What is “Feng Shui”?
Feng Shui or “Wind and Water” is the ancient Chinese Art Of Placement. It is based on the understanding of the flow of energy (Ch’i) throughout ones inner and outer life. The tradition of Feng Shui believes the way a home is decorated and designed affects the fortune of the people living in it. Feng Shui, the art of creating/finding harmony in your surroundings, can be applied to your home, office or apartment.
In Feng Shui if you want to create a new future for yourself, then first you must clear out the clutter in order to make space for new possibilities and opportunities to enter into your life. Clutter can have a significant effect on us by impeding the smooth flow of ch’i around the home, thus reducing the chances of progressing through life with ease and comfort. Things that you want to keep should be useful, stored tidily, and be easily accessible.
The outdoors surrounding your home is also important. This includes items like planting materials(palms, trees, shrubs, climbers, bamboos, bonsai or etcs), fencing, fountains, decks and patio furniture.
Feng Shui Garden
The Chinese believe that by placing things to encourage the beneficial flow of Chi (Energy Force) you can create harmonious change which affects your health, wealth and relationships.Feng Shui is becoming increasingly popular in the West.
A Feng Shui garden should follow nature’s lead as much as possible with the primary aim of creating harmony and balance. There are certain fundamentals to remember when you begin to plan your Feng Shui garden. Paths should never be straight, as chi energy would run too quickly towards your home, instead let them meander and curve through your garden. A curved path encourages chi to move more slowly and freely. If you already have straight paths, then allow plants to grow over them so the chi can circulate freely around them.
Feng Shui Garden Planning
All kinds of garden can incorporate Feng Shui principles from the country garden style, which is considered informal to the asymmetrical formal gardens. The key is placement and balance of yin and yang energies. This can be done with colour, plants, trees, shrubs and water features, garden furniture, lightings, wind-chimes and other garden accessories. To make the perfect Feng Shui garden, plant a mix of flowers, shrubs and trees that will delight the senses for all four seasons. Plants should be healthy, lush and well trimmed. The shapes should balance each other to encourage good Feng Shui for your home and its occupants.
By using a variety of materials in a garden, you can bring about the kind of effect you want. Groves and vines are very yang and can mark seating areas and garden borders. If you have garden walls and fences, don’t despair, you can use them to support climbing plants and flowers. This adds colour and height to a garden. With planning, these plants can soften sharp edges at corners thereby reducing harmful “cutting chi.”
A structured effect can be created in larger areas by growing a mixture of flowering and evergreen shrubs up pergolas. A rustic wooden bench looks perfect in a country garden. If it is placed in the East it will help to boost the wood element.
Water features are very important to a Feng Shui garden and are a key element in attracting positive and beneficial chi. Water features are beautiful all year, trickling, splashing, reflecting light and shade, against a backdrop of luxurious plants or mysterious stones. In Feng Shui the location of the water is essential. Elaborate water features can become the main focus of a garden, however, make sure it doesn’t overpower the rest of the garden. Goldfish in a pond are very auspicious in Feng Shui. Some areas are only large enough for a small water feature. Make sure the water circulates constantly. Free form ponds look very natural in a garden and should be filled with interesting aquatic plants.
If you have a pond already establishes in you Feng Shui garden, it should be well maintained with healthy plants and fish. Any dead or sickly plants and fish create stagnant chi. Water that is cascading down over rocks makes a very appealing water feature. Pleasurable winding walking paths are at the heart of the Feng Shui garden. They are vital conduits of Chi.
Many materials can be combined to form garden paths. Meandering paths can be edged with delicate creeping plants that balance the yang energy of stone, concrete or brick. Paths can wind through the garden and lead to sunny, pleasant seating areas surrounded by shrubs and aromatic herbs. You can design a curving, grass path bordered by flowers and fast growing shrubs.
Adding lights to your Feng Shui garden can create a warm inviting glow in the evenings to give it a more balanced and relaxed feel. Lighting can be used to highlight plants and foliage, enhancing the colours of the seasons. Lights represent the fire element and give out positive yang energy, that can be used to create auspicious Feng Shui.
The warm glow of candles always adds to the ambience of your garden and brings in more positive yang energy. You can also use candles that are designed to keep mosquitoes out of your environment at night. Hanging lanterns from hooks or trees is especially potent when placed in the South of any garden, as this particular area symbolizes the Fire element. Small lights placed anywhere in your feng shui garden create good fortune by adding positive yang chi. By cleverly using lighting you can effectively harness Earth luck, thereby enhancing and activating family and relationship luck.
Soft and subtle garden lighting placed beneath foliage or behind rocks can add to the ambience of your garden and enhance positive yang energy. If the areas you plan on using lighting receive plenty of sun during the daytime, try using solar powered lighting that automatically turns on when the sun sets.
Plants of course are at the very heart of every garden, however in a Feng Shui garden the combining of plants with foliage, and contrasts in color and texture not only looks appealing but will help to balance the yin and yang energies. Plants can help to create visual and acoustic privacy, softening the effects of negative chi. Flowering and fruit shrubs attract very beneficial chi and invite living creatures into your garden. It is a law of nature to blossom into a plentiful tree that shares its fruit. Small shrubs are best placed in the Southern area of your Feng Shui garden. Be sure not to block any of your entry ways or windows with plants.
Garden Accessories and Ornaments
Once you have resolved the layout and planning of your feng shui garden you need to consider what accessories you can add to enhance it. Tables that have large round edges are best as they don’t give off cutting energy. Chairs with flowing curves will enhance the flow of chi.
There are many styles and materials you can choose from for your garden furniture. Wood is always preferable. Big round terracotta or earthenware pots symbolize the Earth element and can be the focus point of your garden. Place them in the Southwest (Marriage and Romance) and Northeast (Education and knowledge) areas.
Sculpture or stones will absorb energy or force energy to move around it-thereby slowing it down. Gazing balls strategically placed can deflect negative shi. Wind chimes and gongs add to the beneficial movement of chi. Different types of trellises can be used for trailing plants to soften cutting corners or walls or to conceal dull sheds.
The beauty of water is reflected in the clear serenity of a garden pond. To create a unique and beautiful focal point in your garden, add a garden pond. There are many styles to choose from. Some are preformed and can be installed easily or you could build it as a “do it yourself” project. No matter which you choose, your garden pond will give you, your family and guests many pleasant moments.
Swimming Pool or Spa
There are standard oval, and square shapes, as well as just about any custom size and shape that you can imagine. An in ground pool can be made with various depths, as well as inclines/declines.
The impact you wish to create. To you want a stimulating waterfall, a bubbling fountain, a koi pond, water garden, reflecting pool, stately fountain, or even a swimming pool. Maintenance that is needed to maintain the water feature and keep it in good, clean working order. There are certain fish that can help to keep the water clean, of course they will need to be fed for example.
*Tips : Remove any tree stumps, plants or vegetation that are dead as they all create negative chi.
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