Feng shui is an ancient Asian art of placement that looks at the energy flow in our homes and how we interact with our spaces. It’s a way of practising mindfulness: paying attention to how our homes affect us, and vice versa. Feng shui practitioners use cures, also called adjustments, to shift a space’s energy and its inhabitants. Many feng shui adjustments involve changing aspects of physical space to redirect the flow of qi. Learn the best feng shui cures placement.
Here are a few of the most common and easy to apply feng shui adjustments.
One of the most foundational adjustments in feng shui is to place your bed, desk, and stove in the commanding position. In the commanding position, you have the widest view of the room; you should face the door but not directly in line with it. It’s ideal to be in this position when you are lying in bed, sitting at your desk, and cooking at your stove.
Being in command of your space helps you feel more at ease on a subconscious level because you can see anyone or anything approaching. It also means that you can see more opportunities that are available to you.
Sometimes it’s not possible to be in the commanding position, especially at your stove. If this is the case, place a mirror so that you can see a reflection of the door instead.
Bagua Activation with Color
In feng shui, we use a tool called the Bagua. This is a three-by-three grid used to map the energy of a space. You can lay the Bagua over a home, a room, or even a desk.
Each section of the Bagua, called agua, represents a certain area of your life. Each gua is also associated with a particular colour. One simple way to boost your living area that you’d like to work on is to use the corresponding Bagua colour in that area of your home. Here are the colours associated with each gua:
- Zhen (New beginnings and family): Green
- Xun (Wealth and abundance): Purple
- Tai qi (Health and centre): Yellow
- Qian (Helpful people, benefactors, and travel): Gray
- Dui (Children and completion): White
- Gen (Knowledge and self-cultivation): Dark blue
- Li (Fame and reputation): Red
- Kan (Career and path in life): Black
- Kun (Love and partnerships): Pink
To lay the Bagua over your home, stand at the front door facing inside and imagine a three-by-three grid that stretches to cover the space of your home. Kan, also known as the career area, will be the front centre area of the grid. When you start, it’s beneficial to have an image of the Bagua in front of you as you determine which area is which.
Add New Plants
Plants represent the wood element, which encourages flexibility, kindness, and compassion. Plants also add vibrant life energy to space, so they are a great addition if you want to reinvigorate a certain area of your home or life. From a feng shui perspective, it’s generally best to choose plants with soft, rounded leaves instead of plants with sharp leaves or thorns. This doesn’t mean you can’t keep your beloved cacti collection; it just means you probably don’t want to go out and buy a new one if you intend to use it as a feng shui adjustment. It’s also important to get new plants since they bring in new, fresh energy.
Here are a few things to keep in mind as you’re making feng shui adjustments for your best results.
Set Your Intention
To make the most of a feng shui adjustment, set an intention as you implement it. For example, if you’ve decided to activate your home’s fame area with a red accent wall, take a moment to consider why you are focusing on this area and what you want to call in. You can even visualize your desired outcome or spend a few minutes journaling to get in touch with your intention.
Work With An Expert
There are many basic feng shui cures that you can try on your own, but if you really want to go deep, work with a trained practitioner. They will assess your situation more fully, and they can recommend specific cures for your unique situation. This is especially true because an expert eye will see more than you can because they are not conditioned by living in the space.
Additionally, there are many cures known only to train feng shui practitioners. They will be able to guide you through these. These cures can be potent since there are often energetic factors influencing our situations that the average person cannot see.
When you’re first getting into feng shui, it’s tempting to try to adjust everything at once. However, this can actually make your adjustments less effective. It’s better to choose one to three areas of your life to focus on so that you can really give them the attention they deserve.
Start With The Bedroom
Your bedroom represents you, so adjustments in your bedroom can be especially impactful. Because we spend so many passive hours in our bedroom resting and sleeping, we are also taking in energy from our bedroom environment more than any other part of our home.
It can also be easier and less overwhelming to start with the bedroom, especially in the Bagua. Laying the Bagua over an entire home can get tricky if your home is not a perfect rectangle, which is the case for many people. To lay the Bagua on your bedroom, use the same process as you would for laying the Bagua over your whole home: stand in your bedroom doorway facing in, and picture a three-by-three grid laid over your room. Again, Kan will be the area that is front and centre.