It’s the Little Things, Feng Shui in Small Doses
by Leslie Jacobson, MA, MS, Certified Feng Shui Consultant
Feng Shui Consultants of Boca Raton
Many people think that in order to improve their Feng Shui they need to do big things. Move all their furniture around. Buy new furniture. Buy a new house. Make drastic and expensive changes. Major changes and expensive purchases are rarely necessary or recommended. While your Feng Shui consultant is ready, willing, and able to help you make major changes like finding a new home, renovating, or purchasing all new furniture, it is probably not necessary to make major changes like that in order to improve your Feng Shui.
So how do you improve the energy in your home, office, and life so that new opportunities will come your way? It’s all in the little things, the small changes, and the less expensive additions.
Small changes can be as minor as moving an item an inch to the left or right. For example, poison arrows are a major Feng Shui problem. Often your Feng Shui consultant will find that there are items with pointy ends pointing in your direction while you sleep, eat, or work. If you look around your bedroom, you might find that there is something large, like a piece of square edged furniture, or something small, like a pen, that is directly pointing at you while you sleep. This item is sending negative energy at you while you sleep. This could lead to sleep or health problems. Or maybe you’ve got something in one room that would better fit your needs in another room or area. You might have the perfect item to symbolize your career sitting in your marriage and relationship area. Moving that one item might help improve your career and keep your work from interfering in your relationships.
You can also use small things as ways of trying out more expensive changes. You might have an item in your home that you are considering removing permanently because of Feng Shui consequences, like a TV or mirror in your bedroom that are disturbing your sleep. Sheets or towels can be used to temporarily cover these items during the night. If the cover is effective, then you can consider a more permanent solution. Another way to use small things to test out big changes is with color. Maybe you’ve been thinking of painting your bedroom pink to increase your romantic energy. Before spending the money and going through the hassle of painting, try out the color in smaller doses to see if you like it. Sheets in the desired color can help you discover if the color works for you. You might find that you have trouble sleeping with the new color. Replacing your sheets is much less of a hassle than re-painting your bedroom after discovering that the new color was a dud. And if you love the color and its affect on your love life, then you can decide whether or not you want to go even further and paint your walls. Colors can be added to living rooms in small doses as well by using pillows of the Feng Shui related color on your couch.
Another inexpensive way to add a big dose of improved energy into a space is by adding a small Feng Shui cure item. There are many small items that you can buy, but sometimes the symbolism behind these items can confuse. Here are some common small Feng Shui cure items, what they symbolize, and how to use them:
§ Elephants – increase good luck, protection, or use for fertility. For good luck place along the wall opposite the door of your living room. They can also be used as guardians of front door or your child’s bedroom door. For fertility, place your elephant in your bedroom and rub to bring more children into your family.
§ Buddha – are used to create a relaxing environment anywhere. There are specific Buddha statues that represent wealth, or other types of luck. Place Buddha throughout in the home or office for good luck, harmony, and positive energy.
§ Hanging Faceted
§ Chinese Coins - are a great symbol of wealth, prosperity, and security. These coins attract wealth and prosperous energy to you. A key tool in many Feng Shui cures. Imperial Chinese Coins are round with a square hole in the center. They are the most common ones, but other Chinese coins are also very auspicious. There are Bagua shaped coins and the Ancient key style coins. Put 3 Imperial Chinese Coins tied together with a red ribbon (best way to use them) or one alone in your wallet, purse, or safe deposit box for extra money luck. You will also often find Chinese coins as a part of a hanging cure or Feng Shui jewelry.
§ Negative Energy Blockers - block negative energy and increase positive energy. They can be placed on the floor, along a doorway, in a windowsill or anywhere to block negative energy. They are often used to block negative energy from bathrooms attached to bedrooms.
§ Bagua Mirrors - are a traditional, and powerful, cure for protecting your home from external threats. The Bagua Mirrors are eight-sided and decorated with Chinese trigram symbols, both traditional forms of Feng Shui protection. In the center they can have a concave or convex mirror that deflects negative energy coming towards your home. When properly hung outside your home (always facing away from your property) the Bagua Mirror will deflect many forms of negative energy including buildings and objects pointing at your home as well as bad neighbors.
§ Pi Yao - are versatile protectors. They can be used to protect your home, family or money. Pi Yao are often used to remove negative energy from new homes and remodels or from life changes like divorces.
§ Horses - symbolize achievement, overcoming obstacles, and perseverance. Feng Shui horses will make you feel more successful. If you place a horse on your desk it will help you get a promotion or a raise.
You have many options when it comes to making small Feng Shui improvements in your home. Whether you decide to move existing items into a more productive area, test out future large changes by using small scale versions, try some well placed (small) symbolic items, or do a little bit of all of the above, you’re sure to hit upon something that will make a big (and positive) change in your life! So now that your major Feng Shui fears have been eased, there is nothing standing in the way between you and your Feng Shui dreams coming true!