You Need To Know About Feng Shui Energy

An older idea of what an atom may look like.

Feng Shui energy exists the same way intention and goal setting does through psychology. Altering your environment helps you achieve what you want.

Feng Shui involves arranging space, such as your home or office, in a way that benefits you. This is rooted in the belief that it can influence the quality of energy that flows through your spaces. This concept is referred to as “chi” or “qi”. This energy is said to impact various aspects of your life, including health, wealth, relationships, and overall well-being.

The concept of energy is at the heart of Feng Shui, and is often described as the life force that animates all living things. The goal is to ensure that it flows smoothly and harmoniously, as stagnant or blocked chi can lead to imbalances or negative outcomes. Conversely, when chi flows freely, it is believed to bring about positive influences and outcomes in your life.

Though chi as a measurable substance has never been proven scientifically, there is a fundamental truth to it.

Feng Shui Energy Is Either In Harmony Or Discord

We are either in harmony or discord with our environment.

Feng Shui translates to “wind-water” in English. It functions around the idea that the environment we inhabit directly influences our physical, mental, and spiritual well-being.

According to the belief, everything in our surroundings is said to carry a unique energy or life force. This energy can either be in harmony or in discord with the people inhabiting that space.

It’s believed that the orientation and layout of the room, the placement of objects within it, and even the natural elements such as water, wood, fire, earth, and metal, influence this energy.

A Balance Of Yin / Yang Is Important

The Dao of Feng Shui.

In Feng Shui, the concept of Yin and Yang is fundamental and plays a significant role in understanding the harmony of energy. Yin and Yang are complementary forces that represent opposing but interconnected aspects of the natural world. These concepts are derived from ancient Chinese philosophy and are used in various contexts, including traditional medicine, literature, martial arts, and Feng Shui.

Yin represents qualities that are passive, receptive, dark, cool, and introspective. 

Yang, on the other hand, represents qualities that are active, assertive, bright, warm, and extroverted. 

The interplay between Yin and Yang is believed to be the foundation of the universe and all aspects of life.

In the context of Feng Shui, the balance between Yin and Yang is crucial for creating a harmonious environment that promotes what is believed to be positive energy flow. This involves placing objects and arranging furniture in a way that combines both active and passive elements. 

For example, a room with too much Yang energy (bright lights, bold colors) might feel overly stimulating, while a space with too much Yin energy (dim lighting, heavy fabrics) could feel tiring. Striking a balance helps maintain a comfortable and energizing atmosphere.

Psychology And Science Support Feng Shui Energy

There is a link between energy and the mind.

While there is limited scientific literature specifically addressing Feng Shui, some aspects of its principles can be related to concepts from fields like psychology, architecture, environmental design, and even physics. Here’s how some of the principles can be related to scientific concepts.

Environmental Psychology And Well-Being

The arrangement and design of spaces do influence people’s emotions, mood, and well-being. This concept has been explored in the field of environmental psychology, which studies how physical environments impact human behavior and mental states.

Research, such as that from the University of Sunderland, has shown that factors like natural light, color, and the presence of nature can affect our psychological well-being and productivity. 

Color Psychology

Color psychology is a well-studied area that explores the psychological effects of colors on human behavior and emotions. There is scientific evidence that certain colors can influence mood and perceptions. The publication, Very Well Mind, explores how color influences behavior.

However, it’s important to note that the specific color associations in Feng Shui might not be universally accepted. Cultural and individual differences play a role in how people perceive and react to colors.

You can read more about the benefits of applying colors in a previous article I wrote.

Furniture Arrangement And Socialization

The arrangement of furniture to promote comfort, movement, and social interaction is the center of interior design and architecture. Creating spaces that allow easy navigation and communication is supported by modern environmental design research. Feng Shui’s emphasis on minimizing clutter and arranging furniture aligns with these design principles. 

Nature and Biophilia

Biophilia is the concept that humans have an innate connection to nature and benefit from exposure to natural elements. Integrating plants, water features, and natural materials into interior spaces aligns with this concept. Studies, like those discussed in Psychology Today, have shown that exposure to nature can reduce stress and improve cognitive function. 

Energy Is How You Benefit From Your Environment, Or Not

A building that is not in harmony.

Feng Shui refers to energy as “chi”. Modern science arguably refers to energy as “psychology”. Both are a way to essentially represent the same thing or perhaps one measures the effect of the other.

There is plenty of evidence to strongly suggest our environments play a large part in our overall well-being. The construction and design of our surroundings can either encourage, discourage, or be neutral. A home with proper natural lighting, spaciousness, and positive imagery on the walls will benefit most people. In contrast, a dark, cluttered, and cramped space will act like a heavy, wet blanket.

Just as a loving, encouraging parent can help their child succeed, so can a well-laid-out home nurture you. Conversely, a parent who speaks poorly of their child, restraining and withholding love, hurts them, and so does a poorly laid out home hinder you.

What Feng Shui Energy Can Do Those Over 40

The journey of age and energy.

