Feng Shui teaches that the small things in our space impact us in a big way because of the† amount of time we spend there. Like water dripping on a stone, over time a hole is created. This is metaphorically what happens to our energy when we live continuously with things in our homes that grate on us.
The things that bring our energy down are defined as clutter, disorganization, objects with negative connotations, things that are unsafe such as weapons and furniture with sharp edges that can injure, artwork or any object that is overtly negative or invokes a negative message.
I have never heard anyone say they loved clutter or that having a cluttered home made them feel wonderful. Clutter is considered stuck energy or chi in Feng Shui. By eliminating it in our living spaces we feel much better and our lives tend to flow.
Another big part of Feng Shui has to do with what we call environmental affirmations which you can read more about† in my article about the Home Energy Centers. It teaches that everything on the planet is comprised of life-source energy or chi and that all of the objects in our living space are interacting with us, either negatively or positively. The goal is to surround ourselves with things that make our hearts sing rather than those that bring us down.
A sofa from a past relationship that ended badly might be a continuous reminder of a negative time in our life and is therefore not considered a friendly object in our space.The sofa itself is neither positive nor negative, but the association we have to it is what affects us. We might do well to sell the sofa and replace it with one that we do love. Once you do, this corner of the room will make your spirit sing rather than bring you down.
In Feng Shui we work through every room clearing the things that bring us down and replacing them with objects that lift us up. In doing so we work with safety issues †(i.e. sharp-edged furniture, heavy objects hanging over-head, etc.) add things that inspire, bring in objects that invoke the natural world of the Chinese Five Elements, clear the clutter and create a sense of organization, serenity and balance. The goal is not to have the house that looks like the perfect model-home† but one that vibrantly reflects the people we are and our personal desires, tastes and aspirations.
Given the amount of time we spend in both our homes and workplaces, the mood we take with us from spending so much time there powerfully impact our lives and everyone close to us. Having an entire house that make our heart sing can’t help but make us happier people. Happier people are more enjoyable to be around; therefore they attract opportunities to them. †It is that simple.
Feng Shui is not about magic or superstition or hanging crystals and wind chimes in strategic places that mysteriously bring us good fortune.It is a powerful teaching about how to focus and direct energy in our physical environments to produce the maximum benefit in our lives. By creating beautiful, organized and safe living (and work) spaces we create happier people who live more productive and happy lives.
I encourage you to consider trying out the simple, practical and useful principles of this wonderful art and science!
Erica Sofrina is the author of the Book Small Changes, Dynamic Results! Feng Shui for the Western World.