Does it seem like everything is out of sync? Are you constantly starting over again? Will tomorrow ever be better? Do questions like this haunt you every time another negative event happens in your life or you have the same negative issue crop up to face yet once again? Why do some people snap back to full energy when facing issue after issue and others seem to get even further buried? It all has to do with energy; the energy of your material surroundings and the energy of the people in your world.
Is that what Feng Shui is all about, positive versus negative energy? Does it really matter what and who you surround yourself with? The answer is a definitive “yes”. Feng Shui is all about using positive energy in your surroundings to bring about desired results. Feng Shui uses color, sound and shape to improve your positive energy. For example there are colors that make you feel down or “blue”, there are colors that make you feel up like pink and yellow. Then there are colors like brown and red that make you feel warm or stimulated. A warm brown teddy bear makes you want to snuggle. Think of a snappy little red sports car. You simply want to get up and go.
Equally important are shapes. Furniture that curves gently has soft pillows and no hard edge is very welcoming. On the other hand, furniture with hard edges and looks rigid says to the viewer “don’t sit on me, I am uncomfortable”. Pictures on walls that have soft flowing lines like a lazy river are soothing and peaceful. A picture of jagged mountains with a team of mountain climbers in the distance would provide the viewer the feeling of tension or perhaps danger. Therefore the viewer will experience discomfort unless they love mountain climbing or adventure. A picture of wonderful fresh fruit makes you feel abundant or in the case of lemons, refreshed.
Sounds play another important role in your surroundings. Compare the sounds of a small indoor waterfall to that of loud blaring music; one is soothing and the other can be irritating. Or, think about the sound of waves gently lapping the shore while at the beach, they can be so peaceful and relaxing you might fall asleep. Sound pollution in the home and at work is just as bothersome as air pollution in the atmosphere. Neither provides us the ability to excel nor gives our surroundings the positive energy we need to thrive on.
In order to improve positive energy in your surroundings you must first look at your personal surrounding and observe all of the colors. Are there things in each room that just jump right out and are screaming at you? If yes, then temporarily remove those items one at a time from each room. If the room feels more peaceful without the item then permanently remove it. Continue this process for every room in your home plus the office where you work if possible. Be careful however to not remove appropriate decorative accessories that give a room that special sparkle such as a lovely burnt orange throw on a warm linen sofa or a rich purple pillow on a multi floral lavender bed spread. This process should also include the color of your walls. If they are not a soothing color in your bedroom you will not sleep as soundly. If they are brighter and cheerful in your family room it will encourage lively conversation.
This same process should be applied to all of the shapes in every room as well as the constant daily sounds that surround you. If your furniture has a lot of hard edges soften them with a cozy lap throw or soft pillows. If you live near a noisy highway, add some quieting sounds like that of a small indoor waterfall, quiet background music from your CD player or an indoor wind chime. Be as critical with shapes and sounds as you are with colors. In order to effect a positive energy change in your life it is very important that you surround yourself with colors, shapes and sounds that give you peace and bring balance into your life.
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Pat Heydlauff, president of Energy Design, uses Feng Shui design principles to eliminate chaos and stress at home and within oneself. More than a Feng Shui expert, Pat is a consultant and speaker who helps remove clutter and negativity while encouraging personal growth, improved relationships and prosperity. Her new book, “Feng Shui: So Easy a Child Can Do It,” shows how to achieve a better tomorrow. For information on her consulting, speaking and artwork, call: 561-408-2708.Share