Turning 40 is often a period associated with changes in the body, mind, and emotions. Using the concepts of Yin and Yang can have very positive effects. The concept of Yin, representing rest, relaxation, and thoughtfulness, can help with mental well-being. Creating Yin spaces, whether through cultivating moments of quiet reflection, engaging in activities that promote relaxation, or surrounding oneself with serene environments, contributes to a sense of inner peace and contentment.

Conversely, incorporating Yang elements maintains an active and vibrant lifestyle. This could involve physical activities like yoga, working out, vibrant colors, and socialization. The kitchen, generally Yang in Feng Shui, can be a place of energy and vitality. 

Too often, the transition into the 40s and beyond is interpreted as an inevitable decline. In reality, it’s another step in a larger journey. This is a time when intentional living becomes more important. The principles of Yin / Yang as expressed through Feng Shui are an excellent way to participate in that adventure. 

My Personal Experience With Chi

A personal story.

Some many years ago, I wasn’t doing well. I was deeply in debt, going through several lawsuits, fat, unhealthy, and in a romantic breakup. Simultaneously, my home was a cluttered, disheveled mess.

Discovering Feng Shui, the concept made sense to me. I learned how it worked and applied it, hoping it would make my life better. There is no doubt it did, but not in the way I originally thought or was told. That, however, is a story for another time.

What I did experience was a major improvement in how I felt. I found my new, de-cluttered, feng shui centric environment refreshing. It encouraged me and acted as an indication things are getting better.

Roughly 9 months later, I was out of debt, the lawsuits were at an end, I consistently ate healthy, regularly worked out, and lost weight.

The more I learned about the Yin Yang concept, the better I understood its real-world representation and felt its benefits. Certain rooms are meant to be very active, while others are not. The purpose of the bedroom is to rest, recover, and make love. The purpose of a living room is to do things, like socialize and entertain. Too much of any one is unhealthy.

An article published in the Cleveland Clinic explains how working too much can cause severe health and mental problems. This demonstrates an excessive Yang aspect of living.

In contrast, an article in the Johns Hopkins Medicine publication details how too much sleep is also very unhealthy. This illustrates the overuse of Yin.

Feng Shui and other ancient texts say Chi is this undefinable substance that courses through life. It’s this essence that cannot be felt, seen, touched, tasted, or heard. Yet, it’s supposedly there, underlying all of existence.

The energy Feng Shui describes may not be a thing that can be measured, but psychology seems to have a way of observing its effects.

I can’t prove chi, but I can confirm, as many studies have, that your environment can either help or hurt you. Applying Feng Shui alone isn’t what turned my life around. What it did was position me so that my actions were more precise, focused and likely to succeed.

Feng Shui helped to make the most of whatever I chose to do.

Here Is How To Apply Feng Shui Energy

Ready to make things happen.

Feng Shui is an excellent way to work with your environment. The guide in which it provides embraces the opposites that encompass life. Every positive has a negative, light has dark, soft to hard, and so forth. 

Using these principles, the following are some great ways to turn your home into something that works for you. 

Declutter Every Room

Cluttered space reduces movement and psychological freedom.

It starts with removing excessive and space-consuming objects that no longer serve any genuine, deeply definable purpose. This becomes a transformative process that involves systematically organizing and streamlining your home. 

Create a clear plan by designating specific areas or categories to tackle one at a time, such as clothing, books, or kitchen items. As you do, think about each item’s practical use and sentimental value, letting go of items that no longer serve a purpose or bring you joy. 

A helpful guideline is to ask yourself whether you’ve used the item within the past year. If not, most of the time you can get rid of it.

When decluttering, keep in mind the principle of minimalism—retain only those items that truly contribute to your daily life or resonate with you emotionally. Sort items into three categories: keep, donate/sell, and discard. Utilize storage solutions like bins, shelves, and containers to neatly arrange items you choose to keep. 

Determine Which Room Is Yin / Yang Focused

Evaluating your home.

Rooms exist for a purpose. When going through your home, decide which rooms will be used for what. Depending on that room’s role will determine its Yin / Yang role. 

Here is how I set up my home, and in no particular sequence.

Bedrooms (Yin): Each is for rest and rejuvenation, including meditation.

Dining Room (Yang): This room is for consuming food and communing with family.

Laundry Room (Yang): The household clothes are actively washed and cleaned in this location.

Kitchen (Yang): Lots of commotion takes place here, such as food preparation and casual socializing within our household family.

Garage (Yin): The cars and other stored items rest in this room until needed.

Backyard (Yin): In our home, the backyard isn’t used much. Whenever it is, it’s generally to sit quietly or rest on outdoor furniture. 

Living Room (Yang): Lots of activity in this room, from yoga to home theater entertainment.

Foyer (Yin): This is the part of the house that gets limited, if any real activity. It’s the space between the entrance and the living room. The most movement it gets is people coming and going, occasionally leaving keys or mail on the adjacent furniture. 

