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Friday, May 22, 2015

How to Rise the Feng Shui to your Pathway

Pathways
Fixing and rising the Chi leading to your entrance

In Feng Shui anything that has to do with the front door is important. There’s a difference between an entrance with no pathway, a straight pathway and a curvy pathway. The way a pathway is arranged, directly affects the energy and the way it is leaded to your front door. A pathway can also be welcoming, and not so much. And this is just something that works subconsciously in our minds when walking up a pathway to a new neighbor’s door for example. The path leading to the front door, speaks for itself. Imagine a straight pathway with no plants, or dead plants, clutter or blocked by objects. Now imagine a curvy pathway, with vegetation around it, flowers and beautiful green grass and a tidy garden. It’s different isn't it? It reflects different aspects of the residents of that home, the first is not welcoming, but the other slows you down, makes you feel at home, it makes you feel comfortable. In the second example, somehow you “feel” that you will be greeted with open arms, right?

There is a certain language being reflected in the way your pathway connects to your front door, and you don’t need to necessarily know anything about its inhabitants. As we know, Feng Shui has to do with the way energy travels and drifts. Also, we know that straight lines don’t exist in nature, not even a tree’s trunk is fully straight, right? So a straight pathway would mean that the energy flow is getting to your door way too strongly and it might not be very beneficial. So the best option is to have some curves going on when it comes to your path.
Hold on! We don’t mean you have to go outside and start digging up what you already have; there are some simple and inexpensive solutions to make your front yard and pathway empower and raise the Chi.
·         Connection
The front path must connect the front door to the street, and yes, this is a must. But no worries, if this is not already set up this way in your front yard, you can make one, even if you don’t use it (which it would be better if you did) you must remember that this will connect in deep symbolic levels and it is very powerful.
You can create one by laying some stepping stones in a curvy fashion leading to your front door. Use any material you like. Just by visiting your local landscaping store you’ll be able to get many ideas! Here are some:




·         Straight Path Solution
Another solution for the straight path leading to the door is to also place stepping stones or any other type of decorative stones alongside of the path in a curvy fashion, this will also create an “illusion” of a curvy path and the energy will be able to travel smoother.




·         Plants
If you have a straight pathway for example, you can always place circular pots on both sides of it to round the energy a bit. It’s best to keep an ODD number of pots, so there is no symmetry and you allow a curvier feel. And remember, less is more, so you don’t go over the top. If you have a really big garden then bigger pots will be needed, but 5 is enough.




·         Keep Everything Lively
Basically is try to keep any plants you will display for this renovation always alive, no dead leaves or stems. We know it takes time, to keep a garden tidy, but gardening is also a relieving and meditating activity, as we are somehow “cleansing” the plants and flowers, we cleanse ourselves as well.






So basically it is not too difficult to either make a great pathway to your front door or modify what you already have. With a little inspiration and will power, everything can be possible, we promise!

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

6 Steps to (Finally) Feng Shui your Basement- Easily!


6 Ways to Keep your Basement in excellent Feng Shui Conditions- Easily!

Ok, so we know that basements, like garages, can be challenging to Feng Shui (or to even begin to think about organizing). We understand! But, once in a while, we need a challenge to keep things interesting and to keep our home with those pure energies that we love feeling. And, the basement is a very important part of that energy; it is almost the foundation of it.

Here’s why: According to certain studies, the basement represents the subconscious and rooted feelings that are being suppressed, such as certain desires or things you want to accomplish. It is very meaningful; this is why we have to take the basement into account as a part of the home too!

Now, if you use your basement as a storage room, we suggest you follow our Feng Shui for the Garage tips to begin the de-cluttering process more easily and take that first step. But, if you’d like to transform the basement into a living space (or if it is already a space you use daily, but need to improve), we’d like to help!

Here are: 6 EASY ways to Feng Shui your Basement

  • ·        Starting off with Colors:

If your basement is painted with a dark color, you should definitely change that. Dark colors don’t allow good chi to flow and it makes the space look smaller and more pressurized, since it’s a basement, we already have a lot of that. So you should think about painting in light yellow, whites, or cream colors. Get creative! You can paint most of the walls in a tranquil color like the ones mentioned and a single wall with a stronger accent of the same color, to activate the area. 


  • ·        Purifying Plants:

It is well known that plants purify the air in any space. So, plants are crucial for a basement, in which pure air is pretty limited.
Get any plant of your choice and place it near window, if your basement does not have any windows, place the plants near the entrance or stairs. Plants will make the basement look more lively. Feng Shui bamboo is a good choice since it represents growth and prosperity, plus since it doesn't need to receive much sunlight, it will survive well.



  • ·        Cures and Significant Symbols:

You can decorate the basement with cures based on it’s location on the Bagua map. Feng Shui symbols not only will activate that certain purpose you are trying to fulfill, but will also liven the space with colors.
If, for example, you’d like to have a home office there, decorate with art that means well to you, such as success symbolizing art. Remember, make the space a symbol of what you want to accomplish.



  • ·        Fragrance is Important too:

Indeed. Since basements are a very humid and poorly-aired spaces, smells aren't usually all that nice. So naturally you can use your favorite incense or oil fragrances to keep the air smelling fresh and with your choice of fragrance.
Don’t forget: Fragrances and Incense also serve for a certain purpose, whatever you use your basement for or what you want to attract, there’s a scent for! Check our Incense list to find yours.



