I love displaying photos of family members throughout my home.
- There’s a photo of my beyond adorable smiling and waving grandson attached to my computer monitor so I can open my heart and raise my energy whenever I look at his sweetness.
- The bedroom hallway is in my Health and Family area so I created gallery walls on both sides with photos of various ancestors as well as present day close friends and relatives.
- I keep a photo of my husband and myself by our front door to affirm that we are nurturing partners with our home and our intention is for good Feng Shui and auspicious Ch’i.
- In my Children and Creativity area I added two large framed pieces of my sons’ wedding photos with their new wives.
Of course, there are photos in other places as well, but this gives you the idea. Based on the Feng Shui Bagua Map, each one was placed in its location for a very specific Feng Shui reason. I’ll explain in more detail below. You may want to get your own Free Feng Shui Bagua Map. It can provide a wealth of information about your current situation and show you which Bagua area your photographs live in now and where you might want to move them.
Like any other items in our home, photos hold more Ch’i when they are clean and in good condition. Here’s a few other basics on how to Feng Shui your photos.
After returning to Maine this Spring I had a Feng Shui AHA.
The photos of my grandchild that I’d put up chronicled his life through age 5 months, his age when we left for Florida. Of course, he had grown incredibly in the half year we were gone and looked quite different. Major updates were needed. Keeping children’s photos current acknowledges their growth and progress. You can have one or two of them when they’re younger but be sure they are complimented by a more recent photo.
Too many outdated photos overall can signal an attachment to the past and an inability to move forward. If a relationship with a person in your life seems stagnant, check your photos of that person. Is the only picture of your husband from 10 years ago and you wish there would be more change in the activities you share? Are your daughter’s images all from her melancholy phase and she goes in and out of depression? Take a deeper look at what your photos are expressing.
One of my all-time favorite photos of my grandmother was taken at her birthday party after she moved to Maine to live with my Mom. I remember she saw the image and said, “I look pretty good for 90!” For me this is both a fabulous memory of her beautiful spirit but also a benchmark of possibility for myself. After eight years of part-time classes she got her teaching degree in her 40s. Supportive, loving and steadfast to her family and ideals, her example is one I try to live by. Feelings of strength and pride surface every time I look at it. The good feeling Feng Shui energy it radiates is palpable. Thanks Grandma!
After I installed my hallway family photo gallery walls there were three missing images. When I asked my Sister for a photo of her with her husband and two boys, my request was put on her very long To Do list. Both of my boys got married that year, and I intended to include one of the wedding photographers’ portraits of each of their brides in my collection. Going through the hundreds of digital wedding shots I’d been sent and choosing just one hadn’t made it to the top of my list either.
As a reminder to include these images, I had chosen and hung an empty frame for each of them on the wall amid the others. Visitors asked more than once why I had empty frames hanging on my wall – was that some “weird” Feng Shui thing? Weird, yes, but not good Feng Shui!
I got the family shot when my Sister visited us in Florida last winter plus I was able to cull out two gorgeous bride photos of the new additions to our family. My family gallery is complete (for now) and it looks awesome!
There are occasionally situations in which an older photograph is appropriate. If you or a family member have a deteriorating medical condition, honor a successful recovery by displaying a photo of the individual in a healthier state. If a photo enforces a particular aspiration such as returning to college or resuming a beloved activity after an absence, get out the photo that shows the person doing what they love and display it as an affirmation of reaching that goal.
Of course, as you saw with my grandmother’s photo above, pictures of our ancestors can be inspirational and comforting to have in our home. In particular, the Health and Family section of the Feng Shui Bagua Map is a great place to put these older shots. The Feng Shui energy held here acknowledges that we all come from a group that has provided a foundation from which we can continue and evolve. It also refers to our current family and its role in providing a base of support to assist us when challenges arise.
Feng Shui doesn’t recommend family photos in every room of the house. The bedroom is a private, yin place where too much Fire element (which people represent) and the intrusive gaze of people who are familiar to you are best withheld. That being said, many of my clients have been excited to hear that a lingering adult child in residence can be gently nudged out of the house by placing a photo of his watchful parents in his bedroom!
Too many photos in the kitchen or bathroom could be “draining” for those represented if they are hung near these rooms’ various sink, tub and toilet drains. Our more public rooms like the living room and family room are wonderful places for photos.
Photos have become a more exciting and enriching part of my life since I got my smartphone. The shots I have been able to get with the benefit of multiple tries and no added cost or waiting for developing has boosted the number of inspiring photos I can have around my home tenfold. I suspect you may be a member of the “photo storage full” club as well. This opportunity carries with it our vigilant awareness that the images, and their subsequent Ch’i energy, boost our individual Feng Shui Ch’i as well as the Ch’i of those depicted. The steps below will broaden your practice of Feng Shui by helping you evaluate and improve the influence of your photos on your personal energy . Take a look and see!
Your Feng Shui for Today
- Take an inventory of the personal photos you have in your home. Are they all clean and in good condition, glass intact and frames in good repair? Remove or repair any that aren’t shipshape.
- When you look at each individual image, does it bring good memories to mind and make you feel good? If not, it should go.
- Is someone missing from the photos you display? Has there been a marriage, birth or adoption that can be acknowledged by adding a photo?
- Conversely, any photo of a divorced partner (including those exes of our children or close relatives) can raise the hair on the back of our necks and needs to be retired.
- Are the ages of the people depicted appropriate? Departed loved ones or ancestors can be any age but those in your life now deserve to be portrayed in fairly recent history.
- Take a quick peek and relocate any photos in the bathrooms, bedrooms or kitchen. If you think you might have a special exception to this general rule, shoot me a comment and I’d be happy to talk it over.
- I’d love to hear what you discover and what moves you make. Happy Feng Shui!