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In This Episode
As more and more of us are spending our days and nights at home, it’s easy to start feeling claustrophobic or bored with our surroundings. It might be time to rethink your home decor and also consider how to maximize the energy or “chi” in your home.
A fabulous way to realign the energy in your home and in the process try something new is feng shui. Feng shui also known as Chinese geomancy, is a traditional practice originating from ancient China, which claims to use energy forces to harmonize individuals with their surrounding environment. The term feng shui literally translates as “wind-water” in English.
Today, we’re lucky to be joined by a guest expert who has a wealth of knowledge in the mystical field of feng shui and Chinese metaphysics.
The Guest Expert
In this episode, we’re joined by Candice Berlanga. Candice is a graduate of the Gold Program School and VIA Feng Shui Training and Mentoring. She is also a certified feng shui practitioner, a red ribbon professional and a lifelong student of Chinese metaphysics.
Her business, Feng Shui by Candice, focuses on bringing feng shui and chinese metaphysics to beginners, and looking at growth and strategy too.
Candice is dedicated to educating the public about feng shui, and runs a fantastic podcast called ‘Feng Shui by Candice’. It focuses on what feng shui really is, avoiding any typical myths and superstitions. She looks at misconceptions surrounding feng shui, and also provides helpful tips on how to use it in real life.
As you can see, Candice is a certified expert in this field, and she has some wonderful advice to share with people who might be looking to try out feng shui for the first time.
What You Need To Know About Doing Feng Shui For The First Time
Candice started off the episode by describing her own introduction to feng shui, and noted that it was a very positive addition to her life. She used the art form to help balance out her life, and to work through several personal issues in her life. Feng shui can be an incredibly positive tool, and it can be used to help with a number of different areas of life.
What is Feng Shui and What are the Benefits?
Candice explained how feng shui is one of the 5 main arts of Chinese metaphysics. The other four are Chinese medicine (including acupuncture), divination, mountain (including martial arts) , and life reading. Feng shui falls under the category of ‘physiognomy’, and it is simply the art of reading the environment.
The benefits and results of feng shui will depend entirely on your personal goals. Candice described the main benefits that she works for as being health, business growth and personal development. Feng shui can be used for everything from relationship issues to success.
How to Get Started with Feng Shui
To get started with feng shui, Candice advised trying to move past the stereotype of dragon statues and pretty plants. She noted first timers should assess the larger environment around them; namely their home, street and town or city. People should look to mountains, lakes, hills and rivers for the flow of qi or ch’i, which is energy.
It doesn’t matter if you live in a city or busy town, though. You don’t need literal mountains or lakes – you simply need to assess your micro-environment. Is your street clear and free-flowing, or are there construction plots and piles of trash? Is the view from your window open and natural, or is there an abundance of tall buildings and pylons?
Candice advised looking for open areas, and using these to collect positive energy – or qi-gong. Alcoves, communal gardens, balconies and front gardens are great places to look, as are foyers and internal hallways. Closing doors or partitions can make all the difference. Candice also noted that doorways are considered to be very important for feng shui.
Two of the most important areas to focus on with feng shui are your bedroom and your kitchen.
Candice noted that beds should not be visible head-on from the doorway, but they should be visible from another angle. Don’t place your bed under a sloped ceiling, window, mirror or beam, and don’t place it in a sharp corner. Your bed is one of the focal points in your home, a place where you spend a large amount of time, so it should be placed in an open, positive area of the room.
Visual clutter is a massive thing to avoid when it comes to feng shui. Having too many items on display or decorations can be distracting, and Candice suggested having bins to store things in or bowls to drop trinkets in.
The stove is one of the most important elements of the kitchen, especially in regards to health. Candice mentioned stoves being in the center of a room on an island can be negative, as it can represent fire in the center of the body. The center of the home should be free and open, without anything being too energetic. The stove should also be placed in a similar way to the bed i.e. not under a slope, and it should not be near the bed (or underneath it for two-stories home) in any way.
Offices are another focal point when it comes to feng shui. Desks should be worked on, in a similar fashion to stoves and beds. Avoid being backed by windows or having your back to a door – these can create too much energy and remove you from the command position.
To get a better understanding of energy flows and feng shui, Candice advised people to simply just try it. Some people may be critical or skeptical of feng shui techniques, and Candice noted that the best way to overcome this skepticism is to simply have a go. See how it makes you feel, and take note of the different effects that different rooms or placements have on you.
Get In Touch With Candice
It was wonderful speaking with Candice about her work, and we’re grateful to have heard all her advice on this topic. To find out more about her work, take a look at her website www.fengshuibycandice.com today. Her social media links are as follows;
If you have further questions about feng shui or Candice’s work, feel free to reach out to her- we’re sure that she would be more than happy to hear from you.
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