Green is the most relaxing, calming and balancing of the colors. It is a symbol of growth, fertility, harmony, hope, optimism, freedom and balance. On the cool end of the spectrum, green brings restfulness and coolness. Associated with the heart chakra, green stands for self love and love of the universe. It is the center overseeing all healing. If you have too little green in your environment, you can be indecisive and unable to relate to others. If you use too much green there is a tendency for your energy be scattered, and it can promote envy.
Healing Uses: Green helps to feel balanced. It can be used to reduce mood swings, and to increase self-esteem. Green eases the heart-ache. Green reduces pain, inflammation and irritations, and eases eyestrain. It reduces stress and high blood pressure. Green settles the digestive system, eases tiredness, headaches and neuralgia. It increases our ability to remember things. In cases of shock or nervous tension, use pale green. For increased motivation use a medium green. For emotional uncertainty, use dark green.
You can learn more about using colours for healing in my e-course Healing with Feng Shui and Color.
How can you attract a good-feeling and clear the energy in your home and your life? Try one, or ten of these suggestions:
- Give the home a surface cleaning – dust and vacuum.
- Place sea salt in all the corners of every room (put the salt on wax paper or in a small dish to protect surfaces from being stained).
- Briefly open all the doors and window.
- Take down any negative photos or paintings.
- Remove and dispose of any dead or dying plants. Even if you think you can coax the plant back to life it is better if they are out of your home.
- Put out fresh flowers.
- Light a candle.
- Burn incense or essential oils – use the best quality you can afford.
- Put on inspiring music.
- Say a prayer and ask that Divine Light fill the home.
Okay, I know it sounds peculiar to think of clutter as a teacher, and it might be difficult to see clutter as a gift, but it really is! Here’s why:
1. Clutter releases blocked energy. We get used to seeing the same things in the same places and after awhile we don’t even see what is there anymore. It is like having blinkers on in your own home. When you clear out a drawer or a closet that blindfold is removed and you can see things the way they really are. Suddenly that stuff begins to look more clearly as objects (and sometimes even emotions) you’ve been holding on to and decisions you’ve been putting off. Once you get started making those decisions, you can let go of that blocked energy. It is the best way I know of to feel lighter on all levels.
2. Clearing clutter is powerful. Because it does release blocked energy, on its own without doing anything else, clearing clutter can change your life. Among other things, as you sort out what is staying, it can teach you what you value most in life.
3. Clearing Clutter can make you more ‘mindful’ of the resources you are consuming because everything you own needs to be disposed of (eventually). Some people adopt a rule of one thing in, one thing out. It is mindful when you realize you need to make room for the new thing. It also encourages you to ask: do I really need this or is it a passing fancy? Do I want to add to the things that need to be taken care of, recycled or disposed of?
4. Doing a tidy-up and clearing out is contagious. As you work on your own stuff, family members often begin sorting out their own things as well.
5. Clutter taught me about living more simply. When moving from one coast to another, I pared down to the extreme and had to dispose of most of my belongings. As our things left and went on their separate journeys I began to consider the true value of all the things we had gathered around us. My conclusion was the true treasures of my life are the ones I carry inside me: not to say that my belongings didn’t bring me pleasure and comfort, but that most of them were replaceable.
What has clutter taught you?
One of the most common methods of applying feng shui principles in North America today is the bagua map. It is the system I use, and have written extensively on. The bagua map is really a symbolic tool (sometimes called The Eight Aspirations). It divides living spaces into eight equal areas, which each area corresponding to an ‘aspiration’ in life: Family, Abundance, Reputation, Relationships, Creativity, Helpful People, Career and Self Knowledge. The ninth area in the middle is the focal point holding all that energy together.
Using the Bagua Map
I start with the floor plans of the home, a separate plan for each floor, e.g. the ground floor, the basement, the upstairs. Starting with the ground floor, I orient that bagua on the architectural main entrance of the house. With the bagua map properly aligned, your front door (or entrance door to a room) will be in one of the three orienting bagua areas: Self Knowledge, Career or Helpful People. Repeat for each floor of the house, orient each floor in the same direction as the front door.
The bagua map can also be applied to each room, e.g., the living room, the kitchen, each bedroom, etc. Then map out where all the other areas are located on that floor or in that room. Unless your home is square or rectangular shape, you will find the bagua map won’t fit. A part of one or more of the grid will be missing.
What this Tells you
First, it tells me the the vibrational colour to use for each area, for example red in the Fame area. Secondly it tells me the element I want to work on. Again taking the example of the Fame area, the element is Fire. I want to take note of what room is in that area and I’m thinking about the energy that the Fame/Fire element brings into our lives. Does the room purpose fit the energy of the bagua area? Is it present in the home? That is an important question because not all homes are a straightforward square or rectangle. Modern home design have extensions and recesses which must be taken into consideration. Is the room under-used or over-used? Is there clutter in this area?
With the ‘story’ for that room or area, we can begin enhancements. Enhancements, or feng shui ‘cures’ modulate the energy. By deliberately bringing in certain colours or design features we enhance that area or life aspiration.
What I love about feng shui and the bagua map is the ability to fine tune and go as deeply as desired to bring beneficial change.
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