Nest: Day 67
Seven feng shui ch’i cures.
Whether or not you believe in the ancient Chinese art of feng shui (pronounced fung shway), this system has useful suggestions to make your house a welcoming home. Here’s how Skye Alexander, author of the supremely friendly and useful little book 10-Minute Feng Shui explains what it’s all about:
“Literally, feng shui means “wind” and “water.” Like wind and water, it involves movement and circulation. The goal is to direct ch’i–a vital energy that animates all life–through your environment so that its movement resembles a gently flowing stream or a pleasant breeze.
According to Chinese belief, ch’i (pronounced “chee”) flows through everything: the earth, the atmosphere, our homes, our bodies.
[In feng shui} we remove obstructions in the home that are interfering with the proper circulation of ch’i. When ch’i gets stuck in our living and working spaces, we experience the adverse effects in a variety of ways. Finances may languish, relationships with other people may be limited or unfulfilling, health may become impaired.
Chi’i that moves too rapidy can also cause problems. Money may go out as quickly as it comes in, relationships may be unsettled, tension may damage health. By using feng shui cures, we can direct the movement of ch’i through our homes and workplaces…
Ch’i moves through your home in much the same way as you do. If you can walk comfortably through the different rooms of your home, it will be easy for ch’i to circulate smoothly and harmoniously.”
Here are seven feng shui entry way “cures” adapted from the book.
- Increase the wattage of the light bulb in the entrance. Good lighting attracts ch’i–and makes visitors feel welcome.
- Any clutter or accumulated dirt outside your front door interferes with chi’s flow–and is not aesthetically pleasing, either.
- The better your front door looks, the more ch’i will come your way. So add shiny door numbers, or if you already have them, polish them.
- Hang a wreath on your front door because a circle symbolizes harmony and this will encourage congeniality. Change front door decorations every season to keep aligned with the earth’s cycles.
- If you live next to a tall building, put a mirror on your roof to deflect the building’s energy. If you’re near a street, hang a small mirror outside your window to reflect stressful energy away, instead of toward, your house.
- Trim shrubs near your home’s entrance so ch’i can reach you easily.
- Plant golden yellow flowers outside your entry to attract friends and show your optimism.
Day 68: maintain the entry.
Day 69: decorate your entry way.
Nest Month 3
What to do so far:
In case you missed a day, the reminders below are clickable.
Make your house your sanctuary.
Don’t let The Angel bedevil you.
Evaluate your entry.
Use the entry clearing checklist.
Try feng shui cures on your entry.