Maintain a home with mellow, peaceful energy by practicing the principles of Feng Shui. This includes following the one-in, one-out rule for banishing junk that has sentimental value but is taking up space.
Plants add a natural touch to any environment. The tulsi plant, according to Vastu, helps clear negative energies.
The ancient Chinese practice of feng shui, meaning wind and water, uses the concept of ying and yang to promote good energy flow. It takes into account elements like wood, fire, earth, metal and water to help guide the flow of energy throughout your garden.
One of the best ways to bring in a feng shui-friendly element is by using plants. Plants, especially tall ones, provide an important focal point for the yard and can enhance the overall energy of the space. Likewise, having a large water feature can be helpful for directing positive chi into the home.
Aim for quality over quantity when adding feng shui to your houseplants. Too many plants can create stagnation and block positive chi. Aim to add just three or four plants in areas where you want a boost in energy. For example, if you want to enhance your family area use plants like philodendrons and peace lilies that are easy to grow and have rounded leaves.
Plants are one of the most powerful symbols of good energy. They can attract wealth, help fight bad luck and improve health and stamina. Some plants also detoxify the air and can improve concentration, as shown by research(1). The best indoor energy plants include jade, peace lily, rubber plants (ficus), bamboo and aloe vera.
The ZZ plant, which is not actually a bamboo but a ficus (Zamioculcas zamiifolia), represents both the wind and water elements of Feng Shui and can enhance the flow of energy in your home. This low-maintenance plant is ideal for bathrooms and laundry rooms. It thrives in medium to bright indirect sunlight and needs to be misted or soaked in filtered water every 1 to 2 weeks.
Flowers are also great symbols of positive energy, such as the lotus, peony and adenium. They are said to promote spirituality and love. Other good energy enhancing plants include lavender, basil and thyme. Thyme, for example, is believed to protect against negative vibes and can be placed under your pillow.
The Bagua Map is a tool that’s often overlooked when it comes to feng shui. Advice like don’t hang mirrors over the bed and keep your stove clean for harmony might get more air time, but the bagua—an energy grid that can be superimposed on a floor plan—is just as important.
The bagua has nine areas that correspond to a specific aspiration like wealth, relationships, health and more. Each area has its own color, shape and element. By ensuring that all the elements in your home are balanced and active, you can create stronger supportive energies for yourself.
To apply a bagua to your space, start by finding the front door on the floor plan and aligning it with the bottom section (Knowledge and Self-cultivation). Next, bust out your compass or protractor and divide the rest of the space into nine equal sections, kind of like a tic-tac-toe board.
BioGeometry is a new field of science that uses a special language of shapes, color, sound, motion and wave configuration to induce harmony into biological subtle energy systems. It has evolved from over 45 years of research and is based on the idea that everything in nature has an underlying geometry.
Specifically designed geometric shapes are used to balance energy fields and can help cancel the negative effects of electromagnetic interference from modern appliances, such as cellular phones, computers and electrical wiring. For example, when a Geometry of Life was placed in the home of Hemberg, Switzerland (a town that is highly affected by EMFs from mobile phone towers), residents suffering from electro-sensitivity reported significant improvements.
The principles of BioGeometry are also being used to harmonize the effects of geopathic stress and other environmental energies. The results of this type of work are so amazing that many people have been moved to create organizations and companies dedicated to this very important research.