Feng Shui Home Improvement Tips
Using the Principles of Feng Shui

THIS ARTICLE APPEARED IN LIFESTYLES, MARCH 2006

Feng Shui has been dubbed “acupuncture for your house.” In recent years, it has grown in popularity in the West and around the world. Corporate businesses and thousands of homeowners and apartment dwellers have designed spaces according to Feng Shui principles, and it has been rumored that the British Royal Family has consulted with Feng Shui experts at times. Naysayers cannot fathom how shifting the placement of furniture can change your luck, or why repositioning a mirror can improve your wealth. However, proponents of Feng Shui, like Certified Feng Shui practitioner Karen Michela Parziale, who has been studying and practicing energy work for years, say that the ancient Chinese practice can give the home and your life the makeover it needs.

According to Parziale, Feng Shui can bring warmth, harmony and well being to your home. By using it correctly, you can create a home environment that promotes the flow of positive energy, while discouraging the flow of negative and destructive energy.

Feng Shui is the Chinese system of living harmoniously with the natural elements and forces of earth. At its core is a regard to chi (pronounced "chee"). "Chi is invisible energy that runs through all things - animate and inanimate. In order to live well and prosper, Feng Shui practitioners believe you need a healthy flow of this force in and around your home," says Parziale. "Chi is energy, and when it is absent, life can be 'blocked' and filled with obstacles."

Where positive (good) chi gathers, life can be filled with opportunities and luck. Therefore, you must assess how the chi is running through your home space and correct anything that prevents the adequate flow of the energy. Feng Shui is the art of creating living and working spaces that are comfortable, supportive, attractive and harmonious with their environments. The main goal of Feng Shui is based on the premise that people lead healthier, happier and more prosperous lives when their interior space is in balance.

There are two types of chi: positive/good chi and negative chi. The goals in Feng Shui are to deflect/diffuse the negative and enhance the good chi. For example, in the bedroom, place your bed against the wall, but not in between two doors and never exposed to a window. The bed should have no clutter underneath so that positive energy can flow around it.

Love is very powerful. If you do not have a favorable attachment to objects in your room, remove them from your space. Only fill your home with things you love and have good energy attached to them.

Create good energy in all areas of the home. For example, a dining room cramped with stuff and clutter can possibly create a feeling of pressure in family relationships and inhibit good digestion. Too much heavy and dark furniture - especially when squeezed into very small space - also generates a heavy dark feeling and blocks the flow of energy.

Fix everything in the home that is broken, chipped and not working.

De-Clutter the home. Clutter prevents the flow of good chi, symbolizing stagnant, choked energy. To let the good chi in, keep your home orderly.



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