Do you love it as much as I do when things that were once considered “out there” become sort of mainstream? I think this is now true of feng shui.
Feng shui (pronounced fung shway) literally means wind and water. It is an ancient art and science that uses the symbolic power of wind and flow of water to balance the energy in a space. Move over Meghan Trainor, because around here “it’s all about that chi…” Chi is the Chinese word for energy. And it’s a proven, undisputable fact that everything (everything) is energy. How the furniture in your living room is arranged is more than just for looks… it’s also to enhance the flow of chi. You know how you can move that last little chair around until it looks just “so”…? Well, that’s you adjusting the chi.
In traditional feng shui, there are lots of rules. And I like/love rules – hello…I’m a Virgo! But when it comes to feng shui, I go the Instinctive route. Not that rules get swept out the front door (which, by the way should be opened at least once a day to usher in fresh new chi). But I like to work with chi based on how it really feels. How do you want to feel in your living room? As you walk through your home from room to room, does the chi feel like a gently flowing stream or an erratically raging river? Does it easily move around that sofa or does it slam (!) into the back of it?
And how about your goals/hopes/dreams…these can be enhanced or supported by shifting what’s going on in your space. Gracefully sidestepping those traditional “fixes,” I like to use analogies found in Nature…symbols, the four elements. To me, a healthy plant is more likely to generate a feeling of wealth than a gold “coin” (which is usually chocolate, which is high on my intake scale, which means it won’t last long…).
I’ve had an expert suggest that I redo nearly everything in my bedroom (to meet “traditional” rules), because to her it was screaming bad feng shui. Blue is too cool – not enough passion. Floral artwork means my husband sees other women (what??? That made NO sense). When we ended our consult, I was the one screaming (actually…crying). Inside I was screaming “no, no, no….” Because her suggestions just didn’t feel right, and I would have been miserable. To me (AND my husband) the pale blue walls are soothing and relaxing, and OUR antique English botanicals are beautiful.
I think that what it really comes down to is this…how do you want to feel in a space and what’s the most natural-feeling way to achieve it.
And sometimes it’s fun to be a bit of a rebel… and make your own rules.