  • ·        Remember…

And then we have our basic Feng Shui principles such as:
  • ·        Lighting your space well- Any windows should be uncovered and open most of the time for flow of fresh air and natural light.
  • ·        Clean and Uncluttered: Clean the basement as regularly as your home; remember it also belongs to it! Keep uncluttered and free of unwanted objects.
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Thursday, April 9, 2015

5 Feng Shui tips for an Energized Entrance.




The main door is called "The Mouth of Chi" in Feng Shui, as this is how the house absorbs Chi, or Universal Energy. The amount and quality of energy is largely determined by the condition of your front door and entryway.

If the entryway is clear, open and easy to access,
 chi can enter in high quantity and positive quality. If the front door is hidden, dark or cluttered, chi flow can drastically reduce, symbolically starving the house and its residents of greatly needed energy.
If this is the case, then you should definitely take these easy-to-complete tips:


·        If you can, paint your door with an upbeat color such as red or a color that will lift the energy if your door seems to be hidden from sight or too dark. You can also paint it with the color that belongs to the area it sits on: Click here for more info on entrance colors.

·        If the above tip is not possible, then you can purchase a bright red carpet to place on the outside/inside of the door to activate the entrance. This red needs to be really red! The reddest you can find, to activate auspiciousness.

·        You need to make your entrance the most visible as possible. You can place two pots of luscious plants of your choice on the sides of the entrance. You can also get a little bit more creative and create a path of stones (if possible) leading to your entrance.


·        Lighting is always important in Feng Shui, especially for the entrance. Since it needs to be visible, you can install two lights on each side. A single bright one above is also OK.



·        If you’d like, as a “last touch” you can add a nice water fountain running (which symbolizes flowing opportunities and positive chi) or a statue of a protective figure, such as Buddha. For him to look over your entrance and protect it at all times.

 


Entryway and hallways should have powerful yang energy which will play a very important role to bring good fortune into the house. Keep it bright and uncluttered all the times, fresh and healthy atmosphere are essential for good health and prevent tiredness.

I hope this article will definitely help you create a welcoming and energized Chi to be spread around your home.

Unique Feng Shui USA

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Friday, April 3, 2015

How to Feng Shui your Garage Quickly and Easily

how to feng shui garage tips


Let’s work on that Garage
Feng Shui reasons why your cluttered garage is not working out anymore.

Usually we care more about fixing up our homes nicely, but never focus on our garages, attics or basements. This is where we basically store memories, objects, and forgotten junk that we don’t have a place for at home.

When we decide to finally de-clutter these areas, where things are left to be forgotten (it feels like some sort of graveyard for forgotten objects) we can bring our lives back into balance once again. Believe it or not, the energy that these objects generate are of a loss of balance, because some of these things are always there, in our subconscious  bothering us, because every time we see them, we don’t know what to do with this or that, we basically don’t know where to start.

So, what we’re saying here is: Take that first step! We know it’s difficult, but finding the time to start is important. You can start organizing and de-cluttering whenever you want to, but remember, these forgotten items create stagnant energy, attracting unbalanced chi.

(Take note!)

**Questions I should ask myself throughout the declutter process:
o   Do I need it?
o   Do I appreciate and love it?
o   Does it uplift me?
o   Is it useful?
o   Does it reflect who I am today?
o   If this is broken, will I ever fix it?
Here are some tips for you to follow to have this process go much, much smoother!
  • ·        So we all agree on that garages are used for the storage of cars? Great!  So make it an area in which you can actually fit your cars.
  • ·        If you find certain things that you will need daily don’t have any cabinets in there to keep them. You can get some uplifting and colorful bins and place them there, it’s handy.
  • ·        Remove heavy objects from the ceiling, such as bikes, heavy sporting gear, etc. This created pressurized energy going down, not good.
  • ·        Heavier boxes (of useful and beloved items) should go on the lower shelves and lighter boxes above. If you have too many boxes, then we suggest to store some things elsewhere, less is more!
  • ·        Hang bells or wind chime in your garage area, keep them handy and reachable so you can ring them in order to store u the chi in your garage and keep stagnant energy out.
  • ·        You can display photos of your family or simply pictures or artwork that reflect a happy and uplifting area. An area that is pleasant to walk in.
  • ·        Keep your tools organized, get rid of the one that you never make use of and keep the others in reachable cabinets.
  • ·        Any dangerous looking tools such as rakes or saws definitely need to be out of sight inside the cabinet
  • ·        If you see any unsafe wires, make sure to organize or get rid of them.
  • ·        If you need to keep trash cans in here, you can keep them by getting nice and colorful ones with fun colors that uplift the energy.
  • ·        (Extra Tip) If you know where your garage falls into your bagua map, great! You can always decorate with symbols that activate the energy there. For example, if the garage falls into the Wealth area, then you can hang certain charms or coins from cabinet doors or the garage door as well as other items that symbolize wealth income. You can also paint a wall according to the color of the sector if you’d like to.

 You see, it’s not so hard to get rid of old clutter that you simply don’t need. You just have to take the first step! Trust us; once you are able to get rid of all these “obstacles” you will even feel relieved, as if a weight has been lifted from your shoulders. We promise!

-Bianca @UniqueFengShui

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