by Jon Biddle
Coming to the end of lockdown, both Sam and I released the house was cluttered. When I say we, that’s the royal we. I could live in a skip and be oblivious, but I’m grateful for the critical eye that Sam possesses. She doesn’t tolerate mess as easily, and without being flippant, I am truly grateful because if I lived alone, I would live in a tip.
So what is Feng Shui malarky?
In a nutshell, its Chinese geomancy that originated from ancient China which uses energies to harmonise the surrounding’s of an individual, ultimately bringing harmony to the individual ergo – me.
Sam grabbed her Feng Shui book and decluttered, arrange the rooms under the compass on her phone and cleared the air in the house. Being the dutiful husband, I went along with it, but hang on minute; something worked!
The house feels fresher, more vibrant and alive. Each room has taken on its own meaning again, the energies in the rooms have made way to a rational way of thinking. Nothing’s really changed. The walls are the same, no new windows, no smell of paint, the creak of new leather furniture.
The buzzword here is polarity, as this is how I understand the mystical working of Feng Shui.
Like batteries, polarity governs even the world that we revolve around. As life unfolds, chaos ensues as a standard metric. Even Napoleon told his commanders this back in the day – “No plan survives contact with the enemy.” Chaos is a part of life journey in whatever paradigm you work in.
And that’s the natural order of things, right? Yet as humans, we require order, calmness and harmony, but life can’t be like that every day. A Yin and Yang, there have to be opposites in order to achieve balance.
Achieving the harmony we require takes effort. Like cleaning the house, not just the dust that’s settled on the flat surfaces, but the stagnating energies of the past year which let’s be honest hasn’t been the best year for all of us has led rise to some negative thinking.
So, Sam and I have spent the last two days working on this flux that’s been discombobulating the house of late, and with a bit of effort, the house is now back into harmony. Our four walls although modest by most standards is our bastion of hope, love and security. Something that both of us need as a continuum. Without our home being safe, calm and harmonised, we both become as discombobulated as the unsettled energy in our home. This results in blockages on every level.
So how does this accent art work?
By encompassing the five elements which are metal, earth, fire, water and wood. Harmonised in the Yaodian, the cardinal directions marked by the four celestial animals.
- East – The Azure Dragon
- South – The Vermillion bird
- West – The white tiger
- North – The black tortoise
Combing these forces together, one can harness a good polarity of energy and achieve great things. So I Feng Shui’ed my office, made it clear and reframed some photos, and printed new ones that are in accordance to the Feng Shui modality. And I have to say, it’s worked. My office feels clear, feels like it’s now absorbing my creativity, which is a good thing, no?
It will be interesting to see if this really does kick start the creative juices. I have been in a bit of a block recently and I know why this is and that’s down to the inner critic.
That old regular thing that we all kinda have.
How can you apply Feng Shui to your mind? Well, that’s simple. When you align your surrounding’s with the five elements and the Yaodian; things move in the right direction.
Business will improve, relationships will get better, your financial wealth will increase while harmony within one’s self becomes aligned. Making those voices less coherent and controlling.
I can see how beneficial this is. It would be churlish to poo-poo it. It’s been around for thousands of years and let’s face it, the current way we live our lives isn’t so great. We burn the bridge at both ends continuously. There is no time for you. It’s a constant treadmill of productivity and activity. Taking a breath and being in the moment is something we should all aspire to?
So, isn’t this all about intent? When you place intention out there, doesn’t the universe pick it up and run with it. “You reap what you sow,” is an old saying, but there is so much truth in this.
I’ll let you know the results in a couple of months. Watch this space.