Many Chinese Singaporeans can’t decide what they feel about Feng Shui. On one hand, they could swear that they’ll never let this “strange belief” dictate the colour of their walls, and on the other, they’ll have a strategically placed money plant that has to be watered daily or all hell will break loose.
What is Feng Shui, really? It’s both a science and an art that gives guidance on how to balance the energies of any space so that its inhabitants can live in harmony and have good fortune and health. Developed over 3,000 years ago in China, Feng Shui is still widely practised and has even gained popularity in the West.
Intrigued? Here are some Feng Shui tips to bring positive energy into your home.
Feng Shui for Health
Health is wealth. And even though there’s no replacement for quitting smoking and getting off your couch, it sure doesn’t hurt to give your home some positive health vibes.
Light and a Clutter-free space
Natural light is a great mood-booster, and can greatly affect how positive you feel. If your curtains are always drawn, it’s time to let the light come in, at least during the day. Allow natural light to fill your room and ensure that it has good air circulation as well.
No matter how many fancy Fengshui ornaments you place around the house, having a home that’s full of clutter will only bring about blockages and stagnation in energy. Enhance your well-being by regularly clearing out clutter.
In the bedroom, make sure you don’t treat the bottom of your bed as a storage space, and avoid getting beds that come with drawers. Keeping an open circulation around your bed ensures that you’re sleeping with a good circulation of energy.
Feng Shui for Prosperity
Water is Wealth
Health is wealth, and so is Water. Finding a water feature or even Feng Shui fountains is a rather common sight in Chinese homes, as water attracts wealth and energy.
Water fountains come in a wide range of sizes and designs, so it really shouldn’t be too hard to find a suitable one for your apartment. However, it’s not advisable to place water elements in your bedroom, as it could bring worries, emotional disturbances, and even dampen libido, which isn’t exactly what you want in your love relationships.
If water fountains are really not your thing, images work just as well, as long as the water is clear and flowing.
Feng Shui for Love
Whether you’re single and looking or attached, your home could hold the key to attracting and sustaining harmonious love energy. Take a close look at the elements of your home. Is it welcoming for two?
Create Space for Both of You
If you’re single and looking, set the intention to welcome love into your life. If you’re in a relationship, make your home a representation of a couple, and give space to each one of you.
Have a good hard look at your bedroom. Is the presence of ‘ You’ overpowering the presence of your partner? Is your stuff all over the room and it could be easily mistaken as a room of only one person? If you’re single, make sure your home is rid of things like mementos of previous relationships or worse, photos of your ex on the wall.
You can also attract and keep the love going by placing some images and symbols that come in pairs. The most popular symbol of everlasting and faithful love is a pair of Mandarin Ducks. Don’t just walk into a Feng Shui shop and pick any at random, but rather take your time to choose a painting or figurine that you really connect to.