Guest contributor – Sonia Ferre Oxid
This month’s post comes with thanks to Sonia Ferre,Brand manager for Oxid. We hope to bring you diverse and interesting posts that aren’t just based around new products… sorry Wayne! Sonia has decided to write on a subject for which she has great passion– Feng Shui. We hope you enjoy her post and look forward to your feedback.
|Feng Shui (wind-water) is an ancient Chinese art used to balance the energy forces around us.
Harmonising the forces of the Earth with those of the Heavens makes it easier for people’s individual energy to attract health and prosperity.
This “art of placement”, based on the harmony of Chi or energy, arose out of the Chinese people’s deep respect for nature. In fact, the earthly landscape is constantly being eroded by the action of wind and water.
Feng Shui tries to understand the magical connection between human beings and the energies surrounding us, on the basis of three underlying principles: everything is alive; everything is connected and everything changes.
|An orderly space attracts happiness
In fact, Feng Shui touches on many aspects of peoples’ lives and is connected with important elements of Chinese culture, such as Tao, I Ching, Ying-Yang and others. We could say that it is an all-embracing philosophy for life, but what we are concentrating on here is one of its most popular aspects: the art of ordering the spaces around us to make a positive effect on our lives.
Our mind and our surroundings are closely linked, because what we notice in our surroundings has an influence on our mind; likewise, through our emotional states and mental focus, we can influence our surroundings. If you look closely, you can see that Feng Shui actually has quite a lot to do with common sense. So, let’s take a look at some ideas for improving your environment.
This is first thing you should take care of at home. Look at it from both outside and inside, and think about what you would like to change. Energy mostly enters and leaves through the main door. A plant, the right kind of lights or a couple of small figures on each side, acting as guardians of the house, can be enough. Inside, the entrance should be well-lit and decorated with objects or images that you like, as a welcome to your home.
Try to keep them clear, allowing plenty of room for people and energy to move along them. Get rid of anything that looks unsightly or that prevents you walking through the area freely.
The bedroom and the bed
We spend many hours of our lives in bed and this is where we recharge our batteries, so sleep should be repairing and revitalising. It’s better not to have things lying on the bed or stored underneath it. It’s also preferable not to have too many cables or electrical appliances around you or underneath the bed. You shouldn’t have ventilators or air conditioning outlets directly over the bed either. On the other hand, it may be beneficial to place some precious stones under the bed. It’s important to sleep in the right direction, to feel at peace in your bed and to like what you see when you wake up.
At the top of the stairs
When you get to the top of the stairs, it’s always good to see a picture or something you like, an image that greets you. If your house has two floors or lots of stairs, the energy tends to destabilise constantly, so to stabilise it you can place a plant at ground level. You could also use some pretty rounded stones, anything that highlights the value of the earth.
Order, simplicity and detachment
Getting rid of things you don’t like or that aren’t useful is a good way of creating new spaces so you have a clear view and you can make room for the good things that will come in. Give things you don’t want to others who can make use of them. The Tao says that if we want abundance we must first create a space so it can enter. If your drawers are full of things you don’t use, energy will remain stagnated and you won’t have room for the things you really want. You should also avoid having the house clogged up or so full of things that it’s difficult to move around, as this will make energy tend to stagnate. If you block your Chi with too much furniture or too many hard edges, you may have financial or marital problems.
Chimes – One of the most magical artefacts of Feng Shui are chimes, those hanging mobiles that move in the breeze and make a tinkling sound. But you should bear a couple of things in mind: it’s best not to hang them in the bedroom or just over a doorway; they’re best in a quiet place or in a corner, or near windows.
Plants and trees – These are excellent for corners and for softening or eliminating edges.
Curtains – These are good as protective screens against any unwanted energy from outside.
Lights – If used well they can create a pleasant atmosphere, soften aggressive edges and resolve lots of problems.
Mirrors – These are among the most difficult items to handle. You need to place them well, because if you don’t, they can multiply secret arrows or negative energy.
Create your own world
This is the golden rule: the best thing to do is surround yourself with things you love, from your own world. A special shell picked up on the beach, a stone from the mountainside, a gift marking a special occasion or from someone special… no rule can dictate the value we place on certain things. Try to surround yourself with things that have real value for you or that are stimulating and reject anything that you’re not keen on or that gives you bad vibes. In Feng Shui you have to try things out gradually; if you like something or it works, keep it, and if not, change it. There’s nothing better than going with the flow and seeing how you feel in each situation. That’s why it’s not advisable to make too many changes all at once; take it slowly.
The 5 basic principles for a successful life
The Chinese say there are five basic principles for being successful in life: destiny, luck, Feng Shui, philanthropy and education. They are arranged in this order of importance.
Destiny is written in the horoscope, which shows an individual’s potential, their strengths and weaknesses. A good horoscope could bring luck to someone born in poverty or who hasn’t enjoyed the best opportunities. On the contrary, a bad horoscope can mean failure for someone who was born into a good family and has had the best possible education.
Luck is something that can be boosted, especially through positive thinking, which is so in fashion nowadays. According to the Chinese, you can learn to have a positive and optimistic outlook on life, because negative thoughts are more likely to attract misfortune.
Feng Shui is the art through which we can be in tune with everything or establish greater harmony with the universe and with our surroundings. It’s what gives us quality of life.
Philanthropy involves giving without expecting anything in return. The universal laws will take care of making it come back to you. It is partly to do with karma. Many wise people have said that giving is more satisfying than receiving.
Education involves continuous learning, being informed, knowing how to behave in the world, and at the same time, having the humility that comes with knowledge.
The 7 key ideas of Feng Shui
1. If you move into a new house, don’t fill it immediately with furniture and things. Make contact with it gradually. If you move into a second-hand house, do a thorough clean, both in the physical sense and in the sense of clearing the air, by burning sandalwood, oils or fragrances that make you feel good.
2. The entrance should be friendly, with one or several objects that stand out and make you feel welcome.
3. Try to ensure the whole house has plenty of light and is well ventilated. If you have any dark areas, you bring light into them using candles or mirrors.
4. Try to avoid having large items of furniture standing in the way and blocking Chi or energy.
5. Eliminate hard or dangerous edges and sharp things. You can also soften them by placing plants or chimes near these trouble spots.
6. Avoid draughts and sitting or lying directly facing a doorway.
7. To boost love and sexual relations, use pairs of objects, for example two ornamental swans, two bedside tables, a picture of a couple, etc.