The world is a colourful place – flowers are a prime example of the glorious array of hues that are possible – yet the average home has a limited number of tones. Each colour can relate to specific emotional and behavioural responses, often quite different from what we have been told or what is culturally believed. If we wish to live a full-frequency life, it is important to have a variety of colours in the home, while paying heed to some potentially misguided use of colours. Perhaps the most important space to be mindful of colours is the bedroom, where we move from a conscious state to an unconscious one in which we are more receptive to the messages around us. Continue reading
No one is an island – we rely on the support of others in our lives. In applying Feng Shui principles, we can strengthen our capacity to having the right people coming into our lives at the right time. There is an area of each room and each overall property that we can work with to consciously increase our luck in this area. The zone governing Helpful People is the same one that relates to Travel: it is located in the front of the room or home (the side closest to the door), on the right-hand corner when looking into the room from the door. Continue reading
Valentine’s Day has become a time to focus on love and romance for those who are either single or partnered. Ideally, we shouldn’t require a particular day to remind us of honouring harmonious romantic relationships; it should be a natural instinct and expression of self without needing to lapse into sentimental overkill. There is a connection between how people settle into patterns and habits and how the things in their home environment settle and stagnate. If you want to enliven and invigorate your relationship, it is important to reexamine your surroundings, attitudes, and behaviours.
The world is a colourful, vibrant place – in nature, anyway. Home interiors run the risk of a restricted palette of colours and tones, and the energy as a result can stagnate. One of the best ways to bring some colour and life to your home is through plants and flowers.
The presence of greenery in your home can be important to your well-being. Plants and flowers freshen the air with oxygen and aromas (some smell better than others – choose wisely). In addition to these invisible but tangible benefits, they bring the presence of the Wood element – one of the Five Elements, which also include Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water – and can therefore help to keep a space balanced and alive. The colour of flowers can help to highlight other elements: reds bring in Fire, yellows Earth, blues Water, and whites Metal.
The New Year is a time when we generally look at taking steps in our lives. Staircases themselves certainly relate to this phenomenon of moving to different levels on our lifepath. As major passageways for energy ﬂow, they can, however, also be a challenge with keeping things moving at a sustainable pace.
Energy ﬂows much like air and water (hence Feng Shui’s literal meaning of “Wind & Water”), and if you imagine how water (an easier example to visualize) would ﬂow around a staircase, you have a good idea of what happens with energy: it ﬂows down. This means that if you are facing a staircase, there is the sense of moving against the grain of energy ﬂow; it does, after all, take more energy to walk up a ﬂight of stairs than to walk on the same level.