui color use will give you powerful Feng Shui tools to create a better environment. Naturally Feng Shui colors are categorized as Yin and Yang. Blended and introduced to the appropriate areas in any room, Yin-Yang colors may balance emotions, material pursuits and spiritual needs.

 

-Yin colors: Black, Pink, Green, Blue, Gray.

-Yang Colors: White, Red, Yellow, Gold, Orange.

 

The Different Shades of Feng Shui 

Red, Purple and Gold, according to Feng Shui masters, can induce good luck and prosperity.  They are Yang colors; therefore they should be used more in offices or study rooms, for they bring motivation and excitement.

 

Green and Blue are said to be the colors that can enhance your health. Feng Shui practitioners believe that the color green symbolizes longevity, growth and rebirth. To paint your bedroom walls green or to use it as the theme color is like bringing nature into your room. It can revitalize those who have been ill and be the soul tonic to those who are already healthy. On the other hand, the color blue represents calmness, flexibility and inner peace. Decorating your bedroom with the color blue is believed to be good for relaxation and meditation… And when your mind is more refreshed, your body will do the same.

 

Black, white and Gray are the colors to boost your career. Black symbolizes good income and insightfulness. White represents creativity and mental strength, while gray creates the sense of self-empowerment and confidence. Keep in mind that even though black is a Yin color; it absorbs the negative energy in the occupied space.

 

-The best colors for enhancing your love life are Pink, Yellow and Orange. Pink is believed to create positive energy for couples in terms of sexual fulfillment and selfless love. Yellow can induce acceptance and tolerance, but using too much yellow to decorate the bedroom may create anxiety. Orange, the vibrant blend of red and yellow can increase passion and understanding between partners.

 

Make sure to add plants and elements of nature in your decoration… Ultra modern homes devoid of nature will never feel truly like HOME.

 

*Feng Shui Tips for a Positive Atmosphere:

The techniques of Feng Shui help energy flow through the place; to create a balanced, happy lifestyle. As there are too many elements that can increase the negative energy, there are more cures to fix the room’s gloomy mood…

 

Sounds

Sounds increase the energy flow in any space, either by using art or wind chimes. If you decide to use art to enhance the sound in a room, use a piece with a musical feeling. As to wind chimes, they should be hung with a red string and should have five chimes, one for each of the five natural elements (earth, metal, wood, fire and water).

 

Living Things 

Having living organisms inside your home will maintain a positive mood. Pets are the simple answer, as they bring energy to any room. If you don’t want the responsibility of a dog or a cat, even a fish aquarium will help offset the bad mood. However, if that is still too much responsibility, use plants to revive the energy. Use them in rooms with fewer activities, like a guest room.

 

Mirrors

Mirrors can welcome in light and energy that will offset bad energy. For example, if a room does not have a lot of light, hang a mirror near the window so the light can pass through the room rather than being blocked by the walls. Also, make sure the windows are clean; if they are dirty or shaded this will affect the amount of light entering this room.

 

Although there will always be one quality of energy that is stronger (depending on the use of the space), creating a space that reflects the Feng Shui balance is very important. Having a harmonious balance of both Feng Shui forces is the only way to create the quality of energy needed for a healthy and fulfilling life. 


By Rania Salem

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