Enter feng shui!
This ancient art form from China is an amazing tool on the path to living your greatest potential. It can help with any area of your life. But before you start lighting the intention candles and hanging up crystals, consider these basic feng shui no-nos that could be representing major blocks in your life.
1. You have an unwelcoming front entrance.
Spiff it up! Make it happy. Your front entrance is also known as the “mouth of chi,” and it’s your face to the world. Make sure your doormat is relatively clean and new, and that your porch is clutter free. You get bonus points for having the color red there, or perhaps a fountain or flowering plant. When your front entrance is attractive, it attracts good things into your life.
2. There are items under the bed.
In feng shui, your bedroom is one of the most important rooms of the house. Why? Because good sleep is key to a good life. Keep the area under your bed free of clutter so that healthy, happy chi (energy) can circulate. If storage is an issue, then see #5.
3. Chairs, beds, and appliances are arranged so that your back is to the door.
Whether it’s your bed, your desk, or your stove, it’s best to be in the “command” position, where you have a view of the door of the room. This way you can be fully present in what you are doing.
4. Mirrors are positioned poorly.
Yes, mirrors can be tremendously beneficial, but they can also be harmful. If it’s cutting your head off when you walk by, reflecting something unpleasant (i.e. the toilet or clutter), or facing your bed, please adjust it! Keep in mind that fragmented or warped mirrors may give you a “fragmented” or “warped” sense of self, and while antique mirrors are in vogue, sometimes they can be a problem because you’re not seeing yourself clearly.
5. There’s dirt and/or clutter.
I saved the best for last. If your house is dirty, you’re letting negative chi collect. If your house is cluttered and you have a lot of stuff that you don’t love or use, you’re creating very real blocks for yourself. Let it go! This applies to clothes you don’t wear, broken electronics you’ve been meaning to fix, that project that you’ve been meaning to get to for five years, and things you’re holding on to for emotional reasons. When you release them, you are sending a message to the universe that you want something better — and that you trust the universe to deliver. Clean up, and see how much easier you can breathe!
Katie Rogers is a Reiki Master, arborist, artist/writer/filmmaker, and a certified Feng Shui consultant in the Tibetan Black Hat tradition who has been in practice for 15 years.