To utilize the feng-shui-elements and create a calming sense of feng-shui-in-the-home, one has to first understand the theory and concept of feng-shui.

Shui in chinese actually means "wind and water."

You've probably heard people speak about feng-shui and may have been a bit baffled, not understanding what they are referring to. This concept is exactly that. A concept.

It's a theory, a feeling, a sense of spirit, harmony and balance and what makes you feel happy and at peace with life and your surroundings.

Once you have your home decluttered and cleaned out, Feng-shui idealogy might help you to keep it that way.

Everything about feng-shui is influenced by the feng-shui-elements according to oriental traditions, which consists of five things:

Metal, Wood, Fire, Earth and Water

It is highly believed by the Chinese that everything happens and changes through interaction of the elements. These changes are represented by the influence of these elements in life and what each element stands for individually.

In order to have a sense of harmony, the elements must be used in the proper way and this is achieved by taking into consideration the specific symbolism the element represents.

Each element brings with it certain characteristics and plays a part because of specific influence.

Metal - Representative of business success and harvesting. A knife and destruction; colors are gold and white; symbolic of the adult years in life.

Fire - Enthusiasm, energy. Warm; can destroy; color red; represents years of puberty.

Wood - Creativity, birth, social aspect; color is green;

Earth - Patience, honesty, color yellow; youth years

Water - Plays a very important role in communication, travel, learning, arts, media; important element for people, plants and animals. It can be calm, silent or violent. Color is black; representative of the elderly years.

Feng-Shui can concentrate on the desire of people to live in harmony with the environment or nature too.

Feng Shui Interior Design Tips that are taught, teach feng-shui-beginners how to become a professional Feng Shui Consultant if they want to be.

A consultant will learn about a number of subjects which can include:

Feng-Shui History
Feng-Shui Fundamentals
Decluttering spaces; Ways to Organize
Feng Shui Colors; how to create indoor harmony through color
Proper placement of doors, windows, furniture
How shapes and fabrics are pertinent to Feng-Shui Design

Taking into account the subject matter of what feng-shui consultants are taught, this explains why you will hear so many terms in the sense of decoration referring to a feng-shui bedroom, a feng-shui living-room or kitchen.

The concept of feng-shui can even apply to an office or a backyard.

There are no real boundaries of where it can apply to, but mainly, feng-shui applies to the life areas of all instances of what happens to us daily.

This is referred to as the feng-shui-bagua. The bagua is used to guide us in all of these areas towards hopefully making our lives run as smoothly as possible.

I looked at a number of videos for what I thought gave a clear explanation of feng-shui-elements, the purpose, how it is applied and the feng-shui-bagua.

Give this video a look.

Feng-shui-in-the-home can be very helpful.

The feng-shui philosophy can teach how to remove material clutter and clear your mental and physical clutter. Daily behaviors and mannerisms that lead to clutter can be changed that will help you keep this form of "disharmony" at bay.

Balance and peace can only come from freely flowing energy.

It has to flow smoothly and can't be interruped.

Positive energy is returned to us, if we give it outwardly.

Think positively to achieve positive results. Any type of clutter in your life, whether it be emotional or physical clutter in the home will interrupt this. Clutter of any kind is negative.

Good use of the feng-shui-elements and feng-shui philosophies will take away from the distractions revolving around us in our environments, and provide a sense of organization that is in line with what is known as good feng-shui.

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