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Applying the Feng Shui Five Elements to Your Home

The elements when closest to their natural state will contain the most vibrant ‘chi’ or energy. However, there are colors, objects and shapes that represent these elements as well. Some are subtle and some more obvious. A tall cylindrical shape (reminding us of a tree) represents the wood element, along with medium blues and greens, anything made of wood, plants and trees and pictures of them.

Here is a short summary of what we experience when the elements are out of balance:

Wood is about growth as reflected in trees and plants. We want the right amount in our environment, not too much or too little. Too much wood = over-expansion and overwhelm. Too little=staying too small. Bring in objects, shapes textures and colors of the metal element to cut the wood, or those of the water element to increase it if there is too little. See the controlling and nurturing cycles of the chart.

Fire is about passion. Too much, however will result in aggression and overly impulsive behavior. Too little will reflect as lack of enthusiasm, motivation and warmth. Add water to douse the fire when there is too much and wood to increase the fire when there is too little.

Earth is about staying grounded and being present. Too much= overly discipline and conservative. Too little= spacey, ungrounded as well as infertility issues. Add fire to increase it when there is too little and wood to decrease it when there is too much.

Metal is about mental clarity and determination. Too much= rigidity and inability to compromise. Too little=lack of back bone and indecisiveness. Add earth to increase it and fire to melt it when there is too much. There is a reason those who live in all- white houses tend to also be rigid… bring in fire and warm it up!

Water is about connection to spirit and synchronicity in our lives. Too much= not enough structure and being ‘wishy-washy’. Too little =the need to dominate, lack of flow and connection to spirit. Add metal to increase it and earth to dam it up when there is too much. (See this example in my article the Power of Color)

Please note that you can also just take away items in a particular element to decrease the amount of it in a space,  or add it when you need more, you do not necessarily have to use the elements that either control it or nurture it.

I encourage you to learn more about these powerful concepts and utilize this powerful knowledge if you or your loved ones are experiences any of the imbalances as described above. I have seen profound shifts in my own life and those of my clients when applying these tried and true, age-tested principles that come out of the ancient practice of Chinese medicine and Feng Shui.

I am  offering my readers a free copy of my color Five Elements Map along with more information on the Feng Shui Five Elements . Please click here if you would like your own free copy – PDF format.


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Erica Sofrina

Erica Sofrina is an Internationally recognized Speaker and Teacher and Author of the book Small Changes, Dynamic Results! Feng Shui for the Western World. She is also a life coach and motivational speaker and is the founder of the West Coast Academy of Feng Shui. She has run a successful business as a Professional Organizer, Interior Designer and Certified Feng Shui Consultant for over a decade and resides on the charming coastal town of Half Moon Bay in Northern California. Find out more at

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12:43AM PDT on Apr 21, 2015

Feng Shui Five Elements, I adore this technique , I must use in future. best home security system

4:02AM PDT on Jul 20, 2014

It's all about harmony, of people and people, and people and the environment

6:25AM PST on Mar 5, 2013

Thanks for sharing this!

5:19AM PST on Jan 21, 2013

another interesting article. one thing though is you can't help what you like, but everything in moderation, right?

2:35PM PST on Nov 9, 2012

Thanks for sharing.

10:15AM PDT on Sep 16, 2012

guess it is all about balance...

11:03AM PDT on Sep 2, 2012

Thankyou, Erica!!

11:27AM PDT on May 24, 2012

I will try to use all the 5 elements in my home. Right now it is overly metal and water. Thank you!

12:14AM PDT on Apr 8, 2012

Great tips. Thanks.

3:16AM PDT on Sep 17, 2011

Once again, fabulous information. I have been all over web articles and read more books about this wonderful art form than I can count! I do know there are different schools of thought in the approach to this way of enhancing the way we live, and find this one the easiest to incorporate in my own home. Thank you!

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