Let go of the old to make space for the new!

Feng Shui is about the flow of energy within our homes and how our relationship to those energies may affect us and invite opportunities into our lives. Most people only care about the look and functionality of a home rather than the most important thing – the health of their home. A home can look and feel great at first although after spending extended periods of time the effect can be felt by occupants and the energy can sometimes work against the occupants rather than supporting them.

Before you can Feng Shui your home or work place you need to rid yourself of clutter as it will reduce the effective flow of energy and could actually make things worse. And the start of a new year is a perfect excuse to look at the things we surround ourselves with in our environment with new eyes!

Symbolically, clutter represents stuck energy. Clutter in your environment can mirror internal clutter. Imagine everything you own is attached to you by a thin thread of energy. The more things you have, the more strings you have attached to you. What these strings do is act as an anchor. They hold you firmly in your current situation and prevent you from moving forward in life. Therefore the more cluttered your environment, the more stagnant your life is likely to be, and carrying around a lot of clutter both internally and externally will slow you down and tire you out.

It is said that clutter in wardrobes, bathroom cabinets, fridges, garages, cars, handbags, drawers, underneath beds are clutter hot-spots. Clutter at floor level pulls your energy down and can have a depressing effect. It can also indicate that you are trapped in the past.

Start with a drawer, once you do it you will feel great. Anything that you look at that you do not like or conjures up a negative feeling either throw it out or give it to a charitable organization. An example of this is a present or gift you may have received from someone you don't like and every time you see this item you have negative feelings….what is the point of holding onto it? You must surround yourself with positive energy and that means surrounding yourself with items that mean something positive to you and make you feel good.
In short, if you don't like it or haven't used it for a long time, get rid of it! You have to let go of the old to make space for the new.

Once you have done a good “clutter clear” you can then start to look at the feng shui and the best place to start is at the entrance as this is the energy you are bringing into the home. The energy at the entrance to your home will relate to your wealth and whether or not the feng shui supports your ability to make money in this home so make this area as inviting as possible.

Two other important factors in a home are the use of the colour bright red in addition to water features such as fish tanks, table top fountains or swimming pools. You need to be extremely careful where these objects are placed as they may actually be doing more harm than good as they are activating the energy in the area they are placed. This is where the help of a qualified Traditional consultant comes in. Elizabeth is called in to analyse the “unseen energies” in your home and will identify any obstacles you may be experiencing and then recommend remedies based on the five elements to alleviate these problems and ensure your home is a space that is supporting your rather than working against you.

Author's Bio: 

Elizabeth is the principle consultant of Feng Shui Living and is considered one of Australia's leading Feng Shui Consultants. She is President and a founding member of the Association of Feng Shui Consultants. AFSC was formed with the objective to define, promote and maintain a high level of regulation and standards in the practice of Feng Shui, and to ensure the Feng Shui profession has an outstanding reputation within Australia.

With her interest dating back at least 12 years, Elizabeth is one of the most passionate Feng Shui advocates in the industry. She has always been enthralled by Feng Shui and its power to affect people’s lives. Feng Shui has profusely impacted on many aspects of her own life and she generously shares her knowledge with her clients, the industry and the general public.

Elizabeth is both nationally and internationally trained with her studies covering Form and Flying Star Feng Shui, Four Pillars of Destiny, Space Clearing and Geomancy.