Spring has finally come in full force to Philadelphia. For many, the season means a new beginning and being able to start fresh. For some, this can mean cleaning the apartment and rearranging furniture. If you are going for a new look at your place and a way to create some balance in your life, feng shui might be something for you to try.

What Is Feng Shui?

The words feng shui are two Chinese words meaning wind and water which are fundamental elements on which humans depend on for existence. These two elements also flow or circulate around Earth.  Feng shui is considered an art, a tradition, a science, a philosophy and so much more and has a history dating back thousands of years. Many people even find it to be a sort of religious practice. The idea of the practice is to achieve harmony and balance through the arrangement of objects by allowing forces to flow freely.

While scholars believe that feng shui has evolved and can be traced back through Chinese and Tibetan cultures as far back as 6000 B.C., it has only first made its way to the United States in the 1980s. Since then it has continued to grow in popularity and its influence can even be seen in architecture and design throughout the United States, Australia, and Europe. With its newfound popularity in Western cultures, there are plenty resources to reference how to incorporate feng shui into your home and create a positive energy flow around you.

A Few Basics

If you are trying to adjust your home to have an appropriate feng shui then one of the basic tools used in determining the energy or feng shui of a place is bagua or a bagua map. The word bagua translates from Chinese to mean 8 areas. There are actual maps one can purchase or find online that will list the 8 areas that make up feng shui energy and assist you in determining their location in your home. The different locations in a person’s home are associated with different aspects of a person’s life and include:

  • Money
  • Fame/Reputation
  • Relationships
  • Family
  • Health
  • Children
  • Knowledge
  • Career

The art of feng shui can get very complicated very quickly, incorporating directions, colors, numbers and so much more. There are ways to keep it simple though and still gain some positive energy from it.

Bedroom Pointers

The bedroom is an easy place to start if you want to incorporate some feng shui into your home but are unsure if you want to jump into the deep end or not. Some basic rules or tips can help you set up your bedroom to see how far you want to go with the practice.

To start off you will want to make sure that your bed is not aligned with a door, which means that if you lie down in the bed, your feet should not be pointing at the door. In feng shui, this indicates that your energy, which you lose at night, will be constantly pulled towards the door.

If you can’t move your bed to make it so that it isn’t aligned with the door, one easy fix would be to place a footboard at the bottom of it preventing the energy from leaving.

A few other things to avoid in the bedroom are:

  • A bed that only has access on one side
  • Sharp corners and edges pointed in the direction of your bed
  • A bed under a window
  • A bed too close to the door

A key point to remember is that you are looking for positive energy to flow through your home. If you feel comfortable in the room chances are you already have good feng shui. There are several websites that can assist you in determining feng shui for any room in your apartment, especially if there is a particular room that you are struggling with. Have fun with it and remember to stay positive!