Even the most saged feng shui consultant could probably benefit from another (qualified, talented, positive) consultant coming in and taking a look at her space every once in a while, because, just like counseling or massage, an outside perspective or helping set of hands can often work magic in a way that we just can’t provide for ourselves. Not to mention, there are some subtleties involved with feng shui that can take a while to master.
Still, though, the bottom line is this: if you love where you live and you feel good when you’re home, you have good feng shui. And, if you could use some improvement in this area, there are a number of totally accessible feng shui principles that can help you get there. So, with the right information and a little determination, you can definitely work with your home on your own to affect some considerably positive shifts and conjure up some big time good energy. If anyone tells you this isn’t true, don’t believe them!
So here’s a quick rundown of some of the major things you can do yourself – relatively easily, and right away.
1. Clear your clutter! If you don’t love it, don’t use it, or don’t need it, get rid of it! This will clear the way for the things and qualities you’d most like to experience.
2. Concentrate on comfort, safety, and convenience. When we feel comfortable and safe, and when everything seems convenient and easy to find, our lives are characterized by harmony and ease.
3. Learn your bagua. This is the feng shui map that looks like a tic-tac-toe board – also known as a “magical floor plan.” FYI: there are very simple and doable instructions on how to discover your bagua in Chapter 4 of Magical Housekeeping.
4. Choose imagery wisely. Imagery is so powerful! In our homes, it works its way into our psyches and begins to play itself out in the physical world. So be sure to choose images that depict and/or give you the feeling of the types of things you’d like to experience. This principle works perfectly with the “learn your bagua” suggestion above – place intentional imagery in accordance with the bagua area of the home.
5. Pay special attention to your front door. The front door is called “the mouth of chi,” and is where the blessings and abundance enter. So be sure it feels as welcoming and looks as spiffy as you can make it!
6. Make sure all plants are vibrantly healthy. If you think about it, a not-so-healthy plant is an affirmation of not-so-good health. It can cause us to feel low energy and can bring our spirits down. On the other hand, a healthy, vibrant plant nourishes our health and uplifts our spirit. So if you just can’t seem to support a plant in just the right way, and you’ve tried your very best, it’s probably time to let it go.
7. Keep your toilet lid closed. Open toilets are not only less healthy than closed ones, they also feel like an energy drain in a bathroom. (Although don’t allow this to be a topic of contention with recalcitrant family members. If it doesn’t go over well with some of them, just close it when you can and otherwise let it go! Peace is more important.)
8. Fix all leaks right away. Leaks are literally leaking resources, and translate into leaking energy and leaking finances. So fix those leaks!
9. Make it smell good. Essential oils, incense, and/or naturally scented candles can take your relationship with your home from good to great. So figure out what works for you and give your nose (and state of mind) a treat!
If you’d like to go even more deeply into do-it-yourself feng shui, you might like to check out my book, Magical Housekeeping, Denise Linn’s Feng Shui for the Soul, Karen Kingston’s Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui, and/or The Western Guide to Feng Shui series by Terah Kathryn Collins.
UPDATE: Now there’s a DIY Feng Shui Series on this blog!