Office (Yang): This is the busiest room in my home, as I spend most of my time working here. 

Bathrooms (Yin): I see this room as one to rid the body of waste and clean itself. It’s used for only those purposes. Accordingly, I feel it leans more toward passive activities. 

Hallways (Yin): Other than a few pictures, a couple of desks for lamps, and some lighting, the hallways aren’t much different than the foyer in my home.

Doorway Entrance (Yang): Lots of movement here, but more so interacting with the neighborhood, looking out the window, mail and package delivery and solicitation. 

Collectively, I have a rather balanced home. 6 Yin heavy locations, and 6 Ying focused locations. It doesn’t have to be balanced like this to have a healthy domicile. You could have 9 rooms that are Yang and 3 Yin, it doesn’t matter. The Feng Shui experts say it does, and perhaps in an ideal world it would, but that’s not life. 

You make the best you can with what you currently have. This is how you can turn your environment into a tool that benefits you.

However, like with anything else, if you desire a home that is more Yin, Yang or balanced between the two, you can arrange rooms according to that intention. You can go so far as to Yin / Yang balance every room if you so choose.

Arrange Your Furniture Like A King Or Queen

Like a king.

In every room, arrange your furniture so that you are not surprised by anyone entering unannounced. Just as a king or queen holds a position of authority and leadership in their kingdom, arranging furniture in the command position establishes you as the authority figure in your living space. 

Elemental Balance

Harmony

Integrating the five natural elements in a space (water, wood, fire, earth, metal) is believed to create a harmonious equilibrium. For example, placing a water feature in the southeast corner of a room is said to enhance wealth and prosperity.

Each element is associated with a specific attribute. A Bagua Map is the reference guide often used, though it’s not required to get desirable results. You can simply assign certain rooms to be of a particular focus, and thus apply the appropriate Feng Shui Element to that space. Unless you wish to participate in Feng Shui religiously, applying the 5 elements is at your creative discretion.

Below you’ll find a summarized listing of those elements.

1. Wood (Xing)

  • Attributes: Growth, vitality, flexibility, and expansion.
  • Color: Green and brown.
  • Balance: Introduce wooden furniture, plants, and decor with wooden elements to promote growth and creativity. Avoid excessive use of wood.

2. Fire (Huo)

  • Attributes: Passion, energy, transformation, and enthusiasm.
  • Color: Red, orange, and strong yellow.
  • Balance: Add candles, artwork with fiery colors, or lighting to stimulate and balance the energy in a room. Be cautious not to overdo it.

3. Earth (Tu)

  • Attributes: Stability, nourishment, balance, and grounding.
  • Color: Earthy tones like beige, terracotta, and sandy colors.
  • Balance: Use earthy materials like ceramics, stone, or clay pottery. Incorporate square shapes and flat surfaces to create stability. 

4. Metal (Jin)

  • Attributes: Clarity, precision, efficiency, and organization.
  • Color: White and metallic colors (silver, gold, etc.).
  • Balance: Add metal objects, such as stainless steel appliances, metal frames, or metallic decor. This can enhance clarity and order. Be mindful of excessive metal, as it can make a room feel cold and sterile.

5. Water (Shui)

  • Attributes: Flow, flexibility, communication, and introspection.
  • Color: Blue and black.
  • Balance: Incorporate water features like a tabletop fountain, aquarium, or reflective surfaces (mirrors or glass). These elements can enhance the flow of energy and promote relaxation. Avoid too much water, as it can create a sense of instability or emotional overwhelm.

Color Psychology

Proper use of colors can have amazing effects.

Colors carry their own significance and can impact mood and well-being. Selecting colors based on their associations with specific elements can enhance the desired energy in a space.

When selecting colors for your walls, furnishings, and decor, consider your personal preferences and how they align with the elements associated with each area. Aim for a balanced color scheme that resonates with the specific energies you want to enhance in each space.

While it’s important to incorporate the dominant element’s colors for each area, you can also introduce contrasting colors to create balance. For instance, if a room has predominantly earthy tones, you can add accents of the complementary color, which is red (Fire element).

You also don’t need to completely repaint your home to apply Feng Shui principles. You can achieve balance by using decor items, furnishings, and accessories in the appropriate colors. For example, throw pillows, artwork, rugs, and curtains can be used to introduce the desired colors into a space.

From Concept To Reality

From creative ideas to living reality.

While the concept of chi itself may be intangible, the practical applications of Feng Shui are widely acknowledged. By aligning the functions of each room with its corresponding energy, you can create environments that cater to your specific needs and desires.

Feng Shui principles may not always align perfectly with modern scientific understanding, there are, however, intriguing correlations between the arrangement of spaces, color psychology, and the impact on human well-being. Whether you choose to embrace Feng Shui wholeheartedly or simply draw inspiration from its concepts, there is no denying the benefits of a harmonious and balanced living environment.

Ultimately, Feng Shui serves as a reminder that the spaces we inhabit are not merely physical structures but extensions of ourselves. 

Until the next time, cheers!

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