A Happy Chinese New Year to you!
This is the year of the Fire Pig for the Chinese, which they
consider to be especially auspicious. Let’s hope so. The
world can use a little good fortune right now.
Anyway, on with my latest findings and activities in Feng Shui…
It’s actually a pretty complex subject and I don’t pretend to be
an expert, but rather a student. Also, without making certain
specific Feng Shui calculations, individual for each person and
each residence or work place, it’s impossible to say a vast
That said, there are still certain Feng Shui principles that are
universally applicable, and we can certainly discuss those.
One is the notion of clutter and not holding onto old things.
Holding onto stuff you no longer need symbolizes holding onto the
past, or else not being willing to let new fresh energy into your
life. When you hold onto hold stuff, you are not making space for
new things in your life. You are closing down the flow of
Take your attic, for instance…
In Feng Shui, your attic symbolically represents your future.
However, most people stash a pile of old junk in their attics!
What do you think this has to say about their future? That is
quite apart from the fact that the sheer volume of all this old
stuff blocking the free flow of Qi energy through the area of
your home that is supposed to represent your hopes and dreams.
Clutter throughout the house also blocks free flow of Qi energy
through your home and your life, according to Feng Shui. Even
psychologically, and quite apart from any Feng Shui concepts, we
can understand that a blocked environment could have a blocking
influence on the mind, and hence on one’s ability to perform well
at life or work.
I remember when I bought my first home outside the UK, and went
over to live there for the first time when it was totally empty.
It was a unique experience, probably never to be repeated. For
the first, and perhaps only, time in my life I was totally
unencumbered by the enormous weight of possessions. No computer,
No crowded bookshelves. No wardrobes stuffed with suits, shirts,
and jeans. Nothing, apart from what I had brought over in one
It was an extraordinarily “light” sensation, like being liberated
from heavy shackles. Maybe we’ll feel this way just after we die?
i don’t know… but maybe.
Anyway, even if you can’t get bear to get rid of much, try
starting small. See what you CAN dump without regret. Remember
that if your hand is clenched tight gripping onto something, it
can’t be open at the same time to accept whatever the universe
might be offering.
Take a good look at what is in your attic. If it’s there in the
first place, it means you are not using it much. Will you EVER
use it? If the brutally honest answer is no, then think of
getting rid of it. In general, according to Feng Shui, it is best
to keep the attic as empty as possible. If you have an out-house
such as a garage of some sort, maybe you can store your stuff
Take another look around your house. What could you do without?
How about those old clothes in your wardrobe? You know the ones I
mean. The nice stuff that’s three sizes too Small. But you keep
it anyway because…. who knows… One day, you just might fit in
As you unblock your house and get rid of clutter, consider that
you are symbolically unblocking your life and freeing the energy
of the universe to flow freely once more. What stronger incentive
could there be than that?