Feng shui is one of the Five Arts of Chinese Metaphysics, classified as physiognomy (observation of appearances through formulas and calculations). The feng shui practice discusses architecture in terms of “invisible forces” that bind the universe, earth, and humanity together, known as qi.
Whether you’re new to the concept of Feng Shui or have used it for years, there are always key learnings and reminders. Check around your home to see if you are unknowingly making these mistakes.
HANGING MIRRORS IN THE BEDROOM
Do you have mirrors in your bedroom? Mirrors are great for creating the movement of chi or energy within a room, but should be avoided in the bedroom.
They will interfere with REM sleep, making you restless. Worst of all, a mirror placed across from the bed could invite a third party or infidelity into the relationship.
If you must have a mirror in the bedroom, don’t place it across from the bed and be sure to cover it with a cloth at night before going to sleep.
KEEPING A TELEVISION IN THE BEDROOM
Televisions emit energy and release negative ionic charges that can interfere with your sleep. If you must have a TV in your bedroom, then keep it in an armoire or cabinet that you can close while you sleep.
If that’s not possible, then balance out the energy with lots of plants or flowers.
STORING ITEMS UNDER THE BED
As convenient as it may be to use under the bed storage, it’s not helpful for the movement of chi. Although you want less active chi in the bedroom, it still must flow.
Keeping items under the bed leads to stagnant chi, resulting in less restful sleep and even health ailments.
LEAVING SHOES AT THE FRONT DOOR OR IN THE HALLWAY
Many of us remove our shoes before entering the home. It’s a good practice, but don’t store them by the front door or the entrance hallway. This is the area where chi enters your home.
You don’t want to block that energy with a pile of shoes. Doing so adds the negative vibrations of dirty shoes into your home, leading to illness and strife.
NO PLANTS OR PETS IN THE HOME
Good chi or energy is about life and living things. Without plants or pets in the home, you’re missing out on one of the best and easiest ways to raise your home’s vibrations.
Invest in some low maintenance plants like a peace lily or snake plant. As for pets, a dog or cat is nice, but a bird or an aquarium can also bring good chi.