The past few weeks, many of us have felt the urge to purge material possessions that feel unnecessary in our lives. Much of this energy is in thanks to the Year of the Pig. The end of the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac brings about a time to get ready for a new cycle to begin, especially for Pig natives like myself. It’s no surprise that many have found themselves inspired by the new Netflix show Tidying Up to rid their households of items that no longer bring them joy. While in the past we might have found ourselves hanging on to possessions that we felt we could never part with; at this time, we find ourselves throwing these items to the side without hesitation, ready to take them to a donation center or thrift store. Decluttering our space also helps declutter our minds; and in order to be mindful, a clear and focused mind is necessary in order to live in the present moment. Once we have a new-found sense of clarity, it’s time to start aligning the energy of our dwellings with the energy we wish to project this year. This week’s Mindful Musing is all about Feng Shui, its origins, and how you can incorporate this powerful energy into your life.
Feng Shui originated in ancient Chinese astrology. Feng Shui is all about harmony and balance. This geomancy uses the influence of energy forces in certain directions to create balance in harmony between ourselves and our environment. Feng Shui translates into English as “wind water.” Imagine the energy forces that flow within you and throughout your environment as water. Imagine yourself laying in the water. In rough waters, the journey is not as tranquil. When you flow with the current, your travel down a river requires little to no effort. Life should be easy to travel through and Feng Shui is an excellent way to align your energy with the energy force that binds us all together.
Once your space is decluttered, it’s good practice to clear your space with a sage stick or use other energy clearing practices to get yourself ready for the good energy to flow through your space. Next, it’s time to determine the Bagua (a Feng Shui energy map) for your household. A traditional Bagua map uses compass directions in relation to the grid used, while Western tradition bases its directional coordination in relation to the wall of the front door. Some Feng Shui experts might say that following the grids in place is necessary for the energy to flow as it should, it’s important to tap into your intuition to help you feel what energy works with you and what energy works against you. My space happens to align with both traditions allowing me to easily identify the various grids in my household.
Now that you have identified what parts of your space align with the specific Bagua areas, it’s time to take into consideration the various elements and colors associated with particular intentions in order to manifest your desires with ease. To help you with your Feng Shui journey, tune into our Instagram feed for #FengShuiFriday where we will share with you a Feng Shui tip each week!
There are many resources you can use to include Feng Shui in your life. The Chinese astrology book I mentioned a couple weeks back is a great source for finding the best Feng Shui tips for each individual astrological sign. I have found this book extremely useful in my personal household cleansing that I have been tackling the last couple of weeks. What I love about Donna Stellhorn’s book is that she gives basic Feng Shui advice along with tips for each specific sign, along with other details pertaining specifically to 2019, including Flying Star information. You can pick up Donna Stellhorn’s Year of the Earth Pig predictions on Amazon for only $9.99. What’s amazing about Donna Stellhorn’s book is that she gives you contact information so you can ask any Feng Shui questions that you might have.
You can also simply Google “Feng Shui Basics” to find the grids and color associations you need to get your place aligned with the energy you need in order to utilize the prosperously lucky energy the Pig has to offer all of us in 2019!