Feng Shui Basics: How To Effectively Use Mirrors

Using the principles of Feng Shui, you can place mirrors in your space, along with other furnishings, to create a balanced and comfortable environment.

Feng Shui (pronounced shway), meaning "the way of wind and water", is an old Chinese art that is used to promote peace and harmony between a person's environment and their chi (life energy). Feng Shui is used by millions of people all over the world to enhance and attract good health, wealth and relationships by attracting and harnessing positive energy. The key to the Feng Shui Master's science is to use simplicity and order in the design and layout of the space being used. The goal is to create a postive circular flow of energy throughout the environment. Feng Shui is often described as the ancient Chinese art of placement.

Mirrors are very important in feng shui and are used for several different reasons. The usage of mirrors in the home or office can be used to attract and harness the good chi and deflect bad chi away. For this reason, there are many types of mirrors for different purposes. There are also traditional, classical methods as well as modern methods and reasons for using mirrors in a space.

Some tips on using mirrors effectively are:

Place a mirror near your window to attract the reflection of a beautiful mountain, a bank (for wealth), etc. A mirror in the right place will harmonize the flow of energy in your home. It also enhances the d├ęcor while it creates additional depth and space. It is believed that having a mirror next to your dining table will also double your wealth and fortune.

If you enter your house to face a wall, it would be good to hang a mirror to make it look more spacious in this hallway area. Mirrors will add a feeling of spaciousness and mirrors and can be used also to pull in more light into a space. This is not just feng shui, but common sense and physics in play. It is widely accepted - even in traditional Feng Shui - that we should not sleep in line with a mirror or any other light reflecting surface, like television screens. Mirrors should be placed at eye level so as not to cut off the reflection of the head.

Mirrors can also be used to reclaim a missing corner (as four corners of a room create a balance in feng shui). If your home is a U or L shape, place an object such as a tree, or boulder in that corner representing yourself in the balance. Now, place a mirror on that object facing each corner of your home, and a mirror reflecting back to that object. This will create an imaginary wall, thus creating the four corners of that room.

Don't place mirrors at the end of a long hallway (it will create an energy sink), only along the walls of the hall to expand positive energy. If you can see a door or window directly ahead upon entering a room, that's where energy is flowing out. Place a mirror face side in at that door or window and another reflective piece or a plant where you enter the room to reflect back into the window or door mirror, creating a flow.

And finally, one must not forget the Ba-Gau, an eight sided mirror representing fame, marriage, children, benefactors, career, knowledge, family/health, and wealth. It is not a classical feng shui method, but many people still believe in its effects. It is used on the outside area of the premises at the top of the entrance whether it is an apartment building, house or office structure. These Feng Shui mirrors are to bring harmony, abundance and protection into your home by pulling in all positive good luck chi and reflecting the negative chi away.

These are just some of the ways to keep the positive chi/energy alive in your home using mirrors. Using mirrors to create the illusion of light and space can provide an expanding feeling of energy. Using the principles of Feng Shui, you can place mirrors in your space, along with other furnishings, to create a balanced and comfortable environment, which will in turn promote a balanced life.

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