A person who practices Feng Shui creates a home that feels heavenly. His or her space is perfectly balanced with nature, and it feels like a nurturing environment. These characteristics describe the essence of Feng Shui, which is the philosophy of arranging your environment to create positive energy.

Have you ever walked into a home and felt claustrophobic, like the stuff in the house might suddenly attack you, or that completely out-of-place items might trip you up on the way to the bathroom?

On the opposite end of the spectrum, have you ever entered a space feeling like you just walked through the pearly gates of Heaven, where there is an overwhelming sense of serenity and peace?

Is that a tuxedoed George Clooney walking toward me with a plate of cheese and grapes?

On an emotional level, we react differently to these two environments because one is creating a negative energy and one is creating a positive energy. A person who practices Feng Shui creates a home that feels heavenly. His or her space is perfectly balanced with nature, and it feels like a nurturing environment. These characteristics describe the essence of Feng Shui, which is the philosophy of arranging your environment to create positive energy.

Wind and Water

Feng Shui is literally translated to wind and water, respectively. It began in Asia thousands of years ago when farmers sought the perfect area of land to plant crops. They found that mountains were needed to protect the crops from high winds, and water was needed to nourish the land. By using these natural elements together, they were able to generate healthy harvests, thereby prospering and providing for their families.

Living in Balance

This history explains why the foundation of Feng Shui rests on the belief that living in balance with nature can transform one’s life. While the concept sounds simple, it can be very difficult to implement, which is why PlumbTalk Women wants to learn more about this topic from internationally recognized advanced Feng Shui consultant and lecturer, Michelle Luongo.

Michelle founded Balanced Living Inc. to help individuals bring Feng Shui into their lives. She says once you grasp the principles of this ancient Chinese philosophy and put it to work, you’ll receive benefits that can be life altering.

The Mouth of Chi

Michelle consults with people who are experiencing some challenges in their lives. She says as soon as she walks into their home, she senses what the issues are right away. According to Michelle, it starts with the front door, which is the mouth of chi. “Chi” is the Chinese word for energy.

The front door is where all the energy enters the home. It also provides the starting point on the Bagua, a special map that’s utilized by Feng Shui experts to diagnose your home. The Bagua is divided into eight areas that represent life aspirations such as reputation, love, and knowledge.

Through her consultations Michelle unveils the meanings of each area and will give suggestions on how to overcome obstacles, thus allowing positive energy to flow naturally.

Clutter

So what are some solutions? Number one is to get rid of the clutter! Clutter plays a huge role in our lives. Michelle states it best.

“If your house is full, then so is your life. There’s no room for growth, no room for new opportunities to enter.”

So basically, if you can’t clear the clutter, challenging situations will be difficult to improve. You may be thinking, “Easy enough! I’ll put it in the garage.” Think again. Your garage is still part of your home. And so is that closet at the end of the hallway.

Creating Balance

Further solutions have to do with Yin and Yang and creating a balance between the five elements: fire, wood, metal, water, and earth. Yin and Yang are two opposite forces in nature that work in harmony by complementing one another.

Good Feng Shui can only be achieved if Yin and Yang are in balance. We have both of them in our homes, but there may be an imbalance, or we may be using the wrong one in certain cases.

For example, the bedroom is not the best place to put vibrant colors. Earth tones would be more appropriate because they promote rest. Vibrant colors are better suited in your home office because they boost your energy.

The Heart of Feng Shui

Nature is at the heart of Feng Shui. It’s easy to start incorporating natural elements into your environment, and doing so may bring you greater positivity and happiness.

Examples of putting this into practice are placing a plant in the proper corner; hanging artwork that features water; buying furniture made from real wood. In some cases, you may need to consider the rearranging your furnishings . In addition, you could place crystals or moonstones, two Feng Shui staples, around your home to create positive energy.

However you decide to attack it, you can start by doing research online. Michelle also recommends reading “The Western Guide to Feng Shui” or “Clear Your Clutter With Feng Shui.”

New Opportunities

Feng Shui is about opening up your life to new opportunities, but continually practicing it can be challenging. Constant upkeep and evaluation are important, but the rewards are limitless. Creating your perfect oasis will increase your self-esteem and confidence.

This will have a carry-over effect into all aspects of your life. Maybe next time you have guests over, they’ll tell you how great your home feels, and your own version of George Clooney will offer them tasty treats. This is possible when you clear your life of negative energy.

You can learn more about Feng Shui at Michelle’s website: http://www.balancedlivinginc.com/.

To read more about Feng Shui, view the resource used to inspire and support this article: http://www.fengshuinatural.com/en/.

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