11 Home Energy Enhancers
by Erica Sofrina
By the author of Small Changes, Dynamic Results! Feng Shui for the Western World
When our homes and gardens are alive with energy our lives follow suit.The goal of Feng Shui is to have our homes filled with vibrant chi (energy) all of the time. Here are eleven energy enhancers that will help pep us stagnant chi both inside and outside the home and either keep your life moving or get your life moving in a positive direction.
Surround yourself with the colors you personally love. You can effectively use the Five Elements to quickly balance an area that needs attention, or to work with health issues that need improving. Attract chi to your yard with colorful lanterns and garden art. (For my readers who are buried under with snow, dream of the summer!)
Mirrors are considered “activators” and are usually very positive chi enhancers. Generally the bigger the better except in bedrooms or dining rooms where we want a calming more ‘yin’ energy. Divided mirrors, smokey mirrors or those where you cannot see your face are not considered good in Feng Shui. We want to be able to see ourselves without distortions. Use mirrors to pep up a dead area, fill in a missing area of the Bagua expand a small room or area or behind stoves and desks when you cannot see the action behind you .
Lighting will always bring in more chi (energy) so make sure your home is well-lit. Dimmer switches are wonderful for cranking up the light when you need it for study and reading purposes, and provide dimmer lighting for mood and ambiance. Use spot lighting to illuminate a favorite piece of art, up-light a plant to warm up a dark corner, or add warm ambient lighting in more Yin areas such as bedrooms, dining rooms and living rooms. Use solar lighting or outdoor lighting to illuminate the garden and create a sense of magic. Use up lighting in low ceiling rooms and down lighting in high ceiling rooms- up lighting to create the illusion of more spaciousness and down lighting to create a more cozy space. Candles can be magical chi generators as well and can set the mood for meditation or romance.
Your artwork takes up very important real estate on your walls. Make sure it is current and does not anchor in unwanted emotions. Your own art or that of your child or children holds powerful chi as long as everyone feels positive about it. Do not keep art up that you may love but your children are embarrassed about. Art can be used to bring into your life your hearts desire, so make sure everything on your walls is positive and reflects who you are now and what you want to either keep or bring into your life. Relationship pictures should be realistic i.e. no angelic men with mortal women.
Crystals are regulators of chi or energy and used for multiple purposes in Feng Shui. They speed things up when they are sluggish and slow things down when moving too fast. The crystals we use for Feng Shui ‘cures’ are the 30mm faceted man-made crystals. Place one of these crystals on a stand on top of an affirmation or wish box, or hang one in the areas of the Bagua that you want to enhance. Natural quartz crystals are also amazing chi generators and can be used to enhance the chi in any area of the home that needs some pepping up. Arrange them on an attractive scarf on a table or shelf in a place that needs extra special energy.
Anything that makes noise will pep up the chi. We use wind chimes both inside and outside the home in Feng Shui. Use them on the outside at the front door to greet and welcome in the chi or to enhance an area of the Bagua within the house that you want to enhance, such as the wealth area. Solar chimes with a fairy-like sound ring on their own when the house heats up and are a wonderful way to keep the energy moving .
Plants, flowers and animals must all be maintained and cared for in order to have a positive effect, but when they are, they bring happy loving chi into the home. Living plants are amazing chi generators. Silk flowers have much less chi but are fine if dusted frequently, rearranged periodically and thrown out as soon as they lose their luster. Dry flowers and potpourri are not considered negative in Western Feng Shui, they just fade quickly are dust collectors and need to be thrown out within a month or two.
Objects from Nature
Anything from the natural world will generate chi and enhance a home. Rocks, crystals and shells you have collected, as well as art objects you created from nature will bring the wonderful outside into the home. Just make sure they are attractively arranged and kept dusted and fresh looking and that you don’t have so many that they look like clutter. I love arranging my shell collection on crisp white sand in an attractive bowl for my bathroom. Things that attract nature to the garden, such as humming bird feeders and bird baths bring a happy chi to your yard.
Hang them so that you can enjoy them from a window of your home. Make sure to clean bird baths often so that they do not become green with stagnant water or it will have the reverse effect. We do not want pools of stagnant water anywhere!
Water features are powerful chi enhancers and are recommended almost everywhere except in the Fame and Reputation area of the Bagua and in bedrooms. Aquariums incorporate all of the five elements and are wonderful in the appropriate places, provided they are maintained.
A dirty fish tank will have the opposite effect, just as any small animal or reptile cage that is not well cared for. A water feature near the front door will enhance the chi coming to the door.
Use birdbaths and outdoor water fountains to attract birds and wildlife to your garden.
Chimineas, fire pits and tiki torches are powerful chi generators in the garden, as are fireplaces in the home.
The more we are encouraged to spend time outside enjoying nature, the happier and more balanced we will feel in our lives.
Wind Dancers and Mobiles
Can be used like wind chimes to enhance the chi outside the home wherever you need it. Hang them in the garden or at the entryway to invite the chi into the home. Use wind socks and flags to attract the chi to the front door, which is the important ‘mouth of chi’ for your home, where all opportunities enter.
Enjoy, and may you attract an abundance of wonderful chi into your lives!