Maybe Feng Shui could bring positive energy into your home

Published on Wednesday, 19 October 2016 19:01 - Written by PATRICE DUNAGIN, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

Feng Shui is pronounced “fung schway” and is an ancient Chinese method of creating a gentle flow of energy in your environment. It is about the correct flow of energy and arranging your environment for happiness and success. The manner in which subtle energy moves through each space you inhabit affects the way you feel.

If you have ever been in a room or building that didn’t feel comfortable, it was most likely in need of positive energy. If a room in your home makes you irritable or uncomfortable, you may need to apply the principles of Feng Shui. When you walk into your home, you should feel happy and relaxed; Feng Shui can help you do that.

FENG SHUI PRINCIPLES

Clearing clutter is the first step. Finding room for new things in your life requires you to get rid of things you don’t use, want or need.

Adding sunlight to an environment lifts your spirit and expands your vision; darkness inhibits life force and can be depressing. Bringing nature indoors adds harmony and healing to the surroundings.

Using different colors can influence your mood.

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Working in the bedroom is not a good idea. The bedroom is a place for rest and connection.

Displaying pictures of you and your loved ones looking happy, healthy and confident will bring a smile to your face.

The contents of your home reflect who you are; your house serves as a mirror for your thoughts, passions, morals, spiritual beliefs, hobbies and much more. Every object in your life has a memory association as well as an energy attachment that consciously or unconsciously affects you. If you have a bad memory attached to an object, release the negative energy and get rid of the object. Keep only those items that bring you joy, love and happiness.

Here are some quick ways to apply Feng Shui to your home and life:

-- Make your bed, do the dishes, take out the trash, recycle papers, remove a broken object from sight, put away photos of people who upset you and replace them with ones that make you feel loved.

-- Pull back the curtains and open the windows to let sunlight and nature’s energy flow (depending on the temperature, of course).

-- Take a salt bath to release stress and to enhance your physical, mental and emotional well-being.

-- Pick out a new color to wear and see how it influences you and others.

-- Create a fun plan with your favorite person and enjoy the love, support and friendship you feel.

-- Add plants, light and moving water to your environment to increase energy. The plants can be living or silk and the water can be a fountain or an aquarium. Sunlight is the best form of light to add. If your home doesn’t allow much sunlight, use light colors and plenty of lamps.

If you have a space where the energy seems to be flowing too quickly, slow it down with a stabilizer. Heavy objects serve as stabilizers. They include large pottery, big pieces of furniture, planters, columns, wooden trunks, glass, iron, stone sculptures and statues.

These are just a few ways to quickly improve the flow of energy in your home and make your home a more pleasant place to be.

For more information contact Patrice Dunagin, Smith County FCS agent for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, at 903-590-2980.