Feng Shui is the ancient Chinese art of placement. It is a system that harmonizes and balances elements of one’s environment for the proper flow of chi (energy). Although there are many facets of feng shui, we will focus on achieving balance through the five elements of wood, fire, earth, metal, and water.
The Five Elements
The five elements of feng shui represent a different type of energy. Balancing the five elements brings harmony to your living space. Your living space can affect your mood, affecting your health and overall well-being. Have you ever walked into a room that felt light, airy, and peaceful? If so, that room was harmoniously balanced. However, if you’ve entered a room that immediately felt dark and foreboding, there was probably an overabundance of one element that caused an imbalance. You can create harmony throughout your house by learning to work with the five elements.
Wood represents growth, creativity, and strength. You can add the element of wood with plants, trees, silk flowers, cotton fabric, and wood furniture. You can also use the colors green and blue to represent the wood element. However, too much of the wood element can lead to stubbornness and make you feel overwhelmed. If your home has an overabundance of wood, you can balance it by adding metal elements.
Fire represents passion, energy, and boldness. You can add the element of fire with a fireplace, candles, or the colors red and orange. Too much of the fire element can lead to aggression or irritability. You can balance the fire element by adding water elements.
Earth represents grounding and stability. You can add the earth element with plants, rocks, and clay pots. You can also use earthy colors such as brown, grey, green and yellow. An overabundance of the earth element can leave you feeling stuck in a rut. You may lack ambition and energy. Add wood elements to balance too much earth.
Metal represents clarity, logic, and the analytical mind. You can add the metal element with anything made of metal. You can also use white, silver, and grey colors to represent metal. However, too much of the metal element can cause you to be judgmental and critical. Balance an overabundance of metal by adding the fire element.
Water represents spirituality, wisdom, peace, and emotions. You can add the water element with a fountain, fishbowl, aquarium. You can also use mirrors as they have the reflective quality of water. The color blue also represents water. An overabundance of the water element can affect your decision-making abilities. Balance the water element by adding earth elements.
Adding Elements to Rooms
Start slow when adding and arranging elements in each of your rooms. You don’t want to overdo it, therefore, creating an imbalance. Many items may contain more than one element. For instance, a small tabletop water fountain with river rocks represents water and earth elements. You may need to add items to certain rooms while removing them from others to achieve balance. Take stock of the items in each room and the elements they represent. Notice how you feel in each room. Feelings of irritability, stress, or sluggishness could indicate an imbalance in the room. Play around by adding and removing items until you find the right balance of elements. Once you do, you’ll see positive energy flowing in your life as well as your home.