The deepest secret in our heart of hearts is that… we love the world, and why not finally carry that secret on with our bodies into the living rooms and porches, backyards and grocery stores?
— Natalie Goldberg
One simple way to encourage good Qi, or the life energy that is present in all things, is to have healthy plants and fresh flowers throughout your home, and especially in the living room. Using feng shui principles, you should choose houseplants that are fleshy-leaved or rounded. Avoid prickly, or pointed leaves that would bring too much yang energy, or might even be “poison arrows” of negativity. And be sure to remove any wilted leaves or dead flowers right away, as their energy is quite detrimental.
Some practitioners suggest that you should avoid creating sharp angles in the room. Thus, if you need extra storage space, or a media cabinet, make it a corner cabinet if possible, to soften the edges of the room. And speaking of media, negative energy, called “Sha Qi,” arises from synthetic materials, artificial lighting, and media and electronic equipment like air conditioning, computers, and TVs.
Wood creates a very effective shield for the EMFs (electromagnetic field emissions) that can cause disruptions and disturbances, as well as Sha Qi. So keeping your home theater behind the closed door of a wooden armoire when not in use offers, not only a more aesthetically pleasing decor, it is a practical way to thwart the buildup of negativity in your living room.
Dark corners and cluttered rooms can also create stagnant Qi, which slows your energy and causes a loss of direction in life. Adding a bright light, mirror, fountain, strong colors, or an aquarium can help churn stagnant Qi.
Avoid having sofas or chairs with a door behind them. This not only blocks the Qi energy from flowing properly, having one’s back to a door creates tension and anxiety. If you ever look around at a restaurant, you’ll notice people prefer to sit with their back against a wall, preferably with view of the door, if they have a choice. We feel ‘safer’ and more in control this way.
Similarly, desks are best positioned in the far corner away from the door, with a solid wall behind you and good view of the door and window. And the best places around a dinner table are those with a wall behind you.
Speaking of the dinner table, if you’re still up for this, next week I’ll discuss the important areas of abundance and health that the kitchen and eating areas of your home embody.
And if you want to send me photos of your front door (or other areas of your home!), I’ll post them this weekend!