What is a Cure?
A cure is when you add or move something in an area of your environment to balance or to enhance the energy. In Feng Shui there are nine categories of traditional Feng Shui. These cures have been used in Feng Shui for Thousands of years to help solve people's problems. These cures will help you to change the energy in your home or office for the better.
By adding lighting to an area you are activating a change. Light can come from electric lights, candles, fireplaces and oil lamps. This category also includes reflective light from crystals, mirrors and shiny objects.
Adding pleasant sounds to any space can create a vibrational energy shift. The sound can be music, moving water, chimes, bells or musical instruments.
Any living creature from birds to dogs not only make a great pet, they are also wonderful energy enhances to use when a space feels "stuck" or "Sluggish". However, the rule is that they have to be kept clean and healthy. Another living thing that makes an excellent energy enhance is plants. A little TLC can go along with animals and plants.
If you need to be more grounded in life (i.e. when you live on the second floor of your house, in your apartment building or if you are feeling insecure or unstable in life) add an item that has some weight to it or is a symbol of something that is heavy. Examples: Elephant statues, rocks, furniture (bookcases, overstuffed sofa). You could also add rocks or stones to all 4 corners of your home to keep everyone feeling grounded.
Each gua corresponds to a specific color. When you use the color(s) recommended you will be benefiting everyone who lives there. You could add the color to a room in the décor (i.e. throw pillow, colored picture frames) or you could paint one wall the chosen color. You could also paint the floor purple in the Wealth/Prosperity gua and then paint over it a color of your choice and it would still work for you...it's all about the intention and the more creative you get when applying cures the better the cure will work for you and just so you know, cures do not have to be seen by anyone to work.
Moving objects can help move the energy around. This is another great cure to use when you are feeling stuck on a project or in a specific area of your life . However, my recommendation is to remove the clutter first and then add a moving object like a fan, mobiles, chimes or water. You don't want to move the "Stuck" feeling around...you want the clean clear energy to be flowing.
Anything that runs on electricity is a good energy enhances for the appropriate area of the Bagua as any of these items are considered the Fire element - TV, computer, printers, alarm clocks etc... Too many of these items will create too much energy so beware of where you put them. The bedroom is for relaxing, being intimate and sleeping and nothing more, so don't overload the bedroom with too many electronics.
Intentionally placing items in the home that have symbolic meaning to you to change the energy is very powerful. As an example; you could add your wedding invitation to your Relationship/Love gua of your home to enhance the LOVE in your marriage. You could add pictures of happy children to your Children and Creativity gua to help conceive a child or for helping to keep your children happy. Again, it's all about your intention when placing your chosen cures.
This cure is anything that you have a personal attachment to. Something that you personally LOVE...this is an wonderful cure to add anywhere in your home.
The Power Position for your Sofa
Your sofa should be on the wall farthest from the entryway with a clear view of the door. Just like the oven in the kitchen should be in the Power Position, so should your sofa.
Your sofa should not be pushed right against the wall as the energy will get stuck behind it, so pull it a few inches away from the wall for some breathing room.
If you do not have a wall to place the sofa near then consider a floating sofa. Place a sofa table behind it with a couple of tall lamps to give you some support.
If you are unable to face the sofa towards the door than place a mirror on a wall that will allow you to see who's behind you. This will make you feel more at ease when sitting on the sofa.
Creating a communication area
If you want your family to communicate better or more often, pull your furniture closer together by grounding it with an area rug and by placing the legs of the furniture on to the area rug. This will encourage conversations between one another.
Ideally having a circular or oval coffee table is better than a square or rectangle according to Feng Shui because it has no harsh angles pointing at people and it will allow the energy to flow more easily.
Place lighting in dark corners as light activates energy. If areas are in the dark, that represents neglect of certain aspects of your life. (check your Bagua)
Making your living room shine
Keep this room clutter free, make it shine and surround yourself with beautiful items that you love and has meaning.
Blocked door or entryways
Your furniture should never block a door or an entryway to another room...blocked doors or entryways = blocked energy/blocked opportunities
Shifting the energy in your living room
Move a few pieces around in the room. You will be amazed on how refreshing it will make you feel and it will shift the energy in the room.
When it's time to pick the color for your living room, make sure that the room will feel balanced...too much of any one color is never a good thing. You also need to make sure that all 5 elements (Earth, Water, Metal, Wood and Fire) are represented in each room.
Colors and elements of the Bagua
*Black the color for the Career and Life Path gua – this color represents the Water element because it's Deep, Dark and Mysterious just like water can be. This is a good color when you feel that you need to focus on your life path.
*Blue the color for the Skills and Knowledge gua – this color represents the Water element as well because it's Calm, Tranquility and people find it Peaceful when looking at the water. Wear this color when you want clear communication with someone.
*Green the color of the Family gua – this color represents the Wood element because Trees are green. A tree represents growth either within yourself and/or as a family. Green also represents money.
*Purple the color for the Wealth/Prosperity gua – this color represents power and royalty.
