Looking forward to a smooth and joyous holiday season with no worries, stress or overwhelm? Home is one of the main focuses of the holidays and a bit of Feng Shui just as they begin can help to set your season on a course of focus, joy and flow with about an afternoon’s attention.
Let’s look at the big three that can bog people down – Relationship, Wealth and staying grounded or centered. If a red flag goes up for any one of these, put all your attention there. They are also three areas in the Feng Shui Bagua and a quick adjustment in any or all three could offer you that added boost to make your season merry and bright.
If you haven’t already, use my Free Bagua Map Download to identify your home’s Relationship, Wealth and Center areas. As a reminder, the Bagua is a grid that is placed over your floor plan. It divides your home into nine sections, or guas, each representing a primary type of energy that is present in your life. Instructions for the Bagua’s placement and use will be included with the download. If you’d like help with placing and analyzing your own Bagua, I offer a web based Feng Shui Bagua Analysis for a modest price.
Let’s focus on each area a bit more.
Located in the back right corner of your Bagua, relationship is what we hope the holidays will be about. This gua represents your relationship to other people but also your relationship with yourself as well as to Spirit or whatever higher power you might identify with. Tense about seeing relatives or the dynamics of the office Christmas party then adjusting this area can help.
Take a look at your Relationship area. Is it tidy, well cared for and a place you’d love to hang out? If not, try sprucing it up a bit. Clean and organized go a long way in Feng Shui. Is there a particular item or items that are unruly, worn or unkempt? One client had been estranged from her daughter for years and she had two cat litter boxes in that area. In addition, a bush in the outdoor area that was included in relationship had a shrub covered with choking bittersweet vine. Neither circumstance supported healthy relationships.
Enhance this area with two items that are the same size and relate to one another. I usually need to repeat this to clients more than once so, here goes. Enhance the Relationship area with:
Two items of the Same Size that Relate to One Another . At this time of year it’s important to point out that this especially does NOT include a mother and child, which are not the same size and do not relate to one another equally.
Do you like to do it up big and tend to overspend during the Holidays then pay for it later? (Yes, that’s a pun!) Take a peek at your Wealth area in the back, left corner of your Bagua to help.
The Wealth and Prosperity gua speaks directly to the energy of our finances but also other kinds of prosperity in the form of good fortune, blessings and abundance of all kinds. This area represents the honest, safe and gradual accumulation of wealth as an ideal path.
The clean and tidy idea I explained about Relationship pertains everywhere so let’s add another interior factor to consider. Is there rushing Ch’i in the room that holds the Wealth gua? Rushing Ch’i can encourage your money to rush through your life, leaving you before you have a chance to hold onto its essence.
We identify rushing Ch’i by looking at the placement of the doors and windows. When you stand at the door of your room and look straight ahead, do you see directly out of a door or window opposite you? Is there anything in its path? If the path is clear, you likely have rushing Ch’i and that could reflect directly on your finances. Adjust it by placing an item into the path. A piece of furniture, lamp or other such impediment would work well. If that is not practical, hang a wind chime or round faceted crystal from the ceiling in the middle of the path between the door and where the energy exits. You can also place something on the glass of the window or door you look through.
The door to my bedroom in Bonita, our Florida home, is lined up directly with the sliding door to the lanai at the back of my house. This happens to be my Wealth area. Ch’i can race from the interior door straight through the room to the outside, draining the energy. In fact, since it is a bedroom it could also disrupt a restful sleep with the accelerated flow. To adjust the Feng Shui, I added an easy chair and footstool that protrude far into the path of Ch’i. The energy’s flow is now slowed and diverted to the center of the room where it can help to create a more stable feeling. My finances are doing just fine.
The Center of our Bagua receives all of the energy from the other guas, holds then circulates this energy back again to create a smooth and even flow for our lives. A balanced and organized Center supports us in being grounded and feeling stable. If our Center gua is chaotic, crowded, cluttered, unorganized or unbalanced in any number of ways, this imbalance will reflect in the pace, stress and focus of our lives.
Here’s my Center gua in Bonita. It’s clean and tidy now but I do have a tendency to let it get out of hand so that’s one thing I will be paying particular attention to this time of year. Also, the plant near the sliding door is helping to slow the front to back Ch’i flow, but I may add a rectangular rug in front of the turquoise console to ground the energy a bit more. It’s time to add the festive decorations so that will boost the Ch’i there as well.
What is in your Center gua? I often find clients with stairways and hallways which encourage an excessive, hard to calm rush of energy. Others have the kitchen which can pose challenges. If your Center gua is your Zen meditation room may I come over and spend the holidays with you? Should stairways, kitchens, long hallways or other odd configurations be in your Center gua, send me a photo and we can develop some solutions together. I love to figure out how to help my readers improve their lives with Feng Shui.
Feng Shui can help to create a holdiay season that is peaceful and joyous. Spend a little time early in the Season making a few Feng Shui enhancements and float through the month singing Fa La La!