The Chinese New Year 2023 is the Year of the Rabbit, starting from January 22nd, 2023 and lasting until February 9th, 2024. The Rabbit occupies the fourth position in the Chinese horoscope and is a symbol of longevity, peace, and prosperity in Chinese culture.
The Five Elements of Feng Shui
Feng Shui is the ancient Chinese science of creating balance and harmony to living and work spaces so that your life force energy (Ch’i) flows and increases your health, happiness and prosperity. It works with the five elements – wood, earth, fire, metal and water. Take a moment to consider the balance in nature – the colors of the earth, fragrance of trees and flowers, the sensation of breathing fresh air and feeling alive and healthy. Feng Shui can help you achieve this sense of nature within your own surroundings.
Feng Shui Real Estate Tips
Considering the competitiveness of today’s real estate market, it is essential that sellers know every strategy to gain advantages over their competitors. Here is how Feng Shui can help. Feng Shui is about using common sense. Clearing out clutter, getting rid of old and unused items, creating a more peaceful environment. Getting rid of clutter opens up space. It makes us feel lighter, and we actually start to think more clearly because of fewer distractions.
Feng Shui alerts us to visible and invisible energies – the floorplan of our home, the land and buildings surrounding our home or office, furniture placement, and the alignment of doors are just a few examples of Feng Shui issues.
Bad House Feng Shui (Sha)
- Dusty, unused or broken items
- Bed directly under a window
- Broken windows, screens, door
- Exposed nails on walls
- Water leaks or leaks in the roof
- Exposed beams
- Door at the end of a long hallway
- Aggressive corners
- Slanted walls
- Stove under a window
- Staircase which faces the entrance door
Once you identified any Sha, you can apply Feng Shui remedies and cures which will eliminate negative energy flow. Clean out the clutter, throw out junk, get rid of stuff you are not using, fix broken windows, etc.
How Feng Shui Works
Feng Shui uses an eight-sided pattern called a Ba-Gua. Each section represents a certain area of our life, such as career, benefactors, children, money, marriage, etc. By overlaying the pattern to the floorplan of your home, you can identify the sections affecting the different areas of your life.
When applying the Ba-Gua symbol to the layout of your home, remember the front door is always considered the main entrance, even if you do not use it. If the garage is attached to the home, you need to include it in the layout. Each side of the Ba-Gua also represents a different element (water, earth, etc.), as well as color. These are things to keep in mind when decorating your home.
The Three Secrets
Once you put your solutions into place, they need to be reinforced by the Three Secrets, which is using the body, speech and mind while putting the cure in place.
For example, after hanging a mirror, use your mind to visualize a clear picture of the improvement you would like to occur. While doing this, use your body by holding your hands together in a prayer position. And, use your speech by chanting a prayer or affirmation nine times as the number 9 is important in Feng Shui.
The outside of the home is also very important to consider. Homes which are on a bay are said to drain the energy of the occupants. Homes at the end of a dead-end street or cul-de-sac can negatively affect your abundance, financially, physically and spiritually. Dry plants or dead trees on your property are bad for health.
Bottom Line: Feng Shui is a sacred philosophy and should be practiced in a respectful way. Start simple. Tackle the area which represents what is most urgent in your life right now, taking it a step at a time, and as you see results, your energy is elevated. You are inspired to tackle more areas of your home or work space.
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, by Marie Kondō
Feng Shui Modern, by Cliff Tan
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