When I first began studying Feng Shui, one of the first basic rules I learned was: Everything is energy.
This rule brought me back to my college days in Chemistry class, many, many moons ago. The condensed version of what I learned: Everything surrounding us, seen and unseen, is a combination of molecules made up of vibrating atom particles. These molecules vibrate at certain frequencies – the slower the vibration of molecules, the more solid and heavy the mass – the higher the vibration, the lighter the mass. This includes light and sound waves (what we see and hear), and even our thoughts.
What does this mean to us in terms of improving the quality of life? Plenty! It means that everything around us is alive with energy, and therefore sends out a vibration that we can see, hear, smell, taste or feel. The challenge for us is to pay attention to how we are responding to that vibration. Does it make us feel good, bad or indifferent? What was pleasant a few months, or even years, ago may not be true now. What is a positive affirmation for one person may bring feelings of unhappiness to another. It is all about personal choices, which is a good thing. Can you imagine how boring life would be if all we saw were the same colored houses with identical cars parked in every driveway?
Feng Shui’s goal is to create balance and harmony in our spaces so we can live better. Balancing the energy of a space means changing its vibration to support you.
Clutter creates a very low vibration. The energy of clutter feels heavy and stagnant. Spending too much time in a cluttered space will cause your own vibration to drop and become lethargic, even to the point of depression. That is why Feng Shui practitioners talk so much about de-cluttering spaces before changing anything else. You will be amazed at the energy shift just from performing this one activity!
Change your thoughts to improve the energy surrounding you. Negative thoughts = lower vibration, Positive thoughts = higher vibration!
Changing your focus from what isn’t working in your life to what you appreciate about your life raises your vibration and improves your outlook. Imagine if you did this right before your clutter cleared or re-decorated a room. Your positive vibration will be imbued into that space and raise the overall feel of that room. Creating vision or dream boards, or decorating with photos and artwork that send you positive vibrations are quick ways to raise the vibration of a space as well.
The energy you surround yourself with is what you tend to vibrate back into the world. The point is to live with what you love and love what you live with. This also applies to people, but that’s a whole other topic for another day!