I'll admit it: Hi, I'm Jen, and I'm a Feng Shui believer.
My sister lives Erin in Hong Kong, where Feng Shui is a normal part of life. It isn't just for housewives or interior decorators, either. Entrepreneurs carefully consider the placement of their businesses to bring the most traffic, money, and good fortune. Most notably, HSBC and the Bank of China are engaged in a Feng Shui war. According to the rules of Feng Shui, the angles of the Bank of China building (on the far left) send bad luck and negative energy toward their competitor HSBC (on the right). HSBC retaliates with cannons mounted on the roof. Like, I'M GOING TO FENG SHUI YOU OUT OF BUSINESS!
- Don't position the bed so that your feet point toward the door. This sounds weird until you consider that the dead are carried out feet-first in China. NOT doing something creepy that might make you think of being dead makes sense to me. Creepy is bad feng shui (and sometimes I like creepy things like doll head planters, so I have to be careful with this rule). I think the rule should be applied so that your decor doesn't bring to mind any Western death customs, too.
- Don't position your desk with you back to the room's entrance. If you can't see who might be sneaking up behind you, you're in a vulnerable position. Let's be scientific and assume that our brains retain some of the primal instincts that helped our ancestors avoid vulnerability and, um, SABER TOOTH TIGERS. If you try to work in a place where you're vulnerable, your attention will be divided. Concentration? What?
- Sunlight brings in positive energy. Leave curtains open to let in the light. Sunshine keeps plants alive and can even remove bad smells from not-so-fresh upholstery. Of course it's good. THANK YOU CAPTAIN OBVIOUS.
- Use wood, fire, water, metal, and earth elements throughout every room. Variety is attractive and interesting. Too much of anything is just too much. A room that is all metal will feel cold and inhospitable. A room that is all wood will go up in flames a little too easily (HELLO CHICAGO CIRCA 1871!). Check out this beautiful room that uses a little bit of each element. Ooh, pretty!
Here's my Feng Shui story: I moved into my condo and started grad school in 2007. I was the first person in my social circle to buy a home. My friends were weirded out that I was a homeowner, and I was busy with school, so we started to drift apart. My dating life sucked. Like, let's not even talk about it. I stayed tight with my best, oldest friends but I didn't see them as often as I would've liked. And in early 2009, one by one, they all announced that they were moving out of state. I was devastated. Out of boredom and half as a joke, I turned to the Ba Gua.
The Ba Gua is a Feng Shui map. If you want to use Feng Shui to "cure" a specific problem, you use the Ba Gua to figure out which colors and elements and which direction/part of your home are related to that issue. The Western Ba Gua doesn't use directions; you simply align the bottom of the map to your front door and imagine the map laid out over your floor plan. I prefer the Eastern Ba Gua because it's old-school. And I didn't think anything easy would work. I focused my attention on the Relationship part of my home--the southwest corner. That was the corner where I kept the litterbox and a tall screen to block the box from sight. THERE WAS POO AND THEREFORE MY RELATIONSHIPS STANK, YEP. And according to the Feng Shui rules, the screen was blocking energy from entering that corner--thus, blocking new relationships from entering my life. This is a picture of the offending corner, circa January 2009...
|Grrrrrrrrrr! Bad feng shui. Too red. Too dark. No good.|
So now I'm working on a Feng Shui cure for Keith. His home office is the size of a walk-in closet, but I'm packing a huge amount of Feng Shui love in there:
- Thorough cleaning and de-cluttering - CHECK
- The entrance to the office is visible while sitting at the desk. - CHECK
- Open windows to let in light and energy, and a plant in the window on the eastern wall. - CHECK
- A water landscape painting and the desk placed on the north wall - IN PROGRESS
- A painting with fire energy--subject to be determined later--on the southern wall. A Russian WWII propaganda poster with lots of red is likely; Keith loves those. - NEXT
- Metal energy on the western wall--not sure what to do yet with that. Silver, metallics, coins... Any ideas? The door to the room is on this wall, so it's a smaller wall. - LAST
Have you ever tried Feng Shui?
Did it improve the atmosphere in your home?
Did it improve the atmosphere in your home?