*Red the color of the Fame/Reputation gua – this color represents the Fire element. Red is very bold and it grabs your attention and makes people notice you.
*Pink the color of the Relationship/Love gua – this color represents love, softness romance.
*White the color of the Children and Creativity gua – this color represents the Metal element. The color of infinity and endless thoughts and creativity. Wear white when you want to spark your creativity.
*Gray the color of the Helpful People and Travel gua. This color represents the Metal element. This is the color for action and creativity...wear this color when you need to get things done.
*Yellow the color of the Health gua. This color represents the Earth element. Wear this color to become more grounded, focused or when you need to be cheered up.
Good night and sleep well...
Hello and Happy Valentine's day. Did you know that your Love/Relationship Gua governs the head Woman of the home. Yep, it does! That means, that not only does it promote energy that sustains love and relationship, it also has the ability to support the head woman overall in life.
In case you were wondering, the head male is over in the Helpful People and Travel gua but that's another topic for another day.
Your bedroom is all about love and according to Feng Shui principles the bed affects many area of your life; your health, your energy level and of course your love life. Yet many people sleep on an old and uncomfortable mattress because they either feel that it's not important enough to buy a new mattress or because it's the last on the priority list of things that they need to buy this year. Believe me, the benefits outweigh the cost every time.
If you've recently had a break up from a long term relationship, it's important to replace your mattress with a new one. You'll be clearing out the old energy from that relationship to make room for someone new in your life.
Size does matter...yes I am talking about the mattress size. LOL When you buy a new mattress the size is very important in Feng Shui. They say that a queen size is the perfect size for a couple. A twin or full size are too small for a couple to share and it's leaning towards you thinking that you may want to be single. Your thoughts when buying a new mattress should be of you being in a relationship.
In Feng Shui they believe that a king size bed can contribute to a break up because a king size bed is made of two twin box springs and this can create a divide between a couple (Cure -add a king size flat or fitted sheet to the box springs and visualize the gap between the box springs joining together).
The Do's and Don'ts for your Bed and your love life
-Buy a wooden bed with a solid headboard
-Buy a really good mattress without metal springs in it, if possible. (replace your mattress every 8-10 years)
-Place your bed in the Power Position which would be against a solid wall furthest from the door with a view of the door. In this position you will rest easier because you will feel more secure while lying in bed.
-Position mirrors so that you cannot see yourself when lying down in bed.
-Have a matching side table on each side of the bed with lamps to create a balanced and secure relationship.
-Paint the room romantic pastel colors...nothing too bold or bright in this room
-Put in a dimmer switch to soften the lighting which will add a romantic feel to the room
-Have a cluttered bedroom - you want a romantic feel to your bedroom not a reminder of things that need to be done
-Have too many books in the bedroom it's not a library
-Place a workstation in your bedroom. Avoid work or work related objects, anything that represents work. Ideally, bedrooms should be a place for rest and love. Having too many electronics in the bedroom is a Feng Shui NO NO as it makes it much harder to relax and sleep because of the EMF's which can create a lot of pollution in your bedroom. Keep electrical electromagnetic radiation to a minimum and switch them off for the night if at all possible.
-Have beams, sloping ceilings, ceiling fans and cupboards above the bed. All these things will create an uneasy feeling because subconsciously we feel unsafe when things are hanging over our heads. (Cure - Hang a crystal from the Ceiling fan, for the beans and sloping ceiling - place small mirrors on top of furniture to reflex the beam and slope away)
-Hang pictures of family members in your bedroom, again this room is about you and your significant other no one else.
I just finished watching "The Abundance Factor" movie and I really enjoyed it and thought that today's "Tip a Day with Feng Shui" will be about "Gratitude". Being grateful is another tool you can use when applying Feng Shui. As I'm sure that you have heard or read that "Thoughts are Things". When you FEEL grateful for the things and people that you do have in your life...you will attract more things and people to be grateful for. ..it really is that simple!
Here are 3 exercises that came from this movie that you can choose to do...
Exercise #1: Being grateful everyday!
1. Write down 10 things that you are truly grateful for everyday
2. Send love to 3 people that are bothering you (I have done this many times when I've had issues with different people in my life and it amazes me each and every time when the situation completely turns around in my favor. LOL)
3. Be quiet for 5 minutes and ask for direction for the day
Exercise #2: To help train your brain to be more Optimistic...this exercise should be done for at least 21 days
1. Every day for 2 minutes write down 3 NEW things that you are grateful for that day *By the end of the 21 days you will have "63" new things to be grateful for - now that's pretty amazing, isn't it?*
Exercise #3: Give before you are ready or able to give
1.Don't wait for the perfect time, amount of money or situation to give something away to someone (time, money, love, "stuff" etc...) who could really use it. When you "Pay it forward" you will be amazed at how wonderful you feel from doing this, probably as much or maybe even more than the person you are trying to help.
Things to remember:
Negative thoughts create a negative reality!
Relax and enjoy the journey!
Be in a space of Gratitude today, tomorrow and always!
Enjoy your Sunday!