In Eastern philosophy and feng shui there are five (5) elements associated with nature: wood, fire, earth, metal and water. By bringing these elements into our homes we are "tapping into" the power of nature! We increase the positive energy, or chi, in our homes and lives.
Although there are many ways to bring in the elements to our home, the best way is with the actual material.
The wood element represents all vegetation, including trees, shrubs, and plants. Plants bring a home to life! They have so many benefits, including the production of fresh air, removing toxins, and making us smile (the best of all!).
The wood element symbolizes new beginnings in our life and growth and vitality. We need to make sure that we maintain the health of our plants to reap these benefits.
The fire element, of course, represents the actual fire that we create with a fireplace or even candles. Fire helps create a cozy room through the soft glow of its light and warmth it generates.
The fire element symbolizes enthusiasm, passion and connection to others.
We can incorporate the earth element through the use of stone and soil in our homes. Granite, marble, slate, and brick are great ways to experience the solidness that earth provides. Salt crystal lamps and salt crystal "bricks" is a wonderful way to bring earth in our homes.
Earth is timeless and so we associate its qualities to stability and a solid foundation.
The element of metal is the condensing of minerals in the soil over millions of years. All types of metal symbolizes the metal element: from wrought iron fixtures, to brass fixtures and bronze sculptures, to gold and silver jewelry.
Metal provides sharpness and strength. We associate metal with precision, structure and spiritual enlightenment (alchemy)
The presence and quality of water is of vital importance to life. Bringing water into our homes symbolizes health and vitality. Aquariums and fountains provide a beautiful container for moving water and healing sounds. Even the sound of water on a CD can create a healing background in our homes.
Water is yielding as it flows around obstacles yet strong as it erodes the banks of a river.
The five elements allows us to re-connect to nature in our homes, tap into the wisdom of nature and restores mind-body-spirit.
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Maureen is a Certified Feng Shui Practitioner that does consultations either onsite or long distance. She is author of several eBooks and founder of the Re-Nature Feng Shui Training Program, a live online course for professional certification. Follow her on Facebook and visit her site for a fun Quiz "What is Your True Nature?” www.luminous-spaces.com