For many of us, Spring marks the time of a yearly ritual-Spring Cleaning. Have you ever noticed, though, that your efforts seldom keep the clutter clear for long? For that, you need something more-something like Feng Shui.
The American Feng Shui Institute describes this ancient art (pronounced fung shway) as “the study of how the environment affects those who dwell in it.” This Chinese art/science teaches people how to live in harmony with their environments, using the principle of energy, or “Chi,” that moves through, and around, everything. The basic teaching of Feng Shui is that your living environment responds to the flow of Chi within it. By properly aligning your environment so that the chi flows easily, you can influence the degree of prosperity and happiness, or poverty and misery, that you and your family experience.
How does this relate to Spring Cleaning and clutter?
Feng Shui practitioner, Christian Hummel, says that, if your clutter keeps coming back, despite all of your best efforts, it could be due to stagnant or blocked Chi. Clutter is attracted to stale Chi, he says. Clear the block and you will likely clear the clutter-permanently-says Hummel. So, while you’re Spring Cleaning this year, remember to also Spring “Clear” with these Feng Shui tips:
Clear the Clutter
Clutter blocks Chi like nothing else. Do you notice how just looking at a stack of disorganized magazines can lower your energy? That’s because, saysHummel, “our mind equates it (clutter) with chaos and dead energy.” To get the Chi flowing freely again, you need to throw away all of your old newspapers, rearrange your bookcase, and sort your music collection. Be unmerciful to the “pack rat” within. Why are you keeping those twist top ties from bread bags? Toss them. Sort and arrange everything neatly, and that includes your filing cabinet and your closets. Just because the clutter is out of your sight does not mean that it is out of Chi’s view.
Clear the Corners
The corners in your home are instant “Chi blockers.” You need corners in your house, of course, but there are things that you can do to keep that chi moving instead of being trapped. Hummel suggests putting small indoor water fountain, wind chimes, or plants in many of your corners.
Clear with a Ceremony
Our minds respond well to ceremony and ritual. After you finish Spring Cleaning, and Spring Clearing using Feng Shui, consecrate your work with a ceremony. You can create your own ceremony. You can go from room to room and bless your space. You can light candles and pray. You can meditate, going room to room in your mind, and pour the love of your consciousness into it. Any way that makes you feel good is fine, as long as it feels like a formal ritual.
Although this may seem like a lot of work-Spring Clearing AND Spring Cleaning-many people have reported significant improvements in their finances, relationships, and health after making just a few simple Feng Shui adjustments to their homes. You can too.